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Ther. You scurvy lord !
their toes,--yoke you like draft oxen, and make Ajax. You cur!
[Beating him. you plough up the war. Ther. Mars his ideot! do, rudeness; do, camel;
Achil. What, what? do, do.
Ther. Yes, good sooth; To, Achilles ! to, Ajax! Enter Achilles, and Patroclus.
5 to! Achil. Why, how now, Ajax ? wherefore do
Ajar. I shall cut out your tongue.
Ther. "Tis no matter; I shall speak as much as How now, Thersites? what's the matter, mans
thou afterwards. Ther. You see hiin there, do you?
Patr. No more words, Thersites; peace. Achil. 'Ay; What's the matter?
101 Ther. I will hold my peace when Achilles' Ther. Nay, look upon him.
brach bids me', shall I? Achil. So I do ; What's the matter?
Achil. There's for you, Patroclus. Ther. Nay, but regard him well.
Ther. I'will see you hang'd, like clodpoles, ere Achil. Well, why I do so.
I come any more to your tents; I will keep where Ther. But yet you look not well upon him: for, 15 there is wit stirring, and leave the faction of fools. whosoever you take him to be, he is Ajax.
[Exit. Achil. I know that, fool.
Patr. A good riddance. Ther. Ay, but that fool knows not himself.
Achil. Marry this, sir, is proclaim'd through Ajux. Therefore I beat thee.
all our host : Ther. Lo, lo, lo, lo, w hat modicums of wit he20 That Hector, by the fifth hour of the sun, utters! his evasions have ears thus long. I have Will, with a trumpet, 'twixt our tents and Troy, bobb’d his brain, more than he has beat my bones :
To-niorrow morning call some knight to arms, I will buy nine sparrows for a penny, and his pia
That hath a stomach; and such a one, that dare mater is not worth the ninth part of a sparrow.
Maintain-I know not what; 'tis trash: Farewell. This lord, Achilles, Ajax,—who wears his wit in 25 Ajar. Farewell. Who shall answer hiin? his belly, and his guts in his head, I'll tell you schil. I know not, it is put to lottery; otherwise, what I say of bim.
He knew his man. Achil. What?
Ajax. O, meaning you :-I'll go learn more Ther. I say, this Ajax
[Excunt. Achil. Nay, good Ajax. (-4jax offers to strike him, Achilles interposes.
SCENE II. Ther. Has not so much wit
TROY. Achil. Nay, I must hold you.
Priam's Palace. Ther. As will stop the eye of Helen's needle, Enter Priam, Hector, Troilus, Paris,and Helenus.. for whom he coines to tighit.
Pri. After so many hours, lives, speeches spent, Achil. Peace, fool!
Thus once again says Nestor from the Greeks; Ther. I would have peace and quietness, but Deliver Helen; and all damage else the fool will not: he there; that he; look you is honour, loss of time, travel, expence, there.
l'ounds, friends, and what else dear that is consum'd Ajax. O thou damn'd cur! I shall
10 In hot digestion of this cormorant war,Achil. Will you set your wit to a fool's ? Shall be struck of: -Hector, what say you to't.
Ther. No, I warrant you; for a fool's will Hect. Though no man lesser fears the Grecks sbame it.
than I, Patr. Good words, Thersites.
As far as toucheth my particular, yeta Achil. What's the quarrel ?
+5 Dread Priam, Ajax. I bade the vile owlgo learn me the tenour There is no lady of more softer bowels, of the proclamation ; and he rails upon ine. More spungy to suck in the sense of fear, Ther. I serve thee not.
More ready to cry out—Who knows what follows: Ajax. Well, go to, go to.
Than Hecior is: The wound of peace is surety, Ther. I serve here voluntary.
150 Surety secure; but modest doubt is callid Achil. Your last service was sufferance, 'twas The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches not voluntary; no manis beaten voluntary: Ajax To the bottoni of the worst. Let Helen ĝo: was here the voluntary, and you as under an im Since the first sword was drawnabout this question, press.
Every tithe soul, 'mongst many thousand dismes', Ther. Even so?- great deal of your wit too 55 Hath been as dear as Mielen; I mean, of ours: Jies in your sinews, or else there be liars. Hector If we have lost so many tenths of ours, shall have a great catch, if he knock out either To guard a thing not ours; not worth to us, of your brains ; 'a were as good crack a fusty nut Had it our name, the value of one ten; with no kernel.
What merit's in that reason, which denies Achil. What, with me too, Thersites? 160 The yielding of her up? Ther. There's Ulysses and old Nestor,—whose Troi. Fie, fie, my brother! wit was inouldy ere your grandsires had nails on Weigh you the worth and honour of a king, He calls Patroclus, in contempt, Achilles' dog. Disme, Fr. is the tithe, the tenth.
He brought a Grecian queen, whose youth and
So great as our dread father, in a scale
If you 'll avouch, 'twas wisdom Paris went,
If you'll confess, he brought home noble pr.. e,
As you must needs,foryou all clapp'd your tiands, With spans and inches so diminutive
5 And cry'd--Inestimable !) why do you now
And do a deed that fortune never did,
[reasons : That in their country did them that disgrace, You fur your gloves with reason. Here are your
We fear to warrant in our native place!
Cas. [within.] Cry, Trojans, cry!
Troi. 'Tis our mad sister, I do know her voice.
Cas. [within.] Cry, Trojans !
Hect. It is Cassandra.
Enter Cassandra, raring.
Hect. Peace, sister, peace.
[elders, Should have hare hearts, would they but fat their
Cas. Virgins and boys, mid-age and wrinkled thoughts
Soft infancy, that nothing canst but cry,
Troy must not be, nor goodly Ilion stand;
Cry, cry! Troy burns, or else let Helen go.[E.rit. As well wherein 'tis precious of itself,
Hect. Now, youthful Troilus, do not these high As in the prizer : 'tis mad idolatry,
Of divination in our sister work
33 Some touches of remorse? or is your blood To what infectiously itself affects,
So madly hot, that no discourse of reason,
Nor fear of bad success in a bad cause,
election Can qualify the same?
Troi. Why, brother Hector,
40 We may not think the justness of each act
Such and no other than event doth form it; How
may I avoid, Nor once deject the courage of our minds, Although my will distaste what it'elected,
Because Cassandra's inad; her brain-sick ruptures The wite I chose ? There can be no evasiou
Cannot distaste' the goodness of a quarrel, Toblench from this, and to stand firm by honour: 45 Which hath our several honours all engag'd We turn not back the silks upon the merchant,
To make it gracious. For my private part, When we have soil'd them; nor the remainder
I am no more touch'd than all Priam's sons :
And Jove forbid, there should be done amongst us
such things as would otlend the weakest spleen
Par. Else might the world convince of levity
As well my undertakings, as your counsels:
Gave wings to my propension, and cut off
[freshness For what, alas, can these my single arms?
What propugnation is in one man's valour,
To stand the push and enmity of those
This quarrel would excite? Yet, I protest,
60 Were I alone to pass the difficulties,
And had as ample power as I have will,
Paris should ne'er retract what he hath done, oidhe meaning is, that greatness to rwhich no measure bears any proportion. « That is, into a common '1. e, corrupt; change to a worse state.
Of will and jud ement;
ours, orth to us ten; a denis
of a king
Nor faint in the pursuit.
And fame, in time to come, canonize us : Pri. Paris, you speak
For, I presume, brave Hector would not lose Like one Lesoited on your sweet delights: So rich advantage of a promis'd glory, You have the honey still, but these the gall; As smiles upon the forehead of this action, So to be valiant, is no praise at all.
5 For the wide world's revenue. Par. Sir, I propose not merely to myself
Hect. I am yours,
I have a roisting challenge sent amongst
The dull and factious nobles of the Greeks, What treason were it to the ransack'd queen, 10 Will strike amazement to their drowsy spirits: Disgrace to your great worths, and shame to me, I was advertis’d, their great general slept, Now to deliver her possession up,
Whilst ' emulation in the army crept; On terms of base compulsion? Can it be, This, I presume, will wake him. [Ereunte That so degenerate a strain as this, Should once set footing in your generous bosoms : 15
SCENE III. There's not the meanest spirit on our party,
The Grecian Camp. Without a heart to dare, or sword to draw,
Achilles' Tent. When Ilelen is defended; nor none so noble,
Enter Thersites. Whose life were ill bestow'd, or death unfain'd, How now', Thersites? what, lost in the labyrinth Where Helen is the subject : then, I say, 20 of thy furyShall the elephant Ajax carry it thus! Well may we fight for her, whom, we know well, He beats me, and I rail at hiin: 0 worthy satisThe world's large spaces cannot parallel. faction ! 'would it were otherwise, that I could
Hect. Paris,and Troilus,you have both said well; beat him, whilst he rail'd at me: 'Sfoot, I 'll learn And on the cause and question now in hand to conjure and raise devils, but I'll see some issue Have gloz’d, but superficially; not much 25 of my spiteful execrations. Then there's Achilles, Unlike young men, whom Aristotle thought -a rare engineer. If Troy be not taken 'till these Unfit to hear moral philosophy:
two undermine it, the walls will stand 'till they The reasons you alledge, do more conduce fall of themselves. () thou great thunder-darter To the hot passion of distemper'd blood, of Olympus, forget that thou art Jove the king of Than to make up a free determination |30 gods; and, Mercury, lose all the serpentine craft "Twixt right and wrong; Forpleasure and revenge, of thy Caduceus ; if ye take not that little little Have ears more deaf than adders to the voice less-than-little wit from them that they have! Of any true decision. Nature ctaves,
which short-arm'd ignorance itself knows is so All dues be render'd to their owners; Now abundant scarce, it will not in circumvention deliWhat nearer debt in all humanity,
|35 ver a fly from a spider, without drawing the massy Than wife is to the husband ? If this law iron “, and cutting the web. After this, the vengeOf nature be corrupted through aftection; ance on the whole camp! or, rather, the boneAnd that great minds, of partial indulgence Jache! for that, methinks, is the curse dependent To their benummed' wills, resist the same; on those that war for a placket. I have said my There is a law in each well-order'd nation, 140
prayers; and devil envy, say Amen. What, ho! To curb those raging appetites that are
my lord Achilles ! Most disobedient and refractory. :
Enter Patroclus. If Helen then be wife to Sparta's king,
Patr. Who'sthere? Thersites? Good Thersitesi As it is known she is, -these moral laws
come in and rail. Of nature, and of nations, speak aloud
45 Ther. If I could have remember'd a gilt counTo have her back return'd: Thus to persist terfeit, thou would'st not have slipped out of niy In doing wrong, extenuates not wrong,
contemplation : but it is no matter, Thyself upon But inakes it much more heavy. Hector's opinion thyself! The common curse of mankind, folly and Is this, in way of truth: yet, ne'ertheless, ignorance, bethine in great revenue! heaven bless My sprightly brethren, I propend to you 50 thee from a tutor, and discipline come not near In resolution to keep Helen still;
thee! Let thy blood be thy direction 'till thy For 'tis a cause that hath no mean dependence death! then if she that lays thee out, says-thou Upon our joint and several dignities. [sign: art a fair corse, I'll be sworn and sworn upon't,
Troi. Why, there you touch'd the life of our de she never shrouded any but lazars. Amen. Were it not glory that we more affected 155 Where's Achilles ? Than the performance of our heaving spleens?, Patr. What, art thou devout? wast thou in I would not wish a drop of Trojan blood
'i. e. inflexible, immoveable. envy, factious contention.
2 i. e. the execution of spite and resentment, That is, without druwing their swords to cut the web.
Achil. Where, where?
-Art thou come? Ulyss. No; you see, he is his argument, that has Why, my cheese, my digestion, why hast thou not his argument; Achilles. serv'd thyself in to my table so many meals : Nest. All the better; their fraction is more our Come, what's Agamemnon?
wish, than their faction: But it was a strong comTher. Thy commander, Achilles ;—Then tell 5 posure, a fool could disunite. me, Patroclus, what's Achilles ?
Ulyss. The annity, that wisdom knits not, folly
10 Ulyss. The elephant hath joints, but none for Patr. Thou may'st tell, that know'st.
His legs are for necessity, not for flexure.
To call on him; he hopes, it is no other,
But his evasion, wing'd thus swift with scorn,
Cannot out-tly our apprehensions.
Do, in our eyes, begin to lose their gloss ;
Yea, like fair fruit in an unwholesomne dish,
And under-honest; in self-assumption greater, Achil
. Patroclus, I'll speak with no body : Than in the note of judgement; and worthier than Come in with me, Thersites.
[Erit. The passage and whole carriage of this action Agam. Where is Achilles ?
40 Rode on his tide. Go, tell him this; and add, Patr
. Within his tent; but ill-dispos’d, my lord. l'hat, if he over-hold his price so much,
Bring action hither, this cannot go to war:
Patr. I shall; and bring his answer presently.
[Exit. Ulyss. We saw him at the opening of his tent; Agam. In second voice we'll not be satisfied, He is not sick.
50We come to speak with him.-Ulysses, enter you. djar. Yes, lion-sick, sick of a proud heart:
[Exit Ulysses. you may call it melancholy, if you will favour the Ajar. What is he more than another? man; but, by my head, 'tis pride: But why, why: Agam. No more than what he thinks he is. let him shew us a cause.--A word, my lord. Ajax. Is he so much? Do you not think, he
[To Agamemnon.155 thinks himself Nest
. What moves Ajax thus to bay at hiin? A better man than I? Ulyss.Achilles hath inveigled his fool from him. Agam. No question, Nest. Who? Thersites?
Ajax. Will you subscribe his thought, and say, l'lyss. He.
he is ?
[valiant, Nest. Then will Ajax lack matter, if he have 60 Agam. No, noble Ajax; you are as strong, as
As wise, and no less noble; inuch more gentle, 'i. e. I will deduce the question from the first case to the last. ai. e. rebuked, rated.
'i.e. the stately train of attending nobles whom you bring with you. * To subscribe, in Shakspeare, is to Allorance is approbation. 3 K3
lost his argument.
And altogether more tractable.
l'll pash him o'er the face. Ajar. Why should a man be proud ?
Agam. O, no, you shall not go.
his pride :-
Nest. How he describes himself!
[Aside. But in the deed, devours the deed i' the praise. Ajax. Can he not be sociable?
Ajax. I do hate a proud man, as I hate the en-10 Ulyss. The raven chides blackness. [Aside. gendering of toads.
Ajar. I'll let his humours blood. Nest. Aside.] And yet he loves himself; Is Agam. He will be the physician, that should it not strange?
be the patient.
Aside. Re-enter Ulysses.
Ajar. An all men wereo' my mind,Ulyss. Achilles will not to the field to-morrow. 15 Ulyss. Wit would be out of fashion. [Aside Agam. What's his excuse?
Ajax. He should not bear it so, Ulyss. He doth rely on none;
Lleshould eat swords first: Shall pride carry it! But carries on the stream of his dispose,
Nest. An 'twould, you'd carry half. (Aside. Without observance or respect of any,
Ulyss. He would have ten shares. Aside. In will peculiar and in self-admission.
201 Ajax. I will knead him, I'll make him supple:Agam. Why will he not, upon our fair request, Nest. He's not yet thorough warın : force him Untent his person, and share the air with us ?
with praises :
(Aside Ulyss. Things small as nothing, for requests Pour in, pour in; his ambition is dry. sake only,
Ulys. Mylord, you feed too much on this dislike. He makes important: Possest he is with greatness ;25
[To Aganiemuron. And speaks not to himself, but with a pride Nest. Our noble general, do not do so. That quarrels at self breath: imagin'd worth Dio. You must prepare to fight without Achilles. Holds in his blood such swoln and hot discourse, Ulyss. Why, 'tis this naming of him does hiin That, 'twixt his mental and his active parts,
harm. Kingdom’d Achilles in commotion rages,
30 Here is a mian
-But'tis before his face; And batters down himself: What should I say? I will be silent. He is so plaguy proud, that the death tokens of it Nest. Wherefore should you so? Cry—No recovery.
He is not emulous, as Achilles is. Agam. Let Ajax go to him..
Ulyss. Know the whole world, he is as valiant, Dear lord, go you and greet him in his tent: 35 Ajar. A whoreson dog, that shall palter thus 'Tis said he holds you well; and will be led,
with us! At your request, a little from himself.
Would, he were a Trojan !
Nest. What a vice were it in Ajax now-
Diom. Or strange, or self-affected?
sweet composure; Of that we hold an idol more than he? 45 Praise him that got thee, she that gave thee sucks No, this thrice-worthy and right-valiant lord Fam'd be thy tutor : and thy parts of nature Must not so stale his palm, nobly acquir'd; Thrice-fam’d, beyond all erudition : Nor, by my will, assubjugate his merit, But he that disciplin'd thy arms to fight, As amply titled as Achilles is,
Let Mars divide eternity in twain, By going to Achilles :
50 And give him half: and, for thy vigour, That were to enlard his fat-already pride; Bull-bearing Milo his addition yield And add more coals to Cancer, when he burns To sinewy Ajax. I will not praise thy wisdom, With entertaining great Hyperion,
Which, like a bourn', a pale, a shorc, confines This lord go to him! Jupiter forbid;
Thy spacious and dilated parts: Here's Nestor, And say in thunder-Achilles, go to h'm. 55 Instructed by the antiquary times, Nest. O, this is well: he rubs the vein of him.) He must, he is, he cannot but be wise ;
[Aside. But pardon, father Nestor, were your days, Dio.And how his silence drinks up this applause ! As green as Ajax, and your brain so temper'd,
( Aside. You should not have the eminence of him, Ajar. Ifl go to him, with my armed tist 160/But be as Ajax. Alluding to the decisive spots appearing on those infected by the plague,
2 Seum is grease. * To pheeze is to comb or curry. *i; e. stuff him with praises (from farcir, Fr.). boundary, and sometimes a rivulet dividing one place from another.
A bourn is a