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Timon; this to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast born | Not seldom, nor no slight checks; vel 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-lord am gone.

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lord, Apem. Even so thou out-run'st grace. Fool, Though you hear now, (too late!) Fet nou'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 AU 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

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 false. Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee Call me before the exactest auditors, (hood, 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 bare like thee. 'Tis a spirit: sometime, it appears

wept like a lord: sometime, like a lawyer; sometime, With drunken spilth of wine; when every roa like a philosopher, with two stones more than | Hath blaz'd with lights, and bray'd with miphis 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. Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. Flav. Heavens, have I said, tbe bounty of Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as

this lord !

(sants, much foolery as I have, so much wit thou How many prodigal bits have slaves and pealackest.

This night englutied! Who is not Timou's? Apem. That answer might have become What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Apemantus.

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.

Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter

showers, Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder | These flies are couch'd. brother, and woman; sometime, the philoso- Tim. Come, sermon me po further: pher.

[Exeunt APEMANTUs and Fool. No villanous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart; Flav. 'Pray you, walk near; l'll speak with Unwisely, not 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 arguments of hearts by borroFAs 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. A • When my indisposition put you back;

in some sort, these wants of mine

are crown'd,ll And that unaptness made your minister, That I account them blessings; for by these Thus to excuse yourself.

Shall I try friends: You shall perceive, how 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, ho!-Flaminius! Servilius!

off, And say, you found them in mine honesty. Enter FLAMINIUS, SERVILIUS, and other When, for some trifling present, you have bid

SERVANTS. me Return so much,* I have shook my head, and

Serv. My lord, my lord, wept;

* 1.6. 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.

irit 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 aum.

! 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

Honour to-day ;-You, to Sempronius;
Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud,

FLAMINIUS waiting. Enter a Servant to him. say,

Sero. I have told my lord of you, he is comChat my occasions have found time to use them ing down to you. foward a supply of money: let the request Flam. I thank you, Sir. Be fifty talents. Flam. As you have said, my lord.

Enter LUCULLUS. Flav. Lord Lucius, and Lord Lucullus ? Sero. Here's my lord. humph!

[Aside. Lucul. Aside. T 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, Inius, honest Flaminius ; you are very respechave

[stanttively 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 Flav. 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; I Flum. His health is well, Sir. But they do sbake 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, having great and not

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, nothing doubting, says not-but

he? alas, good lord ! a noble gentleman 'tis, if Something hath been amiss--a 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, and cold moving nods, 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 :

Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine.

Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always Their blood is cak'd, 'tis cold, it seldom flows;

wise. Here's to thee. 'Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind;

Flum. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. And nature, as it grows again toward earth,

Lucul. I have observed thee always for a toIs fashion'd for the journey, dull, and heavy.Go to Ventidius,- To a Serv.) Pr’ythee, [To

wardly prompt spirit,-give thee thy due,

and one that knows what belongs to reason : Flavius,) be not sad,

and canst use the time well, if the time use Thou art true, and honest; ingeniouslyll I

thee well : good parts in thee.-Get you gone, speak,

Sirrah.- To the SERVANT,who goes out.]- Draw No blame belongs to thee:-[To Serv.) Venti

nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a boun. dius lately

tiful gentleman : but thou art wise ; and thou Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepp'd

knowest well enough, although thou comest Into a great estate : when he was poor,

to me, that this is no time to lend money ; esI clear'd him with five talents; Greet him from

cially upon bare friendship, without security.

Here's three solidares for thee; good boy, wink Bid him suppose, some good necessity [me; Touches his friend, which craves to be re

at me, and say thou saw'st me not. Fare thee member'd'

well. With those five talents :—that had,-[To Flav.]

Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much differ;

[ness, give it these fellows To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak, or

And we alive, that liv'd ?: Fly, damned base

To him that worships thee. think,


[Throwing the money away. That Timon's' fortunes 'mong his friends can

Lucul. Ha! Now I see thou art a fool, and Flar. I would, I could not think it; That 1. I could not think it; That fit for thy master.

[Erit LUCULLUS. thought is bounty's foe;

Flam. May these add to the number that may Being free itself, it thinks all others so.

scald thee! [Exeunt.

Let molten coin be thy damnation,

Thou disease of a friend, and not himself! 1. e. At an ebb.

| Has friendship such a faint and milky heart, + Intending, had anciently the same meaning as attend

It turns in less than two nights? O you gods, ing.

Broken hints, abrupt remarks.
Í A half-cap is a cap slightly moved, not put off.
For ingenuously.

# For respectfully, + Honesty here means liberality Liberal, pot parsimonious,

11. e. And we who were alive then, alive now,

1 feel my master's passion !* This slave say - I was sending to use lord Timeoa myself, Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him: these gentlemen can witness; but I reaid sot, Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment, for the wealth of Athens, I had dode İ DOE. 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 fur. 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 ples To expel sickness, but prolong his hour! sure such an honourable gendeman. Good

[Exit. 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, Serylius.

[Exit SERFILITS. Luc. Who, the lord Timon ? he is my very True, as you said, Timon is shruak, indeed: good friend, and an honourable gentleman. And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed. i Stran. We know him for no less, though

(Erit Lechus. we are but strangers to him. But I can tell i Stran. Do you observe this, Hastilius? you one thing, my lord, and which I hear from 2 Strun. Ay, too well. common rumours; now lord Timon's happy | 1 Strun. W by 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 dista? for, i want for money.

My knowing, Timon hath been this lord's fa2 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 mones Lucullus, to borrow so many talents; nay, Has paid his men their wages: He pe'er drinks urged extremely for't, and showed what ne. But l'imon'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 upgrateful shape! 2 Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord.

I 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 1 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, De'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 bin, Ser. See, by good hap, vonder's my lord: Il So much I love his heart: But, I perceive, have sweat to see his honour.-My_honoured we

Men must learn now wi

ense: lord,

i to Lucius. For policy sits above conscience. [Errunt. 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.

PRONTUS' Flouse. Ser. May it please your honour, my lord bath

Enter SEMPRONIUS, and a SERVANT OF TIMox's. sent

Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much Sem. Must be needs trouble me in't? Humph! endeared to that lord; he's ever sending: How

'Bove all others ? shall I thank him, thinkest thou? And wbat He might have tried lord Lacius, or Lucullus; has he sent pow?

And now Ventidius is wealthy too, Ser. He has only sent his present occasion Whom he redeem'd from prison : All these dow, my lord; requesting your lordship to Owe their estates unto him.

(three supply his instant use with so many talents. Serv. O my lord, Luc. I know, his lordship is but merry with They have all been touch'd,+ 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? humpbLuc. 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.

upon me?

(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

sense for't, gods, I am not able to do't; the more beast, IBut 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: +7.e. His life. Acknowledge Consumed. * This means, to put his wealth down in account sa V “ If he did not want it for a good use."


+ Tried.

ad does he think so backwardly of me now, I Luc, Serv. 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: Sa argument of laughter to the rest,

And e'en as if your lord should wear rich Lad l 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; i Var. Sero. Yes, mine's three thousand W ho bates mine bonour, shall not know my

crowns: What's yours? coin.

(Esrit. 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 FLAMININS. 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, 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.

e Enter Flavius in a cloak, muffied. And this is all a liberal course allows;

Luc. Serv. Ha! is not that his steward mufWho cannot keep his wealth, must keep his

fled 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, Enter two Servants of Varro, and the Serrant

Flao. What do you ask of me, my friend?

Tit. We wait for certain money here, Sir. of Lucius, meeting Titus, HORTENSIUS, and

Flav. Ay, other Sertunts to Timon's Creditors, waiting

If money were as certain as your waiting, his coming out.

"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 ah; for mine
Is money.

To stir me up; let me pass quietly:
Tit. So is theirs and ours.

Beliey't, my lord and I have made an end;

I have no more to reckon, he to spend.

Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not Luc. Serv. And Sir

serve. Philotus too!

Flav If 'twill not,
Phi. Good day at once.

'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 Luc. Serv. Not yet.

than he that has no house to put his head in ? Phi. I wonder on't; he was wont to shine at such ma

such may rail against great buildings.
Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed

shorter with him:
You must consider, that a prodigal course

Tit. O, here's Servilius; now we shall know

Some answer. Is like the sun's, but not, like his, recoverable.

Ser. If I might beseech you, gentlemen, I fear,

To repair some other hour, I should much "Tis deepest winter in lord Timon's purse;

Derive from it: for, take it on my soul,
That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet
Find little.

My lord leans wond'rously to discontent.
Phi. I am of your fear for that.

His comfortable temper has forsook him ; Tit. I'll show you how to obserre a strange

| He is much out of health, and keeps his cham.

ber. Your lord sends now for money. [event. Hor. Most true, he does.

Luc. Serv. Many do keep their chambers, are Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's

not sick : For which I wait for money.

| And, if it be so far beyond his health,

Methinks, he should the sooner pay his debts, Hor. It is against my heart.

And make a clear way to the gods. Ardour, cager desire + 1 e. Keep within doors for fear of duns. I. c. Like him in blaze and splendour.

Commission, employment

To stir Selves but wrongs. You do your. 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 faalt,)

But, with a noble fury, and fair spirit, Enter Timon, in a rage; FLAMINIUS following. Seeing bis reputation touch'd to death, Tim. What, are my doors oppos'd against my He

He did oppose his foe: passage?

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, 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.

labour'd . Luc. Serv. Here's mine.

To bring manslaughter into form, set quand Hor. 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 bord; 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,

his wrongs

(lessly; Tim. Cut my heart in sums.

His outsides; wear them like his raiment, careTit. Mine, fifty talents.

And ne'er prefer his injuries to bis heart, Tim. Tell out my blood.

To bring it into danger.
Luc. Serv. Five thousand crowns, my lord. If wrongs be evils, and enforce us kill,

Tim. Five thousand drops pays that. What folly 'tis, to hazard life for ill ?
What yours?-and yours?

Alcib. My lord, 1 Var. Serv. My lord,

1 Sen. You cannot make gross sins look clear, 2 Var. Sert. 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, pardes upon you !

[Erit. If I speak like a captain. 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 Faliant, Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, | That stay at home, if bearing carry it: Non. the slaves :

And th'ass, more captain than the lion; the feCreditors !-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 gust;/ 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.
Flav. O my lord,

2 Sen. You breathe in vain.
You only speak from your distracted soul; Alcib. In vain ? his service done
There is not so much left, to furnish out At Lacedæmon, and Byzantium,
A moderate table.

Were a sufficient briber for his life.
Tim. Be't not in thy care ; go.

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.

(Exeunt. 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. i

ed. | 2 Sen. He has made too much plenty with

2.5. 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 predeter It 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 parados too bard. To those that, without heed, do plunge into it. | What have we to do in the field !

For aggravation. * Timon quibbles. They present their written bills; *** Homicide in our own defence, by a merciful interhe catches at the word, and alludes to bills or battle-axes. pretation of the law is considered justifiable."

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