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Sola. Believe me, Sir, had I fuch venture forih,
The better part of my affections would
Be with niy hopes abroad. I should be still
Plucking the grass, to know where fits the wind;
Petrinz in maps for poits, and peers, and roads;
and every object, that might make me fear
Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubi,
Would make me fad.
Sal. My wind, cooling my broth,
Would blow me to an ague, when I thouglio
What harm a wind too great might do at sea,
I should not see the fandy hour-glass run,
But I should think of shallows and of flats;
And lee my wealthy Andrew dock'd in fand,
Vailing ber high top lower than ler ribs,
To kils her burial. Should I go to church,
And see the holy edifice of lonc,
And no bethink me straight of dang’rous rocks?
Which, touching but my gentle vessel's fide,
Would scatter all the spices on the stream,
Enrobe the roaring waters with my filks ;
And in a word, but even now worth this,
And now worth no:hing. Shall I hare the thought
To think on this, and înal! I lack the thought,
That such a thing, bechanc'd, would make me sad?
But tell not me;
- I know, Anthonio Is fad to think upon his merchandize.
Anth. Believe me, no: I thank my fortune for it,
My ventures are not in one bottom trufted,
Nor to one place ; nor is my whole eitate
Upon the fortune of this present year :
Therefore, my merchandize makes me not fad.
Sola. Why then you are in love.
Anth. Fie, fie !
Sola. Not in love neither! then let's say, you're sad,
Because you are not merry; and 'twere as easy
For you to laugh and leap, and fay, you're merry,
Because you are not sad. Now by two-headed Janus,
Nature hath fram'd strange fellows in her time :
Some that will evermore peep through their eyes,
And laugh, like parrots, at a bag-piper ;
And others of such vinegar-aspect,
That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile,
Though Nestor swear, the jest be laughable.
Enter Bassanio, Lorenzo and Gratiano.
Sal. Here comes Bafanio, your most noble kinsman, Gratiano and Lorenzo : fare ye well; We leave ye now with better company.
Sola. I would have staid 'till I had made you merry, If worthier friends had not prevented me.
Anth. Your worth is very dear in my regard :
I take it, your own business calls on you,
And you embrace th' occasion to depart.
Sal. Good-morrow, my gocd lords.
Bal. Good Signiors both, when shall we laugh: say, when? You grow exceeding strange; mult it be fo?
Sal. We'll make our leisures to attend on yours. Sola. My Lord Bassanio, fince you've found Anthonio, We two will leave you ;. but at dinner. time, I pray you, have in mind where we must meet. Bali 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 lofe it, that do buy it with much care. Believe me, you are marvellously chang’d.
Anth. I hold the world but as the world, Gratiara,
A stage, where every man nuit play his part,
And mine's a fad one.
Gra. Let me play the fool;
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, whore blood is warm within,
Sit like his grandfire cut in Alabaster ?
Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice
By being peevish? I'll tell thee what, Anthonio,
Il 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;
And do a wilful ftillness entertain,
With purpose to be drest in an opinion
Of wildom, gravity, profound conceit;
As who ihould say, I am Sir Oracle,
And when I ope my lips, let no dog bark!
O my Anthonio, I do know of those,
That therefore only are reputed wile,
For saying nothing; who, I'm very sure,
If they should speak, would almost damn those ears, (1)
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, 1 must be one of these fame dumb wife 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. Farewel; I'll grow a talker for this gear,
Gra. Thanks, i’faith; for silence is only commendable In a near's tongue dry'd, and a maid not vendible.
(Exrunt Gra, and Loren. Anth. Is that any thing now?
Boll. Gratiano peaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in ail l'orice : bis reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bufels of chaff; you shall
(1) would alinell damn ibafe Ears,] Several old Elitions have it, dam, danm, and coun'. Somie more correct Copies, danu. The Au: hor's Meaning is shis ; That some People are thought wife, whilst they keep Silence; who, when they open their Mouths, are Luch stupid Praters, that their Hearers cannot help calling them Fools, and so incur the Judgment denounced in the Gospel. The Allufion is to St. Mattbew, chap. v. ver. 22. And wbofoever full suy to kis Brotber, Raca, pall be in danger of the Council : but whenever flall Jay, thau Fool piall. bc ir danger of Hellfire.
Teek 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 eltate,
By shewing something a more swelling port,
Than my faint means would grant continuaoce ;
Nor do I now make moan to be abridg’d
From such a noble rate ; but my
Is to come fairly off from the great debts,
Wherein my time, something too prodigal,
Hath left me gaged: to you, Anthonio,
I owe the most in money, and in love ;
And from your love I have a warranty
T' unburden all my plots and purposes,
How to get clear of all the debts I owe.
Anth. I pray you, good Bafanio, let me know it ;
And if it ftand, as you yourself ftill do,
Within the eye of honour ; be assur’d,
My purse, my person, my extreameft means
Lie all unlock'd to your occasions.
Ball. In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft, I shot his fellow of the self-fame fight 'The felf-fame way, with more advised watch, To find the other forth ; by ventring both, I oft found both. I urge this childhood proof, Because what follows is
I owe you much, and, like a wilful youth,
That which I owe is lost; but if you please
To thoot another arrow that lelf way
Which you did foot the first, I do not doubt,
As I will watch the aim, or to find both,
Os bring your latter hazard back again,
And thankfully reft debtor for the first.
Anth. You know me well ; and herein spend but time,
To wind about my lo.e with circumstance;
And, out of doubt, you do me now more wrong,
lu making queflion of my uttermott,
Than if you had made waste of all I have.
Then do but say to me what I should do,
That in your knowledge may by me be done,
And I am preit unto it: therefore, speak.
Ball In Belmont is a lady richly left,
And the is fair, and, fairer than that word,
Of wondrous virtues ; sometime, from her eyes (2)
I did receive fair fpeechless messages;
Her name is Portia, nothing undervalu'd
To Catc's daughter, Brutus' Portia :
Nor is the wide world ign'rant of her worth ;
For the four winds blow in from every coast
Renowned suitors ; and her funny locks
Hang on her temples like a golden fleece ;
Which makes her seat of Belmont, Colchos' ftrand;
And many Jasons 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 prefages me such thrift,
That I hould questionless be fortunate.
Anth. Thou know'st, that all my fortunes are at sea,
Nor have I money, nor commodity
To raise a present fum; therefore, go forth;
Try what my credit can in Venice do ;
That thall be rack'd even to the uttermolt,
To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia :
Go, presently enquire, and so will I,
Where money is; and I no queition make,
To have it of
my truit, or for
(2) sometimes from her Eyes) So all the Editions ; but it certainly ought to be, sometime, (which differs much more in Signifi ation, than seems at first View :) i. e. formerly, some time ago, at a certain time : and it appears by the subsequent Scene, that Baja Sanio was a' Belmont 'with the Marquis de Mortferrat, and saw Portia in her Father's life-time. And our Author, in several other Places, uses the Word in such Acceptation.