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

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 III / 5
  • My lord, you have my voice to it; the fault's
    Bloody; 'tis necessary he shou...
  • My lord, you have my voice to it; the fault's
    Bloody; 'tis necessary he should die:
    Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.
  • Timon. Be't not in thy care; go,
    I charge thee, invite them all: let in the tide
    Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.

    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
  • Now, captain?
  • Now, captain?
  • Alcibiades. Honour, health, and compassion to the senate!

    First Senator. Now, captain?

3 III / 5
  • You undergo too strict a paradox,
    Striving to make an ugly deed look fair: <...
  • 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!
  • 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
  • You cannot make gross sins look clear:
    To revenge is no valour, but to bear....
  • You cannot make gross sins look clear:
    To revenge is no valour, but to bear.
  • Alcibiades. My lord,--

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

5 III / 5
  • What's that?
  • What's that?
  • 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
  • He dies.
  • He dies.
  • 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
  • We are for law: he dies; urge it no more,
    On height of our displeasure: frie...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Do you dare our anger?
    'Tis in few words, but spacious in effect;
    We ban...
  • Do you dare our anger?
    'Tis in few words, but spacious in effect;
    We banish thee for ever.
  • 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
  • If, after two days' shine, Athens contain thee,
    Attend our weightier judgmen...
  • If, after two days' shine, Athens contain thee,
    Attend our weightier judgment. And, not to swell
    our spirit,
    He shall be executed presently.
  • 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
  • Bring us to his cave:
    It is our part and promise to the Athenians
    To spe...
  • Bring us to his cave:
    It is our part and promise to the Athenians
    To speak with Timon.
  • 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
  • Worthy Timon,--
  • Worthy Timon,--
  • 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
  • The senators of Athens greet thee, Timon.
  • The senators of Athens greet thee, Timon.
  • Timon. Of none but such as you, and you of Timon.

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

13 V / 1
  • O, forget
    What we are sorry for ourselves in thee.
    The senators with one...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Therefore, so please thee to return with us
    And of our Athens, thine and our...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Therefore, Timon,--
  • Therefore, Timon,--
  • Second Senator. And shakes his threatening sword
    Against the walls of Athens.

    First Senator. Therefore, Timon,--

16 V / 1
  • We speak in vain.
  • We speak in vain.
  • 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
  • That's well spoke.
  • That's well spoke.
  • 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
  • These words become your lips as they pass
    thorough them.
  • These words become your lips as they pass
    thorough them.
  • Timon. Commend me to my loving countrymen,--

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

19 V / 1
  • I like this well; he will return again.
  • I like this well; he will return again.
  • 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
  • His discontents are unremoveably
    Coupled to nature.
  • His discontents are unremoveably
    Coupled to nature.
  • Timon. Come not to me again: but say to Athens,
    Timon hath made his everlasting mansion
    Upon the beached verge of the salt flood;
    Who once a day with his embossed froth
    The turbulent surge shall cover: thither come,
    And let my grave-stone be your oracle.
    Lips, let sour words go by and language end:
    What is amiss plague and infection mend!
    Graves only be men's works and death their gain!
    Sun, hide thy beams! Timon hath done his reign.

    First Senator. His discontents are unremoveably
    Coupled to nature.

21 V / 1
  • It requires swift foot.
  • It requires swift foot.
  • 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
  • Thou hast painfully discover'd: are his files
    As full as thy report?
  • Thou hast painfully discover'd: are his files
    As full as thy report?
  • First Senator. It requires swift foot.

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

23 V / 2
  • Here come our brothers.
  • Here come our brothers.
  • 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
  • Noble and young,
    When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit,
    Ere thou...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • These walls of ours
    Were not erected by their hands from whom
    You have r...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • All have not offended;
    For those that were, it is not square to take
    On...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Set but thy foot
    Against our rampired gates, and they shall ope;
    So thou...
  • 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.
  • 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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