be to send one forth to spy upon the foe. And if I discover any plot amongst them, thou shalt fully hear thereof, and at the council-board shalt learn our will; but in case they be starting off in flight, with eager ear await the trumpet's call, for then I will not stay, but will this very night engage the Argive host there where their ships are hauled up.
Æn. Send out the spy forthwith; there's safety in thy counsels now. And thou shalt find me steadfast at thy side, whene'er occasion call.
Hec. What Trojan now of all our company doth volunteer to go and spy the Argive fleet? Who will be that patriot? Who saith 'I will?' Myself cannot at every point serve my country and my friends in arms.
Dol. I for my country will gladly run this risk and go to spy the Argive fleet, and when I have learnt fully all that the Achæans plot I will return. Hear the conditions on which I undertake this toil.
Hec. True to his name in sooth, his country's friend is Dolon. Thy father's house was famed of yore, but thou hast made it doubly so.
Dol. So must I toil, but for my pains a meet reward should I receive. For set a price on any deed, and then and there it gives to it a double grace.
Hec. Yea, that is but fair; I cannot gainsay it. Name any prize for thyself save the sway I bear.
Dol. I covet not thy toilsome sovereignty.
Hec. Well then, marry a daughter of Priam and become my good brother.
Dol. Nay, I care not to wed amongst those beyond my station.
Hec. There's gold, if this thou'lt claim as thy guerdon.
Dol. Gold have I in my home; no sustenance lack I.
Hec. What then is thy desire of all that Ilium stores within her?