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But rather one that smiles, and still invites
All that pass by it. It cannot hold ; no reason
Can found his state in safety. Caphis, hoa !
Caphis, I say.

Enter Caphis.
Cap. Here, Sir, what is your pleasure ?

Sen. Get on your cloak, and haste you to lord Timon ;
Importune him for monies, be not.ceast
With slight denial ; nor then silenc'd with
Commend me to your master--and the cap
Plays in the right hand, thus: --but tell him, firrah,
My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn
Out of mine own ; his days and times are past,
And
my

reliance on his fracted dates
Has smit my credit. I love and honour him ;
But must not break my back, to heal his finger.
Immediate are my needs, and my

relief
Must not be tost and turn'd to me in words,
But find Supply immediate. Get you gone.
Put on a most importunate aspect,
A visage of demand : for I do fear,
When every feather sticks in his own wing,
Lord Timon will be left a naked Gull,
Who flashes now a Phoenix Get you gone.

Cap. I go, Sir.
Sen. I go, Sird- Take the bonds along with you, (1)

And my horse, and had a Mind to buy ten better instead of him i “ why, I need but give my Horse co Timon, to gain this point; “ and it presently fetches me an horse." But is that gaining the Point propos'd: Sense and Reason warrant the Reading, that I have reitor'd to the Text. The first Folio reads, less corruptly than the modern Impressions,

And able Horses. Which Reading, join'd to the Reasoning of the Passage, gave me the Hint for this Emendation.

(11) - - take the Bonds along with you, And have the Dates in. Come.) The Absurdity of this Passage is so glaring, that one cannot help wonderingNone of our

Poet's

And have the dates in Compt.

Cap. I will, Sir.
Sen. Go.

[Exeunt. SCENE changes to Timon's Hall.

Enter Flavius, with many bills in his hand. Flav. O

N Thathe wil

neither know how to maintain it;

Nor cease his flow of riot? Takes no account
How things go from him, and resumes no care
Of what is to continue : never Mind
Was to be so unwise, to be so kind.
What shall be done? he will not hear, 'till feel :
I must be round with him, now he comes from hunting.
Fie, fie, fie, fie.

Enter Caphis, Ifidore, and Varro.
Cap. Good evening, Varro; what, you come for money?
Var. Is't not your business too ?
Cap. It is; and your's too, Isidore ?
Ifid. It is so.
Cap. 'Would we were all discharg'd!
Var. I fear it.
Cap. Here comes the lord.

Enter Timon, and his train.
Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again..
My. Alcibiades,

what's

your

Will?

[They present their bills. Cap. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.

Well,

Poet's Editors should have been sagacious enough to stumble at it. Certainly, ever since Bonds were given, the Date was put in when the Bond was enter'd into: And these Bonds Timon. had already given, and the Time limited for their Payment: was laps'd.. The Senator's Charge to his Servant must be to the Tenour as I have amended the Text; viz. Take good : Notice of the Dates, for the better Computation of the Interest due upon them,

Tim. Dues ? whence are you?
Cap. Of Athens here, my lord.
Tim. Go to my Steward.

Cap. Please it your lordship, he hath put me off
To the succession of new days, this month :
My master is awak'd by great occasion,
To call upon his own ; and humbly prays you,
That with your other noble parts you'll suit,
In giving him his Right.

Tim. Mine honest friend,
I prythee, but repair to me next morning.

Cap. Nay, good my lord
Tim. Contain thy felf, good friend.
Var. One Varro's servant, my good lord
Ifid. From Ifidore, he prays your speedy payment
Cap. If you did know, my lord, my master's wants

Var. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, fix weeks, and past.

Ifd. Your Steward puts me off, my lord, and I Am fent expressly to your lordship.

Tim. Give me breath : I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on, [Ex. lords.

instantly: Come hither : How

goes the world, that I am thus encountred
With clam'rous claims of debt, of broken bonds,
And the detention of long-fince-due debts,
Against my honour ;

Fla. Please you, gentlemen,
The time is unagreeable to this business :
Your importunity cease, 'till after dinner ;
That I may make his lordship understand
Wherefore

you are not paid. Tim. Do fo, my friends ; see them well entertain'd.

[Exit Timon, Flav. Pray, draw near.

[Exit. Flavius. Enter Apemantus, and Fool. Cap. Stay, stay, here comes the Fool with Apemantus, . let's have some sport with 'em. Var. Hang him, he'll abuse as.

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Ifid. A plague upon him, dog!
Var. How dost, fool?
Apem. Doft dialogue with thy shadow ?
Var. I speak not to thee.
Apem. No, 'tis to thy felf. Come away.
Ifid. There's the fool hangs on your back already.
Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art not on him yet.
Cap. Where's the fool now?

Apem. He laft ask'd the question. Poor rogues', and usurers' men ! bawds between gold and want!

All. What are we, Apemantus?
Apem. Afles.
ÅN. Why?

Apem. That you ask me what you are, and do not know your selves. Speak to 'em, fool.

Fool. How do you, Gentlemen ?
All. Gramercies, good Fool: how does your mistress ?

Fool. She's e'en setting on water to scald such chickens
as you are. 'Would, we could see you at Corintb.,
Apem. Good! gramercy!

Enter Page.
Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress's page.

Page. Why, how now, captain ? what do you in this wise company ? how dost thou, Apemantus ?

Apem. 'Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I might answer thee profitably.

Page. Prythee, Apemantus, read me the Superscription of these letters ; I know not which is which,

Apem. Can'ít not read >
Page. No.

Apem. There will little learning die then, that day thou art hang'd. This is to lord Timon, this to Alcibia ades. Go, thou wast born a bastard, and thou'lt die a bawd.

Page. Thou wast whelpt a dog, and thou shalt famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am gone. [Exit.

Apem. Ev'n so thou out-run'st grace.
Fool, I will go with you to lord Timon's.
Fool. Will you leave me there ?

Apem.

1

Apem. If Timon stay at home
You three serve three Usurers ?

All. I would, they serv'd us.
Apem. So would I-

as good a trick as ever hangman ferv'd thief.

Fool. Are you three usurers' men ? All. Ay, fool. Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his fervant. My mistress is one, and I am her fool ; when men come to borrow of your masters, they approach fadly, and go away merrily ; but they enter my mistress's house merrily, and go away fadly. The reason of this?

Var. I could render one.

Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee a whoremaster, and a knave; which notwithstanding, thou shalt be no less efteem'd.

Var.. What is a whore-master, fool ?

Fool. A fool in good Cloaths, and something like thee. "Tis a spirit ; sometimes it appears like a lord, fometimes like a lawyer, sometimes like a philosopher, with two stones more than's artificial one. He is very often like a knight ; and generally, in all shapes that man goes up and down in, from fourscore to thirteen, this Spirit walks in. Var. Thou art not altogether a fool. Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man ;

as much foolery as I have, so much wit thou lack't.

Apem. That answer might have become Apemantus.
All. Afide, aside, here comes lord Timon.

Enter Timon and Flavius.
Apem. Come with me, fool, come.

Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder brother, and
woman; sometime, the philosopher.
* Fla. Pray you, walk near, l'Îl speak with you anon.

[Exeunt Creditors, Apemantus and Fool.
Tim. You make me marvel ; wherefore, ere this time,
Had you not fully laid my state before me?
That I might so have rated my expence,

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