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  • Title: Troilus and Cressida (Quarto 1, 1609)
  • Editor: William Godshalk
  • ISBN: 1-55058-301-8

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: William Godshalk
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    Troilus and Cressida (Quarto 1, 1609)

    of Troylus and Cresseida.
    2135Patro. Ioue blesse great Aiax. Thers. Hum.
    Patr. I comc from the worthy Achilles.
    Thers. Ha?
    Patr. Who most humbly desires you to inuite Hector to
    2140Thers. Hum?
    Patr. And to procure safe conduct from Agamemnon.
    Thers. Agamemnon?
    Patr. I my Lord. Thers. Ha?
    Patr. What say you too't.
    Thers. God buy you with all my heart.
    Patr. Your answer sir.
    Thers. If to morrow be a faire day, by a leuen of the clock
    2150it will goe one way or other, howsoeuer he shall pay for me
    ere hee ha's me.
    Patr. Your answer sir.
    Thers. Fare yee well with all my heart.
    Achil. Why, but he is not in this tune, is he?
    2155Thers. No: but out of tune thus. What musick will be in
    him, when Hector ha's knockt out his braines, I know not.
    But I am sure none, vnlesse the fidler Apollo get his sinnews
    to make Catlings on.
    Achil. Come, thou shalt beare a letter to him straight.
    Thers. Let mee beare another to his horse, for thats the
    more capable creature.
    Achil. My minde is troubled like a fountaine stird,
    And I myselse see not the bottome of it.
    2165Thers. Would the fountaine of your minde were cleere
    againe, that I might water an Asse at it, I had rather be a tick
    in a sheepe, then such a valiant ignorance.
    Enter at one doore Æneas, at another Paris, Deiphobus,
    Autemor, Diomed the Grecian with torches.
    Paris. See ho? who is that there?
    Deiph. It is the Lord Æneas.
    Æne. Is the Prince there in person?
    Had I so good occasion to lye long
    2175As your prince Paris, nothing but heauenly businesse,
    Should rob my bed mate of my company.
    Dio. That's my minde too? good morrow Lord Æneas.
    Paris. A valiant Greeke Æneas take his hand.