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I am enioynd by oath to obserue three things;I am enjoined by oath to observe three things:MV II.ix.9
First, neuer to vnfold to any oneFirst, never to unfold to anyoneMV II.ix.10
Which casket 'twas I chose; next, if I faileWhich casket 'twas I chose; next, if I failMV II.ix.11
Of the right casket, neuer in my lifeOf the right casket, never in my lifeMV II.ix.12
To wooe a maide in way of marriage:To woo a maid in way of marriage;MV II.ix.13
Lastly, Lastly,MV II.ix.14
if I doe faile in fortune of my choyse,If I do fail in fortune of my choice,MV II.ix.15
Immediately to leaue you, and be gone.Immediately to leave you and be gone.MV II.ix.16
And so haue I addrest me, fortune nowAnd so have I addressed me. Fortune nowMV II.ix.19
To my hearts hope: gold, siluer, and base lead.To my heart's hope! Gold, silver, and base lead.MV II.ix.20
Who chooseth me must giue and hazard all he hath.Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.MV II.ix.21
You shall looke fairer ere I giue or hazard.You shall look fairer ere I give or hazard.MV II.ix.22
What saies the golden chest, ha, let me see:What says the golden chest? Ha, let me see.MV II.ix.23
Who chooseth me, shall gaine what many men desire:Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire.MV II.ix.24
What many men desire, that many may be meantWhat many men desire; that ‘ many ’ may be meantMV II.ix.25
By the foole multitude that choose by show,By the fool multitude that choose by show,MV II.ix.26
Not learning more then the fond eye doth teach,Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach,MV II.ix.27
Which pries not to th' interior, but like the MartletWhich pries not to th' interior, but like the martletMV II.ix.28
Builds in the weather on the outward wall,Builds in the weather on the outward wall,MV II.ix.29
Euen in the force and rode of casualtie.Even in the force and road of casualty.MV II.ix.30
I will not choose what many men desire,I will not choose what many men desire,MV II.ix.31
Because I will not iumpe with common spirits,Because I will not jump with common spiritsMV II.ix.32
And ranke me with the barbarous multitudes.And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.MV II.ix.33
Why then to thee thou Siluer treasure house,Why then, to thee, thou silver treasure house.MV II.ix.34
Tell me once more, what title thou doost beare;Tell me once more what title thou dost bear.MV II.ix.35
Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserues:Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves.MV II.ix.36
And well said too; for who shall goe aboutAnd well said too, for who shall go aboutMV II.ix.37
To cosen Fortune, and be honourableTo cozen fortune, and be honourableMV II.ix.38
Without the stampe of merrit, let none presumeWithout the stamp of merit? Let none presumeMV II.ix.39
To weare an vndeserued dignitie:To wear an undeserved dignity.MV II.ix.40
O that estates, degrees, and offices,O that estates, degrees, and officesMV II.ix.41
Were not deriu'd corruptly, and that cleare honourWere not derived corruptly, and that clear honourMV II.ix.42
Were purchast by the merrit of the wearer;Were purchased by the merit of the wearer!MV II.ix.43
How many then should couer that stand bare?How many then should cover that stand bare,MV II.ix.44
How many be commanded that command?How many be commanded that command;MV II.ix.45
How much low pleasantry would then be gleanedHow much low peasantry would then be gleanedMV II.ix.46
From the true seede of honor? And how much honorFrom the true seed of honour, and how much honourMV II.ix.47
Pickt from the chaffe and ruine of the times,Picked from the chaff and ruin of the timesMV II.ix.48
To be new varnisht: Well, but to my choise.To be new varnished. Well, but to my choice.MV II.ix.49
Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserues.Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves.MV II.ix.50
I will assume desert; giue me a key for this,I will assume desert. Give me a key for this,MV II.ix.51
And instantly vnlocke my fortunes here.And instantly unlock my fortunes here.MV II.ix.52
What's here, the portrait of a blinking idiotWhat's here? The portrait of a blinking idiotMV II.ix.54
Presenting me a scedule, I will reade it:Presenting me a schedule! I will read it.MV II.ix.55
How much vnlike art thou to Portia?How much unlike art thou to Portia!MV II.ix.56
How much vnlike my hopes and my deseruings?How much unlike my hopes and my deservings!MV II.ix.57
Who chooseth me, shall haue as much as he deserues.Who chooseth me shall have as much as he deserves.MV II.ix.58
Did I deserue no more then a fooles head,Did I deserve no more than a fool's head?MV II.ix.59
Is that my prize, are my deserts no better?Is that my prize? Are my deserts no better?MV II.ix.60
What is here?What is here?MV II.ix.62.2
The fier seauen times tried this,The fire seven times tried this;MV II.ix.63
Seauen times tried that iudement is,Seven times tried that judgement isMV II.ix.64
That did neuer choose amis,That did never choose amiss.MV II.ix.65
Some there be that shadowes kisse,Some there be that shadows kiss;MV II.ix.66
Such haue but a shadowes blisse:Such have but a shadow's bliss.MV II.ix.67
There be fooles aliue IwisThere be fools alive iwis,MV II.ix.68
Siluer'd o're, and so was this:Silvered o'er, and so was this.MV II.ix.69
Take what wife you will to bed,Take what wife you will to bed,MV II.ix.70
I will euer be your head:I will ever be your head.MV II.ix.71
So be gone, you are sped.So be gone; you are sped.MV II.ix.72
Still more foole I shall appeareStill more fool I shall appearMV II.ix.73
By the time I linger here,By the time I linger here.MV II.ix.74
With one fooles head I came to woo,With one fool's head I came to woo,MV II.ix.75
But I goe away with two.But I go away with two.MV II.ix.76
Sweet adue, Ile keepe my oath,Sweet, adieu. I'll keep my oath,MV II.ix.77
Patiently to beare my wroath.Patiently to bear my wroth.MV II.ix.78