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To show how costly summer was at hand,
As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.
Por. No more, I pray thee; I am half

afeard, Thou wilt say anon, he is some kin to thee, Thou spend’st such high-day' wit in praising

him. Come, come, Nerissa ; for I long to see Quick Cupid's post, that comes so mannerly. Ner. Bassanio, lord love, if thy will it be!



9- high-day wit, &c.] So, in The Merry Wives of Windsor : " he speaks holiday.

STEEVENS. " Hey-day, an interjection, (forHigh-day.) An ex“ pression of frolic and exultation, and, sometimes, “ of wonder.” Johnson's Dictionary; this passage being quoted as an example: In this place, however, it seems to be taken adjectively, and to have a sense pretty similar to the word high-flown i. e. lofty, ertravagant, &c. E.

i Bassanio, lord love, if thy will, &c.] Lord must be coupled to Love; as if she had said, “Imperial Love, if it be thy will, let it be Bassanio " whom this messenger foreruns." THEOBALD.

In the interval between this Act and the next, I am inclined to place a considerable portion of the three months which must necessarily be understood to pass between the commencement of the action of this play and its final completion. E.


Venice. A Street.

Enter Salanio and Salarino.
Salan. Now, what new on the Rialto ?

Salar. Why, yet it lives there uncheck’d, that Anthonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck'd on the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal, where the carcasses of many a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip report be an honest woman of her word.

Salan. I would she were as lying a gossip in that, as ever knapt ginger,' or made her


* Scene I.-Shylock in this Scene, upon receiving from his friend Tubal a confirmation of the news of Anthonio's misfortunes and losses at sea, desires him to “fee him an officer,” and “bespeak him a forte " night before;" from whence we may reasonably conclude that this should, in fancy, be fixed at the period of, at least, so much time before the ensuing, since in that, intelligence is brought to Belmont, not only of the failure of Anthonio's credit, but the absolute forfeiture of the bond, and the Jew's resolution to exact the penalty. This consideration, however, affords no certain ground for a conclusion respecting the precise distance of time between the last and present Scenes. E.

I knapt ginger,] To knap is to break short. The word occurs in the Psalms. STEEVENS

neighbours believe 2 she wept for the death of a third husband : But it is true, without any slips of prolixity, or crossing the plain highway of talk,—that the good Anthonio, the honest Anthonio,----Othat I had a title good enough to keep his name company

Salar. Come, the full stop.

Salan. Ha--what say'st thou ?-_Why the end is, he hath lost a ship. : - Salar. I would it might prove the end of his losses !

Şulan. Let me say amen betimes, lest the devil cross my prayer;3 for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.

Enter worowwerworer 2. She wept for the death of a third husband :] We may suppose him to draw a conclusion as to the sincerity of her grief for the last, from the circumstance of her having had three husbands. E.

3- cross my prayer ;] Meaning the prayer of his companion, which he would make his own by saying amento it; for this, in all congregational prayers, is the force of that formula : Those who changed my to thy, viz. Mr. Theobald and Dr. Warburton, seem to have thought amen a conjuring formula, that sanctified the prayer, and prevented the devil's crossing it. CAPELL.

It is needless to add, that the devil (in the shape of a Jew) could not cross Salarino's prayer, which, as far as it was singly his, was already ended.

Heath. The sense, as deducible from the foregoing remarks, seem to be “ Let me say amen, betimes, that


Enter Shylock. How now, Shylock ? what news among the merchants ?

Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as you, of my daughter's flight.

Salar. That's certain ; I, for my part, knew the taylor that made the wings she flew withal.

Sulan. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was fledg'd; and then it is the complexion of them all to leave the dam.

Shy. She is damnd for it.

Salar. That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.

Shy. My own flesh and blood to rebel! Salan. Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it

at these years ? Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and

blood. Salar. There is more difference between thy flesh and hers, than between jet and ivory; more between your bloods, than there is between red wine and rhenish :-But tell us, do you hear, whether Anthonio have had any loss at sea or no ?


“ the devil may not, if it be delayed, have an op“ portunity of defeating, by his evil influence, the “ success of the wish or prayer, which, by a reference to what Salarino had just uttered, is implied in the pronouncing of the word-amen.E.

Shy. There I have another bad match : a bankrupt, a prodigal,4 who dare scarce show his head on the Rialto ;-a beggar that us’d to come so smug upon the mart;-let him look to his bond: he was wont to call me usurer ;let him look to his bond: he was wont to lend money for a Christian courtesy ;- let him look to his bond.

Salar. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh ; What's that good for?

Shy. To bait fish withal : if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgrac'd me, and hinder'd me of half a million ; laugh'd at my losses, mock'd at my gains, scorn'd my nation, thwarted my bargains, cool'd my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason! I am a Jew: Hath not a Jew eyes ?5 hath not a Jew hands ;


-a bankrupt, a prodigal, &c.] His lending money without interest, was reason enough for the Jew to call him prodigal; and this Shylock upbraids him with immediately after : “he was wont « (not only he did in this instance, but it was his ~ custom) to lend money for a Christian courtesy."

EDWARDS. There could be, in Shylock's opinion, no prodigality more culpable than such liberality as that by which a man exposes himself to ruin for his friend.

JOHNSON 5 Hath not a Jew eyes ? &c.] The great principle of universal charity, which soars above the partial


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