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2. It is engender'd in the eyes,
With gazing fed; and fancy dies
Let us all ring fancy's knell;
All. Ding, dong, bell.
gracious voice,] Pleasing, winning favour. 7.- approve it -] i. e. justify it.,
valour's excrement,] i. e. what a little higher is called the beard of Hercules.
Thus ornament is but the guiled shoreo
Por. How all the other passions fleet to air,
What find I here?
[Opening the leaden casket. Fair Portia's counterfeit?? What demi-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 entrap the hearts of men, Faster 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,
1 golden mesh to ne spider; and here in her hairs
the guiled shore ---] i. e. the treacherous shore. Shakspeare in this instance, as in many others, confounds the participles. Guiled stands for guiling. . Fair Portia's counterfeit?] Counterfeit, which is at present used only in a bad sense, anciently signified a likeness, a resenice biance, without comprehending any idea of fraud.
And leave itself unfurnish'd: Yet look, how far
You that choose not by the view,
Since this fortune falls to you,
A gentle scroll;--Fair lady, by your leave;
Kissing her. I come by note, to give, and to receive. Like one of two contending in a prize, That thinks he hath done well in people's eyes, Hearing applause, and universal shout, Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt Whether those peals of praise be his or no; So, thrice fair lady, stand I, even so; As doubtful whether what I see be true, Until confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you.'.
Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I stand, Such as I am: though, for myself alone, I would not be ambitious in my wish, To wish myself much better; yet, for you, I would be trebled twenty times myself; A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times More rich; That only to stand high on your account, I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends, Exceed account: but the full sum of me Is sum of something; which, to terin in gross,
Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpractis'd:
Bass. Madam, you have béreft 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,
2 cm being blent together,] i. e. blended.
- you can wish none from me:] That is, none: away from me; none that I shall-Jose, if you gain it.......
The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you,
Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife.
Gra, I thank your lordship; you have got me one. My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours: You saw the mistress, I beheld the maid; You lov’d, I lov’d; for intermission* No more pertains to me, my lord, than you. Your fortune stood upon the caskets there; And so did mine too, as the matter falls: For wooing here, until I sweat again; And swearing, till my very roof was dry With oaths of love; at last,-if promise last, I got a promise of this fair one here, To have her love, provided that your fortune Achiev'd her mistress. Por.
Is this true, Nerissa? Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand pleas'd withal. Bass. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith? Gra. Yes, 'faith, my lord. Bass. Our feast shall be much honour'd in your
marriage. . Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy for a thousand ducats.
Ner. What, and stake down?
Enter Lorenzo, Jessica, and Salerio. Bass. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither; If that the youth of my new interest here Have power to bid you'welcome:-By your leave,
' for intermission--] Intermission is pause, intervening time, delay.