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ACT III - SCENE I. Troy. Priam's palace.
Enter a Servant and PANDARUS

PANDARUS
1    Friend, you! pray you, a word: do not you follow
2    the young Lord Paris?
Servant
3    Ay, sir, when he goes before me.
PANDARUS
4    You depend upon him, I mean?
Servant
5    Sir, I do depend upon the lord.
PANDARUS
6    You depend upon a noble gentleman; I must needs
7    praise him.
Servant
8    The lord be praised!
PANDARUS
9    You know me, do you not?
Servant
10   Faith, sir, superficially.
PANDARUS
11   Friend, know me better; I am the Lord Pandarus.
Servant
12   I hope I shall know your honour better.
PANDARUS
13   I do desire it.
Servant
14   You are in the state of grace.
PANDARUS
15   Grace! not so, friend: honour and lordship are my titles.
Music within
16   What music is this?
Servant
17   I do but partly know, sir: it is music in parts.
PANDARUS
18   Know you the musicians?
Servant
19   Wholly, sir.
PANDARUS
20   Who play they to?
Servant
21   To the hearers, sir.
PANDARUS
22   At whose pleasure, friend
Servant
23   At mine, sir, and theirs that love music.
PANDARUS
24   Command, I mean, friend.
Servant
25   Who shall I command, sir?
PANDARUS
26   Friend, we understand not one another: I am too
27   courtly and thou art too cunning. At whose request
28   do these men play?
Servant
29   That's to 't indeed, sir: marry, sir, at the request
30   of Paris my lord, who's there in person; with him,
31   the mortal Venus, the heart-blood of beauty, love's
32   invisible soul,--
PANDARUS
33   Who, my cousin Cressida?
Servant
34   No, sir, Helen: could you not find out that by her
35   attributes?
PANDARUS
36   It should seem, fellow, that thou hast not seen the
37   Lady Cressida. I come to speak with Paris from the
38   Prince Troilus: I will make a complimental assault
39   upon him, for my business seethes.
Servant
40   Sodden business! there's a stewed phrase indeed!
Enter PARIS and HELEN, attended

PANDARUS
41   Fair be to you, my lord, and to all this fair
42   company! fair desires, in all fair measure,
43   fairly guide them! especially to you, fair queen!
44   fair thoughts be your fair pillow!
HELEN
45   Dear lord, you are full of fair words.
PANDARUS
46   You speak your fair pleasure, sweet queen. Fair
47   prince, here is good broken music.
PARIS
48   You have broke it, cousin: and, by my life, you
49   shall make it whole again; you shall piece it out
50   with a piece of your performance. Nell, he is full
51   of harmony.
PANDARUS
52   Truly, lady, no.
HELEN
53   O, sir,--
PANDARUS
54   Rude, in sooth; in good sooth, very rude.
PARIS
55   Well said, my lord! well, you say so in fits.
PANDARUS
56   I have business to my lord, dear queen. My lord,
57   will you vouchsafe me a word?
HELEN
58   Nay, this shall not hedge us out: we'll hear you
59   sing, certainly.
PANDARUS
60   Well, sweet queen. you are pleasant with me. But,
61   marry, thus, my lord: my dear lord and most esteemed
62   friend, your brother Troilus,--
HELEN
63   My Lord Pandarus; honey-sweet lord,--
PANDARUS
64   Go to, sweet queen, to go:--commends himself most
65   affectionately to you,--
HELEN
66   You shall not bob us out of our melody: if you do,
67   our melancholy upon your head!
PANDARUS
68   Sweet queen, sweet queen! that's a sweet queen, i' faith.
HELEN
69   And to make a sweet lady sad is a sour offence.
PANDARUS
70   Nay, that shall not serve your turn; that shall not,
71   in truth, la. Nay, I care not for such words; no,
72   no. And, my lord, he desires you, that if the king
73   call for him at supper, you will make his excuse.
HELEN
74   My Lord Pandarus,--
PANDARUS
75   What says my sweet queen, my very very sweet queen?
PARIS
76   What exploit's in hand? where sups he to-night?
HELEN
77   Nay, but, my lord,--
PANDARUS
78   What says my sweet queen? My cousin will fall out
79   with you. You must not know where he sups.
PARIS
80   I'll lay my life, with my disposer Cressida.
PANDARUS
81   No, no, no such matter; you are wide: come, your
82   disposer is sick.
PARIS
83   Well, I'll make excuse.
PANDARUS
84   Ay, good my lord. Why should you say Cressida? no,
85   your poor disposer's sick.
PARIS
86   I spy.
PANDARUS
87   You spy! what do you spy? Come, give me an
88   instrument. Now, sweet queen.
HELEN
89   Why, this is kindly done.
PANDARUS
90   My niece is horribly in love with a thing you have,
91   sweet queen.
HELEN
92   She shall have it, my lord, if it be not my lord Paris.
PANDARUS
93   He! no, she'll none of him; they two are twain.
HELEN
94   Falling in, after falling out, may make them three.
PANDARUS
95   Come, come, I'll hear no more of this; I'll sing
96   you a song now.
HELEN
97   Ay, ay, prithee now. By my troth, sweet lord, thou
98   hast a fine forehead.
PANDARUS
99   Ay, you may, you may.
HELEN
100  Let thy song be love: this love will undo us all.
101  O Cupid, Cupid, Cupid!
PANDARUS
102  Love! ay, that it shall, i' faith.
PARIS
103  Ay, good now, love, love, nothing but love.
PANDARUS
104  In good troth, it begins so.
Sings
105  Love, love, nothing but love, still more!
106  For, O, love's bow
107  Shoots buck and doe:
108  The shaft confounds,
109  Not that it wounds,
110  But tickles still the sore.
111  These lovers cry Oh! oh! they die!
112  Yet that which seems the wound to kill,
113  Doth turn oh! oh! to ha! ha! he!
114  So dying love lives still:
115  Oh! oh! a while, but ha! ha! ha!
116  Oh! oh! groans out for ha! ha! ha!
117  Heigh-ho!
HELEN
118  In love, i' faith, to the very tip of the nose.
PARIS
119  He eats nothing but doves, love, and that breeds hot
120  blood, and hot blood begets hot thoughts, and hot
121  thoughts beget hot deeds, and hot deeds is love.
PANDARUS
122  Is this the generation of love? hot blood, hot
123  thoughts, and hot deeds? Why, they are vipers:
124  is love a generation of vipers? Sweet lord, who's
125  a-field to-day?
PARIS
126  Hector, Deiphobus, Helenus, Antenor, and all the
127  gallantry of Troy: I would fain have armed to-day,
128  but my Nell would not have it so. How chance my
129  brother Troilus went not?
HELEN
130  He hangs the lip at something: you know all, Lord Pandarus.
PANDARUS
131  Not I, honey-sweet queen. I long to hear how they
132  sped to-day. You'll remember your brother's excuse?
PARIS
133  To a hair.
PANDARUS
134  Farewell, sweet queen.
HELEN
135  Commend me to your niece.
PANDARUS
136  I will, sweet queen.
Exit

A retreat sounded

PARIS
137  They're come from field: let us to Priam's hall,
138  To greet the warriors. Sweet Helen, I must woo you
139  To help unarm our Hector: his stubborn buckles,
140  With these your white enchanting fingers touch'd,
141  Shall more obey than to the edge of steel
142  Or force of Greekish sinews; you shall do more
143  Than all the island kings,--disarm great Hector.
HELEN
144  'Twill make us proud to be his servant, Paris;
145  Yea, what he shall receive of us in duty
146  Gives us more palm in beauty than we have,
147  Yea, overshines ourself.
PARIS
148  Sweet, above thought I love thee.
Exeunt

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  • ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X

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