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'Tis Alcibiades, and Some twenty horse, all of companionhip. Tim. Pray, entertain them; give them guide to us.
[Exeunt fome Attendants. You must needs dine with me:-Go not you hence, Till I have thank'd you ; and, when dinner's done, Show me this piece.-I am joyful of your sights.
Enter ALCIBIADES, with his Company. Most welcome, sir!
[They falute. Apen.
So, fo; there! Aches contract and starve your supple joints ! That there should be small love 'mongst these sweet
Alcib. Sir, you have fav’d my longing, and I feed
Right welcome, sir :
[ Exeunt all but APEMANTUS.
Enter two Lords.
1 Lord. What time a day is't, Apemantus ? Apem. Time to be honest. i Lord. That time serves still. Apem. The most accursed thou, that still omit'st it. 2 Lord. Thou art going to Lord Timon's feast. Apem. Ay; to see meat fill knaves, and wine heat fools. 2 Lord. Fare thee well, fare thee well. Apem. Thou art a fool, to bid me farewell twice. 2 Lord. Why, Apemantus ?
Apem. Shouldt have kept one to thyself, for I mean to give thee none.
Lord. Hang thyself. Apem. No, I will do nothing at thy bidding: make thy requests to thy friend.
2 Lord. Away, unpeaceable dog, or I'll spurn thee hence. Apem. I will fly, like a dog, the heels of the ass.
[Exit. i Lord. He's opposite to humanity. Come, shall we in, And taste lord Timon's bounty ? he outgoes The very heart of kindness.
2 Lord. He pours it out; Plutus, the god of gold, Is but his steward : no meed, but he repays Sevenfold above itself; no gift to him, But breeds the giver a return exceeding All use of quittance. i Lord.
The nobleit mind he carries, That ever govern’d man.
2 Lord. Long may he live in fortunes! Shall we in : i Lord. I'll keep you company.
The same. A Room of State in Timon's House.
Hautboys playing loud mufick. A great banquet ferved in;
FLAVIUS and others attending; then enter Timon, ALCIBIADES, LUCIUS, LUCULLUS, SEMPRONIUS, and other Athenian Senators, with VENTIDIUS and At. tendants. Then comes, dropping after all, APEMANTUS, discontentedly. Ven. Most honour'd Timon, 't hath pleas’d the gods remember
My father's age, and call him to long peace.
O, by no means,
[They all stand ceremoniously looking on Timon. Tim.
Nay, my lords, ceremony
For he does neither affect company,
Apem. Let me stay at thine own peril, Timon;
Tim. I take no heed of thee; thou art an Athenian ; therefore welcome: I myself would have no power : proythee, let my meat make thee filent. Apem. I scorn thy meat ; 'twould choke me, for I
Tim. My lord, in heart; and let the health go round.
Flow this way! A brave fellow!-he keeps his tides well. Timon, Those healths will make thee, and thy state, look ill. Here's that, which is too weak to be a sinner, Honest water, which ne'er left man i'the mire: This, and my food, are equals; there's no odds. Feafts are too proud to give thanks to the gods.
Immertal gods, I crave no pelf;
Or my friends, if I should need’em.
Rich men fin, and I eat root, [Eats and drinks. Much good dich thy good heart, Apemantus !
Tim. Captain Alcibiades, your heart's in the field now. Alcib. My heart is ever at your service, my lord.
Tim. You had rather be at a breakfast of enemies, than a dinner of friends.
Alcib. So they were bleeding-new, my lord, there's no meat like them; I could wish my best friend at such a feast. Apem. 'Would all those flatterers were thine enemies
that then thou might'st kill 'em, and bid me to 'em.
1 Lord. Might we but have that happiness, my lord, that you would once use our hearts, whereby we might express some part of our zeals, we should think ourselves for ever perfect.
Tim. O, no doubt, my good friends, but the gods themselves have provided that I shall have much help from you: How had you been my friends else? why have you that charitable title from thousands, did you not chiefly belong to my heart? I have told more of you to myself, than you can with modesty speak in your own behalf; and thus