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fast to the wolf. If thou wert the wolf, thy greediness would afflict thee; and oft thou shouldīt hazard thy life for thy dinner. Wert thou the unicorn, pride and wrath would confound thee, and make thine own self the conquest of thy fury. Wert thou a bear, thou wouldst be kill'd by the horse; wert thou a horse, thou wouldst be seiz'd by the leopard; wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the lion, and the spots of thy kindred were jurors on thy life. All thy safety were remotion, and thy defence absence. What beast couldst thou be, i hat were not subject to a bealt? and what a beast art thou already, and seest not thy loss in transformation !
Apem. If thou couldīt please me with speaking to me, thou might'st have hit upon it here. The Commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of beasts.
Tim. How has the ass broke the wall, that thou art out of the City ?
Aper. Yonder comes a Poet, and a Painter. The Plague of Company light upon thee! I will fear to catch it, and give way. When I know not what else to do, I'll see thee again.
Tim. When there is nothing living but thee, thou
of all the fools alive.
Apem. Thou art too bad to curse.
Tim. If I name thee.-I'll beat thee; but I should infect my hands.
Tim. Away, thou issue of a mangy dog!
4pem. 'Would, thou wouldst burst!
Tim. Away, thou tedious rogue, I am sorry I shall lose a stone by thee.
Apem. Beast !
[Apem. retreats backward, as going.
(Looking on the gold. 'Twixt natural fon and fire! thou bright defiler Of Hymen's purest bed! thou valiant Mars! Thou ever young, fresh, lov’d, and delicate
Åpem. 'Would 'twere so,
Tim. Throng'd to?
Apem. More things like men-Eat, Timon, and abhor them.
[Exit Apem. SCENE
1 Thief. W Tome poor fragment, fome iender ort
HERE should he have this gold ? it is of his remainder: the mere want of gold, and the falling off of friends, drove him into this melancholy.
2 Thief. It is nois'd, he hath a mass of treasure.
3 Thief. Let us make the assay upon him; if he care not for't, he will supply us eafily: if he covetoully reserve it, how shall's get it?
2 Thief. True; for he bears it not about him: 'tis hid.
1 Thief. Is not this he? All. Where? 2 Thief. 'Tis his description, 3 Thief. He ; I know him. All. Save thee, Timon. Tim. Now, thieves. All. Soldiers; not thieves. Tim. Both too, and women's sons. All. We are not thieves, but men that much do
want. T'im. Your greatest want is, you want much of
Why should you want? behold, the earth hath roots;
i Thief. We cannot live on grass, on berries, water, As beasts, and birds, and fishes. Tim. Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds and
fishes ; You must eat men.
Yet thanks I must you con, Tht you are thieves profest: that you work not In holier shapes; for there is boundless theft
In limited professions. Rascals, thieves,
[Exit. 3 Thief. H'as almost charm'd me from my profesfion, by persuading me to it.
1 Thief. 'Tis in the malice of mankind, that he thus advises us, not to have us thrive in our mystery.
2 Thief. I'll believe him as an enemy; and give over
* The Sea's a Thief, whose liquid surge refolves
The Moon into falt Tears.-) The Sea inelting the Moon into Tears, is, I believe, a Secret in Philosophy, which no body but Shakespear's deep Editors ever dream'd of. There is another Opinion, which 'tis more reasonable to believe that our Author may allude to ; viz. that the Saltness of the Sea is caused by several Ranges, or Mounds of Rock-falt under Water, with which resolving Liquid the Sea was impregnated. This I think a fufficient Authority for changing Moon into Mounds.
Warburton. 1 Thief.
1 Thief. * Let us first see peace in Athens.
2 Thief. There is no time so miserable, but a man may be true.
SC EN E
The Woods, and Timon's Cave.
FLAVIUS. O is
yon despis’d and ruinous man my lord ?
Timon comes forward from his Cave. ·
Tim. Why doft thou ask That? I have forgot all
* Let us first see peace in Athens, &c.] This and the concluding little ch have in all the Editions been placed to one Speaker : But, 'tis Evident, the latter Words ought to be put in the mouth of the second Thief, who is repenting, and leaving off his Trade.