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CYMBELINE,

B Y

WILL. SHAKSPERE:

Printed Complete from the TEXT of

SAM. JOHNSON and GEO. STEEVENS,

And revised from the last Editions.

When Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes
First rear'd the Stage, immortal SHAKSPERE rase ;
Each change of many-colour'd life he drew,
Exhausted worlds, and then imagin'd new:
Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign,
And panting Time toil'd after him in vain :
His pow'rful strokes presiding Trath confess'd,
And unresisted Passion storm'd the breast.

DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON.

LONDON :

Printed for, and under the direction of,
John Bell, British Library, STRAND,
Bookseller to His Royal Highness the PRINCE of WALES

MDCCLXXXVI.

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Mr. Pope supposed the story of this play to have been bora row'd from a novel of Boccace; but he was mistaken, as an imitation of it is found in an old story-book entitled, Westward for Smelts. This imitation differs in as many particulars from the Italian novelist, as from Shakspere, though they concur in the more considerable parts of the fable. It was published in a quarto pamphlet 1603. This is the only copy of it which I have hitherto seen.

There is a late entry of it in the books of the Stationers' Company, Jan. 1619, where it is said to have been written by Kitt of Kingston.

STEEVENS. This play has many just sentiments, some natural dia. logues, and some pleasing scenes, but they are obtained at the expence of much incongruity. To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names, and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbecility, upon faults too evident for de. tection, and too gross for aggravation.

JOHNSON.

Dramatis personat.

MEN.

CYMBELINE, King of Britain.
CLOTEN, Son to the Queen by a former Husband.
LEONATUS POSTHUMUS, a Gentleman married to the

Princess,
BELARIUS, a banished Lord, disguised under the Name of

Morgan,
GUIDERIUS, disguised under the Names of Polydore and
ARVIR AGUS,

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Cadwal, supposed Sons 10 Belarius.
PHILARIO, an Italian, Friend 10 Posthumus.
I ACHIMO, Friend to Philario.
Caius Lucius, Ambassador from Rome.
PISANIO, Servant to Posthumus.
A French Gentleman.
CORNELIUS, a Physician.
Two Gentlemen.

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Queen, Wife to Cymbeline.
IMOGEN, Daughter to Cymbeline by a former Queer.
HELEN, Woman to Imogen.

Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, a Tribune, Apparitions, a

Soothsayer, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other
Attendants.

SCENE, sometimes in Britain; sometimes in Italy,

CYMBELIN E.

ACT I. SCENE I.

CYMBELINE's Palace in Britain. Enter two Gentlemen.

i 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?
Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his kingdom,

whom
He purpos’d to his wife's sole son (a widow,
That late he married), hath refer'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'di at very heart.

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2 Gent.

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