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Why, then to theo, thou silver treasure-house ;

Tell me once more what title thou dost bear :
Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves ;

SCENE I. Venice. A Street. Enter SALANIO And well said too: For who shall go about

and SALARIXO. To cozen fortune, and be honourable

Salan. Now, what news on the Rialto ? Without the stamp of merit ! Let none presume

Salur. Why, yet it lives there uncheck'd, that To wear an undeserved dignity.

Antonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck'd on the O, that estales, degrees, and offices,

narrow seas; the Goodwins, think they call the Were not derivd corruptly! and that clear honour place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal, where the Were purchased by the merit of the wearer! carcasses of many a tall ship lie buried, as they say, How many then should cover, that stand baro ? if my gossip report be an honest woman of her word. How many be commanded, that command ?

Salan. I would she were as lying a gossip in that, How much low peasantry would then be glean'd

as ever knapp'd' ginger, or made her neighbours From the true seed of honour ! and how much ho-believe she wept for ihe death of a third husband :

But it is true, -without any slips of prolixity, or Pick'd from the chaff and ruin of the times, crossing the plain high way of talk,--that the good To be new varnish'd ? Well, but to my choice : Antonio, the honest Antonio, -O that I had a Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves ;

title good enough to keep his name company :I will assume desert ;--Give me a key for this,

Salar. Come, the full stop. And instantly unlock my fortunes here.

Salan. Hay-what say'st thou ?-Why the end. Por. Too long a pause for that which you find there. is, he hath lost a ship: Ar. What's here ? the portrait of a blinking idiot,

Salar. I would it might prove the end of his losses ! Presenting me a schedule. I will read it.

Salan. Let me say amen betimes, lest the devil How much unlike art thou to Porlia ?

cross my prayer; for here he comes in the likeness How much uplike my hopes, and my deservings?

of a Jew,Who chooseth me, shall have as much as he deserves.

Did I deserve no more than a fool's head?
Is that iny prize ? are my deserts no better?

How now, Shylock ? what news among the mer

chants ? Por. To offend, and judge, are distinct offices, And of opposed natures.

Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as Ar. What is here?

you, of my daughter's flight. The fire seven times tried this;

Salar. That's certain ; I, for my part, knew the Seven times tried that judgment is,

tailor that made the wings she flew withal. That did never choose amiss :

Salan. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the Some there be that shadows kiss ;

bird was fledg'd; and then it is the complexion of

them all to leave the dam.
Such have but a shadow's bliss :
There be fools alive, I wis,?

Shy. She is damn'd for it,
Silver'd o'er; and so was this.

Salar. That's certain, if the devil may be her
Take what wife you will to bed,"

judge. I will ever be your heal:

Shy. My own flesh and blood to rebel!

Salan. Out
begone, sir, you are sped.


it, old carrion ! rebels it at these Still more fool I shall appear

years? By the time I linger here,

Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood. With one fool's head I came to won,

Salar. There is more difference between thy flesh But I go away with two.

and hers, than between jet and ivory; more between Sweet, adieu! I'll keep my oath,

your bloods, than there is between red wine and Patiently to bear my wroach.

rhenish :-But tell us, do you hear whether Antonio

loss at sea or not? (Exeunt Arragon, and Train.

Shy. There I have another bad match: a bank Por. Thus hath the candle sing'd the moth. O these deliberate fools! when they do choose,

rupt, a prodigal, whọ dure scarce show his head on

the Rialto ;-a beggar, that used to come so smug They have the wisdom by their wit to lose. Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy ;

upon the mart:- let him look to his bond: he was

wont to call me usurer ;-let him look to his bond: Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.

i:e was wont to lend inoney for a Christian courtesy: Por. Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa.

et him look to his bond. : Enter a Servant.

Sular. Why, I am surs, if he forfeit, thou wilt Serv. Where is my lady?

not take his flesh; What's that good for? Por. Here ; what would my lord ?

Shy. To bait fish withal : if it will feed nothing Serv. 'Madam, there is alighted at your gate

else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced

and bindered me of half a million; laughed at A young Venetian, one that comes before To signify the approaching of his lord:

my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, From whom he bringeth sensible regreets ;'

thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated To wit, besides commends, and courteous breath,

mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Gifts of rich value ; yet I have not seen

Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, or. So likely an ambassador of love :

gans, dimensions, senses, affections, passions ? sed A day in April never came so sweet,

with the same food, burt with the same weapons, To show how costly summer was at hand.

subject to the same diseases, healed by the same As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.

means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and Por. No more, I pray thee; I am half afea:d, summer, as a Christian is ? if you prick us, do we Thou wilt say anon, he is some kin to thee,

not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh ? if you Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising him.- poison us, do we not die ? and if you wrong us, shall Come, come, Nerissa ; for "I long to see

we not reverige? if we are like you in the rest, we Quick Cupid's post, that comes so mannerly.

will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a ChrisNer. Bassanio, lord love, if thy will it be!

tian, what is his humility : revenge; If a Christian

[Exeunt. wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by 1 The meaning is, how much meanness would be found of the itistoryes of Troye, 1471, has frequent instances among the great, and how much greatness among the of wroth. mean.

5 Salutacions. 2 Know.

6 So in the Merry wives of Wicdsor : 3 The poet had forgotten that he who missed Portia

He speaks holiday." was never to marry any other woman.

7 To knap is to break short. The word occurs in the 4 Wroath is used in some of the old writers for mis. Common Prayer. • He knappeth the spear in minder, fortune and is often spelt like ruth Caxton's Recuyeli | We still say snapp'd short in wa'

have had any


Christian example ? why, revenge. The villany : Hate counsels not in such a quality:
you teach me, I will execute ; and it shall go hard, But lest you should not understand me well
but I will better the instruction.

(And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought,) Enter a Servant.

I would detain you here some month or two, Serv. Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his Before you veniure for me. I could teach you, house, and desires to speak with you both.

How to choose right, but then I am forsworn; Salar. We have been up and down to seek him. So will I never be : so may you miss me; Enter TUBAL.

But if you do, you'll make me wish a sin,

That I had been forsworn. Beshrew your eyes, Salan. Here comes another of the tribe; a third | They have o’erlook’d

me, and divided me; cannot be matched, unless the devil himself turn Orehalf of me is yours, the other half yours,Jew, [Ereuni SalAN. SALAR. and Servant. Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours,

Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? And so all yours : 0! these naughty times hast thou found my daughter ?

Put bars between the owners and their rights : Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but And so, though yours, not yours.-Prove it so, cannot find her.

Let fortune go to hell for it.-not I. Shy. Why there, there, there, there! a diamond I speak too long; but 'tis to peized the time; gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort ! To eke it, and to draw it out in tength, The curse never fell upon our nation till now; 1 To stay you from election. never felt it till now ;-two thousand ducats in that ; Bass.

Let me choose : and other precious, precious jewels.-I would, my For, as I am, I live upon the rack. daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in Por. Upon the rack; Bassanso ? then confess her ear! 'would she were hears'd at my foot, and What treason there is mingled with your love. the ducats in her coffin ! No news of them ?-Why, Bass. Nope, but that ugly treason of mistrust, 50:-and I know not what's spent in the search: Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love : Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone with so There may as well be amity and life much, and so much to find the thief ; and no satis- 'Tween snow and fire, as treason and my love. faction, no revenge ; nor no ill luck stirring, but Por. Ay, but, I fear, you speak upon the rack, what lights o' my shoulders ; no sighs, but o' my Where men enforced do speak any ihing. breathing; no tears, but o' my shedding.

Baze. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth. 7'ub. Yes, other men have ill luck too, Antonio,

Por. Well then, confess, and live. as I heard in Genoa,


Confess, and love, Shy. What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck? Had been the very sum of my confession

Tub. -hath an argosy cast awas, coming from O happy torment, when my torturer Tripolis.

Doth teach me answers for deliverance ! Shy. I thank God, I thank God :-Is it true? is But let me to my fortune and the caskets. it true?

Por. Away then: I'm lock'd in one of them; Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped If you do love me, you will find me out.the wreck.

Nerissa, and the rest, stand' all aloof.-Shy. I thank theo, good Tubal ;-Good news, Let music sound, while he doth make his choice ; : good news : ha! ha!-Where! in Genoa ?

Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, Fading in music: that the comparison one night, fourscore ducals.

May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream, Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me:-I shall And wat'ry death-bed for him: He may win ; Qever see my gold again : Fourscore ducats at a And what is music then! then music is sitting ! fourscore ducats !

Even as the fourish when true subjects bow. T'ub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors To a new-crowned monarch ; sach it is, m my company to Venice, that swear he cannot As are those dulcet sounds in break of day, choose but break.

That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear, Shy. I am very glad of it; I'll plague him; I'll And summon him to marriage. Now he goes, torture him; I am glad of it.

With no less presence, but with much more love, Tub. One of them showed me a ring, that he had Than young Alcides, when he did redeem of your daughter for a monkey:

The virgin-tribute paid by howling Troy Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest nie, Tubal: To the sca-monster ; I stand for sacrifice it was my turquoise;' I had it of Leah, when I The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives, was a bachelor: I would not have given it for a With bleared visages, como forth to view wilderness of monkeys.

The issue of the exploit. Go, Hercules Tub. But Antonio is certainly updone.

Live thou, I live :--With much much more dismay Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true : Go, Tu-1 view the fight, than thou that mak’st the fray. bal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight before; I will have the heart of him, if he forfeit ; for Music, whilst Bassanio comments on the caskets to were he out of Venice, I can make what merchan

himself. dize I will: Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our

SONG. synagogue; go, good Tubal ; at our synagogue,

1. Tell me, where is fancy' bred, Tubal.


Or in the heart, or in the head ? SCENE II. Belmont. A Room in Portia's House.

How begot, how nourisherl? Enter BassanIO, Portia, GRATIANO, NERIS

REPLY, REPLY. sa, and Attendants. The caskets are set out.

2. It is engender'd in the eyes,

With gazing fed; and faney dies Por. I pray you tarry; pause a day or two,

In the cradle where it lies; Before you hazard; for, in choosing wrong,

Let us all ring fancy's knell ; I lose your company; therefore, forbear a while :

ru begin it, There's something tells me, (but it is not love,)

-Ding, dong, bell.

All. Ding, dong, bell. I would not lose you: and you know yourself,

3 To peize is from poser, Fr. To wrigh or balance. I The Turquoise is a well known precious stone found

4 Alluding to the opinion which leng prevailed, that in the veins of the mountains on the confines of Persia the swan uttered a plaintive musical sound at the apto the east. In old times its value was much enhanced proach of death; there is something so touebing in this by the magie properties attributed to it in common with ancient superstition that one feels loath to be undeceived other precious stones, one of which was that it faded or 5 i. e. dignity of mien. brightened its hue as the health of the wearer increased 6 See Ovid. Metamorph. lib. xi. ver. 199. Malone er grew less.

saye, Shakspeare had read the account of this arventuro * To be o'erlook'd, forelooked, or eye-bitten, was a in the Old Legend of the Destruction of Troy. term for being bewitched by an evil eye.

7 Love

Bass. So may the outward shows be least them- | A gentle scroll: Fair lady, by your leave : selves;

(Kissing her The world is still deceir'd with ornament." I come by note, to give, and to receive, In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,

Like one of two contending in a prize, But, being season'd with a gracious? voice, That thinks he hath done well in people's eyes, Obscures the show of evil? In religion,

Hearing applause, and universal shout, What damned error, but some sober brow Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubí Will bless it, and approve it with a text,

Whether those peals of praise be his or no; Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?

So, thrice fair lady, stand I, even so; There is no vice so simple, but assumes

As doubtful whether what I see be true, Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

Until confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you. Klow many cowards, whose hearts are all as false Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I stando As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins Such as I am: though, for myself alone, The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars; I would not be ambitious in my wish, Who, inward search'd, have livers white as milk? To wish myself much better ; yet, for you, And these assume but valour's excrement," I would be trebled twenty times myself; To render them redoubted. Look on beauty, A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times And you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight;

More rich; Which therein works a miraele in nature,

That only to stand high on your account, Making them lightest that. wear most of it : I might in virtués, beauties, livings, friends, So are those crisped snaky golden locks,

Exceed account: but the fuli sum of me Which make such wanton gambols with the wind, Is sum of something;'! which, lo term in gross, Upon supposed fairness, often known

Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpractis'd: To be the dowry of a second head,

Happy in this, she is not yet so old The scull that bred them, in the sepulchre." But she may learn; happier than this, Thus ornament is but the guiled shore

She is not bred so dull but she can learn;.
To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf Happiest of all, is, that her gentle spirit
Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word,

Commits itself to yours to be directed,
The seeming truth which cunning times put on As from her lord, her governor, her king.
To entrap the wisest. Therefore, thou gaudy gold, Myself, and what is mine, to you, and yours
Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee :

Is now converted: but now I was the lord
Nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge' of this fair mansion, master of my servants,
'Tween man and man: but thou, thou meagre lead, Queen o'er myself; and even dow, but now,
Which rather threatnest, than dost promise aught,' This house, these servants, and this same mysell,
Thy paleness moves me more than eloquence, Are yours, my lord ; I give them with this ring;
And here choose I ; Joy be the consequence! Which when you part from, lose, or give away,

Por. How all the other passions fleet to air, Let it presage the ruin of your love, As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embrac'd despair, And he my vantage to exclaim on you. And shudd'ring fear and green-ey'd jealousy. Bass. Madam, you have bereft 'me of all words O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstacy,

Only my blood speaks to you in my veins : In measure rain thy joy, scant this excess;

And there is such confusion in my powers, I feel too much thy blessing, make it less,

As, after some oration fairly spoke
For fear I surfeit!.

By' a beloved prince, there doth appear
What find I here?

Among the buzzing pleased multitude :
Opening the leaden caskel. Where every something, being blent together,
Fair Portia's counterfeit ? What demi-god Turns to a wild of nothing, save of joy,
Hath come so near creation ? Movo these eyes? Express'd, and not express'd: But when this ring
Or whether, riding on the balls of mine,

Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence; Seom they in motion ? Here are sever'd lips, 0, then be bold to say, Bassanio's dead. Parted with sugar breath; so sweet a bar

Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time, Should sunder such sweet friends: Here in her hairs That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosper, The painter plays the spider; and hath woven To cry, good joy; Good joy, my lord, and lady! A golden mesh io entrap the hearts of men,

Gra. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady, Faster than gnats in cobwebs : But her eyes, I wish you all the joy that you can wish; How could he see to do them ? having made one, For, I am sure, you can wish none from me:19 Methinks it should have power to steal both his, And, when your honours mean to solemnize And leave itself unfurnish'd:10 Yet look, how far The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you, The substance of my praise doth wrong this shadow Even at that time I may be married too. In underprizing it, so far this shadow

Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife.
Doth limp behind the substance.--Here's the scroll, Gra. I thank your lordship; you have got me one.
The continent and summary of my fortune. My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours:
You that choose not by the view,

You saw the mistress, I beheld the maid;
Chance as fair, and choose as true I

You lov'd, I lov'd; for intermission's
Since this fortune falls to you,

No more pertains to me, my lord, than you.
Be content and seek no new.

Your fortune stood upon the caskets there;
If you be well pleas'd with this,

And so did mine too, as the matter falls
And hold your fortune for your bliss,

For wooing here, until I sweat again;
Turn you where your lady is,

And swearing, till my very roof was dry
And claim her with a loving kiss.

With oaths of love: at last,-if promise last,

I got a promise of this fair one here, i Bassanio begins abruptly, the first part of the argu. To have her love, provided that your fortune ment has passed in his mind.

2 Pleasing; winning favour. 3 i. e. justify it. Warburton altered this to plainness, and he has been 4 That is, what a liule higher is called the beard of followed in the modern editions, but the reading of the Hercules. Ércrement, from excresco, is used for every old copy, which I have restored, is the true one. thing which appears to grow or vegetate upon the hu. 9 Counterfeit anciently signified a likeness, a rcsemman body, as the hair, the beard, the nails.

blace. o Shakspeare has also satirized this fashion of false 10 1. e. unfurnished with a companion or fellow. hair in Love's Labour's Lost.

11 The folio reads, “ In sum of nothing,' which may 6 Guiled for guiling, or treacherous.

probably be the true reading, as it is Portia's intention, 7 I could wish to read

in this speech, to undervalue herself. '—thou stale and common drudge : 12 That is, none away from me; none that I shall for so I think the poet wrote.

lose, if you gain it. A In order to avoid the repetition of the epithet pale, 13 Pause, delay


Achier'd her ristress.

A creature, that did bear the shape of man

Is this true, Nerissa ? So keen and greedy to confound a man:
Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand pleas'd withal. He plies the duke at morning, and at night;
Bass. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith? And doth impeach the freedom of the state,
Gra. Yes, 'faith, my lord.

If they deny him justice : twenty merchants, Bass. Our feast shall be much honourd in your The duke himself, and the magnificoes marriage.

of greatest port, have all persuaded with him ; Gra We'll play with them, the first boy for a But none can drive him from the envious plea thousand ducats,

Of forfeiture, of justice, and his bond. Ner. What, and stake down?

Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him Gra. No; we shall ne'er win at that sport, and swear, stake down.

To Tubal, and to Chus, his countrymen, But who comes here? Lorenzo, and his infidel ? That he would rather have Antonin's Hesh, What, and my old Venetian friend, Salerio? Than twenty times the value of the sum

That he did owe him: and I know, my lord, Enter LORENZO, Jessica, and SALERIO.

If law, authority, and power deny not, Bass. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither? It will go hard with poor Antonio. that the youth of rny new interest here

Por. Is it your dear friend, that is thus in trouble ? Have power to bid you welcome :--By your leave, Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man I bid my very friends and countrymen,

The best condition'd and unwearied spirit
Sweet Portia, welcome.

In doing courtesies; and one in whom
So do I, my lord;

The ancient Romau honour more appears,
They are entirely welcome.

Than any that draws breath in Italy. Lor. I thank your honour: For my part, my lord,

Por. What sum owes he the Jew? My purpose was not to have seen you here; Bass. For me, three thousand ducats. But meeting with Salerio by the way,


What, no more ? He did entreat me, past all saying nay,

Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond;
To come with him along.

Double six thousand, and then treble that,
I did, my lord,

Before a friend of this description
And I have reason for it. Signior Antonio Should lose a hair through Bassanio's fault.
Commends him to you. (Gives Bassanio a letter. First, go with me to church, and call me wife :

Ere I


his letter, And then away to Venice to your friend; I pray you, tell me how my good friend doth. For never shall you lie bý Portia's side

sale. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind; With an unquiet' soul. You shall have gold Nor well, unless in mind : his letter there

To pay the petty debt twenty times over; Will show you his estate.

When it is paid, bring your true friend along: Gra. Nerissa, cheer yon stranger; bid her wel. My maid Nerissa and myself

, mean time,

Will live as maids and widows. Come, away; Your hand, Salerio; What's the news from Venice? For you shall honce upon your wedding-day: How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio? Bid your friends welcome, show a merry cheer;' I know, he will be glad of our success;

Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear.We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece. But let me hear the letter of your friend. Sale. 'Would you had won the fleece that he Dass. [Reads.] Sweet Bussania, my ships have hath lost !

all miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon' very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit; and since, same paper,

in paying it, it is impossible I should live, all debts That steal the colour from Bassanio's cheek: are cleared between you and I, if I might but see you Some dear friend dead: else nothing in the world ut my death : notwithstanding, use your pleasure: if Could turn so much the constitution

your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter. Of any constant' man. What, worse and worse? Por. O love, despatch all business, and be gone. With leave, Bassanio; I am half yourself,

Bask. Since I have your good leave to go away, And I must freely have the half of any thing

I will make haste: but, till I come again, That this same paper brings you.

No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay, Bass.

O, sweet Portia, Nor rest be interposer 'twixt us iwain. Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words

(Excunt. That ever blotted paper! Gentle lady, When I did first impart my love to you,

SCENE I. Venice. A Street. Enter SarI freely told you, all the wealth I had

LOCK, SALANIO, ANTONIO, und Gaoler. Ran in my veins, I was a gentleman;

Shy. Gaoler, look to him ;-Tell not me of morAnd then I told you true: and yet, dear lady,

cy: Rating myself at nothing, you shall see

This is the fool that lent out money gratis ;
How much I was a braggart: When I told yon Gaoler, look to him.
My state was nothing, I should then have told you


Hear me yet, good Shylock. That I was worse than nothing: for, indeed,

Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against my I have engag'd myself to a dear friend,

bond; Engag'd my friend to his mere enemy,

I have sworn an oath, that I will have my bond: To feed my means. Here is a letter, lady

Thou call’dst me dog, before thou hadst a cause : The paper as the body of my friend,

But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs : And every word in it a gaping wound,

The duke shall grant me justice.--I do wonder, Issuing life-blood-But is it true, Salerio ? Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fondo Have all his ventures fail'd ? What, not one hit ? To come abroad with him at his request. From Tripolis, from Mexico, and England,

Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak. From Lisbon, Barbary, and India ?

Shy r'll have my bond; I will not hear thee And not one vessel 'scape the dreadful touch

speak; of merchant-marring rocks?

I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more. Sale.

Not one, my lord. I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool, Besides, it should appear, that if he had

To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield The present money to discharge the Jew,

To christian intercessors. Follow not ; Ho would not take it : Never did I know

I'll have no speaking ; I will have my bond.

(Ecit SAYLOCK, il should be remembered that stedfast, sud, grave, 2 Hair is here used as a dissyllable. sober, wore ancient synonymes of constant.

3 i. e. air of countenance, look. 4 Foolish

Salan. It is the most impenetrable cur,

Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content. That ever kept with men.

Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well Ant. Let him alone ;

pleas'd f'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. To wish it back on you : fare you well, Jessica.--He seeks my life; his reason well I know;

(Exeunt Jessica and Lorenzo. I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures

Now, Balthazar,
Many that have at times made moan to me; As I have ever found thee honest, true,
Therefore he hates me.

So let me find thee still: Take this same letter, Salan,

I am sure, the duke And use thou all the endeavour of a man, "Vill never grant this forfeiture to hold.

In speed to Padua ; see thou render this Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law; Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario; For the commodity that strangers have

And, look, what notes and garments he doth give With us in Venice, if it be denied,

thee, Will much impeach the justice of the state ;' Bring them, I pray thee, with imagi n'd speed Since that the trade and profit of the city

Unto the tranect, to the common ferry Cousisteth of all nations. Therefore, go:

Which trades to Venice :---waste no time in words, These griefs and losses have so 'bated me,

But get thee gone : I shall be there before thee. That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh

Bulth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed. To-morrow to my bloody creditor.

(Exil, Well, yaoler, on:---Pray God, Bassanio come Por. Come on, Nerissa ; I have work in hand, To see me pay his debi, and then I care not ! That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands,

[Exeunt. Before they think of us.

Shall they see us ? SCENE IV. Belmont. A Room in Portia's Por. They shall, Nerissa ; but in such a babit,

House. Enter PORTIA, Nerissa, LORENZO, That they shall think we are accomplished

With what we lack. I'll hold thee any wager,

When we are both accouter'd like young men, Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence, I'll prove the prettier fellow of the iwo, You have a noble and a true conceit of yod-like amity; which appears most strongly

And wear my dagger with the braver grace :

And speak, between the change of man and boy, In bearing thus the absence of your lord.

With a reed voice; and turn iwo mincing steps But, if you knew to whom you show this honour,

Into a manly stride ; and speak of frays,
How true a gentleman you send relief,
How dear a lover of my lord your husband,

Like a fine bragging youth: and tell quaint lies,

How honourable ladies sought my love, I know, you would be prouder of the work,

Which I denying, they fell sick and died;
Than customary bounty can enforce you.

I could not do wiihal:-then I'll repent,
Por. I never did repent for doing good,
Nor shall not now: for in companions

And wish, for all that, that I had not kill'd them That do converse and waste the time together,

And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,

That men shall swear, I have discontinued school Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love, There must be needs a like proportion

Above a twelvemonth :- I have within my mind

A thousand raw tricks of these bragging Jacks, Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit;

Which I will practise. Which makes me think, that this Antonio,

Ner. · Being the bosom lovers of my lord,

Why, shall we turn to men ? Must needs be like my lord : If it be so,

Por. Fye; what a question's that, How little is the cost I have bestow'd,

If thou wert near a lewd interpreter ? In purchasing the semblance of my soul

But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device

When I am in my coach, which stays for us
From out the state of hellish cruelty?
This comes too near the praising of myself!

At the park gale; and therefore haste away,
Therefore, no more of it: hear other things,

For we must measure twenty miles to-day. Lorenzo, I commit into your hands

(Eseunft. The husbandry and manage of my house, SCENE V. The same. A Garden. Enter LAUN Until my lord's return; for mine own part

I have toward heaven breath'd a secret vow,
To live in prayer and contemplation,

Laun. Yes, truly: for, look you, the sins of the Only attended by Nerissa here,

father are to be laid upon the children; therefore, I Until her husband and my lord's return :

promise you, I fear you. I was always plain with There is a monastery two miles off,

you, and so now I speak my agitation of the mat. And there we will abide. I do desire you,

ier: Therefore, be of good cheer; for, truly, I Not to deny this imposition;

think, you are damn'd. There is but one hope in The which my love, and some necessity,

it that can do you any good; and that is but a kind Now lays upon you.

of bastard hope neither. Lor. Madam, with all my heart

Jes. And what hope is that, I pray thee? I shall obey you in all fair commands.

Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your Por. My people do already know my mind, father got you not, that you are not the Jew's And will acknowledge you and Jessica,

daughter. In place of lord Bassavio and myself.

Jcs. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed; So fare you well, till we shall meet again.

so the sins of my mother should be visited upon me, Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, attend on

Laun. Truly then I fear you are damn'd both by you.

father and moiher; thus when I shun Scylla, your I As this passage is a little perplexed in its construc. jeetuire. It evidently implies the parreof a place where tion, it may not be improper to explain it:-11, says An- ihe passage-boat set out, and is i* some way derived onio, the duke stop ihe course of law, the denial or from Tranare, Ital. To pass or swim over :''perhaps, those rights to strangers, which renter iheir abode at therefore, Tranetto, signified a little fording place or Venice so commodious and agreeable to them, will ferry, ani henee the English word Tranect, but no much inpeach the justice of the state, &c.

other instance of its use has yet occurred. 2 The word lineaments was used with great laxity by 6 Some of the commentators had strained this inno our ancient writers.

cent phrase to a wanton meaning. Mr, Giffon, in a 3 This word was anciently applied to those of the note on Jonson': Silent Woman, p. 470, has clearly same sex who had an esteem for each other. Ben Jon shown, by ample illustration, that it signified nothing

oncludes one of his letters to Dr. Donne, telling more than I could not help it.' him ne is his true lorer.!

7 Se in K. Richard H. 4 i. e. with the celerity of imagination.

• The king is sickly, weak, and melancholy, 6 This word can only be illuscated at present by con And his physicians fear him mightily.'

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