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This is signior Antonio. [looks!
THE JEW'S EXPOSTULATION.
And all for use of that which is mine own.
THE WORLD'S TRUE VALUE. I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano ; A stage, where every man must play a part.
SIGNIOR Bassanio, hear me: If I do not put on a sober habit, Talk with respect, and swear but now and then, Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely; Nay more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes Thus with my hat, and sigh, and say, amen; Use all the observance of civility, Like one well studied in a sad ostent* To please his grandam, never trust me more.
* Show of staid and serious demeanour.
THE JEW'S COMMANDS TO HIS DAUGHTER. Lock up my doors; and when you hear the druni, And the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd fife, Clamber not you up to the casement then, Nor thrust your head into the public street, To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces: But stop my house's ears, I mean my casements; Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter My sober house.
POSSESSION MORE LANGUID THAN EXPECTATION.
0, ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly
* Decorated with flags.
THE PARTING OF FRIENDS.
I saw Bassanio and Antonio part:
HONOUR TO BE CONFERRED ON MERIT ONLY.
For who shall go about To cozen fortune, and be honourable Without the stamp of merit! Let none presume To wear an undeserved dignity. 0, that estates, degrees, and offices, Were not deriv'd corruptly! and that clear honour Were purchas'd by the merit of the wearer! How many then should cover, that stand bare ? How many be com mmanded, that command? How much low peasantry would then be glean'd From the true seed of honour? and how much honour Pick'd from the chaff and ruin of the times, To be new varnish'd ?
LOVE MESSENGER COMPARED TO AN APRIL DAY.
I have not seen So likely an ambassador of love: A day in April never came so sweet, To show how costly summer was at hand, As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord. * To slubber is to do a thing carelessly. + Shows, tokens,
THE JEW'S REVENGE. If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me of half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? if you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? revenge: If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? why, revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute: and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.
Let music sound, while he doth make his choice; Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Fading in music: that the comparison May stand more proper, my eye
shall be the stream, And watry death-bed for him: He may win; And what is music then! then music is Even as the flourish when true subjects bow To a new-crowned monarch: such it is, As are those dulcet sounds in break of day, That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear, And summon him to marriage. Now he goes,