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Cymbeline, King of Britain.
sons to Cymbeline, disguised under the
names of Polydore and Cadwal, supArviragus,
posed sons to Belarius. Philario, friend to Posthumus,
Queen, wife to Cymbeline.
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.
1 Gentleman. 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 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 Glad at the thing they scowl at. 2 Gent.
And why so?
1 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. 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,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
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 To his protection ; calls him Posthumus;
2 i. e. You praise him extensively.
The father of Cymbeline.