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learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and so forth, the spice and salt, 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, —
Pan. 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 ; and at all these wards I lye, at a thousand watches.
Pan. Say one of your watches.
Cre. Nay, I'll watch you for that, and that's one 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 paft
Pan. You are such another.
Boy. Sir, my lord would instantly speak with you.
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.
Words, vows, gifts, tears, and love's full facrifice,
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 o8. Women are angels, wooing ;
Things won are done; the soul's joy lyes 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.
SCENE changes to Agamemnon's Tent in the
Trumpets. Enter Agamemnon, Nestor, Ulysses, Dio
medes, Menelaus, with others.
What grief hath set the jaundice on your
cheeks? The ample proposition, that hope makes In all designs begun on earth below, Fails in the promis'd largeness : Checks and disasters Grow in the veins of actions highest rear'd; As knots by the conflux of meeting fap 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 fev'n years siege, yet Troy-walls stand ; Sith every action that hath 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 fove, To find persistive constancy in men? The fineness of which metal is not found In fortune's love ; for then, 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 tempeft of her frown, Distinction with a broad and powerful fan,
Puffing at all, winnows the light away ;
And what hath mass, or matter by it self,
Lies rich in virtue, and unmingled.
Nest. With due observance of thy godlike Seat, (10)
Great Agamemnon, Nestor shall apply
Thy latest words. In the reproof of Chance
Lies the true proof of men; the Sea being smooth,
How many shallow bauble boats dare fail
Upon her patient 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 toast 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 Alexible the knees of knotted oaks,
And Aies 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,
Returns to chiding fortune.
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
(10) With due Observance of thy goodly Seat,] Goodly is an Epithet carries no very great Compliment with it ; and "Neftor seems here to be paying Deference to Agamemnon's State and Preheminence. The old Books have it, to thy godly Seat ; godlike, as I have reform'd the Text, seems to me the Epithet design'd; and is
conformable to what Æneas afterwards says of Agamemnon ; Which is that God in Office, guiding Men ?
The which, most mighty for thy place and sway,
[To Aga. And thou, most rev'rend for thy stretcht-out life,
I give to both your speeches; which were such,
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-tree
On which heav'n rides, knit all the Grecians ears
To his experienc'd tongue: yet let it please Both
(Thou great, and wise) to hear Ulyses speak.
Aga. Speak, Prince of Ithaca: we less expect,
That matter needless, of importless burthen,
Divide thy lips; than we are confident,
When rank Thersites opes his mastiff jaws,
We shall hear musick, wit, and oracle.
Uly]. Troy, yet upon her basis, had been down,
And the great Hector's sword had lack'd a master,
But for these instances.
The speciality of Rule hath been neglected;
And, look, how many Grecian Tents do stand
Hollow upon this Plain, so many hollow factions.
When that the General is not like the hive,
To whom the foragers shall all repair,
What honey is expected? degree being vizarded,
Th’unworthiest shews as fairly in the mask.
The heavens 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 spherd
Amidst the rest, whose med'cinable eye
Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil,
And posts like the command'ment 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 Sea? 'Making of earth?
Commotion in the winds ? frights, changes, horrors,
Divert and crack, rend, and deracinate
The unity and married calm of states
Quite from their fixure? Oh, when degree is shaken,
(Which is the ladder to all high designs)
The enterprize is sick. How could communities,
Degrees in schools, and brotherhoods in cities,
Peaceful commerce from dividable shores,
The primogeniture, and due of birth,
Prerogative of age, crowns, scepters, lawrels,
(But by degree) stand in authentick place ?
Take but degree away, untune that string,
And hark what discord follows; each thing meets
In meer oppugnancy. The bounded waters
Would lift their bosoms higher than the shores,
And make a sop of all this folid Globe :
Strength would be lord of imbecility,
And the rude son would strike his father dead :
Force would be Right ; or rather, Right and Wrong (11)
(Between whose endless jar Justice resides)
Would lose their names, and so would justice too.
Then every thing includes it self in power,
Power into will, will into appetite;
And appetite (an universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power)
Must make perforce an universal prey,
And last eat up it self. Great Agamemnon!
This Chaos, when degree is suffocate,
Follows the choaking:
And this neglection of degree is it,
That by a pace goes backward, in a purpofe
It hath to climb. The General's disdain'd
By him one step below; he, by the next;
That next, by him beneath : so every step,
(11) Right and Wrong,
Between whose endless jar Justice resides,
Would lose their Names ;] This is not a bad Comment upon what Horace
has said on this Subject ;
sunt certi deniq; fines
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