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myself against such a good time, when I might have | He has much disgrac'd me in't; I am angry at him, shown myself honourable ! how unluckily it hap- That might have known my place: I see no sense for't, pened, that I should purchase the day before for But his occasions might have woo'd me first; a little part, and undo a great deal of honour ! For, in my conscienee, I was the first man Servilius, now, before the gods, I am not able to That e'er receiv'd gift from him : do't ; the more beast, I say : – I was sending to use And does he think so backwardly of me now, lord Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness ; That I'll requite it last? No: So it may prove But I would not for the wealth of Athens, I had an argument of laughter to the rest, done it now. Commend me bountifully to his And I amongst the lords be thought a fool. good lordship; and I hope, his honour will conceive | I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, the fairest of me, because I have no power to be He had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake; kind: And tell him this from me, I count it one of I had such a courage to do him good. But now return, my greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure And with their faint reply this answer join; such an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, Who bates mine honour shall not know my coin. will you befriend me so far, as to use mine own
(Exit. words to him ?
Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. Ser. Yes, sir, I shall.
The devil knew not what he did, when he made Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servilius. - man politick; he cross'd himself by't: and I cannot
[Exit ServiLIUS. think, but in the end, the villainies of man will set True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed; him clear. How fairly this lord strives to appear And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed. foul! takes virtuous copies to be wicked; like those
(Exit Lucius. that, under hot ardent zeal, would set whole realms 1 Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius?
on fire. 2 Stran. Ay, too well.
Of such a nature is his politick love. I Stran. Why this
This was my lord's best hopes ; now all are fled, Is the world's soul; and just of the same piece Save the gods only: Now his friends are dead, Is every flatterer's spirit. In my knowing, Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards The noble Timon has been this lord's father, Many a bounteous year, must be employ'd And kept his credit with his purse;
Now to guard sure their master. Supported his estate ; nay, Timon's money And this is all a liberal course allows; Has paid his men their wages; He ne'er drinks, Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his house. But Timon's silver treads upon his lip;
[Exit. And yet, (0, see the monstrousness of man
SCENE IV. - A Hall in Timon's House. When he looks out in an ungrateful shape!) He does deny him, in respect of his,
Enter two Servants of Varro, and the Servant of What charitable men afford to beggars.
Lucius, meeting Tirus, HORTENSIUS, and other 3 Stran. Religion groans at it.
Servants to Timon's Creditors, waiting his coming 1 Stran.
For mine own part, I never tasted Timon in my life,
Var. Serv. Well met; good morrow, Titus and Nor came any of his bounties over me,
Hortensius. To mark me for his friend; yet, I protest,
Tit. The like to you, kind Varro. For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue
Lucius? And honourable carriage,
What, do we meet together ? Had his necessity made use of me,
Ay, and, I think, I would have put my wealth into donation,
One business does command us all; for mine And the best half should have return'd to him,
Tit. So is theirs and ours.
Welcome, good brother. others?
What do you think the hour? He might have tried lord Lucius, or Lucullus; Phi.
Labouring for nine. And now Ventidius is wealthy too,
Luc. Ser. So much ? Whom he redeem'd from prison : All these three Phi.
Is not my lord seen yet? Owe their estates unto him.
Luc. Serv. Serv.
O my lord,
Phi. I wonder on't: he was wont to shine at seven. They have all been touch'd, and found base metal; Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter for
with him : They have all denied him !
You must consider, that a prodigal course Sem.
How ! have they denied him? Is like the sun's; but not, like his, recoverable. Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him?
I am of your fear for that. Thrive, give him over; Must I take the cure upon Tit. I'll show you how to observe a strange event. me?
Your lord sends now for money.
Most true, he does. Methinks, he should the sooner pay his debts,
Good gods ! Hor. It is against my heart.
Tit. We cannot take this for an answer, sir. Luc. Serv.
Mark, how strange it shows, Flam. [Within.] Servilius, help!--my lord! my Timon in this should pay more than he owes ;
lord ! And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels,
Enter Timon, in a rage; Flaminius following. And send for money for 'em.
Tim. What are my doors oppos'd against my Hor. I am weary of this charge, the gods can witness :
Have I been ever free, and must my house I know, my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth,
Be my retentive enemy, my gaol ?
The place, which I have feasted, does it now,
Like all mankind, show me an iron heart?
Luc. Serv. Put in now, Titus. Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine.
Tit. My lord, here is my bill. 1 Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should seem
Luc. Serv. Here's mine. by the sum,
Hor. Serv. And mine, my lord. Your master's confidence was above mine;
Both Var. Serv. And ours, my lord.
Phi. All our bills.
Tim. Knock me down with 'em 7: cleave me to Tit. One of lord Timon's men.
the girdle. Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word: 'Pray, is my
Luc. Serv. Alas! my lord,
Tim. Cut my heart in sums. lord ready to come forth ? Flam. No, indeed, he is not.
Tit. Mine, fifty talents.
Tim. Tell out my blood.
Luc. Serv. Five thousand crowns, my lord. are too diligent.
Tim. Five thousand drops pays that.
What yours ? - and yours?
i Var. Serv. My lord,
[Erit. 1 Var. Serv. By your leave, sir,
Hor. 'Faith, I perceive our masters may throw Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend?
their caps at their money ; these debts may well be Tit. We wait for certain money here, sir.
called desperate ones, for a madman owes 'em. Flav. Ay,
(Ereunt. If money were as certain as your waiting,
Re-enter Timon and FLAVIUS. "Twere sure enough. Why then preferr'd you not Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, Your sums and bills, when your false masters eat
the slaves : Of my lord's meat? Then they could smile, and fawn Creditors ! - devils. Upon his debts, and take down th' interest
Flav. My dear lord,
Flav. My lord,
Tim. I'll have it so: —
My steward! Believ't, my lord and I have made an end:
Flav. Here, my lord. I have no more to reckon, he to spend.
Tim. So fitly? Go, bid all my friends again, Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not serve. Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius; all: Flav.
If 'twill not, I'll once more feed the rascals. "Tis not so base as you ; for you serve knaves. Flav.
O my lord,
[Exit. You only speak from your distracted soul; 1 Var. Serv. How! what does his cashier'd wor. There is not so much left to furnish out ship mutter ?
A moderate table. 2 Var. Serv. No matter what; he's poor, and Tim.
Be't not in thy care ; go, that's revenge enough. Who can speak broader I charge thee ; invite them all : let in the tide than he that has no house to put his head in ? such Of knaves once more ; my cook and I'll provide. may rail against great buildings.
[Exeunt. Enter SERVILIUS.
SCENE V. - The Senate-House. Tit. O, here's Servilius; now we shall know
The Senate sitting. Enter ALCIBIADES, attended. Some answer.
1 Sen. My lord, you have my voice to it; the fault's Ser. If I might beseech you, gentlemen, Bloody; 'tis necessary he should die : To repair some other hour, I should mucha
Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy Derive from it: for, take it on my soul,
2 Sen. Most true; the law shall bruise him. My lord leans wond'rously to discontent.
Alcib. Honour, health, and compassion to the Ilis comfortable temper has forsook him ;
senate! He is much out of health, and keeps his chan, ber. 1 Sen. Now, captain ? Luc. Serv. Many do keep their chambers, are not Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues ;
sick : And, if it be so far beyond his health,
1 Timon quibbles. They present their written bills; be catches at the word, and alludes to bills or battle-axes.
For pity is the virtue of the law,
i Sen. He dies. And none but tyrants use it cruelly.
Alcib. Hard fate! he might have died in war. It pleases time, and fortune, to lie heavy
My lords, if not for any parts in him, Upon a friend of mine, who in hot blood,
(Though his right arm might purchase his own time, Hatb stepp'd into the law, which is past depth And be in debt to none,) yet more to move you, To those that, without heed, do plunge into it. Take my deserts to his, and join them both: He is a man, setting his fate aside,
And, for I know, your reverend ages love Of comely virtues :
Security, I'll pawn my victories, all Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice;
My honour to you, upon his good returns. (An honour in him which buys out his fault,) If by this crime he owes the law his life, But, with a noble fury, and fair spirit,
Why, let the war receive't in valiant gore; Seeing his reputation touch'd to death,
For law is strict, and war is nothing more. He did oppose his foe:
1 Sen. We are for law, he dies ; urge it no more, And with such sober and unnoted passion
On height of our displeasure : Friend, or brother, He did behave 8 his anger, ere 'twas spent,
He forfeits his own blood, that spills another. As if he had but prov'd an argument.
Alcib. Must it be so? it must not be. My lords, 1 Sen. You undergo too strict a paradox, I do beseech you, know me. Striving to make an ugly deed look fair ;
2 Sen. How? Your words have took such pains, as if they labour'd Alcib. Call me to your remembrances. To bring manslaughter into form, set quarrelling 3 Sen.
What? Upon the head of valour; which, indeed,
Alcib. I cannot think, but your age has forgot me; Is valour misbegot, and came into the world It could not else be, I should prove so base ', When sects and factions were newly born :
To sue, and be denied such common grace : He's truly valiant, that can wisely suffer
My wounds ache at you. The worst that man can breathe; and make his wrongs 1 Sen.
Do you dare our anger ? His outsides; wear them like his raiment, carelessly; | 'Tis in few words, but spacious in effect; And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart,
We banish thee for ever. To bring it into danger.
Banish me? If wrongs be evils, and enforce us kill,
Banish your dotage; banish usury, What folly 'tis to hazard life for ill ?
That makes the senate ugly. Alcib. My lord,
1 Sen. If, after two days' shine, Athens contain I Sen. You cannot make gross sins look clear ;
thee, To revenge is no valour, but to bear.
Attend our weightier judgment. And, not to swell Alcib. My lords, then, under favour, pardon me,
our spirit, If I speak like a captain.
He shall be executed presently. (Exeunt Senators. Why do fond men expose themselves to battle, Alcib. Now the gods keep you old enough: that And not endure all threatenings? sleep upon it, And let the foes quietly cut their throats,
Only in bone, that none may look on you ! Without repugnancy ? but if there be
I am worse than mad: I have kept back their foes, Such valour in the bearing, what make we While they have told their money, and let out Abroad ? why then, women are more valiant, Their coin upon large interest; I myself, That stay at home, if bearing carry it;
Rich only in large hurts; — All those, for this ? And th' ass, more captain than the lion; the felon, Is this the balsam, that the usuring senate Loaden with irons, wiser than the judge,
Pours into captains' wounds ? ha! banishment ? If wisdom be in suffering. O my lords,
It comes not ill; I hate not to be banish'd; As you are great, be pitifully good :
It is a cause worthy my spleen and fury, Who cannot condemn rashness in cold blood ?
That I may strike at Athens. I'll cheer up To kill, I grant, is sin's extremest gusto;
My discontented troops, and lay for hearts , But, in defence, by mercy, 'tis most just.
'Tis honour, with most lands to be at odds; To be in anger, is impiety;
Soldiers should brook as little wrongs, as gods. But who is man, that is not angry?
(Exit. Weigh but the crime with this. 2 Sen. You breathe in vain.
SCENE VI. - A magnificent Room in Timon's
In vain ? his service done At Lacedæmon, and Byzantium,
Musick. Tables set out : Servants attending. Enter Were a sufficient briber for his life.
divers Lords, at several Doors. 1 Sen. What's that ?
1 Lord. The good time of day to you, sir. Alcib. Why, I say, my lords, h'as done fair service,
2 Lord. I also wish it to you. I think, this And slain in fight many of your enemies :
honourable lord did but try us this other day. How full of valour did he bear himself
i Lord. Upon that were my thoughts tiring', In the last conflict, and made plenteous wounds ?
when we encountered : I hope it is not so low with 2 Sen. He has made too much plenty with 'em, he him, as he made it seem in the trial of his several Is a sworn rioter; has a sin that often
friends. Drowns him, and takes his valour prisoner :
2 Lord. It should not be, by the persuasion of If there were no foes, that were enough alone
his new feasting. To overcome him: in that beastly fury
1 Lord. I should think so: He hath sent me an He has been known to commit outrages, And cherish factions : 'Tis inferr'd to us,
1 For dishonoured.
We should now say – lay out for hearts, i. e. the affecIlis days are foul, and his drink dangerous.
tions of the people. & Manage, govern.
9 For aggravation. 3 To tire on a thing meant to be idly employed on it.
you may live
earnest inviting, which many my near occasions did You great benefactors, sprinkle our society wik urge me to put off; but he hath conjured me beyond thankfulness. For your own gifts, make yourselves them, and I must needs appear.
praised : but reserve still to give, lest your deilies be 2 Lord. In like manner was I in debt to my despised. Lend to each man enough, that one need importunate business, but he would not hear my not lend to another : for, were your godheads te excuse. I am sorry, when he sent to borrow of me, borrow of men, men would forsake the gods. Make that my provision was out.
the meal be beloved, more than the man that gives it. 1 Lord. I am sick of that grief too, as I under- Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of vilstand how all things go.
lains : If there sit twelve women at the table, let a 2 Lord. Every man here's so. What would he dozen of them be - as they are. — The rest of your have borrowed of you?
fees, O gods, the senators of Athens, together with 1 Lord. A thousand pieces.
the common lag of people, what is amiss in them, 2 Lord. A thousand pieces !
you gods make suitable for destruction. For these 1 Lord. What of you?
my present friends, – as they are to me nothing, sa 3 Lord. He sent to me, sir - Here he comes. in nothing bless them, and to nothing they are welcome. Enter Timon, and Attendants.
Uncover, dogs, and lap. Tim. With all my heart, gentlemen both :- - And [The dishes uncovered are full of warm water. liow fare you?
Some speak. What does his lordship mean? 1 Lord. Ever at the best, hearing well of your
Some other. I know not. lordship.
Tim. May you a better feast never behold, 2 Lord. The swallow follows not summer more You knot of mouth-friends! smoke, and luke-warm willing, than we your lordship.
Tim. [ Aside.] Nor more willingly leaves winter; Is your perfection. This is Timon's last; such summer-birds are men. - Gentlemen, our
Who stuck and spangled you with flatteries, dinner will not recompense this long stay: feast Washes it off, and sprinkles in your faces your ears with the musick awhile ; if they will fare
[Throwing water in their faces so harshly on the trumpet's sound: we shall to't Your reeking villainy. Live loath'd, and long, presently.
Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites, 1 Lord. I hope it remains not unkindly with your Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears, lordship, that I returned you an empty messenger.
You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time's flies, Tim. 0, sir, let it not trouble you.
Cap and knee slaves, vapours, and minute-jacks! 2 Lord. My noble lord,
Of man and beast, the infinite malady Tim. Ah, my good friend, what cheer?
Crust you quite o'er ! - What, dost thou go? [ The Banquet brought in. Soft, take thy physick first 2 Lord. My most honourable lord, I am e'en sick
thou; of shame, that, when your lordship this other day [Throws the dishes at them, and drives them out. sent to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar,
Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none. Tim. Think not on't, sir.
What, all in motion? Henceforth be no feast, 2 Lord. If you had sent but two hours before, Whereat a villain's not a welcome guest. Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance. Burn, house ! sink, Athens ! henceforth hated be - Come, bring in all together.
Of Timon, man, and all humanity! 2 Lord. All covered dishes ! 1 Lord. Royal cheer, I warrant you.
Re-enter the Lords, with other Lords and Senators. 3 Lord. Doubt not that, if money and the season 1 Lord. How now, my lords? can yield it.
2 Lord. Know you the quality of lord Timon's 1 Lord. How do you ? what's the news?
fury? 3 Lord. Alcibiades is banished: Hear you of it? 3 Lord. Pish! did you see my cap? 1 & 2 Lord. Alcibiades banished !
4 Lord. I have lost my gown. 3 Lord. 'Tis so, be sure of it.
3 Lord. He's but a mad lord, and nought but 1 Lord. How? how?
humour sways him. He gave me a jewel the other 2 Lord. I pray you, upon what ?
day, and now he has beat it out of my hat:— Did Tim. My worthy friends, will you draw near ? you see my jewel ?
3 Lord. I'll tell you more anon. Here's a noble 4 Lord. Did you see my cap ? feast toward.
2 Lord. Here 'tis. 2 Lord. This is the old man still.
4 Lord. Here lies my gown. 3 Lord. Will't hold? will't hold ?
1 Lord. Let's make no stay. 2 Lord. It does: but time wili — and so
2 Lord. Lord Timon's mad. 3 Lord. I do conceive.
I feel't upon my bones. Tim. Each man to his stool, with that spur as he 4 Lord. One day he gives us diamonds, would to the lip of his mistress : your diet shall be in all places alike. Make not a city feast of it, to let
thou too, - and
next day (Eseunt.
4 The lowest. the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place:
5 Jacks of the clock; like those of St. Dunstan's church, in Sit, sit. The gods require our thanks.