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. 289 And mince it sans remorse*: Swear against objects t; Put armour on thine ears, and on thine eyes ; Whose proof, nor yells of mothers, maids, nor babes, Nor sight of priests in holy vestments bleeding, Shall pierce a jot. There's gold to pay thy soldiers : Make large confusion; and, thy fury spent, Confounded be thyself! Speak not, be gone. Alcib. Hast thou gold yet? I'll take the gold
thou giv'st me, Not all thy counsel. Tim. Dost thou, or dost thou not, heaven's curse
Hast thou more?
Phr. f Timan. Well, more gold; What then ?Believe't, that we'll do any thing for gold. . · Tim. Consumptions sow
. Without pity.
In hollow bones of man; strike their sharp shins,
bounteous Timon. Tim. More whore, more mischief first; I have
given you earnest. Alcib. Strike up the drum towards Athens, Fare
Tim. If I hope well, l'll never see thee more.
Call'st thou that harm?
We but offend him.Strike.
(Drum beats. Exeunt Alcibiades, Phrynia,
and Timandra. Tim. That nature, being sick of man's unkindness, Should yet be hungry!-Commou mother, thou,
[Digging. Whose womb unmeasurable, and infinite breast t, Teems, and feeds all; whose self.same mettle,
Whereof thy proud child, arrogant man, is puff'd,
Enter Apemantus. More man? Plague! plague!
Apem. I was directed hither: Men report. Thou dost affect my manners, and dost use them.
Tim. 'Tis then, because thou dost not keep a dog Whom I would imitate: Consumption catch thee!
Apem. This is in thee a nature but affected; A poor unmanly melancholy, sprung From change of fortune. Why this spade? this
place? This slave-like habit? and these looks of care? Thy flatterers yet wear silk, drink wine, lie soft ; Hug their diseas'd perfumes i, and have forgot That ever Timon was. Shame not these woods, By putting on the cunning of a carperg. Be thou a flatterer now, and seek to thrive By that which has undone thee : hinge thy knee,
• The serpent called the blind.worm, t Bent. 1 i.e. Their diseased perfumed mistresses. ý i. e. Shame not these woods by finding fault.
And let his very breath, whom thou'lt observe,
Tim. Were I like thee, I'd throw away myself, Apem. Thou hast cast away thyself, being like
thyself; A madman so long, now a fool : What, think'st That the bleak air, thy boisterous chamberlain, Will put thy shirt op warm? Will these moss'd trees, That have outliv'd the eagle, page thy heels, And skip when thou point'st out? Will the cold
brook, Candied with ice, caudle thy morning taste, To cure thy o'er-night's surfeit? call the creatures, Whose naked natures live in all the spite Of wreakful heaven; whose bare unhoused trunks, To the conflicting elements expos'd, Answer mere nature,-bid them flatter thee; O! thou shalt find Tim.
A fool of thee: Depart. Apem. I love thee better now than e'er I did. Tim. I hate thee worse. Apem.
Thou flatter'st misery. Apem. I Aatter not; but say, thou art a caitiff. Tim. Why dost thou seek me out? Apem.
To vex thee.
What! a kuave too :
Outlives incertain pomp, is crown'd before*:
Tim. Not by bis breatht, that is more miserable,
ceeded The sweet degrees that this brief world affords To such as may the passive drugs of it Freely command, thou would'st have plunged thy
self In general riot; melted down thy youth In different beds of lust; and never learn'd The icy precepts of respect, but follow'd The sugar'd game before thee. But myself, Who had the world as my confectionary; The mouths, the tongues, the eyes, and hearts of
men At duty, more than I could frame employment; That numberless upon me stuck, as leaves Do on the oak, have with one winter's brush Fell from their boughs, and left me open, bare For every storm that blows ;-1, to bear this, That never knew but better, is some burden: Thy nature did commence in sufferance, time Hath made thee hard in't. Why should'st thou hate
men? They never flatter'd thee: What hast thou given? If thou wilt curse,-thy father, that poor rag, Must be thy subject; who, in spite, put stuff To some she beggar, and compounded thee
* i.e. Arrives sooner at the completion of its wishes. + By his voice, sentence. From infancy.
The cold admonitions of cautious prudence.