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Serv. There comes with them a forerunner, my lord, which bears that office, to signify their pleasures. Tim. I pray,
let them be admitted.
Cup. Hail to thee, worthy Timon ;-and to all
eyes. Tim. They are welcome all; let them have kind
admittance: Musick, make their welcome. [Erit CUFID i Lord. You see, my lord, how ample you are be
Musick. Re-enter CUPID, with a masque of Ladies as
Amazons, with lutes in their hands, dancing, and playing. Apem. Hey day, what a sweep'of vanity comes this
They dance! they are mad women.
Would one day stamp upon me: It has been done;
Timons and, to show their loves, each singles out
1 Lady. My lord, you take us even at the best.
Apem. 'Faith, for the worst is filthy ;' and would not hold taking, I doubt me.
Tim. Ladies, there is an idle banquet Attends you: Please you to dispose yourselves. AU Lad. Most thankfully, my lord.
[Exeunt CUPID, and Ladies. Tim. Flavius, Flav. My lord. Tim.
The little casket bring me hither. Flav. Yes, my lord.—More jewels yet! There is no crossing him in his humour; [ Aside. Else I should tell him,-Well, -i'faith, I should, When all's spent, he'd be crossid & then, an he could.
8 Shakspeare plays on the word crossed: alluding to the piece of silver money called a cross. VOL VII!.
'Tis pity, bounty had not eyes behind;
[Exit, and returns with the casket. 1 Lord. Where be our men ? Sero.
Here, my lord, in readiness. 2 Lord. Our horses. Tim.
O my friends, I have one word
1 Lord. I am so far already in your gifts,
Enter a Servant. Sero. My lord, there are certain nobles of the
Tim. They are fairly welcome.
I beseech your honour, Vouchsafe me a word; it does concern you near.
Tim. Near? why then another time I'll hear thee : I prythee, let us be provided To show them entertainment. Flav.
I scarce know how,
[Aside. Tim. I shall accept them fairly: let the presents
Enter another Servant.
2 Sero. May it please your honour, the lord Lucius, Out of his free love, hath presented to you Four milk-white horses, trapp'd in silver.
9 For his nobleness of soul,
Enter a third Servant.
Be worthily entertain'd.-How now, what news?
3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable gentleman, lord Lucullus, entreats your company to-morrow to hunt with him; and has sent your honour two brace of greyhounds.
Tim. I'll hunt with him; And let them be receiy'd, Not without fair reward. Flav. [Aside.]
What will this come to?
every word; he is so kind, that he now
You do yourselves Much wrong, you bate too much of your own
merits: Here, my lord, a trifle of our love. 2 Lord. With more than common thanks I will
receive it, 3 Lord. O, he is the very soul of bounty!
Tim. And now I remember me, my lord, you gave Good words the other day of a bay courser I rode on: it is yours, because you lik’d it. 2 Lord. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, in
that. Tim. You may take my word, my lord; I know, no
Can justly praise, but what he does affect :
None so welcome.
Ay, defiled land, my lord. 1 Lord. We are so virtuously bound,Tim.
Am I to you.
2 Lord. So infinitely endear'd,
The best of happiness, Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, lord Timon! Tim. Ready for his friends.
[Exeunt ALCIBIADES, Lords, &c.
I i.e. Could dispense them on every side with an ungrudging distribution, like that with which I could deal out cards.
2 i. e. All happiness to you. .