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dize I will. Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our fynagogue; go, good Tubal; at our fynagogue, Tubal.
[Exeunt. SCENE II.
The caskets are set out.
. I could teach you
I speak . And so though yours, not yours.-- Prive it fo.] It may be more grammatically read,
And so though yours I'm not yours. JOHNSON. "Let fortune go to bell for it, not l.] This line is very obscure. The form of the expresion alludes to what she had said of being M 2
I speak too long; but 'tis to piece the time,
Ball. Let me chule;
Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio ? then confess
Bel. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust, Which makes me fear the
enjoying of my love : There may as well be amity and life 'Tween (now and fire, as treason and my love,
Pür. Ay, but, I fear, you speak upon the rack,
Bal. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.
Bal. Confess, and love,
forsworn. After some struggle, the resolves to keep her oath: and then says, Let fortune go 10 hell for it. For what! not for telling or favouring Baffanio, which was the temptation she then lay under : for fortune had taken no oath. And, surely, for the more favouring a man of merit, fortune did not deserve (consider. ing how rarely the transgresses this way) so severe a fentence. Much less could the speaker, who favour'd Bassanio, think so. The meaning then muit be, Lut fortune rather go to bell for not favouring Baljanio, than I for favouring bim. So loosely does our author sometimes use his pronouns. at I does not signify Let net I go to bell; for then it Mould be Let not me. But it is a distinct sentence of itself; and is a very common proverbial speech, fignifying, I will have nothing to do with it. Which if the Oxe ford editor had considered, he might have spared his pains in changing I into me.
WARBURTON. The meaning is, “ If the worst I fear should happen, and it o should prove in the event, that I, who am justly yours by the " free donation I have made you of myself, should yet not be
yours in consequence of an unlucky choice, let fortune go ta “ hell for robbing you of your juft due, not I for violating my oath.” RevisAL.
Doth teach me answers for deliverance!
Por. Away then! I am lock'd in one of them;
[Mufick within. * With no lefs presence.] With the same dignity of mien."
JOHNSON. 3 Live thou, I live. With much, much more dismay
I view the fight, than thou, tha: mak's the fray.] One of the quartos reads
Live then, I live with much more dismay
To view the fight, than, &c, The folio, 1623, thus ;
Live thou, I live with much more dismay
I view the fight, than, &c.
A fong, whilft Balsanio comments on the caskets to himself.
Tell me, where is fancy bred,
How begot, bow ncurished?
It is engender'd in the eyes
Ding dong, bell.
Ding, dong, bell. Ball. --So may the outward showss be least them
selves; The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, whạt plea fo tainted and corrupt, But being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, buç some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Hiding the grofsnels with fair ornament? There is no vice so simple, but affumes Some mark of virtue on its outward parts. How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As ftairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars; Who, inward search’d, have livers white as milk? And these assume but valour's excrement, To render them redoubted. Look on beauty, And you shall fee'tis purchas'd by the weight; Which therein works a miracle in nature,
Reply.] These words, reply, reply, were in all the late editions, except fir T. Hanmer's, put as a verfe in the song, but in all the old copies stand as a marginal direction. Johnson.
s So may ibe outward shows] He begins abruptly, the first part of the argument has passed in his mind. JOHNSON. . - gracious voir.] Pleasing; winning favour. JOHNSON. 2
Making them lightest that wear most of it.
Por. How all the other passions feet to air,
JOHNSON. $ Thy paleness, moves me mor? than eloquence;} Paifanio is difpleased at the golden cafket for its gardines, and the filver one for its palenefs ; but, what! is he charm’d with the leaden one for having the very same quality that displeased him in the silver : The poet certainly wrote,
The plainness moves are more than eloquence:
This third dull lead, with warning all as blunt.