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for the contrary. * What things in the world canst thou nearest compare to thy flatterers ?
Tim. Women nearest ; but men, men are the things themselves. What wouldst thou do with the world, Apemantus, if it lay in thy power ?
Apem. Give it the beasts, to be rid of the men.
Tim. Wouldst thou have thy self fall in the confusion of men, and remain a beast with the beasts ?
Apem. Ay, Timon.
Tim. A beastly ambition, which the Gods grant thee t'attain to! If thou wert a lion, the fox would beguile thee; if thou wert the lamb the would eat thee ; if thou wert the fox, the lion would suspect thee, when peradventure thou wert accus'd by the als; if thou wert the ass, thy dulness would torment thee ; and fill thou’dst live but as a breakfast to the wolf. If thou wert the wolf, thy greediness would afflict thee; and oft thou shouldit hazard thy life for thy dinner. Wert thou the unicorn, pride and wrath would confound thee, and make thine own self the conquest of thy fury. † Wert thou a bear, thou wouldīt be kill'd by the horse ; wert thou a horse, thou wouldft be seized by the leopard; wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the lion, and the spots of thy kindred were ju. rors on thy life. All thy safety were remotion, and thy defence ablence. What beast couldst thou be, that were
the contrary. There's a medlar for thce, eat it.
loved thy self better now.
his in ans?
know beloved ?
The account given of the Unicorn is this: that he and the Lion being enemies by nature, as soon as the Lion fees the Unicorn he belakes himself to a tree : The Voicorn in his fury and with a!l the (wiftness of his course running at him iticks his horn fatt in the tree, and then the Lion falls upon him and kills him. Gejner Hist. Anis mat,
not subject to a beaft? and what a beast art thou already, and seeft not thy loss in transformation !
Apem. If thou couldft please me with speaking to me, thou might'At have hit upon it here. The commonwealth of Atbens is become a foreft of beafts.
Tim. How has the ass broke the wall, that thou art out of the city ?
Apem. Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.
Tim. Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon.
Apem. Thou art too bad to curse.
Tim. Away, thou issue of a mangy dog!
Apem. I would thou wouldīt burst!
Tim. Away, thou tedious rogue, I am sorry I
Tim. Rogue !
(Looking on the gold,
Thou ever young, fresh, lov'd, and delicate wooer,
To every purpose ! Oh, thou touch of hearts !
Apem. Would 'twerę fo,
Tim. Throng'd to ?
[Seeing the Thieves. Apemi, 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 see thee again.
Tim. When there is nothing living but thee, thou Chale be welcome. I had rather be a beggar's dog than Ape.
[Exit Apem, SCENE VII. Enter Thieves. I Thief. Where should he have this gold ? It is some poor fragment, some Nender ort of his remainder : the meer want of gold, and the falling off of friends, drove him into this melancholy.
2 Thief. It is nois'd 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 easily: if he covetoully reserve it, how shall's get it?
2 Thief. True ; for he bears it not about him: 'tis hid. 1 Thief. Is not this be? All. Where? 2 Thief. 'Tis his description. 3 Thief. He; I know him. All. Save thee, Timon! Tim. Now, thieves ! All. Soldiers ; not thieves. Tim. Both, both, and womens Tons. All. We are not thieves, but men that much do want.
Tim. Your greatest want is, you want much of men. Why should you want? behold, the earth hath roots;
Within this mile break forth an hundred springs ;
i Tbief. We cannot live on grass, on berries, water, As beasts, and birds, and fishes.
Tim. Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds, and fishes, You must eat men. Yet thanks I muft you con, That you are thieves profeft; that you work not In holier shapes; for there is boundless theft In limited professions. Rascals, thieves, Here's gold. Go, fuck the subtle blood o'th' grape 'Till the high feaver seeth your blood to froth, And so 'scape hanging. Trust not the physician, His antidotes are poison, and he says More than you rob, takes wealth, and life together. Do villainy, do, fince 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 vast fea. The moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun. The sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves The mounds into falt tears. The earth's a thief, That feeds and breeds by a composture stoln From gen'ral excrement : each thing's a thief. The laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power Have uncheck'd theft. Love not your selves, away, Rob'one another, there's more gold; cut throats ; All that you meet are thieves : to Atbens go, Break open shops, for nothing can you fteal But thieves do lose it: steal not less for what I give, and gold confound you howsoever! Amen. [Exit.
3 Tbief. H'as almost charm’d me from my profession, by perswading me to it.
i Thief. 'Tis in his malice to mankind, that he thus advises us ; not to have us thrive in our mystery.
2 Thief. I'll believe him as an enemy; and give over
1 Tbief. Let us firft see peace in Albons.
2 Thief. 2 Thief. There is no time so miserable but a man may be true.
Enter Flavius to Timon.
yon despis’d and ruinous man my Lord ?
I will present
Tim. Away! what art thou ?
Tim. Why doft ask that? Í have forgot all men.
Flav. An honest fervant.
Flav. The Gods are witness,
Tim. What, doft thou weep? come nearer ; then I love
or laughter. Pity's sleeping; Strange times that weep with laughing, not with weeping, Flav, I beg of -...