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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,
I never tasted Timon in my life,
Scene III.- The same. A Room in SEMPRONIUS'S Nor came any of his bounties over me,
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 ?
Whom he redeemed from prison: all these
They have all been touched, and found base metal;
Sem. How! have they denied him?
And does he think so backwardly of me now,
[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;
He has much disgraced me in 't: I am angry at
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.
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,
Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word : 'pray, is my lord ready to come forth?
Flam. No, indeed, he is not.
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?
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
Hor. Lucius ?
Luc. Serv. Ay, and I think
So is theirs and ours.
Enter Philotus. Luc. Serv. And sir Philotus too!
Phi. Good-day at once.
Luc. Serv. Welcome, good brother.
Phi. Labouring for nine.
with him :
Phi. I am of your fear for that.
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.
You do yourselves but wrong to stir me up;
Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not serve.
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 !
Tim. So, fitly.-Go, bid all my friends again,
Flav. O, my lord,
Tim. Be't not in thy care; go,
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
Ser. Good gods !
lord ! Enter Timon, in a rage; Flaminius following. Tim. What, are my doors opposed against my
Tim. Five thousand drops pays that.
1st Var. Serv. My lord, —
[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.
The Senate sitting. Enter ALCIBIADEs, attended.
Ist Sen. My lord, you have my voice to 't;
2nd Sen. Most true; the law shall bruise him.
Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues ;
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
Re-enter Timon and Flavius. Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, the
slaves : Creditors !_devils.
Flav. My dear lord,