Enter, from one side, AENEAS, and Servant with a
torch; from the other, PARIS, DEIPHOBUS, ANTENOR,
|PARIS||See, ho! who is that there?|
|DEIPHOBUS||It is the Lord AEneas.|
|AENEAS||Is the prince there in person?
Had I so good occasion to lie long
As you, prince Paris, nothing but heavenly business
Should rob my bed-mate of my company.
|DIOMEDES||That's my mind too. Good morrow, Lord AEneas.|
|PARIS||A valiant Greek, AEneas,--take his hand,--
Witness the process of your speech, wherein
You told how Diomed, a whole week by days,
Did haunt you in the field.
|AENEAS||Health to you, valiant sir,
During all question of the gentle truce;
But when I meet you arm'd, as black defiance
As heart can think or courage execute.
|DIOMEDES||The one and other Diomed embraces.
Our bloods are now in calm; and, so long, health!
But when contention and occasion meet,
By Jove, I'll play the hunter for thy life
With all my force, pursuit and policy.
|AENEAS||And thou shalt hunt a lion, that will fly
With his face backward. In humane gentleness,
Welcome to Troy! now, by Anchises' life,
Welcome, indeed! By Venus' hand I swear,
No man alive can love in such a sort
The thing he means to kill more excellently.
|DIOMEDES||We sympathize: Jove, let AEneas live,
If to my sword his fate be not the glory,
A thousand complete courses of the sun!
But, in mine emulous honour, let him die,
With every joint a wound, and that to-morrow!
|AENEAS||We know each other well.|
|DIOMEDES||We do; and long to know each other worse.|
|PARIS||This is the most despiteful gentle greeting,
The noblest hateful love, that e'er I heard of.
What business, lord, so early?
|AENEAS||I was sent for to the king; but why, I know not.|
|PARIS||His purpose meets you: 'twas to bring this Greek
To Calchas' house, and there to render him,
For the enfreed Antenor, the fair Cressid:
Let's have your company, or, if you please,
Haste there before us: I constantly do think--
Or rather, call my thought a certain knowledge--
My brother Troilus lodges there to-night:
Rouse him and give him note of our approach.
With the whole quality wherefore: I fear
We shall be much unwelcome.
|AENEAS||That I assure you:
Troilus had rather Troy were borne to Greece
Than Cressid borne from Troy.
|PARIS||There is no help;
The bitter disposition of the time
Will have it so. On, lord; we'll follow you.
|AENEAS||Good morrow, all.|
|[Exit with Servant]|
|PARIS||And tell me, noble Diomed, faith, tell me true,
Even in the soul of sound good-fellowship,
Who, in your thoughts, merits fair Helen best,
Myself or Menelaus?
He merits well to have her, that doth seek her,
Not making any scruple of her soilure,
With such a hell of pain and world of charge,
And you as well to keep her, that defend her,
Not palating the taste of her dishonour,
With such a costly loss of wealth and friends:
He, like a puling cuckold, would drink up
The lees and dregs of a flat tamed piece;
You, like a lecher, out of whorish loins
Are pleased to breed out your inheritors:
Both merits poised, each weighs nor less nor more;
But he as he, the heavier for a whore.
|PARIS||You are too bitter to your countrywoman.|
|DIOMEDES||She's bitter to her country: hear me, Paris:
For every false drop in her bawdy veins
A Grecian's life hath sunk; for every scruple
Of her contaminated carrion weight,
A Trojan hath been slain: since she could speak,
She hath not given so many good words breath
As for her Greeks and Trojans suffer'd death.
|PARIS||Fair Diomed, you do as chapmen do,
Dispraise the thing that you desire to buy:
But we in silence hold this virtue well,
We'll but commend what we intend to sell.
Here lies our way.
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|Full Text||Act IV, Scene 1 A street.|
|Act I, Scene 1 Troy. Before Priam's palace.||Act IV, Scene 2 Court of Pandarus' house|
|Act I, Scene 2 The same. A street.||Act IV, Scene 3 Street before Pandarus' house./Act IV, Scene 4 Pandarus' house.|
|Act I, Scene 3 The Grecian Camp. Before Agamemnon's tent.||Act IV, Scene 5 The Grecian camp.|
|Act II, Scene 1 A part of the Grecian camp.||Act V, Scene 1 Before Achilles' tent.|
|Act II, Scene 2 A room in Priam's palace.||Act V, Scene 2 Before Calchas' tent.|
|Act II, Scene 3 Before Achilles' tent.||Act V, Scene 3 Before Priam's tent.|
|Act III, Scene 1 Priam's palace||Act V, Scene 4 Plains between Troy and the Grecian camp./Act V, Scene 5 Another part of the plains.|
|Act III, Scene 2 Pandarus' orchard.||Act V, Scene 6 Another part of the plains./Act V, Scene 7 Another part of the plains./Act V, Scene 8 Another part of the plains.|
|Act III, Scene 3 Before Achilles' tent.||Act V, Scene 9 Another part of the plains./Act V, Scene 10 Another part of the plains.|
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