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well :Commend me to thy honourable-virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend.
Ser. May it please your bonour, my lord has sent
Luc. Há! what has he sent? I am so much endeared to that lord ; he's ever sending : How shall I thank him, thinkest thou ? And what has he sent now?
Ser. He has only sent his present occasion now, my lord ; requesting your lordship to supply his instant use with so many talents.
Luc. I know, his lordship is but merry with me ; he cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.
Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my lord.
Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius ?
Luc. What a wicked beast was I, to disfurnish myself against such a good time, when I might have shown myeelf honourable ? how unluckily it happened, that I should purchase the day before for a little part, and undo a great deal of honour ?-Servilius, now before the gods, I am not able to do't ; the more beast, I
say: :was sending to use lord Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness ; but I would not, for the wealth of Athens, I had done it now. Commend me bountifully to his good lordship; and I hope, his honour will cor.ceive the fairest of me, because I have no power to be kind :And tell him this from me, I count it one of my greatest afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an honourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will you befriend me so far, as to use my own words to him ?
Ser. Yes, sir, I shall.
Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servilius. [Ex. SER. -True, as you said, Timon is shrunk, indeed; And he, that's once denied, will hardly speed. [Erit.
1 Stran. Do you observe this, Hostilius ? 2 Stran. Ay, too well.
1 Stran. Why this Is the world's soul ; And just of the same piece Is
every flacterer’s spirit. Who can call him His friend, that dips in the same dish ? for, in
 If he did not want it for a good use. JOHNSON (1) Frith fully for fervently. WARBURTON.  This phrase is scrintural: “ He that dippeth his hand with me in the dist. St. Mat. xxvi. 23. STEEVENS.
My knowing, Timon has been this lord's father,
3 Stran. Religion groans at it.
1 Stran. For mine own part, I never tasted Timon in my life, Nor came
of his bounties over me,
The same. A room in SEMPRONIUS's House. Enter SEMPRO
NIUS, and a Servant of Timon's.
all others ?
Serv. O my lord,
Sem. How ! have they denied him ?
 That is, in respect of his fortune, what Lucius denies to Timon is in proportion to whüç Lucius possesses, less than the usual almıs given by good men to beggars..
JOHNSON. !. The best half of my wealth should have been the reply, I would have answered bis requisition with the best half of what I am worth. STEEVENS.
(5] T'bat is, tried, alluding to the touchstone. JOHNSON.
Must I be his last refuge ? His friends, like physicians,
Serv. Excellent ! Your lordship's a goodly villain. The devil knew not what he did, when he made man politic; he crossed himself by't : and I cannot think, but, in the end, the villanies of man will set him clear. How fairly this lord strives to appear foul ? takes virtuous copies to be wicked ; like those that, under hot ardent zeal, would set whole realms on fire ! Of such a nature is bis politic love. This was my lord's best hope ; now all are fled, Save the gods only: Now his friends are dead, Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards Many a bounteous year, must be employ'd Now to guard sure their master. And this is all a liberal course allows ; Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his house."
[!] His friends like physicians, thrive by his bounty and fees, and either relinquish, and forsake hin, or give his case up as desperate. STEEVENS.
Such an ardour, such an eager desire. JOHNSON. (3) The devil's folly in making man politic, is to appear in this, that he will at the long run be too many for his old master, and yet free of his bonds. The villanies of man are to set himself clear, not the devil, to whom he is supposed to be in thraldom. RITSON.
(4] This is a reflection on the puritans of that time. These people were then set upon a project of new-modelling the ecclesiastical and civil government according to scripture rules and examples ; which makes bim say, that under zeal for the word of God, they would set whole realms on fire. So Sempronius pretended to that warm affection and generous jealousy of friendship, that is affronted, if any other be ap. plied to before it. At best the similitude is an awkward one: but it fitted the alldience, though not the speaker. WARBURTON.
 Keep within doors for fear of duns. JOHNSON,
The same. Hall in Timon's House. Enter two Servants
of VARRO, and the Servant of Lucius, meeting Titus,
Hor. Lucius ?
Luc. Serv. Ay, and, I think,
Phi. Good day at once.
Luc. Serv. Welcome, good brother. What do
think the hour ?
Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter with him :
Phi. I am of your fear for that.
Tit. I'll show you how to observe a strange event.
Hor. Most true, he does.
Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift,
Hor. It is against my heart.
u Soles occidere et redire possunt.” Catal. JOHNSON. (Ý) Still perhaps alluding to the effects
of winter, during which some animals are obliged to seek their scanty provision through a depth of snow.
Timon in this should pay more than he owes :
Hor. I am weary of this charge, the gods can witness :
yours? Luc. Serv. Five thousand mine. 1 Var. Serv. 'Tis much deep: and it should seem by
Your master's confidence was above mine;
Luc. Serv. Flaminius ! sir, a word : 'Pray, is my lord ready to come forth ?
Flam. No, indeed, he is not.
Flam. I need not tell him that; he knows, you are too, diligent.
Tit. Do you hear, sir ?
Luc. Serv. Ay, but this answer will not serve.
Flav. If 'twill not, 'Tis not so base as you ; For you serve knaves. TExit. 1 Var. Serv. How ! what does his cashier'd worship
 That is, of this commission, of this employment.