Enter HECTOR and ANDROMACHEANDROMACHE
When was my lord so much ungently temper′d,HECTOR
To stop his ears against admonishment?
Unarm, unarm, and do not fight to-day.
You train me to offend you; get you in:ANDROMACHE
By all the everlasting gods, I′ll go!
My dreams will, sure, prove ominous to the day.HECTOR
No more, I say.CASSANDRA
Where is my brother Hector?ANDROMACHE
Here, sister; arm′d, and bloody in intent.CASSANDRA
Consort with me in loud and dear petition,
Pursue we him on knees; for I have dream′d
Of bloody turbulence, and this whole night
Hath nothing been but shapes and forms of slaughter.
O, ′tis true.HECTOR
Ho! bid my trumpet sound!CASSANDRA
No notes of sally, for the heavens, sweet brother.HECTOR
Be gone, I say: the gods have heard me swear.CASSANDRA
The gods are deaf to hot and peevish vows:ANDROMACHE
They are polluted offerings, more abhorr′d
Than spotted livers in the sacrifice.
O, be persuaded! do not count it holyCASSANDRA
To hurt by being just: it is as lawful,
For we would give much, to use violent thefts,
And rob in the behalf of charity.
It is the purpose that makes strong the vow;HECTOR
But vows to every purpose must not hold:
Unarm, sweet Hector.
Hold you still, I say;ANDROMACHE
Mine honour keeps the weather of my fate:
Lie every man holds dear; but the brave man
Holds honour far more precious-dear than life.
Enter TROILUSHow now, young man! mean′st thou to fight to-day?
Cassandra, call my father to persuade.HECTOR
No, faith, young Troilus; doff thy harness, youth;TROILUS
I am to-day i′ the vein of chivalry:
Let grow thy sinews till their knots be strong,
And tempt not yet the brushes of the war.
Unarm thee, go, and doubt thou not, brave boy,
I′ll stand to-day for thee and me and Troy.
Brother, you have a vice of mercy in you,HECTOR
Which better fits a lion than a man.
What vice is that, good Troilus? chide me for it.TROILUS
When many times the captive Grecian falls,HECTOR
Even in the fan and wind of your fair sword,
You bid them rise, and live.
O,′tis fair play.TROILUS
Fool′s play, by heaven, Hector.HECTOR
How now! how now!TROILUS
For the love of all the gods,HECTOR
Let′s leave the hermit pity with our mothers,
And when we have our armours buckled on,
The venom′d vengeance ride upon our swords,
Spur them to ruthful work, rein them from ruth.
Fie, savage, fie!TROILUS
Hector, then ′tis wars.HECTOR
Troilus, I would not have you fight to-day.TROILUS
Who should withhold me?CASSANDRA
Not fate, obedience, nor the hand of Mars
Beckoning with fiery truncheon my retire;
Not Priamus and Hecuba on knees,
Their eyes o′ergalled with recourse of tears;
Not you, my brother, with your true sword drawn,
Opposed to hinder me, should stop my way,
But by my ruin.
Re-enter CASSANDRA, with PRIAM
Lay hold upon him, Priam, hold him fast:PRIAM
He is thy crutch; now if thou lose thy stay,
Thou on him leaning, and all Troy on thee,
Fall all together.
Come, Hector, come, go back:HECTOR
Thy wife hath dream′d; thy mother hath had visions;
Cassandra doth foresee; and I myself
Am like a prophet suddenly enrapt
To tell thee that this day is ominous:
Therefore, come back.
AEneas is a-field;PRIAM
And I do stand engaged to many Greeks,
Even in the faith of valour, to appear
This morning to them.
Ay, but thou shalt not go.HECTOR
I must not break my faith.CASSANDRA
You know me dutiful; therefore, dear sir,
Let me not shame respect; but give me leave
To take that course by your consent and voice,
Which you do here forbid me, royal Priam.
O Priam, yield not to him!ANDROMACHE
Do not, dear father.HECTOR
Andromache, I am offended with you:TROILUS
Upon the love you bear me, get you in.
This foolish, dreaming, superstitious girlCASSANDRA
Makes all these bodements.
O, farewell, dear Hector!TROILUS
Look, how thou diest! look, how thy eye turns pale!
Look, how thy wounds do bleed at many vents!
Hark, how Troy roars! how Hecuba cries out!
How poor Andromache shrills her dolours forth!
Behold, distraction, frenzy and amazement,
Like witless antics, one another meet,
And all cry, Hector! Hector′s dead! O Hector!
Farewell: yet, soft! Hector! take my leave:HECTOR
Thou dost thyself and all our Troy deceive.
You are amazed, my liege, at her exclaim:PRIAM
Go in and cheer the town: we′ll forth and fight,
Do deeds worth praise and tell you them at night.
Farewell: the gods with safety stand about thee!TROILUS
Exeunt severally PRIAM and HECTOR. Alarums
They are at it, hark! Proud Diomed, believe,PANDARUS
I come to lose my arm, or win my sleeve.
Do you hear, my lord? do you hear?TROILUS
Here′s a letter come from yond poor girl.TROILUS
Let me read.PANDARUS
A whoreson tisick, a whoreson rascally tisick soTROILUS
troubles me, and the foolish fortune of this girl;
and what one thing, what another, that I shall
leave you one o′ these days: and I have a rheum
in mine eyes too, and such an ache in my bones
that, unless a man were cursed, I cannot tell what
to think on′t. What says she there?
Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart:
The effect doth operate another way.
Tearing the letterGo, wind, to wind, there turn and change together.
My love with words and errors still she feeds;
But edifies another with her deeds.
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