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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;
I did, my lord, Signior Antonio [Gives BASSANIO a letter. Ere I ope his letter, 1 pray you, tell me how my good friend doth. Sale. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind; Nor well, unless in mind: his letter there
Will show you his estate.
Gra. Nerissa, cheer yon' stranger; bid her wel
Your hand, Salerio; What's the news from Venice?
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:
Of any constant man. What, worse and worse?-
O sweet Portia, Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words,
That ever blotted paper! Gentle lady,
Sale. Not one, my lord. 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,
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?
Por. What sum owes he the Jew?
What, no more? Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond; Double six thousand, and then treble that, Before a friend of this description Shall lose a hair through 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 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
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
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;-
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:.
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.
so fond-] i, e. so foolish.
To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law;
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