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Timon of Athens. In pitty of our aged, and our youth,
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I cannot choose but tell him that I care not, And let him tak't at worst: For their Kniues care not, While you haue throats to answer. For my selfe, There's not a whittle, in th'vnruly Campe, But I do prize it at my loue, before
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The reuerends Throat in Athens. So I leaue you To the protection of the prosperous Gods, As Theeues to Keepers.
Stew. Stay not, all's in vaine. Tim. Why I was writing of my Epitaph,
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It will be seene to morrow. My long sicknesse Of Health, and Liuing, now begins to mend, And nothing brings me all things. Go, liue still, Be Alcibiades your plague; you his, And last so long enough.
1
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We speake in vaine.
Tim. But yet I loue my Country, and am not One that reioyces in the common wracke, As common bruite doth put it. 1 That's well spoke. Tim.
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Commend me to my louing Countreymen.
1 These words become your lippes as they passe tho­ row them. 2 And enter in our eares, like great Triumphers In their applauding gates. Tim. Commend me to them,
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And tell them, that to ease them of their greefes, Their feares of Hostile strokes, their Aches losses, Their pangs of Loue, with other incident throwes That Natures fragile Vessell doth sustaine In lifes vncertaine voyage, I will some kindnes do them,
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Ile teach them to preuent wilde Alcibiades wrath.
1 I like this well, he will returne againe. Tim. I haue a Tree which growes heere in my Close, That mine owne vse inuites me to cut downe, And shortly must I fell it. Tell my Friends,
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Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree, From high to low throughout, that who so please To stop Affliction, let him take his haste; Come hither ere my Tree hath felt the Axe, And hang himselfe. I pray you do my greeting.
Stew.
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Trouble him no further, thus you still shall Finde him.
Tim. Come not to me againe, but say to Athens, Timon hath made his euerlasting Mansion Vpon the Beached Verge of the salt Flood,
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Who once a day with his embossed Froth The turbulent Surge shall couer; thither come, And let my graue‑stone be your Oracle: Lippes, let foure words go by, and Language end: What is amisse, Plague and Infection mend.
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Graues onely be mens workes, and Death their gaine; Sunne, hide thy Beames, Timon hath done his Raigne.
Exit Timon. 1

His discontents are vnremoueably coupled to Na­

ture.

2 Our hope in him is dead: let vs returne,
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And straine what other meanes is left vnto vs In our deere perill.
1 It requires swift foot. Exeunt.
[Act 5, Scene 2] Enter two other Senators, with a Messenger. 1 Thou hast painfully discouer'd: are his Files As full as thy report?

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Mes.
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I haue spoke the least. Besides his expedition promises present approach.
2 We stand much hazard, if they bring not Timon. Mes. I met a Currier, one mine ancient Friend, Whom though in generall part we were oppos'd,
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Yet our old loue made a particular force, And made vs speake like Friends. This man was riding From Alcibiades to Timons Caue, With Letters of intreaty, which imported His Fellowship i'th'cause against your City,
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In part for his sake mou'd.
Enter the other Senators. 1 Heere come our Brothers. 3 No talke of Timon, nothing of him expect, The Enemies Drumme is heard, and fearefull scouring Doth choake the ayre with dust: In, and prepare,
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Ours is the fall I feare, our Foes the Snare.
Exeunt
[Act 5, Scene 3] Enter a Souldier in the Woods, seeking Timon. Sol. By all description this should be the place. Whose heere? Speake hoa. No answer? What is this? Tymon is dead, who hath out‑stretcht his span, Some Beast reade this; There do's not liue a Man.
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Dead sure, and this his Graue, what's on this Tomb, I cannot read: the Charracter Ile take with wax, Our Captaine hath in euery Figure skill; An ag'd Interpreter, though yong in dayes: Before proud Athens hee's set downe by this,
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Whose fall the marke of his Ambition is.
Exit.
[Act 5, Scene 4] Trumpets sound. Enter Alcibiades with his Powers before Athens. Alc. Sound to this Coward, and lasciuious Towne, Our terrible approach. Sounds a Parly. The Senators appeare vpon the wals. Till now you haue gone on, and fill'd the time With all Licentious measure, making your willes
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The scope of Iustice. Till now, my selfe and such As slept within the shadow of your power Haue wander'd with our trauerst Armes, and breath'd An ink mark follows the end of this line. Our sufferance vainly: Now the time is flush, When crouching Marrow in the bearer strong
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Cries (of it selfe) no more: Now breathlesse wrong, Shall sit and pant in your great Chaires of ease, And pursie Insolence shall breake his winde With feare and horrid flight.
1. Sen. Noble, and young;
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When thy first greefes were but a meere conceit, Ere thou had'st power, or we had cause of feare, We sent to thee, to giue thy rages Balme, To wipe out our Ingratitude, with Loues Aboue their quantitie.
2
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So did we wooe Transformed Timon, to our Citties loue By humble Message, and by promist meanes: We were not all vnkinde, nor all deserue The common stroke of warre.
1
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These walles of ours, Were not erected by their hands, from whom You haue receyu'd your greefe: Nor are they such, That these great Towres, Trophees, & Schools shold fall For priuate faults in them.
2
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Nor are they liuing Who

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[Act 5, Scene 4] Trumpets sound. Enter Alcibiades with his Powers before Athens. Alc. Sound to this Coward, and lasciuious Towne, Our terrible approach. Sounds a Parly. The Senators appeare vpon the wals. Till now you haue gone on, and fill'd the time With all Licentious measure, making your willes
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The scope of Iustice. Till now, my selfe and such As slept within the shadow of your power Haue wander'd with our trauerst Armes, and breath'd An ink mark follows the end of this line. Our sufferance vainly: Now the time is flush, When crouching Marrow in the bearer strong
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Cries (of it selfe) no more: Now breathlesse wrong, Shall sit and pant in your great Chaires of ease, And pursie Insolence shall breake his winde With feare and horrid flight.
1. Sen. Noble, and young;
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When thy first greefes were but a meere conceit, Ere thou had'st power, or we had cause of feare, We sent to thee, to giue thy rages Balme, To wipe out our Ingratitude, with Loues Aboue their quantitie.
2
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So did we wooe Transformed Timon, to our Citties loue By humble Message, and by promist meanes: We were not all vnkinde, nor all deserue The common stroke of warre.
1
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These walles of ours, Were not erected by their hands, from whom You haue receyu'd your greefe: Nor are they such, That these great Towres, Trophees, & Schools shold fall For priuate faults in them.
2
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Nor are they liuing Who were the motiues that you first went out, (Shame that they wanted, cunning in excesse) Hath broke their hearts. March, Noble Lord, Into our City with thy Banners spred,
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By decimation and a tythed death; If thy Reuenges hunger for that Food Which Nature loathes, take thou the destin'd tenth, And by the hazard of the spotted dye, Let dye the spotted.
1
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All haue not offended: For those that were, it is not square to take On those that are, Reuenge: Crimes, like Lands Are not inherited, then deere Countryman, Bring in thy rankes, but leaue without thy rage,
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Spare thy Athenian Cradle, and those Kin Which in the bluster of thy wrath must fall With those that haue offended, like a Shepheard, Approach the Fold, and cull th'infected forth, But kill not altogether.
2
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What thou wilt, Thou rather shalt inforce it with thy smile, Then hew too't, with thy Sword.
1 Set but thy foot Against our rampyr'd gates, and they shall ope:
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So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before, To say thou't enter Friendly.
2 Throw thy Gloue, Or any Token of thine Honour else, That thou wilt vse the warres as thy redresse,
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And not as our Confusion: All thy Powers Shall make their harbour in our Towne, till wee Haue seal'd thy full desire.
Alc. Then there's my Gloue, Defend and open your vncharged Ports,
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Those Enemies of Timons, and mine owne Whom you your selues shall set out for reproofe, Fall and no more; and to attone your feares With my more Noble meaning, not a man Shall passe his quarter, or offend the streame
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Of Regular Iustice in your Citties bounds, But shall be remedied to your publique Lawes At heauiest answer.
Both. 'Tis most Nobly spoken. Alc. Descend, and keepe your words. Enter a Messenger. Mes.
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My Noble Generall, Timon is dead, Entomb'd vpon the very hemme o'th'Sea, And on his Grauestone, this Insculpture which With wax I brought away: whose soft Impression Interprets for my poore ignorance.
Alcibiades reades the Epitaph.
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Heere lies a wretched Coarse, of wretched Soule bereft, Seek not my name: A Plague consume you, wicked Caitifs left: Heere lye I Timon, who aliue, all liuing men did hate, Passe by, and curse thy fill, but passe and stay not here thy gate. These well expresse in thee thy latter spirits:
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Though thou abhorrd'st in vs our humane griefes, Scornd'st our Braines flow, and those our droplets, which From niggard Nature fall; yet Rich Conceit Taught thee to make vast Neptune weepe for aye On thy low Graue, on faults forgiuen. Dead
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Is Noble Timon, of whose Memorie Heereafter more. Bring me into your Citie, And I will vse the Oliue, with my Sword: Make war breed peace; make peace stint war, make each Prescribe to other, as each others Leach.
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Let our Drummes strike.
Exeunt.
 

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      <l n="2451">Who were the motiues that you first went out,</l>
      <l n="2452">(Shame that they wanted, cunning in excesse)</l>
      <l n="2453">Hath broke their hearts. March, Noble Lord,</l>
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      <l n="2455">By decimation and a tythed death;</l>
      <l n="2456">If thy Reuenges hunger for that Food</l>
      <l n="2457">Which Nature loathes, take thou the destin'd tenth,</l>
      <l n="2458">And by the hazard of the spotted dye,</l>
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      <l n="2462">On those that are, Reuenge: Crimes, like Lands</l>
      <l n="2463">Are not inherited, then deere Countryman,</l>
      <l n="2464">Bring in thy rankes, but leaue without thy rage,</l>
      <l n="2465">Spare thy Athenian Cradle, and those Kin</l>
      <l n="2466">Which in the bluster of thy wrath must fall</l>
      <l n="2467">With those that haue offended, like a Shepheard,</l>
      <l n="2468">Approach the Fold, and cull th'infected forth,</l>
      <l n="2469">But kill not altogether.</l>
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      <l n="2470">What thou wilt,</l>
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      <l n="2472">Then hew too't, with thy Sword.</l>
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      <speaker>1</speaker>
      <l n="2473">Set but thy foot</l>
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      <l n="2476">To say thou't enter Friendly.</l>
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      <l n="2477">Throw thy Gloue,</l>
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      <l n="2479">That thou wilt vse the warres as thy redresse,</l>
      <l n="2480">And not as our Confusion: All thy Powers</l>
      <l n="2481">Shall make their harbour in our Towne, till wee</l>
      <l n="2482">Haue seal'd thy full desire.</l>
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      <l n="2483">Then there's my Gloue,</l>
      <l n="2484">Defend and open your vncharged Ports,</l>
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      <l n="2485">Those Enemies of<hi rend="italic">Timons</hi>, and mine owne</l>
      <l n="2486">Whom you your selues shall set out for reproofe,</l>
      <l n="2487">Fall and no more; and to attone your feares</l>
      <l n="2488">With my more Noble meaning, not a man</l>
      <l n="2489">Shall passe his quarter, or offend the streame</l>
      <l n="2490">Of Regular Iustice in your Citties bounds,</l>
      <l n="2491">But shall be remedied to your publique Lawes</l>
      <l n="2492">At heauiest answer.</l>
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      <l n="2494">Descend, and keepe your words.</l>
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      <l n="2497">And on his Grauestone, this Insculpture which</l>
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      <l rend="italic" n="2500">Heere lies a wretched Coarse, of wretched Soule bereft,</l>
      <l rend="italic" n="2501">Seek not my name: A Plague consume you, wicked Caitifs left:</l>
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      <l rend="italic" n="2503">Passe by, and curse thy fill, but passe and stay not here thy gate.</l>
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      <l n="2505">Though thou abhorrd'st in vs our humane griefes,</l>
      <l n="2506">Scornd'st our Braines flow, and those our droplets, which</l>
      <l n="2507">From niggard Nature fall; yet Rich Conceit</l>
      <l n="2508">Taught thee to make vast Neptune weepe for aye</l>
      <l n="2509">On thy low Graue, on faults forgiuen. Dead</l>
      <l n="2510">Is Noble<hi rend="italic">Timon</hi>, of whose Memorie</l>
      <l n="2511">Heereafter more. Bring me into your Citie,</l>
      <l n="2512">And I will vse the Oliue, with my Sword:</l>
      <l n="2513">Make war breed peace; make peace stint war, make each</l>
      <l n="2514">Prescribe to other, as each others Leach.</l>
      <l n="2515">Let our Drummes strike.</l>
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   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="exit">Exeunt.</stage>
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