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I have spoke the least: Besides, his expedition promises Present approach. 2 Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring not
.' Timon. i
Enter Senators from Timon. 1 Sen.
. . Here come our brothers. 3 Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him ex
pect.The enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scouring Doth choke the air with dust: In, and prepare; Ours is the fall, I fear, our foes the snare.
Enter a Soldier, seeking TIMON. Sold. By all description this should be the place. Who's here! speak, ho!-No answer?-What is
this? Timon is dead, who hath outstretch'd his span: Some beast rear'd this; there does not live a man. Dead, syre; and this his grave.
What's on this tomb I cannot read ;8 the character
Alcib. Sound to this coward and lascivious town Our terrible approach. [A Parley sounded.
Enter Senators on the Walls.
As slept within the shadow of your power, is
Noble, and young, When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit,
8 I cannot read, &c.] There is something elaborately unskilful in the contrivance of sending a Soldier, who cannot read, to take the epithet in wax, only that it may close the play by being read with more solemnity in the last scene. JOHNSON. 9- travers'd arms,] Arms across.
- the time is flush,) A bird is flush when his feathers are grown, and he can leave the nest. Flush is mature.
Ere thou hadst power, or we had cause of fear,
2 Sen. ; . So did we woo
These walls of ours
: Nor are they living, Who were the motives that you first went out; Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess Hath broke their hearts.? ' March, noble lord, Into our city with thy banners spread: By decimation, and a tithed death, (If thy revenges hunger for that food, Which nature loaths,) take thou the destin'd tenth; And by the hazard of the spotted die, Let die the spotted.. i Sen.
All have not offended;
? Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess
Hath broke their hearts.] Shame in excess (i. e. extremity of shame)that they wanted cunning (i. e. that they were not wise enough: not to banish you) hath broke their hearts.
3m not square,] Not regular, not equitable.
With those that have offended: like a shepherd,
What thou wilt,
Set but thy foot
Throw thy glove,
Then there's my glove;
'Tis most nobly spoken. Alcib. Descend, and keep your words.
The Senators descend, and open the Gates..
mo upcharged ports;] uncharged means unattucked. 5 to atone your fears With my more noble meaning,] i. e. to reconcile them to it.
-- not a man Shall pass his quarter,] Not a soldier shall quit his station, or be let loose upon you; and, if any commits violence, he shall answer it regularly to the law.
Enter a Soldier.
wretched soul bereft:
here thy gait.
7_ our brain's flow,] Our brains flow is our tears.
9 The play of Timon is a domestick tragedy, and therefore