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How full of valour did he bear himself
2 Sen. He has made too much plenty with 'em,
i Sen. He dies. :
Alc. Hard fate! he might have died in war.
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:
2 Sen. How ?
i Sen. Do you dare our anger ?
Alc. Banish me!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
[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.
Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance.
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.
3 Sen. I'll tell ye more anon. Here's a noble feast toward.
2 Sen. This is the old man ftill.
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 wómen 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? :
Tim. May you a better feast never behold,
You fools of fortune, trencher friends, time-flies,
[Throwing the dishes at them, and drives 'em out.
(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.