Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 2

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Enter Diomed.

Dio. What are you vp here ho? speake?


Chal. Who cals?

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Dio. Diomed, Chalcas (I thinke) wher's [your] Daughter?


Chal. She comes to you.

Enter Troylus and Vlisses.
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Vlis. Stand where the Torch may not discouer vs.

Enter Cressid.

Troy. Cressid comes forth to him.

Dio. How now my charge?

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Cres. Now my sweet gardian: harke a word with you.


Troy. Yea, so familiar?


Vlis. She will sing any man at first sight.

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Ther. And any man may [singe] her, if he can take her [clife]: 11she's noted.


Dio. Will you remember?

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[Cres.] Remember? yes.


Dio. Nay, but doe then; and let your minde be coupled with your 15words.

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Troy. What should she remember?


Vlis. List?


Cres. Sweete hony Greek, tempt me no more to folly.


Ther. Roguery.


Dio. Nay then.


Cres. Ile tell you what.

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Dio. Fo, fo, [come] tell a pin, you are a forsworne.———


Cres. In faith I cannot: what would you haue me do?


Ther. A iugling tricke, to be secretly open.


Dio. What did you sweare you would bestow on me?


Cres. I prethee do not hold me to mine oath,

Critical Apparatus27Bid me doe [but] any thing but that sweete Greeke.

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Dio. Good night.

Troy. Hold, patience.

Vlis. How now Troian?

Cres. Diomed.


Dio. No, no, good night: Ile be your foole no more.


Troy. Thy better must.

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Cres. Harke one word in your eare.


Troy. O plague and madnesse!

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Vlis. You are moued Prince, let vs depart I pray you,

34Lest your displeasure should enlarge it selfe

35To wrathfull tearmes: this place is dangerous;

36The time right deadly: I beseech you goe.

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Troy. Behold, I pray you.

Vlis. Nay, good my Lord goe off:

Critical Apparatus38You flow to great distraction: come my Lord?


Troy. I pray thee stay?

Vlis. You haue not patience, come.

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Troy. I pray you stay? by hell and hell torments,

41I will not speake a word.

Dio. And so good night.

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Cres. Nay, but you part in anger.

Troy. Doth that grieue thee?

43O withered truth!

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Vlis. Why, how now Lord?

Troy. By Ioue I will be patient.

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Cres. Gardian? why Greeke?

Dio. Fo, fo, adew, you palter.


Cres. In faith I doe not: come hither once againe.

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Vlis. You shake my Lord at something; will you goe?

48You will breake out.

Troy. She stroakes his cheeke.

Vlis. Come, come.


Troy. Nay stay, by Ioue I will not speake a word.

50There is betweene my will, and all offences,

51A guard of patience; stay a little while.


Ther. How the diuell Luxury with his fat rumpe and potato Critical Apparatus53finger, tickles these together: frye lechery, frye.

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Dio. But will you then?

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Cres. In faith I will [la]; neuer trust me else.


Dio. Giue me some token for the surety of it.


Cres. Ile fetch you one.


Vlis. You haue sworne patience.

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Troy. Feare me not sweete Lord.

60I will not be my selfe, nor haue cognition

61Of what I feele: I am all patience.

Enter Cressid.

Ther. Now the pledge, now, now, now.


Cres. Here Diomed, keepe this Sleeue.


Troy. O beautie! where is thy Faith?

Vlis. My Lord.

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Troy. I will be patient, outwardly I will.


Cres. You looke vpon that Sleeue? behold it well:

67He lou'd me: O false wench: giue't me againe.


Dio. Whose was't?

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Cres. It is no matter now I haue't againe.

70I will not meete with you to morrow night:

71I prythee Diomed visite me no more.


Ther. Now she sharpens: well said Whetstone.


Dio. I shall haue it.

Cres. What, this?

Dio. I that.


Cres. O all you gods! O prettie, prettie pledge;

Critical Apparatus75Thy Maister now lies thinking in his bed

76Of thee and me, and sighes, and takes my Gloue,

77And giues memoriall daintie kisses to it;

pg 3533Critical Apparatus78As I kisse thee.

Dio. Nay, doe not snatch it from me.

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Cres. He that takes that, [takes] my heart withall.


Dio. I had your heart before, this followes it.


Troy. I did sweare patience.


Cres. You shall not haue it Diomed; faith you shall not:

83Ile giue you something else.

Dio. I will haue this: whose was it?


Cres. It is no matter.

Dio. Come tell me whose it was?

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Cres. 'Twas one that lou'd me better then you will.

86But now you haue it, take it.

Dio. Whose was it?

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Cres. By all Dianas waiting women yond:

88And by her selfe, I will not tell you whose.


Dio. To morrow will I weare it on my Helme,

90And grieue his spirit that dares not challenge it.


Troy. Wert thou the diuell, and wor'st it on thy horne,

92It should be challeng'd.


Cres. Well, well, 'tis done, 'tis past; and yet it is not:

94I will not keepe my word.

Dio. Why then farewell,

95Thou neuer shalt mocke Diomed againe.


Cres. You shall not goe: one cannot speake a word,

97But it strait starts you.

Dio. I doe not like this fooling.

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[Tro.] Nor I by Pluto: but that that likes not [you],

99Pleases me best.

Dio. What shall I come? the houre.


Cres. I, come: O Ioue! doe, come: I shall be plagu'd.


Dio. Farewell till then.


Cres. Good night: I prythee come:

102Troylus farewell; one eye yet lookes on thee;

103But with my heart, the other eye, doth see.

104Ah poore our sexe; this fault in vs I finde:

105The errour of our eye, directs our minde.

106What errour leads, must erre: O then conclude,

107Mindes swai'd by eyes, are full of turpitude.


Ther. A proofe of strength she could not publish more;

Critical Apparatus109Vnlesse she say, my minde is now turn'd whore.

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Vlis. Al's done my Lord.

Troy. It is.

Vlis. Why stay we then?


Troy. To make a recordation to my soule

112Of euery syllable that here was spoke:

Critical Apparatus113But if I tell how these two did coact;

114Shall I not lye, in publishing a truth?

115Sith yet there is a credence in my heart:

116An esperance so obstinately strong,

Critical Apparatus117That doth inuert [thattest] of eyes and eares;

Critical Apparatus118As if those organs had deceptious functions,

119Created onely to calumniate.

120Was Cressed here?

Vlis. I cannot coniure Troian.


Troy. She was not sure.

Vlis. Most sure she was.


Troy. Why my negation hath no taste of madnesse?


Vlis. Nor mine my Lord: Cressid was here but now.


Troy. Let it not be beleeu'd for womanhood:

125Thinke we had mothers; doe not giue aduantage

126To stubborne Criticks, apt without a theame

127For deprauation, to square the generall sex

128By Cressids rule. Rather thinke this not Cressid.

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Vlis. What hath she done Prince, that can soyle our mothers?


Troy. Nothing at all, vnlesse that this were she.

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Ther. Will he swagger himselfe out on's owne eyes?


Troy. This she? no, this is Diomids Cressida:

133If beautie haue a soule, this is not she:

2¶5vCritical Apparatus Link 134If soules guide vowes; if vowes are sanctimonie;

135If sanctimonie be the gods delight:

136If there be rule in vnitie it selfe,

Critical Apparatus137This is not she: O madnesse of discourse!

Critical Apparatus138That cause sets vp, with, and against thy selfe

Critical Apparatus139By [fould] authoritie: where reason can reuolt

140Without perdition, and losse assume all reason,

141Without reuolt. This is, and is not Cressid:

142Within my soule, there doth conduce a fight

143Of this strange nature, that a thing inseperate,

144Diuides more wider then the skie and earth:

145And yet the spacious bredth of this diuision,

146Admits no Orifex for a point as subtle,

147As Ariachnes broken woofe to enter:

148Instance, O instance! strong as Plutoes gates:

149Cressid is mine, tied with the bonds of heauen;

150Instance, O instance, strong as heauen it selfe:

151The bonds of heauen are slipt, dissolu'd, and loos'd,

Critical Apparatus152And with another knot fiue finger tied,

153The fractions of her faith, orts of her loue:

pg 3535154The fragments, scraps, the bits, and greazie reliques,

Critical Apparatus155Of her ore-eaten faith, are bound to Diomed.

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Vlis. May worthy Troylus be halfe attached

157With that which here his passion doth expresse?


Troy. I Greeke: and that shall be divulged well

159In Characters, as red as Mars his heart

160Inflam'd with Uenus: neuer did yong man fancy

161With so eternall, and so fixt a soule.

Critical Apparatus162Harke Greek: as much [as] I doe [Cressid] loue;

163So much by weight, hate I her Diomed,

Critical Apparatus164That Sleeue is mine, that heele beare in his Helme:

165Were it a Caske compos'd by Vulcans skill,

166My Sword should bite it: Not the dreadfull spout,

167Which Shipmen doe the Hurricano call,

Critical Apparatus168Constring'd in masse by the almighty [sunne],

169Shall dizzie with more clamour Neptunes eare

170In his discent; then shall my prompted sword,

171Falling on Diomed.


Ther. Heele tickle it for his concupie.


Troy. O Cressid! O false Cressid! false, false, false:

174Let all vntruths stand by thy stained name,

175And theyle seeme glorious.

Vlis. O containe your selfe:

176Your passion drawes eares hither.

Enter Æneas.

Æne. I haue beene seeking you this houre my Lord:

178Hector by this is arming him in Troy.

179Aiax your Guard, staies to conduct you home.


Troy. Haue with you Prince: my curteous Lord adew:

181Farewell reuolted faire: and Diomed,

182Stand fast, and weare a Castle on thy head.


Vli. Ile bring you to the Gates.

Troy. Accept distracted thankes.

Exeunt Troylus, Æneas, and Vlisses.

Ther. Would I could meete that roague Diomed, I would croke like 185a Rauen: I would bode, I would bode: Patroclus will giue me any thing 186for the intelligence of this whore: the Parrot will not doe more for an 187Almond, then he for a commodious drab: Lechery, lechery, still warres 188and lechery, nothing else holds fashion. A burning diuell take them.

Notes Settings


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17.3 your eld; you jaggard
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17.7 you. Editors supply an entry for Thersites here, and the Modern edition follows suit. But the action is fluid, and his departure at 16.98 (not marked in eld and incorrectly given as plural 'Exeunt' in jaggard) may be too brief and equivocal to demand an entry here.
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17.10 singe eld (sing); finde jaggard. The readings 'finde' and 'life' in jaggard might be a deliberate non-authorial revision to remove obscenity.
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17.10 clife eld (Cliff); life jaggard
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17.10 clife = clef. 'Clef' and 'cleft/clift' were interchangeable.
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17.13 Cres. allot; Cal. eld, jaggard
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17.16 should jaggard; shall eld
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17.22 come eld; eome jaggard. Probably a foul-case error.
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17.22 a forsworne.———jaggard; forsworne. eld. In jaggard, Diomedes almost calls Cressid a whore.
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17.27 doe but this edition; do eld; doe not jaggard. The alteration in jaggard seems motivated. The annotator or compositor might have misread 'but' as 'not' if it was written with an initial downward flourish. With the emendation, the repetition of but is intensifying, with the first one meaning 'absolutely'.
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17.31 one jaggard; a eld
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17.33 pray you jaggard; pray eld
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17.37 Nay jaggard; Now eld
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17.38 distraction jaggard; distruction eld
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17.40 and hell jaggard; and all hells eld
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17.42–3 Doth … truth! capell; 1 line eld, jaggard
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17.44 Why, how now jaggard; How now my eld
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17.45 adew, jaggard; not in eld
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17.47–8 You shake … out. allot; prose eld, jaggard
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17.53 these jaggard; not in eld
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17.54 But jaggard; not in eld
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17.55 la theobald; lo eld, jaggard
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17.59 sweete jaggard; my eld
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17.65–6 I will beCres. jaggard; not in eld. Clearly an accidental omission in eld
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17.69 haue't jaggard; ha't eld
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17.75 in jaggard; on eld
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17.78–9 As … Dio. Nay … Cres. He eld, jaggard; As … Nay … He theobald (Thirlby); diomed As … cressid Nay … He taylor (Theobald). The emendations intervene in the staging, arranging for Cressid to have the sleeve and Diomedes therefore to snatch it from her. The most usual reading, conjectured by Thirlby and adopted by Theobald, gives the entire passage to Cressid. The alternative reading suggested by Theobald and adopted by taylor makes Diomedes intervene with 'As I kisse thee'. taylor rightly notes that it is unlikely that eld would have randomly introduced two speech prefixes and jaggard have overlooked both. But the general assumption that the original texts are incorrect may be challenged. There is no objection to Diomedes taking the sleeve and Cressid then trying to snatch it back.
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17.79 takes this edition; doth take eld; rakes jaggard. The reading in jaggard is possible in the context of the speech, but not within the logic of Diomedes' reply 'I had your heart before'. The change from 'doth take' to intended 'takes' is clearly deliberate. The unstressed syllable at the end of the previous line is available to maintain regular meter.
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17.85 one jaggard; on's (= one's) eld
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17.87 By jaggard; And by eld
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17.98 Tro. hanmer; Ther: eld; Ther. jaggard
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17.98 you eld; me jaggard
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17.98–9 Nor … best. hanmer; prose eld, jaggard
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17.109 say jaggard; said eld
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17.113 coact jaggard; Court eld
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17.117 thattest eld (th,attest); that test jaggard
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17.118 had deceptious jaggard; were deceptions eld
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17.129 soyle jaggard; spoile eld
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17.131 he jaggard; a eld
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17.134 are sanctimonie jaggard; be sanctimonies eld
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17.137 is jaggard; was eld
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17.138 thy selfe jaggard; it selfe eld
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17.139 By fould eld (By-fould); By foule jaggard
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17.152 fiue jaggard; finde eld
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17.155 bound jaggard; giuen eld
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17.156 be eld, jaggard; be but dyce2 (W. S. Walker); in be (= e'en be) taylor. Emendation is justified only for reasons of meter (and 'Troilus and Cressida' might here be trisyllabic).
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17.162 much as allot; much eld, jaggard
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17.162 Cressid eld; Cressida jaggard. Metrical emendation is here admitted for the metrically variant form of the proper noun.
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17.164 in jaggard; on eld
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17.168 sunne eld; Fenne jaggard
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