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blush, and fetches her wind fo fhort, as if the were
Troi. Even fuch a paffion doth embrace my
My heart beats thicker than a feverous pulse;
Enter Pandaras, and Creffida.
Cre. They fay, all lovers fwear more performance than they are able, and yet referve an ability that they never perform; vowing more than the perfection of ten, and discharging less than the tenth part of one. They that have the voice of lions, and the act of hares, are they not monsters? Troi. Are there fuch? fuch are not we: Praise us as we are tafted, allow us as we prove; our head fhall go bare, 'till merit crown it: no per10fection in reverfion fhall have a praise in prefent:
Pan. Come, come, what need you blufh?
Troi. You have bereft me of all words, lady.
we will not name defert, before his birth; and being born, his addition fhall be humble. Few words to fair faith: Troilus fhall be fuch to Creffid, as what envy can say worst, shall be a mock for his truth; and what truth can speak truest, not truer than Troilus.
Cre. Will you walk in, my lord?
Pan. What, blushing ftill? have you not done talking yet?
Cre. Well, uncle, what folly I commit, I dedicate to you.
Pan. I thank you for that; if my lord get a boy of you, you'll give him me: Be true to my lord; if he flinch, chide me for it.
Troi. You know now your hoftages; your uncle's word, and my firm faith.
Pan. Nay, I'll give my word for her too;
but the'll bereave you of the deeds too, if the cail 30 our kindred, though they be long ere they are
your activity in queftion. What, billing again? here's-In switness whereof the parties interchangeably Come in, come in; I'll go get a fire.
Cre. Will you walk in, my lord? 35 Troi. O Creffida, how often have I wifh'd me thus?
Cre. With'd, my lord?-The gods grant!-0 my lord!
Troi. What should they grant? what makes this 40 pretty abruption? What too curious dreg efpies my sweet lady in the fountain of our love?
Cre. More dregs than water, if my fears have eyes.
woo'd, they are conftant, being won: they are burrs, I can tell you; they'll stick where they are thrown.
Cre. Boldness comes to me now, and brings me
Prince Troilus, I have lov`d you night and day,
Troi. Why was my Creffid then fo hard to win?
With the first glance that ever-Pardon me :-
I love you now; but not, 'till now, so much
Troi. Fears make devils of cherubims; they 45 My thoughts were like unbridled children, grown never fee truly.
Cre. Blind fear, that feeing reafon leads, finds fafer footing than blind reason stumbling without fear: To fear the worst, oft cures the worst.
Too headstrong for their mother: See, we fools!
Troi. O, let my lady apprehend no fear: in all 50 And yet, good faith, I wifh'd myself a man;
Troi. Nothing, but our undertakings; when we vow to weep feas, live in fire, eat rocks, tame tygers; thinking it harder for our mistress 55 to devife impofition enough, than for us to undergo any difficulty impofed. This is the monftruofity in love, lady,-that the will is infinite, and the execution confin'd; that the defire is boundless, and the act a flave to limit.
I Alluding to the manner of taming hawks.
Or, that we women had men's privilege
Troi. And fhall, albeit fweet mufick iffues thence.
Cre. My lord, I do befeech you, pardon me; 60Twas not my purpose, thus to beg a kiss:
2 Alluding to the custom of putting men fufpected
of cowardice in the middle places. 3 Pandarus means, that he'll match his niece against her lover
for any bett. The tercel is the male hawk; by the faulcon we generally understand the female.
will give him no high or pompous titles.
I am afham'd;-O heavens! what have I done?-
Troi. Your leave, fweet Creffid?
Pan. Leave! an you take leave 'till to-morrow morning,
Cre. Pray you, content you.
I have a kind of felf refides with you;
To be another's fool. I would be gone :-
From false to false, among false maids in love, [false
5 Pard to the hind, or step-dame to her fon;
Pan. Go to, a bargain made: feal it, feal it: I'll be the witnefs.Here I hold your hand; 10 here, my coufin's. If ever you prove false to one another, fince I have taken fuch pains to bring you together, let all pitiful goers-between be called to the world's end after my name, call them all-Pandars; let all inconftant men be Troilus's,
Troi. Well know they what they speak, that 15 all false women Creffids, and all brokers-between speak fo wifely.
Cre. Perchance, my lord, I fhew more craft
And fell fo roundly to a large confeffion,
To angle for your thoughts: But you are wife;
I am as true as truth's fimplicity,
And fimpler than the infancy of truth.
Cre. In that I'll war with you.
Trai. O virtuous fight,
When right with right wars who fhall be moft
Pandars! fay amen.
The advantage of the time prompts me aloud
Approve their truths by Troilus: when their 40 To doubtful fortunes; sequestring from me all
Full of proteft, of oath, and big compare,
As true as Troilus fhall crown up the verfe,
Cre. Prophet may you be!
If I be falfe, or fwerve a hair from truth,
When water-drops have worn the ftones of Troy,
That time, acquaintance, custom, and condition,
Out of thofe many register'd in promise,
Cal. You have a Trojan prifoner, call'd Antenor,
"I wish," my integrity might be met and matched with fuch equality and force of pure unmingled love." 2 This is an ancient proverbial fimile. 3 Formerly neither sowing, planting, nor grafting, were ever undertaken without a scrupulous attention to the increafe or waning of the moon, as may be proved by the following quotation from Scott's Difcoverie of Witchcraft: "The poore husbandman perceiveth that the increase of the moone maketh plants fruitfull: fo as in the full moone they are in the best strength; decaieing in the wane; and in the conjunction to utterlie wither and vade."
Wanting his manage; and they will almost
Aga. Let Diomedes bear him,
And bring us Creffid hither; Calchas fhall have
He fhall as foon read in the eyes of others,
Hath any honour; but's honour'd for those honours
Which when they fall, as being flippery standers,
[Exit Diomed, and Calchas. 15
If fo, I have derifion med'cinable,
To use between your strangeness and his pride,
Writes me, That man-how dearly ever parted 2,
Acbil. This is not strange, Ulyffes.
Aga. We'll execute your purpose, and put on
Neft. Would you, my lord, aught with the gene-40
Neft. Nothing, my lord?
Aga. The better.
Arbil. Good day, good day.
Men. How do you? how do you?
Acbil. What, does the cuckold fcorn me?
Acbil. Good morrow, Ajax.
Acbil. Good morrow.
Ajax. Ay, and good next day too.
Acbil. What mean these fellows? know they
Patr. They país by strangely: they were us'd to
Acbil. What, am I poor of late?
Till it hath travell'd, and is marry'd there
It is familiar; but at the author's drift:
45 Till he behold them form'd in the applause
The voice again; or like a gate of steel
50 His figure and his heat. I was much rapt in this;
The unknown+ Ajax.
Heavens, what a man is there! a very horfe;
That has he knows not what. Nature, what things there are,
Most abject in regard, and dear in use!
What things again most dear in the esteem, And poor in worth! Now fhall we fee to-morrow An act that very chance doth throw upon him, Muft fall out with men too: What the declin'd is,|60| Ajax renown'd. O heavens, what some men do,
'Tis certain, Greatnefs, once fallen out with fortune,
1 i. e. Her prefence fall ftrike off, or recompence the fervice I have done, even in these labours which were most accepted. 2i.e. however excellently endorved, with however dear or precious parts enriched or adorned. 3 i. e. in the detail or circumduction of his argument. 4 Ajax, who has abilities which were never brought into view or ufc.
While fome men leave to do!
How some men creep in skittish fortune's hall,
Achil. I do believe it: for they pafs'd by me,
Acbil. Of this my privacy
have ftrong reasons.
Ulyff. But 'gainst your privacy
The reafons are more potent and heroical: 5Tis known, Achilles, that you are in love With one of Priam's daughters 3.
Achil. Ha! known?
Ulyff. Is that a wonder?
The providence that's in a watchful state, 10 Knows almoft every grain of Pluto's gold; Finds bottom in the uncomprehensive deeps; Keeps place with thought; and almoft, like the gods,
A great-fiz'd monster of ingratitudes:
In monumental mockery. Take the inftant way;
Or like a gallant horfe fallen in first rank,
Though less than yours in past,muft o'er-top yours:
That flightly shakes his parting guest by the hand;
Does thoughts unveil in their dumb cradles.
Than breath, or pen, can give expressure to : All the commerce that you have had with Troy, 20 As perfectly is ours, as yours, my lord; And better would it fit Achilles much, To throw down Hector, than Polyxena: But it muft grieve young Pyrrhus now at home, When Fame thall in our islands found her trump; 25 And all the Greekish girls fhall tripping fing,→ Great Hector's fifter did Achilles win; "But our great Ajax bravely beat down him." Farewell, my lord: I as your lover fpeak; The fool Aides o'er the ice that you fhould break. [Exit.
Parr. To this effect, Achilles, have I mov'd you: A woman impudent and mannish grown Is not more loath'd than an effeminate man In time of action. I ftand condemn'd for this: 35 They think, my little stomach to the war, And your great love to me, restrains you thus: Sweet, roufe yourself; and the weak wanton Cupid Shall from your neck unloofe his amorous fold, And, like a dew-drop from the lion's mane, 40 Be fhook to air.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,-
The prefent eye praises the prefent object:
Acbil. Shall Ajax fight with Hector?
Thofe wounds heal ill, that men do give them Omiffion to do what is neceffary
Seals a commiffion to a blank of danger 5; And danger, like an ague, fubtly taints 50 Even then when we fit idly in the fun.
Achil. Go call Therfites hither, fweet Patroclus:
To fee great Hector in his weeds of peace;
To creep is to keep out of fight, from whatever motive. The meaning is, Some men keep out of notice in the hall of fortune, while others, though they but play the ideot, are always in her eye, in the way of diftinétion. 2 The meaning of miffion, Dr. Johnton fays, feems to be dispatches of the gods from heaven about mortal bufinefs, fuch as often happened at the fiege of Troy. 3 Polyxena, in the at of marrying whom, he was afterwards killed by Paris. 4 i. e. There is a fecret administration of affairs, which no biftory was ever able to difcover. 5 i. e. By neglecting our duty we commission or enable that danger of dishonour, which could not reach us before, to lay hold upon us.
Ther. Why, he stalks up and down like a pea-10 cock, a stride, and a stand: ruminates, like an hoftefs, that hath no arithmetic but her brain to fet down her reckoning: bites his lip with a politic regard 1, as who should say-there were wit in this head, an 'twould out; and fo there is; 15 but it lies as coldly in him as fire in a flint, which will not show without knocking. The man's undone for ever; for if Hector break not his neck i' the combat, he'll break it himself in vain-glory. He knows not me: I faid, Good-morrow, Ajax ;|20| and he replies, Thanks, Agamemnon. What think you of this man, that takes me for the general? He's grown a very land-fish, languageless, a monfter. A plague of opinion! a man may wear it on both fides, like a leather jerkin.
Acbil. Thou must be my embaffador to him, Therfites.
Ther. Fare you well, with all my heart. Acbil. Why, but he is not in this tune, is he? Ther. No, but he's out o' tune thus. What mufick will be in him when Hector has knock'd 25 out his brains, I know not: But, I am fure, none e; unlefs the fidler Apollo get his finews to make catlings 2 on. [ftraight. Acbil. Come, thou shalt bear a letter to him Ther. Let me bear another to his horfe; for that's the more capable creature. [ftirr'd; Achil. My mind is troubled, like a fountain And I myself fee not the bottom of it.
Ther, Who, I? why, he'll answer no body; he profeffes not answering; speaking is for beggars; he wears his tongue in his arms. I will 30 put on his presence; let Patroclus make demands to me, you shall fee the pageant of Ajax.
Acbil. To him, Patroclus: Tell him,-I humbly defire the valiant Ajax to invite the most valorous Hector to come unarmed to my tent; and to 35 procure fafe conduct for his perfon,of the magnanimous, and most illuftrious, fix-or-feven-times-ho
[Exeunt Achilles, and Patroclus. Ther. 'Would the fountain of your mind were clear again, that I might water an ass at it! I had rather be a tick in a fheep, than fuch a valiant ignorance.
Par. A valiant Greek, Æneas; take his hand :
Ene. Health to you, valiant fir,
Dio. The one and other Diomed embraces..
Ene. And thou fhalt hunt a lion, that will fly
I With a fly look. 2 A catling fignifies a small lute-ftring made of catgut. intercourfe, interchange of conversation.
3 Queftion here means