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Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end,
[Music plays, and Bassanio goes to the caskets.
Bass. So may the outward shews be least them-
Por. O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstacy,
Bass. What find I here?
You that choose not by the view,
And claim her with a loving kiss.
(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..
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,
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,
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 SALANIÓ. Bass. Lorenzo and Salanio welcome hither; If that the youth of our new interest here, (leave, Have power to bid you welcome. By your 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 saying 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, I pray you tell me how my good friend doth. Sal. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind :