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1, wbat need we have any friends, if we should I Lady. My lord, you take us even at the never have need of them ? they were the most

best. needless creatures living, should we ne'er have Apem. 'Faith, for the worst is ölthy; and wouid use for them; and would most resemble sweet not hold taking, I doubt me. instruments hung up in cases, that keep their Tim. Ladies, there is au idle banquet sounds to themselves. Why, I have often wish-Attends you : Please you to dispose yourselves. ed iyself poorer, that I might come nearer to All Lad. Most thankfully, iny lord. you. We are born to do bruefits; and what bet

(Exeunt CUPID, and LADIES. ter or properer can we call our own, than the Tim. Flavius, riches of our friends ? Oh! wbat a precious com Flav. My lord. fort 'tis, to have so many, like brothers, com Tim. The little casket bring me hither. manding one another's fortunes! O joy, e'en Flav. Yes, my lord.-More jewels yet! made away ere it can be born! Mine eyes can- | There is no crossing him in his humour ; not hold out water, inethinks : to forget their

(Aside. faults, I drink to you.

Else I should tell hiin,-Well,--i'faith, I should Apem. Thou weepest to make them drink, When all's spent, he'd be cross'do then, an he Timon.

could. 2 Lord. Joy had the like conception in our 'Tis pity, bounty had not eyes behind ; + eyes,

That man might ne'er be wretched for his And, at that instant, like a babe sprung up.

mind. 1 Apem. Ho! ho ! I laugh to think that babe a

Exit, and returns with the casket. bastard.

1 Lord. Where be our men ? 3 Lord. I promise you, my lord, you inov'd Serv. Here, my lord, in readiness. me much.

2 Lord. Our horses. Apem. Much !

Tucket sounded. Tim. O my friends, I have one word Tim. What means that trump ?--How now? | To say to you :-Look you, my good lord, I

must Enter a SERVANT.

Entreat you, honour me so much, as to Serv. Please you, my lord, there are certain Advance this jewel; ladies most desirous of admittance.

Accept and wear it, kind my lord. Tim. Ladies? what are their wills?

T i Lord. I am so far already in your gifts, Serv. There comes with them a forerunner, All. So are we all. my lord which bears that oflice, to signify their pleasures.

Enter a SERVANT. Tim. I pray, let them be admitted.

Serv. My lord, there are certain nobles of the

senate Enter CUPID.

Newly alighted, and come to visit you. Cup. Hail to thee, worthy Timon ;-and to Tim. They are fairly welcome. all

Flav. I beseech your honour, That of his bounties taste The five best senses Vouchsafe me a word; it does concern yon near, Acknowledge thee their patron; and come Tim. Near! why then another time I'll bear freely I pr’ythee, let us be provided

[thee : To gratulate thy plenteous bosom : The ear, To shew them entertainment. Taste touch, snell, all pleas'd from thy table Flav. I scarce know how.

[Aside. rise ; They only now come but to feast thine eyes.

Enter Another SERVANT. Tim. They are welcome all; let them have 2 Serv. May it please your honour, the lord kind admittance.

Lucius,
Music, make their welcome. (Exit CUPID. Out of bis free love, bath presented to you
I Lord. You see, my lord, how ample you are Four milk-white horses, trapp'd in silver.
belov'd.

Tim. I shall accept them fairly : let the preMusic.--Re-enter COPID, with ą masque of

sents LADIES as Amazons, with lutes in their

Enter a third SERVANT. hands, dancing, and playing

Be worthily entertain'd.-How now, what news ? Apem. Hey day, what a sweep of vanity 3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable comes this way !

gentleman, Lord Lucullus, entreats your company They dance! they are mad womeu.

to-inorrow to hunt with bim; and has sent your Like madness is the glory of this life,

honour two brace of greyhounds. As this pomp shows to a little oil, and root.

Tim. i'll hunt with him; And let them be We make ourselves fools, to disport ourselves;

receiv'd And spend our Aatteries, to drink those men, Not without fair reward. Upon whose age we void it up again,

Flav. [Aside.] What will this come to ? With poisonous spite and envy. Who lives, He commands us to provide, and give great gists, that's not

And all out of an empty coffer. Depraved, or depraves? who dies, that bears Nor will he know his purse ; or yield me this, Not one spurn to their graves of their friends' To shew him what a beggar bis heart is, gift?

Being of no power to niake his wishes good ; I should fear, those that dance before me now, His promises fly so beyond his state, Would one day stamp upon me. It has been That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes done ;

For every word; he is so kind, that he now Men shut their doors against a setting sun. Pays interest for't; bis land's put to their books.

Well 'would I were gently put out of oflice, The Lords rise from table, with much adoring

Before I were forc'd out! of TIMON ; and, to shew their loves, each

| Happier is be that has no friend to feed, singles out an Amazon, and all dance, men

7 Tban such as do even enemies exceed.
Le I bleed inwardly for my lord,

(Erit. hautboys, and cease.

Tim. You do yourselves Tim. You have done our pleasures much grace, Much wrong, you bate too much of your own fair ladies,

merits:Set a fair fashion on our entertainment,

Here, my lord, à trifle of our love.
Which was not half so beautiful and kind;
You have added worth unto't, and lively lustre,

• A play on the word cross from the piece of money And entertain'd me with mine own device ;

To see the miseries that will I am to thank you for it.

called a cross

follow

I for his generosity of mind.

2 Lord. With inore than common thanks IAW that pass by. It cannot hold ; no reason will receive it.

Can found his state in safety.. Caphis, bo ! 3 Lord. Oh! he is the very soul of bounty! Caphis, I say ! Tim. And now I remember me, my lord, you gave

Enter CAPHIS. Cood words the other day of a bay courser

Caph. Here, Sir ; What is your pleasure ? rode on: it is yours, because you lik'd it.

Sen. Get on your cloak, and haste you to lord 2 Lord. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord,

Timon ; in that.

Importune him for my monies; be not ceas'd Tim. You may take my word, my lord; with slight denial ; nor then silenc'd, when know, no man

Commend me to your master-and the cap Can justly praise but what he does affect :

Plays in the right hand, thus :--but tell him, I weigh my friend's affection with mine own;

Sirrah, I'll tell you true. I'll call on you.

My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn All Lords. None so welcome.

Out of mine own; his days and times are past, Tim. I take all and your several visitations And my reliances on his fracted dates So kind to heart, 'tis not enough to give ;

Have smit my credit: I love and honour bim : Methinks, I could deal kingdoms to my friends, But must not break my back, to heal his finger : And ne'er be weary.-Alcibiades,

Iinmediate are my needs; and my relief Thou art a soldier, therefore seldorn rich,

Must not be toss'd and turn'd to me in words, It comes in charity to thee : for all thy living But find supply immediate. Get you gone : Is 'mongst the dead; and all the lands thou hast Put on a most importunate aspect, Lie in a pitch'd field.

A visage of demand ; for I do fear, Alcib. Ay, defiled land, my lord.

When every feather sticks in his own wing, 1 Lord. We are so virtuously bound, ---- Lord Timon will be left a naked gull, Tim. And so

Which flasbes now a phenix. Get you gone. Am I to you.

Caph. I go, Sir. 2 Lord. So infinitely endear'd,

Sen. I go, sir ?-take the bonds along with you Tim. All to you. - Lights, more lights. And have the dates in compt. 1 Lord. The best of happiness,

Caph. I will, Sir. Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, lord

Sen. Go.

(Exeunt Timon ! Tim. Ready for his friends.

SCENE II.-The same.- A Hall in Tixon's (Exeunt ALCIBIADES, LORDS, &c.

Hou e.
Apem. What a coil's here !
Serving of becks, t and jutting out of bums!

Enter FLAVIUS, with many bills in his hand. I doubt whether their legs be worth the sums Flav. No care, no stop ! so senseless of exThat are given for 'em. Friendsbip's full of

pense, dregs :

(legs. That he will neither know how to maintain it. Methirks, false hearts should never have sound Nor cease his flow of riot : Takes no account Thus bonest fools lay out their wealth on How things go from him ; nor resumes no care court'sies.

of what is to continue; Never mind T:m. Now Apemantus if thou wert not sullen, was to be so unwise, to be so kind. I'd be good to thee.

What shall be done? He will not hear, till feel Apem. No, I'll nothing : for,

(left I must be round with him now he comes from Jf I should be brib'd too, there would he none

hunting. To rail upon thee : and then thou wouldest sin fie, fie, fie, fie i

the faster. Thou giv'st so long. Timon, I fear me, thou

Enter Capais, and the Servants of Isidor Wilt give away thyself in paper t shortly ;

and VARRO. What need these leasts, poinps, and vain glories? Caph. Good even, Varro : What, Tim. Nay,

You come for money? An you begin to rail on society once,

Var. Serv. Is't not your business too?
I am sworn, not to give regard to you.

Caph. It is ;- And yours too, Isidore I
Farewell; and come with better music. Erit. Isid. Serv. It is so.
A pem. So;

(aph. 'Would we were all discharg'd !
Thou'lt not hear me now,-thou shalt not then, Var. Serv. I fear it.
I'll lock

Caph. Here comes the lord. Thy heaven § from thee. Oh! that men's ears

Enter Timon, ALCIBIADES, and LORDS, &c. should be To counsel deaf, but not to flattery! (Exit. Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth

again, My Alcibiades. With me? What's your will i

Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues. Аст п.

Tim. Dues ? Whence are you?

Caph. of Athens here, my lord. SCENE 1.The same.-- A Room in a Tim. Go to my steward. SENATOR's House.

Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put me

off Enter a SENATOR, with papers in his hand. To the succession of new days this month : Sen And late, five thousand to Varro ; and to My master is awak'd by great occasion, Isidore

To call upon his own; and humbly prays you, He owes nine thousand ; besides my former sum, That with your other noble parts you'll suit, Which makes it five and twenty.Still in motion in giving him his right. of raging waste ? It cannot bold; it will not. T'im. Mine honest friend, I want gold, steal but a beggar's dog,

pr'ythee, but repair to me next morning. And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold: Caph. Nay, good my lord, If I would sell my horse, and buy twenty more Tim. Contain thyself, good friend. Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon, Var. Serv. One Varro's servant, my good Ask nothing, give it him, it foals me, straight,

lord, And able horses : No porter at his gate ;

Isid. Serv. From Isidore ;
But rather one that smiles, and still invites He humbly prays your speedy payment, —-

• All happiness to on

i in bende.

+ Offering salutations II. e. good advice.

• By no argument can he be proved in a solvent state

Repuised.

this timake me marre

Marvel : Brenntak with

Caph. If you did kuow, my lord, my master's Apem. So would 1,-as good a trick as ever wants,

bangman served thief. Var. Serv. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, Fool. Are you three usurers' men ? six weeks,

All Serv. Ay, fool And past,

Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my servant : My mistress is one, and I am her fool. lord;

When men come to borrow of your masters, they And I am sent expressly to your lordship. approach sadly, and go away merry; but they Tim. Give me breath :

enter my mistress' house merrily, and go away I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on; sadly : The reason of this?

(Ereunt ALCIBIADES and LOR Ds. Var. Serv. I could render one. I ll wait upon you instantly.--Come hither, pray Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee a you.

TO FLAVIUS. whoremaster and a knave ; wbich, notwithstand. How goes the world, that I am thus encoun- ing, thou shalt be no less esteemed. ter'a

Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool ? With clamourous demands of date-broke bonds, Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something And the detention of long-since due debts, like thee. 'Tis a spirit: sometime, it appears Against my honour i

like a lord: sometime, like a lawyer; sometime, Flav. Please you, gentlemen,

like a philosopher, with two stones more than his The time is unagreeable to this business :

artificial one : He is very often like a knight; Your importuuacy cease, till after dinner ; and, generally in all shapes, that man goes up That I may make his lordsbip understand

and down in, from fourscore to thirteen, this Wherefore you are not paid.

spirit walks in. Tim. Do so, my friends :

Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. See them well entertain'd.

[Exit TIMON. Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man; as Flas, I pray, draw mear.

much foolery as I have, so much witthon (Exit Flavius. lackest.

Apem. That answer might have become Ape. Enter APENANTUS and a Tool.

mantus. Caph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with All Serv. Aside, aside ; here comes lord Ti. Apemantus; let's have some sport with 'em, mon.

Var. Serv. Hang bim, he'll abuse us.
Isid. Serv. A plague upon him, dog!

Re-enter TinON and FLAVIUS.
Var. Serv. How dost, fool?

A pem. Come with me, fool, come. Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow ?

Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder bro Var. Serv. I speak not to thee.

ther, and woman; sometime, the philosopher. Apem. No ; 'tis to thyself,-Come away

[Ereunt APEMANTUs and FooL. (To the Fool. Flav. 'Pray you, walk near ; l'Il speak with Isid. Ser». (To VAR. SERV.] There's the fool

you anon.

(Exeunt SERV. hangs on your back already.

Tim. You make me marvel : Wherefore, ere Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art not on him yet.

Had you not fully laid my state before me ; Caph. Where's the fool now?

That I might so have rated my expense, A pem. He last asked the question.- Poor As I had leave of means ? rogues, and usurers' ment bawds between gold Flav. You would not hear me, and want !

At many leisures I propos'd. All Serv. What are we, Apemantus ?

Tim. Go to: Apem. Asses.

Perchance, some single vantages you took
All Serv. Why?

When my indisposition put you back ;
A pem. Tbat you ask me what you are, and do And that unaptness made your minister,
not know yourselves.-Speak to 'em, fool. 'Thus to excuse yourself.
Fool. How do you, gentlemen ?

Flav. O my good lord !
All Serv. Gramercies, good fool: How does At many times I brought in my accounts,
your mistress?

Laid them before you; you would throw them Fool. She's e'en setting on water to scald such

off, chickens as you are. Would, we could see you And say, you found them in mine honesty, at Corinth.

When, for some trifing present, you have bid Apem. Good ! gramercy.

me

Return so much, I have shook my head, and Enter Pace.

wept : Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' Yea, 'gainst the authority of mannere, pray'd page.

you · Page. To the Fool. Why, how now, cap. To hold your band more close ; I did endure tain ? what do you in this wise company - Not seldom, nor so slight checks; when I have How dost thou, Apemantus ?

Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate, Apem. 'Would i had a rod in my mouth, that And your great flow of debts. My dear-lov'd lord, I might answer thee profitably.

Though you hear now, (too late !) yet now's a Page. Pr'ythee, Apemantus, read me the

time, superscription of these letters ; I know not which The greatest of your having lacks a half is which

To pay your present debts. Apen. Canst not read?

Tim. Let all my land be sold. Page. No.

Flar. 'Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and Apem. There will little learning die then, that

gone; day thou art banged. This is to lord Timon :| And what remains will hardly stop the mouth this to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast born a bas- of present dues : the future comes apace : tard, and thou'lt die a bawd.

What shall defend the interim ? and at length Page. Thou wast whelped a dog; and thou | How goes our reckoning? shalt famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend. gone,

[Erit PAGE. Flav. O my good lord, the world is bus Apem. Even so thou out-run'st grace. Fool.

word; I will go with you to lord Timon's.

Were it all your's, to give it in a breath,
Fool. Will you leave me there?

How quickly were it gone?
Apem. If simon stay at home.—You three T'im. You tell me true.
serve three usurers ?
All Serv. Ay, 'would they served us !

• I. e. a certain sua.

Had

bat i mibot fulle...

Hois night' englutted! Who isrce. means, but is Go to

FLAVIUS, be not sadzeniously $ I speak,

Play. If you suspect my husbandry, or false- Something hath been amiss-a noble nature Call me before the exactest auditors, (hood, May catcb a wrench-would all were well the And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, I

pityWhen all our offices have been oppress'd And so intending * other serious matters, With riotous feeders: when our vaults have After distasteful looks, and these hard frac. wept

tions, With drunken spilth of wine ; when every room With certain half-caps, t and cold moving nods, Hath blaz'd with lights, and bray'd with min-They froze me into silence. strelsy;

T'im. You gods, reward them! I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock,

11 pr'ythee man, look cheerly; These old fel. And set mine eyes at flow.

lows Tim. Pr'ythee, no more.

Have their ingratitude in them hereditary : Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of Their blood is cak'd, 'uis cold, it seldom flows; this lord!

(sants, l'Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind; How many prodigal bits have slaves and pea. And nature as it grows again toward earth,

Is fashion'd for the journey, dull, and heavy.-What heart, head, sword, foree, means, but is Go to Ventidius,-(To a SERY.) Proythee, To

. lord Timon's ? Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon ? Thou art true, and honest; ingeniously $ I speak, Ah! when the means are gone, that buy this No blame belongs to thee :-[ TO SERY.] Ventipraise,

dius lately The breath is gone whereof this praise is made : Buried his father by whose death, he's steppd Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter Into a great estate : when he was poor, showers,

Imprisou'd, and in scarcity of friends, These flies are couch'd

I clear'd him with five talents ; Greet him from Tim. Come, sermon me no further :

Bid him suppose, some good necessity (me; No villanous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart; Touches his friend, which craps to be reUnwisely, not iguobly, have I given.

member'd Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience with those five talents :-that had,-[TO FLAV.) lack,

give it these fellows To think I shall lack friends ? Secure thy heart: To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak, or If I would broach the vessels of my love,

think,

(sink, And try the argument i of hearts by bor row. That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can ing,

Flav. I would, I could not think it ; Tbat Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use, . thought is bounty's foe; As I can bid thee speak.

Being free itself, it thinks all others so. Flav. Assurance bless your thoughts!

(Exeunt. Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine

are crown'd That I account them blessings; for by these Shall I try friends : You shall perceive, how

ACT III. you Mistake my fortunes ; 1 am wealthy in my friends. SCENE 1.--Theme.- A Room in LUCULLUS' Within there, hol-Flaminius! Servilius !

House, Enter FLAMINIUS, SERVILIUS, and other FLAMINIUS waiting. Enter a SERVANT to him. SERVANTS.

Serv. I have told my lord of you, be is comServ. My lord, my lord,

ing down to you. Tim. I will despatch you severally.--You to Flam. I thank you, Sir.

lord Lucius, To lord Lucullus you: I hunted with his

Enter LUCULLUS. Honour to-day ;- You, to Sempronius;

Serv. Here's my lord. Commend me to their loves ; and, I am proud, Lucul. (Aside.) One of Lord Timon's men 1 a say

gift, I warrant. Why, this hits right; I dreamt That my occasions have found time to use them of a silver basin and ewer to-night. Flaminius, Toward a supply of money: let the request honest Flaminius ; you are yery respectively & Be fifty talents.

welcome, Sir.-Fill me some wine.--[Erit SERFlam. As you have said, my lord.

VANT.) And how does that honourable, complete, Flav. Lord Lucius, and Lord Lucullus ? free-hearted gentleman of Athens, thy very bouuhumph!

[Aside.tiful good lord and master ? Tim. Go you, Sir, [To another Serv.) to the Flam. His health is well, Sir. senators,

Lucul. I am right glad that his bealth is well, (of whom, even to the state's best health, Il Sir : And what hast thou there under thy cloak, have

pretty Flaminius ? Deserv'd this bearing,) bid 'em send o’the instant Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, Sir; A thousand talents to me.

which in my lord's bebalf, I come to entreat Flav. I have been bold,

your honour to supply ; who, having great and (For that I knew it the most general way,) instant occasion to use fifty talents, hath sent to To them to use your signet, and your name: your lordship to furnish him; nothing doubting But they do shake their heads, and I am here your present assistance therein. No richer in return.

Lucul. La, la, la, la,-nothing doubting, says Tim. Is't true? can it be?

he ? alas, good lord ! a noble gentleman 'uis, if Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate be would not keep so good a house. Many a voice,

time and often I have dined with him, and told That now they are at fall,ll want treasure, can him on't : and come again to supper to him, of not

purpose to have him spend less ; and yet he Do what they would; are sorry-you are hon would embrace no counsel, take no waruing by ourable,

my coming. Every man has his fault, and bo But yet they could have wish'd--they know nesty ** is his; I have told him on't but I could not-but

never get him from it. • The apartments allotted to culinary offices, &c. A pipe with a turning stopple running to waste.

• Regarding

+ Abrupt remarks. ir would, (says Timon,) by borrowing, try of what

I A cap slightly moved, not put of men's hearts are composed, what they have in them,&c.

$ For ingenuously.

Liberal.
Dignified

At an elb.

T Tor respectfully, Honesty meaning liberay.

Re-enter SERVANT, with wine. I Ser. May it please your honour, my lord bath Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine. sent-

Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much wise. Here's to thee.

endeared to that lord; he's ever sending: How Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure.

shall I thank him, thiukest thou ? and what bas Lucul. I have observed thee always for a to

he sent now? wardly prompt spirit,-give thee thy due,-and

Ser. He has only sent his present occasion one that knows what belongs to reason : and now, my lord ; requesting your lordsbip to sup. canst use the time well, if the time use thee

ply his instant ilse with so many talents. well : good parts in thee.-Get you gone, Sir

Luc. I know; his lordship is but merry with rah. - [To the SERVANT, who goes out.)--Draw nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a bom

He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents. tiful gentleman : but thou art wise ; and thou

Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my knowest well enough, although thou comest to

If his occasion were not virtuous,"

(lord. me, that this is no time to lend money; especi

| I should not urge it so half faithfully. ally upon bare friendship, without security,

Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius? Here's three solidares for thee; good boy,

Ser. Upou my soul, 'tis true, Sir. wink at me, and say thou saw'st me not. Fare

Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurthee well.

nish myself against such a good time, when I Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much

might have shown myself honourable 1 how differ;

[ness,

luckily it happened, that I should purchase the And we alive, that liv'd ? + Fly, damned base

day before for a little part, and undo a great To him that worships thee.

deal of honour ---Servillius, now before the gods, [Throuing the money away.

I am not able to do't, the more beast, I say: Lucul. Ha ! Now I see thou art a fool, and fit

I was sending to use lord Timon myself these for thy master.

(Erit LUCULLUS.

gentlemen can witness; but I would not, for the Flam. May these add to the number that may

wealth of Athens, I had done it now. Commend scald thee!

me bountifully to his good lordship ; and I hope Let molten coin be thy damnation,

his honour will conceive the fairest of me, beThou disease of a friend, and not himself!

cause I have no power to be kind: And tell Has friendship such a faint and milky heart,

him this from me, I count it one of my greatest It turns in less than two nights ? O yon gods,

afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an I feel my master's passion ! 1 This slave

honourable gentleman. Good Servilias, will Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him :

you befriend me so far as to use mine own words Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment,

to him? When he is turn'd to poison ?

Ser. Yes, Sir, I shall. Oh! may diseases only work upon't !

Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servi.

lius. And, when he is sick to death, let not that part

[Exit SERVILIUS. of nature

True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed : Which my lord paid for, be of any power

And be, that's once denied, will hardly speed. To expel sickness, but prolong his hour! ||

[Exit Lucius. (Erit.

1 Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius?

2 Stran. Ay, too well. SCENE II.-The same.-A public place..

1 Stran, Why this

Is the world's soul; and just of the same piece Enter Lucius, with three STRANGERS. is every flatterer's spirit. Who can call him Luc. Who, the lord Timon ? he is my vei

His friend, that digs in the same dish ? for, in good friend, and an honourable gentleman.

My knowing, Timon bath been this lord's father, I Stran. We know 3 him for no less, though

And kept his credit with his purse ;

Supported his estate ; nay, Timon's money we are but strangers to him. But I can tell you

Has paid his men their wages : He ne'er drinks, one thing, my lord, and which I hear from com

But Timon's silver treads upon his lip; mon rumours ; now lord Timon's happy hours

And yet, (oh! see the monstrousness of man are done aud past, and his estate shrinks from bin.

When he looks out in an ungrateful sbape !) Luc. Fie tio, do not believe it ; he cannot want

He does deuy bim, in respect of his,

What charitable men afford to beggars. for money. 2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that,

1 3 Stran. Religion groans at it. not long ago, one of his men was with the lord

1 Stran. For mine own part, Lucullus, to borrow so many talents; nay, urg

I never tasted Timon in my life,

Nor came any of his bounties over me, ed extremely for't, and showed what necessity belonged to't, and yet was denied.

To mark me for his friend ; yet, I protest,

For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue, Luc. How? 2 Stran. I tell you denied, my lord.

And honourable carriage, Luc. What a strange case was that? now,

Had his necessity made use of me, before the gods, I am asham'd on't. Denied

I would have put my wealth into donation + that bonourable man? there was very litle ho

And the best half should have return'd to him,

So much I love his heart : But I perceive, nour show'd in't. For my own part, I must needs confess, I have received some small kindnesses

Men must learn now with pity to dispense: from him, as money, plate, jewels, and such like

For policy sits above conscience. (Ereunt. trifles, nothing comparing to his; yet, had he

SCENE III.-The same.-A Room in SEMmistook him, and sent to me, I should ne'er

PRONTUS' House. have denied his occasion so many talents. Enter SERVILIUS.

Enter SEMPRONTUS, and a SERVANT of Ti

MON's. Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord ; 1 have sweat to see his bonour.-My honoured

Sem. Must be needs trouble me in't? Humph ! lord,

[TO Lucius.

'Bove all others?

He might have tried lord Lucius, or Lucullus ; Luc. Servilius ! you are kindly met, Sir.

And now Ventidius is wealthy too,
Fare thee well :--Commend me to thy honour-
able-virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend.

Whom he redeem'd from prison : All these three
Owe their estates unto hini.

Serv. O my lord,
• A piece of Shakspeare's coining.
+ And we who were alive then, alive now.
3 Sulering
Ilis life. | Acknowledge.

. "If he did not want it for a good use." I Consumed.

t Presented it as a donation.

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