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Sal. He came too late, the ship was under fail ; But there the Duke was giv'n to understand, That in a Gondola were seen together Lorenzo and his am'rous effica: Besides, Anthonio certify'd the Duke, They were not with Baganio in his ship.
Sola. I never heard a passion so confus'd, So ftrange, outrageous, and so variable, As the dog Jew 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, ftolln from me by my daughter ! And jewels, two stones, rich and precious stones, Stoll'n 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 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.
As shall conveniently become you there.
Sola. I think, he only loves the world for him.
pray thee, let us go and find him out,
[Exeunt. SCENE changes to Belmont.
Enter Nerissa with a Servant. Ner. UICK, quick, I pray thee, draw the cur
The Prince of Arragon has 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, Strait shall our nuptial rites be solemniz'd: But if you fail, without more speech, my lord, You must be gone from hence immediately.
Ar. I am enjoin’d by oath t'observe 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, filver, and base lead. Who chuseth me, must give and hazard all he hath. You shall look fairer, ere I give or hazard. What says the golden cheft ? ha, let me see; VOL. II.
Who chuseth me, shall gain what many men defire.
how much honour
To be new varnith'd.) Mr. Warburton very juftly observ'd to me upon the Confusion and Disagreement of the Metaphors here; and is of Opinion, that Shakespeare might have wrote į
To be new vanned.i. e. winnow'd, purged: from the French Word, vanner ; which is deriv'd from the Latin, Vannus, ventilabrum, the Fann used for winnowing the Chaff from the Corn. This Alteration, as he obferves, restores the Metaphor to its Integrity: and our Poer frequently uses the fanie Thought. But as .Shakespeare is so loose and licentious in the blending of different Metaphors, I have not ventur’d to difturb the Text.
I will affume desert; give me a key for this,
[Unlocking the filver casket.
deserts no better?
The fire feu'n times tried this;
So be gone, Sir, you are sped.
Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy,
Enter a Servant.
Por. Here, what would my lord ?
Serv. Madam, there is alighted at your gate
sensible regreets ;
Por. No more, I pray thee ; I am half afraid,
SCE N E, a Street in V ENIC E.
Enter Salanio and Solarino.
Sal. Why, yet it lives there uncheckt, that
Anthonio hath a ship of rich lading wreckt on the narrow seas ; the Godwins, I think, they call the place; a very dangerous flat and fatal, where the car
(9) Bassanio Lord, love, if ] Mr. Pope, and all the preceding Editors have follow'd this pointing ; as imagining, 1 suppose, that Bassanio lord - means, Lord Bassanio ; but Lord must be coupled to Love: as if she had said, " Impe« rial Love, if it be thy Will, let it be Bassanio whom this “ Messenger fore-runs.