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Cymbeline, king of Britain.
Cloten, son to the queen by a former husband. Leonatus Posthumus, a gentleman, husband to Imogen. Belarius, a banished lord, disguised under the name of Morgan.
Guiderius, sons to Cymbeline, disguised under the Arviragus, names of Polydore and Cadwal, supposed sons to Belarius.
Philario, friend to Posthumus,
A French Gentleman, friend to Philario.
Cornelius, a physician.
Queen, wife to Cymbeline.
Imogen, daughter to Cymbeline by a former queen.
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.
The Garden behind Cymbe
line's Palace. Enter two Gentlemen.
You do not meet a man, but frowns: our bloods
No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers;
But what's the matter? 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his kingdom, whom
He purpos'd to his wife's sole son, (a widow,
None but the king?
2 Gent. 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.
And why so? 1 Gent. He that hath miss'd the princess, is a thing Too bad for bad report: and be 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
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.
What's his name, and birth?
Died with their swords in hand; for which their father