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Sero. There comes with them a forerunner, my lord, which bears that office, to signify their pleasures.
Tim. I pray, let them be admitted.
Cup. Hail to thee, worthy Timon ;--and to all
eyes. Tim. They are welcome all; let them have kind
admittance : Musick, make their welcome. [Exit Cupid. 1 Lord. You see, my lord, how ample you are be
Musick, Re-enter CUPID, with a masque of Ladies as
Amazons, with lutes in their hands, dancing, and playing. Apem. Hey day, what a sweep of vanity comes this
They dance! they are mad women.
Would one day stamp upon me: It has been done; Men shut their doors against a setting sun.
The Lords rise from table, with much adoring of
Timon s and, to show their loves, each singles out
1 Lady. My lord, you take us even at the best.
Apem. 'Faith, for the worst is filthy; and would not hold taking, I doubt me.
Tim. Ladies, there is an idle banquet Attends you: Please you to dispose yourselves. All Lad. Most thankfully, my lord.
[Exeunt Cupin, and Ladies. Tim. Flavius, Flav. My lord. Tim.
The little casket bring me hither. Flav. Yes, my lord.—More jewels yet ! There is no crossing him in his humour; [Aside. Else I should tell him,-Well,-i'faith, I should, When all's spent, he'd be cross'd' then, an he could.
8 Shakspeare plays on the word crossed : alluding to the piece of silver money called a cross. VOL VIII.
'Tis pity, bounty had not eyes behind ;
[Erit, and returns with the casket. 1 Lord. Where be our men ? Sero.
Here, my lord, in readiness. 2 Lord. Our horses.
O my friends, I have one word
1 Lord. I am so far already in your gifts,
Enter a Servant. Seru. My lord, there are certain nobles of the
Tim. They are fairly welcome.
I beseech your honour, Vouchsafe me a word; it does concern you near.
Tim. Near? why then another time I'll hear thee : I prythee, let us be provided To show them entertainment, Flav.
I scarce know how,
[Aside. Enter another Servant. 2 Sero. May it please your honour, the lord Lucius, Out of his free love, hath presented to you Four milk-white horses, trapp'd in silver.
9 For his nobleness of soul,
Tim. I shall accept them fairly: let the presents
Enter a third Servant.
3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable gentleman, lord Lucullus, entreats your company to-morrow to hunt with him; and has sent your honour two brace of greyhounds.
Tim. I'll hunt with him; And let them be receiv'd, Not without fair reward. Flav. [Aside.]
What will this come to ? He commands us to provide, and give great gifts, And all out of an empty coffer. Nor will he know his purse; or yield me this, To show him what a beggar his heart is, Being of no power to make his wishes good; His promises fly so beyond his state, That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes For every word; he is so kind, that he now Pays interest for't; his land's put to their books. Well, 'would I were gently put out of office, Before I were forc'd out! Happier is he that has no friend to feed, Than such as do even enemies exceed, I bleed inwardly for my lord. .
You do yourselves Much wrong, you bate too much of your own
merits :Here, my lord, a trifle of our love. 2 Lord. With more than common thanks I will
receive it, 3 Lord. O, he is the very soul of bounty!
Tim. And now I remember me, my lord, you gave
Can justly praise, but what he does affect :
None so welcome.
Ay, defiled land, my lord.
Am I to you.
2 Lord. So infinitely endear'd,
The best of happiness,
[Exeunt ALCIBIADES, Lords, &c.
ii.e. Could dispense them on every side with an ungrudging distribution, like that with which I could deal out cards.
2 i, e. All happiness to you.