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The French and English, there miscarried Why, then to thee, thou silver treasure-house;
Without the stamp of merit! Let none presume Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him. To wear an undeserved dignity.
Salar.. A kinder gentleman treads not the O, that estates, degrees, and offices,, [honour I saw Bassanio and Antonio part : [earth. Were not deriv'd corruptly! and that clear Bassanio told him, he would make some speed were purchas'd by the merit of the wearer! Of his return; he answer'd-Do not so, How many then, should cover that stand bare ? Slubber not* business for my sake, Bassunio, How many be commanded, that command ? But stay the rery riping of the time;
How much low peasantry would then be glean'd And for the Jew's bond, which he hath of me, From the true seed of honour? and how much Let it not enter in your mind of lore:
honour Be merry; and employ your chiefest thoughts Pick'd from the chaff and ruin of the times, To courtship, and such jair ostentst of love To be new varnish’d? Well, but to my choice: As shall conveniently become you there :
Who chooseth me, shull get as much as he deserres. And even there, his eye being big with tears, I will assume desert ;-Give me a key for this, Turning his face, he put his hand behind him, And instantly unlock my fortunes here. And with affection wondrous sensible,
Por. Too long a pause for that which you He wrung Bassanio's hand, and so they parted.
find there. Salun. I think, he only loves the world for Ar. What's here? the portrait of a blinking I pray thee, let us go, and find him out, [him.
idiot, And quicken his embraced heavinessi Presenting me a schedule? I will read it. With some delight or other.
How much unlike art thou to Portia ?
[ings? Salar. Do we so. .
[Exeunt. How much unlike my hopes, and my deserv
Who chooseth me, shall have as much as he deserves. SCENE IX.-Belmont.-A Room in Portia's Did I deserve no more than a fool's head! House,
Is that my prize ? are my deserts no better?
Por. To offend, and judge, are distinct offices, Enter NERISSA, with a Servant.
And of opposed natures.
Ar. What is here? Ner. Quick, quick, I pray thee, draw the curtain straight;
The fire seren times tried this ; The prince of Arragon hath ta’en his oath,
Seren times tried that judgement is, And comes to his election presently.
That did nerer choose amiss :
Some there be, that shadows kiss ; Flourish of Cornets. Enter the PRINCE OF AR- Such hare but a shadow's bliss : RAGON, Portia, and their Trains.
There be fools alire, I wis,*
Silver'd o'er; and so was this. Por. Behold, there stand the caskets, noble
Take what wife you will to bed, prince: If you choose that wherein I am contain’d,
I will erer be your head : Straight shall our nuptial rites be solemniz'd;
So begone, Sir, you are sped.
Still more fool I shall appear
By the time I linger here:
With one fool's head I came to woo, Ar. I am enjoin'd by oath to observe three First, never to unfold to any one [things:
But I go away with two.-Which casket 'twas I chose ; next, if I fail
Sweet, adieu! I'll keep my oath, Of the right casket, never in my life
Patiently to bear my wroth. To woo a maid in way of marriage; lastly,
[Ereunt ARRAGON, and Train. If I do fail in fortune of my choice,
Por. Thus hath the candle sing'd the moth. Immediately to leave you and be gone.
() these deliberate fools! when they do choose, Por. To these injunctions every one doth They have the wisdom by their wit to lose.
Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy ;swear, That comes to hazard for my worthless self.
Hanging and wiving goes by destiny. Ar. And so have I address dg me: Fortune
Por. Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa. [lead.
Enter a SERVANT.
Serv. Where is my lady?
Por. Here; what would my lord?
Serv. Madam, there is alighted at your gate What says the golden chest? ha! let me see:Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men de. To signity the approaching of his lord :
A young Venetian, one that comes before sire.
(meant From whom he bringeth sensible regreets : What many men desire. - That many may be To wit, besides commends, and courteous By the fool multitude, that choose by show, Notlearning more than the fond eye doth teach; Gists of rich value; yet I have not seen
breath, Which pries not to the anterior, but, like the So likely an embassador of love:
martlet, Builds in the weather on the outward wall,
A day in April never came so sweet,
To show how costly summer was at band, Even in the forcell and road of casualty. I will not choose what many men desire,
As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord. Because I will not jump with common spirits, Thou wilt say anon, he is some kin to thee,
Por. No more, I pray thee; I am half afeard, And rank me with the barbarous multitudes,
Thou spendist such high-day wit in praising * To slubber, is to do a thing carelessly.
him. # Shows, tokens. 1 The heaviness he is fond of. Prepared. A Power, 1 Agree with.
Come, come, Nerissa ; for I long to see with the same food, hurt with the same weapQuick Cupid's post, that comes so mannerly. ons, subject to the same diseases, healed by Ner. Bassanio, lord love, if thy will it be! the same means, warmed and cooled by the
[Exeunt. same winter and summer, as a Christian is ? if ACT III.
you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle SCENE 1.-Venice.-A Street.
us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we
not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not Enter SALANIO and SALARINO.
revenge? if we are like you in the rest, we will
resemble you in that. Ii a Jew wrong a ChrisSalan. Now, what news on the Rialto ? tian, what is his humility ? revenge;
If a Salar. Why, yet it lives there uncheck's, Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufthat Antonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck’á terance be by Christian example? why, reon the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they venge. The villany, you teach me, I will call the place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal, execute; and it shall go hard, but I will better where the carcasses of many a tall ship lie the instruction. buried, as they say, if my gossip report be an
Enter a SERVANT. honest woman of her word. Sulan. I would she were as lying a gossip in
Serr. Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at that, as ever knapp'd ginger, or made her his house, and desires to speak with you both. neighbours believe she wept for the death of a
Salar. We have been up and down to seek third husband : But it is true,-without any
him. slips of prolixity, or crossing the plain highway
Enter TUBAL. of talk, -that the good Antonio, the honest Salan. Here comes another of the tribe; a Antonio, --O that I had a title good enough third cannot be matched, unless the devil bimto keep his name company!
self turn Jew. Salar. Come, the full stop.
[Exeunt SALAN. SALAR. and Servant. Salan. Ha-what say'st thou ?-Why the Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Geend is, he hath lost a ship.
noa? hast thou found my daughter ? Salar. I would it might prove the end of his Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, losses!
but cannot find her. Salan. Let me say amen betimes, lest the de- Shy. Why there, there, there, there! a dia. il cross my prayer; for here he comes in the mond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in likeness of a Jew.
Frankfort! The curse never fell upon our nation Enter SHYLOCK.
till now; I never felt it till now :-two thou
sand ducats in that ; and other precious, preHow now, Shylock? what news among the cious jewels.- I would, my daughter were merchants ?
dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well 'would she were hears'd at my foot, and the as you, of my daughter's flight.
ducats in her coffin! No news of them?-Why, Salar. That's certain; 1, for my part, knew so:-and I know not what's spent in the the tailor that made the wings she flew withal. search: Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief
Salan, And Shylock, for his own part, knew gone with so much, and so much to find the the bird was fledg’d; and then it is the com- thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge: nor no plexion of them all to leave the dam.
ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my shoulShy. She is damn'd for it.
ders; no sighs, but o' my breathing; no tears, Salar. That's certain, if the devil may be but o' my shedding. her judge.
Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too; An-
Tub. --hath an argosy cast away, coming Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and from Tripolis. blood.
Shy. I thank God, I thank God :- Is it true? Salar. There is more difference between thy is it true ? flesh and hers, than between jet and ivory; Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that more between your bloods, than there is be- escaped the wreck. tween red wine and rhenish :- But tell us, do Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ;-Good news, you hear whether Antonio have had any loss good news: ha! ha Where? in Genoa ? at sea or no?
Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I Shy. There I have another bad match: a heard, one night, fourscore ducats. bankrupt,
a prodigal, who dare scarce show Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me: -I his head on the Rialto ;-a beggar, that used shall never see my gold again: Fourscore to come so smug upon the mart;-let him look ducats at a sitting ! 'fourscore ducats! to his bond: he was wont to call me usurer;- Tub. There came divers of Antonio's credilet him look to his bond: he was wont to lend tors in my company to Venice, that swear he money for a Christian courtesy ;-let him look cannot choose but break. to his bond.
Shy. I am very glad of it: I'll plague him; Salar. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt I'll torture him; I am glad of it. not take his flesh; What's that good for? Tub. One of them showed me a ring, that he
Shy. To bait fish withal : if it will feed no- had of your daughter for a monkey. thing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, disgraced me, and hindered me of half a mil- Tubal: it was my torquoise ;* I had it of lion; laughed at my losses, mocked at my Leah, when I was a bachelor: I would not gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bar- have given it for a wilderness of monkies. gains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone. and what's his reason? I am a Jew: Hath not Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true; Go, a Jew eyes ? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions ? fed
* A precious stone. А а
Tubal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fort. To the sea-monster: I stand for sacrifice, night before: I will have the heart of him, if The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives, he forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can With bleared visages, come forth to view make what merchandise I will: Go, go, Tubal, The issue of the exploit. Go, Hercules ! (may and meet me at our synagogue ; go, good Tu Live thou, I live :-With much much more disbal; at our synagogue, Tubal. (Exeunt. I view the fight, than thou that mak'st the fray. SCENE 11.—Belmont.-A Room in Portia's Music, whilst Bassanio comments on the caskHouse,
ets to himself.
SONG. Enter BASSANIO, Portia, GRATIANO, Nerissa, and Attendunts. The caskets are set out.
1. Tell me, where is fancy * bred,
Or in the heart, ur in the heud ? Por. I pray you, tarry; pause a day or two,
How begot, how nourished? Before you hazard; for, in choosing wrong, Reply. 2. It is engender'd in the eyes, I lose your company; therefore, forbear a while:
With gazing fed; and juncy dies There's something tells me, (but it is not love,)
In the cradle rchere it lies : I would not lose you; and you know yourselt,
Let us all ring funcy's knell: Hate counsels not in such a quality :
I'll begin it, Dingdong, bell. But lest you should not understand me well,
AN. (And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought,)
Ding, dong, bell.
Bass.--So may the outward shows be least I would detain you here some month or two,
Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts. And so all yours : 0! these naughty times How many cowards, whose hearts are all as Put bars between the owners and their rights; false And so, though yours, not yours.-Prove it so,
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins Let fortune go to hell for it, -not I.
The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars; I speak too long ; but 'tis to peize* the time; To eke it, and to draw it out in length,
Who, inward search'd, have livers white as
milk? To stay you from election.
And these assume but valour's excrement, Bass. Let me choose;
To render them redoubted. Look on beauty, For, as I am, I live upon the rack. Por. Upon the rack, Bassavio? then confess Which therein works a miracle in nature,
And you shall see 'uis purchas'd by the weight; What treason there is mingled with your love. Making them lightest that wear most of it:
Bass. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust, So are those crisped # snaky golden locks,
Upon supposed fairness, often kdown (wind,
Thus ornament is but the guiled shore truth.
Veiling an Indian beauty ; in a word, Por. Well then, confess, and live.
The seeming truth which cunning times put on Bass. Confess, and love.
To entrap the wisest. Therefore, thou gaudy Had been the very sum of my confession :
gold, O happy torment, when my torturer
Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee: Doth teach me answers for deliverance !
Nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge But let me to my fortune and the caskets.
"Tween man and man: but thou, thou meager Por. Away then: I am lock'd in one of
Which rather threat'nest, than dost promise If you do love me, you will find me out.
Thy plainness moves me more than eloquence, Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof.
And here choose I ; Joy be the consequence! Let music sound, while he doth make his choice;
Por. How all the other passions fleet to air, Then, if he lose, he makes a swanlike end,
As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embrac'd deFading in music: that the comparison
spair, May stand more proper, my eye shall be the And shuadring fear and green-ey'd jealousy. stream,
O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstacy, And wat'ry death-bed for him: He may win;
In measure rain thy joy, scani this excess; And what is music then ? then music is
I feel too much thy blessing, make it less, Even as the flourish when true subjects bow
For fear I surfeit! To a new-crowned monarch: such it is,
Bass. What find I here? As are those dulcet sounds in break of day, That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear, Fair Portia's counterfeit? || What demi-god
(Opening the leaden casket, And summon him to marriage. Now he goes, Hath come so near creation? Move these eyes ? With no less presence, but with much more Or whether, riding on the balls of mine, love,
Seem they in motion ? Here are sever'd lips, Than young Alcides, when he did redeem
Parted with sugar breath ; so sweet a bar The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy
Love. † Winning favour.
# Likeness, portrait
Should sunder such sweet friends: Here in Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time, her hairs
That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosThe painter plays the spider; and hath woven A golden mesh to entrap the hearts of men, To cry, good joy; Good joy, my lord, and lady! Faster than gnats in cobwebs: But her eyes,- Gru. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady, How could he see to do them? having made I wish you all the joy that you can wish; one,
This, For, I am sure, you can wish pone from me: Methinks, it should have power to steal both And, when your honours mean to solemnize And leave itself unfurnish'd: Yet look, how The bargain of your faith, 1 do beseech you, far
Even at that time I may be married too. The substance of my praise doth wrong this Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a In underprizing it, so far this shadow (shadow,
wife. Doth limp behind the substance.--Here's the Gra. I thank your lordship; you have got
scroll, The continent and summary of my fortune. My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours : You that choose not by the view,
You saw the mistress, I beheld the maid;
No more pertains to me, my lord, than you.
Your fortune stood upon the caskets there;
And so did mine too, as the maiter falls:
And swearing, till my very roof was dry
With oaths of love : at last,-if promise last, A gentle scroll ;-Fair lady, by your leave; I got a promise of this fair one here,
(kissing her. To have her love, provided that your fortune I come by note, to give, and to receive. Achiev'd her mistress. Like one of two contending in a prize,
Por. Is this true, Nerissa ? That thinks he hath done well in people's eyes, Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand pleas'd Hearing applause, and universal shout,
withal. Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt
Bass. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith? Whether those peals of praise be his or no; Gra. Yes, 'faith, my lord. So, thrice fair lady, stand 1, even so;
Buss. Our feast shall be much honour'd in As doubtful whether what I see be true,
your marriage. Cotil contirm'd, sign’d, ratified by you.
Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy for Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I a thousand ducats. stand,
Ners. What, and stake down? Such as I am: though, for my self alone, Gre No; we shall ne'er win at that sport, I would not be ambitious in my wish,
and stake down.To wish myself much better; yet, for you, But who comes here? Lorenzo, and his infidel? I would be trebled twenty times myselt; What, my old Venetian friend, Salerio? A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times More rich;
Enter LORENZO, JESSICA, and SALERIO. That only to stand high on your account, Bruss. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither; I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends, If that the youth of my new interest here Exceed account: 'but the full sum of me
Have power to bid you welcome :-By your Is sum of something; which, to term in gross,
leave, Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpractis'd : I bid my very friends and countrymen, Happy in this, she is not yet so old
Sweet Portia, welcome. But she may learn ; and happier than this, Por. So do I, my lord ; She is not bred so dull but she can learn; They are entirely welcome. Happiest of all, is, that her gentle spirit Lör. I thank your honour :--For my part, Commits itself to yours to be directed,
my lord, As from her lord, her governor, her king. My purpose was not to have seen you here; Myself, and what is mine, to you, and yours But meeting with Salerio by the way, Is now converted: but now I'was the lord He did entreat me, past all saying pay, Of this fair mansion, master of my servants, To come with him along. Queen o'er myself; and even now, but now, Saler. I did, my lord, This house, these servants,and this same myself, And I have reason for it. Signior Antonio Are yours, my lord; I give them with this ring, Commends him to you. Which, when you part from, lose, or give away,
[Gives Bassan'o a letter." Let it presage the ruin of your love.
Bass. Ere I ope his letter, And be my vantage to exclaim on you.
I pray you, tell me how my good friend doth. Bass. Madam, you have bereti me of all Suler. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind; words,
Nor well, unless in mind : his letter there Only my blood speaks to you in my veins : Will show you his estate. And there is such confusion in my powers, Gra. Nerissa, cheer yon' stranger; bid her As, after some oration fairly spoke
(Venice? By a beloved prince, there doih appear Your hand, Salerio; What's the news from Among the buzzing pleased multitude ; How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio ? Where every something, being blent together, I know, he will be glad of our success; Turns to a wild of nothing, save of joy, We are the Jasons, we have won the neece. Express'd, and not express'd : But when this Saler. 'Would you bad won the fleece that he ring
hath lost ! Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence; Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon' 0, then be bold to say, Bassanio's dead.
same paper, Blended,
That steal the colour from Bassanio's cheek : Bid your friends welcome,show a merry cheer;* Some dear friend dead; else nothing in the Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear. Could turn so much the constitution [world But let me hear the letter of your friend. Ofany constant man. What, worse and worse? Bass. [Reads.) Sweet Bassanio, my ships With leave, Bassani»; I am half yourself, have all miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my And I must freely have the half of any thing estate is very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit; That this same paper brings you.
and since, in paying it, it is impossible I should Buss. O sweet Portia,
lire, all debts are cleared between you and I, if I Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words, might but see you at my deuth : notuithstanding, That ever blotted paper! Gentle lady, use your pleasure: if your lore do not persuade When I did first impart my love to you, you to come, let not my letter. I freely told you, all the wealth I had
Por. O love, despatch all business, and be Ran in my veins, I was a gentleman;
gone. And then'I told you true: and yet, dear lady, Bass. Since I have your good leave to go Rating myself at nothing, you shall see
away, How much I was a braggart: When I told you I will make haste: but till I come again, My state was nothing, I should then have told No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay, you
No rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. That I was worse than nothing; for, indeed,
[E.reunt. I have engag'd myself to a dear friend, Engag'd my friend to his mere enemy,,
SCENE III.- Venice.-A Street.
Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, ANTONIO, and Jailer. And every word in it a gaping wound,
Shy. Jailer, look to him ;–Tell not me of Issuing lite-blood.--But is it true, Salerio ?
mercy ;Have all his ventures fail'd? What, not one This is the fool that lent out money gratis ;From Tripolis, from Mexico, and England, [hit? Jailer, look to him. From Lisbon, Barbary, and India ?
Ant. Hear me yet, good Shylock. And not one vessel 'scape the dreadful touch Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against Of merchant-marring rocks?
my bond; Saler. Not one, my lord.
I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond: Besides, it should appear, that if he had Thou call'dst me dog, before thou had'st a The present money to discharge the Jew, He would not take it: Never did I know But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs : A creature, that did bear the shape of man, The duke shall grant me justice.-1 do wonder, So keen and greedy to confound a man: Thou naughty jailer, that thou art su fond He plies the duke at morning, and at night; To come abroad with him at his request. And doth impeach the freedom of the state, Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak. If they deny him justice: twenty merchants, Shy. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee The duke himself, and the magnificoes
(more. Of greatest port, have all persuaded with him; I'll have my bond ; and therefore speak no But none can drive him from the envious plea I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool, Of forfeiture, of justice, and his bond.
To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield Jes. When I was with him, I have heard To Christian intercessors. Follow not; him swear,
I'll have no speaking; I will have my bond. To Tubal, and to Chus, his countrymen,
[Exit SHYLOCK. That he would rather have Antonio's flesh, Salun. It is the most impenetrable cur, Than twenty times the value of the sum That ever kept with men. That he did owe him: and I know, my lord, Ant. Let him alone; If law, authority, and power devy not, I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. It will go hard with poor Antonio.
He seeks my life; his reason well I know; Por. Is it your dear friend, that is thus in I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures trouble?
Many that have at times made moan to me; Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest Therefore he hates me. man,
Salan. I am sure, the duke
Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of The ancient Roman honour more appears, For the commodity that strangers have [law; Than any that draws breath in Italy.
With us in Venice, if it be denied, Por. What sum owes he the Jew?
Will much impeach the justice of the state ; Bass. For me, three thousand ducats. Since that the trade and profit of the city Por. What, no more?
Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go: Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond; These griefs and losses have so ’bated me, Double six thousand, and then treble that, That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh Before a friend of this description
To-morrow to my bloody creditor.Shall lose a hair through Bassanio's fault. Well, jailer, on :- Pray God, Bassanio come First, go with me to church, and call me wife: To see me pay his debt, and then I care not! And then away to Venice to your friend; For never shall you lie by Portia's side
SCENE IV.-Belmont.- A Room in Portia's With an unquiet soul. You shall have gold
House. To pay the petty debt twenty times over; When it is paid, bring your true friend along: Enter PortIA, NERISSA, LORENZO, Jessica,
and BaLTHAZAR. My maid Nerissa, and myself, mean time, will live as maids and widows. Come, away; Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your For you shall hence upon your wedding-day; You have a noble and a true conceit (presence, * The chicf men.