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Enter Baffanio, Anthonio, Gratiano, and their followers.
Baff. We should hold day with the Antipodes, you would walk in abfence of the fun.
Por. Let me give light, but let me not be light;
But, God fort all !-You are welcome home, my lord. Baff. I thank you, madam: give welcome to my friend.— This is the man, this is Anthonio,
To whom I am fo infinitely bound.
Por. You fhould in all fenfe be much bound to him, For, as I hear, he was much bound for you.
Anth. No more than I am well acquitted of. Por. Sir, you are very welcome to our house: It must appear in other ways than words, Therefore I fcant' this breathing courtesy.
[Gratiano and Neriffa feem to talk apart. Gra. By yonder moon, I fwear, you do me wrong; In faith, I gave it the judge's clerk : Would he were gelt that had it, for my part, Since you do take it, love, fo much at heart.
Por. A quarrel, ho, already? what's the matter?
Ner. What talk you of the poefy, or the value?
with the Antipodes,]—as they do now.
Though not for me, yet for your vehement oaths,
The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face that had it.
Ner. Ay, if a woman live to be a man.
Gra. Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth,
A kind of boy; a little " fcrubbed boy,
No higher than thyself, the judge's clerk;
A prating boy, that begg'd it as a fee ;
I could not for my heart deny it him.
Por. You were to blame, I must be plain with you,
gave my love a ring, and made him fwear
Baff. Why, I were beft to cut my left hand off,
Gra. My lord Baffanio gave his ring away
Por. What ring gave you, my lord?
Not that, I hope, which you receiv'd of me.
Baff. If I could add a lye unto a fault,
Por. Even fo void is your false heart of truth.
Ner. Nor I in yours,
'Till I again fee mine.
If you did know to whom I gave the ring,
With any terms of zeal, wanted the modesty
I'll die for't, but fome woman had the ring.
Who did refuse three thousand ducats of me,
And begg'd the ring; the which I did deny him,
P wanted the modefty &c.]-wanted modefty fo much, as to prefs you for a thing, kept on fo folemn an account.
dear friend. What fhould I fay, fweet lady?
I was enforc'd to fend it after him;
I was befet with fhame and courtesy;
My honour would not let ingratitude
So much befmear it: Pardon me, good lady,
For, by these bleffed candles of the night,
Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my
I'll not deny him any thing I have,
Know him I fhall, I am well fure of it:
Lie not a night from home; watch me, like Argus:
Now, by mine honour, which is yet my own,
Ner. And I his clerk; therefore be well advis'd,
Anth. I am the unhappy fubject of these quarrels.
Baff. Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong;
And, in the hearing of thefe many friends,
candles of the night,]—
Night's candles are burnt out."
ROMEO AND JULIET, A& III, S. 5. "As thofe gold candles fix'd in heaven's air." POEMS, 598. enforced wrong;]-that I was conftrain'd to commit.
Wherein I see myself,
Por. Mark you but that!
In both mine eyes he doubly fees himself:
In each eye, one :-fwear by your double self,
Baff. Nay, but hear me:
Pardon this fault, and by my foul I fwear,
I never more will break an oath with thee.
Anth. I once did lend my body for his 'wealth; Which, but for him that had your husband's ring, [To Portia.
Had quite mifcarry'd: I dare be bound again,
Por. Then you fhall be his furety: Give him this;
Anth. Here, lord Baffanio; fwear to keep this ring.
Ner. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano;
Gra. Why, this is like the mending of high-ways
Por. Speak not fo grofsly,-You are all amaz'd:
There you fhall find, that Portia was the doctor;
double-falfe, full of duplicity.
wealth;]-advantage, welfare, happiness.