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Ant. Thou know'st, that all my fortunes are of frowning than the Count Palatine: he is every Neither have I money, nor commodity at sea; man in no man: if a throstle sing, he falls straighi: To raise a present sum: therefore go furth, a capering; he will fence with his own shadow: Try what my credit can in Venice do; If I should marry him, I should marry twenty That shall be rack'd, even to the uttermost, husbands: if he would despise me, I would forTo furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia. give him; for, if he love me to madness, I shall Go, presently inquire, and so will I,

never requite him. Where money is; and I no question make, Ner. What say you then to Faulconbridge, To have it of my trust, or for my sake. [Exeunt. the young baron of England ? SCENE II. Belmont. A Room in Portia’s House. understands not me, nor 1 him: he hath neither

Por. You know, I say nothing to him; for he Enter PORTIA and NERISSA.

Latin, French, nor Italian ; and yon will come Por. By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is into the court and swear, that I have a poor a weary of this great world.

penny-worth in the English. He is a proper Veri You would be, sweet madam, if your man's picture ; but, alas! who can converso miseries were in the same abundance as your with a dumb show? How oddly he is suited: i good fortunes are: And yet, for aught I see, think he bought his doublet in Italy, his round They are as sick, that surteit with too much, as hose in France, his honnet in Germany, and liis they that starve with nothing: It is no mean behaviour every where. happiness therefore to be seated in the mean; Ner What think you of the Scottish lord, his supertuity comes sooner by white hairs, but neighbour? competency lives longer.

lor. That he hath a neighbourly charity in Pür. Good sentences, and well prononnced. him; for he borrowed a box of the car of the Nrr. They would be better, if well followed. Englishman, and swore he would pay him ugain,

Per. If to do were as easy as to know what when he was able : I think, the Frenchman hea were good to do, chapels had been churches, came his surety, and sealed under for another. and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It is No. How like you the young German, the a good divine that follows his own instructions: Duke of Saxony's nephew ? I can easier teach twenty what were good to be Hur. Very vilely in the morning, when he is done, than be one of the twenty to w minei sober; and most lely in the afternoon, when own teaching. The brain may devise laws for he is drunk: when he is best, he is a little worse the blood; but a hot temper leaps over a cold than a man; and when he is worst, he is little decree; such a hare is madness the youth, to better than a beast: an the worst fall that ever skipv'er the meshes of good counsel the cripple. fell, I hope, I shall make shift to go withont him. But this reasoning is not in the fashion to choose Ner. If he should offer to choose, and choose me a husband:-O me, the word choose! I may the right casket, you should refuse to perform neither choose whom I would, nor refuse whom your father's will, if you should refuse to accept I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter him. curh'd by the will of a dead father: Is it not Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one, nor re-thice, set a deer glass of Rhenish wine on the fuse none ?

contrary casket: for, if the devil be within, and Ner. Your father was ever virtuous; and holy that temptation without, I know he will choose men, at their death, have good inspirations; it. I will do any thing, Nerissa, ere I will be therefore, the lottery, that he hath devised in married to a spunge. these three chests, of gold, silver, and lead Nir. You need not fear, lady, the having any (whereof who chooses his meaning, chooses of these lords; they have acquainted me with you), will, no doubt, never be chosen by any their determinations: which is indeer', to return rightly, but one who you shall rightly love. to their home, and to trouble you with no mo.e But what warmth is there in your affection to-suit; unless you may be won by some other sort wariis any of these princely suitors that are than your father's imposition, depending on the already come!

caskets. Por. I pray thee over-name them: and as thou Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die namest them, I will describe them: and, accord- as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the ing to my description level at my affection. manner of my father's will; I am glad this par.

Ver. First, there is the Neapolitan prince. cel of wooers are so reasonable; for there is not

Por. Ay, that's a colt, indeed, for he doth one among them but I dote on his very absence, nothing but talk of his horse; and he makes it and I pray God grant them a fair departure. a great appropriation to his own good parts, that Ner. 1o you not remember, lady, in your he can shoe him himself: I am much afraid, my father's time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a sollady his mother play'd false with a smith. dier, that came hither in company of the Mar

Ner. Then, is there the county Palatine. quis of Montferrat?

Por. He doth nothing but frown; as who Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio: as I think, so should say, An, if you will not have me, choose ; he was he called, hears merry tales, and smiles not: 1 fear, he will Ner. True, madam ; he, of all the men that prove the weeping philosopher when he grows ever my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best old, being so full of unmannerly sadness in his deserving a fair lady. youth. I had rather be married to a death's Por. I remember him well; and I remember head with a bone in his mouth, than to either him worthy of thy praise.--How now! what of these. God defend me from these two! news? Ner. How say you by the French lord, Mon

Enter a Servant. sieur Le Bon ?

Serv. The fourstrangers seek for you, madan, Por. God made him, and therefore let him to take their leave: and there is a fore-runner pass for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to come from a tifth, the Prince of Morocco; who is st mocker: But, he! why, he hath a horse brings word, the prince, his master, will be here Lytter than the Neapolitan's; a better bad habit to-night.

hear you;

Por. If I conid bid the fifth welcome with so Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow, good a heart as I can bid the other four farewell, By taking, nor by giving of excess, I should be glad of his approach: if he have the Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my friend, condition of a saint, and the complexion of a l'll break a custom :-Is he yet possessid, devil, I had rather he should shrive me than Ilow much you would ? wive me.--Come, Nerissa.--Sirrah, go before.- Shy.

Ay, ay, three thousand dncats. Whiles we shut the gate upon one wooer, ano- Ant. And for three months.

(we so. ther knocks at the door.

[Exeunt. Shy. I had forgot-three months, you told

Well then, your bond; and let me see, Buit SCENE III. Venice. A public place. Enter BASSANIO and SHYLOCK.

Methought, you said, you neither lend, nor bore Shy. Three thousand dncats,--well.

Upon advantage.

TOW, Dess. Ay, sir, for three months.


I do never use it. (sheep, Shy. For three months,-well.

Shy. When Jacob graz d his uncle Lavan's Bags. For the which, as I told you, Antonio This Jacob from our holy Abraham was shall be bound.

(As his wise mother wrought in his behalf,) Shy. Antonio shall become bonnd,-well. The third possessor; ay, he was the third.

Bazs. May you stead me? Will you pleasure Ant. And what of him? did he take interest? me? Shall I know your answer?

Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, Directly interest: mark what Jacob did, [say, and Antonio bound.

When Laban and himself were compromis d. B288. Your answer to that.

That all the eanlings which were streak'd, and Shy. Antonio is a good man.

pied, Biss. Have you heard any imputation to the should fall as Jacob's hire; thc ewes, being rank, contrary?

In the end of autumn turned to the rams: Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no;--my meaning, in And when the work of generation was saying he is a good man, is to have you under- Between these woolly breeders in the act, stand me, that he is sufficient: yet his means are The skilful shepherd peeld me certain wands, in snpposition : he hath an argosy bound to Tri. And in the doing of the deed of kind, polis, another to the Indies; I understand more-He stuck them up before the fulsome exes; over upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, Who, then conceiving, did in eaning time a fourth for England, ----and other ventures he fall party-colour'd lambs, and thosewere Jacob's. hath, squander'd abroad : But ships are but This was a way to thrive, and he was blest ; boards, sailors but men: there be land-rats, and And thrift is blessing, if men steal it not [for; water-rats, water-thieves, and land-thieves; I Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob) servd inean, pirates; and then, there is the peril ot Athing not in his power to bring to pass, waters, winds, and rocks: The man is, notwith-Butsway'd, and fashion d, by the hand of beavall, standing, sufficient;--three thousand ducats ;- Was this inserted to make interest goud? I think, I may take his hond.

Or is your gold and silver, ewes and ran? Bass. Be assured you may.

Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast:Shy. I will be assured I may; and that I may But note me, signior. be assured I will bethink me: May I speak with


Mark you this, Bassanio, Antonio?

The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. Bass. If it please you to dine with 119. An evil soul, producing holy witness,

Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habita- Is like a villaiu with a smiling chick; tion which your prophet, the Nazarite, conjured A goodly apple rotten at the heart; the devil into: I will buy with you, sell witho, what a goodly outside falschood hath! (sum. you, talk with you, walk with you, and so fol- Shy. Three thousand ducats,-'tis a good round lowing: but I will not eat with yon, drink with Three months from twelve, then let me see the yon, nor pray with you. What news on the rate.

[you ? Rialto?- Who is he comes here?

Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to Euter ANTONIO.

Shy. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft, Bngs. This is signior Antonio. [looks. In the Rialto you have rated me

Shy. (A side.) How like a fawning publican he About my monies, and my usances : I hate him for he is a Christian :

Still have I borne it with a patient shrug; But more, for that, in low simplicity,

l'or sufferance is the badge of all our tribe : He lends ont money gratis, and brings down You call me-misbeliever, cut-throat dog, The rate of nisance here with us in Venice. And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine, If I can catch him once upon the hip,

And all for use of that which is mine own. I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. Well then, it now appears, you need my help: He hates our sacred nation; and he rails, Co to then; you come to me, and you say, Even therewhere merchants most do congregate, Shylock, ue would have monies; You say so; On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift, You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, Which he calls interest: Cursed be my tribe, And foot me, as you spum a stranger cur If I forgive him!

Over your threshold; monies is your suit. Bass.

Shylock, do you hear? What shall I say to you? Should I not say, Shy. I am debating of my present store; Math a dog money ; is it possible, And, by the near guess of my memory,

d cur can lend three thousand dvants or I cannot instantly raise up the gross

Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key, Of fall three thousand ducats: What of that? With 'bated breath, and whispering hmblewasa, Tribal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,

Say this, Will i'urnish me: Bat soft; How many months Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last ; po yon desire ?--Rest you fair, good signior; You spurn'd me such a day; another time

[T. ANTONIO. You calld me--dog; and for these courtesies Your worship was the last mon in our mouths. ru lend you thus much monies !

Ant. I am as like to call thee so again, The best-regarded virgins of our clime To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too. Have lov'd it too : I would not change this hne, I thou wilt lend this money, lend it not Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle qucci. As to thy friends; (for when did friendship take Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led A breed for barren metal of his friend ?)

By nice direction of a maiden's eyes;
But lend it rather to thine enemy;

Besides, the lottery of my destiny
Who, if he break, thou may'st with better face Bars me the right of voluntary choosing:
Exact the penalty.

But, if my father had not scanted me,
Shy. Why, look you, how you storm! And hedg’d me, by his wit, to yield myself
I would be friends with you, and have your love, His wife, who wins me hy that means I told you,
Forget the shames that you have stain'd mewith, Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair,
Supply your present wants, and take no doit As any comer I have look'd on yet,
Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear For iny affection.
This is kind I offer.


Even for that I thank you, Ant.

This were kindness. Therefore, I pray you, lead me te the caskets, Shy. This kindness will I show:

To try my fortune. By this scimitar,Go with me to a notary, seal me there

That slew the Sophy, and a Persian prince, Your single bond ; and, in a merry sport,

That won three tields of Sultan Solyman,-If you repay me not on such a day,

I would out-stare the sternest eyes that look, in such a place, such sum, or sums, as are

Out-brave the heart most daring on the earth, Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit

Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she lear, le nominated for an equal pound

Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey, Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken To win thee, lady: But, alas the while! In what part of your body pleaseth me.

if Hercules, and Lichas, play at dice Ant. Content in faith; i'll seal to such a bond, Which is the better man, the greater throw And say, there is much kindness in a Jew.

May turn by fortune from the weaker hand; Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me, And so may 1, blind fortune leading me,

So is Alcides beaten by his page; I'll rather dwell in my necessity.

ínt. Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it; Miss that which one unworthier may attain, Within these two months, that's a month before

And die with grieving.

Por. This bond expires, I do expect return

You must take your chance ;

And either not attempt to choose at all, Of thrice three tirpes the value of this bond. Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians Or swear, before you choose,- if you choose

Never to speak to lady afterward (wrong, are; Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect

In way of marriage; therefore be advis d. The thoughts of others! Pray you, tell me this;

Mor. Nor will not; come, bring me unto my

chance. If he should break his day, what sbould I gain By the exaction of the forfeiture ?

Por. First, forward to the temple; after dinner

Your hazard shall be made. A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man,

Mor. Is not so estimable, profitable neither,

Good fortune, then! (Cornets. As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats.

To inake me blest, or cursed'st among men. To buy his favour, í extend this friendship:

[Exeunt. If he will take it, so; if not adieu ;

SCENE II. Venice. A Street. And, for my love, I pray you wrong me not.

Enter LAUNCELOT GOBBO. Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond. Shy. Then meet me forth with at the notary's; to run from this Jew, my master: The fiend is

Laun. Certainly my conscience will serve me Give him direction for this merry bond,

at mine elbow; and tempts me, saying to me, And I will go and purse the ducats straight; See to my house, left in the fearful guard

Gobbo, Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or gooi Of an unthrifty knave; and presently

Goblo, or good Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs, take I will be with you.


the starl, run away: My conscience says,-NO; Ant. Hie thee, gentle Jew.

take heed, honest Launcelot, take heed, honest Gobbo, This Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind. or, as aforesaid, honest Launcelot Gobbo; do not Bass. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind. run; scorn running with thy heels: Well, the most Ant. Coine on: in this there can be no dismay, fiend; away! says the fiend; for the heavens !

courageous fiend bids me pack: Via ! says the My ships come home a month before the day.

rouse up a brave mind, says the fiend, and run [Exeunt. Well my conscience, hanging about the neck

of my heart,says very wisely to me.--My honest Art serond.

friend, Launcelot,being an honest man's son, or rather

an honest woman's son;-for, indeed, my father SCENE J. Belmont.

did something smack, something grow to, had

a kind of taste; well, my conscience says, A Room in Portia's House. Flourish of Cornets.

Launcelot, budge not; Budge, says the fiend; Enter the Prince of Morocco, and his truin; POR- Budge noi, says my conscience: Conscience, say TIA, NERISSA, and oth r of her Attendants.

1, you counsel well; fiend, say 1, you counsel weil Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion, to be ruled by my conscience, I should stay with The shadow'd livery of the burnish d sun, the Jew, my master, who (God bless the mark!) To whom I am a neighbour, and near bred. is a kind of devil: and to run away from the Bring me the fairest creature Torthward born, Jew, I should be ruled by the fiend, who, saving Where Phoebus' fire scarce thaws the icicles, your reverence, is the devil himself: Certainly, And let us make incision for your love, ihe Jew is the very devil incarnation: and in my To prove whose blood is reddest, his, or mine. conscience, my conscience is but a kind of hard I tell thee, lady, this aspect of nine

conscience, to offer to counsel me to stay with the Hath teard the valiant; by my love, I swear, Jew: the tiend gives the more friendly counsel :

I say,

I will run, fiend: my heels are at your command- thou and thy master agree? I have brought him ment, 1 zill run.

a present; How 'gree you now? Enler old GOBBO, with a basket.

Laun. Well, well; but, for mine own part, as Gob. Master, young man, yoll, I pray you;

I have set up my rest to run away, so I will not which is the way to master Jew's ?

rest till I have run some ground: my master's Laun. (Aside.) O heavens, this is my true be- a very Jew: Give him a present! give him a gotten father! who, being more than sand-blind, halter: I am famish'd in his service; you may high-gravel blind, knows me not:- I will try tell every tinger I have with my ribs. 'Father, conclusions with him.

I am glad you are come; give me your present Gob. Master, young gentleman, I pray you, to one inaster Bassanio, who, indeed, gives rare which is the way to master Jew's ?

new liveries; If I serve not him, I will run as Laun. Turn up on your right hand, at the far as God has any ground.- rare fortune! next turning, but, at the next turning of all, on here comes the man;--tw him, father; for I am your left; marry at the very next turning, turn a Jew, if I serve the Jew any longer. of no hand but turn down indirectly to the Jews Enter BASSANIO, with LEONARDO, and other house.

Followers. Gob. By God's sonties, 'twill be a hard way Bass. Yon may do so,-but let it be so hasted, to hit. Can you tell me whether one Launcelot, that supper be ready at the farthest by five of that dwells with him, dwell with him, or no? the clock: See these letters deliver'd ; put the

Inun. Talk you of young master Launcelot? liveries to making; and desire Gratiano to come -- Mark me now! [aside.) now will I raise the anon to iny lodging.

(Exit a Servant. waters:--Talk you of young master Launcelot? Laun. To him, father. Go). No master, sir, but a poor man's son: Gob. God bless your worship!

[me? his father, though I say it, is an honest exceeding Bass. Grammerey; Would'st thou aught with poor man, and, God be thanked, well to live. Gob. Here's my son, sir, a poor boy,

Laun. Well, let his father be what he will, Laur. Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew's we talk of young master Launcelot.

man; that wouid, sir, as my father shall speGob. Your worship's friend, and Launcelot, sir. cify, Laun. But I pray you ergo, old man, ergo, I

Gob. He hath a great infection, sir, as one bescech you: Talk you of young master Lann- would say, to servecelot?

[ship. Laun. Indeed, the short and the long is, I Gob. Of Launcelot, an't please your master- serve the Jew, and I have a desire, as iny father

Laun. Ergo, master Launcelot: talk not of shall specify, master Launcelot, father, for the young gentle- Gob. Ilis master and he(saving your worship's man (according to fates and destinies, and such reverence) are scarce cater-cousins: odd sayings, the sisters three, and such branches Laun. To be brief, the very truth is, that the of learning) is, indeed doceased; or, as you Jew having done me wrong, doth cause me, as would say, in plain terms, gone to heaven. my father, being I hope an old man, shall fru

Gob. Marry, God forbid ? the boy was the tify unto you, very staff of my age, my very prop.

Gob. I have here a dish of doves, that I would laun. Do I look like a cudgel, or a hovel-post, bestow upon your worship; and my suit is, a staff or a prop ?-Do you know me, father? Laun. In very brief, the suit is impertinent

Gob. Alack the day, I know you not, young to myself, as your worship shall know by this gentleman; but I pray you tell me, is my boy honest old man; and, though I say it, though (God rest his soul !) alive, or dead ?

old man, yet poor man, my father. Laun. Do you not know me, father? [not. Bass. One speak for both;-What would you ? Gob. Alack, sir, I am sand-blind, I know you Laun. Serve you, sir.

Laun. Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you Gob. This is the very defect of the matter, sir. might fail of the knowing me: it is a wise fa- Bass. I know thee well, thou hast obtain'd ther, that knows his own child. Well, old man,

thy suit: I will tell you news of your son: Give me your Shylock, thy master, spoke with me this day, blessing: truth will come to light, murder can- And hath preferr'd thee, if it be preferment, not be hid long, a man's son may; but, in the To leave a rich Jew's service, to become end, truth will out.

The follower of so poor a gentleman. Gob. Pray you, sir, stand up; I am sure, you Laun. The old proverb is very well parted are not Launcelot, my boy.

between my master Shylock and you, sir; you Laun. Pray you, let's have no more fooling have the grace

of God, sir, and he hath enough. about it, but give me your blessing: I am Laun- Bass. Thou speakest 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 Laun, I know not what I shall think of that;

[To his followers. but I am Launcelot, the Jew's man; and, I am More guarded than his fellows: See it done. sure, Margery, your wife, is my mother.

Laun. Father, in;-I cannot get a service, no: Gob. Her name is Margery, indeed: I'll be I have ne'er a tongue in my head.--Well;-sworn, if thou be Launcelot, thou art inine own [Looking on his palm.) if any man in Italy have flesh and blood. Lord worship'd might he be! à fairer table; which doth offer to swear npon a what a beard hast thou got! thou hast got more book, I shall have good fortune. Go to, here's hair on thy chin, than Dobbin my thill-horse a simple line of life! here's a small trifle of has on his tail.

wives : Alas, fifteen wives is nothing; eleven Laun. It should seem then, that Dobbin's tail widows, and'nine maids, is a simple coming-in grows backward; I am sure he had more hair for one man; and then, to 'scape drowning on his tail, than I have on my face, when I last thrice; and to be in peril of my life with the saw him,

edge of a feather-bed :-here are simple 'scapes! Gob. Lord, how art thou changed ! How dost/Well, if fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear.--Father, come; I'll take my leave If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife: of the Jew in the twinkling of an eye. Become a Christian, and thy loving wife. [Exit. (Ereunt LAUNCELOT and old GORBO.

SCENE IV. The same. A Street. Biss. I pray thee, good Leonardo, think on this.

[stow'd, Enter GRATIANO, LORENZO, SALARIXO, and These things being bought, and orderly be

SALAXIO. Return in haste, for I do feast to-night

Lor. Nay, we will slink away in supper-time; My best esteem'd acquaintance; hie thee, go. Disguise us at my lodging, and return Leon. My bestendeavours shall be done herein. All in an hour. Enter GRATIAXO,

Gru. We have not made good preparation. Gra. Where is your master?

Salur. We have not spoke us yet of torchLeon. Yonder, sir, he walks. bearers.

[orderd; [Exit LEONARDO. Salan. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly Gra. Signior Bassanio,

And better, in my mind, not undertook. Bass. Gratiano !

Lor. 'Tis now but four o'clock; we have two Gra. I have a suit to you.

To furnish us:

[liours Bass. You have obtain'd it.

Enter LAUNCELOT, with a Letter. Gra. You must not deny me; I must go with you to Belmont.


Friend Launcelot, what's the news? Bass. Why, then you must :-But hear thee,

Laun. An it shall please you to break up this, Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice;

it shall seem to signify. Parts, that become thee happily enongh,

Lor. I know the hand; in faith, it is a fair And in such eyes as ours appear not faults;

And whiter than the paper it writ on, (hand; But where thou art not known, why, there they

Is the fair hand that writ. show


Love-news, in faith. Something too liberal; pray thee, take pain

Laun. By your leave, sir. To allay with some cold drops of modesty

Lor. Whither goest thou? Thy skipping spirit; lest, through thy wild be

Laun. Marry, sir, to bid my old master the haviour,

Jew to sup to-night with my new master the I be misconstrued in the place I go to,

Christian. And lose my hopes.

Lor. Hold here, take this:-tell gentle Jessica, Gra. Signior Bassanio, hear me:

I will not fail her; speak it privately ; go.If I do not put on a sober habit,


(Exit LAUNCELOT. Talk with respect, and swear but now and then, Will you prepare you for this masque to-night? Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look de

I am provided of a torch-bearer. murely :

Salar. Ay,marry, I'll be gone about it straight

Salan. And so will I. Nay more, whilegrace is saying, hood mire eyes!


Meet me, and Gratiano, Thus with my liat, and sigh, and say, amen: Une all the observance of civility,

At Gratiano's lodging some hour hence. Like one well studied in a sad ostent

Salar. 'Tis good we do so. To please his grandam, never trust me more.

[Ereunt SALAR. and SALAN.

Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica ? Bass. Well, we shall see your bearing. Gra. Nay, but I bar to-night: you shall not

Lor. I must needs tell thee all ; She hath diBy what we do to-night.

[gage me

rected, Bruss.

No, that were pity: What gold, and jewels, she is furnish'd with;

How I shall take her from her father's house I would entreat you rather to put on Your boldest suit of mirth, for we liave friends What page's suit she hath in readiness.

If e'er the Jew her father come to heaven, That purpose merriment: But fare you well,

It will be for his gentle daughter's sake:
I have some business.
Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest:

And never dare misfortune cross her foot,
But we will visit you at supper-time. [Exeunt. That she is issue to a faithless Jew.

Unless she do it under this excuse,-

Come, go with me; peruse this, as thou goest: The same. A Room in Shylock's House. Fair Jessica shall be my torch-bearer. (Ereunt. Enter JESSICA and LAUNCELOT.

SCENE V. The same. Before Shylock's House. Jese. I am sorry, thou wilt leave my father so;

Enter SAYLOCK and LAUNCELOT. Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil, Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness : Shy. Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be But fare thee well; there is a ducat for thee. thy judge, And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio:Lorenzo, who is thy new master's guest:

What, Jessica !-thou shalt not gormandize, Give bim this letter; do it secretly,

As thou hast done with me; -What, JessicaAnd so farewell; I would not have my father And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out;See me talk with thee.

Why, Jessica, I say? Laun. Adieu !-teary exhibit my tongue.


Why, Jessica! Most beantiful pagan,---most sweet Jew! If a Shy. Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call. Christian did not play the knave, and get thee,

Loun. Your worship was wont to tell me, I I am much deceived: But adieu! these foolish could do nothing without bidding. drops do somewhat drown my manly spirit;

Enter JESSICA. adieu !


Jes. Call yon? what is your will? Jess. Farewell, good Launcelot.-

Shy. I am bid forth to supper, Jessica: Alack, what heinous sin is it in me,

There are my keys;-But wherefore should I go? To be ashamed to be my father's child ! I am not bid for love; they flatter me: But thongh I am a daughter to his blood, But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon I am not to his manners : 0 Lorenzo,

The prodigal Christian.- Jessica, my girl

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