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Pan. Helenus? no ;-yes, he'll fight indifferent well :- I marvel, where Troilus is !-Hark; do

you not hear the people cry, Troilus ?-Helenus is a priest.

Cres. What sneaking fellow comes yonder ?

TROILUS passes over. Pan. Where ? yonder? that's Deiphobus : 'Tis Troilus! there's a man, niece !-Hem !-Brave Troilus! the prince of chivalry !

Cres. Peace, for share, peace !

Pan. Mark him ; note him ;-0 brave Troilus ! -look well upon him, 'niece ; look you, how his sword is bloodied, and his helm more hack'd than Hector's; And how he looks, and how he O admirable youth! he ne'er saw three and twenty. Go thy way Troilus, go thy way; had I a sister were a grace, or a daughter a goddess, he should take his choice. O admirable man! Paris - Paris is dirt to him; and, I warrant, Helen, to change, would give

goes !

an eye to boot.

Forces pass over the Stage.
Cres. Here come more.

Pan. Asses, fools, dolts ! chaff and bran, chaff and bran! porridge after meat! I could live and die i'the eyes of Troiius. Ne'er look, ne'er look; the eagles are gone; crows and daws, crows and daws ! I had rather be such a man as Troilus, than Agamemnon and all Greece.

Cres. There is among the Greeks, Achilles ; a better man than Troilus.

Pan. Achilles ? a drayman, a porter, a very camel.
Cres. Well, well.

Pan. Well, well ?-Why, have you any discretion? have you any eyes? Do you know what a man


is ? Is not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and such like, the spice and salt that season a

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.
Pan. I'll be with you, niece, by and by.
Cres. To bring, 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.
Cres. By the same token-you are a bawd.

Words, vows, griefs, tears, and love's full sacrifice,
He offers in another's enterprize:
But more in Troilus thousand fold I see
Than in the glass of Pandar's praise may be;
Yet hold I off. Women are angels, wooing:
Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing:
That she belov'd knows nought, that knows not

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

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;

5 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 capacily, or perhaps for consent.


As knots, by the conflux of meeting sap,
Infect the sound pine, and divert his grain
Tortive and errant from his course of growth.
Nor, princes, is it matter new to us,
That we come short of our suppose so far,
That, after seven years' siege, yet Troy walls stand;
Sith every action that hath gone before,
Whereof we have record, trial did draw
Bias and thwart, not answering the aim,
And that unbodied figure of the thought
That gav't surmised shape. Why then, you princes,
Do you with cheeks abash'd behold our works;
And think them shames, which are, indeed, nought

But the protractive trials of great Jove,
To find persistive constancy in men?
The fineness of wbich metal is not found
In fortune's love: for then, the bold and coward,
The wise and fool, the artist and unread,
The hard and soft, seem all affin'd' and kin:
But, in the wind and tempest of her frown,
Distinction, with a broad and powerful fan,
Puffing at all, winnows the light away;
And what hath mass, or matter, by itself
Lies, rich in virtue, and unmingled.

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,

shallow bauble boats dare sail
Upon her patient breast, making their way
With those of nobler bulk ?
But let the ruffian Boreas once enrage

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-affin'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
The strong-ribb’d bark through liquid mountains cut,
Bounding between the two moist elements,
Like Perseus' horse: Where's then the saucy boat,
Whose weak untimber'd sides but even now
Co-rival'd greatness? either to harbour fled,
Or made a toast for Neptune. Even so
Doth valour's show, and valour's worth, divide,
In storms of fortune: For, in her ray and brightness,
The herd hath more annoyance by the brize,
Than by the tiger: but when the splitting wind
Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks,
And flies filed under shade,' W'hy, then, the thing of

As rous'd with rage, with rage doth sympathize,
And with an accent turn’d in self-same key,
Returns to chiding fortune.

Thou great commander, nerve and bone of Greece,
Heart of our numbers, soul and only spirit,
In whom the tempers and the minds of all
Should be shut up,-hear what Ulysses speaks.
Besides the applause and approbation
The which,-most mighty for thy place and sway,

(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,

9 — by the brize,] The brize is the gad or horse-fly.

And Aies fled under shade,] i. e. And flies are fed under shade.

the thing of courage,] It is said of the tiger, that in storms and high winds he rages and roars most furiously.

3 Returns to chiding -] Chiding is noisy, clamorous.

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