« PreviousContinue »
Enter Timon, and Attendants. Tim. With all my heart, gentlemen both:- And how fare you?
i Lord. Ever at the best, hearing well of your lordship
2 Lord. The swallow follows not summer more willing, than we your lordship.
Tim. [Aside.] Nor more willingly leaves winter; such summer-birds are men.--Gentlemen, our dinner will not recompense this long stay: feast your ears with the musick awhile; if they will fare so harshly on the trumpet's sound: we shall to't presently.
i Lord. I hope, it remains not unkindly with your lordship, that I returned you an einpty messenger.
Tim. O, sir, let it not trouble you.
[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, sir.
Tim. Let it not cumber your better remembrance. —Come, bring in all together.
2 Lord. All covered dishes!
3 Lord. Doubt not that, if money, and the season can yield it.
i Lord. How do you do? What's the news?
- your better remembrance.] i. e. your good memory: the comparative for the positive degree.
1 & 2 Lord. Alcibiades banished!
Here's a noble, feast toward.?
2 Lord. This is the old man still.
Tim. Each man to his stool, with that spur 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, sit. The gods require our thanks.
You great l'enefactors, sprinkle our society with thankfulness. For your own gifts, make yodrselves praised: but reserve still to give, lest your deities be despised. Lend to each man enough, that one needed not lend to another : for, were your godheads to borrow of men, men would forsake the gods. Make the meat le beloved, more than the man that gives it. Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of villains : If there sit twelve women at the table, let a dozen of them be as they are. The rest of your fees, O gods,-the senators of Athens, together with the common lage of people, what is amiss in them, you gods make suitable for destruction. For these my present friends,-as they are to me nothing, so in nothing bless them, and to nothing they are welcome. Uncover, dogs, and lap.
[The Dishes uncovered, are full of warm Water. ? Here's a noble feast toward.] i. e. in a state of readiness.
the common lag -] The fag-end of a web of cloth is, in some places, called the lag-end.
Some speak. What does his lordship mean?
Tim. May you a better feast never behold,
Throwing Water in their Faces.
[Throws ihe Dishes at them, and drives them 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.
Re-enter the Lords, with other Lords and Senators.
i Lord. How now, my lords? 2 Lord. Know you the quality of lord Timon's
9. Is your perfection.] Your perfection, is the highest of your excellence.
time's flies,] Flies of a season. JOHNSON.
minute-jacks!!] 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.
-the infinite malady -] Every kind of disease incident to man and beast.
3 Lord. Pish! did you see my cap?
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 see my jewel?
A Lord. Did you see my cap?
I feel't upon my bones. A Lord. One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.
SCENE I. Without the Walls of Athens.
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! slaves, 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, steal! Large-handed robbers your grave masters are, And pill by law! maid, to thy master's bed;
general filths] i. e. common sewers.
Thy mistress is o'the brothel! son of sixteen,
confounding contraries,] i. e, contrarieties whose nature it is to waste or destroy each other.
yet confusion --) Sir Thomas Hanmer reads, let confusion.
liberty -] Liberty is here used for libertinism.
multiplying banns?] i. e. accumulated curses. · Multiplying for multiplied : the activé participle with a passive signification.