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Priam's Palace. .
Enter Priam, Heator, Troilus, Paris, and Helenus.
Pri. After so many hours, lives, speeches spent,
Thus once again says Nestor from the Greeks;
Deliver Helen, and all damage elle-
As honour, loss of time, travel, expence,
Wounds, friends, and what else dear that is confum'd
In bot digestion of this cormorant war,-
Shall be struck off :-Hector, what say you to't ?
Heet. Though no man lesser fears the Greeks than I,
As far as toucheth my particular, yet,
There is no lady of " more softer bowels,
More spungy to suck in the sense of fear,
More ready to cry out-Who knows what follows ?
Than Hector is : * The wound of peace is surety,
Surety secure; but modest doubt is callid
The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches
To the bottom of the worst. Let Helen go :
Since the first sword was drawn about this question,
Every tithe soul, 'mongst many thousand dismes,
Hath been as dear as Helen ; I mean, of ours:
If we have lost so many tenths of ours,
To guard a thing not ours; not worth to us,
u be firuck off:]-out of the account, mall pass unnoticed. •
more better. Tempest, Vol. I. p. 7. * The wound of peace]-Upon the commencement of sçcurity peace seceives a wound.
Had it our name, the value of one ten;
What merit's in that reason, which denies
The yielding of her up?
Troi. Fie, fie, my brother!
Weigh you the worth and honour of a king,
So great as our dread father, in a scale
Of common ounces? will you with counters sum
* The past-proportion of his infinite ?
And buckle-in a waist most fathomless,
With spans and inches so diminutive
As fears and reasons ? fie, for godly shame!
Hel. No marvel, though you bite so sharp at reasons,
You are so empty of them.
of them. Should not our father
Bear the great sway of his affairs with reasons,
Because your speech hath none, that tells him so?
Troi. You are for dreams and numbers, brother priest,
* You fur your gloves with reason. Here are your reasons:
You know, an enemy intends you harm;
You know, a sword employ'd is perilous,
And reason Alies the object of all harm :
Who marvels then, when Helenus beholds
A Grecian and his sword, if he do set
The very wings of reason to his heels ;
And fly like chidden Mercury from Jove,
Or like a star dif-orbid ?-Nay, if we talk of reason,
Let's shut our gates, and neep: Manhood and honour
Should have hare hearts, would they but far their thoughts
With this cramm'd reason: reason and respect
Make livers pale, and lustyhood deject.
2 Had it our name,)-Were lhe a Trojan. * The pal-proportion of bis infinite?]-That transcendent dignity to which no measure bears any proportion.
•You fur your gloves with reason.)-You love to keep yourself warm, and out of danger, clujiy bood]-vigour, courage.
Heft. Brother, she is not worth what she doth cost The holding.
Troi. What is aught, but as 'tis valu'd ?
Heft. But value dwells not in particular will;
It holds his estimate and dignity
As well wherein 'tis precious of itself,
As in the prizer : ’tis mad idolatry,
To make the service greater than the god;
And the will dotes, that is inclinable
To what infectiously itself affects,
• Without some image of the affected merit.
Troi. I take to-day a wife, and my election
Is led on in the conduct of my will;
My will enkindled by mine eyes and ears,
Two traded pilots ’twixt the dangerous Thores
Of will and judgment; How may I avoid,
Although iny will distaste what it elected,
The wife I chose ? there can be no evasion
* To blench from this, and to stand firm by honour :
We turn not back the filks upon the merchant,
When we have foil'd them ; nor the remainder viands
We do not throw 8 in unrespective sieve,
Because we now are full. It was thought meet,
Paris should do some vengeance on the Greeks:
Your breath of full consent belly'd his fails ;
The seas and winds (old wranglers) took a truce,
And did him service: he touch'd the
desir'd; And, "for an old aunt, whom the Greeks held captive,
d inclinable]-attributive-attributes, does not find the qualities which it affects.
e Without some image]-Unless the merit so affected have some foundation, be inherent in the object; without some fhew of merit, whereon to ground affection,
i Tobler.ch from this,]-To fallify our engagement. & In unrespective fieve, ]-into the common voider; unrespeftive place,
for an old aunt,)-in exchange for Hefione, Priam's filter, carried off by Hercules, and given to Telamon, by whom she bore Ajax.
He brought a Grecian queen, whose youth and freshness
Wrinkles Apollo's, and makes pale the morning.
Why keep we her? the Grecians keep our aunt:
Is the worth keeping? why, she is a pearl,
Whole price hath launch'd above a thousand ships,
And turn'd crown'd kings to merchants.
If you'll avouch, 'twas wisdom Paris went,
(As you must needs, for you all cry'd-Go, go)
If you'll confess, he brought home noble prize,
(As you must needs, for you all clapp'd your hands,
And cry'd- Inestimable!) why do you now
The issue of your proper wisdoms' rate;
And do a deed that fortune never did,
Beggar the estimation which you priz'd
Richer than fea and land ? O theft most base;
That we have stolen what we do fear to keep!
'Base thieves, unworthy of a thing so stolen,
That in their country did them that disgrace,
We fear to warrant in our native place !
Cal. [within] Cry, Trojans, cry!
Pri. What noise ? what shriek is this?
Troi. 'Tis our mad lifter, I do know her voice.
Caf. [within) Cry, Trojans !
Heet. It is Cassandra.
Enter Casandra, raving. Cal. Cry, Trojans, cry! lend me ten thousand eyes, , And I will fill them with prophetic tears.
Heft. Peace, sifter, peace.
Caf. Virgins and boys, mid-age and wrinkled elders, Soft infancy, that nothing can'st but cry,
Beggar the estimation]-Withdraw your favourable opinion from one, whom fortune hath never dealt unkindly by, nor hitherto thewn gyen a fingle Night.
Add to my clamours ! let us pay betimes
A moiety of that mass of moan to come.
Cry, Trojans, cry! practise your eyes with tears!
Troy must not be, nor goodly Ilion stand!
Our " fire-brand brother, Paris, burns us all.
Cry, Trojans, cry! a Helen, and a woe :
Cry, cry! Troy burns, or else let Helen go. (Exit.
Heet. Now, youthful Troilus, do not these high ftrains
Of divination in our sister work
Some touches of remorse? or is your blood
So madly hot, that no discourse of reason,
Nor fear of bad success in a bad cause,
Can qualify the same?
Troi. Why, brother Hector,
We may not think the justness of each act
Such and no other than event doth form it;
Nor once deject the courage of our minds,
Because Caffandra's mad; her brain-fick raptures
Cannot " distaste the goodness of a quarrel,
Which hath our several honours all engag'd
To make it gracious. For my private part,
I am no more touch'd than all Priam's fons :
And Jove forbid, there should be done amongst us
Such things as would offend P the weakest spleen
To fight for and maintain !
Par. Else might the world convince of levity
As well my undertakings, as your counsels :
But I attest the gods, your full consent
Gave wings to my 'propension, and cut off
m fire-brand brother,]-alluding to Hecuba's dream, when with child of Paris, that Me was delivered of a fire brand, which was construed to forebode the destruction of Troy through his means. difiafte]-impair.
Pibe weaked spleen)-the most scrupulous delicacy.