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For fear I surfeit ! [Opening the leaden casket,
Bal. What find I here? Fair Portia's counterfeit ? What Demy-god Hath come so near creation ? Move these eyes? Or whether, riding on the balls of mine, Seem they in motion ? Here are sever'd lips Parted with sugar breath; so sweet a bar Should sunder such sweet friends. Here in her hairs The painter plays the spider; and hath woven A golden mesh to intrap the hearts of men, Fafter than gnats in cobwebs. But her eyes, How could he see to do them? having made one, Methinks, it should have power to steal both his, And leave itself unfurnish'd.' Yet look how far The substance of my praise doth wrong this shadow In underprizing it, so far this shadow Doth limp behind the substance. Here's the scrowl, The continent and summary of my fortune.
The folio and one of the quartos,
In measure raine rhy joy.
In measure rein thy joy. The words rain and rein were not in these times distinguihed by regular orthography. There is no difficulty in the present read. ing, only where the copies vary fome suspicion of error is always raifod. JOHNSON.
I believe Shakespeare alluded to the well-known proverb, It cannot rain, but it pours. STEEVENS.
Methinks it should have pou'r ro fleal both bis,
And leave itjelf unfurnish'd :-) I know not how unfinish'd has intruded without notice into the later editions, as the quartos and folio have unfurnished, which Sir Tho. Hanmer has received. Perhaps it might be,
And leave himself unfurnisb’d. JOHNSON.
You that chuse not by the view,
And claim ber with a loving kiss.
Por. You see, my lord Bassanio, where I stand, Such as I am. Tho', for myself alone, I would not be ambitious in my wish, To wish myself much better ; yet, for you, I would be trebled cwenty times myself, A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times More rich; that, to stand high in your account, I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends, Exceed account: but the full fum of me Is sum of something; ? which, to term in gross, Is an unleffon'd girl, unschool'd, unpractis'd :
* Peals.] The second 4to reads, Pearles of praise. JOHNSON,
3 Is sum of something,] We hould read, some of something, i. e. only a piece, or part only of an imperfect account; which the explains in the following line. WARBURTON. Thus one of the quartos. The folio reads, Is fum of nothing.
Happy in this, she is not yet so old
Bel. Madam, you have bereft me of all words,
Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time, That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosper, To cry, good joy, Good joy, my lord and lady!
Gra. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady, I wish you all the joy that you can wish;
or, I am sure, you can with none 4 from me: And when your honours mean to folemnize The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you, Even at that time I may be married too.
-you can wish none from me :) That is, none away from me; none that I shall lose, if you gain it. JOHNSON.
Bal. With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife.
Gra. I thank your lordship; you have got me onc.
Por. Is this true, Nerissa?
marriage. Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy, for a thousand ducats.
Ner. What, and stake down?
Enter Lorenzo, Jeffica, and Salanio.
Por. So do I, my lord; they are entirely welcome,
My purpose was not to have seen you here;
Sal. I did, my lord,
[Gives Bajanio a letter. Baf. Ere I ope his letter, I pray you tell me how my good friend doth.
Sal. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind; Nor well, unless in mind : his letter there Will shew you his estate. [Bassanio opens a letter,
Gra. Neriffa, cheer yon' ftranger: bid her welcome. Your hand, Salanio; What's the news from Venice? How doth that royal merchant, good Anthonio? I know, he will be glad of our success: We are the Jasons, we have won the feece. Sal. Would you had won the fleece, that he hath
loft! Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon' fame
Bal. O sweet Portia,