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IN Troy, there lies the scene :. from Istes of Greece
The Princes orgillous, their high blood chaf'd,
Have to the port of Athens sent their ships,
Fraught with the ministers and instruments
Of cruel war. Sixty and nine that wore
their crownets regal, from tb* Athenian bay
Put forth toward Phrygia, and their vow is made
TV ransack Troy within whose strong immures,
she ravi/fd Helen, Menelaus' {Queen,
With "wanton Paris steeps, and that's the quarrel.
7b Tencdos they come-
And the deep-drawing barks do there disgorge
Heir warlike fraugbtage. Now on Dardan plains.
The fresh and yet unbruifed Greeks do pitch
Their brave pavilions. Priam's 1 'fix gates i'th' city,s
Dardan and Thymbria, Ilia, Scæa, Trojan,
And Anrenorides, with majfy staples
And correfponsive and full-filling bolls,
* 'SperrN up the sons of Troy.
Now Expectation tickling skittijh spirits
On one and other fide, Trojan and Greek,
Sets all on hazard. Hither am / come
A Prologue arm'd, but not in confidence \
Of Author's pen, or Actor's voice but suited
In like conditions as our argument;
to tell you (fair heholders) that our play .
Leaps o'er the vaunt and firstlings of those broils,
'Ginning ?tb" middle: starting thence away
To what may he digested in a Play.
Like, or find fault, do as your pleasures are,
New god, or bad, 'tis but the chance of war-

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^TROJANS,

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PRIAM,

Hector,
Troilus,
Paris,
Deiphobus,
Helcnus,
Æneas,
Pandartfs,
Anterior,

A bastard son of Priam, j

Agamemnon,
Achilles,
Ajax,
Menelaus,
Ulysses,
Nestor,
Diomedes,
Patroclus,
Therfites,
Calchas,

Helen, Wise to Menelaus, in Love with Paris.
Andromache, Wise to Hector.
Cassandra, Daughter to Priam, a Propbetess.
Cressida, Daughter to Calchas, in hove with Troilus.

Alexander, Servant to Cressida.
Boy, Page to Troilus.

Trojan and Greek Soldiers, with other Attendants.
SCENE Troy and the Grecian Camp.

The Story originally written by Lollius an old Lombard
Author, and since by Chaucer. Pope.

// is also sound in an old English Story-book of the three destructions of Troy, from which many of the circumstances in this Play are borrowed, they heing to he found no where else. Theobald.

TROILUS 1 Troilus and Cressida.

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ACT I. SCENE I.

Priam'i Palace within the Walls of Troy, but supposed to have a sttuation a little distant from the rest of the City,

Enter Pandarus and Troilus.

Troilus.

ALL here my varlet, I'll unarm again. Why should I war without the walls of Trvy, That find such cruel battle here within? Each Trojan that is master of his heart, Let him to field, Troilus alas! hath none. Pan. Will this geer ne'er be mended? Trof. The Greeks ire strong, and skilsul to their strength, Fierce to their skill, and to their fierceness valiant. But I am weaker than a woman's tear,

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(a) Before this Play of Troilus and Cressida printed in 1609 is a Bookseller's preface, shewing that first impression to have been hefore m Play bad been ailed, and that it was published without Shake

C's knowledge from a copy that bad fallen into the Bookseller"s 1. Mr. Dryden thinks this one of the first of our Author's Plays: But en the contrary, it may he judged from the foremention'd Preface that it was one of his last; and the great numher of observations, lib moral and politick, {with which this piece is crowded more than «*7 other of bit) seems to confirm that opinion. Pope.

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