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For the close night doth play the run-away,
Jell. I will make fast the doors, and gild my self
[Ex. from above. Gra. Now by my hood, a Gentile, and no Jew.
Lor. Beshrew me, but I love her heartily;
Enter Jessica, to them.
Anth. Fie, Gratiano, where are all the rest?
Gra. I'm glad on't ; I desire no more delight
SCENE changes to Belmont. Enter Portia with Morochius, and both their trains. Por: .
O, draw aside the curtains, and discover Now make your choice. [Three caskets are discovered.
Mor. The first of gold, which this inscription bears, Who chuseth me, soall gain what many men desire. The second silver, which this promise carries, Who chuseth me, Mall get as much as he deserves. This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt, Who chuseth me, must give and hazard all he hath.
How shall I know, if I do chuse the right?
Por. The one of them contains my picture, Prince; If you chuse that, then I am yours withal.
Mor. Some God direct my judgment ! let me see, I will survey th' inscriptions back again ; What says this leaden casket ? Who chuseth 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 ihows of dross; I'll then not give, nor hazard, ought for lead. What says the silver, with her virgin hue? Who chuseth me, shall get as much as he deserves. As much as he deserves ? pause there, Morochius; 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 afraid of my deserving, Were but a weak disabling of my
self. 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 deferve. What if I ftray'd no farther, but chose here? Let's see once more this saying gray'd in gold. Who chuseth me, shall gain what many men defire. 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. Th' Hyrcanian deserts, and the vaftie wilds Of wide Arabia, are as thorough-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 heav'nly picture. Is’t like, that lead contains her ? 'twere damnation, Vol. II. D
To think so base a thought: it were too grofs
there, Then I am yours.
[Unlocking the gold casket.
All that glisters is not gold,
Fare you well, your suit is cold.
Por. A gentle riddance: draw the curtains ; go -
Sal. W With him is Gratiano gone along;
Enter Solarino and Salanio.
And in their ship, I'm sure, Lorenzo is not,
Sola. The villain Jew with outcries rais’d the Duke; Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.
Sal. He came too late, the ship was under fail;
Sola. I never heard a passion so confus'd;
Sal. Why, all the boys in Venice follow him,
Sola. Let good Anthonio look, he keep his day ;
Sal. Marry, well remember'd.
Sola. You were best to tell Anthonio what you hear, Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.
Sal. A kinder Gentleman treads not the earth.
Let it not enter in your mind of love:
Sola. I think, he only loves the world for him.
SCENE changes to Belmont.
Enter Nerissa with a Servant.
The Gaskets are discover'd.
Ar. I am enjoin'd by oath tobserve three things ;
Por. To these injunctions every one doth swear,
Ar. And so have I addrest me; fortune now To my heart's hope! gold, silver, and base lead.