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Enter Timox, ALCIBIADES, and Lords, &c. Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth
My Alcibiades.-With me? What's your will? SCENE I.
Coph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues. Athens. A room in a Senator's House. Tim. Dues ? Whence are you? Enter a Senator, with papers in his hand.
Of Athens, here, my lord. Tim. Go to my steward.
(off Sen. And late, five thousand to Varro; and to Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath putine Isidore
To the succession of new days this month : He owes nine thousand; besides my former sum, My master is awak'd by great occasion, Which makes it five and twenty-Stillin motion To call upon his own; and humbly prays you, Of raging waste? it cannot hold; it will not. That with your other noble parts you'll suit, If I want gold, steal but a beggar's dog, In giving him his right. And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold; Tim.
Mine honest friend, If I would sell my horse, and buy twenty more I prythee but repair to me next morning. Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon, Coph. Nay, good, my lord, As nothing, give it him, it toals me, straight, Tim.
Contain thyself, good friend. And able horses : No porter at his gate;
Var. Serv. One, Varro's servant, my good But rather one that smiles, and still invites
lord, All that pass by. It cannot hold; no reason Isid. Ser.
From Isidore ; Can sound his state in safety. Caphis, ho! He humbly prays your speedy payment,Caphis, I say!
Coph. If you did know, my lord, my master's wants,
six weeks, Enter CAPHIS.
Var. Serv. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, Caph. llere, sir; What is your pleasure?
And past, Sen. Get on your cloak, and haste you to Lord
Isià. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord; Timon;
And I am sent expressly to your lordship. Importune him for my monies; be not ceas'd
Tim. Give me breath, With slight denial; nor then silenc'd, when
I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on; Commend me to your muster-and the cap
(Exeunt ALCIBIADES, and Lords. Plays in the right hand, thus ;--but tell him, I'll wait upon you instantly.-Come hither, pray sirrah,
[To FLAVIUS. My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn Out of mine own; his days and times are past, With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds,
How goes the world, that I am thus encounterd And my reliances on his fracted dates Have smit my credit; I love, and honour him; Against my honour?
And the detention of long-since due debts, But must not break my back, to heal his finger;
Please you, gentlemen, Immediate are my needs; and my relief
The time is unagreeable to this business :
Your importunacy cease, till after dinner:
That I may make his lordship understand
Wherefore you are not paid. A visage of demand; for, I do fear,
Do so, my friends : When every feather sticks in his own wing,
See them well entertain'd. [Exit Tixos. Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
draw near Which flashes now a phenix. Get you gone.
[Exit FLAVIUS Caph. I go, sir.
Enter APEMANTUS and a 00
Caph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with
A pemantus; let's have some sport with 'em, Caph.
I will sir.
Var. Serv. Hang him, he'll abuse us. Sen.
Isid, Serv. And plague upon him, dog!
Var. Serv. How dost, fool ?
Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow ?
Var. Serv. I speak not to thee.
Apem. No, 'tis to thyself,--Come away,
[To the F001. Flav. Nocare, no stop! so senseless of expense, Isid. Serv. (To Var. Serv.] There's the fool That he will neither know how to maintain it, hangs on your back already. Nor cease his flow of riot; Takes no account
Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art not How things go from him; nor resumes no care on him yet. Of what is to continue; Never mind
Caph. Where's the fool now? Was to be so unwise, to be so kind.
Apem. He last ask'd the question.--Poor What shall be done? He will not hear, till feel; rogues, and usurers' men! bawds between gold I must be round with him now he coines from and want! Fye, fye, fye, fye!
(hunting. All Serv. What are we, Apemantus ? Enter CAPHIS, and the Servants of Isidore and Apem. Asses. Varro.
AU Serv. Why? Caph.
Good even, Varro : What, Apem. That you ask me what you are, and Yon come for money!
do not know yourselves.--Speak to 'em, fool. Var. Serv.
Is't not your business too! Fool. How do you, gentlemen ? Caph. It is ;--And yours too, Isidore ?
All Serv. Grammercies, good fool: How does Teid. Serv.
It is so, your mistress? Caph. 'Would we were all discharg'd! Frol. She's e'en setting on water to scald such Var, Serv.
I fear it. chickens as you are. 'Would, we could see you Caph. Here comes the lord.
Apem. Good! grammercy. (at Corinth.
And say, you found them in mine honesty. fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' page. When, for some trilling present, you have bid me
Page. (To the Fool.) Why, how now, capiaia? Return so much, I have shook my head, and what do you in this wise company ?-How dost wept; thou, A pemantus?
Yea,'gainst the authority ofmanners, pray'd you Apem. Would I had a rod in my mouth, that To hold your hand more close; I did endure I might answer thee profitably.
Vot seldom, nor no slight checks; when I have Puge. Prythee, Apemantus, read me the su- Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate, perscription of these letters; I know not which And your great dow of debts. My dear-lov'd Apem. Canst not read ?
(time, Fage. No.
Though you hear now (too late!) yet now's a Apem. There will little learning die then, that The greatest of your having lacks a half day thou art hanged. This is to Lord Timon; To pay your present debts. this to Alcibiades. Go: thou wast born a bas Tim.
Let all my land be sold. tard, and thou'lt die & bawd.
Flav. 'Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and gone: Pige. Thou wast whelped a dog; and thou And what remains will hardly stop the mouth shali famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am of present dues: the future comes apace : gone.
[Erit Page. What shall dt fend the interim? and at length Arem. Even so thou out-run'st grace. Fool, How goes our reckoning? I will go with you to Lord Timon's.
Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend. Fuol. Will you leave me there?
Flav. () my good lord, the world is but a word; Apem. If Timon stay at home.-You three Were it all yours to give it in a breath, serve three usurers ?
How quickly were it gone ? AV Serv. Ay; 'would they served us!
You tell me true. Apem. So would I, as good a trick as ever Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falsehangman served thief.
Call me before the exactest auditors, (hood, Fool. Are you three usurers' men ?
And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, AU Serv. Ay, fool.
When all our offices have been oppress'd Fool. I think, no usnrer but has a fool to his With riotous feeders; whenour vaults have wept servant: My mistress is one, and I am her fool. With drunken spilth of wine: when every room When men come to borrow of your masters, they Hath blaz'd with lights, and bray'd with minapproach sadly, and go away merry; but they I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock, (strelsy: unter my mistress' house pierrily, and go away And set mine eyes at flow. sadly: The reason of this?
Prythee, no more. Var. Serv. I could render one.
Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee lord !
(sants, a whoremaster, and a knave; which notwith- How many prodigal bits have slaves, and peastanding, thou shalt be no less esteemed. This night englutted; Who is not Timon's?
Var. Serv. What is a whoreunaster, fool? What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something Lord Timon's? like thee. "Tis a spirit: sometime, it appears Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon ? like a lord; sometime, like a lawyer; sometime Ah! when the means are gone that buy this like a philosopher, with two stones more than praise, his artificial one: He is very often likea knight; The breath is gone whereof this praise is made: and, generally, in all shapes, that inan goes up Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter showand down in, from fourscore to thirteen, this These flies are couch'd.
[ers, spirit walks in.
Come, sermon me uo further; Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. No villanous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart;
Fol. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given. [lack, foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest. Why dost thou woep?
Canst thou the conscience Apem. That answer might have become Ape- To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart; inantus.
[Timon. If I would broach the vessels of my love, AU Serv. Aside, aside; here comes Lord And try the argument of hearts by borrowing, Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS.
Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use, A per. Come with me, fool, come.
As I can bid thee speak. Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder bro Flav. Assurance bless your thoughts ! ther, and woman; sometime, the philosopher. Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine
[Erani APEMANTUS and Fool. are crown'd, Flav. 'Pray you, walk near; I'll speak with That I account them blessings; for by these you anon.
(Exeunt Servants. Shall I try friends; You shall perceive how you Tim. You make me marvel : wherefore, ere Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my this time,
friends, Had you not fully laid my state before me; Within there, ho!-Flaminius! Servilius! That I might so have rated my expense,
Enter FLAMINIUS, SERVilius, and other Servants. As I had leave of means? Flav.
You would not hear me, Serv. My lord, my lord,At many leisures I propos'd.
Tim. I will despatch you severally-You, to Tinn.
Lord Lucius,Perchance, some single vantages you took, To Lord Lucullus you; I hunted with his When my indisposition put you back; Honour to-day ;-You to Sempronius; (say, And that unaptness made your minister,
Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, Thus to excuse yourself.
That my occasions have found tiine to use them Flav.
O my good lord ! Toward a supply of money : let the request At many times I brought in my accounts, Be fifty talents. Laid them before you: you would throw them ofi, Fian.
As you have said, my lord.
Flav. Lord Lucius, and Lord Lucullus? humph!! Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir;
[Aside. which, in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat Tim. Go you, sir, (To another Serv.) to the your honour to supply; who, having great and senators
instant occasion to use fifty talents, hath sent to (Of whom, even to the state's best health, I have your lordship furnish him; nothing doubting Deserv'd this hearing), bid 'em send o' the in- your present assistance therein. A thousand talents to me.
(stant, Lucul. La, la, la, la,-nothing doubting, says Flav.
I have been bold'he? alas, good lord! a noble gentleman 'tis, if (For that I knew it the most general way), he would not keep so good a house. Many a To them to use your signet, and your name; time and often I have dined with him, and told But they do shake their heads, and I am here him on't; and come again to supper to him, of No richer in return.
purpose to have him spend less : and yet he Tim.
Is't true? can it be? would embrace no counsel, take no warning by Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate my coming. Every man has his fault, and hovoice,
nesty is his; I have told him on't, but I could That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot never get him from it. Do what they would; are sorry--you are ho
Re-enter Servant, with wine. nourable,
Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine. But yet they could have wish'd-they know not
Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always Something hath been amiss-a noble nature
Here's to thee.
[wise. May catch a wrench-would all were well—'tis
Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. pity
Lucul. I have observed thee always for a And so, intending other serious matters, After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions, and one that knows what belongs to reason :
towardly prompt spirit,-give thee thy dueWith certain hall-caps, and cold moving nods, and canst use the time well, if the time use thee They froze me into silence.
well: good parts in thee.-Get you gone, sirrah. Tim.
You gods, reward them! I prythee, man, look cheerly; These old fellows honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a bountiful gen
-To the Servant, who goes out.) --Draw nearer, Have their ingratitude in them hereditary : Their blood is cak'd, 'tis cold, it seldom flows; well enough, althongh thou comest to me, that
tleman: but thou art wise; and thou knowest 'Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind; this is no time to lend money; especially upon And nature, as it grows again toward earth, Is fashion'd' for the journey, dull, and heavy- solidares for thee; good boy, wink at me, and
bare friendship, without security. Here's three Go to Ventidius, L so a Serv.}-Pr'ythee, [ To say, thou saw'st me not. Fare thee well. Flavius), be not sad,
Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much Thou art true, and honest; ingeniously I speak,
differ; No blame belongs to thee ; To Serv.) Venti- And we alive, that liv'd? Fly, damned baseness, dius lately
To him that worships thee. Buried his father; by whose death he's stepp'd
[Throwing the money away, Into a great estate : when he was poor,
Lucul. Ha! Now I see, thou art a fool, and Imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends,
[me; fit for thy master. I clear'd him with five talents; Greet him from
Flam. May these add to the number that may Bid him suppose, some good necessity (ber'd
scald thee! Touches his friend, which craves to be remem. Let multen coin be thy damnation, With those five talents:—that had, To Flav.] Thou disense of a friend, and not himself!
give it these fellows To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak, or think, It turns in less than two nights? O you gods,
Has friendship such a faint and milky heart, That Timon's fortunes'mong his friends can sink. I feel my master's passion! This slave Fuv. I would, I could not think it; That Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him: thought is bounty's foe;
Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment, Being free itself, it thinks all others so.
When he is turu'd to poison ?
To expel sickness, but prolong his hour! (Ecit.
1 Stran. We know him for no less, though we Serv. Here's my lord.
are but strangers to him. But I can tell you ono Lucul. (Aside.] One of Lord Timon's men? a thing, my lorst, and which I hear from common gift, I warrant. Why, this hits right; I dreamt rumours; now Lord Timon's happy hours are of a silver bason and ewer to-night. Flaminius, done and past, and his estate shrinks from him. honest Fluminius; you are very respectively Luc. F'ye no, do not believe it; he cannot welcome, sir.-Fill me some wine,-Exit Ser- want for money. vant.}- Áud how does that honourable, com 2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, plete, free-hearted gentleman of Athens, thy not long ago, one of his men was with the Lord very bonntiful good lord and master,
Lucullus, to borrow so many talents; nay, urged Flam. His health is well, sir.
extremely for t, and showed what necessity beLucul. I am right glad that his health is well, longed to't, and yet was denied. sir: And what hast thou there under thy cloak, Luc. How? pretty Flaminfus ?
2 Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord,
Luc. What a strange case was that? now, be- To mark me for his friend; yet, I protest, fore the gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied that For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue, honourable man? there was very little honour And honourable carriage, showed in't. For my own part, I must needs Had his necessity made use of me, confess, I have received some small kindnesses I would have put my wealth into donation, from him, as money, plate, jewels, and such And the best half should have return’d to him, like trifles, vothing comparing to his: yet had so much I love his heart: Bnt, 1 perceive, he mistook him, and sent to me, I should ne'er Men must learn now with pity to dispense. have denied his occasion so many talents. For policy sits above couscience. (Eseunt. Enter SERVILIUS.
SCENE III. Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord; I have sweat to see his honour.- My honoured The same. A Romn in Sempronius's House. lord,
(To Lucius. Enter SEMPRONIUs, and a Servant of Tincu's. Lúc. Servilius! you are kindly met, sir. Fare Sem. Must he needs trouble me in't? Humph! thee well :-Commend me to thy honourable 'Bove all others ? virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend. He might have tried Lord Lucius, or Lucullus;
Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath And now Ventidius is wealthy too, sent
Whom he redeemd from prison: all these three Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much Owe their estates unto him. endeared to that lord ; he's ever sending: How Serv.
O my lord, shall I thank him, thinkest thou? And what has they have all been touch'd, and found base he sent now?
They have all denied him. [metal; for Ser. He has only sent his present occasion Sem.
How! have they denied him? now, my lord; requesting your lordship to sup- Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him? ply his instant use with so many talents. And does he send to me? Three ? humph!
Luc. I know,his lordship is but inerry with me; It shows but little love or judgment in him. He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents. Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like phySer. But in the mean time he wants less, my sicians,
upon me?If his occasion were not virtuous, lord. Thrive, give him over; Must I take the cure I should not urge it half so faithfully.
He has much disgrac'd me in't; I am angry at Lac. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius?
(sense fort, Ser. Upon my soul, 'tis true, sir.
That might have known my place: I see no Lue. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnisin But his occasions might have woo'd me first; myself against such a good time, when I night For, in my conscience, I was the tirst man have shown myself honourable! low unluckily That e'er received gift from him : it happened, that I should purchase the day be- And does he think so backwardly of me now, fore for a little part, and undo a great deal of That I'll requite it last? No: so it may prove honour !-Servilius, now before the gods, I am an argument of laughter to the rest, not able to do't; the more beast, I say :-I was And I amongst the lords be thought a fool. sending to use Lord Timon myself, these gen- I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, tlemen can witness; but I would not, for the ble had sent it to me first, but for my mind's sake; wealth of Athens, I had done it now. Commend I had such a courage to do him good. But me bountifully to his good lordship; and I hope, now return, his honour will conceive the fairest of me, be- And with their faint reply this answer join; cause I have no power to be kind : And tell him Who bates mine honour, shall not know my coin. this from me, I count it one of my greatest af
(Erit. flictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will villain. The devil knew not wliat he did, when you befriend me so far, as to use mine own he made man politick; he crossed himself by's: words to him?
and I cannot think, but, in the end, the villanies Ser. Yes, sir, I shall.
of man will set him clear. How fairly this loru Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servi- strives to appear foul! takes virtues copies to lins.-
[Erit SERVILIUS. be wicked ; like those that, under hot ardent True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed; zeal, would set whole realms on fire. And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed. Of such a nature is his politick love,
(Exit Lucius. This was my lord's best hope; now all are fled, 1 Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius ? Save the gods only: Now his friends are dead, 2 Strm. Ay, too well.
Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their 1 Stran. Why, this
wards Is the world's soul, and just of the same piece Many a bounteous year, must be employ'd Is every flatterer's spirit. Who can call him Now to guard sure their master. His friend, that dips in the same dish? for, in And this is all a liberal course allows; My knowing, Timon has been this lord's father, Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his And kept his credit with his purse;
(Edit, supported his estate; nay, Timon's money
SCENE IV. The sam.. A Hall in Timon's House. Has paid his men their wages : He ne'er drinks, But Timou's silver treads upon his lip;
Enter two Servants of Varro, and the Servant of And yet (O, see the monstrousness of man Lucius, merling Tirus, HORTENSIU3, and other When he looks out in an ungrateful shape!)
Servants to Timon's Creditors, waiting his wmHe does deny him, in respect of bis,
ing out. What charitable men afford to beggars.
Var. Senr. Well met; good-morrow, Titus 3 Stran. Religion groans at it.
aud Ilortensins. 1 Stran,
For mine own part, Tit. The like to you, kind Varro. I never tasted Timon in my life,
Lucius Nor came any of his bounties over me, What do we meet together?
Ay, and, I think, 'Tis not so base as you; for you serve knaves. One business does command us all; for mine
(Exit. Is money.
1 Var. Serv. How! what does his cashier'd Tit. So is theirs and ours.
worship mutter? Enter PiilorUS.
2 Var. Serv. No matter what; he's poor, and Luc. Serv.
And sir that's revenge enough. Who can speak broader Philotas too!
than he that has no house to put his head in? Phi. Good day at once.
such may rail against great buildings. Luc. Serv. Welcome, good brother,
Enter SERVILIUS. What do you think the hour?
Til. O, here's Servilius; now we shall know Phi.
Labouring for nine. some answer. Inc. Serv. So much ?
Ser. If I might beseech you, gentlemen, to Phi.
is not my lord been yet? repair some other hour, I should much derive Luc. Serv.
Not yet. from it: for, take it on my soul, my lord leans Phi. I wonder on't; he was wont to shine at wondronsly to discontent. His comfortable seven.
temper has forsook him; he is much out of Luc, Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter health, and keeps his chamber. with him ;
Luc. Serv. Many do keep their chambers, are You must consider that a prodigal course
not sick! Is like the sun's; but not like his, recoverable. And, if it be so far beyond his health, I fear,
Methinks lie should the sooner pay his debts, 'Tis deepest winter in Lord Timon's purse; And make a clear way to the gods. That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet Ser,
Good gods ! Find little.
Tic. We cannot take this for an answer, sir. Phi. I am of your fear for that.
Flam. [Within.] Servilius, help!--my iord! Tit. I'll show you how to observe a strange my lord Your lord sends now for money. [event. Enter Timox, in a rage; FLAMINIUS follorcing. Hor.
Most true, he does. Tim. What, are my doors oppos'd against niy Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift, passage? For which you wait for money.
Have I been ever free, and must my house Nor. It is against my heart.
Be my retentive enemy, my gaol ? Luc. Serv. Mark, how strange it shows, The place, which I have feasted, does it now, Timon in this should pay more than he owes ; Like all mankind, show me an iron heart! And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels, Luc. Serv. Put in now, Titus. And send for money for 'em.
Tit, My lord, here is my bill. Hor. I am weary of thischarge, the gods can Luc, Serv. Here's mine. witness ;
Hor. Serv. And mine, my lord. I know, my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth, Both Var. Serv. And ours, my lord, And nowingratitude makes it worse than stealth. 11:1. All our bills. 1 Var. Serv. Yes, mine's three thousand Tim. Knock me down with 'em : cleave me crowns: What's yours?
to the girdle. Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine.
Luc. Serv. Alas! my lord, 1 Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should Tim. Cut my heart in sums. seem by the sum,
Til. Mine filty talents. Your master's confidence was above mine ; Tim, Tell out my blood. Else, surely, his had equall'd.
Luc. Serv, Five thousand crowns, my lord. Enter FLAMINIUS.
Tim, Five thousand drops pays that. Tit. One of Lord Timon's men.
What yours ?-and yours? Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word: 'Pray, is 1 Var. Serv. My lord, my lord ready to come forth?
2 Var. Serv. My loril, Flam. No, indeed, he is rot.
[much. Tim. Tear me, take ne, and the gods fall 754. We attend his lordship; 'pray, signify so upon you!
Exit. Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows, Hor. 'Faith, I perceive our masters may throw you are too diligent. [Exit FLAMINIUs. their caps at their money; these dehts may well
Enter Flavius, in a cloak, mufier. be called desperate ones, for a madmau owes Luc. Serv. Ha! is not that his steward muf- 'em.
(Exruni. fied so.
Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS. He goes away in a cloud: call him, call him. Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, Tit. Do you hear, sir?
Creditors ! devils.
(the slaves; 1 Var. Serv. By your leave, sir,
Flav. My dear lord, Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend?
Tim. What if it should be so ? Tit. We wait for certain money here, sir.
Flav. My lord,
Tin, I'll have it so:-My steward ! If money were as certain as your waiting, Flav. Here, my lord, "Twere sure enough. Why then pretor'd you not Tim. So fitly? Go, bid all my friends again, Yoursums and bills, when your faise masters eat Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius; all: of my lord's meat? Then they could smile and I'll once more feast the rascals. fawn
O, my lord, Upon his debts, and take down th' interest You only speak from your distracted soul; Into their gluttonous maws. You do yonrselves There is not so much leit, to furnish out To stir me up; let me pass quietly: [but wrong, A moderate table. Believe't, my lord and I have made an end; Tim.
Be't not in thy care; go,
Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not serve. Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.