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* Some beast rear’d this ; here does not live a man.
C Ε Ν Ε
Before the Walls of Athens. Trumpets found. Enter Alcibiades with his Powers.
Alc. S OurNepriblehisperward
, and lascivious town
'Till now you
Our terrible Approach.
[Sound a parley. The Senators appear
upon the walls.
have gone on, and fill'd the time With all licentious measure, making your wills The scope of justice. 'Till now myself, and such As slept within the shadow of your Power, Have wander'd with our traverft arms, and breath'd Our sufferance vainly. Now the time is flush, When crouching marrow in the bearer strong Cries, of itself, no more : now breathless wrong Shall fit and pant in your great Chairs of ease, and pursy Insolence shall break his wind With fear and horrid flight.
I Sen. Noble and young, When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit, * Some beast read this; here does not live a man.
no] Some Beast read what? The Soldier had yet only seen the rude Pile of Earth heap'd up for Timon's Grave, and not the Inscription upon it. We should read,
Some Beast reard this; The Soldier seeking, by order, for Timon, sees such an irregular Molc, as he concludes must have been the Workmanship of some Beast inhabiting the Woods; and such a Cavity, as either must have been to over-arch'd, or happen'd by the casual falling in of the Ground.
Ere thou hadst power, or we had cause to fear;
2 Sen. So did we woo
I Sen. These walls of ours
fall For private faults in them.
2 Sen. Nor are they living, Who were the motives that
first went out: Shame that they wanted cunning, in excess Hath broke their hearts. March on, oh, noble lord, Into our city with thy banners spread; By decimation and a tithed death, If thy revenges hunger for that food Which nature loaths, take thou the destin'd tenth: And by the hazard of the spotted die, Let die the spotted.
I Sen. All have not offended : : For those that were, it is not square to take On those that are, revenge: Crimes, like to lands, Are not inherited. Then, dear countryman, Bring in thy ranks, but leave without thy rage ; Spare thy Athenian cradle, and those kin, Which in the blufter of thy wrath must fall With those that have offended; like a shepherd, Approach the fold, and cull th' infected forth ; But kill not all together.
2 Sen. What thou wilt, Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile, Than hew to't with thy sword.
i Sen. Set but thy foot
2 Sen. Throw thy glove,
token of thine Honour else,
Alc. Then there's my glove ;
Both. 'Tis moft nobly spoken.
Enter a Soldier.
[Alcibiades reads the epitaph.}
Pass by, and curse thy fill, but say not here thy gait. These well express in thee thy latter spirits: Tho`thou abhor'dít in us our human griefs,
Scorn'd our brine's flow, and those our droplets, which
Bring me into
your City, And I will use the Olive with my sword; Make War breed Peace; make Peace stint War;
make each Prescribe to other, as each other's Leach. Let our drums strike.