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THE ftory of the Misanthrope is told in almost every collection of the time, and particularly in two books, with which Shakspeare was intimately acquainted; the Palace of Pleasure, and the English Plutarcb. Indeed from a passage in an old play, called Yack Drum's Extertainment, I conjecture that he had before made his appearance on the Aage. FARMER.

Persons Represented.

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Timon, A noble Athenian.
Lucius,
Lucullus, Lords, and flatterers of Timon.
Sempronius,
Ventidius, one of Timon's false Friends.
Apemantus, a churlish Philofopher.
Alcibiades, an Athenian General.
Flavius, Steward to Timon.
Flaminius,
Lucilius, Timon's Servants.
Servilius,
Caphis,
Philotus,
Titus, Servants to Timon's Creditors.
Lucius,
Hortensius,
Two fervants of Varro, and the servant of Ifidore ; two

of Timon's Creditors.
Cupid and Makers. Three Strangers.
Poet, Painter, Jeweller, and Merchant.
An old Athenian. A Page. A Fool.

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Timandra

, } Mifreljes to Alcibiades.

Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Thieves, and

Attendants.

SCENE, Athens; and the Woods adjoining,

TIMON OF ATHENS.

АстІ. SCEN E I.

Athens. A Hall in Timon's House. Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and Others, at

Several doors. Poet.

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Pain.
Poet. I have not seen you long; How goes the world?
Pain. It wears, fir, as it grows.

Poet. Ay, that's well known:
But what particular rarity? what ftrange,
Which manifold record not matches? See,
Magick of bounty! all these spirits thy power
Hath conjur'd to attend. I know the merchant.

Pain. I know them both; the other's a jeweller,
Mer. O, 'tis a worthy lord!
Jew. Nay, that's most fix’d.
Mer. A most incomparable man; breath'd', as it were,
To an untirable and continuate goodness:
He paffes

Jew, I have a jewel here.
Mer. O, pray, let's see't: For the lord Timon, fir?
Jew. If he will touch the estimate 3: But, for that,
Poet. Wben we for recompence* have prais’d the vile,

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> Breatbed is inured by constant practice; la trained as not to be wearied. To breatbe a horse, is to exercise him for the course, ? He passes.] i. e. he exceeds, goes beyond common bounds.

touch the effimate :-] Come up to the price. 4 We must here suppose the poet busy in reading his own work; and that these three lines are the introduction of the poem addresied to Timon, which he afterwards gives the painter an account of,

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