Troilus and Cressida


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Aeneas, Paris, Antenor, Deiphobus, and soldiers

with drums


Stand, ho! Yet are we masters of the field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Never go home; here starve we out the night.
starve out (v.) endure in fierce cold

Enter Troilus


Hector is slain.


                         Hector? The gods forbid!


He's dead; and at the murderer's horse's tail,

In beastly sort, dragged through the shameful field.
beastly (adv.) like an animal, in a beastly manner
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
sort (n.) 3 way, manner

Frown on, you heavens, effect your rage with speed!

Sit, gods, upon your thrones, and smile at Troy!

I say, at once let your brief plagues be mercy,

And linger not our sure destructions on!
linger (v.) 1 delay, put off, keep waiting


My lord, you do discomfort all the host.
discomfort (v.) 1 discourage, dishearten, dispirit


You understand me not that tell me so.

I do not speak of flight, of fear, of death,

But dare all imminence that gods and men
imminence (n.) impending evil, approaching peril

Address their dangers in. Hector is gone;
address (v.) 1 prepare, make ready, poise to act

Who shall tell Priam so, or Hecuba?

Let him that will a screech-owl aye be called
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity
screech-owl (n.) barn-owl [thought to be a bird of ill omen]

Go into Troy, and say there ‘ Hector's dead ’ –

There is a word will Priam turn to stone,

Make wells and Niobes of the maids and wives,

Cold statues of the youth, and, in a word,

Scare Troy out of itself. But march away;

Hector is dead; there is no more to say –

Stay yet. You vile abominable tents,

Thus proudly pight upon our Phrygian plains,
pight (adj.) 2 pitched, set up

Let Titan rise as early as he dare,

I'll through and through you! – And, thou great-sized coward,

No space of earth shall sunder our two hates;
sunder (v.) 2 cut, divide, put an end to

I'll haunt thee like a wicked conscience still,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

That mouldeth goblins swift as frenzy's thoughts. –

Strike a free march to Troy! With comfort go;
free (adj.) 12 [unclear meaning] not in formal marching order; quick
strike (v.), past form stroke 2 beat, sound, strike up

Hope of revenge shall hide our inward woe.

Enter Pandarus


But hear you, hear you!


Hence, broker-lackey! Ignomy and shame
broker-lackey (n.) abject go-between, pander [sic]
ignomy (n.) ignominy, dishonour, shame

Pursue thy life, and live aye with thy name!
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity

Exeunt all but Pandarus


A goodly medicine for mine aching bones! –

O world, world, world! Thus is the poor agent despised!

O traitors and bawds, how earnestly are you
bawd (n.) pimp, procurer, pander, go-between See Topics: Frequency count

set a-work, and how ill requited! Why should our
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably See Topics: Frequency count

endeavour be so desired, and the performance so

loathed? What verse for it? What instance for it? – Let
instance (n.) 2 illustration, example, case

me see:

Full merrily the humble-bee doth sing,
humble-bee (n.) bumble-bee

Till he hath lost his honey and his sting;

And being once subdued in armed tail,

Sweet honey and sweet notes together fail.

Good traders in the flesh, set this in your painted


As many as be here of Pandar's hall,
hall (n.) guild, company, profession

Your eyes, half out, weep out at Pandar's fall;

Or if you cannot weep, yet give some groans,

Though not for me, yet for your aching bones.

Brethren and sisters of the hold-door trade,
hold-door (adj.) brothel door-keeping

Some two months hence my will shall here be made;

It should be now, but that my fear is this:

Some galled goose of Winchester would hiss.
galled (adj.) 1 sore, swollen, inflamed
Winchester goose [contemptuous] groin swelling caused by venereal disease

Till then I'll sweat, and seek about for eases,
ease (n.) 1 comfort, relief, solace
sweat (v.) 2 use the sweating-tub [as a cure for for venereal disease]

And at that time bequeathe you my diseases.


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