Io no less working, than are swords and bows in taint of our best man. No, make a lottery: Directive by the limbs.

And, by device, let blockish Ajax draw Ulyss. Give pardon to my speech;

The sort' to fight with Hector: Among ourselves,
Therefore 'tis meet, Achilles meet not Hector. Give him allowance as the better man,
Let us, like merchants, shew our foulest wares, 5 For that will physick the great Myrmidon,
And think, perchance, they'll sell; if not, Who broils in lond applause ; and make him fall
The lustre of the better shall exceed,

His crest, that prouder than blue Iris bends,
By shewing the worst first. Do not consent, If the dull brainless Ajax come safe off,
That ever Hertor and Achilles meet;

We'll dress him up in voices: If he fail;
For both our honour and our shame; in this, 10 Yet go we under our opinion still,
Are dogg'd with two strange followers.

That we have better men. But, hit or miss, Nest. I see them not with my old eyes; What Our project's life this shape of sense assumes, are they?

Ajax, employ’d; plucks down Achilles' plumes, - Ulyss. What gloryour Achilles shares froin Hec- Nest. Ulysses, Were he not proud, we all should share with him: 15 Now I begin to relish thy advice; But he already is too insolent;

And I will give a taste of it forthwith And we were better parch in Africk sun,

To Agamemnon: go we to him straight. Than in the pride and salt scorn of his eyes, Two curs shall tame each other; Pride alone. Should he'scape Hector fair: If he were foil'd, Must tarre the mastiffs on, as 'twere their bone. Why, then we did our main opinion crush 1201



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Ther. Thou art proclaim'd a fool, I think.. The Grecian Camp.,

Ajar. Donot, porcupine, do not; my fingersitch.

135Ther. I would, thou didst itch from head to Enter Ajar, and Thersites,

foot, and I had the scratching of thee; I would Ajar. THERSITES,

make thee the loathsomest scab in Greece. When Ther. 1 Agamemnon--how if he had boils? Ithou art forth in the incursions, thou strik'st as full-all over, generally?

slow as another. Ajar. Thersites,

40 Ajax. I say, the proclamation, Ther. And those boils did tun? say so,

Ther. Thou grumblest and railest every hour did not the general run then were not that a lon Achilles and thou art as full of envy at his botchy core?

1 greatness, as Cerberus is at Proserpine's beauty Ajar. Dog

Ilay, that thou bark'st at him. Ther. Then there would come some matter 45 Ajax. Mistress Thersites ! from him'; I see none now.

T Ther. Thou should'st strikę him, Afar. Thou bitch-wolf's son, canst thou not Ajar. Cobloaf*! hear? Feel then.

[Strikes him. Ther. He would pun. thee into shivers with Ther. The plague of Greece upon thee, thou! This fist, as a sailor breaks a bisket. mungrel beef-witted lord !

50 Ajax. You whoreson cur! (Beating him. Ajar. Speak then, thou unsalted leaven',| | Ther. Do, do speak: I will beat thee into handsomeness. T | Ajar. Thou stool for a witch o! Ther. I shall sooner rail thee into wit and holi-! | Ther. Ay, do, do; thou sodden-witted lord ! ness : but, I think, thy horse will sooner con an! Ithou hast no more brain than I have in my elbow's; oration, than thou learn a prayer without book.155 an assinego? may tutor thee: Thou scurvy valiant Thou canst strike; canst thout a red murrain o'l jass! thou art here put to thrash Trojans; and thy jade's tricks!

I thou art bought and sold among those of any wit, Ajar. Toads-stool, learn me the proclamation.I like a barbarian slave. If thou use to beat me,

Ther. Dost thou think, I have no sense, thou will begin at thy heel and tell what thou art by strik'st me thus ?

69 inchies, thou thing of no bowels, thou ! Ajax. The proclamation,

Ajax. You dog!

'i. e. the lot. ?Tarre is an old English word, signifying to provoke or urge on Unsalted leaven, means sour without salt ; metaphorically, malignity without wit. * A crusty uneven loaf is in some counties called by this nanie.' 5 Pun is, in the midland counties, the vulgar and colloquial word for pound. In one way of trying a witch, they used to place her on a chair or stool, with her legs tied across, that all the weight of her body might rest upon her seat; and by that means, after some time, the circulation of the blood would be much stopped, and her sitting would be as painful as the wooden horse: Assinego seems to have been a cant tefin for a foolish fellow.--Assinego Is Portuguese for a little ass. 3 K


Ther. You scurvy lord !

| their toes, yoke you like draft oxen, and make Ajar. You cur !

[Beating him. you plough up the war. Ther. Mars his ideot! do, rudeness; do, camel;

ideotido, rudeness: do. camel: ” Achil. What, what ? do, do.

| Ther. Yes, good sooth;To, Achilles ! to, Ajax! Enter Achilles, and Patroclus. · 15 to! . Achil. Why, how now, Ajax? wherefore dol Ajar. I shall cut out your tongue. you thus?

Ther. 'Tis no matter; I shall speak as much as How now, Thersites? what's the matter, man? thou afterwards. Ther'. You see him there, do you?

Patr. No more words, Thersites; peace. Achil. Ay; What's the matter?

Ther. I will hold my peace when Achilles' Ther. Nay, look upon him.

Ibrach bids me', sball I? Achil. So I do ; What's the matter?

Achil. There's for you, Patroclus. Ther. Nay, but regard him wel.

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.

[Erit. 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 Ajur. Therefore I beat thee.

all our host: Ther. Lo, lo, lo, lo, what modicums of wit he/20 That Hector, by the fifth hour of the sun, utters! his evasions have ears thus long. I havel 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 pial 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|25Ajar. Farewell. Who shall answer him? his belly, and his guts in his head, I'll tell you! | Achil. I know not, it is put to lottery; otherwise, what I say of him.

He knew his man. Achil. What?

Ajax. O, meaning you :-I'll go learn more Ther. I say, this Ajax

of it.

[Ereunt. Achil. Nay, good Ajax. · [-Ajax offers to strike him, Achilles interposes.

SCENE II. Thér. 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 comes to fight.

P5 Pri. After so many hours, lives, speeches spént, 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 As honour, loss of time, travel, expence, there.

Wounds, friends, and what else dear that is consum'd Ajar. O thou damn'd cur! I shall

40 In hot digestion of this cormorant war, dchil. Will you set your wit to a fool's ? Shall be struck 00:-Hector, what say you to't?

Ther. No, l' warrant you; for a fool's willl | Hect. Though no man lesser fears the Greeks shaine it.

than I, · Patr. Good words, Thersites.

As far as toucheth my particular, yet, Achil. What's the quarrel ?

45 Dread Priam, Ajax. I bade the vile owlgolearn me the tenour There is no lady of more softer bowels, of the proclamation ; and he rails upon me. More spungy to suck in the sense of fear, Ther. I serve thee not.

More ready to cry out-Who knows what follous Ajax. Well, go to, go to

Than Hector is: 'The wound of peace is surety, Ther. I serve here voluntary.

50 Surety secure; but modest doubt is call'd 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 bottom of the worst. Let Helen go: 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?-a great deal of your wit too255 Hath been as dear as Helen; I mean, of ours:: lies 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 ? 60 The yielding of her up?

Ther. There's Ulysses and old Nestor --whose | Troi. Fie, fie, my brother! wit was mouldy cre your grandsires had nails on Weigh you the worth and honour of a king,

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? He calls Patroclus, in contempt, Achillcs' dog.

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So great as our dread father, in a scale

If you 'll avouch, 'twas wisdom Paris went, Of common ounces? will you with counters sum | Is you must needs, for you all cry'd-Go, go!) The past-proportion of his infinite ?

If you'll confess, he brought home noble price, And buckle-in a waist most fathomless,

KAs you must needs,foryou all clapp'd your hands, With spans and inches so diminutive

15 And cry'd-Inestimable !) why do you now As fears and reasons ? tie, for godly shame! (sons, (The issue of your proper wisdoms rate;

Hel. No marvel, though you bite so sharp at rea- And do a deed that fortune never did, You are so empty of them. Should not our father Beggar the estimation which you priz'd Bear the great sway of his affairs with reasons, I Richer than sea and land? O'thett most base : Because your speech hath none, that tells him so? 10 That we have stolen what we do fear to keep ! Troi. You are for dreams and slumbers, brother. But, thieves, unworthy of a thing so stolen, priest,

[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! You know, an enemy intends you harm ;

Cus. [within.] Cry, Trojans, cry! You know, a sword employ'd is perilous,

Pri. What noise? what shriek is this? And reason flies the object of all harın :

Troi. 'Tis our mad sister, I do know her voice. Who marvels then, when Helenus beholds

Cas. [within.] Cry, Trojans ! A Grecian and his sword, if he do set

Hect. It is Cassandra. The very wings of reason to his heels;

Enter Cassandra, raring. And fly like chidden Mercury from Jove, 20 Cas. Cry, Trojans, cry! Jend me ten thousand Or like a star dis-orb'd ?--Nav, if we talk of reason, And I will fill them with prophetic tears. [eyes, Let's shutour gates, andsleep: Manhoodandhonour 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, With this cranım'd reason: reason and respect 125 Add to my clamours ! let us pay betimes Make livers pale, and lustyhood deject. [cost A moiety of that mass of moan to come.

Hect. Brother, she is not worth what she doth Cry, Trojans, cry! practise your eyes with tears! The holding.

| Troy must not be, nor goodly Ilion stand; Troi. What is aught, but as 'tis valu'd ? Our fire-brand brother, Paris, burns us all.

Hect. But value dwells not in particular will; 30 Cry, Trojans, cry! a Helen, and a woe: It holds his estimate and dignity

Cry, cry! Troy burns, or else let Helen go.[Exit. As well wherein 'tis precious of itself,

Illect. Now, youthful Troilus, do not these high As in the prizer :'tis mad idolatry,

strains To make the service greater than the god; Of divination in our sister work And the will dotes, that is inclinable

135 Some touches of remorse? or is your blood To what infectiously itself affects,

so madly hot, that no discourse of reason, Without some image of the affected merit. Nor fear of bad success in a bad cause,

· Troi. I take to-day a wife, and my election Can qualify the same? Is led on in the conduct of my will;

Troi. Why, brother Hector, My will enkindled by mine eyes and cars, 40 We may not think the justness of each act Two traded pilots 'twixt the dangerous shores Such and no other than event doth form it; . Of will and judgement; How may I avoid, Nor once deject the courage of our minds, Although iny will distaste what it elected, Because Cassandra's mad; her brain-sick ruptures The wife I chose? There can be no evasion. Cannot distaste 3 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 reinainder I am no more touch'd than all Priam's sons : viands

And Jove forbid, there should be done amongst us We do not throw in unrespective sieve,

such things as would offend the weakest spleen Because we now are full. It was thought meet, 50 To fight for and maintain ! Paris shouid do some vengeance on the Greeks: Par. Else might the world convince of levity Your breath of full consent belly'd his sails; As well my undertakings, as your counsels: The seas and winds cold wranglers) took a truce, But I attest the gods, your full consent And did him service: he touch'd the ports desir'd; Gave wings to my propension, and cut off And, for an old aunt, whoin the Greeks held 55 All fears attending on so dire a project. captive,

[freshness For what, alas, can these my single armis ? He brought a Grecian queen, whose youth and What propugnation is in one man's valour, Wrinkles Apollo's, and makes pale the morning. I To stand the push and enmity of those Why kcep we her: The Grecians keep our aunt: This quarrel would excite? Yet, I protest, Is she worth keeping? Why, she is a pearl, CO Were I alone to pass the difficulties, ... Whose price hath launch’dabove a thousand ships, And had as ample power as I have will, . And turn’d crown'd kings to merchants.

Paris should ne'er retract what he hath dono,

The meaning is, that greatness to which no measure bears any proportion, ? That is, into a common coider. ' i. e. corrupt; change to a worse state.

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Nor faint in the pursuit.

1 And fame, in time to come, canonize us : Pri. Paris, you speak

For, I presunie; brave Hector would not lose
Like one besoited 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.

15 For the wide world's revenue.
Par. Sir, I propose not merely to myself | Hect: I am yours,
The pleasures such a beauty brings with it ; You valiant offspring of great Priamus.
But I would have the soil of her fair rape

!I have a roisting challenge sent amongst Wip'd off, in honourable keeping her.

The dull and factious nobles of the Greeks, What treason were it to the ransack'd qucen, 10 Will strike amazement to their drowsy spirits: Disgrace to your great worths, and shaine 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 hiin. [Ereunta 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 Helen is defended; nor none so noble,

Enter Thersites. Whose life were ill bestow'd, or death unfam’d, | How now, Thersites? what, lost in the labyrinth Where Helen is the subject: then, I say, 20 of thy fury? Shall the elephant Ajax carry it thus? Well may we fight for her, whom, we know well, He beats ine, and I rail at him: 0 worthy satisa The 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 Ilave gloz’d, but superficially; not much 25 of my spitefulexccrations. 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. O 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 craves,

which short-arm'd ignorance itself knows is so All dues be render'd to their owners; Now abundant scarce, it willnot in circumvention deliWhat nearer debt in all humanity,

35 vera 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 affection;

ance on the whole camp! or, rather, the boneAnd that great minds, of partial indulgence ache! for that, methinks, is the curse dependent To their benummed' wills, resist the same; Jon those that wat for a placket. I have said my There is a law in each well-order'd nation, 40 prayers; and devil envy, say Amen. What, bo! To curb those raging appetites that are

iny lord Achilles ! Most disobedient and refractory.

Enter Patroclus. If Helen then be wife to Sparta's king,

| Patr. Who'sthete? Thersites: Good Thersites, As it is known she is, these moral laws I come in and rail. Of nature, and of nations, speak aloud

451 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 my In doing wrong, extenuates not wrong,

contemplation : but it is no matter, Thyself upon But makes 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 Ideath! 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 deal she never shrouded any bút lazars. Amen, Were it not glory that we more attected 55 Where's Achilles ? Than the performance of our heaving spleens?, Patr. What, art thou devout? wast thou in I wou!d not wish a drop of Trojan blood

Spent more in her defence. But, worthy Hector, | Ther. Ay; The heavens hear me !
She is a theme of honour and renown;

Enter Achilles.
A spur to valiant and magnanimous deeds; 100 Achil, Who's there!
Whose present courage may beat dow'n our foes, | Patr. Thersites, my lord.

'i. e, inflexible, immoveable. envy, factious contention.

?i. e. the execution of spite and resentment. That is, without drawing their swords to cut the web.

That is;

Achil. Where, where!-Art thou come? 1 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 Agamennon?

I 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 amity, that wisdom knits not, folly Patr. Thy lord, Thersites; Then tell me, I may casily untye. - Here comes Patroclus. pray thee, what's thyself?

Re-enter Patroclus. Ther. Thy knower, Patroclus ; Then tell me, | Nest. No Achilles with him. Patroclus, what art thou ?

10 Ulyss. The elephant hath joints, but none for Patr. Thou may'st tell, that know'st.

courtesy; Achil. O, tell, tell.

His legs are for necessity, not for flexure. Ther. I'll decline the whole question!. Aga- Patr. Achilles bids ine say--he is much sorry, meminon commands Achilles; Achilles is my lord; If any thing more than your sport and pleasure. I.am Patroclus' knower; and Patroclus is a fool. 15 Did move your greatness, and this noble state', Patr. You rascal!

I To call on him; he hopes, it is no other, Ther. Peace, fool; I have not done. [sites. But, for your health and your digestion sake, Achil. He is a privileg'd man.--Proceed, Ther- An after-dinner's breath.

Ther. Agamemnon is a fool; Achilles is a fool; Agam. Hear you, Patroclus ; Thersites is a fool; and, as aforesaid, Patroclus is 20 We are too well acquainted with these answers: a fool.

But his evasion, wing'd thus swift with scorn, Achil. Derive this; come.

Cannot out-fly our apprehensions. Ther. Aganiemnon is a fool, to offer to com- Much attribute he haths and much the reason mand Achilles; Achilles is a fool to be commanded Why we ascribe it to him: yet all his virtues, of Agamemnon; Thersites is a fool, to serve such:25 Not virtuously on his own part beheld, a fool; and Patroclus is a fool positive.

Do, in our eyes, begin to lose their gloss; Patr. Why am I a fool?

Yea, like fair fruit in an unwholescme dish, , Ther. Make that demand of the prover. Are like to rot untasted. Go and tell hiin, sushices me, thou art. Look you, who comes here: We come to speak to him: And you shall not sin, Enter Agamemnon, Ulysses, Nestor, Diomedes, 30 If you do say—we think him over-proud, and Ajar.

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.


himself, Ther. Here is such patchery, such juggling, and Here tend the savage strangeness he puts on; such knavery! all the arguinent is a cuckold, 35 Disguise the holy strength of their command, and a whore; A good quarrel, to draw emulous And under-write* in an observing kind factions, and bleed to death upon. Now the dry His huniorous predominance; yea, watch serpigo on the subject! and war, and lechery, His pettish lunes, his ebbs, his flows, as if confound all!

[Erit. The passage and whole carriage of this action Agam. Where is Achilles?

40 Rode on his tide. Go, tell hin this; and add, Patr. Within his tent; but ill-dispos'd, my lord. Chat, if he over-hold his price so much,

Agam. Let it be known to hiin, that we are here. We'll none of him; but let him, like an engine
He shento our messengers; and we lay by 1 Not portable, lie under this report
Our appertainments, visiting of him:

Bring action hither, this cannot go to war:
Let him be told so; lest, perchance, he think 145 A stirring dwarf we do allowance give
We dare not move the question of our place, I Before a sleeping giant:-Tell him so.
Or know not what we are.

Putr. I shall; and bring his answer presently. Patr. I shall so say to him. [Erit.

[Exit. Ulyss. We saw him at the opening of his tent; Agam. In second voice we'll not be satisfied, He is not sick.

150We come to speak with him.--Ulysses, enter you. Ajar. Yes, lion-sick, sick of a proud leart:

[Exit Ulysses. you may call it melancholy, if you will favour the Ajax. What is he more than another? man; but, by my head, 'tis pride: But why, why; Ayum. No more than what he thinks he is. let him shew us a cause.-A word, my lord. I Ajux. Is he so niuch? Do you not think, he

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thinks himself Nest. What moves Ajax thus to bay at hin? | A better inan than I ? . Ulyss. Achilles hath inveigled his fool from him.! | Agum. No question. Ņest. Who? Thersites?

| Ajur. Will you subscribe his thought, and say, Ulyss. He.

he is?

(valiant, Nest. Then will Ajax lack matter, if he have 60 Agam. No, noble Ajax; you are as strong, as lost his argument.

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