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Flav. I beseech your honour, Vouchsafe me a word; it does concern you near. Tim. Near? why then another time I 'll hear
thee: I pr’y thee, let us be provided To shew them entertainment. Flav. I scarce know how. [Asidé.
Enter another Servant. 2nd Serv. May it please your honour, the lord
Lucius, Out of his free love, hath presented to you Four milk-white horses, trapped in silver. Tim. I shall accept them fairly: let the presents
Enter a third Servant. Be worthily entertained.—How now, what news?
3rd Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable gentleman, lord Lucullus, entreats your company to-morrow, to hunt with him; and has sent your honour two brace of greyhounds. Tim. I'll hunt with him; and let them be re
ceived, Not without fair reward.
Flav. What will this come to ? [Aside. He commands us to provide, and give great gifts, And all out of an empty coffer.Nor will he know his purse; or yield me this, To shew him what a beggar his heart is, Being of no power to make his wishes good; His promises fly so beyond his state, That what he speaks is all in debt; he owes For every word : he is so kind that he now Pays interest for 't; his lands put to their books. Well, 'would I were gently put out of office, Before I were forced out! Happier is he that has no friend to feed, Than such as do even enemies exceed. I bleed inwardly for my lord.
[Exit. Tim. You do yourselves Much wrong, you bate too much of your own
merits : Here, my lord, a trifle of our love. 2nd Lord. With more than common thanks I
will receive it. 3rd Lord. O, he is the very soul of bounty!
Tim. And now I remember me, my lord, you gave Good words the other day of a bay courser I rode on: it is yours, because you liked it!
2nd Lord. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord,
in that. Tim. You may take my word, my lord; I know,
no man Can justly praise, but what he does affect: I weigh my friends' affection with mine own; I'll tell you true. I'll call on you.
AU Lords. 0, none so welcome.
Tim. I take all and your several visitations So kind to heart, 't is not enough to give; Methinks I could deal kingdoms to my friends, And ne'er be weary.-Alcibiades, Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich; It comes in charity to thee: for all thy living Is 'mongst the dead; and all the lands thou hast Lie in a pitched field.
Alcib. Ay, defiled land, my lord. 1st Lord. We are so virtuously bound, T'im. And so am I to you. 2nd Lord. So infinitely endeared, Tim. All to you.—Lights, more lights ! 1st Lord. The best of happiness, Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, lord Timon! Tim. Ready for his friends.
[Exeunt AlciBIADES, Lords, fc. Apem. What a coil's here! Serving of becks, and jutting out of bums! I doubt whether their legs be worth the sums That are given for 'em. Friendship’s full of dregs: Methinks false hearts should never have sound
legs : Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on court'sies.
Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sullen, I would be good to thee.
Apem. No, I'll nothing : for, If I should be bribed too, there would be none left To rail upon thee; and then thou wouldst sin the
faster. Thou giv'st so long, Timon, I fear me, thou Wilt give away thyself in paper shortly: What need these feasts, pomps, and vain glories?
Tim. Nay, an you begin to rail on society once, I am sworn not to give regard to you. Farewell: and come with better music. [Exit. Apem. So; thou 'lt not hear me now;—thou
shalt not, then; I 'll lock Thy heaven from thee. O, that men's ears should
Scene I.–Athens. A Room in a Senator's House.
Enter a Senator, with papers in his hand. Ser. And late, five thousand (to Varro and to
Enter Flavius, with many bills in his hand.
Flav. No care, no stop! so senseless of expense, That he will neither know how to maintain it, Nor cease his flow of riot : takes no account How things go from him ; nor resumes no care Of what is to continue : never mind Was to be so unwise, to be so kind. What shall be done? he will not hear, till feel : I must be round with him, now he comes from
hunting. Fie, fie, fie, fie!
Enter Caphis, and the Servants of ISIDORE and
Var. Serv. Is't not your business too?
Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again, My Alcibiades.—With me? what is your will ?
Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.
Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put me off Apem. Asses. To the succession of new days this month :
AU Serv. Why? My master is awaked by great occasion,
Apem. That you ask me what you are, and do To call upon his own; and humbly prays you, I not know yourselves.-Speak to 'em, fool. That with your other noble parts you 'll suit, Fool. How do you, gentlemen? In giving him his right.
AU Serv. Gramercies, good fool: how does your Tim. Mine honest friend,
mistress ? I pr'y thee, but repair to me next morning. Fool. She's e'en setting on water to scald such Caph. Nay, good my lord,
chickens as you are. 'Would we could see you at Tim. Contain thyself, good friend. Corinth. Var. Serv. One Varro's servant, my good lord, - | Apem. Good ! gramercy!
Isid. Serv. From Isidore ;
Enter Page. Caph. If you did know, my lord, my master's Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' page. wants,
Page. [To the Fool]. Why, how now, captain? Var. Serv. 'T was due on forfeiture, my lord, six i what do you in this wise company ?-How dost weeks,
thou, Apemantus ? And past.—
Apem. 'Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord; might answer thee profitably. And I am sent expressly to your lordship.
Page. Pr'y thee, Apemantus, read me the suTim. Give me breath :
perscription of these letters; I know not which is I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on; which.
[Exeunt AlcIBIADES and Lords. Apem. Canst not read? I'll wait upon you instantly.—Come hither, pray Page. No. you:
To Flavius. Apem. There will little learning die then, that How goes the world, that I am thus encountered day thou art hanged. This is to lord Timon; this With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds, to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast born a bastard, and And the detention of long-since-due debts, thou 'lt die a bawd. Against my honour ?
Page. Thou wast whelped a dog; and thou shalt Flav. Please you, gentlemen,
famish-a dog's death. Answer not, I am gone. The time is unagreeable to this business :
(Exit Page. Your importunacy cease till after dinner;
Apem. Even so thou out-runn’st grace. Fool, I That I may make his lordship understand will go with you to lord Timon's. Wherefore you are not paid.
Fool. Will you leave me there? Tim. Do so, my friends :
Apem. If Timon stay at home. You three serve See them well entertained.
[Exit. | three usurers ? Flav. I pray, draw near. [Exit. All Serv. Ay; 'would they served us!
Apem. So would I, -as good a trick as ever Enter Apemantus and a Fool.
hangman served thief. Caph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with Ape Fool. Are you three usurers' men? mantus; let's have some sport with 'em.
AU Serv. Ay, fool. Var. Serv. Hang him, he 'll abuse us.
Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his serIsid. Serv. A plague upon him, dog!
vant: my mistress is one, and I am her fool. Var. Serv. How dost, fool ?
When men come to borrow of your masters, they Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow ? approach sadly, and go away merry; but they enter Var. Serv. I speak not to thee.
my mistress' house merrily, and go away sadly. Apem. No; 'tis to thyself.—Come away. The reason of this ?
[To the Fool. Var. Serv. I could render one. Isid. Serv. [To Varro's Servant]. There's the Apem. Do it, then, that we may account thee a fool hangs on your back already.
whoremaster and a knave; which, notwithstandApem. No, thou stand'st single; thou art not on ing, thou shalt be no less esteemed. him yet.
Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool? Caph. Where's the fool now?
Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something like Apem. He last asked the question. - Poor thee. "Tis a spirit: sometime it appears like a rogues, and usurers' men! bawds between gold lord; sometime like a lawyer; sometime like a and want!
philosopher, with two stones more than his artifiAU Servants. What are we, Apemantus? cial one: he is very often like a knight; and, gene
rally, in all shapes that man goes up and down in, With riotous feeders; when our vaults have wept from fourscore to thirteen, this spirit walks in. | With drunken spilth of wine; when every room
Var. Sero. Thou art not altogether a fool. Hath blazed with lights and brayed with minFool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much
strelsy; foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest. I have retired me to a wasteful cock,
Apem. That answer might have become Ape | And set mine eyes at flow. mantus.
Tim. Pr'y thee, 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 Apem. Come with me, fool, come.
This night englutted! Who is not Timon's ? Pool. I do not always follow lover, elder bro- | What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is lord ther, and woman; sometime, the philosopher.
Timon's ? (Exeunt APEMANTUs and Fool. Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon! Flav. 'Pray you, walk near, I'll speak with you | Ah! when the means are gone that buy this praise,
[Exeunt Servants. The breath is gone whereof this praise is made: Tim. You make me marvel: wherefore, ere this Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter showers,
These flies are couched. Had you not fully laid my state before me;
Tim. Come, sermon me no further : That I might so have rated my expense,
No villanous bounty yet hath passed my heart; As I had leave of means?
Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given. Flav. You would not hear me,
Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience At many leisures I proposed.
lack, Tim. Go to :
To think I shall lack friends ? Secure thy heart; Perchance some single vantages you took, If I would broach the vessels of my love, When my indisposition put you back;
And try the argument of hearts by borrowing, And that unaptness made your minister
Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use, Thus to excuse yourself.
As I can bid thee speak. Flav. O, my good lord !
Flav. Assurance bless your thoughts! At many times I brought in my accounts,
Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine Laid them before you; you would throw them off,
are crowned, And say, you found them in mine honesty. That I account them blessings; for by these When, for some trifling present, you have bid me Shall I try friends : you shall perceive how you Return so much, I have shook my head and wept; Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends. Yea, 'gainst the authority of manners, prayed you Within there, ho!-Flaminius! Servilius ! To hold your hand more close: I did endure Not seldom, nor no slight checks, when I have
Enter Flaminius, Servilius, and other Servants. Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate,
Serv. My lord, my lord, — And your great flow of debts. My dear-loved lord, Tim. I will despatch you severally.—You to Though you hear now (too late !), yet now 's a time
lord Lucius,The greatest of your having lacks a half
To lord Lucullus you; I hunted with his To pay your present debts,
Honour to-day ;-you to Sempronius : Tim. Let all my land be sold.
Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say, Flav. 'Tis all engaged, some forfeited and gone; That my occasions have found time to use them And what remains will hardly stop the mouth Toward a supply of money: let the request Of present dues : the future comes apace :
Be fifty talents. What shall defend the interim ? and at length Flam. As you have said, my lord. How goes our reckoning?
Flav. Lord Lucius and Lucullus ? humph! Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend.
[Aside. Flav. O, my good lord, the world is but a word; Tim. Go you, sir (To another Servant), to the Were it all yours to give it in a breath,
senators How quickly were it gone!
(Of whom, even to the state's best health, I have Tim. You tell me true,
Deserved this hearing); bid’em send o’the instant
Flav. I have been bold
To them to use your signet and your name;
But they do shake their heads, and I am here And nature, as it grows again towards earth, No richer in return.
Is fashioned for the journey, dull and heavy.Tim. Is 't true? can it be?
Go to Ventidius [To a Servant]:-Pr’y thee, be Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate
[To Flavius. voice,
Thou art true and honest; ingenuously I speak, That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot No blame belongs to thee :-[To Servant] VentiDo what they would; are sorry—you are honour
dius lately able,
Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepped But yet they could have wished-they know not-| Into a great estate : when he was poor, Something hath been amissa noble nature Imprisoned, and in scarcity of friends, May catch a wrench—would all were well—'t is I cleared him with five talents : greet him from
pityAnd so, intending other serious matters,
Bid him suppose some good necessity After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions, Touches his friend, which craves to be remembered With certain half-caps, and cold-moving nods, With those five talents :—that had [To Flavius), They froze me into silence.
give it these fellows Tim. You gods, reward them!
To whom 't is instant due. Ne'er speak, or think, I pr'y thee, man, look cheerly. These old fellows That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can sink. Have their ingratitude in them hereditary :
Flav. I would I could not think: that thought Their blood is caked, 't is cold, it seldom flows;
is bounty's foe; 'Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind; 1 Being free itself, it thinks all others so. (Exeunt.