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Enter a Servant, with wine.
Ser. Please your Lordship, here is the wine.
Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always wise.
Here's to thee,

Flam. Your Lordship speaks your pleasure.

Lucul. I have observed thee always for a towardly prompt spirit, give thee thy due : and one that knows what belongs to reason; and canst use the time well, if the time use thee well. Good parts in thee --- Get you gone, frrah. (To the Servant who goes out.] Draw nearer, honest Flaminius; thy Lord's a bountiful gentleman, but thou art wise, and thou knoweft well enough (although thou comeft to me) that this is no time to lend money, especially upon bare friendship without security. Here's three Solidares for thee, good boy, wink at me, and say, thou law'st me not. Fare thee well.

Flam. Is't possible the world should so much differ, And we alive that liv'd ? fly, damned baseness, To him that worships thee. [Throwing the mony away.

Lucul. Ha ! now I see thou art a fool, and fit for thy master,

[Exit Lucullus. Flam. May these add to the number that may scald thee ! Let molten coin be thy damnation, Thou disease of a friend, and not himself! Has friendship such a faint and milky heart, It turns in less than two nights ? O you Gods! I feel my master's passion. This Nave Unto this hour has my Lord's meat in him: Why should it thrive, and come to nutriment, When he is turn'd to poison? O may diseases only work upon't : And when he's fick to death, let not that part Of * 'nurture' my Lord paid for, be of power To expel sickness, or prolong his hour!


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A publick Street.

Enter Lucius, with three Strangers. Luc. good

friend, and an honourable gentleman. 1 Stran. We know him for no less, tho' we are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one thing, my Lord, and which I hear from common rumours; now Lord Timon's happy hours are done and past, and his estate Ihrinks from him.

Luc. Fye, no, do not believe it: he cannot want for

2 Stran. But believe you this, my Lord, that not long ago one of his men was with the Lord Lucullus, to borrow so many talents, nay, urg'd extremely for't, and shewed what necessity belongd to't, and yet was deny'd.

Luc. How!
2 Stran. I tell you, deny'd, my Lord.

Luc. What a strange case was that! now before the Gods I am asham’d on’t. Deny'd that honourable man ? there was very little honour shew'd in that. For my own part, I must needs confess I have received some small kindnesses from him, as mony, plate, jewels, and fuch like crises, nothing comparing to his ; yet had he 3 'o'erlook'd' him, and fent to me, I should ne'er have deny'd his occasion so many talents.

Enter Servilius, Ser. See, by good hap yonder's my Lord, I have sweat to see his Honour My honour'd Lord - (To Lucius.

Luc. Servilius ! you are kindly met, Sir. Fare thee well, commend me to thy honourable virtuous Lord, my very exquisite friend. Ser. May it please your Honour, my Lord hath fent

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Luc. Ha! what hath he sent? I am so much endear'd to that Lord; he's ever sending: how shall I thank him, think’ft thou ? and what has he tent now?

Ser. H'as only sent his present occasion now, my Lord ; requesting your Lordship to supply his instant usé, with fifty talents.

Luc. I know his Lordship is but merry with me, + 'He can't want fifty times five hundred talents.

Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my Lord.
If his occasion were not virtuous,
I should not urge it half so s 'fervently.'

Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius?
Ser. Upon my soul 'cis true, Sir.

Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnish my self against such a good time, when I might ha' shewn my self honourable ! how unluckily it happen'd, that I should purchase the day before a little o dirt, and undo a great deal of honour! Servilius, now before the Gods, I am not able to do (the more beast !, say) I was sending to use Lord Timon my self, these gentlemen can witness; but I would not, for the wealth of Athens, I had done't now. Commend me bountifully to his good Lordship, and I hope his Honour will conceive the fairest of me, because I have no power to be kind. And tell him this from me, I count it one of my greatest afflictions, that I cannot pleasure such an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will you befriend me so far, as to use my own words to him? Ser. Yes, Sir, I shall.

[Exit Servilius. Luc. I'll look you out 'as good alturn, Servilius. True, as you faid, Timon is shrunk indeed, And he that's once deny'd will hardly speed. [Exit.

i Stran. Do you observe s 'this now, Hostilius?" 2 Stran. ''Ay, ay, too well.

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1 Stran. Why, this is the world's foul;
Of the fame piece is every flatterer's' 'spirit :
Who can call him his friend that 2 dips with him
In the same dish? 3 'for even in my knowing,
Timon has been to this Lord as a father,
And kept his credit with his bounteous purse :
Supported his estate ; nay, Timon's mony
Has paid his men their wages. He ne’er drinks,
But Timon's silver treads upon his lip;
And yet, oh see the monstrousness of man
When he looks out in an ungrateful shape!
He does deny him in respect of his
What charitable men afford to beggars.

3 Stran. Religion groans at it.

I Stran. For mine own part
I never tasted Timon in my life,
Nor any of his bounties came o'er me,
To mark me for his friend. Yet I protest,
For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue,
14 Most generous and honourable carriage,
Had his necessity made use of me,
I would have put my wealth into s'partition,
And the best half should have 6 lattorn'd to him,
So much I love his heart : but I perceive,
Men must learn now with pity to difpence,
For policy sits above conscience.



Enter a third Servant with Sempronius.
Sem. Uit he needs trouble me in'c? 'bove all others ?

He might have tried Lord Lucius, or Lucullus ;
And now Ventidius is wealthy too,
Whom he redeem'd from prison. All these three
Owe their estates unto him.
Ser. Oh my Lord,

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They've all been touch'd, and all are found base metal,
For they have all deny'd him.

Sem. How ? deny'd him.
; 'Have Lucius and Ventidius and Lucullus
Deny'd him all ? and does he fend ' 'to me?"
It fews but little love or judgment in him.
Must I be his last refuge? 'friends,' like physicians,
• Tried give him over, and must I take the cure
On me? h'as much disgrac'd me in't ; I'm angry.
He might have known my place ; I see no sense for't,
But his occasions might have wooed me first:
For, in my conscience, I was the first man
That e'er : /received any gift from him.
And does he think so backwardly of me,
That I'll requite it 3 last? so it may prove
An argument of laughter to the rest,
And + amongst Lords I shall bel thought a fool:
I'd rather than the worth of thrice the fum,
H’ad sent to me first, but for my mind's fake :
I'd such a courage to have done him good.
But now return,
And with their faint reply this answer join ;
Who bates mine honour, shall not know my coin. [Exit.

Ser. Excellent ! your Lordship's a goodly villain.
The devil knew not what he did, when he made man po-
litick ; he cross'd himself by’t; and I cannot think,
but in the end the policy of man will set him clear.
How fairly this Lord 'ftrives not to appear foul! takes
virtuous copies to be wicked: like those that under hor
ardent zeal, would set whole realms on fire. Of such a
nature is his politick love.
This was my Lord's best hope ; now all are fled,
Save the Gods only. Now his friends are dead,
Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards
Many a bounteous year, must be employ'd
Now to guard sure their master.


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