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Nest. Our general doth salute you with a kiss.

Ulyss. Yet is the kindness but particular; 'Twere better she were kiss'd in general.

Nest. And very courtly counsel : I'll begin.-So much for Nestor. Achil. l'll take that winter from your lips, fair

lady: Achilles bids you welcome.

Men. I had good argument for kissing once.

Patr. But that's no argument for kissing now: 400 For thus popp'd Paris in his hardiment; And parted thus you and your argument.

Ulyss. O deadly gall, and theme of all our scorns ! For which we lose our heads, to gild his horns.

Patr. The first was Menelaus' kiss ;-this, mine : Patroclus kisses you.

Men. O, this is trim!
Patr. Paris, and I, kiss evermore for him.
Men. I'll have my kiss, sir :-Lady, by your

Cre. In kissing, do you render, or receive ?

410 Patr. Both take and give.

Cre. I'll make my match to live,
The kiss you take is better than you give :
Therefore ng kiss.

Men. I'll give you boot, I'll give you three for one.
Cre. You're an odd man; give even, or give none.
Men. An odd man, lady ? every man is odd.

Cre. No, Paris is not ; for, you know, 'tis true, That you are odd, and he is even with you.


Men. You fillip me o'the head.

420 Cre. No, I'll be sworn. Ulyss. It were no match, your nail against his

May I, sweet lady, beg a kiss of you?

Cre. You may.
Ulyss. I do desire it,
Cre. Why, beg then.

Ulyss. Why then, for Venus' sake, give me a kiss, When Helen is a maid again, and his,

Cre. I am your debtor, claim it when 'tis due. Ulyss. Never's my day, and then a kiss of you. 430 Dio. Lady, a word;—I'll bring you to your father.

[DIOMED leads out CressIDA. Nest. A woman of quick sense. Ulyss. Fie, fie


There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip,
Nay, her foot speaks ; her wanton spirits look out
At every joint and motive of her body.
O, these encounterers, so glib of tongue,
That give a coasting welcome ere it comes,
And wide unclasp the tables of their thoughts
To every ticklish reader! set them down

440 For sluttish spoils of opportunity, And danghters of the game. [Trumpet within.

All. The Trojan's trumpet i
Aga. Yonder comes the troop:

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Enter HECTOR, ÆNEAS, TROILUS, &c. with


Æne. Hail, all the state of Greece! What shall be

done to him
That victory commands ? Or do you purpose,
A victor shall be known? will you, the knights
Shall to the edge of all extremity
Pursue each other ; or shall they be divided
By any voice or order of the field ?

450 Hector bade ask.

Aga. Which way would Hector have it?
Æne. He cares not, he'll obey conditions.

Aga. 'Tis done like Hector; but securely done,
A little proudly, and great deal misprising
The knight oppos'd.

Æne. If not Achilles, sir,
What is your name?

Achil. If not · Achilles, nothing.
Æne. Therefore Achilles : But, whate'er, know

In the extremity of great and little,
Valour and pride excel themselves in Hector;
The one almost as infinite as all,
The other blank as nothing. Weigh him well,
And that, which looks like pride, is courtesy.
This Ajax is half made of Hector's blood;
In love whereof, half Hector stays at home :
Half heart, half hand, half Hector comes to seek
This blended knight, half Trojan, and half Greek.

this ;

Achil. A maiden battle then 1-0, I perceive you.

Re-enter DIOMED.

Aga. Here is sir Diomed :--Go, gentle knight, Stand by our Ajax: as you and lord Æneas

Consent upon the order of their fight,
So be it; either to the uttermost,
Or else a breath: the combatants being kin,
Half stints their strife before their strokes begin.

Ulyss. They are oppos'd already.
Aga. . What Trojan is that same that looks so

Ulyss. The youngest son of Priam, a true knight;
Not yet mature, yet matchless ; firm of word; 480
Speaking in deeds, and deedless in his tongue;
Not soon provok’d, nor, being provok'd, soon calm'd:
His heart and hand both open, and both free;
For what he has, he gives, what thinks, he shews;
Yet gives he not, 'till judgment guide his bounty,
Nor dignifies an impair thought with breath :
Manly as Hector, but more dangerous;
For Hector, in his blaze of wrath, subscribes
To tender objects; but he, in heat of action,
Is more vindicative than jealous love:

490 They call him Troilus; and on him erect A second hope, as fairly built as Hector." Thus says Æneas; one that knows the youth Even to his inches,' and, with private soul, Did in great Ilion thus translate him to me. ( Alarum. HECTOR and Ajax fight.


Aga. They are in action,
Nest. Now, Ajax, hold thine own!
Troi. Hector, thou sleep'st, awake theel
Aga. His blows are well dispos'a :--there, Ajax!

[Trumpets cease. Dio. You must no more.

500 Æne. Princes, enough, so please you. Ajax. I am not warm yet, let us fight again, Dio. As Hector pleases:

Heat. Why then, will I no more :: Thou art, great lord, my father's sister's son, A cousin-german to great Priam's seed; The obligation of our blood forbids A gory emulation 'twixt us twain : Were thy commixtion Greek and Trojan so, That thou could'st say-This hand is Grecian all, 510 And this is Trojan; the sinews of this leg All Greek, and this all Troy; my mother's blood Runs on the dexter cheek, and this sinister Bounds-in my father's; by Jove multipotent, Thou shouldst not bear from me a Greekish member Wherein my sword had not impressure made Of our rank feud : But the just gods gainsay, That any drop thou borrow'st from thy mother, My sacred aunt, should by my mortal sword Be dệain'd! Let me embrace thee, Ajax : 520 By him that thunders, thou hast lusty arms; Hector would have them fall upon him thus :Cousin, all honour to thee! Ajax. I thank thee, Hector :

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