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Fear it not Helen; I'll fo work with fame,
Duke Theseus was my instance, and so werer
^j0l" sear the bruit of war, or threatning steely
When wi *re flec), t0 dog us at the heeI, Or that al' Grsecia will their powers unite; - c nlany ravish "d, can you one recite
-m war repurchas'd! these be idle sears* Rou"h ^lustering Boreas fair ©rithea bears
Unto the land of Thrace, yet Thrace still fiee,
■And Athens rais'd no rude hostility.
In winged Pegasus did Jafon fail;
And from great Cholcos he Medea stale:
Yet Thessaly you see can shew no scar
Of former wounds in the Thessah'an waF.
He that sirst ravilh'd you, in such a fleet
As ours is, Ariadne brought from Crete.
"Yet Minos and duke Theseus were agreed,.
■About that quarrel not a breast did bleed.
.Less is the danger (trust me) than the sear,
That in these vain and idle doubts appear.
But fay, rude war should be proclaim'd at length,
Know lam valiant, and have sinewy strength.
The weapons that 1 use Are apt to kill.
Asia besides more spacious sields can sill
With armed men, than Greece. Amongst us are
More persect foldiers, more beasts apt for war.
Nor can thy husband Menelaus be
Of an high spirit and magnanimity;
Or fo well prov'd in arms: for Helen I,
Being but a lad, have made my enemies fly;
Regain'd the prey from out the hands cf thieves,
Who had despoil'd our herds, and stoln our beeves.
By such adventures I my name obtain'd,
(Being but a lad) the conquest I have gain'd
Of young men in their prime, who much could do 'y
Deiphobus, Ilioneus too
I have o'ercome in many sharp contentions;
Nor think these are my vain and forg'd inventions ;.
Or that I only hand to hand can sight,
My arrows when I please shall touch the white i
I am expert i' th' quarry and the bow,
You cannot boast your heartless husband fo.
Had you the power in all things to supply me,
And should you nothing in the world deny me;
To give me such a Hector to my brother,
You could not, the earth bears not such another. .
By him alone all Asia is well mann'di
He like an enemy against Greece shall stand,
Oppos'd to your bell fortunes,.wherefore strive you
You do not know his valour that must wive you,
Or what hid worth. is in me; but at length
You will consess when you .have prov'd my strength
Thus either war shall still our steps pursue,
Or Greece shall fall in Troy's all conquering view.
Nor would. I sear for such a royal wise,
To set the univerfal world.at stiite.
To gain rich prizes, men will venture far,
The hope ofpurchase makes us bold in war.
If all the world about you should contend,
Your name. should be eterniz'd without end;
Only be bold; and searless may we fail
Into my country, with a prosperous gale! .
If the gods grant me my expected day,
It to thefull shall all these covenants pay...
Helen to Paris..
No fooner came mine eye unto the sight
Of thy rude lines, but I must needs re-write,
Dar'st thou (O shameless) in luch heinous wise,.
The laws of hospitality despise!
And being a stranger, from thy country's reach,.
Solicit a chaste wise to wedlock's breach?
Was it for this our free Tænarian port
Receiv'd thee and thy train, in friendly fort?
And when great Neptune nothing.could appeases
Gave thee sase harbour from the stormy seas ?.
"Was it for this, our kingdom's arms spread wide
To entertain thee from the water-side?
Yet thou of foreign foil remote from hence,
A stranger, coming we scarce knew fromwhence.
Is perjur'd wrong the reconipence of right?
Is all our friendship guerdoned with defpight?
I doubt me then, whether in our court doth tarry
A friendly guest, or a sierce adverfary;
Nor blame me, for if justly you consider,
And these presumptions well compare together,
So simple my complaint will not appear,
But you yourself must needs excuse my sear.
Well, hold me simple, much it matters not,
Whilst L preserve my chaste name far from spot
For when I seem touch'd with a bashsul shame,
It shews how highly I regard my fame.
"When I seem fad, my countenance is not seigned;
And when 1 lour, my look is unconstrained.
But fay my brow be cloudy, my name's clear,
And reverently you shall os Helen hear.
No man.srom me adulterate spoils can win;
For to this- hour. I have sported without sin:
Which makes me in my heart the more to wonder,.
What hope you have in.time to bring me under:
Or from mine eye what comfort thou canst gather*
To pity thee, and not despise thee rather.
Because once Theseus hurry'd me from hence,.
And did to me a kind of violence;
Follows it therefore, I am of such price,
That ravish'd once,. I should be. ravish'd twice?
Was it my fault, because I striv'd in vain,
He flatter'd, and spake fair, I struggled still;
And what he got was much against my wLllt
Of all his toil, he reap'd no wished fruit,
For with my wrangling I withstood his suit.
At length I was restor'd, untouch'd, and clear;..
In all my Rape, I sufser'd nought fave sear:
A sew untoward kisses he (God wot)
Of surther favours he could never boast;
Dry, without relish, by much striving got,
And them with much adoj and to his cost.
I doubt your purpose aims at greater blisses,
And haidly would alone be pleas'd with kisses.
Thou hast fome surther aim, and seek'st to do
What, Jove desend, I should consent unro.
He bore not thy bad mind, but did restore ma
Unblemish'd to the place from whence he bore me
The youth was bashsul, and thy boldness lack'd,
And 'tis well known, repented his bold fact.
Theseus repented, fo should Paris do,
Succeed in love and in repentance too,
Nor am I angry; who can angry be
With him that loves her? if your heart agree
With your kind words, your suit I could applaud, .
So I were sure your lines were void of fraud.
I cast not these strange doubts, or this dispense, .
Like one that were bereft all conssidence;
Nor that I with myself am in disgrace,
Or do not know the beauty of my face:
But because too much trust hath damag'd such
As have believ'd men in their loves too much.
And now the general tongue of women faith,
Mens words are sull of treafon, void of faith.
Let others sin, and hours of pleasures waste, 'Tis rare to sind the fober matron chaste. Why? fay it be that sin prevails with fair ones, May not my name be rank'd among the rate ones?