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PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.
CYMBELINE, king of Britain.
Imogen. BELARIUS, a banished lord, disguised under the name of Morgan.
sons to Cymbeline, disguised unGUIDERIUS, der the names of Polydore and ARVIRAGUS, Cadwal, supposed sons to Bela
rius. PHILARIO, friend to Posthumus,
Queen, wife to Cymbeline.
tions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a
Scene, sometimes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.
SCENE I.-Britain. The garden behind
Enter two Gentlemen.
1 Gent. You do not meet a man, but frowns : our
2 Gent. But what's the matter?
2 Gent. None but the king? i Gent. He, that hath lost her, too : so is the
That most desir'd the match: But not a courtier,
2 Gent. And why so?
2 Gent. You speak him far.
1 Gent, I do extend him, sir, within himself;
2 Gent. What's his name, and birth?
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; Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber :