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Enter Ballania, Zarense, and Gracianom
Salan. Here comes Bafanio your moft nobke kinsman,
Gratiansand Lorenfa : Faryewell,
you now with
Salar. I would haue Ataide cill I had made you merry,
If worthier friends had not preacnted mc.
Anth. Your worth is very deere in my regard..
I take it your owne businefic cale on you,
And you embrace the occasion to depart.
Salar. Good morrow my good Lords.
Bafl. Good figniors boch, when Chall we laugha say, when? You grow exceeding Étrange: mult it be so i Salur. Wce'l make our leysures to attend on yours..
Excaxt Salarina and Salania, Lor.My Lord Baffanio,lince you have found Ant banco, We two will leave you; buk ar dinger tigne I pray you haue in minda where we must mecie.. Bal. I willạnot faile you..
Gras. You looke not well ligalos Anskonio,
You hauetoo much respearpon the world:
They loose it that do buy it with much çares
Belccuc me you are meruiloufly chang'do
Ant. I hold the world buças the world Orusiano
Aftage, where cuery one must play a part,
And minc a sad one.
Gra. Let me play the foole, wica mirch
and laugheer les old parinkles come;
And let my Liner rather heate with wine, ;
Then my heart coole with mortifying groncs.
Why should a man whose blood is warme within,
Sit like his Grundfire cutia Alablafter?
Sleepe when he wakes ? and crcepe into thc Iaundies.
By being peeuilh ? I cell theç what Ansbaaiv,
Lloue chee, and tis my lou cha Ipcakes.
There are a sort of men, whosc visages
Doc dreame and mantle like a ftanding pond,
And do a wilfull Ailnesse entertaine,
With purpose to be dreft iq an opinion
Of wiledome, grauity,profound conceir,
As who should say, Iain Gir Oracle,
And when I ope my lips,letno dog barke.
Omy Anthonio, I do know of those
That therefore onely are repuced wise
For saying nothing; when I am very sure
If they Mould speake, would almost dam those cares,
Which hearing them would call their brothers fooles,
Ile cell chee more of this another cime.
But fill not with this melancholy baire,
For this foole gudgin,chis opinion :
Come good Lorenzo, farwell a while,
Ile end my exhortation after dinner.
Loren. Well, we will leaue you chen cisl dinner time.
I must be one of these fame dumbe wise men,
For Gratiano neuer lets me speake.
Gra.Well,keepe me company buc cwo yeares moc,
Thou shall not know the sound of thinc owne tongue,
An. Farwell, Ile grow a talker for this geare.
Gra.Thanks ifaith,for filence is onely commendable In a neats congue dried, and a maide not vendable.
Exett. An.It is that any thing now.
Bal.Gratiano spcakes an infinite deale of nothing more then. any man in all Venice, his seasons are as two graines of wheate hid in cwo bushels of chaffe: you shall secke all day ere you finde them, and when you haue them, they are not worth the search.
Ant. Well,tell me now what Lady is the same
To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage,
That you to day promisd to tell me of.
Ball.Tis not vnknowne to you Anthonio,
How much I hauc disabled mine estate,
By something shewing a more swelling port,
Then my faint meancs would grant continuancea
Nor do I now makc moane to be abridg'd
From such a noble rate, but my chcefe care
Is to come fairely off from the great debts
Wherein my time something too prodigall
Hath left me gag'd: to you Anthonio,
I owe the most in money and in loue,
And from your loùc I haue a warranty
To vnburthen all my plots and purposes
How to get clcere of all the debts I owe.
Autho. I pray you good Baffanio,let me know it,
And if it stand as you your selfe still do,
Within the eye of honour, be assured
My purse,mý person, my extremest meancs
Lic all vnlockt to your occafions,
Baf. In my schoole daycs.when I had lost oncfiaft,
I shot his fellow of the felfc-lame fighe
The selfe-Same way, with more aduised watch
To finde the other foorth, and by aducntring both,
I oft found both:Ivrge this child-hood proofe,
Because what followes, is pure innocence.
I owe you much and like a wilfull youth,
That which I owe is loft, but if you please
To shoote another arrow that felfe way
Which you did shoote the first, I do not doubt,
As I will watch the ayme or to finde both,
Or bring your latter hazard backe againe,
And thankfully reft debter for the first.
Ank. You know me well, and heerein spend but zime
To windc about my loue with circumstance,
And out of doubt you do me now more wrong
In making question of my vttermost,
Then if you had made waste of all I hauc:
Then do but say to me,what I should do,
That in your knowledge may by me be done,
And I am prest rato ic, therefore fpeakea
Bal. In Belmont is a Lady richly loft,
And she is faire, and fairer then that word,
Ofwondrous vertues. Sometimes from her eyes
I did receiue faire speechleffe messages.
Her name is Portis; nothing vader-valew'd
To Catos daughter, Brucus Porcin,
Nor is the wide world ignorant ofher Wocch,
For the foure winds blow in from every coate
Renowned sucors, and her funny lockcs
Hang on her temples like a gotden Hoece,
which makes her feat of Belmont, Colchor Brond
And many Iafons comes in quel of her,
Omy Anthonio, had I buc che mcanes
To hold a rivall place with orie of them,
I haue a minde presages me such thilfi,
That I should questionkele be foreunate.
Ant. Thou knows that alt my fortunes are atích,
Neither have I money, nor commodicy,
To raise a prefent fumme. Therefore go fora,
Try what my credit can in Venice.do;
That snall be rackt ouen to the yttermoft,
To furnish chce to Belmont to faico Portia.
Go presently enquire, and fo will i
wbere money is, and I no question make,
To hauc it of my truft, or for my fake. Et
Enter Portia with Barwanting tromar Namiffon
Fortia. By my troth Newifth, my little body is a wearic of
this great world.
Ner. You would be sweet Madam, if you miseries were in che
famc abundance as your good fortunes are: and yet for ough!
see, they are as fick chat surfet with too much as they thac Sarue
with nothing; it is no mone happineffe therefore to be feated
in the meane, superfluicy comes Looner by white hainen, bu
coinpetency liucs Jongea
Good semences, and well pronounced. Ner. They would be bener, if well followed. : Por. Ifto do, were as calie as to know what were good to do, Chappels had beene Churches, and poorc mens cottages, Princes Pallaces ; it is a good diuine that followes his owne inAru&tions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to bee done, then to be one of the cwenty to follow mine owne teaching: the brainc may deuise lawes for che blood, but a hot temper leapes ore a colde decree, such as hare is madnesse the youth, to skip ore the mches of good counsell the cripple; but this reasoning is not in the falajon to choose me a husband; Ome, the word choose, I may neycher choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike, fois the will of a living daughter curbd by the will of a dead father : is it noe hard Neriffa,chat I cannot choose one, not refuse none.
Ner. Your father was ouer vertuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations, therefore the lotery that he hath deuised in these three chests of gold, filuer, and leade, whereof who chooses his meaning chooses you, no doubt you wil neuer be chosen by any rightly, but one who
loue: Buç .what warmth is there in your affe&ion towards any of these Princely suters that are already come?
Por. I prethec ouer-name them, and as thou nameft them, I will describe them, and according to my defcription, leuell at
Ner. Firft, there is the Neapolitane Prince.
Por. I that's a colt indeed, for hce doth nothing but talke of his horse, and he makes it a great appropriation into his owne good parts, that he can shoo himselfe: I am much afeard my Lady his
Mother plaid false with a fmith.
Ner. Then there is the County Palatine.
Por. He doth nothing but frowne (as who should say,ifgou will not hauc me,choote; hac heares merry tales and smiles norg Ifeare he will produc the weeping Philolopher whé he growes. old, being so full of yamanneriy Sadnesse in his youth.) I had rac ther bc paricdoo a deaths head with a bone in his mouth, then