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SCENE I.-A Street in Venice.
Enter SALARINO and SOLANIO, R.
Sala. The villain Jew with outcries raised the Duke,
Sol. He came too late, the ship was under sail :
Sala. I never heard a passion so confused,
Sol. Marry, well remembered :
Sala. I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever knapt ginger, or made her neighbours believe she wept for the death of a third husband: but it is true, that the good Antonio, the honest Antonio,-oh, that I had a title good enough to keep his name company !
Sol. Come, the full stop.
Sala. Let me say Amen betiines, lest the devil cross thy prayer; for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.
Enter SHYLOCK, L.
Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as you, of my daughter's flight.
[Crosses, c. Sol. That's certain; I, for my part, knew the tailor that made the wings she flew withal.
Sala. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was fledged ; and then it is the complexion of them all to leave the dam.
Shy. She is damned for it.
loss at sea or no? Shy. There I have another bad match; a bankrupt, a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the Rialto;a beggar, that used to come smug upon the mart;--let him look to his bond: he was wont to call me usurer ;
let him look to his bond: he was wont to lend money for a christian courtesy :-let him look to his bond. [Crosses, L,
Sol. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh; what's that good for?
Shy. To bait fish withal; if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. [Crosses, c. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me of half a million : laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated my enemies; and what's his reason ?-I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes ? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions ?-fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the sanue means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is ? If you prick is, do we not bleed? if you
tickle us, do we not laugh!--if you poison us, do we not die ? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge ? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility ? revenge! If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example ? why, revenge ! (Crosses, L.)-The villainy you teach me, I will execute ! and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.
Sala, Here comes another of the tribe : a third cannot de matched, unless the devil himself turn Jew.
(Exeunt Solanio and Salarino, R.
Enter TUBAL, R. Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? hast thou found my daughter?
Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but cannot find her.
Shy. Why, there, there, there, there! a diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort !
The curse never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt it till now; --two thousand ducats in that; and other precious, precious jewels--I would my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! 'would she were hearseil at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin! No news of them ?--why, so :--and I know not what's spent in the search: why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone
with so much, and so much to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge ; nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my shoulders; no sighs, but o' my breathing: no tears, but o my shedding
Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too; Antonio, as I heard in Genoa,
Shy. What, what, what! ill luck ? ill luck ? ill luck?
Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wreck.
Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ?-Good news, good news: ha! ha!-Where? in Genoa ?
Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore ducats.
Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me:- -I shall never see my gold again: fourscore ducats at a sitting! fourscore ducats!
Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my company to Venice, that swear he cannot choose but break.
Shy. I am very glad of it; I'll plague him! I'll torture him! I am glad of it.
?'ub. One of them shewed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a monkey.
her! Thou torturest me, Tubal! it was my torquoise; I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor: I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.
[Crosses, L. Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone.
Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true: go, Tubal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight before : I will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandize I will: go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue. (io, good Tubal; at our syna
Exeunt, Shylock, L., Tubal, R.
Gold, Silver, and Lead, laid out, c.
Singers, Musicians, Pages, and other Attendants, dis-
choice, Immediately to leave you, and begone.
Por. To these injunctions every one doth swear, That comes to hazard for my worthless self.
Bass. And so have I addressed me.-Fortune uo'y
heart's hope !
Bass. Let me choose ; For, as I am, I live upon the rack. Come, let me to my fortune and the caskets. Por. Away, then: [Crosses, L.] I am locked in one of
you do love me, you will find me out.Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof.- [They retire. Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Fading in music; that the comparison May stand more proper, my eyes shall be the stream, And wat’ry death-bed for him.
[Music whilst Bassanio comments on the caskets to him.
many nmanded, that command ?