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I am, sir,
That I was he,
Iach. [Kneeling] I am down again :
Kneel not to me :
You holp us, sir,
you did mean indeed to be our brother ; Joy'd are we that you are. Post. Your servant, princes. Good my lord
of Rome, Call forth your soothsayer : as I slept, methought Great Jupiter, upon his eagle back'd, Appear'd to me, with other spritely shows Of mine own kindred: when I waked, I found This label on my bosom; whose containing Is so from sense in hardness, that I can Make no collection of it: let him show 409. fitment, proper equip- 430. containing, contents.
431. from sense, beyond com
prehension. 413. sinks, makes sink.
432. Make no collection of it, 422. holp, helped.
draw no inference from it.
His skill in the construction.
Read, and declare the meaning. Sooth. [Reads] “When as a lion's whelp shall, to himself unknown, without seeking find, and be embraced by a piece of tender air; and when from a stately cedar shall be lopped branches, which, being dead many years, shall after revive, be jointed to the old stock, and freshly grow; 440 then shall Posthumus end his miseries, Britain be fortunate and flourish in peace and plenty.' Thou, Leonatus, art the lion's whelp; The fit and apt construction of thy name, Being Leo-natus, doth import so much. [To Cymbeline] The piece of tender air, thy
This hath some seeming.
433. construction, interpre. There is clearly some corruption. tation.
For this Capell proposed thy, 449. who, i.e. Posthumus.
And to the Roman empire ; promising
Sooth. The fingers of the powers above do tune
Laud we the gods;
LEONTES, king of Sicilia.
Four Lords of Sicilia
DORCAS, } Shepherdesses.
Other Lords and Gentlemen, Ladies, Officers, and Servants,
Shepherds, and Shepherdesses.
Time, as Chorus.
DURATION OF TIME
The time comprises eight days represented on the stage, with intervals. Day 1. I. I., 2. II. 1.
An interval of twenty-three days.
An interval. Antigonus' voyage.
An interval (IV. 1.) of sixteen years.
An interval. Journey to Sicilia.