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i Lord. He's opposite to humanity. Come, shall
we in, And taste lord Timon's bounty? he outgoes The very heart of kindness.
2 Lord. He pours it out; Plutus, the god of gold, Is but his steward: no meed, but he repays Sevenfold above itself; no gift to him, But breeds the giver a return exceeding All use of quittance.' 1 Lord.
The noblest mind he carries, That ever govern'd man. 2 Lord. Long may he live in fortunes! Shall we
in? i Lord. I'll keep you company.
A Room of State in Timon's House.
Hautboys playing loud Musick. A great Banquet
served in; FLAVIUS and others attending ; then
- no meed,] Meed, which in general signifies reward or recompense, in this place seems to mean desert.
All use of quittance.] i. e. all the customary returns made in discharge of obligations.
Doubled, with thanks, and service, from whose help
O, by no means,
[They all stand ceremoniously looking on
Nay, my lords, ceremony
[They sit. i Lord. My lord, we always have confess'd it. Apem. Ho, ho, confess'd it? hang'd it, have you
Faults that are rich, are fair.] The faults of rich persons, and which contribute to the increase of riches, wear a plausible appearance, and as the world goes are thought fair ; but they are faults notwithstanding.
Apem. Let me stay at thine own peril, Timon ; I come to observe; I give thee warning on't.
Tim. I take no heed of thee; thou art an Athenian ; therefore welcome: I myself would have no power: pr’ythee, let my meat make thee silent. Apem. I scorn thy meat ; 'twould choke me, for
I should Ne'er flatter thee.'- you gods! what a number Of men eat Timon, and he sees them not ! It grieves me, to see so many dip their meat In one man's blood ;o and all the madness is, He cheers them up too. I wonder, men dare trust themselves with men : Methinks, they should invite them without knives; Good for their meat, and safer for their lives. There's much example for’t; the fellow, that Sits next him now, parts bread with him, and pledges The breath of him in a divided draught, Is the readiest man to kill him: it has been prov'd. Were a huge man, I should fear to drink at meals ; Lest they should spy my windpipe's dangerous notes: Great men should drink with harness on their throats. Tim. My lord, in heart ;? and let the health go
round. 2 Lord. Let it flow this way, my good lord.
Flow this way! A brave fellow !—he keeps his tides well. Timon,
'I scorn thy meat ; 'twould choke me, for I should
Ne'er flatter thee.] The meaning is,-I could not swallow thy meat, for I could not pay for it with Aattery; and what was given me with an ill will would stick in my throat. Johnson.
80 many dip their meat In one man's blood;] The allusion is to a pack of hounds trained to pursuit by being gratified with the blood of an animal which they kill, and the wonder is that the animal on which they are feeding cheers them to the chase. Johnson. My lord, in heart;] That is, my lord's health with sincerity.
Those healths will make thee, and thy state, look ill.
Immortal gods, I crave no pelf ;
[Eats and drinks. Much good dich thy good heart, Apemantus !
Tim. Captain Alcibiades, your heart's in the field
Alcib. My heart is ever at your service, my lord.
Tim. You had rather be at a breakfast of enemies, than a dinner of friends.
Alcib. So they were bleeding-new, my lord, there's no meat like them ; I could wish my best friend at such a feast.
Apem. 'Would all those flatterers were thine eneinies then ; that then thou might'st kill 'em, and bid me to 'em.
| Lord. Might we but have that happiness, my lord, that you would once use our hearts, whereby we might express some part of our zeals, we should think ourselves for ever perfect.
for ever perfect.] Arrived at the perfection of happiness.
Tim. O, no doubt, my good friends, but the gods themselves have provided that I shall have much help from you: How had you been my friends else ? why have you that charitable title from thousands, did you not chiefly belong to my heart? I have told more of you to myself, than you can with modesty speak in your own behalf; and thus far I confirm you.' O, you gods, think I, what need we have any friends, if we should never have need of them? they were the most needless creatures living, should we ne'er have use for them : and would most resemble sweet instruments hung up in cases, that keep their sounds to themselves. Why, I have often wished myself poorer, that I might come nearer to you.
We are born to do benefits : and what better or properer can we call our own, than the riches of our friends ? 0, what a precious comfort ’tis, to have so many, like brothers, commanding one another's fortunes! O joy, e'en made away ere it can be born!? Mine eyes cannot hold out water, methinks; to forget their faults, I drink to you.
Apem. Thou weepest to make them drink, Timon.
2 Lord. Joy had the like conception in our eyes, And, at that instant, like a babe sprung up. Apem. Ho, ho ! I laugh to think that babe a
bastard. 3 Lord. I promise you, my lord, you mov'd me
much. Apem. Much!
that charitable title -] Charitable signifies, dear, endearing.
! I confirm you.) I fix your characters firmly in my own mind.
? O joy, e'en made away ere it can be born!] Tears being the effect both of joy and grief, supplied our author with an opportunity of conceit, which he seldom fails to indulge. Timon, weeping with a kind of tender pleasure, cries out, О joy, e'en made away, destroyed, turned to tears, before it can be born, before it can be fully possessed. Johnson.