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A lass unparallel'd.-Downy windows, close;
Enter the Guard, rushing in.
Speak softly, wake her not. 1 Guard. Cæsar hath sent, Char.
Too slow a messenger.
[Applies an asp. 0, come apace, despatch: I partly feel thee. 1 Guard. Approach, ho! all's not well: Cæsar's beguild. 2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar; call him. 1 Guard. What work is here !-Charmian, is this well
[Dies. Re-enter DOLABELLA. Dol. How goes it here? 2 Guard.
All dead. Dol.
Cæsar, thy thoughts Touch their effects in this: thyself art coming To see perform'd the dreaded act which thou So sought'st to hinder. Within.
A way there, a way for Cæsar:
Re-enter CÆSAR and his Train.
Bravest at the last,
Who was last with them?
Poison'd then. 1 Guard.
O noble weakness!
If they had swallow'd poison 'twould appear
Here on her breast
1 Guard. This is an aspic's trail: and these fig-leaves
CYMBELINE, King of Britain.
Sons to CYMBELINE, disguised under the ARVIRAGUS,
names of POLYDORE and CADWAL, sup
posed Sons to BELARIUS. PHILARIO
, Friend to POSTHUMUS, } Italians.
QUEEN, Wife to CYMBELINE.
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.
SCENE I.-BRITAIN. The Garden behind CYMBELINE'S
Enter two Gentlemen. I Gent. You do not meet a man but frowns : our bloods No more obey the heavens than our courtiers Still seem as does the king. 2 Gent.
But what's the matter? 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of's kingdom, whom He purpos'd to his wife's sole son,
- a widow That late he married,-hath referr'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'd at very heart. 2 Gent.
None but the king?
And why so?
You speak him far.