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Here is a letter, read at it your leisure ;
It comes from Padua, from Bellario:
There you shall find, that Portia was the Doctor ;
Nerisa there, her clerk. Lorenzo, here,
Shall witness I set forth as soon as you,
And even but now return’d: I have not yet
Enter'd my house. Antbonio, you are welcome ;
And I have better news in store for you,
Than you expect ; unseal this letter foon,
There you shall find, three of your Argosies
Are richly come to Harbour suddenly.
You shall not know by what strange accident
I chanced on this letter.

Anib. I am dumb.
Baj. Were you the Doctor, and I knew you not ?
Gra. Were you the clerk, that is to make me cuck-

old?
Ner. Ay, but the clerk, that never means to do it,
Unless he live until he be a man.

Bal. Sweet Doctor, you shall be my bedfellow;
When I am absent, then lie with my wife.

Anth. Sweet lady, you have giv'n me life and living;
For here I read for certain, that my ships
Are safely come to road.

Por. How now, Lorenzo ?
My clerk hath some good comforts too for you.

Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee.
There do I give to you and Jelica,
From the rich Jew, a special Deed of Gift,
After his death, of all he dies possess'd of.

Lor. Fair ladies, you drop Manna in the way

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WARBURTON. is not more exact in any thing, The commentator should have than in adapting his images with remarked, that this speech is not, propriery to his speakers ; of even in his own edition, the ishich he has here given an in- speech of the jewels.

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Of starved people.

Por. It is almost morning,
And yet, I'm sure, you are not satisfy'd
Of these events at full. Let us go in,
And charge us there upon interrogatories,
And we will answer all things faithfully.
Gra. Let it be so.

The first interrogatory,
That my Nerisa shall be sworn on, is
Whether 'till the next night she had rather stay,
Or go to bed now, being two hours to day.
But were the day come, I should wish it dark,
'Till I were couching with the Doctor's clerk.
Well, while I live, I'll fear no other thing
So fore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring.

[Exeunt omnes. ?

'It has been lately discovered, to Venice to your godfather, that this Fable is taken from a whose name is Ansaldo; he has story in the Pecorone of Ser Gio no child, and has wrote to me vanni Fiorentino, a Novelist, who often to send you thither to wrote in 1378. The story has him. He is the richest merchant been published in English, and I among the christians: if you have epitomised the translation. behave well, you will be cerThe translator of this novel is of tainly a rich man. The son anopinion, that the choice of the swered, I am ready to do whatcaskets is borrowed from a tale ever my dear father shall comof Boccace, which Į have like mand : upon which he gave him wise abridged, though I believe his benediction, and in a few that Shakespear must have had days died. fome other novel in view.

Giannetto went to Ansaldo,

and presented the letter given by HERE lived at Florence, the father before his death, Ane

a merchant whose name saldo reading the letter, cried was Bindo. He was rich, and out, My dearelt godson is wel. had three sons. Being near his come to my arms. He then ask'd end, he called for the iu o eldest, news of his father. Giannetto and left them heirs : to the replied, He is dead. I am much youngest he left nothing. This grieved, replied Ansaldo, to hear youngest, whose name was Gin of the death of Bindo; but the annetto, went to his father and joy I feel, in seeing you, micisaid, What has my father done? gates my sorrow, He conducted The father replied, Dear Gio bim to his house, and gave orannetto, there is none to whom ders io his desvants, that GianI with better than to you. Go netto thould be obeyed, and

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served with more attention than swered, This lady is a fine and had been paid to himself. He beautiful woman, and has made then delivered him the keys of a law, that whoever arrives here his ready money; and told him, is obliged to go to bed with her, Son spend this money, keep a and if he can have the enjoyment table, and make yourself known: of her, he must take her for his remember, that the more you wife, and be lord of all the coungain the good will of every body, try; but if he cannot enjoy her, the more you will be dear to me. he loses everything he has

Giannetto now began to give brought with him. Giannetto, entertainments. He was more after a little reflection, teils the obedient and courteous to Anfal- captain to get into the port. do, than if he had been an hun. He was obeyed ; and in an indred times his father. Every bo. Itant they slide into the port so dy in Venice was fond of him. eanly, that the other ships per. Ansaldo could think of nothing ceived nothing. but him ; so nich was he pleased The lady was soon informed with his good manners and be- of it, and fent for Giannetto, haviour.

who waited on her immediately. It happened, that two of his She, taking him by the hard, most intimate acquaintance de- asked him who he was ? whence figned to go with two thips to he came? and if he knew the Alexandria, and cold Giannetto, custom of the counéry? He anhe would do well to take a voy- swered, That the knowledge of age and see the world. I would that custom was his only reason go willingly, said he, if my fa- for coming. The lady paid ther Ansaldo will give leave. His him great honours, and sent for companions go to Ansaldo, and barons, counts, and knights in beg his permifion for Giannetio great number, who were her fub. to go in the spring with them to jeets, to keep Giannetto compaAlexandria ; and desire him to

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7 hese nobles were highly provide him a ship. Ansaldo delighted with the good breeding immediately procured a very and manners of Giannetto; and fine thip, loaded it with mer all would have rejoiced to have chandize, adorned it with stream- him for their lord. ers, and furnished it with arms; The night being come, the and, as soon as it was ready, lady faid, it seems to be time to he gave orders to the captain go to bed. Giannetto told the and sailors to do every thing that lady, he was entirely devoted to Giannetto commanded. It hap- her service; and immediately pened one morning early, that two damsels enter with wine and Giannetto faw a gulph, with a sweet meats. The lady entreats fine port, and asked the cap:ain him to taste the wine ; he takes how the port was called ? He re- the sweet meats, and drinks some plied, That place belongs to a of the wine, which was prepared widow lady, who has ruined with ingredients to cause fleep. many gentlemen. In what man. He then goes into the bed, ner? says Giannetto. He an- where he instantly falls asleep,

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and never wakes till late in the no other thoughts ihan of his morning; but the lady rose with return to the lady; and was the sun, and gave orders to un- resolved to marry her, or die. load the vessel, which the found Ansaldo told him frequeritly, not full of rich merchandize. After to be cald down. Giannetto faid, nine o'clock, the women fervants he should never be happy, till he go to the bedside, order Gian. was at liberty to make another netto io rise and be gone, fur he voyage. Ansaldo provided anhad lost the ship. The lady gave other Ship of more value than him a horse and money, and he the first, He again entered the leaves the place very melancho- port of Belmonte, and the lady ly, and goes to Venice. When looking on the port from her he arrives, he dares not return bedchamber, and seeing the thip, home for shame; but at night asked ter maid, if me knew the goes to the house of a friend, streamers ? the maid, said it was who is surprised to see him, and the ship of the young man who inquires of him the cause of bis arrived the latt year. You are in return? He answers, his fhip hai the right, ansivered the lady; ftruck on a rock in the night, and he muit furely have a great rewas broke in pieces.

gard for me, for never any one This friend, going one day to came a second time: the inaid make a visit to Ansaldo, found faid, he had never seen a more him very disconfolate. I fear, agreeable man.

I fear, agreeable man. He went to the says Ansaldo, fo much, that ths caitle, and presented himself to son of mine is dead, that I have the lady: who, as soon as the no rest.

His friend told him, saw him, embraced him, and the that he had been fip-wreckt, day was palled in joy and revels. and had lost his all. but ihat he Bed time being come, the lady himself was sase. Ansaldo infania tlitreated him to go to rest : ly gets up and runs to find him. when they were feared in the My dear son, says he, you need chamber, the two damsels enter pot fear my displeasure; it is a with wine and sweet mears; and common accident; trouble your having eat and drank of them, felf no further. He takes him they go to bed, and immediatehome, all the way telling him ly Gianne to talls asleep, the lato be chearful and easy.

dy undreil, and lay down by The news was soon known all his lide; but he waked not the over Venice, and every one was while niglit. In the morning, concerned for Giannetto. Some the lady riten, and gives orders to time after, his companions ar. frip the thip. He has a horie riving from Slexandria very rich, and money given to him, and demanded what was become of away he goes, and never stops their friend, and having heard till he gets to Venice; and ac the story, ran to lee him, and night goes to the same friend, rejoiced with him for his safety; who with alloniihment asked him telling him, that next spring he what was the matter ? i am unmight gain as much as he had done, fay: Giannetto. His friend lost the last. But Giannetto, had antwered, You are the cause of VOL. I.

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the ruin of Anfaldo, and your part, Ansaldo told Giannette, shame ought to be greater than that since he well knew of the the loss you have suffered. Gian- obligation to the Jew, he ennetio lived privately many days. treated, that if any misfortune At last he took a refületion of happened, he would return to seeing Ansaldo, who rose from Venice, that he might see him his chair, and running to em before he died; and then he brace him, told him he was wel. could leave the world with fa. come: Gianneito with tears re tisfaction : Giannetto promised to turned his embraces. Ansaldo do every thing that he conceived heard his tale: Do not grieve, my might give him pleasure. An. dear fon, fay's he, we have still saldo gave him his blessing, they enough; the fea enriches fome took their leave, and the ships mon, others it ruins.

Poor Giannetto's head was day Giannetto had nothing in his and night full of the thoughts head but to steal inio Belmonte ; of his had succels. When An- and he prevailed with one of the faldo enquired what was the mat failors in the night to fail the ter, he confefied he could ne vesel into the port. It was told ver be contented till he should the lady, that Giannetto was arbe in a condition to regain all sived in port. She saw from the that he lost. When Anlaljo window the vessel, and immedifurd him resolved, he began to ately sent for him. fell every thing he had, to fur Giannello goes to the castle, nish this other fine fhip with mer the day is spent in joy and fealtchandize : but, as he wanted till ing; and to honour him, a tour. ten thousand ducats, he applied piament is ordered, and many bahimself to a Jew at Meitri, ad rons and knights tilted that day. borrowed them on condition, Giannetto did wonders, fo well that if they were not paid on did he understand the lance, and the feast of S:. John in the next was su graceful a figure on horse. month of June, that the Jew back : be pleased fo much, that might ta'se a pound of flesh from all were delirous to have him for any part of his body he pleased their lord, Ansaldo agreed, and ihe jew had The lady, when it was the an obligation drawn, and wit- usual time, catching him by the nefled, with all the form and hand, begged him to take his ceremony neceffary: and then reit. When he passed the door counted bim the ten thousand of the chamber, one of the dam. ducats of god; with which An- fels in a whisper said to him, faldo bought what was still want. Make a pretence to drink the ing for the vetiel. This last Mip liquor, but touch not one drop. was finer and betier freighed The lady said, I know you muit than the other two, and his com. be thirsty, I must have you drink parions made ready for the voy- before you go to bed : immediage, with a design that whatever ately two damsels entered the they gained should be for their room, and presented the wine. friend. When it was time to de. Who can refuse wine from such

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