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dize I will. Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our fynagogue; go, good Tubal; at our fynagogue, Tubal.
[Exeunt. S CE N E II.
The caskets are set out.
hazard; for, in chufing wrong
I speak 9 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 fort une go to bell for it, not I.] This line is very
obscure. The form of the expression alludes to what she had said of being M 2
I speak too long; but 'tis to piece the time,
Ba|. Let me chuse;
Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio ? then confess
Bal. 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 snow and fire, as treason and my love.
Pur. Ay, but, I fear, you speak upon the rack, Where men enforced do speak any thing.
Baf. 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 Bassanio, which was the temptation the then lay under : for fortune had taken no oath. And, surely, for the more favouring a man of merit, fortune did not deserve (confidering how rarely the transgresses this way) fo fevere a fentence. Much less could the speaker, who favour'd Bassanio, think so. The meaning chen must be, Lut fortune rarber go to hell for not favouring Bassanio, than I for favouring bim. So loosely does our author fometimes use his pronouns-net I does not signify Let net I go to be!l; for then it hould be Let net 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 Ox 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 " should prove in the event, that I, who am justly yours by the o free donation I have made you of myself, should yet not be “ yours in consequence of an unlucky choice, let fortune go to “ hell for robbing you of your just 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 lefi prefence. With the fame dignity of mien.
JOHNSON. 3 Live thou, I live. With much, much more dismay
I view the fight, than thou, tha: mak'At the fray.]
To view the fight, than, &c,
Live thou, I live with much more dismay
I view the fight, than, &c.
A song, whilft Balsanio comments on the caskets to himself.
Tell me, where is fancy bred,
How begot, how ncurished?
It is engender'd in the eyes
-Ding dong, bell.
Ding, dong, bell. Bal. -So may the outward showss be least them
selves; The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea fo tainted and corrupt, But being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil ? In religion, What damned error, but 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 assumes Some mark of virtue on its outward parts. How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs 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 see '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 verse 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 firf part of the argument has pasied in his mind. JOHNSON. -gracious voir.) Pleasing; winning favour. JOHNSON. 2
Making them lightest that wear most of it.
Por. How all the other pallions feet to air,
Johnson. Thy paleness, moves me mor: than eloquence;} Paffanio is difpleased at the golden casket for its gardines, and the filver one for its palenifs ; 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,
Thy plainness moves are more than eloquence:
So it is said before of the leaden cokkit;