A Wise Man’s Reward

Bassanio hast won Portia’s hand!  Of all, it ‘twas the lead casket which hath held the heiress’ picture.  For not gold whose inscription beareth ‘Who chooses me shall gain what many men desire;’ nor silver whose inscription readeth ‘Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves.’  Yet inscribed thence in that casket made of lead wast ‘Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.’  Cunning and wise Bassanio hath faired!  A wedding, in haste, shalt soon be prepared.

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