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If there were no foes, that were enough alone SCEVE V.- The same.--The Senate-House. To overcome lum: in that beastly fury

He has been known to commit outrages, The Senate sitting.- Enter ALCIBIADES, attended. And cherish factions : 'lis interi'd to us, 1 Sen. My lord, you have my voice to it; the His days are foul, and his drink dangerous. fault's

I Sen. He dies. Bloody ; 'lis necessary he should die :

Alcib. Hard fute! he might have died in war. Nothing emboldens sin so inuch as mercy.

My lords, if not for any parts in him 2 Sent Most true ; the law shail bruise him. (rhough his right arın might purchase his own tinne, Alcib. Honour, health, and compassion to the And be in debt to none), yel, more to move you, senate!

Take my deserts to his, and jom them both:
I Sen. Now, captain !

And, for I know, your reverent ages love
Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues; Security, I'll pawn my victories, all
Por pity is the virtue of the law,

My honour to you, upon his good returns.
And none but tyrants in se it cruelly.

11 by this crime he owes the law his lite, It pleases time, and fortune, to lie heavy

Why, let the war receive't in valiant gore; l'on a friend of mine, who, in hot blood,

For law is strict, and war is nothing more. Hath stepp'd into the law, which is past depth

| Son. We are for law, he dies; urge il no more, To those that, without heed, do plunge into it. On height of our displeasure : friend, or brollier, He is a man, setuing his fate aside,

He forteils his own blood, that spills another. Oi comely virtues :

Alcib. Must it be so? It must no be. My lords, Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice ;

I do beseech you, know me. (An honour in him wluch buys out his fault),

2 Sen, How? But, with a noble fury, and i air spirit,

Alcib. Call me to your remembrances. Seeing his reputation touch'd to death,

3 Sen, What? He did oppose his toe :

Alcib. I cannot think, but your age has forgot And with such sober and unnoted passion +

me : He did behave his anger, ere 'was spent,

It could not else be, I should prove so base, As it he had but proved an argument.

To sre, and be denied such common grace: 1 Ser. You ondergo too strict a paradox $, My wounds ache at you. Striving to make an ugly deed look fair:

i Sen. Do you dare our anger? Your words have look such pains, as if they la- 'Tis in few words, but spacious in eilect; bour'd

We banish thee for ever.
To bring manslaughter into form, set quarrelling Alció. Banish me?
Upon the head of valour ; which, indeed,

Banish your dotage ; banish usury,
Is valour misbegot, and came into the world That makes the senate ugly.
When sects and factions were newly born:
He's truly valiant, that can wisely suffer

thee The worst that man can breathe; and make his Attend our weightier judgment. And, not to swell wrongs

our spirit +, His outsides; wear them like his raiment, carc- He shall be executed presently. (Ereunt Sen. lessly' ;

Alcib. Now the gods keep you old enough; that And ne'er pieler his injuries to his heart,

You may live To bring it into danger.

Only in bone, that none may look on you! If wrongs be evils, and enforce us kill,

I am worse than man: I have kept back their foes, What tolly 'in, to hazard life for ill?

While they have told their money, and let out Alcib. My lord,

Their coin upon large interest ; I myself, 1 sen. You cannot make gross sins look clear; Rich only in large hurts ;- All those, for this ! To revenge is no valour, but to bear.

Is this the balsami, that the usuring senate Alcib. My lords, then, under favour, pardon me, Pours into captains' wounds ! Ha! banishment ? If I speak like a captain.

It comes not ill; I hate not to be banish'd; Why do fond men expose themselves to battle, It is a cause worthy my spleen and fury, And not endure all threat'mings ? sieep upon it,

That I may strike at Aihens. I'll cheer up And let the fues quietly cut their throals,

My discontented troops, and lay for hearts 1, Without repugnancy? but if there be

'Tis honour, with most lands to be at odds; Such valour in the bearing, what make we Soldiers should brook as little wrongs as gods. Abroad |! why then, women are more valiant,

(Erit. That stay at home, if bearing carry it; And th' ass, more captain than the lion; the felon, SCENE VI.-A magnificent Room in Timon's Honse. Loaden with irons, wiser than the judge, li wisdom be in suttering: O my lords,

Music.-Tables set out :-Serrants attending, As you are great, be pitifully good :

Enler divers LORDs, at several Doors. Who canvot condemn rashness in cold blood ? I Lord. The good time of day to you, Sir. Tu kill, I grant, is sin's extremesl gust f;

2 Lord. I also wish it to you. I think, this hoBut, in defence, by mercy, 'uis most justo. nourable lord did but try us this other day. To be in anger, is impiety ;

I Lord. Upon that were my thoughts tirings, Bilt who is man, that is not angry?

when we encounter'd : I hope, it is not so low with Weigh but the crime with this.

him, as he niade it seem in the trial of his several 2 Sin. You breathe in vain.

friends. Alcib. In vain! his service done

2 Lord. It should not be, by the persuasion of his At Lacedæmon, and Byzantium,

new feasting. Were a sufficient briber for his life.

| Lord. I should think so: he hath sent me an 1 xen. What's thal!

earnest inviting, which many my near occasions Alcid. Why, I say, my lords, h’as done fair ser did urge me to put off; but he hath conjured me vice,

beyond them, and I must needs appear. And slain in fight many of your enemies :

2 Lord. In like manner was I in debt to my imHow full of valour did he bear himself

portunate business, but he would not hear my ex. In the last conflict, and made plenteous wounds ? coise. I am sorry, when he sent to borrow of me,

2 Sen. He has made too much plenty with 'em, he that my provision was ont. Is a sworn rioter: b'as a sin that olten

i Lord! I am sick of that grief too, as I under. Drowns him, and takes his valour prisoner:

stand how all things go.

2 Lord. Every man here's so. What would he • 1. e. Potting this action of his, which was pre- have borrowed of you! determined by fale, ont of the question.

{ Lord. A thousand pieces. + i. e. Passion so subdued, that no spectator could 2 Lord. A thousand pieces ! note its operation. : Min.me, govern.

• For dishonoured. You undertake a paradox too hard.

+1.8. Not to put ourselves in any tumonr of rage. What have we to do in the tield.

# We should low sny-10 lay out for hearts; 1. e. Furagirasation.

the affections of the people. ** Homicile in our defence, hy a mercifol in. • To ure on a thing meant, to be idly employed terpretation of the law, is considered justifable.' on it.

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TIMON OF ATHENS.

651 I Lord. What of you!

Soft, take thy physic first-thou too,--and thou ;3 Lord. He sent to me, Sir,-Here he comes,

(Throu's the Dishes ut thin, and drives

them out. Enter Tixon, and Attendants.

Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.-
Tim. With all my heart, gentlemen both :- And What, all in motion ? Henceforth be no feast,
box fare you?

Wherea! a villain's not a we coine guest.
i Lord. Ever at the best, hearing well of your | Barn, house ; sink, Athens! Heucelorth hated be
lordship.

Of Timon, man, and all humanity!

(Exit.
2 Lord. The swallow follows not summer more
withing, than we your lord hip.

Re-enter the Lords, with oiher Lords and Senators.
Tim. [ Aside.) Nor more willingly leaves winter; 1 Lord. How now, my lords?
sach sanier birds are men.-Gentlemen, our dina 2 Lord. Know you the quality of Lord Timon's
her will not recompense this long stay : feast your fury?
ears with the music awhile; if they will fare so 3 Lord. Pish! Did you see my cap?
bar bly on the trumpet's sound : we shall to't pre- 4 Lord. I have lost my gown).
sently.

3 Lord. He's but a mad lord, and no night but
I Lord. I hope, it remains not unkindly with humour sways him. He gave me a jewel the other
your lordship, ihat I returu'd you an empty mes day, and now he has beat it out of my hat:-Did
senger.

you see my jewel ? I'im. O, Sir, let it not trouble you.

4 Lord. Did you see my cap ? 2 Lord. My noble lord,

2 Lord. Here 'tis.
Tim. Ah, my good friend ! What cheer?

4 Lord. Here lies my gown.
(The Banquet brought in. 1 Lord. Let's make no stay.
2 Lord. My most honourable lord, I ani e'en 2 Lord. Lord Timon's mad.
sck of shame, that, when your lordship this other 3 Lord. I feel't upon my bones.
day sent to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar. 4 Lord. One day he gives us diamonds, next day
Tin. Think not on't, Sir.

stones.

(Exeunt.
2 Lord. If you had sent but two hours before.-
Tim. Let it not cumber your better remem-

ACT IV.
brance..-Come, bring in all together.
2 Lord. All cover'd dishes !

SCENE 1.-Without the Walls of Athens.
I Lord. Royal cheer, I warrant you.

Enter Timon.
3 Lord. Doubt not that, if money, and the sea-

Tim. Let me look back upon thee, O thou wall,
son, can yield it.
1 Lord. How do you? What's the news ?

That girdlest in those wolves! Dive in the earth,
. Lord. Alcibiades is banish'd : Hear you of its

And fence not Alhens ! Matrons, turn incontinent;

Obedience fail in children! slaves and fools,
1 * 2 Lord. Alcibiades banish'd !
Lord. 'Tis so, be sure of it.

Pluck the grave wrinkled senate from the bench,

And minister in their steads ! lo general tilths.
1 Lord. How? how ?
2 Lord. I pray you, upon what !

Convert o' the instant, green virginity !
Tim. My worthy friends, will you draw near ?

Do't in your parents' eyes ! bankrupts, hold fast;

Rather than render Lack, out with your knives, 3 Lord. I'll tell you more anon. Here's a noble

And cut your trusters' throats ! bound servants, feast toward.

steall
2 Lord. This is the old man still.

Large handed robbers your grave niasters are,
3 Lord. Will't hold? Will't hold ?
2 Lord. It does: but time will--and so-

And pill by law! maid, to thy master's bed ;

Thy mistress is o' the brothel ! son of sixteen,
3 Lord. I do conceive.
Tim. Each man to his stool, with that spur as he puck the lined crutch from the old limping sire,

With it beat out his brains! piety, and fear,
Fond to the lip of his mistress : your diet shall be
in all places alike. Make not a city feast of it, to Religion to the gods, peace, justice, truth,
let the meat coo! ere we can agree upon the first

Domestic awe, night-rest, and neighbourhood,

Instruction, manners, mysteries, and trades,
place : sit, sit. The gods require our thanks.

Degrees, observances, customs, and laws,
You great benefuctors, sprinkle our society with Decline to your confounding contraries +,
tkunkfulness. For your own gifts, make yourselves And yet confusion live !-Plagues, incident to men,
praised: but reserve still to give, lest your deities Your potent and infectious levers heap
be despised. Lend to each mun enough, that one On Athens, ripe for stroke! thou cold sciatica,
need not lend to another: for, uere your godheads Cripple our senators, that their limbs inay halt
ta borrow of men, men would forsake the gods. Make As lamely as their manners! Just and liberty :
the meat be beloved, more than the man that gives it. Creep in the minds and marrows of our youth ;
Lei no assembly of twenty be without a score of vil-That gainst the stream of virtue they may strive,
lains : if there sit tuelve women at the table, let a And drown themselves in riot! itches, blains,
dozen of them be-us they ure.-The rest of your sow all the Athenian bosoms; and their crop
fees, O gods, the senators of Athens, together with Be general leprosy ! breath infect breath ;
the common lag + of people,-uhat is amiss in them, That their society, as their friendship, may
you gods make suitable for destruction. For these Re merely poisoni Nothing I'll bear from thee,
my present friends,-as ihey are to me nothing, so in But nakedness, thou detestable lown!
nothing bless them, and to nothing they are welcome. Take thou that wo, with multiplying bannsó!

Timon will to the woods; where he shall find
Uncover, dogs, and lap.

The unkindest beast more kinder than mankind.
[The dishes uncovered are full of warm water. The gods confound (hear me, you good guds all),
Some speak. What does his lordship mean?

The Athenians both within and out that wall !
Some of her. I know not.

And grant, as Timon grows, his hate may grow
Tim. May you a better feast never behold, To the whole race of mankind, high, and low !
You knot of mouth-friends! Smoke, and lukewarm Amen.

(Erit.
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Is your perfection. This is Timon's last;

SCENE II.-Athens.-A Room in Timon's House.
Who stuck and spangled you with flatteries,

Enter FLAVIUS, with two or three SERVANTS.
Washes it off, and sprinkles in your faces
[7hrowing later in their faces. 1 Serv. Hear you, master steward, where's our

master?
Your reeking villainy. Live loth’d, and long,
Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites,

Are we undone ? Cast off ? Nothing remaining?
Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears, Flav. Alack, my fellows, what should I say to
You fouls of fortune, trencher-friends, tine's fiest,
Cap and knee slaves, vapours, and minute-jackso!

Let me be recorded by the righteous gods,
Of man, and beast, the infinite inalady

I am as poor as you.
Crust you quite o'er !What, dost thou go?

1 Serr. Such a house broke!

So noble a master fallen | All gone! and not
• i. e. Your good memory. + The lowest.
Flies of a season.

• Common sewers.
Jacks of the clock; like those at St. Dunstan's + i. e. Contrarieties, whose nature it is to waste

or destroy each other.
ehurch, in Fleet-strect.

For libertinismi. Accumulated curses.

in Timon's House ants attending. teral Doors. to you, Sir.

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Thus much of this, will make black, white ; frul, un 2 Serv. As we do turn our back,

fair ; From our companion, thrown into his grave; Wrong, right; base, noble; old, young ; coward, na So his familiars to his buried fortunes

valiant. Slink all away ; leave their false vows with him, Ha, you gods! Why this? What this, yon gods 1 Like empty purses pick'd : and his poor self,

Why this A dedicated beggar to the air,

Will lug your priests and servants from your sides; With his disease of all-shunn'd poverty,

Piuck stout men's pillows from below their heads : Walks, like contempt, alone.- More of our fellows. This yellow slave

Will knit and break religions : bless the accursed ; Enter other SERVANTS.

Make the hoar leprosy adored; place thieves, Flav. All broken implements of a ruin'd house. And give them title, knee, and approbation, 3 Serv. Yet do our hearts wear Timon's livery, With senators on the bench: this is it, That see I hy our faces; we are fellows still, That makes the wappen'd + widow wed again ; Serving alike in sorrow : leak'd is our bark ; She, whom the spital-house, and ulcerous sores And we, poor mates, stand on the dying deck, Would cast the gorge at, this embalms and spices Hearing the surges threat: we must all part To the April day again t. Come, damned earth, Into this sea of air.

Thou common whore of mankind, that put'sl odds Flav. Good fellows all,

Among the rout of nations, I will make thee The latest of my wealth i'll share amongst you. Do thy right nature.-[March ajar off:]-Ha! a Wherever we shall meet, for Timon's sake,

druni ?—Thou'rt quick,
Let's yet be fellows; let's shake our heads, and Bat yet I'll bury thee: thou'lt go, strong thief,
say,

When gouty keepers of thee cannot stand-
As 'twere a knell unto our master's fortunes, Nay, stay thou out for earnest.
We have seen better days. Let each take some ;

(Keeping some Gold. (Giving them Money: Enter Alcibiades, with Drum and Fise, in warlike Nay, put out all your hands. Not one word more : Thus part we rich in sorrow, parting poor.

manner ; PARYNIA and TIMANDRA.

(Exeunt Servants. Alcib. What art thou there? O, the fierce • wretchedness that glory brings us ! Speak. Who would not wish to be from wealih exempt, Tim. A beast, as thou art. The canker knaw thy Since riches point to misery and contempt?

heart, Who'd be so mock'd with glory? or to live

For shewing me again the eyes of man! But in a dream of friendship?

Alcib. What is thy name i ls man so hateful to To have his pomp, and all what state compounds,

thee,
But only painted, like his varnish'd friends? That art thyself a man?
Poor honest lord, brought low by his own heart ; Tim. I am misanthropos, and hate mankind.
Undone by goodness! Strange, unusual blood +, For thy part, I do wish thou wert a dog,
When man's worst sin is, he does too much good! That I might love thee something.
Who then dares to be half so kind again?

Alcib. I know thee well;
For bounty, that makes gods, does still mar men. But in thy fortunes am unlearn'd and strange.
My dearest lord,-bless'd, to be most accursed, Tim. I know thee too ; and more, than that I
Rich, only to be wretched ;-thy great fortunes

know thee, Are made thy chief aflictions. Alas, kind lord I I not desire to know. Follow thy drum ; He's flung in rage from this ungrateful seat

With man's blood paint the ground, gules, goles : of monstrous friends nor has he with him to Religious canons, civil laws are cruel ; Sapply his life, or that which can cominand it. Then what should war be 1 This fell whore of thine I'll follow, and inquire him ont :

Hath in her more destruction than thy sword, I'll serve his mind with my best will;

For all her cherubim look.
Whilst I have gold, I'll be his steward still.

Phry. Thy lips rot off!
(Erit. Tim. I will not kiss thee; then the rot returns

To thine own lips again.
SCENE III.-The Woods.

Alcib. How came the noble Timon to this change!

Tim. As the moon does, by wanting light to give : Enter Timon.

But then renew I could not, like the moon ; Tim. O blessed breeding sun, draw from the There were no suns to borrow of. earth

Alcib. Noble Timon,
Rotten humidity ; below thy sister's orbě

What friendship may I do thee?
Infect the air; twinn'd broihers of one womb, – Tim. None, but to
Whose procreation, residence, and birth,

Maintain my opinion. Scarce is dividant,--touch them with several for- Alcib. What is it, Timon ? tunes;

Tim. Promise me friendship, but perform none : The greater scorns the lesser: not nature,

If
To whom all sores lay siege, can bear great fortvne, Thou wilt not promise, the gods plague thee, for
But by $ contempt of nature.

Thou art a man! If thou dost perform, confound Raise me this beggar, and denude that lord ;

thee, The senator shall bear contempt hereditary,

For thou’rt a man ! The beggar nalive honour.

Alcib. I have heard in some sort of thy miseries. It is the pasture lards the brother's sides,

Tim. Thou saw'st them, when I had prosperity. The want that makes him lean. Who dares, who Alcib. I see thein now; then was a blessed lime. dares,

Tim. As thine is now, held with a brace of har. In parity of manhood stand npright.

lots. And say, This man's a flatterer ? If one be,

T'iman. Is this the Athenian minion, whom the So are They all ; for every grize of fortune

world Is smooth'à by that below: the learned pate Voiced so regardfully? Ducks to the golden fool: all is oblique;

Tim. Art thou Timandra ? There's nothing level in our cursed nalures,

Timan. Yes. But direct villainy. Therefore, be abhorr'd

Tim. Be a whore still! They love thee not, that All feasts, societies, and throngs of nen!

use thee; His semblable, yea, himself, Timnon disdains : Give them diseases, leaving with thee their lust. Destruction fangi mankind !- Earth, yield me Make use of thy salt hours: season the slaves roots !

(Digging. For tubs, and baths; bring down rose-cheek'el Who seeks for better of thee, salce his palate

youth With thy most operant poison! What is here? To the tub-fast, and the diet 5. Gold I yellow, glittering, precious gold ! No, gods,

• No insincere or inconstant supplicant. Gold will • Hasty, precipitate.

not serve me instead of roots.

Sorrowful. Propensity, disposition.

* 6. e. Gold restores her to all the sweetness and i. e. The moon's, this sablanary world. freshness of youth. Birt hy is here used for without.

6 Alluding to the core of the les venerea, then Seize, gripe.

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Tinan. Hang thee, monster!

And mar men's sporring. Crack the lawyer's voice, Aleib. Pardon him, sweel Timandra; for his wits That he may never more false title plead, Are drown'd and lost in his calamities.

Nor sound his quillets shrilly : hoar the samen, I bare but little gold of late, brave Timon, That scolds against the quality of flesh, Ta: want whereof doth daily make revolt

And not believes himselt: down with the nose, la my penurious band : I have heard, and grieved, Down with it fat; take the bridge quite away How cursed Athens, inindless of thy worth, Of him, that his particular to foresee, Fergelling thy great deeds, when neighbour states, Smells from the general weal : make curl'd-pate Bat for thy sword and fortune, trod upon then,

ruffans bald ; Tim. I prigthee, beat thy drun, and get thee And let the unscarr'á braggarts of the war sone.

Derive some pain from you : plague all; Akib. I am thy friend, and pity thee, dear Ti- That your activity may defeat and quell mon,

The source of all erection.-There's more gold : Tix. How dost thou płty him, whom thou dost Do you damn others, and let this damn you, trouble?

And ditches grave + you all! I had rather be alone.

Phr. & Timan. More counsel with more money, Alib. Why, fare thee well :

bounteous Timon. Here's some gold for thee.

T'im. More whore, more mischief first; I have Tim. Keep't, I cannot eat it.

biven you earnest. Alcib. When I have laid proud Athens on a Alcib. Strike up the drum towards Athens. Fareheap,

well, Timon : Tia. Warr'st thou 'gainst Athens?

If I thrive well, I'll visit thee again. Alcib. Ay, Timnon, and have cause.

Tim. If I hope well, I'll never see thee more. Tix. The gods confound them all i'thy conquest; Alcib. I never did thee harm. and

Tim. Yes, thou spokest well of me. Thee after, when thou hast conquer'd!

Alcib. Call'st thou that harm? Alcib. Why me, Timon ?

Tim. Men daily find it such. Get thee away, Tim. That,

And take thy beagles with thee.
Be killing villains, thou wast born to conquer Alcib. We but offend him.-
W's country.

Strike.
Put up thy gold; go on,-here's gold,-go on ;

(Drums beats.-Exeunt Alcibiades, Phrynia, Be as a planetary plague, when Jove

and Timandra. Will o'er some high-viced city hang his poison Tim. That nature, being sick of man's unkindness, la the sick air: let not thy sword skip one: Should yet be hungry!--Common mother, thou, Prty not honour'd age for his white beard,

(Digging. He's an usurer: strike me the counterfeit matron; Whose womb unmeasurable, and infinite breasti, It is her habit only that is honest,

Teems, and feeds all; whose self same metlle, Hersell's a bawd : let not the virgin's cheek Whereof thy proud child, arrogant man, is puffd, Make soft thy trenchant. sword; for those milk. Engenders the black toad, and adder blue, paps,

The gilded newt, and eyeless venom'd worm ý, That through the window-bars bore at men's eyes, With all the abhorred births below crisp || heaven Are not within the leaf of pity writ,

Whereon Hyperion's quickening fire doth shine ; Set them down horrible traitors: spare not the Yield him, who all thy human sons doth hate, babe,

From forth thy plenteous bosom, one poor root! Whose dimpled smiles from fools exhaust their Ensear thy fertile and conceptious womb, mercy i

Let it no more bring out ingrateful man! Think it a bastard t, whom the oracle

Go great with tigers, dragons, wolves, and bears; Hath doubtfully pronounced thy throat shall cut, Teem with new monsters, whom thy upward face Ana mince itsans remorset: swear against objectsý; Hath to the marbled mansion all above Put armour on thine ears, and on thine eyes; Never presented 1-0, a root,-Dear thanks! Whose proof, nor yells of mothers, maids, nor Dry up thy marrows, vines, and plough-torn leas; babes,

Whereof ingrateful man, with liquorish draughts, Nor sight of priests in holy vestments bleeding, And morsels unctuons, greases his pure wind, Shall pierce a jnt. There's gold to pay thy soldiers : That froin it all consideration slips i Make large confusion; and, thy fury spent, Confounded be thyself! Speak not, be gone.

Enter APEMANTUS. Aleib. Hast thou gold yet? I'll take the gold More man? Plagne ! plague! thou givest me,

A pem. I was directed hither: men report, Not all thy counsel.

Thou dost affect my manners, and dost use them. Tim. Dost thou, or dost thou not, heaven's curse Tim. 'Tis then, because thou dost not keep a dog upon thee!

Whom I would imitate : consumption catch thee! Phr. & Timan, Give as some gold, good Timon : Apem. This is in thee a nature but affected; Hast thoni more?

A poor unmanly melancholy, sprung Tim. Enough to make a whore forswear her from change of fortune. Why this spade? this place? trade,

This slave-like habit? and these looks of care ? And to make whores, a bawd. Hold up, you sluts, Thy flatterers yet wear silk, drink wine, lie sost; Your aprons mountant : you are not onthable, Hiig their diseased perfumes, and have forgot Although, I know, you'll swear, terribly swear, That ever Timon was. Shame not these woods, Tato strong shudders, and to heavenly agues, By putting on the cunning of a carper.. The immortal gods that hear you,-spare your oaths, Be thou a fatierer now, and seek to thrive I'll trust to your conditions il : be whores still ; By that which has undone thee : hinge thy knee, And he whose pious breath seeks to convert you, And let his very breath, whom thou'lt observe, Be strong in whore, allure him, burn him up; Blow off thy cap; praise his mest vicious strain, Let your close fire predominale his smoke,

And call it excellent : thou wast told thus; And be no turncoats: yet may your pains, six Thou gavest thine ears, like tapsters, that bid velmonths,

come, Be quite contrary: and thatch your poor thin roofs To knaves, and all approachers : 'tis most just, With burdens of ihe dead ;-some that were hang'd, That thou turn rascal; hadst thou wealth again, No matter :-wear them, betray with them: whore Rascals should have't. Do not assume my likeness, still;

Tim. Were I like thee, I'd throw away myself. Paint till a horse may mire upon your face : Apem. Thou hast cast away thyself, being like A pox of wrinkles !

thyself; Phr. & T'iman. Well, more gold;-What then ? A madman so long, now a fool: what, think'st Believe't, that we'll do any thing for gold.

That the bleak air, thy boisterous chamberlain, Tim. Consumptions sow

Will put thy shirt on warm? Will these moss'd In hollow bones of man ; strike their sharp shing,

trees, • Cutting.

• Subtilties.

+ Entonıb. * An allusion to the tale of Edipasa

Boundless surface. * Without pity:

The serpent called the blind-worm. | Bent. t. e. Against objects of charity and compassion. C. e. Their diseased períuined mistresses. Vacations.

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IB And skip when thou point'st out? Will the cold Tim. Under that's above me. brook, Where feed'st thou o' days, Apemantus ?

: Candied with ice, caudle thy morning taste,

Apem. Where my stomach finds meat; or, raTo cure thy o'er-might's surfeit? Call the creather, where I eat ii. tures,

Tim. 'Would poison were obedient, and knew Whose naked natures live in all the spite Of wreakful heaven ; whose bare unhoused trunks, Apem. Where wouldst thou send it ? To the conflicting elements exposed,

T'im. To sauce thy dishes. Answer mere nature,-bid them Hatter thee; Apem. The middle of humanity thou never knew. 0! thou shalt find

est, but the extremity of both ends: when thou Tim. A fool of thee : Depart.

wast in thy gilt, and thy perfume, they mock'd Apem. I love thee better now than e'er I did. thee for too much curiosity. ; in thy rags thou Tim. I hate thee worse.

knowest none, but art despised for the contrary. Apem. Why?

There's a medlar for thee, eat it.
Tim. Thou Aatteriet misery.

Tim. On what I hate, I feed not.
Apem. I faller not; but say, thou art a caitis. Apem. Dost hate a medlar ?
T'im. Why dost thou seek me out

Tim. Ay, though it look like thee.
Apem. To vex thee.

Apem. An thou hadst hated meddlers sooner, 7'im. Always a villain's office, or a fool's.

thou shouldst have loved thyself better now. What Dost please thyself in't ?

man didst thou ever know unthrist, that was beApem. Ay.

loved after his means ! Tim. What: a knave too?

T'im. Who, without those means thou talkest of, Apem. If thou didst put this sour cold babit on didst thou ever know beloved ? To castigate thy pride, 'were well : but thon

Apem. Myself. Dost it enforcedly; thou'rlst courtier be again, Tim. I understand thee; thou hadst some means Wert thou not beggar. Willing misery.

to keep a dog. Outlives incertain pomp, is crown'd before: Apem. What things in the world canst thou nearThe one is filling soll, never complete;

est compare to thy fatterers ? The other, at high wish : best state, contentless, Tim. Women nearest ; but men, men are the Hath a distracted and most wretched being,

thin themselves. What wouldst thou do with Worse than the worst, content.

the world, Apemantus, if it lay in thy power? Thou shouldst desire to die, being iniserable.

Apem. Give it the beasts, to be rid of the men. Tim. Not by his breath t, that is more miserable, Tim. Wouldst thou have thyself fall in the conThou art a slave, whom Fortune's tender arm fusion of men,

and remain a beast with the beasts? With favour never clasp'd ; but bred a dog.

Apem. Ay, Timon. Hadst thou, like us, from our first swath t, pro- Tim. A beastly ambition, which the gods grant ceeded

thee to attain to! If thon wert the lion, the fox The sweet degrees that this brief world affords

would beguile thee: if thou wert the lamb, the fox To such as may the passive drugs of it

would eat thee: if thou wert the fox, the lion Freely command, thou wouldst have plunged thy would suspect thee, when, peradventure, thou wert self

accused by the ass: if thou wert ine ass, thy dal. In general riot; melted down thy yonth

ness would torment thee: and still thou livedst but In different beds of lust; and never learn'd as a breakfast to the wolf: if thou wert the wolf, The icy precepts of respecto, but follow'd

thy greediness would attict thee, and oft thou The sugar'd game before thee. But myself, shouldst hazard thy life for thy dinner: wert thou Who had the world as my confectionary ;.

the unicorn, pride and wrath would confound thee, The mouths, the tongues, the eyes, and hearts of and make thine own sell the conquest of thy fury

wert thou a bear, thou wouldst be kill'd by the in At duty, more than I could frame employment; horse; wert thou a horse, thou wouldst be seized That numberless upon me stuck, as leaves

by the leopard; wert thou a leopard, thon wert Do on the oak, have with one winter's brush german to the lion, and the spots of thy kindred Fell from their boughs, and left me open, bare were jurors on thy lite: all thy safety were remo. For every storm that blows;-1, to bear this, tion t; and thy defence, absence. What beast i That never knew but beller, is some burden: couldst thou be, that were not subject to a beast 18 Thy natare did commence in suflerance, lime And what a beast art thou already, that seest not Hath made thee hard in't. Why shouldst thou thy less in transformation! hate men

Apem. If thou couldst please me with speaking They never flatter'd thee: What hast thon given ? to me, thou might'st bave hit upon it here: the If thou wilt curse,-thy father, that poor rag, commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of $ Must be thy subject; who, in spite put stuff

beasts. To some she beggar, and compounded thee

T'im. How has the ass broke the wall, that thou Poor rogue hereditary. Hence! be gone!

art out of the city ? If thou hadst not been born the worst of men, Apem. Yonder comes a poet and a painier: the Thou hadst been a knave, and Matterer.

plage of company light upon thee! I will fear to Apem. Art thou proud yet ?

catch it, and give way: when I know not what Tim. Ay, that I am noi thee.

else to do, I'll see thee again. Apem. 1, that I was

T'im. When there is nothing living but thee, thou No prodigal.

shall be welcome. I had rather be a beggar's dog, Tim. I, ihat I am one now;

than Apemantus. Were all the wealth I have, shot up in thee,

Agem. Thou art the cap t of all the fools alive. I'd give thee leave to hang it. Get thee gone. Tim.'Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon, Thai the whole life of Athens were in this !

Apem. A plague on thee, thou art too bad to Thus would I eat it.

(Eating a Root.

curse. 4pem. Here: I will mend thy feast.

Tim. All villains, that do stand by thee, are [Ogering him something.

pure. Tim. First mend my company, take away thyseli. Apem. There is no leprosy but what thou speak'st. Apen. So I shall inend mine own, by the lack T'im. If I name thee.of thine.

I'll beat thee,-but I should infect my hands.
Tim. "Tis not well mended so, it is but botch'd ; Apem. I would, my longue conld rot them off !
If not, I would it were.

T'im. Away, thou issue of a mangy dog!
A pem. What wouldst thou have to Athens ? Choler does kill me, that thou art alive ;

Tim. Thee thither in a whirlwind. If thon wilt, I swoon :o see thee.
Tell them there I have gold; look, so I have. Apem. Would thou wouldst burst!
Apem. Here is no use for gold.

Tim. Away,
Tim. The best, and truest :

Thou tedious rogue ! I am sorry, I shall lose For here it sleeps, and does no hired harm. A stone by thee!

(Throws a Stone at him. • i. e. Arrives sooner at the completion of its • For too much finical delicacy. wishes.

+ Remotevess, the being placed at a distance + By his roice, sentence. * From infancy. from the lion.

The cold adinonitions of cautious prudence. The top, the principal.

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