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You are an Alchymist, make gold of that:
Enter Flavius and two Senators.
1 Sen. Bring us to his Cave.
2 Sen. At all times alike
Fla. Here is his Cave :
Enter Timon out of his Cave.
i Sen. Worthy Timon,
Of none but such as you, and of Timon. 2 Sen. The senators of Athens greet thee, Timon. Tim. I thank them, And would send them back the
Sen. O, forget
For thy best use and wearing.
2 Sen. They confess
Tim. You witch me in it,
I Sen. Therefore so please thee to return with us,
Tim. Well, Sir, I will ; therefore I will, Sir ; thus-
While you have throats to answer. For my self,
Fla. Stay not, all's in vain.
Tim. Why, I was writing of my epitaph,
i Sen. We speak in vain.
Tim. But yet I love my Country, and am not
1 Sen. That's well spoke.
thro' them. 2 Sen. And enter in our ears, like great triumphers In their applauding gates.
Tim. Commend me to them,
2 Sen. I like this well, he will return again.
Tim. I have a Tree, which grows here in my Close, That mine own use invites me to cut down, And shortly must I fell it. Tell my friends, Tell Athens, in the frequence of degree, From high to low throughout, that whoso please To stop affliction, let him take his Hafte; Come hither, ere my Tree hath felt the ax, And hang himself - I pray you, do my Greeting.
Fla. Vex him no further, thus you ftill shall find him.
Tim. Come not to me again, but say to Athens,
of the falt flood;
[Exit Timon, i Sen. His discontents are anremoveably coupled to
his nature. 2 Sen. Qur hope. in him is dead ; let us return, And strain what other means is left unto us In our dear peril. i Sen. It requires swift foot.
SCENE changes to the Walls of Athens.
Enter two other Senators, with a Messenger, Sen. HOU haft painfully discover'd; are his files
As full as thy report Mef. I have spoke the leaft. Besides, his expedition promises Present Approach. 2 Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring not
Timon. Mef. I met a courier, one mine ancient friend ; Who, though in general part we were oppos’d, Yet our old love made a particular force, And made us fpeak, like friends. This man was riding From Alcibiadesi to Timon's Cave, With letters of intreaty, which imported His fellowship i'th'Cause against your City, In part for his fake movido
Enter the other Senators.
Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him expect.
prepare ; Ours is the fall, I fear, our foes the snare.
Exeunt. Enter a Soldier in the woods, seeking Timon. Sol. By all Description this should be the place. Who's here? speak, ho. No answer?
What is this? Timon is dead, who hath out-stretch'd his span ; Some beast rear'd this; here does not live a man. (31) Dead, sure, and this his grave; what's on this tomb? I cannot read; the character I'll take with wax ; Our Captain hath in every figure skill, An ag'd interpreter, tho' young in days: Before proud Athens he's set down by this, Who's Fall the mark of his ambition is. [Exit.
SCE N E, before the Walls of Athens. Trumpets found. Enter Alcibiades with his Powers. Alc. OUND to this coward and lascivious town
Our terrible Approach. [Sound a parley. The Senators appear upon the walls. "Till now you have gone on, and filld the time With all licentious measure, making your wills The scope of justice. 'Till now my felf, and such
(31) Some beast read this: here does not live a Man.) Some Beaft read what? The Soldier had yet only seen the rude Pile of Earth heap'd up for Timon's Grave, and not the Inscription upon it. My Friend Mr. Warburton ingenioully advis'd me to amend the Text, as I have done. The Soldier, seeking by Order for Timon, sees such an irregular Mole, as he concludes must have been the Workmarkip of some Beast inhabiting the Woods; and such a Cavity, as either must have been so overarch’d, or happen'd by the casual Falling in of the Ground.