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1 Var. Sero. How! what does his cashier'd worship mutter?
2 Var. Sero. 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.
Tit. O, here's Servilius; now we shall know
Ser. If I might beseech you, gentlemen,
To repair some other hour, I should much
Derive from it: for, take it on my soul,
My lord leans wond'rously to discontent.
His comfortable temper has forsook him; .
He is much out of health, and keeps his chamber.
Luc. Serv. Many do keep their chambers, are
And, if it be so far beyond his health,
Methinks, he should the sooner pay his debts,
And make a clear way to the gods.
Tit. We cannot take this for an answer, sir. .
Flam. [Within.] Servilius, help!—my lord! my
Enter Timon, in a rage; Flaminius following.
Tim. What, are my doors oppos'd against my
Have I been ever free, and must my house
Be my retentive enemy, my gaol?
The place, which I have feasted, does it now,
Like all mankind, show me an iron heart?
Luc. Sero. Put in now, Titus.
Tit. My lord, here is my bill.
Luc. Serv. Here's mine. .
Hor. Serv. And mine, my lord.
Both Var. Serv. And ours, my lord.
Phi. All our bills..
Tim. Knock me down with lem: cleave me to
Luc. Serv. Alas! my lord,
Tim. Cut my heart in sums.
Tit. Mine, fifty talents.
Tim. Tell out my blood.
Luc. Serv. Five thousand crowns, my lord.
Tim. Five thousand drops pays that.-
What yours?—and yours?
1 Var. Serv. My lord,-2 Var. Serv. My lord,-Tim. Tear me, take me, and the gods fall on you! :
[Erit. Hor. ’Faith, I perceive, our masters may throw their caps at their money; these debts may well be callid desperate ones, for a madman owes 'em.
Re-enter Timon and Flavius. Tim. They have e'en put my breath from me,
the slaves: Creditors !-devils.
Flav. My dear lord,
Tim. What if it should be so? -
Flav. My lord,
Tim. I'll have it so:-My steward !
Flav. Here, my lord.
Tim. So fitly? Go, bid all my friends again,
Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius; all:
I'll once more feast the rascals.
O my lord,
You only speak from your distracted soul;
There is not so much left, to furnish out
A moderate table.
Be't not in thy care; go,
I charge thee; invite them all: let in the tide .
Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.
THE SAME. THE SENATE-HOUSE.
The Senate sitting. Enter Alcibiades, attended. 1 Sen. My lord, you have my voice to’t; 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 the
senate! 1 Sen. Now, captain?
Alcib. I am an humble suitor to your virtues; For pity is the virtue of the law, And none but tyrants use it cruelly. It pleases time, and fortune, to lie heavy Upon a friend of mine, who, in hot blood,
Hath stepp'd into the law, which is past depth
To those that, without heed, do plunge into it.
He is a man, setting his fate aside,
Of comely virtues:
Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice;
(An honour in him, which buys out his fault,)
But, with a noble fury, and fair spirit,
Seeing his reputation touch'd to death,
He did oppose his foe:
And with such sober and unnoted passion
He did behave his anger, ere 'twas spent,
As if he had but prov'd an argument.
• 1 Sen. You undergo too strict a paradox,
Striving to make an ugly deed look fair:
Your words have took such pains, as if they la-
To bring manslaughter into form, set quarrelling
Upon the head of valour; which, indeed,
Is valour misbegot, and came into the world
When sects and factions were newly born:
He's truly valiant, that can wisely suffer
The worst that man can breathe; and make his
wrong's His outsides; wear them like his raiment, care
And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart,
To bring it into danger.
If wrongs be evils, and enforce us kill,
What folly ’tis, to hazard life for ill!
Alcib. My lord,
1 Sen. You cannot make gross sins look clear; To revenge is no valour, but to bear.
Alcib. My lords, then, under favour, pardon me,
If I speak like a captain.-
Why do fond men expose themselves to battle,
And not endure all threatnings? sleep upon it,
And let the fues quietly cut their throats,
Without repugnancy? but if there be
Such valour in the bearing, what make we
Abroad? why then, women are more valiant,
That stay at home, if bearing carry it;
And th' ass, more captain than the lion; the felon,
Loaden with irons, wiser than the judge,
If wisdom be in suffering. O my lords,
As you are great, be pitifully good:
Who cannot condemn rashness in cold blood?
To kill, I grant, is sin's extremest gust;
But, in defence, by mercy, 'tis most just.
To be in anger, is impiety;
But who is man, that is not angry?
Weigh but the crime with this.
2 Sen. You breathe in vain.
In vain? his service done
At Lacedæmon, and Byzantium,
Were a sufficient briber for his life.
1 Sen. What's that?
Alcib. Why, I say, my lords, h’as done fair
And slain in fight many of your enemies: ,
How full of valour did he bear himself
In the last conflict, and made plenteous wounds?
2 Sen. He has made too much plenty with 'em,
he Is a sworn rioter: h'as a sin that often