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I or. Descend, for you must be my torch-bearer.
Fes. What, must I hold a candle to my shames?
Lor. So are you, sweet,
Jes. I will make fast the doors, and gild myself With some more ducats, and be with you
[Exit from above. Gra. Now by my hood, a Gentile, 3 and no Jcw.
Lor. Beshrew me, but I love her heartily :
Enter Felica below. What, art thou come ?-On, gentlemen, away; Our masquing mates by this time for us stay. [Exit
. Enter Antbonio. Anib. Who's there? Gra. Signior Anthonio?
Antb. Fie, Gratiano! where are all the rest? 'Tis nine o'clock, our friends all stay for you:No masque to night ;-the wind is come about, Bassanio presently will
go aboard : I have sent twenty out to seek for you.
a Gentile, and no Jew.] A jest rising from the ambiguity of Gentile, which fignifies both a Heatben, and one well born. JOHNSON.
Gra. I am glad on't ; I desire no more delight Than to be under fail, and gone to-night. [Exeunt.
SCE N E VII.
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. (Three caskets are discovered.
Mor. The first of gold, which this inscription bears; Who cbufeth me shall gain what many men defire. The second silver, which this promite carries ;Wbo chuseth me fall get as much as he deserves. This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt;tWho chuseth me, must give and hazard all he hath.How shall I know if I do chuse the right?
Por. The one of them contains my picture, prince: If you chuse 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 chuseth me, must give and hazard all be 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 not give, nor hazard, aught for lead. What says the filver with her virgin hue? Wbo chuseth me, Mall get as much as he deserves. As much as he deferves ?-Paule there, Morocco, And weigh thy value with an even hand. If thou be'st rated by thy estimation,
as blunt.] That is, as gross as the dull metal. JOHNSON.
Thou dost deserve enough; and yet enough
there, Then I am yours.
(Unlocking the gold casket.
Mor. O hell! what have we here?
All that glisters is not gold;
well; your suit is cold.
Por. A gentleriddance:-draw the curtains; goLet all of his complexion chuse me so.? (Exeunt.
Gilded wood may worms infeld.] In all the old editions this line is written thus :
Gilded timber do worms infold. From which Mr. Rowe and all the following editors have made
Gilded wood may worms infold. A line not bad in itself, but not so applicable to the occasion as that which, I believe, Shakespeare wrote.
Gilded tombs do worms infold.
• Your answer had not been inscrol'd ;] Since there is an answer inscrol'd or written in every casket, I believe for your we should read this. When the words were written y' and y', the mistake was easy. JOHNSON.
? Chuse me fo.] The old quarto edition of 1600 has no distribution of acts, but proceeds from the beginning to the end in an unbroken tenour. This play therefore having been probably divided without authority by the publishers of the firit folio, lies open to a new regulation, if any more commodious division can be
Changes to Venice.
Enter Solarino and Sclanio.
Sola. The villain Jew with outcries rais'd the duke, Who went with him to search Ballanio's ship.
Sal. He came too late, the ship was under fail :
Sola. I never heard a passion so confus’d,
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. I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday ; Who told me, in the narrow seas, that part proposed. The fory is itself so wildly incredible, and the changes of the scene fo frequent and capricious, that the probability of action does not defcrve much care ; yet it may be proper to observe, thar, by concluding the second ad here, time is given for Balfamio's paffage to Belmont. JOHNSON.