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As who should say, I am sir Oracle,

l'o raise a present sua:lierefore go lotil, And, when I ope iny lips, let no dog bark!

Try what my creull can in lente wu; O, my Antonio, I do know of these,

That shall be rack'd, even to the ullermost, That therefore only are reputed wise,

To furnish thee to Belmont, tu luir i ortia. For saying nothing; who, I am very sure,

Go, presently inquire, and so willi, If they should speak, would almost damn those ears, Where money is, and I no question make, Which, hearing thein, would call their brothers, fools. To have it oi my trust, or for iny sane. Errunt. I'll tell thee more of this another time:

SCENE II.-- Belmont. A Room in Portra's House. But fish not, with this melancholy bait, For this tool's gudgeon, this opinion. —

Enter PORTIA and XERINSA. Come, good Lorenzo:- Fare ye well, a while; Por. By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is I'll end my exhortation after dinner.

a-weary of this great world. Lor. Well, we will leave you then till dinner-time: Ner. You would be, sweet madam, if your miI must be one of these same duinb wise men, series were in the same abundance as your good For Gratiano never lets me speak.

fortunes are: And yet, for aught I see, they are its Gra. Well, keep me company, but two years more, sick, that surfeit with too much, as ibey that starve Thou shalt not know the sound of thine own tongue. with nothing: It is no mean happiness, therefore,

Art. Farewell: I'll grow a talker for this gear. to be seated in the inean; supernuity connes suuner Gru. Thanks, i faith; for silence is only com- by wuite hairs, but competency lives lonzer. mendable

Por. Good sentences, and well pronounced. In a neat's tongue dried, and a maid not vendible.

Ner. They would be better, it well followed. Exeunt GRATIANU und LORENZO. Por. It' to do were as easy as to know what were Ant. Is that any thing now?

good to do, chapels bad been churches, and poor Bass. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, inen's cottages, princes palaces. It is a good dimore than any man in all Venice: His reasons are vinethat follows his own instructions: I can easier as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chatf; teach twenty what were good to be done, than be you shall seek all day ere you find them; and, when one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. you have them, they are not worth the search. The brain may devise laws for the blood; but a livt

Ant. Well; tell me now, what lady is this same temper leaps over a co d decree: suti a dare is To whorn you swore a secret pilgrimage,

madness the youth, to skip oe's the meshes of good That you to-day promis’d to tell me on?

counsel the cripple. But this reasoning is not n Buss. 'Tis not unknown to you, Antonio, the fashion to choose me a husband :-ul me, the How much I have disabled mine estate,

word choose! I may neither choose whom I wouid, By something showing a more swelling port nur refuse whom I dislike'; so is the will of a live Than my faint means would grant continuance: ing daughter cuib'd by the will of a dead father:Nor do I now make moan to be abridg’d

Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one, From such a noble rate; but my chief care

nor reluse none. Is, to come fairly off from the great debts,

Ner. Your father was ever virtuous; and holy Wherein my time, something too prodigal,

men, at their death, have good inspirations; there. Hath left me gaged : To you, Antonio,

tore, the lottery that he hath devised in these three I owe the most, in money, and in love;

chests of gold, silver, and lead, (whereof who choose And from your love I have a warranty

his meaning, chooses you,) will, no doubt, never be To unburthen all my plots, and purposes,

chosen by any rightly, but one who you smil rightHow to get clear at all the debts I owe.

ly love. But what warmth is thereu pour affection Ant. I pray you, good Bassanio, let me know it; towards any of these princely suiiors that are And, if it stand, as you yourselt still do,

already come? Within the eye of honor, be assured,

Pur. I pray thee over-name them; and as thou My purse, my person, my extremest means, namest them, I will describe them; and, according Lieåll unlock d to your occasions.

to my description, level at my affection. Buss. In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince. I shot his fellow of the self-same light

Por. Ay, that's a cult, indeed, for lie doth nothThe self same-way, with more advised watch, ing but talk or his horse ; and he makes it a great To find the other forth; and by advent'ring both, appropriation to bis own good parts, that he can I oft found both: I urge this childhood proof, shve him himself: I ain much atraid, iny lady, his Because what follows is pure innocence.

mother, played false with a smith. I owe you much; and, like a wilful youth,

Ner. Then, is there the county. Palatine. That which I owe is lost: but it you please

Por. He doth nothing but frown; as who should To shoot another arrow that sell way

say, An if you will not huve m , choose ; he hears Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt, merry taies, and smiles not: I fear be will prove As I will watch the aim, or to find both,

the weeping philosopher when be grows old, being Or bring your latter hazard back again,

so full of unmannerly sadness in his youth. I had And thankfully rest debtor for the first.

rather be married to a death's head with a bone in Ant. You know me well; and herein spend but his mouth than to either of these. God di tend me time,

from these two ! To wind about my love with circumstance;

Ner. How say you by the French lord, monsieur And, out of doubt, you do me now more wrong, Le Bun? In making question of my uttermost,

Por. God made him, and therefore, let him pass Than if you had made waste of all I have:

for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to be a Then do but say to me what I should do,

mocker: But, he! why, he hath a horse better than That in your knowledge may by me be done, the Neapolitan's; a better bad habit of frowning And I am presto unto it: therefore speak.

than the count Palatine: he is every man in no Buss. In Belinont is a lady richly lett,

inan: ita throstle sing, he falls straight a capering; And she is fair, and, fairer than that word,

he will fence with his own shadow:11 I should Of wondrous virtues; sometimess from her eyes I did receive fair speechless messages:

marry him, I should marry twenty husbands : If

he would despise me, I would forgive binn; for if Her name is Portia : nothing undervalued

he love me tv madness, I shall never requite him. To Cato's daughter, Brutus' Portia.

Ner. What say you then to Fauleonbridge, the Nor is the wide world ignorant of her worth;

young baron of England? For the four winds blow in from every coast

Por. You know I say nothing to him; for he unRenowned suitors: and her sunny locks

derstands not me, nor I him : he hath neither LaHang on her temples like a golden fleece;

tin, French, nor Italian ; and you will come into Which makes her seat of Belmout, Colchos strand, the court and swear, that I have a poor pennyworth And many Jasons come in quest of her.

in the Englist lle is a proper man's picture; But, O my Antonio, had I but the means

alas! who can converse with a dumb show ! How To told a rival place with one of them,

oddly he is suited! I think he bought his doublet I have a mind presages me such thruit,

in Italy, his round hose in France, his bonnet in That I should questionless le fortunate.

Germany, and his behavior every where. Ant. Thou know'st, that all my fortunes are at sea; Ner. What think you of the Scottish lord, his Nor have I money, nor commodity

neighbor ? • Ready. > Formerly...

6 Count.


Por. That he hath a neighborly charity in him; be assured, I will bethink mc: May I speak with for he borrowed a box of ihe car of the English | Antonio? man, and swore he would pay him again, when he Buss. Ii'it please you to dine with us. was able; I think, the Frenchman became his surely, Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat or the habitaand sealed under for another.

tion which your prophet, the Nazarite conjured Ner. How like you the young German, the duke the devil into: will buy with you, sell with you, of Saxony's nephew ?

talk with you, walk with you, and so following; Por. Very vilely in the morning when he is but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor sober; and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is pray with you. What news on the Rialto! - Who drunk: when he is best, he is a little worse than a is he comes here! man; and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast: and the worst fall that ever fell, I hope, 1

Enter AXTONIO. shall make shift to go without him.

Bass. This is signior Antonio. Ner. If he should ofler to choose, and choose the Shy. Lisiile. How like a fawning publican he right casket, you should retuse to perform your fa

Touks! ther's will, if you should refuse to accept hin. I hate him, for be is a Cliristian :

Pur. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee, But more, for that, in low suplicity, set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary lle iends out money gratis, and brings down casket; for, if the devil be within, and that tempta- The rate of usance here with us in Venice. tion without, I know he will choose it. I will do It can catch him once upon the bip, anything, Nerissa, ere I will be married to a spunge. I will teed tut the ancient grudge I bear hiin.

Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any of He hates our sacreu nation ; and he rails, these lords, they have acquainted me with their de. Even there where merchants most do congregate, terminations: which is indeed, to return to their un me, my bargains, and my well won thrill, home, and to trouble you with no more suit; unless which he calis interest: Curscd be my tribe, you may be won by some other sort than your ta- il forgive hun! ther's imposition, depending on the caskets.


Shylock, do you hear ? Por. If I live to be as oid as Sibylla, I will die Su. I am debating of my present store; as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the And, by the near guess of iny meinory, manner of my father's will: I am glad this parcel I cannot instantly raise up the gross of woocrs are so reasonable: for there is not one Omrull three thousand ducals: What of that? among them but I dote on his very absence, and I Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my trie, pray God grant them a lair departure.

Will furnish me: But soit; How many months Ner. Do you not remember, iady, in your father's Do you desire !- Kest you sair, good signior; tinie, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, that came

(TO ANTONIO. hither in company of the Marquis of Montserrat! Your worship was the last man in our moutlis.

Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I think, 50 Aní. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow, was he called.

By taking, nor by giving or excess, Ner. True, madam; he of all the men that ever Yet to supply the ripe wantss of my friend, my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best deserv. I'll break a custoin:-Is le yet possess 4,9 ing a fair lady.

How much you woulu ! Por. I remember him well; and I remember him Shy.

Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. worthy of thy praise.—How now! what news! Anit. And for three months. Enter a Servant.

Shy. I had forgol, -three months, you told me so.

Well then, your bund; and, let me see, But Serv. The four strangers seck for you, inadam, to take their leave: and there is a fore-runner come Methought, you said, you neither lend nor borrow, from a fìth, the prince of Morocco; who brings Upon advantage. word, the prince, his master, will be here to-night. Ant.

I do never use it. Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so good Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's heart, as I can bid the other four farewell, I should

sheep, be glad of his approach: if he have the condition,: This Jacob from our holy Abraham was of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, i hud (As his wise mother wrought in his behalf) rather he should shrive me than wive me. Come, The third possessor; ay, he was the third. Nerissa, - Sirrah go before. – Whiles we shut the Ant. And what ot' him ? did he take interest ? gate upon one wooer, another knocks at the door.

Shy. No, not take interest ; not, as you would say,

(Exeunt. Directly interest: mark whai Jacob did. SCENE III.- Venice. A Public place.

When Laban and himself were compromis'd, Enter BASSANIO and SHYLOCK.

That all the eanlings which were streak d, and pied,

Should fall as Jacob's hire; the ewes, being rank, Shy. Three thousand ducats,- well.

In the end of autumn turned to the rails : Buss. Ay, sir, for three months.

And when the work of generation was Shy. For three months,---well.

Between these woolly breeders in the act, Buss. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall The skilful shepherd peeld me certain wands, be bound.

And in the doing or the deed or kind,
Shy. Antonio shall become bound, - well. He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes;
Biss. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Who, then conceiviny, did in eaning time
Shall I know your answer?

Fall party.color'd lambs, and those were Jacob's. Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months This was the way to thrive, and he was blest; and Antonio bound.

And thrift is blessing, it men steal it not. Bass. Your answer to that.

Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv'd Shy. Antonio is a good man.

for; B.188. Have you heard any imputation to the A thing not in his power to bring to pass, contrary !

But sway'd and fashion'd, by the hand of heaven. Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no;- my meaning, in saying Was this inserted to make interest good? he is a good man, is to have you understand me, that Or is your gold and silver, ewes anii rams? he is suilicient: yet his ineans are in supposition: Shy. I cannot tell: I make it breed as fast :he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the But note me, signior. Indies; I understand moreover upon the Rialto, he Ant.

Mark you this, Bassanio, hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England, The devil can cite scripture for his purpuse. and other ventures he hath, squander'd abroad: An evil soul, producing holy witness, But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be is like a villain with a smiling checki land-ra is, and water-rats, Water-thieves, and land- A goodly apple rotten at the heart; thieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the o, what a goodly outside falsehood bath! peril of waters, winds, and rocks: The man is, not

Shy. Three thousand ducals, - lis a good round withstanding, sulficient;---three thousand ducats; - I think I may take his bond.

Three months from twelve, then let me sce the rate. Buss. Be assured you may.

Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you? Shy. I will be assured, I may; and, that I mays Wants which admit no longer delay. 9 Informed. 1 Temper, qualities.


hear you;


Shy. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft, Go with me lua lutary, seal me there In the Rialto you have rated me

Your single bond; and, in a merry sport, About my monies, and my usances; ?

If you repay me not on such a day, Still have I borne it with a patient shrug;

In such a plare, such cum), or sums, as are For sutterance is the badge of all our tribe:

Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit You call me -- misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

Be nominated for an equal pound And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,

Of your fair tiesh, to be cut oil and taken And all for use of that which is mine own.

In what part of your body pleasethi me. Well then, it now appears, you need my help:

Ant. Content, in faith ; I'll seal to such a bond, Gc to then; you come to me, and you say,

And say, there is much kindness in the Jew. Shuloch, we would hare monies; You say so; Bilss. You shall not seal to such a bond for me, You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, I'll rather dwell in my necessity. And foot me, as you spurn a stranger cur

Ant. Why, fear not, man: I will not forfeit it; Over your threshold ; inonies is your suit.

Within these two months, that's a month before What should I say to you? Should I not say, ·

This bond expires, I do expect return Hith a dog money? is it possible,

Of thrice three times the value of this bond. A cur can lend three thoisand ducats? or

Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are; Si all I bend low, and in a bondman's key,

Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect With 'bated breath, and whispering humbleness, The thoughts of others! Pray you, tell me this; Say this,

If he should break his day, what should I gam
Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last; By the exaction of the forfeiture?
You spurn'd ne such a day; another lime

A pound of man's tlesh, taken from a man,
You cuild me-dog; and for these courtesies Is not so estimable, profitable neither,
Ill lend you thus much monies?

As tlesh ot' muttons, beets, or goats. I say
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,

To buy his favor, I extend this friendship: To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too.

If he will take it, so; if not, adieu ; If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not

And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not. As to thy friends; (for when did friendship take Ant. Yes, Shyloch, I will seal unto this bond, A breed for barren metal of his friend?)

Shy. Then mieet me forthwith at the notary's; But lend it rather to thine enemy;

Give him direction for this merry bond,
Who if he break, thou may'st with better face And I will go and purse the ducals straight;
Exact the penalty:

See to my house, leit in the fearful guard

Why, look you, how you storm! Oran unthrifty knave; and presently I would be friends with you, and have your love, I will be with you.

[Exit. Forget the shames that you have staind me with, Ant.

Hie thee, gentle Jew. Supply your present wants, and take no doit This Hebrew will turn Christian ; he grows kind. Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me. Bass. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind. This is kind I oiler.

Ant. Come on: in this there can be no dismay, Ant. This were kindness.

My ships come home a month before the day.
This kindness will I show:



SCENE 1.-Belmont. A room in Portia's

Which is the better man, the greater throw

May turn by fortune from the weaker hand:
Flourish of Cornets. Enter the Prince of Mo. So is Alcides beaten by his page;

rocco and his Train; Portia, NERISSA, and and so may !, blind fortune leading me, other of her Attendants.

Miss that which one unworthier may attain,

And die with grieviny: Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion,


You must take your chance; The shadow'd livery of the burnish'd sun,

And either not attempt to choose at all,
To whom I am a neighbor, and near bred.
Bring me the fairest creature northward born,

Or swear, before you choose, -if you choose wrong, Where Phoebus' tire scarce thaws the icicles,

Never to speak to lady afterward And let us make incision " for your love,

In way of marriage; therefore be advis'd.

Mor. Nor will not ; coine, bring me unto my To prove whose blood is reddest, his, or mine.

chance. I tell thee, lady, this a-péct of mine Hath fear'd the variant; by my love, I swear,

Por. First, forward to the temple; after dinner

Your hazard shall be made. The best regarded virgins of our clime


Good fortune then! (Cornets. Have loved it too : I would not change this hue,

To make me bless't or cursed’st among men. Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen.

(Exeunt. Por. In terms of choire I am not solely led By nice direction of a maiden's eyes;

SCENE II.-Venice. A Street.
Besides, the lottery of my destiny
Bars me the right of voluntary choosing:

Enter LAUNCELOT Gobbo.
But, if my father had not scanted me,

Laun. Certainly my conscience will serve me to And hedgid me by his wit, to yield myself

run from this Jew, my master: The fiend is at His wife, who wins me by the means I told you, mine elbow; and tempts me, saying to me, Gobbo, Yourself, renownd prince, then stood as fair,

Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or good Gobbo, As any comer I have look'd on yet,

or good Launcelot Gobbo, 118e your legs, take the For my affection. Mori Even for that I thank you;

start, run away: My conscience says-no; lake

heerl, homest Launcelot ; take heed, honest Gobbo ; Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets,

or, as aforesaid, honest Launcelot Gobbo; do not To try my fortune. By this scimitar,

run ; scorn running with thy heels : Well, the most That slew the Sophy, and a Persian prince,

courageous fiend, bids me pack; ria! says the That won three fields of sultan Solyman,I would out-stare the sternest eyes that look,

fiend; away! says the fiend, for the heavens,

rouse up a brare mind, says the fiend, and run. Out-brave the heart inost daring on the earth,

Well, my conscience, hanging about the neck of Pluck the young sucking cubs írom the she bear, Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey,

my heart, says very wisely to me,-my honest To win thee, lady: But, alas the while !

friend Launcelot, being an honest man's son,-or

rather an honest woman's son ;-for, indeed, my If Hercules, and Lichas, play at dice

father did something smack, something grow to, 2 Interest.

he had a kind of taste :-well, my conscience says; : Anusion to the Eastern custom for lovers to testify Launcelot, budge not; budge, says the fiend; their passion by cutting themselves in their mistresses' budge not, says my conscience: Conscience, say I, night

you counsel well; fiend, say I, you counsel well;

4 Terrified.

to be ruled by my conscience, I should stay with nio, who indeed, gives raje new livenes; if I serve the Jew my master, who (God bless the mark !) nut liim, I will run as far as God has any ground. is a kind of devil; and, to run away from the Jew, o rare fortune! here comes the man ;-to him, taI should be ruled by the fiend, who, saving your ther, for I am a Jew, il I serve the Jew any longer. reverence, is the devil himselt: Certainly, the Jew is the very devil incarnation; and, in my conscience, Enter Bassanio, with Leonando, and other my conscience is but a kind of hard conscience, to

Followers. office to counsel me to stay with the Jew: The fiend gives the more friendly counsel: I will run, fiend ; that supper be ready at the farthest by five of

Bass. You may do 90;-but let it be so / asted, iny heels are at your commandment, I will run. ihe clock : See these letters delivera ; put the Enter old Gobbo, with a Basket.

liveries to making; and desire Gratiauo io come Gob. Master, young man, you, I pray you ;

anon to my lodging

Exit a Servant

Luun. To him, father. which is the way to master Jew's?

Gub. God bless your worship ! Lutun. Asite.] O heavens, this is my true-be

Buss. Gramercy; Wouldst inou aught with me? gotten father! who, being more than sand-blind, Gob. Here's my son, sir, a poor boy,high-gravel blind, knows me not:-) will try con

Luun. Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew's clusions with him. Gob. Master, young gentleman, I pray you,

man; that would, sir, as iny father shall specify,which is the way to master Jew's!

Gub. Hath be a great iniection, sır, as one would

say, to serve Lan, Turn up on your right hand, at the next

Laun. Indeed the short and the long is, I serve turning, but, at the next turning of all, on your the Jew, and I have a desire, as my rather shall left; marry, at the very next turning, turn of no

specity,-hand, but iurn down indirectly to the Jew's house. Gob. By God's sonties, lwill be a hard way to reverence,) are scarce cater-cousins:

Gob. His master and he, (saving your worship's hit. Can you tell me whether one Launcelot, ihat

Luun. To be briet, the very truth is, that the Jew dwells with him, dwell with him or no? Luun. Talk you of young master Launcelot ?- l having done me wrong, cóth cause me. as my

father, being I hope an old man, shall frutify unto Mark me now; | Aside, now will I raise the waters:

you, -Talk you of young master Launcelot? Got. No, master, sır, but a poor man's son; his bestow upon your worship; and my suit is,

Gob. I have here a dish of doves, that I would father, though I say it, is an honest exceeding poor

Laun. In very briet, the suit is impertinent to man, and, God be thanked, well to live. Luun. Well, let his father be what he will, we old mau; and, though I say it, though an old man,

myself, as your worship shall know by this honest talk of young master Launcelot.

Gob. Your worship's friend and Launcelot, sir. yet, poor man, my father.
Lun. But I pray you ergo, old man, ergo, I be:

Boiss. One speak for both ;-What would you?

Luun. Serve you, sir. seech you; Talk you of young master Launcelot? Gub. Of Launcelot, an't please your mastersbip:

Gob. This is the very defect of the matter, sir.

Buss. I know thee thou hast obtain'd thy Laun. Ergo, master Launcelot; talk not of

suit: master Launcelot, father; for the young gentleman (according to fates and destinies, and such odd Shylock, thy master, spoke with me this day, sayings, the sisters three, and such branches of To leave a rich Jew's service, to become

And hath preterr'd thee, if it be preferment, learning is indeed deceased; or, as you would The follower of so poor a gentleman. say, in plain terms, gone to heaven. Gub. Marry, God forbid! the boy was the very tween my master shylock and you, sir ; you have

Luun. The old proverb is very well parted be

the grace of God, sir, and he haih enough. look like a

Buss. Thou speak'st it well: Go, father, with stail, or a prop!-- Do you know me, father? Goh Alack, the day, I know you not, young Take leave of the old master and enquire

thy son :gentleman; but, I pray you, tell me, is my boy, My lodziny out:--Give him a livery "God rest his soul! alive, or dead? Laun. Do you not know me, father?

| To his Followers. Gub. Alach, sir, I am sand-blind, I know you not. More guarded: than his fellows: See it done.

Laun. Father, in :-) cannot get a service, 10; Laun. Nay, indeed, il' you had your eyes, you might fail of the knowing of me: it is a wise father; ing on his patn.) if any mun in bialy have a fairer

-I have ne'er a tongue in my head.-- Well; 1{ookthat knows his own child. Well, old man, I will • tell you news of your son: Give me your blessing: table, which doth offer to swear upon a book. I

light; murder cannot be hid shall have good fortune; Go to, here's a simple line long, a man's son may; but, in the end, truth will of lite! here's a small tritle of wives: Alas, titeen

wives is nothing; eleven widows, and nine maids, Gob. Pray you, sir, stand up; I am sure you are

is a simple coming in for one man : and then, to not Launcelot, my boy.

'scape drowning thrice; and to be in peril of my Lim. Pray' you, let's have no more fooling about life with the edge of a teather-bed;--here are simple it, but Live me your blessing; I am Launclut, your 'scapes! Well, it fortune be a woman, she's a good boy that was, your son that is, your child that wench for this year.--Father, come; Til tahe my shall be.

leave of the Jew in the twinkling of an eye. Gob. I cannot think you are my son.

[Eceu LAUNCELOT and old GOBRO. Luun. I know not what I shall think of that : These things being bought, and orderly bestow'd,

Bass. I pray thee, good Leonardu, think on this; but I am Launcelot, the jew's man; and, I am sure, Return in haste, for I do feast 10-11ght Margery, your wile, is my mother. Go's

. ller name is Margery, indeed: I'll be sworn, My best-estet'm'd acquaintance; hie thee, go. if thou be Launcelot, thou art mine own tlesh and

Laon. My besi endeavors shall be done herein. blued. Lord worshipp'd might he be! what a beard

Enter GRATIANO. hast thou got! thou liust got morc hair on thy chin, than Dobbin, my thil-horses bas on his tail.

Gra. Where is your master? Lan. It should seem, then, that Dobbin's tail Leon.

Yonder, sir, he walks. grows backward; I am sure he had more hair on his

Exit LEONARDO. tail, thian I have on my face, when I last saw him. Gra. Signior Bassanio,

Gob. Loru how art thou changed! How dost Bass, Gratiano ! thou and thy inaster agree! I have brought him a Gra. I have a suit to you. present; How 'kree you now?


You have obtain'd it. Luun. Well, well: but for mine own part, as I Gra. You must not deny me; I must go with have set up my rest to run away, so I will not rest you to Belmont. till I have run some ground: my master's a very Buss. Why, then you must ;--But hear thee, Jew: Give him a present! give him a halter: I am

Gratiano; famish'd in his service; you may tell every finger Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice ;I have with my ribs. Father, I am glad you are Parts, that become thee happily enough, coine ; give me your present to one master Bassa- And in such eyes as ours appear not faults ; • Experiments

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But where thou art not known, why, there they show Salar. Tis good we do so,
Something too liberal;'— pray thee, take pain

Ex unt salar. and Salan. To allay with some cold drops of modesty

Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica ? Thy skipping spirit; lest, through thy wild be- Lur. I must needs tell thee all: She hath directed, havior,

How I shall take her from her father's house ; I be misconstrued in the place I go to,

What gold, and jewels, she is furnish'd with ; And lose my hopes.

What page's suit she tuath in readiness. Gra.

Signior Bassanio, hear me : If e'er the Jew, her father, come to heaven, If I do not put on a sober habit,

It will be for his gentle daughter's sake: Talk with respect, and swear but now and then, And never dare misfortune cross her foot, Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely ; Unless she do it under this excuse,Nay more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes That she is issue to a faithless Jew. Thus with my bat, and sigh, and say, amen ; Come, go with me; peruse this, as thou goest : Use all the observance of civility,

Fair Jessica shall be my torch-bearer. (Exeunt. Like one well studied in a sad ostent :

SCENE V.- Before Shylock's House.
To please his grandam, never trust me more.
Buss. Well, we shall see your bearing.?

Gru. Nay, but I bar to-night; you shall not

Shy, Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be thy gage me

judge, By what we do to-night.

The difference of old shylock and Bassanio : Bass.

No, that were pity ; What, Jessica !-thou shalt not gormandize, I would entreat you rather to put on

As thou hast done with me :- What, Jessica ! Your buldest suit of mirth, for we have friends

And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out :That purpose merriment : But fare you well,

Why, Jessica, I say ! I have some business.


Why, Jessica !
Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest ;
But we will visit you at supper-tune.

Shy. Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call. (Exeunt.

Laun. Your worship was wont to tell me, I could SCENE III.- A Room in Shylock's House.

do nothing without bidding.


Jes. Call you? What is your will ?
Jes. I am sorry, thou wilt leave my father so; Shy. I am bid 3 forth to supper, Jessica ,
Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil,

There are my keys :—But wherefore should no? Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness :

I am not bid for love; they Hatter me:
But fare thee well; there is a ducat for thee. But yet Ill go in hate, to feed upon
And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see The prodigal Christian.-Jessica, my girl,
Lorenzo, who is thy new master's guest :

Look to my house :-I am right loath to go;
Give him this letter ; do it secretly,

There is some ill a brewing towards my rest, And so farewell; I would not have my father

For I did dream of money-bays 10-Dight. See me talk with thee.

Lum. I beseech you, sir, go; my young master Laun. Adieu !-tears exhibit my tongue, - doth expect your reproach. Most beautiful pagan,-most sweet Jew! If a Shy, So do I his. Christian do not play the knave, and get thee, I Laun. And they have conspired together,--I am much deceiv'd: but, adieu! these foolish drops will not say, you shall see a masque; but if you do, do somewhat drown my manly spirit; acieu![Exit. When it was not for nothing that my nose fell á Jes. Farewell, good Launcelot.

bleeding on Black-Monday last, at six o'clock i the Alack, what heinous sin it is in me

morning, talling out that year on Ash-Wednesday To be ashamed to be my father's child!

was four year in the afternoon, But though I am a daughter to his blood,

Shy. What! are there masques ? Hear you me, I am not to his manners : ( Lorenzo,

Jessica : lí thou keep promise, I shall end this strife; Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum, Become a hristian, and thy loving wite.' (Exit. And the vile squeaking of the wry-nech'd tite,

Clamber not you up to the casements then,
SCENE IV.-A Street.

Nor thrust your head into the public street,

To gaze on Christian tools willi varnis id faces : Enter GRATIANO, LORENZO, Salarino, and SALAXIO.

But stop my house's ears, I mean my casements;

Let not the sound of shallow toppery enter Lm. Nay, we will slink away in supper-time ; My sober house,- By Jacob's stail, I swear Disguise us at my lodging, and return

I have no mind of teasting forth to-night: All in an hour.

But I will go.--Go you before me, sirrah; Gra. We have not made good preparation.

Say, I will come. Sular. We have not spoke us yet of torch-bearers. Liin.

I will go before, sir.Salan. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd; Mistress, look out at window, for all this; And better, in my mind, not undertook.

There will come a Christian by, Lor. 'Tis now but four o'clock; we have two Will be worth a Jewe'ss' eye. (Exit Laux. hours

Shy. What says that fool of lagar's oflspring, To furnish us :

ha ? Enter LAUNCELOT, with a Letter.

Jes. His words were, Farewell mistress ; nothing Friend Launcelot, what's the news?

else. Laun. And it shall please you to break up this. Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day

Shy. The patch is kind enough; but a huge feeder, it shall seem to signify.

Lor. I know the hand : in faith, 'tis a fair hand; More than the wild-cat; drones hive not with me; And whiter than the paper it writ on,

Therefore I part with him; and part with him Is the fair hand that writ.

To one that I would have him help to waste
Love-news, in faith.

His borrow'd purse.- Well, Jessica, go in;
Laun. By your leave, sir.

Perbaps, I will return immediately ; Lor. Whither goest thou ;

Do, as I bid you, Luun. Marry, sir, to bid my old master the Jew Shut doors after you: Fast bind, fast tind; to

sup to-night with my new master the Christian. A proverb never stale in thrilty mind. (Exit. Lor. Hold here, take this :-tell gentle Jessica,

Jes. Farewell: and it my fortune be not crosi, I will not fail her ;-speak it privately ; g0.

I have a father, you a daughter, lost. (Exit. Gentlemen, [Exil LAUNCELOT.

SCENE VI.--The same.
Will you prepare you for this masque to-night?
I am provided of a torch-bearer.

Enter Gratiaxo and SALARINO, masked. Salar. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight. Gra. This is the pent-house, under which Lorenzo Salan. And so will i.

Desir'd us to make stand.
Meet me, and Gratiano,


His hour is almost past. Al Gratiano's lodging some hour bence.

Gru. And it is marvel he out-dwells his bour, • Licntious.

Show of staid and serious demeanor. For lovers ever run before the clock. 2 Carriage, deporément.

3 Invited.


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