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Cre. Will you walk in, my lord ?
Troi. O Creffida, how often have I wisht me thus ?
Cre. Wisht, my lord ! the Gods grant -- O my lord.

Troi. What should they grant? what makes this pretty abruption? what too curious dreg espies my fweet lady in the fountain of our love?

Cre. More dregs than water, if my fears have eyes.

Troi. Fears make devils of cherubins, they never fee truly.

Cre. Blind fear, which feeing reason leads, finds fafer footing than blind reason stumbling without fear. To fear the worst, oft cures the worfe.

Troi. O, let my lady apprehend no fear; in all Cwpid's Pageant there is presented no monfter.

Cre. Nor nothing monstrous neither?

Troi. Nothing, but our Undertakings ; when we vow to weep seas, live in fire, eat rocks, tame tygers ; thinking it harder for our mistress to devise imposition enough, than for us to undergo any difficulty imposed. This is the monstruosity in love, lady, that the will is infinite, and the execution confin'd, that the desire is boundless, and the act a slave to limit.

Cre. They say, all lovers swear more performance than they are able; and yet reserve an ability, that they never perform : vowing more than the perfection of ten, and difcharging less than the tenth part of one. They that have the voice of lions, and the act of hares, are they not monfrous ?

Troi. Are there such ? such are not we: praise us as we are tasted, allow

as we prove: our head shall go bare, Ptill merit crown it; no perfection in reverfion shall have a praise in present; we will not name defert before his birth, and, being born, his addition shall be humble; few words to fair faith. Troilus shall be such to Creffida, as what envy can say worst, shall be a mock for his truth; and what truth can speak traeft, not truer than Troilus. Cre. Will you walk in, my lord ?

Enter Pandarus. Pan. What, blushing still have you not done talking yet?


Cre. Well, uncle, what folly I commit, I dedicate to you.

Pan. I thank you for that; if my lord get a boy of you, you'll give him me; be true to my lord ; if he Ainch, chide me for it.

Troi. You know now your hostages ; your uncle's word and my firm faith.

Pan. Nay, I'll give my word for her too; our kindred, though they be long ere they are woo'd, they are conftant, being won : they are burrs, I can tell you, they'll stick where they are thrown.

Cre. Boldness comes to me now, and brings me heart: Prince Trailus, I have lov'd you night and day, For many weary months.

Troi. Why was my Cresid then fo hard to win?

Cre. Hard to seem won: but I was won, my lord, With the first glance that ever- -pardon me If I confess much, you will play the tyrant: I love you now; but not till now, so much But I might master it----in faith, I lieMy thoughts were, like unbridled children, grown Too headstrong for their mother ; see, we fools! Why have I blabb’d? who shall be true to us, When we are so unsecret to our selves? But though I lov'd you well, I woo'd you not ; And yet, good faith, I wisht my self a man: Or that We women had men's privilege, Of speaking first. Sweet, bid me hold my tongue; For in this rapture I shall surely speak The thing I Mall repent; see, fee, your filence (Cunning in dumbness) from my weakness draws My very soul of counsel. Stop my mouth. Troi. And shall, albeit sweet mufick issues thence.

[Kifing Pan. Pretty, i'faith.

Cre. My lord, I do befeech you, pardon me;
'Twas not my purpose thus to beg a kiss:
I am asham'd ;- -O heavens, what have I done!-
For this timé will I take my leave, my lord.
Troi. Your leave, sweet Cressid?


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Pan. Leave! an you take leave till to morrow mor

Cre. Pray you, content you.
Trci. What effends you, lady?
Cre. Sir, mine own company:
Troi. You cannot fhun


self. Cre. Let me go try: I have a kind of self resides with you: But an unkind self, that it self will leave, To be another's fool. Where is my wit ? I would be gone: I speak, I know not what. Troi. Well know they what they speak, that speak fo

Cre. Perchance, my lord, I fhew more craft than

And fell fo roundly to a large confeffion,
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 constancy in plight and youth
Out-living Beauties outward ; with a mind
That doth renew swifter than blood decays !
Or, that perswafion 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.

Troi. O virtuous fight! When Right with Right warrs who shall be most right. True swains in love shall in the world to come Approve their truths by Troilus ; when their rhimes, Full of proteft, of oath, and big compare, Want fimilies: truth, tired with iteration,


As true as steel, as Planets to their Moons, (15)
As Sun to day, as türtle 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 Troilus shall crown-up the verse,
And sanctifie the numbers.
Cre. Prophet may you be !
If I be false, or swerve a hair from truth,
When time is old and hath forgot it self,
When water-drops have worn the stones of Troy.
And blind Oblivion swallow'd Cities up,
And mighty States characterless are grated.
To dusty Nothing; yet let Memory,

-as Planets to the Moon.] Plantage is certainly very justly thrown out, as a Reading of no Sense or Truth: and yst the Text is a little corrupted, and must be help'd thus;

-as Planers to their Moons.. He fetches here his Comparisons of true Love from the Syme pathy or Affection of the several Parts of Nature. As true as Steel I know, by this Phrase, Men generally mean as true as a well-remper'd Sword is to the Hand of the Warrior: but I am persuaded, the Phrase had another Original ; and that was, from observing its strange Affection to the Loadstone. Buc other planets, besides the Earth, (before the Time of our' Author,) were discover'd to have their Moons which revolv'd round. them. Jupiter has four Moons, and Saturn five. The Aftroncamers, 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 Planets, they call them Jupiter, or Saturn's Moons. Their constant unerring Attendance on their respe&ive 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 Planers. -Because the Moons de. pend on their Planets, not the Planets on their Moons. But that this inverted Order is nothing with Shakespeare, is plain from many Places of his Works, and particularly from the immediate following Words, As Sun 10 Day. which is likewisein the fame manner inverted: for the Day depends on the Sun, and Do the Sun on the Day.

Mr. Warburtong,



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From falfe to false, among false maids in love,
Upbraid my falsehood! 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 ;
Yea, let them say, to kick the heart of falsehood,
As false as Cressid.

Pan.. Go to, a bargain made : seal it, seal it, I'll be the witness. Here I hold your hand; here my coufin's ; if ever you prove falfe to one another, since I have taken such pains to bring you together, let all pitiful Goers-between be call'd to the world's end after my name ; call them all Pandars : let all constant men be Troilus's, all false women Crellida's, and all brokers be. tween Pandars: say, Amen.

Troi. Amen !
Cre, Amen!

Pax. Amen. Whereupon I will shew you a bed,
chamber ; which bed, because it shall not fpeak of your
pretty encounters, press it to death : away.
And Cupid grant all tongue-ty'd maidens here,
Bed, chamber, and Pandar to provide this Geer!


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SCENE changes to the Grecian Camp. Enter Agamemnon, Ulysses, Diomedes, Neftor, Ajax,

Menelaus, and Calchas. Cal.

TOW, Princes, for the fervice I have done you,

To call for recompenfe : appear it to you,
That, through the fight I bear in things to come,
I have abandon'd Troy, left my poffeffion,
Incurrid'a traitor's name, exposd myself,
From certain and pofleft conveniences,
To doubtful fortunes ; sequestred from all
That time, acquaintance, custom, and condition,
Made tame and moft familiar to my nature :
And here, to do you service, am become
As new into the world, ftrange, unacquainted.

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