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Wbilst some with cunning gild their copper crowns,
Enter Æneas, Paris, Antenor, Deiphobus, and
Fair lady Cressid,
Pleads your fair usage; and to Diomed
Tro. Grecian, thou dost not use me courteously,
O, be not mov'd, prince Troilus : Let me be privileg'd by my place, and message, To be a speaker free; when I am hence, I'll answer to my lustf: And know you, lord, I'll nothing do on charge: To her own worth She shall be priz'd; but that you say-be't so, I'll speak it in my spirit and honour,-60.
Tro. Come, to the port.-I'll tell thee, Diomed,
Lady, give me your hand; and, as we walk, To our own selves bend we our needful talk. (Exeunt Troilus, Cressida, and Diomed.
[Trumpet heurd, Par. Hark! Hector's trumpet. Æne.
How have we spent this morning!
The Grecian camp. Lists set out.
Enter Ajax armed ; Agamemnon, Achilles, Patro.
clus, Menelaus, Ulysses, Nestor, and others. Agam. Flere art thou in appointment* fresh and
Ajax. Thou, trumpet, there's my purse.
Come, stretch thy chest, and let thy eyes spout
blood; Thou blow'st for Hector. [Trumpet sounds,
Ulyss. No trumpet answers. dchil.
'Tis but early day Agam. Is not yon Diomed, with Calchas' daughi
Enter Diomed, with Cressida.
lady. Nest. Our general doth salute you with a kiss.
Ulyss. Yet is the kindness but particular; 'Twere better, she were kiss'd in general.
Nest. And very courtly counsel : I'll begin, So much for Nestor, Achil. I'll take that winter from your lips, fair
lady: Achilles bids you welcome.
Men. I had good argument for kissing once.
Patr. But that's no argument for kissing now:
Ulyss. O deadly gall, and theme of all our scorns! For which we lose our heads, to gild his horns.
Patr. The first was Menelaus' kiss ;-this, mine: Patroclus kisses you. Men.
0, this is trim! Patr. Paris, and I, kiss evermore for him. Men. I'll have my kiss, sir :-Lady, by your leave. Cres. In kissing do you render or receive? Patr. Both take and give. Cres.
: I'll make my match to live, The kiss you take is better than you give ; Therefore no kiss.
Men. I'll give you boot, I'll give you three for one.
Men. You fillip me o'the head.
No, I'll be sword. Ulyss. It were no match, your nail against his
Cres. You may.
I do desire it.
Why, beg then. Ulyss. Why then, for Venus' sake, give me a kiss, When Helen is a maid again, and his
Cres. I am your debtor, claim it when 'tis due. Ulyss. Never's my day, and then a kiss of you. Dio. Lady, a word ;-I'll bring you to your father.
(Diomed leads out Cressida. Nest. A woman of quick sense. Ulyss.
Fy, fy upon her! There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip, Nay, her foot speaks; her wanton spirits look out At every joint and motive of her body. 0, these encounterers, so glib of tongue, That give a coasting welcome ere it comes, And wide unclasp the tables of their thoughts To every ticklish reader! set them down For sluttish spoils of opportunity, And daughters of the game. [Trumpet within. All. The Trojans' trumpet. Agam.
Yonder comes the troop.
Enter Hector, armed; Æneas, Troilus, and other
Trojans, with Attendants. Ene. Hail, all the state of Greece! what shall be done
To him that victory commands ? Or do you purpose,
Which way would Hector have it? . Æne. He cares not, he'll obey conditions.
Achil. "Tis done like Hector; but securely done,
If not Achilles, sir,
If not Achilles, nothing. . Æne. Therefore Achilles: But, whate'er, know this;
I In the extremity of great and little, Valour and pride excel themselves in Hector; The one almost as infinite as all, The other blank as nothing. Weigh him well, And that, which looks like pride, is courtesy. This Ajax is half made of Hector's blood : In love whereof, half Hector stays at home; Half heart, half hand, half Hector comes to seek This blevded knight, half Trojan, and half Greek.
Achil. A maiden battle then ?-0, I perceive you.
Re-enter Diomed. Agum. Here is sir Diomed:-Go, gentle knight, Stand by our Ajax : as you and lord Æneas Consent upon the order of their fight, . So be it; either to the uttermost, Or else a breath*: the combatants being kin, Half stintst their strife before their strokes begin.
(Ajax and Hector enter the lists. Ulyss. They are oppos'd already,
• Breathing, exercise.