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thee for thy labour: He, that loves to be flattered, is worthy o'the flatterer. Heavens, that I were a lord!
Tim. What would'st do then, Apemantus ? ! " Apem. Even as Apemantus does now, hate a lord with my heart.
Tim. What, thyself?
Apem. That I had no angry wit to be a lord.
Mer. Ay, Apemantus.
Apem. Traffick confound thee, if the gods will not!
Mer. If traffick do it, the gods do it. : *
Apem. Traffick’s thy god, and thy god confound thee!
Trumpets sound. Enter a Seryant.
'Tis Alcibiades, and Some twenty horse, all of companionship..! Tim. Pray, entertain them; give them guide to
us.- . Exeunt some Attendants. You must needs dine with me:-Go not you hence, Till I have thank'd you; and, when dinner's done, :: Show me this piece. I am joyful of your fights.
Enter ALCIBIADES, with his Company.'. Most welcome, sir! . . [They salute. Apem.
So, so; there! Aches contract and starve your supple joints !-- - ' That there should be small love 'mongst these sweet ... knaves, And all this court'sy! The strain of man's bred out in liknaves; Into baboon and monkey.'
9_ all of companionship.] This expression does not mean barely that they all belong to one company, 'but that they are all such as Alcibiades honours with his acquaintance, and sets on a level with himself.
Alcib. Sir, you have sav'd my longing, and I feed Most hungrily on your sight. Tim.
Right welcome, sir: Ere we depart, we'll share a bounteous time In different pleasures. Pray you, let us in..
[Exeunt all but APEMANTUS.
Enter Two Lords.
i Lord. What time a day is’t, Apemantus ?
it. 2 Lord. Thou art going to lord Timon's feast. Apem. Ay; to see meat fill knaves, and wine
heat fools. 2 Lord. Fare thee well, faré thee well. Apem. Thou art a fool, to bid me farewell twice. 2 Lord. Why, Apemantus ?.
Apem. Shouldst have kept one to thyself, for I mean to give thee none. , :,:
1 Lord. Hang thyself.
Apem. No, Ï will do nothing at thy bidding; make thy requests to thy friend.
2 Lord. Away, unpeaceable dog, or I'll spurn thee hence. Apem. I will fly, like a dog, the heels of the ass.
i The strain of man's bred out
Into baboon'and monkey.) Man is exhausted and degenerated; his strain or lineage is worn down into a monkey. JOHNSON.
i Lord. He's opposite to humanity. Come, shall
we in, And taste lord Timon's bounty? he outgoes The very heart of kindness.
2 Lord. He pours: it out; Plutus, the god of gold, Is but his steward: no meed, but he repays Sevenfold above itself; no gift to him, But breeds the giver a return exceeding All use of quittance.3 i Lord.
The noblest mind he carries, That ever govern'd man. 2 Lord. Long may he live in fortunes! Shall we
in ? 1 Lord. I'll keep you company. [Exeunt.
The same. A Room of State in Timon's House. Hautboys playing loud Musick. A great Banquet
served in; FLAVIUS and others attending; then
I no meed,] Meed, which in general signifies reward or recompense, in this place seems to mean desert.
3 All use of quittance.] i. e. all the customary returns made in discharge of obligations.
spirit is th
Doubled, with thanks, and service, from whose help I deriv'd liberty.
Tim. O, by no means, Honest Ventidius: you mistake my love; I gave it freely ever; and there's none Can truly say, he gives, if he receives: If our betters play at that game, we must not dare To imitate them; Faults that are rich, are fair. Ven. A noble spirit.
[They all stand ceremoniously looking on
TIMON. · Tim.
Nay, my lords, ceremony Was but devis’d at first, to set a gloss On faint deeds, hollow welcomes, Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown ; But where there is true friendship, there needs none.
Pray, sit; more welcome are ye to my fortunes, - Than my fortunes to me.
[They sit. i Lord. My lord, we always have confess'd it. Apem. Ho, ho, confess'd it? hang'd it, have you
1 Faults that are rich, are fair.] The faults of rich persons, and which contribute to the increase of riches, wear a plausible appearance, and as the world goes are thought fair, but they are faults notwithstanding.
Aper. Let me stay at thine own peril, Timon; I come to observe; I give thee warning on't.
Tim. I take no heed of thee; thou art an Athenian ; therefore welcome: I myself would have no power : pr'ythee, let my meat make thee silent. Apem. I scorn thy meat ; 'twould choke me, for
Flow this way! A brave fellow !—he keeps his tides well. Timon,
5 I scorn thy meat ; 'twould choke me, for I should
Ne'er flatter thee.] The meaning is.--I could not swallow thy meat, for I could not pay for it with flattery; and what was given me with an ill will would stick in my throat. JOHNSON.
- so many dip their meat
In one man's blood;] The allusion is to a pack of hounds trained to pursuit by being gratified with the blood of an animal which they kill, and the wonder is that the animal on which they are feeding cheers them to the chasé. JOHNSON. 7 My lord, in heart;] That is, my lord's health with singerity. YOL. VII. ?