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i. e. usury; for the gift “ breeds the giver an excessive return.”
“ I'll keep you company." This hemistic I take to be interpolated by the player, who was resolved to say something at his exit.
There's none " Can truly say, he gives, if he receives : “ If our betters play at that game, we must
not dare “ To imitate them; faults that are rich, are
fair.” There is here, I believe, a scriptural allusion " the Lord giveth, and he taketh away.” The dignity of him who commits a fault, makes the fault itself look graceful :--but if the sense be clear the metre is corrupt: we might order it thus : “ If that our betters play that game, we
must " Not dare to imitate them in it : faults
“ That rich are, fair are.” Vent.
å noble spirit!” .
– Nay, lords, “ Your ceremony was but devis'd at first “ To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow wel
comes.” 34. “ Than my fortunes to me.”
This unmetrical hemistic and the other following it want regulation.-Will this be accepted ?
“ Than are my fortunes unto me.” 1st Lord. “ My lord,
“Weŭre deeply yours and always have
confessd it.” Again : “ You shall not make me welcome; I hate wel
come : “I come,” &c.
Again too: “ But yon man's ever angry, and with all.” 35. “ For he does neither affect company,
“ Nor is he fit for it, indeed.” Unless we place the accent, contrary to all usage, upon the first syllable of “affect,” the metre is not to be found in the first of these lines; and something has dropped from the second: we might thus correct:
“For he does neither company affect,
“Nor is he, at all, fit for it indeed.” Apem.“ Well, let me stay at thine own peril,
“ He cheers them up, too.”
Dr. Johnson's application of the practice in the
chase is a mere sophism :-the hounds dipping their mouths in the blood of the animal they kill, is not dipping their meat: neither can it be said, in any just reference to Timon, that it is the animal, but rather the huntsman who cheers the hounds. The only sense I can extract from the passage, as it stands, is this, so many feed luxuriously, or “ sauce their meat” at the expence of one man, whose very “ blood” (means of living) must at length be exhausted by them; and yet he preposterously encourages them to proceed in his destruction. "
If I “Were a huge man, I should fear to drink at
meals." This is pretty versification : I suppose it was, “Were I a huge man, I'd fear drink at meals.”
i. e. According to a warranted ellipsis, " - - I should fear to drivk.” 38. “ Amen, so fall to’t,”
This is deficient by a foot and a half.--I suppose the words missing were,
“ Amen, say I, and so fall to't.” 39. “ We should think ourselves for ever per
fect.” Dr. Johnson's interpretation of "perfect" (arrived at the height of perfection), I believe is incorrect: it means, I think, no more than, satisfied, free from uneasiness or solicitude; in which sense the word occurs in Macbeth :
" Then comes my fit again, (the disorder of my
anxious apprehensions) “ I had been perfect else.”
43. “ Hey day, what a sweep of vanity comes
this way! “They dance ? they are mad women.” Does the editor give us this for metre? I suppose it should be, “Why, heyday! what a sweep of vanity “ Comes this way dancing! They are mad wo
men.” 44. “We make ourselves fools, to disport our.
“With poisonous spite, and envy." The meaning of this passage is to me not at all obvious; yet the commentators have passed it by in silence. - I cannot explain it otherwise than by “ drink those men,” understanding, compliment them, while the bottle is in circulation, drink their healths; and, by taking “age,” to imply, as well a decline from prosperity, as an advancement in years.
In many parts of the dialogue in this play, the attempt to exhibit correct metre may appear not only fruitless but absurd : yet where the writer, whoever he might be, was composing in verse, there can hardly be a doubt he would have given the necessary numbers: I would regulate the text, here, after
“And entertain'd me with my own de
"I am to thank you for't.” Ist Lad. “
My lord, you take us, “ E'en at the best.” Apem. “ Faith, for the worst, is filthy,
“ And would not hold the taking-in, I
doubt me." Tim. “ Ladies, pray tarry; there's an idle
Here, Flavius !"
— The little casket bring me hi
ther." Here, I apprehend, Flavius pauses, in honest reluctance, and gives Timon reason to suppose his orders were not exactly understood, who therefore repeats,
“ The casket !”
" That man might ne'er be wretched for his
, mind.” It is pity that Generosity should not reflect, and avail itself of experience, so as to prevent a man's becoming a sacrifice to the nobleness of his disposition. 47. “Where be our men ?”
Here, my lord, in readiness."