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You grow exceeding strange; Must it be so? 69 Sal. We'll make our leisures to attend on yours.
[Exeunt SAL. and Sala. Lor. My lord Bassanio, since you have found An.
thonio, We two will leave you; but, at dinner-time, 1 pray you, have in mind where we must 'meet,
Bass. I will not fail you.
Gra. You look not well, signior Anthonio; You have too much respect upon the world : They lose it, that do buy it with much care. Believe me, you are marvellously chang'd.
Anth. I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano ; A stage, where every man must play a part, 80 And mine a sad one.
Gra. Let me play the Fool :
And when I ope my lips, let no dog bark!
tongue. Anth., Fare well: I'll grow a talker for this gear. Gra. Thanks, i'faith ;. for silence is only commend.
able : In a neat's tongue dry'd, and a maid not vendible.
[Exeunt GRA. and LOREN. Anth. Is that any thing now! Bass. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice: His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you Cij
shall seek all day ere you find them; and, when you have them, they are not worth the search.
Anth. Well; tell me now, what lady is the same, To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage, That you to-day promis’d to tell me of?
Bass. 'Tis not unknown to you, Anthonio, How much I have disabled mine estate, By something shewing a more swelling port Than my faint means would grant continuance , Nor do I now make moan to be abridg'd From such a noble rate; but my chief care 130 Is, to come fairly off from the great debts, Wherein my time, something too prodigal, Hath left me gag'd: To you, Anthonio, I owe the most, in money, and in love; And from your love I have a warranty Te unburthen all my plots, and purposes, How to get clear of all the debts I owe.
Anth. I pray you good Bassanio, let me know it; And, if it stand; as you yourself still do, Within the eye of honour, be assur’d,
140 My purse, my person, my extremest means, Lye all unlock'd to your occasions. Bass. In my school-days, when I had lost one
shaft, I shot his fellow of the self-same flight The self-same way, with more advised watch, To find the other forth ; and by advent'ring both, I oft found both; I urge this childhood proof, Because what follows is pure innocence.
I owe you much ; and, like a wilful youth,
150 i To shoot another arrow that self way Which you
did shoot the first, I do not doubt, As I will watch the aim, or to find both, Or bring you latter hazard back again, And thankfully rest debtor for the first, Anth. You know me well; and herein spend but
Bass. In Belmont is a lady richly left,
I have a mind presages me such thrift,
A Room in PORTIA's House at Belmont. Enter Portia
Por. By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is aweary of this great world.
190 Ner. You would be, sweet madam, if your misesies were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are : And yet, for aught I see, they are as sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing : It is no mean happiness therefore, to be seated in the mean ; superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
Por. Good sentences, and well pronounc'd.