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'Tis honour with most hands to be at odds : Soldiers as little should brook wrongs, as Gods. [Exit.
Timon's house, Enter divers Senators at several doors. 1 Sen. The good time of the day to you, sir. 2 Sen. I also
wish it to you. I think, this honourable lord did but try us this other day.
1 Sen. ? Upon that were my thoughts tiring, when we encountered. I hope it is not so low with him, as he made it seem in the trial of his several friends.
2 Sen. It should not be by the persuasion of his new feasting.
1 Sen. I should think so. He hath sent me an earnest inviting, which many my near occasions did urge me to put off; but he hath conjur'd me beyond them, and I must needs appear.
2 Sen. In like manner was I in debt to my importunate business; but he would not hear my excuse. will lay, says he, for bearts ; which is a metaphor taken from fard.play, and fignifies to game deep and boldly. It is plain then the figure was continued in the following line, which 'hould be
'Tis bonour with moß HANDS to be at odds ; i.
e. to fight upon odds, or at disadvantage; as he must do against the united Atrength of Athens : and this, by soldiers, is accounted' bonourable. Shakespeare uses the same metaphor on the same occafion, in Coriolanus. He lurch'd all fwords.
WARBURTON, I think bands is very properly substiftuted for landi. Ir the foregoing line, for, lay for bearts, I would read, ploy for hearts.
JOHNSON. ? Upon that were my thoughts tiring,] A hawk, I think, is said to site, when she amuses herself with pecking a pheasant's wing, or any thing that puts her in mind of prey. To rire upon a thing, is therefore, to be idy employed upon it.
I am sorry, when he sent to borrow of me, that my provision was out.
1 Sen. I am sick of that grief too, as I understand how all things go.
2 Sen. Every man here's so. What would he have borrow'd of you?
i Sen. A thousand pieces.
Enter Timon and Attendants. Tim. With all my heart, gentlemen both !--and how fare you?
i Sen. Ever at the best, hearing well of your lordship.
2 Sen. The swallow follows not summer more willingly, than we your lordship.
Tim. (Aside.) Nor more willingly leaves winter ; such summer-birds are men.-Gentlemen, our dinner will not recompense this long stay. Feast your ears with the musick awhile ; if they will fare lo harshly as on the trumpets found: we shall to't presently.
į Sen. I hope, it remains not unkindly with your lordship, that I return'd you an empty messenger.
Tim. O fir, let it pot trouble you.
[The banquet brought in, 2 Sen. Most honourable lord, I am e'en fick of shame, that when your lordship this other day sent to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar.
Tim. Think not on’t, fir.
Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance. Come, bring in all together.
2 Sen. All cover'd dishes!
1 Sen. Royal cheer, I warrant you.
3 Sen. Doubt not that, if money and the season can yield it.
I Sex. How do you do? What's the news?
3 Sen. I'll tell ye more anon. Here's a noble feast toward.
2 Sen. This is the old man still.
Tim. Each man to his stool, with that (pur as he would to the lip of his mistress. Your diet shall be in all places alike. Make not a city-feast of it, to let the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place. Sit, sit.
The Gods require our thanks,
You great benefaEtors, Sprinkle our society with tbankfulness. For your own gifiş make yourselves prais’d: but reserve ftill to give, left your Deities be despised. Lend 10 each man enough, that one need not lend to another : for were your Godheads to borrow of men, men would forJake the Gods. Make the meat beloved, more than the man that gives it. Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of villains. If there fit twelve women at sbe table, let a dozen of them be as they are~ 8 The rest of your foes, O Gods, įhe senators of Athens, togelber with the common lag of people, what is amiss in them, you Gods, make suitable for difruction. For obese my
The reft of your fees.] We fhould read Foes.
present friends, as they are to me nothing, so in nos zbing bless them, and to nothing, are they welcome. Uncover,-Dogs, and lap.
[The dishes uncovered are full of warm water,
Tim. May you a better feast never behold,
(Throwing water in their faces.
9 Is your perfection) Porfellion for exact or perfect likeness.
WARBURTON Your perfection, is the big best of your excellence. Johnson.
' -and spangled you WITH Marteries,] We hould certainly Tead, -and spangled WITH YOUR flarteries,
WARB. The present reading is right.
JOHNSON 2 Time-flies.) Flies of a season.
JOHNSON 5-minute-jacks ;) Hanmer thinks it means Jack-a-lantern, which lines and disappears in an infant. What it was I know not; but it was something of quick motion, mentioned in Richard III.
JOHNSON A minute-jack is what was called formerly a Jack of the eleck'boufe; an image whole office was the same as one of those at St. Dunttan's church in Fleet-street. See Mr. Hawkins's ingenious note on the passage in Richard III. vol. vii. STEEVENS.
+ the infinite inalady] Every kind of disease incident to man and beast.
Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.
Re-enter the Senators.
? 4 Sen. I've lost my gown.
i Sen. He's but a mad lord, and nought but humour (ways him. He gave me a jewel the other day, and now he has beat it out of
hat. Did you see my jewel ?
2 Sen, Did you see my cap?
Without the walls of Athens.
That girdleft in those wolves ! dive in the earth,