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Is noble Timon: of whose memory
Hereafter more.-Bring me into your city,
Make war breed peace; make peace stint war; make each
Prescribe to other, as each other's leech 1.-
becoming a Misanthrope, and abjuring the society of all men for the crimes of a few.-Theobald supposes that Alcibiades bids the Senate set forward, assuring them at the same time that he forgives the wrongs they have done him. "On-Faults forgiven." But how unlikely is it, that he should desert the subject immediately before him, and enter upon another quite different subject, in these three words; and then return to Timon again? to say nothing of the strangeness of the phrase-" faults forgiven," for "faults are forgiven." MALONE.
9 — STINT war;] i. e. stop it. So, in Spenser's Fairy Queen: 'gan the cunning thief
"Persuade us die, to stint all further strife." STEEVENS. 1 leech.] i. e. physician. So, in Spenser's Fairy Queen : "Her words prevail'd, and then the learned leech "His cunning hand 'gan to his wounds to lay -—.”
2 The play of Timon is a domestick tragedy, and therefore strongly fastens on the attention of the reader. In the plan there is not much art, but the incidents are natural, and the characters various and exact. The catastrophe affords a very powerful warning against that ostentatious liberality, which scatters bounty, but confers no benefits, and buys flattery, but not friendship.
In this tragedy, are many passages perplexed, obscure, and probably corrupt, which I have endeavoured to rectify, or explain with due diligence; but having only one copy, cannot promise myself that my endeavours shall be much applauded. JOHNSON.
This play was altered by Shadwell, and brought upon the stage in 1678. In the modest title-page he calls it Timon of Athens, or the Man-Hater, as it is acted at the Duke's Theatre, made into a Play. STEEVENS.