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Tim. They are fairly welcome.

Tim. You may take my word, my lord; I know, Flav. I beseech your honor,

no man Vouchsafe me a word; it does concern you near. Can justly praise, but what he does affect :

Tim. Near? why then another time I'll hear thee: I weigh my friend's affection with mine own: I pr’ythee, let us be provided

I'll tell you true. I'll call on you. To show them entertainment.

All Lords.

None so welcome. Flav.

I scarce know how, Tim. I take all and your several visitations

[ Aside. So kind to heart, 'tis not enough to give; Enter another Servant.

Methinks, I could deal kingdoms to my friends, 2 Serv. May it please your honor, the lord Lucius, And ne'er be weary:-Alcibiades, Out of his free love, hath presented to you

Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich, Four milk-white horses, trapp'd in silver.

It comes in charity to thee: for all thy living
Tim. I shall accept them fairly: let the presents is 'mongst the dead; and all the lands thou hast

Lie in a pitch'd field.
Enter a third Servant.


Ay, defiled land, my lord. Be worthily entertain'd.-How now, what news? 1 Lord. We are so virtuously bound,3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honorable Tim.

And so gentleman, lord Lucullus, entreats your company Am I to you. to-morrow to hunt with him; and has sent your 2 Lord. So infinitely endear'd, honor two brace of greyhounds.

Tim. All to you.--Lights, more lights. Tim. I'll hunt with him; And let them be 1 Lord.

The best of happiness, receiv'd,

Honor, and fortunes, keep with you, lord 'Tímon! Not without fair reward.

Tim. Ready for his friends.
Flav. (Aside.)
What will this come to?

(Exeunt ALCIRLADES, Lords, &c. He commands us to provide, and give great gifts, Арет.

What a cou's here ! And all out of an empty coffer.

Serving of becks, and jutting out of bums! Nor will he know his purse; or yield me this, I doubt whether their legs be worth the sums To show him what a beggar his heart is,

That are given for 'em. Iriendship's full of dregs : Being of no power to make his wishes good; Methinks, false hearts should never have sound legs. His promises fly so beyond his state,

Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on court'sies. That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes

Tim. Now. Apemantus, if ihou wert not sullen, For every word; he is so kind, that he now I'd be good to thice. Pays interest for't; his land's put to their books. Apem.

No, I'll nothing: for, Well, 'would I were gently put out of office, If I should be brib'd too, there would be none left Before I were forc'd out!

To rail upon thee; and then thou wouldst sin tho Happier is he that has no friend to feed,

faster. Than such as do even enemies exceed.

Thou giv'st so long, Timon, I fear me, thou I bleed inwardly for my lord.

{Exit. Will give away thyself in paper shortly : Tim.

You do yourselves What need these feasts, pomps, and vain glories? Much wrong, you bate too much of yourown merits: Tim.

Nay, Here, my lord, a tritle of our love.

An you begin to rail on society once, 2 Lord. With more than common thanks I will I ani sworn, not to give regard to you. receive it.

Farewell; and come with better music. [Exit. 3 Lord. O, he is the very soul of bounty !


So;Tim. And now I remember me, my lord, you gave Thou’lt not hear me now,-thou shalt not then, Good words the other day of a bay courser

l'll lock I rode on: it is yours, because you liked it. Thy heaven from thee. 0,that men's ears should be 2 Lord. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, in To counsel deaf, but not to flattery! (Exit.



SCENE 1.- A Room in a Senator's House. (1

But find supply immediate. Get you gone : Enter a Senator, with Papers in his Hand.

Put on a most importunate aspect,

A visage of demand; for, I do lear,
Sen. And late, five thousand to Varro; and to when every feather sticks in his own wing,

Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
He owes nine thousand; besides my former sum,

Which flashes now a phenix. Get you gone. Which makes it tive-and-twenty.-Still in motion

Caph. I go, sir. Of raging waste? It cannot bold; it will not.

Sen. I go, sir?-take the bonds along with you, If I want gold, steal but a beggar's dog,

And have the dates in compt. And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold:


I will, sir. If I would sell my horse, and buy twenty more Sen.

Go. (Exeunt Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon, Ask nothing, give it him, it foals me, straight,

SCENE II.-A Hall in Timon's House. And able horses: No porter at his gate; But rather one that smiles, and still invites

Enter FLAVICS, with many Bills in his Hanı All that pass by. It cannot hold; no reason

Flav. No care, no stop! so senseless of expens Can found his state in safety. Caphis, ho! That he will neither know how to maintain it, Caphis, I say!

Nor cease his flow of riot: Takes no account Enter CAPHIS.

How things go from him ; nor resumes no care

Of what is to continue : Never mind Caph. Here, sir, what is your pleasure? Was to be so unwise, to be so kind. Sen. Get on your cloak, and haste you to lord What shall be done? He will not hear, till feel : Timon;

I must be round with him, now he comes from Importune him for my moneys; be not ceased3

hunting. With slight denial; nor then silenced, when

Fye, fye, fye, fye!
Commend me to your master--and the cap
Plays in the right hand thus:-but tell him, sirrah, Enter Caphis, and the Servants of Isidore and

My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn
Out of mine own; his days and times are past, Caph.

Good even,

Varro: What, And my reliances on his îracted dates

You come for money ? Have smit my credit: I love, and honor him;

Var. Serv.

Is't not your business too? But must not break my back, to heal his tinger. Caph. It is ;-and yours too, Isidore ? Immediate are my needs; and my relief

Isid. Serv.

It is so Must not be toss'd and turn'd to me in words,

• i.e. All happiness to you.

Offering salutation • Stopped.

• By his heaven he means good advice.


Caph. Would we were all discharged!

Apem. There will little learning die then, that Var. Serv.

I fear it. day thou art hanged. This is to lord Timon; this Caph. Here comes the lord.

to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast born a bastard, and

thou'lt die a bawd. Enter TIMON, ALCIBIADES, and Lords, fc.

Page. Thou wast whelped a dog; and thou shalt Tim. So soon as dinner's done, w'ell forth again, famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am gone. My Alcibiades.-With me? What's your will ?

(Exit Page. Caph. My lord, here is a note of ceriain dues. Apem. Even so thou out-run’st grace. Fool, Tim. Dues ? Whence are you?

I will go with you to lord Timon's. Caph.

Of Athens here, my lord. Fool. Will you leave me there?
Tim. Go to my steward.

Apem. If Timon stay at home.-You three serve
Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put me off three usurers ?
To the succession of new days this month:

All Serv. Ay; 'would they serv'd us!
My master is awak'd by great occasion,

Apem. So would 1,-as good a trick as ever To call upon his own; and humbly prays you, hangman served thiet That with your other noble parts you'll suit,

Fool. Are you three usurers' men ?
In giving him his right.

All Serv. Ay, fool.
Mine honest friend,

Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his I pr’ythee, but repair to me next inorning.

servant: My mistress is one, and I am her fool. Caph. Nay, good my lord,

When men come to borrow of your masters, they Tim.

Contain thyself, good friend. approach sadly, and go away merry; but they Vur. Serv. One Varro's servant, my good lord:- enter my mistress' house merrily, and go away Isiil, Serv.

From Isidore; sadly: The reason of this? He humbly prays your speedy payment,

Vür. Serv. I could render one. Cuph. If you did know, my lord, my master's Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee a wants,

whoremaster, and a knave; which notwithstanding Var. Serv. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, six thou shalt be no less esteemed. Weeks,

Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool? And past,

Fool. A tool in good clothes, and something like Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord; thee. 'Tis a spirit: sometime, it appears like a lord; And I am sent expressly to your lordship.

sometime, like a lawyer; sometime, like a philosoTim. Give me breath:

pher, with two stones more than his artificial one: I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on;

He is very often like a knight; and, generally in all (Exeunt ALCIBIADES and Lords. shapes, that man goes up and down in, from fourI'll wait upon you instantly:-Come hither, pray score to thirteen, this spirit walks in. you;

(To FLATS. Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. How goes the world, that I am thus encounter'd Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds, lery as I have, so much wit thou lackest. And the detention of lony-since-due debts,

Apem. That answer might have become A peAgainst my honor?

mantus. Flav. Please you, gentlemen,

All Serv. Aside, aside; here comes lord Timon.
The time is unagreeable to this business :
Your importunacy cease, till atler dinner;

Re-enter TIMOx and Flavics.
That I may make his lord:hip understand
Wherefore you are not paid.

Apem. Come with me, fool, come.
Do so, my friends:

Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder brother, See them well entertain'd.

Erit TimoN.
and woman; sometime, the philosopher.

(Erennt APEMANTUS and Fool. Flav. I pray, draw near. [Exit FLAVIUS.

Flav. 'Pray you, walk near; I'll speak with you Enter APEMANTCS and a Fool.

(Exeunt Serv. Caph. Stay, stay ; bere comes the fool with Ape

Tim. You make me marvel: Wherefore, ere this mantus; let's have some sport with 'em.

Var. Serv. Hang him, he'll abuse us.

Had you not fully laid my state before me;
Isid. Serv. A plague upon hin, dog !

That I night so have rated my expense,
Var, Serv. How dost, tool?

As I had leave of means?

Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow ?

You would not hear me,
Vur. I speak not to thee.

At many leisures I propos'd.

Go to:

Apem. No; 'tis to thyself.-Come away.

[ To the Fool. Perchance, some single vantages you took,
Isid. Serv. (TO VAR. Serv.] There's the fool

When my indisposition put you back; hangs on your back already.

And that unaptness made your minister,
Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art not on

Thus to excuse yourself. him yet.


O my good lord !
Caph. Where's the fool now?

At many times I brought in my accounts,
Apem. He last ask'd the question.- Poor rogues,

Laid them before you ; you would throw them off, and usurers' men! bawds between gold and want!

And say, you found them in mine honesty.
All Serv. What are we, Apemantus?

When, for some trilling present, you have bid me
Apem. Asses.

Return so much, I have shook my head, and wept; All Serv. Why?

Yea, 'gainst the authority of manners, pray'd you Apem. That you ask me what you are, and do

To hold your hand more close: I did endure not know yourselves.-Speak to'em, tool.

Not seldom, nor no slight checks; when I have Fool. How do you, gentlemen ?

Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate, All Serv. Gramercies, good fool: how does your And your great How of debts. My dear-lov'd lord, mistress?

Though you hear now, (too late!) yet now's a time, Fool. She's e'en setting on water to scald such The greatest of your having lacks a half chickens as you are. 'Would we could see you

To pay your present debts. at Corinth.


Let all my land be sold. Apem. Good! gramercy.

Flav. 'Tis all engaged, some forreited and gone;

And what remains will hardly stop the mouth
Enter Page.

Of present dues: the future comes a pace :
Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' page.

What shall defend the interim ? and at length
Page. (To the Fool.] Why, how now, captain? | How goes our reckoning?
what do you in this wise company ?-How dost

Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend. thou, Apemantus ?

Flav. O my good lord, the world is but a word;
Apem. 'Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I Were it all yours, to give it in a breath,
night answer thee profitably.

How quickly were it gone!
Page. Prythee, A pemantus, read me the super-


You tell me true. scription of these letters; 1 know not which is which. Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falsehood, spem. Canst not read?

Call me before the exactest auditors,
Page. No.

• A certain sum.


And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, Tim. Go you, sir, [To another Serv.] to the When all our offices have been oppress'd

senators, With riotous feeders; when our vaults have wept (of whom, even to the state's best health, I have With drunken spilth of wine ; when every room Deserv'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o' the instant Hath blaz'd with lights, and bray'd with minstrelsy; A thousand talents to ine. I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock,


I have been bold, And set mine eyes at Now.

(For that I knew it the most general way,) Tim.

Pr’ythee, no more. To them to use your signet, and your naine;
Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this lord! But they do shake their heads, and I am here
How many prodigal bits have slaves, and peasants, No richer in return.
This nighi englutted! Who is not Timon's?


Is't true? can it be? What heart, bead, sword, force, means, but is lord Flav. They answer in a joint and corporate voice, Timon's ?

That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon ? Do what they would; are sorry-you are honorAh! when the means are gone, that buy this praise,

able,The breath is gone whereof this praise is made : But yet they could have wish'd-they know notFeast-won, tast-lost; one cloud of winter showers,

but These flies are couch'd.

Something hath been amiss—a noble nature Tim.

Come, sermon me no farther: May catch a wrench-would all were well-'tis No villanous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart;

pityUnwisely, not ignobly, have I given.

And so, intending? other serious matters, Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience After distastetul looks and these hard fractions, lack.

With certain halt-caps,3 and cold-moving nods, To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart; They froze me into silerce. If I would broach the vessels of my love,


You gods, reward them! And try the argument of hearts by borrowing, I pr’ythee, man, look cheerly; These old fellows Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use, Have their ingratitude in them hereditary: As I can bid thee speak.

Their blood is cak'd, 'tis cold, it seldom flows; Flar.

Assurance bless your thoughts! 'Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind; Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine | And nature, as it grows again toward earth, are crown'd,

Is fashion'd for the journey, dull, and heavy.--, That I account them blessings; for by these Go to Ventidius:-( To a Serv.] 'Prythee.--[To Shall I try friends: You shall perceive how you

FLAVICS,] be not sad, Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends. Thou art true and honest; ingeniously' I speak, Within there, ho !--Flaminius, Servilius! No blame belon's to thee: (To Serv.] Ventidius

lately Enter FLAMISIUS, SERVILIUS, and other Servants.

Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepp'd Serv. My lord, my lord,

Into a great estate; when he was poor, Tim. I will despatch you severally.--You, to imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends, lord Lucius,

I clear'd him with five talenis: Greet him from me; To lord Lucullus you; I hunted with his

Bid hinn suppose, some good necessity Honor to-day ;-You to Sempronius;

Touches his friend, which craves to be remember'd Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, With those five talents: that had,-[To Flav.] say,

give it these fellows That my occasions have found time to use them To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak, or think, Toward a supply of money: let the request Tliat Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can sink. Be tilty talents.

Flav. I would, I could not think it; that thought Flam. As you have said, my lord.

is bounty's toe; Flav. Lord Lucius, and lord Lucullus? humph! Being free itseli, it thinks all others so. [Exeunt.



SCENE I.- A Room in Lucullus's House.

him spend less; and yet he would embrace no FLAMINIUS waiting. Enter a Servant to him. counsel, take no warning by my coming. Every Serv. I have told my lord of you; he is coming him on't, but I could never get him from it.

man has his fault, and honestyø is his; I have told down to yoll. Flam. I thank you, sir.

Re-enter Servant, with Wine.

Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine. Serv. Here's my lord.

Lucul. Flamínius, I have noted thee always wise. Lucul. ( Asiite. One of lord Timon's men? a Here's to thee. gift, I warrant. Why this hits right; I dreamt of Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. a silver basin and ewer to-night. Flaminius, honest Lucul. I have observed ihee always for a towardly Flaminius; you are very respectively? welcome, prompt spirit,-give thee thy due,--and one that sir.Fill me some wine.-[Exit Servant.] And knows what belongs to reason; and canst use the how does that honorable, complete, free-hearted time well, it'the time use thee well :good parts in gentleman of Athens, thy very bountiful good lord thee.-Get you gone, sirral.--[ To the Servant, and master?

who goes out.]-Draw nearer, honest Flaminius. Flarm. His health is well, sir.

Thy lord's a bountiful gentleman: but thou art Lecul. I am right glad that his health is well, sir. wise; and thou knowest well enough, although And wliat hisi thou there under thy cloak, pretty thou comest to me, that this is not a time to lend Flaminius!

money; especially upon bare friendship, without Fleum. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir; security. llere's three solidares for thee; good which, in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat your boy, wink at me, and say, thou sawest me not. hono r to supply: who, having great and instant Fare thee well. occasion to use tisty talents, hath sent to your lord

Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much ship to furnish him; nothing doubting your present

ditler; assistance therein.

And we alive, that liv'd ? Fly, damned baseness, Lucul. La, la, la, la, -nothing doubting, says To him that worships thee. he? alas, good lord! a noble gentleman 'us, if he

[Throwing the Money away. would not keep so good a house. Many a time and often have I dined with him. and told him on't; and • Intending bad anciently the saine meaning as attend.

ing. come again to supper to him, of purpose to have

A balf-cap is a cap slightly moved, not put off. & The apartments allotted to culinary offices, &c.

- For ingenuously. s Liberal, not parsimonious. • Dig Lited, made respectable. · For respectfully. 6 llonusty here means liberality.

Lucul. Ha! Now I see thou art a fool, and fit Ser. Yes, sir, I shall. for thy master.

(Erit LUCULLUS. Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servilius. Flam. May these add to the number that may

[Eril SERVILICS. scald thee!

True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed ; Let molten coin be thy damnation,

And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed. Thou disease of a friend, and not himself!

[Erit LucIUS. Has friendship such a faint and milky heart,

1 Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius?
It turns in less than two nights? O, you gods, 2 Stran. Ay, too well.
I feel my master's passion! This slave

1 Strun. Why this
Unto his bonor has my lord's meat in him : Is the world's soul; and just of the same piece
Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment, Is every flatterer's spirit. Who can call him
When he is turn'd to poison ?

His friend, that dips in the same dish ? for, in 0, may diseases only work upon't!

My knowing, Timon hath been this lord's father, And when he is sick to death, let not that part of And kept his credit with his purse; nature

Supported his estate ; nay, Timon's money Which my lord paid for, be of any power

Has paid his men their wages; He ne'er drinks,
To expel sickness, but prolong his hour! [Exit. But Timon's silver treads upon his lip;

And yet, (0, see the monstrousness of man
SCENE II.-A Public Place.

When he looks out in an ungrateful shape!)

He does deny him, in respect of his, Enter Lucius, with three Strangers. What charitable men ailord to beggars. Luc. Who, the lord Timon ? he is my very good

3 Stran. Religion groans at it.

1 Stran. friend, and an honorable gentleman.

For mine own part, 1 Stran. We know him for no less, though we

I never tasted Timon in my life, are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one

Nor came any of his bounties over me, thing, my lord, and which I hear from common

To mark me for his friend; yet, I protest, rumors; now lord Timon's happy hours are done

For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue,

And honorable carriage, and past, and his estate shrinks from him. Luc. Fye, no, do not believe it: he cannot want

Had his necessity made use of me, for money.

I would have put my wealth into donation, 2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that not

And the best half should have return'd to him, long ago, one of his men was with the lord Lucullus,

So much I love his heart: But, I perceive, to borrow so many talents; nay, urged extremely

Men must learn now with pity to dispense:

(Exeunt. for’t, and show'd what necessity belong’d to't, and For policy sits above conscience. yet was denied. Luc. How ?

SCENE III.- A Room in Sempronius's House. 2 Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord.

Enter SEMPRONTU's, and a Servant of Timox's. Luc. What a strange case was that? now, before Sem. Must he needs trouble me in't? Humph! the gods, I'm ashamed on't. Denied that honor

'Bove all others! able man? there was very little honor show'd in't. He might have tried lord Lucius, or Lucullus ; For my own part, I must needs contess, I have received some small kindnesses from hiin, as money,

And now Ventidius is wealthy too,

Whom he redeem'd from prison: All these three plate, jewels, and such like trifles, nothing compar- Owe their estates unto him. ing to his; yet, had he mistook him, and sent to

Serv. me, I should ne'er have denied his occasion so

() my lord,

They have all been touched, and found base metal; many talents.


They have all denied him!

How! have they denied him? Ser. See, my good hap, yonder's my lord; I have Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him? sweat to see his honor.-My honored lord, - And does he send to me? Three? humph!

[TO LUCIUS. It shows but little love or judgment in him. Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, sir. Fare Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like phy. thee well ;--Commend me to thy honorable-virtu

sicians, ous lord, my very exquisite friend.

Thrive, give him over; Must I take the cure u pon Ser. May it please your honor, my lord hath

me? sent

He has much disgraced me in't; I am angry at him, Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much That might have known my place: I see no sense endeared to that lord; he's ever sending: How

fort, shall I thank hiin, thinkest thou! And what has But his occasions might have woo'd me first; he sent now?

For, in my conscience, I was the first man Ser. He has only sent his present occasion now, That c'er received gift from him : my lord; requesting your lordship to supply his And does he think so backwardly of me now, instant use with so many talents.

That I'll requite it last? No: So it may prove Luc. I know, his lordship is but merry with me; An argument of laughter to the rest, He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.

And I amongst the lords be thought a fool. Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, lord.

He had sent to me first, but for my mind's sakei If his occasion were not virtuous,

I had such a courage to do him good. But now I should not urge it half so faithfully.

return, Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius? And with their faint reply this answer join; Ser. Upon my soul, 'tis true, sir.

Who bates mine honor shall not know my coi Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnish myself against such a good time, when I might have Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly vil I atin. shown myself honorable! how unluckily it hap- The devil knew not what he did, when he sa pened, that I should purchase the day before for man politic; he cross'd himself by'ı; and I can i 1 100 a little part, and undo a great deal of honor ?-think, but in the end, the villanies of man wil i Servilius, now, before the gods, I am not able to him clear. How fairly this lord strives to arcar do't; the more beast. I say :-[ was sending to 118e foul! takes virtuous copies to be wicked; likeil lord Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness; that, under hot ardent zeal, would set whole rea 1 Ins But I would not for the wealth of Athens, I had on fire. done it now. Commend me bountifully to his Of such a nature is his politic love. good lordship; and I hope, his honor will conceive This was my lord's besi hope; now all are fled, the fairest of me, because I have no power to be Save the gods only; Now his friends are dead, kind: And tell him this from me, I count it one of

ds Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wa my greatest allictions, say, that I cannot pleasure Many a bounteous year, must be employ'd such an honorable gentleman. Good Servilius, Now to guard sure their master. will you befriend me so far, as to use mine own And this is all a liberal course allows; words to him?

Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his hou • Suffering.

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SCENE IV-A Hall in Timon's House.

1 Var. Serv. How! what does his cashier'd wor

ship mutter? Enter two Servants of VARRO, and the Servant of 2 Var. Serv. No matter what; he's poor, and

Lucius, meeting Tiệus, HORTENSIUS, and other that's revenge enough. Who can speak broader Servants to Timon's Creditors, waiting his than he that has no house to put his head in? coming out.

Such may rail against great buildings.

Var. Serv. Well met; good morrow, Titus and

Tit. O, here's Servilius; now we shall know Tit. The like to you, kind Varro.

Some answer. Hor.



If I might beseech you, gentlemen, What do we meet together?

To repair some other hour, I should much
Luc. Serv.
Ay, and, I think,

Derive from it: for, take it on my soul,
One business doth command us all; for mine

My lord leans wond'rously to discontent. Is money

His comfortable temper has forsook him ; Tit. So is theirs and ours.

He is much out of health, and keeps his chamber.

Luc. Serv. Many do keep their chambers, are Enter PHILOTUS.

not sick: Luc. Serv.

And sir

And, if it be so far beyond his health, Philotus too!

Methinks, he should ihe sooner pay his debts,
Good day at once.

And make a clear way to the gods.
Luc. Serv.
Welcome, good brother. Ser.

Good gods! What do you think the hour?

Tit. We cannot take this for an answer, sir. Phi.

Laboring for nine.

Flam. [Within.] Servilius, help!--my lord! my Luc. Serv. So much ?

lord! Phi.

Is not my lord seen yet? Luc. Serv.

Not yet.

Enter Timon, in a rage; FLAMINIUS following. Phi. I wonder on't: he was wont to shine at seven. Tim. What, are my doors oppos'd against my Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter

passage? with him :

Have I been ever free, and must my house You must consider, that a prodigal course

Be my retentive enemy, my gaol ? Is like the sun's, but not, like his, recoverable.

The place which I have feasted, does it now, I fear,

Like all mankind, show me an iron heart? 'Tis deepest winter in lord Timon's purse ;

Luc. Serv. Put in now, Titus. That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet

Tit. My lord, here is my bill. Find little.

Luc. Serv. Here's mine. Phi. I am of your fear for that.

Hor. Serv. And mine, my lord. Tit. I'll show you how to observe a strange event.

Both Var. Serv. And ours, my lord. Your lord sends now for money.

Phi. All our bills. Hor.

Most true, he does. Tim. Knock me down with 'em :8 cleave me to Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift,

the girdle. For which I wait for money.

Luc. Serv. Alas! my lord, —
Hor. It is against my heart.

Tim. Cut my heart in sums.
Luc. Serv.
Mark, how strange it shows,

Tit. Mine, fifty talents.
Timon in this should pay more than he owes;

Tim. Tell out my blood. And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels

Luc. Serv. Five thousand crowns, my lord. And send for money for 'em.

Tim. Five thousand drops pays that.Hor. I am weary of this charge, the gods can

What yours ?-and yours? witness :

1 Var. Serv. My lord, I know, my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth,

2 Var. Serv. My lord, And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth. Tim. Tear me, take me, and the gods fall upon 1 Var. Serv. Yes, mine's three thousand crowns :


[Exit. What's yours?

Hor. 'Faith, I perceive our masters may ihrow Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine.

their caps at their money; these debts may well 1 Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should seem be called desperate ones, for a madman owes 'em. by the sum,

[Exeunt. Your master's confidence was above mine;

Re-enter Timon and FlaviuS. Else, surely, his had equall'd.

Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, Enter FLAMINIUS.

the slaves;

Creditors !--devils. Tit. One of lord Timon's men.

Flav. My dear lord, Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word: 'Pray, is my Tim. What if it should be so ? lord ready to come forth ?

Flav. My lord, Flam. No, indeed, he is not.

Tim. I'll have it so :-My steward! Ti.We attend his lordship;'pray signify so much. Flav. Here, my lord.

Flam. I need not tell him that: he knows, you Tim. So fitly? Go, bid all my friends again, are too diligent.

[Exit FLAMINIUS. Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius; all:
Enter Flavius, in a cloak, mutfled.

I'll once more feast the rascals.

0, my lord,
Lu. Serv. Ha! is not that his steward muffled so? You only speak from your distracted soul;
He gues away in a cloud: call him, call him. There is not so much left to furnish out
Tit. Do you hear, sir?

A moderate table. 1 Var. Serv. By your leave, sir,


Be't not in thy care; go. Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend? I charge thee; invite them all: let in the tide Tit. We wait for certain money here, sir. Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide. Frv. Ay,

(Exeunt. If money were as certain as your waiting,

SCENE V.-The Senate-House. 'Twere sure enough. Why then preferr'd you not Your sums and bills, when your false masters eat

The Senate sitting. Enter ALCIBIADES, attended, Of my lord's meat? Then they could smile,and fawn 1 Sen. My lord, you have my voice to it; the fault's Upon his debts, and take down th' interest Bloody; 'tis necessary he should die : Into their gluttonous maws. You do yourselves Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy. but wrong,

2 Sen. Most true; the law shall bruise him. To stir me up; let me pass quietly :

Alcib. Honor, health, and compassion to the Believe't, my lord and I have made an end :

senate! I have no more to reckon, he to spend.

1 Sen. Now, captain? Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not serve. Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues ; Flav.

If'twill not, For pity is the virtue of the law, 'Tis not so base as you; for you serve knaves. • Timon quibbles. They present their written bills; he

[Exit. I catches at the word, and alludes to bills or battlo-axes.

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