Imatges de pÓgina

Enter ALCIBIADES with the rest. Most welcome, Sir! [Bowing and embracing.

Apem. So, fo! aches contract and starve your fupple joints ! that there should be fmall love ainongst these sweet kraves, and all this courtesy ! the strain of man's bred out into baboon and monkey.

Ac. You have faved my longing, and I feed Most hungerly on your fight.

Tim. Right welcome, Sir. Ere we do part, we'll share a bounteous time (6) In different pleasures. Pray you, let us in.

[Excurit. Manet A PEMANTUS. Enter Lucius and LUCULLUS.

Luc. What time a day is't, Apemantus?
Apem. Time to be honest.
Luc. That time serves ftill.;
Apein. The more accurfed thou, that still omitt'stit.
Lucul. Thou art going to Lord Timon's feast?
Apem. Ay, to fee meat fill knaves, and wine heat:

fools. -
Lucul. Fare thee well, fare thee welli:
Apem. Thou art a fool to bid me farewel twice,
Lucul. Why; Apemantus?

Afem. Thou fhouldest have kept one to thyself, for I mean to give thee none.

Luc. Hang thyself.

Apen. No, I will do nothing at thy bidding: make thy requests to thy friend.

(6) Ere we de part, 1 Though the editors concur in this reailing, it is certainly faulty Who depart? Though Alcibiades was to leave Timon, Tiinon was not to do part froin his own houie. Common sense favoues iny enen dation,

Lucul. Away, unpeaceable dog, or--I'll spurn thee hence.

elpem. I will fly, like a dog, the heels o' th: ass.

Luca He's opposite to humanity.
Corne, shall we in, and taste Lord Timon's bounty?
He, sure, outgoes the very heart of kindness.

Lucul. He pours it out. Plutus the god of gold
but his steward: no meed but he repays.
Seven-fold above itself; no gift to him,
But breeds the giver, a return exceeding
All ufe of quittance.

Lus. The noblest mind he carries,
That ever governed man..

Lucul. Long inay he live in fortunes ! shall we in?
Luc. I'll keep you company..

[Exeurt. SCENE, another Apartment in Timon's House. Hantboys playing loud music. A great Banquet fere.

ved in; and then enter TIMON, LUCIUS, LUCUL-
LUS, SEMPRONIUS, and other Athenian Senators,
with VENTIDIUS. Then comes dropping after all
APEMANTUS discontentedly.

Ven. Mot honoured Timon, it hath pleased the
To call my father's age unto long peace: [gods
He is gone happy, and has left me rich.
Then, as in grateful virtue I am bound:

your free heart, I do return those talents, Doubled with thanks and service, from whose help I derired liberty..

Tim. O, by no means,
Honest Ventidius: you mistake my love:,
1 gave it freely ever, and there's none
Can truly say he gives, if he receives:
I our betters play at that game, we must not dare
To imitate thein. Faults that are rich, are fair,

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Vin. A noble fpirit!

Tim. Nay, ceremony was but devised at first To set a glofs on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, Rccanting goodness, forry ere 'tis thown: But where there is true friendihip, there needs none. Pray, fit; more welcome are ye to my fortunes, Than they to me.

[They fit down. Luc. We always have confess'd it. Apem. Ho, ho, confefs'dit?hanged it, have you not? Tim. O Apemantus, you are welcome.

Apem. No; you thall not make ine welcome. I come to have thee thrust me out of doors. [there

Tim. Fie, th’art a churl; ye have got a humour Does not become a man : 'tis much to blame. They say, my Lords, that Ira furor brevis eft, Bat yonder man is ever angry: Go, let him have a table by himself; For he does neither affect company, Nor is he fit for't, indeed.

Apem. Let me stay at thy peril, Timon; I come to observe, I give thee warning on't.

Tim. I take no heed of thee; th’artan Athenian, therefore welcome; I myself would have no power-pr’ythee let iny meat make thee filent.

Apen. I fcorn thy meat, 'twould choak me: for I should never flatter thee. O you gods ! what a number of men eat Timon, and he fees 'em not? it g rieves me to fee So many dip their meat in one man's blood; And all the madness is, he cheers them up too. I wonder men dare trust themselves with men ! Methinks they thould invite them without knives; Good for their meat, and safer for their lives. There's much example for’t ; the fellow that Sirs next him now, parts bread with him, and pledges The breath of him in a divided draught, Is th’ readiest man to kill him. It has been proved,

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Were I a great man, I should fear to drink,
Left they should spy my windpipe's dangerous notes:
Great men should drink with harness on their throats.
Tim. My Lord, in heart; and let the health go

Lucui. Let it flow this way, my good Lord.

Apem. Flow this way ! a brave fellow! he keeps his tides well; those healths will make thee. and thy state look ill, Timon. Here's that which is too weak to be a finner, lionelt water, which . ne'er left man in the mire :

This and my food are equal, there's no odds;
Feasts are too proud to give thanks to the gods.

Apemantus's Grace.
Immortal Gods, I crave no pelf;
I pray for no man but myself;
Grant I may never prove fo fond
To trust man on his oath or bond;.
Or a harlot for her weeping:
Or a dog that seems a-sleeping;
Or a keeper with my freedom;
Or my friends, if I thould need 'em.
Amen, amen; so fall to't;

Rich men fin, and I eat root.
Much good dich thy good heart, Apemantus!"

Tim. Captain Alcibiades, your heart's in the fields


Alc. My heart is ever at your service, my Lord.

Tim. You had rather been at a breakfast of eneo mies, than a dinner of friends..

Ale. So they were bleeding now, my Lord, there's no meat like 'em. I could with my friend at such a feast.

Apen. Would all these. Aatterers were thine ene

mies then, that thou mightest kill 'em, and bid me to 'em !

Luc. Might we but have the happiness, my Lord, that you would once use our hearts, whereby we miglit express fome part of our zeals, we thould think ourselves for ever perfect.

Tim. Oh, no doubt, my good friends, but the Gods themselves have provided that I shall have as much help from you: how had you been my friends else? why have you that charitable title from thou. fands, did not you chiefly belong to my heart? I have told more of you to myself, than you can with modesty speak in your own behalf. And thus far I confirm you.

Oh, you Gods, think I, whar need we have any friends, if we lbould never have need of 'em ? they would most resemble sweet instruments hung up in cases, that keep their sounds to themselves. Why, I have often wiled myself poorer, that I might come nearer to you: we are born to do benefits. And what better or properer can we call our own, than the riches of our friends? 0, what a precious comfort 'tis to have so many, like brothers, commanding one another's fortunes! O joy, e'en made away ere't can be born; mine eyes cannot hold water, methinks; to forget their faults, I drink to you,

Apem. Thou weepest to make them drink, Timon.

Lucul. Joy had the like conception in our eyes, And at that instant like a babe fprung up.

fpem. Ho, ho.! I laugh to think that babe a bastard,

3 Lord. I promise you, my Lord, you moved me much. Apem. Much!

[Sound Tucket. Tim. What means that trump? how now?

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