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Cymbeline: Act V, Scene 2

Act V, Scene 2

Field of battle between the British and Roman camps.

  1. Enter Lucius, Jachimo, and the Roman army at one door, and
  2. the Britain army at another; Leonatus Posthumus following,
  3. like a poor soldier.
  1. They march over and go out.
  1. Then enter again, in skirmish, Jachimo and Posthumus.
  1. Posthumus vanquisheth and disarmeth Jachimo.
  1. Posthumus then leaves him.


1 - 10
  1. The heaviness and guilt within my bosom
  2. Takes off my manhood. I have belied a lady,
  3. The Princess of this country; and the air on’t
  4. Revengingly enfeebles me, or could this carl,
  5. A very drudge of nature’s, have subdu’d me
  6. In my profession? Knighthoods and honors, borne
  7. As I wear mine, are titles but of scorn.
  8. If that thy gentry, Britain, go before
  9. This lout as he exceeds our lords, the odds
  10. Is that we scarce are men and you are gods.
  1. Exit.
  1. The battle continues, the Britains fly, Cymbeline is taken.
  1. Then enter, to his rescue, Belarius, Guiderius, and
  2. Arviragus.


11 - 13
  1. Stand, stand! We have th’ advantage of the ground,
  2. The lane is guarded. Nothing routs us but
  3. The villainy of our fears.

Both Arviragus and Guiderius

  1.                            Stand, stand, and fight!
  1. Enter Posthumus and seconds the Britains.
  1. They rescue Cymbeline and exeunt.
  1. Then enter Lucius, Jachimo, and Imogen.

Caius Lucius

15 - 17
  1. Away, boy, from the troops, and save thyself;
  2. For friends kill friends, and the disorder’s such
  3. As war were hoodwink’d.


  1.                         ’Tis their fresh supplies.

Caius Lucius

19 - 20
  1. It is a day turn’d strangely. Or betimes
  2. Let’s reinforce, or fly.
  1. Exeunt.
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