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is? Is not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and such like, the spice and salt that season a man?
Cres. Ay, a minced man: and then to be baked with no date in the pye, —for then the man's date is out.
Pan. You are such a woman ! one knows not at what ward you lie.
Cres. Upon my back, to defend my belly; upon my wit, to defend my wiles; upon my secrecy, to defend mine honesty ; my mask, to defend my beauty; and you, to defend all these : and at all these wards I lie, at a thousand watches. Pan. Say one of your
watches. Cres. Nay, I'll watch you for that; and that's one of the chiefest of them too; if I cannot ward what I would not have hit, I can watch you for telling how I took the blow; unless it swell past hiding, and then it is past watching.
Pan. You are such another!
Enter Troilus' Boy. Boy. Sir, my lord would instantly speak with you. Pan. Where? Boy. At your own house; there he unarms him.
Pan. Good boy, tell him I come: [Exit Boy.] I doubt, he be hurt.-Fare ye well, good niece.
Cres. Adieu, uncle.
no date in the pye,] To account for the introduction of this quibble, it should be remembered that dates were an ingredient in ancient pastry of almost every kind.
at what ward you lie.) A metaphor from the art of defence.
Pan. Ay, a token from Troilus.
this,Men prize the thing ungain’d more than it is: That she was never yet, that ever knew Love got so sweet, as when desire did sue: Therefore this maxim out of love I teach, Achievement is command; ungain’d, beseech :: Then though my heart's contento firm love doth bear, Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear. (Exit.
The Grecian Camp. Before Agamemnon's Tent.
Trumpets. Enter AGAMEMNON, Nestor, Ulysses,
MENELAUS, and Others. Agam. Princes, What grief hath set the jaundice on your cheeks? The ample proposition, that hope makes In all designs begun on earth below, Fails in the promis'd largeness: checks and disasters Grow in the veins of actions highest rear'd;
> Achievement is command; ungain'd, beseech:] The meaning of this obscure line seems to be—“ Men, after possession, become our commanders; before it, they are our suppliants."
my heart's content - ] Content for capacity, or perhaps for consent.
As knots, by the confiús of meeting sap,
Nest. With due observance of thy godlike seat, Great Agamemnon, Nestor shall apply Thy latest words. In the reproof of chance Lies the true proof of men: The sea being smooth, How many shallow bauble boats dare sail Upon her patient breast, making their way With those of nobler bulk? But let the ruffian Boreas once enrage
-afrin'd-) i. e. joined by affinity.
Nestor shall apply-] Perhaps Nestor means, that he will attend particularly to, and consider, Agamemnon's latest words.
The gentle Thetis, and, anon, behold
[TO AGAMEMNON. And thou most reverend for thy stretch'd-out life,
[To NESTOR. I give to both your speeches,—which were such, As Agamemnon and the hand of Greece Should hold up high in brass; and such again, As venerable Nestor, hatch'd in silver,
by the brize,) The brize is the gad or horse-fy. And flies filed under shade,) i. e. And dies are filed under shade.
the thing of courage,] It is said of the tiger, that in storms and high winds he rages and roars most furiously.
· Returns to chiding) Chiding is noisy, clamorous.