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with a discovery of the infinite flatteries, that fol. Why, thy verse swells with stuff so fine and smooth, low youth and opulency.
That thou art eve natural in thine art.--Tim. Must thou needs ítand 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. Marry, 'tis not monstrous in you; neither with L, Poet. Nay, let's seek him :
You take much pains to mend.
Both. Beseech your honour
Tim. You'll take it ill.
Both. Doubt it not, worthy lord. Tim. I'll meet you at the turn. What a god's Tim. There's ne'er a one of you but trusts a kmare, That he is worshipp'd in a baser temple, That mightily deceives you. Than where swine feed !
Both. Do we, my lord ? 'Tis thou that rigg'lt the bark, and plow'st the Tim. Ay, and yon hear him cog, see him difsemble, foam ;
Know his gross patchery, love him, feed him, Settlest admired reverence in a slave :
Keep in your boiom : yet remain ailur'd,
Poet. Nor I.
Tim. Look you, I love you well ; I'll give yca Pain. Our late noble matter.
Rid me thele viilains from your companies : Tim. Have I once liv’d to fce two honest men ? Hang them, or stab them, drown them in a draught 4, Poet. Sir,
Confound them by fonie course, and come to me, Having often of your open bounty tasted, I'll give you gold enough. Hearing you were retir'd, your friends fall’n off, Borb. Name them, my lord, let's know them. Whose thankless patures- abhorred spirits ! Tim. You that way, and you this. But two in Not all the whips of heaven are large enough
company S, What! to you!
Each man apart, -all single, and alone, Whole star-like nobleness gave lise and influence
Yet an arch-villain keeps him company: -To their whole being ! I am rapt, and cannot cover 1f, where thou art, two villains shall not be, The monstrous bulk of this ingratitude
[To ibe Painter, With any fize of words.
Come not near him.-If thou wouldit mof retale Tim. Let it go naked, men may fee't the better :
[Tiibe Pret. 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 guld, ve Pain. He, and myself,
Naves : Have travell’d in the great shower of your gifts,
You have work for me, there is payment: Hence! And sweetly felt it.
You are an alchymist, make gold of th :Tim. Ay, you are honest men.
Out, rafcal dogs! Pain. We are hither come to offer you our service.
[Exit, beating and driving sber T:1. Most honeft men! Why, how shall I requite you?
S CE N E III.
Enter Flavius, and two Senators.
[1 lave gold; Flav. It is in vain that you would speak with T::%. You are honest men : You have heard that
That nothing, but himself, which looks like man,
[terfeit I Sen. Bring us to his cave : Tin. Good honest men :-Thou draw'st a coun- It is our part, and promife to the Athenians, Beft in all Athens : thou art, indeed, the beft ; To speak with Timon. Thou counterfeit'st most lively.
2 Sen. At all times alike Pain. So, so, my lord.
Men are not still the fame: 'Twas time, and griefs, Tim. Even so, sir, as I say :--And, for thy fiction, That fram'd bim thus : time, with his fairer hand,
[To the Poct. Offering the fortunes of his former days,
1 i. c. night which is as obfcure as a dark corner. 2 A portrait was called a counterfeit in our author's time.
3 i. e.
e. a hypocrite. 4 That is, in the jukes. 5 This pailage is obícure. Dr. Johnton thinks the meaning is this : But two in company, that is, Stand apart, let only two peoria ther; for even when each itands single there are two, he himself and a villain. But, in the North, fignifies, without
The former man may make him : Bring us to him, And take our goodly aged men by the beards, And chance it as it may.
Giving our holy virgins to the stain Flav. Here is his cave.
Of contumelious, beastly, mad-brain'd 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, In pity of our aged, and our youth, By two of their most reverend senate, greet thee : I cannot chuse but tell him, that~I care not, Speak to them, noble Timon.
And let him take't at worst; for their knives care Enter Tinion.
not, Tim. Thou sun, that comfort'st, burn! Speak, While you have throats to answer : for myself, and be hang'd !
There's not a whittle 4 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'it throat in Athens. So I leave you Consuming it with speaking !
To the protection of the profperous gods, i Sen. Worthy Timon,
[mon. As thieves to keepers. Tim. Of none but such as you, and you of Ti Flav. 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 them 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 ; i Sen. O, forget
Be Alcibiades your plague, you his,
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.
As common bruit doth put it. 2 Sen. They confess,
I Sen. That's well spoke. Toward thee, forgetfulness too general, gross: Tim. Commend me to my loving countrymen, And now the publick body,—which doth seldom I Sen. These words become your lips as they Play the recanter,-feeling in itself
pass through them.
[ers A lack of Timon's aid, hath sense withal
2 Sen. And enter in our ears, like great triumphOf its own fall!, restraining aid to Timon ; In their applauding gates. And sends forth us, to make their sorrowed ren Tim. Commend me to them; der ?,
And tell them, that, to ease them of their griefs, Together with a recompence more fruitful Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, Than their offence can weigh down by the dram; 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. Tim. You witch me in it;
2 Sen. I like this well, he will return again. Surprize me to the very brink of tears :
Tim. I have a tree, which grows here in my Lend me 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, to please thee to return with And shortly must I fell it : Tell my friends, And of our Athens (thine, and ours) to take [us, Tell Athens, in the sequence of degrees, The captainihip, thou shalt be met with thanks, From high to low throughout, that whoso please Allow ( 3 with abiolute power, and thy good name To Itop affliction, let hinı take his hatte, Live with authority :-o foon 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 boar 100 savage, doth root up Flav. Trouble him no further, thus you still His country's peace.
shall find him. 2 Sen. And th.kes 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 i Sen. Therefore, Timon,--
Upon the beached verge of the falt flood, Tim. Well, fır, I will; therefore I will, fir ; Which once a day with his embossed froth 6
The turbulent surge Thall cover; thither como, If Alcibiades kill my countrymen,
And let my grave-stone be your oracle. Let Alcibiades know this of Timon, [Athens, Lips, let four words go by, and language end : That-Timon cares not.—But if he iack fair What is amiss, plague and infection mend!
The Athenians had fenje, that is, felt the danger of their own fall, by the arms of Alcibiades. ? Render is conjefpon. 3 sllowed is licensed, prinzeged, incontrolled. 4 A 'whiitle is still in the midland counties ine common pame for a pocket clasp knife, such as children use. si.e. from highest to lowest 6 We have before observed, that when a deer was run hard, and foamed at the mouth, bic was laid to be embus d.
Graves only be men's works; and death, their gain!
SC EN EVI, Sun, hide thy beains ! Timon hath done his reign.
Before ibe Walls of Atbars.
[Exit Timon. 1 Sen. His discontents are unremoveably
Trumpets found. Enter Akibiades, with bis perecoso Coupled to nature.
Alc. Sound to this coward and lascivious tous 2 Sen. Our hope in him is dead : let us returri, Our terrible approach. And strain what other means is left unto us [Sound a parley. The Senators appear upon sbe saiks. In our dear' peril.
'Till now you have gone on, and fillid the time Sen. It requires swift foot. [Excunt. With all licentious measure, making your il's
The scope of justice; 'till now, myielf, and fuos
As Nept within the thadow of your power,
Have wander'd with our traverit arins 3, and Enter two orber Senators, with a Malenger.
breath'a I Sen. Thou hast painfully discovered ; are his when crouching marrow ~, in the bearer strong
Our sufferance vainly: Now the time is forbi, As full as thy report ?
Cries of itself, “No more:' now breathless wrong Mef. I have spoke the least : Besides, his expedition promises
Shall sit and pant in your great chairs of eale ; Present approach.
And pursy insolence Thall break his wind,
With fear, and horrid flight. 2 Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring not
i 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, Yet our old love made a particular force,
Ere thou hajít power, or we had cause to fear, And made us fpeak like friends :-—this man was To wipe out our ingratitudes with loves
We serct to thee ; to give tly rages balm, riding From Alcibiades to Timon's cave,
Above their s quantity.
2 Sen. So did we woo With letters of entreaty, which imported His fellowship i' the cause against your city,
Transformed Timon to our city's love,
By humble message, and by promis'd means ;
We were not all unkind, nor all delerve
The common stroke of war. 1 Scr. 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 ;
That these great towers, trophies, and schools Ours is the fall, I fear, our foes the snare.
2 Sen. Nor are they living,
Who were the motives that you first went out ; Changes to the Woods.
Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess
Hath broke their hearts 6. 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 decimation, and a tithed death, Who's here? speak, ho !-No answer What|(If thy revenges hunger for that food, is this?
Which nature loaths) take thou the destin'd tenth; Timon is dead, who hath out-stretch'd his fpan: And by the hazard of the spotted die, Some beast read this; there does not live a man. Let die the spotted. Dead, sure ; and this his grave. What's on this I Sen. All have not offended; tomb?
For those that were, it is not square 7, 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;
Are 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, Whole fall the mark of his ambition is. [Exit. Which, 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 ineldiute; and that it is an enforcing epithet with not always a distinct meaning. 2 Arms acrosé. 3 A
4 The bird is flufi when his feathers are grown, and he can leave the nest. Flush ineans mature, marrow was fupposed to be the original of Arength. 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 pages.
6 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 banilh you) bath broke their hearts.” 7 j. e. »t regular, not equitable,
Enter a Soldier. Sol. My noble general, Timon is dead ; Entomb'd upon the very hem o' the sea : And, on his grave-Itono, this insculpture ; which With wax I brought away, whose loft impresion Interpreteth for my poor ignorance.
[Alcibiades reads the epitapb.) Here lies a writibed corse, of wretched foui ber eft : Seek nói my name : A plague consume you wicked cai
tiffs left! Here lie I Timor ; wbo, alive, all living men did Pass by, and curse thy fill; but pals, and flay not
bere thy gait.
With those that have offended : like a shepherd, Approach the fold, and cull the infected forth, But kill not altogether.
2 Sen. What thou wilt, Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile, Than hew to't with thy sword.
i Sen. Set but thy foot, Against our rampir'd gates, and they shall ope; So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before, To say, thou'lt enter friendly.
2 Sen. Throw thy glove, Or any coken of thine honour else, That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress, And not as our contufion, all thy powers Shall make their harbour in our town, 'till we Have seal'd thy full desire.
Aic. Then there's my glove;
Borb. 'Tis moft nobly spoken.
These well express in thee thy latter spirits : Though thou abhor'uft in us our human griefs, 4 Scorn'dít our brain's flow 2, and those our drop
lets which From niggard nature fall, yet rich conceit Taught thee to make vaft Neptune weep for age On thy low grave. On:-Faults forgiven.Dead Is noble Timon; of whose memory Hereafter more.-Bring me into your city, And I will use the olive with my sword : Make war breed peace ; make peace stint war ; make each
"T Prescribe to other, as each other's leach 3. Let our drums strike.