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The Grace of a Cynic Philosopher.
for no man but myself.
ACT II. SCENE IV.
A faithful Stewards
So the gods bless me,
SCENE V. The Ingratitude of Timon's Friends."
They answer in a joint and corporate voice, That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot Do what they would; are forry, you are honourable But yet they could have wisht-they know notSomething had been amifs-a noblé nature May catch a wrench-would all were well—-'tis pity~
(1) Cock,] i. e. a cockloft, garret : and, a wafteful cock, signifies, a garret lying in waste, neglected, put to no use. Oxfo
. d editor.
And so intending other serious matters,
Tim. You gods reward them!
ACT III. SCENE II.
Miserable Shifts of a false Friend. Ser. My honoured lord
[TO Lucius. Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, Sir; fare thee well, commend me to thy honourable virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend.
Ser. Niay it please your honour, my lord hath sent
Lui. Ha! what hath he fent? I am so endeared to that lord; he's ever sending : how shall I thank him, think'st thou ? and what hath he fent now?
Ser. H'as only sent his present occafion now, my lord; requesting your lordship to supply his inftant use, with fifty talents. Luc. I know his lordship is but merry
he cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.
Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my lord.
Luc. Dost thou speak serioufiy, Servilius?
Against (2) Fractions) i. k. These breaks in speech : such as are expreit above.
against such a good time, when I might ha' shewn myself honourable. How unlucky it happen'd, that I should purchase the day before for a little part, and undo a great deal of honour? Servilius, now before the gods, I am not able to do-(the more beast I say,) - I was sending to use Lord Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness; but I would not for the wealth of Athens, I had done't now. Commend me bountifully to his good lordship, and I hope his honour will conceive the fairest of me, because I have no power to be kind. And tell him this from me, I count it one of my greatest aillictions, fay, that I cannot pleasure such an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will you befriend me so far as to use my own words to him? Ser. Yes, Sir, I shall.
[Exit Servilius. Lui. I'll look you out a good turn, Servilius, True, as you faid, Timon is Thrunk indeed; And he that's once deny'd will hardly speed. [Exit.
SCENE VI. Against Duelling.
(3) And make, &c.] The first part of the sentence is cx plained by the latter, " He's truly valiant, &c. that can make his wrongs his outsides, i. c. wear them like his raiment care. lely.
Without the Walls of Athens.
Timon's Execrations on the Athenians.
Let me look back upon thee, O, thou wall, That girdleft in those wolves ! dive in the earth, And fence not Athens ! Matrons, turn incontinent; Obedience fail in children; flaves and fools Pluck the grave wrinkled fenate from the bench, And minister in their steads : to general filths Convert o'th’initant green virginity! Do't in your parents' eyes. Bankrupts, hold fast; Rather than render back, out with your knives, And cut your trusters' throats. Bound servants, steali Large-handed robbers your grave
confusion live! Plagues, incident to men,
Be merely poison. Nothing I'll bear from thee,
SCENE II. A Friend forsaken.
Als we do turn our backs. From our companion, thrown into his
grave, So his familiars from his buried fortunes Slink all-away ; leave their false vows with him. Like empty purses pick'd: and his poor felf, (4) A dedicated beggar to the air, With his disease of all-sun'd poverty, Walks, like contempt, alone.
(5) What is here? Gold? yellow, glittering, precious gold?
(4) A dedicated, &c.] In Romeo and Juliet, at the beginning, he speaks pretiily of a bud bit by an envious warm,
Ere he can spread his sweet wings to the air,
Or dedicate his beauty to the sun. In the next line, the author seems to have had his eye on that: trite and well-known line of Ovid's;
Nullus ad anisas ibit amicus opes.. (5) What is, &c.] See page 30, of this volumo. Ben Joro. fon, in his Volpone, ipeaking of gold, says,
Thou art virtue, fame,
He shall be noble, valiant, honest, wise-
Act. 1. Sc. I. Which lines are an exact tranlation of the following froin Hg..
Omnis enim res