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Bal. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith?
Gra. Yes, faith, my Lord.
Baj. Our feast shall be much honour'd in your marriage.
Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy for a thousand ducats.
Ner. What, and stake down?
Gra. No, we shall ne'er win at that sport, and stake down. But who comes here ? Lorenzo and his infidel? What, and my old Venetian friend, Salanio ?
Enter Lorenzo, Jessica, and Salanio.
Ba/ Lorenzo and Salanio, welcome hither;
If, that the youth of my new interest here
Have power to bid you welcome. By your leave,
I bid my very friends and country-men,
(Sweet Portia), welcome.
Por: So do I, my Lord; they are entirely welcome.
Lor. I thank your Honour: for my part, my Lord,
My purpose was not to have seen you here ;
But mecting with Salanio by the way,
He did intreat me, past all saying nay,
To come with him along.
Sal. I did, my Lord,
And I have reafon for't; Signior Anthonio
Commends him to you.
[Gives Baffanio a letter, Baf. Ere I ope his letter, I
pray you tell me how my good friend doth,
Sal. Not fick, my Lord, unless it be in mind ; Nor well, unless in mind; his letter there Will shew you his estate. [Bassanio opens the letter,
Gra. Neriffa, cheer yond ftranger : bid her wel
Your hand, Salanio ; what's the news from Venice ?
How doth that royal merchant, good Anthonio ?
I know he will be glad of our success :
We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece.
had won the fleece that he hath lost!
Por. There are some shrewd contents in yond fame
That steal the colour from Bassanio's cheek : [paper,
Some dear friend dead; else nothing in the world
Could turn so much the conftitution
constant man. What, worse and worse !
With leave, Baffanio, I am half yourself,
And I must have the half of any thing
That this fame paper brings you.
Baf. O sweet Portia!
Here are a few of the unpleasant'ft words
That ever blotted paper. Gentle Lady,
When I did first impart my love to you,
I freely told you, all the wealth I had
Ran in my veins, I was a gentleman :
And then I told you true; and yet, dear Lady, !
Rating myself at nothing, you shall see
How much I was a braggart. When I told you,
My state was nothing, I should then have told you,
That I was worse than nothing. For indeed
I have engag'd myself to a dear friend,
Engag'd my friend to his mere enemy,
To feed my means. Here is a letter, Lady,
The paper, as the body of my
And every word in it a gaping wound,
Issuing life-blood. But is it true, Salanio ?
Have all his ventures fail'd ? what not one hit ?
From Tripolis, from Mexico, from England,
From Lisbon, Barbary, and India ?
And not one veffel 'scap'd the dreadful touch
Of merchant-marring rocks?
Sal. Not one, my
Besides, it should appear, that if he had
The present money to discharge the Jew,
He would not take it. Never did I know
A creature, that did bear the shape of man,
So keen and greedy to confound a man.
He plies the Duke at morning and at night,
And doth impeach the freedom of the state,
If they deny him justice. Twenty merchants,
The Duke himself, and the magnificoes
Of greatest port, have all persuaded with him ;
But none can drive him from the envious plea
Of forfeiture, of justice, and his bond.
Jef. When I was with him, I have heard him swear, "To Tubal and to Chus his countrymen, That he would rather have Anthonio's flefh, Than twenty times the value of the sum "That he did owe him; and I know, my Lord, If law, authority, and pow'r deny not, It will
Anthonio. Por. Is it your dear friend that is thus in trouble ?
Ball. The dearest friend to me, the kindeft may,
The best-condition'd : an unweary'd fpirit
In doing courtefies ; and one in whom
The ancient Roman honour more appears,
Than any that draws breath in Italy.
Por. What sum owes he the Jew ?
Bal. For me three thousand ducats.
Por. What, no more?
Pay him fix thoufand, and deface the bond ;
Double fix thousand, and then treble that
Before a friend of this description.
Shall lose a hair through my Bassanio's fault..
First, go with me to church, and call me wife,
And then away to Venice to your friend :
For never shall
you lie by Portia's side
With an unquiet soul. You shall have gold
To pay the petty debt twenty times over.
When it is paid, bring your true friend along;
My maid Nerissa and myself, mean time,
We live as maids and widows: come, away!
For you fall hence upon your wedding-day *.
But let me hear the letter of
friend.. Baf.reads., Sweet Basanio, muy ships have all miscar.. sy'd,, my creditors grow cruel; my estate is very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit';, and since; in paying it, it is impossible I pould live, all debts are cleared bet ween you and me, if I might: but see you at my death notwithstanding, ufe. your pleasure : if your leve do not persuade you to come, let not my letter.
Bid your friends welcome, few a merry chrer ;,
Since you are dear borght, I will love you
Buclet une hear; 6.
Por. O love! dispatch all business, and be gone.
Bal. Since I have your good leave to go away,
I will make haste; but till I come again,
No bed shall e'er be guilty of my ftay;
No rest be interposer '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 money gratis. Goaler, look to him.
Ant. Hear me yet, good Shylock.
Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond: I've sworn an oath that I will have
Thou call’dst me dog before thou hadít a cause ;
But since I am a dog, beware my fangs :
The Duke shall grant me justice. I do wonder,
Thou naughty goaler, that thou art so fond
To come abroad with him at his request.
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 Christian 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,
I'll follow him no more with bootless pray’rs :
He seeks. my life ; his reason well I know;
I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures
Many, that have at times made moan to me ;
Therefore he hates me..
Sola. I am sure the Duke
Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
Ant. The Duke cannot deny the course of law;
For the commodity that strangers have
With us in Venice, if it be deny’d,
Will much impeach the justice of the state;
Since that the trade and profit of the city
Consisteth of all nations. Therefore go,
These griefs and losses have so 'bated me,
That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
To-morrow to my bloody creditor.
Well, goaler, on; pray God, Bassanio come
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not ! [Exeunt.
SCE NE V. Changes to Belmont.
Enter Portia, Nerissa, Lorenzo, Jessica, and Balthazar.
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence,
You have a noble and a true conceit
Of God-like amity; which appears most strongly
In bearing thus the absence of your Lord.
you knew to whom you shew this honour,
How true a gentleman you send relief to,
How dear a lover of
Lord your husband;
I know you would be prouder of the work,
Than customary bounty can inforce you.
Por. I never did repent of doing good,
And shall not now; for in companions
That do converse and waste the time together,
Whose fouls do bear an equal yoke of love,
There must needs be a like proportion
Of lineaments of manners and of spirit ;
Which makes me think, that this Anthonio,
Being the bosom-lover of my Lord,
Must needs be like my Lord. If it be fo,
How little is the cost I have bestow'd,
In purchasing the semblance of my soul
From out the state of hellish cruelty ?
This comes too near the praising of myself;
Therefore, no more of it: hear other things.
Lorenzo, I commit into
hands The husbandry and manage of my
For mine own part,
I have tow'rd heaven breath'd a secret vow,
To live in prayer and contemplation,
Only attended by Nerissa here,
Until her husband and my Lord's return.
There is a monastery two miles off,