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CYMBELINE, King of Britain.
sons to Cymbeline, disguised under GUIDERIUS,
the names of POLYDORE and ARVIRAGUS,
CADWAL, supposed sons to Be.
larius. PHILARIO, friend to Posthumus,
QUEEN, wife to Cymbeline.
tions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a Spanish
Messengers, and other Attendants.
ACT THE FIRST.
Britain. The Garden behind Cymbeline's Palace.
Enter Two Gentlemen. 1 Gent. You do not meet a man but frowns :
our bloods' No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers ; Still seem, as does the king's. 2 Gent.
But what's the matter? 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king.
dom, whom He purpos'd to his wife's sole son, (a widow, That late he married,) hath referr'd herself Unto a poor but worthy gentleman: She's wedded; Her husband banish’d; she imprison'd: all Is outward sorrow; though I think, the king Be touch'd at very
heart. 2 Gent.
None but the king ? 1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too: so is the
1 Inclination, natural disposition.
That most desir'd the match: But not a courtier,
And why so?
thing Too bad for bad report: and he that hath her, (I mean, that married her, — alack, good man! And therefore banish'd) is a creature such As, to seek through the regions of the earth For one his like, there would be something failing In him that should compare. I do not think, So fair an outward, and such stuff within, Endows a man but he. 2 Gent.
You speak him far. ? 1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself; Crush him together, rather than unfold His measure duly. 3 2 Gent.
What's his name, and birth ? 1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root : His
father Was call’d Sicilius, who did join his honour, Against the Romans, with Cassibelan : But had his titles by Tenantius“, whom He serv'd with glory and admir'd success : So gain’d the sur-addition, Leonatus : And had, besides this gentleman in question, Two other sons, who, in the wars o'the time, Died with their swords in hand; for which their fa
ther (Then old and fond of issue) took such sorrow, That he quit being; and his gentle lady, Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas'd As he was born. The king, he takes the babe
2 i. e. You praise him extensively.
4 The father of Cymbeline.
To his protection ; calls him Posthumus;
I honour him
His only child. He had two sons, (if this be worth your hearing, Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, l'the swathing clothes the other, from their nursery Were stolen: and to this hour, no guess in knowledge Which way they went. 2 Gent. How long is this ago
? 1 Gent. Some twenty years. 2 Gent. That a king's children should be so con
vey'd! So slackly guarded! And the search so slow, That could not trace them ! 1 Gent.
owsoe'er 'tis strange, Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd at, Yet is it true, sir. 2 Gent.
I do well believe you. 1 Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the queen, and princess.
5 Formed their manners.