Timon of Athens

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In Timon of Athens, Lord Timon discovers the limits of wealth and friendship. He spends freely on others and hosts banquets for many guests. Despite his servants’ warnings, he spends so excessively that his money runs out—and the philosopher Apemantus condemns his flatterers as insincere.

Soon Timon’s creditors begin to call in their loans. Timon expects help from his friends, but they all refuse him money. Furious, he invites them again to a banquet, but serves only water and stones before he dismisses them, cursing Athens. He exiles himself to a wilderness.

There the embittered Timon finds gold. He gives some to enemies of Athens and to prostitutes and bandits. When senators beg him to return to Athens as a military leader to save the city from his banished friend Alcibiades, he refuses and retreats to a cave to die. Alcibiades defeats Athens but promises to protect the city and its citizens. Learning of the despairing inscription on Timon’s tombstone, he repeats his offer of bringing peace to the city.

Characters in the Play
Timon, a noble Athenian
Flavius, his steward
servants of Timon
Other Servants of Timon
Apemantus, a Cynic philosopher
Alcibiades, an Athenian Captain
his concubines
Soldier of Alcibiades
Senators and Lords of Athens
friends of Timon
Other Friends of Timon
Caphis, servant to a Senator
Isidore’s Man
Varro’s two Men
Lucius’ Man
servants of Timon’s creditors
A Poet
A Painter
A Jeweler
A Merchant
An Old Athenian
Three Strangers, one called Hostilius
Banditti, theives
“Cupid” and other Maskers (as Amazons)
Soldiers, Servants, Messengers, Attendants, Musicians

Scene 1
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweler, editorial emendationandeditorial emendation Merchant, at several

POET  FTLN 0001Good day, sir.
PAINTER  FTLN 0002I am glad you’re well.
FTLN 0003 I have not seen you long. How goes the world?
FTLN 0004 It wears, sir, as it grows.
POET  FTLN 00055 Ay, that’s well known.
FTLN 0006 But what particular rarity, what strange,
FTLN 0007 Which manifold record not matches? See,
FTLN 0008 Magic of bounty, all these spirits thy power
FTLN 0009 Hath conjured to attend. I know the merchant.
PAINTER  FTLN 001010I know them both. Th’ other’s a jeweler.
MERCHANT , editorial emendationto Jewelereditorial emendation 
FTLN 0011 O, ’tis a worthy lord!
JEWELER  FTLN 0012 Nay, that’s most fixed.
FTLN 0013 A most incomparable man, breathed, as it were,
FTLN 0014 To an untirable and continuate goodness.
FTLN 001515 He passes.
JEWELER  FTLN 0016I have a jewel here—
FTLN 0017 O, pray, let’s see ’t. For the Lord Timon, sir?

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FTLN 0018 If he will touch the estimate. But for that—
POET , editorial emendationto Paintereditorial emendation 
FTLN 0019 When we for recompense have praised the vile,
FTLN 002020 It stains the glory in that happy verse
FTLN 0021 Which aptly sings the good.
MERCHANT , editorial emendationlooking at the jeweleditorial emendation 
FTLN 0022 ’Tis a good form.
JEWELER  FTLN 0023 And rich. Here is a water, look ye.
PAINTER , editorial emendationto Poeteditorial emendation 
FTLN 0024 You are rapt, sir, in some work, some dedication
FTLN 002525 To the great lord.
POET  FTLN 0026 A thing slipped idly from me.
FTLN 0027 Our poesy is as a editorial emendationgumeditorial emendation which editorial emendationoozeseditorial emendation
FTLN 0028 From whence ’tis nourished. The fire i’ th’ flint
FTLN 0029 Shows not till it be struck; our gentle flame
FTLN 003030 Provokes itself and, like the current, flies
FTLN 0031 Each bound it chases. What have you there?
FTLN 0032 A picture, sir. When comes your book forth?
FTLN 0033 Upon the heels of my presentment, sir.
FTLN 0034 Let’s see your piece.
PAINTER  FTLN 003535’Tis a good piece.
FTLN 0036 So ’tis. This comes off well and excellent.
FTLN 0037 Indifferent.
POET  FTLN 0038 Admirable! How this grace
FTLN 0039 Speaks his own standing! What a mental power
FTLN 004040 This eye shoots forth! How big imagination
FTLN 0041 Moves in this lip! To th’ dumbness of the gesture
FTLN 0042 One might interpret.
FTLN 0043 It is a pretty mocking of the life.
FTLN 0044 Here is a touch. Is ’t good?

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ACT 1. SC. 1

POET  FTLN 004545 I will say of it,
FTLN 0046 It tutors nature. Artificial strife
FTLN 0047 Lives in these touches livelier than life.

Enter certain Senators.

PAINTER  FTLN 0048How this lord is followed.
FTLN 0049 The senators of Athens, happy men.
PAINTER  FTLN 005050Look, more.
FTLN 0051 You see this confluence, this great flood of visitors.
FTLN 0052  (editorial emendationIndicating his poem.editorial emendation) I have in this rough work
FTLN 0053 shaped out a man
FTLN 0054 Whom this beneath world doth embrace and hug
FTLN 005555 With amplest entertainment. My free drift
FTLN 0056 Halts not particularly but moves itself
FTLN 0057 In a wide sea of wax. No leveled malice
FTLN 0058 Infects one comma in the course I hold,
FTLN 0059 But flies an eagle flight, bold and forth on,
FTLN 006060 Leaving no tract behind.
PAINTER  FTLN 0061How shall I understand you?
POET  FTLN 0062I will unbolt to you.
FTLN 0063 You see how all conditions, how all minds,
FTLN 0064 As well of glib and slipp’ry creatures as
FTLN 006565 Of grave and austere quality, tender down
FTLN 0066 Their services to Lord Timon. His large fortune,
FTLN 0067 Upon his good and gracious nature hanging,
FTLN 0068 Subdues and properties to his love and tendance
FTLN 0069 All sorts of hearts—yea, from the glass-faced flatterer
FTLN 007070 To Apemantus, that few things loves better
FTLN 0071 Than to abhor himself; even he drops down
FTLN 0072 The knee before him and returns in peace
FTLN 0073 Most rich in Timon’s nod.
PAINTER  FTLN 0074I saw them speak together.
FTLN 007575 Sir, I have upon a high and pleasant hill

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ACT 1. SC. 1

FTLN 0076 Feigned Fortune to be throned. The base o’ th’ mount
FTLN 0077 Is ranked with all deserts, all kind of natures
FTLN 0078 That labor on the bosom of this sphere
FTLN 0079 To propagate their states. Amongst them all
FTLN 008080 Whose eyes are on this sovereign lady fixed,
FTLN 0081 One do I personate of Lord Timon’s frame,
FTLN 0082 Whom Fortune with her ivory hand wafts to her,
FTLN 0083 Whose present grace to present slaves and servants
FTLN 0084 Translates his rivals.
PAINTER  FTLN 008585 ’Tis conceived to scope.
FTLN 0086 This throne, this Fortune, and this hill, methinks,
FTLN 0087 With one man beckoned from the rest below,
FTLN 0088 Bowing his head against the steepy mount
FTLN 0089 To climb his happiness, would be well expressed
FTLN 009090 In our condition.
POET  FTLN 0091 Nay, sir, but hear me on.
FTLN 0092 All those which were his fellows but of late,
FTLN 0093 Some better than his value, on the moment
FTLN 0094 Follow his strides, his lobbies fill with tendance,
FTLN 009595 Rain sacrificial whisperings in his ear,
FTLN 0096 Make sacred even his stirrup, and through him
FTLN 0097 Drink the free air.
PAINTER  FTLN 0098 Ay, marry, what of these?
FTLN 0099 When Fortune in her shift and change of mood
FTLN 0100100 Spurns down her late beloved, all his dependants,
FTLN 0101 Which labored after him to the mountain’s top
FTLN 0102 Even on their knees and editorial emendationhands,editorial emendation let him editorial emendationslipeditorial emendation down,
FTLN 0103 Not one accompanying his declining foot.
PAINTER  FTLN 0104’Tis common.
FTLN 0105105 A thousand moral paintings I can show
FTLN 0106 That shall demonstrate these quick blows of
FTLN 0107 Fortune’s
FTLN 0108 More pregnantly than words. Yet you do well
FTLN 0109 To show Lord Timon that mean eyes have seen
FTLN 0110110 The foot above the head.

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Trumpets sound. Enter Lord Timon, addressing himself
courteously to every suitor. editorial emendationHe is accompanied by a
Messenger and followed by Lucilius and other
Servants.editorial emendation

TIMON  FTLN 0111Imprisoned is he, say you?
FTLN 0112 Ay, my good lord. Five talents is his debt,
FTLN 0113 His means most short, his creditors most strait.
FTLN 0114 Your honorable letter he desires
FTLN 0115115 To those have shut him up, which failing
FTLN 0116 Periods his comfort.
TIMON  FTLN 0117 Noble Ventidius. Well,
FTLN 0118 I am not of that feather to shake off
FTLN 0119 My friend when he must need me. I do know him
FTLN 0120120 A gentleman that well deserves a help,
FTLN 0121 Which he shall have. I’ll pay the debt and free him.
MESSENGER  FTLN 0122Your Lordship ever binds him.
FTLN 0123 Commend me to him. I will send his ransom;
FTLN 0124 And, being enfranchised, bid him come to me.
FTLN 0125125 ’Tis not enough to help the feeble up,
FTLN 0126 But to support him after. Fare you well.
MESSENGER  FTLN 0127All happiness to your Honor. He exits.

Enter an old Athenian.

FTLN 0128 Lord Timon, hear me speak.
TIMON  FTLN 0129 Freely, good father.
FTLN 0130130 Thou hast a servant named Lucilius.
TIMON  FTLN 0131I have so. What of him?
FTLN 0132 Most noble Timon, call the man before thee.
FTLN 0133 Attends he here or no?—Lucilius!

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ACT 1. SC. 1

LUCILIUS  FTLN 0134Here, at your Lordship’s service.
FTLN 0135135 This fellow here, Lord Timon, this thy creature,
FTLN 0136 By night frequents my house. I am a man
FTLN 0137 That from my first have been inclined to thrift,
FTLN 0138 And my estate deserves an heir more raised
FTLN 0139 Than one which holds a trencher.
TIMON  FTLN 0140140 Well. What further?
FTLN 0141 One only daughter have I, no kin else
FTLN 0142 On whom I may confer what I have got.
FTLN 0143 The maid is fair, o’ th’ youngest for a bride,
FTLN 0144 And I have bred her at my dearest cost
FTLN 0145145 In qualities of the best. This man of thine
FTLN 0146 Attempts her love. I prithee, noble lord,
FTLN 0147 Join with me to forbid him her resort.
FTLN 0148 Myself have spoke in vain.
TIMON  FTLN 0149The man is honest.
OLD MAN  FTLN 0150150Therefore he will be, Timon.
FTLN 0151 His honesty rewards him in itself;
FTLN 0152 It must not bear my daughter.
TIMON  FTLN 0153Does she love him?
OLD MAN  FTLN 0154She is young and apt.
FTLN 0155155 Our own precedent passions do instruct us
FTLN 0156 What levity’s in youth.
TIMON , editorial emendationto Luciliuseditorial emendation  FTLN 0157 Love you the maid?
FTLN 0158 Ay, my good lord, and she accepts of it.
FTLN 0159 If in her marriage my consent be missing—
FTLN 0160160 I call the gods to witness—I will choose
FTLN 0161 Mine heir from forth the beggars of the world
FTLN 0162 And dispossess her all.
TIMON  FTLN 0163How shall she be endowed
FTLN 0164 If she be mated with an equal husband?

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ACT 1. SC. 1

FTLN 0165165 Three talents on the present; in future, all.
FTLN 0166 This gentleman of mine hath served me long.
FTLN 0167 To build his fortune, I will strain a little,
FTLN 0168 For ’tis a bond in men. Give him thy daughter.
FTLN 0169 What you bestow, in him I’ll counterpoise,
FTLN 0170170 And make him weigh with her.
OLD MAN  FTLN 0171 Most noble lord,
FTLN 0172 Pawn me to this your honor, she is his.
FTLN 0173 My hand to thee; mine honor on my promise.
FTLN 0174 Humbly I thank your Lordship. Never may
FTLN 0175175 That state or fortune fall into my keeping
FTLN 0176 Which is not owed to you.
He exits editorial emendationwith the old Athenian.editorial emendation
POET , editorial emendationpresenting his poem to Timoneditorial emendation 
FTLN 0177 Vouchsafe my labor, and long live your Lordship.
FTLN 0178 I thank you. You shall hear from me anon.
FTLN 0179 Go not away.—What have you there, my friend?
FTLN 0180180 A piece of painting which I do beseech
FTLN 0181 Your Lordship to accept.
TIMON  FTLN 0182 Painting is welcome.
FTLN 0183 The painting is almost the natural man,
FTLN 0184 For, since dishonor traffics with man’s nature,
FTLN 0185185 He is but outside; these penciled figures are
FTLN 0186 Even such as they give out. I like your work,
FTLN 0187 And you shall find I like it. Wait attendance
FTLN 0188 Till you hear further from me.
PAINTER  FTLN 0189 The gods preserve you.
FTLN 0190190 Well fare you, gentleman. Give me your hand.

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ACT 1. SC. 1

FTLN 0191 We must needs dine together.—Sir, your jewel
FTLN 0192 Hath suffered under praise.
JEWELER  FTLN 0193 What, my lord? Dispraise?
FTLN 0194 A mere satiety of commendations.
FTLN 0195195 If I should pay you for ’t as ’tis extolled,
FTLN 0196 It would unclew me quite.
JEWELER  FTLN 0197 My lord, ’tis rated
FTLN 0198 As those which sell would give. But you well know
FTLN 0199 Things of like value, differing in the owners,
FTLN 0200200 Are prizèd by their masters. Believe ’t, dear lord,
FTLN 0201 You mend the jewel by the wearing it.
TIMON  FTLN 0202Well mocked.
FTLN 0203 No, my good lord. He speaks the common tongue,
FTLN 0204 Which all men speak with him.

Enter Apemantus.

TIMON  FTLN 0205205Look who comes here. Will you be chid?
JEWELER  FTLN 0206We’ll bear, with your Lordship.
MERCHANT  FTLN 0207He’ll spare none.
FTLN 0208 Good morrow to thee, gentle Apemantus.
FTLN 0209 Till I be gentle, stay thou for thy good morrow—
FTLN 0210210 When thou art Timon’s dog, and these knaves honest.
FTLN 0211 Why dost thou call them knaves? Thou know’st
FTLN 0212 them not.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0213Are they not Athenians?
TIMON  FTLN 0214Yes.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0215215Then I repent not.
JEWELER  FTLN 0216You know me, Apemantus?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0217Thou know’st I do. I called thee by thy
FTLN 0218 name.
TIMON  FTLN 0219Thou art proud, Apemantus.

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ACT 1. SC. 1

APEMANTUS  FTLN 0220220Of nothing so much as that I am not like
FTLN 0221 Timon.
TIMON  FTLN 0222Whither art going?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0223To knock out an honest Athenian’s brains.
TIMON  FTLN 0224That’s a deed thou ’lt die for.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0225225Right, if doing nothing be death by th’ law.
TIMON  FTLN 0226How lik’st thou this picture, Apemantus?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0227The best, for the innocence.
TIMON  FTLN 0228Wrought he not well that painted it?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0229He wrought better that made the painter,
FTLN 0230230 and yet he’s but a filthy piece of work.
PAINTER  FTLN 0231You’re a dog.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0232Thy mother’s of my generation. What’s
FTLN 0233 she, if I be a dog?
TIMON  FTLN 0234Wilt dine with me, Apemantus?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0235235No. I eat not lords.
TIMON  FTLN 0236An thou shouldst, thou ’dst anger ladies.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0237O, they eat lords. So they come by great
FTLN 0238 bellies.
TIMON  FTLN 0239That’s a lascivious apprehension.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0240240So thou apprehend’st it. Take it for thy
FTLN 0241 labor.
TIMON  FTLN 0242How dost thou like this jewel, Apemantus?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0243Not so well as plain-dealing, which will
FTLN 0244 not editorial emendationcosteditorial emendation a man a doit.
TIMON  FTLN 0245245What dost thou think ’tis worth?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0246Not worth my thinking.—How now, poet?
POET  FTLN 0247How now, philosopher?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0248Thou liest.
POET  FTLN 0249Art not one?
POET  FTLN 0251Then I lie not.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0252Art not a poet?
POET  FTLN 0253Yes.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0254Then thou liest. Look in thy last work,
FTLN 0255255 where thou hast feigned him a worthy fellow.

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ACT 1. SC. 1

POET  FTLN 0256That’s not feigned. He is so.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0257Yes, he is worthy of thee, and to pay thee
FTLN 0258 for thy labor. He that loves to be flattered is worthy
FTLN 0259 o’ th’ flatterer. Heavens, that I were a lord!
TIMON  FTLN 0260260What wouldst do then, Apemantus?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0261E’en as Apemantus does now—hate a lord
FTLN 0262 with my heart.
TIMON  FTLN 0263What? Thyself?
TIMON  FTLN 0265265Wherefore?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0266That I had no angry wit to be a lord.—Art
FTLN 0267 not thou a merchant?
MERCHANT  FTLN 0268Ay, Apemantus.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0269Traffic confound thee, if the gods will not.
MERCHANT  FTLN 0270270If traffic do it, the gods do it.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0271Traffic’s thy god, and thy god confound
FTLN 0272 thee!

Trumpet sounds. Enter a Messenger.

TIMON  FTLN 0273What trumpet’s that?
FTLN 0274 ’Tis Alcibiades and some twenty horse,
FTLN 0275275 All of companionship.
FTLN 0276 Pray, entertain them. Give them guide to us.
editorial emendationSome Servants exit with Messenger.editorial emendation
FTLN 0277 You must needs dine with me. Go not you hence
FTLN 0278 Till I have thanked you.—When dinner’s done
FTLN 0279 Show me this piece.—I am joyful of your sights.

Enter Alcibiades with the rest.

FTLN 0280280 Most welcome, sir. editorial emendationThey bow to each other.editorial emendation
APEMANTUS , editorial emendationaparteditorial emendation  FTLN 0281So, so, there!
FTLN 0282 Aches contract and starve your supple joints!
FTLN 0283 That there should be small love amongst these sweet
FTLN 0284 knaves,

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FTLN 0285285 And all this courtesy! The strain of man’s bred out
FTLN 0286 Into baboon and monkey.
ALCIBIADES , editorial emendationto Timoneditorial emendation 
FTLN 0287 Sir, you have saved my longing, and I feed
FTLN 0288 Most hungerly on your sight.
TIMON  FTLN 0289 Right welcome, sir.
FTLN 0290290 Ere we depart, we’ll share a bounteous time
FTLN 0291 In different pleasures. Pray you, let us in.
editorial emendationAll but Apemantuseditorial emendation exit.

Enter two Lords.

FIRST LORD  FTLN 0292What time o’ day is ’t, Apemantus?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0293Time to be honest.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0294That time serves still.
FTLN 0295295 The most accursèd thou, that still omit’st it.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 0296Thou art going to Lord Timon’s feast?
FTLN 0297 Ay, to see meat fill knaves, and wine heat fools.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 0298Fare thee well, fare thee well.
FTLN 0299 Thou art a fool to bid me farewell twice.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 0300300Why, Apemantus?
FTLN 0301 Shouldst have kept one to thyself, for I mean to give
FTLN 0302 thee none.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0303Hang thyself.
FTLN 0304 No, I will do nothing at thy bidding.
FTLN 0305305 Make thy requests to thy friend.
FTLN 0306 Away, unpeaceable dog, or I’ll spurn thee hence.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0307I will fly, like a dog, the heels o’ th’ ass.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 0308 He’s opposite to humanity. editorial emendationCome,editorial emendation shall we in

Timon of Athens
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FTLN 0309 And taste Lord Timon’s bounty? He outgoes
FTLN 0310310 The very heart of kindness.
FTLN 0311 He pours it out. Plutus, the god of gold,
FTLN 0312 Is but his steward. No meed but he repays
FTLN 0313 Sevenfold above itself. No gift to him
FTLN 0314 But breeds the giver a return exceeding
FTLN 0315315 All use of quittance.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0316 The noblest mind he carries
FTLN 0317 That ever governed man.
FTLN 0318 Long may he live in fortunes. Shall we in?
FTLN 0319 I’ll keep you company.
They exit.

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Hautboys playing loud music. A great banquet served
in, and then enter Lord Timon, the States, the Athenian
Lords editorial emendation(including Lucius), Alcibiades, andeditorial emendation Ventidius
(which Timon redeemed from prison). editorial emendationFlavius and others
are in attendance.editorial emendation Then comes dropping after all
Apemantus discontentedly like himself.

VENTIDIUS  FTLN 0320Most honored Timon,
FTLN 0321 It hath pleased the gods to remember my father’s age
FTLN 0322 And call him to long peace.
FTLN 0323 He is gone happy and has left me rich.
FTLN 03245 Then, as in grateful virtue I am bound
FTLN 0325 To your free heart, I do return those talents,
FTLN 0326 Doubled with thanks and service, from whose help
FTLN 0327 I derived liberty. editorial emendationHe offers a purse.editorial emendation
TIMON  FTLN 0328 O, by no means,
FTLN 032910 Honest Ventidius. You mistake my love.
FTLN 0330 I gave it freely ever, and there’s none
FTLN 0331 Can truly say he gives if he receives.

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ACT 1. SC. 2

FTLN 0332 If our betters play at that game, we must not dare
FTLN 0333 To imitate them. Faults that are rich are fair.
VENTIDIUS  FTLN 033415A noble spirit!
FTLN 0335 Nay, my lords, ceremony was but devised at first
FTLN 0336 To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes,
FTLN 0337 Recanting goodness, sorry ere ’tis shown;
FTLN 0338 But where there is true friendship, there needs none.
FTLN 033920 Pray, sit. More welcome are you to my fortunes
FTLN 0340 Than my fortunes to me. editorial emendationThey sit.editorial emendation
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0341My lord, we always have confessed it.
FTLN 0342 Ho, ho, “confessed it”? Hanged it, have you not?
TIMON  FTLN 0343O Apemantus, you are welcome.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 034425No, you shall not make me welcome.
FTLN 0345 I come to have thee thrust me out of doors.
FTLN 0346 Fie, thou ’rt a churl. You’ve got a humor there
FTLN 0347 Does not become a man. ’Tis much to blame.—
FTLN 0348 They say, my lords, Ira furor brevis est, but yond
FTLN 034930 man is editorial emendationevereditorial emendation angry. Go, let him have a table by
FTLN 0350 himself, for he does neither affect company, nor is
FTLN 0351 he fit for ’t indeed.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0352Let me stay at thine apperil, Timon. I
FTLN 0353 come to observe; I give thee warning on ’t.
TIMON  FTLN 035435I take no heed of thee. Thou ’rt an Athenian,
FTLN 0355 therefore welcome. I myself would have no power;
FTLN 0356 prithee, let my meat make thee silent.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0357I scorn thy meat. ’Twould choke me, for I
FTLN 0358 should ne’er flatter thee.  (editorial emendationApart.editorial emendation) O you gods,
FTLN 035940 what a number of men eats Timon, and he sees ’em
FTLN 0360 not! It grieves me to see so many dip their meat in
FTLN 0361 one man’s blood; and all the madness is, he cheers
FTLN 0362 them up too.
FTLN 0363 I wonder men dare trust themselves with men.
FTLN 036445 Methinks they should invite them without knives.

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FTLN 0365 Good for their meat, and safer for their lives.
FTLN 0366 There’s much example for ’t. The fellow that sits
FTLN 0367 next him, now parts bread with him, pledges the
FTLN 0368 breath of him in a divided draft, is the readiest
FTLN 036950 man to kill him. ’T ’as been proved. If I were a huge
FTLN 0370 man, I should fear to drink at meals,
FTLN 0371 Lest they should spy my wind-pipe’s dangerous
FTLN 0372 notes.
FTLN 0373 Great men should drink with harness on their
FTLN 037455 throats.
TIMON , editorial emendationresponding to a toasteditorial emendation 
FTLN 0375 My lord, in heart! And let the health go round.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 0376Let it flow this way, my good lord.
APEMANTUS , editorial emendationaparteditorial emendation  FTLN 0377“Flow this way”? A brave fellow.
FTLN 0378 He keeps his tides well. Those healths will make
FTLN 037960 thee and thy state look ill, Timon.
FTLN 0380 Here’s that which is too weak to be a sinner,
FTLN 0381 Honest water, which ne’er left man i’ th’ mire.
FTLN 0382 This and my food are equals. There’s no odds.
FTLN 0383 Feasts are too proud to give thanks to the gods.

Apemantus’ grace.

FTLN 038465 Immortal gods, I crave no pelf.
FTLN 0385 I pray for no man but myself.
FTLN 0386 Grant I may never prove so fond
FTLN 0387 To trust man on his oath or bond,
FTLN 0388 Or a harlot for her weeping,
FTLN 038970 Or a dog that seems a-sleeping,
FTLN 0390 Or a keeper with my freedom,
FTLN 0391 Or my friends if I should need ’em.
FTLN 0392 Amen. So fall to ’t.
FTLN 0393 Rich men sin, and I eat root.

editorial emendationHe eats and drinks.editorial emendation
FTLN 039475 Much good dich thy good heart, Apemantus!
TIMON  FTLN 0395Captain Alcibiades, your heart’s in the field now.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 0396My heart is ever at your service, my lord.

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TIMON  FTLN 0397You had rather be at a breakfast of enemies
FTLN 0398 than a dinner of friends.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 039980So they were bleeding new, my lord,
FTLN 0400 there’s no meat like ’em. I could wish my best
FTLN 0401 friend at such a feast.
APEMANTUS , editorial emendationaparteditorial emendation  FTLN 0402Would all those flatterers were
FTLN 0403 thine enemies, then, that then thou mightst kill
FTLN 040485 ’em and bid me to ’em.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0405Might we but have that happiness, my
FTLN 0406 lord, that you would once use our hearts, whereby
FTLN 0407 we might express some part of our zeals, we
FTLN 0408 should think ourselves forever perfect.
TIMON  FTLN 040990O, no doubt, my good friends, but the gods
FTLN 0410 themselves have provided that I shall have much
FTLN 0411 help from you. How had you been my friends else?
FTLN 0412 Why have you that charitable title from thousands,
FTLN 0413 did not you chiefly belong to my heart? I have told
FTLN 041495 more of you to myself than you can with modesty
FTLN 0415 speak in your own behalf. And thus far I confirm
FTLN 0416 you. O you gods, think I, what need we have any
FTLN 0417 friends if we should ne’er have need of ’em? They
FTLN 0418 were the most needless creatures living, should we
FTLN 0419100 ne’er have use for ’em, and would most resemble
FTLN 0420 sweet instruments hung up in cases, that keeps
FTLN 0421 their sounds to themselves. Why, I have often
FTLN 0422 wished myself poorer that I might come nearer to
FTLN 0423 you. We are born to do benefits. And what better or
FTLN 0424105 properer can we call our own than the riches of
FTLN 0425 our friends? O, what a precious comfort ’tis to
FTLN 0426 have so many, like brothers, commanding one
FTLN 0427 another’s fortunes. O, joy’s e’en made away ere ’t
FTLN 0428 can be born! Mine eyes cannot hold out water,
FTLN 0429110 methinks. To forget their faults, I drink to you.
APEMANTUS , editorial emendationaparteditorial emendation  FTLN 0430Thou weep’st to make them drink,
FTLN 0431 Timon.

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FTLN 0432 Joy had the like conception in our eyes
FTLN 0433 And, at that instant, like a babe sprung up.
APEMANTUS , editorial emendationaparteditorial emendation 
FTLN 0434115 Ho, ho! I laugh to think that babe a bastard.
FTLN 0435 I promise you, my lord, you moved me much.
APEMANTUS , editorial emendationaparteditorial emendation  FTLN 0436Much! Sound tucket.
TIMON  FTLN 0437What means that trump?

Enter Servant.

FTLN 0438 How now?
SERVANT  FTLN 0439120Please you, my lord, there are certain ladies
FTLN 0440 most desirous of admittance.
TIMON  FTLN 0441Ladies? What are their wills?
SERVANT  FTLN 0442There comes with them a forerunner, my lord,
FTLN 0443 which bears that office to signify their pleasures.
TIMON  FTLN 0444125I pray, let them be admitted. editorial emendationServant exits.editorial emendation

Enter “Cupid.”

FTLN 0445 Hail to thee, worthy Timon, and to all
FTLN 0446 That of his bounties taste! The five best senses
FTLN 0447 Acknowledge thee their patron, and come freely
FTLN 0448 To gratulate thy plenteous bosom. There
FTLN 0449130 Taste, touch, all, pleased from thy table rise;
FTLN 0450 They only now come but to feast thine eyes.
FTLN 0451 They’re welcome all. Let ’em have kind admittance.
FTLN 0452 Music, make their welcome!
FTLN 0453 You see, my lord, how ample you’re beloved.

editorial emendationMusic.editorial emendation Enter the masque of Ladies editorial emendationaseditorial emendation Amazons,
with lutes in their hands, dancing and playing.

APEMANTUS , editorial emendationaparteditorial emendation  FTLN 0454135Hoy-day!

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ACT 1. SC. 2

FTLN 0455 What a sweep of vanity comes this way.
FTLN 0456 They dance? They are madwomen.
FTLN 0457 Like madness is the glory of this life
FTLN 0458 As this pomp shows to a little oil and root.
FTLN 0459140 We make ourselves fools to disport ourselves
FTLN 0460 And spend our flatteries to drink those men
FTLN 0461 Upon whose age we void it up again
FTLN 0462 With poisonous spite and envy.
FTLN 0463 Who lives that’s not depravèd or depraves?
FTLN 0464145 Who dies that bears not one spurn to their graves
FTLN 0465 Of their friends’ gift?
FTLN 0466 I should fear those that dance before me now
FTLN 0467 Would one day stamp upon me. ’T ’as been done.
FTLN 0468 Men shut their doors against a setting sun.

The Lords rise from table, with much adoring of Timon,
and to show their loves each single out an Amazon, and
all dance, men with women, a lofty strain or two to the
hautboys, and cease.

FTLN 0469150 You have done our pleasures much grace, fair ladies,
FTLN 0470 Set a fair fashion on our entertainment,
FTLN 0471 Which was not half so beautiful and kind.
FTLN 0472 You have added worth unto ’t and luster,
FTLN 0473 And entertained me with mine own device.
FTLN 0474155 I am to thank you for ’t.
FIRST editorial emendationLADYeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0475 My lord, you take us even at the best.
APEMANTUS , editorial emendationaparteditorial emendation  FTLN 0476Faith, for the worst is filthy and
FTLN 0477 would not hold taking, I doubt me.
FTLN 0478 Ladies, there is an idle banquet attends you.
FTLN 0479160 Please you to dispose yourselves.
ALL LADIES  FTLN 0480Most thankfully, my lord.
editorial emendationCupid and Ladieseditorial emendation exit.
TIMON  FTLN 0481Flavius.

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FTLN 0482 My lord?
TIMON  FTLN 0483 The little casket bring me hither.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 0484165Yes, my lord.  (editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation) More jewels yet?
FTLN 0485 There is no crossing him in ’s humor;
FTLN 0486 Else I should tell him well, i’ faith I should.
FTLN 0487 When all’s spent, he’d be crossed then, an he could.
FTLN 0488 ’Tis pity bounty had not eyes behind,
FTLN 0489170 That man might ne’er be wretched for his mind.
He exits.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0490Where be our men?
SERVANT  FTLN 0491Here, my lord, in readiness.
FTLN 0492 Our horses.

Enter Flavius, editorial emendationwith the casket.editorial emendation

TIMON  FTLN 0493 O my friends, I have one word
FTLN 0494175 To say to you. Look you, my good lord,
FTLN 0495 I must entreat you, honor me so much
FTLN 0496 As to advance this jewel. Accept it and wear it,
FTLN 0497 Kind my lord.
FTLN 0498 I am so far already in your gifts—
ALL  FTLN 0499180So are we all.

Enter a Servant.

FTLN 0500 My lord, there are certain nobles of the Senate
FTLN 0501 Newly alighted and come to visit you.
FTLN 0502 They are fairly welcome. editorial emendationServant exits.editorial emendation
FLAVIUS  FTLN 0503 I beseech your Honor,
FTLN 0504185 Vouchsafe me a word. It does concern you near.
FTLN 0505 Near? Why, then, another time I’ll hear thee.

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FTLN 0506 I prithee, let’s be provided to show them
FTLN 0507 entertainment.
FLAVIUS , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0508I scarce know how.

Enter another Servant.

editorial emendationSECONDeditorial emendation SERVANT 
FTLN 0509190 May it please your Honor, Lord Lucius,
FTLN 0510 Out of his free love, hath presented to you
FTLN 0511 Four milk-white horses trapped in silver.
FTLN 0512 I shall accept them fairly. Let the presents
FTLN 0513 Be worthily entertained. editorial emendationServant exits.editorial emendation

Enter a third Servant.

FTLN 0514195 How now? What news?
THIRD SERVANT  FTLN 0515Please you, my lord, that honorable
FTLN 0516 gentleman Lord Lucullus entreats your company
FTLN 0517 tomorrow to hunt with him and has sent your
FTLN 0518 Honor two brace of greyhounds.
FTLN 0519200 I’ll hunt with him; and let them be received,
FTLN 0520 Not without fair reward. editorial emendationServant exits.editorial emendation
FLAVIUS , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0521 What will this come to?
FTLN 0522 He commands us to provide, and give great gifts,
FTLN 0523 And all out of an empty coffer.
FTLN 0524205 Nor will he know his purse or yield me this—
FTLN 0525 To show him what a beggar his heart is,
FTLN 0526 Being of no power to make his wishes good.
FTLN 0527 His promises fly so beyond his state
FTLN 0528 That what he speaks is all in debt; he owes
FTLN 0529210 For ev’ry word. He is so kind that he
FTLN 0530 Now pays interest for ’t. His land’s put to their books.
FTLN 0531 Well, would I were gently put out of office
FTLN 0532 Before I were forced out.
FTLN 0533 Happier is he that has no friend to feed

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ACT 1. SC. 2

FTLN 0534215 Than such that do e’en enemies exceed.
FTLN 0535 I bleed inwardly for my lord. He exits.
TIMON , editorial emendationto Lordseditorial emendation  FTLN 0536You do yourselves much wrong.
FTLN 0537 You bate too much of your own merits.
FTLN 0538  (editorial emendationOffering a gift.editorial emendation) Here, my lord, a trifle of our love.
FTLN 0539220 With more than common thanks I will receive it.
THIRD LORD  FTLN 0540O, he’s the very soul of bounty!
TIMON  FTLN 0541And now I remember, my lord, you gave good
FTLN 0542 words the other day of a bay courser I rode on. ’Tis
FTLN 0543 yours because you liked it.
FTLN 0544225 O, I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, in that.
FTLN 0545 You may take my word, my lord. I know no man
FTLN 0546 Can justly praise but what he does affect.
FTLN 0547 I weigh my friends’ affection with mine own.
FTLN 0548 I’ll tell you true, I’ll call to you.
ALL LORDS  FTLN 0549230O, none so welcome.
FTLN 0550 I take all and your several visitations
FTLN 0551 So kind to heart, ’tis not enough to give.
FTLN 0552 Methinks I could deal kingdoms to my friends
FTLN 0553 And ne’er be weary.—Alcibiades,
FTLN 0554235 Thou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich.
FTLN 0555 It comes in charity to thee, for all thy living
FTLN 0556 Is ’mongst the dead, and all the lands thou hast
FTLN 0557 Lie in a pitched field.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 0558Ay, defiled land, my lord.
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0559240We are so virtuously bound—
TIMON  FTLN 0560And so am I to you.
SECOND LORD  FTLN 0561So infinitely endeared—
TIMON  FTLN 0562All to you.—Lights, more lights.
FTLN 0563 The best of happiness, honor, and fortunes
FTLN 0564245 Keep with you, Lord Timon.

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TIMON  FTLN 0565Ready for his friends.
editorial emendationAll but Timon and Apemantuseditorial emendation exit.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0566What a coil’s here,
FTLN 0567 Serving of becks and jutting-out of bums!
FTLN 0568 I doubt whether their legs be worth the sums
FTLN 0569250 That are given for ’em. Friendship’s full of dregs.
FTLN 0570 Methinks false hearts should never have sound legs.
FTLN 0571 Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on court’sies.
FTLN 0572 Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sullen,
FTLN 0573 I would be good to thee.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0574255No, I’ll nothing, for if I should be bribed
FTLN 0575 too, there would be none left to rail upon thee, and
FTLN 0576 then thou wouldst sin the faster. Thou giv’st so
FTLN 0577 long, Timon, I fear me thou wilt give away thyself
FTLN 0578 in paper shortly. What needs these feasts, pomps,
FTLN 0579260 and vainglories?
TIMON  FTLN 0580Nay, an you begin to rail on society once, I am
FTLN 0581 sworn not to give regard to you. Farewell, and
FTLN 0582 come with better music. He exits.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0583So. Thou wilt not hear me now, thou shalt
FTLN 0584265 not then. I’ll lock thy heaven from thee.
FTLN 0585 O, that men’s ears should be
FTLN 0586 To counsel deaf, but not to flattery!
He exits.

editorial emendationACT 2editorial emendation
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter a Senator, editorial emendationwith papers.editorial emendation

FTLN 0587 And late five thousand. To Varro and to Isidore
FTLN 0588 He owes nine thousand, besides my former sum,
FTLN 0589 Which makes it five-and-twenty. Still in motion
FTLN 0590 Of raging waste! It cannot hold; it will not.
FTLN 05915 If I want gold, steal but a beggar’s dog
FTLN 0592 And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold.
FTLN 0593 If I would sell my horse and buy twenty more
FTLN 0594 Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon—
FTLN 0595 Ask nothing; give it him—it foals me straight,
FTLN 059610 And able horses. No porter at his gate
FTLN 0597 But rather one that smiles and still invites
FTLN 0598 All that pass by. It cannot hold. No reason
FTLN 0599 Can sound his state in safety.—Caphis, ho!
FTLN 0600 Caphis, I say!

Enter Caphis.

CAPHIS  FTLN 060115 Here, sir. What is your pleasure?
FTLN 0602 Get on your cloak and haste you to Lord Timon.
FTLN 0603 Importune him for my moneys. Be not ceased
FTLN 0604 With slight denial, nor then silenced when
FTLN 0605 “Commend me to your master” and the cap
FTLN 060620 Plays in the right hand thus; but tell him
FTLN 0607 My uses cry to me. I must serve my turn

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ACT 2. SC. 2

FTLN 0608 Out of mine own. His days and times are past,
FTLN 0609 And my reliances on his fracted dates
FTLN 0610 Have smit my credit. I love and honor him
FTLN 061125 But must not break my back to heal his finger.
FTLN 0612 Immediate are my needs, and my relief
FTLN 0613 Must not be tossed and turned to me in words
FTLN 0614 But find supply immediate. Get you gone.
FTLN 0615 Put on a most importunate aspect,
FTLN 061630 A visage of demand, for I do fear
FTLN 0617 When every feather sticks in his own wing
FTLN 0618 Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
FTLN 0619 Which flashes now a phoenix. Get you gone.
CAPHIS  FTLN 0620I go, sir.
FTLN 062135 “I go, sir”? Take the bonds along with you
FTLN 0622 And have the dates in. Come.
editorial emendationHe hands Caphis papers.editorial emendation
CAPHIS  FTLN 0623 I will, sir.
They exit.

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Steward editorial emendationFlavius,editorial emendation with many bills in his hand.

FTLN 0625 No care, no stop, so senseless of expense
FTLN 0626 That he will neither know how to maintain it
FTLN 0627 Nor cease his flow of riot. Takes no account
FTLN 0628 How things go from him nor editorial emendationresumeseditorial emendation no care
FTLN 06295 Of what is to continue. Never mind
FTLN 0630 Was to be so unwise to be so kind.
FTLN 0631 What shall be done? He will not hear till feel.
FTLN 0632 I must be round with him, now he comes from
FTLN 0633 hunting.
FTLN 063410 Fie, fie, fie, fie!

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ACT 2. SC. 2

Enter Caphis, editorial emendationand the Men ofeditorial emendation Isidore and Varro.

FTLN 0635 Good even, Varro. What, you come for money?
editorial emendationVARRO’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 0636Is ’t not your business too?
CAPHIS  FTLN 0637It is. And yours too, Isidore?
editorial emendationISIDORE’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 0638It is so.
CAPHIS  FTLN 063915Would we were all discharged!
editorial emendationVARRO’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 0640I fear it.
CAPHIS  FTLN 0641Here comes the lord.

Enter Timon, and his train, editorial emendationwith Alcibiades.editorial emendation

FTLN 0642 So soon as dinner’s done we’ll forth again,
FTLN 0643 My Alcibiades.  (editorial emendationTo Caphis.editorial emendation) With me? What is your
FTLN 064420 will?
CAPHIS , editorial emendationoffering Timon a papereditorial emendation 
FTLN 0645 My lord, here is a note of certain dues.
TIMON  FTLN 0646Dues? Whence are you?
CAPHIS  FTLN 0647Of Athens here, my lord.
TIMON  FTLN 0648Go to my steward.
FTLN 064925 Please it your Lordship, he hath put me off
FTLN 0650 To the succession of new days this month.
FTLN 0651 My master is awaked by great occasion
FTLN 0652 To call upon his own and humbly prays you
FTLN 0653 That with your other noble parts you’ll suit
FTLN 065430 In giving him his right.
TIMON  FTLN 0655 Mine honest friend,
FTLN 0656 I prithee but repair to me next morning.
FTLN 0657 Nay, good my lord—
TIMON  FTLN 0658 Contain thyself, good friend.
editorial emendationVARRO’S MAN , offering a papereditorial emendation  FTLN 065935One Varro’s servant,
FTLN 0660 my good lord—

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ACT 2. SC. 2

editorial emendationISIDORE’S MAN , offering a papereditorial emendation 
FTLN 0661 From Isidore. He humbly prays your speedy
FTLN 0662 payment.
FTLN 0663 If you did know, my lord, my master’s wants—
editorial emendationVARRO’S MANeditorial emendation 
FTLN 066440 ’Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, six weeks and past.
editorial emendationISIDORE’S MANeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0665 Your steward puts me off, my lord, and I
FTLN 0666 Am sent expressly to your Lordship.
TIMON  FTLN 0667Give me breath.—
FTLN 0668 I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on.
FTLN 066945 I’ll wait upon you instantly.
editorial emendationAlcibiades and Timon’s train exit.editorial emendation
editorial emendationTo Flavius.editorial emendation FTLN 0670 Come hither. Pray you,
FTLN 0671 How goes the world that I am thus encountered
FTLN 0672 With clamorous demands of debt, broken bonds,
FTLN 0673 And the detention of long-since-due debts
FTLN 067450 Against my honor?
FLAVIUS , editorial emendationto the creditors’ Meneditorial emendation  FTLN 0675 Please you, gentlemen,
FTLN 0676 The time is unagreeable to this business.
FTLN 0677 Your importunacy cease till after dinner,
FTLN 0678 That I may make his Lordship understand
FTLN 067955 Wherefore you are not paid.
TIMON  FTLN 0680 Do so, my friends.—
FTLN 0681 See them well entertained.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 0682 Pray, draw near.
editorial emendationTimon and Flaviuseditorial emendation exit.

Enter Apemantus and Fool.

CAPHIS  FTLN 0683Stay, stay, here comes the Fool with Apemantus.
FTLN 068460 Let’s ha’ some sport with ’em.
editorial emendationVARRO’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 0685Hang him! He’ll abuse us.
editorial emendationISIDORE’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 0686A plague upon him, dog!
editorial emendationVARRO’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 0687How dost, Fool?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0688Dost dialogue with thy shadow?
editorial emendationVARRO’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 068965I speak not to thee.

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APEMANTUS  FTLN 0690No, ’tis to thyself.  (editorial emendationTo the Fool.editorial emendation) Come
FTLN 0691 away.
editorial emendationISIDORE’S MAN , to Varro’s Maneditorial emendation  FTLN 0692There’s the fool hangs
FTLN 0693 on your back already.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 069470No, thou stand’st single; thou ’rt not on
FTLN 0695 him yet.
CAPHIS , editorial emendationto Isidore’s Maneditorial emendation  FTLN 0696Where’s the fool now?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0697He last asked the question. Poor rogues
FTLN 0698 and usurers’ men, bawds between gold and want.
ALL editorial emendationTHE MENeditorial emendation  FTLN 069975What are we, Apemantus?
ALL editorial emendationTHE MENeditorial emendation  FTLN 0701Why?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0702That you ask me what you are, and do not
FTLN 0703 know yourselves.—Speak to ’em, Fool.
FOOL  FTLN 070480How do you, gentlemen?
ALL editorial emendationTHE MENeditorial emendation  FTLN 0705Gramercies, good Fool. How does your
FTLN 0706 mistress?
FOOL  FTLN 0707She’s e’en setting on water to scald such chickens
FTLN 0708 as you are. Would we could see you at Corinth!
APEMANTUS  FTLN 070985Good. Gramercy.

Enter Page.

FOOL  FTLN 0710Look you, here comes my master’s page.
PAGE , editorial emendationto Fooleditorial emendation  FTLN 0711Why, how now, captain? What do you in
FTLN 0712 this wise company?—How dost thou, Apemantus?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0713Would I had a rod in my mouth that I
FTLN 071490 might answer thee profitably.
PAGE  FTLN 0715Prithee, Apemantus, read me the superscription
FTLN 0716 of these letters. I know not which is which.
editorial emendationHe shows some papers.editorial emendation
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0717Canst not read?
PAGE  FTLN 0718No.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 071995There will little learning die, then, that
FTLN 0720 day thou art hanged. This is to Lord Timon, this to
FTLN 0721 Alcibiades. Go. Thou wast born a bastard, and
FTLN 0722 thou ’lt die a bawd.

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ACT 2. SC. 2

PAGE  FTLN 0723Thou wast whelped a dog, and thou shalt famish
FTLN 0724100 a dog’s death. Answer not. I am gone. He exits.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0725E’en so thou outrunn’st grace.—Fool, I
FTLN 0726 will go with you to Lord Timon’s.
FOOL  FTLN 0727Will you leave me there?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0728If Timon stay at home.—You three serve
FTLN 0729105 three usurers?
ALL editorial emendationTHE MENeditorial emendation  FTLN 0730Ay. Would they served us!
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0731So would I—as good a trick as ever hangman
FTLN 0732 served thief.
FOOL  FTLN 0733Are you three usurers’ men?
ALL editorial emendationTHE MENeditorial emendation  FTLN 0734110Ay, fool.
FOOL  FTLN 0735I think no usurer but has a fool to his servant.
FTLN 0736 My mistress is one, and I am her Fool. When men
FTLN 0737 come to borrow of your masters, they approach
FTLN 0738 sadly and go away merry, but they enter my master’s
FTLN 0739115 house merrily and go away sadly. The reason
FTLN 0740 of this?
editorial emendationVARRO’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 0741I could render one.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0742Do it then, that we may account thee a
FTLN 0743 whoremaster and a knave, which notwithstanding,
FTLN 0744120 thou shalt be no less esteemed.
editorial emendationVARRO’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 0745What is a whoremaster, fool?
FOOL  FTLN 0746A fool in good clothes, and something like thee.
FTLN 0747 ’Tis a spirit; sometime ’t appears like a lord, sometime
FTLN 0748 like a lawyer, sometime like a philosopher,
FTLN 0749125 with two stones more than ’s artificial one. He is
FTLN 0750 very often like a knight, and generally in all shapes
FTLN 0751 that man goes up and down in from fourscore to
FTLN 0752 thirteen, this spirit walks in.
editorial emendationVARRO’S MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 0753Thou art not altogether a Fool.
FOOL  FTLN 0754130Nor thou altogether a wise man. As much foolery
FTLN 0755 as I have, so much wit thou lack’st.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 0756That answer might have become Apemantus.
ALL editorial emendationTHE MENeditorial emendation  FTLN 0757Aside, aside! Here comes Lord Timon.

Timon of Athens
ACT 2. SC. 2

Enter Timon and Steward editorial emendationFlavius.editorial emendation

APEMANTUS  FTLN 0758Come with me, fool, come.
FOOL  FTLN 0759135I do not always follow lover, elder brother, and
FTLN 0760 woman; sometime the philosopher.
editorial emendationApemantus and the Fool exit.editorial emendation
FLAVIUS , editorial emendationto the creditors’ Meneditorial emendation 
FTLN 0761 Pray you, walk near. I’ll speak with you anon.
editorial emendationThe Meneditorial emendation exit.
FTLN 0762 You make me marvel wherefore ere this time
FTLN 0763 Had you not fully laid my state before me,
FTLN 0764140 That I might so have rated my expense
FTLN 0765 As I had leave of means.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 0766 You would not hear me.
FTLN 0767 At many leisures I editorial emendationproposededitorial emendation
TIMON  FTLN 0768 Go to.
FTLN 0769145 Perchance some single vantages you took
FTLN 0770 When my indisposition put you back,
FTLN 0771 And that unaptness made your minister
FTLN 0772 Thus to excuse yourself.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 0773 O, my good lord,
FTLN 0774150 At many times I brought in my accounts,
FTLN 0775 Laid them before you. You would throw them off
FTLN 0776 And say you editorial emendationfoundeditorial emendation them in mine honesty.
FTLN 0777 When for some trifling present you have bid me
FTLN 0778 Return so much, I have shook my head and wept—
FTLN 0779155 Yea, ’gainst th’ authority of manners prayed you
FTLN 0780 To hold your hand more close. I did endure
FTLN 0781 Not seldom nor no slight checks when I have
FTLN 0782 Prompted you in the ebb of your estate
FTLN 0783 And your great flow of debts. My lovèd lord,
FTLN 0784160 Though you hear now too late, yet now’s a time.
FTLN 0785 The greatest of your having lacks a half
FTLN 0786 To pay your present debts.
TIMON  FTLN 0787 Let all my land be sold.

Timon of Athens
ACT 2. SC. 2

FTLN 0788 ’Tis all engaged, some forfeited and gone,
FTLN 0789165 And what remains will hardly stop the mouth
FTLN 0790 Of present dues. The future comes apace.
FTLN 0791 What shall defend the interim? And at length
FTLN 0792 How goes our reck’ning?
FTLN 0793 To Lacedaemon did my land extend.
FTLN 0794170 O my good lord, the world is but a word.
FTLN 0795 Were it all yours to give it in a breath,
FTLN 0796 How quickly were it gone!
TIMON  FTLN 0797 You tell me true.
FTLN 0798 If you suspect my husbandry editorial emendationofeditorial emendation falsehood,
FTLN 0799175 Call me before th’ exactest auditors,
FTLN 0800 And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me,
FTLN 0801 When all our offices have been oppressed
FTLN 0802 With riotous feeders, when our vaults have wept
FTLN 0803 With drunken spilth of wine, when every room
FTLN 0804180 Hath blazed with lights and brayed with minstrelsy,
FTLN 0805 I have retired me to a wasteful cock
FTLN 0806 And set mine eyes at flow.
TIMON  FTLN 0807 Prithee, no more.
FTLN 0808 Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this lord!
FTLN 0809185 How many prodigal bits have slaves and peasants
FTLN 0810 This night englutted. Who is not Timon’s?
FTLN 0811 What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Lord
FTLN 0812 Timon’s?
FTLN 0813 Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon!
FTLN 0814190 Ah, when the means are gone that buy this praise,
FTLN 0815 The breath is gone whereof this praise is made.
FTLN 0816 Feast-won, fast-lost. One cloud of winter showers,
FTLN 0817 These flies are couched.
TIMON  FTLN 0818 Come, sermon me no further.

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ACT 2. SC. 2

FTLN 0819195 No villainous bounty yet hath passed my heart;
FTLN 0820 Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given.
FTLN 0821 Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience lack
FTLN 0822 To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart.
FTLN 0823 If I would broach the vessels of my love
FTLN 0824200 And try the argument of hearts by borrowing,
FTLN 0825 Men and men’s fortunes could I frankly use
FTLN 0826 As I can bid thee speak.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 0827 Assurance bless your thoughts!
FTLN 0828 And in some sort these wants of mine are crowned,
FTLN 0829205 That I account them blessings. For by these
FTLN 0830 Shall I try friends. You shall perceive how you
FTLN 0831 Mistake my fortunes. I am wealthy in my friends.—
FTLN 0832 Within there! editorial emendationFlaminius!editorial emendation—Servilius!

Enter three Servants, editorial emendationFlaminius, Servilius, and another.editorial emendation

SERVANTS  FTLN 0833My lord, my lord.
TIMON  FTLN 0834210I will dispatch you severally.  (editorial emendationTo Serviliuseditorial emendation)
FTLN 0835 You to Lord Lucius,  (editorial emendationto Flaminiuseditorial emendation) to Lord
FTLN 0836 Lucullus you—I hunted with his Honor today;  (editorial emendationto
 the third Servanteditorial emendation) 
FTLN 0837you to Sempronius. Commend
FTLN 0838 me to their loves, and I am proud, say, that my
FTLN 0839215 occasions have found time to use ’em toward a
FTLN 0840 supply of money. Let the request be fifty talents.
FLAMINIUS  FTLN 0841As you have said, my lord. editorial emendationServants exit.editorial emendation
FLAVIUS , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0842Lord Lucius and Lucullus? Humh!
TIMON  FTLN 0843Go you, sir, to the Senators,
FTLN 0844220 Of whom, even to the state’s best health, I have
FTLN 0845 Deserved this hearing. Bid ’em send o’ th’ instant
FTLN 0846 A thousand talents to me.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 0847 I have been bold—
FTLN 0848 For that I knew it the most general way—
FTLN 0849225 To them to use your signet and your name,
FTLN 0850 But they do shake their heads, and I am here
FTLN 0851 No richer in return.

Timon of Athens
ACT 2. SC. 2

TIMON  FTLN 0852 Is ’t true? Can ’t be?
FTLN 0853 They answer in a joint and corporate voice
FTLN 0854230 That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot
FTLN 0855 Do what they would, are sorry. You are honorable,
FTLN 0856 But yet they could have wished—they know not—
FTLN 0857 Something hath been amiss—a noble nature
FTLN 0858 May catch a wrench—would all were well—’tis pity.
FTLN 0859235 And so, intending other serious matters,
FTLN 0860 After distasteful looks and these hard fractions,
FTLN 0861 With certain half-caps and cold-moving nods
FTLN 0862 They froze me into silence.
TIMON  FTLN 0863 You gods, reward them!
FTLN 0864240 Prithee, man, look cheerly. These old fellows
FTLN 0865 Have their ingratitude in them hereditary.
FTLN 0866 Their blood is caked, ’tis cold, it seldom flows;
FTLN 0867 ’Tis lack of kindly warmth they are not kind;
FTLN 0868 And nature, as it grows again toward earth,
FTLN 0869245 Is fashioned for the journey, dull and heavy.
FTLN 0870 Go to Ventidius. Prithee, be not sad.
FTLN 0871 Thou art true and honest—ingeniously I speak—
FTLN 0872 No blame belongs to thee. Ventidius lately
FTLN 0873 Buried his father, by whose death he’s stepped
FTLN 0874250 Into a great estate. When he was poor,
FTLN 0875 Imprisoned, and in scarcity of friends,
FTLN 0876 I cleared him with five talents. Greet him from me.
FTLN 0877 Bid him suppose some good necessity
FTLN 0878 Touches his friend, which craves to be remembered
FTLN 0879255 With those five talents. That had, give ’t these fellows
FTLN 0880 To whom ’tis instant due. Ne’er speak or think
FTLN 0881 That Timon’s fortunes ’mong his friends can sink.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
FLAVIUS  FTLN 0882I would I could not think it.
FTLN 0883 That thought is bounty’s foe;
FTLN 0884260 Being free itself, it thinks all others so.
editorial emendationHeeditorial emendation exits.

editorial emendationACT 3editorial emendation
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
editorial emendationEntereditorial emendation Flaminius waiting to speak with editorial emendationLucullus,editorial emendation
from his master.

editorial emendationEntereditorial emendation a Servant to him.

SERVANT  FTLN 0885I have told my lord of you. He is coming
FTLN 0886 down to you.
FLAMINIUS  FTLN 0887I thank you, sir.

Enter Lucullus.

SERVANT  FTLN 0888Here’s my lord.
LUCULLUS , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 08895One of Lord Timon’s men? A gift, I
FTLN 0890 warrant. Why, this hits right. I dreamt of a silver
FTLN 0891 basin and ewer tonight.—Flaminius, honest
FTLN 0892 Flaminius, you are very respectively welcome, sir.
FTLN 0893  (editorial emendationTo Servant.editorial emendation) Fill me some wine. (editorial emendationServant exits.editorial emendation)
FTLN 089410 And how does that honorable, complete, free-hearted
FTLN 0895 gentleman of Athens, thy very bountiful
FTLN 0896 good lord and master?
FLAMINIUS  FTLN 0897His health is well, sir.
LUCULLUS  FTLN 0898I am right glad that his health is well, sir.
FTLN 089915 And what hast thou there under thy cloak, pretty
FTLN 0900 Flaminius?
FLAMINIUS  FTLN 0901Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir, which
FTLN 0902 in my lord’s behalf I come to entreat your Honor
FTLN 0903 to supply; who, having great and instant occasion

Timon of Athens
ACT 3. SC. 1

FTLN 090420 to use fifty talents, hath sent to your Lordship to
FTLN 0905 furnish him, nothing doubting your present assistance
FTLN 0906 therein.
LUCULLUS  FTLN 0907La, la, la, la. “Nothing doubting” says he?
FTLN 0908 Alas, good lord! A noble gentleman ’tis, if he would
FTLN 090925 not keep so good a house. Many a time and often I
FTLN 0910 ha’ dined with him and told him on ’t, and come
FTLN 0911 again to supper to him of purpose to have him
FTLN 0912 spend less, and yet he would embrace no counsel,
FTLN 0913 take no warning by my coming. Every man has his
FTLN 091430 fault, and honesty is his. I ha’ told him on ’t, but I
FTLN 0915 could ne’er get him from ’t.

Enter Servant with wine.

SERVANT  FTLN 0916Please your Lordship, here is the wine.
LUCULLUS  FTLN 0917Flaminius, I have noted thee always wise.
FTLN 0918 Here’s to thee. editorial emendationHe drinks.editorial emendation
FLAMINIUS  FTLN 091935Your Lordship speaks your pleasure.
LUCULLUS  FTLN 0920I have observed thee always for a towardly
FTLN 0921 prompt spirit—give thee thy due—and one that
FTLN 0922 knows what belongs to reason and canst use the
FTLN 0923 time well, if the time use thee well. Good parts in
FTLN 092440 thee.—Get you gone, sirrah. editorial emendationServant exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 0925 Draw nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord’s a bountiful
FTLN 0926 gentleman, but thou art wise and thou
FTLN 0927 know’st well enough, although thou com’st to me,
FTLN 0928 that this is no time to lend money, especially upon
FTLN 092945 bare friendship, without security. Here’s three solidares
FTLN 0930 for thee.  (editorial emendationGives him money.editorial emendation) Good boy,
FTLN 0931 wink at me, and say thou saw’st me not. Fare thee
FTLN 0932 well.
FTLN 0933 Is ’t possible the world should so much differ,
FTLN 093450 And we alive that lived? Fly, damnèd baseness,
FTLN 0935 To him that worships thee!
editorial emendationHe throws the money back at Lucullus.editorial emendation

Timon of Athens
ACT 3. SC. 2

LUCULLUS  FTLN 0936Ha! Now I see thou art a fool and fit for thy
FTLN 0937 master. Lucullus exits.
FTLN 0938 May these add to the number that may scald thee!
FTLN 093955 Let molten coin be thy damnation,
FTLN 0940 Thou disease of a friend and not himself!
FTLN 0941 Has friendship such a faint and milky heart
FTLN 0942 It turns in less than two nights? O you gods,
FTLN 0943 I feel my master’s passion. This slave
FTLN 094460 Unto his honor has my lord’s meat in him.
FTLN 0945 Why should it thrive and turn to nutriment
FTLN 0946 When he is turned to poison?
FTLN 0947 O, may diseases only work upon ’t,
FTLN 0948 And when he’s sick to death, let not that part of
FTLN 094965 nature
FTLN 0950 Which my lord paid for be of any power
FTLN 0951 To expel sickness, but prolong his hour.
He exits.

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Lucius, with three Strangers.

LUCIUS  FTLN 0952Who, the Lord Timon? He is my very good
FTLN 0953 friend and an honorable gentleman.
FIRST STRANGER  FTLN 0954We know him for no less, though we
FTLN 0955 are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one
FTLN 09565 thing, my lord, and which I hear from common
FTLN 0957 rumors: now Lord Timon’s happy hours are done
FTLN 0958 and past, and his estate shrinks from him.
LUCIUS  FTLN 0959Fie, no, do not believe it. He cannot want for
FTLN 0960 money.
SECOND STRANGER  FTLN 096110But believe you this, my lord, that
FTLN 0962 not long ago one of his men was with the Lord
FTLN 0963 Lucullus to borrow editorial emendationfiftyeditorial emendation talents, nay, urged
FTLN 0964 extremely for ’t, and showed what necessity
FTLN 0965 belonged to ’t, and yet was denied.

Timon of Athens
ACT 3. SC. 2

LUCIUS  FTLN 096615How?
SECOND STRANGER  FTLN 0967I tell you, denied, my lord.
LUCIUS  FTLN 0968What a strange case was that! Now, before the
FTLN 0969 gods, I am ashamed on ’t. Denied that honorable
FTLN 0970 man? There was very little honor showed in ’t. For
FTLN 097120 my own part, I must needs confess I have received
FTLN 0972 some small kindnesses from him, as money, plate,
FTLN 0973 jewels, and suchlike trifles, nothing comparing to
FTLN 0974 his; yet had he mistook him and sent to me, I
FTLN 0975 should ne’er have denied his occasion editorial emendationfiftyeditorial emendation talents.

Enter Servilius.

SERVILIUS , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 097625See, by good hap, yonder’s my lord.
FTLN 0977 I have sweat to see his Honor.  editorial emendationTo Lucius.editorial emendation My
FTLN 0978 honored lord.
LUCIUS  FTLN 0979Servilius. You are kindly met, sir. Fare thee
FTLN 0980 well. Commend me to thy honorable virtuous lord,
FTLN 098130 my very exquisite friend. editorial emendationHe turns to exit.editorial emendation
SERVILIUS  FTLN 0982May it please your Honor, my lord hath
FTLN 0983 sent—
LUCIUS  FTLN 0984Ha! What has he sent? I am so much endeared
FTLN 0985 to that lord; he’s ever sending. How shall I thank
FTLN 098635 him, think’st thou? And what has he sent now?
SERVILIUS  FTLN 0987Has only sent his present occasion now, my
FTLN 0988 lord, requesting your Lordship to supply his
FTLN 0989 instant use with editorial emendationfiftyeditorial emendation talents.
FTLN 0990 I know his Lordship is but merry with me.
FTLN 099140 He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.
FTLN 0992 But in the meantime he wants less, my lord.
FTLN 0993 If his occasion were not virtuous,
FTLN 0994 I should not urge it half so faithfully.
FTLN 0995 Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius?
SERVILIUS  FTLN 099645Upon my soul, ’tis true, sir.

Timon of Athens
ACT 3. SC. 2

LUCIUS  FTLN 0997What a wicked beast was I to disfurnish
FTLN 0998 myself against such a good time, when I might ha’
FTLN 0999 shown myself honorable! How unluckily it happened
FTLN 1000 that I should purchase the day before for a
FTLN 100150 little part, and undo a great deal of honor! Servilius,
FTLN 1002 now before the gods, I am not able to do—the
FTLN 1003 more beast, I say!—I was sending to use Lord
FTLN 1004 Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness; but I
FTLN 1005 would not for the wealth of Athens I had done ’t
FTLN 100655 now. Commend me bountifully to his good Lordship,
FTLN 1007 and I hope his Honor will conceive the fairest
FTLN 1008 of me, because I have no power to be kind. And tell
FTLN 1009 him this from me: I count it one of my greatest
FTLN 1010 afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an honorable
FTLN 101160 gentleman. Good Servilius, will you
FTLN 1012 befriend me so far as to use mine own words to
FTLN 1013 him?
SERVILIUS  FTLN 1014Yes, sir, I shall.
LUCIUS  FTLN 1015I’ll look you out a good turn, Servilius.
Servilius exits.
FTLN 101665 True, as you said, Timon is shrunk indeed,
FTLN 1017 And he that’s once denied will hardly speed.
He exits.
FIRST STRANGER  FTLN 1018Do you observe this, Hostilius?
SECOND STRANGER  FTLN 1019Ay, too well.
FTLN 1020 Why, this is the world’s soul, and just of the same
FTLN 102170 piece
FTLN 1022 Is every flatterer’s sport. Who can call him his friend
FTLN 1023 That dips in the same dish? For, in my knowing,
FTLN 1024 Timon has been this lord’s father
FTLN 1025 And kept his credit with his purse,
FTLN 102675 Supported his estate, nay, Timon’s money
FTLN 1027 Has paid his men their wages. He ne’er drinks
FTLN 1028 But Timon’s silver treads upon his lip.
FTLN 1029 And yet—O, see the monstrousness of man

Timon of Athens
ACT 3. SC. 3

FTLN 1030 When he looks out in an ungrateful shape!—
FTLN 103180 He does deny him, in respect of his,
FTLN 1032 What charitable men afford to beggars.
FTLN 1033 Religion groans at it.
FIRST STRANGER  FTLN 1034 For mine own part,
FTLN 1035 I never tasted Timon in my life,
FTLN 103685 Nor came any of his bounties over me
FTLN 1037 To mark me for his friend. Yet I protest,
FTLN 1038 For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue,
FTLN 1039 And honorable carriage,
FTLN 1040 Had his necessity made use of me,
FTLN 104190 I would have put my wealth into donation,
FTLN 1042 And the best half should have returned to him,
FTLN 1043 So much I love his heart. But I perceive
FTLN 1044 Men must learn now with pity to dispense,
FTLN 1045 For policy sits above conscience.
They exit.

editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter a Third Servant editorial emendationof Timon’seditorial emendation with Sempronius,
another of Timon’s friends.

FTLN 1046 Must he needs trouble me in ’t? Hum! ’Bove all others?
FTLN 1047 He might have tried Lord Lucius or Lucullus;
FTLN 1048 And now Ventidius is wealthy too,
FTLN 1049 Whom he redeemed from prison. All these
FTLN 10505 Owes their estates unto him.
SERVANT  FTLN 1051My lord,
FTLN 1052 They have all been touched and found base metal,
FTLN 1053 For they have all denied him.
SEMPRONIUS  FTLN 1054How? Have they denied him?
FTLN 105510 Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him,
FTLN 1056 And does he send to me? Three? Humh!

Timon of Athens
ACT 3. SC. 3

FTLN 1057 It shows but little love or judgment in him.
FTLN 1058 Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like physicians,
FTLN 1059 Thrive, give him over. Must I take th’ cure upon me?
FTLN 106015 Has much disgraced me in ’t. I’m angry at him
FTLN 1061 That might have known my place. I see no sense for ’t
FTLN 1062 But his occasions might have wooed me first;
FTLN 1063 For, in my conscience, I was the first man
FTLN 1064 That e’er received gift from him.
FTLN 106520 And does he think so backwardly of me now
FTLN 1066 That I’ll requite it last? No.
FTLN 1067 So it may prove an argument of laughter
FTLN 1068 To th’ rest, and editorial emendationIeditorial emendation ’mongst lords be thought a fool.
FTLN 1069 I’d rather than the worth of thrice the sum
FTLN 107025 Had sent to me first, but for my mind’s sake;
FTLN 1071 I’d such a courage to do him good. But now return,
FTLN 1072 And with their faint reply this answer join:
FTLN 1073 Who bates mine honor shall not know my coin.
He exits.
SERVANT  FTLN 1074Excellent! Your Lordship’s a goodly villain.
FTLN 107530 The devil knew not what he did when he made
FTLN 1076 man politic. He crossed himself by ’t, and I cannot
FTLN 1077 think but, in the end, the villainies of man will set
FTLN 1078 him clear. How fairly this lord strives to appear
FTLN 1079 foul! Takes virtuous copies to be wicked, like those
FTLN 108035 that under hot ardent zeal would set whole realms
FTLN 1081 on fire.
FTLN 1082 Of such a nature is his politic love.
FTLN 1083 This was my lord’s best hope. Now all are fled,
FTLN 1084 Save only the gods. Now his friends are dead,
FTLN 108540 Doors that were ne’er acquainted with their wards
FTLN 1086 Many a bounteous year must be employed
FTLN 1087 Now to guard sure their master.
FTLN 1088 And this is all a liberal course allows:
FTLN 1089 Who cannot keep his wealth must keep his house.
He exits.

Timon of Athens
ACT 3. SC. 4

editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Varro’s editorial emendationtwo Men,editorial emendation meeting editorial emendationTitus andeditorial emendation others, all
editorial emendationbeing Men ofeditorial emendation Timon’s creditors to wait for his coming
out. Then enter editorial emendationLucius’ Maneditorial emendation and Hortensius.

VARRO’S editorial emendationFIRSTeditorial emendation MAN 
FTLN 1090 Well met. Good morrow, Titus and Hortensius.
FTLN 1091 The like to you, kind Varro.
FTLN 1093 What, do we meet together?
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 10945 Ay, and I think
FTLN 1095 One business does command us all,
FTLN 1096 For mine is money.
TITUS  FTLN 1097 So is theirs and ours.

Enter Philotus.

editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1098 And, sir, Philotus’ too.
PHILOTUS  FTLN 109910 Good day at once.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 1100Welcome, good brother.
FTLN 1101 What do you think the hour?
PHILOTUS  FTLN 1102 Laboring for nine.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1103 So much?
PHILOTUS  FTLN 110415 Is not my lord seen yet?
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 1105 Not yet.
FTLN 1106 I wonder on ’t. He was wont to shine at seven.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1107 Ay, but the days are waxed shorter with him.
FTLN 1108 You must consider that a prodigal course
FTLN 110920 Is like the sun’s,
FTLN 1110 But not, like his, recoverable. I fear
FTLN 1111 ’Tis deepest winter in Lord Timon’s purse:

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FTLN 1112 That is, one may reach deep enough and yet
FTLN 1113 Find little.
PHILOTUS  FTLN 111425 I am of your fear for that.
FTLN 1115 I’ll show you how t’ observe a strange event.
FTLN 1116 Your lord sends now for money?
HORTENSIUS  FTLN 1117 Most true, he does.
FTLN 1118 And he wears jewels now of Timon’s gift,
FTLN 111930 For which I wait for money.
HORTENSIUS  FTLN 1120It is against my heart.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 1121Mark how strange it shows:
FTLN 1122 Timon in this should pay more than he owes,
FTLN 1123 And e’en as if your lord should wear rich jewels
FTLN 112435 And send for money for ’em.
FTLN 1125 I’m weary of this charge, the gods can witness.
FTLN 1126 I know my lord hath spent of Timon’s wealth,
FTLN 1127 And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth.
editorial emendationVARRO’S FIRST MANeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1128 Yes, mine’s three thousand crowns. What’s yours?
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 112940Five thousand mine.
editorial emendationVARRO’S FIRST MANeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1130 ’Tis much deep, and it should seem by th’ sum
FTLN 1131 Your master’s confidence was above mine,
FTLN 1132 Else surely his had equaled.

Enter Flaminius.

TITUS  FTLN 1133One of Lord Timon’s men.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 113445Flaminius? Sir, a word. Pray, is my lord
FTLN 1135 ready to come forth?
FLAMINIUS  FTLN 1136No, indeed he is not.
TITUS  FTLN 1137We attend his Lordship. Pray, signify so much.
FLAMINIUS  FTLN 1138I need not tell him that. He knows you are
FTLN 113950 too diligent. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation

Enter editorial emendationFlavius, theeditorial emendation Steward in a cloak, muffled.

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editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1140 Ha! Is not that his steward muffled so?
FTLN 1141 He goes away in a cloud. Call him, call him.
TITUS  FTLN 1142Do you hear, sir?
VARRO’S SECOND MAN  FTLN 1143By your leave, sir.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 114455What do you ask of me, my friend?
FTLN 1145 We wait for certain money here, sir.
FTLN 1147 If money were as certain as your waiting,
FTLN 1148 ’Twere sure enough.
FTLN 114960 Why then preferred you not your sums and bills
FTLN 1150 When your false masters eat of my lord’s meat?
FTLN 1151 Then they could smile and fawn upon his debts
FTLN 1152 And take down th’ int’rest into their glutt’nous maws.
FTLN 1153 You do yourselves but wrong to stir me up.
FTLN 115465 Let me pass quietly.
FTLN 1155 Believe ’t, my lord and I have made an end.
FTLN 1156 I have no more to reckon, he to spend.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 1157Ay, but this answer will not serve.
FTLN 1158 If ’twill not serve, ’tis not so base as you,
FTLN 115970 For you serve knaves. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
VARRO’S FIRST MAN  FTLN 1160How? What does his cashiered
FTLN 1161 Worship mutter?
VARRO’S SECOND MAN  FTLN 1162No matter what. He’s poor, and
FTLN 1163 that’s revenge enough. Who can speak broader
FTLN 116475 than he that has no house to put his head in? Such
FTLN 1165 may rail against great buildings.

Enter Servilius.

TITUS  FTLN 1166O, here’s Servilius. Now we shall know some
FTLN 1167 answer.
SERVILIUS  FTLN 1168If I might beseech you, gentlemen, to repair
FTLN 116980 some other hour, I should derive much from ’t. For
FTLN 1170 take ’t of my soul, my lord leans wondrously to discontent.

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FTLN 1171 His comfortable temper has forsook him.
FTLN 1172 He’s much out of health and keeps his chamber.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1173 Many do keep their chambers are not sick;
FTLN 117485 And if it be so far beyond his health,
FTLN 1175 Methinks he should the sooner pay his debts
FTLN 1176 And make a clear way to the gods.
SERVILIUS  FTLN 1177 Good gods!
TITUS  FTLN 1178We cannot take this for answer, sir.
FLAMINIUS , within  FTLN 117990Servilius, help! My lord, my lord!

Enter Timon in a rage.

FTLN 1180 What, are my doors opposed against my passage?
FTLN 1181 Have I been ever free, and must my house
FTLN 1182 Be my retentive enemy, my jail?
FTLN 1183 The place which I have feasted, does it now,
FTLN 118495 Like all mankind, show me an iron heart?
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 1185Put in now, Titus.
TITUS  FTLN 1186My lord, here is my bill.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 1187Here’s mine.
editorial emendationHORTENSIUSeditorial emendation  FTLN 1188And mine, my lord.
VARRO’S SECOND MAN  FTLN 1189100And ours, my lord.
PHILOTUS  FTLN 1190All our bills.
FTLN 1191 Knock me down with ’em! Cleave me to the girdle.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 1192Alas, my lord—
TIMON  FTLN 1193Cut my heart in sums!
TITUS  FTLN 1194105Mine, fifty talents.
TIMON  FTLN 1195Tell out my blood.
editorial emendationLUCIUS’ MANeditorial emendation  FTLN 1196Five thousand crowns, my lord.
FTLN 1197 Five thousand drops pays that.—What yours?—And
FTLN 1198 yours?
VARRO’S FIRST MAN  FTLN 1199110My lord—

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FTLN 1201 Tear me, take me, and the gods fall upon you!
Timon exits.
HORTENSIUS  FTLN 1202Faith, I perceive our masters may throw
FTLN 1203 their caps at their money. These debts may well be
FTLN 1204115 called desperate ones, for a madman owes ’em.
They exit.

Enter Timon editorial emendationand Flavius.editorial emendation

FTLN 1205 They have e’en put my breath from me, the slaves!
FTLN 1206 Creditors? Devils!
FLAVIUS  FTLN 1207My dear lord—
TIMON  FTLN 1208What if it should be so?
FLAVIUS  FTLN 1209120My lord—
FTLN 1210 I’ll have it so.—My steward!
FLAVIUS  FTLN 1211 Here, my lord.
FTLN 1212 So fitly? Go, bid all my friends again,
FTLN 1213 Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius, all.
FTLN 1214125 I’ll once more feast the rascals.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 1215 O my lord,
FTLN 1216 You only speak from your distracted soul.
FTLN 1217 There’s not so much left to furnish out
FTLN 1218 A moderate table.
TIMON  FTLN 1219130Be it not in thy care. Go,
FTLN 1220 I charge thee, invite them all. Let in the tide
FTLN 1221 Of knaves once more. My cook and I’ll provide.
They exit.

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ACT 3. SC. 5

editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
Enter three Senators at one door, Alcibiades meeting
them, with Attendants.

FIRST SENATOR , editorial emendationto the Second Senatoreditorial emendation 
FTLN 1222 My lord, you have my voice to ’t. The fault’s
FTLN 1223 Bloody. ’Tis necessary he should die.
FTLN 1224 Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.
SECOND SENATOR  FTLN 1225Most true. The law shall bruise ’em.
FTLN 12265 Honor, health, and compassion to the Senate!
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 1227Now, captain?
FTLN 1228 I am an humble suitor to your virtues,
FTLN 1229 For pity is the virtue of the law,
FTLN 1230 And none but tyrants use it cruelly.
FTLN 123110 It pleases time and fortune to lie heavy
FTLN 1232 Upon a friend of mine, who in hot blood
FTLN 1233 Hath stepped into the law, which is past depth
FTLN 1234 To those that without heed do plunge into ’t.
FTLN 1235 He is a man—setting his fate aside—
FTLN 123615 Of comely virtues.
FTLN 1237 Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice—
FTLN 1238 editorial emendationAneditorial emendation honor in him which buys out his fault—
FTLN 1239 But with a noble fury and fair spirit,
FTLN 1240 Seeing his reputation touched to death,
FTLN 124120 He did oppose his foe;
FTLN 1242 And with such sober and unnoted passion
FTLN 1243 He did editorial emendationbehaveeditorial emendation his anger, ere ’twas spent,
FTLN 1244 As if he had but proved an argument.
FTLN 1245 You undergo too strict a paradox,
FTLN 124625 Striving to make an ugly deed look fair.
FTLN 1247 Your words have took such pains as if they labored
FTLN 1248 To bring manslaughter into form and set quarreling
FTLN 1249 Upon the head of valor—which indeed

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FTLN 1250 Is valor misbegot, and came into the world
FTLN 125130 When sects and factions were newly born.
FTLN 1252 He’s truly valiant that can wisely suffer
FTLN 1253 The worst that man can breathe
FTLN 1254 And make his wrongs his outsides,
FTLN 1255 To wear them like his raiment, carelessly,
FTLN 125635 And ne’er prefer his injuries to his heart
FTLN 1257 To bring it into danger.
FTLN 1258 If wrongs be evils and enforce us kill,
FTLN 1259 What folly ’tis to hazard life for ill!
FTLN 1260 My lord—
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 126140 You cannot make gross sins look clear.
FTLN 1262 To revenge is no valor, but to bear.
FTLN 1263 My lords, then, under favor, pardon me
FTLN 1264 If I speak like a captain.
FTLN 1265 Why do fond men expose themselves to battle
FTLN 126645 And not endure all threats? Sleep upon ’t,
FTLN 1267 And let the foes quietly cut their throats
FTLN 1268 Without repugnancy? If there be
FTLN 1269 Such valor in the bearing, what make we
FTLN 1270 Abroad? Why, then, women are more valiant
FTLN 127150 That stay at home, if bearing carry it,
FTLN 1272 And the ass more captain than the lion, the editorial emendationfeloneditorial emendation
FTLN 1273 Loaden with irons wiser than the judge,
FTLN 1274 If wisdom be in suffering. O my lords,
FTLN 1275 As you are great, be pitifully good.
FTLN 127655 Who cannot condemn rashness in cold blood?
FTLN 1277 To kill, I grant, is sin’s extremest gust,
FTLN 1278 But in defense, by mercy, ’tis most just.
FTLN 1279 To be in anger is impiety,
FTLN 1280 But who is man that is not angry?
FTLN 128160 Weigh but the crime with this.
SECOND SENATOR  FTLN 1282You breathe in vain.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1283In vain? His service done

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FTLN 1284 At Lacedaemon and Byzantium
FTLN 1285 Were a sufficient briber for his life.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 128665What’s that?
FTLN 1287 Why, editorial emendationIeditorial emendation say, my lords, has done fair service
FTLN 1288 And slain in fight many of your enemies.
FTLN 1289 How full of valor did he bear himself
FTLN 1290 In the last conflict, and made plenteous wounds!
FTLN 129170 He has made too much plenty with editorial emendation’em.editorial emendation
FTLN 1292 He’s a sworn rioter. He has a sin
FTLN 1293 That often drowns him and takes his valor prisoner.
FTLN 1294 If there were no foes, that were enough
FTLN 1295 To overcome him. In that beastly fury,
FTLN 129675 He has been known to commit outrages
FTLN 1297 And cherish factions. ’Tis inferred to us
FTLN 1298 His days are foul and his drink dangerous.
FTLN 1299 He dies.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1300 Hard fate! He might have died in war.
FTLN 130180 My lords, if not for any parts in him—
FTLN 1302 Though his right arm might purchase his own time
FTLN 1303 And be in debt to none—yet, more to move you,
FTLN 1304 Take my deserts to his and join ’em both.
FTLN 1305 And, for I know your reverend ages love
FTLN 130685 Security, I’ll pawn my victories, all
FTLN 1307 My honor, to you, upon his good returns.
FTLN 1308 If by this crime he owes the law his life,
FTLN 1309 Why, let the war receive ’t in valiant gore,
FTLN 1310 For law is strict, and war is nothing more.
FTLN 131190 We are for law. He dies. Urge it no more,
FTLN 1312 On height of our displeasure. Friend or brother,
FTLN 1313 He forfeits his own blood that spills another.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1314Must it be so? It must not be.
FTLN 1315 My lords, I do beseech you, know me.

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ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1317Call me to your remembrances.
FTLN 1319 I cannot think but your age has forgot me.
FTLN 1320 It could not else be I should prove so base
FTLN 1321100 To sue and be denied such common grace.
FTLN 1322 My wounds ache at you.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 1323 Do you dare our anger?
FTLN 1324 ’Tis in few words, but spacious in effect:
FTLN 1325 We banish thee forever.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1326105 Banish me?
FTLN 1327 Banish your dotage, banish usury,
FTLN 1328 That makes the Senate ugly!
FTLN 1329 If after two days’ shine Athens contain thee,
FTLN 1330 Attend our weightier judgment.
FTLN 1331110 And, not to swell our spirit,
FTLN 1332 He shall be executed presently. editorial emendationSenatorseditorial emendation exit.
FTLN 1333 Now the gods keep you old enough that you may live
FTLN 1334 Only in bone, that none may look on you!—
FTLN 1335 I’m worse than mad. I have kept back their foes
FTLN 1336115 While they have told their money and let out
FTLN 1337 Their coin upon large interest, I myself
FTLN 1338 Rich only in large hurts. All those for this?
FTLN 1339 Is this the balsam that the usuring Senate
FTLN 1340 Pours into captains’ wounds? Banishment.
FTLN 1341120 It comes not ill. I hate not to be banished.
FTLN 1342 It is a cause worthy my spleen and fury,
FTLN 1343 That I may strike at Athens. I’ll cheer up
FTLN 1344 My discontented troops and lay for hearts.
FTLN 1345 ’Tis honor with most lands to be at odds.
FTLN 1346125 Soldiers should brook as little wrongs as gods.
He exits.

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editorial emendationScene 6editorial emendation
editorial emendationMusic.editorial emendation Enter divers Friends at several doors.

FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1347The good time of day to you, sir.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1348I also wish it to you. I think this honorable
FTLN 1349 lord did but try us this other day.
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1350Upon that were my thoughts tiring when
FTLN 13515 we encountered. I hope it is not so low with him as
FTLN 1352 he made it seem in the trial of his several friends.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1353It should not be, by the persuasion of
FTLN 1354 his new feasting.
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1355I should think so. He hath sent me an
FTLN 135610 earnest inviting, which many my near occasions
FTLN 1357 did urge me to put off; but he hath conjured me
FTLN 1358 beyond them, and I must needs appear.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1359In like manner was I in debt to my
FTLN 1360 importunate business, but he would not hear my
FTLN 136115 excuse. I am sorry, when he sent to borrow of me,
FTLN 1362 that my provision was out.
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1363I am sick of that grief too, as I understand
FTLN 1364 how all things go.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1365Every man here’s so. What would he
FTLN 136620 have borrowed of you?
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1367A thousand pieces.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1368A thousand pieces!
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1369What of you?
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1370He sent to me, sir—

Enter Timon and Attendants.

FTLN 137125 Here he comes.
TIMON  FTLN 1372With all my heart, gentlemen both! And how
FTLN 1373 fare you?
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1374Ever at the best, hearing well of your
FTLN 1375 Lordship.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 137630The swallow follows not summer
FTLN 1377 more willing than we your Lordship.

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TIMON , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 1378Nor more willingly leaves winter, such
FTLN 1379 summer birds are men.—Gentlemen, our dinner
FTLN 1380 will not recompense this long stay. Feast your ears
FTLN 138135 with the music awhile, if they will fare so harshly
FTLN 1382 o’ th’ trumpets’ sound. We shall to ’t presently.
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1383I hope it remains not unkindly with your
FTLN 1384 Lordship that I returned you an empty messenger.
TIMON  FTLN 1385O, sir, let it not trouble you.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 138640My noble lord—
TIMON  FTLN 1387Ah, my good friend, what cheer?
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1388My most honorable lord, I am e’en
FTLN 1389 sick of shame that when your Lordship this other
FTLN 1390 day sent to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar.
TIMON  FTLN 139145Think not on ’t, sir.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1392If you had sent but two hours before—
TIMON  FTLN 1393Let it not cumber your better remembrance.

The banquet brought in.

FTLN 1394 Come, bring in all together.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1395All covered dishes!
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 139650Royal cheer, I warrant you.
THIRD FRIEND  FTLN 1397Doubt not that, if money and the season
FTLN 1398 can yield it.
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1399How do you? What’s the news?
THIRD FRIEND  FTLN 1400Alcibiades is banished. Hear you of it?
FIRST AND SECOND FRIENDS  FTLN 140155Alcibiades banished?
THIRD FRIEND  FTLN 1402’Tis so. Be sure of it.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1404I pray you, upon what?
TIMON  FTLN 1405My worthy friends, will you draw near?
THIRD FRIEND  FTLN 140660I’ll tell you more anon. Here’s a noble
FTLN 1407 feast toward.
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1408This is the old man still.
THIRD FRIEND  FTLN 1409Will ’t hold? Will ’t hold?
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1410It does, but time will—and so—
THIRD FRIEND  FTLN 141165I do conceive.

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TIMON  FTLN 1412Each man to his stool, with that spur as he
FTLN 1413 would to the lip of his mistress. Your diet shall
FTLN 1414 be in all places alike. Make not a city feast of it, to let
FTLN 1415 the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place.
FTLN 141670 Sit, sit.  (editorial emendationThey sit.editorial emendation) The gods require our thanks:

FTLN 1417 You great benefactors, sprinkle our society with
FTLN 1418 thankfulness. For your own gifts make yourselves
FTLN 1419 praised, but reserve still to give, lest your deities be
FTLN 1420 despised. Lend to each man enough, that one need
FTLN 142175 not lend to another; for, were your godheads to
FTLN 1422 borrow of men, men would forsake the gods. Make
FTLN 1423 the meat be beloved more than the man that gives
FTLN 1424 it. Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of
FTLN 1425 villains. If there sit twelve women at the table, let a
FTLN 142680 dozen of them be as they are. The rest of your fees,
FTLN 1427 O gods, the Senators of Athens, together with the
FTLN 1428 common editorial emendationtageditorial emendation of people, what is amiss in them,
FTLN 1429 you gods, make suitable for destruction. For these
FTLN 1430 my present friends, as they are to me nothing, so
FTLN 143185 in nothing bless them, and to nothing are they
FTLN 1432 welcome.

FTLN 1433 Uncover, dogs, and lap.
editorial emendationThe dishes are uncovered. They contain
only water and stones.editorial emendation

SOME SPEAK  FTLN 1434What does his Lordship mean?
SOME OTHER  FTLN 1435I know not.
FTLN 143690 May you a better feast never behold,
FTLN 1437 You knot of mouth-friends! Smoke and lukewarm
FTLN 1438 water
FTLN 1439 Is your perfection. This is Timon’s last,
FTLN 1440 Who, stuck and spangled editorial emendationwith youreditorial emendation flatteries,
FTLN 144195 Washes it off and sprinkles in your faces
FTLN 1442 Your reeking villainy.  (editorial emendationHe throws water in their
 faces.editorial emendation) 
FTLN 1443Live loathed and long,

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ACT 3. SC. 6

FTLN 1444 Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites,
FTLN 1445 Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,
FTLN 1446100 You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time’s flies,
FTLN 1447 Cap-and-knee slaves, vapors, and minute-jacks.
FTLN 1448 Of man and beast the infinite malady
FTLN 1449 Crust you quite o’er!  (editorial emendationThey stand.editorial emendation) What, dost thou
FTLN 1450 go?
FTLN 1451105 Soft! Take thy physic first—thou too—and thou.—
FTLN 1452 Stay. I will lend thee money, borrow none.
editorial emendationHe attacks them and forces them out.editorial emendation
FTLN 1453 What? All in motion? Henceforth be no feast
FTLN 1454 Whereat a villain’s not a welcome guest.
FTLN 1455 Burn, house! Sink, Athens! Henceforth hated be
FTLN 1456110 Of Timon man and all humanity! editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation

Enter editorial emendationTimon’s Friends,editorial emendation the Senators, with other Lords.

FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1457How now, my lords?
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1458Know you the quality of Lord Timon’s
FTLN 1459 fury?
THIRD FRIEND  FTLN 1460Push! Did you see my cap?
FOURTH FRIEND  FTLN 1461115I have lost my gown.
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1462He’s but a mad lord, and naught but
FTLN 1463 humors sways him. He gave me a jewel th’ other
FTLN 1464 day, and now he has beat it out of my hat. Did you
FTLN 1465 see my jewel?
SECOND FRIEND  FTLN 1466120Did you see my cap?
THIRD FRIEND  FTLN 1467Here ’tis.
FOURTH FRIEND  FTLN 1468Here lies my gown.
FIRST FRIEND  FTLN 1469Let’s make no stay.
FTLN 1470 Lord Timon’s mad.
THIRD FRIEND  FTLN 1471125 I feel ’t upon my bones.
FTLN 1472 One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.
The Senators editorial emendationand the otherseditorial emendation exit.

editorial emendationACT 4editorial emendation
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter Timon.

FTLN 1473 Let me look back upon thee. O thou wall
FTLN 1474 That girdles in those wolves, dive in the earth
FTLN 1475 And fence not Athens! Matrons, turn incontinent!
FTLN 1476 Obedience fail in children! Slaves and fools,
FTLN 14775 Pluck the grave wrinkled Senate from the bench
FTLN 1478 And minister in their steads! To general filths
FTLN 1479 Convert o’ th’ instant, green virginity!
FTLN 1480 Do ’t in your parents’ eyes! Bankrupts, hold fast!
FTLN 1481 Rather than render back, out with your knives
FTLN 148210 And cut your trusters’ throats! Bound servants, steal!
FTLN 1483 Large-handed robbers your grave masters are,
FTLN 1484 And pill by law. Maid, to thy master’s bed!
FTLN 1485 Thy mistress is o’ th’ brothel. editorial emendationSoneditorial emendation of sixteen,
FTLN 1486 Pluck the lined crutch from thy old limping sire;
FTLN 148715 With it beat out his brains! Piety and fear,
FTLN 1488 Religion to the gods, peace, justice, truth,
FTLN 1489 Domestic awe, night rest, and neighborhood,
FTLN 1490 Instruction, manners, mysteries, and trades,
FTLN 1491 Degrees, observances, customs, and laws,
FTLN 149220 Decline to your confounding contraries,
FTLN 1493 And yet confusion live! Plagues incident to men,
FTLN 1494 Your potent and infectious fevers heap
FTLN 1495 On Athens, ripe for stroke! Thou cold sciatica,

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FTLN 1496 Cripple our senators, that their limbs may halt
FTLN 149725 As lamely as their manners! Lust and liberty,
FTLN 1498 Creep in the minds and marrows of our youth,
FTLN 1499 That ’gainst the stream of virtue they may strive
FTLN 1500 And drown themselves in riot! Itches, blains,
FTLN 1501 Sow all th’ Athenian bosoms, and their crop
FTLN 150230 Be general leprosy! Breath infect breath,
FTLN 1503 That their society, as their friendship, may
FTLN 1504 Be merely poison! Nothing I’ll bear from thee
FTLN 1505 But nakedness, thou detestable town!
FTLN 1506 Take thou that too, with multiplying bans!
FTLN 150735 Timon will to the woods, where he shall find
FTLN 1508 Th’ unkindest beast more kinder than mankind.
FTLN 1509 The gods confound—hear me, you good gods all!—
FTLN 1510 Th’ Athenians both within and out that wall,
FTLN 1511 And grant, as Timon grows, his hate may grow
FTLN 151240 To the whole race of mankind, high and low!
FTLN 1513 Amen.
He exits.

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Steward editorial emendationFlaviuseditorial emendation with two or three Servants.

FTLN 1514 Hear you, Master Steward, where’s our master?
FTLN 1515 Are we undone, cast off, nothing remaining?
FTLN 1516 Alack, my fellows, what should I say to you?
FTLN 1517 Let me be recorded by the righteous gods,
FTLN 15185 I am as poor as you.
FIRST SERVANT  FTLN 1519 Such a house broke?
FTLN 1520 So noble a master fall’n, all gone, and not
FTLN 1521 One friend to take his fortune by the arm
FTLN 1522 And go along with him?
SECOND SERVANT  FTLN 152310 As we do turn our backs

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FTLN 1524 From our companion thrown into his grave,
FTLN 1525 So his familiars to his buried fortunes
FTLN 1526 Slink all away, leave their false vows with him,
FTLN 1527 Like empty purses picked; and his poor self,
FTLN 152815 A dedicated beggar to the air,
FTLN 1529 With his disease of all-shunned poverty,
FTLN 1530 Walks, like contempt, alone.

Enter other Servants.

FTLN 1531 More of our fellows.
FTLN 1532 All broken implements of a ruined house.
FTLN 153320 Yet do our hearts wear Timon’s livery.
FTLN 1534 That see I by our faces. We are fellows still,
FTLN 1535 Serving alike in sorrow. Leaked is our bark,
FTLN 1536 And we, poor mates, stand on the dying deck,
FTLN 1537 Hearing the surges threat. We must all part
FTLN 153825 Into this sea of air.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 1539 Good fellows all,
FTLN 1540 The latest of my wealth I’ll share amongst you.
FTLN 1541 Wherever we shall meet, for Timon’s sake
FTLN 1542 Let’s yet be fellows. Let’s shake our heads and say,
FTLN 154330 As ’twere a knell unto our master’s fortunes,
FTLN 1544 “We have seen better days.”  (editorial emendationHe offers them
 money.editorial emendation) 
FTLN 1545Let each take some.
FTLN 1546 Nay, put out all your hands. Not one word more.
FTLN 1547 Thus part we rich in sorrow, parting poor.
editorial emendationThe Servantseditorial emendation embrace and part several ways.
FTLN 154835 O, the fierce wretchedness that glory brings us!
FTLN 1549 Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt,
FTLN 1550 Since riches point to misery and contempt?
FTLN 1551 Who would be so mocked with glory, or to live
FTLN 1552 But in a dream of friendship,
FTLN 155340 To have his pomp and all what state compounds
FTLN 1554 But only painted, like his varnished friends?

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FTLN 1555 Poor honest lord, brought low by his own heart,
FTLN 1556 Undone by goodness! Strange unusual blood
FTLN 1557 When man’s worst sin is he does too much good!
FTLN 155845 Who then dares to be half so kind again?
FTLN 1559 For bounty, that makes gods, do still mar men.
FTLN 1560 My dearest lord, blest to be most accursed,
FTLN 1561 Rich only to be wretched, thy great fortunes
FTLN 1562 Are made thy chief afflictions. Alas, kind lord!
FTLN 156350 He’s flung in rage from this ingrateful seat
FTLN 1564 Of monstrous friends,
FTLN 1565 Nor has he with him to supply his life,
FTLN 1566 Or that which can command it.
FTLN 1567 I’ll follow and inquire him out.
FTLN 156855 I’ll ever serve his mind with my best will.
FTLN 1569 Whilst I have gold, I’ll be his steward still.
He exits.

editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Timon in the woods, editorial emendationwith a spade.editorial emendation

FTLN 1570 O blessèd breeding sun, draw from the Earth
FTLN 1571 Rotten humidity! Below thy sister’s orb
FTLN 1572 Infect the air! editorial emendationTwinnededitorial emendation brothers of one womb,
FTLN 1573 Whose procreation, residence, and birth
FTLN 15745 Scarce is dividant, touch them with several fortunes,
FTLN 1575 The greater scorns the lesser. Not nature,
FTLN 1576 To whom all sores lay siege, can bear great fortune
FTLN 1577 But by contempt of nature.
FTLN 1578 Raise me this beggar, and deny ’t that lord;
FTLN 157910 The Senators shall bear contempt hereditary,
FTLN 1580 The beggar native honor.
FTLN 1581 It is the pasture lards the brother’s sides,
FTLN 1582 The want that makes him editorial emendationlean.editorial emendation Who dares, who
FTLN 1583 dares

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FTLN 158415 In purity of manhood stand upright
FTLN 1585 And say “This man’s a flatterer”? If one be,
FTLN 1586 So are they all, for every grise of fortune
FTLN 1587 Is smoothed by that below. The learnèd pate
FTLN 1588 Ducks to the golden fool. All’s obliquy.
FTLN 158920 There’s nothing level in our cursèd natures
FTLN 1590 But direct villainy. Therefore be abhorred
FTLN 1591 All feasts, societies, and throngs of men.
FTLN 1592 His semblable, yea, himself, Timon disdains.
FTLN 1593 Destruction fang mankind! Earth, yield me roots!
FTLN 159425 Who seeks for better of thee, sauce his palate
FTLN 1595 With thy most operant poison!  (editorial emendationDigging, he finds
 gold.editorial emendation) 
FTLN 1596What is here?
FTLN 1597 Gold? Yellow, glittering, precious gold?
FTLN 1598 No, gods, I am no idle votarist.
FTLN 159930 Roots, you clear heavens! Thus much of this will
FTLN 1600 make
FTLN 1601 Black white, foul fair, wrong right,
FTLN 1602 Base noble, old young, coward valiant.
FTLN 1603 Ha, you gods! Why this? What this, you gods? Why,
FTLN 160435 this
FTLN 1605 Will lug your priests and servants from your sides,
FTLN 1606 Pluck stout men’s pillows from below their heads.
FTLN 1607 This yellow slave
FTLN 1608 Will knit and break religions, bless th’ accursed,
FTLN 160940 Make the hoar leprosy adored, place thieves
FTLN 1610 And give them title, knee, and approbation
FTLN 1611 With senators on the bench. This is it
FTLN 1612 That makes the wappened widow wed again;
FTLN 1613 She whom the spital house and ulcerous sores
FTLN 161445 Would cast the gorge at, this embalms and spices
FTLN 1615 To th’ April day again. Come, damnèd earth,
FTLN 1616 Thou common whore of mankind, that puts odds
FTLN 1617 Among the rout of nations, I will make thee
FTLN 1618 Do thy right nature.  (March afar off.) Ha? A drum?
FTLN 161950 Thou ’rt quick,

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FTLN 1620 But yet I’ll bury thee. Thou ’lt go, strong thief,
FTLN 1621 When gouty keepers of thee cannot stand.
FTLN 1622 Nay, stay thou out for earnest.
editorial emendationHe buries the gold, keeping some out.editorial emendation

Enter Alcibiades, with Drum and Fife, in warlike
manner, and Phrynia and Timandra.

ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1623What art thou there? Speak.
FTLN 162455 A beast, as thou art. The canker gnaw thy heart
FTLN 1625 For showing me again the eyes of man!
FTLN 1626 What is thy name? Is man so hateful to thee
FTLN 1627 That art thyself a man?
FTLN 1628 I am Misanthropos and hate mankind.
FTLN 162960 For thy part, I do wish thou wert a dog,
FTLN 1630 That I might love thee something.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1631 I know thee well.
FTLN 1632 But in thy fortunes am unlearned and strange.
FTLN 1633 I know thee too, and more than that I know thee
FTLN 163465 I not desire to know. Follow thy drum.
FTLN 1635 With man’s blood paint the ground gules, gules!
FTLN 1636 Religious canons, civil laws are cruel.
FTLN 1637 Then what should war be? This fell whore of thine
FTLN 1638 Hath in her more destruction than thy sword,
FTLN 163970 For all her cherubin look.
PHRYNIA  FTLN 1640 Thy lips rot off!
FTLN 1641 I will not kiss thee. Then the rot returns
FTLN 1642 To thine own lips again.
FTLN 1643 How came the noble Timon to this change?
FTLN 164475 As the moon does, by wanting light to give.

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FTLN 1645 But then renew I could not, like the moon;
FTLN 1646 There were no suns to borrow of.
FTLN 1647 Noble Timon, what friendship may I do thee?
FTLN 1648 None, but to maintain my opinion.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 164980What is it, Timon?
TIMON  FTLN 1650Promise me friendship, but perform none. If
FTLN 1651 thou wilt not promise, the gods plague thee, for
FTLN 1652 thou art a man. If thou dost perform, confound
FTLN 1653 thee, for thou art a man.
FTLN 165485 I have heard in some sort of thy miseries.
FTLN 1655 Thou saw’st them when I had prosperity.
FTLN 1656 I see them now. Then was a blessèd time.
FTLN 1657 As thine is now, held with a brace of harlots.
FTLN 1658 Is this th’ Athenian minion whom the world
FTLN 165990 Voiced so regardfully?
TIMON  FTLN 1660 Art thou Timandra?
FTLN 1662 Be a whore still. They love thee not that use thee.
FTLN 1663 Give them diseases, leaving with thee their lust.
FTLN 166495 Make use of thy salt hours. Season the slaves
FTLN 1665 For tubs and baths. Bring down rose-cheeked youth
FTLN 1666 To the tub-fast and the diet.
TIMANDRA  FTLN 1667 Hang thee, monster!
FTLN 1668 Pardon him, sweet Timandra, for his wits
FTLN 1669100 Are drowned and lost in his calamities.—
FTLN 1670 I have but little gold of late, brave Timon,
FTLN 1671 The want whereof doth daily make revolt

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FTLN 1672 In my penurious band. I have heard and grieved
FTLN 1673 How cursèd Athens, mindless of thy worth,
FTLN 1674105 Forgetting thy great deeds when neighbor states,
FTLN 1675 But for thy sword and fortune, trod upon them—
FTLN 1676 I prithee, beat thy drum and get thee gone.
FTLN 1677 I am thy friend and pity thee, dear Timon.
FTLN 1678 How dost thou pity him whom thou dost trouble?
FTLN 1679110 I had rather be alone.
FTLN 1680 Why, fare thee well. Here is some gold for thee.
TIMON  FTLN 1681Keep it. I cannot eat it.
FTLN 1682 When I have laid proud Athens on a heap—
FTLN 1683 Warr’st thou ’gainst Athens?
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1684115 Ay, Timon, and have cause.
FTLN 1685 The gods confound them all in thy conquest,
FTLN 1686 And thee after, when thou hast conquered!
FTLN 1687 Why me, Timon?
TIMON  FTLN 1688 That by killing of villains
FTLN 1689120 Thou wast born to conquer my country.
FTLN 1690 Put up thy gold. Go on. Here’s gold. Go on.
FTLN 1691 Be as a planetary plague when Jove
FTLN 1692 Will o’er some high-viced city hang his poison
FTLN 1693 In the sick air. Let not thy sword skip one.
FTLN 1694125 Pity not honored age for his white beard;
FTLN 1695 He is an usurer. Strike me the counterfeit matron;
FTLN 1696 It is her habit only that is honest,
FTLN 1697 Herself’s a bawd. Let not the virgin’s cheek
FTLN 1698 Make soft thy trenchant sword, for those milk paps,
FTLN 1699130 That through the editorial emendationwindow-barseditorial emendation bore at men’s eyes,

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FTLN 1700 Are not within the leaf of pity writ,
FTLN 1701 But set them down horrible traitors. Spare not the
FTLN 1702 babe,
FTLN 1703 Whose dimpled smiles from fools exhaust their
FTLN 1704135 mercy;
FTLN 1705 Think it a bastard whom the oracle
FTLN 1706 Hath doubtfully pronounced the throat shall cut,
FTLN 1707 And mince it sans remorse. Swear against objects;
FTLN 1708 Put armor on thine ears and on thine eyes,
FTLN 1709140 Whose proof nor yells of mothers, maids, nor babes,
FTLN 1710 Nor sight of priests in holy vestments bleeding,
FTLN 1711 Shall pierce a jot.  (editorial emendationHe offers gold.editorial emendation) There’s gold to
FTLN 1712 pay thy soldiers.
FTLN 1713 Make large confusion and, thy fury spent,
FTLN 1714145 Confounded be thyself! Speak not. Begone.
FTLN 1715 Hast thou gold yet? I’ll take the gold thou givest me,
FTLN 1716 Not all thy counsel.
FTLN 1717 Dost thou or dost thou not, heaven’s curse upon thee!
BOTH editorial emendationWOMENeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1718 Give us some gold, good Timon. Hast thou more?
FTLN 1719150 Enough to make a whore forswear her trade,
FTLN 1720 And to make whores a bawd. Hold up, you sluts,
FTLN 1721 Your aprons mountant.  (editorial emendationHe begins throwing gold
 into their aprons.editorial emendation) 
FTLN 1722You are not oathable,
FTLN 1723 Although I know you’ll swear—terribly swear
FTLN 1724155 Into strong shudders and to heavenly agues
FTLN 1725 Th’ immortal gods that hear you. Spare your oaths.
FTLN 1726 I’ll trust to your conditions. Be whores still.
FTLN 1727 And he whose pious breath seeks to convert you,
FTLN 1728 Be strong in whore, allure him, burn him up.
FTLN 1729160 Let your close fire predominate his smoke,
FTLN 1730 And be no turncoats. Yet may your pains six months
FTLN 1731 Be quite contrary. And thatch your poor thin roofs

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FTLN 1732 With burdens of the dead—some that were hanged,
FTLN 1733 No matter; wear them, betray with them. Whore
FTLN 1734165 still.
FTLN 1735 Paint till a horse may mire upon your face.
FTLN 1736 A pox of wrinkles!
BOTH editorial emendationWOMENeditorial emendation  FTLN 1737 Well, more gold. What then?
FTLN 1738 Believe ’t that we’ll do anything for gold.
TIMON  FTLN 1739170Consumptions sow
FTLN 1740 In hollow bones of man; strike their sharp shins,
FTLN 1741 And mar men’s spurring. Crack the lawyer’s voice,
FTLN 1742 That he may never more false title plead
FTLN 1743 Nor sound his quillets shrilly. Hoar the flamen,
FTLN 1744175 That editorial emendationscoldseditorial emendation against the quality of flesh
FTLN 1745 And not believes himself. Down with the nose—
FTLN 1746 Down with it flat, take the bridge quite away—
FTLN 1747 Of him that, his particular to foresee,
FTLN 1748 Smells from the general weal. Make curled-pate
FTLN 1749180 ruffians bald,
FTLN 1750 And let the unscarred braggarts of the war
FTLN 1751 Derive some pain from you. Plague all,
FTLN 1752 That your activity may defeat and quell
FTLN 1753 The source of all erection. There’s more gold.
FTLN 1754185 Do you damn others, and let this damn you,
FTLN 1755 And ditches grave you all!
BOTH editorial emendationWOMENeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1756 More counsel with more money, bounteous Timon.
FTLN 1757 More whore, more mischief first! I have given you
FTLN 1758 earnest.
FTLN 1759190 Strike up the drum towards Athens.—Farewell,
FTLN 1760 Timon.
FTLN 1761 If I thrive well, I’ll visit thee again.
FTLN 1762 If I hope well, I’ll never see thee more.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1763I never did thee harm.

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FTLN 1764195 Yes, thou spok’st well of me.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 1765 Call’st thou that harm?
FTLN 1766 Men daily find it. Get thee away, and take
FTLN 1767 Thy beagles with thee.
ALCIBIADES , editorial emendationto the Womeneditorial emendation  FTLN 1768 We but offend him.—
FTLN 1769200 Strike. editorial emendationThe drum sounds; all but Timoneditorial emendation exit.
FTLN 1770 That nature, being sick of man’s unkindness,
FTLN 1771 Should yet be hungry!  (editorial emendationHe digs.editorial emendation) Common mother,
FTLN 1772 thou
FTLN 1773 Whose womb unmeasurable and infinite breast
FTLN 1774205 Teems and feeds all; whose selfsame mettle—
FTLN 1775 Whereof thy proud child, arrogant man, is puffed—
FTLN 1776 Engenders the black toad and adder blue,
FTLN 1777 The gilded newt and eyeless venomed worm,
FTLN 1778 With all th’ abhorrèd births below crisp heaven
FTLN 1779210 Whereon Hyperion’s quick’ning fire doth shine:
FTLN 1780 Yield him who all editorial emendationthyeditorial emendation human sons do hate,
FTLN 1781 From forth thy plenteous bosom, one poor root!
FTLN 1782 Ensear thy fertile and conceptious womb;
FTLN 1783 Let it no more bring out ingrateful man.
FTLN 1784215 Go great with tigers, dragons, wolves, and bears;
FTLN 1785 Teem with new monsters, whom thy upward face
FTLN 1786 Hath to the marbled mansion all above
FTLN 1787 Never presented. O, a root! Dear thanks!
FTLN 1788 Dry up thy marrows, vines, and plow-torn leas,
FTLN 1789220 Whereof ingrateful man with liquorish drafts
FTLN 1790 And morsels unctuous greases his pure mind,
FTLN 1791 That from it all consideration slips—

Enter Apemantus.

FTLN 1792 More man? Plague, plague!
FTLN 1793 I was directed hither. Men report
FTLN 1794225 Thou dost affect my manners and dost use them.

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FTLN 1795 ’Tis, then, because thou dost not keep a dog,
FTLN 1796 Whom I would imitate. Consumption catch thee!
FTLN 1797 This is in thee a nature but infected,
FTLN 1798 A poor unmanly melancholy sprung
FTLN 1799230 From change of future. Why this spade? This place?
FTLN 1800 This slavelike habit and these looks of care?
FTLN 1801 Thy flatterers yet wear silk, drink wine, lie soft,
FTLN 1802 Hug their diseased perfumes, and have forgot
FTLN 1803 That ever Timon was. Shame not these woods
FTLN 1804235 By putting on the cunning of a carper.
FTLN 1805 Be thou a flatterer now, and seek to thrive
FTLN 1806 By that which has undone thee. Hinge thy knee,
FTLN 1807 And let his very breath whom thou ’lt observe
FTLN 1808 Blow off thy cap; praise his most vicious strain,
FTLN 1809240 And call it excellent. Thou wast told thus.
FTLN 1810 Thou gav’st thine ears, like tapsters that bade
FTLN 1811 welcome,
FTLN 1812 To knaves and all approachers. ’Tis most just
FTLN 1813 That thou turn rascal. Had’st thou wealth again,
FTLN 1814245 Rascals should have ’t. Do not assume my likeness.
FTLN 1815 Were I like thee, I’d throw away myself.
FTLN 1816 Thou hast cast away thyself, being like thyself—
FTLN 1817 A madman so long, now a fool. What, think’st
FTLN 1818 That the bleak air, thy boisterous chamberlain,
FTLN 1819250 Will put thy shirt on warm? Will these moist trees,
FTLN 1820 That have outlived the eagle, page thy heels
FTLN 1821 And skip when thou point’st out? Will the cold brook,
FTLN 1822 Candied with ice, caudle thy morning taste
FTLN 1823 To cure thy o’ernight’s surfeit? Call the creatures
FTLN 1824255 Whose naked natures live in all the spite
FTLN 1825 Of wreakful heaven, whose bare unhousèd trunks,

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FTLN 1826 To the conflicting elements exposed,
FTLN 1827 Answer mere nature. Bid them flatter thee.
FTLN 1828 O, thou shalt find—
TIMON  FTLN 1829260 A fool of thee. Depart.
FTLN 1830 I love thee better now than e’er I did.
FTLN 1831 I hate thee worse.
TIMON  FTLN 1833 Thou flatter’st misery.
FTLN 1834265 I flatter not but say thou art a caitiff.
TIMON  FTLN 1835Why dost thou seek me out?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1836To vex thee.
FTLN 1837 Always a villain’s office or a fool’s.
FTLN 1838 Dost please thyself in ’t?
TIMON  FTLN 1840 What, a knave too?
FTLN 1841 If thou didst put this sour cold habit on
FTLN 1842 To castigate thy pride, ’twere well, but thou
FTLN 1843 Dost it enforcedly. Thou ’dst courtier be again
FTLN 1844275 Wert thou not beggar. Willing misery
FTLN 1845 Outlives incertain pomp, is crowned before;
FTLN 1846 The one is filling still, never complete,
FTLN 1847 The other at high wish. Best state, contentless,
FTLN 1848 Hath a distracted and most wretched being,
FTLN 1849280 Worse than the worst, content.
FTLN 1850 Thou shouldst desire to die, being miserable.
FTLN 1851 Not by his breath that is more miserable.
FTLN 1852 Thou art a slave whom Fortune’s tender arm
FTLN 1853 With favor never clasped but bred a dog.
FTLN 1854285 Hadst thou, like us from our first swathe, proceeded
FTLN 1855 The sweet degrees that this brief world affords

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FTLN 1856 To such as may the passive drugs of it
FTLN 1857 Freely editorial emendationcommand,editorial emendation thou wouldst have plunged
FTLN 1858 thyself
FTLN 1859290 In general riot, melted down thy youth
FTLN 1860 In different beds of lust, and never learned
FTLN 1861 The icy precepts of respect, but followed
FTLN 1862 The sugared game before thee. But myself—
FTLN 1863 Who had the world as my confectionary,
FTLN 1864295 The mouths, the tongues, the eyes and hearts of
FTLN 1865 men
FTLN 1866 At duty, more than I could frame employment,
FTLN 1867 That numberless upon me stuck as leaves
FTLN 1868 Do on the oak, have with one winter’s brush
FTLN 1869300 Fell from their boughs and left me open, bare,
FTLN 1870 For every storm that blows—I to bear this,
FTLN 1871 That never knew but better, is some burden.
FTLN 1872 Thy nature did commence in sufferance. Time
FTLN 1873 Hath made thee hard in ’t. Why shouldst thou hate
FTLN 1874305 men?
FTLN 1875 They never flattered thee. What hast thou given?
FTLN 1876 If thou wilt curse, thy father, that poor rag,
FTLN 1877 Must be thy subject, who in spite put stuff
FTLN 1878 To some she-beggar and compounded thee
FTLN 1879310 Poor rogue hereditary. Hence, begone.
FTLN 1880 If thou hadst not been born the worst of men,
FTLN 1881 Thou hadst been a knave and flatterer.
FTLN 1882 Art thou proud yet?
TIMON  FTLN 1883 Ay, that I am not thee.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1884315I, that I was no prodigal.
TIMON  FTLN 1885I, that I am one now.
FTLN 1886 Were all the wealth I have shut up in thee,
FTLN 1887 I’d give thee leave to hang it. Get thee gone.
FTLN 1888 That the whole life of Athens were in this!
FTLN 1889320 Thus would I eat it. editorial emendationHe gnaws a root.editorial emendation
APEMANTUS , editorial emendationoffering foodeditorial emendation  FTLN 1890 Here, I will mend thy feast.

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FTLN 1891 First mend editorial emendationmyeditorial emendation company. Take away thyself.
FTLN 1892 So I shall mend mine own by th’ lack of thine.
FTLN 1893 ’Tis not well mended so; it is but botched.
FTLN 1894325 If not, I would it were.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1895What wouldst thou have to Athens?
FTLN 1896 Thee thither in a whirlwind. If thou wilt,
FTLN 1897 Tell them there I have gold. Look, so I have.
FTLN 1898 Here is no use for gold.
TIMON  FTLN 1899330 The best and truest,
FTLN 1900 For here it sleeps and does no hired harm.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1901Where liest a-nights, Timon?
TIMON  FTLN 1902Under that’s above me. Where feed’st thou
FTLN 1903 a-days, Apemantus?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1904335Where my stomach finds meat, or rather
FTLN 1905 where I eat it.
TIMON  FTLN 1906Would poison were obedient and knew my
FTLN 1907 mind!
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1908Where wouldst thou send it?
TIMON  FTLN 1909340To sauce thy dishes.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1910The middle of humanity thou never
FTLN 1911 knewest, but the extremity of both ends. When
FTLN 1912 thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they
FTLN 1913 mocked thee for too much curiosity. In thy rags
FTLN 1914345 thou know’st none, but art despised for the contrary.
FTLN 1915 There’s a medlar for thee. Eat it.
TIMON  FTLN 1916On what I hate I feed not.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1917Dost hate a medlar?
TIMON  FTLN 1918Ay, though it look like thee.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1919350An thou ’dst hated meddlers sooner, thou
FTLN 1920 shouldst have loved thyself better now. What man
FTLN 1921 didst thou ever know unthrift that was beloved
FTLN 1922 after his means?

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TIMON  FTLN 1923Who, without those means thou talk’st of, didst
FTLN 1924355 thou ever know beloved?
TIMON  FTLN 1926I understand thee. Thou hadst some means to
FTLN 1927 keep a dog.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1928What things in the world canst thou nearest
FTLN 1929360 compare to thy flatterers?
TIMON  FTLN 1930Women nearest, but men—men are the things
FTLN 1931 themselves. What wouldst thou do with the world,
FTLN 1932 Apemantus, if it lay in thy power?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1933Give it the beasts, to be rid of the men.
TIMON  FTLN 1934365Wouldst thou have thyself fall in the confusion
FTLN 1935 of men and remain a beast with the beasts?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1936Ay, Timon.
TIMON  FTLN 1937A beastly ambition, which the gods grant thee
FTLN 1938 t’ attain to! If thou wert the lion, the fox would
FTLN 1939370 beguile thee. If thou wert the lamb, the fox would
FTLN 1940 eat thee. If thou wert the fox, the lion would suspect
FTLN 1941 thee when peradventure thou wert accused by
FTLN 1942 the ass. If thou wert the ass, thy dullness would
FTLN 1943 torment thee, and still thou lived’st but as a breakfast
FTLN 1944375 to the wolf. If thou wert the wolf, thy greediness
FTLN 1945 would afflict thee, and oft thou shouldst hazard
FTLN 1946 thy life for thy dinner. Wert thou the unicorn,
FTLN 1947 pride and wrath would confound thee and
FTLN 1948 make thine own self the conquest of thy fury. Wert
FTLN 1949380 thou a bear, thou wouldst be killed by the horse.
FTLN 1950 Wert thou a horse, thou wouldst be seized by the
FTLN 1951 leopard. Wert thou a leopard, thou wert germane
FTLN 1952 to the lion, and the spots of thy kindred were
FTLN 1953 jurors on thy life. All thy safety were remotion, and
FTLN 1954385 thy defense absence. What beast couldst thou be
FTLN 1955 that were not subject to a beast? And what a beast
FTLN 1956 art thou already that seest not thy loss in
FTLN 1957 transformation!
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1958If thou couldst please me with speaking to

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FTLN 1959390 me, thou mightst have hit upon it here. The commonwealth
FTLN 1960 of Athens is become a forest of beasts.
TIMON  FTLN 1961How, has the ass broke the wall that thou art
FTLN 1962 out of the city?
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1963Yonder comes a poet and a painter. The
FTLN 1964395 plague of company light upon thee! I will fear to
FTLN 1965 catch it and give way. When I know not what else
FTLN 1966 to do, I’ll see thee again.
TIMON  FTLN 1967When there is nothing living but thee, thou
FTLN 1968 shalt be welcome. I had rather be a beggar’s dog
FTLN 1969400 than Apemantus.
FTLN 1970 Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.
FTLN 1971 Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon!
FTLN 1972 A plague on thee! Thou art too bad to curse.
FTLN 1973 All villains that do stand by thee are pure.
FTLN 1974405 There is no leprosy but what thou speak’st.
TIMON  FTLN 1975If I name thee.
FTLN 1976 I’ll beat thee, but I should infect my hands.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1977I would my tongue could rot them off!
FTLN 1978 Away, thou issue of a mangy dog!
FTLN 1979410 Choler does kill me that thou art alive.
FTLN 1980 I swoon to see thee.
FTLN 1981 Would thou wouldst burst!
TIMON  FTLN 1982 Away, thou tedious rogue!
FTLN 1983 I am sorry I shall lose a stone by thee.
editorial emendationTimon throws a stone at Apemantus.editorial emendation
APEMANTUS  FTLN 1984415Beast!
TIMON  FTLN 1985Slave!

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TIMON  FTLN 1987Rogue, rogue, rogue!
FTLN 1988 I am sick of this false world, and will love nought
FTLN 1989420 But even the mere necessities upon ’t.
FTLN 1990 Then, Timon, presently prepare thy grave.
FTLN 1991 Lie where the light foam of the sea may beat
FTLN 1992 Thy gravestone daily. Make thine epitaph,
FTLN 1993 That death in me at others’ lives may laugh.
FTLN 1994425  (editorial emendationTo his gold.editorial emendation) O thou sweet king-killer and dear
FTLN 1995 divorce
FTLN 1996 ’Twixt natural son and editorial emendationsire,editorial emendation thou bright defiler
FTLN 1997 Of Hymen’s purest bed, thou valiant Mars,
FTLN 1998 Thou ever young, fresh, loved, and delicate wooer,
FTLN 1999430 Whose blush doth thaw the consecrated snow
FTLN 2000 That lies on Dian’s lap; thou visible god,
FTLN 2001 That sold’rest close impossibilities
FTLN 2002 And mak’st them kiss, that speak’st with every
FTLN 2003 tongue
FTLN 2004435 To every purpose! O thou touch of hearts,
FTLN 2005 Think thy slave, man, rebels, and by thy virtue
FTLN 2006 Set them into confounding odds, that beasts
FTLN 2007 May have the world in empire!
APEMANTUS  FTLN 2008 Would ’twere so!
FTLN 2009440 But not till I am dead. I’ll say thou ’st gold;
FTLN 2010 Thou wilt be thronged to shortly.
TIMON  FTLN 2011 Thronged to?
FTLN 2013 Thy back, I prithee.
APEMANTUS  FTLN 2014445 Live and love thy misery.
TIMON  FTLN 2015Long live so, and so die. I am quit.

Enter the Banditti.

FTLN 2016 More things like men.—Eat, Timon, and abhor
FTLN 2017 editorial emendationthem.editorial emendation Apemantus exits.
FIRST BANDIT  FTLN 2018Where should he have this gold? It is

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FTLN 2019450 some poor fragment, some slender ort of his
FTLN 2020 remainder. The mere want of gold and the falling-from
FTLN 2021 of his friends drove him into this melancholy.
SECOND BANDIT  FTLN 2022It is noised he hath a mass of treasure.
THIRD BANDIT  FTLN 2023Let us make the assay upon him. If he
FTLN 2024455 care not for ’t, he will supply us easily. If he covetously
FTLN 2025 reserve it, how shall ’s get it?
SECOND BANDIT  FTLN 2026True, for he bears it not about him. ’Tis
FTLN 2027 hid.
FIRST BANDIT  FTLN 2028Is not this he?
editorial emendationOTHERSeditorial emendation  FTLN 2029460Where?
SECOND BANDIT  FTLN 2030’Tis his description.
THIRD BANDIT  FTLN 2031He. I know him.
ALL  FTLN 2032Save thee, Timon.
TIMON  FTLN 2033Now, thieves?
FTLN 2034465 Soldiers, not thieves.
TIMON  FTLN 2035 Both, too, and women’s sons.
FTLN 2036 We are not thieves, but men that much do want.
FTLN 2037 Your greatest want is, you want much of meat.
FTLN 2038 Why should you want? Behold, the earth hath roots.
FTLN 2039470 Within this mile break forth a hundred springs.
FTLN 2040 The oaks bear mast, the briars scarlet hips.
FTLN 2041 The bounteous huswife Nature on each bush
FTLN 2042 Lays her full mess before you. Want? Why want?
FTLN 2043 We cannot live on grass, on berries, water,
FTLN 2044475 As beasts and birds and fishes.
FTLN 2045 Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds and fishes;
FTLN 2046 You must eat men. Yet thanks I must you con
FTLN 2047 That you are thieves professed, that you work not
FTLN 2048 In holier shapes, for there is boundless theft
FTLN 2049480 In limited professions. Rascal thieves,

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FTLN 2050 Here’s gold.  (editorial emendationHe gives them gold.editorial emendation) Go, suck the
FTLN 2051 subtle blood o’ th’ grape
FTLN 2052 Till the high fever seethe your blood to froth,
FTLN 2053 And so ’scape hanging. Trust not the physician;
FTLN 2054485 His antidotes are poison, and he slays
FTLN 2055 More than you rob. Take wealth and lives together.
FTLN 2056 Do, editorial emendationvillainy,editorial emendation do, since you protest to do ’t,
FTLN 2057 Like workmen. I’ll example you with thievery.
FTLN 2058 The sun’s a thief and with his great attraction
FTLN 2059490 Robs the vast sea. The moon’s an arrant thief,
FTLN 2060 And her pale fire she snatches from the sun.
FTLN 2061 The sea’s a thief, whose liquid surge resolves
FTLN 2062 The moon into salt tears. The earth’s a thief,
FTLN 2063 That feeds and breeds by a composture stol’n
FTLN 2064495 From gen’ral excrement. Each thing’s a thief.
FTLN 2065 The laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power
FTLN 2066 Has unchecked theft. Love not yourselves. Away!
FTLN 2067 Rob one another. There’s more gold.  (editorial emendationHe gives them
 gold.editorial emendation) 
FTLN 2068Cut throats.
FTLN 2069500 All that you meet are thieves. To Athens go.
FTLN 2070 Break open shops. Nothing can you steal
FTLN 2071 But thieves do lose it. Steal less for this I give you,
FTLN 2072 And gold confound you howsoe’er! Amen.
THIRD BANDIT  FTLN 2073Has almost charmed me from my profession
FTLN 2074505 by persuading me to it.
FIRST BANDIT  FTLN 2075’Tis in the malice of mankind that he
FTLN 2076 thus advises us, not to have us thrive in our
FTLN 2077 mystery.
SECOND BANDIT  FTLN 2078I’ll believe him as an enemy and give
FTLN 2079510 over my trade.
FIRST BANDIT  FTLN 2080Let us first see peace in Athens. There is
FTLN 2081 no time so miserable but a man may be true.
Thieves exit.

Enter editorial emendationFlaviuseditorial emendation the Steward, to Timon.

FLAVIUS  FTLN 2082O you gods!

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FTLN 2083 Is yond despised and ruinous man my lord?
FTLN 2084515 Full of decay and flailing? O, monument
FTLN 2085 And wonder of good deeds evilly bestowed!
FTLN 2086 What an alteration of honor has desp’rate want
FTLN 2087 made!
FTLN 2088 What viler thing upon the Earth than friends,
FTLN 2089520 Who can bring noblest minds to basest ends!
FTLN 2090 How rarely does it meet with this time’s guise,
FTLN 2091 When man was wished to love his enemies!
FTLN 2092 Grant I may ever love, and rather woo
FTLN 2093 Those that would mischief me than those that do!
FTLN 2094525 Has caught me in his eye. I will present
FTLN 2095 My honest grief unto him and as my lord
FTLN 2096 Still serve him with my life.—My dearest master.
FTLN 2097 Away! What art thou?
FLAVIUS  FTLN 2098 Have you forgot me, sir?
FTLN 2099530 Why dost ask that? I have forgot all men.
FTLN 2100 Then, if thou editorial emendationgrant’steditorial emendation thou ’rt a man, I have forgot
FTLN 2101 thee.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 2102An honest poor servant of yours.
TIMON  FTLN 2103Then I know thee not.
FTLN 2104535 I never had honest man about me, I. All
FTLN 2105 I kept were knaves to serve in meat to villains.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 2106The gods are witness,
FTLN 2107 Ne’er did poor steward wear a truer grief
FTLN 2108 For his undone lord than mine eyes for you.
editorial emendationHe weeps.editorial emendation
FTLN 2109540 What, dost thou weep? Come nearer, then. I love
FTLN 2110 thee
FTLN 2111 Because thou art a woman and disclaim’st
FTLN 2112 Flinty mankind, whose eyes do never give
FTLN 2113 But thorough lust and laughter. Pity’s sleeping.

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FTLN 2114545 Strange times that weep with laughing, not with
FTLN 2115 weeping!
FTLN 2116 I beg of you to know me, good my lord,
FTLN 2117 T’ accept my grief, and, whilst this poor wealth lasts,
FTLN 2118 To entertain me as your steward still.
editorial emendationHe offers money.editorial emendation
TIMON  FTLN 2119550Had I a steward
FTLN 2120 So true, so just, and now so comfortable?
FTLN 2121 It almost turns my dangerous nature editorial emendationmild.editorial emendation
FTLN 2122 Let me behold thy face. Surely this man
FTLN 2123 Was born of woman.
FTLN 2124555 Forgive my general and exceptless rashness,
FTLN 2125 You perpetual-sober gods. I do proclaim
FTLN 2126 One honest man—mistake me not, but one;
FTLN 2127 No more, I pray!—and he’s a steward.
FTLN 2128 How fain would I have hated all mankind,
FTLN 2129560 And thou redeem’st thyself. But all, save thee,
FTLN 2130 I fell with curses.
FTLN 2131 Methinks thou art more honest now than wise,
FTLN 2132 For by oppressing and betraying me
FTLN 2133 Thou mightst have sooner got another service;
FTLN 2134565 For many so arrive at second masters
FTLN 2135 Upon their first lord’s neck. But tell me true—
FTLN 2136 For I must ever doubt, though ne’er so sure—
FTLN 2137 Is not thy kindness subtle, covetous,
FTLN 2138 A usuring kindness, and as rich men deal gifts,
FTLN 2139570 Expecting in return twenty for one?
FTLN 2140 No, my most worthy master, in whose breast
FTLN 2141 Doubt and suspect, alas, are placed too late.
FTLN 2142 You should have feared false times when you did
FTLN 2143 feast.
FTLN 2144575 Suspect still comes where an estate is least.
FTLN 2145 That which I show, heaven knows, is merely love,
FTLN 2146 Duty, and zeal to your unmatchèd mind,

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FTLN 2147 Care of your food and living. And believe it,
FTLN 2148 My most honored lord,
FTLN 2149580 For any benefit that points to me,
FTLN 2150 Either in hope or present, I’d exchange
FTLN 2151 For this one wish, that you had power and wealth
FTLN 2152 To requite me by making rich yourself.
FTLN 2153 Look thee, ’tis so. Thou singly honest man,
FTLN 2154585 Here, take.  (editorial emendationTimon offers gold.editorial emendation) The gods out of my
FTLN 2155 misery
FTLN 2156 Has sent thee treasure. Go, live rich and happy,
FTLN 2157 But thus conditioned: thou shalt build from men;
FTLN 2158 Hate all, curse all, show charity to none,
FTLN 2159590 But let the famished flesh slide from the bone
FTLN 2160 Ere thou relieve the beggar; give to dogs
FTLN 2161 What thou deniest to men; let prisons swallow ’em,
FTLN 2162 Debts wither ’em to nothing; be men like blasted
FTLN 2163 woods,
FTLN 2164595 And may diseases lick up their false bloods!
FTLN 2165 And so farewell and thrive.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 2166 O, let me stay
FTLN 2167 And comfort you, my master.
TIMON  FTLN 2168 If thou hat’st curses,
FTLN 2169600 Stay not. Fly whilst thou art blest and free.
FTLN 2170 Ne’er see thou man, and let me ne’er see thee.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.

editorial emendationACT 5editorial emendation
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Enter Poet and Painter.

PAINTER  FTLN 2171As I took note of the place, it cannot be far
FTLN 2172 where he abides.
POET  FTLN 2173What’s to be thought of him? Does the rumor
FTLN 2174 hold for true that he’s so full of gold?
PAINTER  FTLN 21755Certain. Alcibiades reports it. Phrynia and
FTLN 2176 Timandra had gold of him. He likewise enriched
FTLN 2177 poor straggling soldiers with great quantity. ’Tis
FTLN 2178 said he gave unto his steward a mighty sum.
POET  FTLN 2179Then this breaking of his has been but a try for
FTLN 218010 his friends?
PAINTER  FTLN 2181Nothing else. You shall see him a palm in
FTLN 2182 Athens again, and flourish with the highest. Therefore
FTLN 2183 ’tis not amiss we tender our loves to him in
FTLN 2184 this supposed distress of his. It will show honestly
FTLN 218515 in us and is very likely to load our purposes with
FTLN 2186 what they travail for, if it be a just and true report
FTLN 2187 that goes of his having.

Enter Timon, editorial emendationbehind them,editorial emendation from his cave.

POET  FTLN 2188What have you now to present unto him?
PAINTER  FTLN 2189Nothing at this time but my visitation. Only I
FTLN 219020 will promise him an excellent piece.
POET  FTLN 2191I must serve him so too—tell him of an intent
FTLN 2192 that’s coming toward him.

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PAINTER  FTLN 2193Good as the best. Promising is the very air o’
FTLN 2194 th’ time; it opens the eyes of expectation. Performance
FTLN 219525 is ever the duller for his act, and but in the
FTLN 2196 plainer and simpler kind of people the deed of saying
FTLN 2197 is quite out of use. To promise is most courtly
FTLN 2198 and fashionable. Performance is a kind of will or
FTLN 2199 testament which argues a great sickness in his
FTLN 220030 judgment that makes it.
TIMON , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2201Excellent workman! Thou canst not
FTLN 2202 paint a man so bad as is thyself.
POET  FTLN 2203I am thinking what I shall say I have provided
FTLN 2204 for him. It must be a personating of himself, a
FTLN 220535 satire against the softness of prosperity, with a discovery
FTLN 2206 of the infinite flatteries that follow youth
FTLN 2207 and opulency.
TIMON , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 2208Must thou needs stand for a villain in
FTLN 2209 thine own work? Wilt thou whip thine own faults
FTLN 221040 in other men? Do so. I have gold for thee.
POET  FTLN 2211Nay, let’s seek him.
FTLN 2212 Then do we sin against our own estate
FTLN 2213 When we may profit meet and come too late.
FTLN 221545 When the day serves, before black-cornered night,
FTLN 2216 Find what thou want’st by free and offered light.
FTLN 2217 Come.
TIMON , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2218 I’ll meet you at the turn. What a god’s gold
FTLN 2219 That he is worshiped in a baser temple
FTLN 222050 Than where swine feed!
FTLN 2221 ’Tis thou that rigg’st the bark and plow’st the foam,
FTLN 2222 Settlest admirèd reverence in a slave.
FTLN 2223 To thee be editorial emendationworship,editorial emendation and thy saints for aye
FTLN 2224 Be crowned with plagues, that thee alone obey!
FTLN 222555 Fit I meet them. editorial emendationHe comes forward.editorial emendation
FTLN 2226 Hail, worthy Timon.

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PAINTER  FTLN 2227 Our late noble master.
FTLN 2228 Have I once lived to see two honest men?
POET  FTLN 2229Sir,
FTLN 223060 Having often of your open bounty tasted,
FTLN 2231 Hearing you were retired, your friends fall’n off,
FTLN 2232 Whose thankless natures—O, abhorrèd spirits!
FTLN 2233 Not all the whips of heaven are large enough—
FTLN 2234 What, to you,
FTLN 223565 Whose starlike nobleness gave life and influence
FTLN 2236 To their whole being? I am rapt and cannot cover
FTLN 2237 The monstrous bulk of this ingratitude
FTLN 2238 With any size of words.
FTLN 2239 Let it go naked. Men may see ’t the better.
FTLN 224070 You that are honest, by being what you are
FTLN 2241 Make them best seen and known.
PAINTER  FTLN 2242 He and myself
FTLN 2243 Have travailed in the great shower of your gifts
FTLN 2244 And sweetly felt it.
TIMON  FTLN 224575 Ay, you are honest editorial emendationmen.editorial emendation
FTLN 2246 We are hither come to offer you our service.
FTLN 2247 Most honest men! Why, how shall I requite you?
FTLN 2248 Can you eat roots and drink cold water? No?
FTLN 2249 What we can do we’ll do to do you service.
FTLN 225080 You’re honest men. You’ve heard that I have gold.
FTLN 2251 I am sure you have. Speak truth. You’re honest men.
FTLN 2252 So it is said, my noble lord, but therefor
FTLN 2253 Came not my friend nor I.
FTLN 2254 Good honest men.  (editorial emendationTo the Painter.editorial emendation) Thou draw’st a
FTLN 225585 counterfeit

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FTLN 2256 Best in all Athens. Thou ’rt indeed the best.
FTLN 2257 Thou counterfeit’st most lively.
PAINTER  FTLN 2258 So-so, my lord.
FTLN 2259 E’en so, sir, as I say.  (editorial emendationTo the Poet.editorial emendation) And for thy
FTLN 226090 fiction,
FTLN 2261 Why, thy verse swells with stuff so fine and smooth
FTLN 2262 That thou art even natural in thine art.
FTLN 2263 But for all this, my honest-natured friends,
FTLN 2264 I must needs say you have a little fault.
FTLN 226595 Marry, ’tis not monstrous in you, neither wish I
FTLN 2266 You take much pains to mend.
BOTH  FTLN 2267 Beseech your Honor
FTLN 2268 To make it known to us.
TIMON  FTLN 2269 You’ll take it ill.
BOTH  FTLN 2270100Most thankfully, my lord.
TIMON  FTLN 2271Will you indeed?
BOTH  FTLN 2272Doubt it not, worthy lord.
FTLN 2273 There’s never a one of you but trusts a knave
FTLN 2274 That mightily deceives you.
BOTH  FTLN 2275105 Do we, my lord?
FTLN 2276 Ay, and you hear him cog, see him dissemble,
FTLN 2277 Know his gross patchery, love him, feed him,
FTLN 2278 Keep in your bosom. Yet remain assured
FTLN 2279 That he’s a made-up villain.
PAINTER  FTLN 2280110I know none such, my lord.
POET  FTLN 2281Nor I.
FTLN 2282 Look you, I love you well. I’ll give you gold.
FTLN 2283 Rid me these villains from your companies,
FTLN 2284 Hang them or stab them, drown them in a draft,
FTLN 2285115 Confound them by some course, and come to me,
FTLN 2286 I’ll give you gold enough.
BOTH  FTLN 2287Name them, my lord, let ’s know them.

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FTLN 2288 You that way and you this, but two in company.
FTLN 2289 Each man apart, all single and alone,
FTLN 2290120 Yet an archvillain keeps him company.
FTLN 2291  (editorial emendationTo one.editorial emendation) If where thou art, two villains shall not be,
FTLN 2292 Come not near him.  (editorial emendationTo the other.editorial emendation) If thou wouldst
FTLN 2293 not reside
FTLN 2294 But where one villain is, then him abandon.—
FTLN 2295125 Hence, pack. There’s gold. You came for gold, you
FTLN 2296 slaves.
FTLN 2297  (editorial emendationTo one.editorial emendation) You have work for me. There’s payment.
FTLN 2298 Hence.
FTLN 2299  (editorial emendationTo the other.editorial emendation) You are an alchemist; make gold of
FTLN 2300130 that.
FTLN 2301 Out, rascal dogs!
editorial emendationTimon drives them out and theneditorial emendation exits.

Enter Steward editorial emendationFlavius,editorial emendation and two Senators.

FTLN 2302 It is vain that you would speak with Timon,
FTLN 2303 For he is set so only to himself
FTLN 2304 That nothing but himself which looks like man
FTLN 2305135 Is friendly with him.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2306 Bring us to his cave.
FTLN 2307 It is our part and promise to th’ Athenians
FTLN 2308 To speak with Timon.
SECOND SENATOR  FTLN 2309 At all times alike
FTLN 2310140 Men are not still the same. ’Twas time and griefs
FTLN 2311 That framed him thus. Time, with his fairer hand
FTLN 2312 Offering the fortunes of his former days,
FTLN 2313 The former man may make him. Bring us to him,
FTLN 2314 And editorial emendationchanceeditorial emendation it as it may.
FLAVIUS  FTLN 2315145 Here is his cave.—
FTLN 2316 Peace and content be here! Lord Timon! Timon!
FTLN 2317 Look out, and speak to friends. Th’ Athenians
FTLN 2318 By two of their most reverend Senate greet thee.
FTLN 2319 Speak to them, noble Timon.

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Enter Timon out of his cave.

FTLN 2320150 Thou sun that comforts, burn!—Speak and be
FTLN 2321 hanged!
FTLN 2322 For each true word a blister, and each false
FTLN 2323 Be as a cauterizing to the root o’ th’ tongue,
FTLN 2324 Consuming it with speaking.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2325155 Worthy Timon—
FTLN 2326 Of none but such as you, and you of Timon.
FTLN 2327 The Senators of Athens greet thee, Timon.
FTLN 2328 I thank them and would send them back the plague,
FTLN 2329 Could I but catch it for them.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2330160 O, forget
FTLN 2331 What we are sorry for ourselves in thee.
FTLN 2332 The Senators with one consent of love
FTLN 2333 Entreat thee back to Athens, who have thought
FTLN 2334 On special dignities which vacant lie
FTLN 2335165 For thy best use and wearing.
SECOND SENATOR  FTLN 2336 They confess
FTLN 2337 Toward thee forgetfulness too general gross;
FTLN 2338 Which now the public body, which doth seldom
FTLN 2339 Play the recanter, feeling in itself
FTLN 2340170 A lack of Timon’s aid, hath editorial emendationsenseeditorial emendation withal
FTLN 2341 Of it own fall, restraining aid to Timon,
FTLN 2342 And send forth us to make their sorrowed render,
FTLN 2343 Together with a recompense more fruitful
FTLN 2344 Than their offense can weigh down by the dram—
FTLN 2345175 Ay, even such heaps and sums of love and wealth
FTLN 2346 As shall to thee blot out what wrongs were theirs
FTLN 2347 And write in thee the figures of their love,
FTLN 2348 Ever to read them thine.
TIMON  FTLN 2349 You witch me in it,

Timon of Athens
ACT 5. SC. 1

FTLN 2350180 Surprise me to the very brink of tears.
FTLN 2351 Lend me a fool’s heart and a woman’s eyes,
FTLN 2352 And I’ll beweep these comforts, worthy senators.
FTLN 2353 Therefore, so please thee to return with us
FTLN 2354 And of our Athens, thine and ours, to take
FTLN 2355185 The captainship, thou shalt be met with thanks;
FTLN 2356 Allowed with absolute power, and thy good name
FTLN 2357 Live with authority. So soon we shall drive back
FTLN 2358 Of Alcibiades th’ approaches wild,
FTLN 2359 Who like a boar too savage doth root up
FTLN 2360190 His country’s peace.
SECOND SENATOR  FTLN 2361 And shakes his threat’ning sword
FTLN 2362 Against the walls of Athens.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2363 Therefore, Timon—
FTLN 2364 Well sir, I will. Therefore I will, sir, thus:
FTLN 2365195 If Alcibiades kill my countrymen,
FTLN 2366 Let Alcibiades know this of Timon—
FTLN 2367 That Timon cares not. But if he sack fair Athens
FTLN 2368 And take our goodly agèd men by th’ beards,
FTLN 2369 Giving our holy virgins to the stain
FTLN 2370200 Of contumelious, beastly, mad-brained war,
FTLN 2371 Then let him know, and tell him Timon speaks it
FTLN 2372 In pity of our agèd and our youth,
FTLN 2373 I cannot choose but tell him that I care not,
FTLN 2374 And let him take ’t at worst—for their knives care not,
FTLN 2375205 While you have throats to answer. For myself,
FTLN 2376 There’s not a whittle in th’ unruly camp
FTLN 2377 But I do prize it at my love before
FTLN 2378 The reverend’st throat in Athens. So I leave you
FTLN 2379 To the protection of the prosperous gods
FTLN 2380210 As thieves to keepers.
FLAVIUS , editorial emendationto Senatorseditorial emendation  FTLN 2381 Stay not. All’s in vain.
FTLN 2382 Why, I was writing of my epitaph.

Timon of Athens
ACT 5. SC. 1

FTLN 2383 It will be seen tomorrow. My long sickness
FTLN 2384 Of health and living now begins to mend,
FTLN 2385215 And nothing brings me all things. Go, live still.
FTLN 2386 Be Alcibiades your plague, you his,
FTLN 2387 And last so long enough!
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2388 We speak in vain.
FTLN 2389 But yet I love my country and am not
FTLN 2390220 One that rejoices in the common wrack,
FTLN 2391 As common bruit doth put it.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2392 That’s well spoke.
FTLN 2393 Commend me to my loving countrymen.
FTLN 2394 These words become your lips as they pass through
FTLN 2395225 them.
FTLN 2396 And enter in our ears like great triumphers
FTLN 2397 In their applauding gates.
TIMON  FTLN 2398 Commend me to them
FTLN 2399 And tell them that, to ease them of their griefs,
FTLN 2400230 Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses,
FTLN 2401 Their pangs of love, with other incident throes
FTLN 2402 That nature’s fragile vessel doth sustain
FTLN 2403 In life’s uncertain voyage, I will some kindness do
FTLN 2404 them.
FTLN 2405235 I’ll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades’ wrath.
FIRST SENATOR , editorial emendationto Second Senatoreditorial emendation 
FTLN 2406 I like this well. He will return again.
FTLN 2407 I have a tree, which grows here in my close,
FTLN 2408 That mine own use invites me to cut down,
FTLN 2409 And shortly must I fell it. Tell my friends,
FTLN 2410240 Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree
FTLN 2411 From high to low throughout, that whoso please
FTLN 2412 To stop affliction, let him take his haste,

Timon of Athens
ACT 5. SC. 2

FTLN 2413 Come hither ere my tree hath felt the ax,
FTLN 2414 And hang himself. I pray you, do my greeting.
FLAVIUS , editorial emendationto Senatorseditorial emendation 
FTLN 2415245 Trouble him no further. Thus you still shall find him.
FTLN 2416 Come not to me again, but say to Athens,
FTLN 2417 Timon hath made his everlasting mansion
FTLN 2418 Upon the beachèd verge of the salt flood,
FTLN 2419 Who once a day with his embossèd froth
FTLN 2420250 The turbulent surge shall cover. Thither come
FTLN 2421 And let my gravestone be your oracle.
FTLN 2422 Lips, let four words go by and language end.
FTLN 2423 What is amiss, plague and infection mend.
FTLN 2424 Graves only be men’s works, and death their gain.
FTLN 2425255 Sun, hide thy beams. Timon hath done his reign.
Timon exits.
FTLN 2426 His discontents are unremovably
FTLN 2427 Coupled to nature.
FTLN 2428 Our hope in him is dead. Let us return
FTLN 2429 And strain what other means is left unto us
FTLN 2430260 In our dear peril.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2431 It requires swift foot.
They exit.

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter two other Senators, with a Messenger.

editorial emendationTHIRDeditorial emendation SENATOR 
FTLN 2432 Thou hast painfully discovered. Are his files
FTLN 2433 As full as thy report?
MESSENGER  FTLN 2434 I have spoke the least.
FTLN 2435 Besides, his expedition promises
FTLN 24365 Present approach.

Timon of Athens
ACT 5. SC. 3

editorial emendationFOURTHeditorial emendation SENATOR 
FTLN 2437 We stand much hazard if they bring not Timon.
FTLN 2438 I met a courier, one mine ancient friend,
FTLN 2439 Whom, though in general part we were opposed,
FTLN 2440 Yet our old love made a particular force
FTLN 244110 And made us speak like friends. This man was riding
FTLN 2442 From Alcibiades to Timon’s cave
FTLN 2443 With letters of entreaty which imported
FTLN 2444 His fellowship i’ th’ cause against your city,
FTLN 2445 In part for his sake moved.

Enter the other Senators.

editorial emendationTHIRDeditorial emendation SENATOR  FTLN 244615 Here come our brothers.
editorial emendationFIRSTeditorial emendation SENATOR 
FTLN 2447 No talk of Timon; nothing of him expect.
FTLN 2448 The enemy’s drum is heard, and fearful scouring
FTLN 2449 Doth choke the air with dust. In, and prepare.
FTLN 2450 Ours is the fall, I fear, our foe’s the snare.
They exit.

editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter a Soldier in the woods, seeking Timon.

FTLN 2451 By all description this should be the place.
FTLN 2452 Who’s here? Speak, ho! No answer? What is this?
editorial emendationHe reads an epitaph.editorial emendation
FTLN 2453 Timon is dead, who hath out-stretched his span.
FTLN 2454 Some beast read this; there does not live a man.

FTLN 24555 Dead, sure, and this his grave. What’s on this tomb
FTLN 2456 I cannot read. The character I’ll take with wax.
FTLN 2457 Our captain hath in every figure skill,
FTLN 2458 An aged interpreter, though young in days.

Timon of Athens
ACT 5. SC. 4

FTLN 2459 Before proud Athens he’s set down by this,
FTLN 246010 Whose fall the mark of his ambition is.
He exits.

editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Trumpets sound. Enter Alcibiades with his Powers
before Athens.

FTLN 2461 Sound to this coward and lascivious town
FTLN 2462 Our terrible approach. Sounds a parley.

The Senators appear upon the walls.

FTLN 2463 Till now you have gone on and filled the time
FTLN 2464 With all licentious measure, making your wills
FTLN 24655 The scope of justice. Till now myself and such
FTLN 2466 As slept within the shadow of your power
FTLN 2467 Have wandered with our traversed arms and breathed
FTLN 2468 Our sufferance vainly. Now the time is flush,
FTLN 2469 When crouching marrow in the bearer strong
FTLN 247010 Cries of itself “No more!” Now breathless wrong
FTLN 2471 Shall sit and pant in your great chairs of ease,
FTLN 2472 And pursy insolence shall break his wind
FTLN 2473 With fear and horrid flight.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2474 Noble and young,
FTLN 247515 When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit,
FTLN 2476 Ere thou hadst power or we had cause of fear,
FTLN 2477 We sent to thee to give thy rages balm,
FTLN 2478 To wipe out our ingratitude with loves
FTLN 2479 Above their quantity.
SECOND SENATOR  FTLN 248020 So did we woo
FTLN 2481 Transformèd Timon to our city’s love
FTLN 2482 By humble message and by promised means.
FTLN 2483 We were not all unkind, nor all deserve
FTLN 2484 The common stroke of war.

Timon of Athens
ACT 5. SC. 4

FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 248525 These walls of ours
FTLN 2486 Were not erected by their hands from whom
FTLN 2487 You have received your grief, nor are they such
FTLN 2488 That these great towers, trophies, and schools
FTLN 2489 should fall
FTLN 249030 For private faults in them.
SECOND SENATOR  FTLN 2491 Nor are they living
FTLN 2492 Who were the motives that you first went out.
FTLN 2493 Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess
FTLN 2494 Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord,
FTLN 249535 Into our city with thy banners spread.
FTLN 2496 By decimation and a tithèd death,
FTLN 2497 If thy revenges hunger for that food
FTLN 2498 Which nature loathes, take thou the destined tenth
FTLN 2499 And, by the hazard of the spotted die,
FTLN 250040 Let die the spotted.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2501 All have not offended.
FTLN 2502 For those that were, it is not square to take,
FTLN 2503 On those that are, revenge. Crimes, like lands,
FTLN 2504 Are not inherited. Then, dear countryman,
FTLN 250545 Bring in thy ranks but leave without thy rage.
FTLN 2506 Spare thy Athenian cradle and those kin
FTLN 2507 Which in the bluster of thy wrath must fall
FTLN 2508 With those that have offended. Like a shepherd
FTLN 2509 Approach the fold and cull th’ infected forth,
FTLN 251050 But kill not all together.
SECOND SENATOR  FTLN 2511 What thou wilt,
FTLN 2512 Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile
FTLN 2513 Than hew to ’t with thy sword.
FIRST SENATOR  FTLN 2514 Set but thy foot
FTLN 251555 Against our rampired gates and they shall ope,
FTLN 2516 So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before
FTLN 2517 To say thou ’lt enter friendly.
SECOND SENATOR  FTLN 2518 Throw thy glove,
FTLN 2519 Or any token of thine honor else,
FTLN 252060 That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress

Timon of Athens
ACT 5. SC. 4

FTLN 2521 And not as our confusion, all thy powers
FTLN 2522 Shall make their harbor in our town till we
FTLN 2523 Have sealed thy full desire.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 2524 Then there’s my glove.
FTLN 252565 editorial emendationDescendeditorial emendation and open your unchargèd ports.
FTLN 2526 Those enemies of Timon’s and mine own
FTLN 2527 Whom you yourselves shall set out for reproof
FTLN 2528 Fall, and no more. And to atone your fears
FTLN 2529 With my more noble meaning, not a man
FTLN 253070 Shall pass his quarter or offend the stream
FTLN 2531 Of regular justice in your city’s bounds
FTLN 2532 But shall be remedied to your public laws
FTLN 2533 At heaviest answer.
BOTH  FTLN 2534 ’Tis most nobly spoken.
ALCIBIADES  FTLN 253575Descend and keep your words.
editorial emendationThe Senators descend.editorial emendation

Enter a editorial emendationSoldier, with the wax tablet.editorial emendation

editorial emendationSOLDIEReditorial emendation 
FTLN 2536 My noble general, Timon is dead,
FTLN 2537 Entombed upon the very hem o’ th’ sea,
FTLN 2538 And on his gravestone this insculpture, which
FTLN 2539 With wax I brought away, whose soft impression
FTLN 254080 Interprets for my poor ignorance.
ALCIBIADES  reads the epitaph. 
FTLN 2541 Here lies a wretched corse, of wretched soul bereft.
FTLN 2542 Seek not my name. A plague consume you, wicked
FTLN 2543 caitiffs left!
FTLN 2544 Here lie I, Timon, who, alive, all living men did hate.
FTLN 254585 Pass by and curse thy fill, but pass and stay not here
FTLN 2546 thy gait.

FTLN 2547 These well express in thee thy latter spirits.
FTLN 2548 Though thou abhorred’st in us our human griefs,
FTLN 2549 Scorned’st our brains’ flow and those our droplets
FTLN 255090 which
FTLN 2551 From niggard nature fall, yet rich conceit

Timon of Athens
ACT 5. SC. 4

FTLN 2552 Taught thee to make vast Neptune weep for aye
FTLN 2553 On thy low grave, on faults forgiven. Dead
FTLN 2554 Is noble Timon, of whose memory
FTLN 255595 Hereafter more. Bring me into your city,
FTLN 2556 And I will use the olive with my sword,
FTLN 2557 Make war breed peace, make peace stint war, make
FTLN 2558 each
FTLN 2559 Prescribe to other as each other’s leech.
FTLN 2560100 Let our drums strike.
editorial emendationDrums.editorial emendation They exit.