Speeches (Lines) for First Senator
in "Timon of Athens"

Total: 27

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1

III,5,1307

(beginning of scene)

First Senator. My lord, you have my voice to it; the fault's
Bloody; 'tis necessary he should die:
Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.


2

III,5,1313

Alcibiades. Honour, health, and compassion to the senate!

First Senator. Now, captain?


3

III,5,1331

Alcibiades. I am an humble suitor to your virtues;
For pity is the virtue of the law,
And none but tyrants use it cruelly.
It pleases time and fortune to lie heavy
Upon a friend of mine, who, in hot blood,
Hath stepp'd into the law, which is past depth
To those that, without heed, do plunge into 't.
He is a man, setting his fate aside,
Of comely virtues:
Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice—
An honour in him which buys out his fault—
But with a noble fury and fair spirit,
Seeing his reputation touch'd to death,
He did oppose his foe:
And with such sober and unnoted passion
He did behave his anger, ere 'twas spent,
As if he had but proved an argument.

First Senator. You undergo too strict a paradox,
Striving to make an ugly deed look fair:
Your words have took such pains as if they labour'd
To bring manslaughter into form and set quarrelling
Upon the head of valour; which indeed
Is valour misbegot and came into the world
When sects and factions were newly born:
He's truly valiant that can wisely suffer
The worst that man can breathe, and make his wrongs
His outsides, to wear them like his raiment,
carelessly,
And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart,
To bring it into danger.
If wrongs be evils and enforce us kill,
What folly 'tis to hazard life for ill!


4

III,5,1347

Alcibiades. My lord,—

First Senator. You cannot make gross sins look clear:
To revenge is no valour, but to bear.


5

III,5,1372

Alcibiades. In vain! his service done
At Lacedaemon and Byzantium
Were a sufficient briber for his life.

First Senator. What's that?


6

III,5,1385

Second Senator. He has made too much plenty with 'em;
He's a sworn rioter: he has a sin that often
Drowns him, and takes his valour prisoner:
If there were no foes, that were enough
To overcome him: in that beastly fury
He has been known to commit outrages,
And cherish factions: 'tis inferr'd to us,
His days are foul and his drink dangerous.

First Senator. He dies.


7

III,5,1397

Alcibiades. Hard fate! he might have died in war.
My lords, if not for any parts in him—
Though his right arm might purchase his own time
And be in debt to none—yet, more to move you,
Take my deserts to his, and join 'em both:
And, for I know your reverend ages love
Security, I'll pawn my victories, all
My honours to you, upon his good returns.
If by this crime he owes the law his life,
Why, let the war receive 't in valiant gore
For law is strict, and war is nothing more.

First Senator. We are for law: he dies; urge it no more,
On height of our displeasure: friend or brother,
He forfeits his own blood that spills another.


8

III,5,1409

Alcibiades. I cannot think but your age has forgot me;
It could not else be, I should prove so base,
To sue, and be denied such common grace:
My wounds ache at you.

First Senator. Do you dare our anger?
'Tis in few words, but spacious in effect;
We banish thee for ever.


9

III,5,1415

Alcibiades. Banish me!
Banish your dotage; banish usury,
That makes the senate ugly.

First Senator. If, after two days' shine, Athens contain thee,
Attend our weightier judgment. And, not to swell
our spirit,
He shall be executed presently.


10

V,1,2393

Flavius. It is in vain that you would speak with Timon;
For he is set so only to himself
That nothing but himself which looks like man
Is friendly with him.

First Senator. Bring us to his cave:
It is our part and promise to the Athenians
To speak with Timon.


11

V,1,2413

Timon. Thou sun, that comfort'st, burn! Speak, and
be hang'd:
For each true word, a blister! and each false
Be as cauterizing to the root o' the tongue,
Consuming it with speaking!

First Senator. Worthy Timon,—


12

V,1,2415

Timon. Of none but such as you, and you of Timon.

First Senator. The senators of Athens greet thee, Timon.


13

V,1,2418

Timon. I thank them; and would send them back the plague,
Could I but catch it for them.

First Senator. O, forget
What we are sorry for ourselves in thee.
The senators with one consent of love
Entreat thee back to Athens; who have thought
On special dignities, which vacant lie
For thy best use and wearing.


14

V,1,2441

Timon. You witch me in it;
Surprise me to the very brink of tears:
Lend me a fool's heart and a woman's eyes,
And I'll beweep these comforts, worthy senators.

First Senator. Therefore, so please thee to return with us
And of our Athens, thine and ours, to take
The captainship, thou shalt be met with thanks,
Allow'd with absolute power and thy good name
Live with authority: so soon we shall drive back
Of Alcibiades the approaches wild,
Who, like a boar too savage, doth root up
His country's peace.


15

V,1,2451

Second Senator. And shakes his threatening sword
Against the walls of Athens.

First Senator. Therefore, Timon,—


16

V,1,2476

Timon. Why, I was writing of my epitaph;
it will be seen to-morrow: my long sickness
Of health and living now begins to mend,
And nothing brings me all things. Go, live still;
Be Alcibiades your plague, you his,
And last so long enough!

First Senator. We speak in vain.


17

V,1,2480

Timon. But yet I love my country, and am not
One that rejoices in the common wreck,
As common bruit doth put it.

First Senator. That's well spoke.


18

V,1,2482

Timon. Commend me to my loving countrymen,—

First Senator. These words become your lips as they pass
thorough them.


19

V,1,2493

Timon. Commend me to them,
And tell them that, to ease them of their griefs,
Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses,
Their pangs of love, with other incident throes
That nature's fragile vessel doth sustain
In life's uncertain voyage, I will some kindness do them:
I'll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades' wrath.

First Senator. I like this well; he will return again.


20

V,1,2514

(stage directions). [Retires to his cave]

First Senator. His discontents are unremoveably
Coupled to nature.


21

V,1,2519

Second Senator. Our hope in him is dead: let us return,
And strain what other means is left unto us
In our dear peril.

First Senator. It requires swift foot.


22

V,2,2522

(stage directions). [Enter two Senators and a Messenger]

First Senator. Thou hast painfully discover'd: are his files
As full as thy report?


23

V,2,2536

Messenger. I met a courier, one mine ancient friend;
Whom, though in general part we were opposed,
Yet our old love made a particular force,
And made us speak like friends: this man was riding
From Alcibiades to Timon's cave,
With letters of entreaty, which imported
His fellowship i' the cause against your city,
In part for his sake moved.

First Senator. Here come our brothers.


24

V,4,2571

Alcibiades. Sound to this coward and lascivious town
Our terrible approach.
[A parley sounded]
[Enter Senators on the walls]
Till now you have gone on and fill'd the time
With all licentious measure, making your wills
The scope of justice; till now myself and such
As slept within the shadow of your power
Have wander'd with our traversed arms and breathed
Our sufferance vainly: now the time is flush,
When crouching marrow in the bearer strong
Cries of itself 'No more:' now breathless wrong
Shall sit and pant in your great chairs of ease,
And pursy insolence shall break his wind
With fear and horrid flight.

First Senator. Noble and young,
When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit,
Ere thou hadst power or we had cause of fear,
We sent to thee, to give thy rages balm,
To wipe out our ingratitude with loves
Above their quantity.


25

V,4,2582

Second Senator. So did we woo
Transformed Timon to our city's love
By humble message and by promised means:
We were not all unkind, nor all deserve
The common stroke of war.

First Senator. These walls of ours
Were not erected by their hands from whom
You have received your griefs; nor are they such
That these great towers, trophies and schools
should fall
For private faults in them.


26

V,4,2598

Second Senator. Nor are they living
Who were the motives that you first went out;
Shame that they wanted cunning, in excess
Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord,
Into our city with thy banners spread:
By decimation, and a tithed death—
If thy revenges hunger for that food
Which nature loathes—take thou the destined tenth,
And by the hazard of the spotted die
Let die the spotted.

First Senator. All have not offended;
For those that were, it is not square to take
On those that are, revenges: crimes, like lands,
Are not inherited. Then, dear countryman,
Bring in thy ranks, but leave without thy rage:
Spare thy Athenian cradle and those kin
Which in the bluster of thy wrath must fall
With those that have offended: like a shepherd,
Approach the fold and cull the infected forth,
But kill not all together.


27

V,4,2611

Second Senator. What thou wilt,
Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile
Than hew to't with thy sword.

First Senator. Set but thy foot
Against our rampired gates, and they shall ope;
So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before,
To say thou'lt enter friendly.


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