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Timon, a noble Athenian.
lords, and flatterers of Timon.
Ventidius, one of Timon's false friends.
Apemantus, a churlish philosopher.
Alcibiades, an Athenian general.
Flavius, steward to Timon.
Two Servants of Varro, and the Servant of Isidore; two of Timon's creditors.
Cupid and Maskers. Three Strangers. • Poet, Painter, Jeweller and Merchant. An old Athenian. A Page, A Fool.
Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Thieves, and
SCENE, Athens; and the Woods adjoining.
TIMON OF ATHENS.
SCENE I. Athens. A Hall in Timon's House.
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and Others at several Doors.
GOOD day, sir.
I am glad you are well.
Poet. I have not seen you long; How goes the
Pain. It wears sir, as it grows.
Ay, that's well known:
Nay, that's most fix'd.
Mer. A most incomparable man; breath'd,' as it
To an untirable and continuate2 goodness:
Jew. I have a jewel here.
Mer. O, pray, let's see't: For the lord Timon, sir?
■ Inured by constant practice.
2 For continual.
3 i. e. Exceeds, goes beyond common bounds.
Jew. If he will touch the estimate: But, for that→→ Poet. When we for recompense have prais'd the vile, It stains the glory in that happy verse
Which aptly sings the good.
'Tis a good form.
[Looking at the Jewel.
Jew. And rich: here is a water, look you.
Pain. You are rapt, sir, in some work, some de
To the great lord.
A thing slipp'd idly from me.
Our poesy is as a gum, which oozes
From whence 'tis nourished: The fire i'the flint
Each bound it chafes. What have you there?
Poet. Upon the heels of my presentment,4 sir. Let's see your piece.
'Tis a good piece.
Poet. So 'tis: this comes off well and excellent.
Admirable: How this grace
Speaks his own standing! what a mental power
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life.
I'll say of it,
* As soon as my book has been presented to Timon.