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Enter a Servant. narruw seas; the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very dangerous flat and fatal, where the Serv. Gentlem. n, my master Antonio is at bis carcasses of many a tall ship lie buried, as they say, bouse, and desires to speak with you both. if my gossip report be an honest woman of her word. Salar. We have been up and down to seek him. Salun. I would she were as lying a gossip in

Enter TUBAL. that, as ever knapp'd ginger, or made her neighbours believe she wepe for the death of a third hus- Salan. Here comes another of the tribe; a third band : But it is true,—without any slips of prolix. cannot be matched, unless the devil himself turn ity, or crossing the plain bighway of talk, – that Jew. [Exeunt Salan. Salar. and Servant. the good Antonio, the bonest Antonio, -- 0 that Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? I had a title good enough to keep bis oame com- bast thou found my daughter?

Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but Salar. Come, the full stop.

cannot find ber. Salan. Ha,--what say'st thou ?-Why the end Shy. Why there, there, there, there ! a diamond is, he hath lost a ship.

gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort ! Salar. I would it might prove the end of his losses ! The curse never fell upon our nation till now;

Salun. Let me say amen betimes, lest the devil never felt it till now : -two thousand ducats iu cross my prayer; for here he comes in the likeness that; and other precious, precious jewels. — 1 of a Jew.

would my daughter were dead at my ot, and

the jewels in her ear! 'would she were bears'd ar Enter SHYLOCK.

my foot, and the ducats in her coffin! No news ot How now, Shylock? What news among the mer. them ?-Why, so :- and I know not what's spent chants ?

in the search: Why, thou loss upou loss! the ibief Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as gone with so much, and so much to find the thief ; you, of my daughter's fiiglt.

and no satisfaction, no revenge : nor no ill luck Salar. I'hat's certain ; 1, for my part, knew the stirring, but wbat lights o’my shoulders; no sighs, tailor that made the wings she flew witbal. but o' my breathing ; no tears, but o'my shedding.

Salan. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too! Antonio, bird was Aedg'd; and then it is the complexion of as I heard in Genoa, them all to leave the dam.

Shy. What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck? Shy. She is damu'd for it.

Tub. —hath an argosy cast away, coming froin Salar. That's certain, it ihe devil may be her judge. Tripolis. Shy. My own flesh and blod to rebel !

Shy. I thank God, I thank God:- Is it true ? Salan. Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it at is it irue ? tbese years?

Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood. escaped the wreck,

Salar. There is more difference between thy flesh Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ;-Good news, and bers, than between jet and ivory; more be- good news: ba! ba ! - Where ? in Genoa ? tween your bloods, than there is between red wine Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, and rbénish :- Bui tell us, do you hear whether one night, fourscore ducats ! Antonio bave bad any loss at sea or no?

Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me:

I shall Shy. There I have another bad match : a bank- never see my gold again : Fourscore ducats at a rupt, a prodigal, who dare scarce show bis head on sitting ! fourscore ducals! the Rialto ;-a beggar, that used to come so snug Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in upon the mart;—let him look to his bond: be was my company to Venice, that swear Le cannot choose wont to call me usurer ;- let him look to bis bond! but break. be was wont to lend money for a Christian cour. Shy. I am rery glad of it: I'll plague bim; I'll tesy ;-let him look to lis bond.

torture bim; I am glad of it. Salar. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt Tub. One of them showed me a ring, that he had not take his flesh; What's that good for? of your daughter for a monkey.

Shy. To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal : else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced it was my turquoise : I had it of Leah, when I was me, and bindered me of half a million; laughed at a bachelor: I would not bave given it for a wilder. my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, ness of monkeys. thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone. mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a

a Jew :

Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true : Go, TuHaib not a Jew eyes ? bath not a Jew hands, or- bal, fee me an officer, bespeak bim a fo tnight be. gans, dimensions, senses, affections, passious ? fed fore : I will have the heart of bim, if be forfeit; with the same food, hurt with the same wespons, for were he out of Venice, I can make wbat mersubject to the same diseases, healed by the suine chandise I will: Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and our synagogue; go, good Tubal; at our synagogue, summer, as a Christian is ? if you prick us, do we Tubul.

[Exeunt, not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh ? if you poison us, do we not die ? and if you wrong us, SCENE II.-Belmont. A Room in Portia's shall we not revenge ? if we are like you in the rest,

House. we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is bis humility ? reverge ; If a

Enter BassanIO, PURTIA, GRATIANO, VERISS n, and Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferunce

Attendants. The Caskets ume set out. be by Christian example ? why, reven,e. The Por. I pray you, tarry; pause a day or two, villany, you teach me. I will execute; and it Before you hazard; for, in choosing wrong, shall go hard, but I will better the instructioe lose your company, therefore, forbear a while :


You that choose not by the view,

You lov'd, I lov'd; for intermission
Chance as fair, and choose as true !

No more pertains to me, my lord, than you.
Since this fortune falls to you,

Your fortune stood upon the caskets there;
Be content, and seek no new.

And so did mine too, as the matter falls :
If you be well pleas'd with this,

For wooing here, until I sweat again;
And hold your fortune for your oriss,

And swearing, till my very roof was dry
Turn you where your lady is,

With oaths of love ; at last,-if promise last,-
And claim her with a loving kiss.

I got a promise of this fair one here,

To have her love, provided that your fortune
A gentle scroll ;-Fair lady, by your leave : Acbier'd her mistress.

[Kissing her.

Is this true, Nerissa ?
I come by note, to give and to receive.

Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand pleas'd withal. Like one of two contending in a prize,

Bass. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith? That thinks he bath done well in people's eyes,

Gra. Yes, faith, my lord. Hearing applause, ond universal sloui,

Bass. Our feast shall be much honour'd in your Giddy iu spirit, still gazing in a doubt

marriage. Whether those peals of praise be his or no ;

Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy for a So thrice fair lady, stand I, even so ;

thousand ducats. As doubtful whether what I see be true,

Ner. What, and stake down? Until confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you.

Gra. No ; we shall ne'er win at that sport, and Por. You see me, Lord Bussanio, wbere I stand,

stake down. Such as I am : though, for myself alone,

But who comes here ? Lorenzo, and his infidel? I would not be ambitious in my wish,

What, and my old Venetian friend, Salerio ? l'o wish myself much better; yet, for you, I would be trebled twenty times myself;

Enter Lorenzo, Jessica, and SALERIO. A thousand times more fáir, ten thousand times Bass. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome bither; More rich;

If that the youth of my new interest here That only to stand high on your account,

Have power to bid you welcome :-By your leave, I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends, I bid my very friends and countrymen, Exceed account: but the full sum of me

Sweet Portia, welcome. Is sum of something; which, to term in gross,


So do 1, my lord ;
Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpractis'd : They are entirely welcome.
Happy in this, she is not yet so old

Lor. I thank your honour :- - For my part, my Bui she may learn; and happier than this,

lord, She is not bred so dull hut she can learn ;

My purpose was not to have seen you here ; Hlappiest of all, is, that lier gentle spirit

But meeting with Salerio by the way, Commits itself to yours to be directed,

He did entreat me, past all saying nay, As from her lord, her governor, her king.

To come with him along. Myself, and what is mine, to you, and yours,


I did, my lord, Is now converted : but now I was the lord

And I have reason for it. Signior Antonio Of this fair mansion, master of my servants,

Commends him to you.

[Gives BASSanto a letter. Queen o'er myself; and even now, but now,


Ere I ope his letter, This house, these servants, and this same myself, I pray you tell me how my good friend doth. Are yours, my lord ; I give them with this ring; Sale: Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind; Which when you part from, lose, or give away,

Nor well, unless in mind : his letter there Let it presage the ruin of your love,

Will show you his estate. And be my vantage to exclaim on you.

Gro. Nerissa, cheer yon' stranger; bid her wel. Bass. Madam, you have bereft me of all words, Only my blood speaks to you in my veins :

Your hand, Salerio; What's the news from Venice ? And there is such confusion in my powers,

How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio ? As, after some oration fairly spoke

I know, he will be glad of our success; By a belo ed prince, there doth appear

We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece. Among the buzzing pleased mu titude ;

Sole. 'Would you bad won the fleece that he hath Where every something, being blent together,

lost ! T'ums to a wild of nothing, save of joy,

Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon Express'd, and not express'd : But when this ring

same paper, Parts from this finger, then parts life from bence ; Tbat steal the colour from Bassanio's cheek; O, then be bold to say, Bassanio's dead.

Soine dear friend dead; else notbing in the world
Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time, Could turn so much the constitution
That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosper, Of any constant man. What, worse and worse?-
To cry, good joy; Good joy, my lord and lady! With leave, Ba-sanio ; I am half yourself,

Gra. My Lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady, And I must freely have the half of anything
I wish you all the joy that you can wish; That tbis same paper brings you.
For I am sure, you can wish none from me :


O sweet Portia And, when your bouours mean to solemoize Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words, The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you, That ever blotted paper ! Gentle lady, Even at that time I may be married too.

When I did first impart my love to you, Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife. 1 freely told you, all the wealth I had Gra. I thank your lordship; you bave got me Ran in my veins, I was a gentleman;

And then I told you true : and yet, dear lady, My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours : Rating myself at nothing, you shall see You saw the mistrese, I bebeld the maid;

How much I was a braggart: When I told you



bond ;


My state was nothing, 1 should then have told you
That I was worse than nothing ; for, indecd,

SCENE III.-Venice. A Streer. i have engag'd myself to a dear friend,

Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, ANTONIO, and Gaoler Engag'd my friend to his mere enemy, To feed my means. Here is a letter, lady ;

Shy. Guoler, look to him; Tell notine 0. The paper as the body of my friend,

mercy ; And every word io it a gaping wound,

This is the fool that lent out money gratis ;-
Issuing life-blood. But is it true, Salerio ? Gaoler, look to him.
Have all his ventures fail'd ? What, not one bit ? Ant.

Hear me yet, good Shylock. From Tripolis, from Mexico, and England,

Shy. I'll have my bond ; speak not against my From Lisbon, Barbary, and India ? And not one vessel 'scape the dreadful touch I have sword an oath, that I will have my bond. Of mercbant-marring rocks?

Thou call’dst me dog, before thou had'st a cause : Sale.

Not one, my lord. But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs : Besides, it should appear, that if he had

The duke shall grant me justice.- I do wonder, The present money to discharge the Jew, Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond He would not take it: Never did I know

To come abroad with him at his request. A creature, that did bear the shape of man,

Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak. So keen and greedy to confound a man :

Shy. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee He plies the duke at morning, and at night;

speak : And doth impeach the freedom of the state, I'll have my bond ; and therefore speak no more. If they deny bim justice : twenty merchants, I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool, The duke himself, and the magnificoes

To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield Of greatest port bave all persuaded with bim;

To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
But Done can drive him from the envious plea I'll have no speaking; I will have my bond.
Or forfeiture, of justice, and bis bond.

[Exit SHYLOCK Jes. When I was with him, I have beard bim Sulan. It is the most impenetrable cur,

That ever kept with men. To Tubal and to Chus, his countrymen,


Let him alone; That be would rather bave Antouio's desn,

I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. Than twenty times the value of the sum

He seeks my life; bis reason well I know; Tbat he did owe him; and I know, my lord,

I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures If law, authority, and power deny not,

Many that have at times made moan to me ; It will go hard with poor Antonio.

Therefore he bates me.
Por. Is it your dear friend, that is thus in trouble ? Salan.

I am sure, the duke
Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man, Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
The best condition'd and unwearied spirit

Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law; In doing courtesies ; and one in whom

For the commodity that strangers have The ancient Roman honour more appears,

With us in Venice, if it be denied, Than any that draws breath in Italy.

Will much impeach the justice of the state ; Por. What sum owes he the Jew?

Since that the trade and profit of the city Bass. For me, three thousand ducats.

Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go :

Wbat, no more? These griefs and losses have so 'bated me,
Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond; That I shall bardly spare a pound of flesh
Double six thousand, and then treble that, To-morrow to my bloody creditor.
Before a friend of this description

Well, gaoler, on :-Pray God, Bassanio como Sball lose a hair through Bassanio's fault.

To see me pay his debt, and then I care not ! First, go with me to church, and call me wife:

[Ereunt. And then away to Venice to your friend; Por never shall you lie by Portia's side

SCENE IV.-Belmont. A Room in Portia's With an unquiet soul. You shall have gold

House, To pay the petty debt twenty times over;

Enter Portia, NerśSA, LORENZO, Jessica, und When it is paid, bring your true friend along :

My maid Nerissa, and myself, mean time,
Will live as maids and widows, Come, away ;

Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your preFor you shall bence upon your wedding-day:

sence, Bid your friends welcome, show a merry cheer:

You have a noble and a true conceit Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear, Of god-like amity, which appears most strongly But let me hear the letter of your friend.

In beariug thus the absence of your lord. Bass. [Reads.] Sweet Bassanio, my ships have all But, if you knew to whom you show this honour, miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is very How true a gentleman you send relief, low, inny bond to the Jew is forfeit ; and since, in pay. How dear a lover of my lord your busband, ing it, it is impossible I should live, all debts are cleared I know, you would be prouder of the work, between you and I, if I might but see you at my Than customary bounty can enforce you. death : notwithstanding, use your pleasure : if your Por. I never did repent for doing good, Love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter. Nor shall not now: for in companions Por. O love, despatch all business, and be gone. That do converse and waste the time together, Bass. Since I have your good leave to go away, Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,

I will make haste : but, till I come again, There must be needs a like proportion No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay,

Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit; No rest be interposer 'twixt us twain.

Which makes me think, that this Antonio, (Eseunt.' Being the bosom Ir rer of my lord,

Must needs be like my lord : If it be so,

When I am in my coach, which stays for us How little is the cost I have bestow'd,

At the park gate ; and therefore haste away, In purchasing the seinblance of my soul

For we must measure twenty miles to-day. I Fre'int From out the state of hellish cruelty?

SCE. E V.-The same. A Garden.
This comes too near the praising of myself;
Therefore, no more of it : hear other things.-

Enter LAUNCELOT and Jessica.
Lorenzo, I commit into your hands
The husbandry and manage of my house,

Laun. Yes, truly ;-for, look you, the sins of the Until my lord's return : for mine own part, father are to be laid upon the children ; therefore, I have toward heaven breath'd a secret vow, I promise you, I fear you. I was always plain with To live in prayer and contemplation,

you, and so now I speak my agitation of the matter Only attended by Nerissa here,

l'berefort, be of good cheer ; for, truly, I think, Until ber husband and my lord's retura : you are damn'd. There is but one hope in it that There is a monastery two miles off,

can do you any good; and that is but a kind of And there we will abide. I do desire you, bastard bope neither. Not to deny this imposition ;

Jes. And what hope is that, I pray thee? Tko which my love, and some necessity,

Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your Now lays upon you.

father got you not, that you are not the Jew's Lor.

Madam, with all my heart, dau hier. I shall obey you in all fair commands.

Jes. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed ; Por. My people do already know my mina, so the sins of my mother should be visited upon me. And will acknowledge you and Jessica

Laun. Truly then I fear you are damned both by In place of Lord Bassanio and myself.

father and mother : thus when I sbun Scylla, your So fare you well, till we shall meet again. father, I fall into Charybdis, your mother; well, Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, atteud on you are gone both ways, you !

Jes. I shall be saved by my husband; he baile Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content. made me a Christian. Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well Laun. Truly, the more to blame he: we were pleas'd

Christians enough before ; e'en as many as could To wish it back on you : fare you well, Jessica.- well live, one by another. This making of Chris

(Exeunt Jessica and Lorenzo. tians will raise the price of bogs; if we grow all Now. Balthazar,

to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher As I have ever found thee honest, true,

on the coals for money.
So let me find thee still : Take this same lett: r,
Aud use thou all the endeavour of a man,

In speed to Padua ; see thou render this
Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario ;

Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, wbat you Aud, look, what notes and garments he doth give say; bere he comes. thee,

Lor. I sball grow jealous of you shortly, LaunBring them, I pray thee, with imagin'd speed celot, if you thus get my wife into corners. Unto the tranect, to the common ferry

Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo; Laun. Which trades to Venice :-waste no time in words, celot and I are out: he tells me flatly, there is no But get thee gone; I shall be there before thee. mercy for me in heaven, because I am a Jew's Bulth. Mudam, I go with all convenient speed. daughter : and be says, you are no good member if

[Exit. the commonwealth ; for, in converting Jews 10 Por. Come on, Nerissa ; I have work in hand, Christians, you raise the price of pork. That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands, Lor. I sball answer that better to the commonBefore they think of us.

wealth, than you can the getting up of the neyro's Ner.

Shall they see us ? belly; the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot. Por. They shall, Nerissa ; but in such a babit, Laun. It is much, that the Nloor should be more That they sball think we are accomplis!ıed than reason : but if she be less than an honest woWith what we lack. I'll bold tbee any wager, man, she is, indeed, more than I took ber for. When we are both accouter'd like young meu, Lor. How every fool can play upon the word ! I'll prove the prett er fellow of the two,

I think, the best grace of wit will shortly turn into And wear my dagger with the braver grace; silence ; and discourse grow commendable in nove And speak, between the change of man and hoy, only but parrots.-Go in, sirrah; bid them prepare With a reed voice ; and turn two mincing steps for dinner. Into a manly stride ; and speak of frays,

Laun. That is done, sir; they bave all stomachs. Like a fine bragging youth : and tell quaint lies, Lor. Goodly lurd, what a wit-spapper are you ! How honourable ladies sought my love,

then bid them prepare dinner. Which I denying, they fell sick and died;

Laun. That is done, too, sir : only, cover is the I could not do with all, tben I'll repent,

word. And wish, for all that, that I had not kill'd them : Lor. Will you cover then, sir? And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,

Laun. Not so, sir, neitber; I know my duty. Tbat men should swear I have discontinued school Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion ! Wilt Above a twelvemontb :- I have within my mind thou show the #bole wealth of thy wit in an instant ? A thousand raw tricks of these bragging Jacks, I pray thee, understard a plain man in bis plain Which I will practise.

ineuning : go to thy fellows : bid them cover the Ver.

Wby, shall we turn to men? table, serve in the meat, and we will come in to Por. Fy! wbat a question's tbat,

dinner. If thou wert pear a lewd interpreter ?

Laun. For the table, sir, it s? all ba served in; Bul come, I'll tell thee all my whole device for the meat, sir, it shall be covered ; 1or your

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