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Enter Ajax armed, Agamemnon, Achilles, Patroclus,
Menelaus, Ulyjes, Neftor, &c.
Aga. Here art thou in appointment fresh and fair, Anticipating time with starting courage. Give with thy trumpet a loud note to Troy, Thou dreadful Ajax ; that the appalled air, May pierce the head of the great combatant, And hale him hither.'
Ajax. Thou trumpet, there's my purse.
Ulyl. No truinpet answers.
Ulyd. 'Tis he, I ken the manner of his gait;
Enter Diomed, with Cresida. Aga. Is this the lady Cressida ? Dio. Even she. Aga. Most dearly welcome to the Greeks, sweet
lady. Nest. Our general doth salute you with a kiss.
Ulyd. Yet is the kindness but particular; 'Twere better she were kiss'd in general.
!= bias cheek] Swelling out like the bias of a bowl.
Neft. And very courtly counsel. I'll begin. So much for Nestor.
Achil. I'll take that winter from your lips, fair lady: Achilles bids
Patr. But that's no argument for kifling now:
Uly]: O deadly gall, and theme of all our scorns, For which we lose our heads to gild his horns !
Petr. The first was Menelaus kiss; this mine Patroclus kisses you.
Men. O, this is trim !
Cre. 3 I'll make my match to live.
Men. I'll give you boot, I'll give you three for one.
Cre. No, Paris is not ; for you know, 'tis true, That you are odd, and he is even with you.
Men. You fillip me o' the head.
Cre. You may
2 Both take and give.] This speech should rather be given to Menelaus. T. T.
3 I'll make my match to live.] I will make such burgains as I may live by, such as may bring me profit, therefore will not take a worse kiss than I give. JOHNSON,
Cre. 4 Why, beg then.
Ulyf. Why then, for Venus' sake, give me a kiss,
Cre. I am your debtor, claim it when 'tis due.
you. Dio. Lady, a word:- I'll bring you to your father.
[Diomed leads out Cressida. Neft. A woman of quick fcnfe !
Ulyf. Fie, fie, upon her!
[Trumpet within. Enter Hector, Æneas, Troilus, &c. and attendants.
All. The Trojans' trumpet !
* Why, beg then.] For the sake of rhime we should read,
Why beg two. If you think kiffes worth begging, beg more than one. Johns.
Never's my day, and then a kiss of you.) I once gave both these lines to Creifida, She bids Ulyffes beg a kifs ; he aiks that he may have it,
When Helen is a maid again-
When Helen is a maid again-
Never's my day, and then a kiís for you.
motive of her body.] Motive for part that contributes to motion. Johnson.
a coafling --) An amorous address; courtship. Johns.
Jluttish poils of opportunity,) Corrupt wenches, of whose chafity every opportunity may make a prey. Johnson.
Æne. Hail, all the state of Greece! What shall
Aga. Which way would Hector have it?
Aga. 9 'Tis done like Hector, but securely done,
Æne. If not Achilles, Sir, What is your name?
Achil. If not Achilles, nothing.
Æne. Therefore, Achilles: but whate'er, know this; In the extremity of great and little · Valour and pride excel themselves in Hector; The one almost as infinite as all, The other blank as nothing. Weigh him well;
9 'Tis done like Hector, but securely done,] In the sense of the Latin, securusfecurus admodum de bello, animi jecuri komo. A negligent security arising from a contempt of the object opposed. WARBURTON.
Aga. 'Tis done like Hector, and securely done, It seems absurd to me, that Agamemnon should make a remark to the disparagement of Heitor for pride, and that Æneas should immediately say, If not Achilles, Sir, what is your name? To Achilles I have ventured to place it; and consulting Mr. Dryden's alteration of this play, I was not a little pleased to find, that I had but seconded the opinion of that great man in this point. Theol. As the old copies agree, I have made no change. JOHNS.
Valour and pride Excel themselves in Hector ;] Shakespeare's thought is not exactly deduced. Nicety of exprellion is not his character. The meaning is plain,
Valour (says “ Æneas) is in Hector greater than valour in other men, and
pride in Hector is less than pride in other men. So that “ Hector is distinguished by the excellence of having pride less than other pride, and valour more than other valour.”
And that, which looks like pride, is courtesy.
Achil. A maiden-battle then?-O, I perceive you.
Aga. Here is Sir Diomed. Go, gentle knight,
Ulys. They are oppos'd already.
Uly]. The youngest son of Priam, a true knight';
- an impair thought -) A thought suitable to the dignity of his character. This word I should have changed to impure, were I not over-powered by the unanimity of the editors, and concurrence of the old copies. JOHNSON.