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TIMON, a noble Athenian.
Ventidius, one of Timon's falfe Friends.
Miftreffes to Alcibiades.
feveral Servants to Ufurers.
Thieves, Senators, Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Mercer and Merchant; with divers Servants and Attendants.
SCENE Athens, and the Woods not far from it.
The hint of part of this play taken from Lucian's Dialogue of Timon. POPE.
TIMON of ATHENS
A Hall in Timon's House.
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and Mercer, at feveral doors.
OOD day, Sir.
Pain. I am glad ye are well.
Poet. I have not feen you long, how goes the world?
Pain. It wears, Sir, as it grows.
Poet. Ay, that's well known.
Jew. Nay, that's moft fixt.
Mer. A moft incomparable man, breath'd as it were To an untirable and continuate goodness.
Jew. I have a jewel here.
Mer. O pray let's fee't.
For the Lord Timon, Sir?
Jew. If he will touch the estimate: but for that
Poet. When we for recompence have prais'd the vile,
Mer. 'Tis a good form.
Poet. A thing flipt idly from me.
Pain. 'Tis a good piece.
This comes off well and excellent.
[Repeating to himself.
What have you there? [forth? 'and when comes your book of my presentment, Sir.
Poet. Admirable ! how this grace
Speaks his own ftanding! what a mental power
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life: Here is a touch-is't good?
Poet. I'll fay of it,
It tutors nature, artificial ftrife
Lives in thefe touches, livelier than life.
Enter certain Senators.
Pain. How this Lord is followed!
Poet. The fenators of Athens! happy 'man!
Pain. Look, more!
Poet. You fee this confluence, this great flood of vifitors.
■ chases. ...old edit. Theob. emend, 3 men!... old edit. Theob, emend.
I have, in this rough work, fhap'd out a man
It` flies an eagle-flight, bold and forth on,
Pain. How fhall I understand you?
You fee how all conditions, how all minds,
make himself abhorr'd; ev'n he drops down
Pain. I faw them fpeak together.
Poet. I have upon a high and pleasant hill
Pain. 'Tis conceiv'd 7 to th' fcope :
This throne, this fortune, and this hill, methinks,
(a) Anciently they wrote upon waxen tables with an iron fiyle.