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Tim. I thank them ;, and would send them back the
dignities, which vacant lie
You witch me in it:
1 Sen. Therefore, so please thee to return with us,
And shakes his threat'ning sword Against the walls of Athens. 1 Sen.
Therefore, Timon,Tim. Well, sir, I will; therefore, I will, sir ; thus,If Alcibiades kill my countrymen, Let Alcibiades know this of Timon, That Timon cares not. But if he sack fair Athens, And take our goodly aged men by the beards, Giving our holy virgins to the stain Of contumelious, beastly, mad-brain'd war,
Then, let him know,--and tell him, Timon speaks it,
So I leave you
Stay not: all's in vain.
We speak in vain.
That's well spoke. Tim. Commend me to my loving countrymen,1 Sen. These words become your lips as they pass
through them. 2 Sen. And enter in our ears, like great triumphers In their applauding gates. Tim.
Commend me to them; And tell them, that to ease them of their griefs, Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, Their pangs of love, and other incident throes That nature's fragile vessel doth sustain In life's uncertain voyage, I will some kindness do them. I'll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades' wrath.
2 Sen. I like this well; he will return again.
Tim. I have a tree, which grows here in my close, That mine own use invites me to cut down, And shortly must I fell it: tell my friends, Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree, From high to low throughout, that whoso please To stop affliction, let him take his haste, Come hither, ere my tree hath felt the axe, And hang himself.- I pray you, do my greeting.
Flav. Trouble him no farther; thus you still shall
[Exit Timon. 1 Sen. His discontents are unremovably coupled to nature.
2 Sen. Our hope in him is dead. Let us return, And strain what other means is left unto us In our deara peril. 1 Sen. It requires swift foot.
[Exeunt. SCENE III.-The Walls of Athens.
Enter two Senators, and a Messenger. 1 Sen. Thou hast painfully discover'd : are his files As full as they report? Mess.
I have spoke the least; Besides, his expedition promises Present approach. 2 Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring not
Timon. Mess. I met a courier, one mine ancient friend, Whom, though in general part we were oppos’d, Yet our old love made a particular force, And made us speak like friends: this man was riding From Aleibiades to Timon's cave, With letters of entreaty, which imported His fellowship i’ the cause against your city, In part for his sake mov’d.
Enter Senators from Timon. 1 Sen.
Here come our brothers. 3 Sen. No talk of Timon ; nothing of him expect.The enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scouring Doth choke the air with dust. In, and prepare : Ours is the fall, I fear, our foes the snare.
[Esceunt. 1 emboss'd: in f. e. 2 Dire. Vol. VI.-37
SCENE IV.—The Woods. Timon's Cave, and a
Enter a Soldier, seeking TIMON. Sold. By all description this should be the place. Who's here ? speak, ho !-No answer ?-What is this? Timon is dead, who hath outstretch'd his span: Some beast rear'd' this; there does not live a man. Dead, sure, and this his grave.- What's on this tomb I cannot read; the character I'll take with wax: Our captain hath in every figure skill; An ag'd interpreter, though young in days. Before proud Athens he's set down by this, Whose fall the mark of his ambition is.
[Exit. SCENE V.-Before the Walls of Athens. Trumpets sound. Enter ALCIBIADES, and Forces. Alcib. Sound to this coward and lascivious town Our terrible approach.
A Parley sounded.
Noble, and young,
So did we woo
These walls of ours
1 read : in folio.
Were not erected by their hands, from whom
Nor are they living,
All have not offended;
What thou wilt,
Set but thy foot
Throw thy glove,
Then, there's my glove.
2 it is not square : in f. e 3 At one, reconcile.