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Apem. If thou could'st please me with speaking to me, thou might'st have hit upon it here: The commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of beasts.
Tim. How has the ass broke the wall, that thou art out of the city ?
Apem. Yonder comes a poet, and a painter: The plague of company light upon thee! I will fear to catch it, and give way: When I know not what else to do, I'll see
Tim. When there is nothing living but thee, thou shalt be welcome. I had rather be a beggar's dog, than Apemantus.
Apem. Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.
Tim. If I name thee.-
hands. Apen. I would, my tongue could rot them off!
Tım. Away, thou issue of a mangy dog!
Apem. 'Would thou would'st burst!
[Throws a stone at him.
[APEMANTUS retreats backward, as going. I am sick of this false world; and will love nought VOL. V.
But even the mere necessities
it. Then, Timon, presently prepare thy grave; Lie where the light foam of the sea may
beat Thy grave-stone daily: make thine epitaph, That death in me at others' lives may laugh. O thou sweet king-killer, and.dear divorce
[Looking on the gold.
APEM. 'Would 'twere so ;-
Tim. Throng'd to?
[Exit APEMANTUS. More things like men ?-_Eat, Timon, and abhor them.
Enter THIEVES, I Thier. Where should he have this gold ? It is some poor fragment, some slender ort of his remainder : The mere want of gold, and the falling-from of his friends, drove him into this melancholy,
2 Thier. It is nois'd, he hath a mass of treasure. 3 Thief. Let us make the assay upon him ; if he care not for’t, he will supply us easily; If he covetoully reserve it, how shall's get
it? 2 Thief. True ; for he bears it not about him, 'tis hid. i Thief. Is not this he? Thieves. Where? 2 Thief. 'Tis his description. 3
Thief. He; I know him.
[want. Thieves. We are not thieves, but men that much do
Tim. Your greatest want is, you want much of meat. Why should you want? Behold, the earth hath roots ; Within this mile break forth a hundred springs : The oaks bear mast, the briars scarlet hips ; The bounteous housewife, nature, on each bush Lays her full mess before you. Want? why want?
I Thief. We cannot live on grass, on berries, water, As beasts, and birds, and fishes.
Tim. Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds, and fishes;
you are thieves profess'd ; that you work not
Like workmen. I'll example you with thievery:
howsoever ! Amen.
[Timon retires to his cave. 3 Thier. He has almost charm'd me from my profession, by persuading me to it.
I Thier. 'Tis in the malice of mankind, that he thus advises us ; not to have us thrive in our mystery.
2 Thief. I'll believe him as an enemy,and give over my trade.
i Thief. Let us first see peace in Athens : There is no time so miserable, but a man may be true.
Who can bring noblest minds to baseft ends!
Timon comes forward from his cave.
Tim. Why doft ask that? I have forgot all men; Then, if thou grant'st thou’rt man, I have forgot thee.
Flav. An honest poor servant of yours.
Flar. The gods are witness,
you. Tim. What, dost thou weep?_Come nearer ;-then I
love thee, Because thou art a woman,
and disclaim'st Flinty mankind; whose eyes do never give, But thorough luft, and laughter. Pity's sleeping : Strange times, that weep with laughing, not with weep
Flav. I beg of you to know me, good my lord, To accept my grief, and, whilst this poor wealth lasts, To entertain me as your steward still.
Tim. Had I a steward so true, fo just, and now So comfortable? It almost turns