Speeches (Lines) for Priam in "Troilus and Cressida"

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# Act, Scene, Line Speech text
1 II, 2, 990
  • After so many hours, lives, speeches spent,
    Thus once again says Nestor from...
  • After so many hours, lives, speeches spent,
    Thus once again says Nestor from the Greeks:
    'Deliver Helen, and all damage else--
    As honour, loss of time, travail, expense,
    Wounds, friends, and what else dear that is consumed
    In hot digestion of this cormorant war--
    Shall be struck off.' Hector, what say you to't?
  • (stage directions). [Enter PRIAM, HECTOR, TROILUS, PARIS, and HELENUS]

    Priam. After so many hours, lives, speeches spent,
    Thus once again says Nestor from the Greeks:
    'Deliver Helen, and all damage else--
    As honour, loss of time, travail, expense,
    Wounds, friends, and what else dear that is consumed
    In hot digestion of this cormorant war--
    Shall be struck off.' Hector, what say you to't?

2 II, 2, 1091
  • What noise? what shriek is this?
  • What noise? what shriek is this?
  • Cassandra. [Within] Cry, Trojans, cry!

    Priam. What noise? what shriek is this?

3 II, 2, 1140
  • Paris, you speak
    Like one besotted on your sweet delights:
    You have the...
  • Paris, you speak
    Like one besotted on your sweet delights:
    You have the honey still, but these the gall;
    So to be valiant is no praise at all.
  • Paris. Else might the world convince of levity
    As well my undertakings as your counsels:
    But I attest the gods, your full consent
    Gave wings to my propension and cut off
    All fears attending on so dire a project.
    For what, alas, can these my single arms?
    What Propugnation is in one man's valour,
    To stand the push and enmity of those
    This quarrel would excite? Yet, I protest,
    Were I alone to pass the difficulties
    And had as ample power as I have will,
    Paris should ne'er retract what he hath done,
    Nor faint in the pursuit.

    Priam. Paris, you speak
    Like one besotted on your sweet delights:
    You have the honey still, but these the gall;
    So to be valiant is no praise at all.

4 V, 3, 3348
  • Come, Hector, come, go back:
    Thy wife hath dream'd; thy mother hath had visi...
  • Come, Hector, come, go back:
    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.
  • Cassandra. Lay hold upon him, Priam, hold him fast:
    He is thy crutch; now if thou lose thy stay,
    Thou on him leaning, and all Troy on thee,
    Fall all together.

    Priam. Come, Hector, come, go back:
    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.

5 V, 3, 3358
  • Ay, but thou shalt not go.
  • Ay, but thou shalt not go.
  • Hector. AEneas is a-field;
    And I do stand engaged to many Greeks,
    Even in the faith of valour, to appear
    This morning to them.

    Priam. Ay, but thou shalt not go.

6 V, 3, 3386
  • Farewell: the gods with safety stand about thee!
  • Farewell: the gods with safety stand about thee!
  • Hector. You are amazed, my liege, at her exclaim:
    Go in and cheer the town: we'll forth and fight,
    Do deeds worth praise and tell you them at night.

    Priam. Farewell: the gods with safety stand about thee!

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