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he? alas, good lord! a noble gentleman 'tis, if he would not keep so good a house. Many a time and often I have dined with him, and told him on't; and come again to supper to him, of purpose to have him spend less: and yet he would embrace no counsel, take no warning by my coming. Every man has his fault, and honesty is his; I have told him on't, but I could never get him from it.
Re-enter Servant, with wine.
Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always wise. Here's to thee.
Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure.
Lucul. I have observed thee always for a towardly prompt spirit,-give thee thy due,—and one that knows what belongs to reason; and canst use the time well, if the time use thee well: good parts in thee.-Get you gone, sirrah. [To the Servant, who goes out.]—Draw nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a bountiful gentleman: but thou art wise; and thou know'st well enough, although thou comest to me, that this is no time to lend money; especially upon bare friendship, without security. Here's three solidares for thee; good boy, wink at me, and say, thou saw'st me not. Fare thee well. Flam. Is’t possible, the world should so much
differ; And we alive, that liv?d? Fly, damned baseness, To him that worships thee.
[Throwing the money away."
· Lucul. Ha! Now I see, thou art a fool, and fit for thy master.
[Exit Lucullus. Flam. May these add to the number that may
scald thee! Let molten coin be thy damnation, Thou disease of a friend, and not himself! Has friendship such a faint and milky heart, It turns in less than two nights? O you gods, I feel my master's passion! This slave Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him: Why should it thrive, and turn to nutriment, When he is turn’d to poison? O, may diseases only work upon't! And, when he is sick to death, let not that part of
nature Which my lord paid for, be of any power To expel sickness, but prolong his hour! [Exit.
TIIE SAME. A PUBLICK PLACE.
Enter Lucius, with three Strangers. Luc. Who, the lord Timon? he is my very good friend, and an honourable gentleman.
1 Stran. We know him for no less, though we are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one thing, my lord, and which I hear from common
rumours; now lord Timon's happy hours are done • and past, and his estate shrinks from him.
Luc. Fye, no, do not believe it; he cannot want for money.
2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, not long ago, one of his men was with the lord Lucullus, to borrow so many talents; nay, urged extremely for't, and show'd what necessity belong'd to't, and yet was denied.
Luc. What a strange case was that? now, before the gods, I am asham'd on’t. Denied that honourable man? there was very little honour show'd in't. For my own part, I must needs confess, I have received some small kindnesses from him, as money, plate, jewels, and such like trifles, nothing comparing to his; yet, had he mistook him, and sent to me, I should ne'er have denied his occasion so many talents.
Enter Servilius. Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord; I have sweat to see his honour.— My honour'd 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 endeard to that lord; he's ever sending: How shall I thank him, think'st 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 happen'd, 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 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 Servilius. True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed; And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed.
i Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius? 2 Stran. Ay, too well.
1 Stran. Why this
3 Stran. Religion groans at it.
For mine own part,