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SCENE I.--Athens. A Hall in TIMON'S House. Erter Poets
Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and others, at several doors.
Good day, sir.
Pain. I am glad you are well.
Poet. Ay, that's well known :
Pain. I know them both ; t'other's a jeweller.
Mer. A most incomparable man; breath'd, as it were,'
Jew. I have a jewel here.
Poet. When we for recompense have prais'd the vile,
Mer. 'Tis a good form. [Looking at the jewel.
Poet. A thing slipp'd idly from me.
[!] Breathed is inured by constant practice ; so trained a not to be wea. ried. To breathe a horse is to exercise him for the course.
JOHNS. (2) Exceeds, goes beyond common bounds. STEEV. (3) Come up to the price. JOHNS. (4) We must here suppose the poet busy in reading his own work; and that these three lines are the introduction of the poem addressed to Timon, whick be afterwards gives the Painter an account of, WARB.
From whence 'tis nourished: The fire i'the fint
Pain. 'Tis a good piece.
Poet. Admirable : How this grace
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life.
Poet. I'll say of it,
Enter certain Senators, and pass over.
-our gentle flame
Each bound it chafes. Our gentle flame animates itself; it flies like a current ; and every obstacle serves but to increase its force. M.MASON.--This jumble of incongruous images seems to have been designed, and put into the mouth of the poetaster, that the reader migbt appreciate his talents : his language therefore should not be considered in the abstract. HENLEY.
 As soon as my book has been presented to lord Timon. JOHNS:  The figure rises well from the canvas. Cest bien releveJOH.  I am ic clined to suppose,
that the figare alluded to was a representation of one of the Graces, and, as they are always supposed to be females, fshould read the passage thus:--How this Grace
Speaks its own standing ! This amendment is strongly supported by the pronoun this prefixed to the word Grace, as it proves that what the poet pointed out was some real ob ject, not merely an abstract idea. M. MASON.  Sirife is the contest of art with nature :
"Hic ille est Raphael, timuit, quo sospite vinci
Rerum magna parens, & moriente mori." JOHNS. (!) “ Mane salutantum totis vomit ædibus undam." JOHNS.
With amplest entertainment : My free drift
Pain. How shall I understand you ?
Poet. I'll unbolt to you.
Pain. I saw them speak together.
Poet. Sir, I have upon a high and pleasant hill,
Pain. 'Tis conceiv’d to scope.'
 To level'is to aim, to point the shot at a mark. Shakspeare's meaning is, my poem is not a satire written with any particular view, or levelled at any single person ; ! Ay like an eagle into the general expanse of life, and leave not, by any private mischief, the trace of my passage. JOHNS.
 Slippery, smooth, unresisting. JOHNS.
 The glass.fac'd flatterer, that shows in his own look, as by reflection, the looks of his patron.
JOHNS.  The Poet, seeing that Apemantus paid frequent visits to Timon,natur. ally concluded that he was equally courteous with his other guests., RITSON. (8) Covered with ranks of all kinds of men.
.JOHNS. (9) To advance or improve their various conditions of life. JOHNS. [iProperly imagined, appositely, to the purpose. JOHNS.
In our condition.2
Poet. Nay, sir, but hear me on :
Pain. Ay, marry, what of these?
Poet. When Fortune, in her shift and change of mood, Spurns down her late belov'd, all his dependants, Which labour'd after him to the mountain's top, Even on their knees and hands, let him slip down, Not one accompanying his declining foot.
Pain. 'Tis common : A thousand moral paintings I can show,5 That shall demonstrate these quick blows of fortune More pregnantly than words. Yet you do well, To show lord Timon, that mean eyese have seen The foot above the head. Trumpets sound. Enter Timon attended ; the Servant of VEN
TIDIUS talking with him. Tim. Imprison'd is he, say you
? Ven. Serv. Ay,my good lord : five talents is his debt ; His means most short, his creditors most strait : Your honourable letter he desires To those have shut him up ; which failing to him, Periods his comfort.
Tim. Noble Ventidius ! Well ;
 Condition for art. WARB.
 The sense is obvious, and means, in general, flattering him. The par. ticular kind of Aattery may be collected from the circumstance of its being offered up in whispers : which shows it was the calumniating those whom Timon hated or envied, or whose vices were opposite to his own. This of fering up, to the person flattere!, the murdered reputation of others, Shak. speare, with the utmost beauty of thought and expression, calls sacrificial whisperings, alluding to the victims offered up to idols. WARB.
By sacrificial whisperings, I should simply understand whisperings of of: ficious servility, the incense of the worshipping parasite to the patron as to a god. Mr. Gray has excellently expressed in his Elegy these sacrificial offer. ings to the great from the poetic tribe :
* To heap the shrine of luxury and pride
With incense kindled at the muse's Name." WAKEFIELD. [4)."To drink the air,” like the haustus ætherios of Virgil,is merely a po. etical phrase for draw the air, or breathe. To “ drink the free air," therefore, "through another," is to breathe freely at his will only; so as to de. pend on him for the privilege of life : not even to breathe freely without his permission. WAKEFIELD.
 Shakspeare seems to intend in this dialngue to express some competition Between the two great arts of imitation. Whatever the poet declares him. self to have shown, the painter thinks he could have shown better. JOHNS.  Inferior sp:ctators.
I am not of that feather, to shake off
Ven. Serv. Your lordship ever binds him.
Tim. Commend me to him: I will send his ransome;
Enter an old Athenian.
Tim. Well ; what further ?
Old Ath. One only daughter have I, no kin else,
Tim. The man is honest.
Old Ath. Therefore he will be, Timon :7
. This thought is better expressed by Dr. Madden in his elegy on arch-
“ More than they ask'd, he gave ; and deem'd it mean
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