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But, to the sport abroad ;-Are you bound thither ?
Æne. In all swift haste.
Come, go we theu together.
The same. A street.
Enter Cressida and Alexander.
Queen Hecuba, and Helen.
Up to the eastern tower,
What was bis cause of anger? Alex. The poise goes, this : There is among the
Good; And what of him?
Cres. So do all men ; unless they are drunk, sick, or have no legs.
Aler. This man, lady, hath robbed many beasts of their particular additions t; he is as valiant as the
Jion, churlish as the bear, slow as the elephant: & man into whom nature hath so crowded humours, that his valour is crushed* into folly, his folly sauced with discretion : there is no man hath a vir. tue that he hath not a glimpse of; nor any man an attaint, but he carries some stain of it: he is melancholy without cause, and merry against the hairt: He hath the joints of every thing: but every thing so out of joint, that he is a gouty Briareus, many hands and no use; or purblind Argus, all eyes and no sight.
Cres. But how should this man, that makes me smile, make Blector angry?
Alex. They say, he yesterday coped Hector in the battle, and struck him down: the disdain and shame whereof hath ever since kept Hector fasting aud waking.
Cres. Who comes here?
Pan. Good morrow, cousin Cressid: What do you talk of?-Good morrow, Alexander.-How do you, cousin? When were you at Ilium? Cres. This morning, uncle.
where you talking of, when I came? Was Hector armed, and gone, ere ye came to Ilium? Helen was not up, was she?
Cres. Hector was gone; but Helen was not up.
Pan. True, he was so; I know the cause too; he'll lay about him to-day, I can tell them that: and there is Troilus will not come far behind him; let them take heed of Troilus; I can tell them that too.
Cres. What, is he angry too?
Pan. Who, Troilus? Troilus is the better man of the two.
Cres. 0, Jupiter! there's no comparison.
Pan. What, not between Troilus and Hector ? Do you know a man if you see him?
Cres. Ay; if ever I saw him before, and knew him,
Pan. Well, I say, Troilus is Troilus.
Cres. Then you say as I say; for, I ain sure, he is not Hector.
Pan. No, nor Hector is not Troilus, in some de
Cres. 'Tis just to each of them; he is himself.
Par. Himself? Alas, poor Troilus! I would, he were,
Cres. So he is.
Pan. Himself? no, he's not himself.'Would 'a were himself! Well, the gods are above; Time must friend, or end: Well, Troilus, well, I would, my heart were in her body!-No, Hector is not a better pan than Troilus. Cres. Excuse me. Pan. He is elder. Cres. Pardon me, pardon me.
Pan. The other's not come to't; you shall tell me another tale, when the other's come to't. Hector shall not have his wit this year,
Cres. He shall not need it, if he have his owu).
Pan. You have no judgement, niece : Helen her. VOL. VI.
self swore the other day, that Troilus, for a brown favour, (for so 'tis, I must confess, Not brown neither.
Cres. No, but brown.
Cres. Then, Troilus should have too much: if she praised him above, his complexion is higher than his; he having colour enough, and the other higher, is too flaming a praise for a good complexion. I had as lief, Helen's golden tongue had eommended Troi. lus for a copper nose.
Pan. I swear to you, I think Helen loves him better than Paris.
Cres. Then she's a merry Greek, indeed.
Pan. Nay, I am sure she does. She came to him the other day into a compassed* window,-and, you know, he has not past three or four hairs on his chin.
Cres. Indeed, a tapster's arithmetick may soon bring his particulars therein to a total.
Pan. Why, he is very young: and yet will he, within three pound, lift as much as his brother Hec tor.
Cres. Is he so young a man, and so old a liftert?
Pan. But, to prove to you that Heleu loves him; -she came, and puts me her white hand to his clo. ven chin,
Cres. Juno have mercy!-How came it cloven ?
Pan. Why, you know, 'tis dimpled : I think, his smiling becomes him better than any man in all Phrygia.
Cres. 0, he smiles valiantly.
Pan. Why, go to then :-But to prove to you that Helen loves Troilus,
Cres. Troilus will stand to the proof, if you'll prove it so.
Pan. Troilus? why, he esteems her no more than I esteem an addle egg.
Cres. If you love an addle egg as well as you love an idle head, you would eat chickens i'the shell.
Pan. I cavnot choose but laugh, to think how she tickled his chin - Indeed, she has a marvellous white hand, I must needs confess.
Cres. Without the rack.
Pan. And she takes upon her to spy a white hair on bis chin,
Cres. Alas, poor chin! many a wart is richer.
Pan. But, there was such laughing;--Queen Hecuba laughed, that her eyes ran o'er.
Cres. With mill-stones
Cres. But there was a more temperate fire under the pot of her eyes;-Did her eyes run o'er too?
Pan. And Hector laughed.
Pan. Marry, at the white hair that Helen spied on Troilus' cbin.
Cres. An't had been a greeu hair, I should have laugbed too.
Pan. They laughed not so much at the hair, as at his pretty answer.
Cres. Wiat was his answer?
Pan, Quoth she, Here's but one and fifty hairs on your chin, and one of them is white.
Cres. This is her question.
Pan. That's true; make no question of that. One and fifty hairs, quoth he, and one white: Thut white hair is my father, and all the rest are his sons. Jupiter! quoth she, which of these hairs is Paris my husband? The forked one, quoth he; pluck it out, and give it him. But, there was such
* A proverbial saying,