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Timon, a noble Athenian.
Servants to Timon's Creditors.
of Timon's Creditors.
, } Mistresses to Alcibiades.
Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Thieves, and
SCENE. Athens, and the Woods adjoining.
TIMON OF ATHENS.
SCENE I. Athens. A Hall in Timon's House.
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and others,
at several doors. Poet. Good day, sir. Pain.
I am glad you are well. Poet. I have not seen you long; how goes the world? Pain. It wears, sir, as it grows. Poet.
Ay, that's well known.
Pain. I know them both; t'other's a jeweller.
Nay, that's most fixed. Mer. A most incomparable man; breathed, as it
were, To an untirable and continuate goodness.
Jew. I have a jewel here.
i The poet merely means to ask if any thing extraordinary or out of the common course of things has lately happened; and is prevented from waiting for an answer by observing so many conjured by Timon's bounty to attend.
2 Breathed is exercised, inured by constant practice. He passes, i. e. exceeds or goes beyond common bounds.
Jew. If he will touch the estimate. But for that
Poet.? When we for recompense have praised the vile,
'Tis a good form.
[Looking at the jewel. Jew. And rich; here is a water, look you. Pain. You are rapt, sir, in some work, some ded
ication To the great lord. Poet.
A thing slipped idly from me.
'Tis a good piece.
Admirable. How this
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life. Here is a touch ; is't good ?
How this grace
1 Touch the estimate, that is, come up to the price.
2 We must here suppose the poet busy in reciting part of his own work. 3 The old copies read :
“Our poesie is a gowne which uses." 4 It is not certain whether this word is chafes or chases, in the folio. 5 i. e. as soon as my book has been presented to Timon. 6 This comes off well, apparently means this piece is well executed.
7 How the graceful attitude of this figure proclaims that it stands firm on its centre, or gives evidence in favor of its own fixture. Grace 18 introduced as bearing witness to propriety.
8 One might venture to supply words to such intelligible action.
I'll say of it,
Enter certain Senators, and pass over.
Pain. How shall I understand you?
Poet. I'll unbolts to you.
1 i. e. the contest of art with nature.
2 So in Measure for Measure we have, “ This under generation ;” and in King Richard III., the lower world.
3 My design does not stop at any particular character.
4 An allusion to the Roman practice of writing with a style, on tablets covered with wax; a custom which also prevailed in England until about the close of the fourteenth century.
5 i. e. open, explain.
I saw them speak together.
'Tis conceived to scope.?
Nay, sir, but hear me on.
Ay, marry, what of these?
Pain. 'Tis common.
1 i. e. to improve their conditions. 2 i. e. extensively imagined. 3 i. e. in our art, in painting. Condition was used for profession, quality.
4 Whisperings of officious servility, the incense of the worshipping parasite to the patron as a god.
5 To " drink the free air through another,” is to breathe freely at his