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but give me your blessing; I am Launcelot, your boy that was, your son that is, your child that shall be.

GOB. I cannot think, you are my son.

Laun. I know not what I shall think of that: but I am Launcelot, the Jew's man; and, I am sure, Margery, your wife, is my mother.

Gob. Her name is Margery, indeed: I'll be sworn, if thou be Launcelot, thou art mine own flesh and blood. Lord worshipp'd might he be! what a beard haft thou got! thou hast got more hair on thy chin, than Dobbin my thill-horse has on his tail.

Laun. It should seem then, that Dobbin's tail grows backward; I am sure, he had more hair on his tail, than I have on my face, when I last saw him.

Gob. Lord, how art thou changed! How dost thou and thy master agree? I have brought him a present; How 'gree you now?

Laun. Well, well; but, for mine own part, as I have set

up my rest to run away, so I will not reft till I have run some ground : my master's a very Jew; Give him a present! give him a halter : I am famifh'd in his fervice ; you may tell every finger I have with my

ribs. Father, I am glad you are come; give me your present to one master Bassanio, who, indeed, gives rare new liveries ; if I serve not him, I will run as far as God has any ground._0 rare fortune! here comes the man ;-to him father ; for I am a Jew, if I serve the Jew any longer. Enter BASSAN10, with LEONARDO, and other followers.

Bass. You may do so ;_but let it be so hasted, that supper be ready at the farthest by five of the clock : See these letters deliver'd; put the liveries to making; and defire Gratiano to come anon to my lodging.

[Exit a SERVANT.

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Laun. To him, father. -
GOB. God bless

your worship!
Bass. Gramercy ; Would'st thou aught with me?
Gob. Here's my son, fir, a poor boy,-

Laun. Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew's man; that would, sir, as my father shall specify,

Gob. He hath a great infection, fir, as one would say, to serve

Laun. Indeed, the short and the long is, I serve the Jew, and I have a desire, as my father shall specify,- —

Gob. His master and he, (saving your worship's reverence,) are scarce cater-cousins:

Laun. To be brief, the very truth is, that the Jew having done me wrong, doth cause me, as my father, being I hope an old man, shall frutify unto you,

Gob. I have here a dish of doves, that I would bestow upon your worship; and my suit is,

Laun. In very brief, the suit is impertinent to myself, as your worship shall know by this honest old man; and, though I say it, though old man, yet, poor man,

my father.

Bass. One speak for both ;-What would you ?
Laun. Serve you, sir.
Gob. This is the very defect of the matter, sir.

Bass. I know thee well, thou hast obtain'd thy suit :
Shylock, thy master, spoke with me this day,
And hath preferr’d thee; if it be preferment,
To leave a rich Jew's service, to become
The follower of so poor a gentleman.

Laun. The old proverb is very well parted between my master Shylock and you, fir; you have the grace

of God, fir, and he hath enough.

Bass. Thou speak'st it well: Go, father, with thy son:

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Take leave of thy old master, and enquire
My lodging out :-Give him a livery [to his followers.
More guarded than his fellows': See it done.

Laun. Father, in :- I cannot get a service, no ;-I have ne'er a tongue in my head._Well; [looking on his

any man in Italy have a fairer table, which doth offer to swear upon a book. I shall have good fortune; Go to, here's a simple line of life ! here's a small trifle of wives: Alas, fifteen wives is nothing; eleven widows, and nine maids, is a simple coming-in for one man: and then, to 'scape drowning thrice; and to be in peril of my life with the edge of a feather-bed ;-here are simple 'scapes ! Well, if fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this geer.— Father, come ; I'll take my leave of the Jew in the twinkling of an eye.

[Exeunt LAUNCELOT and old GOBBO.
Bass. I pray thee, good Leonardo, think on this;
These things being bought, and orderly bestow'd,
Return in haste, for I do feast to-night
My best-esteem'd acquaintance ; hie thee, go.
Leon. My best endeavours shall be done herein,

Enter GRATIANO.
Gra. Where is your master ?
Leon. Yonder, sir, he walks. [Exit LEONARDO.
Gra. Signior Bassanio,
Bass. Gratiano!
Gra. I have a suit to you.
BASS. You have obtain'd it.
Gra. You must not deny me; I must go

with Belmont.

Bass. Why, then you must;-But hear thee, Gratiano;
Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice ;
Parts, that become thee hapily enough,

you to

And in such eyes as ours appear not faults ;
But where thou art not known, why, there they show
Something too liberal ;-pray thee, take pain
To allay with some cold drops of modesty
Thy skipping spirit ; lest, through thy wild behaviour,
I be misconstrued in the place I go to,
And lose my hopes.

Gra. Signior Bassanio, hear me:
If I do not put on a sober habit,
Talk with respect, and swear but now and then,
Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely;
Nay more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes
Thus with my hat, and sigh, and say, amen ;
Use all the observance of civility,
Like one well studied in a fad oftent
To please his grandam, never trust me more.

Bass. Well, we shall see your bearing.

Gra. Nay, but I bar to-night ; you shall not gage me By what we do to-night.

Bass. No, that were pity;
I would entreat you rather to put on
Your boldest suit of mirth, for we have friends
That purpose merriment : But fare you well,
I have some business.

Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest;
But we will visit you at supper-time.

[Exeunt,

SCENE III. The same. A Room in Shrlock's House.

Enter YESSICA and LAUNCELOT.
Jes. I am sorry, thou wilt leave my father fo;
Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil,
Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness :
But fare thee well; there is a ducat for thee.

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And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see
Lorenzo, who is thy new master's guest:
Give him this letter ; do it fecretly,
And so farewell ; I would not have my father
See me talk with thee.

Laun. Adieu !-tears exhibit my tongue.-
Most beautiful pagan,—most sweet Jew! If a Christian
do not play the knave, and get thee, I am much de-
ceived : But, adieu! these foolish drops do somewhat
drown my manly spirit; adieu!

[Exit.
Jes. Farewell, good Launcelot.
Alack, what heinous sin is it in me,
To be asham'd to be

my

father's child!
But though I am a daughter to his blood,
I am not to his manners: O Lorenzo,
If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife;
Become a Christian, and thy loving wife. [Exit.

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SCENE IV. The same. A Street.
Enter GRATIANO, Lorenzo, SALARINO, and SALAN10.

Lor. Nay, we will link away in supper-time;
Disguise us at my lodging, and return
All in an hour.

Gra. We have not made good preparation.
SALAR. We have not spoke us yet of torch-bearers.

SALAN. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd;
And better, in my mind, not undertook.

Lor. 'Tis now but four a-clock; we have two hours To furnish us:

Enter LAUNCELOT, with a letter. Friend Launcelot, what's the news ?

Laun. An it shall please you to break up this, it shall seem to signify.

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