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Mislike me not for my complexion,Mislike me not for my complexion,MV II.i.1
The shadowed liuerie of the burnisht sunne,The shadowed livery of the burnished sun,MV II.i.2
To whom I am a neighbour, and neere bred.To whom I am a neighbour and near bred.MV II.i.3
Bring me the fairest creature North-ward borne,Bring me the fairest creature northward born,MV II.i.4
Where Phoebus fire scarce thawes the ysicles,Where Phoebus' fire scarce thaws the icicles,MV II.i.5
And let vs make incision for your loue,And let us make incision for your loveMV II.i.6
To proue whose blood is reddest, his or mine.To prove whose blood is reddest, his or mine.MV II.i.7
I tell thee Ladie this aspect of mineI tell thee, lady, this aspect of mineMV II.i.8
Hath feard the valiant, (by my loue I sweare)Hath feared the valiant. By my love I swear,MV II.i.9
The best regarded Virgins of our ClymeThe best-regarded virgins of our climeMV II.i.10
Haue lou'd it to: I would not change this hue,Have loved it too. I would not change this hue,MV II.i.11
Except to steale your thoughts my gentle Queene.Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen.MV II.i.12
Euen for that I thanke you,Even for that I thank you.MV II.i.22.2
Therefore I pray you leade me to the CasketsTherefore I pray you lead me to the casketsMV II.i.23
To trie my fortune: By this SymitareTo try my fortune. By this scimitarMV II.i.24
That slew the Sophie, and a Persian PrinceThat slew the Sophy and a Persian princeMV II.i.25
That won three fields of Sultan Solyman,That won three fields of Sultan Solyman,MV II.i.26
I would ore-stare the sternest eies that looke:I would o'erstare the sternest eyes that look,MV II.i.27
Out-braue the heart most daring on the earth:Outbrave the heart most daring on the earth,MV II.i.28
Plucke the yong sucking Cubs from the she Beare,Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she-bear,MV II.i.29
Yea, mocke the Lion when he rores for prayYea, mock the lion when he roars for prey,MV II.i.30
To win the Ladie. But alas, the whileTo win thee, lady. But alas the while,MV II.i.31
If Hercules and Lychas plaie at diceIf Hercules and Lichas play at diceMV II.i.32
Which is the better man, the greater throwWhich is the better man, the greater throwMV II.i.33
May turne by fortune from the weaker hand:May turn by fortune from the weaker hand.MV II.i.34
So is Alcides beaten by his rage,So is Alcides beaten by his page,MV II.i.35
And so may I, blinde fortune leading meAnd so may I, blind Fortune leading me,MV II.i.36
Misse that which one vnworthier may attaine,Miss that which one unworthier may attain,MV II.i.37
And die with grieuing.And die with grieving.MV II.i.38.1
Nor will not, come bring me vnto my chance.Nor will not. Come, bring me unto my chance.MV II.i.43
Good fortune then, Good fortune then,MV II.i.45.2
To make me blest or cursed'st among men.To make me blest or cursed'st among men.MV II.i.46
The first of gold, who this inscription beares,The first, of gold, who this inscription bears,MV II.vii.4
Who chooseth me, shall gaine what men desire.Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire;MV II.vii.5
The second siluer, which this promise carries,The second, silver, which this promise carries,MV II.vii.6
Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserues.Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves;MV II.vii.7
This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt,This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt,MV II.vii.8
Who chooseth me, must giue and hazard all he hath.Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.MV II.vii.9
How shall I know if I doe choose the right? How shall I know if I doe choose the right.How shall I know if I do choose the right?MV II.vii.10
Some God direct my iudgement, let me see,Some god direct my judgement! Let me see:MV II.vii.13
I will suruay the inscriptions, backe againe:I will survey th' inscriptions back again.MV II.vii.14
What saies this leaden casket?What says this leaden casket?MV II.vii.15
Who chooseth me, must giue and hazard all he hath.Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.MV II.vii.16
Must giue, for what? for lead, hazard for lead?Must give, for what? For lead! Hazard for lead?MV II.vii.17
This casket threatens men that hazard allThis casket threatens; men that hazard allMV II.vii.18
Doe it in hope of faire aduantages:Do it in hope of fair advantages.MV II.vii.19
A golden minde stoopes not to showes of drosse,A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross;MV II.vii.20
Ile then nor giue nor hazard ought for lead.I'll then nor give nor hazard aught for lead.MV II.vii.21
What saies the Siluer with her virgin hue?What says the silver with her virgin hue?MV II.vii.22
Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserues.Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves.MV II.vii.23
As much as he deserues; pause there Morocho,As much as he deserves? Pause there, Morocco,MV II.vii.24
And weigh thy value with an euen hand,And weigh thy value with an even hand.MV II.vii.25
If thou beest rated by thy estimationIf thou be'st rated by thy estimation,MV II.vii.26
Thou doost deserue enough, and yet enoughThou dost deserve enough and yet enoughMV II.vii.27
May not extend so farre as to the Ladie:May not extend so far as to the lady,MV II.vii.28
And yet to be afeard of my deseruing,And yet to be afeard of my deservingMV II.vii.29
Were but a weake disabling of my selfe.Were but a weak disabling of myself.MV II.vii.30
As much as I deserue, why that's the Lady.As much as I deserve? Why that's the lady!MV II.vii.31
I doe in birth deserue her, and in fortunes,I do in birth deserve her, and in fortunes,MV II.vii.32
In graces, and in qualities of breeding:In graces, and in qualities of breeding;MV II.vii.33
But more then these, in loue I doe deserue.But more than these, in love I do deserve.MV II.vii.34
What if I strai'd no farther, but chose here?What if I strayed no farther, but chose here?MV II.vii.35
Let's see once more this saying grau'd in gold.Let's see once more this saying graved in gold:MV II.vii.36
Who chooseth me shall gaine what many men desire:Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire.MV II.vii.37
Why that's the Lady, all the world desires her:Why, that's the lady! All the world desires her;MV II.vii.38
From the foure corners of the earth they comeFrom the four corners of the earth they comeMV II.vii.39
To kisse this shrine, this mortall breathing Saint.To kiss this shrine, this mortal breathing saint.MV II.vii.40
The Hircanion deserts, and the vaste wildesThe Hyrcanian deserts and the vasty wildsMV II.vii.41
Of wide Arabia are as throughfares nowOf wide Arabia are as throughfares nowMV II.vii.42
For Princes to come view faire Portia.For princes to come view fair Portia.MV II.vii.43
The waterie Kingdome, whose ambitious headThe watery kingdom, whose ambitious headMV II.vii.44
Spets in the face of heauen, is no barreSpits in the face of heaven, is no barMV II.vii.45
To stop the forraine spirits, but they comeTo stop the foreign spirits, but they comeMV II.vii.46
As ore a brooke to see faire Portia.As o'er a brook to see fair Portia.MV II.vii.47
One of these three containes her heauenly picture.One of these three contains her heavenly picture.MV II.vii.48
Is't like that Lead containes her? 'twere damnationIs't like that lead contains her? 'Twere damnationMV II.vii.49
To thinke so base a thought, it were too groseTo think so base a thought; it were too grossMV II.vii.50
To rib her searecloath in the obscure graue:To rib her cerecloth in the obscure grave.MV II.vii.51
Or shall I thinke in Siluer she's immur'dOr shall I think in silver she's immured,MV II.vii.52
Being ten times vndervalued to tride gold;Being ten times undervalued to tried gold?MV II.vii.53
O sinfull thought, neuer so rich a IemO sinful thought! Never so rich a gemMV II.vii.54
Was set in worse then gold! They haue in EnglandWas set in worse than gold. They have in EnglandMV II.vii.55
A coyne that beares the figure of an AngellA coin that bears the figure of an angelMV II.vii.56
Stampt in gold, but that's insculpt vpon:Stamped in gold – but that's insculped upon;MV II.vii.57
But here an Angell in a golden bedBut here an angel in a golden bedMV II.vii.58
Lies all within. Deliuer me the key:Lies all within. Deliver me the key.MV II.vii.59
Here doe I choose, and thriue I as I may.Here do I choose, and thrive I as I may!MV II.vii.60
O hell! what haue we here, O hell! What have we here?MV II.vii.62.2
a carrion death, / Within whose emptie eye A carrion Death, within whose empty eyeMV II.vii.63
there is a written scroule;There is a written scroll. I'll read the writing.MV II.vii.64
Ile reade the writing.All that glitters is not gold;MV II.vii.65
All that glisters is not gold,Often have you heard that told.MV II.vii.66
Often haue you heard that told;Many a man his life hath soldMV II.vii.67
Many a man his life hath soldBut my outside to behold.MV II.vii.68
But my outside to behold;Gilded tombs do worms infold.MV II.vii.69
Guilded timber doe wormes infold:Had you been as wise as bold,MV II.vii.70
Had you beene as wise as bold,Young in limbs, in judgement old,MV II.vii.71
Yong in limbs, in iudgement old,Your answer had not been inscrolled.MV II.vii.72
Your answere had not beene inscrold,Fare you well, your suit is cold.MV II.vii.73
Fareyouwell, your suite is cold,Cold indeed, and labour lost.MV II.vii.74
Cold indeede, and labour lost,Then farewell heat, and welcome frost.MV II.vii.75
Then farewell heate, and welcome frost:Portia, adieu, I have too grieved a heartMV II.vii.76
Portia adew, I haue too grieu'd a heartTo take a tedious leave. Thus losers part.MV II.vii.77
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