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That there should be small love 'mongst these sweet Ven. A noble spirit. knaves,
[They all stand ceremoniously looking on And all this court'sy! The strain of man's bred cut
Timon. Into baboon and monkey.
Nay, my lords, ceremony Alcib. Sir, you have sav'd my longing, and I feed Was but devis'd at first, to set a gloss Most hungrily on your sight.
On faint deeds, hollow welcomes, Tim
Right welcome, sir; Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown ; Ere we depart, we'll share a bounteous time But where there is true friendship, there need none. In different pleasures. Pray you, let us in. Pray, sit; more welcome are ye to my fortunes, [Ereunt all but APEMANTUS. Than my fortunes to me.
[ They sit. 1 Lord. My lord, we always have confess'd it. Enter Two Lords.
Apem. Ho, ho, confess'd it ? hang'd it, have you 1 Lord. What time a day is't, Apemantus ?
not? Apem. Time to be honest.
Tim. 0, Apemantus! — you are welcome. 1 Lord. That time serves still.
You shall not make me welcome : Apem. The most accursed thou, that still omit'st it.
I come to have thee thrust me out of doors. 2 Lord. Thou art going to lord Timon's feast. Apem. Ay; to see meat fill knaves, and wine
Tim. Fye, thou art a churl; you have got a
humour there heat fools. 2 Lord. Fare thee well, fare thee well.
Does not become a man, 'tis much to blame : Apem. Thou art a fool, to bid me farewell twice.
They say, my lords, that ira furor brevis est, 2 Lord. Why, Apemantus ?
But yond' man's ever angry: Apem. Shouldst have kept one to thyself, for I
Go, let him have a table by himself;
For he does neither affect company,
Nor is he fit for it, indeed.
Apem. Let me stay at thine own peril, Timon; make thy requests to thy friend. 2 Lord. Away, unpeaceable dog, or I'll spurn thee
Tim. I take no heed of thee; thou art an Athehence.
nian; therefore welcome : I myself would have no Apem. I will fly, like a dog, the heels of the ass. power: pr’ythee, let my meat make thee silent.
Apem. I scorn thy meat; 'twould choke me, for
I should 1 Lord. He's opposite to humanity. Come, shall
Ne'er flatter thee. we in,
O you gods! what a number And taste lord Timon's bounty ? he outgoes
Of men eat Timon, and he sees them not ! The very heart of kindness.
It grieves me to see so many dip their meat
He cheers them up too.
I wonder men dare trust themselves with men : But breeds the giver a return exceeding
Methinks, they should invite them without knives; All use of quittance.
Good for their meat, and safer for their lives. 1 Lord. The noblest mind he carries,
There's much example fort ; the fellow, that That ever govern'd man.
Sits next him now, parts bread with him, and pledges
The breath of him in a divided draught, 2 Lord. Long may he live in fortunes! Shall
Is the readiest man to kill him : it has been prov'd.
If I i Lord. I'll keep you company. [Exeunt.
Were a huge man, I should fear to drink at meals;
Lest they should spy my windpipe's dangerous SCENE II. The same. A Room of State in
notes : Timon's 'House.
Great men should drink with harness on their
throats. Hautboys playing loud musick. A great banquet served in; FLAVIUS and others attending; then
Tim. My lord, in heart; and let the health go
round. enter Timon, ALCIBIADES, Lucius, LUCULLUS. SEMPRONIUS, and other Athenian Senators, with
2 I.ord. Let it flow this way, my good lord. Ventidius, and Attendants.
Flow this way! Then comes, drop
A brave fellow ! ping after all, APEMANTUS, discontentedly.
- he keep his tides well. Timon,
Those healths will make thee, and thy state, look ill. Ven. Most honour'd Timon, 't hath pleas'd the Here's that, which is too weak to be a sinner, gods remember
Honest water, which ne'er left man i'the mire: My father's age, and call him to long peace. This, and my food, are equals; there's no odds. He is gone happy, and has left me rich :
Feasts are too proud to give thanks to the gods. 'Then, as in grateful virtue I am bound
Immortal gods, I crave no pelf;
I pray for no man, but myself :
Grant I may never prove so fond,
To trust man on his oath or bond, I gave it freely ever; and there's none
Or a harlot, for her weeping; Can truly say, he gives, if he receives :
Or a dog, that seems a sleeping; If our betters play at that game, we must not dare
Or a keeper with my freedom ; To imitate them ; Faults that are rich, are fair.
Or my friends, if I should need 'em.
we in ?
Amen. So fall to't :
1 Lord. You see, my lord, how ample you ne Rich men sin, and I ent root.
belov'd. (Eats and drinks.
Musick. Re-enter Cupid, with a masque of Ladies Much good dich thy good heart, Apemantus ! as Amazons, with lutes in their hands, dancing, Tim. Captain Alcibiades, your heart's in the and playing.
field now. Alcib. My heart is ever at your service, my lora.
Apem. Hey day, what a sweep of vanity comes Tim. You bad rather be at a breakfast of enemies, They dance! they are mad women.
this way! than a dinner of friends.
Alçib. So they were bleeding-new, my lord, Like madness is the glory of this life, there's no meat like them; I could wish my best
As this pomp shows to a little oil, and root.
We make ourselves fools, to disport ourselves; friend at such a feast. Apem. 'Would all those flatterers were thine
And spend our flatteries, to drink those men, enemies then ; that then thou might'st kill 'em, and Upon whose age we void it up again,
With poisonous spite, and envy. Who lives, that's bid me to 'em.
i Lord. Might we but have that happiness, my Depraved, or depraves ? who dies, that bears lord, that you would once use our hearts, whereby | Not one spurn to their graves of their friends' gift? we might express some part of our zeals, we should think ourselves for ever perfect.
I should fear, those, that dance before me now, Tim. O, no doubt, my good friends, but tho
Would one day stamp upon me: It has been done :
Men shut their doors against a setting sun. gods themselves have provided that I shall have much help from you : How had you been my friends else?
The Lords rise from table, with much adoring of why have you that charitable title from thousands,
Timon; and, to show their loves, each singles out did you not chiefly belong to my heart ? I have told
an Amazon, and all dance, men with women, a more of you to myself, than you can with modesty
lofty strain or two to the haulboys, and cease. speak in your own behalf; and thus far I confirm you. O, you gods, think I, what need we have
Tim. You have done our pleasures much grace,
fair ladies, any friends, if we should never have need of them ? they were the most needless creatures living, should
Set a fair fashion on our entertainment, we ne'er have use for them: and would most resem
Which was not half so beautiful and kind; ble sweet instruments hung up in cases, that keep You have added worth unto't, and lively lustre, their sounds to themselves. Why, I have often
And entertain’d me with mine own device; wished myself poorer, that I might come nearer to
I am to thank you for it. you. We are born to do benefits : and what better
1 Lady. My lord, you take us even at the best. or properer can we call our own than the riches Apem. 'Faith, for the worst is filthy; and would of our friends? 0, what a precious comfort 'tis, to
not hold taking, I doubt me. have so many like brothers, commanding one an
Tim. Ladies, there is an idle banquet other's fortunes! O joy, e'en made away ere it can
Attends you: Please you to dispose yourselves. be born! Mine eyes cannot hold out water, me
All Lad. Most thankfully, my lord. thinks; to forget their faults, I drink to you.
[Ereunt Cupid, and Ladies, Apem. Thou weepest to make them drink,
Flav. My lord. 2 Lord. Joy had the like conception in our eyes,
The little casket bring me hither. And, at that instant, like a babe sprung up.
Flav. Yes, my lord. - More jewels yet! Apem. Ho, ho! I laugh to think that babe a
Tluse is no crossing him in his humour; [Aside. bastard.
Else I should tell him, · Well, -i'faith, I should, 3 Lord. I promise you my lord, you mov'd me
When all's spent, he'd be cross'd then, an he could. much.
'Tis pity, bounty had not eyes behind ; Apem. Much!
[Tucket sounded. That man might ne'er be wretched for his mind, T'im. What means that trump? - How now?
[Exit, and returns with the casket.
1 Lord. Where be our men ? Enter a Servant.
Serv. Here, my lord, in readiness. Serv. Please you, my lord, there are certain ladies
2 Lord. Our horses. most desirous of admittance.
O my friends, I have one word Tim. Ladies? What are their wills?
To say to you ; — Look you, my good lord, I must Serv. There comes with them a forerunner, my
Entreat you, honour me so much, as to lord, which bears that office, to signify their plea- Advance this jewel ;
Accept, and wear it, kind my lord. Tim. I pray, let them be admitted.
1 Lord. I am so far already in your gifts, –
All. So are we all.
Enter a Servant.
I beseech your honour, Tim. They are welcome all; let them have kind | Vouclısafe me a word; it does concern you near. admittance.
Tim. Near; why then another time I'll hear Musick, make their welcome. (Exit Cupid.
Am I to you.
I pr’ythee, let us be provided
Can justly praise, but what he does affect : To show them entertainment.
I weigh my friend's affection with mine own; Flar. I scarce know how. I'll tell you true.
I'll call on you. [Aside. AU Lords.
None so welcome. Enter another Servant.
Tim. I take all and your several visitations 2 Serv. May it please your honour, the lord So kind to heart, 'tis not enough to give; Lucius,
Methinks, I could deal kingdoms to my friends, Out of his free love, hath presented to you
And ne'er be weary.
Alcibiades, Four milk-white horses, trapp'd in silver.
Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich, Tim. I shall accept them fairly: let the presents
It comes in charity to thee : for all thy living
Is 'mongst the dead ; and all the lands thou hast Enter a third Servant.
Lie in a pitch'd field. Be worthily entertain’d. How now, what news? Alcib.
Ay, defiled lat., my lord. 3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable 1 Lord. We are so virtuously bound, gentleman, lord Lucullus, entreats your company
Tim. to-morrow to hunt with him; and has sent your honour two braee of greyhounds.
2 Lord. So infinitely endear'd. Tim. I'll hunt with him; and let them be receiv'd, Tim. All to you. - Lights, more lights. Not without fair reward.
The best of happiness, Flav. (Aside.] What will this come to ? Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, lord Timon ! He commands us to provide, and give great gifts, Tim. Ready for his friends. And all out of an empty coffer.
[Ereunt ALCIBIADES, Lords, &c. Nor will he know his purse; or yield me this, Арет. .
What a coil's here! To show him what a beggar his heart is,
Serving of becks, and jutting out of bums! Being of no power to make his wishes good; I doubt whether their legs be worth the sums His promises fly so beyond his state,
That are given for 'em. Friendship's full of dregs : That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes
Methinks, false hearts should never have sound legs. For every word; he is so kind, that he now
Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on court'sies. Pays interest for't ; his lands put to their books. Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sullen, Well, 'would I were gently put out of office, I'd be good to thee. Before I were forc'd out!
No, I'll nothing: for Happier is he that has no friend to feed,
If I should be brib'd too, there would be none left Than such as do even enemies exceed.
To rail upon thee; and then thou would'st sin the I bleed inwardly for my lord.
You do yourselves Thou giv'st so long, Timon, I fear me, thou Much wrong, you bate too much of your own merits: Wilt give away thyself in paper shortly : Here, my lord, a trifle of our love.
What need these feasts, pomps, and vain glories ? 2 Lord. With more than common thanks I will Tim.
Nay, receive it.
An you begin to rail on society once, 3 Lord. O, he is the very soul of bounty ! I am sworn, not to give regard to you.
T'im. And now I remember me, my lord, you gave Farewell; and come with better musick. [Exit. Good words the other day of a bay courser
Арет. . I rode on: it is yours, because you lik'd it!
Thou'lt not hear me now, thou shalt not then, I'll 2 Lord. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, in
Thy heaven from thee. O, that men's ears should he Tim. You may take my word, my lord ; I know, To counsel deaf, but not to flattery ! [Erit.
SCENE J. The same. A Room in a Senator's Can found his state in safety. Caphis, ho !
Caphis, I say !
Enter CAPHIS. Sen. And late, five thousand to Varro; and to Caph. Here, sir ; What is your pleasure ? Isidore
Sen. Get on your cloak, and haste you to lord He owes nine thousand ; besides my former sum,
Commend me to your master
sirrah, Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon, My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn Ask nothing, give it him, it foals me, straight, Out of mine own; his days and times are past, And able horses : No porter at his gate ;
And my reliances on his fracted dates But rather one that smiles, and still invitos
Have smit my credit : I love, and honour him ; All that pass by. It cannot hold; no reason But must not break my back, to heal his finger :
- and the cap
Do so, my
Immediate are my needs; and my relief
I'll wait upon you instantly. — Come hither, pray Must not be toss'd and turn'd to me in words,
(To Flavius. But find supply immediate.
Get you gone :
How goes the world, that I am thus encounter'd Put on a most importunate aspect,
With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds, A visage of demand ; for, I do fear,
And the detention of long-since-due debts, When every feather sticks in his own wing,
Against my honour ? Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
Please you, gentlemen, Which flashes now a phænix. Get you gone. The time is unagreeable to this business : Caph. I go, sir.
Your importunacy cease, till after dinner; Sen. I go, sir ? - take the bonds along with you, That I may make his lordship understand And have the dates in compt.
Wherefore you are not paid.
I will, sir.
friends : Sen. Go. See them well entertained.
[Erit Tixon. [Ereunt. Flav.
I pray, draw near.
[Erit FLAVIUS. SCENE II.
A Hall in Timon's
Enter APEMANTUS and a Fool.
Var. Serv. Hang him, he'll abuse us. Nor cease his flow of riot: Takes no account
Isid. Serv. A plague upon him, dog ! How things go from him ; nor resumes no care
Vur. Serv. How dost, fool ? Of what is to continue; Never mind
Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow ?
Var. Serv. I speak not to thee.
[To the Fool. hunting
Isid. Serv. [To Var. Serv.] There's the fool hangs Fye, fye, fye, fye!
on your back already.
Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art not on
Caph. Where's the fool now?
Apem. He last asked the question. - Poor rogues You come for money ?
and usurers' men ! bawds between gold and want! Var. Serv.
Is't not your business too? AU Serv. What are we, Apemantus ? Caph. It is ; - and yours too, Isidore ?
Apem. Asses. Isid. Serv.
It is so.
AU Serv. Why? Caph. 'Would we were all discharg'd!
Apem. That you ask me what you are, and do not Var. Serv.
I fear it. know yourselves. Speak to 'em, fool. Caph. Here comes the lord.
Fool. How do you, gentlemen ?"
All Serv. Gramercies, good fool : How does your Enter Timon, ALCIBIADES, ana Lords, fc.
mistress? Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again, Fool. She's e'en setting on water to scald such My Alcibiades. - With me? What's your will ? chickens as you are.
'Would we could see you at Cap!. My lord, here is note of certain dues. Corinth. Tim. Dues? whence are you?
Apem. Good ! gramercy. Caph.
Of Athens here, my lord. Tim. Go to my steward.
Enter Page. Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put me off Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' page. To the succession of new days this month :
Page. [To the Fool.] Why, how now, captain ? My master is awak'd by great occasion,
what do you in this wise company? How dost thou, To call upon his own: and humbly prays you, Apemantus ? That with your other noble parts you'll suit,
Apem. 'Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I In giving him his right.
might answer thee profitably. Tim. Mine honest friend,
Page. Pr’ythee, Apemantus, read me the super I pr’ythee, but repair to me next morning.
scription of these letters; I know not which is which. Caph. Nay, good my lord,
Apem. Canst not read ?
From Isidore; day thou art hanged. This is to lord Timon ; this He humbly prays your speedy payment,
to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast born a bastard, and Caph. If you did know, my lord, my master's thou'lt die a bawd. wants,
Page. Thou wast whelped a dog; and thou shalt Var. Serv. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, six famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am gone. weeks,
Apem. Even so thou out-run'st grace. Fool, I Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord ; will
to lord Timon's. And I am sent expressly to your lordship.
Fool. Will you leave me there? Tim. Give me breath :
Apem. If Timon stay at home.
You three scrie do beseech you, good my lords, keep on;
three usurers ? (Exeunt ALCIBIADES and Lords.
All Serv. Ay; 'would they served us!
Apem. So wculd I, - as good a trick as ever Were it all yours, to give it in a breath, hangman served thief.
How quickly were it gone? Fool. Are you three usurers' men ?
You tell me true. All Serv. Ay, fool.
Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falsehood, Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his Call me before the exactest auditors, servant: My mistress is one, and I am her fool. And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, When men come to borrow of your masters, they When all our offices have been oppress'd approach sadly, and go away merry; but they enter With riotous feeders: when our vaults have wept my mistress' house merrily, and go away sadly: With drunken spilth of wine ; when every room The reason of this?
Hath blaz'd with lights, and bray'd with minstrelsy; Var. Serv. I could render one.
I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock, Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee a A d set mine eyes at flow. whoremaster, and a knave; which notwithstanding. Tim.
Pr'ythee, no more. thou shalt be no less esteemed.
Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool?
lord ! Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something like How many prodigal bits have slaves, and peasants, thee. 'Tis a spirit : sometime, it appears like a This night englutted! Who is not Timon's ? lord; sometime, like a lawyer ; sometime, like a What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is lord philosopher, with two stones more than his artificia
Timon's ? one: He is very often like a knight; and, generally, Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon ? in all shapes, that man goes up and down in, from Ah! when the means are gone, that buy this fourscore to thirteen, this spirit walks in.
praise, Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. The breath is gone whereof this praise is made :
Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man : as much Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter showers, foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest.
These flies are couch'd. Apen. That answer might have become Apeman- T'im.
Come, sermon me no further :
No villainous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart; AU Serv. Aside, aside; here comes lord Timon. Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given.
Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience Re-enter Timon and FLAVIUS.
lack, Apem. Come, with me, fool, come.
To think I shall lack friends ? Secure thy heart; Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder brother, If I would broach the vessels of my love, and woman ; sometime, the philosopher.
And try the argument of hearts by borrowing, [Exeunt APEMANTUS and Fool. Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use, Flav. 'Pray you, walk near ; I'll speak with you As can bid thee speak. (Ereunt Serv. Flav.
Assurance bless your thoughts ! Tim. You make me marvel : Wherefore, ere this Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine are time,
crown'd, Had you not fully laid my state before me; Thai I account them blessings; for by these That I might so have rated my expence,
Shall I try friends : You shall perceive, how you As I had leave of means ?
Mistake my fortunes ; I am wealthy in my friends. Flav.
You would not hear me, Within there, ho ! Flaminius! Servilius !
Go to :
Enter FLAMINIUS, SERVILIUS, and other Servants. Perchance, some single vantages you took,
Serv. My lord, my lord, When my indisposition put you back ;
Tim. I will despatch you severally. - You, to And that unaptness made your minister,
lord Lucius, Thus to excuse yourself.
To lord Lucullus you ; I hunted with his Flav.
O my good lord ! Honour to-day ; - You, to Sempronius; At many times I brought in my accounts,
Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say, Laid them before you ; you would throw them off, That my occasions have found time to use them And say, you found them in mine honesty,
Toward a supply of money : let the request
As you have said, my lord.
[Aside. Not seldom, nor no slight checks; when I have Tim. Go you, sir, (to another Serv.) to the sePrompted you, in the ebb of your estate,
nators, And your great flow of debts. My dear-lov'd lord, (Of whom, even to the state's best health, I have Though you hear now, (too late!) yet now's a time, Desery'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o'the instant The greatest of your having lacks a half
A thousand talents to me. To pay your present debts.
I have been bold, Tim.
Let all my land be sold. (For that I knew it the most general way,) Flav. 'Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and gone; To them to use your signet, and your name ; And what remains will hardly stop the mouth But they do shake their heads, and I am here Of present dues : the future comes apace :
No richer in return. What shall defend the interim ? and at length
Is't true? can it be? Ilow goes our reckoning ?
Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend.
voice, Flav. O my good lord, the world is but a word ; That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot