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Troi. O Cressida, how often have I wish'd me thus !
Cre. Wilh'd, my lord ? --The gods grant !- my lord !
Troi. What should they grant? what makes this pretty abruption? What * too curious dreg espies my sweet lady in the fountain of our love? Cre. Moré dregs than water, if my fears have
eyes. Troi. Fears make devils of cherubims; they never see truly.
Cre. Blind fear, that seeing reason leads, finds safer footing than blind reason ftumbling without fear : To fear the worst, oft cures the worst.
Troi. O, let my lady apprehend no fear: in all Cupid's pageant there is presented no monster. Cre. Nor nothing monstrous neither?
Troi. Nothing, but our undertakings; when we vow to weep seas, live in fire, eat rocks, tame tygers; thinking it harder for our mistress to devise imposition enough, than for us to undergo any difficulty imposed. This is the monstruosity in love, lady,—that the will is infinite, and the execution confin'd; that the desire is boundless, and the act a Nave to limit.
Cre. They say, all lovers swear more performance than they are able, and yet reserve an ability that they never perform ; vowing more than the perfection of ten, and discharging less chan the tenth part of one. They that have the voice of lions, and the act of hares, are they not monsters?
Troi. Are there such ? such are not we: Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove; our head shall go bare, 'till merit crown it: no perfection in reversion shall have a praise in present: we will not name desert, before
* 100 curious dreg]-minute earthy particle.
his birth; and, being born, 2 his addition shall be humble. Few words to fair faith : Troilus shall be such to Cressid, as what envy can say worst, shall be * a mock for his truth; and what truth can speak truest, not truer than Troilus. Cre. Will you walk in, my lord ?
Re-enter Pandarus. Pan. What, blushing still ? have you not done talking
Cre. Well, uncle, what folly I commit, I dedicate to you.
Pan. I thank you for that; if my lord get a boy of you, you'll give him me: Be true to my lord; if he finch, chide me for it.
Troi. You know now your hostages; your uncle's word, and my firm faith.
Pan. Nay, I'll give my word for her too; our kindred, though they be long ere they are woo'd, they are constant, being won : they are burrs, I can tell you; they'll stick where they are thrown. Cre. Boldness comes to me now, and brings me
heart :Prince Troilus, I have lov'd you night and day, For many weary months.
Troi. Why was my Cressid then so hard to win?
Cre. Hard to seem won; but I was won, my lord,
z bis addition shall be bumble. ]-we'll give him no pompous titles.
a a mock for]—but a groundless attack upon, a mere mockery of his truth; shall not be able to impeach it. they are burrs,]—“ I am a kind of burr, I fall dick." MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Vol. I. p. 346. Lucio.
But I might master it :-in faith, I lye;
weakness draws My very soul of counsel : Stop my mouth.
Troi. And shall, albeit sweet musick issues thence.
Cre. My lord, I do beseech you, pardon me;
Troi. Your leave, sweet Cressid ?
Pan. Leave! an you take leave 'till to morrow morning,
Cre. Pray you, content you.
Cre. Let me go
Troi. Well know they what they speak, that speak fo wisely.
Cre. Perchance, my lord, I shew more craft than love;
and try :
And fell fo roundly to a large confeflion,
Troi. O, that I thought it could be in a woman,
Cre. In that I'll war with you.
Troi. O virtuous fight, When right with right wars who shall be moft right! True swains in love shall, in the world to come, Approve their truths by Troilus : when their rhymes, Full of protest, of oath, and big compare, Want fimilies of truth, tir'd with iteration, As true . as steel, as plantage to the moon, As sun to day, as turtle to her mate,
c And then you.
d in plight and youth,)-plighted in her youth, rencev jeifter than blood decays ! ]-its attachment faster than appetite weakens it.
be affronted]-be met and equalled. & the infancy of truth.]-ere it had learnt worldly policy.
with iteration,)—with repeating the following vouchers.
as feel, as plantage to the moon,]as the mirror, which reflects faithfully every object that is placed before-the next words allude to the moon's supposed influence on the production and growth of plants, &c.
Asiron to * adamant, as earth to the center,
Cre. Prophet may you be !
Pen. Go to, a bargain made : seal it, seal it ; I'll be the witness. Here I hold your hand; here, my cousin's. If ever you prove false to one another, since I have taken such pains to bring you together, let all pitiful goers-between be called to the world's end after my name, call them all-Pandars; let all inconstant men
Troilus's, all false women Cressids, and all brokersbetween Pandars! fay, amen.
adamant, ]-the magnet.
As truth's authentic author]–As the very text of truth in love; as one whose protestations were true to a proverb. * Wben] - then, wben.
inconftant]-conftant. F 2