Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Editor’s NoteEnter Ajax armed, Achilles, Patroclus, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Ulysses, Nestor, Calchas, [a trumpeter,] and othersEditor’s Note1
agamemnon Here art thou in appointment fresh and fair,
Editor’s Note2Anticipating time with starting courage.
3Give with thy trumpet a loud note to Troy,
4Thou dreadful Ajax, that the appallèd air
5May pierce the head of the great combatant
Editor’s Note6And hale him hither.
ajax Thou trumpet, there's my purse.[He gives the trumpeter money]
pg 1967Editor’s Note7Now crack thy lungs and split thy brazen pipe.
Editor’s Note8Blow, villain, till thy spherèd bias cheek
Editor’s Note9Outswell the colic of puffed Aquilon.
10Come, stretch thy chest, and let thy eyes spout blood.
11Thou blowest for Hector.[The trumpet sounds]12
ulysses No trumpet answers.13
achilles 'Tis but early days.14
agamemnon Is not yond Diomed with Calchas' daughter?Editor’s Note15
ulysses 'Tis he; I ken the manner of his gait.
16He rises on the toe. That spirit of his
17In aspiration lifts him from the earth.[Enter Diomed and Cressid]18
agamemnon Is this the Lady Cressid?
diomed Even she.19
agamemnon Most dearly welcome to the Greeks, sweet lady.[He kisses her]20
nestor Our general doth salute you with a kiss.Editor’s Note21
ulysses Yet is the kindness but particular.
22'Twere better she were kissed in general.23
nestor And very courtly counsel. I'll begin.[He kisses her]
24So much for Nestor.Editor’s Note25
achilles I'll take that winter from your lips, fair lady.
26Achilles bids you welcome.[He kisses her]Editor’s Note27
menelaus I had good argument for kissing once.28
patroclus But that's no argument for kissing now,
Editor’s Note29For thus popped Paris in his hardiment,[He steps between Menelaus and Cressid]
30And parted thus you and your argument.[He kisses her]31
ulysses O deadly gall, and theme of all our scorns,
32For which we lose our heads to gild his horns!33
patroclus The first was Menelaus' kiss; this mine.
Editor’s Note34Patroclus kisses you.[He kisses her again]
menelaus O, this is trim!Editor’s Note35
patroclus [to Cressid] Paris and I kiss evermore for him.36
menelaus I'll have my kiss, sir.—Lady, by your leave.Editor’s Note38
menelaus Both take and give.
cressid I'll make my match to live,
39The kiss you take is better than you give;
40Therefore no kiss.Editor’s Note41
menelaus I'll give you boot: I'll give you three for one.Editor’s Note42
cressid You are an odd man. Give even or give none.43
menelaus An odd man, lady? Every man is odd.44
cressid No, Paris is not; for you know 'tis true
Editor’s Note45That you are odd, and he is even with you.Editor’s Note46
menelaus You fillip me o'th' head.
cressid No, I'll be sworn.Editor’s Note47
ulysses It were no match, your nail against his horn.
48May I, sweet lady, beg a kiss of you?49
cressid You may.
ulysses I do desire it.
cressid Why, beg then too.Editor’s Note50
ulysses Why then, for Venus' sake, give me a kiss
Editor’s Note51When Helen is a maid again, and his.52
cressid I am your debtor; claim it when 'tis due.Editor’s Note54
diomed Lady, a word. I'll bring you to your father.Editor’s Note55
nestor [to Ulysses] A woman of quick sense.
ulysses Fie, fie, upon her!
56There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip;
57Nay, her foot speaks. Her wanton spirits look out
Editor’s Note58At every joint and motive of her body.
Editor’s Note59O, these encounterers, so glib of tongue,
Editor’s Note60That give accosting welcome ere it comes,
Editor’s Note61And wide unclasp the tables of their thoughts
Editor’s Note62To every ticklish reader! Set them down
Editor’s Note63For sluttish spoils of opportunity,
Editor’s Note64And daughters of the game.Editor’s NoteExeunt [Diomed and Cressid] Flourish. Enter all of Troy: Hector [armed], Paris, Aeneas, [Troilus,] Helenus, and attendantsEditor’s Note65
all The Trojans' trumpet.
agamemnon Yonder comes the troop.Editor’s Note66
aeneas Hail, all you state of Greece! What shall be done
67To him that victory commands? Or do you purpose
pg 1969Editor’s Note68A victor shall be known? Will you the knights
Editor’s Note69Shall to the edge of all extremity
70Pursue each other, or shall they be divided
Editor’s Note71By any voice or order of the field?
72Hector bade ask.
agamemnon Which way would Hector have it?Editor’s Note73
aeneas He cares not; he'll obey conditïons.Editor’s Note74
achilles 'Tis done like Hector—but securely done,
Editor’s Note75A little proudly, and great deal disprising
76The knight opposed.
aeneas If not Achilles, sir,
77What is your name?
achilles If not Achilles, nothing.78
aeneas Therefore Achilles. But whate'er, know this:
79In the extremity of great and little
80Valour and pride excel themselves in Hector,
81The one almost as infinite as all,
82The other blank as nothing. Weigh him well,
83And that which looks like pride is courtesy.
Editor’s Note84This Ajax is half made of Hector's blood;
85In love whereof half Hector stays at home;
86Half heart, half hand, half Hector comes to seek
87This blended knight, half Trojan and half Greek.Editor’s Note88
achilles A maiden battle then? O, I perceive you.[Enter Diomed]89
agamemnon Here is Sir Diomed. [To Diomed] Go, gentle knight,
90Stand by our Ajax. As you and Lord Aeneas
91Consent upon the order of their fight,
92So be it: either to the uttermost
Editor’s Note93Or else a breath. The combatants being kin
94Half stints their strife before their strokes begin.Editor’s Note95
ulysses They are opposed already.Editor’s Note96
agamemnon What Trojan is that same that looks so heavy?97
ulysses The youngest son of Priam, a true knight.
98They call him Troilus.
99Not yet mature, yet matchless, firm of word;
Editor’s Note100Speaking in deeds, and deedless in his tongue;
101Not soon provoked, nor being provoked soon calmed;
Editor’s Note102His heart and hand both open, and both free.
103For what he has, he gives, what thinks, he shows;
104Yet gives he not till judgement guide his bounty,
Editor’s Note105Nor dignifies an impair thought with breath;
106Manly as Hector, but more dangerous;
Editor’s Note107For Hector in his blaze of wrath subscribes
Editor’s Note109Is more vindicative than jealous love.
110They call him Troilus, and on him erect
111A second hope as fairly built as Hector.
112Thus says Aeneas, one that knows the youth
Editor’s Note113Even to his inches, and with private soul
Editor’s Note114Did in great Ilium thus translate him to me.Editor’s NoteAlarum. [Hector and Ajax fight]115
agamemnon They are in action.116
nestor Now, Ajax, hold thine own!117
troilus Hector, thou sleep'st. Awake thee!119
diomed [to Hector and Ajax] You must no more.
aeneas [to Hector and Ajax] Princes, enough, so please you.120
ajax I am not warm yet. Let us fight again.121
diomed As Hector pleases.
hector Why then, will I no more.
122Thou art, great lord, my father's sister's son,
Editor’s Note123A cousin-german to great Priam's seed.
124The obligation of our blood forbids
Editor’s Note125A gory emulation 'twixt us twain.
Editor’s Note126Were thy commixtion Greek and Trojan so
127That thou couldst say, 'This hand is Grecian all,
128And this is Trojan, the sinews of this leg
129All Greek, and this all Troy, my mother's blood
Editor’s Note130Runs on the dexter cheek, and this sinìster
Editor’s Note131Bounds in my father's', by Jove multipotent,
132Thou shouldst not bear from me a Greekish member
Editor’s Note133Wherein my sword had not impressure made
134Of our rank feud. But the just gods gainsay
135That any drop thou borrowd'st from thy mother,
136My sacred aunt, should by my mortal sword
137Be drained. Let me embrace thee, Ajax.
Editor’s Note138By him that thunders, thou hast lusty arms.
Editor’s Note139Hector would have them fall upon him thus.
140Cousin, all honour to thee.
ajax I thank thee, Hector,
Editor’s Note141Thou art too gentle and too free a man.
142I came to kill thee, cousin, and bear hence
Editor’s Note143A great addition earnèd in thy death.Editor’s Note144
hector Not Neoptolemus so mirable,
Editor’s Note145On whose bright crest Fame with her loud'st 'Oyez's
147A thought of added honour torn from Hector.148
aeneas There is expectance here from both the sides.
149What further you will do?
hector We'll answer it:
Editor’s Note150The issue is embracement. Ajax, farewell.151
ajax If I might in entreaties find success,
Editor’s Note152As seld I have the chance, I would desire
153My famous cousin to our Grecian tents.154
diomed 'Tis Agamemnon's wish, and great Achilles
155Doth long to see unarmed the valiant Hector.156
hector Aeneas, call my brother Troilus to me,
157And signify this loving interview
Editor’s Note158To the expecters of our Trojan part.
Editor’s Note159Desire them home. Give me thy hand, my cousin.
160I will go eat with thee and see your knights.Editor’s NoteAgamemnon and the rest [come forward]161
ajax Great Agamemnon comes to meet us here.Editor’s Note162
hector [to Aeneas] The worthiest of them tell me name by name.
163But for Achilles, mine own searching eyes
Editor’s Note164Shall find him by his large and portly size.165
agamemnon Worthy of arms, as welcome as to one
166That would be rid of such an enemy.
167But that's no welcome. Understand more clear,
168What's past and what's to come is strewed with husks
169And formless ruin of oblivïon;
Editor’s Note170But in this extant moment faith and troth,
Editor’s Note171Strained purely from all hollow bias-drawing,
172Bids thee, with most divine integrity,
173From heart of very heart, great Hector, welcome.Editor’s Note174
hector I thank thee, most imperious Agamemnon.Link 175
agamemnon [to Troilus] My well-famed lord of Troy, no less to you.176
menelaus Let me confirm my princely brother's greeting.
Editor’s Note177You brace of warlike brothers, welcome hither.178
hector [to Aeneas] Who must we answer?
aeneas The noble Menelaus.Editor’s Note179
hector [to Menelaus] O you, my lord! By Mars his gauntlet, thanks.
Editor’s Note180Mock not that I affect th'untraded oath.
Editor’s Note181Your quondam wife swears still by Venus' glove.
182She's well, but bade me not commend her to you.183
menelaus Name her not now, sir; she's a deadly theme.184
hector O pardon, I offend.185
nestor I have, thou gallant Trojan, seen thee oft
Editor’s Note186Labouring for destiny, make cruel way
Editor’s Note188As hot as Perseus, spur thy Phrygian steed;
Editor’s Note189And seen thee scorning forfeits and subduements,
Editor’s Note190When thou hast hung thy advancèd sword i'th' air,
Editor’s Note191Not letting it decline on the declined,
192That I have said unto my standers-by,
Editor’s Note193'Lo, Jupiter is yonder, dealing life.'
194And I have seen thee pause and take thy breath
195When that a ring of Greeks have hemmed thee in,
Editor’s Note196Like an Olympian wrestling. This have I seen.
Editor’s Note197But this thy countenance, still locked in steel,
Editor’s Note198I never saw till now. I knew thy grandsire,
199And once fought with him. He was a soldier good,
200But, by great Mars, the captain of us all,
201Never like thee. Let an old man embrace thee;
202And, worthy warrior, welcome to our tents.203
aeneas [to Hector] 'Tis the old Nestor.204
hector Let me embrace thee, good old chronicle,
205That hast so long walked hand in hand with time.
206Most reverend Nestor, I am glad to clasp thee.[He embraces Nestor]207
nestor I would my arms could match thee in contention
208As they contend with thee in courtesy.209
hector I would they could.210
nestor Ha, by this white beard, I'd fight with thee tomorrow!
211Well, welcome, welcome! I have seen the time.212
ulysses [to Hector] I wonder now how yonder city stands
213When we have here her base and pillar by us.Editor’s Note214
hector I know your favour, Lord Ulysses, well.
215Ah sir, there's many a Greek and Trojan dead
216Since first I saw yourself and Diomed
217In Ilium on your Greekish embassy.218
ulysses Sir, I foretold you then what would ensue.
219My prophecy is but half his journey yet;
220For yonder walls that pertly front your town,
Editor’s Note221Yond towers whose wanton tops do buss the clouds,
222Must kiss their own feet.
hector I must not believe you.
223There they stand yet, and modestly I think
224The fall of every Phrygian stone will cost
Editor’s Note225A drop of Grecian blood. The end crowns all,
Editor’s Note226And that old common arbitrator Time
227Will one day end it.
ulysses So to him we leave it.
pg 1973Editor’s Note228Most gentle and most valiant Hector, welcome.
229After the general, I beseech you next
230To feast with me and see me at my tent.Editor’s Note231
achilles I shall forestall thee, Lord Ulysses. [To Hector] Thou!
232Now, Hector, I have fed mine eyes on thee.
233I have with èxact view perused thee, Hector,
Editor’s Note234And quoted joint by joint.235
hector Is this Achilles?236
achilles I am Achilles.Editor’s Note237
hector Stand fair, I prithee; let me look on thee.238
achilles Behold thy fill.
hector Nay, I have done already.239
achilles Thou art too brief. I will the second time,
240As I would buy thee, view thee limb by limb.Editor’s Note241
hector O, like a book of sport thou'lt read me o'er!
242But there's more in me than thou understand'st.
Editor’s Note243Why dost thou so oppress me with thine eye?244
achilles Tell me, you heavens, in which part of his body
245Shall I destroy him? Whether there, or there, or there?—
246That I may give the local wound a name,
247And make distinct the very breach whereout
Editor’s Note248Hector's great spirit flew. Answer me, heavens.249
hector It would discredit the blest gods, proud man,
Editor’s Note250To answer such a question. Stand again.
Editor’s Note251Think'st thou to catch my life so pleasantly
Editor’s Note252As to prenominate in nice conjecture
253Where thou wilt hit me dead?
achilles I tell thee, yea.254
hector Wert thou the oracle to tell me so,
255I'd not believe thee. Henceforth guard thee well,
256For I'll not kill thee there, nor there, nor there,
Editor’s Note257But, by the forge that stythied Mars his helm,
258I'll kill thee everywhere, yea, o'er and o'er.
259You wisest Grecians, pardon me this brag.
260His insolence draws folly from my lips,
261But I'll endeavour deeds to match these words,
262Or may I never—
ajax Do not chafe thee, cousin.—
263And you, Achilles, let these threats alone
264Till accident or purpose bring you to't.
265You may have every day enough of Hector
Editor’s Note266If you have stomach. The general state, I fear,
Editor’s Note267Can scarce entreat you to be odd with him.268
hector [to Achilles] I pray you, let us see you in the field.
Editor’s Note269We have had pelting wars since you refused
achilles Dost thou entreat me, Hector?
Editor’s Note271Tomorrow do I meet thee fell as death;
Editor’s Note272Tonight, all friends.
hector Thy hand upon that match.273
agamemnon First, all you peers of Greece, go to my tent;
Editor’s Note274There in the full convive you. Afterwards,
275As Hector's leisure and your bounties shall
Editor’s Note276Concur together, severally entreat him.
Editor’s Note277Beat loud the taborins, let the trumpets blow,
278That this great soldier may his welcome know.Editor’s Note[Flourish.] Exeunt [all but Troilus and Ulysses]279
troilus My lord Ulysses, tell me, I beseech you,
Editor’s Note280In what place of the field doth Calchas keep?281
ulysses At Menelaus' tent, most princely Troilus.
282There Diomed doth feast with him tonight,
283Who neither looks on heaven nor on earth,
Editor’s Note284But gives all gaze and bent of amorous view
285On the fair Cressid.286
troilus Shall I, sweet lord, be bound to thee so much,
287After we part from Agamemnon's tent,
288To bring me thither?
ulysses You shall command me, sir.
Editor’s Note289As gentle tell me, of what honour was
290This Cressida in Troy? Had she no lover there
291That wails her absence?