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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, } Italians.
Iachimo, friend to Philario,
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. ou 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? i Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king
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? * 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.