Timon of Athens


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Trumpets sound. Enter Alcibiades with his Powers

before Athens


ALCIBIADES

Sound to this coward and lascivious town
coward (adj.) cowardly
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
sound (v.) 6 inform with a call

Our terrible approach.
terrible (adj.) terrifying, frightning, inspiring dread

The Trumpeter sounds a parley

The Senators appear upon the walls

Till now you have gone on and filled the time

With all licentious measure, making your wills
measure (n.) 6 course of action, means

The scope of justice. Till now, myself, and such
scope (n.) 2 range, reach, extent

As stepped within the shadow of your power,

Have wandered with our traversed arms, and breathed
breathe (v.) 1 speak, utter, talk
traversed (adj.) placed crosswise, laid across the shoulders

Our sufferance vainly. Now the time is flush,
flush (adj.) 2 ripe, set, ready
sufferance (n.) 1 distress, suffering, hardship

When crouching marrow in the bearer strong
crouching (adj.) submissive, cringing, docile
marrow (n.) 2 spirit, courage, strength

Cries of itself ‘ No more.’ Now breathless wrong

Shall sit and pant in your great chairs of ease,

And pursy insolence shall break his wind
pursy (adj.) 2 short-winded, puffed out
wind, break one's gasp for breath, lose one's breath

With fear and horrid flight.


FIRST SENATOR

                         Noble and young,

When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit,
conceit (n.) 5 notion, idea, thought
grief (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, hurt, injury
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count

Ere thou hadst power or we had cause of fear,

We sent to thee, to give thy rages balm,
balm (n.) 2 soothing ointment, salve; soothing treatment

To wipe out our ingratitude with loves

Above their quantity.


SECOND SENATOR

                         So did we woo

Transformed Timon to our city's love

By humble message and by promised means.
mean (n.) 4 (plural) resources, wherewithal, wealth

We were not all unkind, nor all deserve

The common stroke of war.
common (adj.) 3 indiscriminate, general, affecting everyone


FIRST SENATOR

                         These walls of ours

Were not erected by their hands from whom

You have received your grief; nor are they such
grief (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, hurt, injury

That these great towers, trophies, and schools should fall
school (n.) 2 public building, institution
trophy (n.) 2 memorial, monument

For private faults in them.
private (adj.) 1 personal, individual, particular


SECOND SENATOR

                         Nor are they living

Who were the motives that you first went out;
motive (n.) 1 cause, mover, instigator

Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess
cunning (n.) 2 knowledge, awareness, discernment

Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord,

Into our city with thy banners spread.

By decimation and a tithed death –
decimation (n.) killing one in every ten persons
tithed (adj.) of one person in ten

If thy revenges hunger for that food

Which nature loathes – take thou the destined tenth,

And by the hazard of the spotted die
die (n.) one of a pair of dice
hazard (n.) 2 [gambling] chance, fortune; throw [of dice]

Let die the spotted.
spotted (adj.) 2 person deemed guilty, one marked out for death


FIRST SENATOR

                         All have not offended.

For those that were, it is not square to take,
square (adj.) 2 right, fair, just

On those that are, revenges. Crimes like lands

Are not inherited. Then, dear countryman,

Bring in thy ranks, but leave without thy rage.
rank (n.) 4 (plural) troops, forces, army
without (adv.) externally, on the outside

Spare thy Athenian cradle and those kin
cradle (n.) 2 birthplace, home

Which, in the bluster of thy wrath, must fall
bluster (n.) storm, tempest, rough blast

With those that have offended. Like a shepherd

Approach the fold and cull th' infected forth,

But kill not all together.


SECOND SENATOR

                         What thou wilt,

Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile
enforce (v.) 4 gain by force, exact

Than hew to't with thy sword.


FIRST SENATOR

                         Set but thy foot

Against our rampired gates and they shall ope,
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count
rampired (adj.) fortifed by ramps of earth, strengthened against attack

So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before,
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

To say thou'lt enter friendly.


SECOND SENATOR

                         Throw thy glove,

Or any token of thine honour else,
token (n.) 1 sign, evidence, mark

That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress

And not as our confusion, all thy powers
confusion (n.) 1 destruction, overthrow, ruin
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Shall make their harbour in our town till we
harbour (n.) shelter, refuge, safe lodging

Have sealed thy full desire.
seal (v.) 2 accomplish, carry out, fulfil


ALCIBIADES

                         Then there's my glove.

Descend, and open your uncharged ports.
port (n.) 1 portal, entrance, gateway
uncharged (adj.) unattacked, unassailed

Those enemies of Timon's, and mine own,

Whom you yourselves shall set out for reproof,
reproof (n.) 3 shame, disgrace, reproach
set out (v.) pick out, send forth

Fall, and no more. And, to atone your fears
atone (v.) 2 appease, allay, assuage

With my more noble meaning, not a man
meaning (n.) design, intention, purpose

Shall pass his quarter, or offend the stream
pass (v.) 5 move outside, go beyond
quarter (n.) 1 quarters, lodging, residence

Of regular justice in your city's bounds,
bound (n.) 2 territory, region, domain
regular (adj.) established, prescribed, constituted

But shall be remanded to your public laws
remand (v.) refer, send back, hand over
remedy (v.) hand over for remedy, send for correction

At heaviest answer.
answer (n.) 6 accountability, responsibility, liability, penalty
heavy (adj.) 2 grave, serious, weighty


BOTH SENATORS

                         'Tis most nobly spoken.


ALCIBIADES

Descend, and keep your words.

The Senators descend

Enter Soldier


SOLDIER

My noble general, Timon is dead,

Entombed upon the very hem o'th' sea;
entomb (v.) lay in a tomb, bury, inter
hem (n.) edge, margin, shore

And on his grave-stone this insculpture which
insculpture (n.) inscription, engraving

With wax I brought away, whose soft impression

Interprets for my poor ignorance.


ALCIBIADES

(reading the epitaph)
corse (n.) corpse, dead body See Topics: Frequency count

Here lies a wretched corse, of wretched soul bereft.

Seek not my name. A plague consume you wicked caitiffs left!
caitiff (n.) [sympathetic or contemptuous] miserable wretch, wretched creature

Here lie I Timon, who alive all living men did hate.

Pass by and curse thy fill, but pass, and stay not here thy gait.
gait (n.) 2 proceedings, course, doings, steps
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

These well express in thee thy latter spirits.
latter (adj.) 2 recent, of one's later days
spirit (n.) 2 (plural) sentiments, faculties, traits of character

Though thou abhorredst in us our human griefs,
abhor (v.) 1 loathe, abominate, regard with disgust
grief (n.) 2 pain, torment, distress

Scornedst our brains' flow and those our droplets which
flow (n.) flowing

From niggard nature fall, yet rich conceit
conceit (n.) 3 understanding, intelligence, apprehension
conceit (n.) 1 imagination, fancy, wit
nature (n.) 3 human nature
niggard (adj.) 1 miserly, parsimonious, sparing
rich (adj.) 1 high, noble, great

Taught thee to make vast Neptune weep for aye
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity

On thy low grave, on faults forgiven. Dead

Is noble Timon, of whose memory

Hereafter more. Bring me into your city,

And I will use the olive with my sword,
olive (n.) olive-branch [symbol of peace]

Make war breed peace, make peace stint war, make each
stint (v.) 2 limit, hold back, restrain

Prescribe to other, as each other's leech.
leech (n.) physician, healer

Let our drums strike.
strike (v.), past form stroke 2 beat, sound, strike up

Exeunt

 
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