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Anil, when I ope my lips, let no dog bark !
And she is fair, and, fairer than that word, 0, my Antonio, I do know of these,
Of wondrous virtues : sometimess from her eyes That therefore only are reputed wise,
I did receive fair speechless messages:
Her name is Portia ; nothing undervalued
For the four winds blow in from every coast
Renowned suitors : and her sunny locks But fish not, with this melancholy bait,
Hang on her temples like a golden fleece; For this fool's gudgeon, this opinion.
Which makes her seat of Belmont, Colchos' strand, Come, good Lorenzo :-Fare ye well, awhile ; And many Jasons come in quest of her. I'll end my exhortation after dinner.
O my Antonio, had I but the means Lor. Well
, we will leave you then till dinner-time: To hold a rival place with one of them, I must be one of these same dumb wise men, I have a mind presages me such thrift, For Gratiano never lets me speak.
That I should questionless be fortunate. Gra. Well, keep me company but two years more, Ant. Thou know'st, that all my fortunes are at Thou shalt not know the sound of thine own tongue.
Try what my credit can in Venice do;
(Exeunt GRA, and Lor. To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia. Ant. Is that any thing now?
Go, presently inquire, and so will I, Bass. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, Where money is; and I no question make, more than any man in all Venice: His reasons are To have it ofʻmy trust, or for my sake. (Exeunt. as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff;
Belmont. A Room in Portia's you shall seek all day ere you find them; and, when SCENE II. you have them, they are not worth the search.
House. Enter Portia and NER188A. Ant. Well; tell me now, what lady is this same Por. By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is aTo whom you swore a secret pilgrimage,
weary of this great world. That you to-day promis'd to tell me of?
Ner. You would be, sweet madam, if your miseBass. 'Tis not unknown to you, Antonio,
ries were in the same abundance as your good forHow much I have disabled mine estate,
tunes are: And yet, for aught I see, they are as By something showing a more swelling port? sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve Than my faint means would grant continuance : with nothing : It is no mean happiness therefore, to Nor do I now make moan to be abridg’d
be seated in the mean; superfluity comes sooner by From such a noble rate ; but my chief care
white hairs, but competency lives longer. Is, to come fairly off from the great debts,
Por. Good sentences, and well pronounced. Wherein my time, something 100 prodigal,
Ner. They would be better if well followed. Hath left me gaged: To you, Antonio,
Por. If to do were as easy as to know what were I owe the most in money, and in love ;
good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor And from your love I have a warranty
men's cottages princes' palaces. It is a good diTo unburthen all my plots, and purposes,
vine that follows his own instructions: I can easier How to get clear of all the debts I owe.
teach twenty what were good to be done, than be Ant. I
pray you, good Bassanio, let me know it; one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The And, if it stand, as you yourself still do,
brain may devise laws for the blood; but a hot temWithin the eye of honour, be assur'd,
per leaps over a cold degree; such a hare is madMy purse, my, person, my extremest means, ness the youth, to skip o'er the meshes of good Lie all unlock'd to your occasions.
counsel the cripple. But this reasoning is not in Bass. In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft, the fashion to choose me a husband : the I shot his fellow of the selfsame flight
word choose! may neither choose whom I would, The selfsame way, with more advised watch, nor refuse whom I dislike ; so is the will of a living To find the other forth; and, by advent'ring both, daughter curb’d by the will of a dead father : Is it poft found both: I urge this childhood proof,
not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one, nor reBecause what follows is pure innocence.
fuse none ? I owe you much : and, like a wilful youth,
Ner. Your father was ever virtuous; and holy That which I owe is lost : but if you please men, at their death, have good inspirations ; thereTo shoot another arrow that self way
fore, the lottery, that he hath devised in these three Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt, chests, of gold, silver, and lead (whereof who As I will watch the aim, or to find both,
chooses his meaning, chooses you,) will, no doubt, Or bring your latter hazard back again,
never be chosen by any rightly, but one who you And thankfully rest debtor for the firsı.
shall rightly love. But what warmth is there in Ant. You know me well; and herein spend but your affection towards any of these princely suitors time,
that are already come? To wind about my love with circumstance;
Por. I pray thee over-name them; and as thou And out of doubt, you do me now more wrong,
namest them, I will describe them; and, according In making question of my uttermost,
to my description level at my affection. Than if you had made waste of all I'have:
Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince." 1 hen do but say to me what I should do,
Por. Ay, that's a colt, indeed, for he doth That in your knowledge may by me be done, nothing but talk of his horse ; and he makes it a And I am prestunto it: therefore, speak. great appropriation to his own good parts, that he Bass. In Belmont is a lady richly left,
c. xxviii. and is also mentioned in Howel's Letters, vol. I Gear usually signifies matter, subject, or business i. p. 183, edi!. 1655, 12mo. in general. It is here, perhaps, a colloquial expression 4 Presi, that is, ready; from the old French word or no very determined import. It occurs again in this of the same orthography, now pret. play, Act ii. Sc. 2: If Fortune be a woman, she's a 5 Formerly. good wench for this gear.'
6 i. e. superfluity sooner acquires white hairs ; be. 2 Port is state or equipage. So in the Taming of a comes old. We still say, how did he come by it? Shrew, Act i. Sc. 1.
7 The Neapolitans, in the time of Shakspeare, were 'Thou shall be master, Tranio, in my stead, eminently skilled in all that belongs to horsemanship. Keep house, and port, and servants, as I should.: & Coli is used for a witless heady gay youngster; 3 This method of finding a lost arrow is prescribed whence the phrase used for an old man too juvenile, by P. Crescentius in his creatise De Agricultura, lib. x. that he still retains his coll's tooth.