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Allowed with absolute power, and thy good name
į Sen. Therefore, Timon--
Tim. Well, Sir, I will; therefore I will, Sir; If Alcibiades kill my countrymen, [thus--Let Alcibiades know this of Timon, That Timon cares not. If he fack fair Athens, And take our goodly aged men by the beards, Giving our holy virgins to the stain Of contumelious, bealtly, mad-brained war; Then let him know,---and tell him, Timon speaks it; In pity of our aged, and our youth, I cannot chuse but tell him, that I care not. And let him take't at worst; for their knives care
not, While you have throats to answer. For myself, . ' There's not a whittle in the unruly camp, But I do prize it at my love, before The reverendest throat in Athens. So I leave you: To the protection of the prosperous gods, As thieves to keepers.
Flav. Stay not, all's in vain.
Tim. Why, I was writing of my epitaph,
i Sen. We lpeak in vain.
Dead, fure, and this his grave; what's on this tomb?
fcription upon it. My friend Mr Warburton ingeniously advised me to amend the text, as I have done; and a parfage occurs to me, (from Beaumont and Fletcher's Cupid's Revenge) that seems very strong io support of his conjecture :
- Comfort was never herc;. Here is no food, nor beds ; nor any house
* Built by a better architect than beals. The foldier, seeking by order for Timon, fees such an irregular mole as he concludes must have been the workmanihip of some beast inhabiting the woods ; and such a cavity as either must have been to over-arched, or happened by the casual falling in of the ground. This latter fpecies of caverns, produced by nature, Æschylus, I remember, in his Pronetheus, elegantly calls autóxtit' ävtpa, self-built denso