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Achil. 'Strike, fellows, strike; this is the man I seek.

[Hector falls. So, Ilion, fall thou next! now, Troy, sink down; Here lies thy heart, thy sinews, and thy bone.On, Myrmidons; and cry you all amain, Achilles hath the mighty Hector slain.

[A retreat sounded. Hark! a retreat upon our Grecian part. Myr. The Trojan trumpets sound the like, my

lord. Achil. The dragon wing of night o'erspreads

the earth, And, stickler-like, the armies separates. My half-supp'd sword, that frankly would have fed, Pleas'd with this dainty bit, thus goes to bed.

[Sheaths his sword. Come, tie his body to my horse's tail; Along the field I will the Trojan trail. [Ereunt.



Enter Agamemnon, Ajax, Menelaus, Nestor, Dio

medes, and Others, marching. Shouts within. Agam. Hark! hark! what shout is that? Nest.

Peace, drums. [Within.]

Achilles ! Achilles! Hector's slain! Achilles ! Dio. The bruit is-Hector's slain, and by AchilAjax. If it be so, yet bragless let it be; Great Hector was as good a man as he.


Agam. March patiently along :- Let one be sent To pray Achilles see us at our tent.If in his death the gods have us befriended, Great Troy is ours, and our sharp wars are ended.

[Exeunt, marching.



Enter Æneas, and Trojans. Æne. Stand, ho! yet are we masters of the field: Never go home; here starve we out the night.

Enter Troilus.
Tro. Hector is slain.

Hector?—The gods forbid ! Tro. He's dead; and at the murderer's horse's

tail, In beastly sort, dragg’d through the shameful field.Frown on, you heavens, effect your rage with speed ! Sit, gods upon your thrones, and smile at Troy! I say, at once let

your brief plagues be mercy, And linger not our sure destructions on!

Æne. My lord, you do discomfort all the host.

Tro. You understand me not, that tell me so: I do not speak of flight, of fear, of death; But dare all imminence, that gods and men Address their dangers in. Hector is gone!

Who shall tell Priam so, or Hecuba?
Let bim, that will a screech-owl aye be callid,
Go in to Troy, and say there-Hector's dead:
There is a word will Priam turn to stone;
Make wells and Niobes of the maids and wives,
Cold statues of the youth; and, in a word,
Scare Troy out of itself. But, march, away:
Hector is dead; there is no more to say.
Stay yet;—You vile abominable tents,
Thus proudly pight upon our Phrygian plains,
Let Titan rise as early as he dare,
I'll through and through you!-And thou, great-

siz'd coward!
No space of earth shall sunder our two hates;
I'll haunt thee like a wicked conscience still,
That mouldeth goblins swift as frenzy thoughts. --
Strike a free march to Troy!—with comfort go:
Hope of revenge shall hide our inward woe.

[Exeunt Æneas, and Trojans.

As Troilus is going out, enter, from the other side,


Pan. But hear you, hear you !

Tro. Hence, broker lackey! ignomy and shame Pursue thy life, and live aye with thy name!

[Erit Troilus. Pan. A goodly med’cine for my aching bones!O world! world! world! thus is the poor agent despis’d! O traitors and bawds, how earnestly are you set a’ work, and how ill requited! Why should our endeavour be so lov’d, and the performance so loath'd? what verse for it? what instance for it:Let me see:

Full merrily the humble-bee doth sing,
Till he hath lost his honey, and his sting:
And being once subdu'd in armed tail,

Sweet honey and sweet notes together fail.Good traders in the flesh, set this in your painted


As many as be here of pander's hall, Your eyes, half

out, weep out at Pandar's fall: Or, if you cannot weep, yet give some groans, Though not for me, yet for your aching bones. Brethren, and sisters, of the hold-door trade, Some two months hence my will shall here be made: : It should be now, but that my fear is this, Some galled goose of Winchester would hiss : Till then I'll sweat, and seek about for eases; And, at that time, bequeath you my diseases.


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