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Descend, and open your uncharged ports:
pass his quarter, or offend the stream
'Tis most nobly spoken. Alcib. Descend, and keep your words.
The Senators descend, and
Enter a Soldier.
Sol. My noble general, Timon is dead; Entomb’d upon the very hem o'the sea: And, on his grave-stone, this insculpture; which With wax I brought away, whose soft impression Interprets for my poor ignorance. Alcib. [Reads.] Here lies a wretched corse, of
wretched soul bereft: Seek not my name: A plugue consume you wicked
caitiff's left! Here lie I Timon; who, alive, all living men did hate: Pass by, and curse thy fill; but pass, and stay not here
thy guit. These well express in thee thy latter spirits :
Though thou abhorr'dst in us our human griefs,
war; make each Prescribe to other, as each other's leech.Let our drunis strike,
BREATH'D as it were-] Breath'd is inured by constant practice; số trained as not to be wearied. To breathe a horse, is to exercise him for the course.
JOHNSON. ? When we for recompence, &c.] We must here suppose the poet busy in reading his own work; and that these three lines are the introduction of the poem addressed to Timon, which he afterwards gives the painter an account of.
WARBURTON. $ In a wide sea of war :) In ancient times men wrote upon tablets of wax with a graver or stile. This custom does not seem to have ceased in England till as late as the reign of Richard II.
4 I'll unbolt to you.] I'll explain; i'll unlock my mind.
properties–) Appropriates, makes his own. o even he drops down, &c.) Either Shakspeare meant to put a falshood into the mouth of his poet, or VOL. X.
had not yet thoroughly planned the character of Apemantus;
for in the ensuing scenes, his behaviour is as cynical to Timon as to the rest. i-conceived to scope.] Imagined properly.
our condition.] Our art; The subject would be well expressed in a picture.
9 A thousand moral paintings I can shew.] Shakspeare seems to intend in this dialogue to express some competition between the two great arts of imitation. Whatever the poet declares himself to have shewn, the painter thinks he could have sbewn better.
JOHNSON. 10 'Tis not enough, &c.] This thought is better expressed by Dr. Madden in his elegy on archbishop Boulter.
-He thought it mean Only to help the poor to breg again. JOHNSON. Mr. Steevens hints, that Madden paid ten guineas to Johnson for correcting this Blegy.
u Therefore he will be, Timon:] The thought is closely expressed, and obscure : but this seems the meaning, If the man be honest, my lord, for that reuson he will be so in this; and not endeavour at the injustice of gaining my daughter without my consent.
WAR BURTON. 12 It would unclew mem] To unclew, is to unwind a ball of thread. To unclew a man, is to draw out the whole mass of his fortunes.
JOHNSON. 13 Enter APEMANTUS.) See this character of a cynic