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Ay, marry, what of these?
Poet. When Fortune, in her shift and change of

Spurns down her late-belov’d, all his dependants,
Which labour'd after him to the mountain's top,
Even on their knees and hands, let him slip down,
Not one accompanying his declining foot.

Pain. 'Tis common :
A thousand moral paintings I can show, .
That shall demonstrate these quick blows of fortune
More pregnantly than words. Yet you do well,
To show lord Timon, that mean eyes have seen
The foot above the head.
Trumpets sound. Enter Timon, attended; the Servant

of Ventidius talking with him. Tim.

Imprison'd is he, say you? Ven. Serv. Ay, any good lord: five talents is his debt; His means most short, his creditors most strait : Your honourable letter he desires To those have shut him up; which failing to him, Periods his comfort. Tim.

Noble Ventidius! Well; I am not of that feather, to shake off My friend when he must need me. I do know him A gentleman, that well deserves a help, Which he shall have: I'll pay the debt, and free him.

Ven. Serv. Your lordship ever binds him.

Tim. Commend me to him: I will send his ransom; And, being enfranchis'd, bid him come to me:'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, But to support him after.--Fare you well. Ven. Serv. All happiness to your honour! [Erit.

Enter an old ATHENIAN. Old Ath. Lord Timon, hear me speak.

Freely, yood father. Old Ath. Thou hast a servant nam'd Lucilius. Tim. I have so: What of him? Old Ath. Most noble Timon, call the man before thee. Tim. Attends he here, or nó?-Lucilius!

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Old Ath. This fellow here, lord Timon, this thy By night frequents my house. I am a man That from my first have been inclin'd to thrift: And my estate deserves an heir more rais'd, Than one which holds a trencher.

Well; what further?
Old Ath. One only daughter bave I, no kin else,
On whom I may confer what I have got :
The maid is fair, o'the youngest for a bride,
And I have bred her at my dearest cost,
In qualities of the best. This man of thine
Attempts her love: I pr'ylhee, noble lord,
Join with me to forbid him her resort;
Myself have spoke in vain.

The man is honest.
Old Ath. Therefore he will be, Timon:
His honesty rewards him in itself,
It must not bear my daughter.

Does she love him?
Old Ath. She is young, and apt:
Our own precedent passions do instruct us
What levity's in youth.

Tim. (To Lucilius) Love you the maid ?
Luc. Āy, my good lord, and she accepts of it.

Old Ath. If in her marriage my consent be missing,
I call the gods to witness, I will choose
Mine heir from forth the beggars of the world,
And dispossess her all.

How shall she be endow'd, If she be mated with an equal husband?

Old Ath. Three talents, on the present; in future, all.

Tim. This gentleman of mine hath serv'd me long; To build his fortune, I will strain a little, For 'tis a bond in men. Give him thy daughter: What you bestow, in him I'll counterpoise, And make him weigh with her. Old Ath.

Most noble Lord, Pawn me to this your honour, she is his.

Tim. My hand to thee; mine honour on my promisc. Luc. Humbly I thank your lordship: Never may That state or fortune fall into my keeping, Which is not ow'd to you! [Exeunt Luc. and old Ath.

Poet. Vouehsafe my labour, and long live your lordship!

Tim. I thank you; you shall hear from me anon:
Go not away.-What have you there, my friend?

Pain. A piece of painting, which I do beseech
Your lordship to accept.
Tim. I

Painting is welcome.
The painting is almost the natural man;
For since dishonour trafficks with man's nature,
He is but outside: These pencil'd figures are
Even such as they give out. I like your work;
And you shall find, I like it: wait aitendance
Till you hear further from me.

The gods preserve you!
Tim. Well fare you, gentlemen : Give me your hand;
We must needs dine together.-Sir, your jewel
Hath suffer'd under praise.

What, my lord ? dispraise? Tim. A mere satiety of commendations. If I should pay you for't, as 'tis extollid, It would unclew me quite.

". My lord, 'tis rated As those, which sell, would give: But you well know, Things of like value, differing in the owners, Are prized by their masters: believe't, dear lord, You mend the jewel by wearing it. Tim.

Well mock’d. Mer. No, my good lord; he speaks the common Which all men speak with him.

(tongue, Tim. Look, who comes here. Will you be ebid?

Jew. We will bear with your lordship.

He'll spare none. Tim. Good morrow to thee, gentle Apemantus!

Apem. Till I be gentle, stay for thy good morrow; When thou art Timon's dog, and these knaves honest.

Tim. Why dost thou call them knaves? thou know'st Apem. Are they not Athenians?

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Tim. Yes.
Apem. Then I repent vot.
Jew. You know me, Apemantus.
Apem. Thou know'st, I'do; I call’d thee by thy name.
Tim. Thou art proud, Apemantus.

Apem. Of nothing so much, as that I am not like Timon.

Tim.. Whither art going?
Apem. To knock out an honest Athenian's brains.
Tim. That's a deed thou’lt die for.
Apem. Right, if doing nothing be death by the law.
Tim. How likest thou this picture, Apemantus?
Apem. The best, for the innocence.
Tim. Wrought he not well, that painted it?

Apem. He wrought better, that made the painter; and yet he's but a filthy piece of work.

Pain. You are a dog.

Apem. Thy mother's of my generation; what's she, if I be a dog?

Tim. Wilt dine with me, Apemantus?
Apem. No; I eat not lords.
Tim. An tbou shouldst, thou’dst anger ladies.
Apem. O, they eat lords; so they come by great belties,
Tim. That's a lascivious apprehension.
Apem. So thaoy apprehend'stit: Take it for thy labour.
Tim. How dost thou like this jewel, Apemantus?

Apem. Not so well as plain-dealing, which will not cost a man a doit.

Tim. What dost thou think 'lis worth?
Apem. Not worth my thinking.-How now, poet?
Poet. How now, philosopher?
Apem. Thou liest.
Poet. Art not one?
Apem. Yes.
Poet. Then I lie not.
Apem. Art not a poet?
Poet. Yes.

Apem. Then thou liest: look in thy last work, where thou bast feign'd him a worthy fellow.

Poet. That's not feign'd, he is so.
Apem. Yes, he is worthy of thee, and to pay thee for

thy labour: He, that loves to be flattered, is worthy o'the flatterer. Heavens, that I were a lord !

Tim. What wouldst do then, Apemantus?

Apem. Even as Apemantus does now, hate a lord with my heart.

Tim. Wbat, thyself?.
Apem. Ay.
Tim. Wherefore?

Apem. That I had no angry wit to be a lord.—Art not thou a merchant?

Mer. Ay, Apemantus.
Apem. I'raffic confound thee, if the gods will not!
Mer. If traffic do it, the gods do it.
Apem. Traflic's thy god, and thy god confound thee!

Trumpets sound. Enter a Servant.
Tim. What trumpet's that? -

. "Tis Alcibiades, and Some twenty horse, all of companionship. Tim. Pray, entertain them; give them guide to us.--

[Exeunt some Attendants. You must needs dine with me:-Go not you hence, Till I have thank'd you; and, when dinner's done, Show me this piece.--I am joyful of your sights.

Enter ALCIBIADES, with his Company. Most welcome, sir!

[They salute. Арет.

So, so; there! Achies contract and starve your supple joints! That there should be small love 'mongst these sweet

knaves, And all this court'sy! The strain of man's bred out Into baboon and monkey.

Alcib. Sir, you have sav'd my longing, and I feed
Most hungrily on your sight.

O Right welcome, sir:
Ere we depart, we'll share a bounteous time
In different pleasures. Pray you, let us in.

(Exeunt all but Apemantus.

Enter two Lords. 1 Lord. What time a-day is't, Apemantus?

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