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Luc. You see, my lord, how amply you're belov'd.
Apem. Hoyday! what a sweep of vanity comes this
The Lords rise from table, with much adoring of
the hautboys, and cease.
Luc. My lord, you take us even at the best.
Apem. Faith, for the worst is filthy, and would not hold taking, I doubt me.
Tim. Ladies, there is an idle banquet attends you.
All La. Moft thankfully, my lord. [Exeunt,
Flav. Yes, my lord. More jewels yet ? there is no
When all's spent, he'd be cross'd then if he could : (8)
Lucul. Where be our men?
Tim. O my good friends !
lord ! Luc. 'I am so far already in your gifts All. So are we all. [Ex. Lucius, Lucullus, &c.
Enter a fervant. Serv. My lord, there are certain Nobles of the Senate newly alighted, and come to visit you. Tim. They are fairly welcome.
Re-enter Flavius, Fla. I beseech your Honour, vouchfafe me a word i it does concern you near.
Tim. Near! Why then another time I'll hear thee. I prythee, let's be provided to fhew them entertainment.
Flav. I scarce know how.
- he'd be cross'd then if he could :) The Poet does not mean here, that he would be cross'd, or thwarted in Humour ; bat that he would have his Hand cross'd, as we say, with Money, if he could. He is playing on the Word, and alluding to our old Silver-penny, used before K. Edward the first his Time, which had a cross on the Reverse with a Crease, that it might be more easily broke into Halves and Quarters, Half-pence and Farthings. From this Penny, and other subsequent Pieces that bore the like Impress, was our common Expression deriv'd, I kave not a Cross about me; i, e, not a piece of Money. I thought, this Note might not be unnecessary, because it serves to explain several other passages, where the Poet bas punn’d on this Terma
Enter another servant.
Tim. I shall accept them fairly : let the Presents
Enter a third servant.
3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable gentleman, Lord Lucullus, entreats your company to morrow to hunt with him, and has sent your Honour two brace of grey-hounds.
Tim. I'll hunt with him ; and let them be received, not without fair reward.
Flav. What will this come to ? he commands us to
(Exit. Tim. You do your felves much wrong, you bate too much of your own merits. Here, my lord, a trifle of
i Lord. With more than common thanks I will receive it.
3 Lord. He has the very soul of bounty.
Tim. And now I remember, my lord, you gave good words the other day of a bay courser I rode on. 'Tis yours, because you lik'd it.
2 Lord. Oh, I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, in that.
Tim. You may
lord : I know no man can juftly
praise, but what he does affect. I weigh my friend's affection with my own; I'll tell you true. I'll call on you.
All Lords. O, none so welcome.
Tim. I take all, and your several visitations So kind to heart, 'tis not enough to give ; Methinks, I could deal Kingdoms to my friends, And ne'er be weary. Alcibiades, Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich, It comes in charity to thee; thy living Is 'mongst the dead ; and all the lands thou haft Lye in a pitcht field. Alc. I defie land, my lord. i Lord. We are so virtuously bound Tim. And so am I to you. 2 Lord. So infinitely endear'd — Tim. All to you. Lights ! more lights, more lights.
3 Lord. The best of happiness, honour and fortunes, Keep with you, lord Timon Tim. Ready for his friends.
(Exeunt Lords. Apem. What a coil's here, Serving of becks and jutting out of bums! I doubt, whether their legs be worth the sums That are giv’n for 'em. Friendship's full of dregs ; Methinks, false hearts should never have found legs. Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on court'fies.
Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not fullen, I would be good to thee.
Apem. No, I'll nothing; for if I should be brib'd too, there would be none left to rail upon thee, and then thou wouldst fin the faster. Thou giv't so long, Timon, (9) I fear me, thou wilt give away thy self in
proper (9) I fear me, thom wile give away thyself in paper portly.] 3. e. be ruin'd by his Securities entred into, But this Sense, as Mr. Warburton observes, is cold; and relishes very little of that Sale which is in Apemaniws's other Refe&ions. He proposes,
give away thy self in proper mortly. . c. io Person ; thy proper Self. This latter is an Expression
proper shortly. What need these feasts, pomps, and vain-glories
Tim. Nay, if you begin to rail on society once, I am sworn not to give regard to you. Farewel, and come with better mufick.
Apem. So thou wilt not hear me now, thou shals
not then. I'll lock thy heaven from thee : Oh, that men's ears should be To counsel deaf, but not to flattery ! [Exit.
we А с т II. SCENE, A publick place in the City.
Enter a Senator.
Which makes it five and twenty.-Still in motion
But of our Author's in the Tempest ;
And ov’n with such like Valont Men hang and drown
An able horse,} The Stupidity of this Corruption will be very obvious, if we take the whole Context together. “ If I want « Gold, (says the Senator) let me Ateal a Beggar's Dog, and “ give is to Timon, the Dog coins mc Gold. If I would fell