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ACT III - SCENE II. The same. Pandarus' orchard.
Enter PANDARUS and Troilus's Boy, meeting

PANDARUS
1    How now! where's thy master? at my cousin
2    Cressida's?
Boy
3    No, sir; he stays for you to conduct him thither.
PANDARUS
4    O, here he comes.
Enter TROILUS
5    How now, how now!
TROILUS
6    Sirrah, walk off.
Exit Boy

PANDARUS
7    Have you seen my cousin?
TROILUS
8    No, Pandarus: I stalk about her door,
9    Like a strange soul upon the Stygian banks
10   Staying for waftage. O, be thou my Charon,
11   And give me swift transportance to those fields
12   Where I may wallow in the lily-beds
13   Proposed for the deserver! O gentle Pandarus,
14   From Cupid's shoulder pluck his painted wings
15   And fly with me to Cressid!
PANDARUS
16   Walk here i' the orchard, I'll bring her straight.
Exit

TROILUS
17   I am giddy; expectation whirls me round.
18   The imaginary relish is so sweet
19   That it enchants my sense: what will it be,
20   When that the watery palate tastes indeed
21   Love's thrice repured nectar? death, I fear me,
22   Swooning destruction, or some joy too fine,
23   Too subtle-potent, tuned too sharp in sweetness,
24   For the capacity of my ruder powers:
25   I fear it much; and I do fear besides,
26   That I shall lose distinction in my joys;
27   As doth a battle, when they charge on heaps
28   The enemy flying.
Re-enter PANDARUS

PANDARUS
29   She's making her ready, she'll come straight: you
30   must be witty now. She does so blush, and fetches
31   her wind so short, as if she were frayed with a
32   sprite: I'll fetch her. It is the prettiest
33   villain: she fetches her breath as short as a
34   new-ta'en sparrow.
Exit

TROILUS
35   Even such a passion doth embrace my bosom:
36   My heart beats thicker than a feverous pulse;
37   And all my powers do their bestowing lose,
38   Like vassalage at unawares encountering
39   The eye of majesty.
Re-enter PANDARUS with CRESSIDA

PANDARUS
40   Come, come, what need you blush? shame's a baby.
41   Here she is now: swear the oaths now to her that
42   you have sworn to me. What, are you gone again?
43   you must be watched ere you be made tame, must you?
44   Come your ways, come your ways; an you draw backward,
45   we'll put you i' the fills. Why do you not speak to
46   her? Come, draw this curtain, and let's see your
47   picture. Alas the day, how loath you are to offend
48   daylight! an 'twere dark, you'ld close sooner.
49   So, so; rub on, and kiss the mistress. How now!
50   a kiss in fee-farm! build there, carpenter; the air
51   is sweet. Nay, you shall fight your hearts out ere
52   I part you. The falcon as the tercel, for all the
53   ducks i' the river: go to, go to.
TROILUS
54   You have bereft me of all words, lady.
PANDARUS
55   Words pay no debts, give her deeds: but she'll
56   bereave you o' the deeds too, if she call your
57   activity in question. What, billing again? Here's
58   'In witness whereof the parties interchangeably'--
59   Come in, come in: I'll go get a fire.
Exit

CRESSIDA
60   Will you walk in, my lord?
TROILUS
61   O Cressida, how often have I wished me thus!
CRESSIDA
62   Wished, my lord! The gods grant,--O my lord!
TROILUS
63   What should they grant? what makes this pretty
64   abruption? What too curious dreg espies my sweet
65   lady in the fountain of our love?
CRESSIDA
66   More dregs than water, if my fears have eyes.
TROILUS
67   Fears make devils of cherubims; they never see truly.
CRESSIDA
68   Blind fear, that seeing reason leads, finds safer
69   footing than blind reason stumbling without fear: to
70   fear the worst oft cures the worse.
TROILUS
71   O, let my lady apprehend no fear: in all Cupid's
72   pageant there is presented no monster.
CRESSIDA
73   Nor nothing monstrous neither?
TROILUS
74   Nothing, but our undertakings; when we vow to weep
75   seas, live in fire, eat rocks, tame tigers; thinking
76   it harder for our mistress to devise imposition
77   enough than for us to undergo any difficulty imposed.
78   This is the monstruosity in love, lady, that the will
79   is infinite and the execution confined, that the
80   desire is boundless and the act a slave to limit.
CRESSIDA
81   They say all lovers swear more performance than they
82   are able and yet reserve an ability that they never
83   perform, vowing more than the perfection of ten and
84   discharging less than the tenth part of one. They
85   that have the voice of lions and the act of hares,
86   are they not monsters?
TROILUS
87   Are there such? such are not we: praise us as we
88   are tasted, allow us as we prove; our head shall go
89   bare till merit crown it: no perfection in reversion
90   shall have a praise in present: we will not name
91   desert before his birth, and, being born, his addition
92   shall be humble. Few words to fair faith: Troilus
93   shall be such to Cressid as what envy can say worst
94   shall be a mock for his truth, and what truth can
95   speak truest not truer than Troilus.
CRESSIDA
96   Will you walk in, my lord?
Re-enter PANDARUS

PANDARUS
97   What, blushing still? have you not done talking yet?
CRESSIDA
98   Well, uncle, what folly I commit, I dedicate to you.
PANDARUS
99   I thank you for that: if my lord get a boy of you,
100  you'll give him me. Be true to my lord: if he
101  flinch, chide me for it.
TROILUS
102  You know now your hostages; your uncle's word and my
103  firm faith.
PANDARUS
104  Nay, I'll give my word for her too: our kindred,
105  though they be long ere they are wooed, they are
106  constant being won: they are burs, I can tell you;
107  they'll stick where they are thrown.
CRESSIDA
108  Boldness comes to me now, and brings me heart.
109  Prince Troilus, I have loved you night and day
110  For many weary months.
TROILUS
111  Why was my Cressid then so hard to win?
CRESSIDA
112  Hard to seem won: but I was won, my lord,
113  With the first glance that ever--pardon me--
114  If I confess much, you will play the tyrant.
115  I love you now; but not, till now, so much
116  But I might master it: in faith, I lie;
117  My thoughts were like unbridled children, grown
118  Too headstrong for their mother. See, we fools!
119  Why have I blabb'd? who shall be true to us,
120  When we are so unsecret to ourselves?
121  But, though I loved you well, I woo'd you not;
122  And yet, good faith, I wish'd myself a man,
123  Or that we women had men's privilege
124  Of speaking first. Sweet, bid me hold my tongue,
125  For in this rapture I shall surely speak
126  The thing I shall repent. See, see, your silence,
127  Cunning in dumbness, from my weakness draws
128  My very soul of counsel! stop my mouth.
TROILUS
129  And shall, albeit sweet music issues thence.
PANDARUS
130  Pretty, i' faith.
CRESSIDA
131  My lord, I do beseech you, pardon me;
132  'Twas not my purpose, thus to beg a kiss:
133  I am ashamed. O heavens! what have I done?
134  For this time will I take my leave, my lord.
TROILUS
135  Your leave, sweet Cressid!
PANDARUS
136  Leave! an you take leave till to-morrow morning,--
CRESSIDA
137  Pray you, content you.
TROILUS
138  What offends you, lady?
CRESSIDA
139  Sir, mine own company.
TROILUS
140  You cannot shun Yourself.
CRESSIDA
141  Let me go and try:
142  I have a kind of self resides with you;
143  But an unkind self, that itself will leave,
144  To be another's fool. I would be gone:
145  Where is my wit? I know not what I speak.
TROILUS
146  Well know they what they speak that speak so wisely.
CRESSIDA
147  Perchance, my lord, I show more craft than love;
148  And fell so roundly to a large confession,
149  To angle for your thoughts: but you are wise,
150  Or else you love not, for to be wise and love
151  Exceeds man's might; that dwells with gods above.
TROILUS
152  O that I thought it could be in a woman--
153  As, if it can, I will presume in you--
154  To feed for aye her ramp and flames of love;
155  To keep her constancy in plight and youth,
156  Outliving beauty's outward, with a mind
157  That doth renew swifter than blood decays!
158  Or that persuasion could but thus convince me,
159  That my integrity and truth to you
160  Might be affronted with the match and weight
161  Of such a winnow'd purity in love;
162  How were I then uplifted! but, alas!
163  I am as true as truth's simplicity
164  And simpler than the infancy of truth.
CRESSIDA
165  In that I'll war with you.
TROILUS
166  O virtuous fight,
167  When right with right wars who shall be most right!
168  True swains in love shall in the world to come
169  Approve their truths by Troilus: when their rhymes,
170  Full of protest, of oath and big compare,
171  Want similes, truth tired with iteration,
172  As true as steel, as plantage to the moon,
173  As sun to day, as turtle to her mate,
174  As iron to adamant, as earth to the centre,
175  Yet, after all comparisons of truth,
176  As truth's authentic author to be cited,
177  'As true as Troilus' shall crown up the verse,
178  And sanctify the numbers.
CRESSIDA
179  Prophet may you be!
180  If I be false, or swerve a hair from truth,
181  When time is old and hath forgot itself,
182  When waterdrops have worn the stones of Troy,
183  And blind oblivion swallow'd cities up,
184  And mighty states characterless are grated
185  To dusty nothing, yet let memory,
186  From false to false, among false maids in love,
187  Upbraid my falsehood! when they've said 'as false
188  As air, as water, wind, or sandy earth,
189  As fox to lamb, as wolf to heifer's calf,
190  Pard to the hind, or stepdame to her son,'
191  'Yea,' let them say, to stick the heart of falsehood,
192  'As false as Cressid.'
PANDARUS
193  Go to, a bargain made: seal it, seal it; I'll be the
194  witness. Here I hold your hand, here my cousin's.
195  If ever you prove false one to another, since I have
196  taken such pains to bring you together, let all
197  pitiful goers-between be called to the world's end
198  after my name; call them all Pandars; let all
199  constant men be Troiluses, all false women Cressids,
200  and all brokers-between Pandars! say, amen.
TROILUS
201  Amen.
CRESSIDA
202  Amen.
PANDARUS
203  Amen. Whereupon I will show you a chamber with a
204  bed; which bed, because it shall not speak of your
205  pretty encounters, press it to death: away!
206  And Cupid grant all tongue-tied maidens here
207  Bed, chamber, Pandar to provide this gear!
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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