Sivut kuvina
PDF
ePub

Yet hold I off. Women are angels, wooing: As rous'd with rage, with rage doth synpathize,
Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing : And with an accent turn'd in self-same key,
Tbat she belov'd knows nought, that knows not Returns to chiding fortune.
this,

Ulyss. Agamemnon,-
Men prize the thing ungain's more than it is: Thou great commander, nerve, and bone of
That she was never yet, that ever knew

Greece,
Love got so sweet, as when desire did sue : Heart of our numbers, soul and only spirit
Therefore, this maxim out of love I teach,

In whom the tempers and the minds of all
Achievement is command ; ungain'd beseech : Should be shut up,-hear what Ulysses speaks
Then though my heart's content firın love doth Besides the applause and approbation
bear,

The which, -most nighty for thy place and Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear.

sway,

(To AGAMEMNON. (Exit. And thou most reverend for thy stretch'd-ouz life,

(75 NESTO. SCENE III.-The Grecian Camp.- Before I give to both your speeches, which were such, Agamemnon's Tent.

As Agamemnon and the band of Greece

Should hold up high in brass ; and such again, Trumpets. Enter AGAMEMNON, NESTOR,

As venerable Nestor, hatch'd in silver,
ULYSSES, MENELAUS, and others.

Should with a bond of air (strong as the axle. Agam. Princes,

tree What grief hath set the jaundice on your cheeks ? On which heaven rides,) knit all the Greekish The ample proposition, that hope makes

ears

(both, In all designs begun on earth below,

To his experienc'd tongue,-yet let it please Fails in the promis'd largeness ; checks and dis. Thou great, -and wise,-to hear Ulysses speak. asters

Agam. Speak, prince of Ithaca ; and be't of Grow in the veins of actions highest rear'd :

less expect As knots, by the conflux of meeting sap,

That matter needless, of importless burden, lufect the sound pine, and divert his grain

Divide thy lips; than we are confident, Tortive and errant from his course of growth. When rank Thersites opes his mastiff jaws, Nor, princes, is it matter new to us,

We shall bear music, wit, and oracle. That we come short of our suppose so far,

Uylss. Troy, yet upon his basis had been That, after seven years' siege, yet Troy walls I

down,

(ter, stand ;

And the great Hector's sword had lack'd a mas Sith + every action that hath gone before,

But for these instances. Whereof we have record, trial did draw

The speciality of rule + hath been neglected ; Bias and thwart, not answering the aim,

And, look, how many Grecian tents do stand And that umbodied figure of the thought

Hollow upon this plain, so many hollow fac. That gav't surmised shape. Why then, you

tions. princes,

When that the general is not like the bive, Do you with cheeks abash'd behold our works; To whom tbe foragers shall all repair, And thing them shames, which are, indeed,What honey is expected ? Degree being viz. nonght else

arded, i But the protractive trials of great Jove.

The unworthiest shows as fairly in the mask. To find persistive constancy in men

The heavens themselves, the planets, and this The fineness of which metal is not found

centre, In fortune's love ; for then, the bold and Observe degree, priority, and place, coward,

Insisture, y course, proportion, season, form, The wise and fool, the artist and unread,

Office, and custom, in all line of order : The hard and soft, seem all affin'dt and kiu: And therefore is the glorious planet, Sol, But, in the wind and tempest of her frown, In noble eminence enthron'd and spher'd Distinction, with a broad and powerful fall, Amidst the other ; whose med'cinable eye Pulling at all, winnows the light away ;

Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil, And what hath mass or matter, by itself

And posts, like the commandment of a king, Lies, rich in virtue, and uniningled.

Sans cheek, to good and bad : But wheu the Nest. With due observance of thy godlike

planets, seat,

In evil mixture, to disorder wander, Great Agamemnon, Nestor shall apply

What plagues, and what portents 1 what motiny? Thy latest words. In the reproof of chance What raging of the sea ? shaking of earth? Lies the true proof of men : The sea being Commotion in the winds ? frights, changes, hor. smooth,

rors, How many shallow bauble boats dare sail

Divert and crack, rend and deracinate Upon her patient breast, inaking their way

The unity and married calm of states With those of noble bulk.

Quite from their fixture Oh! when degree is But let the ruflian Boreas once enrage

shak'd. The gentler Thetis, | and, anon, behold

Which is the ladder of all high designs, The strong ribb'd bark through liquid moun. The enterprize is sick! How could commit. tains cut,

nities, Bounding between the two moist elements, Degrees in schools, and brotherhoods * * in cities, Like Perseus' horse ; Where's then the saucy | Peaceful commerce from dividable tt shores, boat,

The primogenitive and due of birth, Whose weak untimber'd sides but even now Prerogative of age, crowns, sceptres, laurels, Co-rival'd greatness ? either to harbour fled, But by degree, stand in authentic place ? Or made a toast for Neptune. Even so

Take but degree away, untune that string, Doth valour's show, and valour's worth, divide, And, hark, what discord follows ! each thing In storing of fortune: For, in her ray aud

meets brightness,

In mere it oppugnancy: The bounded waters The herd hath more annoyance by the brize, Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores, Than by the tiger : but when the splitting wind And make a sop of all this solid globe : Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks,

Strength should be lord of imbecility, And flies fed under shade, why, then the thing And the rude son should strike his father of courage

dead :

• Expectation. + Rights of supreme authority. • Twisted and rambling.

+ Since, 1 Masked.

Constancy.

I Withoc. 1 Joined by affinity. 6 The throne. 19 Tear up by the roots.

•• Corporation. Goddess of the sea.

The gad-dy.

ft Divided.

11 Absolute

[ocr errors]

Force should be right; or, rather, right and with an imperial voice, many are infect. wrong,

Ajax is grown self-willid; and bears bis head (Between whose endless jar justice resides,) In such a reign, in full as proud a place Should lose their names, and so sbould justice As broad Achilles : keeps his tent like him ; too.

Makes factions feasts ; rails on our state of war Then every thing includes itself in power, Bold as an oracle : and sets Thersites Power into will will into appetite;

(A slave, whose gall coins slanders like a mint,) And appetite, a universal wolf,

To match us in comparisons with dirt; So doubly seconded with will and power,

To weaken and discredit our exposure, Must make perforce a universal prey,

How rank soever rounded in with danger. And, last, eat up himself. Great Agamemnon, Ulyss. They tax our policy, and call it cowThis cbaos, when degree is suffocate,

ardice : Follows the choking.

Count wisdom as no member of the war ; And this neglection of degree it is,

Forestall prescience, and esteem no act That by a pace goes backward, with a purpose But that of band : the still and mental parts, It hath to climb. The general's disdain'd

That do contrive how many bands shall strike, By him one step below; he, by the next; When fitness call them on; and know, by meaThat next, by him beneath : so every step,

sure Exampled by the first pace that is sick

of their observant toil, the enemies' weight,of his superior, grows to an envious fever Why, this hath not a finger's dignity : of pale and bloodless emulation :

They call this-bed-work, mappery, closet-war : And 'tis this fever that keeps Troy on foot, So that the ram, that batters down the wall, Not her own sinews. To end a tale of length, For the great swing and ru 'eness of his poise, Troy in our weakness stands, not in her They place before his hand that made the en. strength.

gine; Nest. Most wisely hath Ulysses here dis-Or those, that with the fineness of their souls cover'd

By reason guide his execution. The fever whereof ali our power • is sick.

Nest. Let this be granted, and Achilles' Agam. The nature of the sickness found,

horse What is the remedy ?

[Ulysses, Makes many Thetis' sons. [Trumpet sounds. Ulyss. The great Achilles,---whom opinion Agam. What trumpet ? look, Menelaus.

crowns The sinew and the forehand of our host,

Enter ÆNEAS. Having his ear full of his airy faine,

Men. From Troy.
Grows dainty of bis worth, and in his tent

Agam. What would you 'fore our tent ?
Lies mocking our designs : With him Patroclus, Àne. Is this
Upon a lazy bed the livelong day

Great Agamemnon's tent, I pray ?
Breaks scurril jests;

Agam. Even this. And with ridiculous and awkward action

Æne. May one, that is a herald and a prince, (Which, slanderer, he imitation calls,)

Do a fair message to his kingly ears? He pageants + us. Sometime, great Agamemnon, Agam. With surety stronger than Achilles' arm, Thy topless I deputation be puts on;

'Fore all the Creekish heads, which with oue And, like a strutting player,-whose conceit

voice Lies in his hamstring, and doth think it rich Call Agamempon head and general. To hear the wooden dialogue and sound

Æne. Fair leave, and large security. How may Twixt his stretch'd footing and the scaffold. A stranger to those most imperial looks age, 5

Know them from eyes of other mortals ! Such to-be-pitied and o'er-wrested seeming Agam. How? He acts thy greatness in: and when he speaks, Äne. Ay; "Tis like a cbime a mending; with terms un. I ask, that I might waken reverence, squar'd,

[dropp'd, And bid the cheek be ready with a blush Which, from the tongue of roaring Typhon | Modest as morning when she coldly eyes Would seem hyperboles. At this fusty stuff, The youthful Phobus : The large Achilles, on his press'd bed lolling, which is that god in office, guiding men ? From his deep chest laughs out a loud ap- Which is the bigh and mighty Agamemnon ! planse ;

Agam. This Trojan scorns us ; or the men of Cries.-Excellent !--'tis Agamemnon just.

Troy, Now play me Nestor ;-hem, and stroke thy Are ceremonious courtiers. beard,

ne. Courtiers as free, as debonair, unarm'd, As he, being dress'd to some oration.

As bending angels; that's their fame in peace: That's done-as near as the extremest ends But when they would seem soldiers, they have of parallels ; as like as Vulcan and his wife.

galls, Yet good Achilles still cries, Ercellent !

Good arms, strong joints, true swords; and, 'Tis Nestor right! Now play him me, Patro

Jove's accord, clus,

Nothing so full of heart. But peace, Æneas, Arming to ansuer in a night alarm.

Peace, Trojan ; lay thy finger on thy lips ! And then, forsooth, the faint defects of age The worthiness of praise distains his worth, Must be the scene of mirth; to cough, and spit, if that the prais'd himself bring the praise And with a palsy-fumbling on his gorget,

forth: Shake in and out the rivet :-and at this sport, But what the repining enemy commends, Sir Valoar dies; cries, 0 !-enough, Patro. That breath fame follows; that praise, sole pure, clus ;

transcends. Or give me ribs of steel! I shall split all

Agam. Sir, you of Troy, call you yourself In pleasure of my spleen. And in this fashion,

Æneas ? All our abilities, gifts, natures, shapes,

îne. Ay, Greek, that is my fame. Beverals and generals of grace exact,

Agam. What's your affair, I pray you? Achievements, plots, orders, preventions,

jne. Sir, pardon ; 'tis for Agamemnou's Excitements to the tield, or speech for truce,

ears. Success, or loss, what is, or is not, serves

Agam. He hears nought privately, that comes As stuff for these two to make paradoxes.

from Troy. Nest. And in the imitation of these twain Æne. Nor I from Troy come tot to whisper (Whoin, as Ulysses says, opinioni crowns

hìn:

I bring a trumpet to awake his ear ; • Army. Mimics os. 1 Supreme. The galleries of the theatre. Beyond the rut.

To set his seuse on the attentive bent, 9 Cnadupted.

And then to speak.

2

[ocr errors]

(whest. Anothese what is ors

Ay, wir, judgmesWill, wih, Apollo barren

kings, princ

Agam. Speak frankly as the wind;

Nest. Well, and how 1 It is not Agamemnon's sleeping hour :

| Ulyss. This challenge that the gallant Hector That thou shalt know, Trojan, he is awake,

sends, He tells thee so himself.

However it is spread in general name, Æne. Trumpet blow loud,

Relates in purpose only to Achilles. Send thy brass voice through all these lazy Nest. The purpose is perspicuous even as sub tents

stance, And every Greek of mettle, let him know. | Whose grossness little characters sum up : What 'Troy means fairly shall be spoke aloud And, in the publication, make no strain, .

[Trumpet sounds. But that Achilles, were his brain as barren We have, great Agamemnon, here in Troy, As banks of Libya,-though, Apollo kuows, A prince call”d Hector, (Priam is his father) 'Tis dry enough,-will, with what great speed of Who in this dull and long-continued truce Is rusty grown; he bade me take a trumpet, Ay, with celerity, find Hector's purpose And to tbis purpose speak. Kings, princes, Pointing on him. lords !

Ulyss. And wake him to the answer, think If there be one among the fair'st of Greece,

you ? That holds his honour higher than his ease;

Nest. Yes, That seeks bis praise more than he fears his It is most ineet; Whom may you else oppose peril;

That can from Hector bring those honours off, That knows his valour, and knows not to fear; if not Achilles ? Though't be a sportful combat, That loves his mistress more than in confession, Yet in the trial much opinion dwells ; (With truant vows to her own lips he loves.) For here the Trojans taste our dear'st repute And dare avow her beauty and her worth,

With their fiu'st palate : And trust to me, In other arms than hers,-to him this cbal

Ulysses, lenge.

Our inputation shall be oddly pois'd Hector, in view of Trojans and of Greeks,

In this wild action : for the success, Shall make it good, or do bis best to do it Although particular, shall give a scantling + He hath a lady, wiser, fairer, truer,

Of good or bad into the general;
Than ever Greek did compass in his arms; And in such indexes, although small pricks t
And will to-morrow with his trumpet call,

To their subsequent volumes, there is seen
Mid-way between your tents and walls of Troy, The baby figure of the giant inass
To rouse a Grecian that is true in love :

of things to come at large. It is suppos’d, If any coine, Hector shall honour him ;

He, that meets Hector, issues from our choice : If none, he'll say in Troy, when he retires, And choice, being mutual, act of all our souls, The Grecian dames are sun-buru'd, and not Makes merit her election; and doth boil, worth

As 'twere from forth us all, a man distillid The splinter of a lance. Even so much :

Out of our virtues; Who miscarrying, Agam. This shall be told our lovers, lord What heart receives from hence a conquering Æneas ;

part, If none of them have soul in such a kind, To steel a strong opinion to themselves ? We left them all at home. But we are sol. Which entertain'd, limbs are his instruments, diers ;

In no less working, than are swords and bows And may that soldier a mere recreant prote, Directive by the limbs. That means not, hath not, or is not in love !

Ulyss. Give pardon to my speech ;It then one is, or hath, or means to be,

Therefore 'tis meet, Achilles meet not Hector. That one meets Hector; if none else, I am he. Let us, like merchants, show our foulest wares, Nest. Tell him of Nestor, one that was a And think, perchance, they'll sell : if not, man

The lustre of the better shall exceed, When Hector's grandsire suck'd; he is old now; By showing the worse first. Do not consent, But if there be not in our Grecian bost

That ever Hector and Achilles meet ; One noble man, tbat bath one spark of fire

For both our honour and our shame, in this, To answer for his love, tell hin from me,--- Are dogg'd with two strange followers. l'll hide my silver beard in a gold beaver.

Nest. I see them not with my old eyes; what And in my vantbracet put this wither'd brawn;

are they 1 And meeting him, will tell bim, That my lady Ulyss. What glory our Achilles shares froin Was fairer than his grandame, and as cbaste

Hector, As may be in the world : His youth in flood, Were he not proud, we all should share with him : l'It prove this truth with my three drops of But he already is too insolent; blood

And we were better parch in Afric sun, ne. Now heavens forbid such scarcity of Than in the pride and salt scorn of his eyes, youth !

Should he 'scape Hector fair: If he were Ulyss. Amen!

foil'd, Agam, Fair lord Æneas, let me touch your Why, then we did our main opinion $ crush band;

In taint of our best man. No, make a lottery, To our pavilion shall I lead you, Sir.

And, by device, let blockish Ajax draw Achilles shall have word of this intent:

The sort to fight with Hector: Among our So shall each lord of Greece, from tent to tent:

selves, Yourself shall feast with us before you go, Give him allowance for the better man, And find the welcome of a noble foe.

For that will physic the great Myrmidon, (Exeunt all but ULYSSES and NESTOR. Who broils in loud applause; and make him full Ulyss. Nestor,

His crest, that prouder than blue Iris bends. Nest. What says Ulysses 1

If the dull brainless Ajax come safe off, Ulyss. I have a young conception in my We'll dress him up in yoices : If he fail, brain,

Yet go we under our opinion still Be you my time to bring it to some shape. That we have better men. But, hit or miss, Nest. What is't ?

Our project's life this shape of selise assumes-Ulyss. This 'lis :

Ajax, employ'd, plucks down Achilles' pluunes. Blumt wedges rive bard knots : The seeded pride 'Nest. Ulysses, That hath to this maturity blown up

Now I begin to relish thy advice;
In rank Achilles, must or now be cropp'l,

And I will give a taste of it forthwith
Or, shedding, breed a nursery of like evil,
To overbulk us all.

• Difficulty.

† Size.

Small points compared with the volun.ct. • Freely. + Avantbrast armour for the arm.

Character.

I Lot.

strikes

The proclawroclaimed a not my finger

To Agamemnon: go we to him straight.

Achil. So I do ; What's the matter? Two ours shall tame each other; Pride alone Ther. Nay, but regard him well. Must tarre • the mastiffs on, as 'twere their bone. Achil. Well, why I do so.

[Ereunt. Ther. But yet you look not well upon him: for

whosoever you take him to be, be is Ajax.

Achil. I know that, fool.

Ther. Ay, but that fool knows not himself. АСТ II.

Ajar. Therefore I beat thee.

Ther. Lo, lo, lo, lo, what modicums of wit SCENE 1.-Another part of the Grecian he utters! his evasions have ears thus long. I Camp.

have bobbed bis brain, more than he has beat

my bones : I will buy nine sparrows for a penny Enter AJAX and THERSITES.

and his pia mater is not worth the ninth part Ajax. Thersites,

of a sparrow. This lord, Achilles, Ajax,-wbo Ther. Agamemnon-how if he had boils i full, wears his wit in his belly, and his guts in his all over, generally?

head, I'll tell yon what I say of him. Ajar. Thersites,-

Achil. What Ther. And those boils did run 1-Say so,-did Ther. I say this, Ajax not the general run then ? were not that a botchy Achil. Nay, good Ajax. core 1

(AJAX offers to strike him, ACHILLES Ajax. Dog,

interposes. Ther. Then would come some matter from Ther. Has not so much witbim; I see none now:

Achil. Nay, I must hold you. Ajar. Thou bitch-woll's son, canst thou not

son canst thou not Ther. As will s

Ther. As will stop the eye of Helen's needle, hear ? Feel then.

[Strikes him. for whom he comes to fight. Ther. The plague of Greece upon thee, thon Achil. Peace, fool! mongrel beef-witted lord !

Ther. I would have peace and quietness, Ajax. Speak then, thou unsalted leaven I speak : but the fool will not : be there ; that be ; look I will beat thee into handsomeness.

you there. Ther. I shall sooner rail thee into wit and ho

Ajar. O thou damned cur ! I shall liness : but I think thy horse will sooner con an Achil. Will you set your wit to a fool's ? oration, than thou learn a prayer without book. Ther. No, I warrant you; for a foul's will Thou canst strike, canst thou? a red murrain shame it. o' thy jade's tricks !

Patr. Good words, Thersites. Aiai. Toads-stool, learn me the proclamation. Achil. What's the quarrel ?

Ther. Dost thou think I have no sense, thou | Ajax. I bade the vile owl go learn me the strikest me thus ?

tenour of the proclamation, and he rails upou me. Ajax. The proclamation,

Ther. I serve thee not. Ther. Thou art proclaimed a fool, I think. Ajar. Well, go to, go to.

Ajar. Do not, porcupine, do not; my fingers Ther. I serve here voluntary. + itch.

Achil. Your last service was sufferance, 'twas Ther. I would thou didst itch from head to not voluntary: no man is beaten voluntary ; foot, and I had the scratching of thee; I would Ajax was here the voluntary, and you as under make thee the loathsoinest scab in Greece. When an impress. thou art forth in the incursions, thou strikest as Ther. Even so a great deal of your wit too slow as another

lies in your sinews, or else there be liars. Hector Ajax. I say, the proclamation,

shall have a great catch, it be knock out either Ther. Thou grumblest and railest every hour of your brains ; a' were as good crack a fusty aut on Achilles ; and thou art as full of envy at his with no kernel. greatness as Cerberus is at Proserpina's beauty ;| Achil. What with me too, Thersites? ay, that thou barkest at him.

Ther. There's Ulysses, and old Nestor,-whose Ajar. Mistress Thersites!

wit was mouldy ere your grandsires bad nails on Ther. Thou shouldest strike him.

their toes,--yoke you like draught oxen, and Ajax, Cobloaf! +

make yon plough up the wars. Ther. He would pun 1 thee into shivers with Achil. What, what? his fist, as a sailor breaks a biscuit.

Ther. Yes, good sooth; To, Achilles ! Ajar. You whoreson cur! (Beating him. Ajax ! to! Ther. Do, do.

Ajar. I shall cut ont your tongue. Ajax. Thou stool for a witch !

Ther. "Tis no matter; I shall speak as much Ther. Ay, do, do; thou sodden-witted lord ! las thou afterwards. thou hast no more brain than I have in mine Patr. No more words, Thersites; peace. elbows; an assinego may tutor thee : Thou Ther. I will hold my peace when Acbilles' ecurvy valiant ass; thou art here put to thrash bracht bids me, shall 11 Trojans ; and thou art bought and sold among Achil. There's for you, Patroclus. those of any wit, like a Barbarian slave. If thou Ther. I will see you hanged, like cletpoles, utse to beat me, I will begin at thy heel, andere I come any more to your tents; I will keep tell what thou art by inches, thou thing of nowhere there is wit stirring, and leave the faction bowels, thou !

of fools.

Exit. Ajax. You dog!

Patr. A good riddance. Ther. You scurvy lord !

Achil. Marry, this, Sir, is proclaim'd througle Ajar. You cur!

(Beating him. Ther. Mars his idiot, do ! rudeness ; do, camel : 1 That Hector. by the first hour of the sun, do, do,

Will, with a trumpet, 'twixt our tents and Troy,

To-morrow morning call some knight to arms, Enter ACHILLES and PATROCLUS.

That batb a stomach ; and such a one, that dare Achil. Why, how now, Ajax ? wherefore do I Maintan-Iknow not what ; 'usu

Maintain-I know not what; 'tis trasb : Fare. you thus ?

well. How now, Thersites? what's the matter, man?

Ajar. Farewell. Who sball answer bim? Ther. You see him there, do you?

Achil. I know not it is put to lottery ; otherAchil. Ay; what's the matter?

He knew his man.

(wise, Ther. Nay, look upon him.

Ajax. Oh! meaning you :-I'll go learn more of it.

(Exeunt. • Provoke.

+ A crusty uneven loaf. * Pound. A cant term for a foolish fellow.

• The membrane that protects the brain Coutinue.

1 Voluntarily.

1 Bitch.

Achit.all our host .. hour of the soul,

SCENE II.-Troy.--A Room in Priam's Two traded pilots 'twixt the dangerous shores Palace.

of will and judgment : How may I avoid,

Although my will distaste what it elected,
Enter PriaM, HECTOR, TroiLUs, Paris, and
HELENUS.

To blench from this, and to stand firm by h . Pri. After so many hours, lives, speeches

nour : speut,

We turn not back the silks upon the merchant Thus once again says Nestor from the Greeks: When we have soil'd them ; nor the remainder Deliver Helen, and all damage else

viands As honour, loss of time, travel, expence,

We do not throw in unrespective sieve, t Wounds, friends, and what else dear that is Because we now are full. It was thought meet, consum'd

Paris should do some vengeance on the Greeks : In hot digestion of this cormorant war,

Your breath with full consent bellied his sails ; Shall be struck off :-Hector, what say you The seas and winds (old wranglers) took a truce, to'tt

And did him service : he touch'd the ports deHect. Though no man lesser fears the Greeks

sir'd;

[captive, than 1,

And, for an old aunt | whom the Greeks held As far as toucheth my particular, yet,

He brought a Grecian queen, whose youth and Dread Priam,

freshness There is no lady of more softer bowels,

Wrinkles Apollo's, and makes pale the morning. More spungy to suck in the sense of fear, Why keep we her the Grecians keep our aunt : More ready to cry out-Who knows what fol. Is she worth keeping ? why, she is a pearl lows ?

Whose price hath launch'd above a thousand Than Hector is : The wound of peace is surety,

ships, Surety secure ; but modest doubt is call'd

And turn'd crown'd kings to merchants. The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches if you'll avouch 'twas wisdom Paris went, To the bottom of the worst. Let Helen go : (As you must needs, for you all cried--Go, go,) Since the first sword was drawn about this if you'll confess, he brought home noble prize, question,

(As you must needs, for you all clapp'd your Every tithe soul, 'mongst many thousand dismes,

hands, Hath been as dear as Helen : I mean, of ours : And cried-Inestimable !) why do you now If we have lost so many tenths of ours,

The issue of your proper wisdoms rate; To guard a thing not ours; not worth to us,

And do a deed that fortune never did, Had it our name, the value of one ten;

Beggar the estimation which you priz'd What merits in that reason, which denies

Richer than sea and land! O theft most base ; The yielding of her up?

That we have stolen what we do fear to keep ! Tro. Fie, fie, my brother !

But, thieves, unworthy of a thing so stolen, Weigh you the worth and honour of a king, That in their country did them that disgrace, So great as our dread father, in a scale

We fear to warrant in our native place! of common ouncest will you with counters sum Cas. (Within.) Cry, Trojans, cry! The past-proportion of his infinite ?

Pri. Wlat noise 7 what shriek is this? And buckel-in a waist most fathomless,

Tro. "Tis our mad sister, I do know her With spans and inches so diminutive

voice. As fears and reasons ? fie, for godly shame! Cas. (Within.) Cry, Trojans ! Hel. No marvel, though you bite so sharp at Hect. It is Cassandra.

reasons, You are so empty of them. Should not our

Enter CASSANDRA, raving. father

(sons, Cas. Cry, Trojans, cry! lend me ten thousand Bear the great sway of his affairs with rea

eyes, Because your speech bath none, that tells him so ? And I will fill them with prophetic tears. Tro. You are for dreams and slumbers, bro- Hect. Peace, sister, peace. ther priest,

Cas. Virgins and boys, mid-age and wrinkled You fur your gloves with reason. Here are

elders, your reasons :

Soft infancy, that nothing canst but cry, You know, an enemy intends you harm;

| Add to my clamours ! let us pay betimes You know, a sword employ'd is perilous,

A moiety of that mass of moan to come. And reason flies the object of all harm :

Cry, Trojans, cry! practise your eyes with tears! Who marvels then, when Helenus beholds Troy must not be, nor goodly Ilion stand ; A Grecian and his sword, if he do set

Our fire-brand brother, Paris, 9 burns us all. The very wings of reason to his heels;

Cry, Trojans, cry I a Helen, and a woe : And ny like chidden Mercury from Jove,

Cry, cry | Troy burns, or else let Helen go. Or like a star disorb'd 1-Nay, if we talk of rea

(Rrit. son,

(honour Hect. Now youthful Troilus, do not these high Let's shut our gates, and sleep: Manhood and

strains Should have hare hearts, would they but fat of divination in our sister work their thoughts

Some touches of remorse? or is your blood With this cramm'd reason: reason and respect + So madly hot, that no discourse of reason, Make livers pale, and lustihood deject.

Nor fear of bad success in a bad cause, Hect. Brother, she is not worth what she can qualify the same! doth cost

Tro. Wby, brother Hector, The holding

We may not think the justness of each act Tro. What is aught, but as 'tis valued ?

Such and no other than event doth form it Hect. But value dwells not in particular will : Nor once deject the courage of our minds, It holds his estimate and dignity

Because Cassandra's mad : her brain-sick rapAs well wherein 'tis precious of itself

tures As in the prizer: 'tis mad idolatry,

Cannot distaste the goodness of a quarrel, To make the service greater than the god; Which hath our several honours all engag'd And the will dotes, that is attributive

To inake it gracious. For my private part, To what infectionsly itself affects,

I am no more touch'd than all Priam's sons : Without some image of the affected merit. And Jove forbid, there should be done amongst Tro. I take to-day a wife, and my election

us Is led on in the conduct of my will ;

• Shrink.

1 I.e. a common voider. My will enkindled by mine eyes and ears,

* Priam's sister, Hesione.

His mother,

Hecuba, dreamt she should bring forth a fire-brand. • Tenth..

# Caution.

1 Corrupt, change to a worse estate. To give it oclat.

ughton: reas deject. what

distaster several For my priam's Samongst

« EdellinenJatka »