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Trumpets sound. Enter Timon, attended; the Servant

of Ventidius talking with him. Tim.

Imprison’d is he, say you ? Ven. Serv. Ay, my good lord : five talents is his debt; His means most short, his creditors most strait: Your honourable letter he desires To those have shut him up; which failing, Periods his comfort. Tim.

Noble Ventidius! Well; I am not of that feather, to shake off My friend when he most needs me. I do know him A gentleman that well deserves a help, Which he shall have. I'll pay the debt, and free him.

Ven. Serv. Your lordship ever binds him.

Tim. Commend me to him: I will send his ransom; And, being enfranchis’d, bid him come to me.'T is not enough to help the feeble up, But to support him after.-Fare you well. Ven. Serv. All happiness to your honour ! [Exit.

Enter an old Athenian. Old Ath. Lord Timon, hear me speak. Tim.

Freely, good father. Old Ath. Thou hast a servant nam'd Lucilius. Tim. I have so: what of him ? Old Ath. Most, noble Timon, call the man before thee. Tim. Attends he here, or no ?-Lucilius !

Enter LUCILIUS. Luc. Here, at your lordship’s service. [creature,

Old Ath. This fellow here, lord Timon, this thy By night frequents my house. I am a man That from my first have been inclin'd to thrift, And my estate deserves an heir, more rais'd Than one which holds a trencher. Tim.

Well; what farther ? Old Ath. One only daughter have I; no kin else, On whom I may confer what I have got: The maid is fair, o' the youngest for a bride, And I have bred her at my dearest cost In qualities of the best. This man of thine Attempts her love: I prythee, noble lord, Join with me to forbid him her resort; Myself have spoke in vain. Tim.

The man is honest. Old Ath. Therefore he will be, Timon:

His honesty rewards him in itself;
It must not bear my daughter.

Does she love him?
Old Ath. She is young, and apt :
Our own precedent passions do instruct us
What levity's in youth.

Tim. [To Lucilius.] Love you the maid ?
Luc. Ay, my good lord ; and she accepts of it.

Old Ath. If in her marriage my consent be missing,
I call the gods to witness, I will choose
Mine heir from forth the beggars of the world,
And dispossess her all.

How shall she be endow'd, If she be mated with an equal husband ?

Old Ath. Three talents on the present; in future all.

Tim. This gentleman of mine hath serv'd me long: To build his fortune I will strain a little, For 't is a bond in men. Give him thy daughter; What you bestow, in him I 'll counterpoise, And make him weigh with her. Old Ath.

Most noble lord, Pawn me to this your honour, she is his.

Tim. My hand to thee; mine honour on my promise,

Luc. Humbly I thank your lordship. Never may That state or fortune fall into my keeping, Which is not ow'd to you !

[Exeunt Lucilius and old Athenian. Poet. Vouchsafe my labour, and long live your lordship.

Tim. I thank you; you shall hear from me anon : Go not away.—What have you there, my friend ?

Pain. A piece of painting, which I do beseech
Your lordship to accept.

Painting is welcome.
The painting is almost the natural man;
For since dishonour traffics with man's nature,
He is but outside : these pencil'd figures are
Even such as they give out. I like your work,
And you shall find, I like it: wait attendance
Till you hear farther from me.

The gods preserve you !
Tim. Well fare you, gentleman: give me your hand;
We must needs dine together.—Sir, your jewel
Hath suffer'd under praise.

What, my lord, dispraise ?

Tim. A mere satiety of commendations.
If I should pay you for 't as 't is extoll’d,
It would unclew me quite.

My lord, 't is rated
As those which sell would give: but you well know,
Things of like value, differing in the owners,
Are prized by their masters. Believe 't, dear lord,
You mend the jewel by. the wearing it.

Well mock'd. Mer. No, my good lord ; he speaks the common

tongue, Which all men speak with him. Tim. Look, who comes here. Will you be chid ?

Enter APEMANTUS. Jew. We'll bear with your lordship. Mer.

He'll spare none. Tim. Good morrow to thee, gentle Apemantus.

Apem. Till I be gentle, stay thou for thy good morrow; when thou art Timon's dog, and these knaves honest. Tim. Why dost thou call them knaves ? thou know'st

them not. Apem. Are they not Athenians ? Tim. Yes. Apem. Then I repent not. Jew. You know me, Apemantus. Apem. Thou know'st, I do; I call’d thee by thy name. Tim. Thou art proud, Apemantus. Apem. Of nothing so much, as that I am not like

Timon. Tim. Whither art going ? Apem. To knock out an honest Athenian's brains. Tim. That's a eed thou ’lt die for. Apem. Right, if doing nothing be death by the law. Tim. How likest thou this picture, Apemantus ? Apem. The best, for the innocence. Tim. Wrought he not well that painted it ?

Apem. He wrought better that made the painter; and yet he's but a filthy piece of work.

Pain. Y'are a dog.

Apem. Thy mother 's of my generation : what's she, if I be a dog ?

Tim. Wilt dine with me, Apemantus ?
Apem. No; I eat not lords.
Tim. An thou should’st, thou ’dst anger ladies.

Apem. O! they eat lords ; so they come by great bellies.

Tim. That's a lascivious apprehension.
Apem. So thou apprehend'st it. Take it for thy labour.
Tim. How dost thou like this jewel, Apemantus ?

Apem. Not so well as plain-dealing, which will not cost a man a doit.

Tim. What dost thou think 't is worth ?
Apem. Not worth my thinking.--How now, poet !
Poet. How now, philosopher !
Apem. Thou liest.
Poet. Art not one ?
Apem. Yes.
Poet. Then, I lie not.
Apem. Art not a poet ?
Poet. Yes.

Apem. Then, thou liest : look in thy last work, where thou hast feign'd him a worthy fellow.

Poet. That's not feign'd; he is so.

Apem. Yes, he is worthy of thee, and to pay thee for thy labour : he that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer. Heavens, that I were a lord !

Tim. What wouldst do then, Apemantus ? Apem. Even as Apemantus does now, hate a lord with my heart.

Tim. What, thyself ?
Apem. Ay.
Tim. Wherefore ?

Apem. That I had so hungry a wish? to be a lord. Art not thou a merchant ?

Mer. Ay, Apemantus.
Apem. Traffic confound thee, if the gods will not !
Mer. If traffic do it, the gods do it.
Apem. Traffic's thy god; and thy god confound thee !

Trumpets sound. Enter a Servant.
Tim. What trumpet 's that?

'Tis Alcibiades, and Some twenty horse, all of companionship. Tim. Pray, entertain them; give them guide to us.

[Exeunt some Attendants. You must needs dine with me.—Go not you hence, Till I have thank'd you; and when dinner 's done Show me this piece.-I am joyful of your sights.

1 That I had no angry wit: in f. e.

Enter ALCIBIADES, with his Company.
Most welcome, sir !

So, so, there.
Aches contract and starve your supple joints !-
That there should be small love 'mongst these sweet

knaves, And all this courtesy. The strain of man 's bred out Into baboon and monkey.

Alcib. Sir, you have sav'd my longing, and I feed
Most hungerly on your sight.

Right welcome, sir :
Ere we depart, we'll share a bounteous time
In different pleasures. Pray you, let us in.

(Exeunt all but APEMANTUS.

Enter two Lords. 1 Lord. What time o' day is 't, Apemantus ? Apem. Time to be honest. 1 Lord. That time serves still. Apem. The more accursed thou, that still omit'st it. 2 Lord. Thou art going to lord Timon's feast. Apem. Ay; to see meat fill knaves, and wine heat

fools. 2 Lord. Fare thee well ; fare thee well. Apem. Thou art a fool to bid me farewell twice. 2 Lord. Why, A pemantus ?

Apem. Shouldst have kept one to thyself, for I mean to give thee none.

i Lord. Hang thyself.

Apem. No, I will do nothing at thy bidding: make thy requests to thy friend. 2 Lord. Away, unappeasable dog, or I'll spurn thee

hence. Apem. I will fly, like a dog, the heels of the ass. (Exit.

1 Lord. He's opposite to humanity. Come, shall we in, And taste lord Timon's bounty ? he outgoes The very heart of kindness.

2 Lord. He pours it out; Plutus, the god of gold, Is but his steward : no meed' but he repays Sevenfold above itself: no gift to him, But breeds the giver a return exceeding All use of quittance. 1 Lord.

The noblest mind he carries, That ever govern'd man.

2 Merit.

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