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Timon, a noble Athenian.
two of Timon's creditors. Cupid and Maskers. Three Strangers. · Poet, Painter, Jeweller and Merchant. An old Athenian. : A Page. A Fool.
, mistresses to Alcibiades.
Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Thieves, and
SCENE, Athens; and the Woods adjoining.
TIMON OF ATHENS.
SCENE I. Athens. A Hall in Timon's House.
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and Others
at several Doors.
I am glad you are well.
world? Pain. It wears sir, as it grows. Poet.
Ay, that's well known: But what particular rarity? what strange, Which manifold record not matches ? See, Magick of bounty! all these spirits thy power Hath conjur'd to attend. I know the merchant. Pain. I know them both
; t'other's a jeweller. Mer. O, 'tis a worthy lord ! Jew.
Nay, that's most fix'd. Mer. A most incomparable man; breath'd, as it
Jew. I have a jewel here.
1 Inured by constant practice. 2 For continual. 3 1. 4. Exceeds, goes beyond common bounds.
Jew. If he will touch the estimate: But, for that
Poet. When we for recompense have prais'd the vile, It stains the glory in that happy verse Which aptly sings the good. Mer.
"Tis a good form.
[Looking at the Jewel. Jew. And rich : here is a water, look you. Pain. You are rapt, sir, in some work, some de
dication To the great lord. Poet.
A thing slipp'd idly from me.
is as a gum, which oozes
there? Pain. A picture, sir.–And when comes your book
"Tis a good piece.
Admirable: How this grace Speaks his own standing ! what a mental power This eye shoots forth! how big imagination Moves in this lip! to the dumbness of the gesture One might interpret.
Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life.
I'll say of it,
* As soon as my book has been presented to Timan.