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2. It is engender'd in the eyes,
With gazing fed; and fancy dies
Let us all ring fancy's knell ;
Ding, dong, bell.
Bass.—So may the outward shows be least them ,
selves; 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 grossness 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 sand, 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 you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight; Which therein works a miracle in nature, Making them lightest that wear most of it: So are those crisped snaky golden locks, Which make such wanton gambols with the wind, Upon supposed fairness, often known To be the dowry of a second head, The scull that bred them, in the sepulchre,
gracious voice,]. Pleasing, winning favour.
valour's excrement,] i. e. what a little higher is called the beard of Hercules. VOL. III.
Thus ornament is but the guiled shore
Por. How all the other passions fleet to air,
What find I here?
[Opening the leaden çasket. Fair Portia's counterfeit? What demi-god Hath come so near creation ? Move these eyes? Or whether, riding on the balls of mine, Seem they in motion ? Here are sever'd lips, Parted with sugar breath; so sweet a bar Should sunder such sweet friends: Here in her hairs The painter plays the spider; and hath woven A golden mesh to entrap the hearts of men, Faster than gnats in cobwebs : But her eyes, How could he see to do them having made one, Methinks, it should have power to steal both his,
the guiled shore -] i.e. the treacherous shore. Shakspeare in this
instance, as in many others, confounds the participles. Guiled stands for guiling.
"Fair Portia's counterfeit?) Counterfeit, which is at present used only in a bad sense, anciently signified a likeness, a resem. blance, without comprehending any idea of fraud.
And leave itself unfurnish'd: Yet look, how far
You that choose not by the view,
your lady is,
A gentle scroll ;-Fair lady, by your leave:
[Kissing her. I come by note, to give, and to receive. Like one of two contending in a prize, That thinks he hath done well in people's eyes, Hearing applause, and universal shout, Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt Whether those peals of praise be his or no; So, thrice fair lady, stand I, even so; As doubtful whether what I see be true, Until confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you.
Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I stand, Such as I am: though, for myself alone, I would not be ambitious in my wish, To wish myself much better ; yet, for you, I would be trebled twenty times myself; A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times More rich; That only to stand high on your account, I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends, Exceed account: but the full sum of me Is suin of something; which, to term in gross,
Is an unlesson'd girl, unschoold, unpractis'd:
Bass. Madam, you have bereft me of all words, Only my blood speaks to you in
veins: And there is such confusion in my powers, As, after some oration fairly spoke By a beloved prince, there doth appeai Among the buzzing pleased multitude ; Where every something, being blent together, Turns to a wild of nothing, save of joy, Express’d, and not express'd : But when this ring Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence; O, then be bold to say, Bassanio's dead.
Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time, That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosper, To cry, good joy; Good joy, my lord and lady!
Gra. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady, I wish you all the joy that you can wish; For, I am sure, you can wish none from me :3 And, when your honours mean to solemnize
being blent together,] i. e. blended.
you can wish none from me :] That is, none awa none that I shall lose, if you gain it.
The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you,
Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife.
Gra. I thank your lordship; you have got me one. My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours : You saw the mistress, I beheld the maid; You lov'd, I lov'd; for intermission* No more pertains to me, my lord, than you. Your fortune stood upon the caskets there ; And so did mine too, as the matter falls : For wooing here, until I sweat again ; And swearing, till my very roof was dry With oaths of love; at last,-if promise last,I got a promise of this fair one here, To have her love, provided that
fortune Achiev'd her mistress. Por.
Is this true, Nerissa? Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand pleas'd withal. Bass. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith? Gra. Yes, 'faith, my lord. Bass. Our feast shall be much honour'd in your
marriage. Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy for a thousand ducats.
Ner. What, and stake down?
Enter LORENZO, JESSICA, and SALERIO. Bass. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither ; If that the youth of my new interest here Have power to bid you welcome :—By your leave,
for intermission - ] Intermission is pause, intervening time, delay.