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Laid them before you; you would throw them off,
Let all my land be sold.
Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend...
Flav. O my good lord, the world is but a word;
You tell me true.
5 Return so much,] He does not mean so great a sum, but a certain sum, as it might happen to be. . Our author frequently uses this kind of expression.
6. Though you hear now, (too late!) yet now's a time,] i. e. Though I tell you this at too late a period, perhaps, for the information to be of any service to you, yet late as it is, it is necessary that you should be acquainted with it. It is evident, that the steward had very little hope of assistance from his master's friends. 7 and at length
How goes our reckoning?] How will you be able to subsist in the time intervening between the payment of the present demands (which your whole substance wilt hardly satisfy) and the claim of future dues, for which you have no fund whatsoever; and finally on the settle:nent of all accounts in what a wretched plight will you be ?
Call me before the exactest auditors,' . .
Proythee, no more.
Timon's ? Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon? Ah! when the means are gone, that buy this praise, The breath is gone whereof this praise is inade: Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter showers, These flies are couch'd. Tim.
Come, sermon me no further: No villainous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart; Unwisely, 'not ignobly, have I given.'
our offices —] i. e. the apartments allotted to culinary purposes, the reception of domesticks, &c. . : a wasteful cock,] Of the various explanations of the commentators, the following appears most intelligible. A wasteful cock is what we now call a waste pipe; a pipe which is continually running, and thereby prevents the overflow of cisterns, and other reservoirs, by carrying off their superfluous water. This circumstance served to keep the idea of Timon's unceasing prodigality in the mind of the Steward, while its remoteness from the scenes of luxury within the house, was favourable to meditation. . No villainous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart; ::Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given.] Every reader must rejoice in this circumstance of comfort which presents itself to Timon, who, although beggar'd through want of prudence, con. soles himself with reflection that his ruin was not brought on by the pursuit of guilty pleasures. STEEVENS.
Flame. Ancrown dem blesshall
Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience
Assurance bless your thoughts!
crown'd, That I account them blessings; for by these Shall I try friends: You shall perceive, how you Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends. Within there, hol-Flaminius! Servilius! Enter FLAMINIUS, Servilius, and other Servants. Serv. My lord, my lord, Tim. I will despatch you severally.--You, to bord
. Lucius, To lord Lucullus you; I hunted with his Honour to-day ;-You, to Sempronius; Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say, That my occasions have found time to use them Toward a supply of money: let the request Be fifty talents. Flam.
As you have said, my lord. · Flav. Lord Lucius, and lord Lucullus: humph!
i [Aside. Tim. Go you, sir, [To another Serv.] to the se
nators, (Of whom, even to the state's best health, I have Desery'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o'the instant
"And try the argument-] The licentiousness of our author forces us often upon far-fetch'd expositions. Arguments may mean contents, as the arguments of a book; or evidences and proofs. 'Johnson. S c rown’d,] i, e, dignified, adorned, made respectable.
A thousand talents to me.
I have been bold,
Is't true? can it be?
able,-. But yet they could have wish'd- they know not but
i Something hath been amiss-a noble nature May catch awrench-would all werewell—'tis pityAnd so, intending other serious matters, After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions, With certain half-caps, and cold-moving nods, They froze me into silence. Tim.
You gods, reward them! I prythee, man, look cheerly; These old fellows. Have their ingratitude in them hereditary: Their blood is cak'd, 'tis cold, it seldom flows; 'Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind; And nature, as it grows again toward earth, Is fashion'd for the journey, dull, and heavy.--. Go to Ventidius, - [To a Serv.] 'Pr’ythee, [To
Flavius, 7 be not sad, — I knew it the most general way,] General is not speedy, but compendious, the way to try many at a time. . 4 com at fall,] i. e. at an ebb.
intending -] is regarding, turning their notice to other things. Johnson.
— and these hard fractions,] Flavius, by fractions, means broken hints, interrupted sentences, abrupt remarks.
half caps,] A half-cap is a cap slightly moved.
Thou art true, and honest; ingeniously & I speak,
give it these fellows :
is bounty's foe; Being free itself, i thinks all others so. [Exkunt.
Serv. I have told my lord of you, he is coming down to you.
Flam. I thank you, sir. . .
Enter LUCULLUS. Serv. Here's my lord.
Lucul. [ Aside. One of lord Timon's mėn? a gift, I warrant. "Why, this hits right; I dreamt of a silver bason and ewer to-night.' Flaminius,
8- ingeniously---] Ingenious was anciently used instead os ingenuous.
9- free--] is liberal, pot parsimonious. .