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Tban if you bad made waste of all i bave : nothing but talk of his borse ; and he makes it
Tbea do but say to me wbat I should do, a great appropriation to bis good parts, that he
That in your knowledge may by me be done, can shoe him himself; I am much afraid, my
And I ain pressid unto it: therefore, speak, Jady his mother played false with a smith.
Bass. In Belmont is a lady richly left,

Ner. Then, is there the county · Palatine.
And she is fair, and, fairer than that word, Por. He doth nothing but frown ; as who
of wondrous virtues ; sometimes + from her eyes should say, An if you will not have me, choose :
I did receive fair speechless messages :

be bears merry tales, and smiles not: I fear lie Her name is Portia ; nothing undervalued will prove the weeping philosopher when he To Cato's danghter, Brutus' Portia.

grows old, being so full of unmannerly sadness Nor is the wide world igporant of her worth : in bís youth. I had rather be married to a For the four winds blow in from every coast death's bead with a bone in his mouth, than Renowned suitors : and her sunny locks

to either of these. God defend me from these Haug on her temples like a golden fleece ;

two. Which makes her seat of Belmont, Colchos' Ner. How say you by the French lord, Monstrand,

sieur Le Bon ? And many Jasons come in quest of her.

Por. God made him, and therefore let him O my Antonio, bad I but the means

pass for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to To bold a rival place with one of them,

be a mocker ; But, he! why, he hath a horse I bave a mind presages me such thrift,

better than the Neapolitan's ; a better had babit That I should questionless be fortunate.

of frowning than the count Palatine : he is every Ant. Thou know'st, that all my fortunes are man in uo man: if a throstle sing, he falls al sea ;

straight a capering : he will fence with his own Nor have I money, nor commodity

shadow: if I should marry him, I should marry To raise a present som : therefore go forth, twenty husbands : If he would despise me, i Try what my credit can in Venice do ;

would forgive him ; for if he love me to mad-
That shall be rack'd even to the uttermost, uess, I sball never requite him.
To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia. Ner. What say you then to Faulconbridge,
Go, presently inquire, and so will 1,

tbe young baron of England ?
Where money is; and I no question make, Por. You know, I say nothing to him ; for he
To have it of my trust, or for my sake.

understands not me, nor I bim : he hath neither (Exeunt. Latin, French, vor Italian ; and you will come

into the court and swear, that I have a poor SCENE II.-Belmont.--A Room in Portia's penny-worth in the English. He is a proper House.

man's picture ; Blit, alas! who can converse

with a dumb show! How oddly he is suited ! Enter PORTIA and NERISSA.

I think, he bought his doublet in Italy, his round Por. By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is bose in France, his bonnet in Gerinany, and his 2-weary of this great world.

behaviour every where. Ner. You would be, sweet madam, if your Ner. What ihink you of the Scottish lord, his miseries were in the same abundance as your neighbour? good fortunes are : And yet for aught I see, Por. Tbat he hath a neighbourly charity in tbey are as sick, that surfeit with too much, as him ; for he borrowed a box of the ear on the they that starve with nothing : It is no mean Englishman, and swore he would pay bim agaill, bappiness therefore, to be seated in the mean ; when he was able ; I think the Frenchman supersiuity comes sooler by white hairs, but became bis surety, and sealed under for au. competency lives longer.

other. Por. Good sentences, and well pronounced. Ner. How like you the young German, the Ver. They would be better, if well followed. duke of Saxony's nephew?

Por. Il to do were as easy as to know what Por. Very vilely in the morning, when he is were good to do, chapels had been churches, sober; and most vilely in the afternoon, when and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It he is drunk : when he is best, be is little worse is a good divine that follows bis own instruc-than a man; and when he is worst, he is little tions ; I can easier teach twenty what were good better than a beast; an the worst fall + that ever to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow sell, I hope I shall make shift to go without mine own teacbing. The brain may devise laws bius. for the blood ; but a bot temper leaps over a Ner. If he should offer to choose, and choose cold decree : such a hare is madness the youth, the right casket, you should refuse to perforin to skip o'er the meshes of good counsel the your father's will, if you should refuse to accept cripple. But this reasoning is not in the fashion him. lo choose me a husband :-O ne, the word Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray choose ! I may neither choose whom I would, thee set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the nur refuse whom I dislike ; so is the will of a contrary casket : for, if the devil be within, and living danghter carb'd by the will of a dead fa. that temptation without, I know he will choose ther :-Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot it. I will do any thing, Nerissa, ere I will be chirose one, nor refuse none ?

married to a sponge. Ver. Your father was ever virtnous; and Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having ary holy wen, at their death, have good inspira- of these lords; they have acquainted me with tions; therefore the lottery that he hath de their determination i wbich is, indeed, to return vised in these three chests, of gold, silver, and to their home, and to trouble you with no more bad, (whereof who chooses his meaning. suit; unless you may be won by some other chooses you.) will, no doubt, never be chosen sort than your father's imposition, depending on by any rightly, but one who you sball rightly the caskeis. love. But what warmth is there in your attec- Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla I will tion towards any of these princely suitors that die as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by are already come?

the inanner of my father's will : I am glad this Por. I pray thee overname them; and as parcel of wooers are so reasonable; for there is ibuu namest them, I will describe them : and, not one among tbew but I dote on bis vry accoruing to my description, level at my affec- absence, and I pray God grant them a fair de

partire. Ver. First, there ja the Neapolitan prince. Ver. Do you not remember, lady, in your Por. Ay, that's a colt: indeed, for be doth father's time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a solo

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dier, that came bither in company of the mar. Even there where mercbants most de camere quis of Montserrat ?

gate, Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I ibiok so on me, nuy bargains, and my well-wisher, was he called.

Which he calls interest : Cursed be sy , Ver. True, madam ; he, of all the men that 10 I forgive biun ! ever my foolish eyes looked upou, was the best Bass. Shylock, do yon bear! deserving a fair lady,

Shy. I am debating of my present store ; Por. I remember him well; and I remember and, by the near guess of my menory, bim worthy of thy praise.-Huw now! what I cannot instantly raise up the gross ness?

of full three thousand ducats : Mbat or that!

Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my uibe,
Enter a SERVAXT.

Will furnish me; But soft ; how many
Sere. The four strangers, seek for you, ma- Do you desire ?--Rest you fair, good siger:
danı, to take their leare: and there is a fore-

TO AST. ranner come from a fin, the prince of Mo Your worsbip was the last man in our box rocco ; who briugs word the prince, bis master,

Ant. Shylock, albeit, I neither loud bor bar will be here to-night.

row, Por. If I could bid the find welcome with so by taking nur by giving of excess, good a heart as I can bid the oiber four fare. Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my frus Well, I should be glad of his approach: if he !!!l break a custom :--- Is be yet passes, have the condition of a saint, and the com. How much you would ! plesion of a devil, I had rather be should shrive Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand dacats. me, than wive mne. Come, Nerissa.- Sirrab, go

Ant. And for three months. before.--Whiles we shut the gate upon one

Shy. I bad forgot,-three nostics, you
Wooer, another knocks at the door. (Ereunt.

me so.
Well then, your bond ; and, let me see, -

hear you ; SCEVE III.-Venice.- A public Place.

Methought, you said, you Deilber lest,

Upon advantage.

Ant. I do never use it. Shy. Three thousand dncats, --well.

Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Lada's Buss. Ay, Sir, for three months.

sheep, Shy. For three months, - well.

This Jacob from our boly Abraham sa Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio (As his wise mother wrougbt ia be bist shall be bound.

The third possessor; ay, be was the la Shy. Antonio shall become bound,--well.

Ant. And what of him ? did be the best! Buss. May you stead me? Will you pleasure

Shy. No, Dot take interest ; uof, as ysa wa me? Shall I know your answert

say, Shy. Three thousaud ducals, for three months, Directly interest: mark what Jacub 054. and Antonio beund.

Woen Laban and bimseif kere culpa,
Dass. Your answer to that.

That all the eaplings which were sticand bied
Shy. Antonio is a good man.
Buss. Have you beard any imputation to the should fall as Jacob's bire; the encu, radi.

pied, contrary?

In the end of autuma turned to the 14: Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no ;-my meaning, in say. And when the work of generation was ing be is a good man, is to have you under- Between these woolly breeders in the , stand me, that he is sufficient : yet his means the skilful shepherd peri'd me certas 235, are in supposition : be bath an argosy bonnd to Aud, in the doing of ihe deed of 11,: Tripolis, another to the Indies; ! understand He stuck them up before the falso.de iure; moreover upon the Rialto, be bath a third at Who, then conceiving, did in tantas ize Mexico, a fourth for England,--and other Full party.colour'a laubs, and ventures be bath, squander'd abroad : But ships

Jacob's. are but boards, sailors but men: there be land. This was a way to thrive, and he was blest; rats and water-rats, water-thieves, and land

And thrift is blessing, ii men steal a dan Ilieves ; I mean, pirates ; and then, there is

Ant. This was a venture, Siz, ha a the peril of waters, winds, and rocks : The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient ;-three thousand a thing not in bis power to bring top

serv'd for; durats ;--I think, I may take bis bond.

But sway'd and fashion'd by the land of Spa,
Bass. Be assured you may.
Siy, i will be assured i may; and, that I or is your gold and silver, eves 294 2.

Was this inserted to make interest ? may be assured, I will betbiuk me : May

Shy. I cannot tell; I made speak with Antonio ?

fast:Buss. If it please you to dine with us.

Bat vote me, signior. Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitatioii which your propbet, tbe Nazarite, con. The devil can cile scripture for bi po.

Ant. Mark you this, Bassanio, jared the devil into + I will buy with you, sell au evil soul producing holy witness, with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so

Is like a villain with a smiling chees; following; but I will not eat with you, drivk A goodly apple rotien at the beant; with you, nor pray with you. Wbat news on Ob! what a good!y outside falsehood l the Rialto - Who is he comes here?

Shy. Three thousand ducats,-'us a

rouud sum.

Three monibs from twelve, then let me ses Le Bass. This is signior Antonio,

rate. Shy. (Aside.) How like a fawning publican Ant. Well,Shylock, sball we be bebelde: * he looks i

Shy. Signior Antonio, mans a time, the I hate him, for he is a Christian :

in the Rialto you bave rated me bet ir ore, for that, in low simplicity,

About my monies and my uszeces:
Jle lends out money gratis, and brings down Still bave I borde it with a patirut sering:
The rate of usance here, with is in Venice.

For sufferance is the badge of all our side
I can catch him once upon the hir,

You call me misbeliever, citibnet , I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him

Ind spit upon my Jewish coberoinr. Hebat's on: sacred nation and he rails,

And all for use of tbat whicb is nie daa.

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Well then, it now appears, you nerd my help:

ACT 11.
Go to then : you come to me, and you say,
Shylock, we would have monies: You say s0;

SCENE 1.-Belmont.-A Room in PORTIA'; You, that did void your rbeum upon my beard,

And foot me, as you spun a stranger cur
Over your threshold ; monies is your suit.

Flourish of Cornets. Enter the PRINCE OP Wbat should I say to you? Should I not say,

Morocco and his Train ; Portia, NERISSA, Hath a dog money ? is it possible,

und other of her Attendants. A cur can lend three thousand ducats ? or, Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion, Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key, The shadow'd livery of the burvishi'd still, With 'bated breath, and wbispering bumble. To wboin ! am a neighbour, and near bred. ness,

Bring me the fairest creature northward barn, Say this,

Where Phæbus' fire scarce thaws the icicles, Fair Sir, you spit on me on Wednesday Aud let us make incision * for your love, last:

To prove whose blood is reddest, bis, or inine. You spurn'd me such a day; another time I tell thee, lady, this aspect of mine You call'd me---dog; and for these courtesies Hath fear'd the valiant; by my love, I swear I'll lend you thus much monies.

The best-regarded virgins of our cline Ant. I am as like to call thee so again, Have lov'd it too : I would not change this hue, To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too.

Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen. 11 thou wilt lend this money, lend is not

Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led As lo hy friends ; (for when did friendship By nice direction of a maiden's eyes : take)

Besides the loitery of my destiny A breed for barren metal of his friend?

Bars me the right of voluntary choosing : But lend it ratber to thine eneiny:

But, if my father had not scanted me, who, if he break, thou may'st with better face And hedg'd ine by his wit, to yield myself Exact the penalty.

His wife, who wins me by that means I told you, Shy. Why, look you, how you storm!

Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair, 1 would be friends with you, and have your As any comer 1 bave look'd on yet, love,

For my affection. Forget the shames that you have staind me Mor. Even for that I thank you : with,

Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets, Supply your present wants, and take no doit To try my fortune. By this scimitar,or usance for my monies, and you'll not bear that slew the Sophy, and a Peroian prince, me :

That won three fields of Sultan Sulyon 1), This is hind I offer.

I would out-stare the sternest eyes that look, Ant. This were kindness.

Out-brave the beart inost daring on the earth, Shy. This kindness will I show :

Pluck the young suckling cubs from the she Go with me to a notary, seal me there

bear, Your single bond ; and, in a merry sport,

Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey, If you repay me bot on such a day,

To win thee, lady : But, alas tbe wbile! lu such a place, such sum or sums as are If Hercules and Lichas play at dice Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit

Which is the better man, the greater throw Be nominated for an equal pound

May turn by fortune from the weaker band : or your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken So is Alcides beaten by his page ; li what part of your body pleasrth the.

And 50 may 1, blind fortune leading me, Ant. Content, in faith ; I'll seal to such a Miss that which one unworthier may atlain, bond,

And die with grieving.
And say there is much kindness in the Jew. Por. You must take your chance;
Bass. You sball not seal to such a bond for And either not attempt to choose at all,

Or swear, before you choose, if you choose I'll ratber dwell in my necessity.

Ant. Why, fear not, man ; I will not forfeit it; Never to speak to lady afterward
Within these two months, that's a month before In way of marriage : therefore be advis'd.
Tbis bond expires, I do expect return

Mor. Nor will not; come, bring me uuto my or thrice three times the value of this bond.

cbance. Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians Por. First, forward to the temple ; after dinner are :

Your hazard shall be made. Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect Mor. Good fortune then !

[Cornets. The thoughts of others ! Pray you, teil me this ; To make me bless'd, or cursed'st among men. Ir be should break his day, what should I gain

1 Ereunt. By the exaction of the forfeiture? A pound of man's tlesb, taken from a man,

SCENE II.-Venice.-A Street. is not so estimable, profitable neither, As flesh of multons, beefs, or goats. I say,

Enter LAUNCELOT GOBBO. To bay his favour, 1 extend this friendship : Laun. Certainly my conscience will serve me Ir be will take it, so ; if not, adieu ;

to run from this Jew, my master: The fend is And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not. at mine elbow: and tempts me, saying to me, Ant. Yes, Shylock, i will seal unto this Gobbo, Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or hond.

good Gobbo, or good Launcelot Gobbo, use Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's; your legs, take the start, run away: My con. Give bim direction for this merry bond, science says,-n0 ; take herd, honest Launceloti And I will go and purse the dacats straight; take heed, honest Gobbo; or, as aforesaid, See to my lionse, lest in the fearful guard honest Launcelot Gobbo ; do not run; scorn of an untbrity knave ; and presently

running with thy heels : Well, the most cou. I will be with you.

[Exit.rageous fiend bids me pack; via ! says the tiend; Ant. Hie thee, gentle Jew.

au ay! says the fiend, for the heavens ; rouse This Hebrew will turn Christian ; he grows up a brare mind, says the fend, and run. kind.

Well, my conscience, banging about the neck of Bass. I like not fair terms, and a villain's my heart, says very wisely to me,--my korist mind,

friend Launcelot, being an honest man's son, Ant. Come on : in this there can be no dis--or rather an honest woman's 2011; - for, indrell, may,

my father vid sulething sidik, suhething glow My ships come brine a moth before the day.

(dade'uni. • Red blood is a traditionary yign of lefe afrighted.

to, be had a kind of taste; well, my conscience, but I am Launcelot, the Jew's man; and, I am says, Launcelot, budge not ; budge, says the sure, Margery, your wife, is my mother. fiend; budge not, says my couscience: Consci. Gób. Her name is Margery, indeed : 10 te ence, says I, you counsel well ; fend, says I, you sworn, if thou be Launcelot, thou art mine on counsel well: to be ruled by my conscience, I flesh and blood. Lord won bipp'd nigbt be bei should stay with the Jew my master, wbo, (God what a beard bast thou got! thou has got bent bless the mark!) is a kind of devil; and to run hair op tby ebin, than Dobbin my tbil-borre away from the Jew, I should be ruled by the bas on bis tail. fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil Laun. It should seem tben, that Dobbin's tai himself ; Certainly, the Jew is the very devil grows backward ; I am sure be bad more barse incarnation; and, in my conscience, my con his tail, than I have on my face, when I las s science is but a kind of hard conscience, to offer him. to counsel me to stay with the Jew: The fiend Gob. Lord, how art thou cbanged! Hos os gives the more friendly counsel : I will run, thou and thy master agree! I have brought fiend ; my heels are at your commandment, i a present ; How 'gree you now? will ruu.

Laun. Well, well; but, for mine own wart

I have set up my rest lo ruu away, so I
Enter old GOBBO, with a Rasket.

rest till i bave run some groond : my maste Gob. Master, young man, you, I pray you; very Jew: Give bim a present ! give him a which is the way to master Jew's ?

ter: I am famish'd in his service; yoa Laun. (Aside.] O heavens, this is my true be every finger I have with my ribs. Faber, i 20 gotten father! who, being more tban sand-blind, glad you are come : give me your present a se high-gravel blind, knows me not :-1 will try con- master Bassanio, who, indeed, gires rare ** clusions with him.

liveries : if I serve not bine, I will res as fria Gob. Master young gentleman, I pray you, God has any ground.-0 rare fortune! bere esas which is the way to master Jew's !

the man ;-to bim, father ; for I ann a Jer il Laun. Turu up on your right band, at the next serve the Jew any longer. turping, but at the next turning of all, on your left; marry, at the very next turning, turn of no

Enter BASSANTO, with LEONARDO, and other

Follouers. baud, but turn down indirectly to the Jew's house.

Bass. You may do 80 :--but let it be so besoed, Gob. By God's sonties, 'twill be a hard way that supper be ready at the fartbest be freedte to bit. Can you tell me wbether one Launce clock : See these letters deliver'd; poi the LTTI lot, that dwells with bin, dwell with him, or not to making; and desire Gratiano to come mot Laun. Talk you of young master Launce my lodgins.

(Ezit e Scia. lot ?-Park me now; (aside.) now will I raise Laun. To him, father. the waters :--Talk you of young master Launce- Gob. God bless your worship ! lot ?

Eass. Gramercy; would'st thos asgbt vid Glo. No master, Sir, but a poor man's son ; me! bis father, though I say it, is an honest ex- Gob. Here's my son, Sir, a poor bor, ceeding poor man, and, God be tbanked, well to Laun. Not a poor boy, Sir, but the rich der live.

man ; that would, Sir, as my father sta se Laun. Well, let his father be what he will, we cify,talk of young master Launcelot.

Gob. He bath a great infection, Sir, 38 ose Gob. Your worship's friend, and Launcelot, would say, to serve-Sir.

Laun. Indeed, the short and the leng is. I Laun. But I pray you ergo, old man, ergo, I serve the Jew, and I have a desire, as by the beseech you ; Talk you of young master Launce sball specifylot!

Gob. His master and be, (saving peer mor Gob. Or Launcelot, an't please your master ship's reverence, are scarce cater-cossiss: ship.

Laun. To be brief, the very truth is, that the Laun. Ergo, master Launcelot; talk not of Jew, baving doue me wrong, dotb cause pe.. master Launcelot, father ; for the young gentle. my father, being I hope an old man, shall truary man (acccording to fales and destinies, and such unto you, -odd saying, the sisters three, and such branches Gob. I have here a dish of doves, that! of learning, is, indeed, deceased ; or, as you would bestow upon your worship ; and my sat would say, in plain terins, gone to heaven. is,

Gob. Marry, God forbid ! the boy was the very Laun. In very bries, the suit is impertinent >> staff of my age, iny very prop.

myself, as your worship shall know by ibis bones Laun. Do I look like a cudgel, or a bovel- old min; and, though I say it, though old man, post, a staff, or a prop ?-Do you know me, fa- yet, poor man, my faiber. ther!

Bass. One speak for both What would Gob. Alack the day, I know you not, young gentleman : but, I pray you, tell ine, is my boy,

Laun. Serve you, Sir. (God rest bis soul!) alive, or dead?

Gob. This is the very defect of the batter, så. Laun. Do you not know me, father?

Bass. I know thee well, thou hast obiana'd thy Gob. Alack, Sir, I am sand-blind, I know you

suit : not.

Shylock, thy master, spoke with me this day, Laun. Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, yon And bath preferr'd ihee, if it be preferbeat, might fail of the knowing me : it is a wise father, To leave a rich Jew's service, to become that knows his own child. Well, old man, I will The follower of so poor a gentleman. tell you news of your son: Give me your bless. Laun. The old proverb is very well ported ing: truth will come to light ; murder cannot be between my master Shylock and you, Siri ya bid long, a man's son may; but, in the end, have the grace of God, Sir, and be baib posgh. truth will out.

Bass. Thou speak'st it well : Go, faila, kui Gob. Pray you, Sir, stand up ; I am sure, you tby son :are not Launcelot, my boy.

Take leave of thy old master, and inquire Laun. Pray you, let's have no more fooling My lodging out:--Give him a livery about it, but give me your blessing; I am Launce

(To Ais Follvos. lot, your boy that was, your son that is, your More guarded + than his fellows': See it dube. child that shall be.

Laun. Father, in :- I cannot get a inic, Gob. I cannot think, you are my son.

no ;-1 bave pe'er a tongue in my bead.-; Laun. I know not what I shall think of that : Looking on his pulm.) if any man in Italy bave • Experiments.

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a fairer table, which doth offer to swear upon Laun. Adieu !-tears exhibit my tongue.a book. - I shall have good fortune ; Go to, here's Most beautiful pagan, most sweet Jew! If a a simple line of life! bere's a small trifle of Christian do not play the knave, and get ibee, wives : Alas! fifteen wives is nothing; eleven I ain much deceived; But, adieu ! these foolish widows, and nine maids, is a siinple coming-in drops do somewhat drown my manly spirit; for one man : and then, to 'scape drowning adieu !

(Erit. tbrice ; and to be in peril of my life with the Jes. Farewell, good Launcelot.edge of a feather-bed ;-here are simple 'scapes ! Alack, what heinous sin it is in me, Well, if fortune be a woman, she's a good weuch To be asham'd to be my father's child ! for this gear.-Fatber, coine; I'll take my leave But though I am a daughter to bis blood, of the Jew in the twinkling of an eye.

I am not to bis manners : 0 Lorenzo, (Ereunt LAUNCELOT and old GOBRO. If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife ; Bass. I pray thee, good Leonardo, thiuk on Become a Christian, and thy loving wife. this :

(Exit. Tbese things being bought, and orderly be. stow'd,

SCENE IV. The same.- A street. Return in haste, for I do feast to-night My best-esteem'd acquaintance ; biz thee, go.


Leon. My best endeavours shall be done

Lor. Nay, we will s'ink away in sapper-time ;

Disguise us at my lodging, and return

All in an hour.
Gra. Where is your master ?

Gra. We have not made good preparation.
Leon. Youder, Sir, he walks.

Sular. We have not spoke us yet of torch. [Erit LEONARDO.

bearers, Gra. Signior Bassanio,-

Salan. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly Bass. Gratiano !

order'd ;
Gra. I have a suit to you.

And better, in my mind, not undertook.
Bass. You have obtain's it.

Lor. 'Tis now but four a clock; we have two
Gra. You must not deny me; I must go with

hours you to Belmont.

To furnish us:
Bass. Why, then you must ;-But bear thee,
Gratiano ;

Enter LAUNCELOT, with a letter.
Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice ;- Friend Launcelot, what's the news ?
Parts, that become thee bappily enough,

Laun. An it shall please you to break up this,
And in such eyes as our's appear not faults ; it shall seem to signify.
But where thou art not known, wby, there they Lor. I know the band : in faith, 'tis a fair

hand; Something too liberal : +-pray thee, take pains And whiter than the paper it writ on, To allay with some cold drops of modesty Is the fair hand that writ. Thy skipping spirit; lest, through thy wild be. Gra, Love-news, in faith. baviour,

Laun. By your leave, Sir. I be wisconstrued in the place I go to,

Lor. Whither goest thou ? And lose iny hopes.

Laun. Marry, Sir, to bid my old master the Gra. Signior Bassanio, hear me :

Jew to sup to-night with my new master the I do not put on a sober babit,

Christian. Talk with respect, and swear but now and then, Lor. Hold here, take this :-tell gentle JesWear prayer-books in my pocket, look de

sica, murely ;

I will not fail her ;-speak it privately ; go.Nay more, while grace is saying, hood mine Gentlemen,

(E. it LAUNCELOT. eyes

Will you prepare you for this masque to-night? Thus with my bat, and sigh, and say, amen ; I am provided of a torcb-bearer. Use all the observance of civility,

Salar. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it Like one well studied in a sad ostenti

To please his grandam, never trust me more, Salan. And so will I.
Bass. Well, we shall see your bearing:

Lor. Meet me, and Gratiano,
Gra. Nay, but I bar to-night ; you shall not At Gratiano's lodging some hour bence.
gage me

Salar. 'Tis good we do so.
By what we do to-night.

(Encunt SALAR, and SALAN. Bass. No, that were pity :

Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica ? I would entreat you rather to put on

Lor. I must needs tell thee all : she bath Your boldest suit of mirth, for we have friends

directed, That purpose merriment : But fare you well, How I shall take her from ber father's house ; 1 bave some business.

What gold aud jewels she is furnislı'd with; Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest ; What page's suit she hath in readiness. But we will visit you at supper-time. (E.ceunt. I e'er the Jew her faiber come to heaven,

It will be for his gentle daughter's sake : SCENE III.-- T'he same.-A Room in Say. And never dare misfortune cross her foot, LOCK's House.

Unless she do it under this excuse,

That she is issue to a faithless Jew.

Come, go with me ; peruse this, as thou goest :
Jes. I am sorry thou wilt leave my father so ; Fair Jessica sball be my torch-bearer.
Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil,

Didnt rob it of some taste of tediousness :
But fare ibee well; there is a ducat for thee. SCENE V.-The same-Before SHYLOCK'S
And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see

Lorenzo, who is thy new master's guest :
Give him this letter ; do it secretly,

And so farewell; I would not bave my fatber Shy. Well thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be
See me talk with thee.

thy judge, The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio :

What, Jessical-thou shalt bol gomiandize, • The chiromatic term for the lives of the hand. + Toogress

Is thou hast done with me; What, Jessica ! Shax of staid or serious demeanour,

And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out ;* Deportinent.

Why, Jessica, I say I

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