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Enter Caphis, and the Servants of IsiDORE and Isid. Serv. (To VAR. Serv.] There's the fool VARRO.

hangs on your back already. Caph.

Good even,' Varro: What, Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art no! on You come for money? Var. Serv.

Is't not your business too? Caph. Where's the fool now? Caph. It is ;-And yours too, Isidore ?

Apem. He last ask'd the question.-Pour rogues, Isid. Serv.

It is so. and usurers' men! bawds between gold and want Caph. 'Would we were all discharg'd!

AU Serv. What are we, Apemantus ? Var. Serv.

I fear it. Apem. Asses. Caph. Here comes the lord.

All Serv. Why?

Apem. That you ask me what you are, and do Enter Timox, ALCIBIADES, and Lords, &c.

not know yourselves.-Speak to 'em, fuol. Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again, 2 Fool. How do you, gentlemen ? My Alcibiades.-With me? What's your will? AU Serv. Gramercies, good fool: How does Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.

your mistress ? Tim. Dues? Whence are you?

Fool. She's e'en seiting on water to scald such Caph.

Of Athens, here, my lord. chickens as you are. 'Would, we could see you at Tim. Go to my steward.

Corinth.
Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put me off Apem. Good! gramercy.
To the succession of new days this month :

Enter Page.
My master is awak'd hy great occasion,
To call upon his own; and humbly prays you,

Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' page. That with your other noble parts you'll suit,

Page. (To the Fool.) Why, how now, captain ? In giving him his right.

what do you in this wise company ?-How dost Tim. Mine honest friend,

thou, Apemantus ? I pr’ythee, but repair to me next morning.

Apem. Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I Caph. Nay, good my lord,

mighi answer thee profitably. Tim. Contain thyself, good friend.

Page. Prythee, Apemantus, read me the superVar. Serv. One Varro's servant, my good lord, – scription of these letters; I'know not which is Isid. Serv.

From Isidore ;

which. He humbly prays your speedy payment,

Apem. Canst not read ? Caph. If you did know, my lord, my master's

Page. No, wants,

Apem. There will little learning die then, that Vær. Serv. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, six day thou art hanged. This is to Lord Timon; this weeks,

to Alcibiades. Go: thou wast born a bastard, and

thou'lt die a bawd. Trid. seru. Your steward puts me off, my lord; famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am gone.

Page. Thou wast whelped a dog; and thou shalt And I am sent expressly to your lordship. Tim. Give me breath,

(Erit Page. I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on;

Apem. Even so thou out-run'st grace. Fool, I [Exeuni ALCIBIADES and Lords. will go with you to Lord 'Timon's. I'll wait upon you instantly.-Come bither, pray

Fool. Will you leave me there? you;

(To Flavius.

Apem. If Timon stay at home.-You throe serve

three usurers ? How goes the world, that I am thus encounter'd With clamorous demands of dale-broke bonds,

AU Serv. Ay; 'would they served us ! And the detention of long-since-due debts,

Apem. So would I, as good a trick as ever hangAgainst my honour ?

man served thief. Flav. Please you, gentlemen,'

Fool. Are you three usurers' men ? The time is unagreeable to this business :

All Serv. Ay, fool. Your importunacy cease, till after dinner;

Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his serThat I may make his lordship understand vant: My mistress is one, and I am her fool. Wherefore you are not paid.

When men come to borrow of your masters, they Tim.

Do so, my friends : approach sadly, and go away merry; but they enSee them well entertain'd. (Erit Tixon.

mistress' house merrily, and go away sadly: Flav,

I pray, draw near.

The reason of this? [Erit FLAVIUS.

Var. Serv. I could render one.

Apem. Do it, then, that we may accoun: thee a Enter APEMANTUs and a Fool.5

whoremaster and a knave; which notwithstanding, Caph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with Ape- thou shalt be no less esteemed. wantus; let's have some sport with 'em.

Vur. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool ? Var. Serv. Hang bim, he'll abuse us.

Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something liko Isid. Serv. A plague upon him, dog!

thee. 'Tis a spirit: sometime, it appears like a Var. Serv. How dost, fool ?

lord; sometime, like a lawyer; sometime, like a Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow ?

philosopher, with two stones more than his artificial Var. Serv. I speak not to thee.

He is very often like a knight; and, geneApern. No; 'ts to thyself,-Come away.

[To the Fool. here lost, in which the andience were informed that tho

fool and the page that follows him belonged to Phrynia, 1 Good even, or good den, was the usual salutation Timandra, or some other courtesan; upon the know. from noon, the moment that good morrow became ledge of which depends the greater part of the ensuing improper. See Romeo and Juliet, Act ii. Sc. t. jocularity.

2 1. e. to hunting; in our author's time it was the 6 The reputation of the ladies of Corinth for gallantcustom to hunt as well after dinner as before. Thus iu ry caused the term to be anciently used for a house of Tancred and Gismunda, 1592, 'He means this evening ill repute. The scalding, to which the fool alludes, is in the park to hunt.' Queen Elizabeth, during her stay the curative process for a certain disease, by means of at Kenilworth Castle, always hunted in the afternoon. a tub, which persons affected (according to Randle

3 1. e. that you will behave on this occasion in a man- Holme, Storehouse of Armory, b. iii. p. 441) were put ner consistent with your other noble qualities.

into, not to boyl up to an heighth, but to parboyl.' 'In 4 The old copy reads :

the frontispiece to the Old Latin Comedy of Corneliaof debt, broken bonds.'

num Dolium this sweating tub is represented. It was The emendation, which was made by Malone, is well anciently the practice to scald the feathers off poultry supported by corresponding passages in the poci. Thus instead of plucking them. at p. 195, ante :

7 Meaning the celebrated object of all alchymical re. And my reliances on his fracted dates.' search, the philosopher's stone, at that time much talk. b Johnson thought that a scene or passage had been ed of. Sir Thomas Smith was one of those who lost

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rally in all shapes, that man goes up and down in, When all our offices have been oppress'd from fourscore io thirteen, this spirit walks in, With riotous feeders ; when our vaults have wept

Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. With drunken spilth of wine ; when every room

Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much Hath blaz’d with lights, and bray'd with minstrelsy; foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest. I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock," Apem. That answer might have become Ape- And set mine eyes at flow.

Tim.

Pr'ythee, no more. AU Serv. Aside, aside; here comes Lord Timon. Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this lord! Re-enter Timon and Flavius.

How many prodigal bits have slaves, and peasants,

This nighi englutied! Who is not Timon's ? Apem. Come with me, fool, come.

What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Lord Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder bro

Timon's? ther, and woman; sometime, the philosopher. Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon!

(Exeunt ÅPEMANtus and Fool. Ah! when the means are gone that buy this praise, Flav. 'Pray you, walk near; I'll speak with you The breath is gone whereof this praise is made : anon.

(Eseunt Serv. Feasi-won, fasi-lost; one cloud of winter showers, Tim. You make me marvel: Wherefore, ere These flies are couch'd. this time,

Tim.

Come, sermon me no further:. Had you not fully laid my state before me; No villanous bounty vet hath pass'd my heart; That I might so have rated my expense,

Unwisily, not ignobiy, have I given." As I had leave of means?

Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience Flav. You would not hear me,

lack, At many leisures I propos d.

To think I shall lack friends ? Secure thy heart; Vim.

Go to:

If I would broach the vessels of my love, Perchance, some single vantages you took, And try the argument of hearts hy horrowing, When my indisposition put you back;

Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use, And that unaptness made your minister,

As I can bid thee speak. Thus to excuse yourself.

Flav.

Assurance bless your thoughts! Flav. O my good lord !

Tim. And, in sonie sort, these wants of mine are At many times I brought in my accounts,

crown'd, 19 Laid them before you ; you would throw them off, That I account them blessings; for by these And say, you found them in mine honesty. Shall I try friends : You shall perceive, how you When, for some trifling present, you have bid me Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends. Return so much,? I have shook my head, and wept; Within there, ho !-Flaminius, Servilius ! Yea, 'gainst the authority of manners, pray'd you Enter Flaminius, Servilius, and other Servants. To hold your hand more close; I did endure Not seldom, nor no slight checks; when I have Serv. My lord, my lord,Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate,

Tim. I will despatch you soverally. - You, to And your great flow of debts. My dear-lov'd lord,

Lord Lucius,-
Though you hear now (too late!) yet now's a time,' To Lord Lucullus you; I hunted with his
The greatest of your having lacks a half

Honour to-day ;-You to Sempronius;
To pay your present debts.

Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say, T'im.

Let all my land be sold. That my occasions have found time to use them Flav. 'Tis all engag’d, some forfeited and gone ; Toward a supply of money: let the request And what remains will hardly stop the mouth Be fifty talents. of present dues: the future comes apace :

Flam.

As
you

have said, my lord. What shall defend the interim ? and ai length Flav. Lord Lucius, and Lord Lucullus ? humph! How goes our reckoning ?

(Aside. Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend. Tim. Go you, sir, (To another Serv.] to the Flar. O my good lord, the world is but a word ;'

senators, Were it all yours to give it in a breath,

(of whom, even to the state's best health, I have How quickly were it gone ?

Deserv'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o’the instant Tim.

You tell me true. A thousand talents to me. Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falsehood, Flav.

I have heen bold Call me before the exactest auditors,

(For that I knew it the most general way,)” And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, To them to use your signet,

and

your name ; considerable sums in seeking of it. Sir Richard Steele present hour of five until the bell has told eleven, was one of the last eminent men who entertained hopes countenances Stevens's explanation; as does another of being successful in this pursuit. His laboratory was passage, from Shirley's Opportunitie, cited by Mr. Bos at Poplar. I The construction is, 'And made that unaptness

Let all the offices of entertainment your minister.

Be free and open.' 2 He does not mean so great a sum, but a certain the cellar and the butlery are probably meant. bum.

7 A wasteful cock is possibly what we now call a 3 Though you now at last listen to my remonstran. waste pipe, a pipe which is continually running, and ees, yet now your affairs are in such a state, that the thereby prevents the overflow of cisterns, &c. by car. whole of your remaining fortune will scarce pay hall|rying off their superfluous water. This circumstance your debts : you are therefore wise too late.'

served to keep the idea of Timon's unceasing prodigal. 4. How will you be able to suh ist in the time inter. ity in the mind of the stewaru, while its remoteness vening between the payment of the present demands was favourable to meditation. (which your whole substance will hardly satisfy) and 8 Every reader must rejoice in this circumstance of the claim of future dues, for which you have no fund comfort which presents itsell' to Timon, who, although whatsoever; and, finally, on the settlement of all ac- bergared through want of prudence, consoles himself counts, in what a wretched Night will you be.' with reflection that his ruin was not brought on by tho

6 i. e. as the world itself may be comprised in a pursuit of guilty pleasures.-Sterrens. word, you might give it away in a breath.

9 i. e. the contents of them. The argument of a book 6 Steevens asserted that offices here meant apart was ' a brief sum of the whole malier contained in it.' ments alloued to culinary purposes, the reception of So in Hamlet, the king asks concerning the play: domexies, &c.; and that feeders meant serran18. Ma. Have you heard the argument is there no offence in Jone contended that by offices was intended · all rooms it?' or places at which refreshments were prepared or 10 i. e. dignified, adorned, made gracious. served out ;' as Steevens had explained ii in Othello; And yet no day without a deed to croion it. and that feeders did not here mean serrants. It must

King Henry VIII. be confessed that the passage in Othello, "All offices 11'The most general way,' is the most compendious are open, and there is full liberty of feasting from this to try many at a time.

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Tim.

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But they do shake their heads, and I am here sir : And what hast thou there under thy cloak, No richer in return.

pretty Flaminius? Tim. Is't true? can it be?

Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir ; Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate voice, which, in my lord's behalf

, I come to entreat your That now they are at fall,' want treasure, cannot honour to supply; who, having great and instant Do what they would; are sorry-you are honour- occasion to use fifiy talents, hath sent to your lordable,

ship to furnish him ; nothing doubting your present But yet they could have wish'd—they know not-assistance therein. but

Lucul. La, la, la, la, -nothing doubting, says Something hath been amies—a noble nature he? alas, good lord! a noble gentleman 'us, if he May catch a wrench-would all were well—'tis would not keep so good a house. Many a time pity

and often I have dined with him, and told him on't ; And so, intendinga other serious matters,

and come again to supper to him, of purpose to After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions, have him spend less : and yet he would embrace With certain half-caps, and cold-moving nods, no counsel, take no warning by my coming. Every They froze me into silence.

man has his fault, and honesty is his; I have told You gods, reward them !- him on't, but I could never get him from it. I prythee, man, look cheerly: These old fellows

Re-enter Servant, with wine.
Have their ingratitude in them hereditary:
Their blood is cak’d, 'tis cold, it seldom Hows;

Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine, "Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind;

Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always wise.

Here's to thee.
And nature, as it grows again toward earth,
Is fashion'd for the journey, dull, and heavy.--

Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. Go to Ventidius, İTo a Serv.]—'Pr’ythee, [To

Lucul. I have observed thee always for a towardly FLAVIUS.J be not sad,

prompt spirit,-give thee thy due,--and one that Thou art true and honest; ingeniously I speak,

knows what belongs to reason: and canst use the No blame belongs to thee ;-{To Serv.] Ventidius time well, if the time use thee well : good parts in lately

thee.-Get you gone, sirrah.—[To the Servant, who Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepp'd

goes out.)-Draw nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy Into a great estate : when he was poor,

lord's a bountiful gentleman; but thou art wise ;

and thou knowest well enough, although thou comest Imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends, I cleard him with five talents ; Greet him from me ; cially upon bare friendship, without security. Here's

to me, that this is no time to lend money; espeBid him suppose, some good necessity Touches his friend, which craves to be remember'd

three solidares” for thee; good boy, wink at me,

and With those five talents :--that had, [To Flav.]

say, thou saw'st me not. Fare thee well. give it these fellows

Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much To whom 'uis instant due. Ne'er speak, or think,

differ; That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can sink.

And we alive that liv'd ? Fly, damned baseness, Flav. I would, I could not think it; That thought

To him that worships thee. is bounty's foe;

[Throwing the money away. Being free* itself, it thinks all others so. (Ereunt. for thy master.

Lucul. Ha ! Now I see, thou art a fool, and fit

(Erit LUCULLUS. Flam. May these add to the number that may

scald thee!
ACT III.

Let molten coin be thy damnation,
SCENE I. Athens. A Room in Lucullus's House. Thou disease of a friend, and not himself! 10
FLAMINIus waiting. Enter a Servant to him.

Has friendship such a faint and milky heart,

It turns in less than two nights ? O you gods, Serv. I have told my lord of you, he is coming I feel my master's passion! This slave down to you. Flam. I thank you, sir.

Unto his honour,"? has my lord's meat in him : :

Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment,
Enter LUCULLUS,

When he is turn'd to poison ?
Serv. Here's my lord.

O, may diseases only work upon't ! Lucul. (Aside. One of Lord Timon's men ? a And, when he is sick to death, let not that part of gin, I warrant. Why, this hits right; I dreamt of å silver bason and ewer 10-night. Flaminius, honest Which my lord paid for, be of any power Flaminius; you are very respectivelys welcome, To expel sickness, but prolong his hour!" (Exit. sir.-Fill me some wine.- [Erit Servant.)-And how does that honourable, complete, free-hearted SCENE II. The same. A public Place. Enter gentleman of Athen, thy very bountiful good lord

Lucius, with three Strangers. and master?

Luc. Who, the Lord Timon ? he is my very Flam. His health is well, sir.

good friend, and an honourable gentleman. Lucul. I am right glad that his health is well, 1 Stran. We knowl4 him for no less, though we 1 i. e, at, an ebb.

poured down their throats. In the old Shepherd's Ca. 2 Johnson, Steevens, and Malone have explained in.lendar, Lazarus declares himself to have seen covelous tending here regarding, turning their notice, or allend. men and women in hell dipped in caldrons of molten ing to, &c. : but it certainly means pretending. See metal. And in the old black letter ballad of The Dead King Richard III. Sc. 5. Shakspeare uses pretend in Man's Song :many places for intend: and I have shown that he

Ladles full of melted gold also usos pretend for intend in several instances,

Were poured down their throats.' 3 Fractions are broken hints, abrupt remarks. A Crassus was so punished by the Parthians, half-cap is a cap slightly moved, not put off.

10 So in King Lear : 4 Liberal, not parsimonious.

my daughter, 5 i. e, consideratively, regardfully.

Or rather a disease,' &c. 6 Honesty here means liberality. That nobleness 11 i. e. suffering, gries. Othello, when Desdemona of spirit or honesty that free-born men have.'— Baret. weeps, says: 7 Steevens gays, I believe this coin is from the mint

( well.clissembled passion.! of the poet.' We are not to look for the name of a Greek 12 Some modern editions have changed his honour toin here, but he probably forined it from solidarı, or into this hour.. I think the old reading which Steevens soldi, a small coin, which Florio makes equal to shil-explains, “This slave (to the honour of his character) lings in value.

has,' &c. not what is meant to be expressed, and should 8 And we alive now who lived then. As much as to prefer the correction. say, in so short a iime.

13 i. c. prolong his hour of suffering. Thus Timon, ý One of the punishments invented for the covetous in a future passage, says, 'Live loath'd, and long' and avaricious in hell of old, was to have melted gola. 14 Acknowledge.

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are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one ! you befriend me so far, as to use mine cwn words thing, my lord, and which I hear from common ru- j io him? mours; now Lord Timon's happy hours are done Ser. Yes, sir, I shall. and past, and his estate shrinks from him.

Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servilius. Luc. Fye, no, do not believe it; he cannot want

(Erit SERVILIUS for money.

True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed; 2. Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, not And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed. long ago, one of his men was with the Lord Lucul

(Exit Lucius. lus, to borrow so many talents;' nay, urged ex- I Stran, Do you observe this, Hostilius? treinely for't, and showed what necessity belonged 2 Stran, Ay, too well. to'l, and yet was denied.

I Stran. Why this Luc. How?

Is the world's soul; and just of the same piece 2 Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord.

Is every ffatterer's spirit. Who can call bim Luc. What a strange case was that ? now, be- His friend, that dips in the same dish? for, in fore the gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied that My knowing, Timon has been this lord's faiher, honourable man? there was very little honour And kept his credit with his purse; showed in't. For my own part, must needs con- Supporied his estate ; nay, Timon's money, fess, I have received some small kindnesses from Has paid his men their wages: He ne'er drinks, him, as money, plate, jewels, and such like trifles, But Timon's silver treads upon his lip; nothing comparing to his; yet had he mistook And yet (0, see the monstrousness of man, him, and sent to me, I should ne'er have denied When he looks out in an ungrateful shape :) his occasion so many talents.

He does deny him, in respect of his,”

What charitable men atford to beggars.
Enter SERVILIUS.

2 Stran. Religion groans at it. Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord; I have

1 Stran.

For mine own part, sweat to see his honour.--My honoured lord,- I never tasted Timon in my life,

[To Lúcius. Nor came any of his bounties over me, Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, sir. Fare To mark me for his friend ; yet, I protest, thee well :-Commend me to thy honourable-vir- For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue, tuous lord, my very exquisite friend.

And honourable carriage,
Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath Had his necessity made use of me,

I would have put my wealth into donation, Luc. Ha ! what has he sent? I am so much en- And the best half should have return'd to him, deared to that lord; he's ever sending: How shall So much I love his heart: But, I perceive, I thank him, thinkest thou? And what has he sent Men must learn now with pily io dispense: now?

For policy sits above conscience. (Exeunt. Sør. He has only sent his present occasion now, SCENE III. The same. A Room in Sempromy lord; requesting your lordship to supply his nius's Honise. Enter SEMPRONIUS, and a Serinstant use with so many talents.) Luc. I know, his lordship is but merry with me;

vant of Timon's. He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.

Sem. Must he needs trouble me in't? Humph ! Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my lord. He might have tried Lord Lucius, or Lucullus ;

'Bove all others ? If his occasion were not virtuous, ** I shouid not urge it half so faithfully.

And now Ventidius is wealthy too, Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius ?

Whom he redeem'd from prison : All these

Owe their estates unto him. Ser. Upon my soul, 'tis true, sir.

Serv. Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnish

O my lord, myself against such a good time, when I might They have all been touch'd,' and found base metal ;

for have shown myself honourable ! how unluckily it happened, that I should purchase the day before They have all denied him.

Sem.

How! have they denied him ? for a little part, and undo a great deal of honour ! Servilius, now before the gods, I am not able to Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him? do't: the more beast, I say: I was sending to use it shows but little love or judgment in him.

And does he send to me? Three? humph!' Lord Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness; but I would not, for the wealth of Athens, I had Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like phydone it now. Commend me bountifully to his good

sicians, lordship : and I hope, his honour will conceive the Thrive,'' give him over ; Must I take the cure upon fairest of me, because I have no power to be kind : He has much disgrac'd me in't; I am angry at him, And tell him this from me, I count it one of my greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such nies to Timon is in proportion to his fortune less than an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will the usual alms given by good men to beggars.

8 The commentators have made difficulties about this 1 So many talents,' a common colloquial phrase for passage, of which the meaning appears to be— Had he an indefinite number : the stranger apparently did not applied to me, I would have put my wealth into the form know the exact sum ; and yet some editors have arbi- lofa gift, and have sent him the best half of it.' The trarily substituted fifty talents.'

Stranger could not mean that he would have treated 2 Lucius means to insinuate that it would have been his wealth as a present originally received from Ti. a kind of mistake in Timon to apply to him, who had mon, because he expressly declares that he never received but few favours from him in comparison to tasted his bounties those bestowed on Lucullus.

9 Alluding to the trial of metals by the touchstone 3 Such is again the reading the old copy supplies; Thus in King Richard III. :some modern editors have here again subsututed fifty O Buckingham, now do I play the touch, talents. But this was the phraseology of the poet's To try if thou be current gold indeed." age. In Julius Cæsar, Lucilius savs to his adversary :- 10 This speech appears to be mutilated, and therefore

There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight.' unmetrical; the first part of it may perhaps bear modi 4. If he did not want it for a good use.'

sying thus : 5 i. e. ' by purchasing what brought me but little · Ventidius, and Lucius, and Lucullus, honour, I have lost the more honourable opportunity of Have denied bim, and does he send to me? supplying the wants of my friend.'

Three ? humph! 6 The old copy reads S

It shows,' &c.
Is every fiatterer's sport.'

'I can only point out metrical dilapidations, which i The ernendation' 's Theobald's. I think with Malone profess myself unable to repair,' says Steevens. that this speech was never intended for verse, though 11 Johnson proposes to read :printed as such in the folio

Thrice, give him over ;' 7 l. o. ' in respect of his fortune.' What Lucius de. I but says, perhaps the old reading is the true ;' which

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But his occasions might have woo'd me first; 'Tis deepest winter in Lord Timon's purse;
For, in my conscience, I was the first man That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet
That e'er received gifi from him:

Find little.
And does he think so backwardly of me now,

Phi. I am of your fear for that. That I'll requite it last ? No: So it may provo

Tit. I'll show you how to observe a strange event. An argument of laughter to the rest,

Your lord sends now for money. And I amongst the lords be thought a fool.

Hor.

Most true, he does.
I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum,

Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift,
He had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake; For which you wait for money.
I had such a courage to do him good. But now Hor. It is against my heart.
return,

Luc. Serv.

Mark, how strange it shows,
And with their faint reply this answer join ; Timon in this should pay more than he owes :
Who bates mine honour, shall not know my coin. And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels,

[Erit. And send for money for 'em.
Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly vil- Hor. I am weary of this charge,' the gods can
lain. The devil knew not what he did, when he

witness : made man politic; he cross'd himself by't: and know, my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth, I cannot think, but, in the end, the villanies of man And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth. will set him clear.' How fairly this lord strives 1 Var. Serv. Yes, mine's three thousand crowns: to appear foul ! takes virtuous copies to be wicked:

What's yours? like those that, under hot ardent zeal, would set Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine. whole realms on fire.?

i Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should seem of such a nature is his politic love.

by the suin,
This was my lord's best hope ; now all are fled, Your master's confidence was above mine;
Save the gods only: Now his friends are dead, Else, surely, his had equalld."
Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards

Enter FLAMINIUS.
Many a bounteous year, must be ernploy'd

Tit. One of Lord Timon's men.
Now to guard sure their master.

Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word: Pray, is my
And this is all a liberal course allows;
Who cannot keep his wealth must keep his house." lord ready to come forth?

(Exil.

Flam. No, indeed, he is not.

Tit. We'attend his fordship; 'pray, signify so
SCENE IV. The same. A Hall in Timon's much,

House. Enter two Servants of Varro, and the Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows, you
Servant of Lucius, meeting Titus, HORTENSIUS, are too diligent.

[Exit FLAMINIUS.
and other Servants to Timon's Creditors, waiting Enter Flavius in a cloak, muffled.
his coming out.

Luc. Serv. Ha! is not that his steward muffled so ! Vær. Serv. Well met; good-morrow, Titus and He goes away in a cloud: call him, call him. Hortensius.

Tit. Do you hear, sir ? Tit. The like to you, kind Varro.

i Var. Serv. By your leave, sir, Hor.

Lucius ?

Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend ? What, do we meet together?

Tit. We wait for certain money here, sir. Luc. Serv.

Ay, and, I think,

Flav.
One business does command us all; for mino If money were as certain as your waiting,
Is money.

'Twere sure enough. Why then preferr'd you pot Tit. So is theirs and ours.

Your sums and bills, when your false masters eat
Enter PHILOTUS.

Of my lord's meat? Then they could smile, and

fawn Luc. Serv.

And sir

Upon his debts, and take down th' interest Philotus, too!

Into their gluttonous maws.

You do yourselves Phi.

Good day at once. Luc. Serv.

Welcome, goud brother. To stir me up; let me pass quietly: What do you think the hour?

Believe', my lord and I have made an end; Phi.

Labouring for nine.

I have no more to reckon, he to spend.
Luc. Serv. So much ?

Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not serve.
Phi.
Is not my lord seen yet?

Flav,

If 'twill not serve, Luc. Serv.

Not yet. 'Tis not so base as you; for you serve knaves. Phi. I wonder on't; he was wont to shine at seven.

[Exil. Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter 1 Var. Serv. How! what does his cashier'd worwith him :

ship mutter? You must consider that a prodigal course

generous jealousy of friendship, that is affronted if any Steevens illustrates by the following passage in Web other be applied to before it." ster's D atchess of Malfy :

3 i. e. keep within doors for fear of duns. Thus in Physicians thus,

Measure for Measure, Act iii. Sc. 2 :- You will turn With their hands full of money, use to give o'er good husband now, Pompey, you will keep the house.' Their patients.

4 i. e. like him in blaze and splendor. The passage will then mean, 'His friends, like phy. 'Soles occidere et redire possunt.'-- Catull. sicians, thrive by his bounty and fees, and either relin. 5. Still perhaps alluding to the effects of winter, during quish and forsake him, or give up his caso as despe. which some animals are obliged to seek their scanty rate.' It is remarked by Malone that Webster has fre. provision through a depth of snow. quently imitated Shakspeare, and that this passage may 6 The old copy reads, “For which I wait for money.' be an imitation of that in the text.

7 i. e. this office or employment: 1 I take the sense of this passage to be, 'The devil & The commentators thought this simple passage reknew not what he did when he made man politic,(i. e. quired a comment; and the reader will be surprised o crafty, or full of cunning shifts :) he thaarted himself hear that it bears several constructions. It is obvious by so doing, overreached himself: and I cannot think that the meaning is, it should seem by the sum your but in the end the villanies of man will (make the devil muster lent, his confidence in Timon was greater than appear in comparison innocent) set him clear, and that that of my master, clse surely my master's loan had they will change places; man becoming the tempter, equalled his.' If ihere be any obscurity, it is because not the tempted.

the relative pronoun his does not quite clearly refer to 2 Warburton thinks that this is levelled at the Puri. its immediate antecedent mine. I should not have tans. “Sempronius, like them, takes a virtuous sem. thought the passage needed explanation, had it not been blanco to be wicked, pretending that warm affoction and the subject of contention.

Ay,

but wrong,

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