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No villanous bounty yet bath passid my heart;
Flan. I would, 'I could not think it; That thought Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given.
is bounty's foe;
SCENE I. The same. A Room in Lucullus's House. Flav.
Assurance bless your thoughts! Flaminius waiting. Enter a Servant to him. Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine are
I HAVE told my lord of you, he is coming down to That I account them blessings; for by these
you. Shall I try friends : You shall perceive, how you
Flam. I thank you, sir. Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends.
Enter Lucullus Within there, ho !-Flaminius! Servilius!
Serv. Here's my lord. Enter Flaminius, Servilius, and other Servants. Lucul. [4side.] One of lord Timon's men ? a gift, I
warrant. Why, this lits right; I dreamt of a silver Serv. My lord, my lord,
bason and ewer to-night. Flaminius, honest FlaminTim. I will despatch you severally - You, to lord
ius ; you are very respectively welcome, sir.Fill me Lucias
some wine. (Exit Servant.]– And how does tbat hoc -To lord Lucullus you; I hunted with his
ourable, complete, free-hearted gentleman of Athens, Honoar today - You, to Sempronius;
thy very bountiful good lord and master? Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say,
Flan. His health is well, sir. That my occasiops have found time to use them
Lucul. I am right glad that his health is well, sir: Toward a supply of money; let the request
And what hast thou there under thy cloak, pretty FlaBe fifty talents.
minius ? Flam. As you have said, my lord.
Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, air; which, Flav. Lord Lucius, and lord Lucullus ? humph!
in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat your honour to [ Aside.
supply; who, having great and instant occasion to use Tim. Go you, sir, to the senators, (To another Serv.
fifiy talents, bath sent to your lordship to furnish him: (of whom, cven to the state's best health, I have
nothing doubting your present assistance therein. Deserv'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o'the instant
Lucul. La, la, la, la,-nothing doubting, says he? A thonsand talents to me.
alas, good lord! a noble gentleman 'uis, if he would not Flav. I have been bold,
keep so good a house. Many a time and often I have (For that I knew it the most general way)
dined with him, and told him on't ; and come again to To them to use your signel, and you' name;
supper to hiin, of purpose to have him spend less: and But they do shake their heads, and I am here
yet he would embrace no counsel, take no warning by No rieher in returu.
my coming. Every man has his fault, and honesty is Tim. Is't trie? can it be?
his; I luve told hiin on't, but I could never get hiin Flav. They answer in a joint and corporate voice,
from it. That now they are at fall, wait treasure, cannot
Re-enter Servant, with wine.
Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always wise.
Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions,
Lucul. I have observed thee always for a tovarlig With certain half-caps, and cold-moving nods, prompt spirit,-give thee thy due,-and one that knows They froze me into silence.
what belongs to reason: and canst use the time well, it Tini.
You gods reward them! - the time use thee well: good parts in thee.-Get you I pr’ythee, man, look cheerly; These old fellows gone, sirrah. (To the Servant, who goes out.]-Draw Hare treir ingratitude in them herditary:
ncarer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a bountifulgenTheir blood is cak'd, 'tis cold, it seldom flows; tleman: but thou art wise, and thou knorest well 'Tis lack of kindly waitth, they are not kind; enongh, although thou comest to me, that this is ro And nature, as it grows again toward earth,
time to lend money; especially upon bare friendship, Is fashion'd for the journey, dull, and heavy: without security. Here's three solidares for thee; Go to Ventidius,-[To a Serv.] 'Priythee, [T, Flav.) good boy, wink at me, and say, thou saw'st me nok. be pot sad,
Fare thee well. Thou art true, and honest; ingeniously I speak, Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much differ; Noblame belongs to thee:-(TuS rv.] Ventidius lauly And we alive, that liv'd? Fly, danned bakDess, Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepp'd To him that worships thee. Into a grat estate: when he was poor,
[Throwing the money ocy. Imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends,
Lucul. Ha! now, I see, thou art a fool, and fit foc I cleard him with live talents: Greet him from ine; thy mostr.
[Eri Lucols Billojm suppose some good necessity
Ilm. May these add to the moviber that may will Touches his friend, which craves to be rememberd
Thou disease of a friend, and not limself!
I feel my master's passion! This slave
such an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him: you befriend ine so far, as to use mine own words to Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment,
him? When he is turn'd to poison?
Ser. Yes, sir: I shall. O, may diseases only work upon't !
Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servilius. And, when he is sick to death, let not that part of na
[E.rit Servilius ture
-True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed; Which my loril paid for, be of any power
And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed. (Ezit. To expel sickness, but prolong his hour! [Exil. 1 Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius ?
2 Stran. Ay, too well. SCENE II.-The same. A public Place. Enter Lu
1 Stron. Why this cius, with three Strangers.
Is the world's soul; And just of the same piece Luc. Who, the lord Tiroon? he is my very good
flatterer's spirit. Who can call him friend, and an honourable gentleman.
His friend, that dips in the same dish? for, in 1 Stran. We know him for no less, though we are My knowing, Timon has been this lord's father, but strangers to him. But I can tell you one thing And kept his credit with his purse; rey lord, and which I hear from common rumours ; Supported his estate ; nay, Timon's money now lord Timon's happy hours are done and past, and
Has paid his men their wages: He ne'er drinks, his estate shrinks from him.
But Timon's silver treads upon his lip; Luc. Fye, no, do not believe it; he cannot want for And yet, (0, see the monstrousness of man money.
When he looks out in an ungrateful shape!) 2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, not long He does deny him, in respect of his, ago, one of his men was with the lord Lucullus, to bor
What charitable men afford to beggars. row so many talents ; nay, urged extremely for't, and 3 Stran. Religion groans at it. showed what necessity belonged to't, and yet was de 1 Stran.
For mine own part, nied.
I never tasted Timon in my life, Luc. How ?
Nor came any of his bounties over me, 2 Stran. I tell yon, denied, my lord.
To mark me for his friend; yet, I protest, Luc. What a strange case was that? now, before the
For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue, gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied that honourable and honourable carriage, man? there was very little honour showed in't. For Had his necessity made use of me, my own part, I must needs confess, I have receiver
I would bave put my wealth into donation, some small kindnesses from him, as money, plate, jew And the best half should have return'd to him, els, and such like trifles, nothing comparing to his ; So much I love his heart: But, I perceive, yet, had he mistook him, and sent to me, I should ne'er Men must learn now with pity to dispense: have denied his occasion so many talents.
For policy sits above conscience.
[Exeunt. Enter Servilius. Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord; I have
SCENE III.-The sa:ne. A Room in Sempronius's sweat to see bis honour.-My honour'd lord,
House. Enter Sempronius, and a Servant of Ti[T. Lucius.
mon's. Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, sir. Fare thee well:- Commend me to thy honourable-virtuous lord, Sem. Must he needs trouble me in't? Humph! 'Bove my very exquisite friend.
all others ? Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath sent He might have tried lord Lucius, or Lucullus ;
Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much endear And now Ventidius is wealthy too, ed to that lord ; he's ever sending: How shall I thank Whom he redeemd from prison : All these three him, thinkest thou? And what has he sent now? Owe their estates unto him. Ser. He has only sent his present occasion now, my
O my lord, lord; requesting your lordship to supply his instant They have all been touchd, and found base metal; for use with so many talents.
.They have all denied him.
Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him?
It shows but little love or judgement in him.
Must I be his last refuge ? His friends, like physicians, Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius?
Thrive, give him over ; Must I take the cure upon Ser. Upon my soul, 'tis true, sir.
me? Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnish my- || He has much disgrac'd me in't ; I am angry at him, self against such a good time, when I might have shown | That might have known my place : I see no sense fort, myself honourable ? how unluckily it happened, that | But his occasions might have woo'd me first; I should purchase the day before for a little part, and | For, in my conscience, I was the first man ando a great deal of honour ?-Servilius, now before That e'er receiv'd gift from him: the gods, I am not able to dot; the more beast, I say: And does he think so backwardly of me now, -I was sending to use lord Timon myself, these gen That I'll requite it last? No: So it may prove tlemen can witness; but I would not, for the wealth An argument of laughter to the rest, of Athens, I had done it dow. Commend me bounti- || And I amongst the lords be thought a fool. fully to his good lordship; and I hope, bis honour will I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, conceive the fairest of me, because I have no power to He had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake; be kind :- And tell him this from me, I count it one I had such a courage to do him good. But now return, of my greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure And with their taint reply this answer join ;
Who bates mine honour, shall not know my coin. 1 Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should seen by
[Exit. Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. Your master's confidence was above mine; The devil knew not what he did, when he made inan Else, surely, his had equallid. politic; he crossed himself by't: and I cannot think,
Enter Flaminius. but, in the end, the villanies of man will set him clear.
Tit. One of lord Timon's men. How fairly this lord strives to appear foul? takes vir.
Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word: 'Pray, is my tuous copies to be wicked; like those that, under hot
lord ready to come forth? ardent zeal, would set whole realms on fire !
Flam. No, indeed, he is not. Of such a nature is his politic love.
Tit. We attend his lordship; 'pray, signify so much. This was my lord's best hope ; now all are fed,
Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows, you are Save the gods only: Now his friends are dead,
[Eait Flar. Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards Many a bounteous year, must be employ'd
Enter Flavius in a cloak, muffled, Now to guard sure their master.
Luc. Serv. Ha! is not that his steward muffled so? And this is all a liberal course allows;
He goes away in a cloud: call him, call him. Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his house. Tit. Do you hear, sir?
[Exit. 1 Var. Serv. By your leave, sir,
Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend? SCENE IV.-The same. A Hall in Timon's House. Tit. We wait for certain money here, sir. Enter two Servants of Varro, and the Servant of
Flav. Ay, Lucius, meeting Titus, Hortensius, and other Serv. If money were as certain as your waiting, ants to Timon's Creditors, waiting his coming out. 'Twere sure enough. Why then preferr'd you nog Var. Sero. Well met; good-morrow, Titus and Hor Your sums and bills, when your false masters eat tensius.
Of my lord's meat ? Then they could stile, and favn Tit. The like to you, kind Varro.
Upon his debts, and take down th' interest Hor.
Into their gluttonous maws; You do yourselves but What do we meet together?
wrong, Luc. Serv. Ay, and, I think,
To stir me up; Let me pass quietly : One busiiress does command us all; for mine
Believe't, my lord and I have made an end ; Is money.
I have no more to reckon, he to spend.
Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not serve.
If twill not,
'Tis vot so base as you ; For you serve knages. [Exit. Luc. Serv.
i Var. Serv. How! what does his cashier'd worship Pliilotus too!
mutter? Phi.. Good day at once.
2 Var. Serv. No matter what; be's poor, and that's Luc. Serv. Welcome, good brother.
revenge enough. Who can speak broader than be What do you think the hour?
that has no llouse to put his head in? Such may mil Phi.
Labouring for nine. against great buildings. Luc. Serv. So much?
Enter Servilius. Phi.
Is not my lord seen yet? Tit. O, here's Servilius ; now we shall know Luc. Serı,
Derive from it: for, take it on my soul,
My lord leans wondrously to discontent Is like the sun's; but not, like his, recoverable. His comfortable temper has forsook him; I fear,
He is much out of health, and keeps his chamber. 'Tis deepest winter in lord Timon's purse ;
Luc. Serv. Many do keep their chambers, are not That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet Find licle.
And, if it be so far beyond his health,
Methinks, he should the sooner pay his debts,
Good gods! Hor.
Most true, he does.
Tit. We cannot take this for an answer, sir. Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift,
Flam. [Within.] Servilius, help!-my lord! my For which I wait for money.
lord !Hor. It is against my heart. Luc. Serv.
Mark, how strange it shows, Enter Timon, in a rage; Flaminius following. Timon in this should pay more than he owes :
Tini. What, are my doors oppos d against my pas. And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels,
sage? And send for money for 'em.
Have I been ever free, and must my house
The place, which I have feasted, does it now,
Luc. Serv. Here's mine.
Hor. Serv. Aud mine, roy lord.
Both Var. Serv, And ours, my lord.
When sects and factions were newly boin : Plú. All our bills.
He's truly valiant, that can wisely suffer Tim. Knock me dowo with 'em : cleave me to the The worst that man can breathe ; and make his wrongs gindle
His outsides ; wear them like his raiment, carelessly; Luc. Sero. Alas! my lord,-,
And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart, Tim. Cut my heart in sums.
To bring it into danger. Tit. Mine, fifty talents.
If wrongs be evils, and enforce us kill, T'im. Tell out my blood.
What folly 'tis, to hazard life for ill? Luc. Serv. Five thousand crowns, my lord.
Alcib. My lord, Tim. Five thousand drops pays that.
1 Sen. You cannot make gross sins look clear ; What yours ?-and yours?
To revenge is no valour, but to bear. 1 Var. Serv. My lord,
Alcib. My lords, then, under favour, pardon me, 2 Var. Serv. My lord,
If I speak like a captain.Tim. Tear me, take me, and the gods fall upon | Why do fond men expose themselves to battle, you!
[Exit. And not endure all threat’nings ? sleep upon it, Hor. 'Faith, I perceive our masters may throw their And let the fues quictly cut their throats, caps at their money; these debts may well be called Without repugnancy? but if there be desperate ones, for a madman owes 'em. [Exeunt. Such valour in the bearing, what make we Re-enter Timon and Flavius.
Abroad? why then, women are more valiant, Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, the
That stay at home, if bearing carry it; slaves :
And th' ass, more captain than the lion; the felon, Creditors !-devils.
Loaden with irons, wiser than the judge, Flad. 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;
But, in defence, by mercy, 'tis most just.
But who is man, that is not angry?
Weigh but the crime with this. Flav.
O my lord,
2 Sen. You breathe in vain. You only speak from your distracted soul;
In vain ? his service dotie There is not so much left, to furnish out
At Lacedæmon, and Byzantium,
Were a sufficient briber for his life.
1 Sen. What's that? I charge thee; invite them all: let in the tide
Alcib. Why I say, my lords, h'as done fair service, of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide. And slain in fight many of your enemies :
[E.xeunt. How full of valour did he bear himself
In the last conflict, and made plenteous wounds? SCENE V.-The same. The Senate-House. The Sen
2 Sen. He has made too much plenty with 'em, he ate sitting. Enter Alcibiades, attended.
Is a sworn rioter: h'as a sin that often 1 Sen. My lord, you have my voice to it; the fault's Drowns him, and takes his valour prisoner: Bloody; 'tis necessary he should die:
If there were no foes, that were enough alone Nothing emboldens sid so much as mercy.
To overcome him: in that beastly fury 2 Sen. Most true; the law shall bruise him.
He has been known to commit outrages, Alcib. Honour, health, and compassion to the senate! And cherish factions : 'Tis inferrd to us; 1 Sen. Now, captain?
His days are foul, and his drink dangerous. Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues;
1 Sen. He dies. For pity is the virtue of the law,
Alcib. Hard fate! he might bave died in war. And none but tyrants use it cruelly.
My lords, if not for any parts in him, It pleases time, and fortune, to lie heavy
(Though his right arm might purchase his own time, Upon a friend of mine, who, in hot blood,
And be in debt to none,) yet, more to move you, Hath stepp'd into the law, which is past depth, Take my deserts to his, and join them both : To those that, without heed, do plunge into it. And, for 1 know, your reverend ages love He is a man, setting his fate aside,
Security, I'll pawn my victories, all of comely virtues ;
My honour to you, upon his good returns. Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice;
If by this crime he owes the law his life, (An honour in him, which buys out his fault) Why, let the war receive't in valiant gore; But, with a noble fury, and fair spirit,
For law is strict, and war is nothing more. Seeing his reputation touch'd to death,
1 Sen. We are for law, he dies; urge it no more, He did oppose his foe:
On height of our displeasure: Friend, or brother, And with such sober and unnoted passion
He forfeits his own blood, that spills another. He did behave his anger, ere 'twas spent,
Alcib. Must it be so ? it must not be. My lords, As if he had but prov'd an argument.
I do beseech you, know me. 1 Sen. You undergo too strict a paradox,
2 Sen. How? Suiving to make an ugly deed look fair :
Alcib. Call me to your remembrances. Your words have took such pains, as if they labour'd 3 Sen.
What? To bring manslaughter into form, set quarrelling Aleib. I cannot think, but your age has forgot me; Upon the head of valour; which, indeed,
It could not else be, I should prove so base, Is valour misbegot, and came into the worla
To sue, and be denied such common grace:
My wounds ache at you.
Tim. Ah, my good friend what cheer? 1 Sen. Do you dare our anger?
[The Banquet brought in. T'is in few words, but spacious in effect ;
2 Lord. My most honourable lord, I am s'en siek We banish thee forever.
of shame, that, when your lordship this other day sent Alcib. Banish me?
to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar. Banish your dotage ; banish usury,
Tim. Think not on't, sir. That makes the senate ugly.
2 Lord. If you had sent but two hours before,1 Sen. If, after two days' shine, Athens contain thee, Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembranceAttend our weightier judgement. And, not to swell Come, bring in all together. our spirit,
2 Lord. All covered dishes! He shall be executed presently. [Exeunt Senators. · 1 Lord. Royal cheer, I warrant you. Alçib. Now the gods keep you old enough; that you 3 Lord. Doubt not that,, if money, and the season may live
can yield it. Only in bone, that none may look on you!
i Lord. How do you? what's the news? I am worse than mad : I bave kept back their foes, 3 Lord. Alcibiades is banish'd : Hear you of it? While they have told their money, and let out
16 2 Lord. Alcibiades banished ! Their coin upon large interest; I myself,
3. Lord. 'Tis so, be sure of its Rich only in large hurts :-All those, for this?
1 Lord. How? how? Is this the balsam, that the usuring senate
2 Lord. I pray you, upon what? Pours into captains' wounds ? ha ! banishment? Tim. My worthy friends will you draw near? It comes not ill, I hate not to be banishd;
3 Lord. I'll tell you more anon. Here's a noble It is a cause worthy my spleen and fury,
feast toward. That I may strike at Athens. I'll cheer up
2 Lord. This is the old man still. My discontented troops, and lay for hearts. .
3 Lord. Will't hold? will’t hold ! 'Tis honour, with most lands to be at odds;
2 Lord. It does : but time will and so Soldiers should brook as little wrongs, as gods. (Exit. 3 Lord. I do conceive.
Tim. Each man to his stool, with that pur a he SCENE VI.-A magnificent Room in Timon's House. would to the lip of his mistress: your diet shall be in
Music. Tables set out : Servant s attending. Enter all places alike. Make not a city feast of it, to let the divers Lords at several doors.
meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place: Sít, 1 Lord. The good time of day to you, sir.
sit. The gods require our thanks. 2 Lord. I also wish it to you. I think, this honour
zou great benefactors, sprinkle our seciety with able lord did but try is this other day.
thankfulness. For your own gifs, make yourselves 1 Lord. Upon that were my thoughts tiring, when
praised: but reserve still to givc, lest your deities te we encountered: I hope, it is not so low with him, &s
despised. Lend to each man enough, that one need he made it seem, in the trial of his several friends.
lend to another; for, were your godheads to borren of 2 Lord, It should not be, by the persuasion of his
men, men would forsake the gods. Make the meat be new feasting.
beloved, more than the man that gives it. Let nas ar 1 Lord. I should think so: He hath sent me an
sembly of twenty be without a score of villains: If there I earnest inviting, which many my near occasions did
sit twelve women at the table, let a dozen of them be urge me to put off: but he hath conjured me beyond
as they ars-The rest of your fecs, gods,-ike se nuters them, and I must needs appear.
of Athens, together with the common lag of people, 2 Lord. In like manner was I in debt to my impor- | what is amiss in them, you gads, make suitable for de tunate business, but he would not hear my excuse. I struction. For these my present friends, -as chey are am sorry, when he sent to borrow of me, that my pro to me nothing, so in nothing bless them, and to nothing vision was out
they are welcome. 1 Lord. I am sick of that grief too, as I understand Uncover, dogs, and lap. low all things go.
[The dishes uncovered are full of warm water. 2 Lord. Every man here's so. What would he have borrowed of you?
Some speak. What does bis lordship mean?
Some other. I know not. i Lord. A thousand pieces. 2 Lord: A thousand pieces !
Tim. May you a better feast never behold, 1 Lord. What of you?
You knot of mouth-friends ! smoke, and fuke-warm 3 Lord. He sent to me, sir, -Here he comes.
Is your perfection. This is Timon's last;
Who stuck and spangled you with flatteries, Tim. With all my heart, gentlemen both :- And Washes it off, and sprinkles in your faces how fare you?
[Throwing water in their facere i Lord. Ever at the best, hearing well of your lord Your reeking villany. Live loath'd, and long, ship.
Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites, 2 Lord. The swallow follort's not summer more will. Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meck bears, ing, than we your lordship.
You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time's flies, Tim. [Aside.] For more willingly leaves winter; | Cap and knee slaves, vapours, and minute-jacks! such suinver-birds are men.-Gentlemen, our dinner Of man, and beast, the infinite malady will not recompense this long stay: fenst your cars Crust you quite oer!-What, dost thou go? with the music awhile; if they will fare so harshly on Soft, take thy physic first-thou too, and thou – the trumpet's sound: we shall to't presently.
(Throws the dishes at them, and drives them out. 1 Lord. I hope it remains not unkindly with your stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.lordship, that I returned you an empty messenger. What, all in motion ? Henceforth be no feast, Tim. O, sir, let it not trouble yoni,
Whercat a villain's not a welcome guest. 2 Lost, My boble lord,
Buro, house; sink, Athens ! henceforth bated be