Timon of Athens

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Enter Timon.Enter Timon Tim IV.i.1
Let me looke backe vpon thee. O thou WallLet me look back upon thee. O thou wall Tim IV.i.1
That girdles in those Wolues, diue in the earth,That girdles in those wolves, dive in the earth Tim IV.i.2
And fence not Athens. Matrons, turne incontinent,And fence not Athens. Matrons, turn incontinent.incontinent (adj.)unchaste, unable to restrain oneselfTim IV.i.3
matron (n.)married woman
Obedience fayle in Children: Slaues and FoolesObedience fail in children. Slaves and fools Tim IV.i.4
Plucke the graue wrinkled Senate from the Bench,Pluck the grave wrinkled Senate from the bench, Tim IV.i.5
And minister in their steeds, to generall Filthes.And minister in their steads. To general filthsminister (v.)act, govern, officiateTim IV.i.6
general (adj.)
old form: generall
common, of everyone, public
filth (n.)
old form: Filthes
whore, slut, harlot
Conuert o'th'Instant greene Virginity,Convert o'th' instant, green virginity,instant, on thethis very instant, as soon as possibleTim IV.i.7
o' (prep.)on
green (adj.)
old form: greene
youthful, inexperienced, immature
Doo't in your Parents eyes. Bankrupts, hold fastDo't in your parents' eyes. Bankrupts, hold fast; Tim IV.i.8
Rather then render backe; out with your Kniues,Rather than render back, out with your knives Tim IV.i.9
And cut your Trusters throates. Bound Seruants, steale,And cut your trusters' throats. Bound servants, steal.truster (n.)creditor, lenderTim IV.i.10
bound (adj.)indentured, contracted
Large-handed Robbers your graue Masters are,Large-handed robbers your grave masters are,large-handed (adj.)grasping, rapacious, avariciousTim IV.i.11
And pill by Law. Maide, to thy Masters bed,And pill by law. Maid, to thy master's bed;pill (v.)pillage, plunder, robTim IV.i.12
Thy Mistris is o'th'Brothell. Some of sixteen,Thy mistress is o'th' brothel. Son of sixteen, Tim IV.i.13
Plucke the lyn'd Crutch from thy old limping Sire,Pluck the lined crutch from thy old limping sire,sire (n.)fatherTim IV.i.14
lined (adj.)
old form: lyn'd
filled, stuffed
With it, beate out his Braines, Piety, and Feare,With it beat out his brains. Piety and fear, Tim IV.i.15
Religion to the Gods, Peace, Iustice, Truth,Religion to the gods, peace, justice, truth, Tim IV.i.16
Domesticke awe, Night-rest, and Neighbour-hood,Domestic awe, night-rest, and neighbourhood,domestic (adj.)
old form: Domesticke
appropriate in the home
Tim IV.i.17
neighbourhood (n.)
old form: Neighbour-hood
neighbourly conduct, neighbourliness
awe (n.)reverence, respect, esteem
Instruction, Manners, Mysteries, and Trades,Instruction, manners, mysteries, and trades,mystery (n.)trade, office, occupationTim IV.i.18
Degrees, Obseruances, Customes, and Lawes,Degrees, observances, customs, and laws,degree (n.)rank, station, standingTim IV.i.19
Decline to your confounding contraries.Decline to your confounding contraries,contrary (n.)opposite condition, opposing stateTim IV.i.20
decline (v.)sink, fall to a low level
confounding (adj.)destructive, ruinous, causing total confusion
And yet Confusion liue: Plagues incident to men,And yet confusion live. Plagues, incident to men,incident (adj.)likely to happen, applicable, naturalTim IV.i.21
Your potent and infectious Feauors, heapeYour potent and infectious fevers heap Tim IV.i.22
On Athens ripe for stroke. Thou cold Sciatica,On Athens, ripe for stroke. Thou cold sciatica,stroke (n.)affliction, blow, miseryTim IV.i.23
Cripple our Senators, that their limbes may haltCripple our senators, that their limbs may halthalt (v.)limp, proceed lamelyTim IV.i.24
As lamely as their Manners. Lust, and LibertieAs lamely as their manners. Lust and libertyliberty (n.)
old form: Libertie
unrestrained act, improper licence, reckless freedom
Tim IV.i.25
Creepe in the Mindes and Marrowes of our youth,Creep in the minds and marrows of our youth, Tim IV.i.26
That 'gainst the streame of Vertue they may striue,That 'gainst the stream of virtue they may strive, Tim IV.i.27
And drowne themselues in Riot. Itches, Blaines,And drown themselves in riot. Itches, blains,riot (n.)dissipation, wasteful revelry, extravaganceTim IV.i.28
blain (n.)
old form: Blaines
blister, inflamed sore
Sowe all th'Athenian bosomes, and their cropSow all th' Athenian bosoms, and their crop Tim IV.i.29
Be generall Leprosie: Breath, infect breath,Be general leprosy. Breath infect breath, Tim IV.i.30
That their Society (as their Friendship) mayThat their society, as their friendship, may Tim IV.i.31
Be meerely poyson. Nothing Ile beare from theeBe merely poison. Nothing I'll bear from theebear (v.), past forms bore, borne
old form: beare
carry away, take as a companion
Tim IV.i.32
But nakednesse, thou detestable Towne,But nakedness, thou detestable town. Tim IV.i.33
Take thou that too, with multiplying Bannes:Take thou that too, with multiplying bans.ban (n.)
old form: Bannes
curse, malediction
Tim IV.i.34
Timon will to the Woods, where he shall findeTimon will to the woods, where he shall find Tim IV.i.35
Th'vnkindest Beast, more kinder then Mankinde.Th' unkindest beast more kinder than mankind. Tim IV.i.36
The Gods confound (heare me you good Gods all)The gods confound – hear me, you good gods all – confound (v.)destroy, overthrow, ruinTim IV.i.37
Th'Athenians both within and out that Wall:Th' Athenians both within and out that wall.out (prep.)outsideTim IV.i.38
And graunt as Timon growes, his hate may growAnd grant, as Timon grows, his hate may grow Tim IV.i.39
To the whole race of Mankinde, high and low.To the whole race of mankind, high and low. Tim IV.i.40
Amen. Amen. Tim IV.i.41
Exit.Exit Tim IV.i.41
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