For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue, - .
And honourable carriage, i
Had his necessity made use of me,
I would have put my wealth into donation,
And the best half should have return'd to him,
So much I love his heart: But, I perceive,
Men must learn now with pity to dispense:
For policy sits above conscience.


The same. A Room in Sempronius's House.
Enter SEMPRONIUS, and a Servant of Timon's.
Sem. Must he needs trouble me in't? Humph!

'Bove all others?
He might have tried lord Lucius, or Lucullus;
And now Ventidius is: wealthy too,
Whom he redeem'd from prison: All these three
Owe their estates unto him.

O my lord,
They have all been touch'd, and found base metal;

for They have all denied him! Sem.

How! have they denied him? Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied hiin? And does he send to me? Three! humph!It shows but little love or judgment in him. Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like physicians,

+ I would have put my wealth into donation,

And the best half should have return’d to him,] i. e. The best half of my wealth should have been the reply I would have made to Timon: I would have answered his requisition with the best half of what I am worth..

5 They have all been touch'd,] That is, tried, alluding to the touchstone,

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Thrive, give himoyer;Must I takethe cure upon me? He has much disgrac'd me in't; I am angry at him, What might have known my place: I see no sense

fort, is But his occasions might have woo'd me first; '. For, in my conscience, I was the first man That e'er receiv'd gift from him: And does he think so backwardly of me now, .. That I'll requite it last? No: So it may prove An argument of laughter to the rest, And I amongst the lords be thought a fool. I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, He had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake; I had such a courage to do him good. But now

returu, . And with their faint reply this answer join; Who bates mine honour, shall not know my coin.

. . .

[Exit. Serv. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. The devil knew not what he did, when he made man politick; he crossed himself by't: and I cannot think, but, in the end, the villainies of man will set him clear. s How fairly this lord strives to ap6_ His friends, like physicians,

Thrive, give him over;] i. e. “ His friends, like physicians, thrive by his bounty and fees, and either relinquish, and forsake him, or give his case up as desperate."

7- such a courage ] Such an ardour, such an eager desire.

8 The devil knew not what he did, when he made man politick; he crossed himself by't: and I cannot think, but, in the end, the vila lainies of man will set him clear.] Of the various conjectures on this passage, the following seems most probable :-The devil did not know what he was about, show much his reputation for wickedness would be diminished] when he made man crafty and interested ; he thwarted himself by it; (by thus raising up rivals to contend with him in iniquity, and at length to surpass him;] and I cannot but think that at last the enormitics of mankind will rise to such a height, as to make even Satan himself, in comparison, appear (what he would least of all wish to be) spotless and innocent.

MALONE.. keep his horge.] i. e, keep within doors for fear of duns.

pear foul? takes virtuous copies to be wicked; like those that, ander hot ardent zeal, would set whole realms on fire. Of such a nature is his politick love. This was my lord's best hope; now all are fled, Save the gods only: Now his friends are dead, Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards Many à bounteous year, must be employ'd Now to guard sure their master. . And this is all a liberal course allows; Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his house."


The same. A Hall in Timon's House.

Enter T.wo. Servants of VARRO, and the Servant of

Lucius, meeting Titus, HORTENSIUS, and other
Servants to Timon's Creditors, waiting his coming
Var. Serv. Well met; good-morrow, Titus and

Tit. The like to you, kind Varro.
Hor. A

* Lucius ?
What, do we meet together?
Luc. Serv.

· Ay, and, I think,
One business does command us all; for mine
Is money.
Tit. So is theirs and ours.

Enter PhilOTUS.
Luc. Serv.

And sir
Philotus too!

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Phi. Serv. think the

Labouring for nine.

Phi.. Good day at once.

Welcome, good brother. What do you think the hour?

Luc. Serv. So much?

. Is not my lord seen yet? * Luc. Serv..

Not yet. Phi. I wonder on't; he was wont to shine at

seven. Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter . . 'with him: You must consider, that a prodigal course Is like the sun's; but not, like his, recoverable, I fear, 'Tis deepest winter in lord Timon's purse; That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet Find little.

Phi. I am of your fear for that.

Tit. I'll show you how to observe a strange event. Your lord sends now for money. Hor.

'Most true, he does. Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift, For which I wait for money.

Hor. It is against my heart.

Luc. Serv. Mark, how strange it shows, Timon in this should pay more than he owes: And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels, And send for money for 'em. Hor. I am weary of this charge,' the gods can

witness: I know, my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth, And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth. i Var. Serv. Yes, mine's three thousand crowns:

What's yours?

"I am weary of this charge,] That is, of this commission, of this employment.

Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine.
i Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should seem-

by the sum,
Your master's confidence was above mine;
Else, surely, his had equall’d.2

Tit. One of lord Timon's men.

Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word: 'Pray, is my lord ready to come forth?

Flam. No, indeed, he is not.

Tit. We attend his lordship; 'pray, signify so much. Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows, you are too diligent.


Enter Flavius, in a Cloak, muffléd.
Luc. Serv. Ha! is not that his steward muffled so?
He goes away in a cloud: call him, call him.

Tit. Do you hear, sir?
1 Var. Serv. By your leave, sir, --
Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend?
Tit. We wait for certain money here, sir.

If money were as certain as your waiting,
'Twere sure enough. Why then preferr'd you not
Your sums and bills, when your false masters eat
Of my lord's meat? Then they could smile, and


* 2 Else, surely, his had equalld.] The meaning of this pas- sage may be, Your master, it seems, had more confidence in lord

Timon than mine, otherwise his (i. e. my master's) debt. (i. e. the money due to him from Timon) would certainly hare been as great as your master's (i. e, as the money which Timon owes to your master;) that is, my master being as rich as yours, could and would have advanced Timon.as large a sum as your master has advanced him, if he, (my master) had thought it prudent to do so.

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