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Flourish of Cornets.
Enter the Prince of Arragon, Portia, and their
Trains. Por. Behold, there stand the caskets, noble prince. If
you choose that wherein I am contained, Straight shall our nuptial rites be solemnized; But if you fail, without more speech, my lord, You must be gone from hence immediately.
Ar. I am enjoined by oath to observe three things. First, never to unfold to any one Which casket 'twas I chose ; next, if I fail Of the right casket, never in my life To woo a maid in way of marriage ; lastly, If I do fail in fortune of my choice, Immediately to leave you and be gone.
Por. To these injunctions every one doth swear, That comes to hazard for my worthless self.
Ar. And so have I addressed me. Fortune now
my heart's hope !–Gold, silver, and base lead.
2 By and of, being synonymous, were used by our ancestors indifferently; Malone has adduced numerous instances of the use of by, in all of which, by substituting of; the sense is rendered clear to the modern reader. 3 Power.
4 To jump is to agree with.
Tell me once more what title thou dost bear.
Por. Too long a pause for that which you find there.
Ar. What's here? the portrait of a blinking idiot,
Por. To offend, and judge, are distinct offices,
What is here?
The fire seven times tried this;
1 The meaning is, how much meanness would be found among the great, and how much greatness among the mean.
Take what wife you will to bed,
[Exeunt Arragon, and Tram.
Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy.Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.
Por. Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa.
Enter a Servant.
Serv. Where is my lady?
Here; what would my lord ?
I pray thee. I am half afeard, Thou wilt say, anon, he is some kin to thee,
I The poet had forgotten that he who missed Portia was never to marry any other woman.
2 Wroath is used in some of the old writers for misfortune, and is often spelled like ruth.
Thou spend'st such high-day? wit in praising him.-
Ner. Bassanio, lord love, if thy will it be! [Exeunt.
SCENE I. Venice. A Street.
Enter SALANio and SALARINO.
Salan. Now, what news on the Rialto ?
Salar. Why, yet it lives there unchecked, that Antonio hath a ship of rich lading wrecked on the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal, where the carcasses of many a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip report be an honest woman of her word.
Salan. I would she were as lying a gossip in that, as ever knapped” ginger, or made her neighbors believe she wept for the death of a third husband. But it is true, --without any slips of prolixity, or crossing the plain highway of talk, that the good Antonio, the honest Antonio,
-0 that I had a title good enough to keep his name company, —
Salar. Come, the full stop.
Salan. Ha,—what say'st thou ?—Why the end is, he hath lost a ship.
Salar. I would it might prove the end of his losses !
Salan. Let me say amen betimes, lest the devil cross my prayer; for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.
I So in the Merry Wives of Windsor :
He speaks holiday." ? To knap is to break short. The word occurs in the Common Prayer. "He knappeth the spear in sunder.”
Enter SHYLOCK. How now, Shylock ? what news among the mer chants ?
Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as you, of my daughter's flight.
Salar. That's certain ; I, for my part, knew the tailor that made the wings she flew withal.
Salan. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was fledged ; and then it is the complexion of them all to leave the dam.
Shy. She is damned for it.
Salar. There is more difference between thy flesh and hers, than between jet and ivory; more between your bloods, than there is between red wine and Rhenish.—But tell us, do you hear whether Antonio have had any loss at sea or no?
Shy. There I have another bad match. A bankrupt, a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the Rialto;—a beggar, that used to come so smug upon the mart!-Let him look to his bond: he was wont to call me usurer ;-let him look to his bond. He was wont to lend money for a Christian courtesy :-let him look to his bond.
Salar. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh; what's that good for ?
Shy. To bait fish withal; if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me of half a million ; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes ? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same dis