Timon of Athens

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Enter Steward with two or three Seruants.Enter Flavius, with two or three Servants Tim IV.ii.1
Heare you M. Steward, where's our Master?Hear you, master steward, where's our master? Tim IV.ii.1
Are we vndone, cast off, nothing remaining?Are we undone, cast off, nothing remaining?undo (v.)

old form: vndone
ruin, destroy, wipe out
Tim IV.ii.2
Alack my Fellowes, what should I say to you?Alack, my fellows, what should I say to you? Tim IV.ii.3
Let me be recorded by the righteous Gods,Let me be recorded by the righteous gods, Tim IV.ii.4
I am as poore as you.I am as poor as you. Tim IV.ii.5.1
Such a House broke?Such a house broke!break (v.)
go bankrupt, become insolvent
Tim IV.ii.5.2
So Noble a Master falne, all gone, and notSo noble a master fallen! All gone, and not Tim IV.ii.6
One Friend to take his Fortune by the arme,One friend to take his fortune by the arm, Tim IV.ii.7
And go along with him.And go along with him? Tim IV.ii.8.1
As we do turne our backesAs we do turn our backs Tim IV.ii.8.2
From our Companion, throwne into his graue,From our companion thrown into his grave, Tim IV.ii.9
So his Familiars to his buried FortunesSo his familiars to his buried fortunesfamiliar (n.)
close friend, intimate associate
Tim IV.ii.10
Slinke all away, leaue their false vowes with himSlink all away, leave their false vows with him,false (adj.)
sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial
Tim IV.ii.11
Like empty purses pickt; and his poore selfeLike empty purses picked. And his poor self, Tim IV.ii.12
A dedicated Beggar to the Ayre,A dedicated beggar to the air,air (n.)

old form: Ayre
fresh air, open air
Tim IV.ii.13
With his disease, of all shunn'd pouerty,With his disease of all-shunned poverty, Tim IV.ii.14
Walkes like contempt alone. More of our Fellowes.Walks, like contempt, alone. More of our fellows. Tim IV.ii.15
Enter other Seruants.Enter other Servants Tim IV.ii.16.1
All broken Implements of a ruin'd house.All broken implements of a ruined house.implement (n.)
furnishing, instrument, chattel
Tim IV.ii.16
Yet do our hearts weare Timons Liuery,Yet do our hearts wear Timon's livery;livery (n.)

old form: Liuery
uniform, costume, special clothing
Tim IV.ii.17
That see I by our Faces: we are Fellowes still,That see I by our faces. We are fellows still,still (adv.)
ever, now [as before]
Tim IV.ii.18
fellow (n.)

old form: Fellowes
fellow-servant, colleague
Seruing alike in sorrow: Leak'd is our Barke,Serving alike in sorrow. Leaked is our bark,leaked (adj.)

old form: Leak'd
sprung a leak, full of holes
Tim IV.ii.19
bark, barque (n.)

old form: Barke
ship, vessel
And we poore Mates, stand on the dying Decke,And we, poor mates, stand on the dying deck, Tim IV.ii.20
Hearing the Surges threat: we must all partHearing the surges threat. We must all partthreat (v.)
Tim IV.ii.21
part (v.)
depart [from], leave, quit
Into this Sea of Ayre.Into this sea of air. Tim IV.ii.22.1
Good Fellowes all,Good fellows all, Tim IV.ii.22.2
The latest of my wealth Ile share among'st you.The latest of my wealth I'll share amongst you.latest (n.)
last part, final bit
Tim IV.ii.23
Where euer we shall meete, for Timons sake,Wherever we shall meet, for Timon's sake, Tim IV.ii.24
Let's yet be Fellowes. Let's shake our heads, and sayLet's yet be fellows. Let's shake our heads and say,fellow (n.)

old form: Fellowes
fellow-servant, colleague
Tim IV.ii.25
As 'twere a Knell vnto our Masters Fortunes,As 'twere a knell unto our master's fortunes, Tim IV.ii.26
We haue seene better dayes. Let each take some: ‘ We have seen better days.’ Let each take some. Tim IV.ii.27
He gives them money Tim IV.ii.28
Nay put out all your hands: Not one word more,Nay, put out all your hands. Not one word more. Tim IV.ii.28
Thus part we rich in sorrow, parting poore.Thus part we rich in sorrow, parting poor. Tim IV.ii.29
Embrace and part seuerall wayes.Flavius and the Servants embrace each other Tim IV.ii.30.1
Exeunt Servants Tim IV.ii.30.2
Oh the fierce wretchednesse that Glory brings vs!O the fierce wretchedness that glory brings us!fierce (adj.)
drastic, severe, extreme
Tim IV.ii.30
Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt,Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt,exempt (adj.)
removed, cut off, excluded, debarred
Tim IV.ii.31
Since Riches point to Misery and Contempt?Since riches point to misery and contempt? Tim IV.ii.32
Who would be so mock'd with Glory, or to liueWho would be so mocked with glory, or to live Tim IV.ii.33
But in a Dreame of Friendship,But in a dream of friendship, Tim IV.ii.34
To haue his pompe, and all what state compounds,To have his pomp and all what state compoundsstate (n.)
splendour, magnificence, stateliness, dignity
Tim IV.ii.35
compound (v.)
put together, construct, compose
But onely painted like his varnisht Friends:But only painted, like his varnished friends?painted (adj.)
unreal, artificial, superficial
Tim IV.ii.36
Poore honest Lord, brought lowe by his owne heart,Poor honest lord, brought low by his own heart, Tim IV.ii.37
Vndone by Goodnesse: Strange vnvsuall blood,Undone by goodness! Strange, unusual blood,blood (n.)
disposition, temper, mood
Tim IV.ii.38
undo (v.)

old form: Vndone
ruin, destroy, wipe out
When mans worst sinne is, He do's too much Good.When man's worst sin is he does too much good. Tim IV.ii.39
Who then dares to be halfe so kinde agen?Who then dares to be half so kind again?kind (adj.)

old form: kinde
generous, liberal, benevolent
Tim IV.ii.40
For Bounty that makes Gods, do still marre Men.For bounty, that makes gods, does still mar men.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
Tim IV.ii.41
bounty (n.)
great generosity, gracious liberality, munificence
My deerest Lord, blest to be most accurst,My dearest lord, blest to be most accursed, Tim IV.ii.42
Rich onely to be wretched; thy great FortunesRich only to be wretched, thy great fortunes Tim IV.ii.43
Are made thy cheefe Afflictions. Alas (kinde Lord)Are made thy chief afflictions. Alas, kind lord, Tim IV.ii.44
Hee's flung in Rage from this ingratefull SeateHe's flung in rage from this ingrateful seatingrateful (adj.)

old form: ingratefull
ungrateful, unappreciative
Tim IV.ii.45
seat (n.)

old form: Seate
residence, dwelling-place, habitat
fling (n.)
dash off, go away in a rush
Of monstrous Friends:Of monstrous friends; Tim IV.ii.46
Nor ha's he with him to supply his life,Nor has he with him to supply his life,supply (v.)
maintain, provide for, sustain
Tim IV.ii.47
Or that which can command it:Or that which can command it. Tim IV.ii.48
Ile follow and enquire him out.I'll follow and inquire him out. Tim IV.ii.49
Ile euer serue his minde, with my best will,I'll ever serve his mind with my best will;mind (n.)

old form: minde
inclination, desire, wish
Tim IV.ii.50
Whilst I haue Gold, Ile be his Steward still. Whilst I have gold I'll be his steward still. Tim IV.ii.51
Exit.Exit Tim IV.ii.51
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