Cymbeline

Cymbeline

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Cymbeline

Cymbeline

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The play of Cymbeline was printed for the first time in the Folio of 1623, where it is placed among the tragedies, and is the last play in the volume. It is there divided throughout into acts and scenes.

I have found the text often difficult to ascertain, and have felt how much cause there is to regret that we possess no Quarto, by which to test the readings of the Folio and correct some of its errors. It has seemed best to be conservative of the original text, where very strong reasons do not appear for departure from it. But I have accepted some alterations in punctuation suggested by Vaughan and others--alterations which in some instances affect the meaning of the passages.

With respect to the collation of the Folios, for which I have used my own copies of F 2 and F 4, and the Cambridge edition and Mr. Craig's New Shakspere Society edition for F 3, I have noted what appears to me of importance and nothing more. It would have been easier to have asked the printers to set up Mr. Craig's complete collation, than to pick out the various readings which seem to me to deserve attention. The variations of the later Folios from the first do not in my eyes possess in general even the value of editorial alterations, for the greater number of them are due to the carelessness of seventeenth-century printers. But as the text is difficult and has caused much throwing about of brains, I have been somewhat liberal in recording the conjectures of critics. A hesitating conjecture of my own with reference to the words of Imogen, marked with an obelus in the Globe Shakespeare, as probably corrupt:

Think that you are upon a rock, and now Throw me again,

has received some countenance, which I did not expect, from the article "lock" in the New English Dictionary. This additional evidence I have given in a note at the end of the volume.

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