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Enter Jessica above, in boy's clothes. Jes. Who are you? Tell me, for more certainty, Albeit I'll swear that I do know your tongue.
Lor. Lorenzo, and thy love.
Jes. Lorenzo, certain; and my love, indeed; For who love I so much? And now who knows, But you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours? Lor. Heaven, and thy thoughts, are witness that
thou art. - Jes. Here, catch this casket; it is worth the pains. I am glad 'tis night, you do not look on me, For I am much ashamed of my exchange : But love is blind, and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit; For if they could, Cupid himself would blush To see me thus transformed to a boy.
Lor. Descend, for you must be my torch-bearer.
Jes. What, must I hold a candle to my shames ?
So are you, sweet,
Jes. I will make fast the doors, and gild myself With some more ducats, and be with you straight.
[Exit, from above. Gra. Now, by my hood, a Gentile, and no Jew.
Lor. Beshrew me, but I love her heartily;
Enter Jessica, below. :
Our masquing mates by this time for us stay.
: [Exit with Jessica and Salarino.
Ant. Fye, fye, Gratiano ! where are all the rest ?
Gra. I am glad on't; I desire no more delight, Than to be under sail, and gone to-night.
A room in Portia's house.
Flourish of cornets. Enter Portia, with the prince of
Morocco, and both their trains. Por. Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover The several caskets to this noble prince :Now make your choice. Mor. The first, of gold, who this inscription
bears ; Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire. The second, silver, which this promise carries ;Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves. This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt; Who chooseth me, must give and huzard all he hath. How shall I know if I do choose the right?
Por. The one of them contains my picture, prince; If you choose 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 chooseth me, must give and hazard all he hath. Must give-For what? for lead ? hazard 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 aught for lead. What says the silver, with her virgin hue? Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves. As much as he deserves ?-Pause there, Morocco, And weigh thy value with an even hand ; If thou be'st rated by thy estimation, Thou dost deserve enough; and yet enough May not extend so far as to the lady; And yet to be afeard of my deserving, Were but a weak disabling of myself. 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 further, but chose here Let's see once more this saying grav'd in gold : Who chooseth mo, shall gain what many men desire. 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 Hyrcanian deserts, and the vasty wilds Of wide Arabia, are as through-fares now, For princes to come view fair Portia : The watery kingdom, whose ambitious head Spits in the face of heaven, is no bar To stop the foreign spirits ; but they come, As o'er a brook, to see fair Portia. One of these three contains her heavenly picture. Is't like, that lead contains her?' 'Twere damnation, To think so base a thought; it were too grass To rib* her cerecloth 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 gem Was set in worse than gold. They have in England A coin, that bears the figure of an angel
Stamped in gold: but that's insculp'd * upon ;
there, Then I am yours. [He unlocks the golden casket.
Mor. . O hell! what have we here?
All that glisters is not gold,
Fare you well ; ·your suit is cold.
Then, farewell, heat; and, welcome, frost.
go;Let all of his complexion choose me so. [Exeunt.
· Enter Salarino and Salanio. Salar. Why man, I saw Bassanio under sail; With him is Gratiano gone along; And in their ship, I am sure, Lorenzo is not. ' Salan. The villain Jew with outcries rais'd the Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.
duke ; . . . . * Engraven, .
Salar. He came too late, the ship was under sail : But there the duke was given to understand, That in a gondola were seen together Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica : . Besides, Antonio certify'd the duke, They were not with Bassanio in his ship.
Salan. I never heard a passion so confus’d, . So strange, 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? - my Christian ducats !Justice! the law ! my ducats, and my daughter ! A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats, Of double ducats, stol'n from me by my daughter ! And jewels ; two stones, two rich and precious stones, Stoln by my daughter !- Justice! find the girl! She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats!
Salar. Why, all the boys in Venice follow him, . Crying,-his stones, his daughter, and his ducats.
Salan. Let good Antonio look he keep his day, Or he shall pay for this. Salar.
Marry, well remember'd : 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 Antonio, when he told me; . And wish'd in silence that it were not his. Salan. You were best to tell Antonio what you
hear; Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.
Salar. A kinder gentleman treads not the earth. I saw Bassanio and Antonio part : Bassanio told him he would make some speed Of his return; he answer'd-Do not so, Slubber not t business for my sake, Bassanio, But stay the very riping of the time; And for the Jew's bond, which he hath of me,
* Conversed. + To slubber is to do a thing carelessly.