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We make ourselves fools, to disport ourselves;
The Lords rise from Table, with much adoring of
TIMON ; and, to show their loves, each singles out
i Lady. My lord, you take us even at the best.
Apem. ’Faith, for the worst is filthy; and would not hold taking, I doubt me.
Tim. Ladies, there is an idle banquet Attends you : Please you to dispose yourselves. All Lad. Most thankfully, my lord.
[Exeunt Cupid, and Ladies. Tim. Flavius,
eye of reason, as the pomp appeared to be, when compared to the frugal repast of a philosopher.
of their friends' gift?] Given them by their friends.
mine own decice ;] The mask appears to have been designed by Timon, to surprize his guests.
even at the best.] i. e, “ You have conceived the fairest
Flav. My lord.
The little casket bring me hither,
[Exit, and returns with the Casket, 1 Lord. Where be our men? Serv. Here, my lord, in readiness. 2 Lord. Our horses. Tim.
friends, I have one word
i Lord. I am so far already in your gifts, All. So are we all.
Enter a Servant.
Serv. My lord, there are certain nobles of the
Tim. They are fairly welcome. .
I beseech your honour, Vouchsafe me a word; it does concern you near.
Tim. Near? why then another time I'll hear thee:
he'd be cross'd then, an he could.] i. e. he will then too late wish that it were possible to undo what he had done: he will in vain lament that I did not [cross or] thwart him in his career of prodigality had not
behind;] To see the miseries that are fola lowing her. JOHNSON.
for his mind.) For nobleness of soul. Johnson.
Advance this jewel;] To prefer it; to raise it to honour by wearing it. JOHNSON.
I proythee, let us be provided
I scarce know how.
Enter another Servant.
2 Serv. May it please your honour, the Lord Lu
cius, Out of his free love, hath presented to you Four milk-white horses, trapp'd in silver.
Tim. I shall accept them fairly: let the presents
Enter a third Servant.
3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable gentleman, lord Luculius, entreats your company to-morrow to hunt with him; and has sent your honour two brace of greyhounds.
Tim. I'll hunt with him; And let them be receiv'd, Not without fair reward. Flav. [Aside.]
What will this come to? He commands us to provide, and give great gifts, And all out of an empty coffer. Nor will he know his purse; or yield me this, To show him what a beggar his heart is, Being of no power to make his wishes good; His promises fly so beyond his state, That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes For every word; he is so kind, that he now Pays interest for’t; his land's put to their books. Well, 'would I were gently put out of office, Before I were forc'd out! Happier is he that has no friend to feed, Than such as do even enemies exceed. I bleed inwardly for my lord.
You do yourselves
Much wrong, you bate too much of your own me
rits: Here, my lord, a trifle of our love. 2 Lord. With more than common thanks I will
Tim. And now I remember me, my lord, you gave
2 Lord. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, in that. Tim. You may take my word, my lord; I know,
Can justly praise, but what he does affect;
None so welcome.
Ay, defiled land, my lord, i Lord. We are so virtuously bound, Tim.
Am I to you.
So infinitely endear'd,-
The best of happiness, Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, lord Timon! Tim. Ready for his friends.
[Exeunt ALCIBIADES, Lords, &c. Apem.
What a coil's here!
LAU to you.) i. e. all good wishes, or all happiness to you.
Serving of becks, and jutting out of bums!
Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sullen,
No, I'll nothing: for, If I should be brib'd too, there would be none left To rail upon thee; and then thou would'st sin the
faster. Thou giv'st so long, Timon, I fear me, thou Wilt give away thyself in paper shortly:* What need these feasts, pomps, and vain glories? Tim.
Nay, An you begin to rail on society once, I am sworn, not to give regard to you. Farewell; and come with better musick. [Exit. Арет.
So; Thou'lt not hear me now,--thou shalt not then, I'll
lock Thy heaven" from thee. O, tbat men's ears should be To counsel deaf, but not to flattery ! [Exit.
Serving of becks,] Beck means a salutation made with the head. To serve a beck is to offer a salutation.
* Wilt give away thyself in paper shortly:] i. c. be ruined by his securities entered into.
5 Thy heaven -] By his heaven he means good advice, the only thing by which he could be saved.