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Cres. But there was more temperate fire under the pot of her eyes :did her eyes run o'er too?

Pan. And Hector laughed.
Cres. At what was all this laughing?

Pan. Marry, at the white hair that Helen spied on Troilus' chin.

Cres. An't had been a green hair, I should have laughed too.

Pan. They laughed not so much at the hair as at his pretty answer.

Cres. What was his answer ?

Pan. Quoth she, “ Here's but one and fifty(11) hairs on your chin, and one of them is white."

Cres. This is her question.
Pan. That's true; make no question of that.

66 One and fifty hairs,” quoth he, “and one white: that white hair is my father, and all the rest are his sons. “Jupiter !" quoth she, “which of these hairs is Paris my husband ?” “The forked one," quoth he; “pluck’t out, and give it him.” But there was such laughing ! and Helen so blushed, and Paris so chafed, and all the rest so laughed, that it passed.

Cres. So let it now; for it has been a great while going by.

Pan. Well, cousin, I told you a thing yesterday; think on't.

Cres. So I do.

Pan. I'll be sworn 'tis true; he will weep you, an 'twere a man born in April.

Cres. And I'll spring up in his tears, an 'twere a nettle against May.

[A retreat sounded. Pan. Hark! they are coming from the field : shall we stand up here, and see them as they pass toward Ilium? good niece, do,-sweet niece Cressida.

Cres. At your pleasure.

Pan. Here, here, here's an excellent place; here we may see most bravely: I'll tell you them all by their names as they pass by; but mark Troilus above the rest.

Cres. Speak not so loud.


passes. Pan. That's Æneas: is not that a brave man? he's one

of the flowers of Troy, I can tell you: but mark Troilus ; you shall see anon.

ANTENOR passes.
Cres. Who's that?

Pan. That's Antenor: he has a shrewd wit, I can tell you; and he's a man good enough : he's one o' the soundest judgments in Troy, whosoever, and a proper man of

- When comes Troilus ?—I'll show you Troilus anon : if he see me, you shall see him nod at me.

Cres. Will he give you the nod ?
Pan. You shall see.
Cres. If he do, the rich shall have more.


HECTOR passes.

Pan. That's Hector, that, that, look you, that; there's a fellow !-Go thy way, Hector!-- There's a brave man, niece. -O brave Hector !-Look how he looks! there's a countenance! is't not a brave man?

Cres. 0, a brave man!

Pan. Is ’a not? it does a man's heart good :-look you what hacks are on his helmet! look you yonder, do you see? look you there: there's no jesting; there's laying on, take't off who will, as they say: there be lacks !

Cres. Be those with swords?

Pan. Swords! any thing, he cares not; an the devil come to him, it's all one: by God's lid, it does one's heart good.Yonder comes Paris, yonder comes Paris :

Paris passes. look ye yonder, niece; is't not a gallant man too, is’t not ?Why, this is brave now.-Who said he came hurt home today? he's not hurt: why, this will do Helen's heart good now,

ha !-Would I could see Troilus now!-You shall see Troilus anon.

HELENTS passes.
Cres. Who's that?

Pan. That's Helenus :-I marvel where Troilus is :that's Helenus :-I think he went not forth to-day :-that's Helenus.

Cres. Can Helenus fight, uncle?

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.

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

Cres. Peace, for shame, peace!

Pan. Mark him; note him:-O brave Troilus! - look well upon him, niece: look you how his sword is bloodied, and his helm more hacked than Hector's; and how he looks, and how he goes !–0 admirable youth! he ne'er saw threeand-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.

Cres. Here come more.

Forces pass.

Pan. Asses, fools, dolts! chaff and bran, chaff and bran! porridge after meat !- I could live and die i’ the eyes of Troilus.- 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 man?

Cres. Ay, a minced man: and then to be baked with no date in the pie,--for then the man's date's 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's 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.
Pan. Ay, a token from Troilus. (12)
Cres. By the same token--you are a bawd.

[Exit Pandarus.
Words, vows, gifts, tears, and love's full sacrifice,
He offers in another's enterprise :
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(13) in the doing :
That she belov'd knows naught 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 :(14)
Then, though my heart's content firm love doth bear,
Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear. [Exeunt.
SCENE III. The Grecian camp. Before AGAMEMNON's tent.

and others.
Agam. Princes,
What grief hath set the jaundice on your cheeks ?
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;
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 gave't surmisèd shape. Why, then, you princes,
Do you with cheeks abash'd behold our wrecks, (15)
And call them shames, which are, indeed, naught else
But the protractive trials of great Jove
To find persistive constancy in men ?
The fineness of which 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,
How many shallow bauble boats dare sail


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