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Nor you, Lorenzo ;-Jessica, nor you. [A tucket' sounds.
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,
would walk in absence of the sun.m
Bass. I thank you, madam : give welcome to my This is the man, this is Antonio,
[friend. 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
1 A tucket-] Toccata, Ital. a flourish on a trumpet.
m If you would walk in absence of the sun.] A compliment to the beauty of Portia.
I scant this breathing courtesy.] I abridge this complimentary form, made up only of breath, i. e. words.-MALONE.
like cutler's poetry-] Knives, as Sir J. Hawkins observes, were formerly inscribed, by means of aqua fortis, with short sentences in distich. REED.
Ner. What talk you of the posy, or the value?
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,
gave my love a ring, and made him swear
Bass. Why, I were best to cut my left hand off,
[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 Hath not the ring upon it, it is gone.
scrubbed] Stunted and shrub-like.
Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. By heaven, I will ne'er come in
Nor I in yours,
Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring,
had pleas'd to have defended it
Bass. No, by mine honour, madam, by my soul,
been there, I think, you would have begg’d The ring of me to give the worthy doctor,
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, I will become as liberal as you;
I'll not deny him any thing I have,
Ner. And I his clerk; therefore be well advis’d,
Gra. Well, do you so: let not me take him then;
Ant. I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels.
Mark you but that!
Nay, but hear me :
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth ;"
[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 ;
swear by your double self,] Double is here used in a bad sense forfull of duplicity.-MALONE.
- for his wealth ;] For his advantage; to obtain his happiness. Wealth was, at that time, the term opposite to adversity, or calamity. -JOHNSON.
Ner. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano ;
Gra. Why, this is like the mending of high-ways
Por. Speak not so grossly.—You are all amaz’d:
I am dumb.
Ner. Ay; but the clerk that never means to do it, Unless he live until he be a man.
Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow; When I am absent, then lie with
wife. Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life and living; For here I read for certain, that my ships Are safely come to road. Por.
How now, Lorenzo ?
Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee.-
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
It is almost morning,