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der'd abroad : But ships are but boards, sailors but|And in the doing of the deed of kind, men: there be land-rats, and water-rats, water. He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes ; thieves, and land-thieves; I mean, pirates; and Who, then conceiving, did in eaning time then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks: Fall party-colour'd lambs, and those were Jacob's. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient;-three This was a way to thrive, and ne was blest; thousand ducals ;-I think I may take his bond. And thrist is blessing, it' men steal it not. Bass. Be assured you may.
Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv'd Shy. I will be assured I mayį and, that I may be assured, I will bethink me: May I speak with A thing not in his power to bring to pass, Antonio ?
But sway'd and fashiond, by the hand of heaven. Bass. If it please you to dine with us.
Was this inserted to make interest good ? Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habita- Or is your gold and silver, ewes and rams? tion which your prophet, the Nazarite, conjured Shy. I cannot tell : I make it breed as faut:the devil into: I will buy with you, sell with you, But note me, signior. talk with you, walk with you, and so following ; Ant.
Mark you inis, Bassanio, but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. pray with you. What news on the Rialto ?-Who An evil soul, producing holy witness, is he comes here?
Is like a villain with a smiling check;
A goodly apple rotten at the heart;
0, what a goodly outside falsehood hath! Bass. This is signior Antonio.
Shy. Three thousand ducais,-'tis a good round Shy. ( Aside.) How like a fawning publican he Jooks!
Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate. I hate him, for he is a Christian:
Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you? But more, for that, in low simplicity,
Shy. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft, He lends out money gratis, and brings down In the Rialto you have rated me The rate of usance here with us in Venice. About my monies, and my usances :* If I can catch him once upon the hip,
Still have I borne it with a patient shrug; I will seed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. For suflerance is the badge of all our tribe: He hates our sacred nation; and he rails, You call me-misbeliever, cut-throat dog, Even there where merchants most do congregate, And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine, On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrilt, And all for use of that which is miné own. Which' he calls interest: Cursed be my tribe, Well then, it now appears, you need my help : If I forgive himn!
Go to then ; you come to me, and you say, Bass.
Shylock, do you hear? Stylock, we would have monies; You say so; Shy. I am debating of my present store ; You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, And, by the near guess of my memory,
And foot ine, as you spurn a stranger cur I cannot instantly raise up the gross
Over your threshold; monies is your suit.
Hath a dog money ? is il possible,
(To Antonio. With 'bated breath, and whispering humbleness, Your worship was the last man in our mouths. Say this,-
Ant. Shylock, albeit I nei' her lerd nor borrow, Fair sir, you spit on ine on Wednesday last ;
You spurn'd me such a day; another time
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too. Ant. And for three months.
If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not Shy. I had forgot,-three inonths, you told me so. As to thy friends (for when did friendship take Well then, your bond; and, let me see, But A breed for barren metal of his friend?
But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Exact the penalty.
Why, look you, how you storm! Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's sheep, I would be friends with you, and have your love, This Jacob from our holy Abraham was Forget the shames that you have stain'd me with, (As his wise mother wrought in his behalf,) Supply your present wants, and take no doit The third possessor; ay, he was the third. or usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me:
Anl. And what of him? did he take interest ? This is kind I offer.
Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would say, Ant. This were kindness. Directly interest: mark what Jacob'did.
This kindness will I show :-
If you repay me not on such a day,
Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit
Be nominated for an equal pound Between these woolly breeders in the act, of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken The skilful shepherd peeld me certain wands, In what part of your body pleaseth me. (1) Wants which admit no longer delay. (2) Informed. (3) Nature. (4) Interest.
Anl. Content, in faith : I'll seal to such a bond, That won three fields of Sultan Solyman,And say, there is much kindness in the Jew. I would oui-slare the sternest eyes that look,
Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me, Out-brave the heart most daring on the earth, I'll rather dwell in my necessity.
Pluck the young sucking cubs from the sht-bear, Ant. Why, sear 1.0i, man; I will not forfeit it; Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey, Within these two months, that's a month before To win thee, lady: Bit, alas the while ! This bond expires, I do expect return
ir Hercules, and Lichas, play al dice
So is Aleides beaten by his page;
You must take your chanco; A pound of man's Nesh, taken from a man, And either not attempt to choose at all, Is not so cstimable, profitable neither,
Or swear, before you choose,-il you choose wrong, As flesh of muttons, beers, or goats. I say, Never to speak to lady asterward To buy his favour, 1 extend this friendship: in way of marriage; therefore, be advis'd. If he will take it, so; if not, adieu ;
Nor. Nor wil nut; come, bring me unto my And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not.
chance. Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond. Por. First, forward to the temple; after dinner
Shy. Then meet me forth with at the notary's ; Your hazard shall be made. Give him direction for this merry bond,
Good fortune then! And I will go and purse the ducats struight;
(Curnets. See to my house, lost in the fearful guard To make me bless'd'st, or cursed'st among mer. of an unihristy knave; and presently
(Ertunt. I will be with you.
(Exit. Anl. Hie thee, gentle Jew.
SCENE II.-Vcnice. A street. Entor Launce. This Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind.
lot Gobbo. B:lss. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind. Lara. Certainly my conscience will serve me to Ant. Come on: in this there can be no dis- run from this Jew, my master: The terd is at mine may,
elbow; and tempis me, aying to me, Gobbo, LaunNy ships come home a month before the day. celot Gobbo, good launcelci, er good Gobbe, or
(Exeunt. good Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs, take the
star!, run away: My conscience says,-n0; Inke
heed, honest Launcelit; take heedl, honest Golbo ; ACT II.
cr, as aforesaid, honest Lancelot Gobbo, do not
run; scorn running with thy heels : Well, i he most SCENE 1.-Belmont. A room in Portia's house, courageous fiend bids ne pack; via!' says the
Flourish of cornets. Enter the Prince of Mo: fiend; away! says the fie:d, for the hearens ; rruse rocco, and his train; Portia, Nerissa, and other up a brave mind, says the tiend, and run. Well, of her allenılants.
my conscience, hanging about the neck of my heart,
says very wisely to me, -—».9 honest friend Launces Mor. Mislike me nor for my complexion, 101, beinz an honest inan's 301,- or rather an ho. The shadow'd livery of the burnish'd sin, nest woman's son ;-for, indeed, my father did To who I am a neighbour, and near bred. something smack, something grow to, he had a Bring me the firest creature nor:hvard born,
kind of taste;-1), my consciorce says, LainceWhere Phebus' fire scarce thaws the icicles, Pol, bulge net; budge, savs the fiend; tilge nit, And let us make incision2 for your love,
says my conscience: Conscience, say I, you couna To prove whose blood is redd st, his or niine. sel well; tiend, say I, rou couns.I wol: to be I tell thee, lady, this aspect of m ne
ruled by my conscience, I should stay with the Jew Hath fear'd the valiant: by my love, I swear, iny master, who (God bless the mark !) is a kind The best-reyırded virgins of our clime
of devil; and, to run away from the Jew, I should Have lov'd it too: I would not change this hue,
be rul d by the find, "ho, saving your reverence, Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen.
is the devil himself: Certainly, the Jew is the very Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led
devil incarnation ; and, in my con: cierce, my corBy nice direction of a maiden's eyes:
science is but a kind of hard conscience, to offer to Besides, the lottery of my destiny
counsel me to stay with the Jew: The ford gives Bars me the right of voluntary choosing.
he more friendly counsel : I will run, fiend; my But, if my father had not scented me,
heels are at your commandment, I will run. And hedg'd me by his wit, to yield myself His wife, who wins me by that means I told you,
Enler old Gobbo, with a basket. Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair, Goh. Master, young man, voll, I pray you; As any comer I have look'd on yet,
which is the way to master Jew's ? For my affection.
Lam. [.Aside.) O heavens, this is my trie beMor.
Even for that I thank you; cotton father! who, being more than sand-blind, Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets, high-qravel blind, knows me not:-I will try conTo try my fortune. By this scimitar,
clusions with him. That slew the Sophy, and a Persian prince, Gob. Master young gentleman, I pray you,
which is the way to master Jew's? (1) Abide.
Laun. Turn up on your right hand, at the next (2) Allusion to the eastern custom for lovers to testify their passion by cutting themselves in their (3) Terrified.
(4) Not precipitate. mistresses' sight.
furning, but, at the next turning of all, on your Enler Bassanio, with Leonardo, and other fal left; marry, at the very next turning, turn of no
lowers. hind, but iurn down indirectly to the Jew's house.
Bass. You may do so ;-but let it be so hasted, Gob. By God's sonties, 'lwilt be a hard way to that supper be ready at the farthest by five of the hit. Can you tell me whether one Launcelot, ihal clock: 'See these leiters deliver'd; put the liveries duvells with him, dwell with him, or no?
to making; and desire Gratiano to come anon to Laun. Talk you of young master Launcelot ?
(Exit a servant. Mark me now; (aside.] now will I raise the wa
Laun. To him, father. ters-Talk you of young master Launcelot? Gob. God bless your worship!
Gob. No master, sir, but a poor man's son; his Bass. Gramercy; Would'st thou aught with me? fa:her, though I say it, is an honest exceeding poor Gob. Here's my son, sir, a poor boy,man, and God be ihanked, well to live.
Laun. Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew's Laun. Well, let his father be what he will, we man; that would, sir, as my father shall specify;talk of young master Launcelot.
Gob. He hath a great infection, sir, as one Gob. Your worship's friend, and Launcelot, sir. would say, to serve
Lrın. But I pray you ergo, old man, ergo, I be- Laun. Indeed, the short and the long is, I serve seech you; Talk you of young master Launcelot ? the Jew, and I have a desire, as my father shall Gub. Or Launcelot, an't please your mastership-specify, Liin. Ergy, master Launcelot; talk not of
Gob. His master and he (saving your worship's mister Launcclot, father; for the young, gentleman reverence,) are scarce cater-cousins: (according to fates and destinies, and such odd savints ; ihe sisters three, and such branches of Jew. having done me wrong, doth carse me, as my
Laun. To be brief, the very truth is, that the learning,) is, indeed, deceased; or, as you would father, being I hope an old man, shall frutísy unto say, in pinin terins, gone to heaven.
you, Gob. `Marry, God forbid! the boy was the very Gob. I have a dish of doves, that I would bestaff of mr ara, my very prop.
stow upon your worship; and my suit is,LTı. Do I look like a cudgel, or a hovel-post,
Lau. In very brief the suit is impertinent to a staff, or a prop ?-Do you know me, father? Gib. Alack the day, I know you not, young old man; and, though I say it, though old man,
myself, as your worship shall know by this honest gan leman: but, I pray you, tell me, is my boy yet, poor man, my father. (God rest his soul!) alive, or dead?
B.183. One speak for both;- What would you ? Lun. Do you not know me, father ?
Ll!. Serve you, sir. Gab. Alack, sir, I am sand-blind, I know you not. Gb. This is the very defect of the matter, sir.
Lmu. Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you Bass. I know thee well, thou hast obtained thy mith: fail of the knowing me: it is a vise liher
suit: that knows his own child. Well, old man, I will shylock, thy master, spoke with me this day, tell you news of your son: Give me your blessing: And haih pref rrdhec, if it be preferment, truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long, To leave a rich Jew's service, to become a man's son may; but, in the end, truth will out.
The follower of so poor a gentleman. Gob. Pray you, sir, stand up; I ain sure, you Laun. The old proverb is very well parted beare not Launcelot, my boy.
tween my manter Shylock and you, sir; you have Lun. Pray you, let's have no more foolins the grace of God, sir, and he hath enough. about it, but give me your blessing; I am Laun
Buss. Thou speak'st it well: Go, father, with celot, your boy that was, your son that is, your thy son:child that shall be.
Take leave of thy old master, and inquire Gob. I cannot think you are my son.
My lodging out:-Give him a livery Lan. I know noi what I shall ihink of that:
[To his folloroers. but I am Launcelo, The Jer's man; and, I am More guarded? than his fellow's': See it done. sure, Marzery, your wife, is my mother.
Loun. Father, in:- I cannot get a service, no:Gub. Her name is Marvery, indeed: I'll be stvorn, I have ne'er a tongue in my hčad.-Wellllochif thou b: Luncelit, thou art mine own flesh anding on hie pr'm.) if any man in l'al: have a fairer bood. Lard worshipp'd mihi h be! what a beard table, which do'h offer to stear upon a book.hast thou wot! thou hast got more hair on 'hy chin, I shall have rood fortune; Go 10, here's a simple thun Dobbin my thill-horse' has on his t: l.
line of life! here's a small trifle of wives : Alas, Lun. It should seem then, that Dobbin's taillsintren wives is nothing; cleven widows, and nine
oss bick yard; I am sure he had more hair onimaids, is a simple cominr-in for one man: ard Hista], than Uhrive on my face, when I lasi saw him.'hen, to 'scape dronning thrice: and to be in peril
G25. Lord, how art thou chang?d! How dost of my life with the camp of a feather-brd;-here thoa andihy in ister agree? I have brought him a are simple 'scape! Well, if fortune be a woman, presont; }lo 'orce you now?
she's a good wench for this gear.-Farber, come; Lim. Well, weil ; but, for my own part, as ! I'll take my lcave of thr Jew in the twin!!n ni have set up my rest io run awav, so I will not rest an ere.
[Eren! Larn. and cle Gch. till I have run come ground: my master's a vers
Biss. I pray thee, rood Leonardo, link on this; Jov: Give him a present! give him 1 halter: I These things being bo'icht, and orderly bestow'd, am fami:hid in his service; you may tell every Retren in heste, for a feast tc-nikt finger I have with my ribs. Father, I am glad you Mv best-esterm’dl arquaintance: hic thee, so. are come; zive me your present to one master
Leon. My best endeavours shall be done herein. Baseanin, who, indeed, gives rare new liveries: if I serve not him, I will run as far as God has any
Enter Gratiano. ground.-O rare fortune! here comes the man ;
Gra. Where is your master ? to him, father; for I am a Jew, if I serve the Jew
Yonder, sir, he walks. azy longer.
¿Exit Leonardo. () Shai-horse. (2) Ornamented.
(3) The palm of the hand extended.
Gra. Signior Bassanio,
Salan. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly or Bass. Gratiano!
derd; Gra. I have a suit to you.
And better, in my mind, not undertook. Bass.
You have obtain'd it. Lor. 'Tis now but four o'clock; we have two Gra. You must not deny me; I must go with
hours you to Belmont.
To furnish us:-
Enter Launcelot, with a letter.
Laun. An it shall please you to break up this, And in such eyes as ours appear not faults ;
it shall seem to signify. But where thou art not known, why, there they show Lor. I know the hand: in faith, 'tis a fair hand; Something too liberal; '--pray thee, lake pain
And whiter than the paper it writ on, To allay with some cold drops of modesty.
Is the fair hand that writ.
Gra, Thy skipping spirit; lest, through thy wild beha
Love-news, in faith. viour,
Laun. By your leave, sir. I be misconstrued in the place I go to,
Lor. Whither goest thou ? And lose my hopes.
Laun. Marry, sir, to bid my old master the Jew Gra.
Signior Bassanio, hear me: to sup to-night with my new master the Christian. Ir I do not put on a sober habit,
Lor. Hold here, take this :--tell gentle Jessica,
Salar. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight.
Salan. And so will I. To please his grandam, never trust me more.
Meet me, and Gratiano, Bass. Well, we shall see your bearing."
At Gratiano's lodging some hour hence. Gra. Nay, but I bar to-night; you shall not
Salar. "Tis good we do so. gage me
(Ereunt Salar. and Salan. By what we do to-night.
Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica ?
Lor. I must needs tell thee all : She hath directed,
How I shall take her from her father's house;
If e'er ihe Jew, her father, come to heaven,
Unless she do it under this escuse, -, SCENE III.-The same. A room in Shylock's That she is issue to a faithless Jew. house. Enter Jessica and Laur.celot.
Comc, go with me; peruse this as thou goest : Jes. I am sorry thou wilt leave my father so; Fair Jessica shall be my torch-bearer. (Eseunt. Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil, Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness;
SCENE V.-The same. Before Shylock's house. But sare thee well; there is a ducat for thee.
Enter Shylock and Launcelot. And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see Shy. Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be thy Lorenzo, who is thy new master's guest:
judge, Give him this letter ; do it secretly,
The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio:And so farewell; I would not have my father What, Jessica !-thou shalt not gormandize, See me talk with thee.
As thou hast done with me;-What, Jessica ! Laun. Adieu !-tears exhibit my tongue.- Most And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out;beautiful Pagan,-most sweet Jew! Ila Christian Why, Jessica, I say ! do not play the knave, and get thee, I am much Laun.
way, Jessica ! deceived: But, adieu ! these foolish drops do some Shy. Who bids thee call ? I do not bid thee call. what drown my manly spirit, adieu ! (E.cit. Lain. Your worship was wont to tell me, I Jes. Farewell, good Launcelot.
could do nothing without bidding. Alack, what heinous sin is it in me,
Jes. Call you? What is your will ?
Shy. I am bida forth to supper, Jessica ; If thou keep promisc, I shall end this strise ; There are my keys :—But wherefore should I go; Become a Christian, and thy loving wise. (Exit. I am not bid for love; they Natter me:
But yet I'll go in haté, to feed upon SCENE IV.-The same. A street. Enter Gra- The prodigal Christian. -Jessica, my girl, tiano, Lorenzo, Salarino, and Salanio.
Look to my house:- I am right loath to go, Lor. Nay, we will slink away in supper-time; There is some ill a brewing towards iny rest, Disguise us at my lodging, and return
For I did dream of money-bags to-night. All in an hour.
Laun. I beseech you, sir, go; my young master Gra. We have not made good preparation. doth expect your reproach. Salar. We have not spoke us yet of torch- Shy. 'So do I his. bearers.
Laun. And they have conspired together,-- I will
not say, you shall see a masque ; but if you do, Gross, licentious. Show of said and serious demeanour.
(3) Carriage, deportment,
then it was not for nothing that my nose fell a bleed-'Albeit I'll swear that I do know your tongue. ing on Black-Monday last, at six o'clock i'the Lor. Lorenzo, and thy love. murning, falling out that year on Ash-Wednesday, Jes. Lorenzo, certain ; and my love, indeed ; was four year in the afternoon.
For who love I so much? And now who knows, Shy. What! are there masques ? Hear you me, But you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours? Jessica :
Lor. Heaven, and thy thoughts, are witness that Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum, thou art. and the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd file, Jes. Here, catch this casket; it is worth the pains. Clamber not you up to the casements then, I am glad 'tis nighi, you do not look on me, Nor thrust your head into ihe public street, For I am much asham'd of my exchange : To gaze on Christian fools with'varnish'd races: But love is blind, and lovers cannot sce But stop my house's ears, I mean my casements; The pretty follies that themselves conimit; Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter For if they could, Cupid himself would blush My sober house.-By Jacob's statt, I swear, To see me thus transtormed to a boy. I have no mind of feasting forth to-night:
Lor. Descend, for you must be my torch-bearer. Bui l will go.-Go you before me, sirrah;
Jes. Whai, must I hold a candle to my shames ? Sas, I will come.
They in themselves, good sooih, are too, too light. Laun.
I will go before, sir.- Why, 'lis an o:lice of discovery, love; M.stress, look out at window, for all this;
And I should be obscur'd. There will come a Christian by,
So are you, sweet, Will be worth a Jewess' eye. [Erit Laun. Even in the lovely garnish of a boy. Shy. What says that fool of Harar's offspring, ha? But come at once; Jes. His words were, Farewell, mistress; nothing For the close night doth play the run-away, else.
And we are staid for at Bassanio's feast. Shy. The patch is kind enough; but a huge feeder, Jes. I will make fast the doors, and gild mysell Snail-alow in profit, and he sleeps by day With some more ducats, and be with you straight. More than the wild cat; drones hive not with me;
(Eril, from above. Tierefore I part with him ; and part with him Gra. Now, by my hood, a Gentile, and no Jew. To one that I would have him help to waste Lor. Beshrew ine, but I love her heartily: His borroir'd purse.- Well, Jessica, go in; For she is wise, if I can judge of her; Perhaps, I will return immediately;
And fuir she is, is that mine eyes be true; D2, as I bid you,
And true she is, as she hath prov'd hersell; Suurloors aller you: Fast bind. frast find; And therefore, like herscll, wise, fair, and true, A proverb never stale in thrifiy mind. (Erit. Shall she be placed in my constant soul.
Jes. Für well: and if my fortune be not cros!,
Enter Jessica, below.
What, art thou come?--On, gentlemen, away ; SCE.VE VI.-The same. Enter Gratiano and Our masquing mates by this time for us stay. Salarino, masked.
[Erii with Jessica and Salarino. Gra This is the pent-house, under which Lorenzo
Ant. Who's there?
Ant. Fie, fie, Gratiano ? where are all the rest ? Salur. O, ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly
'Tis nine o'clock; our friends all stay for you :To seal love's bonds new made, then they are wont, No masque to-nigh! ; the wind is come about, To keep obliged faith unforfeited!
Bassanio presently will go aboard : Gru. That ever holds : Who riseth from a feast, I have sent twenty out to seek for you. With that keen appetite that he sits down? Gra. I am glad on't ; I desire no more delight, Where is the horse that doth untread again Than to be under sail, and gone to-night. (Ere. His tedious measures with the unbated fire
SCENE VII.-Belmont. A room in Portia's That he did pace them first? All things that are, Are with more spirit chased than enjoy'd.
house. Flourish of cornets. Enter Portia, with How like a younker, or a prodigal,
the prince of Morocco, and both their trains. The scarredi bark puts from her native bay, Por. Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover Hard and embraced by the strumpet wind !
The several caskets to this noble prince :Hot like the prodigal doth she retur,
Now make your choice. With over-weather'd ribs, and rag ed sails, Mor. The first, of gold, who this inscription Lean, rent, and beggar'd by the strumpet wind !
Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire, Enter Lorenzo,
The second ; silver, which this promise carries ;Saar. Here comes Lorenzo; more of this here. Who chooselh me, shall get as much as he deserves. after.
The third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt ; Lor, Sweet friends, your patience for my long Who chooseth me, must gire and hazard all he halh. abode;
How shall I know if I do choose the right ? Not I, but my affairs, have made you wait;
Per. The one of them contains my picture, prince; When you shall please to play the thieves for wives, If you choose thal, then I am yours withal. I'll waich as long for you then.-Approach;
Mor. Some god direct iny judgment! Let me Here dwells my father Jew :-Ho! who's within ?
I will survey the inscriptions back again :
What says this leaden casket ?
M'st give-For what? for lead? hazard for lead? (1) Decorated with Nags.
This ca. ket threatens : Men, that hazard all,