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But fare thee well, there is a ducat for thee.
father See me talk with thee.
Laun. Adieu ! tears exhibit my tongue ; most beautiful Pagan, most sweet Jew! if a Christian did not playthe knave and get thee, I am much deceiv'd. But, adieu ! these foolish drops do fomewhat drown my manly fpirit: adieu !
Lor. Nay, we will flink away in supper-time, disguise us at my lodging, and return all in an hour.
Gra. We have not made good preparation.
Sola. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly ordered,
Lor. 'Tis now but four o'clock, we have two hours To furnish us. Friend Launcelot, what's the news?
Enter Launcelot, with a letter. Laun. An it shall please you to break up this, it shall feem to signify.
Lar. I know the hand; in faith, 'tis a fair hand;
Gra. Love-news, in faith.
Laun. Marry, Sir, to bid my old master the Jew to fup to-night with my new master the Christian,
Lor. Hold, here, take this; tell gentle Jessica, I will not fail her; speak it privately. Go.Gentlemen, will you prepare for this masque
to-night? I am provided of a torch-bearer. [Exit Laun.
Sal. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it strait.
Lor. Meet me, and Gratiano,
[Exita Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica ?
Lor. I must needs tell thee all; the hath directed, How I shall take her from her father's house, What gold and jewels she is furnish'd with, What page's suit the hath in readiness. If e'er the Jew her father come to heav'n, It will be for his gentle daughter's fake; And never dare misfortune cross her foot, Unless she doth it under this excuse, That she is issue to a faithless Jew. Come, go with me; peruse this, as thou goeft ; Fair Jeffica shall be my torch-bearer. [Exeunt.
S CE N E VI. Shylock's house.
Enter Shylock and Launcelot,
Laun. Why, Jeffica !
Laun. Your Worship was wont to tell me, that I could do nothing without bidding.
Shy. I am bid forth to supper, Jessica ;
I am not bid for love; they flatter me :
in hate, to feed upon
Laun. I beseech you, Sir, go; my young master doth expect your reproach.
Shy. So do I his.
shall see a masque; but if you do, then it was not for nothing that my nose fell a bleeding on black Monday last, at fix o'clock i' th' morning, falling out that year on Afh-Wednesday was four year in the af
Shy. What? are there masques ? hear you me, Jesica,
Laun. I will go before, Sir.
[Exit Laun. Shy. What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, ha? Jef. His words were, Farewel, Mistress; nothing else.
Shy. The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder: Snail-Now in profit, but he sleeps by day More than the wild cat; drones hive not with me, Therefore I part with him; and part with him To one, that I would have him help to waite His borrow'd purse. Well, Jessica, go in; Perhaps I will return immediately; Do, as I bid you.
Shut the doors after you : Fast bind, fast find;
[Exit. Jef. Farewel; and if my fortune be not croft, I have a father, you a daughter, loft.
[Exit. SCENE VII.
The street. Enter Gratiano and Salanio in masquerade. Gra. This is the pent-house, under which Lorenze desired us to make a stand.
Sal, His hour is almost paít.
Gra. And it is marvel he out-dwells his hour, For lovers ever run before the clock.
Sal. O, ten times fafter Venus' widgeons fly
Gra. That ever holds. Who riseth from a feast,
Lor. Sweet friends, your patience for my long abode;
Jellica above, in boy's cloaths.
Lor. Lorenzo, and thy love.
For who love I so much ? and now who knows,
Lor. Heav'n and thy thoughts are witness that thou
Jef. Here catch this casket, it is worth the pains. I'm glad, 'tis night, you do not look on me; For I am much asham’d of my exchange ; But love is blind, and lovers cannot see
follies that themselves commit; For if they could, Cupid himself would blush To see me thus transformed to a boy.
Lor. Descend, for you must be my torch-bearer.
Jef. What, must I hold a candle to my shames ?
Lor. So are you, sweet,
Jell. I will make fast the doors, and gild myself
[Exit from above, Gra. Now by my hood, a Gentile, and no Jew.
Lor. Belhrew me, but I love her heartily ;
Enter Jessica to them.
Anth. Fie, Gratiano, where are all the rest ?