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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 ducats in her coffin! No news of them ?--Why, 80:- 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 break.

Shy. I am very glad of it: I'll plague him; I'll torture him ; I am glad of it.

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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 uld 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,

• A precious stone.

They hay

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,

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 : O! 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.

Bass. 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.

2 Delay.

Por. Away then: I am lock'd in one of theni; If

you do love me, you will find me out.. 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 wațry 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 ! Live thou, I live:-With much much more dismay I view the fight, than thou that mak'st the fray.

Musick, whilst BASSANIO comments on the caskets

to himself.

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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 them.

selves;
The world is still deceiv'd with ornament.
In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,
But, being season'd with a graciouss 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 search'd, 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.

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