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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.
Pan. I'll be with you, neice, by and by.
Cre. To bring, uncle
Pan. Ay, a token from Troilus.

Cre. By the same token, you are a bawd. [Exit Pan.
Words, vows, gifts, tears, and love's full facrifice,
He offers in another's enterprize :
But more in Troilus thousand-fold I see,
Than in the glass of Pandar's praise may be ;
Yet hold I off. Women are angels, wooing;
Things won are done: the soul's joy lies in doing :
That She belov'd knows nought, that knows not this
Men prize the thing ungain'd, more than it is.
That She was never yet, that ever knew
Love got, so sweet, as when Desire did sue:
Atchievement is Command; ungain'd, beseech.
Therefore this maxim out of love I teach;
That though my heart's content from love doth bear,
Nothing of That shall from mine eyes appear. [Exit.

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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

But the protractive trials of great Jove,
To find persistive constancy in men?
The fineness of which metal is not found
In fortune's love; for then, the bold and coward,
The wise and fool, the artist and unread,
The hard and soft, seem all affin'd, and kin;
But in the wind and tempeft of her frown,
Distinction with a broad and powerful fan,
Pufling at all, winnows the light away ;
And what hath mass, or matter by itself,

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,

To Agamemnon.
And thou, most rev'rend for thy stretcht-out life,

(To Nestor
I give to both your speeches; which were such,
As Agamemnon and the hand of Greece
Should hold up high in brass; and such again,
As venerable Neftor (hatch'd in filver)
Should with a bond of air, strong as the axle-tree
On which heay'n rides, knit all the Grecians' ears
To his experienc'd tongue: yet let it please both
(Thou great, and wise) to hear Ulyses speak.

Aga. Speak, Prince of Ithaca: we-lels exped,
That matter needless, of importless burden,
Divide thy lips; than we are confident,
When rank Therfites opes his mastiffjaws,
We shall hear music, wit, and oracle.

Ulys. Troy, yet upon her basis, had been down,
And the great Heftor's sword had lack'd a master,
But for these inftances.
The speciality of Rule hath been neglected;
And, look, how many Grecian Tenis do stand
Hollow upon this Plain, so many hollow factions.
* When that the General not likes the hive,
To whom the Foragers shall all repair,
What honey is expected ? degree being vizarded,
Th' unworthieft shews as fairly in the mask.
The heavens themselves, the planets, and this center,
Observe degree, priority and place.
Inlifture, course, proportion, season, form,
Office and custom, in all line of order :
And therefore is the glorious planet Sol

* 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.


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In noble eminence enthron'd and spher'd
Amidst the rest, whose med'cinable eye
Correas the ill aspects of planets evil,
And posts like the commandment of a King,
Sans check, to good and bad. But when the Planets
In evil mixture to disorder wander,
What plagues, and what portents, what mutiny ?
What raging of the Sea ? shaking of earth ?
Commotion in the winds ? frights, changes, horrors,
Divert and crack, rend and deracinate
The unity and married calm of states
Quite from their fixture? Oh, when degree is taken,
(Which is the ladder 10 all high designs)
The enterprize is fick. How could communites,
Degrees in schools, and brotherhood in cities,
Peaceful commerce from dividable shores,
The primogeniture, and due of birth,
Prerogative of age, crowns, fcepters, lawrels,
(But by degree) Itand in authentic place?
Take but degree away, untune that string,
And hark what discord follows; each thing meets
In mere oppugnancy. The bounded waters
Would lift their bofoms higher than the shores,
And make a fop of all this solid Globe:
Strength would be lord of imbecillity,
And the rude fon would strike his father dead:
Force would be Right; or rather, Right and Wrong
(Between whose endless jar Justice precides)
Would lose their names, and so would Justice too.
Then every thing includes itself in power,
Power into will, will into appetite;
And appetite (an universal wolf,
So doubly feconded with will and power)
Mult make perforce an universal prey,
And last eat up itself. Great Agamemnon !
This Chaos, when degree is suffocate,
Follows the choaking :
And this neglection of degree is it,


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