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day? he's not hurt: why, this will do Helen's what I would not have hit, I can watch you for heart good now. Ha! 'would I could see Troi- telling how I took the blow; unless it swell past Jus now!-you shall see Troilus anon.

hiding, and then it is past watching. Cres. Who's that!

Pan. You are such another!
Helenus passes over.


Enter Troilus' Boy. Pan. That's Helenus,--I marvel, where Troilus Boy. Sir, mylord would instantlyspeakwith you. is:- That's Helenus;- I think he went not forth Pan. Where. to-day ;-That's Helenus.

Boy. At your own house; there he unarms him. Cres. Can Helenus fight, uncle?

Pan. Good boy, tell him I come [Exit Boy]: Pan. Helenus? no;-yes, he'll fight indifferent 101 doubt he he hurt.-Fare ye well, good niece. well:-1 marvel, where Troilus is!-Hark; do Cres. Adieu, uncle. you not hear the people cry, Troilus ?-Helenus Pan. I'll be with you, niece, by-and-by. is a priest.

Cres. To bring, uncle,-
Cres. What sneaking fellow comes yonder? Pan. Ay, a token from Troilus.
Troilus passes oter.

15) Cres. By the same token-you are a bawd. Pan. Where? yonder? that's Deïphobus: 'Tis

[Exit Pandarus. Troilus! there's a man, niece!--Hem!--Braye Words, vows, gifts, tears, and love's full sacrifice, Troilus! the prince of chivalry!

He offers in another's enterprize: Cres. Peace, for shame, peace!

But more in Troilos thousand fold I see Pan. Mark' him; note him :-0 brave Troi-20 Than in the glass of Pandar's praise may be ; lus!—Iook well upon him, niece; look you, how

Yet hold I off. Women are angels, wooing; his sword is bloody'd, and his helm more hack'd Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing:than Hector's! And how he looks, and how he That she belov'd knows nought, that knows not goes! O admirable youth! he ne'er saw three

this,and twenty. Go thy way, Troilus, go thy way;25 Men prize the thing ungain'd more than it is : had I a sister were a grace, or a daughter'a god- That she was never yet, that ever knew dess, he should také his choice. O admirable Love got so sweet, as when desire did sue: man!— Paris? Paris is dirt to him; and, I war- Therefore this maxim out of love I teach,rant, Helen, to change, would give an eye to Atchievement is, commard; ungain’d, beseech: boot.

30 Then though my heart's content firm love doth Enter oldiers, fc.

bear, Cres. Here come more.

Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear. Pan. Asses, fools, dolts! chaff and bran, chaff

(Exeunt. and bran! porridge after meat! I could live and die i’ the eyes of Troilus. Ne'er look, ne'er 35

SCENE III. look; the eagles are gone; crows and daws,

The Grecian Camp. crows and daws! I had rather be such a man as Troilus, than Agamemnon and all Greece. Trumpets. Enter Agamemnon, Nestor, Ulysses, Cres. There is among the Greeks, Achilles; a

Menelaus, with others. better man than Troilus.

40 Agam. Princes, Pan. Achilles? a dray-man, a porter, a very

What grief hath set the jaundice on your cheeks? camel.

The ample proposition that hope makes Cres. Well, well.

In all designs begun on earth below, [asters Pan. Well, well? Why, have you any discre- Fails in the promis'd largeness; checks and distion? have you any eyes? Do you know what a 45 Grow in the veins of actions highest rear'd; banis? Is not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, As knots, by the conflux of meeting sap, manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, libe

Infect the sound pine, and divert his grain rality, and such like, the spice and salt that season

Tortive and errant from his course of growth. man?

Nor, princes, is it matter new to us, Cres. Ay, a minc'd man: and then to be bak'd 50 That we come short of our suppose so far, with no date in the pye,-for then the man's That,after seven years'siege, yet Troy walls stand;

Sith every action that hath Pan. You are such a woman! one knows not Whereof we have record, trial did draw at what ward you lie.

3ias and thwart, not answering the aim, Cres. Upon my back, to defend my belly; upon 55 And that unbodied figure of the thought my wit, to defend my wiles; upon my secrecy, to

l'hat gave't surmised shape. Whythen, youprinces, defend mine honesty; my mask, to defend my Do


with checks abash'd behold our works; beauty; and you, to defend all these : and at all And think them shames, which are, indeed, these wards I bie, at a thousand watches.

rought else Pan. Say one of your watches.

100 But the protractive trials of great Jove, Cres. Nay, I'll watch you for that; and that's To find persistive constancy in men? one of the chiefest of thein too: if I cannot ward! The fineness of which metal is not found

' To account for the introduction of this quibble, it should be remembered that dates were an ingredient in ancient pa:try of almost every kind.

ii. e. that woman. : Content for capacity.

date is out.

gone before,

In fortune's love: for then, the bold and coward, Ulyss. Troy, yet upon her basis, had been down, The wise and fool, the artist and unrad, And the great Hector's sword had lack'd a masThe hard and soft, secm all affin'd and kin: But for these instances.

ter, But, in the wind and tempest of her frowni, The specialty of rule hath been neglected; Distinction, with a broad and powerful fan, 5 And, look, how many Grecian tents do stand Puffing at all, winnow's the light away ;

Hollow upon this plain, so many hollow factions. And what hath mass, or matter, by itself When that the general is not like the hive, Lies, rich in virtue, and unmingled.

To whom the foragers shall all repair,
Nest. With due observasice of thy godlike seat, What honey is expected? Degree being vizarded,
Great Agamemnon, Nestor shall apply 10 The unworthiest shews as fairly in the mask.
Thy latest words. In the reproof ot chance The heavens themselves, the planets, and this
Lies the true proof of men: The sea being smooth,

How many shallow bauble boats dare sail Observe degree, priority, and place,
Upon her patient breast, making their way Insisture, course, proportion, season, form,
With those of nobler bulk?

15 Office, and custom, in all line of order: But let the ruffian Borcas once enrage

And therefore is the glorious planet, Sol, The gentle Thetis, and, anon, behold (cut, in noble eminence enthron'd and spherd The strong-ribb'd bark through liquid mountains Amidst the other; whose med'cinable eye Bounding between the two moist elements, Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil, Like Perseus' horse: Where's then the saucy boat,|20.3nd posts, like the commandment of a king, Whose weak untimber'd sides but even now Sans check, to good and bad: But, when the Co-rival'd greatness? either to harbour fled,

planets, Or made a toast for Neptune. Even so In evil mixture, to disorder wander, Doth valour's shew, and valour's worth, divide What plagues, and what portents? what mutiny? In storms of fortune: For,in her ray and brightness, 25 What raging of the sca: shaking of earth? (rors, The herd hath more annoyance by the brize', Commotion in the winds ? frights, changes, horThan by the tyger : but when splitting winds Divert and crack, rend and deracinate Make flexible the knees of knotted oaks,

The unity and married calm of states And flies flee under shade, Why, then, the thing!. Quite from their fixture? O,when degree is shak’d, of courage,

30 Which is the ladder to all high designs, As rous'd with rage, with rage doth sympathize, The enterprize is sick! How could communities, And with an accent tun'd in self-same key, Degrees in schools, and brotherhoods in cities', Returns to chiding fortune.

Peaceful commerce from dividable shores, Ulyss. Agamemnon,

[Greece, l'he primogenitive and due of birth, Thou great commander, nerve and bone of 35 Prerogative of age, crowns, scepters, laurels, Heart of our numbers, soul and only spirit, But by degree, stand in authentic place? In whom the tempers and the minds of all Take but degree away, untune that string, Should be shut up,-hear what Ulysses speaks. And, hark, what discord follows! each thing meets Besides the applause and approbation

In meer oppugnancy: The bounded waters The which,-most mighty for thy place and 40 Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores, sway,

[To Agamemnon. And make a sop of all this solid globe: And thou most reverend for thy stretcht-out life, Strength should be lord of imbecility,

[To Nestor. And the rude son should strike his father dead: I give to both your speeches,—which were such, Force should be right; or, rather right and wrong As Agamemnon and the hand of Greece 45(Between whose endless jar justice resides) Should hold up high in brass; and such again, Should lose their names, and so should justice too As venerable Nestor, hatch'd in silver',

Then every thing includes itself in power, Should with a bond of air (strong as the axle-tree Power into will, will into appetite; On which heaven rides) knit all the Greekish ears And appetite, an universal wolf, To his experienc'd tongue,-Yet let it please both, 50 50 doubly seconded with will and power, Thou great,--and wise,--to hear Ulysses speak. Must make perforce an universal prey, Agam. Speak, prince of Ithaca; and be't of less And, last, eat up himself. Great Agamemnony expect

This chaos, when degree is suffocate, That matter needless, of importless burden, Follows the choaking. Divide thy lips; than we are confident, 55 And this neglection of degree it is, When rank Thersites opes his mastitt jaws, That by a pace goes backward', with a purpose We shall hear music, wit, and oracle.

|It hath to climb: The general 's disdain'd • The brize is the gad or horse-fly. ? It is said of the tiger, that in storms and high winds he rages and roars most furiously. 3 Hatch'd in silver, may mean, whose white hair and beard make him look like a figure engraved on silver. * i.e. the particular rights of supremne authority. 'i.e. the earth; which, according to the Ptolemaïc system, then in vogue, is the center of the solar system. : i.e. corporations, companies, confraternities. That goes backward step by step.




By him one step below: he, by the next; In such a rein', in full as proud a place
That next, by him beneath: so every step, As broad Achilles; kecps his tent like him;
Exampled by the first pace that is sick

Makes tactious feasts ; rails on our state of war,
Of his superior, grows to an envious fever Bold as an oracle: and sets Thersites
Of pale and bloodless emulation":

5(A slave, whose gall coins slanders like a mint) And 'tis this fever that keeps Troy on foot, To inatch us in comparisons with dirt; Not her own sinews. To end a tale of length, To weaken and discredit our exposurc, Troy in our weakness stands, not in her strength. How rank soever rounded in with danger.

Nest. Most wisely hath Ulysses here discover'd Ul;ss. They tax our policy,and call it cowardice; The fever whereof all our power is sick.

10 Count wisdom as no member of the war; Agam. The nature of the sickness found, Ulysses, Forestall pre-science, and esteem no act What is the remedy?

But that of hand: the still and mental parts, Ulyss. The great Achilles, whom opinion crowns That do contrive how many hands shall strike, The šinew and the forehand of our host,

When fitness calls them on; and know, by meaHaving his ear full of his airy fame,

15 Grows dainty of his worth, and in his tent Of their observant toil, the enemies' weight, Lies mocking our designs: With him, Patroclus, Why, this hath not a finger's dignity; Upon a lazy bed, the livelong day

They call this—bed-work, mappery, closet war: Breaks scurril jests ;

So that the ram, that batters down the wall, And with ridiculous and awkward action 20 For the great swing and rudeness of his poize, (Which, slanderer, he imitation calls)

Chey place before his hand that made the engive; He pageants us. Sometime, gr at Agamemnon, Or those, that with the fineness of their souls Thy toplesso deputation he puts on;

By reason guide his execution.
And, like a strutting player, --whose conceit Nest. Let this be granted, and Achilles' horse
Lies in his ham-string, and doth think it rich 25 Makes many Thetis' sons. [Trumpet sounds.
To hear the wooden dialogue and sound

Agum. What trumpet? look, Menelaus.
Twixt his stretch'd footing and the scaffoldage, Men. From Troy.
Such to-be-pitied and o'er-rested seeming

Enter Æneas.
He acts thy greatness in: and when he speaks, Agam. What would you'fore our tent? [you?
'Tis like a chimie a mending; with terms ansquar'd, 30 Ane. Is this great Agamemnon's tent, I pray
Which, from the tongue of roaring Typhon drop'd, Agam. Even this.
Would seem hyperboles. At this tusty stuff, Ane. May one, that is a herald, and a prince,
The large Achilles, on his press'd bed lolling, Do a fair inessage to his kingly ears?
From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause; Agam. With surety stronger than Achilles' arın
Cries— Excellent!—'tis Agamemnon just.- 135'Fore all the Greekish heads, which with one voice
• Now play me Nestor ;-hem, and stroke thy Call

Agamemnon head and general. • beard,

Æne. Fair leave, and large security. How may • As he, being 'drest to some oration.'

1 stranger to those most imperial looks
That's doneas near as the extremest ends Know them from eyes of other mortals?
Of parallels; as like as Vulcan and his wife: 140 Agam. How?
Yei good Achilles still cries, • Excellent !

Ane. I ask, that I might waken reverence, • 'Tis Nestor right! Now play him me, Patroclus, And bid the cheek be ready with a blush Arming to answer in a night alarm.'

Modest as morning when she coldly eyes And then, forsooth, the faint defects of age The youthful Phabus: Must be the scene of mirth; to cough, and spit, 45 Which is that god in office, guiding men? And with a palsy-funbling on his gorget, Which is the high and mighty Againemnon? Shake in and out the rivet:-and at this sport, Agam. This Trojan scoins us; or the men of Troy Sir Valour dies; cries, 'O!-enough, Patroclus; Are ceremonious courtiers. • Or give me ribs of steel! I shall split all

Æne. Courtiers as tree, as debonair, unarm’d, • In pleasure of my spleen.' And in this fashion, 50 ds bending angels; that's their fame in peace: All our abilities, gilts, natures, shapes,

But when they would seem soldiers, they have Severals and generals of grace exact“,


[accord, Atchievements, plots, orders, preventions, Good arms, strong joints, true swords; and, Jove's Excitements to the field, or speech for truce, Nothing so full of heart. But peace, Æneas, Success, or loss, what is, or is not, serves 55 Peace, Trojan; lay thy finger on thy lips ! As stuff for these two to make paradoxes. The worthiness of praise distains his worth, Nest. And in the imitation of these twain

If that the prais'd himself bring the praise forth: (Whon, as Ulysses says, opinion crowns

But what the repining enemy commends, With an imperial voice) many are infect. That breath fame blows; that praise, sole pure, Ajax is grown self-will'd; and bears his head (60

transcends. As emulation not vigorous and active, but malignant and sluggish. Topless means supreme, sovet gn.

? Read o'er-wrested, i. e. over-charged. * All our good of grace exact, means our ctceles irreprehensible. $ That is, holds up his head as haughtily.-- We still say of a girl, she bridle • A rank werd is a high weed.


Agam. Sir, you of Troy,call you yourself Æneasi (As may be in the world: His youth in flood, Ane. Ay, Greek, that is my name.

I'll pawn this truth with my three drops of blood. Agam. What's your affair, I pray you?

Ane. Nowheavens forbid such scarcityof youth! Æne. Sir, pardon; 'tis for Agamemnon's ears. Ulyss. Amen. Agam. He hears nought privately, that comes 5 Agam. Fair lord Æneas, let me touch your hand; froni Troy.

[him : To our pavilion shall I lead you, sir. Æne. Nor I from Troy come not to whisper Achilles shall have word of this intent; I bring a trumpet to awake his ear;

So shall each lord of Greece, from tent to tent; To set his sense on the attentive bent,

Yourself shall feast with us before you go, And then to speak.

10 And find the welcome of a noble foe. (Exeunt. Agam. Speak frankly as the wind;

Manent Ulysses and Nestor. It is not Agamemnon's sleeping hour;

Ulyss. Nestor, That thou shalt know, Trojan, he is awake,

Nest. What says Ulysses? He tells thee so himself.

Ulyss. I have a young conception in my brain, Æne. Trumpet, blow loud,

15 Be you my time to bring it to some shape. Send thy brass voice through all these lazy tents ;

Nest. What is 't? And every Greek of mettle, let him know,

Ulyss. I his 'tis : What Troy means fairly, shall be spoke aloud. Blunt wedges rive hard knots: The seeded pride

[Trumpets sound.

That hath to its maturity blown up We have, great Agamemnon, here in Troy |20|In rank Achilles, must or now be cropt, A prince call'd Hector, Priam is his father; Or, shedding, breed a nursery of like evil, Who in this dull and long-continu'd truce To over-bulk us all. Is rusty grown; he bade me take a trumpet, Nest. Well, and how ? And to this purpose speak. Kings, princes, lords ! Ulyss. This challenge that the gallant Hector If there be one, among the fair'st of Greece, 25 However it is spread in general name, (sends, That holds his honour higher than his ease; Relates in purpose only to Achilles. (stance, That seeks his praise more than he fears his peril; Nest. The purpose is perspicuous even as subThat knows his valour, and knows not his fear; Whose grossness little characters sum up': That loves his mistress more than in confession`, And, in the publication, make no strain“, (With truant vows to her own lips he loves) |30 But that Achilles, were his brain as barren And dare avow her beauty, and her worth, As banks of Libya,—though, Apollo knows, In other arms than hers,--to him this challenge. 'Tis dry enough,—will with great speed of judge Hector, in view of Trojans and of Greeks,

ment, Shall inake it good, or

do his best to do it. Ay, with celerity, find Hector's purpose He hath a lady, wiser, fairer, truer,

35 Pointing on him. Than ever Greek did compass in his arms; Ulyss. And wake him to the answer, think you! And will to-morrow with his trumpet call,

Nest. Yes, 'tis most meet: Whom may you Mid-way between your tents and walls of Troy,


oppose, To rouse a Grecian that is true in love:

That can from Hector bring those honours off, If any come, Hector shall honour him; 40 [f not Achilles? Though't be a sportful combat, If none, he'll say in Troy, when he retires, Yet in this trial much opinion dwells; The Grecian dames are sun-burnt, and not worth For here the Trojans taste our dear'st repute The splinter of a lance. Even so much.

With their fin'st palate: And trust to me, Ulysses, Agam. This shall be told our lovers,lord Æneas; Our impntation shall be oddly pois'd If none of them have soul in such a kind, 45 In this wild action: for the success, We left them all at home: But we are soldiers; Although particular, shall give a scantling And may that soldier a mere recreant prove, Of good or bad unto the general ; That means not, hath not, or is not in love! And in such indexes, although small pricks If then one is, or hath, or means to be,

To their subsequent volumes, there is seen That one meets Hector; if none else, I am he. 50 The baby figure of the giant mass

Nest. Tell him of Nestor, one that was a man of things to come at large. It is suppos'd, When Hector's grandsire suck'd: he is old now; He, that meets Hector, issues from our choices But, if there be not in our Grecian host

And choice, being mutual act of all our souls, One noble man that hath one spark of fire, Makes merit her election ; and doth boil, To answer for his love, Tell him from me, 55 As 'twere from forth us all, a man distill'd I'll hide my silver beard in a gold beaver, Out of our virtues; Who miscarrying, And in my vantbrace? put this wither'd brawn; What heart receives from hence a conquering And, meeting him, will tell him, That my lady To steel a strong opinion to themselves? (part, Was fairer than his grandame, and as chaste Which entertain'd, limbs are in his instruments,

Confession for profession. ? An armour for the arm,-avantbras.. 3 Substance is estare; the value of which is ascertained by the use of small characters, i. e. numerals. *i. e. make no difficulty, no doubt, when this duel comes to be proclaimed, but that Acbilles, dull as he is, will discot er the drift of it. Sinall points compared with the volumes.


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la no less working, thån are swords and bows In taint of our best man. No, make a lottery; Directive by the limbs.

And, by device, let blockish Ajax draw Ulyss. Give pardon to my speech;

The sort' to fight with Hector: Among ourselves,
Therefore 'tis meet, Achilles meet not Hector. Give him allowance as the better man,
Let us, like merchants, shew our foulest wares, 5 For that will physick the great Myrmidon,
And think, percbance, they'll sell; if not, Who broils in loud applause; and make him fall
The lustre of the better shall exceed,

His crest, that prouder than blue Iris bends,
By shewing the worst first. Do not consent, If the dull brainless Ajax come safe off,
That ever Hector and Achilles meet;

We'll dress him up in voices: If he fail,
For both our honour and our shame, in this, 10 Yet go we under our opinion still,
Are dogg'd with two strange followers.

That we have better men. But, hit or miss,
Nest. I see them not with


What Our project's life this shape of sense assumes, are they?

[tor, Ajax, employ'd, plucks down Achilles' plumes.
Ulyss. What gloryour Achilles shares from Hec- Nést. Ulysses,
Were he not proud, we all should share with him: 15 Now I begin to relish thy advice;
But he already is too insolent;

And I will give a taste of it forthwith
And we were better parch in Africk sun, To Agamemnon: go we to him straight.
Than in the pride and salt scord of his eyes,

Two curs shall tame each other; Pride alone Should he 'scape Hector fair: If he were foil'd, Must tarrethe mastiffs on, as 'twere their bone, Why, then we did our main opinion crush


old eyes;



Ther. Thou art proclaiın'd a fool, I think.
The Grecian Camp.

Ajar.Donot, porcupine, do not; my fingersitch.

135 Ther. I would, thou didst itch from head to Enter Ajar, and Thersites.

foot, and I had the scratching of thee; I would Ajar . THERSITES,

make thee the loathsomest scabin Greece. When Agamemnon-how if he had boils: thou art forth in the incursions, thou strik'st'as full all over, generally?

slow as another. Ajur. Thersites,

401 Ajax. I say, the proclamation,Ther. And those boils did run ?- -say so,

Ther. Thou grumblest and railest every hour did not the general run then ? were not that a on Achilles; and thou art as full of envy at his botchy core?

greatness, as Cerberus is at Proserpine's beauty, Ajar. Dog,

lay, that thou bark'st at him, Ther. Then there would come some matter 45 Ajax. Mistress Thersites ! from him ; I see none now.

Ther. Thou should'st strike him. Ajar. Thou bitch-wolf's son, canst thou not

Ajar. Cobloaf"! hear? Feel then.

[Strikes him. Ther. He would pun' thee into shivers with Ther. The plague of Greece upon thee, thou his fist, as a sailor breaks a bisket. mungrel beef-witted lord !

50 Ajur. You whoreson cur!

[Beating him. Ajar. Speak then, thou unsalted leaten?, Ther. Do, do. speak: I will beat thee into handsomeness.

Ajdr. Thou stool for a witch"! Ther. I shall sooner rail thee into wit and holi- Ther. Ay, do, do; thou sodden-witted lord ! ness :

: but, I think, thy horse will sooner con an thou hast no more brain than I have in my elbows; oration, than thou learn a prayer without book. 55 an assinego’ may tutor thee: Thou scurvy valiant Thou canst strike, canst thou? a red murrain o' ass! thou art here put to thrash Trojans; and thy jade's tricks!

thou art bought and sold among those of any wit, Ajax. Toads-stool, learn me the proclamation. like a barbarian slave. If thou use to beat me, I

Ther: Dost thou think, I have no sense, thou strik'st me thus ?

will begin at thy heel and tell what thou art by

60 inches, thou thing of no bowels, thou ! Ajar. The proclamation,

Ajat. You dog! 'i. é. the lot: * Tarre is an old English word, signifying to provoke or urge on.

* Unsaited leaven, means sour without salt ; metaphorically, malignity without wit. * A crusty uneven loaf is in some counties called by this name. * Pun is, in the midland counties, the vulgar and colloquial. word for pound. In one way of trying a zvitch, they used to place her on a chair or stool, with her legs tied across, that all the weight of her body might rest upon her seat; and by that means; after some time, the circulation of the blood would be much stopped, and her sitting would be as painful as the wooden horse. .Assinego seems to have been a cant term for a foolish fellow.-Assirego » Portuguese for a little ass. 3 K


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