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One may reach deep enough, and yet find little.

Pbi. I am of your fear for that.

Tit. I'll shew how to observe a strange event. Your lord sends now for money.

Hor. Most true, he does.

Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift, For which I wait for money.

Hor. It is against my heart.

Luc. Mark how strange it shows, Timon in this should pay more than he owes : And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels, And send for money for 'em. Hor. s I am weary of this charge, the Gods can

witness. I know, my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth, And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth. Var. Yes, mine's three thousand crowns: what's

yours? Luc. Five thousand mine. Var. 'Tis much deep; and it should seem by the

fum, Your master's confidence was above mine: • Else, surely, his had equalld.

Enter Flaminius. Tit. One of Lord Timon's men.

Luc. Flaminius! Sir, a word. Pray, is my lord Ready to come forth?

Flam. No, indeed, he is not.
Tit. We attend his lordship; pray, signify so much.

Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows, you are too diligent.

s I am weary of this charge,] That is, of this commission, of this employment.

JOHNSON. * Elle, surely, bis bad equalld.] Should it not be, elje, jwiely, mine bad equallid.

JOHNSON.

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Enter Flavius in a cloak muffled.
Luc. Ha! is not that his steward muffled fo?
He goes away in a cloud: call him, call him.

Tit. Do you hear, fir-
Var. By your leave, fir.
Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend?
Tit. We wait for certain money here, fir.

Flav. Ay, if money were as certain as your waiting,
'Twere sure enough.
Why then preferr'd you not your sums and bills,
When your false masters eat of my lord's meat?
Then they would smile and fawn upon his debts,
And take down the interest in their gluttonous maws;
You do yourselves but wrong to ftir me up,
Let me pass quietly.
Believ't, my lord and I have made an end;
I have no more to reckon, he to spend.

Luc. Ay, but this answer will not serve.

Flav. If 'twill not ferve, 'tis not fo base as you ; For you serve knaves. .

(Exit. Var. How! what does his cashier'd worship mutter?

Tit. No matter what: he's poor,
And that's revenge enough. Who can speak broader
Than he that has no house to put his head in?
Such may rail 'gainst great buildings.

7 Enter Servilius.
Tit. Oh, here's Servilius; now we shall know
Some answer.

Serv. If I might beseech you, gentlemen,
To repair fome other hour, I should
Derive much from it: for, take it on my soul,
My lord leans wond'rously to discontent:

? Enter Servilius.] It may be observed that Shakespeare has urskilfully filled his Greeks story with Roman names. JOHNSON.

2 Sen. Moft true; the law shall bruise him.
Alc. Honour, health, and compassion to the senate!
i Sen. Now, Captain ?

Alc. I am an humble suitor to your virtues ;
For pity is the virtue of the law,
And none but tyrants use it cruelly.
It pleases time and fortune to lie heavy
Upon a friend of mine, who, in hot blood
Hath ftept into the law, which is paft depth
To those that, without heed, do plunge into it.
9 He is a man,' setting his fate afide,
Of comely virtues :
Nor did he soil the fact with cowardise ;
(An honour in him which buys out his fault)
But with a noble fury, and fair fpirit,
Seeing his reputation touch'd to death,
He did oppose his foe:
And with such sober 2 and unnoted passion
? He did behave, his anger ere 'twas spent,
As if he had but prov'd an argument,

I Sen.

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9 He is a man, &c.] I have printed these lines after the original copy, except that, for an honour, it is there, ard honour. All the latter editions deviate unwarrantably from the original, and give the lines thus:

He is a man, setring his fault aside,
Of virtuous honour, which buys cut his fault ;
Nor did he foil, &c.

JOHNSON.
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We must read,
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WARBURTON. 3 He did behave bis anger Bebave, for curb, manage. But the Oxford editor equips the old poet with a more modish phrase,

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Hor. 'Faith, I perceive, our masters may throw their caps at their money. These debts may be well call'd desperate ones, for a madman owes 'em.

(Exeunt, Re-enter Timon and Flavius. Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, the

Naves :
Creditors devils.

Flav. My dear lord,
Tim. What if it should be so?
Flav. My dear lord,-
Tim. I'll have it so :-my steward!
Flav. Here, my lord.

Tim. So fitly?-Go, bid all my friends again,
Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius 8. All:
I'll once more feast the rascals.

Flav. O my lord !
You only speak from your distracted soul;
There's not so much left as to furnish ouc
A moderate table.

Tim. Be it not in thy care : go,
I charge thee, invite them all : let in the tide
Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.

[Exeunt. S CE N E V.

Changes to the Senate-house.

Senators and Alcibiades. i Sen. My lord, you have my voice co't; the

fault's bloody. 'Tis necessary he should die: Nothing emboldens fin so much as mercy,

& Lucius, Lucullus, &c.] The old copy reads, Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius Vllorxa: all.

STEEVENS.

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2 Sen. Most true; the law shall bruise him.
Alc. Honour, health, and compassion to the senate!
i Sen. Now, Captain ?

Alc. I am an humble suitor to your virtues ;
For pity is the virtue of the law,
And none but tyrants use it cruelly.
It pleases time and fortune to lie heavy
Upon a friend of mine, who, in hot blood
Hath stept into the law, which is past depth
To those that, without heed, do plunge into it.
9 He is a man, ' setting his fate afide,
Of comely virtues :
Nor did he soil the fact with cowardise ;
(An honour in him which buys out his fault)
But with a noble fury, and fair fpirit,
Seeing his reputation touch'd to death,
He did oppose his foe :
And with such sober 2 and unnoted paflion
3 He did behave, his anger ere 'twas spent,
As if he had but prov'd an argument.

I Sen.

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9 He is a man, &c.] I have printed these lines after the original copy, except that, for an honour, it is there, ar.d bonour. All the latter editions deviate unwarrantably from the original, and give the lines thus:

He is a mau, fetting his fault afide,
Of virtuous honour, which buys out his fault ;
Nor did he foil, &c.

JOHNSON.
-fitting His fault afide,]
We must read,
-THIS fault-

WARBURTON. The reading of the old copy is, - Setting his fate aside, i. e. putting this action of his, which was pre-determined by fate, out of che question.

STEEvens. ? cand unnoted pasion] Unnoted, for common, bounded.

WARBURTON. 3 He did behave bis anger] Behave, for curb, manage. But the Oxford editor equips the old poet with a more modish phrase,

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