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ACT IV - SCENE I. Troy. A street.
PARIS
1    See, ho! who is that there?
DEIPHOBUS
2    It is the Lord AEneas.
AENEAS
3    Is the prince there in person?
4    Had I so good occasion to lie long
5    As you, prince Paris, nothing but heavenly business
6    Should rob my bed-mate of my company.
DIOMEDES
7    That's my mind too. Good morrow, Lord AEneas.
PARIS
8    A valiant Greek, AEneas,--take his hand,--
9    Witness the process of your speech, wherein
10   You told how Diomed, a whole week by days,
11   Did haunt you in the field.
AENEAS
12   Health to you, valiant sir,
13   During all question of the gentle truce;
14   But when I meet you arm'd, as black defiance
15   As heart can think or courage execute.
DIOMEDES
16   The one and other Diomed embraces.
17   Our bloods are now in calm; and, so long, health!
18   But when contention and occasion meet,
19   By Jove, I'll play the hunter for thy life
20   With all my force, pursuit and policy.
AENEAS
21   And thou shalt hunt a lion, that will fly
22   With his face backward. In humane gentleness,
23   Welcome to Troy! now, by Anchises' life,
24   Welcome, indeed! By Venus' hand I swear,
25   No man alive can love in such a sort
26   The thing he means to kill more excellently.
DIOMEDES
27   We sympathize: Jove, let AEneas live,
28   If to my sword his fate be not the glory,
29   A thousand complete courses of the sun!
30   But, in mine emulous honour, let him die,
31   With every joint a wound, and that to-morrow!
AENEAS
32   We know each other well.
DIOMEDES
33   We do; and long to know each other worse.
PARIS
34   This is the most despiteful gentle greeting,
35   The noblest hateful love, that e'er I heard of.
36   What business, lord, so early?
AENEAS
37   I was sent for to the king; but why, I know not.
PARIS
38   His purpose meets you: 'twas to bring this Greek
39   To Calchas' house, and there to render him,
40   For the enfreed Antenor, the fair Cressid:
41   Let's have your company, or, if you please,
42   Haste there before us: I constantly do think--
43   Or rather, call my thought a certain knowledge--
44   My brother Troilus lodges there to-night:
45   Rouse him and give him note of our approach.
46   With the whole quality wherefore: I fear
47   We shall be much unwelcome.
AENEAS
48   That I assure you:
49   Troilus had rather Troy were borne to Greece
50   Than Cressid borne from Troy.
PARIS
51   There is no help;
52   The bitter disposition of the time
53   Will have it so. On, lord; we'll follow you.
AENEAS
54   Good morrow, all.
Exit with Servant

PARIS
55   And tell me, noble Diomed, faith, tell me true,
56   Even in the soul of sound good-fellowship,
57   Who, in your thoughts, merits fair Helen best,
58   Myself or Menelaus?
DIOMEDES
59   Both alike:
60   He merits well to have her, that doth seek her,
61   Not making any scruple of her soilure,
62   With such a hell of pain and world of charge,
63   And you as well to keep her, that defend her,
64   Not palating the taste of her dishonour,
65   With such a costly loss of wealth and friends:
66   He, like a puling cuckold, would drink up
67   The lees and dregs of a flat tamed piece;
68   You, like a lecher, out of whorish loins
69   Are pleased to breed out your inheritors:
70   Both merits poised, each weighs nor less nor more;
71   But he as he, the heavier for a whore.
PARIS
72   You are too bitter to your countrywoman.
DIOMEDES
73   She's bitter to her country: hear me, Paris:
74   For every false drop in her bawdy veins
75   A Grecian's life hath sunk; for every scruple
76   Of her contaminated carrion weight,
77   A Trojan hath been slain: since she could speak,
78   She hath not given so many good words breath
79   As for her Greeks and Trojans suffer'd death.
PARIS
80   Fair Diomed, you do as chapmen do,
81   Dispraise the thing that you desire to buy:
82   But we in silence hold this virtue well,
83   We'll but commend what we intend to sell.
84   Here lies our way.
Exeunt

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  • ACT IV
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  • 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
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