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Thy two sons forth, who, by Belarius stol'n,
Soothsayer. The fingers of the powers above do tune
Laud we the gods;
ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE NOTES.
Abbott (or Gr.), Abbott's Shakespearian Grammar (third edition).
Coll., Collier (second edition).
Walker, Wm. Sidney Walker's Critical Examination of the Text of Shakespeare (London, 1860).
The abbreviations of the names of Shakespeare's Plays will be readily understood; as T. N. for Twelfth Night, Cor. for Coriolanus, 3 Hen. VI. for The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth, etc. P. P. refers to The Passionate Pilgrim; V. and A. to Venus and Adonis; L. C. to Lover's Complaint ; and Sonn. to the Sonnets.
When the abbreviation of the name of a play is followed by a reference to page, Rolfe's edition of the play is meant.
The numbers of the lines (except for the present play) are those of the “Globe" ed. or of the American reprint of that ed.
INTRODUCTION. The following extracts from Holinshed (see p. 11 above) include all the portions of the chronicle which Shakespeare can have used in writing the play:
“After the death of Cassibelane, Theomantius or Lenantius, the youngest son of Lud, was made king of Britain in the year of the world 3921, after the building of Rome 706, and before the coming of Christ 45. . Theomantius ruled the land in good quiet, and paid the tribute to the Romans which Cassibelane had granted, and finally departed this life after he had reigned twenty-two years, and was buried at London.
.“Kym beline or Cimbeline, the son of Theomantius, was of the Britains made king, after the decease of his father, in the year of the world 3944, after the building of Rome 728, and before the birth of our Saviour 33: This man (as some write) was brought up at Rome, and there made knight by Augustus Cæsar, under whom he served in the wars, and was in such favour with him that he was at liberty to pay his tribute or not.... Touching the continuance of the years of Kymbeline's reign some writers do vary, but the best approved affirm that he reigned thirty-five years and then died, and was buried at London, leaving behind him two sons, Guiderius and Arviragus. But here is to be noted that, although our