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There is a written scroll : I'll read the writing.
SCENE IX. Belmont.
A Room in Portia's House.
Enter Nerissa, with a Servant.
Ner. Quick, quick, I pray thee, draw the corGilded tombs do worms infold.
tain straight; Had you been as wise as bold,
The prince of Arragon hath ta'en his oath, Young in limbs, in judgment old,
And comes to his election presently.
Flourish of Cornets.
Enter the Prince of Arragon, Portia, and their
Straight shall our nuptial rites be solemniz'd,
[Exeunt. You must be gone from hence immediately. SCENE VIII. Venice. A Street.
Ar. I am enjoin'd by oath to observe three
First, never to unfold to any one
Of the right casket, never in my life
Immediately to leave you and be gone.
To my heart's hope !-Gold, silver, and base
lead, Besides, Antonio certify'd the duke,
Who chooseth me, must give and hazard all he
Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men
What many men desire.-That many may be
By the fool multitude, that choose by show,
Builds in the weather on the outward wall, And jewels ; two stones, two rich and precious Even in the force and road of casualty. stoncs,
I will not choose what many men desire,
serves ; Salar.
Marry, well remember'd: And well said too: For who shall go about
How many then should cover, that standi bare ?
From the true seed of honour? and how much - Bassanio told him, he would make some speed honour Of his return: he answer'd--Do not so,
Pick'd from the chaff and ruin of the times, Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio, To be new varnish'd ? Well, but to my choice: Lut stay the very riping of the time;
Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deAnd for the Jew's bond, which he hath of me,
serves: Let it not enter in your mind of love : I will assume desert ;-Give me a key for this, To courtship and such fair ostents of love Be merry; and employ your chiefest thoughts And instantly unlock my fortunes here.
Por. Too long a pause for that which you find As shall conveniently become you there :
there. And even there, his eye being big with tears, Ar. What's here? the portrait of a blinking Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,
idiot, And with affection wondrous sensible
Presenting me a schedule. I will read it.
Salan. I think, he only loves the world for him. How much unlike my hopes and my deservings?
Who chooseth me, shall have as much as he de-
serves. With some delight or other.
Did I deserve no more than a fool's head ? Salar.
Do we so. [Exeunt. Is that my prize ? are my deserts no better?
Por. To offend, and judge, are distinct offices, Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as And of opposed natures.
you, of my daughter's flight. Ar.
What is here? Salar. That's certain; 1, for my part, knew The fire seven times tried this;
the tailor that made the wings she flew withal. Seven times tried that judgment is, Salan. And Shylock, for his own part, knew That did never choose amiss :
the bird was fledg'd ; and then it is the com-
Shy. She is damn'd for it.
Salar. That's certain, if the devil may be her
Shy. My own flesh and blood to rebel!
Salan. Out upon it, old carrion 1 rebels it at
these years? Still more fool I shall appear
Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood. By the time I linger here;
Salar. There is more difference between thy With one fool's head I came to woo, flesh and hers, than between jet and ivory; more But I go away with two.
between your bloods, than there is between red Sweet, adieu! I'll keep my oath,
wine and rhenish :-But tell us, do you hear Patiently to bear my wroath.
whether Antonio have had any loss at sea or no? (Ereunt Arragon, and Train. Shy. There I have another bad match: a bank Por. Thus hath the candle sing'd the moth. rupt, a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head
these deliberate fools! when they do choose, on the Rialto ;-a beggar, that used to come so They have the wisdom by their wit to lose. smug upon the mart:- let him look to his bond :
Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy ; he was wont to call me usurer ;-let him look Hanging and wiving goes by destiny:
to his bond: he was wont to lend money for a Por. Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa. Christian courtesy :- let him look to his bond. Enter a Servant.
Salar. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt
not take his flesh; What's that good for? Serv. Where is my lady?
Shy. To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing Por.
Here, what would my lord ? else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced Ser. Madam, there is alighted at your gate me, and hindered me of half a million : laughed A young Venetian, one that comes before at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my To signify the approaching of his lord: nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, From whom he bringeth sensible regrets; heated' mine enemies : and what's his reason? I To wit, besides commends, and courteous breath, am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes ? hath not a Jew Gifts of rich value ; yet I have not seen
hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, So likely an ambassador of love:
passions ? fed with the same food, hurt with the A day in April never came so sweet,
same weapons, subject to the same diseases, To show how costly summer was at hand, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord. by the same winter and summer, as a Christian Por. No more, I pray thee; I am half afeard, is ? if you prick us, do we not bleed ? if you tickle Thon wilt say anon, he is some kin to thee, us, do we not laugh ? if you poison us, do we Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising not die ? and if you wrong us, shall we not rehim.
venge? if we are like you in the rest, we will reCome, come, Nerissa ; for 1 long to see semble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, Quick Cupid's post, that comes so mannerly. what is his humility ? revenge ; If a Christian Ner. Bassanio, lord love, if thy will it be wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by
[Exeunt. Christian example? why, revenge. The villany
you teach me, I will execute; and it shall go
hard, but I will better the instruction.
Enter a Servant.
Serv. Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his
house and desires to speak with you both. Salan. Now, what news on the Rialto ? Salar. We have been up and down to seek him. Salar. Why, yet it lives there uncheck'd, that Antonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck'd on
Enter Tubal. the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they call Salan. Here comes another of the tribe; a third the place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal where cannot be matched, unless the devil himself turn the carcasses of many a tall ship lie buried, as Jew. [Ereunt Salan. Salar. and Servant. they say, if my gossip report be an honest woman Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Geof her word.
noa? hast thou found my daughter? Salan. I would she were as lying a gossip in Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but that, as ever knapp'd ginger, or made her neigh- cannot find her. pours believe she wept for the death of a third Shy. Why there, there, there, there ! a diamond husband: But it is true, --without any slips of gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort ? prolixity, or crossing the plain highway of talk, The curse never fell upon our nation till now; that the good Antonio, the honest Antonio, I never felt it till now; two thousand ducats in O that I had a title good enough to keep his name that; and other precious, precious jewels.company :
would, my daughter were dead at my foot, and Srlar. Come, the full stop.
the jewels in her ear! 'would she were hears'd Salan. Ha,-what say'st thou ?-Why the end at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin! No is, he hath lost a ship.
news of them ?-Why, so :and I know not Salar. I would it might prove the end of his what's spent in the search: Why, thou loss upon losses!
loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much Salan. Let me say amen betimes, lest the devil to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge : cross my prayer; for here he comes in the like- nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my ness of a Jew.
shoulders ; no sighs, but o my breathing: no Enter Shylock.
tears, but o'my shedding.
Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too: AntoHow now, Shylock ? what news among the nio, as I heard in Genoa, merchants?
Shy. What, what, what ? ill luck, ill luck?
Tub. -hath an argosy cast away coming from Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof. Tripolis.
Let musick sound, while he doth make his Shy. I thank God, I thank God :-Is it true ? is choice; it true ?
Then if he lose, he makes a swanlike end, Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that es. Fading infmusíck: that the comparison caped the wreck.
May stand more proper, my eye shall be the Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ;-Good news, stream, good news: ha! ha!-Where? in Genoa ? And wat’ry death-bed for him: He may win;
Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, And what is musick then ? then musick is one night, fourscore ducats.
Even as the flourish when true subjects bow Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me: I shall To a new.crowned monarch; such it is, never see my gold again: Fourscore ducats at a As are those dulcet sounds in break of day, sitting ! fourscore ducats !
That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors and summon him to marriage. Now he goes, in my company to Venice, that swear he cannot With no less presence, but with much more love choose but break.
Than young Alcides, when he did redeem Shy. I am very glad of it; I'll plague him; The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy I'll torture him; lam glad of it.
To the sea-monster; I stand for sacrifice, Tub. One of them showed me a ring, that he The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives, had of your daughter for a monkey.
With bleared visages, come forth to view Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal: The issue of the exploit. Go, Hercules ! it was my turquoise; I had it of Leah, when I Live thou, 1 live :-With much much more dis was a bachelor: I would not have given it for a
may wilderness of monkeys.
1 view the fight, than thou that mak'st the fray. Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone. Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true: Go, Musick, whilst Bassanio comments on the coas. Tubal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight
kets to himself. before I will have the heart of him, if he for
SONG. feit ; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandise I will : Go, go, Tubal, and
1. Tell me, where is fancy bred,
2. It is engenderd in the eyes,
With gazing fed ; and fancy dies
In the cradle there it lies;
I'U begin il Ding, dong, bell.
All. Por. I pray you, tarry, pause a day or two,
Ding, dong, bell. Before you hazard; for, in choosing wrong, Bass-So may the outward shows be least I lose your company; therefore forbear a while: themselves; There's something tells me, (but it is not love,) The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. I would not lose you : and you know yourself, In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, Hate counsels not in such a quality :
But, being season'd with a gracions voice But lest you should not understand me well Obscures the show of evil ? In religion, (And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought,) What damned error, but some sover brow I would detain you here some month or two, Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Before you venture for me. I could teach you, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament? How to choose right, but then I am forsworn; There is no vice so simple, but assumes So will I never be : so may you miss me; Some mark of virtue on his outward parts. But if you do, you'll make me wish a sin, How many cowards, whose hearts are all as That I had been forsworn. Beshrew your eyes, false They have o'erlook'd me, and divided me; As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins One half of me is yours, the other half yours, The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars; Mine own I would say ; but if mine, then yours, Who, inward search'd, have livers white as And so all yours; 01 these naughty times
milk? Put bars between the owners and their rights; And these assume but valour's excrement, And so, though yours, not yours. -Prove it so, To render them redoubted. Look on beauty, Let fortune go to hell for it, -not I.
And you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight; 1 speak too long ; but 'tis to peize the time ;
Which therein works a miracle in nature, To eke it, and to draw it out in length,
Making them lightest that wear most of it: To stay you from election.
So are those crisped snaky golden locks, Bass.
Let me choose ; Which make such wanion gambols with the For, as I am, I live upon the rack.
Bass. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust, The scull that bred them, in the sepnlchre.
To a most dangerous sea ; the beauteous scarf
Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee: Por. Well then, confess, and live.
Nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge Bass.
Confess, and love, "Tween man and man: but thou, thou meager Had been the very sum of my confession:
lead, happy torment, when my torturer
Which rather threat:nest, than dost promise Doth teach me answers for deliverance !
aught, But let me to my fortune and the caskets. Thy paleness moves me more than eloquence,
Por. Away then: I am lock'd ir one of them; And here choose 1; Joy be the consequence! If you do love me, you will find me out. - Por. How all the other passions fieet to air
As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embrac'd despair, Express'd, and not expreas'd : But when this And shudd'ring fear and green-ey'd jealousy.
ring O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy, Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence; In measure rain thy joy, scant this excess; 0, then be bold to say, Bassanio's dead. I feel too much thy blessing, make it less, Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time, For fear I surfeit!
That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosper, Bass. What find I here? To cry, good joy; Good joy, my lord, and lady
1 [Opening the leaden casket. Gra. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady, Fair Portia's counterfeit? What demi.god I wish you all the joy that you can wish; Hath come so near creation ? Move these eyes ? For, I am sure,
you can wish none from me: Or whether, riding on the balls of mine; And, when your honours mean to solemnize Seem they in motion
? Here are sever'd lips, The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you, Parted with sugar breath; so sweet a bar Even at that time I may be married too. Should sunder such sweet friends: Here in her Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a hairs
wife. The painter plays the spider: and hath woven Gra. I thank your lordship; you have got me A golden mesh to entrap the hearts of men,
one. Faster than gnats in cobwebs : But her eyes,- My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours: How could be see to do them ? having made one, You saw the mistress, 1 beheld the maid; Methinks it should have power to steal both his, You lov'd, I lov'd; for intermission And leave itself unfurnish'd: Yet look, how far No more pertains to me, my lord, than yon. The substance of my praise doth wrong this Your fortune stood upon the caskets there; shadow
And so did mine too, as the matter falls : In underprizing it, so far this shadow
For wooing here, until I sweat again; Doth limp behind the substance.-Here's the And swearing, till my very roof was dry scroll,
With oaths of love: at last,-if promise last, The continent and summary of my fortune. I got a promise of this fair one here, You that choose not by the view,
To have her love, provided that your fortune Chance as fair, and choose as true! Achiev'd her mistress. Since this fortune falls to you,
Is this true, Nerissa ? Be content, and seek no new.
Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand pleas'd withal. If you be well pleas'd with this,
Bass. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith? And hold your fortune for your bliss, Gra. Yes, 'faith, my lord. Turn you where your lady is,.
Bass. Our feast shall be much honour'd in your And claim her with a loving kiss.
marriage. A gentle scrool : Fair lady, by your leave; Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy for
[Kissing her. a thousand ducats. I come by note, to give, and to receive.
Ner. What, and stake down? Like one of two contending in a prize,
Gra. No; we shall ne'er win at that sport, That thinks he hath done well in people's eyes, and stake down. Hearing applasse, and universal shout, But who comes here? Lorenzo, and his infidel? Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt What, and my old Venetian friend, Salerio ? Whether those peals of praise be his or no; So, thrice fair lady, stand ), even so;
Enter Lorenzo, Jessica, and Salerio. As doubtful whether what I see be true, Until confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you. Bass. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither; Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I If that the youth of my new interest here stand,
Have power to bid you welcome :-By your Such as I am: though, for myself alone,
leave, I wonld not be ambitions in my wish,
I bid my very friends and countrymen,
So do I, my lord; A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times They are entirely welcome. More rich;
Lor. I thank your honour: For my part, my That only to stand high on your account,
He did entreat me, past all saying nay,
I did, my lord, But she may learn; happier than this,
And I have reason for it. Signior Antonio She is not bred so dull but she can learn; Commends him to you. (Gives Bassanio a letter. Happiest of all, is, that her gentle spirit
Ere I ope his letter, Commits itself to yours to be directed,
I pray you, tell me how my good friend doth. As from her lord, her governor, her king. Sale. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind; Myself and what is mine, to you, and yours, Nor well, unless in mind : his letter there Is now converted: but now I was the lord Will show you his estate. Of this fair mansion, master of my servants, Gra. Nerissa, cheer yon stranger ; bid her Queen o'er myself : and even now, but now,
welcome. This house, these servants, and this same myself, Your hand, Salerio ; What's the news from Are yours, my lord; I give them with this ring; Venice? Which when you part from, lose, or give away, How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio ? Let it presage the ruin of your love,
I know, he will be glad of our success; And be my vantage to exclaim on you. We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece.
Bass. Madam, you have bereft me of all words, Sale. 'Would you had won the fleece that he Only my blood speaks to you in my veins :
hath lost ! And there is such confusion in my powers, Por. There are some shrewd eontents in yon' As, after some oration fairly spoke
same paper, By a beloved prince, there doth appear That steal the colour from Bassanio's cheek: Among the buzzing pleased multitude :
Some dear friend dead : else nothing in the world Where every something, being blent together, Could turn so much the constitution rurns to a wild of nothing, save of joy, Of any constant man. What, worse and worse
With leave, Bassanio; I am half yourself, Por. O love, despatch all business, and be And I must freely have the half of any thing
gone. That this same paper brings you.
Bass. Since I have your good leave to go Bass.
O, sweet Portia, away,
No bed sha!l e'er be guilty of my stay,
Nor rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. 1 freely told you, all the wealth I had
[Ereunt. Ran in my veins, I was a gentleman;
SCENE III. Venice. A Street.
Hear me yet, good Shylock. To feed my means. Here is a letter, lady; Shy. I'll have my bond ; speak not against The paper as the body of my friend,
my bond; And every word in it a gaping wound,
I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond:
Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond
Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak.
Not one, my lord. Shy. l'll have my bond; I will not hear thee Besides, it should appear, that if he had
speak; The present money to discharge the Jew, I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more. He would not take it : Never did I know l'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool, A creature, that did bear the shape of man To chake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield So keen and greedy to confound a man: To Christian intercessors. Follow not; He plies the duke at morning, and at night; I'll have no speaking: I will have my bond. And doth impeach the freedom of the state,
| Exit Shylock. If they deny him justice; twenty merchants, Salan. It is the most impenetrable cur, The duke himself, and the magnificoes
That ever kept with men. of greatest port, have all persuaded with him ; Ant.
Let him alone ; But none can drive him from the envious plea I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. Of forfeiture, of justice, and his bond.
He seeks my life; his reason well I know; Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures swear,
Many that have at times made moan to me; To Tubal, and to Chus, his countrymen, Therefore he hates me. That he would rather have Antonio's tlesh, Salan.
I am sure, the duke Than twenty times the value of the sum Will never grant this forfeiture to hold. That he did owe him : and I know, my lord, Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law; If law, authority, and power deny not, For the commodity that strangers have It will go hard with poor Antonio.
With us in Venice, if it be denied, Por. Is it your dear friend, that is thus in Will much impeach the justice of the state; trouble?
Since that the trade and profit of the city
That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
Well, gaoler, on ;- 'Pray God, Bassanio come Por. What sum owes he the Jew 1
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not! Bass. For me, three thousand ducats.
(Eseunt. Por. What, no more?
Belmont. A Room in Portia's House. Before a friend of this description
Enter Portia, Nerissa, Lorenzo, Jessica, and Should lose a hair through my Bassanio's fault.
Balthazar. First, go with me to church, and call me wife : Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your preAnd then away to Venice to your friend;
sence, For never shall you lie by Portia's side
You have a noble and a true conceit With an unquiet soul. You shall have gold
Of god-like amity; which appears most strongly To pay the petty debt twenty times over;
In bearing thus the absence of your lord. When it is paid, bring your true friend along : But, if you knew to whom you shew this
honour, My maid Nerissa and myself, mean time, How true a gentleman you send relief, Will live as maids and widows. Come, away; How dear a lover of my lord your husband, For you shall hence upon your wedding-day : I know, you would be prouder of the work, Bid your friends welcome, show a merry cheer; Than customary bounty can enforce you. Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear. Por. I never did repent for doing good, But let me hear the letter of your friend. Nor shall not now: for in companions Bass. [Reads.) Sweet Bassanio, my ships That do converse and waste the time together, have all miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love, my estate is very low, my bond to the Jew is There must be needs a like proportion forfeit; and since, in paying it, it is impossi- of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit; ble I should live, all debts are cleared between which makes me think, that this Antonio, you and I, if I might but see you at my death : Being the bosom
lover of my lord, notwithstanding, use your pleasure: if your Must needs be like my lord: If it be so, Love do not persuade you to come, let not my How little is the cost 1 have bestow'd, letter.
In purchasing the semblance of my soul