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2 Lord. I pray you, upon what?
3 Lord. I'll tell you more anon. Here's a noble feast toward.
2 Lord. This is the old man still.
Tim. Each man to his stool, with that spur as he would to the lip of his mistress : your diet shall be in all places alike. Make not a city feast of it, to let the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place: Sit, sit. The gods require our thanks.
You great benefactors, sprinkle our society with thankfulness. For your own gifts, make yourselves praised: but reserve still to give, lest your deities be despised. Lend to each man enough, that one need not lend to another : for, were your godheads to borrow of men, men would forsuke the gods. Make the meat be beloved, more than the man that gives it. Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of villains: If there sit twelve women at the table, let a dozen of them bemas they are.-The rest of your fees, O gods,the senators of Athens, together with the common lag* of people.-what is amiss in them, you gods make suitable for destruction. For these my present friends,
, -as they are to me nothing, so in nothing bless them, and to nothing they are welcome. Uncover, dogs, and lap.
[The dishes uncovered are full of warm water. Some speak. What does his lordship mean? Some other. I know not.
Tim. May you a better feast never behold, You knot of mouth-friends! smoke, and lukewarm
water Is your perfection. This is Timon's last;
• The lowest.
Who stuck and spangled you with flatteries,
(Throwing water in their faces.
[Throws the dishes at them, and drives
them out. Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.What, all in motion ? Henceforth be no feast, Whereat a villain's not a welcome guest. Burn, house; sink, Athens ! henceforth hated be Of Timon, man, and all humanity!
Re-enter the Lords, with other Lords and Senators.
1 Lord. How now, my lords?
2 Lord. Know you the quality of lord Timon's fury?
3. Lord. Pish! did you see my cap ? 4 Lord. I have lost my gown.
3 Lord. He's but a mad lord, and nought but hu. mour sways him. He gave me a jewel the other day, and now he has beat it out of my hat :-Did you see my jewel ?
4 Lord. Did you see my cap?
Flies of a season. + Jacks of the clock ; like those at St. Dunstan's church, in Fleet-street.
I feel't upon my bones. 4 Lord. One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.
Without the walls of Athens.
Enter Timon. Tim. Let me look back upon thee, O thou wall, That girdlest in those wolves ! Dive in the earth, And fence not Athens ! Matrons, turn incontinent; Obedience fail in children ! slaves, and fools, Pluck the grave wrinkled senate from the bench, Add minister in their steads! to general filths* Convert o'the instant, green virginity! Do't in your parents' eyes ! bankrupts, hold fast; Rather than render back, out with your knives, And cut your trusters' throats! bound servants,
steal ! Large handed robbers your grave masters are, And pill by law! maid, to thy master's bed; Thy mistress is o'the brothel ! son of sixteen, Pluck the lin'd crutch from the old limping sire, With it beat out his brains! piety, and fear, Religion to the gods, peace, justice, truth, Domestick awe, night-rest, and neighbourhood, Instruction, manners, mysteries, and trades, Degrees, observances, customs, and laws, Decline to your confounding contraries +, And yet confusion live!- Plagues, incident to men, Your potent and infectious fevers heap
. Common sewers.
+ i.e. Contrarieties, whose nature it is to waste or destroy each other.
On Athens, ripe for stroke! thou cold sciatica,
Athens. A room in Timon's house.
Enter Flavius, with two or three Servants. 1 Serv. Hear you, master steward, where's our
master? Are we undone ? cast off? nothing remaining? Flad. Alack, my fellows, what should I say to
you? Let me be recorded by the righteous gods, I am as poor as you. 1 Seru.
Such a house broke! So noble a master fallen! All gone! and not
# For libertinism.
+ Accumulated curses.
One friend, to take his fortune by the arm,
As we do turn our backs
Enter other Servants.
Flad. All broken implements of a ruin'd house.
3 Serv. Yet do our hearts wear Timon's livery, That see I by our faces; we are fellows still, Serving alike in sorrow: Leak'd is our bark; And we, poor mates, stand on the dying deck, Hearing the surges threat: we must all part Into this sea of air, Flav.
Good fellows all, The latest of my wealth I'll share amongst you. Wherever we shall meet, for Timon's sake, Let's yet be fellows; let's shake our heads, and say, As 'twere a knell unto our master's fortunes, We have seen better days. Let each take some;
[Giving them money. Nay, put out all your hands. Not one word more: Thus part we rich in sorrow, parting poor.
[Exeunt Servants. 0, the fierce* wretchedness that glory brings us! Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt, Since riches point to misery and contempt? Who'd be so mock'd with glory? or to live But in a dream of friendship? To have his pomp, and all what state compounds, But only painted, like his varnish’d-friends? Poor honest lord, brought low by his own heart;
* Hasty, precipitate.