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Mark you but that !
-swear by your double self,
Nay, but hear me ;
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth ;
[To PORTIA. 240 Had quite miscarried : I dare be bound again, My soul upon the forfeit, that your
lord Will never more break faith advisedly.
Por. Then you shall be his surety : Give him this ;
And bid him keep it better than the other. 245
Ant. Here, Lord Bassanio ; swear to keep this ring.
Por. I had it of him : You are all amaz'd ;
It comes from Padua, from Bellario :
Nerissa there, her clerk : Lorenzo here
Enter'd my house.—Antonio, you are welcome ; 255 And I have better news in store for yo
Than you expect : unseal this letter soon ;
You shall not know by what strange accident
I am dumb.
Ner. Ay ; but the clerk that never means to do it,
238. Wealth, i.e., weal, wellbeing, advantage.
265 Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life, and living ;
For here I read for certain, that my ships
How now, Lorenzo ?
Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee. — 270 There do I give to you and Jessica,
From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift,
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
It is almost morning, 275 And yet, I am sure, you are not satisfied
Of these events at full : Let us go in ;
Gra. Well, while I live, I'll fear no other thing 280 So sore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring.
[Exeunt. SECTION VI.
BYRON'S PRISONER OF CHILLON.
The Castle of Chillon, on the Lake of Geneva, and partly surrounded by its waters, belonged, in the early part of the sixteenth century, to the Dukes of Savoy. From 1530 to 1536, a patriotic citizen of Geneva, Francis Bonnivard, was confined in it, until he was released by the Bernese, who took the castle and the whole Pays de Vaud from the favoyards. Byron, when he wrote his poem on two rainy days at the village of Ouchy, near the castle, did not know much of the history of Bonnivard, and largely drew upon his imagination for the materials. The poem is vigorous, passionate, and pathetic, but like too many of Byron's hurried productions, rather loose and irregular in its diction. It does not always bear a searching investigation and a critical analysis.
My hair is grey, but not with years,
Nor grew it white
In a single night,
But rusted with a vile repose,
And mine has been the fate of those
To whom the goodly earth and air
But this was for my father's faith,
For tenets he would not forsake; 15 And for the same his lineal race
In darkness found a dwelling-place.
Six in youth, and one in age,
One in fire, and two in field,
For the God their foes denied ; 25 Three were in a dungeon cast,
Of whom this wreck is left the last.
There are seven pillars of Gothic mould,
There are seven columns, massy and gray, 30 Dim with a dull imprison'd ray
A sunbeam which hath lost its way,
Creeping o'er the floor so damp,
And in each ring there is a chain ;
11. Bonnivard adopted the reformed doc- nor is it at all clear what kind of distinction, trine. Byron's expressions, bowever, leave if any, is to be made here. it doubtful to which faith the prisoner belonged
32. Crevice and cleft seem to be here 29. Pillars and columns are Synonymes, Synonymous, like pillar and column.
That iron is a cankering thing,
For in these limbs its teeth remain, 40 With marks that will not wear away,
Till I have done with this new day,
For years—I cannot count them o'er, 45 I lost their long and heavy score When
my last brother droop'd and died, And I lay living by his side.
They chain'd us each to a column stone,
And we were three-yet each alone : 50 We could not move a single pace,
We could not see each other's face,
And thus together—yet apart,
'Twas still some solace in the dearth
And each turn comforter to each
Or song heroically bold.
39 and 42. These.-See Milton, I. 113, note.
52. With that pale and livid light.-Adjunct to the Prin. Sent., 'Twas still some solace to hearken, &c.
65. Fetter'd and pined must be joined
grammatically with for us, understood before hearken. The structure of the sentence generally is loose.
55. But.-The adversative force of the Adversative Conjunction is not perceptible.