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Por. That he hath a neighborly charity in him; l be assured, I will bethink me: May I speak with for he borrowed a box of the ear of the English- Antonio ? man, and swore he would pay him again, when he Bass. It'it please you to dine with us. was able; I think, the Frenchman became his surety, Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitsand sealed under for another.

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

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 !-W be 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 detter than a beast: and the worst fall that over fell, I hope, I

Enter Antonio. shall make shift to go without hin.

Bass. This is signior Antonio. Ner. If he should offer to choose, and choose the Shy. l 1side, How like a fawning putlican he Light casket, you should refuse to perform your ta

looks! ther's will, if you should retuse to accept him. I hate him, tor he is a Christian :

Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee, But more, for that, in low simplicity, set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary He lends out money gratis, and brings down casket; tör, if the devil be within, and that tempta- The rate of usa nce here with us in Venice. tion without, I know he will choose it. I will do if I can catch him once upon the hip, anything, Nerissa, ere I will be married to a spunge. I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear hiin.

Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any of He hates our sacred nation ; and he rails, these lords, they have acquainted me with their de-Even there where merchants most do congregate, terminations: which is inde d, to relurn to their On me, my bargains, and my well won thrille hoine, and to trouble you with no more suit; unless which he calls interest: Cursed be my uribe, you may be won by some other sort than your fa- If I forgive him! ther's imposition, depending on the caskets.

Buss.

Shylock, do you hear ! Pur. li I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die Shy. I am debating of my present store; as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the And, by the near guess of any memory, manner of my father's will: I am glad this parcel I cannot instanuy raise up liie gross of wooers are so reasonable: for there is not one of full three thousand ducats: What of that! among them but I dote on his very absence, and 1 Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe, pray God grant them a fair departure.

Will furnish me: But soft; How many months Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your father's Do you desire ?-Rest you fair, good signior; time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, that came

[TU ANTONIO hither in company of the Marquis of Montferrat? Your worship was the last man in our mouthis.

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

By taking, nor by giving of excess, Ner. Truc, madam; he of all the men that ever Yet to supply the ripe wants of my friend, my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best deserv- I'll break a custom Is die yet possess'd, ing a fair lady.

How much you would ? Por. I remember him well; and I reinember him Shy:

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

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

Well then, your bond; and, let me see, But Serv. The four strangers seek for you, inadam,

hear you; to take their leave: and there is a fore-runner come Methought, you said, you neither lend nor borrow, from a fifth, 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: it he have the condition,: This Jacob 1rom our holy Abraham was of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I had (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 what Jacob did. SCENE III.- Venice. 4 Public place.

When Laban and himself were compromis'd, Enter BassAX10 and SHYLOCK,

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

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

In the end ot' autumn turned to the rams: B.iss. Ay, sir, for three months.

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

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

And in the doug of the deed of kind,
Shy. Antonio shall become bound, - well. He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes;
Bass. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Who, then conceiving, 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, if 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; Buss. 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 braven. 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 and rams? he is sulficient: yet his means are in supposition: Shy. I cannot tell: 1 make it breed as fast :ne hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the But note me, signior. Indies; I understand moreover upon the Rialto, be Ant.

Mark you this, Bassanio hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England, The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. 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 check: land-rats, 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 hath! peril of waters, winds, and rocks: The man is, not- Shy. Three thousand ducats, — tis a good round withstanding, suthicient;---three thousand ducats; -I think I may take his bond.

Three months from twelve, then let me vse the rate Bass. Be assured you may.

Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be brillen to you! Shy. I will be assured, 1 may; and, that I may . Wants which adinit no longer choices • Informal Temper, qualities,

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Shy. Siynior Antonio, many a time and oft, Go with me to a notary, 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 place, such sum, or sums, as are For sutterance is the badye 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 spil upon my Jewish gaberdine,

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

In what part of your body pleaseth me. Well then, it now appears, you need my help: Ant. Content, in faith ; I'll seal to such a boni. Go to then; you come to me, and you say,

And say, there is much kindness in the Jew. Skylock, we would have monies; You say so;

Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, I'd rather dwell in my necessity. And foot me, as you spuru 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 Hath a dog money? is it possible,

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

Shy. () father Abraham, what these Christians are, & 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 gain
Fuir sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last; By the exaction of the forfeiture?
You spurn'd me such a duy; another time

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

As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats.
Ånt. I am as like to call thee so again

To buy his favor, 1 extend this friendship: To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too.

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

And, for my love. I pray you, wrong me noi. 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 meet me forthwith at the notary's ; Rut lend it rather to thine enemy;

Give him direction for this merry bund,
Who if he break, thou may'st with better face And I will yo and purse the ducats straight;
Exact the penalty.

See to my house, leit in the fearful guard
Shy.

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

(Ezi 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 usince for my monies, and you'll not hear me. Bass. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mint. This is kind I oiter.

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

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

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ACT II.

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

Which is the better man, the greater throw
House.

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 ine,
other of het Attendants.

Miss that which one unworthier may attain,

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

Por.

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

And either not attempt to choose at all, To whom I am a neighbor, and near bred.

Or swear, before you choose, if you choose wrong Bring me the fairest creature northward born,

Never to speak to lady anerward
Where Phæbus' fire scarce thaws the icicles,
And let us make incision' for your love,

In way of marriage; therefore be advis'd.

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

chance. I tell thee, lady, this a-péct of mine

Por. First, forward to the temple; after dinner Hath fear'dthe valiant; by my love, I swear,

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

Mor.

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 choice I am not solely led By nice direction of a maiden's eyes;

SCENE II.-Venice. A Street.
Besides, the lottery of my destiny

Enter LAUNCELOT GOBdo.
Bars me li.e right of voluntary choosing:
But, if my father had not scanted ine,

Laun. Certainly my conscience will serve me to and hedd 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 yon, mine elbow ; and tempts me, saying to me, Gobbo, Yourself, renownd prince, then stood as fair,

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

or good Luuncelot Gobbo, use your legs, take the For my affection. Mor? Even for that I thank you;

start, riin away: My conscience says,-10; luke

heert, honest Luuncelot ; 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,That slew the Sophy, and a Persian prince,

run ; scorn running with thy heels : Well, the most That won three fields of sultan Solyman,

courageous fiend, bids me pack; ria! says the I would out-stare the sternest eyes that look,

fiend; away! says the fiend, for the heavens ; Out-brave the heart most daring on the earth,

rouse up a brave mind, says the fiend, and run.

Well, my conscience, hanging about the neck of Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she bear,

my heart, says very wisely to ine,-my honest Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey, friend Launcelot, being an honest man's son,-or To win thee, lady: But, alas the while !

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

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

he had a kind of taste :--Well, my conscience says; Anuvion to the Eastern custom for lovers to testify Lour celot, budge not; midge, says the fiend; their passion by cotting themselves in their mistresses' budge not, says my conscience: Conscience, say I night

• Terrified.

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

to be ruled by my conscience, ! should stay with nio, who indeed, gives rare new liveries; if I serve the Jew my master, who God bless the mark !) not him, 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 ;-lo him, I should be ruled by the fiend, who, saving your ther, for I am a Jew, if 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 LEONARDO, and other my conscience is but a kind of hard conscience, to

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

Bass. You may do so ;-but let it be so hasted, my heels are at your commandment, I will run the clock : See these letters deliver a ; put the Enter uld GOBBO, with a Basket.

liveries to making ; and desire Gratiano io come

anon to my lodging. Gob. Master, young man, you, I pray you ;

[Exit a servant

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

Gob. God bless your worship! Luun. (Asite. O heavens, this is my true-be

Bass. Gramercy; Wouldst thou 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

Laun. Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew's clusions : with him.

man; Gob. Master, young gentleman, I pray you,

that would, sir, as my father shall specify,

Gob. Hath he a great iniection, sir, as one would which is the way to master Jew's ! Lanın, Turn up on your right hand, at the next

say, to serveturning, but, at the next turning of all, on your the Jew, and I have a desire, as my father shall

Laun. Indeed the short and the long is, I serve left; marry, at the very next turning, turn of no

specify, hand, but turn down indirectly to the Jew's house. Gob. By God's sonties, twill 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, that

Laun. To be brief, the very truth is, that the Jew dwells with him, dwell with him or no? Laun. Talk you of young master Launcelot ?- ) father, being I hope an old man, shall frutify unió

having done me wrong, doth cause me, as my Mark me now; [Aside,) now will I raise the waters:

you, —Talk you of young inaster Launcelot? Gob. 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 briei, the suit is impertinent to man, and, God be ihanked, well to live. Laun. Well, let his father be what he will, wel old man; and, though I say it, though an old mall,

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.
Laun. But I pray you ergo, old man, ergo, I be:

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

Laun. Serve you, sir. seech you; Talk you of young master Launcelot? Gob. Of Launcelot, an't please your mastership.

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

Bass. I know thee well, thou hast obtain's thy Laun. Ergo, master Launcelot; talk not of

suit: master Launcelot, father; for the young gentleman shylock, thy master, spoke with me this day, sayings, the sisters three, and such branches of And bath preferr'd thee, if it be preferment, learning) is indeed deceased; or, as you woull The follower of so poor a gentleman.

To leave a rich Jew's service, to become say, in plain terms, gone to heaven. Gob. Marry, God forbid! the boy was the very tween my master Shylock and you, sir , you have

Laun. The old proverb is very well parted be staff of my age, my very prop. Laun. Do I look like a cudgel, or a hovel-post, a

the grace of God, sir, and he hath enough.

Bass. Thou speak’st it well: Go, father, with staff, or a prop ?— Do you know me, father?" Gob. 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 lodging out:-Give

him a livery (God rest his soul! alive, or dead?

To his Followers Laun. Do you not know me, father? Gob. Alack, sir, I am sand-blind, I know you not. More guarded than his fellows : See it done. Laun. Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you

Laun. Father, in :I cannot get a service, no, might fail of the knowing of me: it is a wise father,

- I have ne'er a tongue in my head.-Well; 1 cook that knows his own child. Well, old man, I will ing on his palm.) if any man in Italy have a falrea tell you news of your son: Give me your blessing: table, which doth ofler to swear upon a book. i truth will come to 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 life! here's a small iritle of wives: Alas, fifteeti

wives is nothing ; eleven widows, and nine maids, put. Gob. Pray you, sir, stand up; I am sure you are is a simple coming in for one man : and then, to

'scape drowning thrice; and to be in peril of my Laun. Pray you, let's have no more fooling about "scapes ! Well, if fortune be a woman, she's

a good

lite with the edge of a feather-bed ;-here are simple boy that was, your son that is, your child that wench for this gear.. Father, come ; I'll take my

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

(Exeuni LAUNCELOT and old GOBBO. Laun. I know not what 1 shall think of that: These things being bought, and orderly bestow d.

Bass. I pray thee, good Leonardo, think on this; but I ain Launcelot, the Jew's man; and, I am sure, Return in haste, for I do feast to-night Margery, your wife, is my mother.

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

Leon. My best endeavors shall be done herein. blood. Lord worshipp'd might he be! what a beard

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

Gra. Where is your master ? Laun. 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 LLOXARDI. tail, than I have on my face, when I last saw him. Gra. Signior Bassanio,

Gob. Lord how art thou changed! How dost Brass. Gratiano! thou and thy master agree? I have brought him a Gra. I have a suit to you. present; How 'gree you now?

Bass.

You have obtain lit. Laun. 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 Bass. Why, then you must ;-But hear Ince, 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, rome; give me you 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 ; 9-pray thee, take pain

(Ex unt SALAR, and SALAX To allay with some cold drops of modesty

Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica ? Thy skipping spirit; lest, through thy wild be- Lor. 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 hath 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 ber foot, Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely ;

Unless she do it under this excuse,May more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes That she is issue to a faithless Jew. l bus 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. (Exeurt. 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."

Enter SHYLOCK and LAUNCELOT.
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 inerrinent : But tare you well, Why, Jessica, I say !
I have some business.

Liun.

Why, Jessica ! Gra. And I just to Lorenzo, and the rest ;

Shy. Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call. But we will visit you at supper-time. (Exeunt.

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

do nothing without bidding.

Enter JESSICA.
Enter JESSICA and LAUNCELOT.

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 I go? Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness :

I am not bid for love; they faiter me:
Bul fare thee well; there is a ducat for thee.

But yet I'll 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 loaih to go;
Give hin 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-bags to-night. See mne talk with thee.

Laun. I beseech you, sir, go; my young master Luun. Adieu !-lears exhibit my tongue,

doth expect your reproach. Most beautiful pagan,-most sweet Jew! Jf a Shy, So do I his. Christian do not play the knave, and get thee, I

Luun. And they have conspired together,-I am much deceiv'di But, adieu! these foolish drops will not say, you shall see a masque; but you do, du somewhat drown my manly spirit; acieu! (Exit. then it was not for nothing that my nose fell a Jes. Farewell, good Launcelot.

bleeding on Black-Monday last, at six o'clock ille Alick, what heinous sin it is in me

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

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

Shy. What! are there masques ? Hear you me, I am not to his manners : 0 Lorenzo,

Jessica : lithou keep promise, I shall end this strife; Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum, Become a ihristian, and thy loviny wite.'[Exit. And the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd fife,

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

Nor thrust your head into the public street,

To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces : Enter GratiaNO, LORENZO, SALARINO, and SALAXIO.

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

Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter L. Nay, we will slink away in supper-time ; My sober house,-By Jacob's slait, i swcar 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, sirah;
Gra. We have not made good preparation.

Say, I will come.
Sılar. We have not spoke us yet of torch-bearers. Luun. 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 Jewess' eye. (Exit Laux, hours

Shy. What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, 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,

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

Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day 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,

Tberet real
Is the fair hand that writ.

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

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

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

Jes. Farewell: and if my fortune be not crosi, I will not fail her ;-speak it privately ; 90.

I have a father, you a daughter, lost. (Exit. Gentlernen, [Erit LAUNCELOT.

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

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

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

Salar.

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

Gra. And it is marvel he out-dwells his houi, Liontioas.

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

* Invited.

Sular. O, ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he desert To seal love's bonds new made, than they are wont, This third,dull deal,with warning all as blunt ;To keep obliged faith unforfeited!

Who chooseth me, must gire and hazard all he ha Gra. "That ever holds: Who riseth from a feast, How shall I know if I do choose the right? With that keen appetite that he sits down? Por. The one of them contains my picture, prin Where is the horse that doth untread again

If you choose that, then I am yours withal. His tedious measures with the unbated tire

Mor. Some god direct my judgment! Let mes That he did pace them first ? All things that are, I will survey the inscriptions back again : Are with more spirit chased than enjoy d.

What says this leaden casket ? How like a younker, or a prodigal,

Who chooseth me, must give and hazard all he ha The scarfed bark puts from her native bay! Must give-For what? for lead? hazard for lea Huyg'd and embraced by the strumpet wind! This casket threatens ; Men, that hazard all, How like the prodigal doth she return;

Do it in hope of fair advantages : With over-weather d ribs, and rayyed sails, A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross : Lean, rent, and beggar'd by the struinpet wind! I'll then nor give, nor hazard, aught for lead. Enter LORENZO.

What says the silver, with her virgin hue ?

Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he desert! Salar. Here comes Lorenzo ; — more of this As much as he deserves ?- Pause there, Moroad hereafter,

And weigh thy value with an even hand: Lor. Sweet friends, your patience for my long If thou be’st rated by thy estimation, abude;

Thou dost deserve enough; and yet enough Not I, but my affairs, have made you wait; May not extend so far as to the lady; When you shall please to play the thieves for wives, And yet to be ateard of my deserving, I'll watch as long for you then.- Approach ; Were but a weak disabling of myselí. Here dwells my father Jew :-Ho! who's within ? As much as I deserve ! - Why, that's the lady;

Enter JESSICA, above, in Boy's clothes. I do in birth deserve her, and in fortunes,
Jes. Who are you? Tell me, for more certainty, But more than these, in love 1 do deserve.

In graces, and in qualities of breeding;
Albeit I'll swear that I do know your tongue.
Lor. Lorenzo, and thy love.

What if I stray'd no further, but chose here? Jes. Lorenzo, certain, and my love, indeed;

Let's see once more this saying gravd in gold: For who love l' so much ? And now who knows,

Why chooselh me, shall gain what many men desin But you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours!

Why, that's the lady; all the world desires her: Lör. Heaven, and thy thoughts, are witness that From the four corners of the earth they come, thou art.

To kiss this shrine, this mortal breathing saint. Jes. Here, catch this casket, it is worth the pains. The Hyrcanian deserts, and the vasty wilds I am glad 'tis night, you do not look on me,

Of wide Arabia, are as thorough-lares now, For I am much asham'd ot' my ex bange:

For princes to come view fair Portia: But love is blind, and lovers cannot see

The watery kingdom, whose ambitious head The pretty fo.lies that themselves commit:

Spits in the face of heaven, is no bar

To stop the foreign spirits; but they come, For if they could, Cupid himself would blush

As o'er a brook, to see fair Portia. To see me thus transtoried to a boy.

Lor. Descend, for you must be my torch-bearer. One of these three contains her heavenly picture.

Jes. What, must í hold a candle to my shames? Is t like, that lead contams her! 'Twere damnatiou They in themselves, good sooth, are too too light. To think su base a thought: it were too gross Why, 'tis an otfice of discovery, love ;

To ribe her cerecloth in the obscure grave.
And I should be obscur'd.

Or shall I think, in silver she's immur'd.
Lor.
So are you, sweet

Being ten times undervalued to try d gold !
Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.

() sinful thought! Never so rich a yem But come at once;

Was set in worse than gold. I hey have in England For the close night doth play the run-away,

A coin that bears the figure of an angel
And we are staid for at Bassanio's least.

Stamped in gold; but that's insculp do upon;
With some more ducats, and be with you straight. Here do I choose and thrive 1 as I may !
Jes. I will make fast the doors, and gild myself But here an angel in a golden bed

Lies all within. — Deliver me the key ;

[Exit, from above. Gra. Now, by my hood, a Gentile, and no Jew.

Por. There, take it, prince, and if my form lie

there. Lor. Beshrew me, but I love her heartily : For she is wise, if I can judge of her;

Then I am yours. (He unlocks the golden casket

Mor. And fair she is, if that min, eyes be true;

O hell! what bave we bere! And true she is, as she hath proved herself;

A carrion death, within whose empty eye And therefore, like herself, wise, fare and true,

There is a written scroll?. I'll read the writing. Shall she be placed in my constant soul.

All That glisters is not gold,

Often huve you heard that told:
Enter JESSICA, below.

Muny a man his life hath sold,
What, art thou come?-On, gentlemen, away;

But my outside to behold: Our masquing mates by this lime for us stay,

Gilded lombs do worms infold, (Exit, with JESSICA and SALARINO.

Had you been als wise as bold,

Young in limbs, in judgment old, (Enter Anton 10.

Your answer had not been inscrolld: Ant. Who's there?

Fure you well, your suit is cold. Gra. Signior Antonio?

Cold, indeed ; and labor lost: Ant. Fye, fye, Gratiano! where are all the rest?

Then farewell, heat; and welcome, frost,'Tis nine o'clock : our friends all stay for you: Portia, adieu ! I have too griev'd a heart No masque to-night; the wind is come about,

To take a tedious leave : thus losers part. (Ezil. Bassanio presently will go aboard:

Por. A gentle riddance : Draw the curtains; I have sent twenty out to seek for you.

go ;Gra. I am glad on't; I desire no more delight,

Let all of his complexion choose me so. (Exeunt. Than to be under sail, and gone to-night.[Exeunt.

SCENE VIII.-Venice. A Street,
SCENE VII.-Belmont. A Room in Portia's
House.

Enter Salario and SALANIO
Flourish of Cornets. Enter PORTIA, with the With him is Gratiano gone along ;

Salar. Why, man, I saw Bassanio under sail ; Prince of Morocco, and both their Trains.

And in their ship, I am sure, Lorenzo is not. Por. Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover Salan. The villain Jew with outeries rais'd the The neveral caskets to this noble prince :

duke ; Now snake your choice.

Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship. Mor. The first, of gold, which this inscription Salar. He came too late, the ship was under sail; bears;

But there the duke was given to understand,
Who chooseth me, shall gain whut many men desire. That in a gondola were seen together
The second, silver, which this promise carries ?-

• Enclose.

• Eagramele

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