The Merchant of Venice: Act 2, Scene 8
Enter SALERIO and SOLANIO.
1Why, man, I saw Bassanio under sail:
2With him is Gratiano gone along;
3And in their ship I am sure Lorenzo is not.
4The villain Jew with outcries raised the duke,
5Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.
6He came too late, the ship was under sail:
7But there the duke was given to understand
8That in a gondola were seen together
9. amorous: loving.
9Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica:
10Besides, Antonio certified the duke
11They were not with Bassanio in his ship.
12. passion: passionate outburst.
12I never heard a passion so confused,
13So strange, outrageous, and so variable,
14As the dog Jew did utter in the streets:
15"My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!
16Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!
17Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter!
18A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats,
19Of double ducats, stolen from me by my daughter!
20And jewels, two stones, two rich and precious stones,
21Stolen by my daughter! Justice! find the girl;
22She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats."
23Why, all the boys in Venice follow him,
24Crying, his stones, his daughter, and his ducats.
25. look he keep his day: see to it that he repays his loan on time.
25Let good Antonio look he keep his day,
26Or he shall pay for this.
27. reason'd: talked.
28‑29. the narrow . . . English: i.e., the English Channel . . . more 29. miscarried: perished.
26Marry, well remember'd.
27I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday,
28Who told me, in the narrow seas that part
29The French and English, there miscarried
30. fraught: freighted.
30A vessel of our country richly fraught:
31I thought upon Antonio when he told me;
32And wish'd in silence that it were not his.
33You were best to tell Antonio what you hear;
34. suddenly: without preparation.
34Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.
35A kinder gentleman treads not the earth.
36I saw Bassanio and Antonio part:
37Bassanio told him he would make some speed
38Of his return: he answer'd, "Do not so;
39. Slubber: do hastily and badly, in a slovenly manner.
39Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio
40. But stay . . . time: i.e., take as long as needed for the time to be just right (to propose marriage to Portia). 41. for: as for.
40But stay the very riping of the time;
41And for the Jew's bond which he hath of me,
42. enter in your mind of love: i.e., intrude into your thoughts of love.
42Let it not enter in your mind of love:
43Be merry, and employ your chiefest thoughts
44. ostents: expressions, shows.
44To courtship and such fair ostents of love
45. conveniently: properly.
45As shall conveniently become you there."
46And even there, his eye being big with tears,
47Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,
48. sensible: strongly evident, intense.
48And with affection wondrous sensible
49He wrung Bassanio's hand; and so they parted.
50. for him: on his account.
50I think he only loves the world for him.
51I pray thee, let us go and find him out
52. quicken his embraced heaviness: lighten the sorrow he has embraced.
52And quicken his embraced heaviness
53With some delight or other.
53Do we so.