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A breed for barren metal of his friend?
Why, look you, how you storm!
Bass. This were kindness.
This kindness will I show.
Ant. Content, i' faith : I'll seal to such a bond
Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me :
Ant. Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it:
Shy. O father Abram, what these Christians are,
135. for, in return for.
The 141. doit, a coinof trifling value, Folio reads of, i.e. yielded by. 146. single, attested by his 137. Who, from whom.
own signature alone.
A pound of man's flesh taken front a man
Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's;
Ant. Hie thee, gentle Jew. [Exit Shylock.
Bass. I like not fair terms and a villain's mind.
Ant. Come on : in this there can be no dismay; My ships come home a month before the day.
SCENE I. Belmont,
A room in PORTIA's house.
Flourish of cornets. Enter the PRINCE OF
Morocco and his train; PORTIA, NERISSA,
Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion,
2. shadow'd, dusky.
And let us make incision for your love,
Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led
Even for that I thank you :
6. make incision, open our the Persians, tr. Hartwell, 1595. veins.
It is there said that · Soffi and 14. nice, fastidious.
Soffito, an ancient word signify
ing a wise man, is grown 17. scanted, limited.
to be the conimon name of the 25. Sophy, the Shah of Persia. Emperor of Persia.' The Sefi These allusions would be easily of Persia' is mentioned in the accessible to Shakespeare in play, Der Jud von Venedig, Minadoi's The History of the played by English actors in Warres between the Turkes and
If Hercules and Lichas play at dice
You must take your chance,
Good fortune then !
[Cornets and exeunt.
Enter LAUNCELOT. Laun. Certainly 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
32. Lichas, the attendant of 46. blest, most blessed ; the Hercules. He was the unwit- superlative termination of ting bringer of the poisoned shirt cursed' st applying
both by which Hercules perished. adjectives.
Launcelot Gobbo; do not run; scorn running with thy heels.'. Well, the most courageous fiend bids so me pack : Via !' says the fiend ; "away!' says the fiend; ‘for the heavens, 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 honest man's son,' or rather an honest woman's son ; for, indeed, my father did something smack, something grow to, he had a kind of taste; well, my conscience says 'Launcelot, budge not.' Budge,' says the fiend. 20 'Budge not,' says my conscience. Conscience, say I, 'you counsel well ;' 'Fiend,' say I, 'you counsel well :' to be ruled by my conscience, I should 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 ruled by the fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil himself. Certainly the Jew 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 command; I will run,
Enter Old GOBBO, with a basket. Gob. Master young man, you, I pray you, which is the way to master Jew's ?
Laun. [Aside] O heavens, this is my truebegotten father! who, being more than sandblind, high-gravel blind, knows me not: I will try confusions with him.
18. Smack, i.e. of knavery. suggestion. Grow to, provincially used of burnt milk, conveys a similar 37. sand-blind, purblind.