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Shy. Why there, there, there, there! a diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! The curse never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt it till now :--two thousand ducats in that; and other precious, precious jewels. I would, my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! 'would she were hears’d at my foot, and the ducals in her coffin ! No news of them ?- Why so :-and I know not what's spent in the search: Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge: nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my shoulders; no sighs, but o'my breathing; no tears, but o' my shedding.

Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too; Antonio, as I heard in Genoa,–

Shy. What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck?

Tub. -hath an argosy cast away, coming from Tripolis.

Shy. I thank God, I thank God :-Is it true? is it true ?

Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wreck.

Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ;-Good news, good news: ha! ha!- Where? in Genoa!

Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore ducats.

Shy. Thou stick’st a dagger in me: I shall never see my gold again: Fourscore ducats at a sitting ! fourscore ducats !

Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my · company to Venice, that swear he cannot choose but Shy. I am very glad of it: I'll plague him; I'll torture him; I am glad of it.

break.

Tub. One of them showed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a monkey.

Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal : it was my turquoise; I had it of Leah, when I was a bachelor: I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkies.

Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone.

Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true: Go, Tubal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight before: I will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandize I will: Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue; go, good Tubal; at our synagogue, Tubal. [Exeunt.

SCENE II.-Belmont.

A room in Portia's house.

Enter BassanIO, Portia, GRATIANO, Nerissa, and

Attendants. The caskets are set out.
Por. I pray you, tarry; pause a day or two,
Before you hazard ; for, in choosing wrong,
I lose your company; therefore, forbear a while:
There's something tells me, (but it is not love)
I would not lose you : and you know yourself,
Hate counsels not in such a quality :
But, lest you should not understand me well,
(And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought)
I would detain you here some month or two,
Before you venture for me. I could teach you,
How to choose right, but then I am forsworn;

So will I never be: so may you miss me;
But if you do, you'll make me wish a sin,
That I had been forsworn. Beshrew your eyes,
They have o'er-look'd me, and divided me;
One half of me is yours, the other half yours,-
Mine own I would say ; but, if mine, then yours,
And so all yours: 0! these naughty times
Put bars between the owners and their rights;
And so, though yours, not yours.—Prove it so,
Let fortune go to hell for it, not I.
I speak too long; but 'tis to peize the time;
To eke it, and to draw it out in length,
To stay you from election.

Bass. Let me choose ;
For, as I am, I live upon the rack.

Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio? then confess
What treason there is mingled with your love.

Bass. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust, Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love : There may as well be amity and life 'Tween snow and fire, as treason and my love.

Por. Ay, but, I fear you speak upon the rack, Where men enforced do speak any thing.

Buss. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.
Por. Well, then, confess, and live.

Bass. Confess, and love,
Had been the very sum of my confession:
O happy torment, when my torturer
Doth teach me answers for deliverance !
But let me to my fortune and the caskets.

Por. Away, then: I am locked in one of them ; If you do love me, you will find me out.- .

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Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof.-
Let musick sound, while he doth make his choice;
Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end,
Fading in musick: that the comparison
May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream
And wat'ry death-bed for him: He may win;
And what is musick, then? then musick is
Even as the flourish, when true subjects bow
To a new-crowned monarch: such it is,
As are those dulcet sounds in break of day,
That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear,
And summon him to marriage. Now he goes,
With no less presence, but with much more love,
Than young Alcides, when he did redeem
The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy
To the sea-monster: I stand for sacrifice,
The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives,
With bleared visages, come forth to view
The issue of the exploit. Go, Hercules !
Love thou, I live:—With much more dismay
I view the fight, than thou that mak'st the fray.

[Music, whilst Bas, comments on the caskets to himself.

SONG.
1. Tell me where is fancy bred,

Or in the heart, or in the head?
How begot, how nourished?

Reply.

2. It is engender'd in the eyes,

With gazing fed; and fancy dies
In the cradle where it lies :
Let us all ring fancy's knell;

I'll begin it, Ding dong, bell.
All. Ding, dong, bell.

Bass. So may the outward shows be least themselves; The world is still deceived 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 searched, 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. Thus ornament is but the guiled shore To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf Veiling an Indian beauty ; in a word, The seeming truth, which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest. Therefore, thou gaudy gold,

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