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sweet Knaves, and all this Courtefie. The strain of Man's bred out into Baboon and Monkey.
Alc. You have fav’d my Longing, and I feed Molt hungerly on your light.
Tim. Right welcome, Sir.
Manet Apemantus. Enter Lucius and Lucullus.
. Thou art going to Lord Timon's Feast.
Apem. Thou should'st have kept one to thy self, for I mean to give thee none.
Luc. Harg thy felf.
Lucull. Away unpeaceable Dog,
Apem. I will Ay, like a Dog, the heels o'th'Ass.
. He pours it out; Plutus, the God of Gold,
Lac. The noblest mind he carries,
Lucull. Long may he live in Fortunes: Shall we in?
Hautboys Playing, Lond Musick. A great Banquet serv'd in;
and then enter Lord Timon, Lucius, Lucullus, Sempro-
Ven. Most honoured Timon,
Tim. O by no means,
Ver. A Noble Spirit.
Tim. Nay, my Lords, Ceremony was but devis'd at first
[They sit down.
Apem. No: You shall not make me welcome.
Tim. Fye, th’art a Churle; ye have got a humour there
Apem. Let me stay at thine apperil, Timon:
Tim. I take no heed of thee; th’art an Athenian, therefore welcome : I my self would have no Power----prethee let my Meat make thee filent.
Apem. I scorn thy Meat, 'uwould choak me: For I should ne'er flatter thee. Oh you Gods ! What a number of Men eat Timon, and he sees 'em not? It grieves me to see fo many dip their Meat in one Man's Blood, and all the madness is, he cheers them up too. I wonder Men dare trust themselves with Men. Methinks they should invite them without Knives, Good for their Meat, and safer for their Lives. There's much Example for't, the Fellow that fits next him now, Parts Bread with him, pledges the Breath of him in a divided Draught, is the readiest Man to kill him. 'T has been proved. If I were a huge Man, I should fear to drink at Meals, left they thould spy my Wind-pipes dangerous Notes : Great Men should drink with harness on their Throats.
Tim. My Lord in Heart; and let the Health go round.
Frichds if I should need 'em.
Rich Men Sin, and I cat Root.
Alc. My Heart is ever at your Service, my Lord.
Tim. You had rather be at a Breakfast of Enemies, than a Dinner of Friends.
Alc. So they were bleeding new, my Lord, there's 'no Meat like 'em, I could wish my Friend at such a Feaft.
Apem. Would all these Flatterers were thine Enemies then; that then thou might'st kill 'em, and bid me to 'em. ;
Luc. 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 our selves for ever Perfe&.
Tim. Oh no doubts, my good Friends, but the Gods themselves have provided that I shall have as much help from you: How had you been my Friends else? Why have you that charitable Title from thousands? Did not you chiefly belong to my Heart? I have told more of you to my felf, than you can with Modefty speak in your own behalf. And thus far I confirm you. Oh you Gods, think I, what need we have any Friends, if we should never have need of 'em? They were the most needless Creatures living, should we ne'er have use for them : And would most resemble sweet Inftruments hung up in Cafes, that keep their Sounds to themselves. Why I have often wifht my self poorer, that I might come nearer to you : We are born to do Benefits. And what better or properer can we call our own, than the Riches of our Friends? O what a precious Comfort 'tis to have so many like Brothers commanding one another's Fortunes! Oh Joy, e'en made away e'er't can be born; mine Eyes cannot hold Water, methinks: To forget their Faults, I drink to you.
Apem. Thou weep'st to make them drink, Timon.
Lucull. Joy had the like Conception in our Eyes, And at that instant like a Babe (prung up
Apem. Ho, hom I laugh to think that Babe a Bastard. 3 Lord. I promise you, my Lord, you mov'd me much.
Enter Servant. ,
is 0 Tim.
Tim. Ladies? What are their Wills ?
Ser. There comes with them a fore-runner, my Lord,
Enter Cupid with a Mask of Ladies.
Tim. They're welcome all; let 'em have kind admittance.
to show their Loves, each single out an Amazon, and all
Tim. You have done our Pleasures
Luc. My Lord, you take us even at the best.