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Undone by goodness! Strange, unusual blood",
When man's worst sin is, he does too much good!
Who then dares to be half so kind again?
For bounty, that makes gods, does still mar men,
My dearest lord,-bless'd, to be most accurs’d,
Rich, only to be wretched ;-thy great fortunes
Are made thy chief afflictions. Alas, kind lord!
He's flung in rage from this ungrateful seat
Of monstrous friends: nor has he with him to
Supply his life, or that which can command it.
I'll follow, and inquire him out:
I'll serve his mind with my best will;
Whilst I have gold, I'll be his steward still.



The woods.

Enter Timon.

Tim. O blessed breeding sun, draw from the earth Rotten humidity; below thy sister's orbt Infect the air! Twion'd brothers of one womb, Whose procreation, residence, and birth, Scarce is dividant,-touch them with several for

tunes; The greater scorns the lesser: Not vature, To whom all sores lay siege, can bear great fortune, But byf contempt of nature. Raise me this beggar, and denude that lord; The senator shall bear contempt hereditary, The beggar native honour. It is the pasture lards the brother's sides,

* Propensity, disposition.
+ i. e. The moon's, this sublunary world.
† But by is here used for without.

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The want that makes him lean. Who dares, who

In purity of manhood stand upright,
And say, This man's a flatterer ? if one be,
So are they all; for every grize of fortune
Is smooth'd by that below: the learned pate
Ducks to the golden fool: All is oblique;
There's nothing level in our cursed natures,
But direct villainy. Therefore, be abhorr'd
All feasts, societies, and throngs of men !
His semblable, yea, himself, Timon disdains :
Destruction fang* mankind !-Earth, yield me roots !

Who seeks for better of thee, sauce his palate
With thy most operant poison! What is here?
Gold ? yellow, glittering, precious gold? No, gods,
I am no idle votaristt. Roots, you clear heavens !
Thus much of this, will make black, white; foul, fair;
Wrong, right; base, noble; old, young; coward,

Ha, you gods! why this? What this, you gods?

Why this
Will lug your priests and servants from your sides;
Pluck stout men's pillows from below their heads :
This yellow slave
Will knit and break religions ; bless the accurs'd;
Make the hoar leprosy ador'd ; place thieves,
And give them title, knee, and approbation,
With senators on the bench : this is it,
That makes the wappen'd I widow wed again ;
She, whom the spital-house, and ulcerous sores
Would cast the gorge at, this embalms and spices
To the April day again g. Come, damned earth,

* Seize, gripe.

+ No insincere or inconstant supplicant. Gold will not serve me instead of roots.

| Sorrowful.

§ i. e. Gold restores her to all the sweetness and freshness of youth.

Thou common whore of mankind, that put'st odds
Among the rout of nations, I will make thee
Do thy right nature.-[March afar off.}-Ha! a

drum ?

-Thou'rt quick,
But yet I'll bury thee: Thou'lt go, strong thief,
When gouty keepers of thee cannot stand :-
Nay, stay thou out for earnest.

(Keeping some gold.

Enter Alcibiades, with drum and fife, in warlike

manner; Phrynia and Timandra.


What art thou there? Speak. Tin. A beast, as thou art. The canker knaw. thy

heart, For showing me again the eyes of man ! Alcib. What is thy name? Is man so hateful to

That art thyself a man?

Tim. I am misanthropos, and hate mankind.
For thy part, I do wish thou wert a dog,
That I might love thee something.

I know thee well;
But in thy fortunes am unlearn'd and strange.
Tim. I know thee too; and more, than that I

know thee, I not desire to know. Follow thy drum; With man's blood paint the ground, gules, gules: Religious canons, civil laws are cruel; Then what should war be? This fell whore of thine Hath in her more destruction than thy sword, For all her cherubin look. Phr.

Thy lips rot off! Tim. I will not kiss thee; then the rot returns To thine own lips again. Alcib How came the noble Timon to this change?

Tim. As the moon does, by wanting light to give : But then reuew I could not, like the moon ; There were no sups to borrow of..


Noble Timon,
What friendship may I do thee?

None, but to
Maintain my opinion.

What is it, Timop ?
Tim. Promise nie friendship, but perform none:

If Thou wilt not promise, the gods plague thee, for Thou art a man! if thou dost perform, confound

thee, For thou'rt a man!

Alcib. I have heard in some sort of thy miseries. Tim. Thou saw'st them, when I had prosperity. Alcib. I see them now; then was a blessed time. Tim. As thine is now, held with a brace of harlots. Timan. Is this the Athenian minion, whom the

world Voic'd so regardfully? Tim.

Art thou Timandra? Timan.

Yes. Tim. Be a whore still! they love thee not, that

use thee; Give them diseases, leaving with thee their lust. Make use of thy salt hours: season the slaves For tubs, and baths; bring down rose-cheeked youth To the tub-fast, and the diet*. Timan.

Hang thee, monster! Alcib. Pardon him, sweet Timandra; for luis wits Are drown'd and lost in his calamities. I have but little gold of late, brave Timon, The want whereof doth daily make revolt I my penurious band : I have heard, and griev'd, How cursed Athens, mindless of thy worth, Forgetting thy great deeds, when neighbour states, But for thy sword and fortune, trod upon them, Tim. I prythee, beat thy drum, and get thee


* Alluding to the cure of the lues venerea, then in practice.

Alcib. I am thy friend, and pity thee, dear Ti.


T'im. How dost thou pity him, whom thou dost

I had rather be alone.

Why, fare thee well :
Here's some gold for thee.

Keep't, I cannot eat it.
Alcib. When I have laid proud Athens on a

Tim. Warr'st thou 'gainst Athens?

Ay, Timou, and have cause.
Tim. The gods confound them all i'thy conquest;

Thee after, when thou hast conquer'd !

Why me, Timon ? Tim. That, By killing villains, thou wast born to conquer My country. Put up thy gold; Go on,-here's gold,—go on; Be as a planetary plague, when Jove Will o'er some high-vic'd city hang his poison In the sick air: Let not thy sword skip one: Pity not honour'd age for his white beard, He's an usurer: Strike me the counterfeit matron; It is her habit only that is honest, Herself's a bawd: Let not the virgin's cheek Make soft thy trenchant* sword; for those milk.

paps, That through the window-bars bore at men's

Are not within the leaf of pity writ,
Set them down horrible traitors : Spare not the babe,
Whose dimpled smiles from fools exhaust their

Think it a bastardt, whom the oracle
Hath doubtfully pronoune'd thy throat shall cut,

* Cutting.
† An allusion to the tale of Edipus.

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