Laid them before you; you would throw them off,
And say, you found them in mine honesty. .
When, for some triffing present, you have bid me
Return so much, I have shook my head, and wept;
Yea, 'gainst the authority' of manners, pray'd you
To hold your hand more close: I did endure
Not seldom, nor no slight checks; when I have
Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate, i
And your great flow of debts. My dear-lov'd lord,
Though you hear now, (too late!) yet now's a time,
The greatest of your having lacks a half
To pay your present debts. .

Let all my land be sold.
Flav. 'Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and gone;
And what remains will hardly stop the mouth,
Of present dues: the future comes apace:
What shall defend the interim? and at length
How goes our reckoning?? ?

Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend...

Flav. O my good lord, the world is but a word;
Were it all yours to give it in a breath,
How quickly were it gone?

You tell me true.
Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falsehood,


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,' . .
And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me,
When all our offices have been oppress'd';
With riotous feeders; when our vaults have wept
With drunken spilth of wine; when every room
Hath blaz'd with lights, and bray'd with minstrelsy;
I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock,
And set mine eyes at flow.

Proythee, no more.
Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this

How many prodigal bits have slaves, and peasants,
This night englutted! Who is not Timon's?
What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is lord

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

lack, ,
To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart;
If I would broach the vessels of my love,
And try the argument' of hearts by borrowing,
Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use,
As I can bid thee speak.

Assurance bless your thoughts!
Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine are

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 rownd,] i, e, dignified, adorned, made respectable.

A thousand talents to me.

I have been bold,
(For that I knew it the most general way,)3
To them to use your signet, and your name;
But they do shake their heads, and I am here
No richer in return.

Is't true? can it be?
i Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate voice,
That now they are at fall,4 want treasure, cannot
Do what they would; are sorry—you are honour-

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,
No blame belongs to thee:-- To Serv.} Ventidius.

Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepp'd -
Into a great estate: when he was poor, ...
Imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends,
I clear’d him with five talents: Greet hiin from me;
Bid him suppose, some good necessity
Touches his friend, which craves to be remember'd
With those five talents:--that had, T. FLAY.]

give it these fellows :
To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak, or think,
That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can sink. ;
Flav. I would, I could not think it; That thought

is bounty's foe; Being free itself, i thinks all others so. [Exkunt.


The same. A Room in Lucullus’s House.
FLAMINIUS waiting. Enter a Servant to him.

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. .

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