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Enter Timon, and Attendants. Tim. With all my heart, gentlemen both:- And how fare you?

i Lord. Ever at the best, hearing well of your lordship

2 Lord. The swallow follows not summer more willing, than we your lordship.

Tim. [Aside.] Nor more willingly leaves winter; such summer-birds are men.--Gentlemen, our dinner will not recompense this long stay: feast your ears with the musick awhile; if they will fare so harshly on the trumpet's sound: we shall to't presently.

i Lord. I hope, it remains not unkindly with your lordship, that I returned you an einpty messenger.

Tim. O, sir, let it not trouble you.
2 Lord. My noble lord,
Tim. Ah, my good friend! what cheer?

[The Banquet brought in. 2 Lord. My most honourable lord, I am e’en sick of shame, that, when your lordship this other day sent to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar.

Tim. Think not on't, sir.
2 Lord. If you had sent but two hours before,-

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

2 Lord. All covered dishes!
í Lord. Royal cheer, I warrant you.

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

i Lord. How do you do? What's the news?
3 Lord. Alcibiades is banished: Hear you of it?

- your better remembrance.] i. e. your good memory: the comparative for the positive degree.

1 & 2 Lord. Alcibiades banished!
3 Lord. 'Tis so, be sure of it.
į Lord. How? how?
2 Lord. I pray you, upon what?
Tim. My worthy friends, will you draw near?
3 Lord. I'll tell you more anon.

Here's a noble, feast toward.?

2 Lord. This is the old man still.
3 Lord. Will't hold? will't hold?
2 Lord. It does: but time will--and so
3 Lord. 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, sit. The gods require our thanks.

You great l'enefactors, sprinkle our society with thankfulness. For your own gifts, make yodrselves praised: but reserve still to give, lest your deities be despised. Lend to each man enough, that one needed not lend to another : for, were your godheads to borrow of men, men would forsake the gods. Make the meat le beloved, more than the man that gives it. Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of villains : If there sit twelve women at the table, let a dozen of them be as they are. The rest of your fees, O gods,-the senators of Athens, together with the common lage of people, what is amiss in them, you gods make suitable for destruction. For these my present friends,-as they are to me nothing, so in nothing bless them, and to nothing they are welcome. Uncover, dogs, and lap.

[The Dishes uncovered, are full of warm Water. ? Here's a noble feast toward.] i. e. in a state of readiness.

the common lag -] The fag-end of a web of cloth is, in some places, called the lag-end.


Some speak. What does his lordship mean?
Some other. I know not.

Tim. May you a better feast never behold,
You knot of mouth-friends! smoke, and luke-warın

Is your perfection. This is Timon's last;
Who stuck and spangled you with flatteries,
Washes it off, and sprinkles in your faces

Throwing Water in their Faces.
Your reeking villainy. Live loath’d, and long,
Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites,
Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,
You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time's flies,'
Cap and knee slaves, vapours, and minute-jacks!
Of man, and beast, the infinite malady:
Crust you quite o'er!-What, dost thou go?
Soft, take thy physick first--thou too,--and thou;

[Throws ihe Dishes at them, and drives them Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.What, all in motion? Henceforth be no feast, Whereat a villain's not a welcome guest. Burn, house; sink, Athens! henceforth hated be Of Timon, man, and all humanity! [Exit.



Re-enter the Lords, with other Lords and Senators.

i Lord. How now, my lords? 2 Lord. Know you the quality of lord Timon's



9. Is your perfection.] Your perfection, is the highest of your excellence.

time's flies,] Flies of a season. JOHNSON.

minute-jacks!!] A minute-jack is what was called formerly a Jack of the clock-house; an image whose office was the same as one of those at St. Dunstan's church, in Fleet-street.

-the infinite malady -] Every kind of disease incident to man and beast.


3 Lord. Pish! did you see my cap?
4 Lord. I have lost my gown.

3 Lord. He's but a mad lord, and nought but humour sways him. He gave me a jewel the other day, and now he has beat it out of my

hat:-Did you see my jewel?

A Lord. Did you see my cap?
2 Lord. Here 'tis.
4 Lord. Here lies my gown.
1 Lord. Let's make to stay.
2 Lord. Lord Timon's mad.
3 Lord.

I feel't upon my bones. A Lord. One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.



SCENE I. Without the Walls of Athens.

Enter TIMON.


Tim. Let me look back upon thee, O thou wall, That girdlest in those wolves! Dive in the earth, And fence not Athens! Matrons, turn incontinent; Obedience fail in children! slaves, and fools, Pluck the grave wrinkled senate from the bench, And minister in their steads! to general filths Convert o'the instant, green virginity! Do't in your parents' eyes! bankrupts, hold fast; Rather than render back, out with your knives, And cut your trusters' throats! bound servants, steal! Large-handed robbers your grave masters are, And pill by law! maid, to thy master's bed;

general filths] i. e. common sewers.

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Thy mistress is o'the brothel! son of sixteen,
Pluck the lin'd crutch from the old limping sire,
With it beat out his brains! piety, and fear,
Religion to the gods, peace, justice, truth,
Domestick awe, night-rest, and neighbourhood,
Instruction, manners, mysteries, and trades,
Degrees, observances, customs, and laws,
Decline to your confounding contraries,
And yet confusion live Plagues, incident to men,
Your potent and infectious fevers heap
On Athens, ripe for stroke! thou cold sciatica,
Cripple our senators, that their limbs may halt
As lamely as their manners! lust and liberty?
Creep in the minds and manners of our youth;
That 'gainst the stream of virtue they may strive,
And drown themselves in riot! itches, blains,
Sow all the Athenian bosoms; and their crop
Be general leprosy! breath infect breath;
That their society, as their friendship, may
Be merely poison! Nothing I'll bear from thee,
But nakedness, thou détestable town!
Take thou that too, with multiplying banns !8
Timon will to the woods; where he shall find
The unkindest beast more kinder than mankind.
The gods confound (hear me, you good gods all,)
The Athenians both within and out that wall!
And grant, as Timon grows, his hate may grow
To the whole race of mankind, high, and low!


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confounding contraries,] i. e, contrarieties whose nature it is to waste or destroy each other.

yet confusion --) Sir Thomas Hanmer reads, let confusion.

liberty -] Liberty is here used for libertinism.


multiplying banns?] i. e. accumulated curses. · Multiplying for multiplied : the activé participle with a passive signification.


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