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'Would I had known no more! but she must die, He has business at his house ; for all shall stay.
'Tis ten to one, this play can never please, Thou hast made me now a man; never, before All that are here: some come to take their ease, This happy child, did I get any thing:
And sleep an act or two; but those, we fear, This oracle of comfort has so pleas'd me,
We have frighted with our trumpets: so, 'tis clear
Which we have not done neither: that, I fear,
The merciful construction of good women; And ye shall find me thankful. Lead the way, For such a one we show'd them: if they smile, lords!
And say, 'twill do, I know, within a while
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA.
persons of the Drama. Peram, king of Troy.
Greciun commanders. DEIPHOBUS,
Theksites, a deformed and scurrilous Grecian.
ALEXANDER, servant to Cressida. Calchas, u Trojan priest , taking part with the Servant to Troilus: Servant to Paris; Servant to Greeks.
Diomedes, Pandarus, uncle to Cressida.
HELEN, wise to Menelaus. Margarelon, a bastard son of Priam.
AndroMACHE, wife to Hector.
Cassandra, daughter to Priam: a prophetess. Agamemnon, the Grecian general.
Cressida, daughter to Calchas.
Trojan and Greek Soldiers, and Attendants.
Of author's pen, or actor's voice; but suited
In like conditions as our argument,
Leaps o'er the vannt and firstlings of those broils,
'Ginning in the middle; starting thence away Fraught with the ministers and instruments To what
may be digested in a play. Of cruel war. Sixty and nine, that wore
Like, or find fault; do as your pleasures are;
Enter Troilus armed, and Pandarts.
Tro. Call here my varlet, f'll unarm again:
Why should I war without the walls of Troy, Their brave pavilions: Priam's six-gated city,
That find such cruel battle here within? Dardan, and Tymbria, Ilias, Ghetas, Trojan
Each Trojan, that is master of his heart, And Antenorides, with massy staples,
Let him to field ; Troilus, alas! hath none. And corresponsive and fulfilling bolts,
Pan. Will this geer ne'er be mended ? Sperr up the sons of Troy.
Tro. The Greeks are strong, and skilful to their Now expectation, tickling skittish spirits,
strength, On one and other side, Trojan and Greek, Fierce to their skill, and to their fierceness valiant ; Sets all on hazard :— and hither am I come But I am weaker, than a woman's tear, A prologue arm’d, - but not in confidence
|Tamer than sleer, fonder than ignorance;
Less valiant, than the virgin in the night,
Tro. Say I, she is not fair?
Pan. I do not care whether you do or no. She's
Tro. Sweet Pandarus, -
Pan. Pray you, speak no more to me; I will leave
(Exit Pandarus. An Alarum. Tro. Still have I tarried.
Tro. Peace, you ungracious clamours! peace, rude
It is too starv'd a subject for my sword.
I cannot come to Cressid, but by Pandar;
And he's as tetchy to be woo'd to woo,
Her bed is India; there she lies, a pearl:
Alarum. Enter AENEAS.
Paris is gor'd with Menelaus' horn. [Alarum. Tro. O Pandarus! I tell thee, Pandaras,
Aene. Hark! what good sport is out of town to-day! When I do tell thee, There my hopes lie drown'd, Tro. Better at home, if would I might, were may-. Reply not in how many fathoms deep
But, to the sport abroad;
are you bound thither? They lie indrench'd. I tell thee, I am mad
dene. In all swift haste.
SCENE II.-The same. A street.
Enter Cressida and ALEXANDER.
Cres. Who were those went by?
Whose height commands as subject all the vale,
Is, as a virtue, fix'd, to-day was movd:
And, like as there were husbandry in war,
Before the sun rose, he was harness'd light,
And to the field goes he; where every flower
Cres. What was his cause of anger?
Cres. Good; and what of him?
And stands alone.
churlish as the bear, slow as the elephant: a man,
Аст As knots, by the conflux of meeting sap,
Whe shall hear music, wit, and oracle.
Upo Tortive and errant from his course of growth. And the great Hector's sword had lack'd a master,
And Nor, princes, is it matter new to us,
But for these instances.
He That, after seven years' siege, yet Troy walls stand; And, look, how many Grecian tents do stand
Thy Sith every action, that hath gone before, Hollow upon this plain, so many hollow factions.
And Whereof we have record, trial did draw When that the general is not like the hive,
Lies Bias and thwart; not answering the aim, To whom the foragers shall all repair,
To 1 And that unbodied figure of the thought, What honey is expected ? Degree being vizarded,
Twi That gave't surmised shape. Why then, you princes, The unworthiest shows as fairly in the mask.
Such Do you with cheeks abash'd behold our works; The heavens themselves, the planets, and this centre,
Hea And think them shames, which are, indeed, nought Observe degree, priority, and place,
Tis else Iusisture, course, proportion, season, form,
Whi But the protractive trials of great Jove,
Office, and custom, in all line of order:
Frog In fortune's love: for then, the bold and coward, amidst the other; whose med'cinable eye
Crie The wise and fool, the artist and unread, Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil,
No The hard and soft, seem all affin'd and kin: And posts, like the commandment of a king, But, in the wind and tempest of her ti own, Sans check, to good and bad. But, when the planets,
The Distinction, with a broad and powerful fan, In evil mixture, to disorder wander,
Of Paffing at all, winnows the light away; What plagues, and what portents? what mutiny?
Ye And what hath mass, or matter, hy itself What raging of the sea ? shaking of earth?
T Lies, rich in virtue, and unmingled.
Commotion in the winds? frights, changes, horrors,
The unity and married calm of states
AI Lies the true proof of men. The sea being smooth, Which is the ladder of all high designs,
Sh llow many shallow bauble boats dare sail The enterprize is sick! How could communities,
Sir Upon her patient breast, making their way Degrees in schools, and brotherhoods in cities,
02 With those of nobler bulk? Peaceful commerce from dividable shores,
In But let the roffian Boreas once enrage The primogenitive and due of birth,
AU The gentle Thetis, and, anon, behold Prerogative of age, crowns, sceptres, laurels,
Se The strong- ribb’d bark through liquid mountains cut, But by degree, stand in authentic place?
Ac Bounding between the two moist elements, Take but degree away, untune that string,
Es Like Perseus' horse: where's then the saucy boat, And, hark, what discord follows! each thing meets Sad Whose weak untimber'd sides but even now In mere oppugnancy. The bounded waters
As Co-rival'd greatness? either to harbour fled, Should lift their bosoms higher, than the shores,
N Cr made a toast for Neptane. Even so
And make a sop of all this solid globe: Doth valour's show, and valour's worth, divide, Strength should be lord of imbecility, In storms of fortune: for, in her ray and brightness. And the rude son should strike his father dead : The herd hath more annoyance by the brize, Force should be right; or, rather, right and wrong, Than by the tiger: but when the splitting wind (Between whose endless jar justice resides,) Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks,
Should lose their names, and so should justice too. And flies fled under shade, why, then, the thing of cou- Then every thing includes itself in power,
Power into will, will into appetite;
Must make perforce an universal prey,
And, last, eat up himself. Great Agamemnon,
Follows the choking.
And this neglection of degree it is,
It hath to climb. The general's disdain'd
(To Agamemnon. That next, by him beneath; so every step, And thou most reverend for thy stretch'd-out life, Exampled by the first pace, that is sick
[To Nestor. Of his superior, grows to an envious fever I give to both your speeches, -- which were such, of pale and bloodless emulation : As Agamemnon and the hand of Greece
And 'tis this fever that keeps Troy on foot, Should hold up high in brass; and such again, Not her own sinews. To end a tale of length, As venerable Nestor, hatch'd in silver,
Troy in our weakness stands, not in her strength.
The sinew and the forehand of our host, —-
Grows dainty of his worth, and in his tent
Upon a lazy bed, the live-long day
Aene. May one, that is a herald, and a prince,
Do a fair message to his kingly ears?
Agam. With surety stronger than Achilles' arm (Which, slanderer, he imitation calls,)
'Fore all the Greekish heads, which with one voice
Aene. Fair leave, and large security. How may
Are ceremonious courtiers.
As bending angels; that's their fame in peace :
as near, as the extremest ends But when they would seem soldiers, they have galls, Of parallels; as like as Vulcan and his wife : Good arms, strong joints, true swords; and, Jove's Yet good Achilles still cries : Excellent !
Peace, Trojan! lay thy finger on thy lips !
But what the repining enemy commends,
Agam. Sir, you of Troy, call you yourself Aeneas ?
Agam. What's your assair, I pray you?
Aene. Sir, pardon ; 'tis for Agamennon's ears.
Agam. He hears nought privately, that comes from
Aene. Nor I from Troy come not to whisper him:
I bring a trumpet to awake his ear;
And then to speak.
4gam. Speak frankly as the wind;
That thou shalt know, Trojan, he is awake,
Send thy brass voice through all these lazy tents;
What Troy means fairly, shall be spoke aloud.
[i'rumpet sounds. How rank soever rounded in with danger.
We have, great Agamemnon, here in Troy
Who in this dull and long-continued truce
Is rusty grown; he bade me take a trumpet,
That knows his valour, and knows not his fear;
Shall make it good, or do his best to do it,
Thetis' sons. Trumpet sounds. Than ever Greek did compass in his arms;
And will to-morrow with his trumpet call,
Mid-way between yonr tents and walls of Troy,
To rousc a Grecian that is true in love:
If any come, Hector shall honour him;
If none, he'll say in Troy, when he retires,
The Grecian dames are sun-burn'd, and not worth
The splinter of a lance. Even so much.
Agam. This shall be told our lovers, lord Aeneas ; What heart receives from hence a conquering part, T
A We left them all at home: but we are soldiers; Which entertain'd, limbs are his instruments,
TY And may that soldier a mere recreant prove, In no less working, than are swords and bows That means not, hath pot, or is not in love! Directive by the limbs.
the If then one is, or bath, or means to be,
Ulys. Give pardon to my speech!-
Ti When Hector's grandsire suck'd: he is old now; And think, perehance, they'll sell; if not,
Ach But, if there be not in our Grecian host
The lustre of the better shall exceed,
thoi To answer for his love, tell him from me, - That ever Hector and Achilles meet;
A I'll hide my silver beard in a gold beaver, For both our honour and our shame, in this,
TI And in my vantbrace put this wither'd brawn; Are dogg'd with two strange followers.
A And, meeting him, will tell him, that my lady Nest. I see them not with my old eyes ; what are
TO Was fairer than his grandąme, and as chaste
they? As may be in the world. His youth in flood, Ulys. What glory our Achilles shares from Hector, I'll prove this truth with my three drops of blood. Were he not proud, we all should share with him :
TO dene. Now heavens forbid such scarcity of youth! Bat he already is too insolent; Ulys. Amen! And we were better parch in Afric sun,
T Agam. Fair lord Aeneas, let me tonch your hand; Than in the pride and salt scorn of his eyes,
ha To our pavilion shall I lead you, sir !
Should he 'scape Hector fair : if he were foil'd, Achilles shall have word of this intent;
th Why, then we did our main opinion crush So shall each lord of Greece, from tent to tent:
be In taint of our best man. No, make a lottery; Yourself shall feast with us before you go, And, by device, let blockish Ajax draw And find the welcome of a noble foe.
The sort to find with Hector. Among ourselves, [Exeunt all but Ulysses and Nestor. Give him allowance for the better man, Ulys. Nestor,
For that will physic the great Myrmidon,
Who broils in loud applause; and make him fall
do We'll dress him up in voices: if he fail, Ulys. This 'tis:
Yet go we under our opinion still,
Nest. Ulysses, To overbulk us all.
Now I begin to relish thy advice; Nest. Well, and how ?
And I will give a taste of it forth with Ulys. This challenge, that the gallant Hector To Agamemnon: go we to him straight. sends,
Two cars shall tame each other: pride alone However it is spread in general name,
Must tarre the mastiffs on, as 'twere their bone.
Nest. The purpose is perspicuous even as substance,
SCENE I. -- Another part of the Grecian camp. As banks of Lybia, - though, Apollo knows,
Enter Ajax and THERSITES. 'Tis dry enough, will with great speed of judg- Ajax. Thersites, -ment,
Ther. Agamemnon - how if he had boils? full, all Ay, with celerity, find Hector's purpose
over, generally? Pointing on him.
not the general run then? were not that a botchy
? With their fin'st palate: and trust to me, Ulysses, Feel then ! Our imputation shall be oddly pois'd
Ther. The plagne of Greece upon thee, thou more In this wild action: for the success,
grel beef-witted lord !
I'll beat thee into handsomeness!
than thou learn a prayer without book. Thoa caust
Ther. Dost thou think, I have no sense, thou strik'st As 'twere from forth us all, a man distillid
me thus? Out of our virtues; who miscarrying,
Ajax. The proclamation,
see none now.