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Scene I.-Athens. A Room in Lucullus's Many a time and often I have dined with him, House.

and told him on't; and come again to supper to

him, of purpose to have him spend less : and yet Flaminius waiting. Enter a Servant to him.

he would embrace no counsel, take no warning Sero. I have told my lord of you ; he is coming by my coming. Every man has his fault, and down to you.

honesty is his : I have told him on't, but I could Flam. I thank you, sir.

never get him from it. Enter Lucullus.

Re-enter Servant with wine. Serv. Here's my lord.

Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine. Lucul. [aside). One of lord Timon's men ? a Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always wise. gift, I warrant. Why, this hits right; I dreamt of Here's to thee. a silver basin and ewer to-night.-Flaminius, ho Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. nest Flaminius; you are very respectively wel Lucul. I have observed thee always for a tocome, sir.–Fill me some wine.-[Exit Servant. wardly prompt spirit,—give thee thy due,-and And how does that honourable, complete, free- | one that knows what belongs to reason; and hearted gentleman of Athens, thy very bountiful canst use the time well, if the time use thee well: good lord and master ?

good parts in thee.—Get you gone, sirrah.—[To Flam. His health is well, sir.

the Servant, who goes out. Draw nearer, honest Lucul. I am right glad that his health is well, Flaminius. Thy lord 's a bountiful gentleman: but sir. And what hast thou there under thy cloak, | thou art wise; and thou knowest well enough, pretty Flaminius?

although thou comest to me, that this is no time Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir ; to lend money; especially upon bare friendship, which, in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat your without security. Here's three solidares for thee: honour to supply; who, having great and instant good boy, wink at me, and say thou sawest me occasion to use fifty talents, hath sent to your not. Fare thee well. lordship to furnish him; nothing doubting your Flam. Is't possible the world should so much present assistance therein.

differ; Lucul. La, la, la, la ;—"nothing doubting,” | And we alive, that lived ? Fly, damnéd baseness, says he? alas, good lord! a noble gentleman | To him that worships thee! 'tis, if he would not keep so good a house.

[Throwing the money away.

Lucul. Ha! now I see thou art a fool, and fit! Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath

for thy master. [Exit LUCULLUS. sentFlam. May these add to the number that may Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much scald thee!

endeared to that lord; he's ever sending : how Let molten coin be thy damnation,

shall I thank him, think'st thou? And what has Thou disease of a friend, and not himself! he sent now? Has friendship such a faint and milky heart, Ser. He has only sent his present occasion now, It turns in less than two nights ? O you gods, my lord; requesting your lordship to supply his I feel my master's passion! This slave

instant use with so many talents. Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him : Luc. I know his lordship is but merry with me; Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment, He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents. When he is turned to poison?

Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my 0, may diseases only work upon 't!

lord. And, when he is sick to death, let not that part If his occasion were not virtuous, of nature

I should not urge it half so faithfully. Which my lord paid for, be of any power

Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius? To expel sickness, but prolong his hour! (Exit. Ser. Upon my soul, 't is true, sir.

Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnish myself against such a good time, when I might

have shewn myself honourable! how unluckily it Scene II.The same. A public Place.

happened, that I should purchase the day before

for a little part, and undo a great deal of honour! Enter Lucius, with three Strangers.

-Servilius, now before the gods, I am not able to

do't; the more beast, I say. I was sending to use Luc. Who, the lord Timon ? he is my very

lord Timon myself, these gentleman can witness; good friend, and an honourable gentleman.

but I would not, for the wealth of Athens, I had 1st Stran. We know him for no less, though we

done it now. Commend me bountifully to his are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one

good lordship; and I hope his honour will conthing, my lord, and which I hear from common

ceive the fairest of me, because I have no power rumours; now lord Timon's happy hours are

to be kind. And tell him this from me, I count it done and past, and his estate shrinks from him.

one of my greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot Luc. Fie, no; do not believe it; he cannot want

pleasure such an honourable gentleman. Good for money.

Servilius, will you befriend me so far as to use 2nd Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that,

mine own words to him ? not long ago, one of his men was with the lord

Ser. Yes, sir, I shall. Lucullus, to borrow so many talents; nay, urged Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servilius. extremely for 't, and shewed what necessity be

[Exit SERVILIUS. longed to't, and yet was denied.

True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed; Luc. How?

And he that's once denied, will hardly speed. 2nd Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord.

[Exit Lucius. Luc. What a strange case was that? now, be

1st Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius ? fore the gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied that

2nd Stran. Ay, too well. honourable man? there was very little honour

1st Stran. Why this is the world's soul; shewed in 't. For my own part, I must needs

And just of the same piece confess I have received some small kindnesses

Is every flatterer's spirit: who can call him his friend from him, as money, plate, jewels, and such

That dips in the same dish? for, in my knowing, like trifles, nothing comparing to his; yet, had Timon has been this lord's father, he mistook him, and sent to me, I should ne'er

And kept his credit with his purse; have denied his occasion so many talents.

Supported his estate; nay, Timon's money

Has paid his men their wages : he ne'er drinks, Enter Servilius.

But Timon's silver treads upon his lip: Ser. See, by good hap, yonder 's my lord; I And yet (0, see the monstrousness of man, have sweat to see his honour.-My honoured When he looks out in an ungrateful shape !) lord,

[To Lucius. He does deny him, in respect of his, Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, sir. Fare What charitable men afford to beggars. thee well: commend me to thy honourable 3rd Stran. Religion groans at it. virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend.

For mine own part,

1st Stran.

I never tasted Timon in my life,

Scene III.- The same. A Room in SEMPRONIUS'S Nor came any of his bounties over me,

House.
To mark me for his friend; yet, I protest,
For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue,

Enter Sempronius, and a Servant of Timon's. And honourable carriage,

Sem. Must he needs trouble me in 't ? humph! Had his necessity made use of me,

'bove all others ?
I would have put my wealth into donation, He might have tried lord Lucius, or Lucullus ;
And the best half should have returned to him, And now Ventidius is wealthy too,
So much I love his heart: but I perceive

Whom he redeemed from prison: all these
Men must learn now with pity to dispense; Owe their estates unto him.
For policy sits above conscience. (Exeunt. | Serv. My lord,

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They have all been touched, and found base metal;
For they have all denied him.

Sem. How! have they denied him?
Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him?
And does he send to me? Three? humph !
It shews but little love or judgment in him.
Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like phy-

sicans,
Thrice give him over: must I take the cure upon

And does he think so backwardly of me now,
That I 'll requite it last? No:
So it may prove an argument of laughter
To the rest, and 'mongst lords I be thought a fool.
I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum,
He had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake;
I had such a courage to do him good. But now

return,
And with their faint reply this answer join ;
Who bates mine honour, shall not know my coin.

[Exit. Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. The devil knew not what he did, when he made man politic; he crossed himself by 't: and I cannot think but, in the end, the villanies of man will set him clear. How fairly this lord strives to appear foul! takes virtuous copies to be wicked;

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He has much disgraced me in 't: I am angry at

him,
That might have known my place : I see no sense

for 't,
But his occasions might have wooed me first;
For, in my conscience, I was the first man
That e'er received gift from him :

like those that, under hot ardent zeal, would set whole realms on fire. Of such a nature is his politic love. This was my lord's best hope; now all are fled, Save the gods only. Now his friends are dead, Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards Many a bounteous year, must be employed Now to guard sure their master. And this is all a liberal course allows; Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his house.

[Exit.

Luc. Serv. Mark, how strange it shews, Timon in this should pay more than he owes : And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels, | And send for money for 'em. Hor. I am weary of this charge, the gods can

witness : I know my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth, And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth. 1st Var. Serv. Yes, mine's three thousand

crowns: what's yours? Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine, 1st Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should

seem by the sum,
Your master's confidence was above mine;
Else, surely, his had equalled.

Enter Flaminius.
Tit. One of lord Timon's men.

Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word : 'pray, is my lord ready to come forth?

Flam. No, indeed, he is not.
Tit. We attend his lordship; 'pray, signify so

much. Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows you are too diligent.

[Exit FLAMINIUS. Enter Flavius, in a cloak, muffled. Luc. Serv. Ha! is not that his steward muffled

so? He goes away in a cloud: call him, call him.

Tit. Do you hear, sir?
1st Var. Serv. By your leave, sir,-
Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend?
Tit. We wait for certain money here, sir.

Flav. Ay,
If money were as certain as your waiting,
'T were sure enough.
Why then preferred you not your sums and

bills, When your false masters eat of my lord's meat ? Then they could smile, and fawn upon his debts, And take down the interest into their gluttonous

Scene IV.The same. A Hall in Timon's House. Enter two Servants of Varro, and the Servant

of Lucius, meeting Titus, Hortensius, and
other Servants to Timon's Creditors, waiting
his coming out.
Var. Serv. Well met; good-morrow, Titus and

Hortensius.
Tit. The like to you, kind Varro.

Hor. Lucius ?
What, do we meet together?

Luc. Serv. Ay, and I think
One business does command us all; for mine
Is money.

So is theirs and ours.

Enter Philotus. Luc. Serv. And sir Philotus too!

Phi. Good-day at once.

Luc. Serv. Welcome, good brother.
What do you think the hour?

Phi. Labouring for nine.
Luc. Serv. So much?
Phi. Is not my lord seen yet?
Luc. Serv. Not yet.
Phi. I wonder on 't; he was wont to shine at

seven.
Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter

with him :
You must consider that a prodigal course
Is like the sun's; but not, like his, recoverable.
I fear 't is deepest winter in lord Timon's purse :
That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet
Find little.

Phi. I am of your fear for that.
Tit. I'll shew you how to observe a strange

event.
Your lord sends now for money.

Hor. Most true, he does.

Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift, For which I wait for money.

Hor. It is against my heart.

Tit.

maws.

You do yourselves but wrong to stir me up;
Let me pass quietly:
Believe't, my lord and I have made an end;
I have no more to reckon, he to spend.

Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not serve.
Flav. If 't will not serve, 'tis not so base as

you; For you serve knaves.

[Exit. 1st Var. Serv. How! what does his cashiered worship mutter?

2nd Var. Serv. No matter what: he's poor, and that's revenge enough. Who can speak broader than he that has no house to put his head in ? such may rail against great buildings.

Tim. I'll have it so.My steward !
Flav. Here, my lord.

Tim. So, fitly.-Go, bid all my friends again,
Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius; all :
I'll once more feast the rascals.

Flav. O, my lord,
You only speak from your distracted soul :
There is not so much left to furnish out
A moderate table.

Tim. Be't not in thy care; go,
I charge thee; invite them all : let in the tide
Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.

[Exeunt.

Scene V.The same. The Senate-House.

Enter SERVILIUS. Tit. O, here's Servilius; now we shall know some answer.

Ser. If I might beseech you, gentlemen, to repair some other hour, I should much derive from't: for, take't of my soul, my lord leans wondrously to discontent. His comfortable temper has forsook him; he is much out of health, and keeps his chamber. Luc. Serv. Many do keep their chambers are

not sick:
And, if it be so far beyond his health,
Methinks, he should the sooner pay his debts,
And make a clear way to the gods.

Ser. Good gods !
Tit. We cannot take this for an answer, sir.
Flam. [within). Servilius, help!—my lord ! my

lord ! Enter Timon, in a rage; Flaminius following. Tim. What, are my doors opposed against my

passage?
Have I been ever free, and must my house
Be my retentive enemy, my gaol ?
The place which I have feasted, does it now,
Like all mankind, shew me an iron heart?
Luc. Serv. Put in now, Titus.
Tit. My lord, here is my bill.
Luc. Serv. Here's mine.
Hor. Serv. And mine, my lord.
Both Var. Serv. And ours, my lord.
Phi. All our bills.
Tim. Knock me down with 'em : cleave me to

the girdle.
Luc. Serv. Alas! my lord, -
Tim. Cut my heart in sums.
Tit. Mine, fifty talents.
Tim. Tell out my blood.
Luc. Sero. Five thousand crowns, my lord.

Tim. Five thousand drops pays that.
What yours ?—and yours?

1st Var. Serv. My lord, —
2nd Var. Sero. My lord, -
T'im. Tear me, take me, and the gods fall on
you!

[Exit. Hor. 'Faith, I perceive our masters may throw their caps at their money: these debts may well be called desperate ones; for a madman owes 'em.

[Exeunt.

The Senate sitting. Enter ALCIBIADEs, attended.

Ist Sen. My lord, you have my voice to 't;
The fault's bloody;
"Tis necessary he should die :
Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.

2nd Sen. Most true; the law shall bruise him.
Alcib. Honour, health, and compassion to the

senate!
1st Sen. Now, captain ?

Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues ;
For pity is the virtue of the law,
And none but tyrants use it cruelly.
It pleases time, and fortune, to lie heavy
Upon a friend of mine, who, in hot blood,
Hath stepped into the law, which is past depth
To those that, without heed, do plunge into't.
He is a man, setting his fate aside,
Of comely virtues :
Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice
(An honour in him, which buys out his fault);
But, with a noble fury and fair spirit,
Seeing his reputation touched to death,
He did oppose his foe:
And with such sober and unnoted passion
He did behave his anger, ere 't was spent,
As if he had but proved an argument.

1st Sen. You undergo too strict a paradox, Striving to make an ugly deed look fair : Your words have took such pains, as if they la

boured To bring manslaughter into form, and set quarrel

ling
Upon the head of valour; which, indeed,
Is valour misbegot, and came into the world
When sects and factions were newly born :
He's truly valiant that can wisely suffer
The worst that man can breathe ;
And make his wrongs his outsides,
To wear them like his raiment, carelessly;

Re-enter Timon and Flavius. Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, the

slaves : Creditors !_devils.

Flav. My dear lord,
Tim. What if it should be so?
Flav. My lord,

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