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Am I to you.

Flav. [Aside.) What will this come to ? Is 'mongst the dead; and all the lands thou hast
He commands us to provide, and give great gifts, Lie in a pitch'd field.
And all out of an empty coffer.

Alcib. Ay, defiled land, my lord.
Nor will he know his purse; or yield me this, 1 Lord. We are so virtuously bound, —
To show him what a beggar his heart is,

Tim. And so
Being of no power to make his wishes good ;
His promises fly so beyond his state,

2 Lord. So infinitely endear'd, -
That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes Tim. All to you.—Lights, more lights !
For every word; he is so kind, that he now i Lord. The best of happiness,
Pays interest for't ; his lands put to their books. Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, lord Timon!
Well

, 'would I were gently put out of office, Tim. Ready for his friends. Before I were forc'd out!

[ Exeunt Alcibiades, Lords, 8c. Happier is he that has no friend to feed,

Apem. What a coil's here ! Than such as do even enemies exceed.

Serving of becks, and jutting out of bums ! I bleed inwardly for my lord.

[Exit. I doubt whether their legs be worth the sums Tim. You do yourselves

That are given for 'em. Friendship's full of Much wrong, you bate too much of your own dregs : merits :

Methinks, false hearts should never have sound Here, my lord, a trifle of our love.

legs. 2 Lord. With more than common thanks I Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on courtwill receive it.

sies. 3 Lord. O, he is the very soul of bounty ! Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sullen, Tim. And now I remember me, my lord, you I'd be good to thee. gave

Apem. No, I'll nothing: for, Good words the other day of a bay courser If I should be brib’d too, there would be none left I rode on : it is yours, because you lik'd it. To rail upon thee; and then thou would'st sin 2 Lord. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, the faster. in that.

Thou giv’st so long, Timon, I fear me, thou Tim. You may take my word, my lord; I Wilt give away thyself in paper shortly : know, no man

What need these feasts, pomps, and vain glories ? Can justly praise, but what he does affect : I weigh my friend's affection with mine own; An you begin to rail on society once, I'll tell you true. I'll call on you.

I am sworn, not to give regard to you. AN Lords. None so welcome.

Farewell ; and come with better music. [Erit. Tim. I take all and your several visitations Apem. So ;So kind to heart, 'tis not enough to give; Thou’lt not hear me now,-thou shalt not then,Methinks, I could deal kingdoms to my friends, I'll lock And ne'er be weary.--Alcibiades,

Thy heaven from thee. O, that men's ears Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich,

should be It comes in charity to thee: for all thy living To counsel deaf, but not to flattery! [Erit.

Tim. Nay,

ACT II.

SCENE I.-The same.

A room in a Senator's | All that pass by. It cannot hold ; no reason house.

Can found his state in safety.–Caphis, ho !

Caphis, I say!
Enter a Senator, with papers in his hand.
Sen. And late, five thousand to Varro; and

Enter CaphiS.
to Isidore

Caph. Here, sir ; What is your pleasure ? He owes nine thousand ; besides my former sum, Sen. Get on your cloak, and haste you to lord Which makes it five and twenty.-Still in motion Timon ; Of raging waste? It cannot hold; it will not. Impórtune him for my monies ; be not ceas'd If I want gold, steal but a beggar's dog, With slight denial ; nor then silenc'd, whenAnd give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold: Commend me to your master—and the cap If I would sell my horse, and buy twenty more Plays in the right hand thus :—but tell him, Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon, sirrah, Ask nothing, give it him, it foals me, straight, My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn And able horses: No porter at his gate ; Out of mine own; his days and times are past, But rather one that smiles, and still invites And my reliances on his tracted dates

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Have smit my credit: I love, and honour him ; Isid. Serv. From Isidore;
But must not break my back, to heal his finger : He humbly prays your speedy payment,-
Immediate are my needs; and my relief Caph. If you did know, my lord, my master's
Must not be toss'd and turn'd to me in words,

wants, But find supply immediate. Get you gone :

Var. Serv. 'Twas due on førfeiture, my lord, Put on a most importunate aspect,

six weeks, A visage of demand ; for, I do fear,

And past, When

every feather sticks in his own wing, Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord ; Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,

And I am sent expressly to your lordship. Which flashes now a phænix. Get you gone,

Tim. Give me breath:Caph. I go, sir,

I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on ; Sen. I go, sir?-take the bonds along with you,

[Exeunt Alcibiades and Lords. And have the dates in compt.

I'll wait upon you instantly.-Come hither, pray Caph. I will, sir.

you;

[To Flarius. Sen. Go.

[Ereunt. How goes the world, that I am thus encounter'd

With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds, SCENE II. The same. A hall in Timon's And the detention of long-since-due debts, house.

Against my honour ?

Flav. Please you, gentlemen, Enter Flavius, with many bills in his hand.

The time is unagreeable to this business : Flav. No care, no stop! so senseless of ex- Your importunacy cease, till after dinner ; pence,

That I may make his lordship understand That he will neither know how to maintain it, Wherefore you are not paid. Nor cease his flow of riot: Takes no account Tim. Do so, my friends : How things go from him ; nor resumes no care See them well entertain'd. [Exit Timor. Of what is to continue : Never mind

Flav. I pray, draw near.

[Exit Flavius. Was to be so unwise, to be so kind. What shall be done? He will not hear, till feel :

Enter APEMANTUS and a Fool. I must be round with him, now he comes from Caph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with hunting

Apemantus; let's have some sport with 'em. Fye, fye, fye, fye!

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

Isid. Serv. A plague upon him, dog !
Enter Caphis, and the Servants of ISIDORE and

Var. Serv. How dost, fool ?
VARRO.

Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow?
Caph. Good-even, Varro: What,

Var. Serv. I speak not to thee. You come for money?

Apem. No; 'tis to thyself.--Come away, Var. Serv. Is't not your business too?

[To the Fool. Caph. It is ;- And yours too, Isidore ?

Isid. Serv. [To Var. Serv.] There's the fool Isid. Serv. It is so.

hangs on your back already. Caph. 'Would we were all discharg'd!

Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art nat Var. Serv. I fear it.

on him yet. Caph. Here comes the lord.

Caph. Where's the food now?

Apem. He last asked the question. -- Poor Enter Timon, ALCIBIADES, and Lords, &c.

rogues, and usurers' men! bawds between gold
Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth and want !
again,

AU Serv. What are we, Apemantus ?
My Alcibiades. With me? What's your will ? Apem. Asses.
Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.

All Serv. Why?
Tím. Dues ? Whence are you?

Apem. That you ask me what you are, and Caph. Of Athens here, my lord.

do not know yourselves.—Speak to 'em, fool. Tim. Go to my steward.

Fool. How do you, gentlemen ?
Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put AU Serv. Gramercies, good fool: How does

your mistress ?
To the succession of new days this month : Fool. She's e’en setting on water to scald such
My master is awak’d by great occasion, chickens as you are. 'Would, we could see you
To call upon his own ; and humbly prays you, at Corinth.
- That with your other noble parts you'll suit, Apem. Good ! gramercy.
In giving him his right.
Tim. Mine honest friend,

Enter Page.
I pr’ythee, but repair to me next morning. Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' page.
Caph. Nay, good my lord, -

Page. [To the Fool.] Why, how now, cap-
Tim. Contain thyself, good friend.

tain ? what do you in this wise company? Var. Serv. One Varro's servant, mygood lord, - How dost thou, Apemantus ?

me off

Apem. 'Would I had a rod in my mouth, that Flav. You would not hear me, I might answer thee profitably.

At many leisures I propos'd. Page. Pr’ythee, Apemantus, read me the su- Tim. Go to: perscription of these letters ; I know not which Perchance, some single vantages you took, is which.

When my indisposition put you back; Apem. Can'st not read ?

And that unaptness made your minister, Page. No.

Thus to excuse yourself. Apem. There will little learning die then, that Flav. O my good lord ! day thou art hanged. This is to lord Timon; At many times I brought in my accounts, this to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast born a bas- Laid them before you; you would throw them tard, and thou'lt die a bawd.

off, Page. Thou wast whelp'd a dog; and thou And say, you found them in mine honesty. shalt famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am When, for some trifling present, you have bid me gone.

[Exit Page. Return so much, I have shook my head, and wept; Apem. Even so thou out-run’st grace. Fool, Yea,'gainst the authority of manners, pray'd you I will go with you to lord Timon's.

To hold your hand more close : I did endure Fool. Will you leave me there?

Not seldom, nor no slight checks; when I have Apem. If Timon stay at home.—You three Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate, serve three usurers ?

And your great flow of debts. My dear-lov'd lord, All Serv. Ay; 'would they serv'd us ! Though you hear now (too late!)

yet now'sa time, Apem. So would 1,-as good a trick as ever The greatest of your having lacks a half hangman served thief.

To pay your present debts. Fool. Are you three usurers' men ?

Tim. Let all my land be sold. All Serv. Ay, fool.

Flav. 'Tis all engag’d, some forfeited and gone; Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his And what remains will hardly stop the mouth servant: My mistress is one, and I am her fool. Of present dues: the future comes apace : When men come to borrow of your masters, What shall defend the interim ? and at length they approach sadly, and go away merry; but How goes our reckoning? they enter my mistress' house merrily, and go Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend. away sadly: The reason of this ?

Flav. O, my good lord, the world is but a word; Var. Serv. I could render one.

Were it all yours to give it in a breath, Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee How quickly were it gone ! a whoremaster, and a knave; which, notwith- Tim. You tell me true. standing, thou shalt be no less esteemed.

Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falseVar. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool?

hood, Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something Call me before the exactest auditors, like thee. 'Tis a spirit : sometime, it appears And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, like a lord; sometime, like a lawyer; sometime, When all our offices have been oppress'd like a philosopher, with two stones more than With riotous feeders; when our vaults have wept his artificial one : He is very often like a knight; With drunken spilth of wine ; when every room and, generally in all shapes, that man goes up Hath blaz’d with lights, and bray'd with minand down in, from fourscore to thirteen, this strelsy ; spirit walks in.

I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock, , Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. And set mine eyes at flow.

Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much Tim. Pr’ythee, no more. foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest. Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of

Apem. That answer might have become Ape- this lord ! mantus.

How many prodigal bits have slaves, and peasants, All Serv. Aside, aside: here comes lord Timon. This night englutted! Who is not Timon's ?

What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Re-enter Timon and FLAVIUS.

lord Timon's ? Apem. Come with me, fool, come.

Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon ? Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder bro- Ah! when the meansaregone, that buy this praise, ther, and woman; sometime, the philosopher. The breath is gone whereof this praise is made:

[Exeunt Apemantus and Fool. Feast-won, fast-lost; onecloud of winter showers, Flav. 'Pray you, walk near ; I'll speak with These flies are couch'd. you anon.

[Exeunt Serv. Tim. Come, sermon me no further: Tim. You make me marvel : Wherefore, ere No villainous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart ; this time,

Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given. Had you not fully laid my state before me; Why dost thou weep Canst thou the conscience That I might so have rated my expence,

lack, As I had leave of means ?

To think I shall lack friends ? Secure thy heart;

If I would broach the vessels of my love, Do what they would ; are sorry-you are ho-
And try the argument of hearts by borrowing, nourable,-
Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use, But yet they could have wish'd—they know not
As I can bid thee speak.

-but Flav. Assurance bless your thoughts ! Something hath been amissa noble nature Tim. nd, in some sort, these wants of mine May catch a wrench-would all were well—'tis are crown'd,

pityThat I account them blessings ; for by these And so, intending other serious matters, Shall I try friends: You shall perceive, how you After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions, Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends. With certain half-caps, and cold-moving nods, Within there, ho!-Flaminius! Servilius ! They froze me into silence.

Tim. You gods, reward them ! Enter FLAMINIUS, SERVILIUS, and other

I pr’ythee, man, look cheerly: These old fellows Servants.

Have their ingratitude in them hereditary: Serv. My lord, my lord,

Their blood is cak’d, 'tis cold, it seldom Hows; Tim. I will despatch you severally.—You, to 'Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind; lord Lucius,

And nature, as it grows again toward earth, To lord Lucullus you ; I hunted with his Is fashion’d for the journey, dull, and heavy:Honour to-day ;-You, to Sempronius; Go to Ventidius, -To a Serv.] 'Pr’ythee, [To Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say, Flav.] be not sad, That my occasions have found time to use them Thou art true, and honest; ingeniously I speak, Toward a supply of money: let the request No blame belongs to thee:-[ To Serv.] VenBe fifty talents.

tidius lately Flam. As you have said, my lord.

Buried his father, by whose death, he's stepp'd Flav. Lord Lucius, and lord Lucullus ? Into a great estate : when he was poor, humph !

[Aside. Imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends, Tim. Go you, sir, [To another Serv. ] to the Iclear'd him with five talents : Greet him for me; senators,

Bid him suppose, some good necessity (Of whom, even to the state's best health, I have Touches his friend, which craves to be rememDeserv'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o’the instant ber'd A thousand talents to me.

With those five talents:—that had,-[To Flar.] Flav. I have been bold,

give it these fellows (For that I knew it the most general way,) To whom 'tis instant due.

Ne'er speak, or To them to use your signet, and your name;

think, But they do shake their heads, and I am here That Timon's fortunes’mong his friends can sink. No richer in return.

Flav. I would, I could not think it; That Tim. Is't true? can it be?

thought is bounty's foe; Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate Being free itself, it thinks all others so. voice,

[E.reunt. That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot

ACT IJI.

down to you.

[Exit Serv.] And how does that honourable, SCENE I.—The same. A room in Lucullus's complete, free-hearted gentleman of Athens, thy house.

very bountiful good lord and master ?

Flam. His health is well, sir. FLAMINIUS waiting. Enter a Servant to him.

Lucul. I am right glad that his health is well, Serv. I have told my lord of you, he is coming sir : And what hast thou there under thy cloak,

pretty Flaminius? Flam. I thank you, sir.

Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir ;

which, in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat Enter LUCULLUS.

your honour to supply; who, having great and Serv. Here's my lord.

instant occasion to use fifty talents, hath sent to Lucul. [Aside.] One of lord Timon's men ? your lordship to furnish him; nothing doubting a gift, I warrant. Why, this hits right; 1 your present assistance therein. dreamt of a silver bason and ewer to-night.- Lucul. La, la, la, la,—nothing doubting, says Flaminius, honest Flaminius; you are very re- he? alas, good lord ! a noble gentleman 'tis, if spectively welcome, sir.--Fill me soine wine.- | he would not keep so good a house. Many a time and often I have dined with him, and told Luc. Fye no, do not believe it; he cannot him on't; and come again to supper to him, want for money. of purpose to have him spend less : and yet he 2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, would embrace no counsel, take no warning by not long ago, one of his men was with the lord my coming. Every man has his fault, and ho- Lucullus, to borrow so many talents; nay, urnesty is his; I have told him on't, but I could ged extremely for't, and showed what necessity never get him from it.

belonged to't, and yet was denied.

Luc. How?
Re-enter Servant, with wine.

2 Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord. Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine. Luc. What a strange case was that? now, beLucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always fore the gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied that wise. Here's to thee.

honourable man? there was very little honour Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. showed in't. For my own part, I must needs

Lucul. I have observed thee always for a to- confess, I have received some small kindnesses wardly prompt spirit,-give thee thy due,-and from him, as money, plate, jewels, and such like one that knows what belongs to reason ; and trifles, nothing comparing to his; yet, had he canst use the time well, if the time use thee mistook him, and sent to me, I should ne'er well : good parts in thee. Get you gone, sir- have denied his occasion so many talents. rah.-[ To the Servant, who goes out. ]-Draw

Enter SERVILIUS. nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a bountiful gentleman : but thou art wise; and thou Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord ; I knowest well enough, although thou comest to have sweat to see his honour.—My honoured me, that this is no time to lend money ; espe- lord, —

To Lucius. cially upon bare friendship, without security. Luc. Servilius ! you are kindly met, sir. Fare Here's three solidares for thee; good boy, wink thee well :-Commend me to thy honourableat me, and say, thou saw'st me not. Fare thee virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend. well.

Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much

sentdiffer;

Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much And we alive, that liv'd ? Fly, damned baseness, endeared to that lord; he's ever sending: How To him that worships thee.

shall I thank him, think'st thou? And what [Throwing the money away. has he sent now? Lucul. Ha! now I see, thou art a fool, and fit Ser. He has only sent his present occasion for thy master.

[Exit Lucullus. now, my lord ; requesting your lordship to supFlam. May these add to the number that may ply his instant use with so many talents. scald thee!

Luc. I know, his lordship is but merry with Let molten coin be thy damnation,

me; Thou disease of a friend, and not himself! He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents. Has friendship such a faint and milky heart,

Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my It turns in less than two nights? O you gods,

lord. I feel my master's passion ! This slave

If his occasion were not virtuous, Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him: I should not urge it half so faithfully. Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment, Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius ? When he is turn’d to poison?

Ser. Upon my soul, 'tis true, sir. 0, may diseases only work upon't!

Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurAnd, when he is sick to death, let not that part nish myself against such a good time, when I of nature,

might have shown myself honourable ! how unWhich my lord paid for, be of any power luckily it happened, that I should purchase the To expel sickness, but prolong his hour ! day before for a little part, and undo a great deal

[Exit. of honour!-Servilius, now before the gods, I am

not able to do't; the more beast, I say :-I was SCENE II.-The same. A public place. sending to use lord Timon myself, these gentle

men can witness; but I would not, for the Enter Lucius, with three Strangers. wealth of Athens, I had done it now. ComLuc. Who, the lord Timon? he is my very mend me bountifully to his good lordship; and good friend, and an honourable gentleman. I hope, his honour will conceive the fairest of

1 Stran. We know him for no less, though me, because I have no power to be kind:-And we are but strangers to him. But I can tell you tell him this from me, I count it one of my one thing, my lord, and which I hear from com- greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure mon rumours; now lord Timon's happy hours such an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, are done and past, and his estate shrinks from will you befriend me so far, as to use mine owp bim.

words to him?

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