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Alc. Myft it be fo? it must not be : ;
My Lords, I do beseech you, know me.

2 Sen. How !
Ale. Call me to your remembrances.
3 Sen. What, Sir !

Alc. I cannot think but your age hath forgot me,
It could not else be I should prove so base,
To lue, and be deny'd such common grace,
My wounds ake at you.

1 Sen. Do you dare qur anger ?
'Tis in few words, but spacious in effect :
We banish thee for ever.

Alc. Banish me!
Banish your dotage, banish usury,
That make the senate ugly.

1 Sen. If, after two days shine, Athens contains theç z Attend our weightier judgment.

2 Sen. And, (not to swell our spirit,) he hall then Be executed presently.

Exeunt, Ac. Gods keep you old enough, that you may live Only in bone, that none may look on you! I'm worse than mad : I have kept back their foes, While they have told their mony and let out Their coip upon large interest; Rich only in large hurts. — All those, for this? Is this the balfam that the usuring senate Pours into captains wounds ? ha! Banishment ! It comes not ill: I hate not to be banishid, It is a cause worthy my spleen and fury, That I may strike at Aibens.

I'll cheer up My discontented troops, and lay for hearts. 'Tis honour with most lands to be at odds ; Soldiers as little should brook wrongs, as Gods. [Exit.

SCENE VII. Timen's House.

Enter divers Senators at several Donrs. Sen. The good time of the day to you, Sir! 2 Sen. I also wish it to you: I think this bonourable Lord did but try us this other day, 1 Sen. Upon that were my thoughts tiring when we eno

couptred.

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countred. I hope is is not so low with him, as he made it seem in the tryal of his several friends.

2 Sen. It should not be, by the persuafion of his new feasting.

I Sen. I should think so: he hath sent me an earnest inviting, which many my near occasions did urge me to put off: but he hath conjur’d me beyond them, and I must needs appear.

2 Sen. In like manner was I in debt to my importunate bufiness; but he would not hear my excuse. I am sorry, when he sent to borrow of me, that my provision was out.

I Sen. I am sick of that grief too, as I understand how all things go.

2 Sen. Every man here's so. What would he have bora gowed of you?

1 Sen. A thousand pieces.
2 Sen. A thousand pieces !
I Sen. What of you ?
3 Sen. He sent to me, Sir — here he comes.

Enter Timon and Attendants. Tim. With all my heart, gentlemen both - and how fare you?

I Sen. Ever at the best, hearing well of your Lordship.

2. Sen. The swallow follows not summer more willingly, than we your Lordship:

Tim. Nor more willingly leaves winter : such summer. birds are men.-Gentlemen, our dinner will not recompence this long tay: feast your ears with the musick a while ; if they will fare so harshly as on the trumpet's found : we shall to't presently.

I Sen. I hope it remains not unkindly with your LordThip, that I return'd you an empty messenger.

Tim. O Sir, let it not trouble you.
2 Sen. My noble Lord,
Tim, Ah my good friend, what cheer?

The Banquet brougbt in. 2 Sen. My most honourable Lord, I'm e'en fick of Thame, that when your Lordship t’ other day sent to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar.

Tim, Think not on't, Sir.

2 Sen. If you had sent but two hours before

Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance. Come, bring in all together. 2 Sen. All cover'd dishes !

Sen. Royal cheer, I warrant you.
3 Sen. Doubt not that, if mony and the season can yield ita
i Sen. How do you? what's the news ?
3 Sen. Alcibiades is banish'd : hear you of it?
Borb. Alcibiades banish'd !
3 Sen. 'Tis so, be sure of it.

i Sen, How? how?
Sen. I pray you, upon what ?
Tim. My worthy friends, will you draw near ?
3 Sen. I'll tell you more anon. Here's a noble feast toward.
2 Sen. This is the old man still.
3 Sen. Will’t hold? wili't hold ?
2 Sen. It does, but time will, and so
3 Sen. I do conceive.

Tim, Fach man to his stool, with that spur as he would to the lip of his mistress : your diet shall be in all places alike. Make not a city feast of it, to let the meat cool tre we can agree' upon the first place. Sit, fit.

The Gods require cur thanks.

You great Benefactors, sprinkle our society with thankfulness. For your own gifts, make your selves prais'd: but referve ftill to give, left your deities

, be despised. Lend to each man enougb, that one need not lend to another. For were your Godbeads to borrow of men, men, would forsake ibe códs. Make the meat beloved, more than the man ibar gives it. Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of villains. If there Jie twelve women at tbe table, let a dozen of them be as tbey are ---- The rest of your foes, 0.Gods, the Senators of Athens, together with the common lag of people, what is amiss in them, you Gods, make suitable for deftruction : 'or i bese my friends as tbey are to me nothing, foʻin norbing bless them, and to notbing are they welcome. Uncover, dogs, and lap.

Some speak. What does his Lordship mean?
Some orber. I know not.

Tim.

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Tim. May you a better feast never behold,
You knot of mouth-friends! smoke, and lukewarm water
Is your perfection. This is Timon's laft,
Who stuck and spangled with your flatteries
Washes them off, and sprinkles in your

faces
Your reaking villainy. Live loath'd, and long,
Moft smiling, smooth, detefted parasites,
Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,
You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time-flies,
Cap-and-knee Naves, vapors, and minute-jacks ;
Of man and beast the infinite maladies
Crust you quite o'er! -What, dost thou go?
Soft, take thy phyfick firft -thou too — and thou

[Throwing the dishes at them, and drives 'em out.
Stay, I will lend thee mony, borrow none.
What! all in motion ? henceforth be no feaft,
Whereat a villain's not a welcome guest.
Burn house, fink Atbens, henceforth hated be
Of Timon, man, and all humanity!

[Exit, Re-enter tbe Senators. 1 Sen. How now, my Lords? 2 Sen. Know you the quality of Lord Timon's fury? 3 Sen. Pish! did you see my cap? 4 Sen. I've lost my gown.

i Sen. He's but a mad Lord, and nought but humour fways him. He gave me a jewel th' other day, and now he has beat it out of my cap. Did you see my jewel ? 2 Sen. Did

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Sen. Here 'tis. 4 Sen. Here lyes my gown.

I Sen. Let's make no fay. - 2 Sen. Lord Timon's mad. 3 Sen. I feelt upon my bones. 4 Sen. One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.

Exeunt.

my cap?

Meaning probably the ignis fatuus often callid Jack witb a lam. thern, appearing and vanishing in a minute.

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ACT IV. SCENE I:
Witbout the walls of Athens.

Enter Timon.
ET me look back upon thee, O thou wall,

That girdleft in those wolves ! dive in the earth,
And fence not Athens ! Matrons, turn incontinent ;
Obedience fail in children; Naves and fools
Pluck the grave wrinkled senate from the bench,
And minister in their steads : to general filth
Convert o'th' instant, green virginity !

Do't in your parents eyes. Bankrupts, hold fast; • Rather than render back, out with your knives,

And cut your trusters throats. Bound servants, steal ;
Large-handed robbers your grave masters are,
And pill by law. Maid, to thy master's bed ;
Thy miftress is i' th' brothel. Son of fixteen,
Pluck the lin'd crutch from thy old limping fire,
And with it-beat his brains out. Fear and piety,
Religion to the Gods, peace, justice, truth,
Domestick awe, night-rest, and neighbourhood,
Instruction, manners, myfteries and trades,
Degrees, observances, customs and laws,
Decline to your confounding contraries !
And let confusion live! plagues incident to men,
Your potent and infectious fevers heap
On Aibens, ripe for stroke! Thou cold Sciatica,
Cripple our fenators, that their limbs may halt
As lamely as their manners! Luft and liberty
Creep in the minds and marrows of our youth,
That 'gainst the stream of virtue they may Atrive,
And drown themselves in riot! Itches, blains,
Sow all the Aibenian boroms, and their crop
Be general leprofie! breath infect breath,
That their society (as their friendship) may
Be meerly poison ! Nothing I'll bear from thee,
But nakedness, thou town deteftable !
Take thou that too, with multiplying banns :
Timon will to the woods, where he shall find
Th' unkindest beast much kinder than mankind.

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