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I?)l stay no longer question.
Por. Ay, for the state; not for Antonio.
Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that : You take my house, when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house ; you take my life, When you do take the means whereby I live.
Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio? Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else, for God's sake. Ant. So please my lord the duke, and all the
court, To quit the fine for one half of his goods;
I am content, so he will let me have
Duke. He shall do this, or else I do recant
say? Shy. I am content. Por.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift. . Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence; I am not well; send the deed after me, And I will sign it. Duke.
Get thee gone, but do it. Gra. In christening thou shalt have two god
fathers; Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten
more, To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.
[Exit Shylock. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.
Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon ; I must away this night toward Padua, And it is meet, I presently set forth. Duke. I am sorry, that your leisure serves you
not. Antonio, gratify this gentleman; For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.
(Exeunt Duke, magnificoes, and train. Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend, Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof, Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, We freely cope your courteous pains withal,
Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, In love and service to you evermore.
Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfied ;
Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield.
Bass. This ring, good sir,- alas, it is a trifle; I will not shame myself to give you this.
Por. I will have nothing else but only this;
Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers :
For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you !
. [Exeunt Portia and Nerissa. Ant. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring; Let his deservings, and my love withal, Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandment.
Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou can’st, Unto Antonio's house :--away, make haste.
(Exit Gratiano. Come, you and I will thither presently; And in the morning early will we both Fly toward Belmont: Come, Antonio. (Exeunt.
Enter Portia and Nerissa.
That cannot be :
Sir, I would speak with you :I'll see if I can get my husband's ring, [To Portia. Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.
Por. Thou may’st, I warrant: We shall have old
swearing, That they did give the rings away to men; But we'll outface them, and outswear them too. Away, make haste; thou know'st where I will tarry. Ner. Come, good sir, will you show me to this house?
ACT V. SCENE I. Belmont. Avenue to Portia's house.
Enter Lorenzo and Jessica.
In such a night,
In such a night, Stood Dido with a willow in her hand Upon the wild sea-banks, and wav'd her love To come again to Carthage.
In such a night, Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs That did renew old Æson. Lor..
In such a night, Did Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew : And with an unthrift love did run from Venice, As far as Belmont. Jes.
And in such a night, Did young Lorenzo swear he lov’d her well; Stealing her soul with many vows of faith, And ne'er a true one. Lor.
And in such a night,