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it was my torquoise ; I had it of Leah, when I was a bachelor: I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.
Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone.
Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true: Go, Tubal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight before: I will have the heart of bin, if he forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandize I will : Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue; go, good Tubal; at our synagogue, Tubal. [Exeunt.
Portia's House at Belmont - The Three Caskets of
Gold, Silver, and Lead, are set out.
PORTIA, BASSANIO, NERISSA, GRATIANO, SINGERS,
MUSICIANS, PAGES, and other ATTENDANTS, discovered.
Bass. I am enjoin'd by oath to observe three things: First, never to unfold to any one, Which casket 'twas I chose; next, if I fail Of the right casket, never in my life To woo 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 injunctions every one doth swear, That comes to hazard for my worthless self.
Bass. And so have I address'd me. -Fortune now To my heart's hope !
Por. I pray you, tarry; pause a day or two
There's something tells me, but it is not love,
Bass. Let me chuse;
Por. Away, then: I am lock'd in one of them; If
you do love me, you will find me out.Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof.-Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Fading in music: that the comparison May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream, And wat’ry death-bed for him.
A Song, whilst BASSANIO Comments on the Caskets to
How begot, how nourished ?
I'll begin it,- Ding, dung, bell.
let i Who chuseth me, shall gain what many men desire. That niay be meant Of the fool multitude, that chuse by show; The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament ? Thus ornament is but the guiled shore To a most dang’rous sea; the beauteous scarf Veiling an Indian beauty.
tu Therefore, thou gaudy gold, Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee. Who chuseth me, shall get as much as he deserves. And well said too; for who shall go about To cozen fortune, and be honourable Without the stamp of merit ? O, that estates, degrees, and offices, Were noi deriv'd corruptly! and that clear honour Were purchas'd by the merit of the wearer! How many then should cover, that stand bare! How
many be commanded, that command !
Por. How all the other passions fleet to air !
Bass. [Opening the Leaden Casket.] What find I
[Reads.) You that chuse not by the view,
Chance as fair, and chuse as true !
If you be well pleas'd with this,
A gentle scroll !-- Fair lady, by your leave!
Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I stand,
Only my blood speaks to you in my veins :
Ner. My lord, and lady, it is now our time,
Gra. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady,
be marry'd too. Bass. With-all my heart, so thou canst get a
Por, Is this true, Nerissa?