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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,
And Nain in battle many of your enemies;
How full of valour did he bear himself
In the last conflict, and made plenteous wounds ?

2 Sen. He has made too much plenty * with 'em,
He's a sworn rioter; he has a fin
That often drowns him, and takes valour prisoner.
If there were no foes, That were enough
To overcome him. In that beastly fury
He has been known to commit outrages,
And cherish factions. 'Tis inferr'd to us,
His days are foul, and his Drink dangerous.

I Sen. He dies.

Alc. Hard fate! he might have died in war.
My Lords, if not for any parts in him,
(Though his right arm might purchase his own time,
And be in debt to none ;) yet more to move you,

my deserts to his, and join 'em both.
And for I know, your reverend ages love
Security, I'll pawn my victories,

my honour to you, on his good returns.
If by this crime he owes the law his life,
Why, let the war receive't in valiant gore;
For law is strict, and war is nothing more.

Sen. We are for law, he dies. Urge it no more,
On height of our displeasure. Friend, or brother,
He forfeits his own blood, that spills another.

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 ·


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

Love tead,

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.
My Lords, I do beseech you, know me.

2 Sen. How?
Alc. Call me to your remembrances.
3 Sen. What!

Alc. I cannot think, but your age hath forgot me;
It could not else be, "I should prove lo base,
To sue, and be deny'd such common grace.
My wounds ake at you.

1. Sen. Do you dare our anger ?
'Tis in few words, but spacious in effect;
We banish thee for ever.

Alc. Banish me!
Banish your Dotage, banish Usury,
That make the Senate ugly.

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
My discontented troops, and lay for hearts.
'Tis honour with most hands to be at odds ;
Soldiers as little should brook wrongs, as Gods. [Exit.



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,

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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.
2 Sen. A thousand pieces !
i Sen. What of you?
3 Sen. He sent to me, Sir

-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

Lordhip. .

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.
2 Sen. My noble Lord.
Tim. Ah, my good friend, what cheer?

[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.
2 Sen. If you had sent but two hours before

Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance. Come, bring in all together.

2 Sen. All cover'd dishes!
I Sen. Royal cheer, I warrant you.

3 Sen. Doubt not that, if money and the season can yield it.

I Sen. How do you? what's the news?
3 Sen. Alcibiades is banish'd. Hear you of it?
Both. Alcibiades banish'd !

Sen. 'Tis so ; be sure of it.
i Sen. How? how ?
2 Sen. I pray you, upon what?
Tim. My worthy friends, will you draw near ?
3 Sen. I'll tell ye more anon.

Here's a noble feaft toward.

2 Sen. This is the old man still.
3 Sen. Will't hold ? will’t hold ?
2 Sen. It does, but time will.–And so
3 Sen. I do conceive.

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.



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