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What, art thou come? on Gentlemen, away,
Our masking Mates by this time for us stay. [Exit.
Anth. Who's there?
Gra. Signior Anthonio.
Anth. Fie, fie, Gratiano, where are all the rest?
'Tis nine a Clock, our Friends all stay for you,
No Mask to Night, the Wind is come about,
Bassanio presently will go aboard,
I have sent twenty out to seek for you.
Gra. I am glad on's, I desire no more Delight
Than to be under Sail, and gone to Night. [Exeunt.
Enter Portia with Morrochius, and both their Trains.
..Por. Go, draw aside the Curtain, and discover
The several Caskets to this Noble Prince.
Now make your Choice, [Three Caskets are discovered.
Mor. The first of Gold, who this Inscription bears,
Who chuseth me, shall gain what many Men defire.
The second Silver, which this Promise carries,
Who chuseth me, shall get as much as he deservesol
This third, dull Lead, with warning all as blunt,
Who chuseth me, must give and hazard all be hath.
How shall I know if I do chuse the right?
Por. The one of them contains my Pi&ure, Prince,
If you chuse that, then I am yours withal.
Mor. Some God direct my Judgment, let me see,
I will survey the Inscriptions back again;
What says this Leaden Casket?
Who chuseth me, must give and hazard all he hath.
Must give for what? for Lead?
This Casket threatens. Men that hazard all,
Do it in hope of fair Advantages :
A golden Mind stoops not to shows of Dross,
I'll then nor 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, Morrochius,
And weigh thy value with an even hand,
If thou beest rated by the estimation,
Thou doft 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 deserve.
What if I stray'd no farther, but chuse here?
Let's see once more this Saying gravid in Gold.
Who chuseth me, Mall 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.
The Hircanian Desarts and the vast Wilds
Of wide Arabia are as Thorough-Fares now
For Princes to come view fair Portia.
The Watery Kingdom, whose ambitious Head
Spits in the Face of Heav'n, is no Bar
To stop the foreign Spirits, but they come,
As o'er a Brook, to see fair Portia.
One of these three contain her heav'nly Pi&ure.
Is't like that Lead contains her? 'Twere Damnation
To think so base a thought; it were too gross
To rib her Searcloth in the obscure Grave;
Or shall I think in Silver she's immur'd,
Being ten times undervalued to try'd Gold;
O sinful thought, never so rich a Jem
Was set in worse than Gold! They have in England
A Coin that bears the Figure of an Angel
Stampt in Gold, but that's insculpt upon:
But here an Angel in a Golden Bed
Lyes all within. Deliver me the Key;
Here do I chuse, and thrive I as I may.
Por. There take it, Prince, and if my Form lye there, Then I am yours.
[Unlocking the Gold Casket. Mor. O Hell! What have we here, a carrion Death, Within whose empty Eye there is a written Scrowl;
All that glisters is not Gold,
Often have you
heard that told;
Many a Man his Life bath fold,
But my Outside to behold:
Gilded Timber do Worms infold:
Had you been as Wife
been as Wife as Bold,
Young in Limbs, in Judgment old,
Tour Answer had not been infcrold,
you well, your Suit is cold.
Mor. Cold indeed, and Labour loft, Then farewel Heat, and welcome Frost: Portia adieu, I have too griev'd a Heart To take a tedious leave : Thus Losers part. [Exit.
Por. A gentle riddance : Draw the Curtains, go; Let all of his Complexion chuse me so.
Enter Solarino and Salanio.
Sal. Why Man, I saw Bassanio under fail,
With him is Gratiano gone along;
And in their Ship I am 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 comes too late, the Ship was under fail ;
But there the Duke was given to understand
That in a Gondalo were seen together
Lorenzo and his Amorous Jessica :
Besides, Anthonio certify'd the Duke
They were not with Bassanio in his Ship.
Sola. I never heard a Passion so confus'd,
So strange, outrageous, and fo variable,
As the Dog few did utter in the Streets;
My Daughter, O my Ducats, O my Daughter,
Fled with a Christian, O my Christian Ducats!
Justice, the Law, my Ducats, and my Daughter ;
A sealed Bag, two sealed Bags of Ducats,
Of double Ducats, stoln from me by my Daughter,
And Jewels, two rich and precious Stones,
Stoln by my Daughter, Justice, find the Girl,
She hath the Stones upon her, and the Ducats.
Sal. Why all the Boys in Venice follow him,
Crying his Stones, his Daughter, and his Ducats,
Sola. Let good Anthonio look he keep his Day,
Or he shall pay for this.
Sal, Marry well remembred,
I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday,
Who told me, in the narrow Seas that part
The French and English, there miscarried
A Vessel of our Country richly fraught:
I thought upon Anthonio when he told me,
And with'd in Glence that it were not his.
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,
I saw Basanio and Anthonio part,
Bassanio, told him he would make some speed
Of his return: He answered, do not so,
Slubber not Business for my sake, Basanio,
But stay the very riping of the time,
And for the Fer's Bond which he hath of me,
Let it not enter in your mind of Love;
Be merry, and employ your chiefest thoughts
To Courtship, and such fair ostents of Love
As shall conveniently become you there ;
And even there, his Eye being big with Tears,
Turning his Face, he put his Hand behind him,
And with Affection wondrous sensible
He wrung Bassanio's Hand, and so they parted.
Sola. I think he only loves the World for him,
pray thee let us go and find him out,
And quicken his embraced Heaviness
With some Delight or other.
Sal. Do we for
Enter Neriffa and a Servant.'
Ner. Quick, quick, I pray thee, draw the Curtain straight,
The Prince of Arragon hath ta'en his Oath,
And comes to his Election presently.
Enter Arragon, his Train, Portia, Flor. Cornets.
The Caskets are discover'd.
Por. Behold there stand the Caskets, noble Prince,
If you chuse that wherein I am contain'd,
Straight shall our Nuptial Rights be folemniz'd:
But if you fail, without more Speech, my
You must be gone from hence immediately.
Ar. I am enjoin'd by Oath to observe three things ;
First, never to unfold to any.one
Which Casket 'twas I chofe; next, if I fail
Of the right Casket, never in my Life
To wod 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 Injun&ions every one doth swear That comes to hazard for my worthless self.
Ar. And so have I addrest me, Fortune now To my Heart's Hope; Gold, Silver, and base Lead. Who chuseth me, must give and hazard all he hath. You shall look fairer e'er I give or hazard. What says the Golden Chest, ha, let me see; Who chuseth me, Mall gain what many Men desire. What many Men desire that Many, may be meant By the fool Multitude that chuse by Show, Not learning more than the fond Eye doth teach, Which pryes not to th'Interior; but like the Martlet Builds in the Weather on the outward Wall, Even in the Force and Road of Casualty. I will not chuse what many Men desire, Because I will not jump with common Spirits, And rank me with the barbarous Multitudes. Why then to thee thou silver Treasure-house, Tell me once more, what Title thou doft bear; Who chuseth me fall get as much as he deserves ;