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damned villain, and cannot die with a safe conscience till I have first murdered him.
Troil. Shew me that Diomede, and thou shalt live.
Thers. Come along with me, and I will conduct thee to Calchas's tent, where I believe he is now, making war with the priest's daughter.
Hect. Here we must part, our destinies divide us; Brother and friend, farewell.
Troil. When shall we meet?
Look; on yon hill their squandered troops unite.
Troil. If I mistake not, 'tis their last reserve: The storm's blown o'er, and those but after-drops.
Hect. I wish our men be not too far engaged ; For few we are and spent, as having born The burthen of the day: But, hap what can, They shall be charged ; Achilles must be there, And him I seek, or death. Divide our troops, and take the fresher half.
Troil. O brother !
Hect. No dispute of ceremony:
hill, Are crept into the earth. Farewell. [Exit HECT.
Troil. Farewell.-Come, Greek.
Thers. Now these rival rogues will clapperclaw one another, and I shall have the sport of it.
[Exit Troil, with THERS. Enter Achilles and Myrmidons. Achil. Which way went Hector ?
Myrmid. Up yon sandy hill ;
Against the rising, spent with painful march,
[Exit with Myrm.
sings, And forces us to pay for our own cozenage! Thers. Nay, cheats heaven too with entrails and
with offals; Gives it the garbage of a sacrifice, And keeps the best for private luxury.
Troil. Thou hast deserved thy life for cursing priests. Let me embrace thee; thou art beautiful : That back, that nose, those eyes are beautiful : Live; thou art honest, for thou hat'st a priest.
Thers. [Aside.] Farewell, Trojan ; if I escape with life, as I hope, and thou art knocked on the head, as I hope too, I shall be the first that ever escaped
of a priest after cursing him; and thou wilt not be the last, I prophesy, that a priest will bring to ruin.
[Exit THER. Troil. Methinks, my soul is roused to her last
[Noise within, Follow, follow !
[Exit TROILUS. Enter Calchas and CRESSIDA. Cres. Where is he? I'll be justified, or die.
Calch. So quickly vanished! he was here but now.
Cres. What then remains ?
Calch. To interpose betimes Betwixt their swords; or, if that cannot be, To intercede for him, who shall be vanquished. Fate leaves no middle course. [Exit CALCHAS,
Clashing within. Cres. Ah me! I hear them, And fear ’tis, past prevention.
Enter DIOMEDE, retiring before Troikus, and fall
ing as he enters. Troil. Now beg thy life, or die.
Diom. No; use thy fortune : I loath the life, which thou canst give, or take. Troil. Scorn'st thou my mercy, villain !—Take thy
wish.Cres. Hold, hold your hand, my lord, and hear
me speak. [Troilus turns back; in which time DIOMEDE
rises, Trojans and Greeks enter, and rank them
selves on both sides of their Captains. Troil
. Did I not hear the voice of perjured Cressida? Com'st thou to give the last stab to my heart? As if the proofs of all thy former falsehood Were not enough convincing, com’st thou now To beg my rival's life? Whoin, oh, if any spark of truth remained, Thou couldst not thus, even to my face, prefer.
Cres. What shall I say !-that you suspect me false, Has struck me dumb! but let him live, my Troilus; By all our loves, by all our past endearments, I do adjure thee, spare him.
Troit. Hell and death!
Cres. If ever I had power to bend your mind, ,
Troil. Could I believe thee, could I think thee true, In triumph would I bear thee back to Troy, Though Greece could rally all her shattered troops, And stand embattled to oppose my way.
But, oh, thou syren, I will stop my ears
Cres. Alas! I but dissembled love to him.
Diom. No! witness this. [The Ring shewn.
Cres. O unexampled, frontless impudence !
as Troilus !
person, She shall be willing to come out of debt. Cres. [Kneeling.] My only lord, by all those holy
Diom. Nay, since you're so concerned to be believed,
flames Receive her quick, with all her crimes upon her! Let her sink spotted down! let the dark host Make room, and point, and hiss her as she gues! Let the most branded ghosts of all her sex Rejoice, and cry,“ Here comes a blacker fiend !” Let her