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Lor. Hold here, take this:-tell gentle Jessica, and the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd fife, I will not fail her;—Speak it privately; go.— Clumber not you up to the casements theil, Gentlemen,
Nor thrust your head into the public street, Will you prepare you for this mask to-night? To gaze on Christian fools with varuish'd faces: I am provided of a torch-bearer. [Ex. Laun. 5 But stop myhouse's ears, I mean my casements;
Sal. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight. Let noi the sound of shallow foppery enter Sala. And so will I.
My sober house.-By Jacob's statt, I swear, Lor. Meet me, and Gratiano,
I have no mind of feasting forth to-night:
But I will go. -Go you before me, sirrah:
There will come a Christian by,
Will be worth a Jewess' eye.
[Erit Laun. What gold, and jewels, she is furnish'd with; 15 Shy. What says that fool of Hagar's oil spring, ha? What page's suit she hath in readiness.
Jes. His words were, Farewell, mistress ; noIfe'er the Jew her father come to heaven,
teeder, It will be for his gentle daughter's sake:
Shy. The patch' is kind enough; but a huge And never dare misfortune cross her foot, Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day Unless she do it under this excuse,
20 Morethan the wildcat; drones hive not with me: That she is issue to a faithless Jew.
Therefore I part with him; and part with him Come, go with me; peruse this as thou goest; To one that I would have bim help to waste Fair Jessica shall be
Perhaps, I will return immediately;
125 Do, as I bid you.
Sbut the doors after you: Fast bind, fast find;
A proverb never stale in thrifty mind. [Exit. Enter Shylock and Launcelot.
Jes. Farewel; and if my fortune be not crost, Shy. Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be thy I have a father, you a daughter, lost. [Erit. judge,
301 The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio:
Enter Gratiano and Salinio, in masquerade. Why, Jessica, I say
35 Gra. This is the pent-house, under which LoLuun. Why, Jessica! Shy. Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call. Desir'd us to make stand. Laun. Your worship was wont to tell me, that I
Sal. His hour is almost past. çould do nothing without bidding.
Gra. And it is marvel hé out-dwells his hour, Enter Jessica.
140 For lovers ever run before the clock. Jes. Call you? what is your will?
Sal. O, ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly Shy. I am bid forth to supper, Jessica;
Co seal love's bonds new made, than they are wont There are my keys:-But wherefore should I go? To keep obliged faith unforfeited! I am not bid for love; they Hatter me:
Gra. That ever holds: Who riseth from a feast But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon
45 With that keen appetite that he sits down? The prodigal Christian.---Jessica, my girl, Where is the horse, that doth untread again Look to my house :- I am right loth to
His tedious measures with the unbated lire There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest, That he did pace them first? All things that are, For I did dream of money-bags to-night. Are with more spirit chased than enjoy’d.
Laun. I beseech you, sir, go; my young mas- 50 How like a younker, or a prodigal, ter doth expect your reproach.
The skarted bark puts from her native bay, Shy. So do I his.
Hugg'd and enabraced by the strumpet wind! Laun. And they have conspired together,-1 How like a prodigal doth she return; will not say, you shall see a masque; but if you
With over-weather'd ribs, and ragged sails, do, then it was not for nothing that my nose fell 55 Lean, rent, and beggar'd by the strumpet wind! a-bleeding on Black-Monday last', at six o'clock
Enter Loronto. i the morning, falling out that year on Ash-Wed- Sal. Here comes Lorenzo:--more of this herenesday was four in the afternoon.
[abode; Shy. What! are there masques ? Ilear you me, Lor. Sweet friends, your patience for my long Jessica:
60 Not I, but my atfairs, have made you wait: Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum, When you shall please to play the thieves for wives,
* Black-Monday, according to Stowe, means Euster-Monday, and was so called froin Edward III. having lost a part of his army, then besieging Paris, by cold on that day, which was also remarkably dark and misty. nie. the fool.
P'll watch as long for you then.--Approach ; Whochuseth me,shallgainwhat many men desire.' Here dwells my father Jew: Ho! who's within ? The second, silver, which this promise carries;Jessica above, in boy's clouths.
Whochuseth me,shallget as much as he deserves.” Jes. Who are you? tel me, for more certainty, This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt;Albeit I'll swear that I do know your tongue. 5" Who chuseth me, must give and hazard all he Lor. Lorenzo, and thy love.
“ hath. Jes. Lorenzo, certain; and my love indeed; How shall I know if I do chuse the right? For who love I so much? and now who knows, Por. Theoneofthem contains
smy picture, prince: But you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours?
If you chuse that, then I am yours withal. Lor. Heaven, and thy thoughts, are witness 10 Mor.Some god direct my judgment: Let me see, that thou art.
[pains. I will survey the inscriptions back again : Jes. Here, catch this casket; it is worth the What says this leaden casket? I am glad 'tis night, you do not look on me, " Who chuseth me, must give and hazard all he For I am much asham'd of my exchange :
[lead ? But love is blind, and lovers camot see
15 Must give--For what? for lead? hazard for The pretty follies that themselves commit; This casket threatens: Men, that hazard all, For if they could, Cupid himself would blush Do it in hope of fair advantages: To see me thus transformed to a boy.
A goiden mind stoops not to shows of dross; Lor. Descend, for you must be my torch-bearer. I'll then nor give, nor hazard aught for ead. Jes. What, must l'hold a candle to my shames: 29 \hat says the silver, with her virgin hue? They in themselves, good sooth, are too too light. "Il bochuseth me,shallget as much as he deserves." Why,'tis an office of discovery, love;
As much as he deserves? - Pause there, Morocco, And I should be obscur'd.
Alid weigh thy value with an even hand: Lor. So you are, sweet,
If thou be'st rated by thy estimation, Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.
25 Thou dost deserve enough; and yet enough But come at once:
May not extend so far as to the lady; For the close night doth play the run-array,
And yet to be aseard of my deserving, And we are staid for at Bassanio's feast.
Were but a weak disabling of myself. Jes. I will make fast the doors, and gild myself As much as I deserve !-- Why, that's the lady; With some more ducats, and be with you straight. 30 I do in birth deserve her, and in fortunes,
[Erit from above. In graces, and in qualities of breeding ; Gra. Now, by my hood, a Gentile', and no Jew. But, more than these, in love I do deserve.
Lor. Beshrew me, but I love her heartily: What if I stray'd no farther, but chose here?For she is wise, if I can judge of her;
Let's see once more this saying grav'd in gold. And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true; 35 Whochuseth me, shallgain what many men desire.' And true she is, as she hath prov'd herself; Wliy, that's the lady; all the world desires her: And therefore, like herself, wise, fair, and true, From the four corners of the earth they come, Shall she be placed in my constant soul.
To kiss this shrine, this mortal breathing saint. Enter Jessica, bilow.
The Hyrcanian deserts, and the vasty wilds What, art thou come?-On, gentlemen, away; 40 Of wide Arabia, are as thorough-fares now, Our masquing mates by this time for us stay. For princes to come view fair Portia :
[Erit with Jessica, &c. The watry kingdom, whose ambitious head Entor Anthonio.
Spits in the face of heaven, is no bar Anth. Who's there?
To stop the foreign spirits; but they conie, Gru. Signior Anthonio?
45 As o'er a brook, to see fair Portia. Anth: Fie, fie, Gratiano! where are all the rest? One of these three contains her heavenly picture. 'Tis nine o'clock; our friends all stay for you: Is't like, that lead contains her? Twere damınaNo masque to-night; the wind is come about,
tion, Bassanio presently will go aboard:
To think so base a thought; it were too gross I have sent twenty out to seek for you.
50 To rib her cerecloth in the obscure grave. Gra. I am glad on't; I desire no more delight, Or shall I think, in silver she's immur'd, Than to be under sail, and gone to-night. Being ten times undervalu'd to try'd gold?
O sinful thought! Never so rich a gem
Was set in worse than gold. They have in England
|55 A coin, that bears the figure of an angel
Stamped in gold; but that's insculp'd upon: Enter Portia, with the Prince of Morocco, and
But here an angel in a golden bed both their trains.
Lyes all within.—Deliver me the key; Por. Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover Here do I chuse, and thrive I as I may! [there, The several caskets to this noble prince:- 60 Por. There, take it, prince, and if iny form lye Now make your choice.
Then I am yours. Mor. The first, of gold, who this inscription
[Unlocking the gold casket. Our author here quibbles upon Gentile, which signifies one that is well born, as well as a heathen. ? i. e. engraved upon.
Mor, Mor. O hell: what have we here?
Bassanio told him, he would make some speed A carrion death, within whose empty eye
JOf his return; he answer'd, --Do not so, There is a written scroll! I'll read the writing. - Slubber not business for my suke, Bassanio, All that glisters is not gold;
But stay the very riping of the time; Often have you heard thut told:
5 und for the Jer's bond, which he hath of me, Many a man his life huth sold,
Let it not enter in your mind of love?: But my outside to behold:
Be merry; and employ your chiefest thoughts Gilded tombs do worms infold.
To courtship, and such fair ostents of love Had you been as wise as bold,
As shall conveniently become you there: Young in limbs, in judgment old, 10 And even there, his eye being big with tears, Your answer had not been inscrolld: Turning his face, he put his hand behind him, Fare you well; your suit is cold.
And with aflection wondrous sensible
Then, farewell, heat; and welcome frust.- Sala. I think, he only loves the world for him.
Sal. Do we so.
[Ereunt. Let all of his complexion chuse me so. [Ereunt.
S CE N E IX.
Enter Nerissa, with a Servant.
Ner. Quick, quick, I pray thee, draw the curtain Sul. Why, man,
saw Bassanio under sail; The prince of Arragon hathta'en his oath, (straight; With him is Gratiano gone along;
25 And comes to his election presently. And in their ship, I am sure, Lorenzo is not. Enter Arragon, his train; Portia, with hers. Sala. The villainJew withouteries rais’dthe duke;
Flourish of cornets. Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship. Por.Behold, therestand thecaskets, noble princez
Sal. He came too late, the ship was under sail: If you chuse that wherein I am contain’d, But there the duke was given to understand, 30 Straight shall our nuptial-rites be solemniz'd That in a gondola were seen together
But if you fail, without more speech, my Lord, Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica:
You must be gone from hence immediately Besides, Anthonio certify'd the duke,
Ar. I am enjoin'd by oath to observe three things. They were not with Bassanio in his ship.
First, never to unfold to any one
Of the right casket, never in my life
To woe a maid in way of marriage; lastly, My daughter -Omy ducats !-O my daughter! If I do fail in fortune of my choice, Fled with a Christian?-0 myChristian ducats!-- Immediately to leave you, and be gone. Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter! 40. Por. To these injunctions every one doth swear, A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats, That comes to hazard for my worthless self. Of double ducats! siol'n from me by my duughter!
Ar. And so have I addresti me: Fortune now Andjewels; two stones,tworichand precious stones To my heart's hope!--Gold, silver, and base lead. Stol'n by my daughter! Justice! find the girl! Who chuseth me, must give and hazard all he hath: She hath the stones upon her, anil the ducuts ! 45 You shall look fairer, ere I give, or hazard.
Sal. Why, all the boys in Venice follow him, What says the golden chest: ha! let me see:Crying,--his stones, his daughter, and his ducats. Who chuseth me, shall guin what many men desire.
Sala. Let good Anthonio look he keep his day, What many mendesire, -Thatmany may bemeant Or he shall pay for this.
Of the fool multitude, that chuse by show, Sal. Marry, well remeinber'd:
50 Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach, I reason'd' with a Frenchman yesterday;
Which priespottothe interior, but, like the martlet, Who told me,-in the narrow seas, that part Builds in the weather, on the outward wall, The French and English, there miscarried Even in the forces and road of casualty. A vessel of our country, richly fraught:
I will not chuse what many men desire, I thought upon Anthonio, when he told me; 55 Because I will not jump with common spirits, And wish'd in silence, that it were not bis.
And rank me with the barbarous multitudes. Sala. You were best tellAnthonio what you hear: Why, then to thee, thou silver treasure-house; Yet do not suddeuly, for it may grieve him. Tell me once more what title thou dost bear:
Sal. A kinder gentleman treads not the earth. Who chuseth me, shall get as muchas he deserves; I saw Bassanio and Anthonio part.
160 And well said too: For who shall go about '. That is, conversed. ? To slubber is to do any thing carelesly, or imperfectly. * Meaning, perhaps, your loving mind. i.e. prepared nie. i.e. the power.
To cozen fortune, and be honourable
Take what wife you will to bed,
So be gon', sir, you are sped. 0, that estates, degrees, and ofices,
Ar. Still inore fool I shall appear
But I go away with two.-
Sweet, adieu ! I'll keep my oath, How much low peasantry would then be gleaned Patiently to bear my wroih? From the true seed of honour? and how much 10. Por. Thus hath the candle sing'd the moth. honour
O these deliberate fools, whien they do chuse, Pick'd from the chaff and ruin of the times, They have the wisdom by their wit to lose.
To be'new varnish’d? Well, but to my choice: Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy ;-
Enter a Servant.
lord ? Presenting me a schedule? I will read it,
Serr. Madam, there is alighted at your gate, How much unlike art thou to Portia!
20 Avog Venetian, one that comes before How much unlike my hopes, and my deservings! To signify the approaching of his lord: Who chuseth me, shall have as much as he descrocs: From whom he bringeth sensible regreets”; Did I deserve no more than a fool's head? To wit, besides commends, and courteous breath, Is that my prize? are my deserts no better? Gifts of rich value; yet I have not seen
Por. To offend, and judge, are distinct offices, 25 So likely an ambassador of love: And of opposed natures.
A day in April never came so sweet, Ar. What is here?
To show how costly summer was at hand, The fire seven times tried this;
As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord. Seven times try'd that judgment is,
Por. No more, I pray thee; I am half aseard, That did never chuse amiss:
30 Thou wilt say anon, he is some kin to thee, Some there be, that shadowus kiss:
Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising him.Such have but a shadow's bliss:
Come, come, Nerissa ; for long to see There be fools alive, I wis',
Quick Cupid's post, that comes so mannerly. Silver'd o'er; and so was this.
Ner. Bassanio, lord Love, if thy will it be!
A CT ITI.
$ CE NE 1.
Sal. Come, the full stop.
Saia. Ila, --what say'st thou?-_Why the end is, A Street in Venice.
45 he hath lost a ship. Enter Salanio and Sularino.
Sul. I would it might prove the end of his losses!
Sala. Let me say amen betimes, lest the il vil Sala. Now, what news on the Rialto ? cross thy prayer; for here he comes in the likeSal. Why, yet it lives there uncheck’d, ness of a Jew.
thal Anthonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck’d50
Enter Shylock. on the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they How now, Shylock? what news among the mere call the place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal, chants ? where the carcases of many a tall ship lie buried, as Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as they say, if my gossip Report be an honest woman you, of my daughter's flight. of her word.
55] Sal. That's certain! I, for my part, knew the Sula. I would she were as lying a gossip in that, taylor that made the wings she flew withal. as ever knapt* ginger, or made her neighbours Sala. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the believe she wept for the death of a third husband: bird was tledge; and then it is the complexion of But it is true, - without any slips of prolixity, or them all to leave the dam. crossing the plain high-way of talk,--that the good 60 Shy. She is damn'd for it. Anthonio, the honest Anthonio,- -O that I had al sal. That's certain, if the devil may be her judge. title good enough to keep his name company!- Shy. My own flesh and blood to rebel! That is, I know. ? i.e. my misfortune. 3 i. e. salutations. *To knap is to break short.
Sala. these years?
Sala. Out upon it, old carrion ! rebels it at| but what lights o' my shoulders; no sighs, but
lo my breathing; no tears, but o' my shedding. Shy I say, my daughter is my tlesh and blood. Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too; Antho
Sal. There is more ditlerence between thy flesh nio, as I heard in Genoa,and her's, than between jet and ivory; more bel 5 Shy. What, what, what : ill luck, ill luck? tween your bloods, than there is between red wine Tüb. Hath an argosy cast away, coming from and Rhenish: But tell us, do you hear whether Tripolis. Anthonio have had any loss at sea, or no?
Shy. I thank God, I thank God:- Is it true? Shy. There I have another bad match: a bank- Is it true? rupt, a prodigal, who dare scarce shew his head 10 Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that eson the Rialto ;-a beggar, that us’d to come so caped the wreck. smug upon the mart:- let hiin look to his bond: Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal :-Good news, he was wont to call me usurer ;-let him look to good news: ha! ha! Where? in Genoa? his bond: he was wont to lend money for a Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, Christian courtesy ;–let him look to his bond. 15 one night, fourscore ducats.
Sul. Why, I am sure, if he forteit, thou wilt Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me :-I shall not take histlesh ; What's that good for?
never see my gold again : Fourscore ducats al a Shy. To bait tish withal: if it will feed nothing sitting! fourscore ducats ! else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgrac'dme, Tub. There came divers of Anthonio's creditors and hindered me of halt a million ; laugh'd at my 20 in my company to Venice, that swear he cannot Josses, inock'd at my gains, scorn'd my nation,
chuse but break. thwarted my bargains, coold my friends, heated Shy. I am glad of it; I'll plague him; I'll tormine enemies; And what's his reason? I am a ture him; I am glad of it. Jew: Hath not a Jew eyes? hatlı nota Jew hands ; Tub. One of them shewed me a ring, that he organs, dimensions, senses, atlections, passions? fed 25 had of your daughter for a monkey. with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, Shy, Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal: subject to tne same diseases, heald by the same it was my turquoise ; I had it of Leah, when I means, warm’d and cool'd by the same winter and was a batchelor; I would not have given it for a summer, as a Christian is : If you prick us, do
wilderness of monkies. we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh: 30 Tub. But Anthonio is certainly undone. if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true: Go, us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in Tubal, fee ine an officer, bespeak him a fortnight the rest, we will resemble you in that. Ita Jew before: I will have the heart of him, if he fore wrong a Christian, what is bis humility? revenge: teit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his suf-35 merchandise I will : Go, go, Tubal, and meet me ferance be by Christian example? why, revenge. at our synagogue; go, good Tubal, at our synaThe villainy you teach me, I will execute; and
[Ereunt. it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.
Belmont. Sert. Gentlemen, my master Anthonio is at his Enter. Bassanio, Portia, Gratiano, and house, and desires to speak with you both.
The Caskets are set out, i
Por. I pray you, tarry; pause a day or two, Sala. Here comes another of the tribe; a third
hazard; for in chusing wrong, cannot be match’d, unless the devil himself turn I lose your company; therefore forbear a while : Jew.
[Exeunt Sal. and Sulun. There's something tells me (but it is not love) Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? I would not lose you; and you know yourself, hast thou found iny daughter?
50 Hate counsels not in such a quality: Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but But lest you should not understand me well, cannot find her.
(And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought) Shy. Why there, there, there, there! a diamond I would detain you here some month or two, gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! Before you venture for me. I could teach you the curse never fell upon our nation 'till now; 155 How to chuse right, but I am then forsworn; riever felt it 'till now :-two thousand ducats in So will I never be : so you may miss me: that; and other precious, preciousjewels.--Iwould, But if you do, you'll make me wish a sin, my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels That I had been forsworn. Beshrew your eyes, in her ear! 'would she were hears'd at my foot, They have o'erlook'd me, and divided me; and the ducats in her coffin ! No news of them?-60|0ne half of me is yours, the other half yours. Why, so :—and I know not what's spent in the Mine own, I would say; but if mine then yours, search: Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone And so all yours: 0 ! these naughty times with so much, and so much to tind the thief; and Put bars between the owners and their rights ; moʻsatisfaction, no revenge: nor no ill luck stirring, And so, though yours, pot yours.--Prore it so,