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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida Translation Act 5, Scene 8

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Enter HECTOR

HECTOR

Most putrefied core, so fair without, Thy goodly armour thus hath cost thy life. Now is my day's work done; I'll take good breath: Rest, sword; thou hast thy fill of blood and death.

HECTOR

Cowardly man, so beautiful on the outside, your beautiful armor has cost you your life. Now I am able to finish for the day, and rest well. Take a rest, sword, you have had enough blood and death today.

Puts off his helmet and hangs his shield behind him

Enter ACHILLES and Myrmidons

ACHILLES

Look, Hector, how the sun begins to set; How ugly night comes breathing at his heels: Even with the vail and darking of the sun, To close the day up, Hector's life is done.

ACHILLES

Look how the sun begins to set, Hector. Now night is pursuing him. Just as a dark shadow is coming over the earth, Hector's life is over.

HECTOR

I am unarm'd; forego this vantage, Greek.

HECTOR

I have disarmed, don't take advantage like this, Greek.

ACHILLES

Strike, fellows, strike; this is the man I seek.

ACHILLES

Attack, men, attack. This is the man I have been hunting.

HECTOR falls

ACHILLES

So, Ilion, fall thou next! now, Troy, sink down! Here lies thy heart, thy sinews, and thy bone. On, Myrmidons, and cry you all amain, 'Achilles hath the mighty Hector slain.'

ACHILLES

Now, Troy, you will fall next. Fall, Troy, now! Here's your heart, strength and support. Carry on, Myrmidons, and cry out that "Achilles has killed the mighty Hector."

A retreat sounded

ACHILLES

Hark! a retire upon our Grecian part.

ACHILLES

Listen, are the Greeks retreating?

MYRMIDONS

The Trojan trumpets sound the like, my lord.

MYRMIDONS

The Trojan trumpets are doing the same thing as ours, my lord.

ACHILLES

The dragon wing of night o'erspreads the earth, And, stickler-like, the armies separates. My half-supp'd sword, that frankly would have fed, Pleased with this dainty bait, thus goes to bed.

ACHILLES

As night comes our armies stop fighting. My sword has only just begun to drink blood, and it would have liked to be fed, but it can go to bed happy at having killed this man.

Sheathes his sword

ACHILLES

Come, tie his body to my horse's tail;Along the field I will the Trojan trail.

ACHILLES

Come, tie his body to my horse's tail, I'll drag the Trojan through the battlefield.

Exeunt

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About the Translator: Tom Hill

Tom Hill lives in his native London where he has just finished studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. He has worked in education both in the UK and in Asia. His favorite Shakespeare play is The Merchant of Venice.