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He brought a Grecian queen, whose youth and fresh
Wrinkles Apollo's, and makes pale the morning.
Cas. [Within.] Cry, Trojans, cry!: ,
What noise what shriek is this
Enter CASSANDRA, raving.
Hect. Peace, sister, peace.
Soft infancy, that nothing canst but cry,
Why, brother Hector,
Par. Else might the world convince 4 of levity
Gave wings to my propension, and cut off
Paris, you speak
Par. Sir, I propose not merely to myself The pleasures such a beauty brings with it; But I would have the soil of her fair rape Wip'd off, in honourable keeping her. What treason were it to the ransack'd queen, Disgrace to your great worths, and shame to me, Now to deliver her possession up, On terms of base compulsion? Can it be, That so degenerate a strain as this, Should once set footing in your generous bosoms? There's not the meanest spirit on our party, Without a heart to dare, or sword to draw, When Helen is defended ; nor none so noble, Whose life were ill bestow'd, or death unfam'd, Where Helen is the subject : then, I say, Well may we fight for her, whom, we know well, The world's large spaces cannot parallel.
Hect. Paris, and Troilus, you have both said well! And on the cause and question now in hand Have gloz’d, “—but superficially ; not much Unlike young men, whom Aristotle thought Unfit to hear moral philosophy : The reasons, you' allege, do more conduce To the hot passion of distemper'd blood, Than to make up a free determination 'Twixt right and wrong; For pleasure, and revenge, Have ears more deaf than adders to the voice Of any true decision. Nature craves, All dues be render'd to their owners ; Now What nearer debt in all humanity, Than wife is to the husband ? if this law Of nature be corrupted through affection ; And that great minds, of partial indulgence To their benumbed wills, resist the same; There is a law in each well-order'd nation, To curb those raging appetites that are Most disobedient and refractory. If Helen then be wife to Sparta's king, As it is known she is,-these moral laws Of nature, and of nations, speak aloud To have her back return'd : Thus to persist In doing wrong, extenuates not wrong, But makes it much more heavy. Hector's opinion Is this, in way of truth : yet, ne'ertheless, My spritely brethren, I propend 8 to you In resolution to keep Helen still ; For 'tís a cause that hath no mean dependance
6 Commented. 7 Through. $ Incline to, as a question of honour,
Upon our joint and several dignities.
Tro. Why, there you touch'd the life of our design: Were it not glory that we more affected Than the performance of our heaving spleens, I would not wish a drop of Trojan blood Spent more in her defence. But, worthy Hector, She is a theme of honour and renown; A spur to valiant and magnanimous deeds; Whose present courage may beat down our foes, And fame, in time to come, canonize us : For, I presume, brave Hector would not lose So rich advantage of a promis'd glory, As smiles
the forehead of this action,
I am yours,
The Grecian Camp. Before Achilles' Tent.
Ther. How now, Thersites? what, lost in the labyrinth of thy fury? Shall the elephant Ajax carry it thus ? he beats me, and I rail at him: O worthy