Cres. Well, well, 'tis done, 'tis past ;--And yet it

is not ;

I will not keep my word.

Why then, farewell;
Thou never shalt mock Diomed again.
Cres. You shall not go :-One cannot speak à

word, But it straight starts you. Dio.

I do not like this fooling. Ther. Nor I, by Pluto; but that that likes not you, pleases me best.

Dio, What, shall I come ? the hour?

Ay, come :- Jove!
Do come:- I shall be plagu'd.

Farewell till then. Cres. Good night. I pr’ythee, come.

[Exit DIOMEDES. Troilus, farewell! one eye yet looks on thee; But with my heart the other eye Ah! poor our sex! this fault in us I find, The error of our eye directs our mind : What error leads, must err; O then conclude, Minds, sway'd by eyes, are full of turpitude.

[Erit CRESSIDA. Ther. A proof of strength she could not publish

Unless she said, My mind is now turn'd whore.

Ulyss. All's done, my lorda

It is.

Why stay we then?
Tro. To make a recordation 4 to my soul

doth see.

4 Remembrance,

and ears ;

Of every syllable that here was spoke.
But, if I tell how these two did co-act,
Shall I not lie in publishing a truth?
Siths yet there is a credence6 in my heart,
An esperance7 so obstinately strong,
That doth invert the attest 8 of

As if those organs had deceptious functions,
Created only to calumniate.
Was Cressid here?

I cannot conjure, Trojan
Tro. She was not sure.

Most sure she was.
Tro. Why, my negation 9 hath no taste of madness.
Ulyss. Nor mine, my lord: Cressid was here but



Tro. Let it not be believ'd for womanhood !! Think, we had mothers; do not give advantage To stubborn criticks 2-apt, without a theme, For depravation,-to square the general sex By Cressid's rule : rather think this not Cressid. Ulyss. What hath she done, prince, that can soil

our mothers? Tro. Nothing at all, unless that this were she. Ther. Will he swagger himself out on's own eyes?

Tro. This she? no, this is Diomed's Cressida :
If beauty have a soul, this is not she;
If souls guide vows, if vows be sanctimony,
If sanctimony be the gods' delight,
If there be rule in unity itself,
This was not she. Omadness of discourse,

5 Since.

9 Denial,

6 Belief.

7 Hope. i For the sake of.

* Testimony. 2 Cynicks.

That cause sets up with and against itself!
Bi-fold authority! where reason can revolt
Without perdition, and loss assume all reason
Without revolt; this is, and is not, Cressid !
Within my soul there doth commence a fight
Of this strange nature, that a thing inseparate
Divides more wider than the sky and earth;
And yet the spacious breadth of this division
Admits no orifice for a point, as subtle
As is Arachne's broken woof, to enter.
Instance, O instance! strong as Pluto's gates ;
Cressid is mine, tied with the bonds of heaven :
Instance, O instance! strong as heaven itself;
The bonds of heaven are slipp'd, dissolv'd, and loos’d;
And with another knot, five-finger-tied,

The fractions of her faith, orts of her love,
The fragments, scraps, the bits, and greasy reliques
Of her o'er-eaten faith, are bound to Diomed.

Ulyss. May worthy Troilus be half attach'd
With that which here his passion doth express ?

Tro. Ay, Greek; and that shall be divulged well In characters as red as Mars his heart Inflam'd with Venus: never did young man fancy} With so eternal and so fix'd a soul. Hark, Greek ;-As much as I do Cressid love, So much by weight hate I her Diomed : That sleeve is mine, that he'll bear on his helm; Were it a casque 4 compos'd by Vulcan's skill, My sword should bite it : not the dreadful spout, Which shipmen do the hurricano call Constring'ds in mass by the almighty suh,

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Shall dizzy with more clamour Neptune's ear
In his descent, than shall my prompted sword
Falling on Diomed.

Ther. He'll tickle it for his concupy.“
Tro. O Cressid! O false Cressid ! false, false,

Let all untruths stand by thy stained name,
And they'll seem glorious.

O, contain yourself;
Your passion draws ears hither.

Enter ÆNEAS.

Æne. I have been seeking you this hour, my lord: Hector, by this, is arming him in Troy; Ajax, your guard, stays to conduct you home. Tro, Have with you, prince :--My courteous lord

adieu :
Farewell, revolted fair!-and, Diomed,
Stand fast, and wear a castle on thy head!

Ulyss. I'll bring you to the gates.
Tro. Accept distracted thanks.

[Exeunt TROILUS, Æneas, and Ulysses. Ther. 'Would, I could meet that rogue Diomed! I would croak like a raven; I would bode, I would bode. Patroclus will give me any thing for the intelligence of this whore: the parrot will not do more for an almond, than he for a commodious drab. Lechery, lechery; still, wars and lechery; nothing else holds fashion: A burning devil take them!

[Exit. 6 Concupiscence.


Troy. Before Priam's Palace,

Enter Hector and ANDROMACHE.
And. When was my lord so much ungently teme

To stop his ears against admonishment?
Unarm, unarm, and do not fight to-day.

Hect. You train me to offend you; get you in : By all the everlasting gods, I'll go. And. My dreams will, sure, prove ominous to the

day. Hect. No more, I say.



Where is


brother Hector:
And. Here, sister; arm'd, and bloody in intent:
Consort with me in loud and dear petition,
Pursue we him on knees; for I have dream'd
Of bloody turbulence, and this whole night
Hath nothing been but shapes and forms of slaughter.

Cas. 0, it is true.

Ho! bid my trumpet sound! Cas. No notes of sally, for the heavens, sweet

brother. Hect. Begone, I say: the gods have heard me


Cas. The gods are deaf to hot and peevish? vows; They are polluted offerings, more abhorr'd

? Foolish,

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