- BASSANIO: In Belmont is a lady richly left;
- And she is fair, and, fairer than that word,
- Of wondrous virtues: sometimes from her eyes
- I did receive fair speechless messages:
- Her name is Portia, nothing undervalued 
- To Cato's daughter, Brutus' Portia:
- Nor is the wide world ignorant of her worth,
- For the four winds blow in from every coast
- Renowned suitors, and her sunny locks
- Hang on her temples like a golden fleece; 
- Which makes her seat of Belmont Colchos' strand,
- And many Jasons come in quest of her.
- O my Antonio, had I but the means
- To hold a rival place with one of them,
- I have a mind presages me such thrift, 
- That I should questionless be fortunate!
- ANTONIO: Thou know'st that all my fortunes are at sea;
- Neither have I money nor commodity
- To raise a present sum: therefore go forth;
- Try what my credit can in Venice do: 
- That shall be rack'd, even to the uttermost,
- To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia.
- Go, presently inquire, and so will I,
- Where money is, and I no question make
- To have it of my trust or for my sake. 
This page last updated on 1 January 2003.
Send queries to Michael Best, English Department, University of Victoria, Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.