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To cure thy o'er-night's surfeit? call the crea
tures, Whose naked natures live in all the spite Of wreakful heaven; whose bare unhoused trunks, To the conflicting elements expos'd, Answer mere nature,-bid them flatter thee; 0! thou shalt find-Tim.
A fool of thee: Depart. Apem. I love thee better now than e'er I did. Tim. I hate thee worse. Арет.
Thou flatter'st misery. Apem. I flatter not; but say, thou art a caitiff. Tim. Why dost thou seek me out? Арет.
To vex thee. Tim. Always a villain's office, or a fool's. Dost please thyself in't? Apem. .
What! a knave too? Apem. If thou didst put this sour-cold habit on To castigate thy pride, 'twere well: but thou Dost it enforcedly; thou’dst courtier be again, Wert thou not beggar. Willing misery Outlives incertain pomp, is crown'd before: The one is filling still, never complete; The other, at high wish: Best state, contentless, Hath a distracted and most wretched being, Worse than the worst, content. Thou should'st desire to die, being miserable. T'im. Not by his breath, that is more misera
ble. Thou art a slave, whom Fortune's tender arm
With favour never clasp'd; but bred a dog.
before thee. But myself, Who had the world as my confectionary; The mouths, the tongues, the eyes, and hearts of
men At duty, more than I could frame employment; That numberless upon me stuck, as leaves Do on the oak, have with one winter's brush Fell from their boughs, and left me open, bare For every storm that blows;-), to bear this, That never knew but better, is some burden: Thy nature did commence in sufferance, time Hath made thee hard in't. Why should'st thou
hate men. They never flatter'd thee: What hast thou given? If thou wilt curse,—thy father, that poor rag, Must be thy subject; who in spite, put stuff To some she beggar, and compounded thee Poor rogue, hereditary. Hence! be gone!If thou hadst not been born the worst of
men, Thou hadst been a knave, and flatterer. Арет. .
Art thou proud yet? Tim. Ay, that I am not thee. Арет.
1, that I was
I, that I am one now:-
[Eating a root. Арет.
Here; I will mend thy feast.
[Offering him something. Tim. First mend my company, take away
self. Apem. So I shall mend mine own, by the lack of
thine. Tim. "Tis not well mended so, it is but botch’d: If not, I would it were.
Apem. What would'st thou have to Athens:
T'im. Thee thither in a whirlwind. If thou wilt, Tell them there I have gold; look, so I have.
Apem. Here is no use for gold.
The best, and truest: For here it sleeps, and does no hired harm. -.,
Apem. Where ly’st o’nights, Timon?
Under that's above me. Where feed'st thou o’days, Apemantus?
Apem. Where my stomach finds meat; or, rather, where I eat it.
Tim. 'Would poison were obedient, and knew
Apem. Where would st thou send it?
Apem. The middle of humanity thou never knewest, but the extremity of both ends: When thou wast in thy gilt, and thy perfume, they mock'd
thee for too much curiosity; in thy rags thou knowest none, but art despised for the contrary. There's a medlar for thee, eat it.
Tim. On what I hate, I feed not.
Apem. An thou hadst hated medlers sooner, thou should’st have loved thyself better now. What man didst thou ever know unthrift, that was beloved after his means?
Tim. Who, without those means thou talk'st of, didst thou ever know beloved ?
Tim. I understand thee; thou hadst some means to keep a dog.
Apem. What things in the world canst thou nearest compare to thy flatterers ?
Tim. Women nearest; but men, men are the things themselves. What would'st thou do with the world, Apemantus, if it lay in thy power?
Apem. Give it the beasts, to be rid of the men.
Tim. Would'st thou have thyself fall in the confusion of men, and remain a beast with the beasts?
Apem. Ay, Timon.
Tim. A beastly ambition, which the gods grant thee to attain to! If thou wert the lion, the fox would beguile thee: if thou wert the lamb, the fox would eat thee: if thou wert the fox, the lion would suspect thee, when, peradventure, thou wert accus'd by the ass: if thou wert the ass, thy dulness would torment thee; and still thou livedst but as a breakfast to the wolf: if thou wert the wolf, thy greediness would afflict thee, and oft thou shouldst hazard thy life for thy dinner: wert thou the unicorn, pride and wrath would confound thee, and make thine own self the conquest of thy fury: wert thou a bear, thou would'st be kill'd by the horse; wert thou a horse, thou would'st be seiz'd by the leopard; wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the lion, and the spots of thy kindred were jurors on thy life: all thy safety were remotion; and thy defence, absence. What beast could'st thou be, that were not subject to a beast? and what a beast art thou already, that seest not thy loss in transformation?
Apem. If thou could'st please me with speaking to me, thou might'st have hit upon it here: The commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of beasts.
Tim. How has the ass broke the wall, that thou art out of the city?
Apem. Yonder comes a poet, and a painter: The plague of company light upon thee! I will fear to catch it, and give way: When I know not what else to do, I'll see thee again.
Tim. When there is nothing living but thee, thou shalt be welcome. I had rather be a beggar's dog, than Apemantus.
dpem. Thou art the cap of all the fools alive. Tim. 'Would thou wert clean enough to spit
upon. Apem. A plague on thee, thou art too bad to
curse. Tim. All villains, that do stand by thee, are pure.