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WOR 20JUN 34
Magnificoes of Venice, Officers of the Court of Justice, Jailors,
SCENE, partly at Venice, and partly at Belmont.
Enter ANTONIO, SALARINO, and SALANIO.
Ant. In sooth, I know not why I am so sad.
But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,
And such a want-wit sadness makes of me,
Salar. Your mind is tossing on the ocean,
Or, as it were, the pageants of the sea,
That curt'sy to them, do them reverence,
As they fly by them with their woven wings.
Salan. Believe me, Sir, had I such venture forth,
Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still
Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt,
My wind, cooling my broth,
And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks,
Is sad to think upon his merchandize.
Ant. Believe me, no. I thank my fortune for it,
Therefore, my merchandize makes me not sad.
Salan. Why, then you are in love.
Salan. Not in love neither? Then let's say, you are sad,
Because you are not merry; and 't were as easy
For you to laugh, and leap, and say, you are merry,
Because you are not sad. Now, by two-headed Janus,
That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile,
Enter BASSANIO, LORENZO, and GRATIANO.
Salan. Here comes Bassanio, your most noble kinsman, Gratiano, and Lorenzo. Fare you well:
We leave you now with better company.
Salar. I would have stay'd till I had made you merry,
If worthier friends had not prevented me.
Ant. Your worth is very dear in my regard.
I take it, your own business calls on you,
Salar. Good morrow, my good lords.
Bass. Good signiors both, when shall we laugh? Say, when?
You grow exceeding strange: must it be so?
Salar. We'll make our leisures to attend on yours.
[Exeunt SALARINO and SALANIO.
Lor. My lord Bassanio, since you have found Antonio,
We two will leave you; but at dinner-time,
I pray you, have in mind where we must meet.
I will not fail you.
Gra. You look not well, signior Antonio; You have too much respect upon the world: They lose it, that do buy it with much care. Believe me, you are marvellously chang'd.
Ant. I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano;