Let me stay at thine apperil, Timon: I come to
observe; I give thee warning on't.
I take no heed of thee; thou'rt an Athenian,
therefore welcome: I myself would have no power;
my meat make thee silent.
I scorn thy meat; 'twould choke me, for I should
ne'er flatter thee. O you gods, what a number of
Timon, and he sees 'em not! It grieves me
to see so many dip their meat in one man's blood;
and all the
madness is, he cheers them up too.
I wonder men dare trust themselves with men:
Methinks they should
invite them without knives;
Good for their meat, and safer for their lives.
There's much example for't; the
fellow that sits
next him now, parts bread with him, pledges the
breath of him in a divided draught, is
man to kill him: 't has been proved. If I were a
huge man, I should fear to drink at meals;
they should spy my windpipe's dangerous notes:
Great men should drink with harness on their throats.
My lord, in heart; and let the health go round.
Let it flow this way, my good lord.
Flow this way! A brave fellow! he keeps his tides
well. Those healths will make thee and thy state
ill, Timon. Here's that which is too weak to
be a sinner, honest water, which ne'er left man i' the mire:
and my food are equals; there's no odds:
Feasts are too proud to give thanks to the gods.
gods, I crave no pelf;
I pray for no man but myself:
Grant I may never prove so fond,
To trust man on his
oath or bond;
Or a harlot, for her weeping;
Or a dog, that seems a-sleeping:
Or a keeper with my freedom;
my friends, if I should need 'em.
Amen. So fall to't:
Rich men sin, and I eat root.
Eats and drinks
Much good dich thy good heart, Apemantus!
Captain Alcibiades, your heart's in the field now.
My heart is ever at your service, my lord.
You had rather be at a breakfast of enemies than a
dinner of friends.
So the were bleeding-new, my lord, there's no meat
like 'em: I could wish my best friend at such a feast.
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