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I do in birth deserve her, and in fortunes,
In graces, and in qualities of breeding:
But more than these, in love I do deserve.
What if I stray'd no farther, but chose here ?-
Let's see once more this saying grav’d in gold.
Who chuseth me, shall gain what many men de fire.
Why, that's the lady; all the world desires her ;
From the four corners of the earth they come
To kiss this shrine, this mortal breathing saint.
Thi Hircanian deserts, and the valtie wilds
Of wide Arabia, are as thorough-fares now,
For Princes to come view fair Portia.
The watry kingdom, whose ambitious head
Spits in the face of heav'n, is no bar
To stop the foreign spirits ; but they come,
As o'er a brook, to see fair Porlia.
One of these three contains her heav'nly picture.
Is’t like, that lead contains her? 'twere damnation,
To think so base a thought : it were too grofs
Torib her searcloth in the obscure grave.
Or shall I think, in silver she's immur'd,
Being ten times undervalu'd to try'd gold ?
O sinful thought, never so rich a gem
Was set in worse than gold! they have in England
A coin, that bears the figure of an angel
Stampe in gold, but that's insculpt upon :
But here an angel in a golden bed
Lyes all within. Deliver me the key;
Here do I chuse, and thrive I as I may !
Por. There take it, Prince, and if my form lye

Then I am yours.

[Unlocking the gold casket. Mor. O hell! what have we here? a carrion death, Within whose empty eye there is a scrowl; I'll read the writing.

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All that ylifters is not gold,
Often bave you beard that told.
Mony a man his life balb fold,
But my outside to beholda
Gilded wood may worms infold :!,
Had you been as wise as bold,

young in limbs, in judgment old,
* Your answer bad not been inscrold; %

Fare you well, your suit is cold.

Mor. Cold, indeed, and labour loft : Then farewel, heat, and welcome frost. Portia, adicu! I have too griev'd a heart To take a tedious leave.-Thus losers part. [Exit.

Por. A gentle riddance-draw the curtains ; goLet all of his complexion chufe me fo. 3 [Exeunt.

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quice bution of acts, but proceeds from From which Mr. Rore and all the beginning to the end in an the following Editors have made unbroken tenour. This play

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de divided without authority by the A line not bad in itself, but not publishers of the first folio, lies so applicable to the occasion as open to a new regulation if any that which, I believe, Shakespear more commodious division cas wrote.

be propofed. The story is itself Gilded tombs do worms infolde

fo wildly incredible, and the

changes of the scene so freA tomb is the proper repository quent and capricious, that the of a death's head.

probability of action does not de2 Your answer had not been in- serve much care ; yet it may be

foreld;] Since there is an proper to observe, that, by conansa er inscrol'd or written in eve- cluding the second act here, time ry caskei, I believe for your we is given for Baffanio's passage to fhould read this. When the Belmont.



Changes to Venice.

Enter Solarino and Salanio.
Sal. IT HY, man, I saw Bassanio under sail ;

VV With him is Gratiano gone along; .
And in their ship, I'm sure, Lorenzo is not.

Sola. The villain Few with outcries rais'd the Duke, Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.

Sal. He came too late, the ship was under fail ;
But there the Duke was given to understand,
That in a Gondola were seen together
Lorenzo and his am'rous Jessica:
Besides, Antbonio certify'd the Duke,
They were not with Basanio in his ship.

Sola. I never heard a passion so confus'd,
So strange, outrageous, and so variable,
As the dog Jew did utter in the streets ;
My daughter!-O my ducats !-O my daughter,
Fled with a christian? O my christian ducats !
Justice, the law - My ducats, and my daughter !
A fealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats,
Of double ducats, ftoll'n from me by my daughter !
And jewels too, stones, rich and precious stones,
Stoll'n by my daughter! justice find the girl ;
She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats.

Sal. Why, all the boys in Venice follow him, Crying his stones, his daughter, and his ducats.

Sola. Let good Anthonio look, he keep his day;
Or he shall pay for this.

Sal. Marry, well remember'd.
I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday,
Who told me, in the narrow seas, that part
The French and English, there miscarried
A vessel of our country richly fraught :
I thought upon Antbonio, when he told me,
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And with'd in filence, that it were not his.

Sola. You were best to tell Anibonio what you hear, Yet do not sudd nly, for it may grieve hin.

Sal. A kinder Gentleman treads not the earth.
I saw Bassanio and Anthonio part.
Basanio told him, he would make some speed .
Of his return: he answer'd, do not so,
Slubber not business for my fake, Bassanio,
But stay the very riping of the time;
And for the few's bond, which he hath of me,
Let it not enter in your mind of love:
Be merry, and employ your chiefest thoughts
To courtship, and such fair oftents of love,
As shall conveniently become you there.
And even there, his eye being big wich tears,
Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,
And with affection wond'rous sensible
He wrung Basario's hand, and so they parted.

Sola. I think, he only loves the world for him.
I pray chee, let us go and find him out,
And quicken his embraced heaviness 4
With some delight or other.
Sal. Do we lo. ...


* - your mind of love.] So Of Dr. Warburton's correction all the copies, but i surpeti some it is only necessary to observe, corruption.

that it has produced a new word 4 - EMBRACED heaviness.? which cannot be received withThis unieaning epither would out neceflity, When I thought make me choose rather to read, the passage corrupted, it seemed ENRACED heaviness,

to me not improbable that Shake

speare had urtien entranced benfrom the French inraciner, ac viness, musing, abttracted, mop. crescere, inveterascere. So in ing melancholy. But I know Much odo about nothing

not why any great efforts should I coulá not bate owed her e more has no uncommodious or unusual

be made to change a word which ROOTED love.

sense. We fay of a man now, And again in Othello,

that he hugs his forrows, and Iith one of an INGRAFT infir- why may not Anthonio embrace

WARBURTON. heaviness.




Changes to Belmont.

Enter Neriffa with a Servant. Ner. O UICK, quick-I pray thee, draw the cur

tain strait ; The Prince of Arragon has ta'en his oath, And comes to his election presently. Enter Arragon, bis train, Portia. Flourish of Cornets,

3* The Cafkers are discovered.
Por. Behold, there stand the caskets, noble Prince ;
If you chuse that, wherein I am contained,
Strait shall our nuptial rites be solemniz'd:
But if you fail, without more speech, my lord,
You must be gone from hence immediately.

Ar. I am enjoin'd by oath t'observe three things,
First, never to unfold to any one
Which casket 'swas I chose. Next, if I fail
Of the right casket, never in my life
To woo a maid in way of marriage.
Lait, if I fail in fortune of my choice,
Immediately to leave you and be gone.

Por. To these injunctions every one doch swear,
That comes to hazard for my worthless self.

Ar. And so have I addrest me. Fortune now To my heart's hope !-Gold, Gilver, and base lead. Who chuseth me, must give and bazard all be bath. You shall look faiser, ere I give or hazard. What says the golden cheft ? ha, let ine feeWho chufeih me, mall gain what many men de fire. What many men defire-that may be meant Qf the fool-multitude, that chuse by show; Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach ; Which pries not to th' interior, but like the martlet Builds in the weather on the outward wall, Ev'n in the force and road of casualty.

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