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Were a sufficient briber for his life.
I Sen. What's that?
Alc. Why, I say, my Lords, h’as done fair service,
2 Sen. He has made too much plenty * with 'em,
I Sen. He dies.
Alc. Hard fate! he might have died in war.
my deserts to his, and join 'em both.
my honour to you, on his good returns.
Sen. We are for law, he dies. Urge it no more,
with 'em,] The folio, he says of another in another with him.
place, lo fue feil/woln or swellid. 6 He's a SWORN rioter; he has ·
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A fworn rister is a man who That often drowns him, and practises riot, as if he had by
takes valour prisoner. ] What an oath made it his duty. is a fuorn rioter? We Mould t -- your reverend ages
Security, -] He charges them He's a SWOL N rioter
obliquely with being usurers. that is, given to all excefles, as
Alc. Must it be so? it must not be.
2 Sen. How?
Alc. I cannot think, but your age hath forgot me;
1. Sen. Do you dare our anger ?
Alc. Banish me!
1 Sen. If, after two day's shine, Athens contains thee, Attend our weightier judgment. 9 And, not to swell our fpirit, He shall be executed prelently.
(Exeunt. Alc. Gods keep you old enough, that you may live Only in bone, that none may look on you ! I'm worse than mad. I have kept back their foes, While they have told their money, and let out Their coin upon large interest ; I myself, Rich only in large hurts. — All those, for this ? Is this the balsam that the usuring senate Pours into Captains wounds? Banishment ? It comes not ill; I hate not to be banisht, It is a cause worthy my spleen and fury,
7 frould prove so base] in efjel. Bef, for diihonour'd.
9 And, (not to fuell our Si. • Do you dare our anger?
rit)] What this nonsense 'lis in few words, but spacious was intended to mean I don't
in effekt ;) This reading know; but 'tis plain Shake pear may pass, but perhaps the au wrote, thour wrote,
did xow to fuell your spirit, -oir anger?
i. e. to provoke you still more. Pris few in words, but fpacions
That I may strike at Athens. I'll cheer up
S CE N E VII.
Changes to Timon's House.
Enter divers Senators, at several doors. 1 Sen. THE good time of the day to you, Sir.
2 Sen. I also wish it to you. I think, this honourable Lord did but try us this other day.
1 Sen. · Upon that were my thoughts tiring, when we encountred. I hope it is not so low with him, as he made it seem in the trial of his several friends.
2 Sen. It should not be by the persuasion of his new feasting
1 In former copies:
to be at odds; - And lay for hearts. i. e. to fight upon odds, or at 'Tis honour with mos LANDS disadvantage; as he must do a
to be at odds ;] But surely, gainst the united Itrength of Aeven in a soldier's sense of hó- ibens: And this, by foldiers, is nour, there is very little in be. accounted honourable. Shakeing at odds with all about him : Spear uses the same metaphor, on which hews rather a quarrelsome the same occasion, in Coriolanus, disposition than a valiant one. He lurch'd all fuords. Besides, this was not Alibiaces's
WARBURTON. case. He was only fallen out I think hands is very properly with the Athenians. A phrase substituted for lands. In the in the foregoing line will direct foregoing line, for, lay for hearts, us to the right reading. I will I would read, play for hearts. lay, says he, for hearts; which 2 Upon that were my thoughts is a metaphor taken from card- tiring,] A hawk, I think, is faid play, and fignifies to game deep to tire, when the amuses herself and boldly. It is plain then the with pecking a pheasant's wing, figure was continued in the fol- or any thing that puts her in lowing line, which hould be mind of prey. To tire upon a read thus,
thing, is therefore, to be idly 'Tis honour with moj! HANDS employed upon it. Vol. VI.
i Sen. I should think so. He hath sent me an earnest inviting, which many my near occasions did urge me to put off, but he bath conjur'd me beyond them, and I must needs appear.
2 Sen. In like manner was I in debt to my importunate business; but he would not hear my excuse. I am sorry, when he sent to borrow of me, that my provision was out.
i Sen. I am sick of that grief too, as I understand how all things go.
2 Sen. Every man here's so. What would he have borrow'd of you ?
I Sen. A thousand pieces.
-Here he comes.
Enter Timon and Aitendants.
Tim. With all my heart, Gentlemen both!--and how fare you? i Sen. Ever at the best, hearing well of your
2 Sen. The Swallow follows not summer more willingly, than we your Lordship.
Tim. [ Aside. ] Nor more willingly leaves winter ; fuch summer.birds are men. Gentlemen, our dinner will not recompense this long stay. Feast your ears with the musick awhile, if they will fare fo harshly as on the trumpet's found; we shall to't presently.
1 Sen. I hope, it remains not unkindly with your Lordship, that I return'd you an empty messenger.
Tim. o Sir, let it rot trouble you.
[The banquet brought in. 2 Sen. Moft honourable Lord, I'm e'en fick of
Thame, that when your Lordship t'other day sent to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar.
Tim. Think not on't, Sir.
Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance. Come, bring in all together.
2 Sen. All cover'd dishes!
3 Sen. Doubt not that, if money and the season can yield it.
I Sen. How do you? what's the news?
Sen. 'Tis so ; be sure of it.
Here's a noble feaft toward.
2 Sen. This is the old man still.
Tim. Each man to his stool, with that spur as he would to the lip of his Mistress. Your diet shall be in all places alike. Make not a city-feast of it, to let the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place. Sit, fit.
The Gods require our thanks.
You great Benefaétors, Sprinkle our society with thankfulness. For your own gifts make yourselves prais'd; but reserve fill to give, left your Deities be despised. Lend to each man enough, that one need not lend 10 another ; for were your Godheads to borrow of men, men would forsake the Gods. Make the meat beloved, more than the man that gives it. Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of villains. If there fit twelve women af tbe table, let a dozen of them be as they are-3 The 3 The rest of your fees.] We should read foes. WARB.