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Timon, a noble Athenian. Lucius, Lucullus, lords, and flatterers of Timon. Sempronius, Ventidius, one of Timon's false friends. Apemantus, a churlish philosopher. Alcibiades, an Athenian general. Flavius, steward to Timon. Flaminius, Lucilius, Timon's servants. Servilius, Caphis, Philotus, Titus,
seroants to Timon's creditors.
two of Timon's creditors.
mistresses to Alcibiades.
Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Thieves,
Scene, Athens; and the Woods adjoining.
TIMON OF ATHENS.
SCENE I. Athens. A hall in Timon's house.
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and
others, at several doors.
I am glad you are well.
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
Inured by constant practice.
To an untirable and continuate* goodness:
I have a jewel here.
'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 dedi.
cation To the great lord. Poet.
A thing slipp'd idly from me. Our poesy is as a gum, which oozes From whence'tis nourished: The fire i'the fint Shows not, till it be struck; our gentle flame Provokes itself, and, like the current, fies Each bound it chafes. What have you there? Puin. A picture, sir.--And when comes your book
'Tis a good piece.
Admirable: How this grace
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life. Here is a touch; Is't good ?
# For continual.
I'll say of it,
Enter certain Senators, and pass over.
Pain. How shall I understand you?
I'll upbolt to you.
I saw them speak together.
• i. e. The contest of art with nature.
+ My design does not stop at any particular character.
One who shows by reflection the looks of his pa. tron.