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Cym. '"By"' peace we will begin: and, Caius Lucius^.
Although the victor, we submit to Cæsar,
And to the Roman Empire; promising
To pay our wonted tribute, from the which
We were dissuaded .by our wicked Queen,
On whom heav'n's justice (both on her, and hers)
Hath laid most heavy hand.

Sootb. The fingers of the powers above do tune
The harmony of this peace: the vision
Which I made known to Lucius ere the stroke
Of this yet scarce-cold battel, at this instant
Is sull accomplished. For the Roman eagle
From south to west on wing soaring aloft
Lessen'd her self, and in the beams o'th' sun .

So

Sootb. Here, my good Lord.

Luc. Read, and declare the meaning.

[Reads.]

WHen as a UoiCs whelp Jhall, to himself unknown, without seeking find, and he embraced by a piece of tender air; and when from a stately cedar Jhall he loft branches- which being dead many year 1, Jhall after revive, be jointed to the oldstock, andfrejbly grow, then Jhall ?ofth\imQ3 end his miseries, Britain he fortunate, and flourish in peace and plenty.

Thou, Leonatus, art the lion's whelp;
The sit and apt construction of thy name
Being Leonatus, doth import so much:

The piece of tender air, thy virtuous daughter, [7i Cymbelinc

Which we call Mollis Aer, and Mollis Aer

We term it Mulier: which Mulier I divine

Is this most constant wise, who even now

Answering the letter of the oracle,

Unknown to you, unsought, were dipt about

With this most tender air.

Cym. This hath some seeming.

Sootb. The lofty cedar, royal Cymheline, Personates thee; and thy lopt branches point Thy two sons forth: who by Bellarius stol'n, For many years thought dead, are now reviv'd, To the majestick cedar join'd; whose issue Promises Britain peace and plenty.

Cym. By peace we will begin: tsf c.

Sovanish'd; which fore-shew'd our princely eagle,
Th' imperial Cæsar, should again unite
His favour with the radiant Cymhelitie,
Which mines here in the west.

Cytn. Laud we the Gods!
And let the crooked smoaks climb to their nostrils
From our blest altars! Publish we this peace
To all our subjects. Set we forward: let
A Roman and a British ensign wave
Friendly together; so through Lud's town march.
And in the temple of great Jupiter
Our peace we'll ratine. Seal it with seasts.
Set on there: Never was a war did cease,
Ere bloody hands were wash'd, with such a peace.

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ROMEO

AND

JULIET.

Vol. VI. P PRO

PROLOGUE.

rT* W 0 Houjbolds, both alike in Dignity.,

In fair Verona, (where we lay our Scene) From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes,

A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; Whose mif-adventur'd piteous overthrows,

Do, with their death, bury their parents strife. The fearful passage of their death-marked love,

And the continuance of their parents rage,
Which but their childrens end nought could remove^

Is now the two hours traffick of our stage.
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here stall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

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