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pi&ture. Alas the day, how loth you are to offend daylight! an 'twere dark, you'd close sooner.---So, so; rúb on, and kiss the mistress. How now, a kiss in fee-farm ! build there, carpenter; the air is sweet. Nay, you lhall fight your hearts out, ere I part you. The falcon as the tercel, for all the ducks i'th' river : go to, go to.
Tro. You have bereft me of all words, lady.
Pan. Words pay no debts, give her deeds : but she'll bereave you o'th' deeds too, if he call your activity in question. What, billing again? here's--In witness whereof the parties interchangeably-Come in, come in; I'll go get a fire.
[Exit Pandarus. Cre. Will you walk in, my lord ? Tro. O Cressida, how often have I wilh'd me thus ?
Cro. Wish'd, my lord ?-The gods grant !- my lord.
Tro. What should they grant? what makes this pretty abruption? What too curious dreg espies my sweet lady in the fountain of our love ?
Cre. More dregs than water, if my fears have eyes.
Tro. Fears make devils of cherubims; they never see truly.
Cre. Blind fear, that feeing reason leads, finds safer footing than blind reason ftumbling without fear: To: fear the worst, oft cures the worst.
Tro. O, let my lady apprehend no fear: in all Cupid's pageant there is presented no monker.
Cre. Nor nothing monstrous neither?
Tro. Nothing, but our undertakings'; when we vow to weep seas, live in fire, eat rocks, tame tigers ; 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 Nave 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 discharging less than the tenth part of one. They: that have the voice of lions, and the act of hares, are they not monsters.
206 TROILUS AND CRESSIDA.
“ Tro. Are there such ? fuch are not we: Praise us « as we are tafted, allow us as we prove ; our head fhall
go bare, 'tilt merit crown it: no perfection in rever. “ fion fall have a praile in present: we will not name “ desert, before his birth ; and, being born, his addi“ tion shall be humble. Few words to fair faith : Troia “ lus shall be such to Cressid, as what envy can say “ worst, thall be a mock for his truth; and what truth “ can speak trueft, not truer than Troilus. Cre. Will you walk in, my lord ?
Re-enter Pandarus. Pan. What, blushing fill? 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 finch, chide me for't.
Tro. You know now your hostages ; your uncle's word, and my firm faith.
Pan. Nay, I'll give my word for her too : oor kindred, though they be leng ere they are wooed, they are conftant being won: they are bars, I can tell you ; they'll dick where they are thrown. Cre. Boldness comes to me now, and brings ma
heart :Prince Troilus, I have lov'd you night and day, For many weary months.
Tro. Why was my Crefsid then so hard to win?
Cre. Hard to seem won; but I was won, my lord,
Or, that we women had men's privilege
. Sweet, bid me hold my tongue ;
Cre. My lord, I do beseech you, pardon me;
Tro. Your leave, fair Creid?
Cre. Let me go. try :
Tro. O, that I thought it could be in a woman,
How were I then uplifted ! but, alas,
" Cre. In that I'll war with you.
" Tro. O virtuous fight, " When right with right wars who shall be most right!: “ True Twains in love shall, in the world to come,
Approve their truths by Troilus : when their rimes,
Cre. Prophet may you be !
Pan. Go to, a bargain made : seal it, seal it; I'll be the witness. Here I hold
your here, my cousin's; If ever you prove fallè one to another, since I have taken fuch pains to bring you together, let all pitiful goersbetween be call’d to the world's end after my name, call them all-Pandars; let all inconftant men be Troilus's,
This scene is rich with very fanciful feeling ideas, worthy of par author, but Pendarus is a very great difgrace to them, and the conclusion is rather fulsome; Some lines are therefore marked for amifiton
all falfe women Creffids, and all brokers-between Pandars! say, Amen.
• Par. Amen. Whereupon I will Mew you a cham« ber, and a bed; which bed, because it hall not speak 6 of your pretty encounters, press it to death : away.
[Exeunt Tro, and Cre. " And Cupid grant all tongue-ty'd maidens here " Bed, chamber, Pandar to provide this geer! (Exit.
SCENE III. The Grecian Camp. Inter Agamemnon, Menelaus, Ulyffes, Neftor, Diomed,
Ajax, and Calchas. Cal. Now, princes, for the service I have done you, The advantage of the time prompts me aloud To call for recompence. Appear it to your mind, That, through the fight I bear in things to come, I have abandon’d Tray, left my. poffeffions, Jocurr'd a traitor's name; expos'd myself, From certain and posseft conveniences, To doubtful fortunes ; fequeft'ring from me 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 unto the world, ftrange, unacquainted : I do beseech you, as in way of taste, To give me now a little benefit, Out of those many register'd in promile, Which, you say, live to come in my
behalf. Age. What would'st thou of us, Trojan? make