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To say to you:-Look you, my good lord, I | Methinks, I could deal* kingdoms to my

must

Entreat you, honour me so much, as to

Advance this jewel;

Accept, and wear it, kind my lord.

friends,

And ne'er be weary. Alcibiades,
Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich,
It comes in charity to thee: for all thy living

1 Lord. I am so far already in your gifts, Is 'mongst the dead; and all the lands thou All. So are we all.

Enter a SERVANT.

Lie in a pitch'd field.

Alcib. Ay, defiled land, my lord. 1 Lord. We are so virtuously bound,Tim. And so

Serv. My lord, there are certain nobles of Am I to you.

the senate

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3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable gentleman, Lord Lucullus, entreats your company to-morrow to hunt with him; and has sent your honour two brace of greyhounds. Tim. I'll hunt with him; And let them be reNot without fair reward. [ceiv'd,

Flav. [Aside.] What will this come to? He commands us to provide, and give great And all out of an empty coffer.- [gifts, Nor will he know his purse; or yield me this, To show him what a beggar his heart is, Being of no power to make his wishes good; His promises fly so beyond his state, That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes For every word; he is so kind, that he now Pays interest for't; his land's put to their books.

Well, 'would I were gently put out of office,
Before I were forc'd out!

Happier is he that has no friend to feed,
Than such as do even enemies exceed.
I bleed inwardly for my lord.

Tim. You do yourselves

[Exit.

Much wrong, you bate too much of your own

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2 Lord. So infinitely endear'd,Tim. All to you.t-Lights, more lights. 1 Lord. The best of happiness, [mon! Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, lord TiTim. Ready for his friends.

[Exeunt ALCIBIADES, LORDS, &c. Apem, What a coil's here! Serving of becks, and jutting out of bums! I doubt whether their legs be worth the sums That are given for 'em. Friendship's full of dregs: [legs. Methinks, false hearts should never have sound Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on

court'sies.

Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sulI'd be good to thee.

[len,

Apem. No, I'll nothing for,

[left

If I should be brib'd too, there would be none To rail upon thee: and then thou would'st sin the faster,

Thou giv'st so long, Timon, I fear me, thou Wilt give away thyself in papers shortly: What need these feasts, pomps, and vain glories?

Tim. Nay,

An you begin to rail on society once,
I am sworn, not to give regard to you.
Farewell; and come with better music. [Exit.
Apem. So;-

Thou'lt not hear me now,-thou shalt not then, I'll lock

Thy heaven from thee. O, that men's ears

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Of raging waste? It cannot hold; it will not.
If I want gold, steal but a beggar's dog,
And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold:
If I would sell my horse, and buy twenty more
Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon,
Ask nothing, give it him, it foals me, straight,
And able horses: No porter at his gate;
But rather one that smiles, and still invites
All that pass by. It cannot hold; no reason
Can found his state in safety. Caphis, ho!
Caphis, I say!

Enter CAPHIS.

Caph. Here, Sir; What is your pleasure?

I. e. Could dispense them on every side with an ungrudging distribution, ike that with which I could deal out cards. +I. e. All happiness to you. Offering salutations. 1. e. Be ruined by his securities entered into.

By his heaven he means good advice; the only thing by which he could be saved,

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Immediate are my needs; and my relief
Must not be toss'd and turn'd to me in words,
But find supply immediate. Get you gone:
Put on a most importunate aspect,
A visage of demand; for, I do fear,
When every feather sticks in his own wing,
Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
Which flashes now a phoenix. Get you gone.
Caph. I go, Sir.

Sen. I go, Sir?-take the bonds along with
And have the dates in compt.
Caph. I will, Sir.

Sen. Go.

[you, [Exeunt.

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Enter CAPHIS, and the SERVANTS of ISIDORE and VARRO.

Caph. Good even,t Varro: What,

You come for money?

Vur. Serv. Is't not your business too?
Caph. It is And yours too, Isidore?
Isid. Serv. It is so.

Caph. 'Would we were all discharg'd!
Var. Serv. I fear it.

Caph. Here comes the lord.

Enter TIMON, ALCIBIADES, and LORDS, &c. Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again,

My Alcibiades.-With me? What's your will?
Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.
Tim. Dues? Whence are you?
Caph. Of Athens here, my lord.
Tim. Go to my steward.

Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put me off

To the succession of new days this month;
My master is awak'd by great occasion,
To call upon his own; and humbly prays you,
That with your other noble parts you'll suit,
In giving him his right.

Tim. Mine honest friend,

I pr'ythee, but repair to me next morning.
Caph. Nay, good my lord,-

Tim. Contain thyself, good friend.

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Var. Serv. One Varro's servant, my good lord,

Isid. Serv. From Isidore;

He humbly prays your speedy payment,Caph. If you did know, my lord, my master's wants,

Var. Serv. "Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, six weeks,

And past,

Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord;

And I am sent expressly to your lordship.
Tim. Give me breath:

I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on;
[Exeunt ALCIBIADES and LORDS.
I'll wait upon you instantly.-Come hither,
pray you,
[TO FLAVIUS.
How goes the world, that I am thus encoun-
ter'd

With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds, And the detention of long-since-due debts, Against my honour?

Flav. Please you, gentlemen,

The time is unagreeable to this business:
Your importunacy cease, till after dinner;
That I may make his lordship understand
Wherefore you are not paid.

Tim. Do so, my friends:
See them well entertain'd.
Flav. I pray, draw near.

[Exit TIMON. [Exit FLAVIUS.

Enter APEMANTUS and a FOOL. Apemantus; let's have some sport with 'em. Caph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with Var. Serv. Hang him, he'll abuse us. Isid. Serv. A plague upon him, dog! Var. Serv. How dost, fool? Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow? Vur. Serv. I speak not to thee. Apem. No; 'tis to thyself,-Come away. [To the FOOL. Isid. Serv. [To VAR. SERV.] There's the fool hangs on your back already.

Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art not on him yet.

Caph. Where's the fool now?

Apem. He last asked the question.-Poor rogues, and usurers' men! bawds between gold and want!

All Serv. What are we, Apemantus?
Apem. Asses.

All Serv. Why?

Apem. That you ask me what you are, and do not know yourselves.-Speak to 'em, fool Fool. How do you, gentlemen?

All Serv. Gramercies, good fool: How does your mistress?

Fool. She's e'en setting on water to scald such chickens as you are. 'Would, we could see you at Corinth.

Apem. Good! gramercy.

Enter PAGE.

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Timon; this to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast born | Not seldom, nor no slight checks; when I a bastard, and thou'lt die a bawd. Page. Thou wast whelped a dog; and thou shalt famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am gone. [Exit PAGE. Apem. Even so thou out-run'st grace. Fool, I will go with you to lord Timon's. Fool. Will you leave me there? Apem. If Timon stay at home. serve three usurers?

You three

All Serv. Ay, 'would they served us! Apem. So would I,-as good a trick as ever hangman served thief.

Fool. Are you three usurers' men?
All Serv. Ay, fool.

Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his servant: My mistress is one, and I am her fool. When men come to borrow of your masters, they approach sadly, and go away merry; but they enter my mistress' house merrily, and go away sadly: The reason of this?

Var. Serv. I could render one. Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee a whoremaster, and a knave; which, notwithstanding, thou shalt be no less esteemed.

Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool? Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something like thee. 'Tis a spirit: sometime, it appears like a lord: sometime, like a lawyer; sometime, like a philosopher, with two stones more than his artificial one: He is very often like a knight; and, generally in all shapes, that man goes up and down in, from fourscore to thirteen, this spirit walks in.

Vur. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest.

Apem. That answer might have become A pemantus.

All Serv. Aside, aside; here comes lord Ti

mon.

Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS.

Apem. Come with me, fool, come. Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder brother, and woman; sometime, the philosopher. [Exeunt APEMANTUS and FOOL. Flav. 'Pray you, walk near; I'll speak with you anon. [Exeunt SERV. Tim. You make me marvel: Wherefore, ere this time,

Had you not fully laid my state before me;
That I might so have rated my expense,
As I had leave of means?

Flav. You would not hear me,
At many leisures I propos'd.
Tim. Go to:

Perchance, some single vantages you took,
When my indisposition put you back;
And that unaptness made your minister,
Thus excuse yourself.

Flav. O my good lord!

At many times I brought in my accounts, Laid them before you; you would throw them off,

And say, you found them in mine honesty. When, for some trifling present, you have bid

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Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate, And your great flow of debts. My dear-lov'd lord, [time, Though you hear now, (too late!) yet now's a The greatest of your having lacks a half To pay your present debts.

Tim. Let all my land be sold.

Flav. 'Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and

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me,

When all our officest have been oppress'd With riotous feeders; when our vaults have wept

With drunken spilth of wine; when every room Hath blaz'd with lights, and bray'd with minstrelsy;

I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock,
And set mine eyes at flow.

Tim. Pr'ythee, no more.

Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this lord!

[sants, How many prodigal bits have slaves and peaThis night englutted! Who is not Timon's? What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is lord Timon's?

Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon?
Ah! when the means are gone, that buy this
praise,

The breath is gone whereof this praise is made:
Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter
showers,
These flies are couch'd.

Tim. Come, sermon me no further:
No villanous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart;
Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given.
Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the con-
science lack,

To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart;
If I would broach the vessels of my love,
And try the arguments of hearts by borrow-

ing,

Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly „se, As I can bid thee speak.

Flav. Assurance bless your thoughts!

Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine

are crown'd,

That I account them blessings; for by these
Shall I try friends: You shall perceive, tow
you
[friends.
Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my
Within there, ho!-Flaminius! Servilius!

Enter FLAMINIUS, SERVILIUS, and other
SERVANTS.

Serv. My lord, my lord,——

I. e. As the world itself may be comprised in a word you might give it away in a breath.

+ The apartments allotted to culinary offices, &c. A pipe with a turning stopple running to waste. If I would, (says Timon,) by borrowing try of what men's hearts are composed, what they have in them, &e. "Dignified, made respectable.

Tim. I will despatch you severally.-You, to lord Lucius,

To lord Lucullus you: I hunted with his Honour to-day ;-You, to Sempronius; Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud,

say,

That my occasions have found time to use them
Toward a supply of money: let the request
Be fifty talents.

Flam. As you have said, my lord.

Flav. Lord Lucius, and Lord Lucullus ? humph! [Aside. Tim. Go you, Sir, [To another SERV.] to the senators,

ACT III.

SCENE I.-The same.-A Room in LUCULLUS' House.

FLAMINIUS waiting. Enter a SERVANT to him. Serv. I have told my lord of you, he is com ing down to you.

Flam. I thank you, Sir.

Enter LUCULllus.

Serv. Here's my lord.

Lucul. [Aside.] One of lord Timon's men? a gift, I warrant. Why, this hits right; I dreamt of a silver basin and ewer to-night. Flami(Of whom, even to the state's best health, Inius, honest Flaminius; you are very respec.

have

[stant Deserv'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o'the inA thousand talents to me.

Fluv. I have been bold,

(For that I knew it the most general way,)
To them to use your signet, and your name;
But they do shake their heads, and I am here
No richer in return.

Tim. Is't true? can it be?

Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate voice,

That now they are at fall,* want treasure, can

not

Do what they would; are sorry-you are honourable,

But yet they could have wish'd-they know not-but

Something hath been amiss-a noble nature May catch a wrench-would all were well'tis pity

And so, intendingt other serious matters, After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions,+

With certain half-caps, and cold- moving nods, They froze me into silence.

Tim. You gods, reward them!

I pr'ythee, man, look cheerly; These old fellows

Have their ingratitude in them hereditary:
Their blood is cak'd, 'tis cold, it seldom flows;
"Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind;
And nature, as it grows again toward earth,
Is fashion'd for the journey, dull, and heavy.
Go to Ventidius,-[To a SERV.] Pr'ythee, [To
FLAVIUS,] be not sad,
Thou art true, and honest; ingeniously I
speak,

No blame belongs to thee:-[TO SERV.] Ventidius lately

Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepp'd
Into a great estate: when he was poor,
Imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends,
I clear'd him with five talents; Greet him from
Bid him suppose, some good necessity [me;
Touches his friend, which craves to be re-
member'd

With those five talents-that had,-[TO FLAV.] give it these fellows

To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak, or think, [sink. That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can Flav. I would, I could not think it; That thought is bounty's foe;

Being free¶ itself, it thinks all others so.

I. e. At an ebb.

[Exeunt.

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tively welcome, Sir.-Fill me some wine.[Exit SERVANT.] And how does that honourable, complete, free-hearted gentleman of Athens, thy very bountiful good lord and mas

ter?

Flam. His health is well, Sir.

Lucul. I am right glad that his health is well, Sir: And what hast thou there under thy cloak, pretty Flaminius?

Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, Sir; which, in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat your honour to supply; who, having great and instant occasion to use fifty talents, hath sent to your lordship to furnish him; nothing doubting your present assistance therein.

Lucul. La, la, la, la,-nothing doubting, says he? alas, good lord! a noble gentleman 'tis, if he would not keep so good a house. Many a time and often I have dined with him, and told him on't; and come again to supper to him, of purpose to have him spend less; and yet he would embrace no counsel, take no warning by my coming. Every man has his fault, and honestyt is his; I have told him on't, but I could never get him from it.

Re-enter SERVANT, with wine.

Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine. wise. Here's to thee. Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always

Flum. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. Lucul. I have observed thee always for a toand one that knows what belongs to reason: wardly prompt spirit,-give thee thy due,and canst use the time well, if the time use thee well: good parts in thee.-Get you gone, Sirrah. [To the SERVANT,who goes out.]-Draw nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a bounknowest well enough, although thou comest tiful gentleman: but thou art wise; and thou to me, that this is no time to lend money; escially upon bare friendship, without security. at me, and say thou saw'st me not. Fare thee Here's three solidares for thee; good boy, wink

well.

Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much differ; [ness, And we alive, that liv'd ? Fly, damned baseTo him that worships thee.

[Throwing the money away; Lucul. Ha! Now I see thou art a fool, and fit for thy master. [Exit LUCULLUS. Flam. May these add to the number that may scald thee! Let molten coin be thy damnation,

Thou disease of a friend, and not himself! Has friendship such a faint and milky heart, It turns in less than two nights? O you gods

*For respectfully. Honesty here means liberality. I. e. And we who were alive then, alive now,

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SCENE II.-The sume.-A public place.
Enter LUCIUS, with three STRANGERS.
Luc. Who, the lord Timon? he is my very
good friend, and an honourable gentleman.

1 Stran. We know him for no less, though we are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one thing, my lord, and which I hear from common rumours; now lord Timon's happy hours are done and past, and his estate shrinks from him.

Luc. Fie no, do not believe it; he cannot want for money.

2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, not long ago, one of his men was with the lord Lucullus, to borrow so many talents; nay, urged extremely for't, and showed what necessity belonged to't, and yet was denied. Luc. How?

say: I was sending to use lord Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness; but I would not, for the wealth of Athens, I had done it now. Commend me bountifully to his good lordship; and I hope, his honour will conceive the fairest of me, because I have no power to be kind: And tell him this from me, I count it one of my greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will you befriend me so far, as to use mine own words to him?

Ser. Yes, Sir, I shall.

lius.

Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servi
Exit SERVILIUS.
True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed;
And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed.
[Exit LUCIUS.

1 Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius?
2 Stran. Ay, too well.
1 Stran. Why this

Is the world's soul; and just of the same piece
Is every flatterer's spirit. Who can call him
His friend, that dips in the same dish? for, in
My knowing, Timon hath been this lord's fa-
And kept his credit with his purse; [ther,
Supported his estate; nay, Timon's money
Has paid his men their wages: He De'er drinks,
But Timon's silver treads upon his lip;
And yet, (O, see the monstrousness of man
When he looks out in an ungrateful shape!)
He does deny him, in respect of his,
What charitable men afford to beggars.
3 Stran. Religion groans at it.
1 Stran. For mine own part,

2 Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord.
Luc. What a strange case was that? now,
before the gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied
that honourable man? there was very little
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
such like trifles, nothing comparing to his; yet,
had he mistook him, and sent to me, I should
ne'er have denied his occasion so many talents.
Enter SERVILIUS.

lord,

Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord; I have sweat to see his honour.-My honoured [To LUCIUS. Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, Sir. Fare thee well:-Commend me to thy honourable-virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend. Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath

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To mark me for his friend; yet, I protest,
For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue,
And honourable carriage,

Had his necessity made use of me,
I would have put my wealth into donation,*
And the best half should have return'd to him,
So much I love his heart: But, I perceive,
Men must learn now with pity to dispense:
For policy sits above conscience.

[Exeunt.

SCENE III.-The same.-A Room in SEM-
PRONIUS' House.

Enter SEMPRONIUS, and a SERVANT of TIMON's.

Sem. Must he needs trouble me in't? Humph!
'Bove all others?

He might have tried lord Lucius, or Lucullus;
And now Ventidius is wealthy too,
Whom he redeem'd from prison: All these
Owe their estates unto him.
[three

Serv. O my lord,
They have all been touch'd,+ and found base
metal; for
They have all denied him?

Sem. How! have they denied him?
Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him?
And does he send to me? Three? humph!-
It shows but little love or judgement in him.
Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like
physicians,

upon me?

Thrive, give him over; Must I take the cure
[him,
He has much disgrac'd me in't; I am angry at
That might have known my place: I see no
sense for❜t,

But his occasions might have woo'd me first;
For, in my conscience, I was the first man
That e'er receiv'd gift from him:

This means, to put his wealth down in accoum as a
donation.
+ Tried.

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