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I mean pirates; and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. The man is notwithstanding sufficient; three thousand ducats? I think, I may take his bond.
Baff. Be affur'd, you may.
Shy. I will be affur'd, I may; and, that I may be affur'd, I will bethink me: may I fpeak with Anthonio?
Baff. If it please you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to fmell pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite conjur'd the devil into? I will buy with you, fell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and fo following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on the Ryalto? who is he comes here?
Baff. This is fignior Anthonio.
Shy. [afide.] How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him, for he is a chriftian:
But more, for that in low fimplicity
He lends out money gratis, and brings down
Baff. Shylock, do you hear?
Shy. I am debating of my present store;
Of full three thousand ducats: what of that?
Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,
Will furnish me: but, foft; how many months
you defire? Reft you fair, good fignior, Your worship was the laft man in our mouths.
Anth. Shylock, although I neither lend, nor borrow, By taking, nor by giving of excess,
Yet, to fupply the ripe wants of my friend,
I'll break a custom. - Is he yet poffefs'd
How much you would?
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Shy. I had forgot, three months, he told me fo;
Anth. I do never use it.
Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's fheep, This Jacob from our holy Abraham was
(As his wife mother wrought in his behalf)
Anth. And what of him? did he take intereft?
That all the yeanlings, which were ftreak'd, and pied,
Fall party-colour'd lambs, and thofe were Jacob's.
Anth. This was a venture, fir, that Jacob ferv'd for;
But fway'd, and fashion'd, by the hand of heav'n.
Or is your gold and filver ewes and rams?
Anth. Mark you this, Baffanio?
The devil can cite fcripture for his purpose.
Shy. Three thousand ducats! 'tis a good round fum.
In the Ryalto you have rated me
About my monies and
And all for use of that which is mine own.
A cur can lend three thousand ducats? or
Anth. I am as like to call thee fo again,
To fpit on thee again, to spurn thee too.
Who if he break, thou may'ft with better face
Shy. Why, how you ftorm?
and have your love,
I would be friends with you, and have
Forget the shames that you have stain'd me with,
Of ufance for my monies, and you'll not hear me:
Anth. This were kindness.
Shy. This kindness will I fhow;
Go with me to a notary, feal me there
you repay me not on such a day,
In fuch a place, such sum or fums as are
Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken
In what part of your body it shall please me.
Anth. Content, in faith; I'll feal to fuch a bond,
Anth. Why, fear not, man, I will not forfeit it;
Of thrice three times the value of this bond.
Shy. O father Abraham, what these christians are! Whose own hard dealings teach them to suspect
The thoughts of others! pray you, tell me this,
• Breed of metal, meaning money at ufury, money that breeds more ----- The old editions (two of them) have it, a bribe of barren metal ----
If he should break his day, what fhould I gain
A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man,
As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I fay,
Anth. Hie thee, gentle Jew.
The Hebrew will turn christian, he grows kind.
ACT II. SCENE I.
Enter Morochius a tawny-moor all in white, and three or four followers accordingly, with Portia, Neriffa, and her train. Flourish cornets.
MOROCHI U S.
ISLIKE me not for my complexion,