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fend my wiles; upon my fecresie, to defend mine honesty; my mask to defend my beauty, and you to defend all these; and at all these wards I lye, at a thousand watches.
Pan. Say one of your watches.
Cre. Nay I'll watch you for that, and that's one of the chiefest of them too; if I cannot ward what I would not have hit, I can watch you for telling how I took the blow, unless it fwell past hiding, and then it is past watching. Pan. You are such another.
Boy. Sir, my lord would instantly speak with you.
Boy. At your own house, t'there he unarms him.
Pan. Good boy, tell him I come, I doubt he be hurt. Fare ye well, good neice.
Cre. Adieu, uncle.
Pan. I'll be with you, neice; by and by.
Cre. To bring, uncle---
Pan. Ay, a token from Troilus.
Cre. By the same token, you are a bawd.
Words, vows, gifts, tears, and love's full sacrifice,
He offers in another's enterprize:
But more in Troilus thousand fold I see,
Than in the glass of Pandar’s praise may
Yet hold I off. Women are angels wooing,
Things won are done, the soul's joy lyes in doing:
That she belov'd knows nought that knows not this ;
Men prize the thing ungain'd, more than it is.
That she was never yet, that ever knew
Love got, so sweet, as when desire did sue:
Atchievement is command; ungain’d, beseech.
Therefore this maxim out of love I teach;
That † These necessary words added from the first quarto edition.
That though my heart's content firm love doth bear,
Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear.
SCEN E V.
Agamemnon's Tent in the Grecian Camp. Trumpets. Enter Agamemnon, Nestor, Ulysses, Diomedes,
Menelaus, with others.
What grief hath set the jaundise on your cheeks ?
The ample proposition that hope makes
In all designs begun on earth below,
Fails in the promis’d largeness; checks and disasters
Grow in the veins of actions highest reard:
As knots by the conflux of meeting sap
Infect the sound pine, and divert his grain
Tortive and errant from his course of growth.
Nor, princes, is it matter new to us,
That we come short of our suppose so far,
That after sev’n years siege, yet Troy.walls stand;
Sith every action that hath gone before,
Whereof we have record, tryal did draw
Bias and thwart; not answering the aim,
And that unbodied figure of the thought
That gave't surmised shape. Why then, you princes,
with cheeks abash'd behold our works?
And think them shame, which are, indeed, nought else
But the protractive tryals of great Jove,
To find persistive constancy in men ?
The fineness of which metal is not found
In fortune's love; for then, the bold and coward,
The wise and fool, the artist and unread,
The hard and soft, seem all affin'd, and kin;
But in the wind and tempest of her frown,
Distinction with a b broad and powerful fan
Puffing at all, winnows the light away;
And what hath mass, or matter by it self,
Lies rich in virtue, and unmingled.
Neft. With due observance of thy goodly seat,
Great Agamemnon, Nestor Thall apply
Thy latest words. In the reproof of chance
Lies the true proof of men: the sea being smooth,
How many shallow bauble boats dare fail
Upon her patient breast, making their way
With those of noble bulk ?
But let the ruffian Boreas once enrage
The gentle Thetis, and anon behold
The strong-ribb’d bark thro' liquid mountains cuts,
Bounding between the two moist elements,
Like Perseus' horse: Where's then the sawcy boat,
Whose weak untimber'd sides but even now
Co-rival'd Greatness? or to harbour fled,
Or made a toast for Neptune. Even so
Doth valour's shew and valour's worth divide
In storms of fortune. For in her ray and brightness
The herd hath more annoyance by the brize
Than by the tyger: but when splitting winds
Make flexible the knees of knotted oaks,
And Aies get under shade; the thing of courage,
As rowz'd with rage, with rage doth sympathize,
And with an accent tun’d in felf-fame key,
* Returns to chiding fortune.
Thou great commander, nerve and bone of Greece,
Heart of our numbers, soul, and only spirit,
In whom the tempers and the minds of all
Should be shut up : hear what Ulyses speaks.
Besides th' applause and approbation
The which, most mighty, for thy place and sway,
[To Aga. And thou, most rey’rend for thy stretcht-out life,
I give to both your speeches, which were such
As Agamemnon and the hand of Greece
Should hold up high in brass; and such again
As venerable Nestor (hatch'd in silver)
Should with a bond of air, strong as the axle-tree
On which heav'n rides, knit all the Grecian ears
To his experienc'd tongue: yer let it please both
(Thou great, and wise) to hear Ulyses speak.
Aya. Speak, prince of Ithaca: we less expect
That matter needless, of importless burthen
Divide thy lips: than we are confident,
When rank Therfites opes his mastiff jaws,
We shall hear musick, wit, and oracle.
Ulys. Troy, yet upon his basis, had been down,
And the great Hečtor's sword had lack'd a master,
But for these instances.
The specialty of rule hath been neglected;
And look how many Grecian tents do stand
upon this plain, so many hollow factions.
When that the general is not like the hive,
To whom the foragers shall all repair,
What honey is expected? degree being vizarded,
Th’unworthiest shews as fairly in the mask.
The heav'ns themselves, the planets, and this center,
Observe degree, priority and place,
Insisture, course, proportion, season, form,
Office and custom, in all line of order :
And therefore is the glorious planet Sol
In noble eminence enthron’d and sphear’d
Amidst the rest, whose med’cinable eye
Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil,
And posts like the commandment of a king,
Sans check, to good and bad. But when the planets
In evil mixture to disorder wander,
What plagues, and what portents, what mutiny?
What raging of the sea? shaking of earth ?
Commotion in the winds? frights, changes, horrors,
Divert and crack, rend and deracinate
The unity and married calm of states
Quite from their fixture? when degree is fhaken,
(Which is the ladder to all high defigns)
The enterprize is sick. How could communities,
Degrees in schools, and brotherhoods in cities,
Peaceful commerce from dividable shores,
The primogeniture, and due of birth,
Prerogative of age, crowns, scepters, lawrels,
(But by degree) stand in authentick place?
Take but degree away, untune that string,
And hark what discord follows; each thing meets
In meer oppugnancy. The bounded waters
Would lift their bosoms higher than the shores,
And make a sop of all this solid globe:
Strength would be lord of imbecility,
And the rude son would strike his father dead :
· Force would be right; or rather, right and wrong
(Between whose endless jar justice resides)
"Would lose their names, and so would justice too.
· Then every thing includes it self in power,
• Power into will, will into appetite,
. And appetite (an universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power)