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Of the defendant; and thou haft incurr'd
The danger formerly by me rehears'd.
Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the Duke.
Gra. Beg, that thou may't have leave to hang thyself;
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
Thou hast not left the value of a cord;
Therefore thou must be hang'd at the fate's charge.
Duke. That thou may'it see the diff'rence of our fpirit, I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it : For half thy wealth,
is Anthonio's; The other half comes to the general itate, Which humbleness may drive unto a fine.
Por. Ay, for the state ; not for Anthonio.
Shy. Nay, take my life and all : pardon not that,
You take my house, when you do take the prop
That doth sustain
: you take my life, When do you take the means whereby I live.
Por. What mercy can you render him Anthonio? Gra. A halter gratis ; nothing else, for God's fake.
Anth. 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
The other half in use, to render it
Upon his death unto the gentleman,
That lately fole his daughter.
Two things provided more, that for this favour
He presently become a christian ;
The other, that he do record a Gift
Here in the Court, of all he dies poffess’d,
Unto his son Lorenzo and his daughter.
Duke. He shall do this, or else I do recant
The pardon that I late pronounced here.
Por. Art thou contented, Jew, what dolt thou say
Shy. I am content.
Por. Clerk, draw a Deed of gift.
Sby. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence ;
I am not well ; send the Deed after me,
And I will fign it.
Duke. Get thee gone, but do it.
Gra. In chrift'ning thou shalc have two godfathers.
Had I been judge, thou should't have had ten more, (18)
To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.
[Exit Shylock. Duke. Sir, I intreat you home with me to dinner.
Por. I humbly do defire your Grace of pardon;
I must away this night .to Padua,
And it is meet, I presently set forth.
Duke. I'm forry, that your leisure serves you not.
Anthonio, gratify this gentleman;
mind you are much bound to him.
[Exit Duke and his train.
Baf. Mof 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 few,
We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
Anth. And stand indebted, over and above,
In love and service to you evermore.
Por. He is well paid ; that is well satisfy'd,
And I, delivering you, am fatisfy’d;
And therein do account myself well paid ;
My mind was never get more mercenary.
I pray you, know me, when we meet again ;
I wish you well, and so i take my leave.
Bolf. Dear Sir, of force I must attempt you
Take some remembrance of us, for a tribute,
Not as a fee : grant me two things, I pray you,
Not to deny me, and to pardon me.
Par. You press me far, and therefore I will yield.
Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your fake;
And, for your love, I'll take this ring from you.
Do not draw back your hand, I'll take no inore;
And you in love shall not deny me this.
Ball. This ring, good Sir, alas, it is a trifle i
I will not hame myself to give you this.
Por. I will have nothing clfe but only this, And now, methinks, I have a mind to it.
(18)- - thou should have bad ten mere,] i. e, a Jury of Trueloe llen, to condemn thee to be hang d.
Bal. There's more depends on this, than is the value.
The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,
And find it out by proclamation ;
Only for this, I pray you, pardon me.
Por. I fee, Sir, you are liberal in offers ;
You taught me first to beg, and now, methinks,
You teach me how a beggar should be answer d.
Bas. Good Sir, this ring was giv'n me by my wife.
And, when she put it on, she made me vow,
That I should neither fell, nor give, nor lose it.
Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their gifts: And if your wife be not a mad woman, And know how well I have deferv'd the ring, She would not hold out enmity for ever, For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you!
[Exit with Neriffa. Anth. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring. Lec his deservings, and my love withal, Be valu'd 'gainst your wife's commandement.
Ball Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou can'it, Unto Anthonio's house : away, make hafle. [Exit Gsa. Come, you and I will thither presently; And in the morning early will we both Fly toward Belmont ; come, Anthonio.
Re-enter Portia and Nerifia.
Por. Enquire the fexu's house out, give him this Deed,
And let him sign it; we'll away to-night,
And be a day before our husbands home :
This Deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo,
Gra. Fair Sir, you are well o'erta'en;'
My lord Bafanio, upon more advice,
Hath sent you here this ring, and doth intreac
Your company at dinner.
Por, That cannot be.
This ring I do accept most thankfully,
And so, I pray you, tell him; furthermore,
I pray you, fhew my Youth old Shylock's House.
Gra. That will I do.
Ner. Sir, I would speak with you.
T'll see if I can get my husband's ring: [To Pro.
V'hich I did make him swear to keep for ever.
Por. Thou may't, I warrant. We shall have old swearing,
That they did give the rings away to men;
But we'll out-face them, and out-swear them too ;
Away, make hafte, thou know'it where I will tarry.
Ner. Come, good, Sir, will you shew me to this house!
SCENE, Belmont. A Grove, or green
Place, before Portia's House.
Enter Lorenzo and Jeffica.
HE moon shines bright: In such a night as this,
When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees,
And they did make no noise; in such a night,
Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan wall;
And fighd his soul towards the Grecian tents,
Where Cresjid lay that night.
Jef. In such a night,
Did Thisbe fearfully o'er-trip the dew
And saw the lion's shadow ere himself,
And ran dismayed away.
Lor. In such a night,
Stood Dido with a willow in her hand
Upon the wild sea-banks, and way'd her love
To come again to Carthage.
Jef. In such a night,
Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs,
That did renew old Æfon.
Lor. In such a night,
Did Jeffica fteal from the wealthy Jew,
And with an unthrift love did run from Venice,
As far as Belmont.
Jef. And in such a night,
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,
Did pretty Jelica, (like a little shrew)
Slander her love, and he forgave it her.
Jef. I would out-night you, did no body come:
But hark, I hear the footing of a man.
Lor. Who comes so fast, in silence of the night ?
Mef. A friend.
Lor. What friend your name, I pray you, friend?
Mes. Stephano is my name, and I bring word,
My mistress will before the break of day
Be here at Belmont : fhe doth stray about
By holy Croffes, where she kneels, and prays,
For happy wedlock hours.
Lor. Who comes with her ?
Mes. None, but a holy hermit, and her maid.
I pray you,
is my matter yet return'd?
Lor. He is not, nor have we yet heard from him ;
But go we in, I pray thee, Felica,
And ceremoniously let us prepare
Some welcome for the mistress of the house.
Laun. Sola, fola, wo ha, ho, sola, fola !
Zor. Who calls ?
Laun. Sola! did you fee mafter Lorenzo and mistress
Lorenzo ? sola, sola!
Ler. Leave hollowing, man: here.