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Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wreck,
Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ;--Good news, good news : ha! ha!- Where? in Genoa ?
Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore ducats.
Sby. Thou stick'ít a dagger in me:-I shall never see my gold again : Fourscore ducats at a sitting ! fourscore ducats!
Tub. There came divers of Anthonio's creditors in my company to Venice, that swear he cannot chuse but break.
Sby. I am glad of it ; I'll plague him; I'll torture him ; I am glad of it.
Tub. One of them shewed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a monkey.
Sby. Out upon her! Thou torturest 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.
Sby. Nay, that's true, that's very true: Go, Tubal, fee me an officer, bespeak 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 synagogue; go, good Tubal; at our synagogue, Tubal.
Enter Basanio, Portia, Gratiano, and attendants.
The caskets are set out.
I lose your company; therefore, forbear a while :
Baf. Let me chuse;
Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio ? then confess
love. Bas. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust, Which makes me fear the enjoying of my
love: There may as well be amity and life 'Tween snow and fire, as treason and my
love. Por. Ay, but, I fear, you speak upon the rack,
* Prove it fo, &c.]-Should you chance to lose me, let fortune rather go to bell for depriving you of your deserts, than I for a breach of
& peize)-delay, retard, piece. VOL. II.
Where men enforced do speak any thing.
Baf. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.
Baf. Confess, and love,
Por. Away then : I am lock'd in one of them;
[Musick within. * With no less presence.)-With like intrepidity.
i virgin tribute]-Hefione daughter of Laomedon king of Troy destined to be devoured by a fea-monfter, but delivered by Hercules.
A song, A fong, whilft Bassanio comments on the caskets to himself.
Tell me, where is fancy bred,
It is engender'd in the eyes,
Let us all ring fancy's knell.
I'll begin it,Ding dong, bell. All.
Ding, dong, bell. Bas.—'So may the outward shows be least themselves; The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being 'season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Hiding the grofsness with fair ornament? There is no vice so simple, but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts. How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs of fand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars; Who, inward search’d, have livers white as milk ? And these assume but valour's excrement, To render them redoubted. Look on beauty,
and fancy dies &c. )-alluding to love's changeableness, being excited by one object, and extinguilhed by another.
So may &c.]-part of the argument had already passed in his mind.
season'd with a gracious voice,]- set off with the charms of oratory: * beautyl-artificial.
And you shall see 'tis purchas'd ° by the weight;
Por. How all the other passions fleet to air,
[Opening the leaden casket. Bal. What find I here? Fair Portia's 'counterfeit? What demy-god
• by the weight ; ]-of false hair, paint, &c. p lightest]-elteemed as wantons. 9 criped snaky)-curled in ringlets. "a fecond another's. * guiled )--treacherous, deceitful-gildid. i Indian beauty ;]-deformity. w plainness. s counterfeit?]-resemblance, picture.