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Empties itself, as doth an inland brook
musick, 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,
and, I think,
That is the voice,
cuckoo, By the bad voice. Lor.
Dear lady, welcome home.
Madam, they are not yet;
Go in, Nerissa,
[Ă tucket' sounds. Lor. Your husband is at hand, I hear his
trumpet : We are no tell-tales, madam; fear
1 A flourish on a trumpet.
Por. This night, methinks, is but the day-light
sick, It looks a little paler ; 'tis a day, Such as the day is when the sun is hid.
Enter BASSANIO, ANTONIO, GRATIANO, and their
· Bass. We should hold day with the Antipodes, If you
would walk in absence of the sun. 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; You are welcome home, my Jord. 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.
Por. A quarrel, ho, already? what's the matter?
Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring
of the You swore to me, when I did give it you, That
you would wear it till your hour of death;
posy, or the value ?
2 Verbal, complimentary form.
And that it should lie with
your grave: Though not for me, yet for your vehement oaths, You should have been respective, and have kept it, Gave it a judge's clerk! — but well I know, The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face, that had
Gra. He will, an if he live to be a man.
Gra. Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth, -
you, To part so slightly with your wife's first gift ; A thing stuck on with oaths upon your finger, And riveted so with faith unto your flesh. I gave my love a ring, and made him swear Neve 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.
[Aside. Gra. My lord Bassanio gave his ring away Unto the judge that begg'd it, and, indeed, Deserv'd it too; and then the boy, his clerk, That took some pains in writing, he begg'd mine: And neither man, nor master, would take aught But the two rings. Por. What ring gave you, my
lord ? Not that, I hope, which you receiv'd of me.
Bass. If I could add a lie unto a fault,
I would deny it; but you see, my finger
Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. .? By heaven, I will ne'er come in
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 If you did know for whom I
the ring, And would conceive for what I
had known the virtue of the ring,
Bass. No, by mine honour, madam, by my soul,
life Of my dear friend. What should I say, sweet lady? I was enforc'd to send it after him; I was beset with shame and courtesy ; My honour would not let ingratitude So much besmear it: Pardon me, good lady; For, by these blessed candles of the night, Had you been there, I think, you would have begg'd The ring of me to give the worthy doctor.
up the very
Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my
house : Since he hath got the jewel that I lov'd, And that which
you did swear to keep for me,
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. Ant. I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels. Por. Sir, grieve not you ; You are welcome not
Mark you but that !
- swear by your double self,
Nay, but hear me: Pardon this fault, and by my soul I swear, I never more will break an oath with thee.
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth 4; Which, but for him that had your husband's ring,
lord Will never more break faith advisedly.