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Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond:
Anth. I pray thee, hear me speak.
thee speak : I'll have my bond ; and therefore speak no
I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool,2
Let him alone ; I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. He seeks my life ; his reason well I know; I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures Many that at times made moan to me ; Therefore he hates me. Sala.
I am sure, the duke Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
-so fond] i. e. so foolish. So, in the comedy of Mother Bombie, 1594, by Lyly :
that the youth seeing her fair cheeks, may “ be enamoured before they hear her fond speech.”
STEEVENS. 2 dull-ey'd fool,] This epithet dull-ey'd is bestowed on melancholy, in Pericles Prince of Tyre.
Anth. The duke cannot deny the course of
law, 3 For the commodity that strangers have With us in Venice : if it be deny'd,4 'Twill much impeach the justice of the state ;
3 The duke cannot deny, 8c.) According to the division and reading of this passage that have hitherto been admitted, a colon or semicolon being plaeed at law, the nominative to impeach is— commodity; which, whatever sense may be put on it, cannot rationally be said to impeach a state's justice : The relative it in the third line of the speech has obviously its proper
reference to the terms governed by the verb deny in the first, i. e. course of law, which it seems not to have under the punctuation before mentioned: These are such objections to that punctuation and the former reading of line 4,“ Will “ much impeach,” &c. that I do not see how they can be maintained: The minute alterations that I have made in both, remove these objections, and also develope the speaker's reasoning with great clearness. For in line 2, has its common sense of-by reason of; and commodity is—commodious privileges : and the words in which Anthonio declares his reason why a denial of the course of law would impeach the state's justice, imply-that the state was bound to let the law have its course with all nations, as its profits arose out of all. CAPELL.
4 For the commodity that strangers huve With us in Venice, if it be denied, &c.] i. e. for the denial of those rights to strangers, which render their abode at Venice so commodious and agreeable to them, would much impeach the justice of the state. The consequence would be, that strangers would not reside or carry on traffic here; and the wealth and
Since that the trade and profit of the city
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not !
strength of the state would be diminished. In The Historye of Italye, by W. Thomas, quarto, 1567, there is a section on the libertee of straungers at Venice. MALONE.
Mr. Malone evidently supposes it in the words if it be denied” to relate to commodity, which latter, if considered apart, cannot certainly, with any propriety, be said to“ impeach the justice," &c. but being combined with those other words just now cited, they may, perhaps, in conjunction, bear the sense which he assigns to them. His explanation, therefore, of the passage may be right; I have notwithstanding ventured to follow the punctuation and reading of Mr. Capell. E.
-have so 'bated me,) Here 'bated is used for abated, signifying in this place-wasted, i.e. by dejection and depression of mind. E.
Belmont. A Roon in Portia's House.
Enter Portia, Nerissa, Lorenzo,
Jessica, 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,
* SCENE IV.--Is the same day continued, and not far advanced. No inconsiderable portion of it, however, must have been consumed in the business of choosing the casket, and the celebration of the marriage ceremony. From Anthonio's complaint in the preceding Scene, expressed in these words
“ These griefs and losses have so 'bated me, “ That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
“ To-morrow to my bloody creditor;" it appears that he expected to have his cause brought to trial the following day; whatever intervenes at Belmont should, therefore, be conceived as happening on the same day, in which those words were spoken. It is somewhat strange that Salerio should defer his visit to the last mentioned place till the
very day before his friend's life was to be put to the hazard; but the Jew might possibly not have openly avowed his resolution to proceed to such extremities, till it could no longer be concealed. E.
How true a gentleman you send relief,
Por. I never did repent for doing good,3
-you send relief,] Mr. Rowe, and most of those who followed him, conceiving, probably, that the phrase was defective, have added the sign of the dative- " you send relief to,” but perhaps unnecessarily. E
2 Than customary bounty can enforce you.] Than such common acts of bounty as you are in the continual habit of performing can incline you to be. E.
3 I never did repent for doing good, &c.] Is thus modernized in Mr. Pope, and his successors, to Johnson, inclusively,
“ I never did repent of doing good,
" And shall not now. E. 4 Of lineaments, of manners, &c.] The wrong pointing has made this fine sentiment nonsense. As implying that friendship could not only make a similitude of manners, but of faces. The true sense is, s lineaments of manners," i.e. form of the manners, which, says the speaker, must need be proportionate.
WARBURTON. The poet only means to say, “ that corresponding “ proportions of body and mind are necessary for · those who spend their time together.” So, in M2