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and, generally in all shapes, that man goes up) Tim.
Come, sermon me no further ; and down in, from fourscore to thirteen, this No villanous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart; spirit walks in.
Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given. 'Var. Sery. Thou art not altogether a fool. Why dost thou weep 7 Canst thou the conscience Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much Jack, foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest. To think I'shall lack friends ? Secure thy heart;
Apen. That answer might have become Ape. If I would broach the vessels of my love, mantus.
And try the argument of hearts by borrowing, AU Serv. Aside, aside; here comes Lord Timon. Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use,
As I can bid thee speak.
Assarance bless your thoughts! Apem. Come with me, fool, come.
Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder bro. are crown'd, ther, and woman; sometime, the philosopher. That I account them blessings; for by these
[Ereunt Apemantus and Fool. Shall I try friends; You shall perceive, how you Flav. 'Pray you, walk near ; I'll speak with Mistake my fortunes : I am wealthy in my you anon. [Ereunt Servants.
friends. Tim. You make me marvel : wherefore, ere Within there, ho !-Flaminius ! Servilius !
this time, Had you not fully laid my state before me :
Enter Flaminius, Servilius, and other Servants. That I might so have rated my expense,
Serv. My lord, my lord. As I had leave of means ?
Tim. I will despatch you severally.-You, to Flav. You would not hear me,
To Lord Lucullus you; I hunted with his
Honour to-day ;-You to Sempronius; Perchance, some single vantages you took, Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say When my indisposition put you back;
That my occasions have found time to use them And that unaptness made you minister,
Toward a supply of money : let the request Thus to excuse yourself.
Be fifty talents.
As you have said, my lord.
Aside. And say, you found them in mine honesty, Tim. Go you, sir, (To another Serv.,] to the When, for some trifling present, you have bid me senators Return so much, I have shook my head, and (of whom, even to the state's best health, I have wept;
Deserv'd this hearing,) bid 'em send the inYea,'gainst the authority of manners, pray'd you stant, To hold your hand more close ; I did endure A thousand talents to me. Not seldom, nor no slight checks; when I have Flav.
I have been bold Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate, (For that I knew it the most general way.) And your great flow of debis. My dear-lov'd To them to use your signet, and your name; Tord,
But they do shake their heads, and I am here Though you hear now (too late!) yet now's a No richer in relurn. time,
Is't true? can it be? The greatest of your having lacks a half Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate To pay your présent debts.
Let all my land be sold. That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot Flav. "Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and gone; Do what they would ; are sorry-you are hoAnd what remains will hardly stop the mouth nourable, Or present dues : the future comes apace : But yet they could have wish'd--they know not What shall defend the interim ? and at length -but How goes our reckoning ?
Something hath been amiss-a noble nature Tim." To Lacedæmon did my land extend. May catch a wrench-would all were well—'tis Flav. O my good lord, the world is but a word; pityWere it all yours to give it in a breath, And so, intending other serions matters, How quickly were it gone?
After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions,
You tell me trne. With certain half-caps, and cold moving nods, Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or false. They froze me into silence. hood,
You gods, reward them! Call me before the exactest auditors,
I prythee, man, look cheerly ; These old fellows And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, Have their ingratitude in them hereditary : When all our offices have been oppress'd Their blood is cak'd, 'tis cold, it seldom flows: With riotous feeders; when our vaults have wept 'Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind; With drunken spilth of wine; when every room and nature, as it grows again toward earth, Hath blaz'd with lights, and bray'd with min. Is fashion’d for the journey, dull, and heavy:strelsy :
Go to Ventidius, Iro a Serv.]'Prythee, [To I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock,
Flavius,] be not sad, And set mine eyes at flow.
Thou art true, and honest ; ingenuously I speak, Tim.
Pr'ythee, no more. No blame belongs to thee ;-(To Serv.] VentiFlav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this dius lately Jord!
Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepp'd How many prodigal bits have slaves, and pea. Into a great estate : when he was poor, sants,
Imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends, This night englutted! Who is not Timon's ? I clear'd him with five talents; Greet him from What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is
me : Lord Timon's ?
Bid him suppose, some good necessity, Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon ? Touches his friend, which craves to be rememAh! when the means are gone that buy this
With those five talents:--that had, -[ To Flas) The breath is gone whereof this praise is made: give it these fellows Least-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter showers, To whom 'cis instant dne. Ne'er speak, or think, These flies are couch'd.
TThat Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can sink.
Flav. I wonld, I conld not think it ; That|o, may diseases only work apon't!
And, when he is sick to death, let not that part Being free itself, it thinks ail others so.
To expel sickness, but prolong his hour! (Erit.
SCENE II. The same. A public place. SCENE I. Athens.
Enter Lucius, with three Strangers.
Luc. Who, the Lord Timon ? he is my very A Room in Loculos's House.
good friend, and an honourable gentleman. Flaminius waiting. Enter a Servant to him. i Stran We know him for no less, though we Serv. I have told my lord of you, he is coming are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one down to you.
thing, my lord, and which I hear from common Flum. I thank you, sir.
runours; now Lord Timon's happy hours are
done and past, and his estate shrinks from him. Enter Lucullus.
Luc. Fie no, do not believe it: he cannot want, Serv. Here's my lord.
for money. Lucul. [ Aside. One of Lord Timon's men ? a 2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, gift, I warrant. Why, this hits right: I dreaint not long ago, one of his men was with the Lord of a silver bason and ewer to niglii. Flaminius, Lucullus, to borrow so many talents; nay, urgea honest Flaminius; you are very respectively extremely for't, and showed what necessity bewelcome, sir.–Fill me some wine.- [ Èrit Ser longed to't, and yet was denied. vant.] - And how does that honourable, com Luc. How ? plete, free-hearted gentleman of Athens, thy 2 Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord. very bountiful good lord and naster?
Luc. What a strange case was that? now, be Flam. His health is well, sir.
fore the gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied that Lucul. I am right glad that his health is well, honourable man? there was very little honour sir : And what hast thou there under thy cloak, showed in't. For my own part, I must needs pretty Flaminius!
confess, I have received some small kindnesses Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir ; from him, as money, plate, jewels, and such like which, in my lord's behalf I come to entreat trifles, nothing comparing to his; yet had he your honour to supply; who, having great and mistook him, and sent to me, I should ne'er have instant occasion to use fifty talents, hath sent to denied his occasion so many talents. your lordship to furnish him; nothing doubting
Enter Servilius. your preseni assistance therein.
Ser. See, by good bar, yonder's my lord ; ! Lucul. La, la, la, la, -nothing doubting, says have sweat to see his honour.-My honoured he? alas, good lord! a noble gentleman 'lis, if lord,
(To Lucius. he would not keep so mood a house. Manyia
Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, sir. Fare time and often I have dined with him, and told thee well :Commend me to thy honourablehim on't ; and come again to supper to him, of virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend. purpose to have him spend less : and yet he Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath would embrace no counsel, take no warning by sent my coming. Every man has his fault, and how Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much nesty is his; I have told him on't, but I could endeared to that lord; he's ever sending: How never get him from it.
shall I thank him, thinkest thou ? And what bas
he sent now 1
Ser. He has only sent his present occasion now,
Luc. I know, his lordship is but merry with me;
He cannot want filty-five hundred talents. Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my Lucul. I have observed thee always for a to lord. wardly prompt spirit,-give thee thy due, -and If his occasion were not virtuous, one that knows what belongs to reason: and I should not urge it half so faithfully. canst use the time well, if the time use thee Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius ? well : g od parts in thee. -Get you gore, sirrah.
Ser. Upon my soul, 'tis true, sir. [ To the Servant, who goes outl-Draw nearer, Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnish honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a bountiful gen myself against such a good time, when I might tleman; but thou art wise ; and thou knowes have shown myself honourable ! how unluckily well enough, although thou comest to me, that it happened, that I should purchase the day bethis is no time to lend money ; especially upon fore for a little part, and undo a great deal of bare friendship, without security. Here's three honour !-Servilius, now before the gods, I am solidares for thee ; good boy, wink at me, and not able to do't, the more beast, I say :- I was say, thou saw'st me not. Fare thee well. sending to use Lord Timon myself, these genFlam Is't possible, the world should so much tlemen can witness; but I would not, for the differ;
wealth of Athens, I had done it now. Commend And we alive, that liv'd ? Fly, damned baseness, me borintifully to his good lordship: and I hope To him that worships thee.
his honour will conceive he fairest of me, be (Throwing the money away. canse I have no power to be kind: And tell him Lucul. Ha! Now I see, thou art a fool, and this from me, I count it one of my greatest afllic fit for thy master.
[Erit Lucullus. tions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an honour Flam. May these add to the number that may able gentleman. Good Servilius, will you befriend scald thee!
me so far, as to rise mine own words to him? Let molten coin be thy damnation,
Ser. Yes, sir, I shall. Thou disease of a friend, and not himself! Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Serviflas friendship such a faint and milky heart,
[Exit Servilius. It turns in less than two nights ? O ye gods, True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed; I feel my master's passion! This slave
And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed. Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him:
[Erit Luciu, Why should it thrive, and turu to nutriment, 1 Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius ? When he is turu'd lo poison ?
2 Stran. Ay, too well.
1 Stran. Why, this
And this is all a liberal course allows; Is the world's soul; and just of the same piece Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his Is every flatterer's spirit. "Who can call him
(Esit His friend, that dips in the same dish? for, in
The same. A Hall in Timon's Ilouse.
of Lucius, meeting Titus, Hortensius, and And yet (0, see the monstrousness of man
other Servants to Timon's Creditors, waiting When he looks out in an ungrateful shape !)
his coming out. He does deny him, in respect of his,
Var. Serv. Well met ; good morrow, Titus What charitable men afford to beggars.
and Hortensius. 3 Stran. Religion groans at it.
Tit. The like to you, kind Varro. 1 Stran.
For mine own part,
Lucius 7 I never tasted Timon in my life,
What, do we meet together ? Nor came any of his bounties over me,
Ay, and, I think, To mark me for his friend ; yet, I protest, One business does command us all; for mine For his right noble mind, illosưionis virtue,
Is money. And honourable carriage,
So is theirs and ours.
Good day at once.
Welcome, good brother.
What do you think the hour ?
Labonring for nine.
Is not my lord seen yet? Enter Sempronius, and a Servant of Timon's.
Not yet Sem. Must he needs trouble me in't? Humph! Phi. I wonder on't; he was wont to shine at 'Bove all others ?
seven). He might have tried Lord Lucius, or Lucullus; Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter And now Ventidius is wealthy 100,
with him : Whom he redeem'd from prison: all these three Yon must consider that a prodigal conrse Owe their estates unto him.
Is like the sun's; but not, like his, recoverable Sero.
O my lord,
I fear, They have all been touch'd, and found base "Tis deepest winter in Lord Timon's purse; metal; for
That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet They have all denied him.
Find little. Sem.
How! have they denied him ? Phi. I am of your fear for that. Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him? Tit. I'll show you how to observe a strange And does he send to me? Three? humph!
event. It shows but little love or judgment in him. Your lord sends now for money. Must I be his last refuge 1 His friends, like phy. Hor.
Most true, be does. sicians,
Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift, Thrive, give him over ; Must I take the cure For which you wait for money.
Hor. It is against my heart. He has much disgrac'd me in't; I am angry at Luc. Serv. Mark, how strange it shows, him,
Timon in this should pay more than he owes : That might have known my place : I see no And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels, sense fort,
And send for money for 'em. But his occasions might have woo'd me first; Hor. I am weary of this charge, the gods can For, in my conscience, I was the first man
witness : That e'er received gift from him :
I know, my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth, And does he think so backwardly of me now, And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth. That I'll requite it last ? No: So it may prove 1 Var. Sero. Yes, mine's three thousand An argument of laughter to the rest,
crowns : What's your's ? And amongst the lords be thought a fool. Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine. I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, 1 Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should He had sent.to me first, but for my mind's sake; seen by the sum, I had such a courage to do him good. But now Your master's confidence was above mine; return,
Else surely, his had equall'd.
Tit. One of Lord Timon's men. Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly vil. Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word : 'Pray, is lain. The devil knew not what he did, when he my lord ready to come forth? made man politick; he crossed himself by't: Flam. No, indeed, he is not. and I cannoi think, but, in the end, the villanies Tit. We attend his lordship; 'pray, signify so of man will set him clear. How fairly this lord much. strives to appear foul ! takes virtuous copies to Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows you be wicked ; ' like those that, under hot ardent are too diligent.
[Erit Flansinius zeal, would set whole realms on fire. Of such a nature is his politick love.
Enter Flavius, in a cloak, muffled.
Tit. Do you hear, sir ?
Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend ?
Tit. We wait for certain money here, sir. Flav. Here, my lord.
Ay, Tim. So fitly?'Go, bid all my friends again, i
O, my lord,
There is noi so much left, to furnish out
Be't not in thy care, go, but wrong,
I charge thee; invite them all : let in the tide To stir me up ; let me pass quietly :
of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide. Believe't, my lord and I have made an end;
[Ereunde I have no more to reckon, he to spend.
SCENE Y. The same.
If 'will not, The Senate House. The Senate sitting. "T'is not so base as you ; for you serve knaves.
Enter Alcibiades, attended. 1 Var. Ser. How! what does his cashier'd I Sen. My lord, you have my voice to't; the worship mutter ?
fault's 2 Var. Serv. No matter what; he's poor, and Bloody ; 'tis necessary he should die : that's revenge enough. Who can speak broader Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy, than he that has no house to put his head in ? 2 Sen Most true; the law shall bruise him. such may rail against great buildings.
Alcib. Honour, health, and compassion to the
senate ! Enter Servilius.
1 Sen. Now, captain ? Tit. O, here's Servilius; now we shall know Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues; some answer.
For pity is the virtue of the law,
He is a man, setting his fate aside,
Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice
(An honour in him, which buys out his fault ;)
Seeing his reputation touch'd to death,
Good gods ! He did oppose his foe:
As if he had but prov'd an argument.
I Sen. You undergo too strict a paradox,
Upon the head of valour ; which, indeed,
He's truly valiant, that can wisely suffer
The worst that man can breathe ; and make his
wrongs Hor. Serv. And mine, my lord.
His outsides; wear them like his raiment, careBoth Var. Serv. And ours, my lord.
And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart,
If wrongs be evils, and enforce us kill,
What folly 'tis to hazard life for ill!
Alcib. My lord,
1 Sen. You cannot make gross sins look clear ; Tim. Tell out my blood.
To revenge is no valour, but to bear.
If I speak like a captain. -
Why do fond men expose themselves to battle, 1 Var. Serv. My lord,
And not endure all threatenings ? sleep upon it 2 Var. Serv. My lord,
And let the foes quietly cut their throats,
[Erit. Such valour in the bearing, what make we
(Exeunt. Loaden with irons, wiser than the judge, Re-enter Timon and Flavius.
If wisdom be in suffering: O my lords,
As you are great, be pitifully good :
To kill, I grant, is sin's extremest gust;
But, in defence, by mercy, 'tis most just.
To be in anger is impiety;
But who is man, that is not angry ?
Weigh but the crime with this
2 Sen. You breathe in vain.
n vain! his service done with him, as he made it seem in the trial of his At Lacedæmon, ana Byzantium,
several friends. Were a sufficient briber for his life.
2 Lord. It should not be, by the persuasion of 1 Sen. What's that?
his new feasting: Alcib. Why, I say, my lords, has done fair i Lord. I should think so: He hath sent me an service,
earnest inviting, which many my near occasions And slain in fight many of your enemies : did nrge me to put off'; but he hath conjured me How full of valour did he bear himself
beyond them, and I must needs appear. In the last conflict, and made plenteous wounds ? 2 Lord. In like manner was I in debt to my 2 Sen. He has made too much plenty with 'em, importunate business, but he would not hear my he
excuse. I am sorry, when he sent to borrow of Is a sworn rioter, has a sin that often
me, that my provision was out. Drowns him, and takes his valour prisoner: i Lord. I'am sick of that grief too, as I underIf there were no foes, that were enough alone stand how all things go. To overcome him: in that beastly fury
2 Lord. Every man here's so. What would be He has been known to commit outrages,
have borrowed of you? And cherish factions: 'Tis inferr'd to us, i Lord. A thousand pieces. His days are foul, and his drink dangerous. 2 Lord. A thousand pieces ! 1 Sen. He dies.
1 Lord. What of you ? Alcib. Hard fate! he might have died in war. 3 Lord. He sent to me, sir, -Here he comes. My lords, if not for any parts in him (Though his right arm might purchase his own
Enter Timon, and Attendants. time,
Tim. With all heart, gentlemen both;And be in debt to none,) yet, more to move you, And how fare you Take my deserts to his, and join them both: 1 Lord. Ever at the best, hearing well of your And, for I know your reverend ages love lordship. Security, I'll pawn my victories, all
2 Lord. The swallow follows not summer more My honour to you, upon his good returns. willing, than we your lordship. If by this crime he owes the law his life,
T'im. ( Aside. ] Nor more willingly leaves winWhy, let the war receive 't in valiant gore; ter; such summer-birds are men.-Gentlemen, For law is strict, and war is nothing more. our dinner will not recompense this long stay: 1 Sen. We are for law, he dies; urge it no more, feast your ears with the musick a while, if they On height of our displeasure: Friend or brother, will fare so harshly on the trumpet's sound : we He forfeits his own blood, that spills another. shall to 'l presently. Alcib. Most it be so ? it must not be. My lords, 1 Lord. I hope, it remains not unkindly with I do beseech yon, know me.
your lordship, that I returned you an empty 2 Sen. How?
messenger. Alcib. Call me to your remembrances.
Tim. O, sir, let it not tronble you. 3 Sen.
What ? 2 Lord. My noble lord,
[The banquet brought ir To sue, and be denied such common grace: 2 Lord. My most honourable lord, I am e'en My wounds ache at you.
sick of shame, that, when your lordship this other 1 Sen.
Do you dare our anger ? day sent to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar. "Tis in few words, but spacious in effect; Tim. Think not on't, sir. We banish thee for ever.
2 Lord. If you had sent but two hours before,Alcib.
Banish me? Tim. Let it not cumber your better remem. Banish your dotage; banish usury,
brance.-Come, bring in all together. That makes the senate ugly,
2 Lord. All covered dishes! 1 Sen. 1f, after two days shine, Athens contain i Lord. Royal cheer, I warrant yon.
3 Lord. Doubt not that, if money, and the Attend our weightier judgment. And, not to season, can yield it. swell our spirit,
1 Lord. How do you? What's the news? He shall be executed presently.
3 Lord. Alcibiades is banished; Hear you of it 7
Exeunt Senators. 1 & 2 Lord. Alcibiades banished ! Alcib. Now the gods keep you old enough ; 3 Lord. 'Tis so, be sure of it. that you may live
1 Lord. How ? how } Only in bone, that none may look on you! 2 Lord. I pray you, upon what ? I am worse than mad: I have kept back their foes, Tim. My worthy friends, will you draw near? While they have told their money, and let out 3 Lord. I'll tell you more anon. Here's a noble Their coin upon large interest; I myself, feast toward. Rich only in large hurts ;- All those, for this? 2 Lord. This is the old man still. Is this the balsam, that the usuring senate
3 Lord. Will 't hold ? ill 't hold? Pours into captains' wounds? hal banishment? 2 Lord. It does : but time will-and sn It comes not ill; I hate not to be banish'd; 3 Lord. I do conceive. It is a cause worthy my spleen and fury,
Tim. Each man to his stool, with that spar 21 That I may strike at Athens. I'll cheer up he would to the lip of his mistress: your diet My discontented troops, and lay for hearts. shall be in all places alike. Make not a city 'Tis honour, with most lands to be at odds ; feast of it, to let the meat cool ere we can agree Soldiers should brook as little wrongs, as gods. upon the first place: Sit, sit. The gods require
(Exit our thanks. SCENE VI.
You great benefactors, sprinkle our society
with thankfulness. For your own gifts, make A magnificent Room in Timon's House.
yourselves fraised: but reserve still to give, lest Musick. Tables set out ; Servants attending. enough, that one need not lend to another; for,
your deities be despisedLend to each man Enter divers Lords, at several doors. 1 Lord. The good time of day to you, sir.
were your godheads to borrow of men, men
would forsake the gods. Make the meat be be2 Lord. I also wish it to yon. “I think, this loved, more than the man that gives it. Let no honourable lord did but try us this other day. 1 Lord. Upon that were my thoughts tiring, If there sit twelve women at the table, let a dozen
assembly of twenty be without a score of villains: when we encountered : I hope, it is not so lowl of them be-as they are. The rest of your lees,