father :-Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot less you may be won by some other sort than choose one, nor refuse none?

your father's imposition, depending on the caskets. Ner. Your father was ever virtuous; and holy Por. If I live to be as old as Sihylla, I will die men, at their death, have good inspirations; there as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the fore, the lottery, that he bath devised in these three manner of my father's will : I am glad this parcel chests, of gold, silver, and lead, (whereof who of wooers are so reasonable ; for there is not one chooses his meaning, chooses you,) will, no doubt, among them but I dote on his very absence, and never be chosen by any rightly, but one who you I pray God grant them a fair departare. shall rightly love. But what warmth is there in Ner. Do you not remember, Jady, in your fayour affection towards any of these princely sui- ther's time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, tors that are already come!

that came hither in company of the Marquis of Por. I pray thee, over-name them; and as thou Montferrat? namest them, I will describe them; and according Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I think, so to my description, level at my affection.

was he called Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince.

Ner. True, madam; he, of all the men that ever Por. Ay, that's a colt, indeed, for be doth no my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best deservthing but talk of his horse; and he makes it a ing a fair lady. great appropriation to his own good parts, that he Por. I remember him well; and I remember can shoe him himself: I am much afraid, my lady him worthy of thy praise.-How now! what news? his mother played false with a smith.

Enter a Servant. Ner. Then, is there the county Palatine.

Serv. The four strangers seek for you, madam, Por. He doth nothing but frown; as who shonld to take their leave: and there is a fore-runner say, And if you will not have me, choose: he hears

come from a fifth, the prince of Morocco; who merry tales, and smiles not: I fear, he will prove brings word, the prince, his master, will be here the weeping pbilosopher when he grows old, being to-night. so full of unmannerly sadness in his youth. I had Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so rather be married to a death's bead with a bone in good heart as I can bid the other four farewell, I his mouth, than to either of these. God defend me from these two!

(Le Bon? condition of a saint, and the complexion of a devil,

should be glad of his approach : if he have the Ner. How say you by the French lord, Monsieur | I had rather he should shrive me than wive me.

Por. God made him, and therefore let him pass Come, Nerissa.--Sirrah, go before.—Whiles we for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to be a

shut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at mocker; But, he! why, he bath a borse better the door.

[Exeunt. than the Neapolitan's; a better bad habit of frowning than the count Palatine: be is every man in no

SCENE III.–Venice. A public Place. man: if a throstle sing, he falls straight a caper

Enter Bassanio and SHYLOCK, ing: he will fence with his own shadow: if I should Shy. Three thousand ducats,—well. marry him, I should marry twenty husbands : If Bass. Ay, sir, for three months. he would despise me, I would forgive him; for if Shy. For three months, -well. he love me to madness, I shall uever requite him. Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio

Ner. What say you then to Faulconbridge, the shall be bound. young baron of England ?

Shy. Antonio shall become bound,-well. Por. You know, I say nothiog to him ; for he Bass. May you stead me? Will you pleasure understands not me, nor I him : he hath neither me? Shall I know your answer ! Latin, French, nor Italian; and you will come Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, into the court and swear, that I have a poor penny- and Antonio bound. worth in the English. He is a proper man's pic Bass. Your answer to that. ture; But, alas! who can converse with a dumb Shy. Antonio is a good man. [contrary? show? How oddly he is snited! I think, he bought Bass. Have you heard any impatation to the his doublet in Italy, his round hose in France, his Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no ;--my meaning in saying bonnet in Germany, and his behaviour every where he is a good man, is to have you understand me,

Ner. What think you of the Scottish lord, his that he is sufficient : yet his means are in supponeighbour?

sition : he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, anoPor. That he hath a neighbourly charity in him; ther to the Indies; I understand moreover upon for he borrowed a box of the ear of the English- the Rialto, he bath a third at Mexico, a fourth man, and swore he would pay him again, when he for England, and other ventures he hath, was able : I think, the Frenchman became his squander'd abroad; But ships are but boards, surety, and sealed under for another.

sailors but men : there be land-rats, and water-rats, Ner. How like you the young German, the duke water-thieves, and land-thieves ; I mean, pirates ; of Saxony's nephew?

and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and Por. Very vilely in the morning, when he is rochs :—The man is, 'notwithstanding, suficient; sober; and most vilely in the afternoon, when he -three thousand ducats ;— I think, I may take his is drunk: when he is best, he is little worse than Bass. Be assured you may.

[bond. a man; and when he is worst, he is little better Shy. I will be assured, I may; and, that I may than a beast: and the worst fall that ever fell, I be assured, I will bethink me: May I speak with hope, I shall make shift to go without him.

Antonio ? Ner. If he should offer to choose, and choose Bass. If it please you to dine with us. the right casket, you should refuse to perform Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitayour father's will, if you should refuse to accept him. tion which your prophet, the Nazarite, conjured

Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray the devil ipto; I will buy with you, sell with you, thee, set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the con talk with you, walk with you, and so following; trary casket: for, if the devil be within, and that but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor temptation without, I know he will choose it. I pray with you. What news on the Rialto ?-Who will do anything, Nerissa, ere I will be married to is he comes here? a sponge.

Enter ANTONIO, Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any Bass. This is signior Antonio. of these lords ; they have acqaainted me with their Shy., (A side.). How like a fawning publican be determinations: which is indeed, to return to their I hate him, for he is a Christian : [looks! bome, and to trouble you with no more suit; un But more, for that, in low simplicity,

hear you:

Ant, thus much monies.

He lends out money gratis, and brings down Shylock, we would have monies; You say so; The rate of usance here with us in Venice.

You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, If I can catch bim once upon the hip,

And foot me, as you spurn a stranger cur I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. Over your threshold ; monies is your suit. He hates our sacred nation; and he rails,

What should I say to you? Should I not say, Even there where merchants most do congregate, Hath a dog money? is it possible, On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift, A cur can lend three thousand ducats ? or Which he calls interest : Carsed be my tribe, Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key, If I forgive him!

With 'bated breath, and whispering humbleness, Bass. Shylock, do you bear?

Say this, Shy. I am debating of my present store ;

Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last; And, by the near guess of my memory,

You spurn'd me such a day; another time
I cannot instantly raise up the gross

You call'd me-dog; and for these courtesies
Of fall three thousand ducats: What of that? I'll lend
Tabal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,

am as like to call thee so again, Will furnish me : But soft; How many months To spit on thee again, to spurn tbee too. Do you desire?—Rest you fair, good signior; If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not

(To Antonio.) As to thy friends; (for when did friendship take Your worship was the last man in our months. A breed for barren metal of his friend?)

Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow, But lend it rather to thine enemy; By taking, nor by giving of excess,

Who, if he break, thou may'st with better face Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my friend, Exact the penalty. I'll break a custom : -Is he yet possess'd,


Why, look you, how you storm! How much you would?

I would be friends with you, and have your love, Shy.

Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. Forget the shames 1hat you have stain'd me with, Ant. And for three months.

Supply your present wants, and take no doit Shy. I had forgot,-three months you told me so. Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me: Well then, your bond; and, let me see, But This is kind I offer.

Ant. This were kindness. Methought, you said, you neither lend, nor bor Shy.

This kindness will I show :Upon advantage.

[row, Go with me to a notary, seal me there
I do never use it.

Your single bond; and, in a merry sport,
Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's sheep, If you repay me not on such a day,
This Jacob from our holy Abraham was

In such a place, such sum, or sums, as are (As his wise mother wrought in his behalf,) Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit The third possessor; ay, he was the third. Be nominated for an equal pound

Ant. And what of him ? did he take interest? of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would In what part of your body pleaseth me. Directly interest; mark what Jacob did. [say, Ant. Content, in faith; I'll seal to such a bond, When Laban and himself were compromis'd, And say, there is much kindness in the Jew. That all the eanlings which were streak’d, and pied, Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me, Should fall as Jacob's hire; the ewes, being raok, I'll rather dwell in my necessity. In the end of autumn tarned to the rams :

Ant. Why, fear noi, man ; I will not forfeit it; And when the work of generation was

Within these two months, that's a month before Between these woolly breeders in the act,

This bond expires, I do expect return
The skilfal shepherd peel'd me certain wands, Of thrice three times the value of this bond.
And, in the doing of the deed of kind,

Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are; He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes ; Whose own hard dealings

teaches them suspect
Who, then conceiving, did in eaning time The thoughts of others! Pray you, tell me this;
Fall party-colour'd lambs, and those were Jacob's. If he should break bis day, what should I gain
This was a way to thrive, and he was blest; By the exaction of the forfeiture?
And thrift is blessing, if men steal it pot.

A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man,
Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv'd Is not so estimable, profitable neither,
A thing not in his power to bring to pass, [for; As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goals. I say,
But sway'd, and fashion'd, by the hand of heaven. To bay his favour, I extend this friendship :
Was this inserted to make interest good?

If he will take it, so; if not, adieu :
Or is your gold and silver, ewes and rams? And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not.

Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as sast : Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond. But note me, signior.

Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's; Art.

Mark yon this, Bassanio, Give him direction for this merry bond,
The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. And I will go and purse the ducats straight;
An evil sool, producing holy witness,

See to my house, left in the fearful guard
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek;

Of an anthrifty knave; and presendly A goodly apple rotten at the heart;

I will be with you.

[Exit. 0, wbat a goodly outside falsehood hath! [sum. Ant.

Hie thee, gentle Jew. Shy. Three thousand ducats,-'tis a good round This Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind. Three months from twelve, then let me see the Bass. I like not fair terins, and a villain's mind. rate.

(you ?

Ant. Come on; in this there can be no dismay, Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to My ships come home a month before the day.[Exeunt.

Shy. Sigoior Antonio, many a time and oft, In the Rialto you have rated me

ACT II. About my monies, and my asances :

SCENE I.--Belmont. A Room in Porlia's House. Still have I borne it with a patient shrug; For sofferance is the badge of all our tribe :

Flourish of cornets. Enter the PRINCE OF MoYon call me-misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

ROCCO, and his Train ; PORTIA, NERISSA, and And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,

other of her Attendants. And all for use of that which is mine own.

Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion, Well then, it now appears, you need my help : The shadow'd livery of the burnish'd

son, Go to then; you come to me, and you say, To wbom I am a neighbour, and near bred.

But, if my,

Bring me the fairest creature northward born, counsel: I will run, fiend; my heels are at your
Where Phæbus' fire scarce thaws the icicles, commandment, I will run.
And let us make incision for your love,
To prove whose blood is reddest, bis, or mine.

Enter OLD GOBBO, with a basket.
I tell thee, lady, this aspect of mine

Gob. Master, young man, you, pray you; Hath fear'd the valiant; by my love, I swear, which is the way to master Jew's?. The best-regarded virgins of our clime

Laun. (Aside.) O heavens, this is my true beHave lov'd it too: I would not change this hue, gotten father! who, being more than sand-blind, Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen. high-gravel blind, knows me not :-will try con

Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led clasions with him. By nice direction of a maiden's eyes ;

Gob. Master, young gentleman, I pray you, Besides, the lottery of my destiny

which is the way to master Jew's? Bars me the right of voluntary choosing:

Laun. Turn up on your right hand, at the next father had not scanted me,

turning, but, at the next turning of all, on your And hedg'd me by his wit, to yield myself left; marry at the very next turning, turn of no His wife, who wins me by thai means I told you, hand, but turn down indirectly to the Jew's house. Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair, Gob. By God's sonties, 'twill be a hard way to As any comer I have look'd on yet,

hit. Can you tell me, whether one Launcelot, that For my affection.

dwells with him, dwell with him, or no? Mor.

Even for that I thank you; Laun. Talk you of young master Launcelot?Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets, Mark me now; (aside.) now will I raise the waTo try my fortune. By this scimitar,

ters :-Talk you of young master Launcelot? That slew the Sophy, and a Persian prince,

Gob. No master, sir, but a poor man's son; bis That won three fields of Sultan Solyman,

father, though I say it, is an honest exceeding poor I would out-stare the sternest eyes that look, man, and, God be thanked, well to live. Out-brave the heart most daring on the earth, Laun. Well, let his father be wbat he will, we Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she bear, talk of young master Launcelot. Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey,

Gob. Your worship's friend, and Launcelot, sir. To win thee, lady: But, alas the while!

Laun. But I pray you ergo, old man,

ergo, I beIf Hercules, and Lichas, play at dice

seech you; Talk you of young master Launcelot ? Which is the better man, the greater throw

Gob. Or Launcelot, an'i please your mastership. May turn by fortune from the weaker hand:

Laun. Ergo, master Launcelot'; talk not of masSo is Alcides beaten by his page;

ter Launcelot, father; for the young gentleman (aoAnd so may I, blind fortune leading me,

cording to fates and destinies, and such odd sayings, Miss that, which one unworthier may attain, the sisters three, and such branches of learning,) is, And die with grieving.

indeed, deceased; or, as you would say, in plain Por.

You must take your chance; terms, gone to heaven. And either not attempt to choose at all,

Gob. Marry, God forbid! the boy was the very Or swear, before you choose,-if you choose wrong, staff of my age, my very prop. Never to speak to lady afterward

Laun. Do I look like a cudgel, or a bovel-post, In way of marriage; therefore be advis'd. a staff, or a prop ?-Do you know me, father?

Mor. Nor will not; come, bring me unto my chance. Gob. Alack the day, I know you not, young gen.

Por. First, forward to the temple ; after dinner tleman: but, I pray you, tell me, is my boy, (God Your hazard shall be made.

rest his soul!) alive or dead ? Mor.

Good fortane then! (Cornets.) Laun. Do you not know me, father? To make me bless't, or cursed'st among men. Gob. Alack, sir, I am sand-blind, I know you not,

[Exeunt. Laun. Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you Scene II.-Venice. A Street.

might fail of the knowing me: it is a wise father Enter LAUNCELOT GOBBO..

that knows his own child. Well, old man, I will tell you news


your son: Give me your blessing: Laun. Certainly my conscienoe will serve me to truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long, run from this Jew, my master: The fiend is at a man's son may; but, in the end, truth will out. mine elbow; and tempts me, saying to me, Gobbo, Gob. Pray yoá, sir, stand up; I am sure you Launcelot_ Gobbo, good Launcelot, or good Gobbo, are not Launcelot, my boy. or good Launcelot Gubbo, your legs, take the

Laun. Pray you, let's have no more fooling about start, run away: My conscience says,--no, take it, but give me your blessing: I am Launcelot, yonz heed, honest Launcelot; take heed, honest Gobbo; or boy that was, your son that is, your child that shall as aforesaid, honest Launcelot Gobbo; do not run; Gob. I cannot think you are my son. (be. scorn running with thy heels : Well, the most cou Laun. I know not what I shall think of that; but rageous fiend bids me pack; via! says the fiend; I am Launcelot, the Jew's man; and, I am sure, away! says the fiend, for the heavens; rouse up a Margery, your wife, is my mother. brave mind, says the fiend, and run. Well, my Gob. Her name is Margery, indeed: I'll be sworn, conscience, hanging about the neck of my heart, if thou be Launcelot, thou art mine owo flesh and says very wisely to me---my honest friend, Launce- blood. Lord worshipp'd might be be! what a beard lot, being an honest man's son, or rather an honest bast thou got! thou hast got more hair on thy chin, woman's son ;-for, indeed, my father did some than Dobbin my thill-horse has on his tail. thing smack, something grow to, he had a kind of Laun. It should seem, then, that Dobbin's tail taste ;-well, my conscience says, Launcelot, budge grows backward; I am sure he had more hair on not; budge, says the fiend; budge not, says my con his tail, than I have on my face, when I last saw him. science : Conscience, say I, you counsel well; fiend, Gob. Lord, how art thou changed! How dost say I, you counsel well: to be ruled by my con thou and thy master agree? I have brought him a science, I should stay with the Jew, my master, who present; How 'gree you now? (God bless the mark!) is a kind of devil; and, to Laun. Well, well; but for mine own part, as I run away from the Jew, I should be ruled by the have set up my rest to run away, so I will not rest fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil him- till I have run some ground: my master's a very self: Certainly, the Jew is the very devil incar- Jew; Give him a present! give him ahalter : I am nation; and, in my conscience, my conscience is but famish'd in his service; you may tell every finger I a kind of hard conscience, to offer to counsel me to have with my ribs. Father, I am glad you are come; stay with the Jew: The fiend gives the more friendly give me your present to one master Bassanio, who,

indeed, gives rare new liveries ; if I serve not him, I Gra. You must not deny me; I must go with will run as far as God has any ground.- rare for

you to Belmont,

[Gratiano; tane! bere comes the man;- to him, father: for I Bass. Why, then you must;-But hear thee, am a Jew, if I serve the Jew any longer.

Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice ;

Parts that become thee happily enough,
Enter BASSANIO, with LEONARDO; and other

And in such eyes as oars appear not faults;

But where thou are not known, why, there they show Bass. You may do so ;-but let it be so hasted, Something too liberal ; - pray thee, take pain that supper be ready at the farthest by five of the To allay with some cold drops of modest; clock : See these letters deliver'd; put the liveries Thy skipping spirit;lest, through thy wild behaviour, to making; and desire Gratiano to come anon to I be misconstrued in the place I go to, my lodging.

[Exit a Servant. And lose my hopes. Laun. To him, father.


Signior Bassanio, bear me: Gob. God bless your worship!

If I do not put on a sober habit, Bass. Gramercy; Would'st thou aught with me? Talk with respect, and swear bat now and then, Gob. Here's my son, sir, a poor boy,

Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely; Laun. Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew's Nay more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes man; that would, sir, as my father shall specify, Thus with my hat, and sigb, and say, amen;

Gob. He bath a great infection, sir, as one would Use all the observance of civility, say, to serve,

Like one well studied in a sad ostent Laun. Indeed, the short and the long is, I serve To please his grandam, never trust me more. the Jew, and I have a desire, as my father shall Bass. Well, we shall see your bearing: specify,

Gra. Nay, but I bar to-night; you shall not gage Gob. His master and be, (saving your worship's By what we do to-night.

[me reference,) are scarce cater-cousins:


No, that were pity; Laun. To be brief, the very truth is, that the I would entreat you rather to put on Jew having done me wrong, doth cause me, as my Your boldest suit of mirth, for we have friends father, being I hope an old man, shall frutify anto That purpose merriment: But fare you well, you,

I have some business. Gob. I have here a dish of doves, that I would Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest; bestow upou your worship; and my suit is, But we will visit you at supper-time. [Exeunt.

Laun. In very brief, the suit is impertinent to myself, as your worship shall know by this honest ScenĘ III

- The same. A Room in Shylock's House. old man; and, though I say it, though old man,

Enter JESSICA and LAUNCELOT. yet, poor man, my father.

Jes. I am sorry, thou wilt leave my father so; Bass. One speak for both;—What would you ?

Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil, Laua. Serve you, sir.

Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness :
Gob. This is the very defect of the matter, sir. Bat fare thee well; there is a ducat for thee.

Bass. I know thee well, thou hast obtain'd thy suit. And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see
Shylock, thy master, spoke with me this day, Lorenzo, who is thy new master's guest :
And lath preferr'd thee, if it be preferment,

Give bim this letter; do it secretly,
To leave a rich Jew's service, to become

And so farewell; I would not bave my father The follower of so poor a gentleman.

See me talk with thee. Laun. The old proverbis very well parted between

Laun. Adieu !-tears exhibit my master Shylock and you, sir; you have the grace Most beautiful pagan,-most sweet Jew! If a of God, sir, and be bath enough.

Christian do not play the knave, and get thee, I am Bass. Thou speak’st it well : Go, father, with much deceived: But, adieu! these foolish drops do thy son :

somewhat drown my manly spirit; adieu! [Exit. Take leave of thy old master, and enquire

Jes. Farewell, good Launcelot. My lodging out:-Give him a livery

Alack, what heinous sin is it in me,

(To his Followers.) To be asham'd to be my father's child ! More guarded than his fellows: See it done. But though I am a daughter to his blood,

Laun. Father, in :- I cannot get a servioe, no; I am not to bis manners: O Lorenzo, --I have ne'er a longue in my bead.-Well; (look- If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife ; ing on his palm.) if any man in Italy bave a fairer Become a Christian, and thy loving wife. (Exit. table, which doth offer to swear upon a book. I

SCENE IV, The same. A Street. shall have good fortune; Go to, here's a simple line of life! here's a small trifle of wives: Alas, fifteen


SALANIO. Wives is nothing; eleven widows, and nine maids, is

Lor. Nay, we will slink away at sapper-time; a simple coming-in for one man; and then, to 'scape drowning thrice ; and to be in peril of my life Disguise us at my lodging, and return

. with the edge of a feather-bed ;-here are simple 'scapes! Well, if forlane be a woman, she's a good

Gra. We have not made good preparation. wench for this gear.-Father, come; I'll take my

Sular. We have not spoke as yet of toroh

bearers. leave of the Jew in the twinkling of an eye. (Exeunt Launcelot and old Gobbo. And better, in my mind, not undertook.

Salan. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd; Bass. I pray thee, good Leonardo, think on this ;

Lor. 'Tis now bat four o'clock; we have two lours These things being bought, and orderly bestow'd,

To furnish us;
Retorn in haste, for I do feast to-night
My best esteem'd acquaintance; hie thee, go.

Enter LAUNCELOT, with a letter.
Leon, My best endeavours shall be done herein.

Friend Launcelot, what's the news ? Enter GRATIANO.

Laun. An it shall please you to break up this, it Gra. Where is your master ?

shall seem to signify. Leon.

Yonder, sir, he walks. Lor. I know the hand : in faith, 'tis a fair hand; [Exit Leonardo. And whiter than the

paper it writ on, Gra. Signior Bassanio,

Is the fair hand that writ, Bass. Gratiano!


Love-news, in faith. Gra. I have a suit to you.

Laun. By your leave, sir. Bass.

You have obtain'd it. Lor. Whither goest thou?

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Laun. Marry, sir, to bid my old master the Jew | Snail-low in profit, and he sleeps by day to sap to-night with my new master the Christian. More than the wild cat; drones hive not with me;

Lor. Hold here, take this:-tell gentle Jessica, Therefore I part with him; and part with him I will not fail her!-speak it privately; go. To one, that I would have him help to waste Gentlemen,

[Exit Launcelot. His borrow'd purse.—Well, Jessica, go in;
Will you prepare you for this masque to-night? Perhaps, I will return immediately;
I am provided of a torch-bearer.

Do, as I bid you,
Salar. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight. Shut doors after you : Fast bind, fast find;
Salan. And so will I.

A proverb never stale in thristy mind. (Exit.

Meet me, and Gratiano, Jes. Farewell; and if my fortune be not crost, At Gratiano's lodging some hour hence.

I have a father, you a daughter, lost. [Exil. Salar. 'Tis good we do so.

SCENE VI.-The same. [Exeunt Salar and Salan. Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica ?

Enter GRATIANO and SALARINO, masqued.
Lor. I must needs tell thee all: She hath

Gra. This is the pept-house, under which Lo-
Desir'd us to make staud.

[renzo How I shall take her from her father's house ;


His hour is almost past. What gold, and jewels, she is furnish'd with;

Gra. And it is marvel he out-dwells his hour, What page's suit she hath in readiness.

For lovers ever run before the clock. If e'er the Jew her father come to heaven,

Salar. O, ten times faster Venus pigeons fly It will be for his gentle daughter's sake :

To seal love's bonds new made, than they are wont, And never dare misfortune cross ber foot,

To keep obliged faith uuforfeited! Unless she do it under this excuse,

Gra. That ever holds : who riseth from a feast, That she is issue to a faithless Jew.

With that keen appetite that he sits down? Come, go with me; peruse this, as thou goest:

Where is the horse, that doth untread again Fair Jessica shall be my torch-bearer. [Exeunt.

His tedious measures with the unbated fire

Tbat he did pace them first? All things that are,
SCENE V.--The same. Before Shylock's house.

Are with more spirit chased than enjoy'd.

How like a younker, or a prodigal,
Shy. Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be thy The scarfed bark pats from her native bay,

Hugg'd and embraced by the strumpet wind!
The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio: How like the prodigal doth she return;
What, Jessica!-- thou sbalt not gormandize, With over-weather'd ribs, and ragged sails,
As thou hast done with me ;-What, Jessica ! Lean, rent, and beggar'd by the strumpet wind!
And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out:

Why, Jessica, I say!
Why, Jessica!

Salar. Here comes Lorenzo ;-more of this here-
Shy. Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call.


[abode; Laun. Your worship was wont to tell me, I could

Lor. Sweet friends, your patience for my long do nothing without bídding.

Not I, but iny affairs, have made you wait:

Enter Jessica.

you shall please to play the thieves for wives,

I'll watch as long for you then.--Approach;
Jes. Call yon? What is your will?

Here dwells my father Jew :-Ho! who's within ?
Shy. I am bid forth to supper, Jessica :
There are my keys:-But wherefore should I go? Enter JESSICA above, in boy's clothes.
I am not bid for love; they flatter me:

Jes. Who are you? Tell me, for more certainty,
But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon

Albeit I'll swear that I do know your tongue. The prodigal Christian. Jessica, my girl,

Lor. Lorenzo, and thy love. Look to my house :-I am right loath to go;

Jes. Lorenzo, certain ; and my love, indeed ; There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest, For who love I so much? And now who knows, For I did dream of money-bags to-night.

But you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours? Laun. I beseech you, sir, go; my young master Lor. Heaven, and thy thoughts, are witness that doth expect your reproach.

thou art.

(pains. Shy. So do Ibis.

Jes. Here, catch this casket; it is worth the
Laun. And they have conspired together, -I I am glad 'tis night, you do not look on me,
will not say, you shall see a masque; but if you do, For I am much asham’d of my exchange:
then it was not for nothing that my nose fell a But love is blind, and lovers cannot see
bleeding on Black-Monday last, at six o'clock i'the The pretty follies that themselves commit;
morning, falling out that year on Ash-Wednesday For if they could, Cupid bimself would blush
was four year in the afternoon.

[Jessica : To see me thus transformed to a boy,
Shy. What! are there masques ? Hear you me, Lor. Descend, for you must be my torch-bearer.
Lock up my doors : and when you hear the drum, Jes. What, must I hold a candle to my shames?
And the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd life, They in themselves, good sooth, are too, too light.
Clamber not you up to the casements then, Why, 'tis an office of discovery, love;
Nor thrust your bead into the public street, And I should be obscur’d,
To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces; Lor.

So are you, sweet,
But stop my bouse's ears, I mean my casements: Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.
Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter

Bat come at once ;
My sober house.-By Jacob's staff I swear, For the close night doth play the runaway,
I have no mind of feasting forth to-night:

And we are staid for at Bassanio's feast.
But I will go.-Go you before me, sirrah :

Jes. I will make fast the doors, and gild myself Say, I will come.

With some more ducats, and be with you straight.
I will go before, sir.-

[Exit, from above. Mistress, look ont at window, for all this;

Gra. Now, by my hood, a Gentile, and no Jew. There will come a Christian by,

Lor. Beshrew me, but I love her heartily, Will be worth a Jewess' eye. [Exit Laun. For she is wise, if I can judge of her;

Shy. What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, ha? And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true; Jes. His words were, Farewell, mistress; no And true she is, as she bath prov'd herself; thing else.

[feeder, And therefore, like herself, wise, fair, and true, Sky. The patch is kind enough; but a hageShall she be placed in my constant soul.

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