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Por. That he hath a neighbourly charity in him; Shy. For three months-well. for he borrow'd a box of the ear of the Englishman, Baf. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio and swore he would pay him again, when he was Thall be bound. able : I think, the Frenchman became his furety, Sby. Anthonio Thall become bound, --well. and real d under for another.

51 Bull. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Ner. How like you the young German, the duke Shall I know your answer? of Saxony's nephew ?

Siy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, Per. Very vilely in the morning, when he is and Anthonio bound. fober; and most vilely in the afternoon, when he Ball. Your answer to that. is drunk : when he is best, he is a little worse than 10 Sby. Anthonio is a good man. a man; and when he is worit, he is little better baf: Have you heard any imputation to the than a beast: an the worst fall that ever fell, i contrary? hope, I Mall make thift to go without him.

Sby. Ho, no, no, no, no ;-my meaning, in sayNor. If he thouid offer to chuse, and chuse the ing he is a good man, is, to have you understand right casket, you should refuse to perform your 15me, that he is sufficient: yet his means are in íupfather's will, if you should refuse to accept him. pohtion : he hath an argoly bound to Tripolis, ano

Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray ther to the Indies; I understand moreover upon thee, set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for contrary casket; for, if the devil be within, and England, and other ventures he hath, squander'd that temptation without, I know he will chuse it. 20 abroad : But thips are but boards, sailors but I will do any thing, Neriffa, ere i will be marry'd men: there be land-rats, and water-rats, waterto a spunge.

thieves, and land-thieves; I mean, pirates; and then, Ne. You need not fear, lady, the having any of there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks: The these lords ; they have acquainted me with their man is, notwithstanding, sufficient :-three thoudeterminations : which is, indeed, to return to their 25 rand ducats ;-I think, I may take his bond. home, and to trouble you with no more suit; un Baf. Be assur'd, you may.

(aliur’d, lets you may be won by some other sort than your Sly. I will be affur’d, I may; and, that I may be father's impofition, depending on the caskets. I will betluink me: May I speak with Anthonio?

Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as Ball. If it please you to dine with us. chafte as Diana, unless I be obtained by the manner 30 Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habita. of my father's will: I am glad this parcel of wooers tion which your prophet the Nazarite conjured are so very reasonable; for there is not one among the devil into: I will buy with you, fell with you, them but I dote on his very absence, and I pray talk with you, walk with you, and so following i God grant them a fair departure.

but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your fa- 35 pray with you. What news on the Rialto ?ther's time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, Who is he comes here? that came hither in company of the marquis of

Exter Artbonis Montserrat ?

Be{t. This is signior Anthonio. Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I think, so

Sty: [Asiden] How like a fawning publican he he was call'd.

I hate him for he is a Christian :

(looks! Ner. True, madam; he, of all the men that But more, for that, in low fimplicity, ever my foolish eyes look'd upon, was the bent

He lends out money gratis, and brings down deferving a fair lady.

The rate of ufance here with us in Venice. Por. I remember him well; and I remember him ir i can catch him once upon the hip', worthy of thy praise. ---How now! what news? 451 will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. E tr a Serran?,

He hates our sacred nation ; and he rails, Ser. The four strangers (eck for you, madam, to Even there where merchants most do congregate, take their leave: and there is a fore-runner come

On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift, from a fifth, the prince of Morocco ; who brings which he calls interest: Cursed be my tribe, word, the prince, lois master, will be here to-night. 50 1f I forgive him! Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with fol

Bull. Shylock, do you hear? good heart as I can bid the other four farewell, i Spy. I am debating of my present store ; Thould be glad of his approach: if he have the And, by the near guess of my memory, condition of a faint, and the complexion of a devil, I cannot instantly raise up the gross I had rather he should thrive me than wive me. 5 so1 full three thousand ducats : What of that? Come, Nerisia. Sirrah, go before.- Whiles we Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe, thut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at Will furnish me : But fost; How many mont the door.


Do you defire ?-Reft you fair, good fignior; S CE N E III. 1 pallick Pluce in Venice.

160 Your worship was the las man in our mout' Enter Eoljim. and Sbylock.

Anıb. Shylock, aliyeit i neither lend nor bei -Sly. Three thoutand ducats,-well.

By taking, nor by giving of excess, Bo]: Ay, fir, for three months.

Yet, to fuprly the ripe wants of my friend


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I'll break a custom :-Is he yet poffess’d, You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, How much you would ?

And foot me, as you spurn a stranger cur Sby. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.

Over your threshold; monies is your suit. Antb. And for three months.

What should I say to you? Should I not say, Sby. I had forgoi-three months, you told me fo. 5" Hath a dog money? Is it possible Well then, your bond; and, let me see,


“ A cur can lend three thousand ducats ?" or

[row, Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key, Methoughts, you said, you neither lend, nor bor With 'bated breath, and whispering humbleness, Upon advantage.

Say this,—- Fair fir, you spit on me on WednefArtb. I do never use it.

6 day last; Sky. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's Theep, “ Youbfpurn'd me such a day; another time This Jacob from our holy Abraham was

“ You call d me-dog; and for these courtefies (As his wife mother wrought in his behalf) " I'll lend you thus much monies.” The third poffeffor ; ay, he was the third.

Anth. I am as like to call thee so again, An:b. And what of him ? did he take interest? 115 To spit on thee again, to fpurn thee too. Shy. No, not take intereft; not, as you would If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not say,

As to thy friends; (for when did friendship take DireAly interest: mark what Jacob did.

A breed of barren metal of his friend?) When Laban and himself were compromis'd,

But lend it rather to thine enemy; That all the eanlings', which were streak’d, and 20 Who if he break, thou may'st with better face py'd,

Exact the penalty. Should fall as Jacob's hire, the ewes, being rank, Sly. Why, look you, how you storm! In the end of autumn turned to the rams : I would be friends with you, and have your love, And when the work of generation was

Forget the Thames that you have stain'd me with,
Between these woolly breeders in the act, 125 Supply your present wants, and take no doit
The skilful shepherd peeld me certain wands, Of ufance for my monies, and you'll not hear me;
And, in the doing of the deed of kind?,

This is kind I offer.
He stuck them up before the fulsome 3 ewes ; Anth. This were kindness.
Who, then conceiving, did in eaning time

Shy. This kindness will I show:
Fall party-colour'd lambs, and those were Jacob's. 30 Go with me to a notary, seal me there
This was a way to thrive, and he was blest; Your single bond; and, in a merry sport,
And thrist is bicíling, if men Neal it not. (for ;

If you repay me not on such a day,
Arth. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv'd In such a place, such sum, or sums, as are
A thing not in his power to bring to pass, Express’d in the condition, let the forfeit
But sway'd, and fashion'd, by the hand of heaven. 35 Be nominated for an equal pound
Was this inserted to make interest good ?

Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken
Or is your gold and filver, ewes and rams? In what part of your body pleaseth me.

Sby. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast: Anth. Content, in faith ; I'll seal to such a bond, But note me, fignior.

And say, there is much kindness in the Jew. Art. Mark you this, Bassanio.

140 Baff. You shall not seal to such a bond for me, The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.

I'll rather dwell 7 in my necessity. An evil soul, producing holy witness,

Antb. Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it: is like a villain with a smiling cheek;

Within these two months, that's a month before A goodly apple rotten at the heart :

This bond expires, I do expect return 0, what a goodly outside falshood hath! [sum. 45 Of thrice three times the value of the bond.

Sby. Three thousand ducats,-'tis a good round Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are; Three months from twelve, then iet me see the Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect

[you The thoughts of others ! Pray you, tell me this; Antb. Well, Shylock, Mall we be beholden to If he should break his day, what should I gain

Sby. Signior Anthonio, many a time and oft 50 By the exaction of the forfeiture? In the Rialto you have rated me

A pound of man's fleth, taken from a man, About my monies, and my osances 4 :

Is not fo estimable, profitable neither, Still have I borne it with a patient Mrug;

As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say, For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe :

To buy his favour, I extend this friendship; You call me-misbeliever, cut-throat dog, 55 If he will take it, so; if not, adieu ; And spit upon my Jewish gaberdines,

And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not. And all for use of that which is mine own.

Anib. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond. Well then, it now appears, you need my help: Sby. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's ; Go to then : you come to me, and you say,

Give him direction for this merry bond, we would have monies;" You say fo : 160|And I will go and purse the ducats strait;


“ Shylock,

' i. e. lambs just dropt. ? i.e. of nature. 3 Meaning, lascivious, obscene. 4 Use and usarce were both words formerly employed for ulury. 5 A gaberdine means a coarse frock. 6 That is, intereft money bred from the principal. 1 To dwell, here seems to mean the same as to continue,


Set to my house, left in the fearful guard !

Ball. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind. Of an unthrifty knave; and presently

Antb. Come on; in this there can be no dismay, I will be with you.


My ships come home a month before the day. Antb. Hie thee, gentle Jew.

(Exeunt. This Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind.15

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15 In way of marriage; therefore be advised.

Mor. Nor will not ; come, bring me unto my Enter the Prince of Morocco, and three or four fol

chance. lowers accordingly; with Portia, Nerifa, and ber Por. First, forward to the temple; after dinner train. Flourish Cornets.

Your hazard Thall be made.
'ISLIK E me not for my complexion, 20 Mor. Good fortune then !

The Shadow'd livery of the burnithid To make me blett, or cursed'st among men.

[Exeunt, To whom I am a neighbour, and near bred.

Bring me the fairest creature northward born,
Where Phobus' fire scarce thaws the icicles,

A Street in Venice.

1251 And let us make incision for your love,

Enter Launcelot Gobbo. To prove whose blood is reddeft, his, or mine. Laun. Certainly, my conscience will serve me I tell thee, lady, this aspect of mine

to run from this Jew my master : The fiend is at Hath fear'd 2 the valiant; by my love, I swear, mine elbow, and tempts me, saying to me, “Gobbo, The best regarded virgins of our clime

“ Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or good GobHave lov'd it too : I would not change this hue, " bo, or good Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs, Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen. “ take the start, run away."My conscience

Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led says,_" No; take heed, honcft Launcelot; take By nice direction of a maiden's eyes :

f" heed, honest Gobbo; or," as forefaid, “ honeft Besides, the lottery of my destiny


“ Launcelot Gobbo; do not run; scorn running Bars me the right of voluntary chuling:

“ with thy heels.” Well, the most courageous But, if my father had not scanted me,

fiend bids me pack : “ Via !" says the fiend; And hedg'd me by his will, to yield myself

away!" says the fiend, “ for the heavens;" His wife, who wins me by that means I told you, “ rouse up a brave mind," says the fiend, “ and Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair, 1401“ run." Well, my conscience hanging about the As any comer I have look d on yet,

neck of my heart, says very wisely to me,-“ My For my affection.

“ honest friend Launcelot, being an honest man's Mor. Even for that I thank you ;

" ron,”- or rather an honest woman's son ;-for, Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets, indeed, my father did something smack, something To try my fortune. By this scimitar, 45 grow to, he had a kind of tafte ;-well, my conThat New the Sophy, and a Persian prince, science says, "Launcelot, budge not.” “Budge," That won three fields of Sultan Solyman, says the fiend. “ Budge not," says my conscio I would out-stare the sterneft eyes that look, ence.-Conscience, say I, you counsel well. Fiend, Out-brave the heart most daring on the earth, say I, you counsel well. To be ruld by my conPluck the young sucking cubs from the she-bear, 50 science, I should stay with the Jew my master, Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey, who, God bless the mark, is a kind of devil; and, To win thee, lady : But, alas the while !

to run away from the Jew, I should be rul'd by If Hercules, and Lichas, play at dice

the fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil Which is the better man, the greater throw himself. Certainly, the Jew is the very devil inMay turn by fortune from the weaker hand : 55 carnation; and, in my conscience, my conscience So is Alcides beaten by his page ;

is but a kind of hard confcience, to offer to counsel And so may. I, blind Fortune leading me,

me to stay with the Jew: The fiend gives the Mifs that which one unworthier may attain, more friendly counsel. I will run, fiend; my And die with grieving.

heels are at your commandment, I will run. Por. You must take your chance ;

60 Enter old Gobbs, bis father, witb. a basket. And either not attempt to chuse at all,

Gob. Master, young man, you, I pray you ; Or swear, before you chuseg-if you chuse wrong, which is the way to master Jew's?

" Fearful guard mcans a guard that is not to be trusted, but gives cause of fear. % je e. hath made the valiant afraid,


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Laun. (afide.] O heavens, this is my true-begot-l fa beard halt thou gor! Thou haft got more hair
ten father! who, being more than fand-blind, on thy chin, than Dobbin my thill-horse has oa
high-gravel blind, knows me noti-I will try con This tail.
clusions with him.

Laun. It should seem then, that Dobbin's tail Geb. Master, young gentleman, I pray you, 5 grows backward; I am sure he had more bair on which is the way to master Jew's ?

his tail, than I have on my face, when I last law. Laur. Turn up on your right hand, at the next him. turning, but, at the next turning of all, on your Gob. Lord, how thou art chang'd! How doft left; marry, at the very next turning, turn of no thou and thy master agree? I have brought him a band, but turn down indirectly to the Jew's house. so present : How agrce you now? Geb. By God's sonties, 'twill be a hard way to

Laun. Well, well; but for mine own part, as hit. Can you tell me whether one Launcelot, that I have set up my rest to run away, so I will not dwells with him, dwell with him, or no?

rest 'till I have run some ground: My master's a Laun. Talk you of young master Launcelot ?.. very Jew; give him a present! give him a halter : Mark me now, [afide.] now will I raise the wa- 251 am familh'd in his service ; you may tell every ters:-Talk you of young master Launcelot? finger I have with my ribs, Father, I am glad

Geb. No master, ür, but a poor man's son; his you are come ; give me your present to one master ping father, though I say it, is an honest exceeding poor BasTanio, who, indeed, gives rare new liveries; man, and, God be thanked, well to live.

lif I serve not him, I will run as far as God has Laun. Well, let his father be what he will, we 20 any ground.„rare fortune ! liere comes the talk of young master Launcelot.

man ;-to him father ; for I am a Jew, if I serve Gob. Your worship's friend, and Launcelot, fir. the Jew any longer.

Laur. But I pray you erga, old man, trga, 1 Enter Baljanic, wib Lecards, and a follower or todo beseech you; Talk you of young master Laun

251 Ball. You may do so;--but let it be fo hasted, Goto Of Launcelot, an' please your mastership. that supper be ready at the farthest by five of the Laur. Ergo, master Launcelot, talk not of mal clock. See these letters deliver'd; put the liveries ter Launcelot, father ; for the young gentleman to making; and defire Gratiano to come anon to (according to fites and destinies, and such odd say

my lodging. ings, the fifters three, and such branches of learn- 30 Laun. To him, father. ing) is, indeed, deceased; or, as you would say, Gob. God bless your worship! in plain terms, gone to heaven.

Baj: Gramercy; Would'st thou aught with me! Geb. Marry, God forbid! the boy was the very Geb. Here's my son, sir, a poor boy, staff of my age, my very prop.

Laun. Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew's Laur. Do I look like a cudzel, or a hovel-post, 35 man; that would, sir, as my father shall specity,-a Ataff, or a prop :-Do you know me, father?

Gob. He hath a great infection, air, as one would
Gob. Alack the day, I know you not, young

ray, to serve
gentleman : but, I pray you, tell me, is my boy Laun. Indeed, the short and the long is, I serve
(Cod rest his foul !) alive, or dead?

the Jew, and have a desire as my father shall speLaun. Do you not know me, father?

4ofcify, Geb. Alack, sir, I am sand-blind, I know you

Gob. His master and he (saving your worship's

reverence) are scarce cater-coulins:Laun. Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you

Laun. To be briet, the very truth is, that the might fail of the knowing me: it is a wise father Jew having done me wrong, doth cause me, as my that knows his own child. Well, old man, I will 45 father, being 1 hope an old man, thull frutify unto tell you news of your son: Give me your blessing; you, truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid Gob. I have here a dith of doves, that I would long, a man's fon may; but, in the end, truth will bestow upon your worship; and my suit is

Laun, In very brief, the suit is impertinent to
Gab. Pray you, fir, stand up; I am sure, you are 5 myself, as your worship shall know by this honest
not Launcelot, my boy.

old man; and though I say it, though old man,
Laur. Pray you, let's have no more fooling about yet poor man, my father.
it, but give me your blelling; I am Launcelot, Baf: One speak for both ;-What would you !
your boy that was, your son that is, your child that Laun. Serve you, fir.


Gib.. This is the very defect of the matter, sir.
Gob. I cannot think, you are my son.

Baj. I know thee well, thou hait obtain'd thy
Laun. I know not what I fall think of that:

fuit :
but I am Launcelot, the Jew's man; and, I am

Shylock, thy master, spoke with me this day,
sure, Margery, your wife, is my mother,

And hath preferr'd thee; if it he preferinent,
Gab. Her name is Margery, indeed: I'll be 6c to leave a rich Jew's service to become
(worn, if thou be Launcelot, thou art my own fier The follower of so poor a gentleman.
and blood. Lord worshipp'd might he be! what Laur. The old proverb is very well parted be-

That is, I will try experiments with him. 2 Tbill, or fi!, means the Mafts of a cart or waggon.

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tween my master Shylock and you, fir; you have Ball. No, that were pity; the grace of God, fir, and he hath enough.

I would entreat you rather to put on Baf. Thou speak'st it well: Go, father, with Your boldest suit of mirth, for we have friends thy son :

That purpose merriment: But fare you well, Take leave of thy old master, and enquire 5 I have some business. My lodging out :-give him a livery

Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest;

[T, his followers. But we will visit you at supper-time. [Exeunt. More guarded ! than his fellows : see it done. Laun. Father, in:-I cannot get a service, no;

SCENE III. I have ne'er a tongue in my head. Well, [lock- 10

Sbylock's boufe. ing on bis palm] if any man in Italy have a fairer

Enter Jelica and Launcelot. table?, which doth offer to swear upon a book, I

Jes. I am sorry, thou wilt leave my father so; shall have good fortune.—Go to, here's a fimple Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil, line of life! here's a small trifle of wives: alas, fif

Didst robit of some taste of tediousness : teen wives is nothing; eleven widows, and nine 15 But fare thee well; there is a ducat for thee. maids, is a simple coming-in for one man : and

And, Launcelot, forn at supper shalt thou see then, to 'scape drowning thrice; and to be in pe

Lorenzo, who is thy new master's guest : ril of my life with the edge of a feather-bed 3 ;

Give him this letter; do it fecretly, here are simple 'scapes! Well, if fortune be a wo

And fo farewell; I would not have my father man, she's a good wench for this geer.–Father,20 see me talk with thee. come; I'll take my leave of the Jew in the Laun. Adieu !-tears exhibit my tongue.twinkling of an eye.

Most beautiful pagan,—most sweet Jew! if a [Exeunt Launcelot and old Gibbo.

Christian did not play the knave, and get thee, I Bal: I pray thee, good Leonardo, think on this;

am much deceiv'd: but, adieu ! these foolith drops These things being bought, and orderly bestow'd, 25 do somewhat drown my manly spirit; adieu ! Return in hafte, for I do feast to night

[Exit. My best-esteem'd acquaintance; hie thee, go.

If. Farewel, good Launcelot.
Leon. My best endeavours Thail be done herein.

Alack, what heinous sin is it in me,
Enter Gratiano.

To be asham’d to be my father's child !
Gra. Where's your master ?

30 But though I am a daughter to his blood, Leon. Yonder, sir, he walks. [Exit Lenards.

I am no to his manners: O Lorenzo, Gra. Signior Baffanio

If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife ; Bal: Gratiano!

Become a christian, and thy loving wife. [Exit. Gra. I have a suit to you. Ball: You have obtain'd it.


SCENE IV. Gra. You must not deny me; I must go with

The Street. you to Delmont. Bef: Why, then you must;-But hear thee, Enter Gratiano, Lorenzo, Salarino, and Salanis. Gratiano:

Lor. Nay, we will Nink away in supper-time ; Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice ; 40 Disguise us at my lodging, and return Parts, that become thee happily enough,

All in an hour. And in such eyes as ours appear not faults:

Gra. We have not made good preparation. But where thou art not known, why, there tlicy shew Sal. We have not spoke us yet of torch-bearers. Something too liberal +;—pray thee, take pain Sala. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly ordered; To allay with some cold drops of modetty (viour, 45 And better, in my mind, not undertook. [hours Thy skipping spirit; left, through thy wild beha Lor. 'Tis now but four o'clock; we have two I be misconstru'd in the place I go to,

To furnith us: And lose my hopes.

Enter Launcelot with a letter. Gra, Signior Baffanio, hear me :

Friend Launcelot, what's the news ? If I do not put on a sober habit,

50 Laus. An it shall please you to break up thiş , Talk with respect, and swear but now and then, lit Mall seem to signify. Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely; Lor. I know the hand : in faith, 'tis a fair hand; Nay, more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes And whiter than the paper it writ on, Thus with my hat, and sigh, and say, amen; Is the fair hand that writ. Use all the observance of civility,

55 Gra. Love-news, in faith. Like one well studied in a fad oftent 5

Laun. By your leave, fir. To please his grandam, never trust me more.

Lor. Whither goeft thou ? Bal. Well, we thall see your bearing. [me Laun. Marry, sir, to bid my old master the

Gra. Nay, but I bar to-night; you shall not gage Jew to sup to-night with my new master the By what we do to-niglit.

160 Christian.

3 A cant

I That is, more ornamented. 2 The chiromantic term for the lines of the hand. phrase to signify the danger of marrying. 4 That is, too gross, licentious.

$ That is, grave appearance. u To break up was a term in carving.


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