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Who chooseth me, shall have as much as he deserves. Salan. Let me say amen betimes, lest the devil cross
my prayer; for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.-
Enter SHYLOCK. And of opposed natures.
How now, Shylock ? what news among the merchants ?
Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as yon,
of my daughter's flight.
Salar. That's certain; I, for my part, knew the tailor
that made the wings she flew withal.
Salan. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird
was fledg’d; and then it is the complexion of them all
to leave the dam.
Shy. She is damn’d forit.
Salar. That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.
Shy. My own flesh and blood to rebel!
Salan. Out upou it, old carrion! rebels it at these
years? Still more fool I shall appear
Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood.
1 With one fool's head I came to woo,
hers, than between jet and ivory: more between your But I go away with two.-
bloods, than there is between red wine and rhenishSweet, adieu! I'll keep my oath, But tellus, do you hear, whether Antonio have had any
ici Patiently to bear my wroth. loss at sea, or no?
2 Exeunt Arragan, and Train. Shy. There I have another bad match: a bankrupt, Por. Thus hath the candle sing'd the moth. a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the RialOthese deliberate fools! when they do choose,
a beggar, that used to come so smug upon the They have the wisdom by their wit to lose. mart; – let him look to this bond: he was wont to call
$ Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy;
1 Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.
lend money for a Christian courtesy;--let him look to Por. Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa!
Salar.Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt no take
his flesh; what's that good for? Serv. Where is my lady?
ba Shy. To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else, Por. Here; what would my lord?
it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and Serv, Madam, there is alighted at your gate hindered me of half a million; laughed at my losses, A young Venetian, one, that comes before mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my
1 To signify the approaching of his lord :
bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; From whom he bringeth sensible regrets;
and what's his reason? I am a Jew: hath not a Jew eyes? To wit, besides commends, and courteous breath, hatlı not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, Gifts of rich value; yet I have not seen
affections, passions ? fed with the same food, hurt So likely an embassador of love:
with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, A day in April never came so sweet,
healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the To show how costly summer was at hand,
same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.
us, do we not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? Por. No more, I pray thec; I am half afeard, if you poison us, do we not die? and, if you wrong us, Thou wilt say anon, he is some kin to thee,
shall we not revenge? if we are like you in the rest, we Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising him.- will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, Come, come, Nerissa; for I long to see
what is his humility? revenge : if a Christian wrong a Quick Cupid's post, that comes so mannerly. Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian examNer. Bassanio, lord Love, if thy will it be? (Exeunt. ple? why, revenge. The villainy, you teach me, I will
execute; andit shall go hard, but I will better the in
Enter a Serrant.
Serv. Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his house, Salan. Now, what news on the Rialto ?
and desires to speak with you both. Salar. Why, yet it lives there uncheck’d, that Anto- Sular. We have been up and down to seek him. nio hath a ship of rich lading wreck'd on the seas: the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very
Enter TUBAL. dangerous flat, and fatal, where the carcases of many a Salan. Here comes another of the tribe; a third tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip report be cannot be matched, unless the devil himself turn Jew. an honest woman of her word.
[Exeunt Salan. Salar. and Servant. Salan. I would she were as lying a gossip in that, as Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa? hast ever knapp'd ginger, or made her neighbours believe thou found my daughter? she wept for the death of a third husband: but it is Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but cantrue--without any slips of prolixity, or crossing the not find her. plain high-way of talk,--that the good Antonio, the Shy. Why there, there, there, there! a diamond honest Antonio,---- that I had a title good enough gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! The to keep his name company !-
curse never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt Salur. Come, the full stop !
it till now:--two thousand ducats in that; and other Salan. Ha --what say'st thou?--Why, the end is, precious, precious jewels
. - I would, my daughter he hath lost a ship!
were dead at my foot and the jewels in her ear! 'would Sular. I would it might prove the end of his losses ! she were hears’d at my foot, and the ducats in her
coffin! No news of them?- Why, so :-and-and l Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love:
Por. Well then, confess, and live,
Had been the very sum of my confession:
But let me to my fortune and the caskets.
Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof!-
Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one Fading in music: that the comparison night, fourscore ducats.
Maystand more proper, my eye shall be the stream Shy. Thou stick’st a dagger in me:- I shall never And wat’ry death-bed for him. He may win; see my gold again! Fourscore ducats at a sitting! And what is music then? then musicis fourscore ducats !
Even as the flourish, when true subjects bow Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my To a new-crowned monarch: such itis, company to Venice, that swear he cannot choose but As are those dulcet sounds in break of day, break.
That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear, Shy. I am very glad ofit: I'll plague him ; I'll tor- And summon him to marriage. Now he goes, ture him; I am glad of it.
With no less presence, but with much more love, Tub. One of them shewed me a ring, that he had of Than young Alcides, when he did redeem your daughter for a monkey.
The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy
The issue of the exploit. Go, Hercules !
Live thou, I live:-with much much more dismay
1. Tell me, where is fancy bred,
Or in the heart, or in the head?
How begot, how nourished?
2. It is engender'd in the eyes,
With gazing fed; and fancy dies
In the cradle where it lies.
Let us all ring
fancy's knell ;
Pll begin it, - Dingdong, bell.
Ding, dong, bell.
the outward shows be least themselves;
In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,
Obscures the show of evil? In religion,
What damned error, but some sober brow
Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
There is no vice so simple, but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars;
And these assume but valour's excrement,
To render them reduubted. Look on beauty,
And you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight;
Which therein works a miracle in nature,
Making them lightest that wear most of it:
So are those crisped svaky golden locks,
Upon supposed fairness, often known
To be the dowry of a second head,
The scull that bred them, in tlie sepulchre.
Myself, and what is mine, to you and yours Thus ornament is but the guiled shore
Is now converted: but now I was the lord
Queen o'er myself; and even now, but now,
Which when you part from, lose, or giveaway,
veias : And here choose I: joy be the consequence!
And there is such confusion in my powers,
As, after some oration fairly spoke
Where every something, being blent together,
Turns to a wild ofnothing, saveofjoy, I feel too much thy blessing, make it less,
Express'd, and not express'd. But when this ring
Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence;
Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time,
That have stood by, and seen our wisiies prosper, Or whether, riding on the balls of'mine,
o cry, good joy, good joy, my lord and lady! Seem tley in motion? Tiere are sever'd lips,
Gra: My lord Bassanio, and mny gentle lady, Parted with sugar breath; so sweet a bar
I wish you all the joy that you can wish;
The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you,
You lov'd, I lov'd; for intermission
Your fortune stood upon the caskets there;
And so did mine too, as the matter falls:
For wooing here, until I sweat again;
And swearing, till my very roof was dry
With oaths of love; at last,-if promise last, -
I got a promise of this fair one here,
To have her love, provided that your fortune
Achiev'd her mistress.
Por. Is this true, Nerissa?
Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand pleas'd withal.
Gra. Yes, 'faith,
lord. Like one of two contending in a prize,
Bass, Our feast shall be much honoured in your mar-
Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy for a thou-
sand ducats, Whether those peals of praise be his or 10;
Ner. What, and stake down? So, thrice fair lady, stand I, even so;
Gra. No; we shall ne'er win at that sport, and stake As doubtful whether, what I see be true,
down), Until confirm'd, sigu'd, ratihed by you.
But who comes here? Lorenzo, and his infidel?
old Venetian friend, Salerio ?
Enter LORENZO, Jessica, and SALERIO. To wish myself much better; yet, for you,
Bass. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither;
If that the youth of riy new interest here
Ubid my very friends and countrymen,
Sweet Portia, welcome. I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends,
Por. Sodol, my lord;
They are entirely welcome.
But meeting with Salerio by the way,
He did entreat me, past all sayiug nay, She is not bred so dull but she can learn;
To come with him along. Happiest of all, is, that her gentle spirit
Sale. I did, my lord, Commits itself to yours to be directed,
And I have reason for it. Signior Antonio As from her lord, her governor, her king.
Commends him to you.
(Gives Bassanio a letter
Bass. Ere I ope his letter,
Before a friend of this description
Shall lose a hair through Bassanio's fault.
And then away to Venice to your friend !
For never shall you lie by Portia's side
My maid Nerissa, and myself, mean time,
Will live as maids and widows. Come, away;
Since you are dear-bouglit, I will love you dear.
But let me hear the letter of your friend.
miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is Ofany constant man. What, worse and worse? very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit; and since, in With leave, Bassanio; I am half yourself,
paying it, it is impossible I should live, all debts are And I must freely have the half of any thing,
cleared beiween you and I, if I might but see you at That this same paper brings yon.
my death; notwithstanding, use your pleasure: if Bass. 0, sweet Portia,
your love do not persuade you to come, let not my Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words,
letter. That ever blotted paper! Gentle lady,
Por. O love, despatch all business, and be gone! When I did first impart my love to you,
Bass. Since I have your good leave to go away,
I will make haste: but, till I come again,
No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay,
No rest beinterposer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt.
SCENE III.-Venice. A street.
Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, Antonio, and Gaoler.
This is the fool that lentout money gratis ;-
Gaoler, look to him.
Ant. Hear me yet, good Shylock !
Shy. I'll have my bond ; speak not against my bond;
I have sworn an oath, that I will have my bond:
Thou call'dst me dog before thou had'sta cause:
But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs!
To come abroad with him at his request !
Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak!
Shy. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak:
I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more!
I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool,
To shake the head, relent, and sigh, aud yield
To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
I'll have no speaking; I will have my bond.
[Exit Shylock. Heplies the duke at morning, and at night;
Salan. It is the most impenetrable cur,
That ever kept with men.
Ant. Let him alone;
I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures
Many, that have at times made moan to me;
Therefore he hates me.
Salan, I am sure, the duke
Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law;
For the commodity that strangers have
With us in Venice, ifit be denied,
Will much impeach the justice of the state;
These griefs and losses have so 'bated me,
That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
To-morrow to my bloody creditor.-
Well gaoler, on !--- Pray God, Bassanio come
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not! (Exeunt. Bass. For me, three thousand ducats.
SCENE IV.-Belmont. A room in Portia's house. Por.' What, no more?
Enter Portia, Nerissa, LORENZO, Jessica, and
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence,
[Act III. You have a noble and a true conceit
Il could not do with all;-then I'll repent,
And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,
Above a twelvemonth. --I have within my mind
A thousand raw tricks of these bragging Jacks, I know, you would be prouder of the work,
Which I will practise.
Ner. Why, shall we turn to men?
Por, Fie! what a question's that,
Ifthou wert near a lewd interpreter?
When I am in my coach, which stays for us
At the park gate; and therefore haste away, Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit;
For we must measure twenty miles to-day. [Exeunt. Which makes me think, that this Antonio, Being the lover of my lord,
SCENE V.--The same. A garden. Must needs be like my lord. Ifit beso,
Enter LAUNCELOT and Jessica. Howlittle is the cost i have bestow'd,
Laun. Yes, truly:-for, look you, the sins of the Io purchasing this semblance of my soul
father are to be laid upon the children; therefore, I From out the state of hellish cruelty!
promise you, I fear you. I was always plain with you, This comes too near the praising of'myself;
and so now I speak my agitation of the matter: thereTherefore, no more of it: hear other things! fore, be of good cheer; for, truly, I think, you are Lorenzo, I commit into your hands
damned. There is but one hope in it that can do any The husbandry and manage of my house,
good; and that is but a kind of bastard hope neither. Until my lord's return: for mine own part,
Jess. And what hope is that, I pray thee? I have toward heaven breath'd a secret vow,
Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your father To live in prayer and comtemplation,
got you not, that you are not the Jew's daughter. Quly attended by Nerissa here,
Jess. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed; so Until her husband and my lord's return:
the sins of my mother should be visited upon me. There is a monastery two miles off,
Laun. Truly then I fear you are damned both by faAnd there we will abide. I do desire you,
ther and mother: thus when I shun Scylla, your father, Not to deny this imposition;
I fall into Charybdis, your mother: well, you are gone The which my love, and some necessity,
ways. Now lays upon you.
Jess. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath made Lor, Madam, with all my heart;
me a Christian. I shall obey you in all fair commands.
Laun. Truly, the more to blame he: we were ChriPor. My people do already know my mind,
stians enough before; e'en as many as could well live, And will ackuowledge you and Jessica
one by another: this making of Christians will raise In place of lord Bassanio and myself.
the price of hogs; if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we So fare you well, till we shall meet again.
shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money. Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, attend on you! Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content.
Enter LORE820, Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well pleas'd Jess. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say; To wish it back on you: fare you well, Jessica !
here he comes. (Exeunt Jessica and Lorenzo. Lor. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Launcelot, Now, Balthazar,
you thus get my wife into corners. As I have ever found thee honest, true,
Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo; Launcelot So let me find thee still: take this same letter, and I are out: he tells me flatly, there is no mercy for And use thou all the endeavour of a man,
me in heaven, because I am a Jew's daughter: and he In speed to Padua; see thou render this
says, you are no good member of the commonwealth; Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario;
for, in converting Jews to Christians, you raise the And, look, what notes and garments he doth girethee, priceof pork. Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin’d speed
Lor. I shall answer that better to the commonwealth
than you can the getting up of the negro's belly; the
Por. Come on, Nerissa; I have workin hand, is, indeed, more than I took her for.
the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence;
and discourse grow commendable in none only but Por. They shall, Nerissa; butin such a habit, parrots.-Goin, sirrah; bid them prepare for dinner. That they shall think, we are accomplished
Laun. That is done, sir; they have all stomachs.
Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is the word.
Lor. Will you cover then, sir?
Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in an io-
meaning: go to thy fellows; bid them cover the table, Which I denying, they fell sick and died;
serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.