Internet Shakespeare Editions

About this text

  • Title: Timon of Athens (Folio 1, 1623)

  • Copyright Internet Shakespeare Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-proift purposes; for all other uses contact the Coordinating Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Not Peer Reviewed

    Timon of Athens (Folio 1, 1623)

    615 Enter a Senator .
    Sen. And late fiue thousand: to Varro and to Isidore
    He owes nine thousand, besides my former summe,
    Which makes it fiue and twenty. Still in motion
    Of raging waste? It cannot hold, it will not.
    620If I want Gold, steale but a beggers Dogge,
    And giue it Timon, why the Dogge coines Gold.
    If I would sell my Horse, and buy twenty moe
    Better then he; why giue my Horse to Timon.
    Aske nothing, giue it him, it Foles me straight
    625And able Horses: No Porter at his gate,
    But rather one that smiles, and still inuites
    All that passe by. It cannot hold, no reason
    Can sound his state in safety. Caphis hoa,
    Caphis I say.
    630Enter Caphis.
    Ca. Heere sir, what is your pleasure.
    Sen. Get on your cloake, & hast you to Lord Timon,
    Importune him for my Moneyes, be not ceast
    With slight deniall; nor then silenc'd, when
    635Commend me to your Master, and the Cap
    Playes in the right hand, thus: but tell him,
    My Vses cry to me; I must serue my turne
    Out of mine owne, his dayes and times are past,
    And my reliances on his fracted dates
    640Haue smit my credit. I loue, and honour him,
    But must not breake my backe, to heale his finger.
    Immediate are my needs, and my releefe
    Must not be tost and turn'd to me in words,
    But finde supply immediate. Get you gone,
    645Put on a most importunate aspect,
    A visage of demand: for I do feare
    When euery Feather stickes in his owne wing,
    Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
    Which flashes now a Phoenix, get you gone.
    650Ca. I go sir.
    Sen. I go sir?
    Take the Bonds along with you,
    And haue the dates in. Come.
    Ca. I will Sir.
    655Sen. Go. Exeunt