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master, with his horn full of good news : my master will be here ere morning.
[Erit. Lor. Sweet soul, let 's in, and there expect their
Enter Musicians. Come, ho, and wake Diana with a hymn; With sweetest touches pierce your mistress' ear, And draw her home with music. Jes. I am never merry when I hear sweet music.
L' A patine is the small flat dish or plate used in the admi. nistration of the Eucharist.'-Aalone.
Lor. The reason is, your spirits are attentive :
air of music touch their ears,
Enter PORTIA and NERISSA, at a distance.
Empties itself, as doth an inland brook
Ner. It is your music, madam, of the house.
Por. Nothing is good, I see, without respect : 1 Methinks, it sounds much sweeter than by day.
Ner. Silence bestows that virtue on it, madam.
Por. The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark, When neither is attended; and, I think, The nightingale, if she should sing by day, When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the wren. How many things by season season'd are To their right praise and true perfection ! Peace, hoa! the moon sleeps with Endymion, And would not be awaked !
[music ceases. Lor.
That is the voice, Or I am much deceived, of Portia. Por. He knows me, as the blind man knows the
cuckoo, By the bad voice.
Lor. Dear lady, welcome home.
Madam, they are not yet ;
1.Not absolutely, but relatively good, as it is modified by circumstances.'-Johnson.
Go in, Nerissa;
[a tucket 1 sounds.
sick ; It looks a little paler : ’tis a day, Such as the day is when the sun is hid.
Enter BASSANIO, ANTONIO, GRATIANO, and their
followers. Bas. We should hold day with the Antipodes, If you
would walk in absence of the sun. Por. Let me give light, but let me not be light; For a light wife doth make a heavy husband, And never be Bassanio so for me. But God sort ? all !-You are welcome home, my
lord. Bas. I thank you, madam : give welcome to my
friend. This is the man, this is Antonio, To whom I am so infinitely bound. Por. You should in all sense be much bound to
I A florish on a trumpet.
For, as I hear, he was much bound for you.
Ant. No more than I am well acquitted of.
Por. Sir, you are very welcome to our house : It must appear in other ways than words ; Therefore I scant this breathing courtesy.1
[Gra. and Ner. seem to talk apart, Gra. By yonder moon, I swear, you do me
do take it, love, so much at heart. Por. A quarrel, ho, already? what's the matter?
Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring
Ner. What talk you of the poesy or the value ?
vehement oaths, You should have been respective, and have kept it. Gave it a judge's clerk !—but well I know, The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face, that
had it. Gra. He will, an if he live to be a man. Ner. Ay, if a woman live to be a man.
| This verbal complimentary form. 9 Knives were formerly inscribed, by means of aqua fortis, with sbort sentences in distich.