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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
an eye to boot.
Forces pass over the Stage.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Nest. With due observance of thy godlike seat,
shallow bauble boats dare sail
-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
(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.