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Tim. A fool of thee : depart.
Were all the wealth I have shut up in thee, Apem. I love thee better now than e'er I did. I'd give thee leave to hang it. Get thee gone.Tim. I hate thee worse.
That the whole life of Athens were in this! Apem. Why?
Thus would I eat it.
[Eating a root. Tim. Thou flatterr’st misery.
Apem. Here; I will mend thy feast. Apem. I flatter not; but say, thou art a caitiff.
[ Offering him something. Tim. Why dost thou seek me out?
Tim. First mend my company; take away thyApem. To vex thee.
Tim. Always a villain's office, or a fool's. Apem. So I shall mend mine own, by the lack Dost please thyself in 't?
of thine. Apem. Ay.
Tim. "T is not well mended so; it is but botched: Tim. What! a knave too?
If not, I would it were. Apem. If thou didst put this sour-cold habit on Apem. What wouldst thou have to Athens? To castigate thy pride, 't were well: but thou Tim. Thee thither in a whirlwind. If thou wilt, Dost it enforcedly; thou 'dst courtier be again, Tell them there I have gold : look, so I have. Wert thou not beggar. Willing misery
Apem. Here is no use for gold. Outlives incertain pomp; is crowned before: Tim. The best and truest: The one is filling still, never complete;
For here it sleeps, and does no hired harm. The other at high wish : best state, contentless, Apem. Where ly'st o' nights, Timon? Hath a distracted and most wretched being,
Tim. Under that's above me. Worse than the worst, content.
Where feed’st thou o’days, Apemantus ? Thou shouldst desire to die, being miserable.
Apem. Where my stomach finds meat; or ra-
Apem. The middle of humanity thou never Freely command, thou wouldst have plunged thy knewest, but the extremity of both ends: when self
thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they In general riot; melted down thy youth
mocked thee for too much curiosity; in thy rags In different beds of lust; and never learned thou knowest none, but art despised for the conThe icy precepts of respect, but followed
trary. There's a medlar for thee; eat it. The sugared game before thee. But myself, i Tim. On what I hate, I feed not. Who had the world as my confectionary ;
Apem. Dost hate a medlar? The mouths, the tongues, the eyes, and hearts of Tim. Ay, though it look like thee. men
Apem. An thou hadst hated meddlers sooner, At duty, more than I could frame employment; thou shouldst have loved thyself better now. That numberless upon me stuck, as leaves What man didst thou ever know unthrift, that Do on the oak, have with one winter's brush was beloved after his means ? Fell from their boughs, and left me open, barel Tim. Who, without those means thou talkest For every storm that blows ;-I to bear this, of, didst thou ever know beloved ? That never knew but better, is some burden. Apem. Myself. Thy nature did commence in sufferance; time I Tim. I understand thee; thou hadst some Hath made thee hard in 't. Why shouldst thou means to keep a dog. hate men?
Apem. What things in the world canst thou They never flattered thee. What hast thou given? nearest compare to thy flatterers ? If thou wilt curse,-thy father, that poor rag, Tim. Women nearest; but men, men are the Must be thy subject; who, in spite, put stuff things themselves. What wouldst thou do with To some she-beggar, and compounded thee, the world, Apemantus, if it lay in thy power? Poor rogue hereditary. Hence! be gone!
Apem. Give it the beasts, to be rid of the men. If thou hadst not been born the worst of men, Tim. Wouldst thou have thyself fall in the Thou hadst been a knave and flatterer. ·
confusion of men, and remain a beast with the Apem. Art thou proud yet?
beasts? Tim. Ay, that I am not thee.
Apem. Ay, Timon. Apem. I, that I was no prodigal.
T'im. A beastly ambition, which the gods grant Tim. I, that I am one now:
thee to attain to! If thou wert the lion, the fox would beguile thee : if thou wert the lamb, the But even the mere necessities upon it. fox would eat thee: if thou wert the fox, the | Then, Timon, presently prepare thy grave; lion would suspect thee, when, peradventure, Lie where the light foam of the sea may beat thou wert accused by the ass : if thou wert the Thy grave-stone daily: make thine epitaph, ass, thy dulness would torment thee; and still That death in me at others' lives may laugh. thou livedst but as a breakfast to the wolf: if | 0, thou sweet king-killer, and dear divorce thou wert the wolf, thy greediness would afflict
(Looking on the gold. thee, and oft thou shouldst hazard thy life for thy 'Twixt natural son and sire! thou bright defiler dinner: wert thou the unicorn, pride and wrath Of Hymen's purest bed! thou valiant Mars! would confound thee, and make thine own self Thou ever young, fresh, loved, and delicate wooer, the conquest of thy fury: wert thou a bear, thou | Whose blush doth thaw the consecrated snow wouldst be killed by the horse; wert thou a That lies on Dian's lap! thou visible god, horse, thou wouldst be seized by the leopard ; | That solder'st close impossibilities, wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the And mak'st them kiss! that speak'st with every lion, and the spots of thy kindred were jurors on
tongue, thy life: all thy safety were remotion; and thy To every purpose! O, thou touch of hearts ! defence, absence. What beast couldst thou be, Think, thy slave man rebels; and by thy virtue that were not subject to a beast? and what a Set them into confounding odds, that beasts beast art thou already, that see'st not thy loss in | May have the world in empire! transformation ?
Apem. 'Would 't were so; Apem. If thou couldst please me with speak But not till I am dead!—I 'll say thou hast gold: ing to me, thou mightst have hit upon it here: Thou wilt be thronged to shortly. the commonwealth of Athens is become a forest T'im. Thronged to? of beasts.
Apem. - Ay. Tim. How! has the ass broke the wall, that Tim. Thy back, I pr'y thee. thou art out of the city?
Apem. Live, and love thy misery! Apem. Yonder comes a poet and a painter: the Tim. Long live so, and so die!—I am quit. plague of company light upon thee! I will fear to
[Exit APEMANTUS. catch it, and give way: when I know not what More things like men ?-Eat, Timon, and abhor else to do, I'll see thee again.
them. Tim. When there is nothing living but thee, thou shalt be welcome. I had rather be a beggar's
Enter Thieves. dog than Apemantus.
1st Thief. Where should he have this gold? Apem. Thou art the cap of all the fools alive. It is some poor fragment, some slender ort of his Tim. 'Would thou wert clean enough to spit remainder: the mere want of gold, and the fallupon.
ing-from of his friends, drove him into this meApem. A plague on thee, thou art too bad to | laucholy. curse.
2nd Thief. It is noised he hath a mass of treaTim. All villains that do stand by thee, are pure. sure. Apem. There is no leprosy but what thou 3rd Thief. Let us make the assay upon him. speak’st.
If he care not for 't, he will supply us easily: if Tim. If I name thee.
| he covetously reserve it, how shall's get it? I'll beat thee,--but I should infect my hands. I 2nd Thief. True; for he bears it not about him;
Apem. I would my tongue could rot them off. 'tis hid.
1st Thief. Is not this he? Choler does kill me, that thou art alive;
Thieves. Where? I swoon to see thee.
2nd Thief. 'Tis his description. Apem. 'Would thou wouldst burst!
3rd Thief. He; I know him.
Thieves. Save thee, Timon.
Tim. Both, too; and women's sons.
Thieves. We are not thieves, but men that much Apem. Toad!
do want. Tim. Rogue, rogue, rogue !
Tim. Your greatest want is, you want much of [APEmantus retreats backward, as going.
meat. I am sick of this false world; and will love nought | Why should you want? Behold, the earth hath roots;
Within this mile break forth a hundred springs: | Till the high fever seeth your blood to froth,
Do villany, do, since you profess to do't, As beasts, and birds, and fishes.
Like workmen. I 'll example you with thievery: Tim. Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds, The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction and fishes;
Robs the vast sea: the moon's an arrant thief, You must eat men. Yet thanks I must you con, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun : That you are thieves professed; that you work not The sea 's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves In holier shapes : for there is boundless theft The moon into salt tears: the earth 's a thief, In limited professions. Rascal thieves,
That feeds and breeds by a composture stolen Here's gold: go, suck the subtle blood of the grape, From general excrement: each thing's a thief:
The laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power
[Timon retires to his cave. 3rd Thief. He has almost charmed me from my profession, by persuading me to it,
1st Thief. 'Tis in the malice of mankind that he thus advises us; not to have us thrive in our mystery.
2nd Thief. I'll believe him as an enemy, and give over my trade.
1st Thief. Let us first see peace in Athens : there is no time so miserable but a man may be
Timon comes forward from his cave.
Flav. Have you forgot me, sir ?
Upon their first lord's neck. But tell me true Tim. Why dost ask that? I have forgot all | (For I must ever doubt, though ne'er so sure), men;
Is not thy kindness subtle, covetous, Then, if thou grant'st thou 'rt a man, I have forgot If not a usuring kindness; and as rich men deal thee.
gifts, Flav. An honest poor servant of yours. Expecting in return twenty for one? Tim. Then I know thee not.
Flav. No, my most worthy master, in whose I ne'er had honest man about me, I; all
breast I kept were knaves, to serve in meat to villains. Doubt and suspect, alas ! are placed too late; Flao. The gods are witness,
You should have feared false times when you did Ne'er did poor steward wear a truer grief
feast; For his undone lord, than mine eyes for you. Suspect still comes where an estate is least. Tim. What, dost thou weep?—Come nearer: That which I shew, Heaven knows, is merely love, then I love thee,
Duty and zeal, to your unmatched mind; Because thou art a woman, and disclaim'st Care of your food and living; and believe it, Flinty mankind; whose eyes do never give My most honoured lord, But thorough lust and laughter. Pity's sleeping: For any benefit that points to me, Strange times, that weep with laughing, not with ! Either in hope or present, I'd exchange weeping!
For this one wish, that you had power and wealth Flav. I beg of you to know me, good my lord, To requite me, by making rich yourself. To accept my grief, and, whilst this poor wealth Tim. Look thee,'t is so !—Thou singly honest lasts,
man, To entertain me as your steward still.
Here, take :—the gods out of my misery Tim. Had I a steward
Have sent thee treasure. Go, live rich and happy: So true, so just, and now so comfortable ? But thus conditioned: thou shalt build from men; It almost turns my dangerous nature wild. Hate all, curse all; shew charity to none; Let me behold thy face.—Surely this man But let the famished flesh slide from the bone, Was born of woman.
Ere thou relieve the beggar: give to dogs Forgive my general and exceptless rashness, What thou deny'st to men; let prisons swallow Perpetual-sober gods! I do proclaim
them, One honest man,-mistake me not,—but one; Debts wither them to nothing: be men like No more, I pray;—and he's a steward. —
blasted woods, How fain would I have hated all mankind, And may diseases lick up their false bloods ! And thou redeem'st thyself: but all, save thee, And so farewell, and thrive. I fell with curses.
Flav. O, let me stay and comfort you, my Methinks thou art more honest now than wise ;
master! For, by oppressing and betraying me,
Tim. If thou hat'st curses, Thou mightst have sooner got another service: Stay not; fly while thou’rt blessed and free: For many so arrive at second masters,
Ne'er see thou man, and let me ne'er see thee.