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Enter Ballania, Zarouse, and Graciano
Salan. Here comes Baffanio your molt aobke kinsman,
Gratiano and Lorenfa: Faryewell,
Welcauc you now with berser company.

Salar. I would haue Raide till I had made you merry,
If worthier friends had not prenchied me.

Anth. Your worth is very deere inmy regard..
I take it your owne busincfiecals on you,
And you embrace the occafion to depart.

Salar. Good morrow my good Lords.

Bafl.Good figniors both, when Chall we laughafay, when You grow exceeding Étrange: mult it be fo? Saltr. Wce'l makc our leysures to attend on yours...

Exeunt Salarine and Salania.

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Lor.My Lord Baffanio, lince you have found Amstboxið,
We two will leave you ; but ac dinaer cigne
I pray you haue in minda where we must meete.
Bal. I willinot faile you.

Gras. You looke not well fignior Anskonia.
You hauc too much respect voan the world:
They loose it that do buy it with much çares
Belccuc me you arc mcruailoufly.chang d.

Ant. I hold the world buças the world Gratiano,
Aftage, where cuery one must play a part,
And mine a sad one..

Gra, Lecmac play the foolen i
with mirth and laughter les old wrinkles come;
And let oay Livet rather heate with wine,
Then my heart coole with

mortifying groncs.
Why should a man whose blood is warme within,
Sie like his Grandhire cực in Alablaster ?
Sleepe when he wakes? and crcepe into the Jaundies.
By being peeuilh ? I tell thee what Ansbaaiv,
I loue chec, and tis my louçcha Ipcakes.
Thiere asc a sort of men, whos visages

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Doe dreame and mantle like a fanding poud,
And do a wilfull Ailnefse entertaine,
With purpose to be dreft iq an opinion
Of wisdome, grauity,profound conceir,
As who should say, I ain fir Oracle,
And when I ope my lips,letno dog barke.
O my Anthonio, I do know of those
That therefore oncly are reputed wise
For saying nothing; when I am very sure
If they should speake, would almost dam those cares,
Which hearing them would call their brochera fooles,
Ile tell thee more of this another cime.
But filh not with this melancholy baire,
For this foole gudgin,chis opinion :
Come good Lorenzo, farwell a while,
Ilc end my exhortation after dinner.

Loren. Well, we will leaue you chen cisl dinner time.
I must be one of these fame dumbe wise men,
For Gratiano neuer lets me speake.

Gra.Well,kcepe me company but two yeares moc,
Thou shalt not know the sound of thinc owne tongue,

An. Farwell,Ile grow a talker for this geare.

Gra.Thanks ifaith, for filence is onely commendable
In a neats congue dried, and a maide not vendable.

Exeunt,
An. It is that any thing now.

Bal. Gratsano spcakes an infinite deale of nothing more then any man in all Venice, his reasons are as two graines of wheate hid in two bushels of chaffe: you shall secke all day ere you finde them, and when you haue them, they are not worth che search.

Ant.Well, tell me now what Lady is the same
To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage,
That you to day promisd to tell me of.

Ball.Tis not voknowne to you Anthonio,
How much I hauc disabled mine estate,

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By something shewing a more swelling port,
Then my faint meancs would grant continuance,
Nor do I now makc moane to be abridg’d
From such a noble race, but my checfc care
Is to come fairely off from the great debts
Wherein my time something too prodigall
Hath left me gag’d: to you Anshonio,
I owe the most in money and in loue,
And from your loùc I haue a warranty
To vnburchen all my plots and purposes
How to get clcere of all the debts I owe.

Autho. I pray you good Baffanio, let me know it,
And if it stand as you your selfe still do,
Within the eye of honour, be assured
My purse,mý person, my extremeft meancs
Lic all vnlockt to your occasions,

Baf. In my school dayes.when I had loft onc shaft,
I shot his fellow of the selfc-Same fight
The selfe-Same way, with more aduiled watch
To finde the other foorth, and by aduentring both,
I oft found both:I vrge this child-hood proofc,
Because what followes, is pure innocence,
I owe you much and like a wilfull youth,
That which I owe is loft, but if you please
To shootc another arrow that felfe way
Which you did shoote the first, I do not doubr,
As I will watch the ayme or to finde both,
Or bring your later hazard back againe,,
And thankfully reft debter for the first.

Ant.You know me well, and heercin spend but time
To windc about my love with circumstance,
And out of doubt you do me now more wrong
In making question of my vttermost,
Then if you had made wate of all I hauc:
Then do but say to me, what I should do,
That in your knowledge may by me be done,

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And I am preft vato ic, therefore fpeaké

Baf. In Belmont is a Lady richly loft,
And she is faire, and fairer then that word,
Ofwondrous vertues. Sometimes from her eyes
I did receiue faire speechleffe messages.
Her name is Portia ; nothing vader-valewd
To Catos daughter, Brutus Portia.
Nor is the wide world ignoraix ofher worch,
For the foure winds blow in from euery coate
Renowned sucors, and her sunny lockes
Hang on her cemples like a gotakon finece,
which makes her Seat of Belupons, Colchor Bronchy
And many lafons comes in quest of her.
Omy Anthonio, had I bur che mcanes
To hold a riuall place with orie of them,
I haue a minde prelages me such thithi,
That I should

question effe be forevinate,
Ant. Thou knows that all my fortunes are atico,
Neither have I money, nor commodicy,
To raise a prefent fumme. Therefore go ford,
Try what my credit can in Venice.de
That snall be rackt oven to the yttermoft,
To furnish thee to Belmont to faite Portia.
Go presently enquire, and fo will I
wbere money is and

I no question make,
To haue it of my trutor for my fake. Eround

Enter Portia.with her working Woman Nemise. Tcrtia. By my troth Norrifa, my little body isa Wearic of

this great world. Ner. You would be sweet Madam, if your miferies were in che fame abundance as your good fortunes are: andyet for oughes see,they are as fick that surfer with too much as they thac ftarus with nothing; it is no meane happineffe therefore to be fenced in the meane, superflusy comes Looner by white hairen bus coinpetency liucs Joagies

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Portia. Good semences and well pronounced.
Ner. They would be beker, if well followed.

Por. Ifto do, were as calie as to know what were goodco do, Chappels had beene Churches, and poore mens cortages, Princes Pallaces; it is a good diuine thac followes his owne inftru&tions: I can cafier teach twenty whär were good to bee done, then to be one of the twenty to follow mine owne teaching: the brainc may deuise lawes for che blood, buc a hot temper leapes ore a colde decree, such a hare is madnesse the youth, to skip ore the maches of good counsell the cripple; but this reasoning is not in the fallaion to choose me a husband; O me, the word choose, I may neyther choose who I would, nor refuse who I difike, fois the will of a living daughter curbd by the will of a dead father : is it not hard Neriffa, that I cannot choose one, not refuse none.

Ner. Your father was cucr yertuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations, therefore the lottry that he hath deuised in these three chests of gold, filuer, and leade, whereof who chooses his meaning chooses you, no doubt you wil neuer bechosen by any rightly, but one who shall rightly

loue: Buç what warmth is there in your affe&ion towards any of these Princely suters that are already come?

Por. I prithec ouer-name them, and as thou name them, I will describe them, and according to my defcription, leuell at

Ner, First, there is the Ncapofitanc Prince.

Por. I that's a colt indeed, for hce doth nothing but talke of his horse, and he makes it a great appropriation unto his owne good parts, that he can shoo himlelfe: I am much afeard my Lady his Mother plaid false with a smith.

Ner. Then there is the County Palatinc.

Por. He doch nothing but frowne (as who should say,ifgou will not hauc me,choote; he hearcs merry tales and smilesnor, I feare he will produc the weeping Philosopher whé he growes.. old, being so full of vamannerly sadnesse in his youth.) Thad rather be married to a deathshead with a bonc in his mouth, then

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