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Salan. Let me say amen betimes, lest the devil cross my prayer ; for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.

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

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

Salar. That's certain ; I, for my part, knew the tailor that made the wings she flew withal.

Salan. 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.
Salar. That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.
Shy. My own flesh and blood to rebei !
Salan. Out upon it, old carrion ! rebels it at these years ?
Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood.

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

Shy. There I have another bad match; a - bankrupt, a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the Rialto ;-a beggar, that used to come so 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.

Salar. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh; What's that good for?

Shy. To bait fish withal : if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me of half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled 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 same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled 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 ? revenge ; If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example ? why, revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute; and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.

Enter TUBAL. Salan. Here comes another of the tribe ; a third cannot be matched, unless the devil himself turn Jew. [Exeunt SALAN. f. SALAR.

Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? hast 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 oui nation till now! I never felt it till now ;-two thousand ducats in that; and other precious, precious jewels.--I would my daughte) were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! '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; Antonio, as I heard in
Genoa,

Shy. What, what, what ? ill luck, ill luck ?
Tub. --hath an argosy cast away, coming from Tripolis.
Shy. I thank Heaven, I thank Heaven :- Is it true, is it true?
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 see 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 choose but break.

Shy. I am very glad of it: I'll plague him ; I'll torture him; I am glad of it.

Tub. One of them showed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a monkey.

Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal : it was my turquoise ; I had it of Leah, when I was a bachelor: I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.

Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone.

Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true: Go, Tubal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight before : I will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandise I will : Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue; go, good Tubal ; at our synagogue, Tubal.

[Exeunt.

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SCENE II.-Belmont. A Room in Portia's House.
Enter BASSANIO, PORTIA, GRATIANO, NERISSA, and Attendants.

The caskets are set out.
Por. I pray you, tarry; pause a day or two,
Before you hazard; for, in choosing wrong,
I lose your company; therefore, forbear a while :
There's something tells me, (but it is not love,)
I would not lose you; and you know yourself,

Hate counsels not in such a quality :
I could teach you
How to choose right, but then I am forsworn;
So will I never be : so may you miss me;
But if you do, you'll make me wish a sin,
That I had been forsworn.
Bass.

Let me choose ;
For, as I am, I live upon the rack.

Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio ? then confess
What treason there is mingled with your love.

Bass. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust,
Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love;
There may as well be amity and life
'Tween snow and fire, as treason and

my

love, Por. Ay, but I fear, you speak upon the rack, Where men enforced do speak any thing.

Bass. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.
Por. Well then, confess, and live.
Bass.

Confess, and love,
Had been the very sum of my confession :
O happy torment, when my torturer
Doth teach me answers for deliverance !
But let me to my fortune and the caskets.

Por. Away then: I am lock'd in one of thein;
If you do love me, you will find me out.-
Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof.
Let music sound, while he doth make his choice ;
Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end,
Fading in music.

Music, whilst BASSANIO comments on the caskets to himself.
SONG. 1. Tell me where is fancy bred,

Or in the heart, or in the head?

How begot, how nourished ?
Reply. 2. It is engender'd in the eyes,

With gazing fed : and fancy dies
In the cradle where it lies :

Let us all ring fancy's knell ;

I'll begin it, Ding, dong, bell. All.

Ding, dong, bell. Bass. Some good direct my judgment !—Let me see.“ Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire."

(Looks at the golden casket That may be meant Of the fool multitude, that choose by show : The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil ? In religion,

What dangerous error, but some sober brow
Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
Hiding the grossness with fair ornament ?
There is no vice so simple, but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chin
The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars :
Who, inward search’d, have livers white as milk?
And these assume but valor's countenance,
To render them redoubted. Look on beauty,
And you shall see 'tis purchased by the weight;
Which therein works a miracle in nature,
Making them lightest that wear most of it:
Thus ornament is but the guiled shore
To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf
Veiling an Indian beauty ; in a word,
The seeming truth which cunning times put on
To entrap the wisest. Therefore, thou gaudy gold,
Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee :
Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves."

(Looks at the silver casket. And well said, too ; for who shall go

about
To cozen fortune, and be honorable
Without the stamp of merit ?
Oh, that estates, degrees, and offices,
Were not derived corruptly! and that clear honor
Were purchased by the merit of the wearer!
How

many then should cover, that stand bare ?
How many be commanded, that command ?
And how much honor,
Picked from the chaff and ruin of the times,
To be new varnished ?—“ Much as he deserves.”_
I'll not assume desert.-
Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.

[Looks at the leaden casket.
I'll none of thee, thou pale and common drudge
"Tween man and man: but thou, thou meagre lead,
Which rather threat'nest, than doth promise aught,
Thy plainness moves me more than eloquence,
And here choose I; Joy be the consequence!

Por. How all the other passions fleet to air,
As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embrac’d despair,
And shudd’ring fear, and green-ey'd jealousy.
O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy,
In measure rain thy joy, scant this excess;
I feel too much thy blessing, make it less,
For fear I surfeit !
Bass. What find I here?

[Opening the leaden casket.

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[Kissing her

Fair Portia's counterfeit? What demi-god
Hath come so near creation ? Here's the scroll,
The continent and summary of my fortune.

You that choose not by the view,
Chance as fair, and choose as true!
Since this fortune falls to you,
Be content, and seek no new.
If you be well pleas'd with this,
And hold your fortune for your bliss,
Turn you where your lady is,

And claim her with a loving kiss.
A gentle scroll ;–Fair lady, by your leave :
I come by note, to give and to receive.
As doubtful whether what I see be true,
Until confirm’d, sign’d, ratified by you.

Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I stand,
Such as I am : though, for myself alone,
I would not be ambitious in my wish,
To wish myself much better; yet, for you,
I would be trebled twenty times myself;
A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times
More rich;
That only to stand high on your account,
I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends,
Exceed account : but the full sum of me
Is sum of something; which, to term in gross,
Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool’d, unpractis’d:
Happy in this, she is not yet so old
But she may learn; and happier than this,
She is not bred so dull but she can learn;
Happiest of all

, is, that her gentle spirit
Commits itself to yours to be directed,
As from her lord, her governor, her king.
Myself, and what is mine, to you, and yours
Is now couverted : but now I was the lord
Of this fair mansion, master of my servants,
Queen o'er myself; and even now, but

now, This house, these servants, and this same myself, Are yours, my lord.

Bass. Madam, you have bereft me of all words Only my blood speaks to you in my veins.

Ñer. My lord and lady, it is now our time,
That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosper,
To cry, good joy; Good joy, my lord and lady!

Grā. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady,
I wish you all the joy that you can wish;
For I am sure, you can wish none from me:
And, when vour honors mean to solemnize

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