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at the gate. Come, come, come, come, give me your hand; what's done, cannot be undone : to bed, to bed, to bed.
Despised Old Age. I have liv'd long enough: my way of life Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf; And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have ; but in their stead, Curses, not loud, but deep, mouth-honour, breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, but dare not.
Diseases of the Mind Incurable. Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd ; Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow; Raze out the written troubles of the brain ; And, with some sweet oblivious antidote, Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff Which weighs upon the heart?
Macbeth's Defiance of the Hostile Army.
Till famine and the ague eat them up:
Reflections on Life.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
TIMON OF ATHENS.
Timon, a noble Athenian, lavishes his wealth on a host of flatterers whose worthlessness he discovers when misfortunes overtake him. Convinced of the heartlessness of his professed friends, he revenges himself on them by inviting them to a banquet, at which the dishes contain nothing but hot water, which he flings in the faces of his guests, and himself retires to the woods and becomes a confirmed misanthrope. In the meantime Alcibiades, an Athenian general, has been banished from Athens by the Senate for too vehemently interceding on behalf of a friend under sentence of death. The banished general levies an army and besieges Athens, the gates of which are opened to him, and the play concludes with the death of Timon and the resolve of Alcibiades to punish his own and Timon's enemies. Apemantus, a churlish philosopher, and Flavius, Timon's steward, are, in addition to those named, somewhat prominent characters in the drama. Dr. Johnson speaks of this play as “a domestic tragedy which strongly fastens on the attention of the reader; in the plan there is not much art, but the incidents are natural, and the characters various and exact.”
Friendship in Adversity.
A gentleman, that well deserves a help,
The pleasure of doing good. O, you gods, think I, what need we have any friends, if we should never have need of them ? they were the most needless creatures living, should we ne'er have use for them : and would most resemble sweet instruments hung up in cases, that keep their sounds to themselves. Why, I have often wished myself poorer, that I might come nearer to you. We are born to do benefits : and what better or properer can we call our own, than the riches of our friends ? O, what a precious comfort 'tis, to have so many, like brothers, commanding one another's fortunes.
* Abrupt excuses.
With certain half-caps, and cold moving nods
· A Friend Forsaken.
The Vanity of Riches.
Apemantus's Appeal to Timon in the Woods.
Of wreakful heaven ;* whose bare unhoused trunks,
The Bounties of Nature.
Act V. Promising and Performance. Promising is the very air o' the time ; it opens the eyes of expectation : performance is ever the duller for his act; and, but in the plainer and simpler kind of people the deed of saying is quite out of use. To promise is most courtly and fashionable : performance is a kind of will or testament, which argues a great sickness in his judgment that makes it.
Timon's message to the Athenians. Come not to me again : but say to Athens, Timon hath made his everlasting mansion Upon the beached verge of the salt flood ; Which once a day with his embossed froth The turbulent surge shall cover ; thither come, And let my grave-stone be your oracle.Lips, let sour words go by, and language end. What is amiss, plague and infection mend ! Graves only be men's works : and death, their gain ! Sun, hide thy beams! Timon hath done his reign.
* Exposed to the elements.