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Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord ; I have sweat to see his honour.- My honoured lord,
[To Lucius. Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, sir. Fare thee well:-Commend me to thy honourable-virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend.
Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath sent
Luc. Ha ! what has he sent? I am so much en. deared to that lord; he's ever sending: How shall I thank him, thinkest thou? And what has he sent now?
Ser. He has only sent his present occasion now, my lord; requesting your lordship to supply his instant use with so many talents.
Luc. I know, his lordship is but merry with me; He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.
Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my lord.
Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius ?
Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnish myself against such a good time, when I might have shown myself honourable? how unluckily it happened, that I should purchase the day before for a little part, and undo a great deal of honour?Servilius, now before the gods, I am not able to do't; the more beast, I say :-I was sending to use lord Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness ; but I would not, for the wealth of Athens, I had
'If his occasion were not virtuous,] i. e. if he did not want it for a good use.
half so faithfully.) Faithfully for fervently.
done it now. Commend me bountifully to his good lordship; and I hope, his honour will conceive the fairest of me, because I have no power to be kind :-And tell him this from me, I count it one of my greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will you befriend me so far, as to use mine own words to him ?
Ser. Yes, sir, I shall.
[Erit Lucius. i Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius : 2 Stran. Ay, too well.
i Stran. Why this
3 Stran. Religion groans at it.
For mine own part, I never tasted Timon in my life, Nor came any of his bounties over me, To mark me for his friend ; yet, I protest,
3 — in respect of his,] In respect of his fortune: what Lucius denies to Timon is in proportion to what Lucius possesses, less than the usual alms given by good men to beggars. Johnson.
For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue,
A Room in Sempronius's House. Enter SEMPRONIUS, and a Servant of Timon's. Sem. Must he needs trouble me in't? Humph!
'Bove all others ? He might have tried lord Lucius, or Lucullus ; And now Ventidius is wealthy too, Whom he redeem'd from prison : All these three Owe their estates unto him. Sero.
O my lord, , They have all been touch'd, and found base metal ;
for They have all denied him! Sem.
How! have they denied him? Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him? And does he send to me? Three? humph! It shows but little love or judgment in him. Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like physicians, 4 I would have put my wealth into donation,
And the best half should have return’d to him,] i. e. The best half of my wealth should have been the reply I would have made to Timon: I would have answered his requisition with the best half of what I am worth.
s They have all been touch'd,] That is, tried, alluding to the touchstone.
Thrive, give him over;o Must I take thecureupon me? He has much disgrac'd me in't; I am angry at him, That might have known my place: I see no sense
fort, But his occasions might have woo'd me first; For, in my conscience I was the first man That e'er receiv'd gift from him : And does he think so backwardly of me now, That I'll requite it last ? No; So it may prove An argument of laughter to the rest, And I amongst the lords be thought a fool. I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, He had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake ; I had such a courage? to do him good. But now
return, And with their faint reply this answer join ; Who bates mine honour, shall not know my coin.
[Exit. Sero. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. The devil knew not what he did, when he made man politick; he crossed himself by't: and I cannot think, but, in the end, the villanies of man will set him clear. How fairly this lord strives to ap
His friends, like physicians, Thrive, give over ;] i.e. “ His friends, like physicians, thrive by his bounty and fees, and either relinquish, and forsake him, or give his case up as desperate."
such a courage -] Such an ardour, such an eager desire. 8 The devil knew not what he did, when he made man politick ; he crossed himself by’t : and I cannot think, but, in the end, the villanies of man will set him clear.] Of the various conjectures on this passage, the following seems most probable :-The devil did not know what he was about, [how much his reputation for wickedness would be diminished) when he made man craftyand interested; he thwarted himself by it; (by thus raising up rivals to contend with him in iniquity, and at length to surpass him;] and I cannot but think that at last the enormities of mankind will rise to such e height, as to make even Satan himself, in comparison, appear (what he would least of all wish to be) spotless and innocent.
pear foul ? takes virtuous copies to be wicked ; like those that, under hot ardent zeal, would set whole realms on fire. Of such a nature is his politick love. This was my lord's best hope; now all are fled, Save the gods only: Now his friends are dead, Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards Many a bounteous year, must be employ'd Now to guard sure their master. And this is all a liberal course allows; Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his house.
A Hall in Timon's House.
Enter Two Servants of VARRO, and the Servant of
Lucius, meeting Titus, HORTENSIUS, and other
Ay, and, I think, One business does command us all, for mine
keep his house.] i. e. keep within doors for fear of duns.