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Timon; this to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast born Not seldom, nor no slight checks; when I a bastard, and thou'lt die a bawd.
have Page. Thou wast whelped a dog ; and thou Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate, shalt famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I And your great flow of debts. My dear-lov'd am gone.
time, Apem. Even so thou out-run'st grace. Fool, Though you hear now, (too late!) yet now's a I will go with you to lord Timon's.
The greatest of your having lacks a half Fool. Will you leave me there?
To pay your present debts. Apem. If Timon stay at home.-You three Tim. Let all my land be sold. serve three usurers ?
Flav. "Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and All Serv. Ay, 'would they served us !
gone; Apem. So would I,-as good a trick as ever And what remains will hardly stop the mouth hangman served thief.
Of present dues : the future comes apace : Fool. Are you three usurers' men ?
What shall defend the interim ? and at length All Serv. Ay, fool.
How goes our reckoning? Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend. servant: My mistress is one, and I am her Flav. O my good lord, the world is but a fool. When men come to borrow of your mas
word ;* ters, they approach sadly, and go away merry; Were it all yours to give it in a breath, but they enter my mistress' house merrily, and How quickly were it gone? go away sadly: The reason of this ?
Tim. You tell me true. Var. Serv. I could render one.
Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falseApem. Do it then, that we may account thee Call me before the exactest auditors, Chood, a whoremaster, and a knave; which, notwith. And set me on the proof. So the gods bless standing, thou shalt be no less esteemed.
me, Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool ? When all our officest have been oppress'd Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something With riotous feeders; when our vaults bave like thee. 'Tis a spirit: sometime, it appears
wept like a lord: sometime, like a lawyer'; sometime, With drunken spilth of wine; when every room like a philosopher, with two stones more than Hath blaz’d with lights, and bray'd with minhis artificial one: He is very often like a
strelsy; knight; and, generally in all shapes, that man I have retir’d me to a wasteful cock, goes up and down in, from fourscore to thir. And set mine eyes at flow. teen, this spirit walks in.
Tim. Pr’ythee, no more. Vur. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man : as
(sants, much foolery as I have, so much wit thou How many prodigal bits have slaves and pealackest.
This night englutted! Who is not Timon's? Apem. That answer might have become What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Apemautus.
lord Timon's? Au Sero. Aside, aside ; here comes lord Ti. Great Timon, poble, worthy, royal Timon? mon.
Ah! when the means are gone, that buy this
praise, Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS.
The breath is gone whereof this praise is made:
Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter Apem. Come with me, fool, come.
showers, Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder These flies are couch’d. brother, and woman; sometime, the philoso- Tim. Come, sermon me no further: pher. [Exeunt APEMANtus and Fool. No villanous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart; Flav. 'Pray you, walk near; I'll speak with Unwisely, pot ignobly, have I given. you anon,
[Exeunt Serv. Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conTim. You make me marvel : Wherefore, ere
science lack, this time,
To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart; Had you not fully laid my state before me ; If I would broach the vessels of my love, That I might so have rated my expense, And try the argumentg of hearts by borrowAs I had leave of means?
ing, Flav. You would not hear me,
Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use, 'At many leisures I propos’d.
As I can bid thee speak. Tim. Go to:
Flav. Assurance bless your thoughts! Perchance, some single vantages you took, Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine When my indisposition put you back ;
are crown'd,l! And thai unaptness made your minister, That I account them blessings; for by these Thus to excuse yourself.
Shall I try friends: You shall' perceive, bow Flav. O my good lord !
[friends. At many times I brought in my accounts, Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my Laid them before you; you would throw them within there, bo!-Flaminius! Servilius!
off, And say, you found them in mine honesty. Enter FLAMINIUS, SERVILIUS, and other When, for some trifling present, you have bid
Serv. My lord, my lord, Return so much,* I have shook my head, and wept;
* I. e. As the world itself may be comprised in a word, Yea, 'gainst the authority of manners, pray'd you might give it away in a breath you
+ The apartments allotted to culinary offices, &c. To hold your hand more close ; I did endure
i A pipe with a turning stopple running to waste.
if i would, (says Timon) by borrowing try of what
men's hearts are composed, what they have in them, &c. He does not mean, so great a sum, but a certain sum.
|| Dignified, made respectable,
Tim. I will despatch you severally.- You,
ACT III. to lord Lucius,
SCENE I.-The same.- A Room in LUCULLUS' To lord Lucullus you: 'I hunted with his
House. Honour to-day ;-You, to Sempronius; Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, FLAMINIUs waiting. Enter a Servant to him. say,
Serv. I have told my lord of you, he is com-
Lucul. (Aside. One of lord Timon's men ? a Tim. Go you, Sir, [To another Serv.) to the gift, I warrant. Why, this bits right; I dreamt senators,
of a silver basin and ewer to-night. Flami. (Of whom, even to the state's best health, I nius, honest Flaminius ; you are very respechave
(stant tively* welcome, Sir.- Fill me some wine.Deserv'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o’the in- [Exit Servant.]' And how does that honour. A thousand talents to me.
able, complete, free-hearted gentleman of Fluv. I have been bold,
Athens, thy very bountiful good lord and mas(For that I knew it the most general way,) ter? To them to use your signet, and your name; Flum. His health is well, Sir. But they do shake their heads, and I am here Lucul. I am right glad that his health is well, No richer in return.
Sir: And what hast thou there under thy cloak, Tim. Is't true? can it be?
pretty Flaminius? Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, Sir; voice,
which, in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat That now they are at fall,* want treasure, can- your honour to supply; who, haviug great and
instant occasion to use fifty talents, hath sent Do what they would; are sorry-you are hon- to your lordship to furnish him; nothing doubt. ourable,
ing your present assistance therein. But yet they could have wish'd—they know Lucul. La, la, la, la,—notbing doubting, says not-but
he? alas, good lord ! a noble gentleman tis, if Something hath been amissma noble nature he would not keep so good a house. Many a May catch a wrench-would all were well-time and often I have dined with him, and told 'tis pity
him on't; and come again to supper to him, of And so, intendingt other serious matters, purpose to have him spend less; and yet he After distasteful looks, and these hard frac-would embrace no counsel, take no warning tions,
by my coming. Every man has his fault, and With certain half-caps, ģ and cold-moving pods, honestyt is his; I have told him on't, but I They froze me into silence.
could never get him from it. Tim. You gods, reward them ! I pr’ythee, man, look cheerly; These old fel
Re-enter SERVANT, with wine. lows Have their ingratitude in them hereditary:
Sero. Please your lordship, here is the wine. Their blood is cak'd, 'tis cold, it seldom flows;
Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind wise. Here's to thee. And nature, as it grows again toward earth,
Flum. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. Is fashion'd for the journey, dull, and heavy:
Lucul. I have observed thee always for a toGo to Ventidius, (To a Serv.] Pr’ythee, (To and one that knows what belongs to reason :
wardly prompt spirit,-give thee thy due,Flavius,] be not sad, Thou art true, and honest; ingeniouslyll 1 and canst use the time well, if the time use speak,
thee well: good parts in thee.-Get you gone, No blame belongs to thee:-[To Serv.] Venti-Sirrah. [To the Servant,who goes out.) - Braw dius lately,
nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a boun. Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepp'd knowest well enough, although thou comest
tiful gentleman : but thou art wise; and thou Into a great estate: when he was poor, Imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends,
to me, that this is no time to lend money ; es. I clear’d him with five talents; Greet him from Here's three solidares for thee; good boy, wink
cially upon bare friendship, without security. Bid him suppose, some good necessity [me; at me, and say thou
saw'st me not. Fare thee Touches his friend, which craves to be re
well. member'd With those five talents :—that had,-[To Flav.]
Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much
differ; give it these fellows
[ness, To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak, or
And we alive, that liv'd ?: Fly, damned basethink,
To him that worships thee. That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can
*[Throwing the money away; Flav. I would, I could not think it; That fit for thy master.
Lucul. Ha! Now I see thou art a fool, and thought is bounty's foe;
(Exit LUCULLUS. Being free itself, it thinks all others so.
Flam. May these add to the number that may
scald thee! [Exeunt.
Let molten coin be thy damnation,
Thou disease of a friend, and not himself! 1. e. At an ebb. + Intending, had anciently the same meaning as attend
Has friendship such a faint and milky heart, ing. Broken hints, abrupt remarks.
It turns in less than two nights? () you gods, A half-cap is a cap slightly moved, not put off. For ingenuously.
* For respectfully. + Honesty here means liberality Liberal, not parsimonious.
11. e. And we who were alive then, alive now,
I feel my master's passion !* This slave say I was sending to use lord Timor myself, Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him: these gentlemen can witness; but I would not, Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment, for the wealth of Athens, I had done it vow, When he is turn'd to poison ?
Commend me bountifully to his good lordship; 0, may diseases only work upon't!
and I hope, his honour will conceive the fair. And, when he is sick to death, let not that est of me, because I have no power to be kind: part of nature
And tell him this from me, I count it one of Which my lord paid for, be of any power my greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot pleaTo expel sickness, but prolong his hour! sure such an honourable gentleman. Good
[Exil. Servilius, will you befriend me so far, as to
use mine own words to him? SCENE II.-The sume.- A public place. Ser. Yes, Sir, I shall. Enter LUCIUS, with three STRANGERS,
Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servi. lius.
[Erit SERVILIUS. Luc. Who, the lord Timon ? he is my very True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed; good friend, and an honourable gentleman. And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed. 1 Stran. We know him for no less, though
[Exit Lucius. we are but strangers to him. But I can tell i Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius? you one thing, my lord, and which I hear from 2 Strun. Ay, too well. common rumours; now lord Timon's happy 1 Stran. Why this hours are dones and past, and his estate Is the world's soul; and just of the same piece shrinks from him.
Is every flatterer's spirit. Who can call him Luc. Fie no, do not believe it; he cannot His friend, that dips in the same dish? for, in want for money,
My knowing, Timon hath been this lord's fa. 2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, And kept his credit with his purse; [ther, not long ago, one of his men was with the lord Supported his estate ; nay, Timon's money, Lucullus, to borrow so many talents; nay, Has paid his men their wages: He pe'er drinks, urged extremely sor't, and showed what ne. But Timon's silver treads upon his lip; cessity belonged to't, and yet was denied. And yet, (0, see the monstrousness of man Luc. How ?
When he looks out in an ungrateful shape!) 2 Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord. He does deny him, in respect of his,
Luc. What a strange case was that? now, What charitable men afford to beggars. before the gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied 3 Stran. Religion groans at it. that honourable man? there was very little I Stran. For mine own part, honour showed in't. For my own part, I must I never tasted Timon in my life, needs confess, I have received some small kind. Nor came any of his bounties over me, nesses from him, as money, plate, jewels, and To mark me for his friend; yet, I protest, such like trifles, nothing comparing to his; yet, For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue, bad he mistook him, and sent to me, I should And honourable carriage, ne'er have denied his occasion so many talents. Had his necessity made use of me,
I would have put my wealth into donation, Enter SERVILIUS.
And the best half should have return'd to him, Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord; I So much I love his heart: But, I perceive, have sweat to see his honour.-My honoured Men must learn now with pity to dispense: lord,
[To Lucius. For policy sits above conscience. (Eseunt. Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, Sir. Fare thee well:-Commend me to thy honour
SCENE III.-The same.- A Room in Sexable-virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend.
PRONIUS' House. Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath Enter SEMPRONIUS, and a Servant of Timon's. sentLuc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much
Sem. Must he needs tronble me in't? Humph! endeared to that lord; he's ever sending: How
'Bove all others ? shall I thank him, thinkest thou? And what He might have tried lord Lucius, or Lucullus; has he sent pow? Ser. He has only sent his present occasion Whom he redeem'd from prison: All these
And now Ventidius is wealthy too, now, my lord; requesting your lordship to Owe their estates unto him.
(three supply his instant use with so many talents. Serv. () my lord, Luc. I know, bis lordship is but merry with They have all been touch'd,t and found base me;
metal; for He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.
They have all denied him ? Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my
Sem. How! have they denied him? If his occasion were not virtuous,ll. (lord. Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him? I should not urge it half so faithfully. And does he send to me? Three? bumph
Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius? It shows but little love or judgement in him. Ser. Upon my soul, 'tis true, Sir.
Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfur
physicians, nish myself against such a good time, when I Thrive, give him over; Must I take the core might have shown myself honourable? how un.
[him, luckily it happened, that I should purchase the He has much disgrac'd me in't; I am angry at day before for a little part, and undo a great That might have known my place: I see do deal of honour?-Servilius, now before the
sepse fort, gods, I am not able to do't; the more beast, 1 But his occasions might have woo'd me first;
For, in my conscience, I was the first man * Suffering ; “By his bloody cross and passion.” Li-That e'er receiv'd gift from him: turgy
+ 1. e. His life. Acknowledge. Consumed. W “ If he did not want it for a good use.'
* Tl.is means, to put his wealth down in account as a donation.
And does he think so backwardly of me now, Luc, Sero. Mark, how strange it shows, That I'll requite it last? No: So it may prové Timon in this should pay more than he owes: An argument of laughter to the rest,
And e'en as if your lord should wear rich And I amongst the lords be thought a fool. And send for money for 'em. (jewels, I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, Hor. I am weary of this charge,* the gods He had sent to me first, but for my mind's
can witness : sake;
I know, my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth, I had such a courage* to do him good. But And now ingratitude makes it worse than now return,
stealth. And with their faint reply this answer join; 1 Var. Sero. Yes, mine's three thousand Who bates mine honour, shall not know my crowns: What's yours? coin.
[Exit. Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine. Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly 1 Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should villain. The devil knew not what he did,
seem by the sum, when he made man politic; he crossed himself Your master's confidence was above mine; by't: and I cannot think, but, in the end, the Else, surely, his had equall’d. villanies of man will set him clear. How fairly this lord strives to appear foul! takes
Enter FLAMINIUS. virtuous copies to be wicked; like those that, Tit. One of lord Timon's men. under hot ardent zeal, would set whole realms Luc. Serv. Flaminius! Sir, a word: 'Pray, on fire.
is my lord ready to come forth? Of such a nature is his politic love.
Flam. No, indeed, he is not. This was my lord's best hope ; now all are fled, Tit. We attend his lordship; pray, signify Save the gods only: Now his friends are dead, so much. Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows, wards
you are too diligent. (Exit FLAMINIUS. Many a bounteous year, must be employ'd Now to guard sure their master.
Enter Flavius in a cloak, muffied. And this is all a liberal course allows;
Luc. Serv. Ha! is not that his steward muf. Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his
fied so? house.t
(Exit. He goes away in a cloud: call him, call him. SCENE IV.-The same.-A Hall in Timon's Tit. Do you hear, Sir? House.
i Var. Serv. By your leave, Sir,
Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend?
of Lucius, meeting Titus, HORTENSIUS, and
"Twere sure enough. Why then preferr'd you Var. Serv. Well met; good-morrow, Titus
(eat and Hortensius.
Your sums and bills, when your false masters Tit. The like to you, kind Varro.
Of my lord's meat? Then they could smile, Hor. Lucius?
and fawn What, do we meet together?
Upon his debts, and take down the interest Luc. Serv. Ay, and, I think,
Into their gluttonous maws. You do your. One business does command us all; for wine
selves but wrong,
To stir me up; let me pass quietly:
Beliey't, my lord and I have made an end;
I have no more to reckon, be to spend.
Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not
Flav If 'twill not,
'Tis not so base as you; for you serve knaves. Luc. Serv. Welcome, good brother.
[Exit. What do you think the hour?
1 Var. Serv. How! what does his cashier'd Phi. Labouring for nine.
worship mutter? | Luc, Serv. So much?
2 Var. Serv. No matter what; he's poor, and Phi. Is not my lord seen yet?
that's revenge enough. Who can speak broader Lue. Serv. Not yet. Phi. I wonder on't; he was wont to shine at such may rail against great buildings.
than he that has no house to put his head in ? Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed
Tit. O, here's Servilius; now we shall know
Ser. If I might beseech you, gentlemen, 'Tis deepest winter in lord Timon's purse ;
To repair some other hour, I should much
Derive from it: for, take it on my soul,
My lord leans wond'rously to discontent.
His comfortable temper bas forsook him ;
[event. Hor. Most true, he does.
Luc. Serv. Many do keep their chambers, are Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's And, if it be so far beyond his health,
not sick: For which I wait for money.
[gift, Methinks, he should the sooner pay his debts, Hor. It is against my heart.
And make a clear way to the gods.
fear of duns.
upon you !
Ser. Good gods!
He is a man, setting his fate aside," Tit. We cannot take this for an answer, Sir. Of comely virtues : Flam. [Within.) Servilius, help!-my lord ! Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice; my lord !
(An honour in him which buys out his fault,)
But, with a noble fury, and fair spirit,
And with such sober and unnoted passiont Have I been ever free, and must my house
He did behavet his anger, ere 'twas spent, Be my retentive enemy, my jail:
As if he had but prov'd an argument. The place which I have feasted, does it now,
1 Sen. You undergo too strict a paradox, ģ Like all mankind, show me an iron heart? Striving to make an ugly deed look fair : Luc. Serv. Put in now, Titus.
Your words have took such pains, as if they Tit. My lord, here is my bill.
[ling Luc. Serv. Here's mine.
To bring manslaughter into form, set quarelHor. Serv. And mine, my lord.
Upon the head of valour; which, indeed, Both Var. Serv. And ours, my lord. Is valour misbegot, and came into the world Phi. All our bills.
When sects and factions were newly born; Tim. Knock me down with 'em ;* cleave me He's truly valiant, that can wisely suffer to the girdle.
The worst that man can breathe; and make Luc. Serv. Alas! my lord,
(lessly ; Tim. Cut my heart in sums.
His outsides; wear them like his raiment, careTit. Mine, fisty talents.
And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart, Tim. Tell out my blood.
To bring it into danger.
Tim. Five thousand drops pays that.. What folly 'tis, to hazard life for ill ?
Alcib. My lord, 1 Var. Serv. My lord,
1 Sen. You cannot make gross sins look clear; 2 Var. Serr. My lord,
To revenge is no valour, but to bear. Tim. Tear me, take me, and the gods fall Alcib. My lords, then, under favour, pardon [Exil. If I speak like a captain.
[me, Hor. 'Faith, I perceive our masters may Why do fond men expose themselves to battle, throw their caps at their money; these debts And not endure all threat'nings ? sleep upon it, may well be called desperate ones, for a mad- And let the foes quietly cut their throats, man owes 'em.
[Exeunt. Without repugnancy ? but if there be
Such valour in the bearing, what make we Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS.
Abroad ?|| why then, women are more valiant, Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, That stay at home, if bearing carry it; ,[lon, the slaves :
And th’ass, more captain than the lion; the leCreditors !-devils.
Loaden with irons,
wiser than the judge, Flav. My dear lord,
If wisdom be in suffering. O my lords, Tim. What if it should be so?
As you are great, be pitifully good: Flav. My lord,
Who cannot condemn rashness in cold blood ? Tim. I'll have it so :-My steward !
To kill, I grant, is sin's extremest gnst; Flav. Here, my lord.
But, in defence, by mercy, 'tis most just. * Tim. So fitly? Go, bid all my friends again, To be in anger, is impiety; Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius; all : But who is man, that is not angry? I'll once more feast the rascals.
Weigh but the crime with this.
2 Sen. You breathe in vain.
Were a sufficient briber for his life.
1 Sen. What's that? I charge thee; invite them all: let in the tide
Alcib, Why, I say, my lords, b'as done fair Ofknaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.
service, (Eseunt. And slain in fight many of your enemies :
How full of valour did he bear bimself SCENE V.—The same.-The Senate-House. In the last conflict, and made plenteous
wounds? The Senate sitting. Enter ALCIBIADES, attended.
2 Sen. He has made too much plenty with 1 Sen. My lord, you have my voice to it; the
'em, he Bloody ; 'tis necessary he should die: [fault's Is a sworn rioter: h’as a sin that often Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy:
Drowns him, and takes his valour prisoner: 2 Sen. Most true; the law shall bruise him. If there were no foes, that were enough alone Alcib. Honour, health, and compassion to To overcome him: in that beastly fury the senate!
He has been known to commit outrages, 1 Sen. Now, captain ?
And cherish factions : 'Tis inferr'd to us, Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues; His days are foul, and his drink dangerous. For pity is the virtue of the law, And none but tyrants use it cruelly.
* I. e. Putting this action of his, which was predeterIt pleases time, and fortune, to lie heavy mined by fate, out of the question. Upon a friend of mine, who, in hot blood,
+ 1. e. Passion so subdued that no spectator could note
its operation. Hath stepp'd into the law, which is past depth
1 Manage, govern.
You undertake a paradox too hard. To those that, without heed, do plunge into it. | What have we to do in the field?
I For aggravation. Timon quibbles. They present their written bills; *** Homicide in our own defence, by a merciful inter. he catches at the word, and alludes to bills or battle-axcs. pretation of the law is considered justifiable."