Imatges de pàgina
PDF
EPUB

well upon him, neice, look you how his sword is bloodied, and his helin more hack'd than Hector's, and how he looks, and how he goes! O admirable youth! he ne'er saw three and twenty. Go thy way, Troilus, go thy way; had I a lifter were a Grace 7 land 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 money to boot.

Enter common Soldiers. Cre. Here come more.

Pan. Alles, fools, dolts, chaff and bran, chaff and bran ; porridge after meat. I could live and die i'th' eyes of Troilus. Ne'er look, ne'er look ; the eagles are gone; crows and daws, crows and daws. I had rather be fuch a man as Troilus, than Agamemnon and all Greece.

Cre. There is among the Greeks Achilles, a better man than Troilus.

Pan. Achilles ? a dray-man, a porter, a very camel. :
Cre. 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 to forth, the spice and falt that seasons a man?

Cre, Ay, a minc'd man, and then to be bak'd with no date in the pye, for then the man's date is out.

Pon. You are such another woman, one knows not at what ward you lye.

Cre. Upon my back, to defend my belly ; upon my wit, to defend my wiles ; upon my secresie, to defend mine honesty; my mask to defend my beauty, and you to defend all these : 8 /at all these wards 1 lye, ' 'and at a thousand watches.

Pan. Say one of
Cre. Nay, I'll watch you for that, and that's one

of
7 or
8 and at all

9 at

your watches.

[ocr errors]

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 is past watching. Pan. You are such another!

Enter 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; I doubt he be hurt. Fare ye well, good neice.

Cre. Adieu, uncle.
Pan. I'll be with you, neice, by and by.
Cre. To bring, uncle
Pan. Ay, a token from Troilus.
Cre. By the same token, you are a bawd.

[Exit Pandarasi
Words, vows, gifts, tears, and love's full sacrifice,
He offers in another's enterprize :
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, the soul's joy lies in doing;
That She belov'd knows nought 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 :
Atchievement is, command ; ungain'd, beseech.
Therefore this maxim out of love I teach ;
That though my heart's content · firm love doth bear,
Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear, [Exit.

(a) By Content bere is meant Capacity.

[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors][merged small][merged small]
[ocr errors]

Agamemnon's Tent in the Grecian Camp. Trumpets. Enter Agamemnon, Neftor, Ulysses, Dio

medes, Menelaus, with others. Aga. PRINCES

What grief hath set the jaundice on your cheeks?
The ample proposition that hope makes
In all desigas begun on earth below,
Fails in the promis’d largeness; checks and disasters
Grow in the veins of actions highest reard :
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 sev'n years siege, yet Troy walls stand;
Sith every action, that have gone before,
Whereof we have record, tryal did draw
Bias and thwart ; not answering the aim,
And that unbodied figure of the thought
That gave't surmised shape. Why then, you Princes, ,
Do you with cheeks abash'd behold our works,
And think them shame, which are, indeed, nought else
But the protractive tryals of great Jove,
To find persistive constancy in men?
The fineness of which metal is not found
In fortune's love; "for there,'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
I for then,

And what hath mass or matter, by it self
Lyes rich in virtue, and unmingled.

Neft. With due observance of thy 'godlike' seat,
Great Agamemnon, Neftor shall apply
Thy latest words. In the reproof of chance
Lyes the true proof of men : the sea being smooth,
How many shallow bauble boats dare fail
Upon her pacient breast, making their way
With those of nobler bulk !
But let the ruffian Boreas once enrage
The gentle Thetis, and anon, behold,
The strong-ribb'd bark thro' liquid mountains cuts,
Bounding between the two moist elements,
Like Perseus' horse: Where's then the fawcy boat,
Whose weak untimber'd fides but even now
Co-rival'd Greatness? or to harbour fled,
Or made a toaft for Neptune. Even so
Doth valour's Thew and valour's worth divide
In storms of fortune. For in her ray and brightness
The herd hath more annoyance by the brize
Than by the tyger : but when splitting winds
Make flexible the knees of knotted oaks,
And flies get under shade ; the thing of courage,
As rowz'd with rage, with rage doth sympathize,
And with an accent tun'd in self-fame key
3 'Replies to chiding fortune. a

Ulyf. Agamemnon,
Thou great commander, nerve and bone of Greece,
Heart of our numbers, soul, and only spirit,
In whom the tempers and the minds of all
Should be shut up: hear what Ulysses speaks.
Besides th’applause and approbation
The which, most mighty for thy place and sway, [To Agam.
And thou, most rev'rend for thy stretcht-out life, (To Neft.
I give to both your speeches, which were such
B 3

As (a) K is faid of the Tyger, that in forms and high winds he rages and roars meft furiously. 2 goodly ...old cdit. Theob. omiend.

3 Returns

As Agamemnon and the hand of Greece
Should hold up high in brass ; and such again
As venerable Nestor (hatch'd in silver)
Should with a bond of air, strong as the axle-trec
On which heav'n rides, knit all the Grecian ears
To his experienc'd tongue: yet let it please both
(Though great, and wife) to hear Ulyfjes speak.

Aga. Speak, Prince of Itbaca : we less expect
That matter needless, of importless burthen,
Divide thy lips ; than we are confident,
When rank Therfites opes his mastiff jaws,
We shall hear musick, wit, and oracle.

Ulys. Troy, yet upon her basis, had been down,
And the great Hector's sword had lack'd a master,
But for these instances.
The specialty of rule hath been neglected ;
And look how many Grecian tents do stand
+ 'Upon this plain, so many hollow factions.
When that the general is not like the hive,
To s'which the foragers shall all repair,
What honey is expected ? degree being vizarded,
Th’unworthiest shews as fairly in the mask.
The heav'ns themselves, the planets, and this center,
Observe degree, priority and place,
Insisture, course, proportion, season, form,
Office and custom, in all line of order :
And therefore is the glorious planet Sol
In noble eminence enthron’d and spher'd
Amidst the rest, whose med'cinable eye
Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil,
And posts like the commandment of a king,
Sans check, to good and bad. But when the planets
In evil mixture to disorder wander,
What plagues, and what portents, what mutiny!
What raging of the fea! shaking of earth!
Commotion in the winds! frights, changes, horrors,
Divert and crack, rend and deracinate

The 4 Hollow upon

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

5 whon

« AnteriorContinua »