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2 Sen. And enter in our ears, like great tri
úmphers In their applauding gates.. Tim.
Commend me to them; And tell them, that, to ease them of their griefs, Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, Their pangs of love, with other incident throes That nature's fragile vessel doth sustain In life's uncertain voyage, I will some kindness do
them: I'll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades' wrath.
2 Sen. I like this well, he will return again.
Tim. I have a tree, which grows here in my close, That mine own use invites me to cut down,.. And shortly must I fell it; Tell my friends, Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree, From high to low throughout, that whoso please To stop affliction, let him take his haste, Come hither, ere my tree hath felt the axe, And hang himself:-I pray you, do my greeting.
Flav. Trouble him no further, thus you still in s shall find him. .
Tim. Come not to me again: but say to Athens, Timon hath made his everlasting mansion Upon the beached verge of the salt flood; Which once a day with his embossed froth The turbulent surge shall cover; thither come, And let my grave-stone be your oracle. . · Lips, let sour words go by, and language end: What is amiss, plague and infection' mend! Graves only be men's works; and death, their gain! Sun, hide thy beams! Timon hath done his reign.
[Exit Timon. i Sen. His discontents are unremoveably Coupled to nature.
2 Sen. Our hope in him is dead: let us return, And strain what other means is left unto us : In our dear peril..
2 Sen. It requires swift foot. [Exeunt.
THE WALLS OF ATHENS.
Enter two Senators, and a Messenger. 1 Sen. Thou hast painfully discover'd; are his
files As full as thy report?
Mes. . I have spoke the least: i.. Besides, his expedition promises Present approach. . 2 Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring not
i Timon. . Mes. I met a courier, one mine, ancient
friend; Whom, though in general part we were oppos’d, Yet our old love made a particular force, ..., And made, us speak like friends:---this man was ; riding.
ill . ;
Enter Senators from Timon. i Sen.
Here come our brothers. 3 Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him expect.The enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scouring Doth choke the air with dust: In, and prepare; Ours is the fall, I fear, our foes the snare.
THE WOODS. TIMON'S CAVE, AND A TOM B-STONE
Enter a Soldier, seeking Timon. Sol. By all description this should be the place. Who's here? speak, ho!-No answer?-What is
this? . Timon is dead, who hath out-stretch'd his span: Some beast rear'd this; there does not live a man. Dead, sure; and this his grave.What's on this tomb I cannot read; the character I'll take with wax: Our captain hath in every figure skill; * 1.: An ag'd interpreter, though young in days: Before proud Athens he's set down by this, Whose fall the mark of his ambition is. [Exit.
BEFORE THE WALLS OF ATHENS.
Trumpets sound. Enter Alcibiades, and Forces.
Alcib. Sound to this coward and lascivious town Our terrible approach. [A parley sounded.
Enter Senators on the Walls.
Noble, and young,
So did we woo
The common stroke of war.
These walls of ours
should fall For private faults in them. 2 Sen.
Nor are they living, Who were the motives that you first went out; Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord, Into our city with thy banners spread: By decimation, and a tithed death, (If thy revenges hunger for that food, Which nature loaths,) take thou the destin'd tenth; And by the hazard of the spotted die, Let die the spotted. 1 Sen.
All have not offended;
What thou wilt,
Set but thy foot