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Old Ath. This fellow here, Lord Timon, this Your lordship to accept. thy creature,


Painting is welcome. By night frequents my house. I am a man The painting is almost the natural man; That from my first have been inclin'd to thrift, For since dishonour traffics with man's nature, And my estate deserves an heir more rais'd 120 He is but outside: these pencil'd figures are 160 Than one which holds a trencher.

Even such as they give out. I like your work; Tim.

Well; what further? And you shall find I like it: wait attendance Old Ath. One only daughter have I, no kin Till you hear further from me. else,


The gods preserve you! On whom I may confer what I have got:

Tim. Well fare you, gentleman: give me The maid is fair, o' the youngest for a bride, 124 your hand;

164 And I have bred her at my dearest cost

We must needs dine together. Sir, your jewel In qualities of the best. This man of thine Hath suffer'd under praise. Attempts her love: I prithee, noble lord,


What, my lord! dispraise? Join with me to forbid him her resort; 128 Tim. A mere satiety of commendations. Myself bave spoke in vain.

If I should pay you for 't as 'tis extollid, Tim.

The man is honest. It would unclew me quite. Old Alh. Therefore he will be, Timon:


My lord, 'tis rated His honesty rewards him in itself;

As those which sell would give: but you well It must not bear my daughter.

know, Tim.

Does she love him? 132 Things of like value, differing in the owners, Old Ath. She is young and apt:

Are prized by their masters. Believe 't, dear Our own precedent passions do instruct us


172 What levity's in youth,

You mend the jewel by the wearing it. Tim. [TO LUCILIUS.) Love you the maid? Tim. Well mock'd. Luc. Ay, my good lord, and she accepts of it. Mer. No, my good lord; he speaks the comOld Ath. If in her marriage my consent be mon tongue, missing, 137 Which all men speak with him.

176 I call the gods to witness, I will choose

Tim. Look, who comes here. Will you be
Mine heir from forth the beggars of the world, chid?
And dispossess her all.
How shall she be endow'd,

If she be mated with an equal husband? 141 Jew. We'll bear, with your lordship.
Old Ath. Three talents on the present; in Mer.

He'll spare none. future, all.

Tim. Good morrow to thee, gentle ApemanTim. This gentleman of mine hath serv'd me tus! long:

Apem. Till I be gentle, stay thou for thy good To build his fortune I will strain a little, 144 morrow;

180 For 'tis a bond in men. Give him thy daughter; When thou art Timon's dog, and these knaves What you bestow, in him I'll counterpoise,

honest. And make him weigh with her.

Tim. Why dost thou call them knaves? thou Old Ath.

Most noble lord, know'st them not. Pawn me to this your honour, she is his.


Apem. Are they not Athenians? Tim. My hand to thee; mine honour on my Tim. Yes.

184 promise.

Apem. Then I repent not. Luc. Humbly I thank your lordship: never Jew. You know me, Apemantus? may

Apem. Thou know'st I do; I call'd thee by That state or fortune fall into my keeping thy name. Which is not ow'd to you!

152 Tim. Thou art proud, Apemantus. [Exeunt LUCILIUS and Old Athenian. Apem. Of nothing so much as that I am not Poet. Vouchsafe my labour, and long live like Timon. your lordship!

Tim. Whither art going?

192 Tim. I thank you; you shall hear from me Apem. To knock out an honest Athenian's

brains. Go not away. What have you there, my friend? Tim. That's a deed thou 'lt die for. Pain. A piece of painting, which I do be- Apem. Right, if doing nothing be death by seech 156 l the law.




to us.








Tim. How likest thou this picture, Apeman- Tim. Pray, entertain them; give them guide tus?

[Exeunt some Attendants. Apem. The best, for the innocence. 200 You must needs dine with me. Go not you hence Tim. Wrought he not well that painted it? Till I have thanked you; when dinner 's done,

Aper. He wrought better that made the show me this piece. I am joyful of your sights. painter; and yet he's but a filthy piece of work. Pain. You're a dog.

Enter ALCIBIADES, with his Company. Apem. Thy mother's of my generation: Most welcome, sir! what's she, if I be a dog?

So, so, there!

257 Tim. Wilt dine with me, Apemantus?

Aches contract and starve your supple joints! Apem. No; I eat not lords.

208 That there should be small love 'mongst these Tim. Anthou shouldst, thou'dst anger ladies. sweet knaves,

Apem. O! they eat lords; so they come by And all this courtesy! The strain of man's great bellies.

bred out Tim. That's a lascivious apprehension. 212 Into baboon and monkey.

Apem. So thou apprehendest it, take it for Alcib. Sir, you have sav'd my longing, and thy labour.

I feed Tim. How dost thou like this jewel, Ape Most hungerly on your sight. mantus?


Right welcome, sir! Apem. Not so well as plain-dealing, which Ere we depart, we'll share a bounteous time 264 will not cost a man a doit.

In different pleasures. Pray you, let us in. Tim. What dost thou think 'tis worth?

(Exeunt all except APEMANTUS. Apem. Not worth my thinking. How now, poet!

Enter two Lords, Poet. How now, philosopher!

First Lord. What time o'day is't, A pemantus? Apem. Thou liest.

Apem. Time to be honest. Poet. Art not one?

First Lord. That time serves still. Apem. Yes.

Apem. The more accursed thou, that still Poet. Then I lie not.

omitt'st it. Apem. Art not a poat?

Sec. Lord. Thou art going to Lord Timon's Poet. Yes.

228 feast? Apem. Then thou liest: look in thy last work, Apem. Ay; to see meat fill knaves and wine where thou hast feigned him a worthy fellow. beat fools.

272 Poet. That's not feigned; he is so. 231

Sec. Lord. Fare thee well, fare thee well. Apem. Yes, he is worthy of thee, and to pay Apem. Thouarta foolto bid me farewell twice. thee for thy labour: he that loves to be flattered Sec. Lord. Why, Apemantus? is worthy o' the flatterer. Heavens, that I were Apem. Shouldst have kept one to thyself, for a lord!

235 I mean to give thee none. Tim. What wouldst do then, Apemantus? First Lord. Hang thyself! Apem. Even as Apemantus does now; hate Apem. No, I will do nothing at thy bidding: a lord with my heart.

238 make thy requests to thy friend. Tim. What, thyself?

Sec. Lord. Away, unpeaceable dog! or I'll Apem. Ay.

spurn thee hence. Tim. Wherefore?

Apem. I will fly, like a dog, the heels of an Apem. That I had no angry wit to be a lord. ass.

(Exit. Art not thou a merchant?

First Lord. He's opposite to humanity. Mer. Ay, Apemantus.

244 Come, shall we in, Apem. Traffic confound thee, if the gods will And taste Lord Timon's bounty? he outgoes not!

The very heart of kindness. Mer. If traffic do it, the gods do it.

Sec. Lord. He pours it out; Plutus, the god Apem. Traffic's thy god, and thy god con- gold, found thee!


Is but his steward: no meed but he repays

Sevenfold above ithelf; no gift to him Trumpet sounds. Enter a Servant. But breeds the giver a return exceeding 291 Tim. What trumpet's that?

All use of quittance. Serv. 'Tis Alcibiades, and some twenty horse, First Lord. The noblest mind be carries All of companionship.

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Sec. Lord. Long may he live in fortunes! Apem. Let me stay at thine apperil, Timon: Shall we in?

295 I come to observe; I give thee warning on 't. First Lord. I'll keep you company. (Exeunt. Tim. I take no heed of thee; thou’rt an

Athenian, therefore, welcome. I myself would SCENE II.The Same. A Room of State in have no power; prithee, let my meat make thee TIMON'S House. silent.


Apem. I scorn thy meat; 'twould choke me, Hautboys playing loud music. A great banquet

for I should served in; FLAVIUS and Others attending: Ne'er flatter thee. O you gods! what a number then enter LORD TIMON, ALCIBIADES, Lords, Of men eat Timon, and he sees them not. and Senator3, VENTIDIUS and Attendants. It grieves me to see so many dip their meat Then comes, dropping after all, APEMANTUS In one man's blood; and all the madness is, discontentedly, like himself. He cheers them up too.

44 Ven. Most honour'd Timon,

I wonder men dare trust themselves with It hath pleas'd the gods to remember my father's age,

Methinks they should invite them without And call him to long peace.

knives; He is gone happy, and has left me rich:

4 | Good for their meat, and safer for their lives. Then, as in grateful virtue I am bound

There's much example for’t; the fellow that 48 To your free heart, I do return those talents, Sits next him now, parts bread with him, and Doubled with thanks and service, from whose pledges help

The breath of him in a divided draught, I deriv'd liberty.

Is the readiest man to kill him: 't has been Tim.

O! by no means, Honest Ventidius; you mistake my love; If I were a huge man, I should fear to drink at I gave it freely ever; and there's none


52 Can truly say he gives, if he receives:

Lest they should spy my wind-pipe's dangerous If our betters play at that game, we must not notes: dare

12 Great men should drink with harness on their To imitate them; faults that are rich are fair. throats. Ven. A noble spirit.

Tim. My lord, in heart; and let the health [They all stand ceremoniously looking

on TIMON. Sec. Lord. Let it flow this we.y, my good lord. Tim. Nay, my lords, ceremony was but devis'd

Apem. Flow this way! A brave fellow! he at first

keeps his tides well. Those healths will make To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, thee and thy state look ill, Timon. Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown; 17 Here's that which is too weak to be a sinner, 60 But where there is true friendship, there needs Honest water, which ne'er left man i' the none.

mire: Pray, sit; more welcome are ye to my fortunes This and my food are equals, there's no Than my fortunes to me.

[They sit.

odds: First Lord. My lord, we always have con- Feasts are too proud to give thanks to the gods. fess'd it.

Immortal gods, I crave no pelf; 64 Apem. Ho, hol confess'd it; hang'd it, have

I pray for no man but myself:

Grant I may never prove so fond, Tim. Ol Apemantus, you are welcome.

To trust man on his oath or bond;

68 Apem.

Or a harlot for her weeping;

Or a dog that seems a-sleeping;
You shall not make me welcome:


Or a keeper with my freedom; I come to have thee thrust me out of doors.

Or my friends, if I should need 'em. Tim. Fie! thou’rt a churl; ye've got a

Amen. So fall to't:

72 humour there

Rich men sin, and I eat root.

[Eats and drinks. Does not become a man; 'tis much to blame. They say, my lords, Ira furor brevis est; 28 Much good dich thy good heart, Apemantus! But yond man is ever angry.

Tim. Captain Alcibiades, your heart's in the Go, let him have a table by himself,

field now.

76 For he does neither affect company,

Alcib. My heart is ever at your service, my Nor is he fit for it, indeed.

go round.


you not?

32 / lord.


Tim. You had rather be at a breakfast of enemies than a dinner of friends.


Enter CUPID. Alcib. So they were bleeding.new, my lord, Cup. Hail to thee, worthy Timon; and to there's no meat like 'em: I could wish my best all friend at such a feast.

That of his bounties taste! The five best senses Apem. 'Would all those flatterers were thine Acknowledge thee their patron; and come enemies then, that then thou mightst kill 'em freely

132 and bid me to 'em.

86 To gratulate thy plenteous bosom. Th'ear, First Lord. Might we but have that happi- Taste, touch, smell, pleas'd from thy table rise; ness, my lord, that you would once use our They only now come but to feast thine eyes. hearts, whereby we might express some part Tim. They are welcome all; let 'em bare of our zeals, we should think ourselves for ever kind admittance:

136 perfect.

91 Music, make their welcome! (Exit CUPID. Tim. Oi no doubt, my good friends, but the First Lord. Yoù see, my lord, how ample gods themselves have provided that I shall have you're belov'à. much help from you: how had you been my friends else? why have you that charitable title Music. Re-enter CUPID, with a masque of from thousands, did not you chiefly belong to

Ladies as Amazons, with lutes in their my heart? I have told more of you to myself hands, dancing and playing. than you can with modesty speak in your own Apem. Hoy-day! what a sweep of vanity behalf; and thus far I confirm you. O you comes this way: gods! think I, what need we have any friends, if They dancel they are mad women. we should ne'er have need of 'em? they were the Like madness is the glory of this life, most needless creatures living should we ne'er As this pomp shows to a little oil and root. have use for 'em, and would most resemble We make ourselves fools to disport ourselves; sweet instruments hung up in cases, that keep And spend our flatteries to drink those men 144 their sounds to themselves. Why, I have often Upon whose age we void it up again, wished myself poorer that I might come nearer With poisonous spite and envy. to you. We are born to do benefits; and what Who lives that's not depraved or depraves? better or properer can we call our own than the Who dies that bears not one spurn to their riches of our friends? Or what a precious com. graves

148 fort ’tis, to have so many, like brothers, com. Of their friend's gift? manding one another's fortunes. O joyl e'en I should fear those that dance before me now made away ere it can be born. Mine eyes cannot Would one day stamp upon me: it has been hold out water, methinks: to forget their faults, done; I drink to you.

Men shut their doors against a setting sun. 152 Apem. Thou weepest to make them drink, Timon,

The Lords rise from table, with much adoring Sec. Lord. Joy had the like conception in our

of TIMON; and to show their loves each singles eyes,

out an Amazon, and all dance, men with And, at that instant, like a babe, sprung up.

women, a lofty strain or two to the hautboys,

and cease. Apem. Ho, hol I laugh to think that babe a bastard.

Tim. You have done our pleasures much Third Lord. I promise you, my lord, you grace, fair ladies, mov'd me much.

120 Set a fair fashion on our entertainment, Apem. Much!

[Tucket sounded. Which was not half so beautiful and kind; Tim. What means that trump?

You have added worth unto 't and lustre, 156

And entertain'd me with mine own device; Enter a Servant.

I am to thank you for 't.

How now! First Lady. My lord, you take us even at the Serv. Please you, my lord, there are certain best. ladies most desirous of admittance.

Apem. Faith, for the worst is filthy; and Tim. Ladies? What are their wills?

would not hold taking, I doubt me. Sery. There comes with them a forerunner, Tim. Ladies, there is an idle banquet my lord, which bears that office, to signify their Attends you: please you to dispose yourselves. pleasures.

All Lad. Most thankfully, my lord. 164 Tim. I pray, let them be admitted.

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Tim. Flavius!

Not without fair reward. Flav. My lord!

Flav. [Aside.] What will this come to? Tim. The little casket bring me hither. He commands us to provide, and give great

Flav. Yes, my lord. [Aside.] More jewels yet! gifts, There is no crossing him in 's bumour; 168 And all out of an empty coffer: Else I should tell him well, i' faith, I should, Nor will be know his purse, or yield me this, When all's spent, he'd be cross'd then, an he To show him what a beggar bis heart is, 204 could.

Being of no power to make his wishes good. 'Tis pity bounty had not eyes behind,

His promises fly so beyond his state That man might ne'er be wretched for his mind. That what he speaks is all in debt; he owes

[Exit. For every word: he is so kind that he now 208 First Lord. Where be our men?

173 Pays interest for't; his land's put to their Serv. Here, my lord, in readiness.

books. Sec. Lord. Our horses!

Well, would I were gently put out of office

Before I were forc'd out!
Re-enter FLAVIUS with the Casket.

Happier he that has no friend to feed Tim. O, my friends! I have one word to say Than such as do e'en enemies exceed. 176 I bleed inwardly for my lord.

[Exit. Look you, my good lord,


You do yourselves I must entreat you, honour me so much Much wrong, you bate too much of your own As to advance this jewel; accept it and wear it, merits: Kind my lord.

180 Here, my lord, a trifle of our love. First Lord. I am so far already in your Sec. Lord. With more than common thanks gifts

I will receive it. All. So are we all.

Third Lord. Ol he's the very soul of bounty.

Tim. And now I remember, my lord, you Enter a Servant.

gave Serv. My lord, there are certain nobles of the Good words the other day of a bay courser 220

I rode on: it is yours, because you lik'd it. Newly alighted, and come to visit you. 184 Third Lord. O! I beseech you, pardon me, Tim. They are fairly welcome.

my lord, in that. Flαν.

I beseech your honour, Tim. You may take my word, my lord; I Vouchsafe me a word; it does concern you know no man

Can justly praice but what he does affect:

224 Tim. Nearl why then another time I'll hear I weigh my friend's affection with mine own; thee.

I'll tell you true. I'll call to you. I prithee, let's be provided to show them enter- All Lords.

O1 none so welcome. tainment.

188 Tim. I take all and your several visitations Flav. [Aside.] I scarce know how.

So kind to heart, 'tis not enough to give; 228

Methinks, I could deal kingdoms to my friends,
Enter another Servant.

And ne'er be weary. Alcibiades,
Sec. Serv. May it please your honour, Lord Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich;

It comes in charity to thee; for all thy living
Out of his free love, hath presented to you Is 'mongst the dead, and all the lands thou hast
Four milk-white horses, trapp'd in silver. 192 Lie in a pitch'd field.
Tim. I shall accept them fairly; let the Alcib.

Ay, defil'd land, my lord. presents

First Lord. We are so virtuously bound,Be worthily entertain'd.


And so
Am I to you.
Enter a third Servant.

Sec. Lord. So infinitely endear'd, -
How now! what news? Tim. All to you. Lights, more lights!
Third Serv. Please you, my lord, that honour- First Lord.

The best of happiness, able gentleman, Lord Lucullus, entreats your Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, Lord company to-morrow to hunt with him, and has Timon! sent your honour two brace of greyhounds. 198 Tim. Ready for his friends. Tim. I'll hunt with him; and let them be

(Exeunt ALCIBIADES, Lords, &c. receiv'd,


What a coil's here!



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