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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
Troilus and Cressida
 
Act V. Scene VI.
 
Another Part of the Plains.
 
Enter AJAX.
  Ajax.  Troilus, thou coward Troilus, show thy head!
 
Enter DIOMEDES.
  Dio.  Troilus, I say! where’s Troilus?        5
  Ajax.        What wouldst thou?
  Dio.  I would correct him.
  Ajax.  Were I the general, thou shouldst have my office
Ere that correction. Troilus, I say! what, Troilus!
 
Enter TROILUS.
        10
  Tro.  O traitor Diomed! Turn thy false face, thou traitor!
And pay thy life thou ow’st me for my horse!
  Dio.  Ha! art thou there?
  Ajax.  I’ll fight with him alone: stand, Diomed.
  Dio.  He is my prize; I will not look upon.        15
  Tro.  Come, both you cogging Greeks; have at you both!  [Exeunt, fighting.
 
Enter HECTOR.
  Hect.  Yea, Troilus? O, well fought, my youngest brother!
 
Enter ACHILLES.
  Achil.  Now I do see thee. Ha! have at thee, Hector!        20
  Hect.  Pause, if thou wilt.
  Achil.  I do disdain thy courtesy, proud Trojan.
Be happy that my arms are out of use:
My rest and negligence befriend thee now,
But thou anon shalt hear of me again;        25
Till when, go seek thy fortune.  [Exit.
  Hect.        Fare thee well:—
I would have been much more a fresher man,
Had I expected thee. How now, my brother!
 
Re-enter TROILUS.
        30
  Tro.  Ajax hath ta’en Æneas: shall it be?
No, by the flame of yonder glorious heaven,
He shall not carry him: I’ll be ta’en too,
Or bring him off. Fate, hear me what I say!
I reck not though I end my life to-day.  [Exit.        35
 
Enter One in sumptuous armour.
  Hect.  Stand, stand, thou Greek; thou art a goodly mark.
No? wilt thou not? I like thy armour well;
I’ll frush it, and unlock the rivets all,
But I’ll be master of it. Wilt thou not, beast, abide?        40
Why then, fly on, I’ll hunt thee for thy hide.  [Exeunt.
 
 
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