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How full of valour did he bear himself
In the last conflict, and made plenteous wounds ?

2 Sen. He has made too much plenty with 'em,
He's a sworn rioter; he has a fin.
That often drowns him, and takes valour prisoner,
Were there no foes, That were enough alone
To overcome him. In that beastly fury
He has been known to commit outrages,
And cherith factions. 'Tis inferr'd to us,
His days are foul, and his Drink dangerous.

i Sen. He dies. :

Alc. Hard fate! he might have died in war.
My lords, if not for any parts in him,
(Though his right arm might purchase his own time,
And be in debt to none;) yet more to move you,
Take my Deserts to his, and join 'em both.
And for I know, your reverend ages

Security, I'll pawn my victories,
My Honours to you, on his good returns.
If by this crime he owes the law his life,
Why, let the war receive't in valiant gore;
For law is ftri&, and war is nothing more.

i Sen. We are for law, he dies, urge it no more, On height of our displeasure: friend, or brother, He forfeits his own blood, that fpills another.

Alc. Muft it be for it must not be:
My lords, I do beseech you, know me.

2 Sen. How ?
Alc. Call me to your remembrances.

Sen. What!
Alc. I cannot think, but your age hath forgot me;
It could not else be, I should prove to base,
To fue, and be deny'd such common grace.
My wounds ake at you.

i Sen. Do you dare our anger ?
'Tis in few words, but spacious in effect ;
We banish thee for ever.

Alc. Banish me!
Banish your Dotage, banish Usury,
That make the Senate ugly.

i Sen. If, after two day's shine, Athens contains thee, Attend our weightier judgment. And, (not to swell our spirit,) He shall be executed presently.

[Exeunt. Alc. Gods keep you old enough, that you may live Only in bone, that none may look on you! I'm worse than mad : I have kept back their foes, While they have told their mony, and let out Their coin upon large interest; Í my

self, Rich only in large hurts. All those, for this ? Is this the balsam that the usuring senate Pours into Captains' wounds ? ha! Banishment ? It comes not ill: I hate not to be banisht, It is a cause worthy my spleen and fury, That I may strike at Athens. I'll cheer up My discontented troops, and lay for hearts. 'Tis honour with mort lands to be at odds; Soldiers as little should brook wrongs, as Gods. (Exit.


SCENE changes to Timon's House.

Enter divers Senators, at several doors.
I Sen. He good time of the day to you, Sir.

2 Sen. I also with it to you: I think, this honourable lord did but try us this other day.

1 Sen. Upon that were my thoughts tiring, when we encountred." I hope, it is not so low with him, as he made it seem in the tryal of his several friends.

2 Sen. It should not be, by the perswasion of his new feasting

i Sen. I should think fo: he hath sent me an earnest inviting, which many my near occasions did urge me to put off: but he hath conjur'd me beyond them, and I must needs appear.

2 Sen. In like manner was I in debt to my importunate bufiness; but he would not hear my excuse. I am forry, when he sent to borrow of me, that my provision was out.

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1 Sen. I am fick' of that grief too, as I understand how all things go.

2 Sen. Every man here's so. What would he have borrow'd of you?

1 Sen. A thousand pieces.
2 Sen. A thousand pieces !
i Sen. What of
3 Sen. He sent to me, Sir-

- here he comes. Enter Timon and attendants. Tim. With all my heart, gentlemen both and how fare you?

i Sen. Éver at the best, hearing well of your lordship.

2 Sen. The Swallow follows not summer more willingly, than we your lordship.

Tim. Nor more willingly leaves winter : such summerbirds are men Gentlemen, our dinner will not recompense this long stay: feast your ears with the mufick a while; if they will fare so harshly as on the trumpet's sound : we shall to't presently.

| Sen. I hope, it remains not unkindly with your lordship, that I return'd you an empty messenger.

Tim. O Sir, let it not trouble you.
2 Sen. My noble lord.
Tim. Ah, my good friend, what cheer?

[The banquet brought in. 2 Sen. Most honourable lord, I'm e'en fick of Thame, that when your lordship t'other day sent to me, I was fo unfortunate a beggar.

Tim. Think not on't, Sir.
2 Sen. If you had sent but two hours before

Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance.
Come, bring in all together.

2 Sen. All cover'd dishes! i Sen. Royal cheer, I warrant you. 3 Sen. Doubt not that, if mony and the season can

yield it. i Sen. How do you? what's the news ? 3 Ser. Alcibiades is banish'd: hear you of it?' Both. Alcibiades banish'd !

3 Sen. 'Tis so, be sure of it.
I Sen. How? how?
2 Sen. I pray you, upon what?
Tim. My worthy friends, will you draw near?

3 Sen. I'll tell ye more anon. Here's a noble feast toward.

2 Sen. This is the old man ftill.
3 Sen. Will't hold ? will’t hold?
2 Sen. It does, but time will, and so
3 Sen. I do conceive.

Tim. Each man to his stool, with that spur as he would to the lip of his Mistress : your diet shall be in all places alike. Make not a city-feast of it, to let the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place. Sit, fit. The Gods require our thanks.

You great Benefactors, Sprinkle our society with thankfulness. For your own gifts make your selves prais’d; but reserve fiill to give, left your Deities be despised. Lend to each man enough, that one need not lend to another. For were your Godheads to borrow of men, men would for fake the Gods.. Make the meat beloved, more than the man that gives it. Let no asembly of twenty be without a score of villains. If there fit twelve men at the table, let a dozen of them be as they are The rest of your fees, O Gods, the senators of Athens, together with the common lag of people, what is amiss in them, you Gods, make suitable for destruction. For these my friends -as they are to me nothing, so in nothing bless them, and to nothing are they welcome. Uncover, dogs, and lap..

Some speak. What does his lordship mean? :
Some other. I know not.

Tim. May you a better feast never behold,
You knot of mouth-friends : smoke, and lukewarm water
Is your perfection. This is Timon's last;
Who stuck and spangled you with flatteries,
Washes it off, and sprinkles in your faces
Your reaking villany. Live loath'd, and long,
Most smiling, smooth, detested Parasites,
Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,


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You fools of fortune, trencher friends, time-flies,
Cap-and-knee slaves, vapors, and minute-jacks ; (15)
Of man and beast the infinite malady
Crust you quite o'er !- -What, doit thou go?
Soft, take thy phyfick first- thou too-and thou-

[Throwing the dishes at them, and drives 'em out.
Stay, I will lend thee mony, borrow none.
What! all in motion ? henceforth be no feaft,
Whereat a villain's not a welcome gueft.
Burn House, sink Athens, henceforth hated be
Of Timon, man, and all humanity!

(Exit. Re-enter the Senators. 1 Sen. How now, my lords? 2. Sen. Know you the quality of lord Timon's fury ! 3 Sen, Pfha! did


my cap ? 4

Sen. I've loft my gown. i Sen. He's but a mad lord, and nought but humour sways him. He gave me a jewel th other day, and now he has beat it out of my cap. Did you see my jewel? 2 Sen. Did


my cap 3 Sen. Here 'tis. 4 Sen. Here lies my gown. i Sen. Let's make no ftay. 2 Sen. Lord Timon's mad. 3 Sen. I feel't upon my bones. 4 Sen. One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.

[Exeunty (15)- Land minute Jacks of Man and Beast, therinfinite Malady

Crust you quite o'er!] in what Sense could the Senators be call'd minute Jacks of Man and Beast? The Poet just before calls them Vapours; and certainly means to enforce that Image, by saying, they were Jacks not of a Minute's Truft, or Dependance. Then what could the infinite Malady signify, without something subjoin'd to give us a clearer Idea of it? As I point the Paffage, it plainly means, May the whole Catalogue, the infinite Number of Difempers, that have ever invaded eie ther Man or Beast, all be join'd so plague you.


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