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How much unlike my hopes and my deservings !
What is here?
[Reads.] “The fire seven times tried this;
Seven times tried that judgment is,
Still more fool I shall appear
Exeunt ARRAGON and train. Por. Thus hath the candle sing'd the moth.
0, these deliberate fools! When they do choose, They have the wisdom by their wit to lose.
Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy, Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.
Por. Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa.
Enter a MESSENGER
Mess. Where is my lady?
Here; what would my lord ?
Yet I have not seen
Por. No more, I pray thee. I am half afeard
Come, come, Nerissa, for I long to see
Ner. Bassanio, lord Love, if thy will it be! Exeunt.
Belmont. A room in PORTIA's house
Enter BASSANIO, PORTIA, GRATIANO, NERISSA, and all
Por. I pray you, tarry. Pause a day or two
Let me choose;
Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio! Then confess
What treason there is mingled with your love.
Bass. There may as well be amity and life 'Tween snow and fire, as treason and my love.
Por. Ay, but I fear you speak upon the rack, 5 Where men enforced do speak anything.
Bass. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.
“Confess and love" Had been the very sum of my confession. 100 happy torment, when my torturer
Doth teach me answers for deliverance !
Por. Away, then! I am lock'd in one of them;
Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Fading in music. That the comparison May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream 20 And watery death-bed for him. He may win; And what is music then? Then music is Even as the flourish when true subjects bow To a new-crowned monarch.
Now he goes,
Than young Alcides, when he did redeem
To the sea-monster. I stand for sacrifice;
A song, the whilst BASSANIO comments on the caskets to
Tell me where is fancy bred,
Let us all ring fancy's knell;
Ding, dong, bell.
Bass. So may the outward shows be least themselves; The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt But, being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error but some sober brow Will bless it and approve it with a text,