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Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.
Re-enter the Lords, with other Lords and Senators. 1 Lord. How now, my lords ? 2 Lord. Know you the quality of lord Timon's fury? 3 Lord. Pish! did you see my cap ? 4 Lord. I have lost my gown.
3 Lord. He's but a mad lord, and nought but humour sways him. He gave me a jewel the other day, and now he has beat it out of
hat:— Did you see my jewel? 4 Lord. Did you see my cap ? 2 Lord. Here 'tis. 4 Lord. Here lies my gown. 1 Lord. Let's make no stay. 2 Lord. Lord Timon's mad. 3 Lord.
I feel't upon my bones. 4 Lord. One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.
SCENE I. – Without the Walls of Athens.
Tim. Let me look back upon thee, O thou wall,
And minister in their steads ! to general filths *
general filths - ) i. e. common sewers.
confounding contraries,] i. e. contrarieties whose nature it is to waste or destroy each other.
yet confusion -] Sir Thomas Hanmer reads, let confusion.
liberty — ) Liberty is here used for libertinism.
multiplying banns !) i. e. accumulated curses. Multiplying for multiplied: the active participle with a passive signification.
The gods confound (hear me, you good gods all,)
Athens. A Room in Timon's House.
Enter Flavius', with Two or Three Servants. 1 Serv. Hear you, master steward, where's our master ? Are we undone ? cast off? nothing remaining ?
Flav. Alack, my fellows, what should I say to you?
Such a house broke !
As we do turn our backs
Enter other Servants.
9 Enter Flavius,] Nothing contributes more to the exaltation of Timon's character than the zeal and fidelity of his servants. No-thing but real virtue can be honoured by domesticks; nothing but impartial kindness can gain affection from dependants. VOL. VI.
3 Serv. Yet do our hearts wear Timon's livery,
Good fellows all,
[Giving them money. Nay, put out all
hands. Not one word more: Thus part we rich in sorrow, parting poor.
[Exeunt Servants. 0, the fierce wretchedness that glory brings us ! Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt, Since riches point to misery and contempt? Who'd be so mock'd with glory? or to live But in a dream of friendship? To have his pomp, and all what state compounds, But only painted, like his varnish'd friends?
1 Poor honest lord, brought low by his own heart; Undone by goodness! Strange, unusual blood, 2 When man's worst sin is, he does too much good! Who then dares to be half so kind again ? For bounty, that makes gods, does still mar men. My dearest lord, — bless’d, to be most accurs’d, Rich, only to be wretched ; — thy great fortunes Are made thy chief afflictions. Alas, kind lord ! He's Alung in rage from this ungrateful seat Of monstrous friends : nor has he with him to
! O, the fierce wretchedness -] Fierce is here used for hasty, precipitate. Strange, unusual blood,] Strange, unusual
d, may mean strange, unusual disposition.
Supply his life, or that which can command it.
best will; Whilst I have gold, I'll be his steward still.
Tim. O blessed breeding sun, draw from the earth Rotten humidity ; below thy sister's orb 3 Infect the air! Twinn'd brothers of one womb, Whose procreation, residence, and birth, Scarce is dividant,--touch them with several fortunes ; The greater scorns the lesser : Not nature, To whom all sores lay siege, can bear great fortune, But by contempt of nature. Raise me this beggar, and denude that lord ;t The senator shall bear contempt hereditary, The beggar native honour. It is the pasture lards the brother's sides, The want that makes him lean. Who dares, who dares, In purity of manhood stand upright, And say, This man's a flatterer ? if one be,
below thy sister's orb —] That is, the moon's, this sublunary world.
But by contempt of nature.] Mr. M. Mason observes, that this passage
“ but by the addition of a single letter may be rendered clearly intelligible ; by merely reading natures instead of nature.” The meaning will then be — “ Not even beings reduced to the utmost extremity of wretchedness, can bear good fortune, without contemning their fellow-creatures." + " deny't that lord;" – MALONE.