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I pray you, have in mind where we must meet.
Bal. I will not fail you. [Exeunt Solar. and Sala.

Gra. You look not well, Signior Anthonio ;
You have too much respect upon the world :
They lose it, that do buy it with much care.
Believe me, you are marvellously chang’d.

Anth. I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano,
A stage, where every man must play his part,
And mine's a fad one.

Gra. 5 Let me play the Fool;
6 With mirth, and laughter, let old wrinkles come;
And let my liver rather heat with wine,
Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.

Why should a man, whose blood is warm within, “ Sit like his grandsire cut in Alabaster? “ Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice 6. By being peevish? I tell thee what, Anthonio, “ (I love thee, and it is my love that speaks :) “ There are a sort of men, whose visages “ Do cream and mantle like a standing pond; 66 And do a 'wilful ftillness entertain, “With purpose to be drest in an opinion « Of wildom, gravity, profound conceit ; “ As who should say, I am Sir. Oracle, “ And when I ope my lips, let no dog bark! “O my Anthonio, I do know of those, 6. That therefore only are reputed wise, “ For saying nothing;” who, I'm very sure, If they should speak, would almost damn those cars,

5 Let me play the Fool ;-) Alluding to the common comparison of human lite to a stage play. So that he desires his may be the fool's or buffoon's part, which was a conitant character in the old farces: From whence came the phrase, to play the Fool. Which always signifies the acting abfurdly out of mere wantonness. But that, as we observed, is not the sense here.

6 With mirth, and laughter, let old wrinkles come ;] Because they come easier, and are longer before they come than when brought by Care.

Which, hearing them, would call their brothers fools.
I'll tell thee more of this another time:
But fish not with this melancholy bait,
For this fool's gudgeon, this opinion.
Come, good Lorenzo ; fare ye well a while;
? I'll end my exhortation after dinner.

Lor. Well, we will leave you then 'till dinner-time.
I must be one of these fame dumb wise men;
For Gratiano never lets me speak.

Gra. Well, keep me company but two years more, Thou shalt not know the found of thine own tongue.

Anth. Fare well; I'll grow a talker for this gear. Gra. Thanks, i’faith; for silence is only commend

able In a neats tongue dry'd, and a maid not vendible.

[Exeunt Gra. and Loren. Anth. Is that any thing now?

Baj. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice : his reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them, they are not worth the search.

Anth. Well ; tell me now, what lady is the same,
To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage,
That you to day promis’d to tell me of?

Baj. 'Tis not unknown to you, Anthonio,
How much I have disabled mine estate,
By shewing something a more swelling port,
Than my faint means would grant continuance;
Nor do I now make moan to be abridg'd
From such a noble rate; but my chief care
Is to come fairly off from the great debts,

7. I'll end my exhortation after dinner.] The humour of this consists in its being an allusion to the practice of the puritan preachers of those

times ; who being generally very long and tedious, were often forced to put of that part of their fermon called the exhortation till after dinner,


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Wherein my time, something too prodigal,
Hath left me gaged: to you, Anthonio,
I owe the most in mony, and in love;
And from your love I have a warranty
T'unburthen all my plots and purposes,
How to get clear of all the debts I owe.

Anth. I pray you, good Bassanio, let me know it;
And if it stand, as you yourself ftill do,
Within the eye of honour ; be affur'd,
My purse, my person, my extreamest means
Lye all unlock'd to your occasions.

Bal. In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft, I shot his fellow of the self-fame flight The self-fame way, with more advised watch, To find the other forth; by ventring both, I oft found both. I urge this child-hood proof, Bacause what follows is


I owe you much, and, like a witless youth,
That which I owe is loft; but if you please
To shoot another arrow that self way


did shoot the first, I do not doubt,
As I will watch the aim, or to find both,
Or bring your latter hazard back again,
And thankfully reft debtor for the first.
Anth. You know me well; and herein spend bue

To wind about my love with circumstance;
And, out of doubt, you do me now more wrong,
In making question of my uttermost,
Than if you had made waste of all I have.

8 like a WILFU L youth,] This does not at all agree with what he just before promised, that, what follow'd, should be pure innocence. For wilfulness is not quite so pure. We should read WITLESS, 1. e. heedless; and this agrees exactly to that to which he compares his case, of a school-boy, who, for want of advised watcb, lott his first arrow, and sent another after it with more attention. But wilful agrees not at all with it.


Then do but say to me, what I should do,
That ' in your knowledge may by me be done,
And I am prest unto it: therefore, speak.

Bal. In Belmont is a lady richly left,
And she is fair, and, fairer than that word,
Of wond'rous virtues; sometimes from her eyes
I did receive fair speechless messages ;
Her name is Portia, nothing undervalu'd
To Cato's daughter, Brutus' Portia:
Nor is the wide world ign'rant of her worth;
For the four winds blow in from every coaft,
Renowned suitors; and her sunny locks
Hang on her temples like a golden fleece;
Which makes her seat of Belmont, Colchoso strond;
And many Jafons come in quest of her.
O my Anthonio, had I but the means
To hold a rival place with one of them,
I have a mind presages me such 'thrift,
That I should questionless be fortunate.
Anth. Thou knowost, that all my fortunes are at

fea, Nor have I mony, nor commodity To raise a present sum; therefore, go forth ; Try what my credit can in Venice do; That shall be rack'd even to the uttermoft, To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia: Go, presently enquire, and so will I, Where mony is; and I no question make, To have it of my trust, or for my fake. [Excunt.

9-in your knowledge-] i. e. Agreeable to your knowledge and care of my honour.

1 Thrift for thriving.

Mr. Pope.

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Three Caskets are fet out, one of gold, another of silver,

and another of lead.

Enter Portia and Neriffa. Por.BY my troth, Nerisja

, my little body is weary of world. Ner. You would be, sweet madam, if your

miferies were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are; and yet, for aught I see, they are as fick, that furfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing; therefore it is no mean happiness to be seated in the mean ; fuperfluity comes fooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.

Por. Good sentences, and well pronounc'd.
Ner. They would be better, if well follow'd.

Por. If to do, were as easie as to know what were good to do, chappels had been churches; and poor mens cottages, Princes' palaces. He is a good divine, that follows his own instructions; I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than to be one of the cwenty to follow my own teaching. The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree ; such a hare is madness the youth, to skip o'er the meshes of good counsel the cripple! But this reasoning is not in fashion to chufe me a hufband : O me, the word, chuse! I may neither chule whom I would, nor refuse whom I dislike; fo is the will of a living daughter curb'd by the will of a dead father : is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot chuse one, nor refuse none?

Ner. Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations; therefore, the


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