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Cres, Boldness comes to me now, and brings me
heart:Prince Troilus, I have lov'd you night and day For many weary months.
Tro. Why was my Cressid then so hard to win? Cres. Hard to seem won; but I was won, my
lord, With the first glance that ever-Pardon me ;If I confess much, you will play the tyrant. I love you now; but not, till now, so much But I might master it :-in faith, I lie; My thoughts were like unbridled children, grown Too headstrong for their mother : See, we fools ! Why have I blabb’d? who shall be true to us, When we are so unsecret to ourselves? But, though I lov'd you well, I woo'd you not; And yet, good faith, I wish'd myself a man; Or that we women had men's privilege Of speaking first. Sweet, bid me hold my tongue; For, in this rapture, I shall surely speak The thing I shall repent. See, see, your silence, Cunning in dumbness, from my weakness draws My very soul of counsel : Stop my mouth.
Tro. And shall, albeit sweet musick issues thence.
Cres. My lord, I do beseech you, pardon me;
Tro. Your leave, sweet Cressid?
Pan. Leave! an you take leave till to-morrow morning,
Cres. Pray you,
What offends you, lady? Cres. Sir, mine own company. Tro.
You cannot shun' Yourself.
Cres. Let me go and try : I have a kind of self resides with you; But an unkind self, that itself will leave, To be another's fool. I would be gone : Where is my wit? I know not what I speak. Tro. Well know they what they speak, that speak
so wisely. Cres. Perchance, my lord, I show more craft than
Tro. O, that I thought it could be in a woman,
Cres. In that I'll war with you.
O virtuous fight,
Prophet may you be! If I be false, or swerve a hair from truth, When time is old and hath forgot itself, When waterdrops have worn the stones of Troy, And blind oblivion swallow'd cities up, And mighty states characterless are grated To dusty nothing ; yet let memory, From false to false, among false maids in love, Upbraid my falsehood! when they have said as false As air, as water, wind, or sandy earth, As fox to lamb, as wolf to heifer's calf, Pard to the hind, or stepdame to her son ; Yea, let them say, to stick the heart of falsehood, As false as Cressid.
Pan. Go to, a bargain made : seal it, seal it ; I'll be the witness.—Here I hold your hand; here, my cousin's. If ever you prove false one to another,
since I have taken such pains to bring you together, let all pitiful goers-between be called to the world's end after my name, call them all--Pandars ; let all constant men be Troiluses all false women Cressids, and all brokers-between Pandars! say, amen.
Pan. Amen. Whereupon I will show you a chamber and a bed, which bed, because it shall not speak of your pretty encounters, press it to death : away.
And Cupid grant all tongue-tied maidens here,
The Grecian Cump.
Enter AGAMEMNON, ULYSSES, DIOMEDES,
NESTOR, AJAX, MENELAUS, and CALCHAS.
Cal. Now, princes, for the service I have done you, The advantage of the time prompts me aloud To call for recompense. Appear it to your mind, That, through the sight I bear in things, to Jove I have abandon'd Troy, left my possession, Incurr'd a traitor's name ; expos'd myself, From certain and possess'd conveniences, To doubtful fortunes ; séquest'ring from me all That time, acquaintance, custom, and condition, Made tame and most familiar to my nature; And here, to do you service, am become
As new into the world, strange, unacquainted :
Let Diomedes bear him,
Dio. This shall I undertake ; and 'tis a burden
[Exeunt DIOMEDES and CALCHAS.
1 An instrument for tuning harps, &c.