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Or leas, than a just pound,—be it but so muck
As makes it light or heavy, in the substance.
Or the division of rlie twentieth pai t
Ot one pour scruple; nay, it the scale do turn
Hut in the e-tnn ition of я hair,—
Thou diest, and all thy good* are conli-cate.

Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew I
Now, infidel, 1 have thee on the hip.

Par. Why doth the Jew pause i take thy forfeiture.

«V/; ■/. Give nie my principal, and let ine go.

Bass, 1 have it ready for thee; here it is.

Рог. He hath refue'd it in the open court; He shall have merely justice, and his bund.

Gra. A Daniel,still say 1 ; a second Daniel!— 1 thank thee, Jew, for leaching tne that word.

Shi/. Shall 1 not have barely my principal?

Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the for* To be so taken at thy peril, Jew. [feiture.

Shy. Why then the devil give him good oî I'll stay no longer question. [it!

* For. Tarry, Jew;

The law hath yet another hold on you.
It is enacted in the bws of Venice,—
If it be prov'd against an alien.
That by direct, or indirect attempts,
Hr seek the lite of any citizen,
The party, 'gainst the width he doth contrive
Shall seize one half his goods ; the other half
Comes lo the privy cotter of the state;
And the offender's life lies in the mercy
Of the duke only, 'gainst all other voice.
In which predicament, I say, thou stand's!:
Fur U appears by manifeat piocecding,
l Im!, indirectly, and directly too,
Thou hast cuilriv'd against the very life
Of Ihc defendant ; and thou hast incnrrM
The danger formerly by mc rehears'd.
Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the linke

Gra. Beg, that thou may 'at have leave t«

hang thyself:

And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the »täte,

'I hou hast not lelt the value of a conl;

Therefore, thou must be hang'd at the state's

charge. [our spirit,

Duke. That tliou ehalt seethe difference of I pardon thee thy lile before thou ask it: lor half Jhy vtealtli,it is Antonio's; The other half comes lo the general state, Which hcmMeness may drive unto a tine.

Por. Ay, for the state; not for Antonio,

.Su;/. Nay, take my life aud all, pardon not

that: tprop

You take my house, when yon do take the

That doth sustain my house; you take my life,

When you do take the means whereby 1 live.

Por. Wli.it mercy can you render him. Ante Ii io'

Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else; for God's sake. [the court,

Ant. So please my lord the duke, and all To quit th; flue for one half of his goods; I am content, so he will let me have The other half in иве,—lo render 4, l'pon his death, unto the gentleman That lately stole his daughter: [favour,

Two things provided more,—That, for this He presently become a Christian;

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The other, that he do rt-cord a cifl,

Here in the court, of all he die« possess'd,

Luto hi» son Lorenzo, and Ins daughter.

Duke. He .shall do this ; or else 1 do recant The pardon, that 1 lite pronounced here.

Por. Art H contt-uled, Jew, what doit

Sh v. 1 л;п content. [thou say 1

Por. Clerk, draw a deed of gift

Shu. 1 pray j ou, give nie leave to go from la и not well ; send the deed after me, [hence; And I will sign It.

Duke. (Jet thee gone, bat do it.

Gra. In christening thou »halt have two godfathers; [more,

Had I been ji'dge, thou shouldtt have had ten To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.

[Exit Shy Lock.

Duke. Sir, I entreat yen home with me to dinner. [pardon;

Pur. 1 humbly do desire yonr grace of Ï must away this night toward Padua, Ai.d it is meet, I presently set forth.

/Juke. I am sorry, that your leisure serves Antonio, gratify (hid gentleman; [yon not. Foi, in my mind, yon are much bound to him. [Ex* tint Duke, Alugnijitoest und Train.

Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I ami my friend, Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Ot grievous penalties; in lieu whereof, Threr thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, We freely cope jour courteous pains withal.

Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, In love and service to you evermore.

Рог. He is well paid, that is well satisfied; And I,delivering you, am satisfied, And therein do account myself well paid; My mind was never yet more mercenary. I pray you, know me, when we meet again; I wish yon well, and so I take my leave.

Bas». Dear sir, of force I must attempt you

further;

Take some remembrance of as, as a tribute,

N oi as a fee: graut me two things, I pray you,

Not to deny tue, and to pardon me. [yield.

Por. You piess me far, and therefore 1 will Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your sake; ,[>°u :—

And, for your love, I'll- take this ring from Do not draw back your hand; I'll take no more; And you in love shall not deny me (his.

Лгал. This ring, good sir,—alas,it is a trifle; I will net shame my se if to give you this.

Por. I will have nothing else hut only this; And now, inethiuks, I have a mind to it. Mass. There's more depends on this, than on the value.

The dearest ring in Venice will I give yon.
And find It out by proclamation:
Only for this, I pray yun, pardon me.

Par. I see, sir, yon are liberal in oilers: Yon taught me first to beg ; and now, met h inks, You teach me how я beggar should be auswerM.

Bass. Good sir, this ring was given me by my wife; And, when she pnt It on, she made me vow. That I should neither sell, uor give, nor lose it.

Por. That 'scuse serves many men to w*4 their gilts. An if your wife be not a mad woman, Aud know how well I have deserved this ring. She would not hold out cueiny for ever, Forgiving it tome. Well, peace be with yon I [tinunt I'drih and Nekissa.

Ant. My lord Buesanio,lethimhavetheriag; Let his deserving*, and my love withal. Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandement.

Bass. Go, Gmtiano, run am) overtake him. Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou canst, Lnto Antonio's honse:—away, make haste.

[Etil Gratiano. Come, yon and I will thither presently; Ai.d in the morning early will we both Fly toward Belmont: Lome, Antonio. [Exeunt.

SCENE II. 7Ъе same. A Street. Enter IV m i A and Nkrissa. Por. Inquire the Jew's house oat, give him this deed. And let him sign it; we'll away to-night. And be a day before our husbanris home: This deed will be well welcome to Lorento. Enter Gratianu. Gra. Fair sir, you are well overtaken: My lord Bassanio, upon mote advice •, Hath sent you here this ring ; and doth entreat Your company at dinner.

Por. That cannot be:

This ring I do accept most thankfully,
Aud so, 1 pray you, tell him: Furthermore,
I pray you .show m у youth old Shy lock's house
Gra. That will 1 do.

Ncr, Sir, I would speak with you :—

I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,

* [TV Furtia.

Which I did make hhn swear to keep for ever.

Pur. Thou mayst, 1 warrant: We shall have

old swearing,

That they did give the rings away to men;

But we'll outface them, and outswearthem loo.

Away, make haste; thou know'st where

will tarry.

Ner. Com«*, good sir, will yon show me to this housef [Et, mit.

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Je*. In such a night.

Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrlp the dew;
And saw the lien's shadow ere himself,
Aad ran dismay'd »way.

f чг. In such a night,

Stood Dido with я willow iii her hand
Upon the wild sea banks, and wav'd her love
To come again to Cart luge.

Jf.%, In such a night,

Medea gathered the enchanted herbs
That did renew old JE»on.

Ler. In each a night,

Did Jessica ete^l from the wealthy Jew:
And with anunlhritt love did rnn from Venice,
A» far «a Belmont.

J,s. And in such a nieht.

Did у >mn; Lorenzo swear he lov'd her well; Stealing birr soul with many vowa of faith, And ne'er a true one.

Лег. And in such a night,

Did pretty Jessica, like a Utile shrew,
Slander her love, and he forgave it her.

Jes. I won И out-nit ht yon, did no body come:
pui. hark, I hear the footing of a man.
Enter STtPHANO.
Lor. Who cumea so fael in silence of the
Steph. A friend. [night f

Lor. A friend f what friend? your name, 1 pray you, friend Î [word,

Steph. Stepháno is my name; and I bring My m ist re*» will before the break of day Be here at Belmont: she doth stray about By holy crosses, wtwre she kneels and prays For happy wedlock hours.

Lor. Who comes with her?

•St, ph. None, bat a holy hermit, and her m>id. 1 pray yon. Is my master yet retnrn'd? Lor. He is not, nor we have not heard from him.— Bet go we in, I pray thee, Jessica, And ceremoniously let us prepare Sume welcome lor the mistress of the house. Enter Lit NCBLOT. Li un. Sola, sola, wo ha, ho, sola, sola! Lor. Who calls Î

Laun. Solat did you see master Lorenzo, and mistress Loren zu I sola, sola! Lor. Leave hollaing, man; here. Laun. Solal whereÏ where? Lit. Here

Laun. Tell him, there's a post come from my master, with his hom fu.l of good news; ву master will be here ere morning. [Exit. Ltor. Sweet soul, let's in, and there expect their coming. An«! yet no matter ;—Why should we go in! My friend Stephano, signify, I pra> yon, Л ithin the huase, yonr mistress b at hand; And bring your music forth into the air,—

[Eiit Steph Ano. How sweet (he moon-light sleeps upon this bank 1 , [sic

H*re will we alt, and let the sounds of innCreep in our cart; soft stillness, and the night.

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Become the touches of sweet harm-iny.
Sit. Jessica: Look, how the floor of heaven
Is thick inlaid with patines* of bright gold;
There's not the smallest orb, which thou be-

hold'st,
But In his motion like an angel sings,
•Still quiring to the youngey'd chcrublms:
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
But, whilst tliH muddy vestnre of decay
Uuth grossly dose it in, we cannot hear lt.—

Enter Musicians. Com*, ho, and wake Diana with a hymn; With sweetest touches pierce your mistress* And draw her home with music. tear,

Jes. I am never merry, when I hear sweet music. IMustc.

Lor. The reason is, your spirits are attentive: For do but note я wild and wanton herd, Or race of youthful an I unbundled colts Fetching mad bounds, bellowing, and neigh

ing loud. Which is the hot condition of their blood; If they but heur perchance a trumpet sound Or any air of music touch their ear?. You shall perceive them make a mutual statut, Their savage eyesturn'd toa mod es i ца/е. By the sweet power of music: i'herefore,

the poet

Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones,

and floods; [>ige.

Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of

But music lor the time doth change bis

nature: The man that hath no mnsic in himself, Nor is nut mov'd with concord of sweet

sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit »re dull as night. And his affections dark a* Erebus: Let no such man be trusted.— Mark the music. En er Portia und Nerissa,/// a distance. Por. That light we see, is burning in my hall. How far that little candle throws his beams I So shines a good deed in a naughty world. Ner. When the moon shone, we did not see the candle. (less:

Por. So doth the greater glory dim the A substitute shines brightly as " kitig, Until a king he by; and then his state Empties itself, as doth an inland brook Into the main of waters. Music! hark! Ner, It is your music, madam, of the

house. Por. Nothing Is good, I see, withont résped; [day. Melhinks, it sounds much sweeter than by Air. Silence bestows that virtue on it,madam, [lark, Por. The crow doth sing as sweetly ai the When neither is attended; and, I think, The nightingale, If she should siug by day. When every goose is cackling, would be

thought No better a musician than the'

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How ninny tilings by season season'd яге
To tlieir rfyht piaise, and irr*e perfection!—
Peace, hoa! the moon sleep» with Knrlyinion,
\u'l would not be au.ik'il 1 [Musir ventes.

Lor. That is the voice,

Or 1 am mm h deceiv'd,of Portia.
Рог. He knows me,as the blind man knows
the cuckoo.
Ну the bad voice.
Лог. Dear lady, welcome home.

Por. We have been prajing for our husbands' welfare, [worils. Which speed, we hope, the better for our Are they returned t

Aor. Madam, they are not yet %

But there is come a messenger before,
To signify their coming.

Por. Go In, Ncrissa,

Give order to my servant*, that they take No note at all of our being absent hence ;— Nor you, Lorenzo;—Jessica, nor you.

[A tuck ft * sim пая. bar* Your husband ii at hand, 1 hear his trumpet: We are no tell-tales, madam; fear you not Por. This night, tuctbink», is but the daylight sick, It lookn a little paler; Misa day, Such as the day is when the nun Is hid. Enter Bass An in, A \tonio, G Rati A No, and their Follower?. Bass. We should hold day with the Antipodes, If you would walk in absence of the sun. Por. Let me give liiiht, but let me not be light; For a light wife doth make a heavy husband, And never be В asean i о so for me; But God sort all!—You are welcome Ъоте, my lord. Bass. I thank yon, madam: give welcome to nay friend.— This is the man, this is Antonio, To whom 1 am so infinitely bound.

Por. You should in all sense be mach bound to him, For, as I hear, he was much bound for yon. Ant. No more than I am well acquitted of. Por. Sir, you are very welcome to our house: *

It must appear in other ways than words, Therefore, I scant this breathing courtesy t. [gratiano and Nkrissa seem to talk apart* Gra. By yonder moon, I swear, yon do me wrong; In faith, I gave it to the jndge's clerk: Would he were gelt that had it, for my part, [heart.

ince \ (m do take It, love, so much at Por. A quarrel, ho, airead}? what's the

matter? Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring That she did give me; whose poey was For all the world, like cutlet's poetry Upon a knife, Love me, and leave me not.

Ner. What talk you of the posy, or tit

value I

Yon swore to me, when I did give It yon,

That you would wear it till yotir hour ol

death; [grave:

And that it should lie with yon in yoor

Though not for ine, yet for your vehement

oaths, [kept it.

Yon shonld have been respective*, and have

Gave it я (mice's clerk !—but well I know,

The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face,

that had it.

Gra. He will, an If he live to be a man.

Ner. Ay, if a woman live to be a man.

Gra. Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth,— A kind of boy; a little r crabbed boy, No higher than thyself, the jndge's clerk; A prating boy. that betig'd it as a fee; I could no', for my heart deny it him.

Por. You were to blame, I must be piala with yon. To part so slightly with yonr wife's first gift; A thin«; stuck on with oaths upon your finger And rivetted so with faith unto yonr flesh. I gave my love a ring, and made him swear Never to part with it ; and here he stands; I dare be sworn for him, he would not leave!., • Nor pluck it iroin his linger, forthe wealth That the world masters. Now, in faith, Gra* 'tiano, [grief;

Yon give your wife loo nnkind a cause ol An 'twere to me, 1 shonld be mad at it.

Bass. Why, I were best to cut my left hand off, [Aside.

And swear, 1 lost the ring defending it.

Gra. My lord Bassanio gave his ring away Unto the judge that beyg'd it, and, indeed, Deserv'd it too; and then the boy, his clerk, That took some pains in writing, be beggM mine: [aught

And neither man, nor master, woald lake But the two rings.

Por. What ring gave you, my lord!

Not that, T hope, which yon received of me.

Bass. If I could add я lie nnto a fault, Í wonld deny it; but yon see, my finger Hath not the ring upon it, it is gone.

Pur. Even to void is your false heart of truth, By heaven, I will ne'er come in your bed Until [ sec the ring.

Ner. Nor I in yours,

Till I again see mine.

Bats. Sweet Portia,

If you did know to whom I gave the ring.
If \ou did know for whom I gave the ring.
And would conceive for what I gave the ring.
And how unwillingly I left the ring,
V. ii- n nought would be accepted but the ring,
You wonld abate the strength of your dis-
pleasure, [rim»,

Por. If you had known the virtue of the
Or half her worthiness that gave the ring.
Or your own honour to contain the ring,
You wonld not then bave parted with the ring

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What in.m is there к much unreasonable,
If you had pleas'd (o have defended It
With any terras of zeal, wanted the modesty
To urge the thiu^ bel't as acciemony I
Nerinsa teaches me what to believe;
I'll die for*t, hut кипе woman had the ring.
Bats. No, hy mine honour,madam, b) iny
No woman had it, but a civil doctor, [soul.
Which did refuse three thousand due-:ts of

me, [him

And beg^M the ring; the which I did deny
And •nttcr'd Iiini to go displeas'd away;
Even he that had held up the very lilt;
Of шу dear fiiend. What should I say

sweet lady Í
I was enforcM to »end it after him;
I was be*et with shame and courtesy;
My hononr would not Let ingratitude
So mncti besmear it: Pardon nie, good lady;
For, by the*e blessed candles of the night,
Had you been there, I think, you would lutve

beggM The riug t>f me to give the worthy doctor. Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near

my house: S i nre he hath »ot the jewel that I lovM, And that which you did swear to keep for me¡ 1 will become as liberal as you: J'll not deny hint any tiling 1 have. No, not my body, nor my husband's bed: Know him 1 shall, I am well sure of it: Lie not a night from home; watch me, like If yon do not, if 1 be left alone, [Arktis:

No«, by mine honour, which is yet iny own, 1*11 have that doctor for my bedfellow. ЛУг. And I hi» clerk ; therefore be well

advis'd, How you do leave me to mine own, protection. Gra. Well, do you so: let not me take him

then; Por, if I do, I'll mar the yonng clerk's pen. Ant. I am the unhappy subject of these

quarrels. Por. Sir, grieve not yon; You are welcome notwithstanding. [wrong; Bast. Portia, forgive me this enforced And, in the hearing of these many friends, Z swear tothee, even by thine own fair eye«.

Wherein I see myself,

Por. Mark you bnt that!

In both my eyes he doubly sees himself:
In earhe>e one:—swear by your double self,
And there's an oath of credit.

Bass. Nay, but hear me:

Pardon this fanlt, and by my soul I swear,
I never more will break an oath with thee.
Ant. I ooce did lend шу body for Ins

wealth»; Which, bnt for him that had yonr husband's

rinz, [7*" Portia.

H-td quite miscarried: I dare be bound again,
Trfy soul upon the forfeit, that yonr lord
Will never more break faith advisedly.
Por. Then jvu shall be his surely: Give

him lids;
A(.d bid bun keep it better than the other.

An'. Here, lord Bassanio; swear to keep this ring. [the doctor!

Bass. Hy heaven, it is the same I gave

Por. I had it of him: pardon me, Hassauio; For by this ring the doctor by with ine.

iVi r. And pardon me, my gentle Gratlano; For tint same scrubbed boy, the doctor's

clerk, In Id u of this, last night did lie with me.

Gra. Why, this is like the mending of

highways

In summer, where the ways atr fair enough¡

W hat 1 are \\г cuckolds, ere we have deserv'd

U? [aina/ed:

Por. Speak not so grossly. You are aü Here isa letter, read it at your leisure; It comes from Padua,from hVllario: [tor; There you shall find, that Portia was the docN'erissa there, her clerk: Lorenzo here Sh.dl witne's, I set forth as soon as you. And but even now retnrn'd; I have not yet EnicrM my house.—Antonio, you are web

come; And 1 havf better news in store for yon Than you expect: unseal this letter soon; Then? you shall find, three of yonr argosies Are richly come to harbour suddenly: Vuii shall not know by what strange accident I chanced ou this letter.

Ant. I am dumb.

Bass. Were you the doctor, and I knew you not T

Gra. Were you the clerk, that it to make me cuckold f [to do it,

-Vir. Ay; but the clerk that never means Unless he live until he be a man.

Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bed. fellow; When I am absent, then He with my wife.

Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life, and living; For here I read for certain, that my ships Are safely come to road.

Pit. How now, Lorenzo*

My clerk hath some good comforts too for yon. [a fee.—

Л>г. Ay, and I'll give them him without There do 1 give to you, and Jessica, From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift. After his death, of all he djes possess'd of.

l.or. Fair ladies,you drop manna in the way Of starved people.

Por. It is almost morning,

And yet, I am sure, you are not satisfied
Of these events at full: Let us go In;
And charge us there upon inter'g.itorips,
And we will an*wer all things faithfully.

GV«. Let ¡the so: The first inter'gatory.
That my Neriss'a shall be sworn on, Is,
Whether till the next night she had rather stay;
Or ко to bed now, being two hours to day:
Rut were the day come, I should wish it dark
That I were couching with the doctor*? clerk
Well, while I live, I'll fear no other thing
So sore, as keeping safe Nerlssa's ring.

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