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Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time, That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosper, To cry, good joy. Good joy, my lord and lady!
Gra. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady, I wish you all the joy that you can wish; For, I am sure, you can wish none from me: And when your honors mean to solemnise The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you, Even at that time I may be married too. Bas. With all my heart, so thou canst get a
wife. Gra. I thank your lordship; you have got me
My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours :
Is this true, Nerissa ? Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand pleased withal. Bas. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith?
| None that I shall lose if you gain it.
Gra. Yes, faith, my
lord. Bas. Our feast shall be much honor'd in your
marriage. Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy, for a thousand ducats.
Ner. What, and stake down?
Enter LORENZO, JESSICA, and SALERIO. Bas. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither ; If that the youth of my new interest here Have power to bid
welcome.-By your leave, I bid my very friends and countrymen, Sweet Portia, welcome. Por.
So do I,
lord : They are intirely welcome. Lor. I thank your honor.–For my part, my
I did, my lord,
Signior Antonio Commends him to you.
[gives Bas. a letter. Bas.
his letter, I pray you, tell me how my good friend doth,
Saler. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind, Nor well, unless in mind : his letter there Will show you
his estate. Gra. Nerissa, cheer yon' stranger; bid her wel
Your hand, Salerio. What's the news from Venice?
hath lost! Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon'
same paper, That steal the color from Bassanio's cheek. Some dear friend dead; else nothing in the world Could turn so much the constitution Of any constant man. What, worse and worse : With leave, Bassanio; I am half yourself, And I must freely have the half of any thing That this same paper brings you. Bas.
O sweet Portia, Here are a few of the unpleasantest words That ever blotted paper! Gentle lady, When I did first impart my love to you, I freely told you, all the wealth I had Ran in my veins ; I was a gentleman : And then I told you true: and yet, dear lady, Rating myself at nothing, you shall see How much I was a braggart. When I told you My state was nothing, I should then have told
That I was worse than nothing; for, indeed,
Jes. When I was with him, I have heard hina
| The chief men.
To Tubal and to Chus, his countrymen,
Por. What sum owes he the Jew ?
What, no more ?
friend; For never shall
you lie by Portia's side
pay the petty debt twenty times over.