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Periods his comfort.
Noble Ventidius! Well;
Ven. Serv. Your lordship ever binds him.
some; And, being enfranchis'd, bid him come to me:'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, But to support him after.--Fare you well. Ven. Serv. All happiness to your honour!? [Exit.
Enter an old Athenian.
Freely, good father.
Well; what further?
2 your honour!] The common address to a lord in our author's time, was your honour, which was indifferently used with your lordship.
On whom I may confer what I have got:
The man is honest.
Does she love him?
Tim. [TO LUCILIUS.] Love you the maid?
Old Ath. If in her marriage my consent be missing,
How shall she be endow'd, If she be mated with an equal husband? Old Ath. Three talents, on the present; in future,
all. Tim. This gentleman of mine hath serv'd me long: To build his fortune, I will strain a little For 'tis a bond in men. Give him thy daughter: . What you bestow, in him I'll counterpoise, And make him weigh with her. Old Ath.
Most noble lord, Pawn me to this your honour, she is his.
L. Therefore he will be, Timon:] The thought is closely exa
pressed, and obscure: but this seems the meaning: “ If the man be honest, my lord, for that reason he will be so in this; and not endeavour at the injustice of gaining my daughter without my consent," WARBURTON.
Tim. My hand to thee; mine honour on my
promise. Luc. Humbly I thank your lordship: Never may That state or fortune fall into my keeping, Which is not ow'd to you!*
[Exeunt Lucilius and old Athenian. Poet. Vouchsafe my labour, and long live your
lordship! Tim. I thank you; you shall hear from me anon: Go not away.—What have you there, my friend?
Pain. A piece of painting, which I do beseech
Painting is welcome.
The gods preserve you!
What, my lord? dispraise !
My lord, 'tis rated As those, which sell, would give: But you well know, Things of like value, differing in the owners,
Nerer may That state or fortune fall into my keeping, ::. Which is not ow'd to you!] The meaning is, let me never henceforth consider any thing that I possess, but as owed or due to you; held for your service, and at your disposal. JOHNSON.
unclew me quite.] To unclew is to unwind a ball of thread! To unclew a man, is to draw out the whole mass of his fortunes,
Are prized by their masters:o believe't, dear lord,
Well mock'd. Mer. No, my good lord; he speaks the common
tongue, Which all men speak with him.
Tim. Look, who comes here. Will you be chid?
He'll spare none,
Apes. Till I be gentle, stay for thy good morrow; When thou art Timon's dog,' and these knaves
know'st them not.
I repent Apeinanti call'd tr
Apem. Then I repent not.
Apem. Thou knowest, I do; I call’d thee by thy name.
Tim. Thou art proud, Apemantus.
Apem. Of nothing so much, as that I am not like Timon.
Tim. Whither art going?
6 Are prized by their masters:] Are rated according to the esteem in which their possessor is held. Johnson.
7 IVhen thou art T'imon's dog,] Apemantus means to say, that Timon is not to receive a gentle good morrow from him till that shall happen which never will happen ; till Timon is transformed to the shape of his dog, and his knayish followers, become honest men. Stay for thy good morrow, says he, till I be gentle, which will happen at the same time when thou art Timon's dog, &c. i. e. never,
Apem. Right, if doing nothing be death by the law.
Tim. How likest thou this picture, Apemantus?
Apem. He wrought better, that made the painter; and yet he's but a filthy piece of work.
Pain. You are a dog.
Apem. Thy mother's of my generation; What's she, if I be a dog?
Tim. Wilt dine with me, Apemantus?
Apem. No; I eat not lords.
Apem. O, they eat lords; so they come by great bellies.
Tim. That's a lascivious apprehension.
Tim. How dost thou like this jewel, Apemantus ?
Apem. Not so well as plain-dealing, which will not cost a man a doit.
Tim. What dost thou think 'tis worth?
Apem. Not worth my thinking.—How now, poet?
Poet. How now, philosopher ?
Apem. Then thou liest: look in thy last work, where thou hast feign’d hiin a worthy fellow..
Poet. That's not feign’d, he is so.
& Not 80 well as plain-dealing,] Alluding to the proverb: “ Plain dealing is a jewel, but they that use it die beggars.'