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Cymbeline, King of Britain.
Cloten, son to the Queen by a former husband. Leonatus Posthumus, a gentleman, husband to Imogen. Belarius, a banished lord, disguised under the name of Morgan.
sons to Cymbeline, disguised under the names of Polydore and Cadwal, supposed sons to Belarius.
Philario, friend to Posthumus,
Iachimo, friend to Philario,
A French Gentleman, friend to Philario.
Cornelius, a physician.
Queen, wife to Cymbeline.
Imogen, daughter to Cymbeline by a former Queen.
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, Apparitions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
SCENE, sometimes in Britain; sometimes in Italy.
SCENE I. Britain. The Garden behind Cymbeline's
Enter Two Gentlemen.
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.
But what's the matter?
1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his kingdom, whom
He purpos'd to his wife's sole son, (a widow,
Is outward sorrow; though I think, the king
None but the king?
1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too: so is the queen, That most desir'd the match: But not a courtier, Although they wear their faces to the bent
Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not
And why so?
■ Inclination, natural disposition.
1 Gent. He that hath miss'd the princess, is a 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.
You speak him far.
1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself; Crush him together, rather than unfold
His measure duly.3
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,4 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
(Then old and fond of issue,) took such sorrow,
a i. e. You praise him extensively.
3 My praise, however extensive, is within his merit.