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In such a rein, in full as proud a place
Ulyss. They tax our policy, and call it cowardice;
Nest. Let this be granted, and Achilles' horse
[Trumpet sounds. Aga. What trumpet ? look, Menelaus. 641 Men. From Troy.
Aga. What would you 'fore our tent?
Aga. Even this.
Æne. May one, that is a herald, and a prince, Do a fair message to his kingly ears?
Aga. With surety stronger than Achilles' arm 'Fore all the Greekish heads, which with one voice Call Agamemnon head and general.
650 Æne. Fair leave, and large security. How may A stranger to those most imperial looks Know them from eyes of other mortals?
Æne. I ask, that I might waken reverence, And bid the cheek be ready with a blush Modest as morning, when she coldly eyes The youthful Phæbus : Which is that god in office, guiding men ? Which is the high and mighty Agamemnon? 660
Aga. This Trojan scorns us; or the men of Troy Are ceremonious courtiers.
Æne. Courtiers as free, as debonair, unarm’d, As bending angels; that's their fame in peace : But when they would seem soldiers, they have galls, Good arms, strong joints, true swords; and, Jove's
accord, Nothing so full of heart. But peace, Æneas, Peace, Trojan; lay thy finger on thy lips! The worthiness of praise distains his worth, If that the prais'd himself bring the praise forth : But what the repining enemy commends, 671 That breath fame blows; that praise, sole pure, transcends. Diij
Aga. Sir, you of Troy, call you yourself Æneas ?
680 And then to speak..
Aga. Speak frankly as the wind;
Æne. Trumpet, blow loud,
And dare avow her beauty, and her worth,
Age. This shall be told our lovers, lord Æneas; If none of them have soul in such a kind, We left them all at home : But we are soldiers'; And may that soldier a mere recreant prove, That means not, hath not, or is not in love! If then one is, or hath, or means to be, That one meets Hector; if none else, I am he. 720
Nest. Tell him of Nestor, one that was a man When Hector's grandsire suck'd: he is old now; But, if there be not in our Grecian host One noble man that hath one spark of fire, To answer for his love, Tell him from me, I'll hide my silver beard in a gold beaver, And in my vantbrace put this wither'd brawn ; And, meeting him, will tell him, That my lady Was fairer than his grandame, and as chaste As may be in the world : His youth in food, 730
pawn this truth with my three drops of blood. Æne. Now heavens forbid şuch scarcity of youth | Ulyss. Amen.
Aga. Fair lord Æneas, let me touch your hand; To our pavilion shall I lead you, sir. Achilles shall have word of this intent; So shall each lord of Greece, from tent to tent : Yourself shall feast with us before you go, And find the welcome of a noble foe. [Exeunt,
Manent ULYSSES, and Nestor. Ulyss. Nestor,
740 Nest. Whạt says Ulysses ?
Ulyss. I have a young conception in my brain, Be you my time to bring it to some shape.
Nest. What is't?
Ulyss. This 'tis ;
750 Nest. Well, and how?
Ulyss. This challenge that the gallant Hector sends, However it is spread in general name, Relateş in purpose only to Achilles.
Nest. The purpose iş perspicuous even as substance, Whose grossness little characters sum up: And, in the publication, make no strain, But that Achilles, were his brain as barren