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Cloten, Son to the Queen by a former husband.
Leonatus Posthumus, a gentleman in love with the Princess,
and privately married to her. Guidcrius, i Dijguis'd under the names of Paladour and Cad Arviragus, J wal, supposed sons to Bel lar i us. Bellarius, a banistfd Lord, dijguis'd under the name of
Philario, an Italian, Friend to Posthumus.
Iachimo, Friend to Philario.
Caius Lucius, Ambassador from Rome;
Pisanio, Servant to Posthumus.
A French Gentleman, Friend to Philario.
Cornelius, a Doctor, Servant to the Queen.
Queen, Mrife to Cymbeline.
.Imogen, Daughter to Cymbeline by a former Queen,
Helen, Woman to Imogen.
Lords, Ladies, a Soothsayer, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
S C E N E, for some part tf the first and second Ails, lyes in Rome ; for the rest of the Play in Britain.
Story partly taken from Boccace'j Decameron, day 2. nov. 9. little hesides the names heing historical.
ACT I. SCENE I.
Cymbeline's Palace in Britain.
No more obey the 1'heart ev'n than our courtiers,N
'But seem as 3 'doN the King's. 2 Gent. But what's the matter?
1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir os's King
dom (whom He porpos'd to his wise's sole son, a widow That late he married) hath reserr'd her selt Unro a poor, but worthy gentleman. She's wedded, her husband banish'd, she imprifon'd. All's outward sorrow, though I think the King Be touch'd at very heart.
2 Gent. None but the King?
i Gent. He that hath lost her too: so is the Queen, That most defir'd the match. But not a courtier, (Although they wear their faces to the bent Oi the King's looks) but hath a heart that is Glad at the thing they scoul at.
Hz 2 Gent.
i blood:, 2 heavens thau our courtiers; 3 do's
2 G<r«f. And why so?
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 marry'd her, alack good man!
2 Gent. You speak him 4 'far.N
1 Gent. I s "don'tN extend him, Sir; within himself Crush him together rather, than unfold
His measure sully.
2 Gent. What's his name and birth?
i Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: his father Was call'd Siciiius, who did join his honour Against the Romans, with Cajfihelant But had his titles by Tenantius, whom He scrv'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' th* time Dy'd with their swords in hand. For which their father, (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 Postbumus, Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber, Puts to him all the learnings that his time Could make him the receiver of, which he took As we do air, fast as 'twas ministred. His spring became a harvest: 6 'he liv'd in C6urtN (Which rare it is to do,) most prais'd, most lov'd, A sample to the young'st; to the more mature,
4 fair. . . . old edit. Theab. intend.
5 do . . . old edit. Warb. tmend. 6 liv'd in Court
A glass that seatur'd them ; and to the graver*
2 Gent. I honour him, ev'n out of your report. But tell me, is she sole child to the King?
1 Gent. His only child.
He had two sons, (if this be worth your hearing,
2 Gent. How long is this ago?
1 Gent. Some twenty years.
2 Gent. That a King's children should be so convey'd! So slackly guarded, and the search so stow
That could not trace them! .
1 Gent. Howsoe'cr 'tis strange,
Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd ar,
2 Gent. I do well believe you.
i Gent. We must forbear. Here comes the gentleman, The Queen, and Princess. [Exeunt.
Enter ihe Queen, Posthumus, Imogen, and Attendants.
Queen. No, be assur'd you shall not find me, daughter, After the flander of most step-mothers, Ill-ey'd unto you: you're my pris'ner, but Your goaler shall deliver you the keys That lock up your restraint. For you, Postbumus, So soon as I can win th'offended King, I will be known your advocate : marry yet The fire of rage is in him, and 'twere good
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