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are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one thing, my lord, and which I hear from common rumours; now lord Timon's happy hours are done* and past, and his estate shrinks from him.
Luc. Fye no, do not believe it; he cannot want for money.
2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, not long ago, one of his men was with the lord Lucullus, to borrow so many taleuts; nay, urged extremely fort, and showed what necessity belonged to't, and yet was denied,
Luc. How ?
Luc. What a strange case was that? now, before the gods, I am ashamed on't. Denied that honour. able man? there was very little honour showed in't. For my own part, I must veeds confess, I have re. ceived some small kindnesses from him, as money, plate, jewels, and such like trifes, nothing compas. ing to his ; yet, had he mistook him, and sent to me, I should ne'er have denied his occasion so many talents.
Enter Servilius. Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord; I have sweat to see his honour.-My honoured lord,
(To Lucius. 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 sent
Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much en. deared to that lord; he's ever sending: How shall I thank him, thiukest thou ? And what has he sent now?
Ser. He has only sent his present occasion now,
my lord; requesting your lordship to supply his in. stant use with so many talents,
Luc. I know, his lordship is but merry with me; He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.
Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my lord,
Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius ?
Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnish myself against such a good time, when I might have shown myself honourable ! how unluckily it hap pened, that I should purchase the day before for a little part, and undo a great deal of honour! - Ser. vilius, now before the gods, I am not able to do't; the more beast, I say :-I was sending to use lord Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness; but I would not, for the wealth of Athens, I had done it now. Conimend me bountifully to his good lord. ship; and I hope, his honour will conceive the fairest of me, because I have no power to be kind: And tell him this from me, I count it one of my greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will you befriend me so far, as to use mine own words to him?
Ser. Yes, sir, I shall.
[Exit Servilius. True, as you said, Timon is shruvk, indeed; And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed.
[Exit Lucius. 1 Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius? 2 Stran. Ay, too well.
1 Stran. Why this
* If he did not want it for a good use.' VOL. VI.
My knowing, Timon hath been this lord's father,
3 Stran. Religion groans at it.
For mine own part, I never tasted Timon in my life, Nor came any of his bounties over me, To mark me for his friend; yet, I protest, For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue, And honourable carriage, Had his necessity made use of me, I would have put my wealth into donation*, And the best half should have return'd to him, So much I love his heart : But, I perceive, Men must learn now with pity to dispepse : For policy sits above conscience. (Exeunt.
The same. A room in Sempronius's house.
Enter Sempronius, and a Servant of Timon's.
'Bove all others ?
* This means, to put his wealth down in account as a donation.
O my lord, They have all been touch'd*, and found base metal;
for They have all denied him! Sem.
How! have they denied him? Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him? And does he send to me? Three? humph !It shows but little love or judgement in him. Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like physi.
cians, Thrive, give him over; Must I take the cure upon
He has much disgrac'd me in't ; I am angry at him, That might have known my place: I see no sense
for't, But his occasions might have woo'd me first; Por, in my conscience, I was the first man That e'er receiv'd gift from him: And does he think so backwardly of me now, That I'll requite it last? No: So it may prove An argument of laughter to the rest, And I amongst the lords be thought a fool. I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, He had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake; I had such a couraget to do him good. But now re
turn, And with their faint reply this answer join; Who bates mine honour, shall not know my coin.
[Erit. Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. The devil knew not what he did, when he made man politick; he cross'd himself by’t : avd I cannot think, but, in the end, the villainies of man will set him clear. How fairly this lord strives to appear foul? takes virtuous copies to be wicked; like those that, under hot ardent zeal, would set whole realms on fire. Of such a nature is his politick love.
+ Ardour, eager desire.
This was my lord's best hope; now all are fied,
The same. A hall in Timon's house.
Enter two Servants of Varro, and the Servant of
Lucius, meeting Titus, Hortensius, and other
Ay, and, I think,
Tit. So is theirs and ours.
Phi. Good day at once.
Welcome, good brother.
Labouring for nine.
* i.e. Keep within doors for fear of duns.