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Into our city with thy banners spread :
1 Sen. All have not offended:
2 Sen. What thou wilt, Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile, Than hew to't with thy sword.
I Sen. Set but thy foot
cess must mean this or nothing. O brave editors! They had heard it said, that too much wit in some cases might be dangerous, and why not an absolute want of it? But had they the skill or courage to remove one perplexing comma, the easy and genuine sense would immediately arise. “Shame in excess (i. e. extremity “ of fame) that they wanted cunning (i. e. that they were not “ wise enough not to banish you) hath broke their hearts.”
THEOBALD. I have no wish to disturb the manes of Theobald, yet think fome emendation may be offered that will make the construction less harsh, and the sentence more serious. I read,
Shame that they wanted, coming in excess,
Haih broke their hearts, Sbame which they had so long wanted at las coming in its utm-4 excess.
JOHNSON. not square Not regular, not equitable.
Against our rampir'd gates, and they shall ope,
2 Sen. Throw thy glove,
Alc. Then there's my glove;
Both. 'Tis most nobly spoken.
Enter a Soldier.
Sol. My noble general, Timon is dead;
-uncharged ports;] That is, unguarded gates.
not a man
Shall pass his quarier,
] Not a soldier shall quit his station, or be let loose upon you; and, if any commits violence, he shall answer it regularly to the law.
[Alcibiades reads the epitapb.] Here lies a wretched corse, of wretched Joul bereff : Seek not my name: a plague consume you wicked caitiffs
2 caitiffs left!] This epitaph is found in fir Tho. North's translation of Plutarch, with the difference of one word only, viz. wretches instead of caitiffs.
STEEVENS. 3-our brain's flow,-) Hanmer and Dr. Warburton read,
Hereafter more. --]
Taught thee to make vaft Neptune weep for aye
sword : Make war breed peace ; make peace stint war; make
each Prescribe to other, as each other's leach. -Let our drums strike.
On:-Faults forgiven.) I would read,
-One fault's forgiven. Intimating, perhaps, that though he could forgive their fault of himself, he could not so easily forgive their ingratitude to Timon.
THE play of Timon is a domestic tragedy, and therefore strongly fastens on the attention of the reader. In the plan there is not much art, but the incidents are natural, and the characters various and exact. The catastrophe affords a very powerful warning against that oftentatious liberality, which scatters bounty, but confers no benefits, and buys flattery, but not friendship.
In this tragedy are many passages perplexed, obscure, and probably corrupt, which I have endeavoured to rectify, or explain, with due diligence; but having only one copy, cannot promise myself that my endeavours shall be much applauded. JOHNSON.
This play was altered by Shadwell, and brought upon the stage in 1678. In the modeft title-page he calls it Timon of Arbens, or i he Man-bater, as it is atted at the Duke's Theatre, made into a play.