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To urge the thing held as a ceremony?
Bass. No, by mine honor, madam, by my soul,
Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my house :
do not, if I be left alone,
Ner. And I his clerk; therefore be well advised, How you do leave me to mine own protection.
Gra. Well, do you so; let not me take him then; For if I do, I'll mar the young clerk's pen.
Ant. I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels.
Mark you but that!
Nay, but hear me.
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth; Which, but for him that had your husband's ring,
[To PORTIA. 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.
Ant. Here, lord Bassanio; swear to keep this ring. Bass. By heaven, it is the same I gave the doctor!
Por. I had it of him. Pardon me, Bassanio, For by this ring the doctor lay with me.
Ner. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano;
Gra. Why, this is like the mending of highways
Por. Speak not so grossly.--You are all amazed.
I am dumb.
Ner. Ay; but the clerk that never means to do it; Unless he live until he be a man.
Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow; When I am absent, then lie with my wife.
Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life, and living; For here I read for certain, that my ships Are safely come to road. Por.
How now, Lorenzo ? My clerk hath some good comforts too for you.
Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee.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
Por. It is almost morning,
Gra. Let it be so. The first inter'gatory
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