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  • Title: Cymbeline (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: Jennifer Forsyth
  • ISBN: 1-55058-300-X

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Jennifer Forsyth
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    Cymbeline (Folio 1, 1623)

    Scena Secunda.
    Enter Lucius, Iachimo, and the Romane Army at one doore:
    and the Britaine Army at another: Leonatus Posthumus
    following like a poore Souldier. They march ouer, and goe
    2895out. Then enter againe in Skirmish Iachimo and Posthu-
    mus: he vanquisheth and disarmeth Iachimo, and then
    leaues him.
    Iac. The heauinesse and guilt within my bosome,
    Takes off my manhood: I haue belyed a Lady,
    2900The Princesse of this Country; and the ayre on't
    Reuengingly enfeebles me, or could this Carle,
    A very drudge of Natures, haue subdu'de me
    In my profession? Knighthoods, and Honors borne
    As I weare mine) are titles but of scorne.
    2905If that thy Gentry (Britaine) go before
    This Lowt, as he exceeds our Lords, the oddes
    Is, that we scarse are men, and you are Goddes. Exit.
    The Battaile continues, the Britaines fly, Cymbeline is
    taken: Then enter to his rescue, Bellarius, Guiderius,
    2910and Aruiragus.
    Bel. Stand, stand, we haue th' aduantage of the ground,
    The Lane is guarded: Nothing rowts vs, but
    The villany of our feares.
    Gui. Arui. Stand, stand, and fight.
    2915Enter Posthumus, and seconds the Britaines. They Rescue
    Cymbeline, and Exeunt.
    Then enter Lucius, Iachimo, and Imogen.
    Luc. Away boy from the Troopes, and saue thy selfe:
    For friends kil friends, and the disorder's such
    2920As warre were hood-wink'd.
    Iac. 'Tis their fresh supplies.
    Luc. It is a day turn'd strangely: or betimes
    Let's re-inforce, or fly. Exeunt