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We trifle time: I pray thee, pursne sentence. Gra. Beg, that thou mayst have leave to hang Por. A pound of that same merchant's flesh thyself: is thine;

And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state, The court awards it, and the law doth give it. Thou hast not left the value of a cord; Shy. Most rightful judge!

Therefore, thou must be hang'd at the state's Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his charge.

[onr spirit, breast;

Duke. That thou shalt see the di Terence of The law allows it, and the court awards it. I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it: Shy. Most learned judge! a sentence: come, For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's; prepare.

The other half comes to the general state, Por. Tarry a little :-there is something else. Which humbleness may drive unto a fine. This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood; Por. Ay, for the state: not for Antonio. The words expressly are, a pound of flesh : Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that: Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of You take my house, when you do take the prop But, in the cutting it, if thou dost shed (tlesh; That doth sustain my house; you take my life, One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods When yon do take the means whereby I live. Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate

Por. What mercy can you render him, Aninto the state of Venice.

tonio?

(sake. Gra. O upright judge!--Mark, Jew;-0 learn- Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else, for God's Shy. Is that the law ?

[ed judge! Ant. So please my lord the duke and all the I nr.

Thyself shalt see the act: court,
For as thou urgest justice, be assurd, To quit the fine for one half of his goods;
Thou shalt have justice, more than thon desir'st. I am content, so he will let me have
Gra. O learned judge! Mark, Jew;-a learned The other half in use,—to render it,
judge!

(thrice, Upon his death, unto the gentleman
Shy. I take this offer then :-pay the bond That lately stole his daughter:
And let the Christian go.

Two things provided more. That, for this Bass.

Here is the money. He presently become a Christian; [favour, Por. Soft;

Thaste;- The other, that he do record a gift, The Jew shall have all justice :-soft!--no Here in the court, of all he dies possessid, lle shall have nothing but the penalty. Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter.

Gra. () Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge! Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the The pardon that I late pronounced here. flesh,

(more, Por. Art thou coutented, Jew, what dost thou Shed thou no blood : nor cut thou less, nor Shy. I am content.

(say? But just a pound of flesh: if thou tak’st more, Por.

Clerk, draw a deed of gift, Or less than a just pound, -be it but so much Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from As makes it light, or heavy, in the substance, I am not well; send the deed after me, [hence; Or the division of the twentieth part

And I will sign it. of one poor scruple; nay, if the scale do turn Duke.

Get thee gone, but do it But in the estimation of a hair,

Gra. In christening thou shalt have two godThou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.

fathers;

(morr; Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew! Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had tin Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip.

To bring thee to the gallows, not to the font. Por. Why doth the Jew pause? take thy for

[Erit SIULOCK. feiture.

Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go.

dinner.

[deu; Bass. I have it ready for thee; here it is. Por. I humbly do desire your grace of par

Por. Ile hath refus'd it in the open court; I must away this night toward Padua, lle shall have merely justice, and his bond. And it is meet I presently set forth.

Gra. A Daniel, still say I; a second Daniel! - Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves you I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word. Antonio, gratify this gentleman; (not.

Shy. Shall'I not have barely my principal ? For, in my mind, you are much bound to lim. . Thou shalt have nothing but the for

(Exeunt Duke, Magnificoes, and Train. To be so taken at thy peril, Jew. [feiture, Base. Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend

Shy. Why, then the devil give him goud of it! Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted I'll stay no longer question.

Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof, Por.

Tarry, Jew; Three thousand ducats, due into the Jew, The law hath yet another hold on you.

We freely cope your courteous pains withal. It is enacted in the laws of Venice,

Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, If it be prov'd against an alien,

In love and service to you evermore. That by direct, or indirect attempts,

Por. He is well paid that is well satisfied; Ile seek the life of any citizen,

And I, delivering you, am satisfied, The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive, And therein do account myself well paid; Shall seize one half his goods; the other half My mind was never get more mercenary: Comes to the privy coffer of the state; 1 pray you, know me, when we meet again; And the offender's life lies in the mercy I wish you well, and so I take my leave. Of tlie duke only, 'gainst all other voice. Bass. Dear sir, of force 1 must attempt you In which predicament, 1 say, thon stand'st:

further; For it appears by manifest proceeding, Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute, That, indirectly, and directly too,

Not as a fee: grant me two things, I pray you, Thou hast contriv'd against the very life Not to deny me, and to pardon me. Of the defendant: and thou hast incurr'd Por. You press me far, and therefore I will The danger formerly by me reheare'd.

yield,

(sake : Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke. Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your

And, for your love, I'll take this ring from you:- When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees,
Do not draw back your hand; I'll take no more; And they did make no noise: in such a night,
And you in love shall not deny me this. Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan walls,

Bass. This ring, good sir,--alas, it is a trifle ; And sigh'd his soul toward the Grecian tents,
I will not shame myself to give yon this. Where Cressid lay that night.
Por. I will have nothing else but only this; Jes.

In such a night,
And now, methinks, I have a mind to it. Did Thishe fearfully o'ertrip the dew;
Bass. There's more depends on this, than on And saw the lion's shadow ere himself,
the value.

And ran dismay'd away. The dearest ring in Venice will I give you, Lor.

In such a night, And find it out by proclamation :

Stood Dido, with a willow in her hand, Only for this, I pray you, pardon me.

Upon the wild sea banks, and wav'd her love Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers : To come again to Carthage. You taught me first to beg: and now, methinks, Jes.

In such a night, You teach me how a beggar should be answerd. Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs Dass. Good sir, this ring was given me by my That did renew old Ason. wife;

Lor.

In such a night, And, when she put it on, she made me vow, Did Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew: That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it. And with an unthrift love did run from Venice, Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save As far as Belmont. their gifts.

Jes.

And in such a night, An if your wife be not a mad woman,

Did young Lorenzo swear he lov'd her well; And know how well I have deserv'd this ring, Stealing her soul with many vows of faith, She would not hold out enemy for ever.

And ne'er & true one. For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you!

Lor.

And in such a night, (Exeunt Portia and NERISSA. Did pretty Jessica, like a little shrew, Ant. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring; Slander her love, and he forgave it her, Let his deservings, and my love withal,

Jes. I would out-night you, did nobody come: Be valued, 'gainst your wife's commandment. But, hark, I hear the footing of a man. Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him,

Enter STEPHANO. Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou

Lor. Who comes so fast in silence of the night? canst,

Steph. A friend. Unto Antonio's house:-away, make haste.

Lor. A friend ? what friend ? your name, I [Erit GratiANO.

pray you, friend ? Come, you and I will thither presently;

Steph. Stephano is my name; and I bring word, And in the morning early will we both Fly toward Belmont: Come, Antonio. (Exeunt. Be here at Belmont: she doth stray about

My mistress will before the break of day SCENE II. The same. A street. By holy crosses, where she kneels and prays Enter PORTIA and NERISSA.

For happy wedlock hours. Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him

Lor.

Who comes with her? this deed,

Steph. None, but a holy hermit, and her maid. And let him sign it; we'll away to-night, I pray you is my master yet return'd? And be a day before our husband's home : Lor. He is not, nor we have not heard from This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo. But go we in, I pray thee, Jessica, [him.Enter GRATIAXO.

And ceremoniously let us prepare Gra. Fair sir, you are well overtaken: Some welcome for the mistress of the house. My lord Bassanio, upon more advice,

Enter LAUNCELOT. Hath sent you here this ring: and doth entreat

Laun. Sola, sola, wo ha, ho, sola, sola! Your company at dinner.

Lor. Who calls ? Por.

That cannot be :

Laun. Sola! did you see master Lorenzo, and This ring I do accept most thankfully,

mistress Lorenzo ? sola, sola! And so, I pray you, tell him; Furthermore, I

Lor. Leave holloaing, man; here. I pray you, show my youth old Shylock's house.

Lauen. Sola! where? where?
Gra. That will I do.

Lor. Here.
Ner.
Sir, I would speak with you :--

Laun. Tell him, there's a post come from my I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,

master, with his horn full of good news; my

[To Portia. master will be here ere morning. [Erit. Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.

Lor. Sweet soul, let's in, and there expect Por. Thou may'st, I warrant: We shall have

their coming. old swearing,

And yet no matter ;-Why should we go in? That they did give the rings away to men; My friend Stephano, signify, I pray you, But we'll outface them, and outswear them too. Away, make haste; thou know'st where I will And bring your musick forth into the air.

Within the house, your mistress is at hand; tarry.

[Erit STEPHANO. Ner. Come, good sir, will you show me to How sweet the moon-light sleeps upon this bank! this house?

[Exeunt. Here will we sit, and let the sounds of musiek

Creep in our ears; soft stillness, and the night,
Become the touches of sweet harmony.

Sit, Jessica: Look, how the floor of heaven SCENE I. Belmont Avenue to Portia's House. There's not the smallest orb, which thou be

Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold; Enter LORENZO and JESSICA.

But in his motion like an angel sings, [hold'st, Lor. The moon shines bright:--In such a night Still quiring to the young-ey'd cherubins : as this

Such harmony is in immortal souls;

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But, whilst this muddy vesture of decay Enter BassaniO, ANTONIO, GRATIANO, and their

Followers.
Doth grossly close us in, we eannot hear it. -
Enter Musicians.

Bass. We should hold day with the Antipodes,
Come, ho, and wake Diana, with a hymn; If you would walk in absence of the sun.
With sweetest touches pierce your mistress' ear, Por. Let me give light, but let me not be light;
And draw her home with musick. [Musick. For a light wife doth make a heavy husband,
Jes. I am never merry, when I hear sweet And never be Bassanio so for me; [lord.
Innsick.

But God sort all !--You are welcome home, my Lor. The reason is, your spirits are attentive: Bass. I thank you, madam : give welcome to For do but note a wild and wanton herd,

my friend. -
Or race of youthful and unhandled colts, [loud, This is the man, this is Antonio,
Fetching mad bounds, bellowing, and neighing To whom I am so infinitely bound.
Which is the hot condition of their blood;

Por. You should in all sense be much bound If they but hear perchance a trumpet sound,

to him, Or any air of musick touch their ears,

For, as I hear, he was much bound for you. You shall perceive them make a mutual stand, Ant. No more than I am well acquitted of. Their savage eyes turn'd to a modest gaze, Por. Sir, you are very welcome to our house: By the sweet power of musick : Therefore, the It must appear in other ways than words, poet

[floods; Therefore, I scant this breathing courtesy. Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and GRATIANO and NERISSA seem to talk apart. Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of rage,

Gra. By yonder moon, I swear, you do me But musick for a time doth change his nature: In faith, 1 gave it to the judge's clerk: [wrong; The man that hath no musick in himself, Would he were gelt that had it, for my part, Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, Since you do take it, love, so much at heart. Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils :

Por. A quarrel, ho, already? what's the matter? The motions of his spirit are dull as night,

Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring And his affections dark as Erebus :

That she did give me; whose posy was Let no such man be trusted.-Mark the musick. For all the world like cutler's poetry

Upon a knife, Love me, and leave me not. Enter PORTIA and NERISSA at a distance.

Ner. What talk you of the posy, or the value? Por. That light we see is burning in my hall. You swore to me, when I did give it you, How far that little candle throws his beams! That you would wear it till your hour of death; So shines a good deed in a naughty world. And that it should lie with you in your grave : Ner. When the moon shone, we did not see Though not for me, yet for your vehement oaths, the candle.

You should have been respective, and have kept Por. So doth the greater glory dim the less : Gave it a judge's clerk !--but well I know, [it. A substitute shines brightly as a king, That clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face that Uutil a king be by; and then his state

had it. Empties itself, as doth an inland brook

Gra. He will, an if he live to be a man. Into the main of waters. Musick! hark !

Ner. Ay, if a woman live to be a man. Ner. It is your musick, madam, of the house. Gra. Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth,

Por. Nothing is good, I see, without respect; A kind of boy; a little scrubbed boy, Methinks, it sounds much sweeter than by day. No higher than thyself: the judge's clerk,

Ner. Silence bestows that virtue on it, madam. A prating boy, that beggd it as a fee; Por. The crow doth sing as sweetly as the I could not for my heart deny it him. When neither is attended; and, I think, [lark, Por. You were to blame, I must be plain with The nightingale, if she should sing by day,

you, When every goose is cackling, would be thought To part so slightly with your wife's first gift: No better a musician than the wren.

A thing stuck on with oaths upon your finger, How many things by season season'd are And riveted so with faith unto your flesh. To their right praise, and true perfection! I gave my love a ring, and made him swear Peace, hoa l the moon sleeps with Endymion, Never to part with it, and here he stands; And would not be awak'd! (Musick ceases. I dare be sworn for him, he would not leave it Lor.

That is the voice, Nor pluck it from his finger, for the wealth Or I am much deceived, of Portia.

That the world masters. Now, in faith, Gratiano, Por. He knows me, as the blind man knows You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief? By the bad voice.

(the cuckoo, An 'twere to me, I should be mad at it. Lor.

Dear lady, welcome home. Bass. Why, I were best to cut my left hand off. Por, We have been praying for our husbands' And swear I lost the ring defending it. (Aside. welfare,

Gra. My lord Bassanio gave his ring away Which speed, we hope, the better for our words. Unto the judge that begg'd it, and, indeed, Are they return'd ?

Deserv'd it too; and then the boy, his clerk, Lor.

Madam, they are not yet! That took some pains in writing, he begg'd mine: But there is come a messenger before,

And neither man, nor master, would take aught To signify their coming.

But the two rings. Por. Go in, Nerissa,

Por.

What ring gave you, my lord ? Give order to my servants, that they take Not that, I hope, which you receiv'd'of me. No note at all of our being absent hence;-- Bass. if I could add a lie unto a fault, Nor you, Lorenzo:--Jessica, nor you.

I would deny it; but you see, my finger

(A tucket sounds. Hath not the ring upon it, it is gone. Lor. Yourhnsband is at hand, 1 hear his trum- Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. We are no tell-tales, madam; fear you not.(pet: By heaven, I will ne'er come in your bed

Por. This night, methinks, is but the daylight Until I see the ring. It looks a little paler; 'tis a day, [sick, Ner.

Nor I in yours, Such as a day is when the sun is hid.

Till I again see mine.

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