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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.
valour's excrement,] i. e. what a little higher is called the beard of Hercules. VOL. III.
Thus ornament is but the guiled shore
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,
the guiled shore --] i. e. the treacherous shore. Shakspeare in this instance, as in many others, confounds the participles. Guiled stands for guiling.
1 Fair Portia's counterfeit?] Counterfeit, which is at present used only in a had sense, anciently signified a likeness, a resemibiance, without comprehending any idea of fraud.
And leave itself unfurnish'd: Yet look, how far
You that choose not by the view,
your lady is,
A gentle scroll;--Fair lady, by your leave;
Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I stand,
Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpractis'd:
presage the ruin of your love, And be my vantage to exclaim on you.
Bass. Madam, you have bereft me of all words, Only my blood speaks to you in
veins: And there is such confusion in my powers, As, after some oration fairly spoke By a beloved prince, there doth appear Ainong the buzzing pleased multitude; Where every something, being blent together, Turns to a wild of nothing, save of joy, Express'd, and not express’d: 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 our wishes prosper, To cry, good joy; Good joy, my lord, and lady!
Gra. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady,
being blent together,] i. e. blended.
you can wish none from me:] That is, none away from mne; none that I shall lose, if you gain it.
The bargain of your faith, I do beseech
you, Even at that 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. 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, deluy.