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Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end,
[Music plays, and Bassanio goes to the caskets.
Por. O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstacy,
Bass. What find I here?
eyesHow could he see to do them? having made one, Methinks, it should have power to steal both his, And leave itself unfinish'd. Here's the scroll, The continent and summary of my fortune,
your lady is,
[Kissing her. I come by note to give, and to receive. As doubtful whether what I see be true, Until confirm’d, sign’d, ratify'd, by you.
(55) The position of the third casket has been designated before in note 46: and it has, in fact, more of the shape of a casket than either of the other two.
Por. You see me, 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 twenty 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 sum of me Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpractis'd: Happy in this ; she is not yet so old But she may learn ; more happy then in this, She is not bred so dull but she can learn; Happiest of all is, that her gentle spirit Commits itself to yours to be directed, As from her lord, her governor, her king. Myself, and what is mine, to you and
yours, Is now converted. But now I was the lord Of this fair mansion, master of my servants, Queen o'er myself; and even now, but now, This house, these servants, and this same myself, Are yours, my lord, I give them with this ring, Which, when you part from, lose, or give away, Let it presage the ruin of your love, And be my vantage to exclaim on you.
Bass. Madam, you have bereft me of all words ; But when this ring
Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence; 0, then be bold to say Bassanio's dead.
Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time, That have stood by, and seen your wishes prosper, To cry, great 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; For, I am sure, you wish none from me; And when your honours mean to solemnize The bargain of your faith, I do beseech
you, Ev’n at ihat time, I may be married too.
Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife.
Gra. I thank your lordship, you have got me one.
Por. Is this true, Nerissa?
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? [stake down.
Gra. No, we shall ne'er win at that sport, and But who comes here? Lorenzo and his infidel? What, and my old Venetian friend, Salanio?
Enter LORENZO, JESSICA, and SALANIO. Bass. Lorenzo and Salanio welcome hither; If that the youth of our new interest here, [leave, Have power to bid you welcome. I bid my friends and contrymen, (Sweet Portia) welcome.
[come. Por. So do I, my lord; they are entirely wel
Lor. I thank your honour; for my part, my lord, My purpose was not to have seen you here; But meeting with Salanio by the way, He did intreat me, past all suying nuy, To come with him along.
Sal. I did, my lord, And I have reason for't ; Signior Anthonio Commends him to you. [Gives Bassanio a Letter.
Bass. Ere I ope his letter, 1 pray you tell me how my good friend doth. Sal. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind :