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Bas. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind.
Anth. Come on, in this there can be no dismay; My ships come home a month before the day. [Éxe.
A C T II.
S C E N E
B E L M O N T.
Enter Morochius, a Tawny-Moor, all in white; and three
or four Followers accordingly; with Portia, Nerissa, and her train. Flourish Cornets.
To whom I am a neighbour, and near bred.
Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led
father had not scanted me, And hedg'd me by his wit to yield myself His wife, who wins me by that means I told you; Yourself, renowned Prince, then stood as fair, As any
comer I have look'd on yet, For my
affection. Mor. Ey’n for that I thank
Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets
Por. You must take your chance,
(Cornets. To make me blest, or cursed'st among men! (Exeunt.
Enter Launcelot alone. Laun. ERTAINLY, my conscience will serve
me to run from this Jew my master. The fiend is at mine elbow, and tempts me, saying to me, Gobbo, Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or good Gobbo, or good Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs, take the start,
run away. My conscience says, no; take heed, honest Launcelot; take heed, honest Gobbo; or, as aforesaid, honest Launcelot Gobbo, do not run; scorn running with thy heels. Well, the most courageous fiend bids me pack; via ! says the fiend ; away! says the fiend; for the heav'ns rouse up a brave mind, says the fiend, and run. Well, my conscience, hanging about the neck of my heart, says very wisely to me, my honest friend Launcelot, being an honeft man's fon, or rather an honest woman's fon (for, indeed, my father did something smack, something grow to : he had a kind of tafte.) -well, my confcience says, budge not; budge, says the fiend; budge not, says my conscience; conscience, say I, you counsel ill; fiend, fay I, you counsel ill. To be rul'd by my conscience, I fhould stay with the Jew my master, who, God bless the mark, is a kind of devil; and to run away from the Jew, I should be ruld by the fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil himself. Certainly, the few is the very devil incarnal; and in my conscience, my conscience is but a kind of hard conscience, to offer to counsel me to stay with the Jew. The fiend gives the more friendly counsel; I will run, fiend, my heels are at your commandment, I will run.
Enter old Gobbo, with a basket. Gob. Mafter young man, you, I pray you, which is the way to master Jew's ?
Laun. 'O heav'ns, this is my true-begotten father, who being more than land-blind, high-gravel-blind, knows me not; I will try confusions with him.
Gob. Master young gentleman, I pray you, which is the way to master Jew's ?
Laun. Turn up, on your right hand at the next turning, but, at the next turning of all, on your left; marry, at the very next turning turn of no hand, but turn down indire&ly to the Jew's house.
Gob. By God's sonties, 'twill be a hard way to hit; can you tell me whether one Launcelot, that dwells with him, dwell with him or no?
Laun. Talk you of young master Launcelot? (mark me now, now will I raise the waters ;) talk you young master Launcelot?
Gob. No master, Sir, but a poor man's son. His father, though I say't, is an honest exceeding poor man, and, God be thanked, well to live.
Laun. Well, let his father be what he will, we talk of young master Launcelot.
Gob. Your worship's friend and Launcelot, Sir.
Laun. But, I pray you ergo, old man; ergo, I befeech
young master Launcelot? Gob. Of Launcelot, an't please your mastership.
Laun. Ergo, master Launcelot; talk not of master Launcelot, father, for the young gentleman (according to fates and destinies, and such odd sayings, the sisters three, and such branches of learning.) is, indeed, deceased; or, as you would say, in plain terms, gone to heav'n.
Gob. Marry, God forbid! the boy was the very staff of my age, my very prop.
Laun. Do I look like a cudgel, or a hovel-post, a staff or a prop? do
you know me, father? Gob. Alack the day, I know you not, young gen, tleman; but, I pray you, tell me, is my boy, God rest his soul, alive or dead ?
Laun. Do you not know me, father?
Laun. Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you might fail of the knowing me: it is a wise father, that knows his own child. Well, old man, I will tell you news of your fon; give me your blessing, truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long, a man's son may; but in the end, truth will
Gob. Pray you, Sir, stand up; I am sure, you are not Launcelot my boy,
Laun. Pray you, let's have no more fooling about it, but give me your blessing; I am Launcelot, your boy that was, your son that is, your child that shall be. Gob. I cannot think, you are my
fon. Laun. I know not, what I shall think of that: but I am Launcelot the Jew's man, and, I am sure, Margery your wife is
Gob. Her name is Margery, indeed. I'll be sworn, if thou be Launcelot, thou art my own flesh and blood: lord worship'd might he be! what a beard haft thou got! thou hast got more hair on thy chin, than Dobbin my Thill-horse has on his tail.
Laun. It should seem then, that Dobbin's tail grows backward; I am sure, he had more hair on his tail, than I have on my face, when I last saw him.
Gob. Lord, how art thou chang'd! how doft thou and thy master agree? I have brought him a prefent ; how agree you now?
Laun. Well, well; but for mine own part, as have set
up my rest to run away, so I will not reft 'till I have run fome ground. My master's a very Few: give him a present! give him a halter : I am familh'd in his service. You may tell every finger I have with my ribs. Father, I am glad you are come ; give me your present to one master Basanio, who, indeed, gives rare new liveries; if I serve him not, I will run as far as God has any ground. O rare fortune, here comes the man; to him, father, for I am a Jew, if I serve the Jew any longer. Enter Bassanio with Leonardo, and a follower or two
Bas. You may do so; but let it be so hafted, that supper be ready at the farthest by five of the clock: