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Enter DIOMEDE, retiring before Troilus, 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? Whom, 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.
Troil. Hell and death!
Cres. If ever I had power to bend your mind, Believe me still your faithful Cressida ;
; And though my innocence appear like guilt, Because I make his forfeit life my suit, "Tis but for this, that my return to you Would be cut off for ever by his death; My father, treated like a slave, and scorned; Myself in hated bonds a captive held.
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
Cres. Enough, my lord; you've said enough. This faithless, perjured, hated Cressida, Shall be no more the subject of your curses : Some few hours hence, and grief had done your work; But then your eyes had missed the satisfaction, Which thus I give you,--thus
[She stabs herself ; they both run to her. Diom. Help save her, help! Cres. Stand off, and touch me not, thou traitor
Cres. Hear him not, heavens;
Troil. She's gone for ever, and she blest me dying! Could she have cursed me worse! she died for me, And, like a woman, I lament for her. Distraction pulls me several ways at once: Here pity calls me to weep out my eyes, Despair then turns me back upon myself, And bids me seek no more, but finish here.
[Points his Sword to his Breast.
Ha, smilest thou, traitor! thou instruct'st me best,
Troil. By my few moments of remaining life,
[To his Soldiers. For heaven and hell have marked him out for me, And I should grudge even his least drop of blood To any other hand.
[TROILUS and DIOMEDE fight, and both Parties engage at the same time. The Trojans make
. the Greeks retire, and TROILUS makes D:0MEDE give ground, and hurts him. Trumpets sound. Achilles enters with his Myrmidons, on the backs of the Trojans, who fight in a ring, encompassed round. Troilus, singling DIOMEDE, gets him down, and kills him; and ACHILLES kills Troilus upon him. All the
Trojans die upon the place, Troilus last. Enter AGAMEMNON, MENELAUS, ULYSSES, NESTOR,
AJAX, and Attendants. Achil. Our toils are done, and those aspiring walls, The work of gods, and almost mating heaven, Must crumble into rubbish on the plain.
Agam. When mighty Hector fell beneath thy sword, Their old foundations shook; their nodding towers Threatened from high the amazed inhabitants; And guardian-gods, for fear, forsook their fanes.
Achil. Patroclus, now be quiet; Hector's dead;
And, as a second offering to thy ghost,
Ajax. Revenged it basely :
Ulys. Hail, Agamemnon ! truly victor now!
consumed it: Now peaceful order has resumed the reins, Old Time looks young, and Nature seems renewed.
Then, since from home-bred factions ruin springs, Let subjects learn obedience to their kings.