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I bid my very friends and countrymen,
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;
And I have reason for it.
I did, my lord,
I pray you, tell me how my good friend doth.
Will show you his estate.
Gra. Nerissa, cheer yon' stranger; bid her wel
Your hand, Salerio; What's the news from Venice?
We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece.
Sale. 'Would you had won the fleece that he hath lost!
Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon' same paper,
That steal the colour from Bassanio's cheek:
Some dear friend dead; else nothing in the world Could turn so much the constitution
Of any constant man. What, worse and worse?With leave, Bassanio; I am half yourself,
And I must freely have the half of any thing
That this same paper brings you.
O sweet Portia,
That ever blotted paper! Gentle lady,
And then I told you true: and yet, dear lady,
How much I was a braggart: When I told you
And every word in it a gaping wound,
And not one vessel 'scape the dreadful touch
Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him swear,
The paper as the body-] The expression is somewhat elliptical: "The paper as the body," means-the paper resembles the body, is as the body.
To Tubal, and to Chus, his countrymen,
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
What, no more?
Shall lose a hair through Bassanio's fault.
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
6 cheer;] i. e. countenance.
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.
Venice. A Street.
Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, ANTONIO, and Gaoler.
Shy. Gaoler, look to him;-Tell not me of mercy;
This is the fool that lent out money gratis ;
Gaoler, look to him.
Hear me yet, good Shylock.
Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against my
I have sworn an oath, that I will have my bond:
Shy, I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak:
I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more.
so fond-] i, e. so foolish.
To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
Exit SHYLOCK. Salan. It is the most impenetrable cur,
That ever kept with men.
Let him alone;
Many that have at times made moan to me;
I am sure, the duke Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law;
Will much impeach the justice of the state;
Belmont. A Room in Portia's House.
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