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Second Lord. With more than common thanks
Third Lord. O! he's the very soul of bounty.
Tim. You may take my word, my lord; I
Can justly praise but what he does affect:
Tim. O my friends! I have one word to say I weigh my friend's affection with mine own;
Look you, my good lord,
I must entreat you, honour me so much
As to advance this jewel; accept it and wear it,
First Lord. I am so far already in your gifts-
Enter a Servant.
I'll tell you true. I'll call to you.
O! none so welcome.
Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich; It comes in charity to thee; for all thy living Serv. My lord, there are certain nobles of the Is 'mongst the dead, and all the lands thon hast Lie in a pitch'd field. Alcib. Ay, defil'd land, my lord. First Lord. We are so virtuously boundTim. And so Am I to you.
Newly alighted, and come to visit you.
I prithee, let's be provided to show them enter-
Flav. Aside. I scarce know how.
Enter another Servant.
What will this come to? He commands us to provide, and give great gifts,
And all out of an empty coffer:
Happier is he that has no friend to feed
Exit. You do yourselves Much wrong, you bate too much of your own
Here, my lord, a trifle of our love.
Exeunt ALCIBIADES, Lords, etc.
Methinks, false hearts should never have sound
Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on court'sies.
Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sullen, I would be good to thee.
Apem. No, I'll nothing; for if I should be bribed too, there would be none left to rail upon thee, and then thou would'st sin the faster. Thou givest so long, Timon, I fear me thou wilt give away thyself in paper shortly: what need these feasts, pomps, and vain-glories? 251
Tim. Nay, an you begin to rail on society once, I am sworn not to give regard to you. Farewell; and come with better music. Exit.
Of raging waste! It cannot hold; it will not.
TIMON OF ATHENS.
Here, sir; what is your pleasure?
you, And have the dates in compt.
Importune him for my moneys; be not ceas'd
Get you gone.
Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.
Of Athens here, my lord.
To the succession of new days this month:
Mine honest friend,
Contain thyself, good friend.
Caph. I go, sir.
Sen. 'I go, sir!' Take the bonds along with
I will, sir.
From Isidore ;
Var. Serv. "Twas due on forfeiture, my lord,
Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord;
I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on;
Enter CAPHIS, and the Servants of ISIDORE and VARRO.
Please you, gentlemen,
See them well entertained.
SCENE II.-The Same. A Hall in TIMON'S
Flav. No care, no stop! so senseless of expense,
Exeunt ALCIBIADES and Lords. To FLAVIUS. Come hither: pray you, How goes the world, that I am thus encounter'd With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds, And the detention of long-since-due debts, Against my honour ?
Good even, Varro. What!
You come for money?
It is so.
Caph. Would we were all discharg'd!
I fear it.
Caph. Here comes the lord.
Enter TIMON, ALCIBIADES, and Lords, etc.
Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again, My Alcibiades. With me? what is your will?
Pray, draw near.
Caph. Stay, stay; here comes the fool with
Do so, my friends.
All Serv. Why?
Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow?
Apem. No; 'tis to thyself. To the Fool. Come away.
Isid. Serv. There's the fool hangs on your back already.
Apem. No, thou standest single; thou 'rt not on him yet.
Caph. Where's the fool now?
Apem. He last asked the question. rogues, and usurers' men! bawds between gold and want!
All Serv. What are we, Apemantus ?
Apem. That you ask me what you are, and do not know yourselves. Speak to 'em, fool. Fool. How do you, gentlemen?
All Serv. Gramercies, good fool. How does your mistress?
Fool. I think no usurer but has a fool to his servant my mistress is one, and I am her fool. When men come to borrow of your masters, they approach sadly, and go away merry; but they enter my mistress' house merrily, and go away sadly the reason of this?
Var. Serv. 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 esteemed.
Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool? Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something like thee. 'Tis a spirit: sometime 't appears like a lord; sometime like a lawyer; sometime 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 120
Tim. Let all my land be sold. Flav. 'Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and gone; And what remains will hardly stop the mouth You three Of present dues; the future comes apace : What shall defend the interim? and at length How goes our reckoning?
Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man : as much foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest.
Apem. That answer might have become Ape
That I might so have rated my expense As I had leave of means?
All Serv. Aside, aside; here comes Lord Timon. Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS. Apem. Come with me, fool, come. Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder brother and woman; sometime the philosopher. Exeunt APEMANTUS and Fool. Flav. Pray you, walk near: I'll speak with you anon. Exeunt Servants. 130 Tim. You make me marvel: wherefore ere this time
Had you not fully laid my state before me,
Flar. You would not hear me, At many leisures I propos'd. Tim. Go to: Perchance some single vantages you took, When my indisposition put you back; And that unaptness made your minister, Thus to excuse yourself. Flav.
O my good lord! At many times I brought in my accounts, Laid them before you; you would throw them off. And say you found them in mine honesty. When for some trifling present you have bid me Return so much, I have shook my head and wept: Yea, 'gainst the authority of manners, pray'd you To hold your hand more close: I did endure Not seldom, nor no slight checks, when I have Prompted you in the ebb of your estate And your great flow of debts. My loved lord, Though you hear now, too late, yet now's a time, The greatest of your having lacks a half To pay your present debts.
Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend. Flav. O my good lord! the world is but a word; Were it all yours to give it in a breath, How quickly were it gone.
Tim. You tell me true. Flav. If you suspect my husbandry or falsehood. Call me before the exactest auditors, And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, When all our offices have been oppress'd With riotous feeders, when our vaults have wept With drunken spilth of wine, when every room Hath blaz'd with lights and bray'd with minstrelsy,
But yet they could have wish'd; they know not;
And so, intending other serious matters,
Thou art true and honest; ingenuously I speak,
Bid him suppose some good necessity
With those five talents.
Exit Servant. To FLAVIUS. That had, give 't these fellows To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak or think That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can sink. Flav. I would I could not think it: that thought is bounty's foe;
Being free itself, it thinks all others so.
Flam. Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir, which, in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat your honour to supply; who, having great and instant occasion to use fifty talents, hath sent to your lordship to furnish him, nothing doubting your present assistance therein.
Lucul. La, la, la, la! nothing doubting,' says he? Alas! good lord; a noble gentleman 'tis, if he would not keep so good a house. Many a
That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot
Re-enter Servant, with wine.
Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine.
Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure.
Buried his father; by whose death he's stepp'd
I clear'd him with five talents; greet him from Here's three solidares for thee; good boy, wink at me, and say thou sawest me not. Fare thee well.
Flam. Is 't possible the world should so much
sir. And what hast thou there under thy cloak, Lucul. I am right glad that his health is well, pretty Flaminius?
him on 't; and come again to supper to him, of purpose to have him spend less; and yet he would embrace no counsel, take no warning by my coming. Every man has his fault, and honesty is his; I ha' told him on 't, but I could ne'er get him from it.
Throwing the money away. Lucul. Ha! now I see thou art a fool, and fit for thy master. Exit. Flam. May these add to the number that may scald thee!
Second Stran. I tell you, denied, my lord.
Luc. What a strange case was that! now, before the gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied that honourable man! there was very little honour showed in 't. For my own part, I must needs confess, I have received some small kindnesses from him, as money, plate, jewels, and such like trifles, nothing comparing to his; yet, had he mistook him and sent to me, I should ne'er have denied his occasion so many talents. Enter SERVILIUS.
Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much endeared to that lord; he's ever sending: how shall I thank him, thinkest thou? And what has he sent now?
Luc. What a wicked beast was I to disfurnish
Luc. I'll look you out a good turn, Servilius.
Is every flatterer's spirit. Who can call him
I would have put my wealth into donation,
Ser. See, by good hap, yonder 's my lord; I And the best half should have return'd to him, have sweat to see his honour. To LUCIUS. MySo much I love his heart. But, I perceive, honoured lord! Men must learn now with pity to dispense; For policy sits above conscience. Exeunt.
Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, sir. Fare thee well: commend me to thy honourable virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend.
Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath
Ser. He has only sent his present occasion now, my lord; requesting your lordship to supply his instant use with so many talents.
Luc. I know his lordship is but merry with me;
If his occasion were not virtuous,
I should not urge it half so faithfully.
Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius?
I never tasted Timon in my life,
SCENE III.-The Same. A Room in SEM-