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Troilus and Cressida: Act 3, Scene 2

Troilus and Cressida
Act 3, Scene 2

Troy. Pandarus’ orchard.

  1. Enter Pandarus, Troilus’ Boy, meeting.

Pandarus

2
  1. How now, where’s thy master? At my cousin Cressida’s?

Troilus’s Boy

3
  1. No, sir, he stays for you to conduct him thither.
  1. Enter Troilus.

Pandarus

5
  1. O, here he comes! How now, how now?

Troilus

6
  1. Sirrah, walk off.
  1. Exit Troilus’ Boy.

Pandarus

8
  1. Have you seen my cousin?

Troilus

9 - 16
  1. No, Pandarus, I stalk about her door,
  2. Like to a strange soul upon the Stygian banks
  3. Staying for waftage. O, be thou my Charon,
  4. And give me swift transportance to these fields
  5. Where I may wallow in the lily-beds
  6. Propos’d for the deserver! O gentle Pandar,
  7. From Cupid’s shoulder pluck his painted wings,
  8. And fly with me to Cressid!

Pandarus

17
  1. Walk here i’ th’ orchard, I’ll bring her straight.
  1. Exit.

Troilus

19 - 30
  1. I am giddy; expectation whirls me round;
  2. Th’ imaginary relish is so sweet
  3. That it enchants my sense; what will it be,
  4. When that the wat’ry palates taste indeed
  5. Love’s thrice-repured nectar? Death, I fear me,
  6. Sounding destruction, or some joy too fine,
  7. Too subtle, potent, tun’d too sharp in sweetness
  8. For the capacity of my ruder powers.
  9. I fear it much, and I do fear besides
  10. That I shall lose distinction in my joys,
  11. As doth a battle, when they charge on heaps
  12. The enemy flying.
  1. Enter Pandarus.

Pandarus

32 - 36
  1. She’s making her ready, she’ll come straight. You must be
  2. witty now: she does so blush, and fetches her wind so short,
  3. as if she were fray’d with a spirit. I’ll fetch her. It is
  4. the prettiest villain, she fetches her breath as short as a
  5. new-ta’en sparrow.
  1. Exit.

Troilus

38 - 42
  1. Even such a passion doth embrace my bosom:
  2. My heart beats thicker than a feverous pulse,
  3. And all my powers do their bestowing lose,
  4. Like vassalage at unawares encount’ring
  5. The eye of majesty.
  1. Enter Pandar and Cressida.

Pandarus

44 - 56
  1. Come, come, what need you blush? Shame’s a baby. Here she is
  2. now, swear the oaths now to her that you have sworn to me.
  3. Cressida draws backward.
  4. What, are you gone again? You must be watch’d ere you be
  5. made tame, must you? Come your ways, come your ways; and you
  6. draw backward, we’ll put you i’ th’ fills. Why do you not
  7. speak to her? Come, draw this curtain, and let’s see your
  8. picture. Alas the day, how loath you are to offend daylight!
  9. And ’twere dark you’d close sooner. So, so, rub on and kiss
  10. the mistress. How now, a kiss in fee-farm? Build there,
  11. carpenter, the air is sweet. Nay, you shall fight your
  12. hearts out ere I part youthe falcon as the tercel, for all
  13. the ducks i’ th’ river. Go to, go to.

Troilus

57
  1. You have bereft me of all words, lady.

Pandarus

58 - 61
  1. Words pay no debts, give her deeds; but she’ll bereave you
  2. a’ th’ deeds too, if she call your activity in question.
  3. What, billing again? Here’s In witness whereof the parties
  4. interchangeably”—Come in, come in, I’ll go get a fire.
  1. Exit.

Cressida

63
  1. Will you walk in, my lord?

Troilus

64
  1. O Cressid, how often have I wish’d me thus!

Cressida

65
  1. Wish’d, my lord? The gods grantO my lord!

Troilus

66 - 68
  1. What should they grant? What makes this pretty abruption?
  2. What too curious dreg espies my sweet lady in the fountain
  3. of our love?

Cressida

69
  1. More dregs than water, if my fears have eyes.

Troilus

70
  1. Fears make devils of cherubins, they never see truly.

Cressida

71 - 73
  1. Blind fear that seeing reason leads finds safer footing than
  2. blind reason stumbling without fear. To fear the worst oft
  3. cures the worse.

Troilus

74 - 75
  1. O, let my lady apprehend no fear. In all Cupid’s pageant
  2. there is presented no monster.

Cressida

76
  1. Nor nothing monstrous neither?

Troilus

77 - 82
  1. Nothing but our undertakings, when we vow to weep seas, live
  2. in fire, eat rocks, tame tigers; thinking it harder for our
  3. mistress to devise imposition enough than for us to undergo
  4. any difficulty impos’d. This is the monstruosity in love,
  5. lady, that the will is infinite and the execution confin’d,
  6. that the desire is boundless and the act a slave to limit.

Cressida

83 - 87
  1. They say all lovers swear more performance than they are
  2. able, and yet reserve an ability that they never perform;
  3. vowing more than the perfection of ten, and discharging less
  4. than the tenth part of one. They that have the voice of
  5. lions and the act of hares, are they not monsters?

Troilus

88 - 95
  1. Are there such? Such are not we. Praise us as we are tasted,
  2. allow us as we prove. Our head shall go bare till merit
  3. crown it. No perfection in reversion shall have a praise in
  4. present; we will not name desert before his birth, and being
  5. born, his addition shall be humble. Few words to fair faith.
  6. Troilus shall be such to Cressid as what envy can say worst
  7. shall be a mock for his truth, and what truth can speak
  8. truest not truer than Troilus.

Cressida

96
  1. Will you walk in, my lord?
  1. Enter Pandarus.

Pandarus

98
  1. What, blushing still? Have you not done talking yet?

Cressida

99
  1. Well, uncle, what folly I commit, I dedicate to you.

Pandarus

100 - 102
  1. I thank you for that; if my lord get a boy of you, you’ll
  2. give him me. Be true to my lord; if he flinch, chide me for
  3. it.

Troilus

103 - 104
  1. You know now your hostages: your uncle’s word and my firm
  2. faith.

Pandarus

105 - 108
  1. Nay, I’ll give my word for her too. Our kindred, though they
  2. be long ere they be woo’d, they are constant being won. They
  3. are burs, I can tell you, they’ll stick where they are
  4. thrown.

Cressida

109 - 111
  1. Boldness comes to me now, and brings me heart.
  2. Prince Troilus, I have lov’d you night and day
  3. For many weary months.

Troilus

112
  1. Why was my Cressid then so hard to win?

Cressida

113 - 129
  1. Hard to seem won; but I was won, my lord,
  2. With the first glance that everpardon me,
  3. If I confess much, you will play the tyrant.
  4. I love you now, but till now not so much
  5. But I might master it. In faith I lie,
  6. My thoughts were like unbridled children grown
  7. Too headstrong for their mother. See, we fools!
  8. Why have I blabb’d? Who shall be true to us,
  9. When we are so unsecret to ourselves?
  10. But though I lov’d you well, I woo’d you not,
  11. And yet, good faith, I wish’d myself a man,
  12. Or that we women had men’s privilege
  13. Of speaking first. Sweet, bid me hold my tongue,
  14. For in this rapture I shall surely speak
  15. The thing I shall repent. See, see, your silence,
  16. Cunning in dumbness, from my weakness draws
  17. My very soul of counsel! Stop my mouth.

Troilus

130
  1. And shall, albeit sweet music issues thence.
  1. Kisses her.

Pandarus

132
  1. Pretty, i’ faith.

Cressida

133 - 136
  1. My lord, I do beseech you pardon me,
  2. ’Twas not my purpose thus to beg a kiss.
  3. I am asham’d. O heavens, what have I done!
  4. For this time will I take my leave, my lord.

Troilus

137
  1. Your leave, sweet Cressid!

Pandarus

138
  1. Leave! And you take leave till tomorrow morning

Cressida

139
  1. Pray you content you.

Troilus

140
  1. What offends you, lady?

Cressida

141
  1. Sir, mine own company.

Troilus

142
  1. You cannot shun yourself.

Cressida

143 - 147
  1. Let me go and try.
  2. I have a kind of self resides with you;
  3. But an unkind self, that itself will leave
  4. To be another’s fool. I would be gone.
  5. Where is my wit? I know not what I speak.

Troilus

148
  1. Well know they what they speak that speak so wisely.

Cressida

149 - 153
  1. Perchance, my lord, I show more craft than love,
  2. And fell so roundly to a large confession,
  3. To angle for your thoughts, but you are wise,
  4. Or else you love not; for to be wise and love
  5. Exceeds man’s might; that dwells with gods above.

Troilus

154 - 166
  1. O that I thought it could be in a woman
  2. As, if it can, I will presume in you
  3. To feed for aye her lamp and flames of love,
  4. To keep her constancy in plight and youth,
  5. Outliving beauties outward, with a mind
  6. That doth renew swifter than blood decays!
  7. Or that persuasion could but thus convince me
  8. That my integrity and truth to you
  9. Might be affronted with the match and weight
  10. Of such a winnowed purity in love!
  11. How were I then uplifted! But alas,
  12. I am as true as truth’s simplicity,
  13. And simpler than the infancy of truth.

Cressida

167
  1. In that I’ll war with you.

Troilus

168 - 180
  1.                            O virtuous fight,
  2. When right with right wars who shall be most right!
  3. True swains in love shall in the world to come
  4. Approve their truth by Troilus. When their rhymes,
  5. Full of protest, of oath and big compare,
  6. Wants similes, truth tir’d with iteration,
  7. As true as steel, as plantage to the moon,
  8. As sun to day, as turtle to her mate,
  9. As iron to adamant, as earth to th’ center,
  10. Yet after all comparisons of truth
  11. (As truth’s authentic author to be cited)
  12. As true as Troilus shall crown up the verse,
  13. And sanctify the numbers.

Cressida

181 - 194
  1.                           Prophet may you be!
  2. If I be false, or swerve a hair from truth,
  3. When time is old and hath forgot itself,
  4. When water-drops have worn the stones of Troy,
  5. And blind oblivion swallow’d cities up,
  6. And mighty states characterless are grated
  7. To dusty nothing, yet let memory,
  8. From false to false among false maids in love,
  9. Upbraid my falsehood! When th’ have said as false
  10. As air, as water, wind, or sandy earth,
  11. As fox to lamb, or wolf to heifer’s calf,
  12. Pard to the hind, or step-dame to her son,
  13. Yea, let them say, to stick the heart of falsehood,
  14. As false as Cressid.”

Pandarus

195 - 201
  1. Go to, a bargain made, seal it, seal it, I’ll be the
  2. witness. Here I hold your hand, here my cousin’s. If ever
  3. you prove false one to another, since I have taken such pain
  4. to bring you together, let all pitiful goers-between be
  5. call’d to the world’s end after my name; call them all
  6. Pandars. Let all constant men be Troiluses, all false women
  7. Cressids, and all brokers-between Pandars! Say, amen.

Troilus

202
  1. Amen.

Cressida

203
  1. Amen.

Pandarus

204 - 209
  1. Amen. Whereupon I will show you a chamber, which bed,
  2. because it shall not speak of your pretty encounters, press
  3. it to death. Away!
  4. Exeunt Troilus and Cressida.
  5. And Cupid grant all tongue-tied maidens here
  6. Bed, chamber, Pandar to provide this gear!
  1. Exit.
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