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Upon his death, unto the gentleman
That lately stole his daughter;.
Two things provided more,—That, for this favour,
He presently become a Christian ;
The other, that he do record a gift,
Here in the court, of all he dies possessid,
Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter.

Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
The pardon, that I late pronounced here.
Por. Art thou contented, Jew, what dost thou

say? Shy. I am content. Por. .

Clerk, draw a deed of gift. Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence; I am not well; send the deed after me, And I will sign it. Duke.

Get thee gone, but do it. Gra. In christening thou shalt have two god

fathers; Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten more, To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.

[Erit SHYLOCK. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.

Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon ; I must away this night toward Padua, And it is meet, I presently set forth.

Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves you not. Antonio, gratify this gentleman ; For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.

[Exeunt Duke, Magnificoes, and Train. Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend, Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Of grievous penalties ; in lieu whereof, Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, We freely cope your courteous pains withal.

- thou should'st have had ten more,] i. e. a jury of twelve men, to condemn thee to be hanged.

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Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, In love and service to you evermore.

Por. He is well paid that is well satisfied :

And therein do account myself well paid ;
My mind was never yet more mercenary.
I pray you, know me, when we meet again;
I wish you well, and so I take my leave.
Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you

further;
Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute,
Not as a fee : grant me two things, I pray you,
Not to deny me, and to pardon me.

Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield. Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your sake; And, for your love, I'll take this ring from you : . Do not draw back your hand; I'll take no more ; And you in love shall not deny me this.

Bass. This ring, good sir,-alas, it is a trifle ; I will not shame myself to give you this.

Por. I will have nothing else but only this; .
And now, methinks, I have a mind to it.
Bass. There's more depends on this, than on the

value.
The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,
And find it out by proclamation ;
Only for this, I pray you, pardon me.

Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers :
You taught me first to beg; and now, methinks, .
You teach me how a beggar should be answer'd.
Bass. Good sir, this ring was given me by my

wife; And, when she put it on, she made me vow, That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it.

Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their

gifts.

An if your wife be not a mad woman,

And know how well I have deserv'd this ring,
She would not hold out enemy for ever,
For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you!

[Exeunt Portia and NERISSA.
Ant. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring;
Let his deservings, and my love withal,
Be valued ’gainst your wife's commandment.

Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Give him the ring; and bring him if thou can'st, Unto Antonio's house :-away, make haste.

[E.rit GRATIANO. Come, you and I will thither presently; And in the morning early will we both Fly toward Belmont: Come, Antonio. [Exeunt.

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Enter Portia and NERISSA.
Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this

deed,
And let him sign it; we'll away to night,
And be a day before our husbands home:
This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.

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Enter GRATIANO.
Gra. Fair sir, you are well overtaken:
My lord Bassanio, upon more advice,
Hath sent you here this ring; and doth entreat
Your company at dinner.
Por.

That cannot be:
This ring I do accept most thankfully,
And so, I pray you, tell him: Furthermore,

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- upon more advice,] i. e. more reflection..

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I pray you, show my youth old Shylock's house.

Gra. That will I do.
Ner.

Sir, I would speak with you :-
I'll see if I can get my husband's ring, [To PORTIA.
Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.
Por. Thou may’st, I warrant; We shall have old

swearing, That they did give the rings away to men; But we'll outface them, and outswear them too. Away, make haste; thou know'st where I will tarry. Ner. Come, good sir, will you show me to this house?

[E.reunt.

ACT V.

SCENE I. Belmont. Avenue to Portia's House.

Enter LORENZO and JESSICA.

Lor. The moon shines bright :-In such a night

as this,
When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees,
And they did make no noise ; in such a night,
Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan walls,
And sigh'd his soul toward the Grecian tents,
Where Cressid lay that night.
Jes.

In such a night,
Did Thisbe fearfully o’ertrip the dew;
And saw the lion's shadow ere himself,
And ran dismay'd away.
Lor.

In such a night,
Stood Dido with a willow in her hand
Upon the wild sea-banks, and wav'd her love
To come again to Carthage.
Jes.

In such a night,

Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs
That did renew old Æson.
Lor.

In such a night,
Did Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew :
And with an unthrift love did run from Venice,
As far as Belmont.
Jes.

And in such a night,
Did young Lorenzo swear he lov'd her well;
Stealing her soul with many vows of faith,
And ne'er a true one.
Lor.

And in such a night,
Did pretty Jessica, like a little shrew,
Slander her love, and he forgave it her.

Jes. I would out-night you did no body come: But, hark, I hear the footing of a man.

Enter STEPHANO. Lor. Who comes so fast in silence of the night? Steph. A friend. Ler. A friend? what friend ? your name, I

pray

you, friend?

Steph. Stephano is my name; and I bring word, My mistress will before the break of day Be here at Belmont; she doth stray about By holy crosses, where she kneels and prays For happy wedlock hours. Lor.

Who comes with her? Steph. None, but a holy hermit, and her maid. I pray you, is my master yet return'd? Lor. He is not, nor we have not heard from

him.go we in, I pray thee, Jessica, And ceremoniously let us prepare Some welcome for the mistress of the house.

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