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THE TEXT CAREFULLY RESTORED ACCORDING TO
THE FIRST EDITIONS; WITH INTRODUCTIONS,
NOTES ORIGINAL AND SELECTED, AND
A LIFE OF THE POET;
REV. H. N. HUDSON, A.M.
REVISED EDITION, WITH ADDITIONAL NOTES.
IN TWELVE VOLUMES.
ESTES AND LAURIAT,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by
NOYES, HOLMES, AND COMPANY,
UNIVERSITY PRESS :
THE TRAGEDY OF CYMBELINE.
The only contemporary notice that has reached us of The TRAGEDY OF CYMBELINE is from Dr. Simon Forman's « Book of Plays and Notes thereof," lately discovered by Mr. Collier i the Ashmolean Museum ; the same dealer in occult science who bas been met with in our Introductions to The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, and King Richard II. Unluckily, Forman’s notice of Cymbeline does not give the date and place of the performance ; but from the dates set down in other parts of his Diary it appears that he must have seen the play acted some time between the 20th of April, 1610, and the 15th of May, 1611. We subjoin the greater part of the notice :
“ Remember, also, the story of Cymbeline, how Lucius came from Octavius Cæsar for tribute, and, being denied, after with a great army, who landed at Milford-Haven, and were vanquished by Cymbeline, and Lucius taken prisoner; and all by means of three outlaws, of the which two were the sons of Cymbeline, stolen from him when they were but two years old, by an old man whom Cymbeline banished; and he kept them as his own sons twenty years with him in a cave. And how one of them slew Cloten, that was the Queen's son, going to Milford-Haven to seek the love of Imogen, the king's daughter. And how the Italian that came from her love conveyed himself into a chest; and said it was a chest of plale, sent from her love and others. And in the deepest of the night, she being asleep, he opened the chest and came forth, and viewed her in her bed, and the marks of her body, and took away her bracelet; and after accused her of adul. tery to her love. And, in the end, how he came with the Romans into England, and was taken prisoner, and after revealed to Imogen, who had turned herself into man's apparel, and fled to meet her love at Milford-Haven ; and chanced to fall on the cave in the woods where her two brothers were. And how, hy eating a sleep. ing dram, they thought she had been dead, and laid her in the