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Timon, a noble Athenian.
servants to Timon's creditors.
two of Timon's creditors. Cupid and Maskers. Three Strangers. Poet, Painter, Jeweller and Merchant. An old ATHENIAN. A Page. A Fool. Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Thieves,
Scene, Athens'; and the Woods adjoining.
TIMON OF ATHENS.
ACT THE FIRST.
Athens. A Hall in Timon's House.
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and others
at several Doors. Poet. Good day, sir. Pain.
I am glad you are well. .Poet. I have not seen you long;. How goes the
world? Pain. It wears sir, as it grows. Poet.
Ay, that's well known :
Pain. I know them both; t'other's a jeweller.
Nay, that's most fix'd. Mer. A most incomparable man; breath'd', as it
were, To an untirable and continuate' goodness :
I have a jewel here.
Inured by constant practice. • 2 Continual.
Mer. O, pray, let's see't: For the lord Timon, sir?
'Tis a good form.
[Looking at the Jewel, Jew. And rich : here is a water, look you. Pain. You are rapt, sir, in some work, some de
dication To the great lord. Poet.
A thing slipp'd idly from me. Our poesy
is as a gum, which oozes
there? Pain. A picture, sir.— And when comes your
book forth? Poet. Upon the heels of my presentment“, sir. Let's see your piece. Pain.
'Tis a good piece. Poet. So 'tis : this comes off well and excellent. Pain. Indifferent. Poet. Admirable : How this
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life.
I'll say of it,
+ As soon as my book has been presented to Timon.
sie. The contest of art with nature.