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Yield him, who all thy human fons do's hate,
Apem. I was directed hither. Men report Thou dost affect my manners, and doft 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 Nave-like habit, and these looks of care ? Thy flatt'rers yet wear silk, drink wine, lye soft, Hug their diseas'd perfumes, and have forgot That ever Timon was. Shame not these + 'weeds, By putting on the cunning of a carper. Be thou a fatt'rer now, and seck to thrive By that which has undone thee ; hinge thy knee, And let his very breath whom thou'lt obferve Blow off thy cap; praise his most vicious strain, And call it excellent. Thou waft told thus : Thou gav'st thine ears, like tapsters, that bid welcome To knaves, and all approachers : 'Tis most just
That 2 Ensear
3 marrows, veins, and 4 woods,
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That thou turn rascal : hadft thou wealth again,
Tim. Were I like thee, I'd throw away my self.
Apem. Thou’ast cast away thy self, being like thy self,
Tim. A fool of thee ; depart.
Tim. Always a villain's office, or a fool's.
Apem. If thou didst put this sowrè cold habit on
6 Tim. I hate thee worse.
Tim. Thou flatt'rest misery. 7 To vex thee. 8 too!
1 before :
Worse than the worst, content.
Tim. Not by his breath, that is more miserable.
Apem. Art thou proud yet?
Tim. I, that I am one now:
Thus 2 but bred
Thus would I eat it. a
[Eating a root. Apem. What wouldst thou have to Athens?
Tim. Thee thither in a whirlwind; if thou wilt, Tell them there I have gold ; look, so I have.
Apem. Here is no use for gold.
Tim. The best and truest :
Apem. Where ly'st a-nights, Timon?
Tim. Under that's above me.
Tim. Would poison were obedient, 'knew my mind!
Apem. The middle of humanity thou never knewest, but the extremity of both ends. When thou wast in thy gilt, and thy perfume, they mockt thee, for too much
'courtesy; ' in thy rags thou knowest none, but art despis’d for the contrary, 6 What things in the world canít thou nearest compare to thy flatterers?
(a) Thus would I eat it.
Apem. Here will I mend thy feast.
Tim. 'Tis not we!l mended fo, it is but botcht;
Aperk. What wouldst thou, &c.
Tim. On what I hate, I feed not.
Apem. An th' hadft hated medlars sooner, thou shouldt have loved thy self better now. What man didi thou ever know unthrift, that was beloved after his means ?
Tim. Who without those means thou talk'ft of, didst thou ever know beloved ?
Apem. My self.
6 and knew 7 send it? 8 curiosity;
5 or rather
Tim. Women nearest; but men, men are the things themselves. What wouldst thou do with the world, Apemantus, if it lay in thy power?
Apem. Give it the beasts, to be rid of the men.
Tim. Wouldst thou have thy self fall in the confusion of men, 9 land remain a beast with the beasts?
Apem. Ay, Timon.
Tim. A beastly ambition, which the Gods grant thee t'attain to! If thou wert a lion, the fox would beguile thee ; if thou wert the lamb, the fox would eat thee; if thou wert the fox, the lion 'would suspect thee, when peradventure thou wert accus'd by the ass; if thou wert the ass, thy dulness would torment thee; and still ''thou’dst live' but as a breakfast to the wolf. If thou were the wolf, thy greediness would afflict thee; and oft thou shouldst hazard thy life for thy dinner. Wert thou the unicorn, pride and wrath would confound thee, and make thine own self the conquest of thy fury. « Wert thou a bear, thou wouldst be kill'd by the horse ; wert thou a horse, thou would it be seized by the leopard ; wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the lion, and the spots of thy kindred were jurors on thy life. All thy fafety were remotion, and thy defence absence. What beast couldst thou be, that were not subject to a beast ? and what a beast art thou already, and seest not thy loss in transformation!
Apem. If thou couldst please me with speaking to me, thou might'st have hit upon it here. The commonwealth of Albens is become a forest of beasts.
Tim. How has the ass broke the wall, that thou art out of the city ?
Apem. Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.
(a) The account given of the Unicorn is this: that he and the Lion being enemies by nature, as soon as the Lion fees the Unicorn he betakes himself to a tree : The Unicorn in his fury and with all ihe fwiftness of bis course running at bim Aicks his horn faff in the true, and then the Lior falls upon him and kills bim, Gesner Hiß. Animal.
9.00 I thou liv'unt