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ACT III - SCENE VI. The same. A banqueting-room in Timon's house.
First Lord
1    The good time of day to you, sir.
Second Lord
2    I also wish it to you. I think this honourable lord
3    did but try us this other day.
First Lord
4    Upon that were my thoughts tiring, when we
5    encountered: I hope it is not so low with him as
6    he made it seem in the trial of his several friends.
Second Lord
7    It should not be, by the persuasion of his new feasting.
First Lord
8    I should think so: he hath sent me an earnest
9    inviting, which many my near occasions did urge me
10   to put off; but he hath conjured me beyond them, and
11   I must needs appear.
Second Lord
12   In like manner was I in debt to my importunate
13   business, but he would not hear my excuse. I am
14   sorry, when he sent to borrow of me, that my
15   provision was out.
First Lord
16   I am sick of that grief too, as I understand how all
17   things go.
Second Lord
18   Every man here's so. What would he have borrowed of
19   you?
First Lord
20   A thousand pieces.
Second Lord
21   A thousand pieces!
First Lord
22   What of you?
Second Lord
23   He sent to me, sir,--Here he comes.
Enter TIMON and Attendants

TIMON
24   With all my heart, gentlemen both; and how fare you?
First Lord
25   Ever at the best, hearing well of your lordship.
Second Lord
26   The swallow follows not summer more willing than we
27   your lordship.
TIMON
Aside
28    Nor more willingly leaves winter; such
29   summer-birds are men. Gentlemen, our dinner will not
30   recompense this long stay: feast your ears with the
31   music awhile, if they will fare so harshly o' the
32   trumpet's sound; we shall to 't presently.
First Lord
33   I hope it remains not unkindly with your lordship
34   that I returned you an empty messenger.
TIMON
35   O, sir, let it not trouble you.
Second Lord
36   My noble lord,--
TIMON
37   Ah, my good friend, what cheer?
Second Lord
38   My most honourable lord, I am e'en sick of shame,
39   that, when your lordship this other day sent to me,
40   I was so unfortunate a beggar.
TIMON
41   Think not on 't, sir.
Second Lord
42   If you had sent but two hours before,--
TIMON
43   Let it not cumber your better remembrance.
The banquet brought in
44   Come, bring in all together.
Second Lord
45   All covered dishes!
First Lord
46   Royal cheer, I warrant you.
Third Lord
47   Doubt not that, if money and the season can yield
48   it.
First Lord
49   How do you? What's the news?
Third Lord
50   Alcibiades is banished: hear you of it?
First Lord
51   Alcibiades banished!
Third Lord
52   'Tis so, be sure of it.
First Lord
53   How! how!
Second Lord
54   I pray you, upon what?
TIMON
55   My worthy friends, will you draw near?
Third Lord
56   I'll tell you more anon. Here's a noble feast toward.
Second Lord
57   This is the old man still.
Third Lord
58   Will 't hold? will 't hold?
Second Lord
59   It does: but time will--and so--
Third Lord
60   I do conceive.
TIMON
61   Each man to his stool, with that spur as he would to
62   the lip of his mistress: your diet shall be in all
63   places alike. Make not a city feast of it, to let
64   the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place:
65   sit, sit. The gods require our thanks.
66   You great benefactors, sprinkle our society with
67   thankfulness. For your own gifts, make yourselves
68   praised: but reserve still to give, lest your
69   deities be despised. Lend to each man enough, that
70   one need not lend to another; for, were your
71   godheads to borrow of men, men would forsake the
72   gods. Make the meat be beloved more than the man
73   that gives it. Let no assembly of twenty be without
74   a score of villains: if there sit twelve women at
75   the table, let a dozen of them be--as they are. The
76   rest of your fees, O gods--the senators of Athens,
77   together with the common lag of people--what is
78   amiss in them, you gods, make suitable for
79   destruction. For these my present friends, as they
80   are to me nothing, so in nothing bless them, and to
81   nothing are they welcome.
82   Uncover, dogs, and lap.
Some Speak
83   What does his lordship mean?
Some Others
84   I know not.
TIMON
85   May you a better feast never behold,
86   You knot of mouth-friends I smoke and lukewarm water
87   Is your perfection. This is Timon's last;
88   Who, stuck and spangled with your flatteries,
89   Washes it off, and sprinkles in your faces
90   Your reeking villany.
Throwing the water in their faces
91   Live loathed and long,
92   Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites,
93   Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,
94   You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time's flies,
95   Cap and knee slaves, vapours, and minute-jacks!
96   Of man and beast the infinite malady
97   Crust you quite o'er! What, dost thou go?
98   Soft! take thy physic first--thou too--and thou;--
99   Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.
Throws the dishes at them, and drives them out
100  What, all in motion? Henceforth be no feast,
101  Whereat a villain's not a welcome guest.
102  Burn, house! sink, Athens! henceforth hated be
103  Of Timon man and all humanity!
Exit

Re-enter the Lords, Senators, &c

First Lord
104  How now, my lords!
Second Lord
105  Know you the quality of Lord Timon's fury?
Third Lord
106  Push! did you see my cap?
Fourth Lord
107  I have lost my gown.
First Lord
108  He's but a mad lord, and nought but humour sways him.
109  He gave me a jewel th' other day, and now he has
110  beat it out of my hat: did you see my jewel?
Third Lord
111  Did you see my cap?
Second Lord
112  Here 'tis.
Fourth Lord
113  Here lies my gown.
First Lord
114  Let's make no stay.
Second Lord
115  Lord Timon's mad.
Third Lord
116  I feel 't upon my bones.
Fourth Lord
117  One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV

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