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Por. Here; What would my lord ?

Scru. Madam, there is alighted at your gate
A young Venetian, one that comes before
To signify the approaching of his lord :
From whom he bringeth sensible regreets;
To wit, besides commends and courteous breath,
Gifts of rich value ; yet, I have not seen
So likely an ambassador of love.
A day in April never came so sweet,
To show how costly summer was at hand,
As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.

Por. No more, I pray thee; I am half afraid, Thoul't say anon, he is some kin to thee, Thou spend'ft such high-day wit in praising him.Come, come, Neriffa ; for I long to see Quick Cupid's post, that comes fo mannerly. Ner. Bassanio, iord Love, if thy will it be!




A Street in Venice.

Now what news on the Rialto?

Enter Salanio and Solarino.

OW, what news on the Rialto?

Sal. Why, yet it lives there uncheck’d, that Anthonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck'd on the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal, where the carcases of many a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her word.

Sola. I would she were as lying a goslip in that, as ever knapt ginger ; or made her neighbours believe, she wept for the death a third husband. But it is true, without any Nips of prolixity, or crossing the plain high-way of talk, that the good Anthonio, the honest Anthonio->O that I had a title good enough to keep his name company!

Şal. Come, the full stop.

Sola. Ha, -what fay'st thou ?-_Why, the end is, he hath loft a ship.

Sal. I would it might prove the end of his losses !

Sola. Let me say Amen betimes, left the devil cross thy prayer ;

6 for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.

Enter Sbylock. How now, Shylock? what news among the merchants?

Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as you, of my daughter's flight.

Sal. That's certain ; I, for my part, knew the taylor that made the wings she few withal.

Sola. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was fledg'd; and then it is the complexion of them all to leave the dam.

Shy. She is damn'd for it.
sal. That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.
Sby. My own flesh and blood to rebel!
Sola. Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it at these

years? Sky. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood.

Sal. There is more difference between thy Aeth and hers, than between jet and ivory; more between your bloods, than there is between red wine and rhenish :-But tell us, do you hear, whether Anthonio have had any loss at sea or no?

Sby. There I have another bad match : a bank


-left the devil cross my prayer.) But the prayer was Salanio's. The other only, as clerk, says Amen to it. We must therefore read thy prayer. WARBURTON.


rupt, a prodigal,' who dares scarce shew his head on the Rialto :-a beggar that us’d to come fo smug upon the mart ;--- let him look to his bond : he was wont to call me usurer :let him look to his bond: he was wont to lend money for a Christian courtesy; let him look to his bond.

Sal. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his fesh: what's that good for?

Shy. To bait fish withal. If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgrac'd me, and hinderd me of half a million; laughid at my lofses, mock'd at my gains, scorn'd my nation, thwarted my bargains, coold my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes ? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the fame diseases, heald by the same means, warm’d and cool'd by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is ? if you prick us, do we not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh ? if you poison us, do we not die ? and if

you.wrong us, shall we not revenge? if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility ? venge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his

?--a bankruft, a prodigal.] This is spoke of Antonio. But why a prodigal? his friend Bassanio indeed had been too liberal; and with this name the Jew honours him when he is going to sup with him.

-I'll go in hate to feed upon

The prodigal Christian But Antonio was a plain, reserved, parfimonious merchant ; be affured therefore we should read, --- A bankrupt for a prodigal, i. e. he is become bankrupt by supplying the extravagancies of his friend Bassanio. WARBURTON.

There is no need of alteration. There could be, in Shylock's opinion, no prodigality more culpable than such liberality as that by which a man exposes himself to ruin for his friend.

JOHNSON. fufferance

sufferance be by Christian example? why, Revenge. The villainy, you teach me, I will execute ; and it Ihall go hard, but I will better the instruction.

Enter a servant. Serv. Gentlemen, my master Anthonio is at his house, and desires to speak with you both. . Sal. We have been up and down to seek him.

Enter Tubal. Sola. Here comes another of the tribe; a third cannot be match’d, unless the devil himself turn Jew.

[Exeunt Sala. and Solar. Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? haft thou found my daughter ?

Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but cannot find her.

Shy. Why there, there, there, there ! a diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! the curse never fell upon our nation 'till now; I never felt it 'till now :-two thousand ducats in that, and other precious, precious jewels. I would, my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! O, would she were hears'd at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin! No news of them?--why, so :—and I know not what's spent in the search : Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge: nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my shoulders ; no sighs, but o' my breathing, no tears, but o' my shedding.

Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too; Anthonio, as I heard in Genoa

Sby. What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck?

Tub. Hath an Argoly cast away, coming from Tripolis. Sby. I thank God, I thank God: Is it true? is it true? Vol. III.



Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wreck.

Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal; Good news, good news: ha! ha! where? in Genoa ?

Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore ducats.

Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me: I shall never fee my gold again : fourscore ducats at a sitting ! fourscore ducats !

Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my company to Venice, that swear he cannot chuse but break. · Sby. I am glad of it. l'll plague him, I'll torture him. I am glad of it.

Tub. One of them shewed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a morkey.

Sby. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal : -It was my Turquoise, I had it of Leah when I was a bachelors: I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkies.

Tub. But Anthonio is certainly undone.

Sby. Nay, that's true, that's very true: go, Tu. bal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight be fore. I-will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchan


-It was my Turquoise, I had it of Leah, when I was a bachelor.] As Shylock had been married long enough to have a daughter grown up, it is plain he did not value this Turquoise on account of the money for which he might hope to sell it, but merely in respect of the imaginary virtue formerly ascribed to the stone. It was faid of the Turky-stone, that it faded or brightened in its colour, as the health of the wearer encreased or grew less. To this B. Jonson refers, in his Sejanus :

" And true as-Turkife in my dear lord's ring ;

“ Look well, or ill with him." Other superstitious qualities are imputed to it, all of which were either monitory or prefervative to the wearer. STEEVENS.

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