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And true she is, as she hath prov'd herself;
Enter JESSICA, below.
[Erit with Jessica and SALARINO.
Ant. Who's there?
Ant. Fye, fye, Gratiano! where are all the rest?
Gra. I am glad on't; I desire no more delight,
Belmont. A Room in Portia's House.
Flourish of Cornets. Enter Portia, with the Prince of
Morocco, and both their Trains.
Por. Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover
Mor. The first, of gold, who this inscription bears ;-
Por. The one of them contains my picture, prince ;
I will survey the inscriptions back again : What says this leaden casket? Who chooseth me, must give and hazard all he hath. Must give-For what? for lead? hazard for lead ? This casket threatens: Men, that hazard all, Do it in hope of fair advantages : A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross; I'll then nor give, nor hazard, aught for lead. What says the silver, with her virgin hue? ? Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves. As much as he deserves ?-Pause there, Morocco, And weigh thy value with an even hand : If thou be'st rated by thy estimation, Thou dost deserve enough; and yet enough May not extend so far as to the lady; And yet to be afeard of my deserving, Were but a weak disabling of myself. As much as I deserve !-Why, that's the lady: I do in birth deserve her, and in fortunes, In graces, and in qualities of breeding; But more than these, in love I do deserve. What if I stray'd no further, but chose here?— Let's see once more this saying grav'd in gold : Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire. Why, that's the lady: all the world desires her: From the four corners of the earth they come, To kiss this shrine, this mortal breathing saint. The Hyrcanian deserts, and the vasty wilds Of wide Arabia, are as through-fares now, For princes to come view fair Portia: The wat’ry kingdom, whose ambitious head Spits in the face of heaven, is no bar To stop the foreign spirits; but they come As o'er a brook,' to see fair Portia. One of these three contains her heavenly picture. Is't like, that lead contains her? 'Twere damnation, To think so base a thought : it were too gross To ribo her cerecloth in the obscure grave. Or shall I think, in silver she's immur'd,
a To rib-] i, e. Inclose, as the ribs inclose the viscera.
Being ten times undervalued to try'd gold?
Por. There, take it prince, and if my form lie there, Then I am yours.
[He unlocks the golden casket.
All that glisters is not gold,
Fare you well; your suit is cold.
Then, farewell, heat; and, welcome, frost.
[Exit. Por. A gentle riddance,Draw the curtains, go :Let all of his complexion choose me so. [Exeunt.
Venice. A Street.
Enter SALARINO and SALANIO.
insculp'd upon ;] Is embossed on the coin.
timber -] This is the reading of all the old editors, which Mr. Rowe altered to wood, and Dr. Johnson to tombs. However great the improvement, the alteration is not required, and therefore ought not to be retained.
inscrold:] Written ;--the answer alluded to is the dismissal of his suit contained in the last line.
Salan. The villain Jew with outcries rais'd the duke; Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.
Salar. He came too late, the ship was under sail :
Salan. I never heard a passion so confus’d,
Salar. Why, all the boys in Venice follow him,
Salan. Let good Antonio look he keep his day,
Marry, well remember'd :
Salan. You were best to tell Antonio what you hear; Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.
Salar. A kinder gentleman treads not the earth.
e I reason'd-] i. e. I conversed with. In Italian, ragionare has the same
Slubber not-] i. e. Do not do carelessly.
And for the Jew's bond, which he hath of me,
Bassanio's hand, and so they parted.
Do we so.
Belmont. A Room in Portia's House.
Enter NERISSA, with a Servant.
and their Trains.
Ar. I am enjoin’d by oath to observe three things :
8 — mind of love:] i. e. Your loving mind. So in the tragedy of Cræsus, 1604, A mind of treason is a treasonable mind.-STEEVENS.
embraced heaviness-] The heaviness which he indulges, and is fond of.EDWARDS.