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Timon, a noble Atheniar.
Lucullus, Lords, and Flatterers of Timon.
Ventidius, one of Timon's false Friends.
Apemantus, a churlish Philosopher.
Alcibiades, an Athenian General.
Flavius, Steward to Timon.
Lucilius, Timon's Servants.
Servants to Timon's Creditors.
Two Servants of Varro, and the Servant of Isidore ;
two of Timon's Creditors. Cupid, and Maskers. Three Strangers. Poet, Painter, Jeweller, and Merchant. An old Athenian. A Page. A Fool. Phrynia,
Mistresses to Alcibiades.
Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Thieves, and
SCENE, Athens; and the Woods adjoining.
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 :
But what particular rarity? what strange,
Which manifold record not matches? See,
Magic of bounty! all these spirits thy power
Hath conjur'd to attend. I know the merchant.
Pain. I know them both : t'other's a jeweller.
Mer. 0, 'tis a worthy lord !
Nay, that's most fix'd.
Mer. A most incomparable man; breath’d, as it were,
To an untirable and continuate goodness :
Jew. I have a jewel here.
Mer. O, pray, let's see't: For the lord Timon, sir?
Jew. If he will touch the estimate: But, for tbal
Poet. When we for recompense have prais'd the vile,
It stains the glory in that happy verse
Which aptly sings the good.
'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 dedi-
To the great lord.
A thing slipp'd idly from me.
Our poesy is as a gum, which oozes
From whence 'tis nourished: The fire i'the flint
Shows not, till it be struck; our gentle flame
Provokes itself, and, like the current, flies
Each bound it chafes. What have you there? [forth?
Pain. A picture, sir.-And when comes your book
Poet Upon the beels of my presentment, sir.
Let's see your piece.
'Tis a good piece.
Poet. So 'tis: this comes off well and excellent.
Admirable: How this grace
Speaks his own standing! what a mental power
This eye shoots forth! how big imagination
Moves in this lip! to the dumbness of the gesture
One might interpret.
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life.
Here is a touch; Is't good?
I'll say of it,
It tutors nature: artificial strife
Lives in these touches, livelier than life.
Enter certain Senators, and pass over.
Pain. How this lord's follow'd !
Poet. The senators of Athens :~Happy men!
Pain. Look, more!
Poet. You see this confluenee, this great flood of
I have, in this rough work, shap'd out a man,
Whom this beneath world doth embrace and hug
With amplest entertainment: My free drift
Halts not particularly, but moves itself
In a wide sea of wax: no levelld malice
Infects one comma in the course I hold;
But flies an eagle flight, bold, and forth on,
Leaving no track behind.
Pain. How shall I understand you?
I'll unbolt to you
You see how all conditions, how all minds
(As well of glib and slippery creatures, as
of grave and austere quality), tender down
Their services to lord Timon: his large fortune,
Upon his good and gracious nature banging,
Subdues and properties to his love and tendance
All sorts of hearts; yea, from the glass-fac'd flatterer,
To Apemantus, that few things loves better
*Than to abhor himself: even he drops down
The knee before him, and returns in peace
Most rich in Timon's nod.
I saw them speak together.
Poet. Sir, I have upon a high and pleasant hill,
Feign'd Fortune to be thron’d: The base o'the mount
Is rank'd with all deserts, all kind of nalures,
·That labour on the bosom of this sphere
To propagate their states: amongst them all,
Whose eyes are on this sovereign lady fix'd,
One do I personate of lord Timon's frame,
Whom Fortune with her ivory hand wafts to her;
Whose present grace to present slaves and servants
Translates his rivals.
'Tis conceiv'd to scope.
This throne, this Fortune, and this hill, meihinks,
With one man beckon'd from the rest below,
Bowing his head against the steepy mount
To climb his happiness, would be well express’d
In our condition.
Nay, sir, but hear me on:
All those which were his fellows but of late
(Some better than his value), on the moment
Follow his strides, his lobbies fill with tendance,
Rain sacrificial whisperings in his ear,
Make sacred even his stirrup, and through him
Drink the free air.