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Tim. Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon,
Apem. Thou art too bad to curse.
Tim. Away, thou issue of a mangy dog!
Apem. 3 'I would thou wouldīt burst!
Tim. Away, thou tedious rogue, I am forry I
Tim. “'Rogue !
[Looking on the gold.
Apem. Would 'cwere so,
Thou 4 Rogue! rogue ! rogue !
Thou wilt be throng'd to shortly.
Tim. Throng'd to?
s'Tim. Thy back, I pr'ythee: live and love thy misery :
[Seeing the Thieves. Apem. The plague of company light upon thee! I will fear to catch it, and give way. When I know not what else to do, I'll see thee again.
Tim. When there is nothing living but thee, thou shalt be welcome. I had rather be a beggar's dog than Apemantus.
[Exit Apemantus. S CE N E VII.
Enter Thieves. i Thief. Where should he have this gold? It is some poor fragment, fome nender ort of his remainder : the meer want of gold, and the falling off of friends, drove him into this melancholy.
2 Thief. It is nois'd he hath a mass of treasure.
3 Thief Let us make the assay upon him; if he care not for't, he will supply us easily: if he covetously reserve it, how shall's get it?
2 Thief. True; for he bears it not about him: 'tis hid.
6 Both too,
Al. We are not thieves, but men that much do want.
Tim. Your greatest want is, you want much of ? 'men. Why should you want? behold, the earth hath roots ; Within this mile break forth an hundred springs ; The oaks bear maits, the briers scarlet hips. The bounteous hufwife nature on each bush Lays her full mess before you. Want? why want?
i Thief. We cannot live on grass, on berries, water, As beasts, and birds, and fishes.
Tim. Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds, and fishes. You must eat men. Yet thanks I must you con, That you are thieves profest; that you work not In holier shapes ; for there is boundless theft In limited professions. Rascals, thieves, Here's gold. Go, fuck the subtle blood o'th' grape 'Till the high feaver seeth your blood to froth, And so 'scape hanging. Trust not the physician, His antidotes are poison, and he says More than you 'rob, takes wealth, and life together. Do villainy, do, since you profess to do't, Like workmen ; I'll example you with thievery. The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast sea. The moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the fun. The sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves The 9 'mounds into falt tears. The earth's a thief, That feeds and breeds by a composture stoln From gen’ral excrement: each thing's a thief. The laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power Have uncheck'd theft. Love not your selves, away, Rob one another, there's more gold; cut throats ; All that you meet are thieves : to Athens go, Break open shops, for nothing can you steal But thieyes do lose it : steal not less for what 1 give, and gold confound you howsoever ! Amen. [Exit. Vol. V.
3 Tbief. 7 meat or meet. 8 rob. Take wealth, and live together, 9 moon .. , old edit, Warb, emerd,
3 Thief. Has almost charm'd me from my profession, by perswading me to it.
i Tbief. 'Tis in 'This malice to mankind, that he thus advises us; not to have us thrive in our mystery.
2 Thief. I'll believe him as an enemy; and give over 1 Thief. Let us first see peace in Athens. 1/2 Thief. There is no time so miserable but a man may
H you Gods!
Full of decay and failing? oh monument
Tim. Away! what art thou ?
i the malice of
Tim. Why doft ask that? I have forgot all men.
Flav. An honest servant.
Tim. Then I know thee not:
Flav. The Gods are witness,
Tim. What, dost thou weep? come nearer ; then I love Because thou art a woman, and disclaim'st Flinty mankind; whose eyes do never give, But or through luft, or laughter. *
Flav. I beg of you to know me, good my Lord,
Tim. Had I a steward
many so arrive at second masters,
(For (a) — or laughter. Pity's sleeping; Strange times ! that weep with laughing, not with weeping.
Flav. I beg of 3 wild,
4 a steward,