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Tim. Near! why then another time I'll hear thee;
Enter another Sert'ent. 2 Serv. May it please your honour, the lord Lucius, Out of his free love, hath presented to you Four milk-white horses trapt in silver.
Tim. I shall accept them fairly: Let the presents Be worthily entertain'd.- How now, what news ?
Enter a third Servant. 3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable gentleman, lord Lucullus, entreats your company tomorrow to hunt with him; and has sent your honour two brace of greyhounds.
Tim. I'll hunt with him ; and let them be received, Not without fair reward.
Flav. [Aside.] What will this come to ?
word. He is so kind, that he now
I bleed inwardly for my lord.
[Exit. Tim. You do yourselves much wrong, you 'bate
too much Of
your own merits :—Here, my lord; a trifle Of our love.
i Lord. With more than common thanks I will receive it.
3 Lord. O! he is the very soul of bounty !
Tim. And now I remember, my lord, you gave Good words the other day of a bay courfer I rode on; it is your's because you lik'd it.
2 Lord. Oh, Í beseech you, pardon me, my lord, In that. Tim. You
take my word, my lord, I know no
man Can justly praise, but what he does affect: I weigh my friend's affection with my own: * I tell you true.
All Lords. O, none so welcome.
Tim. I take all and your several visitations So kind to heart, s'tis not enough to give My thanks; I could deal kingdonis to my friends, And ne'er be weary.-Alcibiades, Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich, It comes in charity to thee: for all thy living Is 'mongst the dead; and all the lands thou haft Lie in a pitch'd field. Alc. ' l' defiled land, my lord.
l'll call on you.
4 I tell you true.
] The other editions, I'll tell you.
JOHNSON. -'is not enough to give; Methinks, I could deal kingdoms- -] Thus the passage stood in all editions before Hanmer's, who re. stored
JOHNSON. el defiled land, This is the old reading, which ap
1 Lord. We are so virtuously bound,
Lord. The best of happiness,
Tim. Ready for his friends. (Exeunt Lords.
Apem. What a coil's here ! * Serving of becks, and jutting out of bums! 'I doubt, whether their legs, be worth the sums That are given for 'em. Friendship’s full of dregs: Methinks, false hearts should never have found legs. Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on court'sies.
parently depends on a very low quibble. Alcibiades is told, that bis efi ate lies in a pitch'd field. Now pitch, as Falstaff fays, dort defile. Alcibiades therefore replies, that his estate lies in defiled land. This, as it happened, was not understood, and all the editors published, I defy land,
Johnson. 7 All to you. -] i. e, all good wishes, or all happiness to you. - So Macbeth, All to all.
STEEVENS. * SERVING of becks] This nonsense should be read,
SERRING of becks from the French ferrer, to join close together. A metaphor taken from the billing of pigeons.
WARBURTON. The commentator conceives beck to mean the mouth or the head, after the French, bec, whereas it means a salutation made with the head. So Milton,
“ Nods and becks, and wreathed smiles." To serve a beck, is to offer a salutation.
JOHNSON. To serve a beck, means, I believe, 10 pay a courily obedience to a nod.
STEEVENS. See Surrey's Poems, p. 29. “ And with a becke full lowe he bowed at her feete.”
T. T. I doubt wbether their legs, &c.] He plays upon the word leg, as it fignifies a limb and a bow or all of obeisance. JOHNSON.
Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sullen, I would be good to thee.
Apem. No, I'll nothing: for
I'll lock * Thy heaven from thee. Oh, that men's ears should be To counsel deaf, but not to flattery ! [Exit.
-I fear me, thou Wilt give away thyself in paper shortly.] i.e. be ruined by his securities entered into. But this sense is flat, and relishes very little of the salt in Apemantus's other reflections. We should read,
give arvay thyself in proper shortly. i. e. in person; thy proper self. This latter is an expression of Qur author's in the Tempeft;
And ev’n with such like valour men bang and drown
WARBURTON, Hanmer reads very plausibly,
-thou Wilt give away thyself in perpetuum. JOHNSON. I am fatisfied with Dr. Warburton's explanation of the text; but cannot concur in his emendation.
STEEVENS. * Thy heaven- ] The pleasure of being flattered. JOHNSON
A publick place in the city.
Enter a Senator.
ND late, five thousand to Varro;} and to Ifi
3 And late five thousand 10 Varro; and 10 Ifidore
He owes nine thousand]
T, T. 4 In old edition :
Ask nothing, give it him, it foals me straight
An able horse. - ] “If I want gold (fays the senator) let me steal a beggar's dog, and “ give it Timon, the dog coins me gold. If I would fell my borse, • and had a mind to buy ten better instead of him; why, I need “ but give my horse to Timon, to gain this point; and it pre“ fently ferches me an borse." But is that gaining the point propos'd? The first folio reads, less corruptly than the modern impressions,
And able horses, Which reading, joined to the reasoning of the passage, gave me the hint for this emendation.
THEOBALD. Instead of tin horses the old copy reads twenty. The passage