Timon of Athens

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Enter a Senator .Enter a Senator Tim II.i.1.1
And late fiue thousand: to Varro and to IsidoreAnd late five thousand. To Varro and to Isidorelate (adv.)
recently, a little while ago / before
Tim II.i.1
He owes nine thousand, besides my former summe,He owes nine thousand, besides my former sum, Tim II.i.2
Which makes it fiue and twenty. Still in motionWhich makes it five-and-twenty. Still in motionmotion (n.)
emotion, inclination, desire, impulse
Tim II.i.3
still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
Of raging waste? It cannot hold, it will not.Of raging waste? It cannot hold, it will not.raging (adj.)
mad, rash, crazy
Tim II.i.4
hold (v.)
stand firm, continue, carry on
If I want Gold, steale but a beggers Dogge,If I want gold, steal but a beggar's dogwant (v.)
lack, need, be without
Tim II.i.5
And giue it Timon, why the Dogge coines Gold.And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold. Tim II.i.6
If I would sell my Horse, and buy twenty moeIf I would sell my horse and buy twenty more Tim II.i.7
Better then he; why giue my Horse to Timon.Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon, Tim II.i.8
Aske nothing, giue it him, it Foles me straightAsk nothing, give it him, it foals me straight,straight (adv.)
straightaway, immediately, at once
Tim II.i.9
And able Horses: No Porter at his gate,And able horses. No porter at his gate, Tim II.i.10
But rather one that smiles, and still inuitesBut rather one that smiles and still invitesstill (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
Tim II.i.11
All that passe by. It cannot hold, no reasonAll that pass by. It cannot hold. No reasonreason (n.)
reasonable view, sensible judgement, right opinion
Tim II.i.12
Can sound his state in safety. Caphis hoa,Can sound his state in safety. Caphis, ho!sound (v.)
sound out, question, examine
Tim II.i.13
state (n.)
condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs
Caphis I say.Caphis, I say! Tim II.i.14.1
Enter Caphis.Enter Caphis Tim II.i.14
Heere sir, what is your pleasure.Here, sir. What is your pleasure?pleasure (n.)
wish, desire, will
Tim II.i.14.2
Get on your cloake, & hast you to Lord Timon,Get on your cloak, and haste you to Lord Timon. Tim II.i.15
Importune him for my Moneyes, be not ceastImportune him for my moneys. Be not ceasedimportune (v.)
urge, press
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cease (v.)

old form: ceast
put off, defer, appease
With slight deniall; nor then silenc'd, whenWith slight denial, nor then silenced whenslight (adj.)
offhand, dismissive, contemptuous
Tim II.i.17
Commend me to your Master, and the CapCommend me to your master ’ and the capcommend (v.)
convey greetings, present kind regards
Tim II.i.18
Playes in the right hand, thus: but tell him,Plays in the right hand, thus. But tell him Tim II.i.19
My Vses cry to me; I must serue my turneMy uses cry to me, I must serve my turnserve one's turn

old form: serue turne
meet one's need, answer one's requirements
Tim II.i.20
use (n.)

old form: Vses
need, requirement
cry (v.)
speak loudly, shout out, proclaim
Out of mine owne, his dayes and times are past,Out of mine own. His days and times are past, Tim II.i.21
And my reliances on his fracted datesAnd my reliances on his fracted datesfracted (adj.)
Tim II.i.22
date (n.)
due date, agreed day [for the end of a contract]
Haue smit my credit. I loue, and honour him,Have smit my credit. I love and honour him,smite (v.), past forms smote, smit
injure, harm, do damage to
Tim II.i.23
But must not breake my backe, to heale his finger.But must not break my back to heal his finger. Tim II.i.24
Immediate are my needs, and my releefeImmediate are my needs, and my relief Tim II.i.25
Must not be tost and turn'd to me in words,Must not be tossed and turned to me in words, Tim II.i.26
But finde supply immediate. Get you gone,But find supply immediate. Get you gone. Tim II.i.27
Put on a most importunate aspect,Put on a most importunate aspect,importunate (adj.)
persistent, pressing, insistent
Tim II.i.28
aspect (n.)
[of a human face] look, appearance, expression
A visage of demand: for I do feareA visage of demand. For I do fear,visage (n.)
face, countenance
Tim II.i.29
When euery Feather stickes in his owne wing,When every feather sticks in his own wing,stick (v.)

old form: stickes
be placed, be fixed
Tim II.i.30
Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,naked (adj.)
defenceless, undefended, unarmed
Tim II.i.31
gull (n.)
unfledged bird
Which flashes now a Phoenix, get you gone.Which flashes now a phoenix. Get you gone.flash (v.)
make a display, show off, shine out [as]
Tim II.i.32
I go sir.I go, sir. Tim II.i.33
I go sir? / Take the Bonds along with you,I go, sir? Take the bonds along with you, Tim II.i.34
And haue the dates in. Come.And have the dates in. Come. Tim II.i.35.1
He gives the bonds to Caphis Tim II.i.35
I will Sir.I will, sir. Tim II.i.35.2
Go. Go. Tim II.i.35.3
ExeuntExeunt Tim II.i.35
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