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Let no such man be trusted.-Mark the music.
Enter Portia and Nerissa, at a distance.
Ner. When the moon shone, we did not see the candle.
Por. So doth the greater glory dim the less :
Ner. It is your music, madam, of the house.
Por. Nothing is good, I see, without respect;' Methinks, it sounds much sweeter than by day.
Ner. Silence bestows that virtue on it, madam.
Por. The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark,
[Music ceases. Lor. That is the voice, Or I am much deceiv'd, of Portia.
Por. He knows me, as the blind man knows the cuckoo, By the bad voice. Lor. Dear lady, welcome home.
Por. We have been praying for our husbands' welfare,
Lor. Madam, they are not yet;
Por. Go in, Nerissa,
Lor. Your husband is at hand, I hear his trumpet : - We are no tell-tales, madam ; fear you not.
Por. This night, methinks, is but the daylight sick,  Not absolutely good, but relatively good as it is modified by circumstances.  Inccata, Ital. a flourish on a trumpet. STEEVENS.
It looks a little paler; 'tis a day,
Bass. We should hold day with the Antipodes,
Por. Let me give light, but let me not be light; For a light wife doth make a heavy husband, And never be Bassanio so for me ; But God sort all !-You are welcome home, my lord. Bass. I thank you, madam : give welcome to my
friend. -This is the man, this is Antonio, To whom I am so infinitely bound.
Por. You should in all sense be much bound to him, For, as I hear, he was much bound for you.
Ant. 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 scant this breathing courtesy.
[GRATIANO and NERISSA seem to talk apart. Gra. By yonder moon, I swear, you do me wrong ; In faith, I gave it to the judge's clerk: Would he were gelt that had it, for my part, Since you do take it, love, so much at heart.
Por. A quarrel, ho, already ? what's the matter?
Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring
Ner. What talk you of the posy, or the value ?
you would wear it till your hour of death ;
 If you would always walk in the night, it would be day with us, as it is now on the other side of the globe. MALONE.
 Knives, as Sir J. Hawkins observes, were formerly inscribed by means of aqua fortis, with short sentences in distich. In Decker's Satiromastix, Sir Edward Vaughan says, “ You shall swear by Phebus, who is your good poets' lord and master, that hereafter you will not hire Horace to give you poesies for rings, or handkerchers, or knives, which you understand not." REED.
(7) Respective has the same meaning as respectful. STEEVENS.
The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face that had it.
Gra. He will, an if he live to be a man.
Gra. Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth,-
Por. You were to blame, I must be plain with you, To part so slightly with your wife's first gift; A thing stuck on with oaths upon your finger, And rivetted so with faith unto your flesh. I gave my love a ring, and made him swear Never to part with it ; and here he stands ; I dare be sworn for him, he would not leave it, Nor pluck it from his finger, for the wealth That the world masters.. Now, in faith, Gratiano, You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief; An 'twere to me, I should be mad at it.
Bass. Why, I were best to cut my left hand off, And swear, I lost the ring defending it.
Por. What ring gave you, my lord ?
Bass. If I could add a lie unto a fault,
Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. By heaven, I will ne'er come in your
bed Until I see the ring.
Ner. Nor I in yours, Till I again see mine.
Bass. Sweet Portia, If you
did know to whom I gave the ring, If you did know for whom I gave the ring, And would conceive for what I
gave And how unwillingly. I left the ring, When nought would be accepted but the ring,
You would abate the strength of your displeasure.
Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring,
you had pleas’d to have defended it
Bass. No, by mine honour, madam, by my soul,
Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my house :
Ner. And I his clerk ; therefore be well advis'd, How you do leave me to mine own protection.
Gra. Well, do you so : let not me take him then ; For, if I do, I'll mar the young
And, in the hearing of these many friends,
Por. Mark you but that !
Bass. Nay, but hear me :
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth ;8
[TO PORTIA. Had quite miscarried: I dare be bound again, My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord Will never more break faith advisedly.
Por. Then you shall be his surety : Give him this ; And bid him keep it better than the other.
Ant. Here, lord Bassanio ; swear to keep this ring.
Por. I had it of him : pardon me Bassanio ;
Ner. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano ;
Gra. Why, this is like the mending of highways
Por. Speak not so grossly.--You are all amaz'd:
you, Than you expect : unseal this letter soon; There
shall find, three of your argosies Are richly come to harbour suddenly : You shall not know by what strange accident
 For his advantage; to obtain his happiness. Wealth was, at that time, the term opposite to adversity or calamity. JOHNSON. -So, in The Litany: “ la all time of our tribulation; in all time of our wealth." STEEVENS.