Timon of Athens
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Enter a third seruant with Sempronius, anotherEnter a Third Servant of Timon, with Sempronius, Tim III.iii.1.1
of Timons Friends.another of Timon's friends Tim III.iii.1.2
Semp. SEMPRONIUS 
Must he needs trouble me in't? Hum. / 'Boue all others?Must he needs trouble me in't? Hum! 'Bove all others? Tim III.iii.1
He might haue tried Lord Lucius, or Lucullus,He might have tried Lord Lucius or Lucullus. Tim III.iii.2
And now Ventidgius is wealthy too,And now Ventidius is wealthy too, Tim III.iii.3
Whom he redeem'd from prison. All theseWhom he redeemed from prison. All these Tim III.iii.4
Owes their estates vnto him.Owe their estates unto him. Tim III.iii.5.1
Ser. SERVANT 
My Lord,My lord, Tim III.iii.5.2
They haue all bin touch'd, and found Base-Mettle,They have all been touched and found base metal,touch (v.)
old form: touch'd
test the quality [of], put to the test
Tim III.iii.6
base (adj.)non-precious, worthless, of low value
For they haue all denied him.For they have all denied him.deny (v.)refuse, rebuff, rejectTim III.iii.7
Semp. SEMPRONIUS 
How? Haue they deny'de him?How? Have they denied him? Tim III.iii.8
Has Ventidgius and Lucullus deny'de him,Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him? Tim III.iii.9
And does he send to me? Three? Humh?And does he send to me? Three? Hum? Tim III.iii.10
It shewes but little loue, or iudgement in him.It shows but little love or judgement in him. Tim III.iii.11
Must I be his last Refuge? His Friends (like Physitians)Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like physicians, Tim III.iii.12
Thriue, giue him ouer: Must I take th'Cure vpon me?Thrice give him over. Must I take th' cure upon me?give over (v.)
old form: giue ouer
desert, leave, abandon
Tim III.iii.13
Has much disgrac'd me in't, I'me angry at him,'Has much disgraced me in't. I'm angry at him Tim III.iii.14
That might haue knowne my place. I see no sense for't,That might have known my place. I see no sense for'tplace (n.)precedence, proper placeTim III.iii.15
But his Occasions might haue wooed me first:But his occasions might have wooed me first;occasion (n.)need, want, requirementTim III.iii.16
For in my conscience, I was the first manFor, in my conscience, I was the first manconscience, in myto my mindTim III.iii.17
That ere receiued guift from him.That e'er received gift from him. Tim III.iii.18
And does he thinke so backwardly of me now,And does he think so backwardly of me nowbackwardly (adv.)unfavourably, in a lowly manner; also: in reverse order of priorityTim III.iii.19
That Ile requite it last? No:That I'll requite it last? No;requite (v.), past forms requit, requitedreward, repay, recompenseTim III.iii.20
So it may proue an Argument of LaughterSo it may prove an argument of laughterargument (n.)subject of conversation, subject-matter, topicTim III.iii.21
To th'rest, and 'mong'st Lords be thought a Foole:To th' rest, and I 'mongst lords be thought a fool. Tim III.iii.22
I'de rather then the worth of thrice the summe,I'd rather than the worth of thrice the sum Tim III.iii.23
Had sent to me first, but for my mindes sake:'Had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake; Tim III.iii.24
I'de such a courage to do him good. But now returne,I'd such a courage to do him good. But now return,courage (n.)intention, purpose, inclinationTim III.iii.25
And with their faint reply, this answer ioyne;And with their faint reply this answer join:faint (adj.)feeble, half-heartedTim III.iii.26
Who bates mine Honor, shall not know my Coyne. Who bates mine honour shall not know my coin.bate (v.)abate, modify, lessenTim III.iii.27
ExitExit Tim III.iii.27
Ser. SERVANT 
Excellent: Your Lordships a goodly Villain: theExcellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. Thegoodly (adj.)splendid, excellent, fineTim III.iii.28
diuell knew not what he did, when hee made man Politicke;devil knew not what he did when he made man politic – politic (adj.)
old form: Politicke
crafty, wily, self-serving
Tim III.iii.29
he crossed himselfe by't: and I cannot thinke, but in thehe crossed himself by't. And I cannot think but in thecross (v.)afflict, plague, go againstTim III.iii.30
end, the Villanies of man will set him cleere. How fairelyend the villainies of man will set him clear. How fairlyset (v.)value, rate, esteemTim III.iii.31
clear (adj.)
old form: cleere
innocent, blameless, free from fault, not guilty
this Lord striues to appeare foule? Takes Vertuous Copies tothis lord strives to appear foul! Takes virtuous copies tocopy (n.)example, model, patternTim III.iii.32
be wicked: like those, that vnder hotte ardent zeale, would be wicked, like those that under hot ardent zeal would Tim III.iii.33
set whole Realmes on fire,set whole realms on fire. Tim III.iii.34
of such a nature is his politike loue.Of such a nature is his politic love.politic (adj.)
old form: politike
crafty, wily, self-serving
Tim III.iii.35
This was my Lords best hope, now all are fledThis was my lord's best hope. Now all are fled, Tim III.iii.36
Saue onely the Gods. Now his Friends are dead,Save only the gods. Now his friends are dead, Tim III.iii.37
Doores that were ne're acquainted with their WardsDoors that were ne'er acquainted with their wardsward (n.)catch inside a lock; lockTim III.iii.38
Many a bounteous yeere, must be imploy'dMany a bounteous year must be employed Tim III.iii.39
Now to guard sure their Master:Now to guard sure their master.sure (adv.)securely, safely, wellTim III.iii.40
And this is all a liberall course allowes,And this is all a liberal course allows:course (n.)habit, custom, practise, normal procedureTim III.iii.41
course (n.)course of action, way of proceeding
Who cannot keepe his wealth, must keep his house. Who cannot keep his wealth must keep his house.keep (v.)stay within, remain insideTim III.iii.42
Exit.Exit Tim III.iii.42
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