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Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon' fame That steal the colour from Bassanio's cheek:
[paper, Some dear friend dead; else nothing in the world Could turn so much the constitution Of any constant man.
What, worse and worse!.
Bas. O fweet Portia!
words : That ever blotted
Here is a letter, Lady,
Sal. Not one, my Lord:
Of forfeiture, of justice, and his bond.
Jef. When I was with him, I have heard him fwear, To Tubal and to Chus his countrymen, That he would rather have Anthonio's field, Than twenty times the value of the sum That he did owe him; and I know, my Lord, If law, authority, and pow'r dery not, It will go hard with poor Anthonio.
Por. Is it your dear friend that is thus in trouble?
Bal. The deareft friend to me, the kindelt man,
that draws breath in Italy, Por. What sum owes he the Jew? Bal. For me three thousand ducats,
Por. What, no more?
Baf. [reads.] Sweet Bassanio, my ships have all miscarry'd, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit; and since, in paying it, it is impolible I should live, ali debts are cleared between you and me, if I might but see you at my death; notwithstanding, use your pleasure: if your love do not persuade you to come,
let not my letter.
Por, your wedding day. Bid your friends welcome, thew a merry cheer; Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear. But let wc hear, &c.
Por. O love ! dispatch all business, and be gone.
I will make haite; but till I come again,
No rest be interpofer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt,
SCENE IV. Changes to a street in Venice. Enter Shylock, Solarino, Anthonio, and the Goaler. Shy. Goaler, look to him: tell not me of
mercy. This is the fool that lent out inoney gratis. Goaler, look to him.
Ant. Hear me yet, good Shylock.
Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond: l've sworn an oath that I will have
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 figh, and yield To Chriftian intercessors. Follow not; I'll have no speaking; I will have my bond.
[Exit Shylock. Sola. It is the most impenetrable cur That ever kept with men.
Ant. Let him alone,
Sola. I am sure the Duke
never grant this forfeiture to hold.
Since that the trade and profit of the city
. Enter Portia, Neriffi, Lorenzo, Zafica, and Balthazar.
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your prefence,
husband; I know you would be prouder of the work, Than cuitomary bounty can inforce you.
Por. I never did repent of doing good,
hands The husbandry and manage
Lord's return. For mine own part,
And there we will abide. I do desire you,
Lor. Madam, with all my heart;
Por. My people do already know my mind,
well till we shall meet again. Lor. Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you! Jef. I wish your Ladyship all heart's content.
Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well pleased To wish it back on you: fare you well, Jessica.
[Exeunt Feljica and Lorenzo. Now, Balthazar, As I have ever found thee honest, true, So let me find thee ftill: take this same letter, And use thou all th' endeavour of a man, In fpeed to Padua; see thou render this Into my cousin's hand, Dcctor Bellario; And look what notes and garments he doth give thee; Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin’d speed Unto the Traject, to the common ferry Which trades to Venice: wafte no time in words, But get thee gone;
I shall be there before thee. Bal. Madam, I go with all convenient speed. . [Exit.
Por. Come on, Nerissa; I have work in hand, That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands, Before they think of us.
Ner. Shall they fee us?
Por. They shall, Neriffa; but in such a habit,
young men, I'll
prove the prettier fellow of the two, And wear my dagger with the braver grace; • And speak between the change of man and boy, • With a reed voice; and turn two mincing steps • Into a manly stride; and speak of frays, · Like a fine bragging youth; and tell quaint lies, How honourable ladies sought my love,