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Timox, a noble Athenian.
Servants to Timon's Creditors.
Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Banditti, and Attendants.
SCENE, Athens ; and the Woods adjoining.
1 As far as we know, this drama was first printed in the folio 1623 ; where it was spread out in an unusual manner, as if to fill as many pages as possible, and supply a vacancy: of the two last pages one is occupied by "The Actors' names”, and the other is a mere blank.
TIMON OF ATHENS.
SCENE I.-Athens. A Hall in Timon's House,
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and Others, at
Poet. Good day, sir.
Ay, that's well known ;
Pain. I know them both : th' other 's a jeweller.
Nay, that's most fix'd.
Jew. I have a jewel here
? The old stage-direction ; and the stage had then usually two, and sometimes three, doors.
3 He PASSES.] As we now say, He surpasses.
Mer. O ! pray, let's see 't. For the lord Timon, sir? Jew. If he will touch the estimate ; but, for thatPoet. When we for recompense have prais'd the vile,
[Reading from a manuscript. It stains the glory in that happy verse Which aptly sings the good. Mer.
'Tis a good form. Jew. And rich : here is a water, look ye.
Pain. You are rapt, sir, in some work, some dedication to the great lord. Poet.
A thing slipp'd idly from me.
poesy is as a gum, which oozes +
Pain. A picture, sir.—When comes your book forth?
Poet. Upon the heels of my presentment, sir.
Pain. 'Tis a good piece.
Admirable! How this grace
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life.
--as a gum, which oozes] The old copy, “as a gown which uses”; and, four lines lower down, chases for chafes.