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Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, To whom I am so infinitely bound. [him, Is tit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils ;
Por. You should in all sense be much bound to The motions of his spirit are dull as night, For, as I hear, he was much bound for you. And his affections dark as Erebus;
Anth. No more than I am well acquitted of. Let no such man be trusted.-Mark the musick. 5 Por. Sir, you are very welcome to our house:
Enter Portia, and Nerissa at a distance. It must appear in other ways than words, Por. That light we see, is burning in my hall. There ore I scant this breathing courtesy. How far that little candle throws his beams!
[Gratiano und Nerissa seem to talk apart. So shines a good deed in a naughty world. (candle. Gru. By yonder moon, I swear you do me wrong;
Ner. When the moon shone, we did not see the 10 In taith, I gave it to the judge's clerk:
Por. So doth the greater glory dimn the less: Would he were gelt that had it, for my part, A substitute shines brightly as a king,
Since you do take it, love, so much at heart. Until a king he by; and then his state
Por. A quarrel, ho,already? what's the matter? Empties itself, as doth an inland brook
Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring Into the main of waters. Musick! hark! [Musick. 15 That she did give me; whose poesy was Ner. It is your musick, madam, of the house. For all the world, like cutler's poetry?
Por. Nothing is good, I see, without respect; Upon a knife, Love me, and leave me not. Methinks it sounds much sweeter than by day. Ner. What talk you of the poesy, or the value?
Ner. Silence bestows that virtue on it, madam. You swore to me, when I did give it you, Por. Thecrow doth sing as sweetly as the lark, 20 l'hat you would wear it till your hour of death; When neither is attended; and, I think,
And that it should lie with you in your grave: The nightingale, if she should sing by day, Though not for me, yet for your vehement oaths, When every goose is cackling, would be thought You should have been respective and have kept it. No better a musician than the wren.
Gave it a judge's clerk!--but well I know, (it. How many things by season season'd are 25 The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face that had To their right praise, and true perfection ! - Gru. He will, an if he live to be a man. Peace! how the moon sleeps with Endymion, Ner. Ay, if a woman live to be a inan, And would not be awak'd! [Musick ceases.
Gra. Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth,Lor. That is the voice,
A kind of boy; a little scrubbed' boy,
Por. He knows me, as the blind man knows the A prating boy, that begg’d it as a fee;
I could not for my heart deny it him. [you, Lor. Dear lady, welcome home.
Por. You were to blame, I must be plain with Por. We have been praying for our husbands' To part so slightly with your wife's first gift; welfare,
35 A thing stuck on with vaths upon your finger, Which speed, we hope, the better for our words, and riveted with faith unto your tesh. Are they return'd ?
gave iny love a ring, and made him swear Lor. Madam, they are not yet;
Never to part with it; and here he stands : But there is come a messenger before,
I dare be sworn for him, he would not leave it, To signify their coming.
40 Nor pluck it from his finger, for the wealth Por. Go in, Nerissa,
That the world masters. Now, in faith, Gratiano Give order to my servants, that they take You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief; No note at all of our being absent hence:- An 'twere to me, I should be mad at it. Nor you, Lorenzo; Jessica, nor you,
Buss. Why, I were best to cut my le:t hand off,
[A tucket' sounds. 45 And swear I lost the ring defending it. [Aside. Lor. Your husband is at hand, I hearhistrumpet:
Gra. My lord Bassanio gave his ring away We are no tell-tales, madain; fear you not. [sick. Unto the judge that begg'd it, and inc'eed,
Por. This night, inethinks, is but the day-light| Deserv'd it too; and then the boy, his clerk, It looks a little paler : 'tis a day,
That took some pains in writing, he begg'd mine: Such as the day is when the sun is hid. 50 And neither man nor master would take aught Enter Bassanio, Anthonio, Gratiano, and their But the two rings. followers.
Por. What ring gave you, my lord?
Bass. If I could add a lye unto a fault,
Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. But, God sort all!-You are welcome home, my By heaven, I will ne'er come in your bed lord.
Until I see the ring. Bass. I thank you, madam: give welcome to 60 Ner. Nor I in yours, This is the man, ihis is Anthonio,
'Till I again see mine. 'Meaning a flourish on a trumpet. * Knives were formerly inscribed by means of aqua fortis with short sentences. Meaning, respectful. • Meaning, perhaps, 4 stunted or shrub-like boy.
Bass. Sweet Portia,
Bass. Nay, but hear me:
Pardon this fault, and by my soul I swear,
5 Which, but for him that had your husband's ring, When nought would be accepted but the ring,
[Tv Portia. You would abate the strength of your displea- Had quite miscarried: I dare be bound again,
My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring, will never more break faith advisedls. Or half her worthiness that gave the ring, 10 Por. Then you shall be his surety: Give him this; Or your own honour to retain the ring,
And bid him keep it better than the other. You would not then bave parted with the ring. Anth. Here, lord Bassanio; swear to keep this What man is there so much unreasonable,
rinig. If you had pleas'd to have defended it
Bass. By heaven, it is the same I
the With any terms of zeal, wanted the modesty
doctor. To urge the thing held as a ceremony?
Por. I had it of him: pardon me, Bassanio; Nerissa teaches me what to believe;
For by this ring the doctor lay with me. l'll die for't, but some woman had the ring. Air. And parcon me, my gentle Gratiano;
Bass. No, by mine honour, inadam, by my soul, For that same scrubbed boy, the doctor's clerk, No woman had it, but a civil doctor,
20 In lieu of this, last night did lie with me. Who did refuse three thousand ducats of me, Gra. Why, this is like the mending of highway And begg'd the ring; the which I did deny him, In sumuiner, where the ways are fair enough: And sutier'd him to go displeas’d away;
What! are we cuckolds ere we have deserv'd it? Even he that had held up the very life
Por. Speak not so grossly.--You are all amaz'd: Of my dear friend. What should I say, sweet lady: 25 Here is a letter, read it at your leisure, I was enforc'd to send it after himn;
It comes from Padua, from Bellario: I was beset with shame and courtesy ;
There vou shall find, that Portia was the doctor; My honour would not let ingratitude
Nerissa there, her clerk; Lorenzo here Soʻmuch besmear it: Parcon me, good lady; Shall witness, I set forth as soon as you, For, by these blessed candles of the night, 30 And but even now return'd; I have not yet Had you been there, I think you would have Enter'd my house.—Anthonio, you are welcome; begg'd
And I have better news in store for you, Thering of me to give the worthy doctor.
Than you expect : unseal this letter soon; Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my There you shall tind, three of your argosies house:
35 Are richly come to harbour suddenly: Since he hath got the jewel that I lov’d,
You shall not know by what strange accident And that which you did swear to keep for me,
I chanced on this letter. I will become as liberal as you ;
Anth. I am dumb, I'll not deny him any thing I have,
Buss. Were you the doctor, and I knew you not? No, not my body, nor my husband's bed: 40 Gra. Were you the clerk, that is to make me Know him I shall, I am well sure of it:
cuckold? Lie not a night from home; watch me, like Argus; Ner. Ay, but the clerk, that never means to do it, If you do not, if I be left alone,
Unless he live until he be a man. Now, by mine honour, which is yet my own, Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedI'll have that doctor for my bedtellow.
fellow; Ner. And I his clerk; therefore be well advis'), When I am absent, then lie with my wife. How do you leave me to mine own protection. Anth. Sweet lady, you have given me life, and Gra. Well, do you so; let me not take him then ;
living; For, if I do, I'll mar the young clerk’s pen. For here I read for certain, that my ships Anth. I am the unhappy subject of these quar-50 Are sately come to road. rels.
Por. How now, Lorenzo ? Por. Sir, grieve not you; You are welcome not- My clerk hath some good comforts too for you, withstanding
Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a Bass. Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong;
After his death, of all be dies possess'd of.
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop inanna in the way
And yet, I am sure, you are not satisfy'd
? That is, his advantage,
Of these events at full: Let us go in;
But were the day come, I should wish it dark, And charge us there upon inter’gatories,
That I were couching with the doctor's clerk. And we will answer all things faithfully.
Well, while I live, l'il fear no other thing Gra. Let it be so: The first inter'gatory, So sore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring.
Nerissa shall be sworn on, is, Whether till the next night she had rather stay;
[Exeunt omnes. Or go to bed now, being two hours to day:
AS PERSONS REPRESENTE D.
William, in love with Audrey.
ROSALIND, daughter to the Duke.
CELIA, duughter to Frederick. Adam, an old servant of Sir Rowland de Boys. Phebe, a shepherdess. ToucusTONE, a Clown.
AUDREY, a country wench. Corin,
A person representing Hymen. SYLVIUS,
Lords belonging to the treo Dukes; with pages, foresters, and other attendinis. The SCENE lies, first, ncar Oliver's house; and, afterwards, purtly in the Duke's court, and
partly in the forest of Arden.
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fof a brother, and, as much as in hiin lies, mines Oliver's Orchard.
my gentility with my education. This isit, Adam,
that grieves me; and the spirit of my father, Enter Orlando and Adam.
which I think is within me, begins to mutiny Orlando. As I remember, Adam, it was upon 5 lagainst this servitude: I will no longer endure
this fashion bequeathed me:--By it, though yet I know no wise reinedy how to will, but a poor thousand crowns; and, as thou avoid it. şay'st, charg'd my brother on his blessing, to
Enter Oliver. breed me well: and there begins my sadness. My Adam. Yonder comes my master, your brother. brother Jaques he keeps at school, and report 10 Orla. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how speaks goldenly of his profit : for my pait, he be will shake me up. keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more Oli. Now, sir! what make you here? properly, stays' ine here at home, unkept; For Orla. Nothing: I am not iaught to make any call you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, thing. that differs not froin the stalling an ox? His 15 Oli. What mar you then, sir? horses are bred better; for, besides that they are fair Orla. Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that with their feeding, they are taught their manage, which God made, a poor unworthy brother of and to that end riders dearly hired: but I, his yours, with idleness. brother, gain nothing under hiin but growth ; for Oli. Marry, sir, be better employed, and be the which bis animals on his dunghills are as much 20 nought awhile. bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that he so Orla. Shall I keep your hogs, and eat husks plentifully gives me, the something that nature with them? What prodigal portion have I spent, gave me, his countenance seems to take from me: that I should coine to such penury? he lets me feed with his hinds, bars me the place Oli. Know you where you are, sir?
Dr. Warburton thinks we should read styes, i. e. keeps me like a brute. Probably meaning, be content to be a cypher, or of no consequence for the present.
Orla. O, sir, very well: liere in your
orchard. Oli. Good monsieur Charles !-- what's the new Oli. Know you before whom, sir?
news at the new court ? Orla. Ay, better than he, I am before, knows Cha. There's no news at the court, sir, but the me. I know you are my eldest brother; and, in old news: that is, the old duke is banish'd by his the gentle condition of blood, you should so know 5 younger brother, the new duke; and three or me: The courtesy of nations allows you my better, four loving lords have put themselves into voin that you are the first-born; but the same tra- luntary esile with him, whose land and revenues dition takes not away my blood, were ihere twen- enrich the new duke, therefore he gives thein ty brothers betwixt us ; I have as much of my fa- good leave to wander. ther in me as you; albeit, I conless your coming 10 Oli. Can you tell, if Rosalind, the old duke's before me is nearer to his reverence.
daughter, bé banished with her father? Oli. What, boy!
Cha. 0, no; for the new duke's daughter, her Orla. Come, come, elder brother, you are too cousin, so loves her,- being ever from their cra. young in this.
dles bred together,—that she would have followed Oli. Wilt thou lay bands on me, villain"? 15 her exile, or have died to stay bebind her. She
Orla. I am no villaino: I am the youngest son is at the court, and no less beloved of her uncle of sir Rowland de Boys; he was iny father; and than his own daughter; and never two ladies he is thrice a villain, that says, such a father begot loved as they do. villains: Wert thou not iny brother, I would not Oli. Where will the old duke live? take this hand from thy throat, 'till this other had 20 Cha. They say, he is already in the forest of pulled out thy tongue for saying so ; thou hast Arden, and a many merry men with him; and railed on thyself.
there they live like the old Robin Hood of EngAdam. Sweet masters, be patient; for your land: they say, many young gentlemen flock to father's remembrance, be at accord.
him every day ; and fleet the time carelessly, as Oli. Let me go, I say.
25 they did in the golden world. Orla. I will not, 'till I please; you shall hear Oli. What, you wrestle to
morrow before the me. My father charg'd you in his will to give me new duke? good education : you have train’d me up like a Cha. Marry, do I, sir, and I come to acquaint peasant, obscuring and hiding from me all gentle- you with a matter. I am given, sir, secretly to man-like qualities: the spirit of my father grows 30 understand that your younger brother Orlando strong in ine, and I will no longer endure it : hath a disposition to come in disguis’d against ine therefore allow me such exercises as may become to try a tall: To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my a gentleman, or give me the poor allottery my credit; and he that escapes me without some father left me by testament; with that I will go broken limb, shall acquit him well. Your brother buy my fortunes.
|35 is but young, and tender; and, for your love, I Oli. And what wilt thou do? beg, when that is would be loth to foil him, as I must for mine own spent ? Well, sir, get you in: I will not long be honour, if he come in : therefore, out of my love troubled with you: you shall have some part of to you, I came hither to acquaint you withal; that your will; I pray you, leave me.
leither you might stay him from his intendment, Orla. I will no further ollend you than becomes 40 or brook such disgrace well as he shall run into; me for my good.
in that it is a thing of his own search, and altogeOli. Get you with him, you old dog.
ther against my will. Adam. Is old dog my reward? Most true, oli. Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me, have lost my teeth in your service.---God be with which thou shalt find, I will most kindly requite. my old master, he would not have spoke such a 45|1 had myself notice of my brother's purpose herein, word.
[Ereunt Orlando and Adum. and have by underhand means laboured to dissuade Oli. Is it even so begin you to grow upon me?
him from it; but he is resolute. I'll tell thee, I will physic your rankness, and vet give no thou- Charlesmit is the stubbornest young fellow of gand crowns neither. Holla, Demnis!
France; full of ainbition, an envious emulaior of Enter Dennis.
50 every man's good parts, a secret and villainous
contriver against me his natural brother; therefore Den. Calls
use thy discretion: I had aslief thoudidst break his Oli. Was not Charles, the duke's wrestler, here neck, as his finger; and thou wert best look to't: to speak with me?
for if thou dost him any slight disgrace, orif he do Den. So please, he is here at the door, and 55 not mightily grace himself on thee, he will practise importunes access to you.
against thee by poison ; entrap thee by some treaoli. Call him in. Erit Dennis.] 'Twill be a cherous device; and never leave thee, 'till he hath good way; and to-morrow the wrestling is. ta'en thy life by some indirect means or other: Enter Charles.
for, I assure thee, and almost with tears I speak
60 it, there is not one so young and so villainous, this Cha. Good-morrow to your worship.
day living. I speak it but brotherly of him; but
· Villain here means, a wicked or bloody man. of low extraction,
But in this place Orlando uses it for a fellow"