Get it all out of the house as quick as you can, not reserving
a penny for yourself, and distribute it to the poor--five shillings
to one, five pounds to another, a hundred to a third; philosophy might constitute a claim to a double or triple share. For
my part--and I do not ask for myself, only to divide it among
my needy friends--I should be quite content with as much as
my scrip would hold; it is something short of two standard
bushels; if one professes philosophy, one must be moderate and
have few needs--none that go beyond the capacity of a scrip.
| Or if that is not satisfactory, here is another plan even better.||57|
Tim. Very right, Thrasycles. But instead of a mere scripful,
pray take a whole headful of clouts, standard measure by the spade.
Thr. Land of liberty, equality, legality! protect me against
Tim. What is your grievance, my good man? is the measure
short? here is a pint or two extra, then, to put it right.
Why, what now? here comes a crowd; friend Blepsias,
I had better get up on the rock; my poor tired spade wants
a little rest; I will collect all the stones I can lay hands on, and
pepper them at long range.
| Laches, Gniphon; their name is legion; they shall howl soon.||58|
Bl. Don't throw, Timon; we are going.
Tim. Whether the retreat will be bloodless, however, is
another question. H.
PROMETHEUS ON CAUCASUS
Hermes. Hephaetus. Prometheus.
Her. This, Hephaestus, is the Caucasus, to which it is our
painful duty to nail our companion. We have now to select
a suitable crag, free from snow, on which the chains will have
a good hold, and the prisoner will hang in all publicity.
Heph. True. It will not do to fix him too low down, or
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Book title: The Works of Lucian of Samosata:Complete with Exceptions Specified in the Preface.
Contributors: F. G. Fowler - Translator, Lucian - Author, H. W. Fowler - Translator.
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Place of publication: Oxford, England.
Publication year: 1905.
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