Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

pray thee

mouth, than to either of these. Heav'n defend me from these two.

Ner. How say you by the French.lord, Monsieur Le Boun?

[forsa man. Por. Heaven made him, and therefore let him pass

Ner. How like you the youog German, the Dukes of Saxony's nephew!

Por. Very vilely in the morning, when he is fober, and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is drunk ;when he is belt, he is a little worse than a man; and when he is worst, he is little betrer than a beast ; and the worit fall that ever fell, I hope, I fall make hift to go without him.

Ner. If he should offer to chuse, and chure the right casket, you Mould refuse to perform your father's will; if you íňould refuse to accept him...

Por. Therefore, for fear of the worit, I fet a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary

* In this review of her fuitors, Portia renfibly and agreeably. fatirizes the glaring foibles of differeut nations. This whole: scene is pleasing, both in a&tion and perufal, therefore should not be curtailed ; though the theatres judge otherwise, by leaving out the Neapolitan, the English baron, and the Scottish lord.. We however, fubjoin-what is omitted on the ftage, here:

Por. In truth, I know it is a fin to be a mocker ; but, he !' why, he hath a horse better than the Neapolitan's; a better bad: habit of frowning than the count Palatine; he is every man in no' man ; if a chrofle fing, he falls straight a capering; he will fence with his own thadow: if I should marry him, I should marry {wenty husbands. If he would despise me, I would forgive him ; for if he loves me to madness, I fhall never requite him.

Ner. What say you to Faulconbridge, the young baron of England?

Por. You know, I say nothing to him, for he understands not me, nor 1 him ; he hath neither Latin, French, nor Italian ; and you may come into the court and swear, that I have a poor pennyworth in the English. He is a proper man's picture, but, alas! who can converse with a dumb fhow? How oddly he is faited! I think he bought his doublei in Italy, his round hose in France, his bonoet in Germany, and his behaviour every where,

NER. What think you of the Scorcish lord, his neighbour ? :

Por. That he hach a neighbourly charity in him ; for he, borrowed a box of the ear of the Englishman, and swore he would pay him again, when he was able. I think the Frenchman became his sarety, and sealed under for another.

casket ;

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

casket; for if the devil be within, and that temptation without, I know he will chuse it. I will do any thing Neriffa, ere I will be married to a sponge.

Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any of these lords ; they have acquainted me with their determinations, which is, indeed, to return to their home, and to trouble you with no more suit; unless you may be won by some other fort than your father's impofition, depending on the caskets.

Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as chalte as Diana, unless I be obtain'd by the manner of my father's will: I am glad this parcel of wooers are so reasonable ; for there is not one among them but I doat on his very absence, and with them a fair departure. Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your

father's time, a Venetian, a scholar and a soldier, that came hither in company of the Marquis of Mount ferrat?

Por. Yes, yes, it was Bafanio, as I think, he was so call’d.

Ner. True, madam ; he, of all the men that ever my

foolish eyes look'd apon, was the best deserving a fair lady.

Por. I remember him well, and I remember him worthy of thy praise. How now! what news?

Enter BALTHAZAR. Bal. The four strangers seek for you, madam, to take their leave; and there is a forerunner come from a fifth, the Prince of Morocco, who brings word, the prince, his master, will be here, to-night.

Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome, with fo good a heart as I can bid the other four farewel, I should be glad of his approach: if he have the con. dition of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he nhould thrive me, than wive me. Come, Nerisa. Sirrah, go before ; while we thut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at the door..

(Exeunt. SCENE, a public Place in Venice.

Enter BASSANJO and SHYLOCK.
Sby. Three thousand ducats : Well.

Baj.

[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Baf. Ay, fir, for three months.
Shy. For three months? Well.

Bal. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio Mall
be bound.
Shy, Anthonie shall become bound? Well.

Bal. May you fead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer ?

Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and An' bonio bound ?

Ball. Your answer to that.
Shy. Anthonio is a good man. [contrary?
Bal. Have you heard any imputation to the

Sby. No, no, no, no; my meaning, in saying he is
a good man, is to have you understand me, that he
is 1ufficient: yet his means are in supposition; he
hath an argofie bound to Tripolis, another to the
Indies; I understand moreover, upon the Ryalto, he
hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England; and
other ventures he hath, squander'd abroad. But
ships are but boards, sailors but mep ; there be land.
rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves ;
I mean, pirates; and then there is the peril of the
waters, winds and rocks. The man is, notuith.
ftanding, fufficient; three thousand ducats ? I think,
I may take this bond.

Bos. Be assur'd you may.

Sby. I will be assur'd I may; and that I may be assur’d, I will bethink me. May I speak with Anthonios

Bal. If it pleases you to dine with us. Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation, which your prophet, the Nazarite, conjur'd the devil into ! I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with

you. What news on the Ryalto?who is he comes here?

Enter ANTHONIO. Bal. This is Signior Anthonio.

[looks! Shy. [ Afide.) How like a fawning Publican he I hate him, for he is a christian :

But

.

But more, for that in low simplicity
He lends -out money gratis, and brings down
The rate of usance here, with us, in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates par sacred nation, and he rails,
Ev’n there where merchants most do congregate;
On me my bargains, and my well-won thrift,
Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe,
If I forgive him !

BalShylock, do you hear?

Shy. I am debating of my present store, And by the near guess of my memory, I cannot instantly raise up the gross Of full three thousand ducats. What of that? Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe, Will furnih me: but soft, how many months Do you desire? Reft you fair, good lignior; [To Anth. Your worship was the last man

in our

mouths.
Anth. Shylock, although I neither lend nor borrow,
By taking, nor by giving of excess,
Yet, to fupply the ripe wants of my friend,
I'll break a custom Is he yet poffeft,
How much you would ?

Shy., Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Anib. And for three months.

Shy. I had forgot, three months, you told me fo; Well then, your bond ; and let me see--but hear you, Methought, you said, you neither lend nor borrow, Upon advantage.

Anth. I do never use it.

Shy. 'When Jacob graz’d his uncle Laban's sheep, This Jacob from our holy Abraham was (As his wise mother wrought in his behalf) The third possessor; ay, he was the third.

Anth. And what of him, did he take interest ?

Shy. No, not take int'reft ; not, as you would say, Directly, interest; mark, what Jacob did. When Laban and himself were compromis’d,

* The grand motive of Shylock's resentment againft Anthonio, lecs us into the remotest cell of his sordid heart, which, like all of its kind, cannot bear the idea of a good-natur’d generous action,

В

That

That all the yeanlings, which were treak'd and pied,
Should fall as Jacob's hire; the ewes, being rank,
In the end of autumn turned to the rams;
And when the work of generation was
Between these woolly breeders, in the act,

The skilful Shepherd peel'd me certain wands:;
And, in the doing of the deed of kind,
He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes :
Who, then conceiving, did in yeaning time,
Fall party colour'd lambs, and those were Jacob's.
This was the way to thrive; and he was bleft;
And thrift is: blefling if men steal it not.

Anth. This was a venture, fir, that Jacob serv'd for;
A thing not in his power to bring to pass,
But sway'd and fashion d by the hand of heav'n.
Was this inserted to make int'reft good ?
Or is your gold and filver, ewes and rams?
Shy. I cannot tell ; I make it breed as faft.

Antb. Mark you this, Bafanio..?
The devil can cite fcripture for his purpose:-

An evil soul, producing holy witness,
Is like, a villain with a Imiling cheek ;
A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
O, what a goodly outside. falfhood hath !

[fum. Sby. Three thousand ducats.! 'tis a good round Three months.from twelve, then let me see the rate.

Antb. Well, Sbylook, Thall we be beholden to you?

Sby. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft,
On the Ryalto you have rated me,
About my monies and my urances.
Still have I borne it with a patient shrug ;
(For fufferance is the badge of all our tribe)
You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,
And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine:
And all for use of that which is my own.
Well then, it now appears you need my help:
Go to then ; you come to me, and you say,
Sbylock, we would have monies s you say so;

* Daily experience proves that some of the worft characters breathing scek fielter under fcriptural texrs, by the misapplicatjón or misconstruation of which, also, oppofite feas unchariSably.configr. each other to elerral punihimeni.

You,

« ZurückWeiter »