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Than if you had made waste of all I have :
Then do but say to me what I should do,
That in your knowledge may by me be done,
And I am press'd " unto it : therefore, speak,
Bass. In Belmont is a lady richly left,
And she is fair, and, fairer than that word,
Of wondrous virtues; sometimes from her eyes
I did receive fair speechless messages :
Her name is Portia ; nothing undervalued
to Cato's daughter, Brutus' Portia.
Nor is the wide world ignorant of her worth :
For the four winds blow in from every coast
Renowned suitors: and her sunny locks
Haug on her temples like a golden fleece ;
Which makes her seat of Belmont, Colchos”
strand,
And many Jasons come in quest of her.
0 iny Antonio, had I but the means
To hold a rival place with one of them,
I have a mind presages me such thrift,
That I should questionless be fortunate.
Ant. Thou know'st, that all iny fortunes are
at sea ;
Nor have I money, nor commodity
To raise a present sum : therefore go forth,
Try what my credit can in Venice do ;
that shall be rack’d even to the uttermost,
To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia.
Go, presently inquire, and so will I,
Where money is ; and I no question make,

To have it of my trust, or for my sake.
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a-weary of this great world. Ner. You would be, sweet madam, if your miseries were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are: And yet for aught I see, they are as sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing : It is no mean happiness therefore, to be seated in the mean ; superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer. I’or. Good sentences, and well pronounced. Ner. They would be better, if well followed. Por. If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions ; I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow inine own teaching. The brain may devise laws for the blood ; but a hot temper leaps over a cold decree : such a hare is madness the youth, to skip o'er the meshes of good counsel the cripple. But this reasoning is not in the fashion to choose me a husband :-0 me, the word choose I may neither choose whom I would, nor refuse whom 1 dislike ; so is the will of a living daughter curb’d by the will of a dead fatimer :-Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one, nor refuse nonet Ver. Your father was ever virtuous ; and holy men, at their death, have good inspirations ; therefore the lottery that he hath devised in these three chests, of gold, silver, and load, (whereof who chooses his meaning, ciiooses you,) will, no doubt, never be chosen by any rightly, but one who you shall rightly love. But what war inth is there in your aftection towards any of these princely suitors that are already come t Por. I pray thee overname them ; and as thou namest them, I will describe them : and, arroruins to my description, level at uny asiccto-on. wer. First, there is the Neapolitan prince. Por. Ay, that’s a colt i indeed, for he doth

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nothing but talk of his horse; and he makes it a great appropriation to his good parts, that he can shoe him himself; I am much afraid, my lady his mother played false with a smith. Ner. Then, is there the county " Palatine. Por. He doth nothing but frown ; as who should say, An if you will not have me, choose : he hears merry tales, and smiles not : I fear he will prove the weeping philosopher when he grows old, being so full of unmannerly sadness in his youth. I had rather be married to a death's head with a bone in his mouth, than to either of these. God defend me from these two. Ner. How say you by the French lord, Monsieur Le Bon 1 Por. God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to be a mocker ; But, he why, he hath a horse better than the Neapolitan's ; a better had habit of frowning than the count Palatine : he is every man in no man : if a throstle sing, he falls straight a capering : he will fence with his own shadow : if I should marry him, I should marry twenty husbands: If he would despise une, i would forgive him ; for if he love me to maduess, I shall never requite him. Ner. What say you then to Faulconbridge, the young baron of England 7 Por. You know, I say nothing to him ; for he understands not ine, nor I him : he hath neither Latin, French, nor Italian ; and you will come into the court and swear, that I have a poor penny-worth in the English. He is a proper man's picture ; But, alas ! who can converse with a dumb show ! How oddly he is suited I think, he bought his doublet in Italy, his round hose in France, his bounet in Germany, and his behaviour every where. Ner. What think you of the Scottish lord, his neighbour ! Por. That he hath a neighbourly charity in him ; for he borrowed a box of the ear of the Englishman, aud swore he would pay hin again, when he was able ; I think the Frenchman became his surety, and sealed under for auother. Ner. How like you the young German, duke of Saxony's nephew Por. Very vilely in the morning, when he is sober; and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is drunk : when he is best, he is little worse than a man ; and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast; an the worst fall t that ever sell, I hope I shall make shift to go without him. Ner. If he should offer to choose, and choose the light casket, you should refuse to perfor in your father's will, if you should refuse to accept him. Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary casket: for, if the devil be within, and that temptation without, I know he will choose it. I will do any thing, Nerissa, cle I will be married to a sponge. Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any of these lords; they have acquainted me with their determination : which is, indeed, to return to their home, and to trouble you with no more suit; unless you may be won by some other sort than your father's imposition, depending on the caskets. Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla I will die as chaste as Diana, unless I he obtained by the manner of Iny father's will : I am glad this parcel of wooers are so reasonable; for there is not one among them but I dote on his very absence, and I pray God grant the in a fair departure. Yer. Do you not remenber, lady, in your father's tiune, a Venetian, a scholar, and a sol

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World blow me to an ague when I thought
What harm a wind too great might do at sea.
1 should not see the sandy hour-glass run,
But I should think of shallows and of flats i
And see my wealthy Andrew dock'd in sand,
Valling her high-top lower than ber ribs,
To kiss her burial. Should I ro to church,
And see the holy edifice of stone,
And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks;
which touching but my gentle vessel's side,
would scatter all her spices on the streau ;
Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks ;
And, in a word, but even now worth this,
And now worth nothing : Shall I have the
thought
to think on this ; and shall I lack the thought,
That such a thing, bechanc'd, would make ine
sad f
But, tell not me : I know, Antonio
is sad to think upon his merchandise.
Ant. Believe me, no : I thank my fortune for
My ventures are not in one bottom trusted, [it,
Nor to one place; nor is my whole estate
Upon the fortune of this present year:
Therefore, my merchandise makes me not sad.
Satan. Why then you are in love.
Ant. Fie, fiel
&alan. Not in love neither Then let's say you
are sad,
Recause you are not merry : and, 'twere as easy
For you to laugh, and leap, and say, you are
merry, (Janus,
Because you are not sad. Now, by two-headed
Nature hath fram'd strange fellows in her time :
Some that will even uore peep through their
eyes,
And laugh, like parrots, at a bagpiper;
And other of such vinegar aspéct,
That they'll not show their teeth in way of
smile,
Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.

Enter bassa Nio, Low ENzo, and GRATIA No.

Salan. Here comes Bassanio, your unost uoble
kinsman,
Gratiano, and Lorenzo : Fare you well ;
We leave you now with better company.
Salur. I would have staid till I had inade you
merry,
If worthier friends had not prevented me.
A nt. Your worth is very dear in Iny regard.
I take it, your own business calls on you,
And you embrace the occasion to depart.
Satur. Good morrow, my good lords.
Bass. Good signiors both, when shall we laught
Say, when f
Yon grow exceeding strange : Must it be so 7
Sular. We'll nuake our leisures to attend on
yours.
[Ereunt SALAR (No and SA1. A Nio.
Lor. My lord Bassaulo, since you have sound
Antonio,
We two will leave you : but at dinner time,
I pray you, have in mind where we uust meet.
Bass. I will not fail you.
Gra. You look not well, signior Antonio ;
You have too much respect upon the world :
They lose it, that do buy it with unuch care.
Believe me, you are marvellously chang'd.
Ant. I hold the world but as the world, Gra-
tiano,
A stage, where every man must play a part,
And tuine a sad one,
Gra. Let me play the Fool :
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come;
And let uny liver rather heat with wine,
Than in y heart cool with mortifying groans.
Why should a man, whose blood is warm within,
Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster?
Sleep when he wakes t and creep into the jaun-
dice
By being peevish I tell thee what, Antonio,-
I love thee, and it is my love that speaks;–
There are a sort of men, whose visages

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You spurn'd me such a day : another time You catt'd me—dog; and for these courtesies 1'tt tend you thus much monies. Ant. I am as like to call thee so again, To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too. If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not As to shy * (for when did friendship take A breed for barren metal of his friend ? But lend it rather to thine enemy : who, if he break, thou may'st with better face Exact the penalty. Shv. why, look you, how you storm 1 i * be friends with you, and have your ove, Forget the shames that you have stain'd me with, supply your present wants, and take no do it of usance for uy inonies, and you'll not hear me : This is kind I offer. Ant. This were kindness. ..Why. This kindness will I show :Go with me to a notary, seal me there Your single bond; and, in a merry sport, If you repay me not on such a day, lu such a place, such sum or sums as are Fox press'd in the condition, let the forfeit Be nominated for an equal pound of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken in what part of your body pleaseth me. Ant. Content, in faith; I'll seal to such a bond, And say there is much kindness in the Jew. Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for ine, I’ll rather dwell in my necessity. Art. Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it; within these two months, that’s a month before This bond expires, I do expect return of thrice three times the value of this bond. *hy. O father Abrahan, what these Curistians are ; whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect The thoughts of others Pray you, tell me this ; If he should break his day, what should I gain By the exaction of the forfeiture ? A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man, is not so estinable, profitable neither, As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say, To buy his favour, l extend this friendship : If he will take it, so ; if not, adieu ; And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not. Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this hond. shor. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's ; Give him direction for this merry bond, And I will go and purse the ducats straight; see to my house, left in the fearful guard of an untbristy knave; and presently

I will be with you. [Fait. A nt. Hie thee, gentle Jew. This Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind. Bass. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind. Ant. Come on : in this there can be no disInay, My ships come brine a moth before the day. - 11... eum".

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Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion, The shadow’d livery of the burnish’d ston, To wholm I am a neighbour, and near bred. Bring me the fairest creature northward born, where Phoebus' fire scarce thaws the icicles, Aud let us make incision " for your love, To prove whose blood is reddest, his, or inine. I tell thee, lady, this aspect of mine Hath fear'd the valiant; by my love, I swear The best-regarded virgins of our cline Have lov’d it too : I would not change this hue, Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen. Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led By nice direction of a maiden's eyes: Besides the lottery of my destiny Bars me the right of voluntary choosing: But, if my father had not scanted me, And hedg’d Ine by his wit, to yield miyself His wife, who wins me by that means i told you, Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair, As any corner I have look'd on yet, For my affection. Mor. Even for that I thank you : Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets, To try my fortune. By this scinitar, That slew the Sophy, and a Persian prince, That won three fields of Sultan Solyman,— I would out-stare the sternest eyes that look, Out-brave the heart inost daling on the eatu, Pluck the young suckling cubs from tile she bear, Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey, To win thee, lady: But, alas the while ! If Hercules and Lichas play at dice Which is the better man, the greater throw May turn by fortune from the weaker hand : So is Alcides beaten by his page ; And so inay 1, blind fortune leading me, Miss that which one unworthier may attain, And die with grieving. Por. You must take your chance; And either not attempt to choose at all, Or swear, before you choose, if you choose wrong, Never to speak to lady afterward In way of marriage : therefore be advis'd. Mur. Nor will uot ; coine, bring une unto my chance. Por. First, forward to the temple; after dinner Your hazard shall be made. Mor. Good fortune then [Cornets. To make me bless'd, or cursed'st among men. | Earunt.

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Laun. Certainly my conscience will serve me to run from this Jew, my master: The fiend is at mine elbow : and tempts ine, saying to une, Gobho, Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or good Gobbo, or good launcelot Gobbo, we your legs, take the start, run away : My conscience says, no ; take herd, honest Launcelot, take heed, honest Gobbo ; or, as aforesaid, honest Launcelot Gobbo, do not run , scorn running with thy hects : well, the most courageous fiend bids me pack; via says the slend , au ay!, says the fiend, for the heavens , , reuse up a brave mind, says the fiend, and runt. Well, my conscience, hanging about the neck of iny heart, says very wisely to me, -my hort at

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werr. The four strangers, seek for you, inadam, to take the is leave and there is a fore runner come from a fifth, the prince of Morocco ; who broug- word the prince, his master, will he here to his ht.

Por, if I could bid the fifth welcome with so road a heart as I can bid the other four fare. well, I should be goad of his approach : if he have the condition * of a -aint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me, than wive me. Conne, Nerissa.-Sirrah, go before...—wholes we shut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at the door. is reunit.

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shu. Three thousand ducats, -well. 13, ss. Ay, Sir, for three months. saw. For three months, - well. 1, s. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound. A hy. Antonio shall become bound,-well. pass. May you stead one Will you pleasure me t shall I know your answer A hy. I htee thousand ducats, for three months, and Antonio bound. 1:ass. Your answer to that. shy. Antonio is a good man. Pass. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary 1 why, lio, no, no, no, no ;-my meaning, in say. ing he is a good man, is to have you understand me, that he is sufficient : yet his meats anc in supposition : he bath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand unoreover upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England,--aud other ventures he hath, squander'd abroad : But ships aic but boards, sailors but men ; there be landrats and water-rats, water-thieves, and land thieves ; i mean, pirates; and then, there is the pens of waters, winds, and rocks : The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient ;-three thousaud du'ats;– think, I may take his bond. 1;ass. Be assured you unay. soy. I will be assured I may ; and, that I may be ausured, will bethink me : May 1 speak with Antonio ! 4;ass. If it please you to dine with us. why. Yeo, to smell pork; to eat of the habi. tation which your prophet, the Nazarite, conjured the devil into will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following , but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What hews ou the Rialto 1–Who is he coules here?

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a fairer table," which doth offer to swear upon a book.-I shall have good fortune ; Go to, here's a simple line of life here's a small trifle of wives: Alas ! fifteen wives is nothing ; eleven widows, and nine maids, is a single coming-in for one man : and then, to 'scape drowning thrice ; and to be in peril of my life with the edge of a feather-bed ;-here are simple 'scapes | well, if fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear.-Father, cone ; I'll take my leave of the Jew in the twinkling of an eye. [Ere unt Launcelot and old Gosho. Bass. I pray thee, good Leonardo, thiuk on this : These things, being bought, and orderly bestow'd, Return in haste, for I do feast to-night My best-esteein’d acquaintance ; hie thee, go. Leon. My best eudeavours shall be done herein.

Enter GRATIA No.

Gra. Where is your master 7 Leon. Youder, Sir, he walks. [Erit Leon A Roo. Gra. Signior Bassanio, -Bass. Gratiano | Gra. I have a suit to you. Bass. You have obtain'd it. Gra. You must not deny ine; I must go with you to Belmont. Bass. Why, then you must ;—But hear thee, Gratiano ; Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice;— Parts, that become thee happily enough, And in such eyes as our's appear not faults; But where thou art not known, why, there they show Something too liberal : +–pray thee, take pains To allay with some cold drops of inodesty Thy skipping spirit; lest, through thy wild behaviour, I be misconstrued in the place I go to, And lose uny hopes. Gra. Signior Bassanio, hear me: If I do not put on a sober habit, Talk with respect, and swear but now and then,

Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely ;

Nay more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes

Thus with my hat, and sigh, and say, amen;
Use all the observance of civility,
Like one well studied in a sad ostent t
To please his grandam, never trust me more,
Bass. Well, we shall see your bearing. §
Gra. Nay, but I bar to-night; you shall not
gage me
By what we do to-night.
Bass. No, that were pity :
I would entreat you rather to put on
Your boldest suit of mirth, for we have friends
That purpose inerriment: But fare you well,
1 bave some business.
Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest ;
But we will visit you at supper-time. [Eve unt.

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Friend Launcelot, what's the news f
Laun. An it shall please you to break up this,
it shall seem to signify.
Ilor. I know the hand : in faith, 'tis a fair
hand ;
And whiter than the paper it writ on,
Is the fair hand that writ.
Gra. Love-news, in faith.
Laun. By your leave, Sir.
Lor. Whither goest thou ?
Lawn. Marry, Sur, to bid my old master the
Jew to sup to-night with Iny new master the
Christian.
Lor. Hold here, take this:—tell gentle Jes-
sica,
I will not fail her ;-speak it privately ; go.—
Gentlemen, [E., it LA UN cellow.
Will you prepare you for this masque to-night :
I am provided of a torch-bearer.
Salar. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it
straight.
Salan. And so will I.
Lor. Meet me, and Gratiano,
At Gratiano's lodging some hour hence.
Salar. 'Tis good we do so.
[Ete unt SA L.A. R. and SA lan.
Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica :
Ilor. I must needs tell thee all : she hath
directed,
How I shall take her from her father's house;
What gold and jewels she is surnish'd with ;
What page's suit she hath in readiness.
If e'er the Jew her father come to heaven,
It will be for his gentle daughter's sake :
And never dare misfortune cross her foot,
Unless she do it under this excuse,_
That she is issue to a faithless Jew.
Come, go with me ; peruse this, as thou goest :
Fair Jessica shall be uy torch-bearer.
[Ereunt.

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