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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, 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.


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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.
2 Sen. A thousand pieces !
i Sen. What of you?
Sen. He sent to me, fir,Here he comes.

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.
2 Sen. My noble lord.
Tim. Ah, my good friend, what cheer ?

[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.
2 Sin. If you had fent but two hours before,

Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance. Come, bring in all together.

2 Sen. All cover'd dishes!

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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. Alcibiades is banish'd. Hear you of it?
Both. Alcibiades banih'd !
3 Sen. 'Tis fo; be sure of it,
1 Sen. How? how ?
2 Sen. I pray you, upon what ?
Tim. My worthy friends, will you draw near ?

3 Sen. I'll tell ye more anon. Here's a noble feast toward.

2 Sen. This is the old man still.
3 Sen. Will't hold ? will't hold ?
2 Sen. It does, but tiine will —And so
3 Sen. I do conceive.

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

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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,
Some speak. What does his lordship mean?
Some orber. I know not.

Tim. May you a better feast never behold,
You knot of mouth-friends ! Smoke, and lukewarm

9 Is your perfection. This is Timon's last;
Who Atuck and spangled 'you with flatteries,
Walhes it off, and sprinkles in your faces

(Throwing water in their faces.
Your reeking villainy. Live loath'd, and long,
Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites,
Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,
You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, `time-fies,
Cap and knee Naves, Vapours, and minute-jacks!
Of man and beast the + infinite malady
Cruft you quite o'er !—What, dost thou go ?
Soft, take thy phyfick first,-thou too,--and thou;=

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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.

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Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.
What ! all in motion ? Henceforth be no feast,
Whereat a villain's not a welcome guest.
Burn house, fink Athens ! henceforth hated be
Of Timon, man, and all humanity! (Exit.

Re-enter the Senators.
Sen. How now, my lords?
2 Sen. Know you the quality of lord Timon's fury!
3 Sen. Pifh ! did you see my cap

? 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?
3 Sen. Here'tis.
4 Sen. Here lies my gown.
i Sen. Let's make no ftay.
2 Sen, Lord Timon's mad.
3 Sen. I feel't upon my bones.
4 Sen. One day he gives us diamonds, next day


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Without the walls of Athens.

Enter Timon.
ET me look back upon thee, O thou wall,

That girdleft in those wolves ! dive in the earth,
And fence not Athens ! Matrons, turn incontinent;
Obedience fail in children! Naves and fools
Pluck the grave wrinkled senate from the bench,



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