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Tub. I spoke with fome of the failors that escaped the wreck.
Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ;-Good news, good news ha ha!-Where? in Genoa?
Tub. Your daughter fpent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourfcore ducats.
Shy. Thou ftick'ft a dagger in me:-I fhall never fee my gold again: Fourfcore ducats at a fitting! fourscore ducats!
Tub. There came divers of Anthonio's creditors in my company to Venice, that fwear he cannot chufe but break. Shy. I am glad of it; I'll plague him; I'll torture him; I am glad of it.
Tub. One of them fhewed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a monkey.
Shy. Out upon her! Thou tortureft me, Tubal: it was my turquoise; I had it of Leah, when I was a batchelor : I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkies. Tub. But Anthonio is certainly undone.
Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true: Go, Tubal, fee me an officer, befpeak him a fortnight before: I will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandize I will: Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our fynagogue; go, good Tubal; at our fynagogue, Tubal. [Exeunt.
Enter Baffanio, Portia, Gratiano, and attendants.
Por. I pray you, tarry; pause a day or two,
I lose your company; therefore, forbear a while:
But left you fhould not understand me well,
I fpeak too long; but 'tis to peize the time;
To ftay you from election.
Baff. Let me chuse;
For, as I am, I live upon the rack.
Por. Upon the rack, Baffanio? then confefs
Baff. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust,
'Tween fnow and fire, as treafon and my love.
Prove it fo, &c.]-Should you chance to lofe me, let fortune rather go to bell for depriving you of your deferts, than I for a breach of my oath. peize]-delay, retard, piece.
Where men enforced do fpeak any thing.
Baff. Promise me life, and I'll confefs the truth.
Baff. Confefs, and love,
Had been the very fum of my confeffion :
Por. Away then: I am lock'd in one of them;
Let mufick found, while he doth make his choice;
May stand more proper, my eye fhall be the stream,
And what is mufick then? then mufick is
h With no less prefence.]-With like intrepidity.
virgin tribute]-Hefione daughter of Laomedon king of Troy deftined to be devoured by a fea-monster, but delivered by Hercules.
A fong, whilft Baffanio comments on the cafkets to himself.
Tell me, where is fancy bred,
Or in the heart, or in the head?
It is engender'd in the eyes,
Let us all ring fancy's knell.
Baff.-'So may the outward fhows be least themselves; The world is ftill deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea fo tainted and corrupt, But, being 'feafon'd with a gracious voice, Obfcures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but fome fober brow Will blefs it, and approve it with a text, Hiding the groffness with fair ornament? There is no vice fo fimple, but affumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts. How many cowards, whofe hearts are all as falfe As stairs of fand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars; Who, inward fearch'd, have livers white as milk ? And these affume but valour's excrement,
To render them redoubted. Look on " beauty,
and fancy dies &c.]-alluding to love's changeablenefs, being excited by one object, and extinguished by another.
So may &c.]-part of the argument had already paffed in his mind. feafon'd with a gracious voice,]-fet off with the charms of oratory: beauty]-artificial.
And you shall fee 'tis purchas'd by the weight;
Nor none of thee, thou ftale and common drudge
[Opening the leaden cafket.
Bass. What find I here?
Fair Portia's counterfeit? What demy-god