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with a discovery of the infinite flatteries, that fol-Why,thy verse swells with stuffso fine and smooth, low youth and opulency.

That thou art even natural in thine art. Tim. Must thou needs stand for a villain in thine But, for all this, my honest-natur'd friends, own work? Wilt thou whip thine own faults in I must needs say, you have a little fault: other men? Do so, I have gold for thee. 5 Marry, 'tis not monstrous in you; neither wish I, Poet. Nay, let's seek him:

You take much pains to mend.
Then do we sin against our own estate,

Both. Beseech your honour
When we may profit meet, and come too late. To make it known to us.
Pain. True;

(night', Tüm. You'll take it ill.
When the day serves, before black-corner'd 10 Both. Most thankfully, my lord.
Find what thou want'st by free and offer'd light. Tim. Will you, indeed?


Both. Doubt it not, worthy lord. [knave, Tim. I'll meet you at the turn. What a god's Tim. There's ne'er a one of you but trusts a That he is worshipp'd in a baser temple,

That mightily deceives you. Than where swine fecd!

15 Both. Do we, my lord ?

[semble, 'Tis thou that rigg'st the bark, and plow'st the Tim. Ay, and you hear him cog, see him disfoam;

Know his gross patchery, love him, feed him, Scttlest admired reverence in a slave:

Keep in your bosom : yet remain assur'd,
To thee be worship! and thy saints for aye That he's a made-up villain'.
Be crown'd with plagues, that thee alone obey! 20 Pain. I know none such, my

lord. Fit I meet them."

Poet. Nor I.

[gold, Poet. Hail! worthy Timon.

Tim. Look you, I love you well; I'll give you Pain. Our late noble master.

Rid me these villains from your companies : Tim. Have I once liv'd to see two honest nien?) Hang them,or stab them,drowntheminadraught“, Poet. Sir,

25 Confound them by some course, and cometo me, Having often of your open bounty tasted, L'll give you gold enough. Hearing you were retir’d, your friends fall’n off, Both. Name them, my lord, let's know then. Whose thankless natures- abhorred spirits! Tim. You that way, and you this.—But two in Not all the whips of heaven are large enough,

company', What! to you!

30 Each man apart,—all single, and alone,-
Whose star-like nobleness gave life and influence Yet an arch-villain keeps him company.-
To their whole being! Iam rapt, and cannot cover If, where thou art, two villains shall not be,
The monstrous bulk of this ingratitude

[To the Painter. With any size of words.

Come not near him.-If thou wouldst not reside Tim. Let it go naked, men may see't the better:35

[To the Poet. You, that are honest, by being what you are, But where one villain is, then him abandon.Make them best seen, and known.

Hence! pack! there's gold, ye came for gold, Pain. He, and myself, Have traveli'd in the great shower of your gists, You have work for me, there is payment: Hence! And sweetly felt it.

10 You are an alchymist, make gold of that:Tim. Ay, you are honest men. (vice. Out, rascal dogs! Pain. We are hither come to offer you our ser

[Erit, beating and driving them out, Tim. Most honest men! Why, low shall I requite you?

Can you eat roots, and drink cold water? no. 45
Both. What we can do, we'll do, to do you

Enter Flavius, and two Senators,

[I have gold; Flar. It is in vain that you would speak with Tim. You are honest men: You have heard that

Timon; I am sure, you have: speak truth: you are ho- For he is set so only to himself, nest men,

50 That nothing but himself, which looks like man, Pain. So it is said, my noble lord: but therefore Is friendly with him. Came not my friend, nor I.

[terfeit? | Sen. Bring us to his cave: Tim. Good honest men:--Thou draw'st a coun- It is our part, and promise to the Athenians, Best in all Athens: thou art, indeed, the best; To speak with Timon. Thou counterfeit'st most lively.

55 2 Sen. At all times alike Pain. So, so, my lord.

Men are not still the same: 'Twas time, and griefs, Tim. Even so, sir, as I say:-And, for thy fiction, That fram’d him thus: time, with his fairer hand,

[To the Poct. Offering the fortunes of his former days, ' i.e. night which is as obscure as a dark corner. ? A portrait was called a counterfeit in our author's time. 3 i.e. a hypocrite.

That is, in the jakes. • This passage is obscure. Dr. Johnson thinks the meaning is this: But two in company, that is, Stand apart, let only two be together; for even when each stands single there are two, he himself and a villain.-But, in the North, signifies without.


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The former man may make him: Bring us to him, And take our goodly aged men by the beards, And chance it as it inay.

Giving our holy virgins to the stain Flar. Here is his càve.

Of contumelious, beastiy, mad-braind war; Peace and content be here! Lord Timon! Timon Then let him know, and tell him, Timon speaks it, Look out, and speak to friends : The Athenians, 5 Iu pity of our aged, and our youth, Bytwo of their most reverend senate, greet thee: I cannot chuse but tell him, that I care not, Speak to thein, noble Timon.

And let him take't at worst; for their knives care Enter Timon.

not, Tim. Thou sun, that comfort'st, burn! Speak, While you have throats to answer: for myself, and be hang'd!

10 There's not a whittle * in the unruly camp, For each true word, a blister, and each false But I do prize it at my love, before Be as a cauterizing to the root o' the tongue,

The reverend'st throat in Athens. So I leave you Consuming it with speaking!

To the protection of the prosperous gods, 1 Sen. Worthy Timon,


As thieves to keepers. Tim. Of none but such as you, and you of Ti-15 Flar. Stay not, all's in vain. 2 Sen. The senators of Athens greet thee, Ti- Tim. Why, I was writing of my epitaph,

(the plague, It will be seen to-morrow; My long sickness Tim. I thank them; and would send thein back Of health, and living, now begins to mend, Could I but catch it for them.

And nothing brings me all things. Go, live still; | Ser. O, forget

20 Be Alcibiades your plague, you his, What we are sorry for ourselves in thec.

And last so long enough! The senators, with one consent of love,

1 Sen. We speak in vain. Intreat thee back to Athens; who have thought Tim. But yet I love my country; and am not On special dignities, which vacant lie

One that rejoices in the common wreck, For thy best use and wearing.

25 As common bruit doth put it. 2.Sen. They confess,

| Sen. That's well spoke. Toward thee, forgetfulness too general, gross :

Tim. Commend me to my loving countrymen,And now the public body,-which doth seldom i Sen. These words become your lips as they Play the recanter,-feeling in itself

pass through them.

[umphers Alick of Timon's aid, hath sense withal 130 2 Sen. And enter in our ears, like great triOt its own fall', restraining aid to Timon; In their applauding gates. And sends forth uš, to make their sorrowed ren- Tim. Commend ine to them; der,

And tell thein, that, to ease them of their griefs, Together with a recompence more fruitful Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, Thun their offence can weigh down by the dram;35 Their pangs of love, with other incident throes Ay, even such heaps and sums of love and wealth, That nature's fragil vessel doth sustain As shall to thee blot out what wrongs were theirs, In life's uncertain voyage, I will some kindness And write in thee the figures of their love,

do them:Ever to read them thine.

I'll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades' wrath. Tin. You witch me in it;

40 2 Sen. I like this well, he will return again. Surprise me to the very brink of tears :

Tim. I have a tree, which grows here in my Lend ine a fool's heart, and a woman's eyes,

close, And I'll beweep these comforts, worthy senators. That mine own use invites me to cut down,

I Sen. Therefore, so please thee to return with And shortly must I fell it : Tell my friends, And of our Athens (thiite, and ours) to take [us, 45 Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree', The captainship, thou shalt be met with thanks, From high to low throughout, that whoso please Allow'd with absolute power, and thy good name To stop affliction, let him take his haste, Live with authority :--so soon shall we drive back Come hither, ere my tree hath felt the axe, Of Alcibiades the approaches wild;

And hang himself:-I pray you, do my greeting. Who, like a Loar too savage, doth root up 50 Flat. Trouble him no further, thus you still His country's peace.

shall find him. 2 Sen. And shakes his threat’ning sword * Tim. Come not to me again: but say to Athens, Against the walls of Athens.

Timon hath made his everlasting mansion 1 Sen. Therefore, Timon,

Upon the beached verge of the salt flood, Tim. Well, sir, I will; therefore I will, sir; 55 Which once a day with his embossed froth Thus,

The turbulent surge shall cover; thither come, If Alcibiades kill my countrymen,

And let my grave-stone be your oracle.Let Alcibiades know this of Timon, [Athens, Lips, let sour words go by, and language end: That— Timon cares not.But if he sack fairt What is amiss, plague and infection mend ! ? The Athenians had sense, that is, felt the danger of their own fall, by the arms of Alcibiades. Render is confession. : Allowed is licensed, privileged, uncontrolled. 4 A whittle is still in the midland counties the common name for a pocket clasp knife, such as children use. bi.e. from highest to lowest. • We have before observed, that when a deer was run hard, and foamed at the mouth, he was said to be emboss'd.

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Graves only be men's works; and death, their gain!

SCENE VI. Sun, hide thy beams! Timon hath done his reign.

Before the Walls of Athens.

[Exit Timon. 1 Sen. His discontents are unremoveably

Trumpets sound. Enter Alcibiades,räth his powers. Coupled to nature.


Alció. Sound to this coward and lascivious 2 Sen. Our hope in him is dead: let us return,

Our terrible approach.

[town And strain what other njeans is left unto us

[Sounda parley. TheSenators appear upon the walls. In our dear' peril.

Till now you have gone on, and fill'd the time i Sen. It requires swift foot. [Excunt.

With all licentious measure, making your wills 10 The scope of justice; 'till now, myself

, and such SCENE IV.

As slept within the shadow of your power,

Have wander'd with our traverst arms?, and The Walls of Athens.

breath'd Enter two other Senators, with a Messenger. Our sufferance vainly: Now the time is flush ',

1 Sen. Thou hast painfully discovered; are his 15 When crouching marrow “, in the bearer strong, As full as thy report?


Cries of itself, .No more:' now breathless wrong Mes. I have spoke the least:

»hall sit and pant in your great chairs of ease; Besides, his expedition promises

And pursy insolence shall break his wind, Present approach.


With fear, and horrid flight. 2 Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring not 20

1 Sen. Noble and young, Mes. I met a courier, one mine ancient friend;- When thy first griefs were but a meer conceit, Who, though in general part we were oppos’d,

Ere thou hadst power, or we had cause to fear, Yet our old love made a particular force,

Wesent to thee; to give thy rages balın, And made us speak like friends:—this man was Towipe out our ingratitudes with loves r'ding

23 above their : quantity, From Alcibiades to Timon's cave,

2 Sen. So did we woo With letters of entreaty, which imported

Transformed Timon to our city's love, His fellowship i’ the cause against your city,

By humble message, and by promis'd means; In part for his sake mov'd.

We were not all unkind, nor all deserve
Enter the other Senators.

30 The common stroke of war. 1 Sen. Here come our brothers.

i Sen. These walls of ours 3 Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him expect. Were not erected by their hands, from whom The enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scouring

You have receiv'd your griefs: nor are they such, Doth choak the air with dust : In, and prepare;

Chat these great towers, trophies, and schools Ours is the fall, I fear, our foes the snare. 35

should fall
[Exeunt. For private faults in them.

2 Sen. Nor are they living,

Who were the motives that you first went out;

shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess Changes to the Woods.

4011ath broke their hearts. March, noble lord, Enter a Soldier, seeking Timon.

Into our city with thy banners spread: Sol. By all description, this should be the place. By deciination, and a tithed death, Who's here? speaki

, ho!-No answer? What It thy revenge's hunger for that food, is this?

Which nature loaths) take thou the destin'd tenth; Timon is dead, who hath out-stretch'd his span: 45 And by the bazard of the spotted die, Some beast read this; there docs not live a inan. Let die the spotted. Dead, sure; and this his grave. What's on this 1 Sen. All have not offended; tomb?

For those that were, it is not square', to take, I cannot read; the character I'll take with wax; On those that are, revenges: crimes, like lands, Our captain hath in every figure skill; care not inherited. Then, dear countryman, An ag'd interpreter, though young in days: Bring in thy ranks, but leave without thy rage : Before proud Athens he's set down by this, spare thy Athenian cradle, and those kin, Whose fall the mark of bis ambition is. [Exit. lithich, in the bluster of thy wrath, must fall

· Dr. Warburton observes, that dear, in the language of that time, signified dread, and is so used by Shakspeare in numberless places.--Mr. Steevens says, that dear may in this instance signify imniediute; and that it is an enforcing epithet with not always a distinct meaning. 2 Arms across.

A bird is flush when his feathers are grown, and he can leave the nest.-Flush means mature. * The marrow was supposed to be the original of strength.-The image is from a camel kneeling to take up his load, who rises immediately when he finds he has as much laid on as he can bear. · Their refers to rages. • The meaning is, “ Shame in excess (i.e. extremity of shame) that they wanted cunning (i.e. that they were not wise enough not to banish you) hath broke their hearts." ? i, e. not regular, not equitable.



With those that have offended: like a shepherd,

Enier a Soldier.
Approach the fold, and cull the infected forth, Sol. My noble general, Timon is dead;
But kill not altogether.

Entomb’d upon the very hem o'the sea;
Sen. What thou wilt,

And, on his grave-stone, this insculpture; which Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile, 5 With wax I brought away, whose soft impression Than hew to't with thy sword.

Interpreteth for my poor ignorance. i Sen. Set but thy foot

[Alcibiades reads the epitaph.] Against our rampir'd gates, and they shall ope; Here lies a wretched corse, of wretched soul bereft: So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before, Scek not my name: A plague consume you wicked To say, thou 'lt enter friendly.

caitiffs left! 2 Sen. Throw thy glove,

Here lie I Timon ; who, alive, all living men did Or any token of thine honour else,

hate : That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress, Pass by, and curse thy fill; but pass, and stay not And not as our confusion, all thy powers

here thy gait. Shall make their harbour in our town, 'till we 15 These well express in thee thy latter spirits : Have seal'd thy full desire.

Though thou abhor'dst in us our human griefs, Alcib. Then there's my glove ;

scorn’dst our brain's flow ?, and those our dropDescend, and open your uncharged ports!:

lets which Those enemies of Timon's, and mine own, From niggard nature fall, yet rich conceit Whom you yourselves shall set out for reproof, 20 Taught thee to make vast Neptune weep for aye Fall, and no more : and, -to atone your fears On thy low grave.-On:--Faulis forgiven.-Dead With my more noble meaning, --not a man Is noble Timon; of whose memory Shall pass his quarter, or offend the stream Hereafter inore.-Bring me into your city, Of regular justice in your city's bounds,

And I will use the olive with my sword: But shall be remedy'd by your public laws 25 Make war breed peace; make peace stint war; At heaviest answer.

make each Both. 'Tis most nobly spoken.

Prescribe to other, as each other's leach Alcib. Descend, and keep your words. Let our drums strike.

[Exeunt. li. e. Unguarded gutes. * Our brain's flow is our tears.

'i. e. physician.


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