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Agam. Speak frankly as the wind;

It is not Agamemnon's s'ceping hour:
That thou shalt know, Trojan, he is awake,
He tells thee so himself.

Ene. Trumpet blow loud,

Send thy brass voice through all these lazy tents;

And every Greek of mettle, let him know,
What Troy means fairly shall be spoke aloud.
[Trumpet sounds.
We have, great Agamemnon, here in Troy,
A prince call'd Hector, (Priam is his father)
Who in this dull and long-continued truce
Is rusty grown; he bade ine take a trumpet,
And to this purpose speak. Kings, princes,


If there be one among the fair'st of Greece,
That holds his honour higher than his ease;
That seeks his praise more than he fears his
peril ;

That knows his valour, and knows not to fear;
That loves his mistress more than in confession,
(With truant vows to her own lips he loves,)
And dare avow her beauty and her worth,
In other arms than hers,-to him this chal-

Hector, in view of Trojans and of Greeks,
Shall make it good, or do his best to do it
He hath a lady, wiser, fairer, truer,
Than ever Greek did compass in his arms;
And will to-morrow with his trumpet call,
Mid-way between your tents and walls of Troy,
To rouse a Grecian that is true in love:
If any come, Hector shall honour him;
If none, he'll say in Troy, when he retires,
The Grecian dames are sun-burn'd, and
The splinter of a lance.
Agam. This shall be told our lovers, lord

Even so much :

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And may that soldier a mere recreant prove,
That means not, hath not, or is not in love!
It then one is, or hath, or means to be,
That one meets Hector; if none else, I am be.
Nest. Tell him of Nestor, one that was a


When Hector's grandsire suck'd; he is old now;
But if there be not in our Grecian host
One noble man, that hath one spark of fire
To answer for his love, tell him from me,---
I'll hide my silver beard in a gold beaver.
And in my vantbrace+ put this wither'd brawn;
And meeting him, will tell him, That my lady
Was fairer than his grandame, and as chaste
As may be in the world: His youth in flood,
I'll prove this truth with my three drops

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Nest. Yes,

It is most meet; Whom may you else oppose.
That can from Hector bring those honours off,
If not Achilles? Though't be a sportful combat,
Yet in the trial much opinion dwells;
For here the Trojans taste our dear'st repute
With their fin'st palate: And trust to me,

Our imputation shall be oddly pois'd
In this wild action for the success,
Although particular, shall give a scantling +
Of good or bad into the general;
And in such indexes, although small pricks t
To their subsequent volumes, there is seen
The baby figure of the giant mass

Of things to come at large. It is suppos'd,
He, that meets Hector, issues from our choice:
And choice, being mutual, act of all our souls,
Makes merit her election; and doth boil,
As 'twere from forth us all, a man distill'd
Out of our virtues; Who miscarrying,

What heart receives from hence a conquering


To steel a strong opinion to themselves? Which entertain'd, limbs are his instruments, In no less working, than are swords and bows Directive by the limbs.

Ulyss. Give pardon to my speech ;Therefore 'tis ineet, Achilles meet not Hector. Let us, like merchants, show our foulest wares, And think, perchance, they'll sell: if not, The lustre of the better shall exceed, By showing the worse first. Do not consent, That ever Hector and Achilles meet; For both our honour and our shame, in this, Are dogg'd with two strange followers.

Nest. I see them not with my old eyes; what are they?

Ulyss. What glory our Achilles shares from


Were he not proud, we all should share with him : But he already is too insolent;


And we were better parch in Afric sun,

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Ulyss. Amen!

Than in the pride and salt scorn of his eyes, Should he 'scape Hector fair: If he foil'd,


Agam Fair lord Æneas, let me touch your Why, then we did our main opinion § crush


To our pavilion shall I lead you, Sir.
Achilles shall have word of this intent :

So shall each lord of Greece, from tent to tent:
Yourself shall feast with us before you go,
And find the welcome of a noble foe.
[Exeunt all but ULYSSES and
Ulyss. Nestor,

Nest. What says Ulysses?

In taint of our best man. No, make a lottery,
And, by device, let blockish Ajax draw

The sort to fight with Hector: Among our

Give him allowance for the better man,
For that will physic the great Myrmidon,
NESTOR.Who broils in loud applause; and make him fall
His crest, that prouder than blue Iris bends.
If the dull brainless Ajax come safe off,
my We'll dress him up in voices: If he fail,
Yet go we under our opinion still

Ulyss. I have a young conception in


Be you my time to bring it to some shape. Nest. What is't?

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That we have better men. But, hit or miss,
Our project's life this shape of sense assumes➡
Ajax, employ'd, plucks down Achilles' plumes.
Nest. Ulysses,

Now I begin to relish thy advice;
And I will give a taste of it forthwith

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To Agamemnon: go we to him straight.
Two curs shall tame each other; Pride alone
Must tarre the mastiffs on, as 'twere their bone.


SCENE 1.-Another part of the Grecian



Ajax. Thersites,

Achil. So I do; What's the matter ?
Ther. Nay, but regard him well.
Achil. Well, why I do so.

Ther. But yet you look not well upon him: for whosoever you take him to be, he is Ajax. Achil. I know that, fool.

Ther. Ay, but that fool knows not himself.
Ajax. Therefore I beat thee.

Ther. Lo, lo, lo, lo, what modicums of wit he utters! his evasions have ears thus long. I have bobbed his brain, more than he has beat my bones: I will buy nine sparrows for a penny and his pia mater is not worth the niuth part of a sparrow. This lord, Achilles, Ajax,-who

Ther. Agamemnon-how if he had boils? full, wears his wit in his belly, and his guts in his all over, generally ?

Ajax. Thersites,

Ther. And those boils did run ?-Say so,-did not the general run then? were not that a botchy core ?

Ajax. Dog,

Ther. Then would come some matter from him; I see none now.

Ajax. Thou bitch-wolf's son, canst thou not hear? Feel then. [Strikes him. Ther. The plague of Greece upon thee, thou mongrel beef-witted lord!

Ajar. Speak then, thou unsalted leaven! speak : I will beat thee into handsomeness.

Ther. I shall sooner rail thee into wit and holiness: but I think thy horse will sooner con an oration, than thou learn a prayer without book. Thou canst strike, canst thou? a red murrain o' thy jade's tricks!

Ajax. Toads-stool, learn me the proclamation. Ther. Dost thou think I have no sense, thou strikest me thus ?

Ajax. The proclamation,

Ther. Thou art proclaimed a fool, I think. Ajax. Do not, porcupine, do not; my fingers itch.

Ther. I would thou didst itch from head to foot, and I had the scratching of thee; I would make thee the loathsomest scab in Greece. When thou art forth in the incursions, thou strikest as slow as another.

Ajar. I say, the proclamation,

Ther. Thou grumblest and railest every hour on Achilles; and thou art as full of envy at his greatness as Cerberus is at Proserpina's beauty; ay, that thou barkest at him.

Ajax. Mistress Thersites !

Ther. Thou shouldest strike him.
Ajax. Cobloaf !+

Ther. He would punt thee into shivers with his fist, as a sailor breaks a biscuit. Ajar. You whoreson cur!

Ther. Do, do.

[Beating him.

Ajax. Thou stool for a witch! Ther. Ay, do, do; thou sodden-witted lord! thou hast no more brain than I have in mine

elbows ; an assinego may tutor thee: Thou Scurvy valiant ass; thou art here put to thrash Trojans; and thou art bought and sold among those of any wit, like a Barbarian slave. If thou use to beat me, I will begin at thy heel, and tell what thou art by inches, thou thing of no bowels, thou!

Ajax. You dog!

Ther. You scurvy lord! Ajax. You cur!

[Beating him. Ther. Mars his idiot, do! rudeness; do, camel; do, do.

head, I'll tell you what I say of him.

Achil. What?

Ther. I say this, Ajax-
Achil. Nay, good Ajax.

[AJAX offers to strike him, ACHILLES

Ther. Has not so much wit-
Achil. Nay, I must hold you.

Ther. As will stop the eye of Helen's needle, for whom he comes to tight. Achil. Peace, fool!

Ther. I would have peace and quietness, but the fool will not: he there; that he; look you there.

Ajax. O thou damned cur! I shall

Achil. Will you set your wit to a fool's? Ther. No, I warrant you; for a fool's wil! shame it.

Patr. Good words, Thersites.

Achil. What's the quarrel?

Ajax. I bade the vile owl go learn me the tenour of the proclamation, and he rails upon me. Ther. I serve thee not.

Ajax. Well, go to, go to.

Ther. I serve here voluntary. +

Achil. Your last service was sufferance, 'twas not voluntary; no man is beaten voluntary; Ajax was here the voluntary, and you as under an impress.

Ther. Even so ?-a great deal of your wit too lies in your sinews, or else there be liars. Hector shall have a great catch, it he knock out either of your brains; a' were as good crack a fusty nut with no kernel.

Achil. What with me too, Thersites ?

Ther. There's Ulysses, and old Nestor,-whose wit was mouldy ere your grandsires had nails on their toes,--yoke you like draught oxen, and make you plough up the wafe.

Achil. What, what?

Ther. Yes, good sooth; To, Achilles! to Ajax! to!

Ajax. I shall cut out your tongue.

Ther. "Tis no matter; I shall speak as much as thou afterwards.

Patr. No more words, Thersites; peace. Ther. I will hold my peace when Achilles' bracht bids me, shall I?

Achil. There's for you, Patroclus.

Ther. I will see you hanged, like clotpoles, ere I come any more to your tents; I will keep where there is wit stirring, and leave the faction of fools. [Exit.

Patr. A good riddance. Achil. Marry, this, Sir, is proclaim'd through all our host:

That Hector, by the first hour of the sun, Will, with a trumpet, 'twixt our tents and Troy, To-morrow morning call some knight to arms, That hath a stomach; and such a one, that dare Achil. Why, how now, Ajax? wherefore do Maintain-I know not what; 'tis trash: Fareyou thus ?


How now, Thersites ? what's the matter, man?

Ther. You see him there, do you?
Achil. Ay; what's the matter?

Ther. Nay, look upon him.

1 Pound.


Ajax. Farewell. Who shall answer him? Achil. I know not it is put to lottery; other. He knew his man. [wise, Ajax. Oh! meaning you :-I'll go learn more of it. [Exeunt.

• Provoke.

A crusty nueven loaf. A caut term for a foolish fellow. ¡Continue.

† Voluntarily.

The membrane that protects the brain. Bitch.

SCENE 11.-Troy.-A Room in PRIAM'S Palace.


Pri. After so many hours, lives, speeches spent,

Thus once again says Nestor from the Greeks: Deliver Helen, and all damage else

As honour, loss of time, travel, expence,

Two traded pilots 'twixt the dangerous shores
Of will and judgment: How may I avoid,
Although my will distaste what it elected,
The wife I chose ? there can be no evasion
To bleuch⚫ from this, and to stand firm by hs-


We turn not back the silks upon the merchant When we have soil'd them; nor the remainder viands

We do not throw in unrespective sieve, +

Wounds, friends, and what else dear that is Because we now are full. It was thought meet,


In hot digestion of this cormorant war,Shall be struck off:-Hector, what say you to't?

Hect. Though no man lesser fears the Greeks than I,

As far as toucheth my particular, yet,
Dread Priam,

There is no lady of more softer bowels,
More spungy to suck in the sense of fear,

More ready to cry out-Who knows what fol


Than Hector is: The wound of peace is surety,
Surety secure; but modest doubt is call'd
The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches
To the bottom of the worst. Let Helen go:
Since the first sword was drawn about this

Every tithe soul, 'mongst many thousand dismes,
Hath been as dear as Helen: I mean, of ours:
If we have lost so many tenths of ours,
To guard a thing not ours; not worth to us,
Had it our name, the value of one ten;
What merits in that reason, which denies
The yielding of her up?

Tro. Fie, fie, my brother!

Weigh you the worth and honour of a king,

So great as our dread father, in a scale

Of common ounces? will you with counters sum

The past-proportion of his infinite?

And buckel-in a waist most fathomless,

With spans and inches so diminutive

As fears and reasons? fie, for godly shame!

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Hel. No marvel, though you bite so sharp at reasons,

You are so empty of them. Should not our father [sons, Bear the great sway of his affairs with reaBecause your speech hath none, that tells him so? Tro. You are for dreams and slumbers, brother priest,

You fur your gloves with reason. your reasons:

Here are

You know, an enemy intends you harm;
You know, a sword employ'd is perilous,
And reason flies the object of all harm:
Who marvels then, when Helenus beholds
A Grecian and his sword, if he do set
The very wings of reason to his heels;
And fly like chidden Mercury from Jove,
Or like a star disorb'd ?—Nay, if we talk of rea-
Let's shut our gates, and sleep: Manhood and
Should have hare hearts, would they but fat
their thoughts

With this cramm'd reason: reason and respect t
Make livers pale, and lustihood deject.
Hect. Brother, she is not worth what she
doth cost

The holding.

Tro. What is aught, but as 'tis valued?
Hect. But value dwells not in particular will;
It holds his estimate and dignity
As well wherein 'tis precious of itself
As in the prizer: 'tis mad idolatry,

To make the service greater than the god;
And the will dotes, that is attributive
To what infectiously itself affects,
Without some image of the affected merit.
Tro. I take to-day a wife, and my election
Is led on in the conduct of my will;
My will enkindled by mine eyes and ears,
+ Caation.

• Tenths.

Paris should do some vengeance on the Greeks: Your breath with full consent bellied his sails; The seas and winds (old wranglers) took a truce, And did him service he touch'd the ports desir'd; [captive, whom the Greeks held queen, whose youth and

Aud, for an old aunt He brought a Grecian freshness

Wrinkles Apollo's, and makes pale the morning. Why keep we her? the Grecians keep our aunt: Is she worth keeping? why, she is a pearl Whose price hath launch'd above a thousand ships,

And turn'd crown'd kings to merchants.
If you'll avouch 'twas wisdom Paris went,
(As you must needs, for you all cried-Go, go,)
If you'll confess, he brought home noble prize,
(As you must needs, for you all clapp'd your

And cried-estimable!) why do you now
The issue of your proper wisdoms rate;
And do a deed that fortune never did,
Beggar the estimation which you priz'd
Richer than sea and land? O theft most base;
That we have stolen what we do fear to keep!
But, thieves, unworthy of a thing so stolen,
That in their country did them that disgrace,
We fear to warrant in our native place I
Cus. [Within.] Cry, Trojans, cry!
Pri. What noise? what shriek is this?
Tro. 'Tis our mad sister, I do know her

Cas. [Within.] Cry, Trojans !
Heet. It is Cassandra.

Enter CASSANDRA, raving.

Cas. Cry, Trojans, cry! lend me ten thousand eyes,

And I will fill them with prophetic tears.
Hect. Peace, sister, peace.

Cas. Virgins and boys, mid-age and wrinkled elders,

Soft infancy, that nothing canst but cry,
Add to my clamours! let us pay betimes
A meiety of that mass of moan to come.
Cry, Trojans, cry! practise your eyes with tears!
Troy must not be, nor goodly Ilion stand;
Our fire-brand brother, Paris, ý burns us all.
Cry, Trojans, cry! a Helen, and a woe:
Cry, cry! Troy burns, or else let Helen go.

[Exit. Hect. Now youthful Troilus, do not these high strains

Of divination in our sister work
Some touches of remorse? or is your blood
So madly hot, that no discourse of reason,
Nor fear of bad success in a bad cause,
Can qualify the same!

Tro. Why, brother Hector,

We may not think the justness of each act
Such and no other than event doth form it
Nor once deject the courage of our minds,
Because Cassandra's mad her brain-sick rap-

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Such things as might offend the weakest spleen To fight for and maintain!

Par. Else might the world convince * of levity As well my undertakings, as your counsels: But I attest the gods, your full consent Gave wings to my propension, and cut off All fears attending on so dire a project. 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, 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, Nor faint in the pursuit.

Pri. Paris, you speak

Like one besotted on your sweet delights:
You have the honey still, but these the gall;
So to be valiant, is no praise at all.

Par. Sir, I propose not merely to myself
The pleasures such a beauty brings with it;
But I would have the soil of her fair rape
Wip'd off in honourable keeping her.
What treason were it to the ransack'd queen,
Disgrace to your great worths, and shame to me,
Now to deliver her possession up,
On terms of base compulsion? Can it be,
That so degenerate a strain as this [soms?
Should once set footing in your generous bo-
There's not the meanest spirit on our party,
Without a heart to dare, or sword to draw,
When Helen is defended; nor none so noble,
Whose life were ill bestow'd, or death unfam'd,
Where Helen is the subject; then, I say,
Well may we fight for her, whom, we know well,
The world's large spaces cannot parallel.
Hect. Paris and Troilus, you have both said

And on the cause and question now in hand
Have gioz'd, but superficially; not much
Unlike young men, whom Aristotle thought
Unfit to hear moral philosophy :

The reasons you allege, do more conduce
To the hot passion of distemper'd blood,
Than to make up a free determination
'Twixt right and wrong; For pleasure and re-

Have hears more deaf than adders to the voice
Of any true decision. Nature craves
All dues be render'd to their owners: Now
What nearer debt in all humanity,
Than wife is to the husband? if this law
Of nature be corrupted through affection;
And that great minds, of partial indulgence
To their beuumbed wills, resist the same;
There is a law in each well-order'd nation,
To curb those raging appetites that are
Most disobedient and refractory.
If Helen then be wife to Sparta's king;-
As it is known she is,-these moral laws
Of nature, and of nations, speak aloud
To have her back returu'd: Thus to persist
In doing wrong, extenuates not wrong,

But makes it much more heavy. Hector's opinion

Is this in way of truth: yet ne'ertheless,

My spritely brethren, I propend ¶ to you

In resolution to keep Helen still;

For 'tis a cause that hath no mean dependence Upon our joint and several dignities.

Tro. Why, there you touch'd the life of our


Were it not glory that we more affected
Than the performance of our heaving spleens,
I would not wish a drop of Trojan blood
Spent more in her defence. But, worthy Hec-

She is a theme of honour and renown;
A spur to valiant and magnanimous deeds;
Whose present courage may beat down our foes,
And fame, in time to come, canonize us;

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Ther. How now, Thersites? what, lost in the labyrinth of thy fury? Shall the elephant Ajax carry it thus he beats me, and I rail at him: O worthy satisfaction! 'would it were otherwise; that I could beat him whilst he railed at me : 'Sfoot, I'll learn to conjure and raise devils, but I'll see some issue of my spiteful execrations. Then there's Achilles,-a rare engineer. If Troy be not taken till these two undermine it, the walls will stand till they fall of themselves. O thou great thunder-darter of Olympus, forget that thou art Jove the king of gods; and, Mercury, lose all the serpentine craft of thy Caduceus; if ye take not that little little less-than-little wit from them that they have! which short-armed ignorance itself knows is so abundant scarce, it will not in circumvention deliver a fly from a spider, without drawing their massy irons, and cutting the web. After this, the vengeance on the whole camp! or, rather, the bone-ache! for that, methinks, is the curse dependent on those that war for a placket. I have said my prayers; and devil, envy, say Amen. What, ho! my lord Achilles !

Enter PATROclus.

Patr. Who's there? Thersites ? Good Thersites, come in and rail.

Ther. If I could have remembered a gilt counterfeit, thou wouldest not have slipped out of my contemplation: but it is no matter: Thyself upon thyself! The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance, be thine in great revenue! heaven bless thee from a tutor, and discipline come not near thee! Let thy blood be thy direction till thy death! then if she, that lays thee out, says-thou art a fair corse, I'll be sworn and sworn upon't, she never shrouded any but lazars. || Amen.-Where's Achilles?

Patr. What, art thou devout? wast thou in prayer?

Ther. Ay; The heavens hear me !


Achil. Who's there?

Patr. Thersites, my lord.

Achil. Where, where ?-Art thou come? Why, my cheese, my digestion, why hast thou not served thyself in to my table so many meals? Come; what's Agamemnon ?

Ther. Thy commander, Achilles :-Then tell me, Patroclus, what's Achilles?

Patr. Thy lord, Thersites; Then tell me, I pray thee, what's thyself?

Ther. Thy knower, Patroclus; Then tell me, Patroclus, what art thou?

Patr. Thou mayest tell, that knowest.
Achil. Ob! tell, tell.

Ther. I'll decline the whole question. Agamemnon commands Achilles; Achilles is my lord; I am Patroclus' knower; and Patroclus is a fool.

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Achil. He is a privileged man.-Proceed, | We come to speak with him: And you shall not Thersites.

Ther. Agamemnon is a fool: Achilles is a fool; Thersites is a fool; and, as aforesaid, Patroclus is a fool.

Achil. Derive this; come.

Ther. Agamemnon is a fool to offer to command Achilles; Achilles is a fool to be commanded of Agamemnon; Thersites is a fool to serve such a fool; and Patroclus is a fool positive.

Patr. Why am I a fool?

Ther. Make that demand of the prover.-It suffices me, thou art. Look you, who comes here !

Enter AGAMEMNON, ULYSSES, NESTOR, DIOMEDES, and AJAX. Achil. Patroclus, I'll speak with Come in with me, Thersites.

nobody:[Exit, Ther. Here is such patchery, such juggling, and such knavery! all the argument is, a cuckold and a whore; A good quarrel to draw emulous⚫ factions, and bleed to death upon! Now the dry serpigot on the subject! and war and lechery confound all!


Agam. Where is Achilles?
Patr. Within his tent; but ill dispos'd, my


Agam. Let it be known to him that we are here.

He shent our messengers; and we lay by
Our appertainments, § visiting of him:

Let him be told so; lest, perchance, he think
We dare not move the question of our place,
Or know not what we are.

Patr. I shall say so to him. [Exit. Ulyss. We saw him at the opening of his tent: He is not sick.

Ajax. Yes, lion-sick, sick of proud heart: you may call it melancholy, if you will favour the man; but, by my head, 'tis pride: But why, why? let him show us a cause.-A word, my Jord. [Takes AGAMEMNON aside. Nest. What moves Ajax thus to bay at him? Ulyss. Achilles hath inveigled his fool from


Nest. Who? Thersites ?
Ulyss. He.

Nest. Then will Ajax lack matter, if he have ost his argument. ||

Ulyss. No you see, he is his argument, that has his argument; Achilles.

Nest. All the better; their fraction is more our wish, than their faction: But it was a strong composure, a fool could disunite.

Ulyss. The amity that wisdom knits not, folly may easily untie. Here comes Patroclus.


Nest. No Achilles with him. Ulyss. The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy: his legs are legs for necessity, not for flexure.

Patr. Achilles bids me say he is much


If any thing more than your sport and pleasure Did move your greatness, and this noble state, To call upon him: he hopes, it is no other, But for your health and your digestion sake, And after-dinner's breath. ¶

Agam. Hear you, Patroclus ;

We are too well acquainted with these answers:
But his evasion, wing'd thus swift with scorn,
Cannot outfly our apprehensions.

Much attribute he hath; and much the reason
Why we ascribe it to him: yet all his virtues,-
Not virtuously on his own part beheld,-
Do, in our eyes, begin to lose their gloss;
Yea, like fair fruit in an unwholesome dish,
Are like to rot untasted. Go and tell him,

• Envious. + Tetter, scab. ✰ Rebuked. Our rank and dignity. 1 Subject. Breathing or exercise.


If you do say-we think him over-proud,
And under-honest; in self-assumption greater,
Than in the note of judgment; and worthier
than himself

Here tend the savage strangeness+ he puts on;
Disguise the holy strength of their command,
And underwrite in an observing kind
His humourous predominance; yea, watch
His pettish lunes, § his ebbs, his flows, as if
The passage and whole carriage of this action
Rode on his tide. Go, tell him this; and add,
That, if he overhold his price so much,
We'll none of him; but let him, like an engine
Not portable, lie under this report-
Bring action hither, this cannot go to war:
A stirring dwarf we do allowance || give
Before a sleeping giant :-Tell him so.
Patr. I shall; and bring his answer presently.

[Exit. Agam. In second voice we'll not be satisfied, We come to speak with him.-Ulysses, enter. [Exit ULYSSES.

Ajax. What is he more than another? Agam. No more than what he thinks he is. Ajax. Is he so much? Do you not think, he thinks himself a better man than I am? Agam. No question.

Ajax. Will you subscribe his thought, and say -he is?

Agam. No, noble Ajax; you are as strong, as valiant, as wise, no less noble, much more gentle, and altogether more tractable.

Ajax. Why should a man be proud? How doth pride grow? I know not what pride is.

Agam. Your mind's the clearer, Ajax, and your virtues the fairer. He that is proud, eats up himself: pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle; and whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise.

Ajax. I do hate a proud man, as I hate the engendering of toads.

Nest. And yet he loves himself: Is it not strange? [Aside.

Re-enter ULYSSES.

Ulyss. Achilles will not to the field to-mor


Agam. What's his excuse? Ulyss. He doth rely on none; But carries on the stream of his dispose, Without observance or respect of any, In will peculiar and in self-admission. Agam. Why will he not, upon our fair re. quest, Untent his person, and share the air with us? Ulyss. Things small as nothing, for request's [greatness;

sake only, He makes important: Possess'd he is with And speaks not to himself, but with a pride That quarrels at self-breath: imagin'd worth Holds in his blood such swoln and hot dis


That, 'twixt his mental and his active parts,
Kingdom'd Achilles in commotion rages,
And batters down himself: What should I say?
He is so plaguy proud, that the death tokens of it
Cry No recovery.

Agam. Let Ajax go to him.

Dear lord, go you and greet him in his tent : 'Tis said he holds you well: and will be led, At your request, a little from himself.

Ulyss. O Agamemnon, let it not be so We'll consecrate the steps that Ajax makes When they go from Achilles: shall the proud


That bastes his arrogance with his own seam,¶
And never suffers matter of the world
Enter his thoughts,-save such as do revolve

• Attend. + Shyness. 1 Obey Fits of lunacy. Approbation. Swine-seam is hog's lard.

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