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Phi. Good day at once.
Welcome, good brother.
Labouring for nine. Luc. Serv. So much? Phi.
Is not my lord seen yet? Luc. Serv. Phi. I wonder on't; he was wont to shine at
seven. Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter
with him: You must consider, that a prodigal course Is like the sun's; but not, like his, 'recoverable, I fear, 'Tis deepest winter in lord Timon's purse; That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet Find little.
Phi. I am of your fear for that.
Tit. I'll show you how to observe a strange event. Your lord sends now for money. Hor.
Most true, he does. Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift, For which I wait for money.
Hor. It is against my heart.
Mark, how strange it shows,
witness: I know, my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth, And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth. i Var. Serv. Yes, mine's three thousand crowns:
"I am weary of this charge,] That is, of this commission, of this employment.
Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine. i Var, Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should seem
by the sum, Your master's confidence was above mine; Else, surely, his had equall'd.2
Tit. One of lord Timon's men.
Luc. Serv. Flaminius! sir, a word: 'Pray, is my lord ready to come forth?
Flam. No, indeed, he is not.
Tit. We attend his lordship; 'pray, signify much.
Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows, you are too diligent.
Enter FLAVIUS, in a Cloak, muffléd. Luc. Serv. Ha! is not that his steward muffled so? He goes away
in a cloud: call him, call him. Tit. Do you hear, sir? 1 Var. Séru. By your leave, sir,-Flav. What do you ask of me, my friend? Tit. We wait for certain money here, sir. Flav.
Ay, Įf money were as certain as your waiting, Twere sure enough. Why then preferr'd you not Your sums and bills, when your false masters eat Of my lord's meat? Then they could smile, and
* 2 Else, surely, his had equalld.] The meaning of this passage may be, Your master, it seems, had more confidence in lord Timon than mine, otherwise his (i. e. my master's) debt (i. e. the money due to him from Timon) would certainly hare been as great as your master's (i. e. as the money which Timon owes to your master;) that is, my master being as rich as yours, could and would have advanced Timon as large a sum as your master has advanced him, if he, (my master) had thought it prudent to do so.
Upon his debts, and take down th' interest
Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not serve.
If 'twill not, 'Tis not so base as you; for you serve knaves. [Exit.
i Var. Serv. How! what does his cashier'd wor+ ship mutter?
2 Var. Serv. No matter what; he's poor, and that's revenge enough. Who can speak broader than he that has no house to put his head in such may rail against great buildings.
Ser. If I might beseech you, gentlemen;
3 Enter Servilius.] It may be observed that Shakspeare has un. skilfully filled his Greek story with Roman names. JOHNSON.
Enter Timon, in a rage; FLAMINIUS following:
Luc. Serv. Put in now, Titus.
heart in sums.
Tim. Five thousand drops pays that.-
i Var. Serv. My lord,-
[Exit. Hor. 'Faith, I perceive our masters may throw their caps at their money; these debts may well be called desperate ones, for a madman owes 'em.
• Knock me down with 'em:] Timon quibbles. They present their written bills; he catches at the word, and alludes to the bills or battle-axes, which the ancient soldiery Garried, and were still used by the watch in Shakspeare's time.
Re-enter TIMON and Flavius. Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me, the
slaves: Creditors !_devils.
Flav. My dear lord,
Tim. So fitly? Go, bid all my friends again,
Be't not in thy care; go,
The Senate sitting. Enter. ALCIBIADES, attended.
i Sen. My lord, you have my voice to it; the fault's Bloody; 'tis necessary he should die: Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.
2 Sen. Most true; the law shall bruise him. Alcib. Honour, health, and compassion to thę.
senate! 1 Sen. Now, captain?
Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues; For pity is the virtue of the law,