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play'd Pyramus, and hanged himself in Tita. First, rehearse your song by rote,
Thisbe's garter, it would have been a fine To each word a warbling note :
tragedy: and so is, truly; and very notably Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
discharged. But come, your Bergomask : let Will we sing, and bless this place.
your epilogue alone.
[A dance.

[Song and dance The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve:- Obe. Now, until the break of day, Lovers, to bed ; 'tis almost fairy time.

Through this house each fairy stray.
I fear we shall out-sleep the coming morn,

To the best bride-bed will we,
As much as we this night have overwatch'd. Which by us shall blessed be ;
This palpable gross play hath well beguild And the issue there create,
The heavy gait of night. --Sweet friends, to Ever shall be fortunate.

So shall all the couples three
A fortnight hold we this solemnity,

Ever true in loving be ;
In nightly revels, and new jollity. (Exeunt. And the blots of nature's hand

Shall not in their issue stand ;

Never mole, hare-lip, nor scar,
Enter Puck.

Nor mark prodigious, such as are
Puck. Now the hungry lion roars,

Despised in nativity,
And the wolf behowls the inoon ;

Shall upon their children be.
Whilst the heavy ploughman snores,

With this field-dew consecrate,
All with weary task fordone.

Every fairy take his gait ;
Now the wasted brands do glow,

And each several chamber bless,
Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud, Through this palace, with sweet peace :
Puts the wretch that lies in woe,

Ever shall in safety rest,
In remembrance of a shroud.

And the owner of it blest.
Now it is the time of night,

Trip away ; make no stay;
That the graves, all gaping wide,

Meet me all by break of day.
Every one lets forth his sprite,

[Exeunt Oberon, Titania, and train. In the church-way paths to glide : Puck. If we shadows have offended, And we fairies, that do run

Think but this, (and all is mended,)
By the triple Hecate's team,

That you have but slumber'd here,
From the presence of the sun,

While these visions did appear.
Following darkness like a dream,

And this weak and idle theme,
Now are frolic : not a mouse

No more yielding but a dream, Shall disturb this hallow'd house :

Gentles, do not reprehend : I am sent, with broom, before,

If you pardon, we will mend.
To sweep the dust behind the door.

And, as I'm an honest Puck,
Enter Oberon and Titania, with their train. If we have unearnéd luck
Obe. Through the house give glimmering Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,

By the dead and drowsy fire : [light, We will make amends ere long ;
Every elf, and fairy sprite,

Else the Puck a liar call :
Hop as light as bird from brier ;

So, good night unto you all.
And this ditty, after me,

Give me your hands, if we be friends, Sing, and dance it trippingly.

And Robin shall restore amends. (Eril. MERCHANT OF VENICE.


Launcelot Gobbo, a Clown, servant to Shylock. Prince of Morocco, Suitors to Portia.

Old Gobbo, Father to Launcelot. Prince of Arragon,

Leonardo, Servant to Bassanio. Antonio, the Merchant of Venice.

Balthazar, Bassanio, his friend.

Stephano, }

Servants to Portia. Gratiano,

Portia, a rich Heiress. Salanio, Friends to Antonio and Bassanio. Nerissa, her waiting-maid. Sa

Jessica, Daughter to Shylock. Lorenzo, in love with Jessica.

Magnificoes of Venice, Officers of the Court of Shylock, a Jew.

Justice, Gaoler, Servants, and other AttendTubal, a Jew, his friend.

ants. SCENE, -Partly at Venice, and partly at Belmont, the seat of Portia, on the Continent.


And, in a word, but even now worth this, SCENE I.-Venice. A Street.

And now worth nothing? Shall I have the

thought Enter Antonio, Salarino, and Salanio.

To think on this ; and shall I lack the thought, Ant. In sooth, I know not why I am so sad : That such a thing bechanc'd would make me It wearies me; you say it wearies you ; But tell not me; I know, Antonio [sad ? But how I caught it, found it, or came by it, Is sad to think upon his rr.erchandise. {it, What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born, Ant. Believe me, no : I thank my fortune for I am to learn ;

My ventures are not in one bottom trusted, And such a want-wit sadness makes of me, Nor to one place; nor is my whole estate That I have much ado to know myself. Upon the fortune of this present year :

Salar. Your mind is tossing on the ocean ; Therefore, my merchandise makes me not sad. There, where your argosies with portly sail,- Salar. Why, then you are in love. Like signiors and rich burghers on the flood, Ant.

Fie, fie ! Or, as it were, the pageants of the sea, --- Salar. Not in love neither? Then let's say Do overpeer the petty traffickers,

you are sad, That court'sy to them, do them reverence, Because you are not merry: and 'twere as easy As they fly by them with their woven wings. For you to laugh, and leap, and say you are Salan. Believe me, sir, had I such venture merry,

(Janus, forth,

Because you are not sad. Now, by two-headed The better part of my affections would Nature hath fram'd strange fellows in her time : Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still Some that will evermore peep through their Plucking the grass, to know where sits the And laugh, like parrots, at a bagpiper ; [eyes, wind;

[roads ; And other of such vinegar aspect, sinile, Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and That they'll not show their teeth in way of And every object that might make me fear Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable. Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt Enter Bassanio, Lorenzo, and Gratiano. Would make me sad.

Salan. Here comes Bassanio, your most Salar. My wind, cooling my broth, noble kinsman, Would blow me to an ague, when I thought Gratiano, and Lorenzo. Fare you well : What harm a wind too great might do at sea. We leave you now with better company. I should not see the sandy hour-glass run, Salar. I would have stay'd till I had made But I should think of shallows and of flats; you merry, And see my wealthy Andrew dock'd in sand, If worthier friends had not prevented me. Vailing her high top lower than her ribs, Ant. Your worth is very dear in my regard. To kiss her burial. Should I go to church, I take it your own business calls on you, And see the holy edifice of stone, (rocks, And you embrace the occasion to depart. And not bethink me straight of dangerous Salar. Good morrow, iny good lords. Which, touching but my gentle vessel's side, Bass. Good signiors both, when shall we Would scatter all her spices on the stream ; laugh? Say, when ? Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks ; You grow exceeding strange : must it be so ?

Salar. We'll make our leisures to attend on To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage,

yours. [Exeunt Salarino and Salanio. That you to-day promis'd tơ tell me of ? Lor. My lord Bassanio, since you have Bass. 'Tis not unknown to you, Antonio, found Antonio,

How much I have disabled mine estate, We too will leave you : but, at dinner-time, By something showing a more swelling port I pray you,

have in mind where we must meet. Than my faint means would grant continuance : Bass. I will not fail you.

Nor do I now make moan to be abridg'd Gra. You look not well, signior Antonio ; From such a noble rate ; but my chief care You have too much respect upon the world: Is, to come fairly off from the great debts, They lose it that do buy it with much care : Wherein my time, something too prodigal, Believe me, you are marvellously chang'd. Hath left me gaged. To you, Antonio, Ant. I hold the world but as the world, I owe the most, in money and in love ; Gratiano ;

And from your love I have a warranty
A stage, where every man must play a part, To unburthen all my plots and purposes,
And mine a sad one.

How to get clear of all the debts I owe.

Let me play the fool : Ant. I pray you, good Bassanio, let me With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come;

know it; And let my liver rather heat with wine, And if it stand, as you yourself still do, Than my heart cool with mortifying groans. Within the eye of honour, be assur'd, Why should a man, whose blood is warm My purse, my person, my extremest means, within,

Lie all unlock'd to your occasions. (one shaft, Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster?

Bass. In my school-days, when I had lost Sleep when he wakes ? and creep into the I shot his fellow of the self-same flight jaundice

The self-same way, with more advised watch, By being peevish? I tell thee what, Antonio, - To find the other forth; and by adventuring I love thee, and it is my love that speaks,

both, There are a sort of men, whose visages I oft found both: I urge this childhood proof, Do cream and mantle like a standing pond ; Because what follows is pure innocence. And do a wilful stillness entertain,

I owe you much : and, like a wilful youth, With purpose to be dress'd in an opinion That which I owe is lost : but if you please Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit; To shoot another arrow that self way As who should say, "I am Sir Oracle, Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt, And, when I ope my lips, let no dog bark!" As I will watch the aim, or to find both, O my Antonio, I do know of these,

Or bring your latter hazard back again, That therefore only are reputed wise, And thankfully rest debtor for the first. For saying nothing ; who, I am very sure, Ant. You know me well; and herein spend If they should speak, would almost damn

but time, those ears,

[fools. To wind about my love with circumstance ; Which, hearing them, would call their brothers And out of doubt you do me now more wrong I'll tell thee more of this another time : In making question of my uttermost, But fish not, with this melancholy bait, Than if you had made waste of all I have : For this fool-gudgeon, this opinion.- Then do but say to me what I should do, Come, good Lorenzo.-Fare ye well, awhile : That in your knowledge may by me be done, I'll end my exhortation after dinner.

And I am prest unto it: therefore, speak, Lor. Well, we will leave you, then, till din- Bass. In Belmont is a lady richly left, ner-time:

And she is fair, and, fairer than that word, I must be one of these same dumb wise men, Of wondrous virtues : sometimes from her eyes For Gratiano never lets me speak. [more, I did receive fair speechless messages :

Gra. Well, keep me company but two years Her name is Portia : nothing undervalu'd Thou shalt not know the sound of thine own To Cato's daughter, Brutus' Portia : tongue.

(gear. Nor is the wide world ignorant of her worth ; Ant. Farewell : I'll grow a talker for this For the four winds blow in from every coast Gra. Thanks, i faith; for silence is only Renowned suitors : and her sunny locks commendable

(vendible. Hang on her temples like a golden fleece ; In a neat's tongue dried, and a maid not Which makes her seat of Belmont Colchos'

(Exeunt Gratiano and Lorenzo. strand, Ant. Is that anything now?

And many Jasons come in quest of her. Bass. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of O my Antonio ! had I but the means nothing, more than any man in all Venice. To hold a rival place with one of them, His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in I have a mind presages me such thrist, two bushels of chaff : you shall seek all day That I should questionless be fortunate. ere you find them; and, when you have them, Ant. Thou knowest that all my fortunes are they are not worth the search.

same Neither have I money, nor commodity at sea ; Ant. Well; tell me now, what lady is the To raise a present sum : therefore go forth,

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Try what my credit can in Venice do; should say, “An you will not have me, That shall be rack d, even to the uttermost, choose." He hears merry tales, and smiles To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia. not: I fear he will prove the weeping philoGo, presently enquire, and so will I,

sopher when he grows old, being so full of unWhere money is; and I no question make, mannerly sadness in his youth. I had rather To have it of my trust, or for my sake. be married to a death's head with a bone in

(Exeunt. his mouth, than to either of these :-God

defend me from these two ! SCENE II.-Belmont. A Room in Portia's Mansion.

Ner. How say you by the French lord,

Monsieur Le Bon ?
Enter Portia and Nerissa.

Por. God made him, and therefore let him Por. By my troth, Nerissa, my little body pass for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to is aweary of this great world.

be a mocker : but, he !--why, he hath a horse Ner. You would be, sweet madam, if your better than the Neapolitan's; a better bad miseries were in the same abundance as your habit of frowning than the count Palatine : he good fortunes are : and yet, for aught I see, is every man in no man ; if a throstle sing, he they are as sick that surfeit with too much, as falls straight a capering : he will fence with they that starve with nothing : it is no mean his own shadow. If I should marry him, I happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean ; should marry twenty husbands. If he would superfluity comes sooner by white hairs; but despise me, I would forgive him ; for if he competency lives longer.

love me to madness, I shall never requite bim. Por. Good sentences, and well pronounced. Ner. What say you, then, to Faulconbridge, Ner. They would be better, if well followed. the young baron of England ?

Por. If to do were as easy as to know what Por. You know I say nothing to him ; for were good to do, chapels had been churches, he understands not me, nor I him : he hath and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It neither Latin, French, nor Italian ; and you is a good divine that follows his own in. will come into the court and swear that I have structions: I can easier teach twenty what a poor penny-worth in the English. He is a were good to be done, than be one of the proper man's picture; but, alas, who can contwenty to follow mine own teaching. The verse with a dumb show? How oddly he is brain may devise laws for the blood ; but a suited! I think he bought his doublet in hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree : such a Italy, his round hose in France, his bonnet in hare is madness, the youth, to skip o'er the Germany, and his behaviour everywhere. meshes of good counsel, the cripple. But this Ner. What think you of the Scottish lord, reasoning is not in the fashion to choose me a his neighbour ? busband :-0 me, the word choose! I may Por. That he hath a neighbourly charity in neither choose whom I would, nor refuse whom him ; for he borrowed a box of the ear of the I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter Englishman, and swore he would pay him curbed by the will of a dead father.-Is it not again when he was able : I think the Frenchhard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one, nor man became his surety, and sealed under for refuse none?

another. Ner. Your father was ever virtuous; and Ner. How like you the young German, the holy men, at their death, have good inspira- duke of Saxony's nephew tions : therefore, the lottery, that he hath de- Por. Very vilely in the mornủng, when he is vised in these three chests, of gold, silver, and sober ; and most vilely in the afternoon, when lead (whereof who chooses his meaning, he is drunk : when he is best, he is a little worse chooses you), will, no doubt, never be chosen than a man; and when he is worst, he is little by any rightly, but one whom you shall rightly better than a beast. An the worst fall that love. But what warmth is there in your af- ever fell, I hope I shall make shift to go withfection towards any of these princely suitors out him. that are already come?

Ner. If he should offer to choose, and Por. I pray thee, over-name them; and as choose the right casket, you should refuse thou namest them, I will describe them ; and, to perform your father's will, if according to my description, level at my refuse to accept him. affection.

Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince. thee, set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the

Por. Ay, that's a colt, indeed, for he doth contrary casket ; for, if the devil be within, nothing but talk of his horse ; and be makes and that temptation without, I know he will it a great appropriation to his own good parts, choose it. I will do anything, Nerissa, ere I that he can shoe him himself. I am much will be married to a sponge. afraid, my lady his mother played false with a Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having smith.

any of these lords : they have acquainted me Ner. Then is there the county Palatine. with their determinations, which is, indeed, to Por, He doth nothing but frown: as who return to their home, and to trouble you with

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no more suit, unless you may be won by some The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient : other sort than your father's imposition, de- three thousand ducats :- I think, I may take pending on the caskets.

Bass. Be assured you may.

[his bond. Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will Shy. I will be assured I may; and, that I die as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained may be assured, I will bethink me. May I by the manner of my father's will. I am glad speak with Antonio ? this parcel of wooers are so reasonable ; for Bass. If it please you to dine with us. there is not one among them but I dote on his Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitvery absence ; and I pray God grant them a ation which your prophet, the Nazarite, confair departure.

jured the devil into. I will buy with you, sell Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your with you, talk with you, walk with you, and father's time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a sol- so following ; but I will not eat with you, dier, that came hither in the company of the drink with you, nor pray with you. What Marquis of Montferrat?

news on the Rialto ?-Who is he comes here? Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio : as I think,

Enter Antonio. so was he called.

Bass. This is signior Antonio. she looks! Ner. True, madam : he, of all the men Shy. [Aside.) How like a fawning publican that ever my foolish eyes looked upon, was the I hate him for he is a Christian ; best deserving a fair lady.

But more, for that, in low simplicity, Por. I remember him well; and I remem- He lends out money gratis, and brings down ber him worthy of thy praise. -- {Enter a Serv- The rate of usance here with us in Venice. ant.] How now! what news?

If I can catch him once upon the hip, Serv. The four strangers seek for you, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. madam, to take their leave : and there is a He hates our sacred nation; and he rails, forerunner come from a fifth, the prince of Even there where merchants most do congreMorocco ; who brings word, the prince his gate, master will be here to-night.

On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift, Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with which he calls interest. Cursèd be my trihe so good heart as I can bid the other four If I forgive him ! farewell , I should be glad of his approach : if Bass.

Shylock, do you hear? he have the condition of a saint, and the com- Shy. I am debating of my present store ; plexion of a devil, I had rather he should And, by the near guess of my memory, shrive me than wive me. Come, Nerissa.- I cannot instantly raise up the gross Sirrah, go before.—Whiles we shut the gate Of full three thousand ducats. What of that? upon one wooer, another knocks at the door. Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,

[Exeunt. Will furnish me. But soft! how many months SCENE III.-Venice. A public Place.

Do you desire ?-[To Antonio.] Rest you fair,

good signior; Enter Bassanio and Shylock. Your worship was the last man in our mouths. Shy. Three thousand ducats,-well.

Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor Bass. Ay, sir, for three months.

borrow, Shy. For three months, -well.

By taking, nor by giving of excess, Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my friend, shall be bound.

I'll break a custom.-[To Bassanio.] Is he yet Shy. Antonio shall become bound, -well. How much you would ?

[possessid, Bass. May you stead me? Will you plea- Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. sure me? Shall I know your answer ?

Ant. And for three months. Shy. Three thousand ducats for three Shy. I had forgot,-three months : you told months, and Antonio bound.

[hear you! Bass. Your answer to that.

Well then, your bond ; and let me see, -- But Shy. Antonio is a good man. [contrary? Methought you said you neither lend nor borrow Buss. Have you heard any imputation to the Upon advantage. Ant. I do never use it.

Shy. Oh no, no, no, no ;-my meaning, in Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's saying he is a good man, is to have you under- sheep. stand me, that he is sufficient. Yet his means This Jacob from our holy Abraham was are in supposition : he hath an argosy bound (As his wise mother wrought in his behalf,) to Tripolis, another to the Indies ; I under- The third possessor; ay, he was the third ; stand, moreover, upon the Rialto, he hath a Ant. And what of him? did he take interest? third at Mexico, a fourth for England,--and Shy. No, not take interest ; not, as you other ventures he hath, squandered abroad. But ships are but boards, sailors but men : Directly, interest :-mark what Jacob did. there be land-rats and water-rats, land-thieves When Laban and himself were compromis d and water-thieves, ---I mean pirates ; and then That all the eanlings which were streak'd and there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. I pied

me so.

would say,

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