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land,--and other ventures lie hath, squander'd abroad: But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land rats, and water rats, water thieves, and land thieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the
peril of waters, winds, and rocks: The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient :-three thousand ducats ;I think, I may take his bond.
346 Bass. Be assur’d, you may. Shy. I will be assur’d, I may; and, that I may be
assur'd, I will bethink me: May I speak with Anthonio? Bass. If it please you to dine with us.
350 Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite conjured the devil into : I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with yoni, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on the Rialto ?-Who is he comes here?
Bass. This is signior Anthonio.
360 But more, for that, in low simplicity, He lends out inoney gratis, and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice. If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred nation; and he rails,
370 Bass. Shylock, do you hear ?
Shy. I am debating of my present store;
[TO ANTH. Your worship was the last man in our mouths. 379
Anth. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Shy. I had forgot,—three months, you told me so.
Methoughts, you said, you neither lend, nor borrow,
This Jacob from our holy. Abraham was
Anth. And what of him? did he take interest? * Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would
say, Directly interest: mark what Jacob did. When Laban and himself were compromis'd, That all the eanlings, which were streak’d, and
py'd, Should fall as Jacob's hire, the ewes, being rank, In the end of autumn turned to the rams And when the work of generation was Between these woolly breeders in the act, The skilful shepherd peel'd me certain wands, And, in the doing of the deed of kind, He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes; Who, then conceiving, did in eaning time Fall party-colour'd lambs, and those were Jacob's. This was a way to thrive, and he was blest;
410 And thrift is blessing, if men steal it not.
Anth. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv'd
A thing not in his power to bring to pass,
Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast :-
Anth. Mark you this, Bassanio,
An evil soul, producing holy witness,
Shy. Three thousand ducats,—'Tis a good round
Three months from twelve, then let me see the
• you ?
You spurn'd me such a day; another time
Anth. I am as like to call thee so again,
you storm? I would be friends with you, and have your
love, Forget the shames that you have stain'd me with, Supply your present wants, and take no doit Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me ; This is kind I offer.
Anth. This were kindness.
Shy. This kindness will I show :-
Anth. Content, in faith ; l'll seal to such a bond, And say, there is much kindness in the Jew,