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2 Sen. And enter in our ears, like great tri
úmphers In their applauding gates. Tim.
Commend me to them; And tell them, that, to ease them of their griefs, Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, Their
pangs of love, with other incident throes That nature's fragile vessel doth sustain In life's uncertain voyage, I will some kindness do
them: I'll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades' wrath.
2 Sen. I like this well, he will return again.
Tim. I have a tree, which grows here in my close, That mine own use invites me to cut down, And shortly must I fell it; Tell my friends, Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree, From high to low throughout, that whoso please To stop affliction, let him take his haste, Come hither, ere my tree hath felt the axe, And hang himself: I pray you, do my greeting. Flav. Trouble him no further, thus you still
+ shall find him. Tim. Come not to me again: but say to Athens, Timon hath made his everlasting mansion Upon the beached verge of the salt flood; Which once a day with his embossed froth The turbulent surge
shall cover; thither come, And let my grave-stone be your oracle. Lips, let sour words go by, and language end: What is amiss, plague and infection mend! Graves only be men's works; and death, their gain! Sun, hide thy beams! Timon hath done his reign.
[Exit Timon. 1 Sen. His discontents are unremoveably Coupled to nature.
2 Sen. Our hope in him is dead: let us return, And strain what other means is left unto us In our dear peril. 2 Sen.
It requires swift foot. [Exeunt.
' SCENE III.
THE WALLS OF ATHENS.
Enter two Senators, and a Messenger. i Sen. Thou hast painfully discover'd; are his
files As full as thy report? Mes.
I have spoke the least: Besides, his expedition promises Present approach. 2 Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring not
Timon. : Mes. I met a courier,- one mine ancient
Enter Senators from Timon. 1 Sen.
Here come our brothers. 3 Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him expect.The enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scouring Doth choke the air with dust: In, and prepare; Ours is the fall, I fear, our foes the snare.
THE WOODS. TIMON'S CAVE, AND A TOM B-STONE
Enter a Soldier, seeking Timon.
BEFORE THE WALLS OF ATHENS.
Trumpets sound. Enter Alcibiades, and Forces.
Alcib. Sound to this coward and lascivious town Our terrible approach.
[A parley sounded.
Enter Senators on the Walls.
scope of justice; till now, myself, and such As slept within the shadow of your power, , Have wander'd with our travers d arms, and
Noble, and young,
So did we woo
The common stroke of war. 1 Sen.
These walls of ours Were not erected by their hands, from whom You have receiv'd your griefs: nor are they such, That these great towers, trophies, and schools
should fall For private faults in them. 2 Sen.
Nor are they living, Who were the motives that you first went out; Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord, Into our city with thy banners spread: By decimation, and a tithed death, (If thy revenges hunger for that food, Which nature loaths,) take thou the destin'd tenth; And by the hazard of the spotted die, Let die the spotted. 1 Sen.
All have not offended;
What thou wilt,
Set but thy foot