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Sola. Believe me, Sir, had I such venture forth,
Sal. My wind, cooling my broth,
Anth. Believe me, no: I thank my fortune for it,
Sola. Why then you are in love.
Sola. Not in love neither ! then let's say, you're fad,
And laugh, like parrots, at a bag-piper ;
Enter Bassanio, Lorenzo and Gratiano.
Sal. Here comes Bafanio, your most noble kinsman, Gratiano and Lorenzo : fare ye well; We leave ye now with better company.
Sola. I would have staid 'till I had made you merry, If worthier friends had not prevented me.
Anth. Your worth is very dear in my regard :
Sal. Good-morrow, my gocd lords.
Bal. Good Signiors both, when shall we laugh: say, when? You grow exceeding strange; mult it be fo?
Sal. We'll make our leisures to attend on yours. Sola. My Lord Bassanio, fince you've found Anthonio, We two will leave you ;. but at dinner. time, I pray you, have in mind where we must meet. Bali I will not fail you.
[Exeunt Solar, and Sala. Gra. You look not well, Signior Anthonio ; You have too much respect upon the world: They lofe it, that do buy it with much care. Believe me, you are marvellously chang’d.
Anth. I hold the world but as the world, Gratiara,
Gra. Let me play the fool;
Do cream and mantle like a standing pond ;
Anthonio. I do know of those,
Lor. Well, we wiil leave you then 'till dinner-time. 1 must be one of these fame dumb wife men : For Gratiano never lets me speak.
Gra. Well, keep me company but two years more, Thou shalt not know the found of thine own tongue.
Anth. Farewel; I'll grow a talker for this gear,
Gra. Thanks, i' faith; for silence is only commendable In a neat's tongue dry'd, and a maid not vendible.
[Excunt Gra, and Loren. Anth. Is that any thing now?
BoflGratiang (peaks an infinite deal-of nothing, more than any man in ail l'enice : bis reasons are as grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall
(1) - weuli alino damn iule Ears,] Several old Elitions have it, dam, danmr, and coun. Some more correct Copies, damx. The Author's Meaning is shis ; That some people are thought wise, whilst they keep Silence; who, when they open their Mouths, are Luch stupid Praters, that their Hearers cannot help calling them Fools, and so incur the Judgment denounced in the Gospel. The Allufion is to St. Mattbewo, Chap. v. ver. 22. Anil whofocver fall fun to kis Brother, Raca, fhall be in danger of the Council : bui whofdever fball fay, thou Fool field. bi ir danger of Holl-fire.
Teek all day ere you find them, and when you have them, they are not worth the search.
Anth. Well; tell me now, what lady is the same,
Baj. 'Tis not unknown to you, Anthonio,
Anth. I pray you, good Bafanio, let me know it ;
Ball. In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft, I shot his fellow of the self-fame fight 'The felf-fame way, with more advised watch, To find the other forth ; by ventring both, I oft found both. I urge this childhood proof, Because what follows is
Anth. You know me well ; and herein spend but time,
Than if you had made waste of all I have.
Ball In Belmont is a lady richly left,
Anth. Thou know't, that all my fortunes are at sea,
sometimes from her Eyes] So all the Editions ; but it certainly ought to be, sometime, (which differs much more in Signifi ation, than seems at first View :) i. e. formerly, some time ago, at a certain time : and it appears by the subsequent Scene, that Baja Sanio was a Belino11t with the Marquis de Mor:ferrat, and saw Portia in her Father's life-time. And our Author, in several other Places, uses the Word in such Acceptation.