Well, she looked yesternight fairer than ever I saw
her look, or any woman else.
I was about to tell thee:when my heart,
As wedged with a sigh, would rive in twain,
Lest Hector or my
father should perceive me,
I have, as when the sun doth light a storm,
Buried this sigh in wrinkle of a
But sorrow, that is couch'd in seeming gladness,
Is like that mirth fate turns to sudden sadness.
An her hair were not somewhat darker than Helen's
well, go tothere were no more comparison between
women: but, for my part, she is my kinswoman; I
would not, as they term it, praise her: but I would
had heard her talk yesterday, as I did. I
will not dispraise your sister Cassandra's wit, but
O Pandarus! I tell thee, Pandarus,
When I do tell thee, there my hopes lie drown'd,
Reply not in how
many fathoms deep
They lie indrench'd. I tell thee I am mad
In Cressid's love: thou answer'st 'she is fair;'
in the open ulcer of my heart
Her eyes, her hair, her cheek, her gait, her voice,
Handlest in thy discourse,
O, that her hand,
In whose comparison all whites are ink,
Writing their own reproach, to whose soft seizure
cygnet's down is harsh and spirit of sense
Hard as the palm of ploughman: this thou tell'st me,
thou tell'st me, when I say I love her;
But, saying thus, instead of oil and balm,
Thou lay'st in every gash
that love hath given me
The knife that made it.
I speak no more than truth.
Thou dost not speak so much.
Faith, I'll not meddle in't. Let her be as she is:
if she be fair, 'tis the better for her; an she be
not, she has
the mends in her own hands.
Good Pandarus, how now, Pandarus!
I have had my labour for my travail; ill-thought on of
her and ill-thought on of you; gone between and
but small thanks for my labour.
What, art thou angry, Pandarus? what, with me?
Because she's kin to me, therefore she's not so fair
as Helen: an she were not kin to me, she would be
fair on Friday as Helen is on Sunday. But what care
I? I care not an she were a black-a-moor; 'tis all
one to me.
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