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"Tim. Wouldlt thou have thyself fall in the con" fusion of men, or remain a beast with the beasts?
Apem. Ay, Timon.
Tim. A beastly ambition, which the Gods grant thee to attain to ! If thou wert a lion, the fox would beguile thee; if thou wert the lamb, the fox would eat thee; if thou wert the fox, the lion would suspect thee, when peradventure thou wert accused by the ass; if thou wert the ass, thy dulnefs would torment thee; and still thou livedst but as a breakfast to the wolf; if-thou wert the wolf, thy grcediness would afflict thee; and oft thou fhouldit hazard thy life for thy dinner.
Wert thou tlie unicorn, pride and wrath would confound thee, and make thine own self the conqueit. of thy fury. Wert thou a bear, thou wouldlt be killed by the horse; wert thou a horse, thou wouldlt be frized by the leopard; wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the lion, and the spots of thy kindred were jurors on thy life. All thy safety were remotion, and thy defence absence. What beait couldst thou be, that were not subject to a beast? and what a beast art thou already, and seelt not thy loss in transformation!
pem. if thou couldst please me with speaking to me, tliou mightít have hit upon it here. The commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of beasts.
Tim. How has the ass broke the wall, that thou art out of the city ?
Apem. Yonder comes a poet and a painter. (31).
(31) Apem. Fonder comes a poet, &c ] Apemantus is fupposed to look out here, and to see the poet and painter at a distance, as traversing the woods in quest of Timon. This preparation of scenery Mr Pope did not conceive; and izertiore, I don't know by what authority, has perempto
The plague of company light upon thee! I will fear to catch it, and give way.
When I know not what else to do, I'll fee thee again.
Tin. When there is nothing living but thee, thou shalt be welcome. I had rather be a beggar's dog, than Apemantus.
Apem. Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.
Tim. Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon. A plague on thee! (32)
Apen. Thou art too bad to curse.
Tim. If I name thee.--I'll beat tkee; but I should infect
hands. Apen. I would my tongue could rot them off !
Tim. Away, thou issue of a mangy dog!
dpem. Would thou wouldst burst!
Tim. Away, thou tedious rogue, I am sorry I Ihall lose a stone by thee.
Apen. Toad ! sily thrown out some part, and transposed another part of this and the next speech to the place where Apemantus goes off. None of the old buoks countenance such a transpofition.
(32) A plague on thee!
Apem. - Thou art too bad to curse:] In the former editions, this whole verse was placed to Apemantus : by which, absurdly, he was made to curse 'Timon, and immediately to fubjoin that he was too bad to curfe. In my Shakespeare Restored, I gave the former part of the hemislich to Timon, and the latter part to Apemantus, as it is now regulated in the text : and Nir Pope, in his Jalt edition, has vouchlafcd to embrace this regulatioir,
Tim. Rogue ! rogue! rogue !
[Apem. retreats backward as going.
[Looking on the gold.
spem. Would ’iwere fo,
Tim. Thronged to ?
Tim. Thy back, I prythee.-
Apem. No things like men—- -eat, Timon, and abhor them,
[Exit Apem. Enter Thieves. 1 Thief. Where fhould he have this gold ? It is fome poor fragment, fome fiender ort of his remainder: the mere want of gold, and the falling off of friends, drove him into this melancholy.
2 Thief. It is noised he hath a mass of treasure.
3 Thief. Let us make the affay upon him; if he care not for't, he will supply us eafily: if he coves toufly reserve it, how thali's get it?
2 Thief. True; for he bears it not about him; 'tis hid.
I Thief, Is not this he? all, .Where? 2 Thief. 'Tis his description. 13 Thief. He; I know him.
dll. Save thee, Timan. b's
Tin. Now, Thieves. i All. Soldiers 1106 thieves.
Tim. Both too, and womens fons, ell. We are not thieves, but men that much do
Tim. Your greatest want is, you want much of
meet. (33) 1 Fus Why fhould you want? behold, the earth hath roots,
(33) You want mucb of meat.) Thus both the player and pnetical editors have given us this passage ; quite sandblind, as honest Launcelot lays,, to our author's meaning. If there poor thieves wanted meat, what greater want could they be curfed with, as they could not live on grass and berries and water ? But I dare warrant, the poet wrote;
-you want much of mect. i. e. Much of what you ought to be : much of the qualities befitting you as huinan creatures. In the very same manner is the word uted again in Corielanus, speaking of tribunes being chosen at an unfit time;
In a rebellion, i. When what's not meel, but what must be was las,
? Then were they chosen. And, in a little poem of our Author's, called, The Trial of Love's Constancy, we find him employing the substantive ia the like fenfe.
To bitter fauces did I frame my feeding;
Within this mile break forth an hundred springs ;
1 Thief. We cannot live on grass, on: berries, As beasts, and birds, and fithes.
[water, Tim, Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds and
fishes; You must eat men. Yet thanks I must you con, That you are thieves profess’d; that
work not In holier shapes; for there is boundless theft In limited profeffions. Rascals, thieves, Here's gold. Go, fuck the subtle blood o' th' grape, 'Till the high fever seethe your blood to froth, And so 'fcape hanging. Trust not the phylician, His antidotes are poison, and he slays More than you rob. Take wealth, and live together. Do villainy, do, since you profess to do't, Like workmen: I'll example you with thievery. The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the valt sea. The moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she fnatches from the sun. The Sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves (34)
(34) The sea's a thief, who fe liquid surge resolves
The moon into falt tears.] The fea melting the moon into tears, is, I believe, a secret in philosophy, which nobody but Shakespeare's deep editors'ever dreamed of. There is another opinion, which 'tis more reasonable to believe that our Author may allude to; viz. that the faltnefs of the sea is caufed by several ranges, or mounds of rock-falt under water, with which resolving liquid the sea was impregna. ted. Varenius in his geography is very copious upon this argument, after having touched upon another opinion, that the faline particles were cocval ivith the ocean itself, he subjoins ; Si ea caufa mirus placet, alteram eligemus, nimirum fa'fas illas' particulas a terra hinc inde nvulfas effe, et in aguá diffolutas, Lib. l. cap. 13. prop. 8. This I think a sufficient authority for changing mock into mounds; and I am