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To the protection of the prosperous gods,

And made us speak like friends :- this man was As thieves to keepers.


From Alciabiades to Timon's cave,
Flav. Stay not, all's in vain.
Tim. Why, I was writing of my epitaph,

With letters of entreaty, which imported
It will be seen to-morrow ; My long sickness

His fellowship i’the cause agaiust your city, of health, + and living, now begins to mend, In part for his sake mov'd. And nothing brings me all things. Go, live

Enter SENATORs from Timox. still ; Be Alcibiades your plague, you his,

1 Sen. Here come our brothers. And last so long enough!

2 Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him ex. 1 Sen. We speak in vain.


Cing, Tim. But yet I love my country : and am not the enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scour:

Doth choke the air with dust : in and prepare ; One that rejoices in the common wreck, As common bruit | doth put it.

Ours is the fall, I fear ; our foes, the snare. i Sen. That's well spoke.

(Exeunt. Tim. Commend me to my loving country.

SCENE IV.-The Woods.-Timon's Cave, men,1 Sen. These words become your lips as they

and a Tomé-stone seen. pass througb them.

Enter a SOLDIER, seeking Timon. 2 Sen. And enter in our ears like great triúmphers

Sol. By all description this should be the In their applauding gates.

place. Tim. Commend me to them;

Who's here? speak, ho !--No answer ?-What is And tell them, that, to ease them of their griefs,

this ? Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, Timon is dead, who hath outstretch'd his span : Their pangs of love, with other incident throes Some beast rear'd this ; there does not live a man. That nature's fragile vessel doth sustain

Dead, sure ; and this his grave.In lite's uncertain voyage, I will some kinduess do What's on this tomb I cannot read; the character them :

I'll take with wax. I'll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades' Our captain hath in every figure skill ; wrath.

An ag'd interpreter, though young in days : 2 Sen. I like this well, be will returu again. Before proud Athens he's set down by this. Tim. I have a tree, which grows here in my Whose fall the mark of his ambition is. close,

[Exit. That mine own use invites me to cut down, And shortly must I fell it; Tell my friends, SCENE V.-Before the Walls of Athens. Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree, From high to low throughout, that whoso please

Trumpets sound. Enter ALCIBIADES, and

To stop affliction, let him take his haste,
Come hither, ere my tree hath felt the axe,

Alcib. Sound to this coward and lascivioas town Aud hang himself :- I pray you do my greet. Our terrible approach. (A Parley sounded. ing.

Enter SENATORS on the Walls. Flav. Trouble him no further, thus you still shall find him.

Till now you have gone on, and fill'd the time Tim. Come not to me again : but say to with all licentious measure, making your wills Athens,

The scope of justice ; till now, myself, and Timon hath made his everlasting mansion

such Upon the beached verge of the salt food;

As slept within the shadow of your power, Which once a day with his embossed froth | Have wander'd with our travers'd arms, and The turbulent surge sball cover ; thither come,

breath'd, And let my grave-stone be your oracle,

Our sufferance vainly: Now the time is flush + Lips, let sour words go by, and language end : When crouching marrow, in the bearer strong, What is amiss, plague and infection mend ! Cries, of itself, No more : now breathless wrong, Graves only be men's works; and death, their Sball sit and pant in your great chairs of ease; gain!

Avd pursy insolence shall break his wind, Sun, bide thy beams! Timon hath done bis With fear and horrid fight. reign.

(Erit Timon. 1 Sen. Noble and young, 1 Sen. His discontents are unreinoveably

When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit, Coupled to nature.

Ere thou hadst power, or we bad cause of fear, 2 Sen. Our hope in him is dead : let us re- We sent to thee; to give thy rages balm, turn,

To wipe out our ingratitude with loves
And strain what other means is left unto us Above their quantity.
In our dear peril.

2 Sen. So did we woo
3 Sen. It requires swift foot. [Exeunt. Transformed Timon to our city's love,

By humble message, and by promis'd means; t SCENE III.-The IValls of Athens.

We were not all unkind, nor all deserve

The common stroke of war. Enter tuo SENATORS, and a MESSENGER. 1 Sen. These walls of ours 1 Sen. Thou hast painfully discover'd ; are his Were not erected by their bands, from whom files

You have receiv'd your griefs : nor are they such, As full as thy report?

Than these great towers, trophies, and schools Mess. I have spoke the least :

should fall Besides, his expedition promises

For private faults in them. Present approach.

2 Sen. Nor are they living, 2 Sen. We staad much hazard, if they bring who were the motives that you first went out; not Timor.

Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess Mess. I met a courier, one mine ancient Hath broke their hearts. Marchi, noble lord, friend ;-

Into our city with thy banners spread :
Whom, though in general part we were oppos'd, By decimation, and a tithed death,
Yet our old love made a particular force,

(If thy revenges hunger for that food,

Which nature loaths,) take thou the destin'd • The gods who especially dispense prosperity.

tenth ; + The disease of life is drawing to a period. Report. $ In due succession from highest to

• Arms revers'd.

+ Marure. lowest. | Suolleu froth. 9 Dreadful.

* I., By promising bim a competent subsistence.

And by the hazard of the spotted die,

Both. 'Tis most nobly spoken. Let die the spotted.

Alció. Descend, and keep your words. 1 Sen. All have not offended ; For those that were, it is not square, to take,

The SENATORS descend, and open the Gates. On those that are, revenges : crimes like lands,

Enter a SOLDIER. Are not inherited. Then, dear countryman, Bring in thy ranks, but leave without thy rage : Sold. My noble general, Timon is dead; Spare tby Athenian cradle, and those kin, Entornb'd upon the very hem o'the sea : Which, in the bluster of thy wrath, must fall, And ou bis grave-stone, this insculpture ; which With those that have offended : like a shepherd, With wax I brought away, whose soft iinpressio Approach the fold, and cull the infected forth. luterprets for my poor ignorance. But kill not altogether. 2 Sen. What thou wilt,

Alcib. (Reads.) Here lies a wretched corse, Tbou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile.

of wretched soul berest: Than hew to't with thy sword.

Seek not my name : 4 plague consume you6 1 Sen. Set but thy foot

wicked caitiffs left! Against our rampir'd gates, and they shall ope : Here lie 1 Timon ; who, alive, all living men So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before,

did hate : To say, thou'lt enter friendly.

Pass by, and curse thy fill ; but pass, and 2 Sen. Tbrow thy glove.

stay not here thy gait. Or any token of thine honour else, That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress, These well express in thee thy latter spirits : And not as our confusion, all thy powers Though thou abhorr'dst in us our human griefs, Shall make their harbour in our town, till we Scorn'dst our brain's flow, and those our drop Have seal'd thy full desire.

lets which Alcib. Then there's my glove ;

From niggard nature fall, yet rich conceit Descend, and open your uncharged ports it Taught thee to make vast Neptune weep for aye Tbose enemies of Timon's, and mine owl, On thy low grave, on faults forgiven. Dead Whom you yourselves shall set out for reproof, Is noble Timon ; of whose memory Fall, and no more : and,--to atone * your fears

Hereafter more.-Cring me into your city With my more noble meaning,-not a man And I will use the olive with my sword : Shall pass bis quarter, or offend the stream Make war breed peace; make peace stint t war; of regular justice in your city's bounds,

make each But shall be remedied, to your public laws Prescribe to other, as each other's leech.. Al heaviest answer.

Let our druns strike.

(Ereunt. • Not regular, nat equitable.

• I. e. Our tears. Veattacked gates. • Reconcile.




LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. THIS play, the authorship of which has been much disputed, was probably written about the year 1908. Popo

rauks it among the wretched pieces,” which cannot be attributed to Shakspeare ; but Malone, who divided it into scenes, considers the internal evidence, (such as the congenial sentiments, the situation of the persons, the colour of the style, and the similitude of its expressions, to passages in his undisputed dramas) suffici eatly decisive as to his having written the last three acts, and occasional portions of the preceding two. Indeed, unless it be considered as the production of some inferior playwright, amended by Shakspeare, an earlier date must be assigned to its production, than acknowledged authorities will warrant ; for no play in the English language is so incorrect as this--the metre is seldom attended to---verse is frequently printed as prose--and the grossest errors appear throughout. With all these faults, however, it is mentioned as a very popular per formance ; and may still be read with pleasure ; for it abounds with situations of difficulty and danger, is full of bustle and vivacity, the interest never lags, and the results are all gratifying. Some of the dialogues are nevertheless gross and nonsensical -- those which take place in the brothel are superlatively disgusting, nop can they be excusedby the moral intended to be drawn from them. Steevens, upon this portion, has judiciously remarked, that Marina, who is designed for a character of juvenile innocence, appears inuch tou knowing in the impurities of a brothel ; nor are her expressions more chastised than her ideas. The unities of time and place are equally outraged : the action of the piece is alternately occurring at Antioch in Syria---Tyre in Phænicia---Tarsus in Cilicia---Mitylene in the island of Lesbos--and Ephesus the capital of lonin. The story on which the play is founded, is of great antiquity ; but the dramatic hero bears no resemblance to his great Athenian namesake. It is taken from the history of Appolonius, king of Tyre, in the Gesta Romanorum, a very old book ; which is also related by Gower, in his Confessio Amantis, a poem. Many incidents of the play inay be found in the latter work, and even a few of its particular expressions; and, therefore, as Gower himself is introduced, (like the chorus of old) it is reasonable to suppose that Shakspeare chiefly followed the work of that poet.

ANTIOCHUS, King of Antioch.

GOWER, as Chorus.
Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
}Two Lords of Tyre.

THE DAUGATER of Antiochus.

DIONYZA, Wife to (leon. SIMONIDES, King of Pentapolis.

THAISA, Daughter to Simonides. CLEON, Governor of Tharsus.

MARINA, Daughter to Pericles and Thaisa. LYSIMACHUS, Governor of Mitylene.

LYCHORIDA, Nurse to Murina.
CERIXOX, e Lord of Ephesus.

THALIARD, a Lord of Antioch.
PHILEMON, Servant to Cerimon.

Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, SadLEONINE, Servant to Dionyra.-MARSHAL.

lors, Pirates, fishermen, and NiessenA PANDAR, and his WiFi.-Boult, their Ser. ger, sc. vant.

SCENE, dispersedly in various countries.


Enter GOWER.
Before the Palace of Antioch.
To sing a song of old " was sung,
From ashes ancient Gower is come;
Assuming mau's infirmities,
To glad your ear, and please your eyes.
It bath been sung at festivals,
On ember-eves, and holy ales ; +
And lords and ladies of their lives
Have read it for restoratives :
'Purpose to make men glorious;
Et qun antiquius, eo melius
If you, bom in these latter tiines,
When wit's more ripe, accept my roymes,
And that to hear an old man sins,
May to your wishes pleasure brin,
be. That of old

+ Whitsun-ales, &r.

I life would wish and that I might,
Waste it for you, like taper-light.-
This city tben, Antioch the great
Built up for his chiefest seat;
The fairest in all Syria;
(I tell you what mine authors say :)
This king unto him took a pheere,
Who died and left a female heir,
So buxom, blithe, and full of face,
As heaven bad lent her all his grace,
With whom the father liking took,
And her to incest did provoke :
Bad father! to entice his own
To evil, should be done by none.
By custoin, what they did begin,
Was, with long use, account | no sin.
The beauty of this sinful dame
Made many princes thithe, frame,

• Wife, the word signifies a mate or conipanion


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