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Cre. Upon my back, to defend my belly; upon my wit to defend my wiles; upon my secrefy, to defend mine honesty; my mask to defend my beauty, and you to defend all these ; and at all these wards I lie, at a thousand watches.
Pan. Say one of your watches.
Cre. Nay, I'll watch you for that, and that's one of the chiefeft of them too ; If I cannot ward what I would not have hit, I can watch you for telling how I took the blow; unless it swell past hiding, and then it is past watching. Pan. You are such anotber.
Enter Boy. Boy. Sir, my lord would inftantly speak with you Pan. Where ? Boy. At your own house, there he unarms him.
Pan. Good boy, tell him I come; I doubt, he be hurt. Fare ye well, good neice.
Cre. Adieu, uncle.
Cre. By the same token, you are a bawd. [Exit Pan.
Changes to Agamenon's Tent in the Grecian Camp. Trumpets. Enter Agamemnon, Nestor, Ulysses, Dio
medes, Menelaus, with others. RINCES,
Aga. P what griet hath fet the jaundice on your
cheeks? The ample proposition, that hope makes In all designs begun on earth below, Fails in the promis'd largeness : Checks and disasters Grow in the veins of actions highest rear’d; As knots by the conflux of meeting sap Infect the sound pine, and divert his grain Tortive and errant from his course of growth. Nor, Princes, is it matter new to us, That we come short of our Suppose so far, That after fev'n years' fiege, yet Troy-walls stand; Sith every action that hath gone before, Whereof we have record, trial did draw Bias and thwart; not answering the aim, And that unbodied figure of the thought That gave't surmised shape. Why then, you Princes, Do you
with cheeks abalh'd behold our Works? And think them shame, which are, indeed, nought
Lies rich in virtue, and unmingled.
Neft. With due observance of thy goodly Seat, Great Agamemnon, * Neftor shall fupply Thy latest words. In the reproof of Chance Lies the true proof of men : the Sea being smooth, How many shallow bauble boats dare fail Upon her patient breast, making their way With those of nobler bulk? But let the ruffian Boreas once enrage The gentle Thetis, and anon, behold, The strong-ribb’d Bark through liquid mountains cuts; Bounding between the two moist elements, Like Perseus? horse: Where's then the faucy boat, Whose weak untimber'd fides but even now Co-rival'd Greatness ? or to harbour fled, Or made a toast for Neptune. Even so Doch valour's Thew and valour's worth divide In storms of fortune. For in her ray and brightness, The herd hath more annoyance by the brize Than by the tyger: but when splitting winds Make flexible the knees of knotted oaks, And flies get under shade; the thing of courage As rouz'd with rage, with rage doth sympathize; And, with an accent tun'd in self-fame key, Returns to chiding fortune.
Ulys. Agamemnon, Thou great commander, nerve and bone of Greece, Heart of our numbers, soul, and only fpirit, In whom the tempers and the minds of all Should be shut up: hear, what Ulyses speaks. Belides th' applause and approbation
-Nestor shall apply Thy latest words. -) What were these latest Words ? A Com-mon-place Observation, illustrated by a parlicular Image, that OppoJa tion and Adversity were useful to try and distinguish between the valiant Man and the Coward. The wife Man and the Fool.
From whence it appears, that Shakespear wrote, -Nestor shall supply, &c.
The which, most mighty for thy place and fway,
Aga. Speak, Prince of Ithaca: we-lels exped,
Ulys. Troy, yet upon her basis, had been down,
* When that the General is not like the hive,] The Image is taken from the Government of Bees. But what are we to underftand by this Line? either it has no Meaning, or a Meaning contrary to the Drift of the Speaker. We should certainly then read,
When that the General not likes the hive: i. c. when the Soldiers like not, and refuse to pay Obedience to Their General.
In noble eminence enthron'd and spher'd