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Let his deservings and my love withal,

Lor. And in such a night,
Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandment. Did pretty Jessica, like a little shrew,

Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Slander her love, and he forgave it her.
Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou Jes. I would out-night you, did no body

can'st, Unto Antonio's house :-away, make haste. But, hark, I hear the footing of a man. (Exit GRATIANO.

Enter STEPHANO. Come, you and I will thither presentiy;

Lor. Who comes so fast in silence of the night
And in the morning early will we both
Fly toward Belmont: Come, Antonio.

Steph. A friend.
Lor. A friend ? what friend? your name,

I (Exeunt.

pray you, friend? SCENE II.-The same. – A Street. Steph. Stephano is my name; and I bring Enter PORTIA and NERISSA.


My mistress will before the break of day Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him Be here at Belmont: she doth stray about this deed,

By holy crosses, where she kneels and prays And let him sign it; we'll away to-night, For happy wedlock hours. And be a day before our husbands home:

Lor. Who comes with her? This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo. Steph. None, but a holy hermit and her maid. Enter GRATIANO.

I pray you, is my master yet return'd?

Lor. He is not, nor we have not heard from
Gra. Fair Sir, you are well overtaken: But go we in, I pray thee, Jessica, [him.-
My lord Bassanio, upon more advice,* And ceremoniously let us prepare
Hath sent you here this ring; and doth entreat Some welcome for the mistress of the house.
Your company at dinner.

Por. That cannot be :
This ring I do accept, most thankfully;

Laun. Sola, sola, wo ha, ho, sola, sola!

Lor. Who calls?
And so, I pray you, tell him: Furthermore,
I pray you, show my youth old Shylock’s house. and mistress Lorenzo? sola, sola!

Laun. Sola! did you see master Lorenzo,
Gra. That will I do.
Ner. Sir, I would speak with you:-

Lor. Leave hollaing, man; here. I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,

Laun. Sola! where? where? [To Portia.

Lor. Here. Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.

Laun. Tell him, there's a post come from my Por. Thou may'st, I warrant: We shall have master, with his horn full of good news; my old swearing, master will be here ere morning. [Erit

. Phat they did give the rings away to men;

Lor. Sweet soul, let's in, and there expect But we'll outface them, and outswear them too.

their coming. Away, make haste; thou know'st where I will And yet no matter ;-Why should we go in? tarry.

My friend Stephano, signify, I pray you, Ner. Come, good Sir, will you show me to And bring your music forth into the air.

Within the house, your mistress is at hand; this house? [Exeunt.


How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this SCENE I.-Belmont.--Avenue to PORTIA's

bank! House.

Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music

Creep in our ears; soft stillness, and the night, Enter LORENZO and JESSICA. Become the touches of sweet harmony. Lor. The moon shines bright :-In such a Sit, Jessica: Look, how the floor of heaven night as this,

Is thick inlaid with patines* of bright gold; When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees, There's not the small'st orb, which thou beAnd they did make no noise; in such a night,

hold'st, Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan walls, But in his motion like an angel sings, And sigh'd his soul toward the Grecian tents, Still quiring to the young-ey'd cherubims: Where Cressid lay that night.

Such harmony is in immortal souls ; Jes. In such a night,

But, whilst this muddy vesture of decay Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrip the dew; Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.And saw the lion's shadow ere himself,

Enter Musicians.
And ran dismay'd away.
Lor. In such a night,

Come, ho, and wake Diana with a hymn; Stood Dido with a willow in her hand

With sweetest touches pierce your mistress' Upon the wild sea-banks, and wav'd her love

And draw her home with music. [ear, To come again to Carthage.

Jes. I am never merry, when I hear sweet Jes. In such a night,


[Music. Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs

Lor. The reason is, your spirits are attentive: That did renew old Æson.

For do but note a wild and wanton herd, Lor. In such a night,

Or race of youthful and unhandled colts, Did Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew:

Fetching mad bounds, bellowing, and neighing And with an unthrift love did run from Venice, which is the hot condition of their blood;

loud, As far as Belmont.. Jes. And in such a night,

If they but hear perchance a trumpet sound, Did young Lorenzo swear he lov'd her well;

Or any air of music touch their ears, Stealing her soul with many vows of faith,

You shall perceive them make a mutual stand, And ne'er a true one.

Their savage eyes turn'd to a modest gaze,

* A small flat dish, used in the administration of the * Reflection:



kept it.

By the sweet power of music: Therefore, the This is the man, this is Antonio,

(and floods; To whom I am so infinitely bound.
Did feign that Orpheus drew the trees, stones, Por. You should in all sense be much bound
Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of rage,

to him,
But music for the time doth change his nature: For, as I hear, he was much bound for you.
The man that hath no music in himself,

Ant. No more than I am well acquitted of.
Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, Por. Sir, you are very welcome to our house :
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; It must appear in other ways than words,
The motions of his spirit are dull as night, Therefore, I scant this breathing courtesy.*
And his affections dark as Erebus :

(GnatiaNO and NERISSA seem to talk apart. Let no such man be trusted.-Mark the music. Gra. By yonder moon, I swear, you do me Enter Portia and NERISSA, at a distance.


In faith, I gave it to the judge's clerk:
Por. That light we see, is burning in my hall. Would he were gelt that had it, for my part,
How far that little candle throws his beams! Since you do take it, love, so much at heart.
So shines a good deed in a naughty world. Por. A quarrel, ho, already? what's the
Ner. When the moon shone, we did not see

the candle.

Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring
Por. So doth the greater glory dim the less : That she did give me; whose posy was
A substitute shines brightly as a king,

For all the world, like cutler's poetry
Until a king be by; and then his state Upon a knife, Love me, and leave me not.
Empties itself, as doth an inland brook

Ner. What talk you of the posy, or the value?
Into the main of waters. Music! hark ! You swore to me, when I did give it you,

Ner. It is your music, madam, of the house. That you would wear ittill your hour of death;
Por. Nothing is good, I see, without respect; And that it should lie with you in your grave:
Methinks it sounds much sweeter than by day. Though not for me, yet for your vehement oaths,
Ner. Silence bestows that virtue on it, madam. You should have been respective,t and have

Por. The crow doth sing as sweetly as the
When neither is attended; and, I think, [lark, Gave it a judge's clerk !—but well I know,
The nightingale, if she should sing by day, The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face, that
When every goose is cackling, would be thought

had it.
No better a musician than the wren.

Gra. He will, an if he live to be a man.
How many things by season season'd are Ner. Ay, if a woman live to be a man.
To their right praise and true perfection ! Gra. Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth,
Peace, hoa! the moon sleeps with Endymion, A kind of boy; a little scrubbed boy,
And would not be awak'd! [Music ceases. No higher than thyself, the judge's clerk ;
Lor. That is the voice,

A prating boy, that begg'd it as a fee ;
Or I am much deceiv'd, of Portia.

I could not for my heart deny it him.
Por. He knows me, as the blind man knows Por. You were to blame, I must be plain

the cuckoo,
By the bad voice.

To part so slightly with your wife's first gift ; Lor. Dear lady, welcome home.

A thing stuck on with oaths upon your finger, Por. We have been praying for our husbands' And riveted so with faith unto your flesh. welfare,

I gave my love a ring, and made him swear Which speed, we hope, the better for our words. Never to part with it; and here he stands ; Are they return'd!

I dare be sworn for him, he would not leave it. Lor. Madam, they are not yet ;

Nor pluck it from his finger, for the wealth But there is come a messenger before,

That the world masters. Now, in faith,Gratiano, To signify their coming.

You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief; Por. Go in, Nerissa,

An 'twere to me, I would be mad at it. Give order to my servants, that they take Bass. Why, I were best to cut my left hand No note at all of our being absent hence;

off, Nor you, Lorenzo;—Jessica, nor you.

And swear, I lost the ring defending it. (Aside.

[ A tucket* sounds. Gra. My lord Bassanio gave his ring away Lor. Your husband is at hand, I hear his Unto the judge that begg'd it, and, indeed, trumpet :

Deserv'd it too; and then the boy, his clerk, We are no tell-tales, madam ; fear you not. That took some pains in writing, he beggd Por. This night, methinks, is but the day


[aught light sick,

And neither man, nor master, would take It looks a little paler; 'tis a day,

But the two rings. Such as the day is when the sun is hid.

Por. What ring gave you, my lord ?

Not that, I hope, which you receiv'd of me. Enter BASSANIO, ANTONIO, GRATIANO, and Bass. If I could add a lie unto a fault, their Followers.

I would deny it; but you see, my finger Bass. We should hold day with the Anti- Hath not the ring upon it, it is gone. podes,

Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. If you would walk in absence of the sun. By heaven, I will ne'er come in your bed Por. Let me give light, but let me not be Until I see the ring. light;

Ner. Nor I in yours, For a light wife doth make a heavy husband, Till I again see mine. And never be Bassanio so for me;

Bass. Sweet Portia, But God sort all !-- You are welcome home, If you did know to whom I gave the ring, my lord.

If you did know for whom I gave the ring, Bass. I thank you, madam : give welcome And would conceive for what I gave the ring to my friend.

And how unwillingly I left the ring, * A flourish on a trumpet.

* Verbal, complimentary form. + Regardful.

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When naught would be accepted but the ring, Por. Then you shall be his surety: Give him You would abate the strength of your displea


And bid him keep it better than the other. Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring, Ant. Here lord Bassanio; swear to keep this Or half her worthiness that gave the ring,

ring: Or your own honour to contain the ring,

Bass. By heaven, it is the same I gave the You would not then have parted with the ring.

doctor! What man is there so much unreasonable, Por. I had it of him: pardon me, Bassanio; If you had pleas'd to have defended it For by this ring the doctor lay with me. With any terms of zeal, wanted the modesty Ner. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano; To urge the thing held as a ceremony? For that same scrubbed boy, the doctor's clerk, Nerissa teaches me what to believe;

In lieu of this, last night did lie with me. I'll die for’t but some woman had the ring. Gra. Why this is like the mending of highBass. No, by mine honour, madam, by my

ways Yo woman had it, but a civil doctor, (soul, In summer, where the ways are fair enough: Which did refuse three thousand ducats of me, What! are we cuckolds, ere we have deserv'd And begg'd the ring; the which I did deny

it? And suffer'd him to go displeas'd away; [him, Por. Speak not so grossly. You are all Even he that had held up the very life

Of my dear friend. What should I say, sweet Here is a letter, read it at your leisure;
I was enforc'd to send it after him ; (lady? It comes from Padua, from Bellario:
I was beset with shame and courtesy;

There you shall find, that Portia was the doctor; My honour would not let ingratitude

Nerissa there, her clerk: Lorenzo here So much besmear it: Pardon me, good lady; Shall witness, I set forth as soon as you, For, by these blessed candles of the night, And but even now return'd; I have not yet Hlad you been there, I think you would have Enter'd my house. ---Antonio, you are welcome: begg'd

And I have better news in store for you, The ring of me to give the worthy doctor. Than you expect: unseal this letter soon ; Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my There you shall find, three of your argosies house :

Are richly come to harbour suddenly : Since he hath got the jewel that I lov'd, You shall not know by what strange accident And that which you did swear to keep for me, I chanced on this letter. I will become as liberal as you :

Ant. I am dumb. I'll not deny him any thing I have,

Bass. Were you the doctor, and I knew you No, not my body, nor my husband's bed:

not? Know him i shall, I am well sure of it:

Gra. Were you the clerk, that is to make Lie not a night from home : watch me, like

me cuckold? If you do not, if I be left alone, [Argus: Ner. Ay; but the clerk that never means to Now, by mine honour, which is yet my own,

do it, I'll have that doctor for my bedfellow.

Unless he live until he be a man. Ner. And I his clerk; therefore be well ad- Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedvis'd,

fellow; How you do leave me to mine own protection. When I am absent, then lie with my wife. Gra. Well, do you so: let me not take him Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life, then;

and living; For, if I do, I'll mar the young clerk's

pen. For here I read for certain, that my ships Ant. I am the unhappy subject of these Are safely come to road. quarrels.

Por. How now, Lorenzo ? Por. Sir, grieve not you ; You are welcome My clerk hath some good comforts too for you. notwithstanding.

Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a Bass. Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong; There do I give to you, and Jessica, (fee.And, in the hearing of these many friends, From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift, I swear to thee, even by thine own fair eyes, After his death, of all he dies possess'd of. Wherein I see myself,

Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way Por. Mark you but that!

Of starved people.
In both my eyes he doubly sees himself: Por. It is almost morning.
In each eye, one :--swear by your double self, And yet, I am sure, you are not satisfied
And there's an oath of credit.

Of these events at full : Let us go in;
Bass. Nay, but hear me:

And charge us there upon intergatories, Pardon this fault, and by my soul I swear, And we will answer all things faithfully. I never more will break an oath with thee. Gra. Let it be so: The first intergatory,

Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth;* That my Nerissa shall be sworn on, is, Which, but for him that had your husband's Whether till the next night she had rather stay; ring,

[To Portia. Or go to bed now, being two hours to day : Had quite miscarried : I dare be bound again, But were the day come, I should wish it dark, My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord That I were couching with the doctor's clerk. Will never more break faith advisedly. Well, while I live, l'il fear no other thing

So sore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring. * Advantage.




DUKE, living in exile.

WILLIAM, a country Fellow, in love with FREDERICK, Brother to the Duke, and Usurp

er of his Dominions.

A Person representing Hymen.
AMIENS, Lords attending upon the Duke in
his banishment.

ROSALIND, Daughter to the banished Duke.
LE BEAU, a Courtier attending upon Frederick. Celia, Daughter to Frederick.
CHARLES, his Wrestler.

PHEBE, a Shepherdess.

AUDREY, a country Wench.
JAQUES, Sons of Sir Rowland de Bois.

Lords belonging to the two Dukes; Pages, ADAM,

Foresters, and other Attendants. DENNIS,

Servants to Oliver. ToucuSTONE, a Clown.

The SCENE lies, first, near Oliver's House; SIR OLIVER MARTEXT, a Vicar.

afterward, partly in the Usurper's Court, and partly in the Forest of Arden.

SYLVIUS, Shepherds.




Orl. Marry, Sir, I am helping you to mar

that which God made, a poor unworthy brother SCENE I.-An Orchard, near OLIVER'S House.

of yours, with idleness. Enter ORLANDO and ADAM.

Oli. Marry, Sir, be better employed, and be Orl. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this naught awhile. fashion bequeathed me: By will, but a poor with them? What prodigal portion have I

Orl. Shall I keep your hogs, and eat husks thousand crowns; and, as thou say'st, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well: spent, that I should come to such penury?

Oli. Know you where you are, Sir? and there begins my sadness. My brother

Orl. O, Sir, very well; here in your orchard. Jaques he keeps at school, and report speaks

Oli. Know you before whom, Sir? goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps

Orl. Ay, better than he I am before knows me rustically at home, or, to speak more pro

I know, you are my eldest brother; and, perly, stays me here at home unkept: For call in the gentle condition of blood you should so you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, know me: The courtesy of nations allows you that differs not from the stalling of an ox? His horses are bred better; for, besides that they my better, in that you are the first-born; but

the same tradition takes not away my blood, are fair with their feeding, they are taught

were there twenty brothers betwixt us: I have their manage, and to that end riders dearly hired: but I, his brother, gain nothing under confess, your coming before me is nearer to his

as much of my father in me as you; albeit, I him but growth; for the which his animals on his dung-hills are as much bound to him as I.

Oli. What, boy! Besides this nothing that he so plentifully

Orl. Come, come, elder brother, you are too gives me, the something that nature gave me,


in this. his countenance seems to take from me: he

Oli. Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain? lets me feed with his hinds, bars me the place of a brother, and, as much as in him lies, mines of Sir Rowland de Bois; he was my father;

Orl. I am no villain :* I am the youngest son my gentility with my education. That is it, and he is thrice a villain, that says, such a Adam, that grieves me; and the spirit of my father begot villains : Wert thou not my brofather, which I think is within me, begins to ther, I would not take this hand from thy mutiny against this servitude: I will no longer throat, till this other had pulled out thy tongue endure it, though yet I know no wise remedy for saying so; thou hast railed on thyself, how to avoid it.

Adam. Sweet masters, be patient; for your Enter OLIVER.

father's remembrance, be at accord.

Oli. Let me go, I say. Adam. Yonder comes my master, your bro

Orl. I will not, till I please: you shall hear ther. Orl. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear

My father charged you in his will to give how he will shake me up.

me good education : you have trained me like Oli. Now, Sir! what make you here?*

a peasant, obscuring and hiding from me all 0rl . Nothing: I am not taught to make any ther grows strong in me, and I will no longer

gentleman-like qualities: the spirit of my fathing. Oli. What mar you then, Sir?


Villain is used in a double sense; by Oliver for

worthless fellow, and by Orlando for a man of basc • • What do you here !


endure it: therefore allow me such exercises I had myself notice of my brother's purpose as may become a gentleman, or give me the herein, and have by underhand means laboured poor allottery my father left me by testament; to dissuade him from it; but he is resolute. with that I will go buy my fortunes. I'll tell thee, Charles,-it is the stubbornest

Oli. And what wilt thou do? beg, when that young fellow of France; full of ambition, an is spent? Well, Sir, get you in: I will not envious emulator of every man's good parts, a long be troubled with you: you shall have some secret and villanous contriver against me his part of your will: I pray you, leave me. natural brother; therefore use thy discretion;

Orl. I will no further offend you than be- I had as lief thou didst break his neck as his comes me for my good.

finger: And thou wert best look to't! for if Oli. Get you with him, you old dog. thou dost him any slight disgrace, or if he do

Adam. Is old dog my reward? Most true, I not mightily grace himself on thee, he will have lost my teeth in your service.God be practise against thee by poison, entrap thee by with my old master! he would not have spoke some treacherous device, and never leave thee such a word. (Exeunt ORLANDO and Adam. till he hath ta'en thy life by some indirect

Oli. Is it even so ? begin you to grow upon means or other : for, I assure thee, and almost me? I will physic your rankness, and yet give with tears I speak it, there is not one so young no thousand crowns neither. Hola, Dennis ! and so villanous this day living. I speak but Enter DENNIS.

brotherly of him; but should I anatomize him

to thee as he is, I must blush and weep, and Den. Calls your worship?

thou must look pale and wonder. Oli. Was not Charles, the Duke's wrestler,

Cha. I am heartily glad I came hither to you: here to speak with me? Den. So please you, he is here at the door, ment: If ever he go alone again, I'll never

If he come to-morrow, I'll give him his pay. and importunes access to you.

wrestle for prize more: And so, God keep Oli. Čall him in. (Erit DENNIS.]—'Twill be

your worship!

[Erit. a good way; and to-morrow the wrestling is.

Oli. Farewell, good Charles. Now will I Enter CHARLES.

stir this gamester:* I hope, I shall see an end Cha. Good morrow to your worship. of him; for my soul, yet I know not why, hates

Oli. Good monsieur Charles !—what's the nothing more than he. Yet he's gentle; never new news at the new court?

schooled, and yet learned; full of noble deCha. There's no news at the court, Sir, but vice: of all sortst enchantingly beloved; and, the old news: that is, the old duke is banished indeed, so much in the heart of the world, and by his younger brother, the new duke; and especially of my own people, who best know three or four loving lords have put themselves him, that I am altogether misprised: but it into voluntary exile with him, whose lands and shall not be so long; this wrestler shall clear revenues enrich the new duke: therefore he all: nothing remains, but that I kindle the boy gives them good leave* to wander.

thither, which now I'll go about. (Ezi. Oli. Can you tell, if Rosalind the duke's daughter, be banished with her father.

SCENE II.-A Lawn before the Duke's Palace. Cha. 0, no; for the duke's daughter, her

Enter ROSALIND and CELIA. cousin, so loves her,--being ever from their cradles bred together,--that she would have merry.

Cel. I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be followed her exile, or have died to stay behind Rós. Dear Celia, I show more mirth than I her. She is at the court, and no less beloved am mistress of; and would you yet I were merof her uncle than his own daughter; and never rier? Unless you could teach me to forget a two ladies loved as they do.

banished father, you must not learn me how to Oli. Where will the old duke live? remember any extraordinary pleasure.

Cha. They say he is already in the forest of Cel. Herein, I see, thou lovest me not with Arden, and a many merry men with him; and the full weight that I love thee: if my uncle, there they live like the old Robin Hood of thy banished father, had banished thy uncle, England: they say many young gentlemen the duke my father, so thou hadst been still flock to him every day; and feet the time care with me, I could have taught my love to take lessly, as they did in the golden world.

thy father for mine ; so would'st thou, if the oli. What, you wrestle to-morrow before the truth of thy love to me were so righteously new duke?

tempered as mine is to thee. Cha. Marry, do I, Sir; and I came to ac- Ros. Well, I will forget the condition of my quaint you with a matter. lam given, Sir, se- estate, to rejoice in yours. cretly to understand, that your younger brother, Cel. You know, my father hath no child but Orlando, hath a disposition to come in disguisd 1, nor none is like to have; and, truly, when against me, to try a fall: To-morrow, Sir, I he dies, thou shalt be his heir : for what he wrestle for my credit, and he that escapes me hath taken away from thy father perforce, ! without some broken limb, shall acquit him will render thee again in affection : by mine well. Your brother is but young, and tender; honour, I will; and when I break that oath, and, for your love, I would be luath to foil him, let me turn monster; therefore, my sweet Rose, as I must, for my own honour, if he come in : my dear Rose, be merry. therefore, out of my love to you, I came hither Ros. From henceforth I will, coz, and devise to acquaint you withal; that either you might sports: let me see; What think you of falling stay him from his intendment, or brook such in love? disgrace well as he shall run into; in that it is Cel. Marry, I pr’ythee, do, to make sport a thing of his own search, and altogether withal : but love no man in good earnest: nor against my will.

no further in sport neither, than with safety of Oli

. Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me, a pure blush thou may'st in honour come off which thou shalt find I will most kindly requite. again. A ready ashent.

A frolicksome fellow

Of all ranks.

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