Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: W. L. Godshalk
Peer Reviewed

Troilus and Cressida (Quarto 1, 1609)

Enter Thersi: Mene: Paris.
Ther. The cuck-old and the cuck-old-maker are at it,
3480now bull, now dogge lowe, Paris lowe, now my double
hen'd spartan, lowe Paris, lowe the bull has the game, ware
hornes ho?
Exit Paris and Menelus.
Enter Bastard
3485Bast. Turne slaue and fight.
Ther. What art thou?
Bast. A Bastard sonne of Priams.
Thers: I am a bastard too, I loue bastards. I am bastard be-
got, bastard instructed, bastard inminde, bastard in valour, in
3490euery thing illigitimate, one beare wil not bite another, and
wherefore should one bastard? take heed, the quarrells
most ominous to vs, if the sonne of a whore fight for a
whore, he tempts iudgement, farewell bastard.
3495Bast. The diuell take thee coward.