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Because you are not fad. Now by two-headed Janus,
Enter Baffanio, Lorenzo and Gratiano.
Sal. Here comes Bassanio, your most noble kinsman; Gratiano and Lorenzo: fare ye well;
We leave you now with better company.
Sola. I would have staid 'till I had made you merry,
If worthier friends had not prevented me.
Anth. Your worth is very dear in my regard:
Sal. Good morrow, my good lords.
Baff. Good Signiors both, when fhall we laugh? fay when? You grow exceeding strange; muft it be fo?
Sal. We'll make our leifures to attend on yours.
Sola. My lord Baffanio, fince you've found Anthonio, We two will leave you; but at dinner-time,
I pray you have in mind where we must meet.
Baff. I will not fail you.
Gra. You look not well, Signior Anthonio;
Anth. I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano,
[Exeunt Solar. and Sala.
Gra. Let me play the fool
With mirth and laughter; let old wrinkles come,
Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice
If they should speak, would almost † damm those ears,
But fish not with this melancholly bait,
Lor. Well, we will leave you then 'till dinner-time.
I must be one of these fame dumb wife men;
For Gratiano never lets me speak.
Gra. Well, keep me company but two years more, Thou shalt not know the found of thine own tongue. Anth. Fare well; I'll grow a talker for this gear.
Gra. Thanks i' faith; for filence is only commendable
Baff. Gratiano fpeaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice: his reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them, they are not worth the search.
Anth. Well; tell me now what lady is the fame
To whom you fwore a fecret pilgrimage,
Ball. 'Tis not unknown to you, Anthonio,
Anth. I pray you good Bassanio let me know it,
Baff. In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft, I fhot his fellow of the self-fame flight
The self-fame way, with more advised watch,
To find the other forth; by ventring both,
Because what follows is pure innocence.
Or bring your latter hazard back again,
Anth. You know me well, and herein spend but time To wind about my love with circumftance;
And out of doubt you do me now more wrong,
In making question of my uttermost,
Than if you had made waste of all I have.
Baff. In Belmont is a lady richly left,
Anth. Thou know'ft that all my fortunes are at fea,
thrift, for thriving.
Nor have I mony, nor commodity
Y my troth,
Three Caskets are fet out, one of gold, another of filver, and
another of lead.
Enter Portia and Neriffa.
Neriffa, my little body is weary of this
Ner. You would be, fweet madam, if your miseries were in the fame abundance as your good fortunes are; and yet, for ought I fee, they are as fick that furfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing; therefore it is no small happiness to be seated in the mean; fuperfluity comes fooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
Por. Good fentences, and well pronounc'd.
Ner. They would be better if well follow'd.
Por. If to do, were as eafie as to know what were good to do, chappels had been churches, and poor mens cottages Princes palaces. He is a good divine that follows his own inftructions; I can cafier teach twenty what were good to be done, than to be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree; such a hare is madness the youth, to skip o'er the meshes of good counsel the cripple. But this reasoning is not in fashion to chufe