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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
DR. SAMVEL JOHNSON
Printed for, and under the dire&tion of,
On The Fable and Composition or
C Y M B E L I N E.
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.
STEEV ENS 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 detection, and too gross for aggravation.
JOHNSON. Dramatis personat.
CYMBELINE, King of Britain.
Morgan. GUIDERIUS, disguised under the Names of Polydore and ARVIRAGUS, S Cadwal, supposed Sons 10 Belarius. PHILARIO, an Italian, Friend 10 Posthumus. 1 ACHIMO, Friend to Philario. CAIUS LUCIUS, Ambassador from Rome. PISANIO, Servant to Posthumus. A French Gentleman. CORNELIUS, a Physician. Two Gentlemen,
Queen, Wife to Cymbeline.
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, a Tribune, Apparitions, a
Soothsayer, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants,
SCENE, sometimes in Britain; sometimes in Italy.
C Y M B E L I N E.
ACT I. SCENE I.
CYMBELINE's Palace in Britain. Enter two Gentlemen.
You do not meet a man, but frowns: our bloods