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2. Lord. My noble lord,
Tim. Ah, my good friend! what cheer?

[The banquet brought in. 2. Lord. My most honourable lord, I am e'en sick of shame, that, when your lordship this other day sent to me, I was so unfortunate a beggar.

Tim. Think not on’t, fir. 2. Lord. If you had sent but two hours before,

Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance. -Come, bring in all together.

2. Lord. All cover'd dishes!
1. Lord. Royal cheer, I warrant you.

3. Lord. Doubt not that, if money, and the season can yield it.

1. Lord. How do you? What's the news? 3. Lord. Alcibiades is banish'd: Hear you of it? 1. 2. Lord. Alcibiades banish'd! 3. LORD. 'Tis so, be sure of it. 1. Lord. How? how? 2. Lord. I pray you, upon

, what? Tim. My worthy friends, will you draw near?

3. LORD. I'll tell you more anon. Here's a noble feast toward.

2. Lord. This is the old man still.
3. Lord. Will’t hold? will’t hold?
2. LORD. It does : but time will--and so


- your better remembrance.] i. e. your good memory: the comparative for the positive degree. See Vol. VII. p. 450, n. 9.

STEEVENS. Here's a noble feast toward.] i. e. in a state of readiness. So, in Romeo and Juliet : “ We have a foolish triling banquet towards."


3. LORD. I do conceive.

Tim. Each man to his stool, with that fpur as he would to the lip of his mistress: your diet shall be in all places alike.' Make not a city feast of it, to let the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place: Sit, fit. The gods require our thanks.

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You great benefactors, Sprinkle our society with
thankfulness. For your own gifts, make yourselves
praised: but reserve still to give, left your deities be
despised. Lend to each man enough, that one need not
lend to another: for, were your godheads to borrow of
men, men would forsake the gods. Make the meat be
beloved, more than the man that gives it.
assembly of twenty be without a score of villains: If
there fit twelve women at the table, let a dozen of
them bemas they are.-The rest of your fees," O gods,-
the senators of Athens, together with ihe common lag!
of people, -what is amifs in them, you gods, make
suitable for destruction. For these my present friends,
as they are to me nothing, fo in nothing bless them, and
to nothing they are welcome.
Uncover, dogs, and lap.

[The dishes uncovered are full of warm water.
SOME SPEAK. What does his lordship mean?
SOME OTHER. I know not.
Tim. May you a better feast never behold,


- your diet fall be in all places alike.] See a note on The Winter's Tale, Vol. VII. p. 29, n. 8. Steevens. * The rest of your fees,] We should read-foes. WARBURTON.

the common lag-] Old copy-leg. Corrected by Mr. Rowe. MALONE.

The fag-end of a web of cloth is, in some places, called the lag-end. STEEVENS,

You knot of mouth-friends! smoke, and luke-warm

Is your perfection. This is Timon's last;
Who stuck and spangled you with flatteries,
Washes it off, and sprinkles in your faces

[Throwing water in their faces.
Your reeking villainy. Live loath'd, and long,'
Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites,
Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,
You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time's flies,
Cap and knee Naves, vapours, and minute-jacks!'
Of man, and beast, the infinite malady'
Crust you quite o'er I-What, doft thou go?

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4 Is your perfection.] Your perfection, is the highest of your excellence. JOHNSON.

-Live loath'd, and long,] This thought has occurred twice before :

let not that part
« Of nature my lord paid for, be of power

To expel sickness, but prolong his hour.Again :

“ Gods keep you old enough,” &c. STEEVENS.

- fools of fortune,] The same expression occurs in Romea and Juliet:

“ O! I am fortune's fool.Steevens.

time's flies,] Flies of a season. JOHNSON. So, before :

one cloud of winter showers,
These flies are couch’d." Steevens.

-minute-jacks!'] Sir T. Hanmer thinks it means Jack-slantern, which shines and disappears in an instant. What it was I know not; but it was something of quick motion, mentioned in Richard III. JOHNSON.

A minute-jack is what was called formerly a Jack of the clock. house ; an image whose office was the same as one of those at St. Dunstan's church in Fleet-street. See note on King Richard III. Vol. X. p. 620, n. 2. STEEVENS.

9 the infinite malady-] Every kind of disease incident to man and bealt. JOHNSON.


Soft, take thy physick first,—thou too,—and thou;

(Throws the dishes at them, and drives them out.
Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.
What, all in motion? Henceforth be no feast,
Whereat a villain's not a welcome guest.
Burn, house; sink, Athens! henceforth hated be
Of Timon, man, and all humanity! [Exit.

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Re-enter the Lords, with other Lords and Senators.

1. LORD. How now, my lords? ?
2. Lord. Know

you the quality of lord Timon's
3. Lord. Pish! did you see my cap?

Lord. I have lost my gown. 3. Lord. He's but a mad lord, and nought but humour sways him. He gave me a jewel the other day, and now he has beat it out of my hat:-Did you

fee my jewel?
4. LORD. Did


my cap?
2. Lord. Here 'tis.
4. Lord. Here lies my gown.
1. LORD. Let's make no stay.
2. Lord. Lord Timon's mad.
3. LORD.

I feel't upon my bones. 4. Lord. One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones,


· How now, my lords ] This and the next speech are spoken by the newly arrived lords. Malone.

3 --- ftones.] As Timon has thrown nothing at his worthless guests, except warm water and empty dishes, I am induced, with Mr. Malone, to believe that the more ancient drama described in p. 460, had been read by our author, and that he supposed he had

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Without the Walls of Athens.

Enter Timon.
Tim. Let me look back upon thee, O thou wall,
That girdlest in those wolves! Dive in the earth,
And fence not Athens! Matrons, turn incontinent;
Obedience fail in children! Naves, and fools,
Pluck the grave wrinkled senate from the bench,
And minister in their steads! to general filths *
Convert o’the instant, 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,

Large-handed robbers your grave masters are,
And pill by law! maid, to thy master's bed;
Thy mistress is o’the brothel!“ son of fixteen,

introduced from it the “painted stones" as part of his banquet ; though in reality he had omitted them. The present mention therefore of such missiles, appears to want propriety. STEVENS.

general filths-] i. e. common fewers. STEEVENS. green--] i. e. immature. So, in Antony and Cleopatra : When I was green in judgement

STEEVENS. o'the brothel!] So the old copies. Sir T. Hanmer reads, i'the brothel. JOHNSON.

One would suppose it to mean, that the mistress frequented the brothel ; and so Sir T. Hanmer understood it. Ritson.

The meaning is, go to thy master's bed, for he is alone; thy mistress is now of the brothel'; is now there. In the old copy, i'rb', o'th', and a'th', are written with very little care, or rather seem to have been fet down at random in different places. MALONE.

Of the brothel” is the true reading. So, in King Lear, Ad II. sc. ii. the Steward to Kent, “ Art of the house?”


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