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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. SAMUEL JOHNSON.
Printed for, and under the direction of,
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.
CYMBELINE, King of Britain.
disguised under the Names of Polydore and
Cadwal, supposed Sons 10 Belarius.
Queen, Wife to Cymbeline.
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, a Tribune, Apparitions, a
Soothsayer, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other
SCENE, sometimes in Britain; sometimes in Italy,
ACT I. SCENE I.
CYMBELINE's Palace in Britain. Enter two Gentlemen.
You do not meet a man, but frowns: our bloods