« AnteriorContinuar »
How much I was a braggart : When I told you,
every word in it a gaping wound,
Sal. Not one, my lord.
Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him swear,
Por. Is it your dear friend, that is thus in trouble ? Baf. The dearest friend to me; the kindest man,
s The best condition'd:-an unweary'd spirit
Por. What sum owes he the Jew?
Por. What, no more?
friend. Baff. reads. SWEET Bassanio, my frips have all mif
. carry'd, ny creditor's grow cruel, my eftalt is very low, my bond to the few is forfeit; and fincé, int paying it, is impossible I flould live, all debts are cleared between yću and me, if I might but fee you at my dearb. Notwithstanding, use your pleasure: if your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter.
s The best condition'd AND unweary'd spirit
In doing courtefies ;-)
Por. O love, dispatch all business, and be gone. Bas. Since I have your good leave to go away,
I will make hafte: but, 'til I come again, No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay,
No rest be interposer 'twixt us twain, [Exeunt.
Changes to a Street in Venice. Enter Shylock, Solarino, Anthonio, and the Gaoler. Shy. Gaoler, look to him ;---Tell not me of
mercy;-This is the fool, that lent out money gratis ; Gaoler, look to him,
Anth. Hear me yet, good Shylock.
Anth. I pray thee, hear me speak.
[Exit Shylock. Sola. It is the most impenetrable cur, That ever kept with men.
lo fond, i.e. fo foolim.
Anth. Let him alone;
Sola. I am sure, the duke
Anth. The duke cannot deny the course of law ;?
S CE N E IV.
B EL MONT. Enter Portia, Nerisa, Lorenzo, Feffica, and Balthazar.
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence, You have a noble and a true conceit Of God-like amity; which appears most strongly In bearing thus the absence of your lord. But if you knew to whom you shew this honour,
? The duke connct deny, &c.—] As the reafon here given seems a little perplexed, it may be proper to explain it. If, says he, the duke ftop the course of law it will be attended with this in. convenience, that stranger merchants, by whom the wealth and power of this city is fupported, will cry out of injustice. For the known ftated law being their guide and security, they will never bear to have the current of it stopped on any pretence of equity whatsoever. WARBURTON.
How true a gentleman you send relief,
Por. I never did repent of doing good,
W bose fouls do bear an equal yoke, &c ] The folio 1623, reads egal, which I believe in Shakespeare's time was commonly used for equal. So it was in Chaucer's.
“ I will presume hym fo to dignifie
Prol. to the Remedy of Love. So in Gorboduc:
“ Sith all as one do bear you egall faith.” Steevens. 9 Of lineaments, of manners, &c.] The wrong pointing has made this fine sentiment nonsense. As implying that friendship could not only make a fimilitude of mangers, but of facts. The true fense is, lineaments of manners, i. e. form of the mariners, which, says the speaker, most need be proportionate.
WARBURTON. The poet only means to say, that corresponding proportions of body and mind are necesary for those who S; end iheir time together. Every one will allow that the friend of a toper should have a ftrong head, and the intimate of a sportsman such an athletic constitution as will enable him to acquit himself with reputation in the exercises of the field. The word lineaments was used with great laxity by our ancient writers. In “ The learned and true Affertion of the Original, Life, &c. of King Arthur, tranflated from the Latin of John Leland, 1582," it is used for the human frame in general. Speaking of the removal of that prince's bones,
- he calls them drohur's lineamınıs three times translated; and again, all the lineaments of them remaining in bat moji pate'y tumb, Javing ibe fhin bones of the king and queen, &c. STEEVENŞ. VOL. III. N