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Pan. Leave! an you také leave till to morrow morning-
Cre. Pray you, content you.
Troi. What offends you, lady?
Cre. Sir, mine own company:
Troi. You cannot shun yourself.
Cre. Let me go try :
I have a kind of self refides with you :
But an unkind self, that itself will leave,
To be another's fool. Where is my
I would be gone: I speak, I know not what.
Troi.Well know they what they speak, that speak fowisely.
Cre. Perchance, my Lord, I shew more craft than love,
And fell fo roundly to a large confeflion,
To angle for your thoughts : but you are wise,
Or else you love not: To be wise and love,
Exceeds man's might, and dwells with Gods above.
Troi. O, that I thought it could be in a woman,
(As, if it can, I will presume in you,)
To feed for ay her lamp and flames of love,
To keep her conftancy in plight and youth
Out-living Beauties outward; with a mind
That doth renew swifter than blood decays !
Or, that persuasion could but thus convince me,
That my integrity and truth to you
Might be affronted with the match and weight
Of such a winnow'd purity in love :
How were I then up-lifted! but alas,
I am as true as Truth's fimplicity,
And fimpler than the infancy of truth.
Cre. In that I'll war with you.
Tro. O virtuous fight! When Right with Right wars who shall be most right. Trųe swains in love fall in the world to come Approve their truths by Troilus ; when their rhymes, Full of protest, of oath, and big compare, Want fimiles : truth, tir'd with iteration, As true as steel, as Planets to their Moons, (15)
-as Planets to the Moon.] Plantage is certainly very justly thrown out, as a Reading of no Sense or Truth : and yet the Text is a little corrupted, and must be help'd thus;
As Sun to day, as turtle to her mate,
As iron to adamant, as earth to th' center :
Yet after all comparisons of truth,
(As truth's authentick author to be cited)
As true as Troilies shall crown up the verse,
And sanctify the numbers.
Cre. Prophet may you be !
If I be falle, or swerve a hair from truth,
When time is old and hath forgot itself,
When water-drops have worn the stones of Troy,
And blind Oblivion swallow'd Cities up,
And mighty States characterless are grated
To dufty Nothing; yet let Memory,
From false to false, among false maids in love,
Upbraid my fal hood! when they've said, as false
As air, as water, as wind, as fandy earth;
As fox to lamb, as wolf to heifer's calf ;
Pard to the hind, or step-dame to her son ;
-as Planets to their Moons.
He fetches here his Comparisons of trne Love from the Sympathy
or Affection of the feve al Parts of Nature, Astrue as Stella I
know, by this Phrase, Men generally mean as true as a well-tem--
per'd Sword is to the Hand of the Warrior : but I am perfuaded
the Phrase had another Original; and that was, from observing its
strange Afrection to the Loadsione. --But other Planets, besides.
the Earth, (before the Time of our Author,) were discover'd to
have their Moons which revolved round them. Yupiter has four
Moons, and Saturn five. The Astronomers, sometimes call’d these,
Moons; and sometimes, Satellites. Sometimes, when they spoke of
the Moon, they call'd it the Earth's Satellite: and when they spoke
of the Satellites of the other Pianets, they call'd them Jupiter, or
Saturn's Moons. Their constant unerring Attendance on their re-
spective Planets made this Phenomenon very proper for Comparisons:
tho' properly speaking, as it is here put, it is inverted; for it should
be, as true as Moons to their Planets. -Because the Moons de
pend on their Planets, not the Planets on their Moons. But that
ihis inverted Order is nothing with Shakespeare, is plain from many
Places of his Works, and particularly from the immediate follow-
ing Words, As Sun to Day - which is likewise in the fame
manner inverted : for the Day depends on the Sun, and not the
Sun on the Day
Yea, let them say, to stick the heart of falfhood,
As false as Crefid.-
Pan. Go to, a bargain made : feal it, seal it, I'll be the witness. Here I hold
my coufin's; if ever you prove false to one another, since I have taken fuch pains to bring you together, let all pitiful Goers-between be callid to the world's end after my name ; call them all Pandars : let all conitant men be Troilus's, all false women Crellida's, and all brokers between Pandars : fay, Amen.
Trai. Amen !
Pan. Amen. Whereupon I will shew you a bedchamber; which bed, because it shall not speak of your pretty encounters, prefs it to death : away. And Cupid grant all tongue-ty'd maidens here, Bed, chamber, and Pandar to provide this Geer!
SCENE changes to the Grecian Camp. Enter Agamemnon, Ulysses, Diomedes, Nestor, Ajax,
Menelaus, and Calchas.
Cal. TOW, Princes, for the service I have done you,
Th’advantage of the time prompts me aloud To call for recompence : appear it to you, That, through the fight I bear in things to come, I have abandon'd Troy, left my poffeffion, Incurr’d a traitor's name, expos'd myself, From certain and poffeft conveniences, To doubtful fortunes ; fequeftred from all That time, acquaintance, custom, and condition, Made tame and most familiar to my nature : And here, to do you service, am become As new into the world, strange, unacquainted. I do befeech you, as in way of taste, To give me now a little benefit, Qut of those many registred in promise, Which, you say, live to come in my
Aga. What wouldst thou of us, Trojan? make demand..
Cal. You have a Trojan prisoner, call'd Antenor,
Yesterday took: Troy holds him very dear.
Oft have you (often have you
thanks therefore ;)
Desir'd my Cresjid in right-great exchange,
Whom Troy hath ftill deny’d: but this Antenor,
I know, is such a wrest in their affairs,
That their negotiations all must slack,
Wanting his Manage ; and they will almost
Give us a Prince o'th' blood, a son of Priam,
In change of him. Let him be sent, great Princes,
And he shall buy my daughter: and her presence.
Shall quite strike off all service I have done,
In most accepted pain.
Aga. Let Diomedes bear him,
And bring us Cressid hither: Calchas Mall have
What he requests of us. Good Diomede,
Furnish you fairly for this enterchange;
Withal, bring word, if Hector will to-morrow
Be answer'd in his challenge. Ajax is ready:
Dio. This shall I undertake, and 'tis a burden
Which I am proud to bear.
Enter Achilles and Patroclus, before their Tent..
Ul;f. Achilles stands i'th' entrance of his Tent,
Please it our General to pass strangely by him,
As if he were forgot; and, Princes all,
Lay negligent and loose regard upon him:
I will come laft ; ’tis like, he'll question me,
Why such unplausive eyes are bent on him:
If so, I have decision medicinable
To use between your strangeness and his pride,
Which his own will shall have desire to drink.
It may do good: Pride hath no other glass
To thew itself, but pride; for supple knees
Feed arrogance, and are the proud man's fees..
Aga. We'll excute your purpose, and put on:
A form of strangeness as we pass along;
So do each Lord; and either greet him not,
Or else disdainfully, which shall fhake bim more
Than if not look'd on. I will lead the way.
Achil. What, comes the Generał to speak with me? You know my mind. I'll fight no more 'gainst Troy.
Aga. What says Achilles. would he aught with us ?
Neft. Would you, my Lord, aught with the General ?
Neft. Nothing, my Lord. .
Aza. The better.
Achil. Good day, good day.
Men. How do you ? how do you ?
Achil. What, does the cuckold scorn me?
Ajax. How now, Patroclus ?
Achil. Good-morrow, Ajax.
Ajax. Ay, and good next day too.
[Exe. Achil. What mean these fellows? know they not
Achilles ? Pair. They pass by strangely: they were us’d to bend, To fend their fmiles before them to Achilles, To come as humbly as they us'd to creep To holy altars.
Achil. What, am I poor of late ? 'Tis certain, Greatness, once fall’n out with fortune, Must fall out with men too: what the declin'd is, He shall as foon read in the eyes of others, As feel in his own Fall: for men, like butterflies, Shew not their mealy wings but to the summer ; And not a man, for being simply man, Hath honour, but is honour'd by those honours That are without him ; as place, riches, favour, Prizes of accident as oft as merit : Which, when they fall, (as being flipp'ry ftanders) The love that lean'd on them, as flipp'ry too, Doth one piuck down another, and together Die in the Fall. But 'tis not fo with me:. Fortune and I are friends; I do enjoy At ample point all that I did poffefs, Save these men's looks! who do, methinks, find Something in me not worth that sich beholding,