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Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship. 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, Anthonio 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 daugh
ter ! Fled with a Christian !m-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 too, stones, rich and precious stones, Stol'n 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 du
cats ! Salan. Let good Anthonio look he keep his
day, Or he shall pay for this.
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 Anthonio, when he told me; And wish'd in silence, that it were not his.
Salan. You were best to tell Anthonio what
Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him. Salar. A kinder gentleman treads not the
earth. I saw Bassanio and Anthonio
part: Bassanio, told him he would make some speed Of his return; he answer'd,-Do not so, Slubber not a business for my sake, Bassanio,
1 I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday ;] i.e. I conversed. So, in King John :
“ Our griefs, and not our manners reason now."
Again, in Chapman's translation of the fourth book of the Odyssey :
« The morning shall yield time to you and me, “ To do what fits, and reason mutually.”
ŠTEEVENS. This is an arrant Gallicism ; used, as the French do their Je raisonnois, for-" I talked,” simply.
CAPELL. The Italian ragionare is used in the same sense.
J. M. Mason. 2 Slubber not] To slubber is to do any thing carelessly, imperfectly. So, in Nash's Lenten Stuff, &c. 1599:
-they But stay
very riping of the time; And for the Jew's bond, which he hath of me, Let it not enter in your mind, of love ;3
66 - they slubber'd thee over so negligently." Again, in Beaumont and Fletcher's Wit without Money : “ I am as haste ordain'd me, a thing slubber'd.”
STEEVENS. in your
mind of love ;] There ought to have been a comma after the word, mind, for the sense is—" Let me entreat you by our mutual love, 6 that
you take not the least thought of it.” Heath. I once fancied, that another sense was intended, inconsistent with this pointing ; namely,—" in your “ mind that is and should be engaged by love and “ love-matters :" but as this anticipates somewhat the thoughts that follow, the other meaning, which is besides more pathetic, is to be preferred : of love, is every day used by us in the sense of_" for love's " sake.” CAPELL.
Of love, is an adjuration sometimes used by Shakspeare. So, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act ii. Scene 7 : " Quick desires you to send her
of all loves :" i.e. she desires you to send him by all means. Your mind of love may, however, in this instance,
your loving mind.” So, in the Tragedie of Cræsus, 1604: a “mind of treason," is a treasonable snind. “ Those that speak freely, have no mind of treason.”'
STEEVENS. Agreeably to the latter mode of explanation, it may be, without any reference to love as a passion,
Be merry; and employ your chiefest thoughts4
" Your mind that is full of affectionate regard and “ tender solicitude for your friends, and, therefore,
more liable to be rendered unhappy by the appre“ hension of any danger likely to befasthem." E.
-and employ your chiefest thoughts] The sense seems here evidently to require we should read
5 And even there, his eye being big with tears,] The description here given of the parting of two friends, would make a beautiful and affecting subject for the pencil. Mrs. GRIFFITH.
So curious an observer of nature was our author, and so minutely had he traced the operation of the passions, that many passages of his works might furnish hints to painters. In the passage before us, we have the outline of a beautiful picture. MALONE,
It may be matter of surprise that the foregoing remarks did not attract the attention of some of the artists who furnished designs for Boydell's Shakspeare Gallery. E.
-embraced heaviness] Dr. Warburton, with that grossness of taste which characterizes so many
With some delight or other.
Do we so.
of his observations, stiles this an “unmeaning epi. " thet." E.
-embraced heaviness) i.e. The heaviness which he indulges, and is fond of. EDWARDS. We say
of a man now, that “ he hugs his sorrows," and why might not Anthonio embrace heaviness? So, in Much Ado about Nothing, Scene 1:
- You embrace your charge too willingly," Again, in this play of the Merchant of Venice, Act iii. Scene 2: " -doubtful thoughts and rash-embrac'd despair."