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friends welcome; show a merry cheer; 1 Since you are dear bought, I will love
dear. But let me hear the letter of
friend. Bas. [reads.] •Sweet Bassanio, my ships have all miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit; and since, in paying it, it is impossible I should live, all debts are cleared between you and I, if I might but see you at my death: notwithstanding, use your plea
If your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter.'
Por. O love, despatch all business, and be gone.
I will make haste : but, till I come again,
Venice. A street.
Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, ANTONIO, and JAILER.
Hear me yet, good Shylock.
Shy. I'll have my bond ; speak not against my
bond : I have sworn an oath, that I will have
bond : Thou call’dst me dog
before thou hadst a cause;
Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak.
Let him alone :
his reason well I know :
I am sure, the duke
Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law;
For the commodity that strangers have
Belmont. A room in Portia's house.
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your pre
your lord. But, if
knew to whom you show this honor,
husband, I know, you would be prouder of the work, Than customary bounty can enforce you.
Por. I never did repent for doing good,