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Enter Ballania, Zarouse, and Graciano
Salar. I would haue Raide till I had made you merry,
Anth. Your worth is very deere inmy regard..
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.
Lor.My Lord Baffanio, lince you have found Amstboxið,
Gras. You looke not well fignior Anskonia.
Ant. I hold the world buças the world Gratiano,
Gra, Lecmac play the foolen i
Doe dreame and mantle like a fanding poud,
Loren. Well, we will leaue you chen cisl dinner time.
Gra.Well,kcepe me company but two yeares moc,
An. Farwell,Ile grow a talker for this geare.
Gra.Thanks ifaith, for filence is onely commendable
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
Ball.Tis not voknowne to you Anthonio,
By something shewing a more swelling port,
Autho. I pray you good Baffanio, let me know it,
Baf. In my school dayes.when I had loft onc shaft,
Ant.You know me well, and heercin spend but time
And I am preft vato ic, therefore fpeaké
Baf. In Belmont is a Lady richly loft,
question effe be forevinate,
I no question make,
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
Portia. Good semences and well pronounced.
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