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Have all his ventures fail’d? What, not one hit ?:
From Tripolis, from Mexico, and England,
From Lisbon, Barbary, and India ?
And not one vessel 'scape the dreadful touch
Of merchant-marring rocks?
Sale.

Not one, my lords
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.
Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him

swear,
To Tubal, and to Chus, his countrymen,
That he would rather have Antonio's flesh,
Than twenty times the value of the sum
That he did owe him: and I know, my lord,
If law, authority, and power deny not,
It will

go

hard with Antonio. Por. Is it

your dear friend, that is thus in trouble ? Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man, The best condition'd and unwearied spirit In doing courtesies; and one in whom The ancient Roman honour more appears, Than

any

that draws breath in Italy. Por. What sum owes he the Jew ? Bass. For me, three thousand ducats. Por.

What, no more? Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond; Double six thousand, and then treble that;

poor

2 The chief men.

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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
Το
pay

the petty debt twenty times over ; When it is paid, bring your true friend along : My maid Nerissa, and myself, mean time, Will live as maids and widows. Come, away; For you shall hence upon your wedding-day: Bid your friends welcome, show a merry

cheer}; Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear. But let me hear the letter of your friend.

Bass. [Reads.] Sweet Bassanio, my ships have all miscarried, 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 should live, all debts are cleared between you and I, 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. O love, despatch all business, and be gone.
Bass. 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 stay,

No rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt.

Ill have Il not be

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SCENE III.

Art. for the

Venice. A Street.

Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, ANTONIO, and Gaoler.
Shy. Gaoler, look to him; - Tell not me of

rdercy
This is the fool that lent out money gratis ;
Gaoler, look to him.

3 Face,

Ant.

Hear me yet, good Shylock. Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against my

bond; I have sworn an oath, that I will have my bond : Thou call'dst me dog, before thou had'st a cause : But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs: The duke shall grant me justice. - I do wonder, Thou naughty gaoler; that thou art so fondo 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 sigh, and yield To christian intercessors. Follow not; I'll have no speaking ; I will have my bond.

[Exit SHYLOCK.
Salan. It is the most impenetrable cur,
That ever kept with men.
Ant.

Let him alone;
I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
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.
Salan,

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 denied, 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.

4 Foolish.

Well, gaoler, on:-- Pray God, Bassanio come
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not !

[Exeunt.

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SCENE IV.

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Belmont.

A Room in Portia's House.

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Enter Portia, Nerissa, LORENZO, Jessica, and

BALTHAZAR.
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your pre-

sence,
You have a noble and a true conceit
Of god-like amity ; which appears-most strongly
In bearing thus the absence of your lord.
But, if you knew to whom you show this honour,
How true a gentleman you send relief,
How dear a lover of

my
lord

your husband, I know, you would be prouder of the work, Than customary bounty can enforce you.

Por. I never did repent for doing good,
Nor shall not now: for in companions
That do converse and waste the time together,
Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,
There must be needs a like proportion
Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit ;
Which makes me think, that this Antonio,
Being the bosom lover of my lord,
Must needs be like my lord; If it be so,
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

your

hands
The husbandry and manage of my house,
Until

my
lord's return;

for mine own part,

to the

I have toward 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,
And there we will abide. I do desire you,
Not to deny this imposition;
The which my love, and some necessity,
Now lays upon you.
Lor.

Madam, with all my heart;
I shall obey you in all fair commands.

Por. My people do already know my mind, And will acknowledge you

and Jessica In place of lord Bassanio and myself. So fare you well, till we shall meet again. Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, attend on

you. Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content. Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well

pleas'd To wish it back on you: fare you well, Jessica.

[Exeunt JESSICA and LORENZO. Now, Balthazar, As I have ever found thee honest, true, So let me find thee still : Take this same letter, And use thou all the endeavour of a man, In speed to Padua; see thou render this Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario ; And, look, what notes and garments he doth give

thee,
Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin'd speed
Unto the tranect, to the common ferry
Which trades to Venice: - waste no time in words,

thee
gone ;

I shall be there before thee. · Balth. 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.

But get

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