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THE PLOT, THE FABLE, AND CONSTRUCTION

OF

TIMON OF ATHENS.

The story of the Misanthrope is told in almost every collection of the time, and particularly in two books with which Shakspeare was intimately acquainted; The Palace of Pleasure, and The English Plutarch. Indeed from a passage in an old play, called Jack Drum's Entertainment, I conjecture that he had before made his appearance on the stage.

FARMER The play of Timon is a domestick tragedy, and therefore strongly fastens on the attention of the reader. In the plan there is not much art, but the incidents are natural, and the characters various and exact. The catastrophe affords a very powerful warning against that ostentatious liberality, which scatters bounty, but confers no benefits, and buys flattery, but not friendship.

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In this tragedy, are many passages perplexed, obscure, and probably corrupt, which I have endeavoured to rectify, or explain with due diligence; but having only one copy, cannot promise myself that my endeavours shall be much applauded.

JOHNSON.

Timox, a noble Athenian.
LUCIUS,
LUCULLUS, Lords, and flatterers of Timon.
SEMPRONIUS,
VENTIDIUS, one of Timon's false Friends.
APEMANTUS, a churlish Philosopher.
ALCIBIADES, an Athenian General,
FLAVIUS, Steward to Timon.
FLAMINIUS,
LUCILIUS, Timon's Servants,
SERVILIUS,
CAPHIS,
PHILOTUS,
Tirus,

Servants to Timon's Creditors.
Lucius,
HORTENSIUS,
Two Servunts of Varro, and the Servant of Isidore;

two of Timon's Creditors.
Cupid and Maskers. Three Strangers.
Poet, Painter, Jeweller, and Merchant.
An old Athenian. A Page. A Fool.
PHRYNIA,
TIMANDRA,

Mistresses to Alcibiades.
Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Thieves, and

Attendants.
SCENE, Athens; and the Woods adjoining,

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TIMON OF ATHENS.

ACT I. SCENE I.

Athens. A Hall in Timon's House.

Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and Others,

at sereral doors.

Poet. Good day, sir.
Pain.

I am glad you are well. Poet. I have not seen you long; How goes the

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

were, To an untirable and continuate goodness:

He passes.

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