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That mine own use invites me to cut down,
Tim. Come not to me again: but say to Athens,
Lips, let sour words go by and language end:
Coupled to nature.
Sec. Sen. Our hope in him is dead: let us return, And strain what other means is left unto us
In our dear peril.
It requires swift foot. [Exeunt.
SCENE II. Before the walls of Athens.
Enter two Senators and a Messenger.
First Sen. Thou hast painfully discover'd: are
As full as thy report?
220. embossed, swollen.
231. dear, grievous.
I have spoke the least:
Besides, his expedition promises
Sec. Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring not Timon.
Mess. I met a courier, one mine ancient friend; Whom, though in general part we were opposed, Yet our old love made a particular force,
And made us speak like friends: this man was riding
From Alcibiades to Timon's cave,
With letters of entreaty, which imported
His fellowship i' the cause against your city,
Here come our brothers.
Enter the Senators from TIMON.
Third Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him expect.
The enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scouring
SCENE III. The woods.
Timon's cave, and a
rude tomb seen.
Enter a Soldier, seeking TIMON.
Sold. By all description this should be the place. Who's here? speak, ho!
4. Present, immediate.
7. Whom, anticipating 'him' implied in 'us,' v. 9.
8. made. This is perhaps an
No answer! What is
error due to the 'made' in the next line. But it yields a fair sense: our old love formed a special influence which neutralised our political antagonism.
Timon is dead, who hath outstretch'd his span:
I cannot read; the character I'll take with wax:
Enter Senators on the walls.
Till now you have gone on and fill'd the time
Our sufferance vainly; now the time is flush,
4. Some beast rear'd this, etc. So Warburton for Ff 'read.' The man - hater must have received these burial honours from his fellows, not from man. It is hardly possible to give a meaning to 'read' which does not involve glaring contradiction in what follows. There does not live a man who can [or is fit to] read it.' But the soldier
proceeds to take for granted
7. figure, handwriting.
When crouching marrow in the bearer strong
Noble and young,
To wipe out our ingratitude with loves
So did we woo
Transformed Timon to our city's love
By humble message and by promised means:
These walls of ours
Were not erected by their hands from whom
That these great towers,
For private faults in them.
trophies and schools
Nor are they living
Who were the motives that you first went out ;
Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord,
If thy revenges hunger for that food
Which nature loathes-take thou the destined
And by the hazard of the spotted die
Let die the spotted.
All have not offended;
14. conceit, fancy.
28. Shame that they wanted
cunning, in excess,
For those that were, it is not square to take
What thou wilt,
Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile
Than hew to 't with thy sword.
Set but thy foot
Against our rampired gates, and they shall ope;
So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before,
say thou 'lt enter friendly.
Throw thy glove,
Or any token of thine honour else,
That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress
'Tis most nobly spoken. Alcib. Descend, and keep your words. [The Senators descend, and open the gates.
36. square, right,
47. rampired, fortified with ramparts.