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From out the state of hellish cruelty ?

always plain with you, and so now I speak my This comes too near the praising of myself! agitation of the matter : Therefore, be of good Therefore, no more of it: hear other things. cheer; for, truly, I think, you are damn'd. Lorenzo, I commit into your hands

There is but one hope in it that can do you any The husbandry and manage of my house, good; and that is but a kind of bastard hope Until my lord's return; for mine own part, neither. I have toward heaven breath'd a secret vow, Jes. And what hope is that, I pray thee? To live in prayer and contemplation,

Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your Only attended by Nerissa here,

father got you not, that you are not the Jew's Unul her husband and my lord's return : daughter. There is a monastery two miles off,

Jes. That were a kind of bastard hope, inAnd there we will abide. I do desire you, deed; so the sins of my mother should be visited Not to deny this imposition;

upon me. The which my love, and some necessity, Laun. Truly then I fear you are damn'd both Now lays upon you.

by father and mother; thus when I shun Scylla, Lor.

Madam, with all my heart; your father, I fall into Charybdis, your mother: I shall obey you in all fair commands. well, you are gone both ways. Por. My people do already know my mind, Jes. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath And will acknowledge you and Jessica

made me a Christian. In place of lord Bassanio and myself.

Laun. Truly, the more to blame he; we were So fare you well, till we shall meet again. Christians enough before; e'en as many as could Lor. F'air thoughts, and happy hours, attend well live, one by another : This making of on you.

Christians will raise the price of hogs; if we Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content. grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well have a rasher on the coals for money. pleas'd

Enter Lorenzo. To wish it back on you: fare you well, Jessica.

[Exeunt Jessica und Lorenzo. Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what Now, Balthazar,

you say ; here he comes. As I have ever found thee honest, true,

Lor. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, So let me find thee still: Take this same letter, Launcelot. if you thus get my wife into corners. And use thou all the endeavour of a man,

Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo ; In speed to Padua : see thou render this Launcelot and I are out; he tells me fauly Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario; there is no mercy for me in heaven, because 1 And, look, what notes and garments he doth am a Jew's daughter: and he says you are no give thee,

good member of the commonwealth ; for, in Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin'd speed converting Jews to Christians, you raise the Unto the tranect, to the common ferry

price of pork. Which trades to Venice :-waste no time in Lor, I shall answer that better to the comwords,

monwealth, than you can the getting up of the But get thee gone: I shall be there before thee. pegro's belly : the Moor is with child by you, Balth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed. Launcelot.

[E.cit. Laun. It is much, that the Moor should be Por. Come on, Nerissa ; I have work in hand, more than reason: but if she be less than an That you yet know not of: we'll see our hus- honest woman, she is, indeed, more than I took bands,

her for Before they think of us.

Lor. How every fool can play upon the word ! Ner.

Shall they see us? I think, the best grace of wit will shortly turn Por. They shall, Nerissa ; but in such a habit, into silence; and discourse grow commendable That they shall think we are accomplished

in none only but parrots.-Go in, sirrah ; bid With what we lack. I'll hold thee any wager, them prepare for dinner. When we are both accouter'd like young men,

Laun. That is done, sir; they have all stoI'll prove the prettier fellow of the two,

machs. And wear my dagger with the braver grace:

Lor. Goodly lord, what a wit-snapper are And speak, between the change of man and boy, you! then bid them prepare dinner. With a reed voice; and turn two mincing steps Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is Into a manly stride; and speak of frays,

the word. Like a fine bragging youth: and tell quaint lies, Lor. Will you cover then, sir? How honourable ladies sought my love,

Laun. Not so, sir, neither; I knaw my duty. Which I denying, they fell sick and died ; Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion ! I could not do withal :-then I'll repent,

Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in And wish, for all that, that I had not kill'd them : an instant ? I pray thee, understand a plain man And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,

in his plain meaning: go to thy fellows; bid That men shall swear, I have discontinued school them cover the table, serve in the meat, and Above a twelvemonth :- I have within my mind we will come into dinner. A thousand raw tricks of these bragging Jacks, for the meat, sir, it shali'be covered; for your

Laun. For the table, sir, it shall served in : Which I will practise. Ner.

Why, shall we turn to men coming in to dinner, sir, why, let it be as huPor. Fie; what a question's that,

mours and conceits shall govern. If thou wert near a lewd interpreter ?

[Exit Lanncelot. Bat come, I'll tell thee all my whole device Lor. O dear discretion, how his words are When I am in my coach, which stays for us

suited! At the park gate; and therefore haste away,

The fool hath planted in his memory For we must measure twenty miles to-day. An army of good words: And I do know

[Exeunt. A many fools, that stand in better place,

Garnish'd like him, that for a tricksy word

The same.
A Garden.

Defy the matter. How cheer'st thou, Jessica?
Enter Launcelot and Jessica.

And now, good sweet, say thy opinion,

How dost' thou like the lord Bassanio's wife? Laun. Yes, truly; for; look you, the sins of Jes. Past all expressing: It is very meet, the father are to be laid upon the children; The lord Bassanio live an upright life; therefore, I promise you, I fear you. I was For, having such a blessing in his lady,


He finds the fogs of heaven here on earth; And I be pleas'd to give ten thousand ducats And, if on earth he do not mean it, it

To have it baned ? What are you answer'd yes: Is reason he should never come to heaven. Some men there are love not a gaping pig; Why, if two gods should play some heavenly Some, that are mad, if they behold a cat; match,

And others, when the bag pipe sings i' the nose, And on the wager lay two earthly women, Cannot contain their urinę : For affection, And Portia one, there must be something else Master of passion, sways it to the mood Pawn'd with the other; for the poor rude world of what it likes, or loathes : Now, for your Hath not her fellow. Lor.

Even such a husband As there is no firm reason to be render'd,
Hast thou of me, as she is for a wife,

Why he cannot abide a gaping pig ;
Jes. Nay, but ask my opinion too of that. Why he, a harmless necessary cat;
Lor. I will anon; first let us go to dinner. Why he, a woollen bag-pipe; but of force
Jes. Nay, let me praise you, while I have a Must yield to such inevitable shame,

As to offend, himself being offended;
Lor. No, 'pray thee, let it serve for table-talk; So can I give no reason, nor I will not,
Then, howsoe'er thou speak'st, 'mong other More than a lodg'd hate, and a certain loathing

I bear Antonio, that I follow thus I shall digest it.

A losing suit against him. Are you answer'd Jes. Well, I'll set you forth. [Ereunt. Bass. This is no answer, thou unfeeling man

To excuse the current of thy cruelty.

Shy. I am not bound to please thee with my ACT IV.


Base. Do all men kill the things they do not SCENE I. Venice. A Court of Justice.

love ? Enter the Duke, the Magnificoes ; Antonio, Shy. Hates any man the thing he would not

kill? Bassanio, Graciano, Salarino, Salanio, and others.

Bass. Every offence is not a hate at first.

Shy. What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting Duke. What, is Antonio here?

thee twice? Ant. Ready, so please your grace.

Ant. I pray you, think you question with a Jew: Duke. I am sorry for thee; thou art come to You may as well go stand upon the beach, answer

And bid the main food bate his usual height; A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch

You may as well use question with the wolf, Uncapable of pity, void and empty

Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb; From any dram of mercy.

You may as well forbid the mountain pines Ant.

I have heard, To wag their high tops, and to make no noise, Your grace hath ta'en great pains to qualify When they are fretted with the gusts of heaven; His rigorous course ; but since he stands obdu. You may as well do any thing most hard, rate,

As seek to soften that (than which what's And that no lawful means can carry me

harder ?) Out of his envy's reach, I do oppose

His Jewish heart :- Therefore I do beseech you, My patience to his fury; and am arm'd

Make no more offers, use no further means, To suffer, with a quietness of spirit,

But, with all brief and plain conveniency, The very tyranny and rage of his.

Let me have judgment, and the Jew his will. Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the court. Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is six. Salan. He's l'eady at the door: he comes, my Shy. If every ducat in six thousand ducats lord.

Were in six parts, and every part a ducat, Enter Shylock.

I would not draw them, I would have my bond.

Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, rend'. Duke. Make room, and let him stand before ring none ? our face.

Shy. What judgment shall I dread doing no Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too, wrong? That thou but lead'st this fashion of thy malice You have among you many a purchas'd slave, To the last hour of act; and then 'tis thought, Which, like your asses, and your dogs, and Thou'lt shew thy mercy, and remorse, more mules, strange

You use in abject and in slavish parts, Than is thy strange apparent cruelty :

Because you bought them :-Shall I say to you, And where thou now exact'st the penalty, Let them be free, marry them to your heirs ? (Which is a pound of this poor merchant's flesh,) Why sweat they under burdens ? let their beds Thou wilt not only lose the forfeiture,

Be made as soft as yours, and let their palates But, touch'd with human gentleness and love, Be season'd with such viands ? You will answer, Forgive a moiety of the principal;

The slaves are ours :- So do I answer you: Glancing an eye of pity on his losses,

The pound of flesh which I demand or him, That have of late so huddled on his back; Is dearly bought, 'tis mine, and I will have it : Enough to press a royal merchant down, If you deny me, fie upon your law ! And pluck commiseration of his state

There is no force in the decrees of Venice: From stubborn Turks, and Tartars, never train'd Duke. Upon my power, I may disr.iss the From brassy bosoms, and rough hearts of flint, 1 sland for judgment: answer ; shall I have it To offices of tender courtesy.

court, We all expect a gentle answer, Jew.

Unless Bellario, a learned doctor, Shy. I have possess'd your grace of what 1 Whom I have sent for to determine this, purpose;

Come here to-day. And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn,

Salar. My lord, here stays without To have the due and forfeit of my bond: A messenger with letters from the doctor, I you deny it, let the danger light

New come from Padua. Upon your charter, and your city's freedom. Duke. Bring us the letters; Call the messenger You'll ask me, why I rather choose to have Bass. Good cheer, Antonio! What, man A weight of carrion flesh, than to receive

courage yet! Three thousand ducats: I'll not answer that: The Jew shall have my flesh, blood, bones, ac But, say, it is my humour ; Is it answer'd ?

all, What if my house be troubled with a rat, Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood.



Ant I am a tainted wether of the flock, Por. Is your name Shylock?
Meetest for death; the weakest kind of fruit Shy.

Shylock is my name.
Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me: Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow;
You cannot better be employ'd, Bassanio, Yet in such rule, that the Venetian law
Than to live still, and write mine epitaphi Cannot impugn you, as you do proceed. -
Enter Nerissa, dressed like a Lawyer's Clerk. You stand within his danger, do you not ?

[ To Antonio Duke. Came you from Padua, from Bellario? | Ant. Ay, so he says. Ner. From both, my lord ; Bellario greets Por.

Do you confess the bond ? your grace. [Presents a Letter.

Ant. I do. Bass. Why dost thou whet thy knife so ear Por.

Then must the Jew be merciful. nestly?

Shy. On what compulsion must 1? tell me that. Shy. To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt Por. The quality of mercy is not strain'd; there.

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Gra. Not on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless'd;

It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes: Thou mak'st thy knife keen : but no metal can, 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest ; It becomes No, not the hangman's axe, bear half the keen- The throned monarch better than his crown:

His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, Of thy sharp envy. Can no prayers pierce thee? The attribute to awe and majesty, Shy. No, none that thou hast wit enough to Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; make.

But mercy is above this scepired sway, Gra. 0, be thou damn'd, inexorable dog! It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, And for thy life let justice be accus'd.

It is an attribute to God himself; Thou almost mak'st me waver in my faith,

And earthly power doth then show likest God's To hold opinion with Pythagoras,

When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew, That souls of animals infuse themselves

Though justice be thy plea, consider this, Into the trunks of men : thy currish spirit

That in the course of justice, none of us Govern'd a wolf, who, hang'd for human slaugh- Should see salvation; we do pray for mercy; ter,

And that same prayer doth teach us all to render Even from the gallows did his fell soul fleet, The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much, And whilst thou lay'st in thy unhallow'd dam, To mitigate the justice of thy plea ; Infus'd itself in thee; for thy desires

Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Are wolfish, bloody, starv'd, and ravenous. Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant Shy. Till thou canst rail the seal from off my there. bond,

Shy. My deeds upon my head? I crave the law, Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud : The penalty and forfeit of my bond. Repair thy wit, good youth, or it will fall

Por. Is he not able to discharge the money ? To cureless ruin.-I stand here for law.

Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court; Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend Yea, twice the sum : if that will not suffice, A young and learned doctor to our court : I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er, Where is he?

On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart : Ner.

He attendeth here hard oy, If this will not sutlice, it must appear To know your answer, whether you'll admit That malice bears down truth. And I beseech

him. Duke. With all my heart :-some three or Wrest once the law to your anthority :

you, four of you,

To do a great right, do a little wrong ; Go, give him courteous conduct to this place. And curb this cruel devil of his will. Mean time, the court shall hear Bellario's letter. Por. It must not be ; there is no power in

(Clerk reads. ] Your grace shall understand, Venice that, at the receipt of your letter, I am very Can alter a decree established ; sick: but in the instant that your messenger "Twill be recorded for a precedent; came, in loving visitation was with me a young and many an error, by the same example, doctor of Rome, his name is Balthasar : I ac- Will rush into the state: it cannot be. quainted him with the cause in controversy be- Shy. A Daniel come to judgment ! yea, a ircen the Jew and Antonio the merchant: we

Daniel! turned o'er many books together: he is fur: 0 wise young judge, how do I honour thee! nishod with my opinion; which, better'd with Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond: his own learning, (the greatness whereof I can- Shy. Here is, most reverend doctor, here it is. not enough commend,) comes with him, at my Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy money offerid importunity, to fill up your graces request in

thee. my stead. I beseech you, let his lack of years Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in hea. be no impediment to let him lack a reverend es

ven: timation ; for I never knew 80 young a body Shall I lay perjury upon my soul ? with so old a head. I leave him to your gra- No, not for Venice. cious acceptance, whose trial shall better pub- Por.

Why, this bond is forfeit; lish his commendation.

And lawfully by this the Jew may claim Duke. You hear the learn'd Bellario, what he A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off writes:

Nearest the merchant's heart :- Be merciful ; And here, I take it, is the doctor come.

Take thrice thy money; bid me tear the bond. Enter Portia, dressed like a Doctor of Laws. Ii doth appear, you are a worthy judge ;

Shy. When it is paid according to the tenour. Give me your hand : Came you from old Bel. You know the law, your exposition lario?

Hath been most sound : I charge you by the law, Por. I did, my lord.

Whereof you are a well-deserving pillar, Duke. You are welcome : take your place. Proceed to judgment : by my soul 1 swear, Are you acquainted with the difference

There is no power in the tongue of man
That holds this present question in the court? To alter me: 1 stay here on my bond.

Por. I am informed throughly of the cause. Ant. Most heartily do I beseech the court
Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew? To give the judgment.
Duke. Antonio and old Shylock, both stand Por.

Why then, thus it is. forth.

You must prepare your bosom for his knife :



Shy. O noble fudge ! O excellent young man! Por.

Thyself shalt see the act ? Por. For the intent and purpose of the law For as thou urgest justice, be assurd, Hath full relation to the penalty,

Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir'sl. Which here appeareth due upon the bond. Gra. O learned judge !-Mark, Jew;-a learn Shy. 'Tis very true : 0 wise and upright judge! ed judge! How much more elder art thou than thy looks! Shy. I'take this offer then :-pay the bond Por. Therefore lay bare your bosom.

thrice, Shy.

Ay, his breast : And let the Christian go. So says the bond :-Doth it not, noble judge ?


Here is the money. Nearest his heart, those are the very words. Por. Soft; Por. It is so. Are there balance here, to weigh The Jew shall have all justice :-soft - no The flesh ? Shy. I have them ready.

He shall have nothing but the penalty. Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge! charge,

Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death. Shed thou no blood ; nor cut thou less, nor more Shy. 'Is it so nominated in the bonu ?

But just a pound of flesh: if thou tak'st more, Por. It is not so expressid ; But what of that? Or less than a just pound, -be it but much "Twere good you do so much for charity. As makes it light, or heavy, in the substance, Shy. I cannot find it ; 'tis not in the bond. Or the division of the twentieth part Por. Come, merchant, have you any thing to of one poor scruple; nay, if the scale do turn say ?

But in the estimation of a hair, Ant. But little ; 1 am arm’d, and well pre-Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate. par'd.

Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew! Give me your hand, Bassanio ! fare you well! Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip. Grieve not that I am fallen to this for you:

Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take thy forFor herein fortune shows herself more kind

feiture. Than is her custom: it is still her use,

Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go. To let the wretched man outlive his wealth,

Bass. I have it ready for thee; here it is. To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brow,

Por. He hath refus'd it in the open court; An age of poverty ; from which lingering pe-He shall have merely justice, and his bond.

Gra. A Daniel, still say l; a second Daniel! of such a misery doth she cut me off.

I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word. Commend me to your honourable wife :

Shy. Shall I not have barely my principal ? Tell her the process of Antonio's end,

Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the for Say, how I lov'd you, speak me fair in death; feiture, And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge,

To be so taken at thy peril, Jew. Whether Bassanio had not once a love.

Shy. Why, then the devil give him good of it Repent not you, that you shall lose your friend. I'll stay no longer question. And he repents not that he pays your debt;


Tarry, Jew; For, if the Jew do cut but deep enough,

The law hath yet another holy on you. I'll pay it instantly with all my heart.

It is enacted in the laws of Venice, Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife, If it be proved against an alien, Which is as dear to me as life itself;

That by direct, or indirect attempts, But life itself, my wife, and all the world,

He seek the life of any citizen, Are not with me esteem'd above thy life: The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive, I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all

Shall seize one half his goods; the other half Here to this devil to deliver you.

Comes to the privy coffer of the state ; Por. Your wife would give you little thanks And the offender's life lies in the mercy for that,

of the duke only, 'gainst all other voice. If she were by, to hear you make the offer. In which predicament, I say, thou stand'st; Gra. I have a wife, whom, I protest, I love;

For it appears by manifest proceeding, I would she were in heaven, so she could

That, indirectly, and directly too, Entreat some power to change this currish Jew. Thou hast contriv'd against the very life Ner. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back;

Of the defendant: and thou hast incurr'd The wish would make else an unquiet house. The danger formerly by me rehears'd. Shy. These be the Christian husbands: I have Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke. a daughter:

Gra. Beg, that thou mayst have leave to hang 'Would any of the stock of Barrabas

thyself: Had been her husband, rather than a Christian ! And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,

[ Aside.

Thou hast not left the value of a cord; We trifle time: I pray thee, pursue sentence.

Therefore, thou must be hang'd at the state's Por. A pound of that same merchant's flesh is charge. thine;

Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of our The court awards it, and the law doth give it.

spirit, Shy. Most rightful judge!

pardon thee thy life before thon ask it: Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's; breast;

The other half comes to the general state, The law allows it, and the court awards it.

Which humbleness may drive unto a fine. Shy. Most learned judge! a sentence: come,

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

Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not Por. Tarry a little:-there is something else.

that: This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;

You take my house, when you do take the prop The words expressly are, a pound of flesh:

That doth sustain my house; you take my life, Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh; When you do take the means whereby I live But, in the cutting it, if thou dost shed

Por. What mercy can you render him, AnOne drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods

tonio? Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate

Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else, for God's Unto the state of Venice.

sake. Gra. O upright judge !-Mark, Jew ;-0 learn- Ant. So please my lord the duke and all the ed judge!

court, Shy. Is that the law ?

ITo quit the fine for one half of his goods;


I am content, so he will let me have

She would not hold ont enemy for ever,' The other half in use, -o render it,

For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you! Upon his death, unto the gentleman

[Exeunt Portia and Nerissa. That lately stule his daughter:

Ant. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring; Two things provided more.-That,for this favour, Let his deservings, and my love withal, He presently become a Christian;

Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandment. The other, that he do record a gift,

Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Here in the court, of all he dies possessid, Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou canst, Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter. Unto Antonio's house :-away, make haste. Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant

[Exit Gratiano. The pardon that I late pronounced here. Come, you and I will thither presently; Por. Art thou contented, Jew, what dost thou And in the morning early will we both

Fly toward Belmont: Come, Antonio. (Exeunt. Shy. I am content. Por. Clerk, draw a deed of gift.

SCENE 1). The same. A Street. Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from

Enter Portia and Nerissa. hence; am not well ; send the deed after me,

Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him And I will sign it

this deed, Duke.

Get thee gone, but do it. And let him sign it; we'll away to-night, Gra. In christening thou shalt have two god- And be a day before our husbands home: fathers;

This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo. Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten

Enter Gratiano. more ; To bring thee to the gallows, not to the font. Gra. Fair sir, you are well overtaken:

(Exit Shylock. My lord Bassanio, upon more advice. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to Hath sent you here this ring; and doth entreat dinner.

Your company at dinner. Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon; Por.

That cannot be: I must away this night toward Padua,


ring 1 do accept most thankfully, And it is meet I presently set forth.

And so, I pray you, tell him : Furthermore, Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves you I pray you, show my youth old Shylock's house. not.

Gra. That will I do Antonio, gratify this gentleman;


Sir, I would speak with you :For, in my mind, you are much bound to him. I'll see if I can get my husband's ring, (Ereunt Duke, Magnificoes, and train.

To Portia. Bass. Most worthy gentleman, 1 and

my friend which I did make him swear to keep for ever. Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Por. Thou may'st, I warrant: We shall have Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof,

old swearing, Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, That they did give the rings away to men; We freely cope your courteous pains withal. But we'll outface them, and outswear them too.

Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, Away, make haste; thou know'st where I will In love and service to you evermore.

tarry. Por. He is well paid that is well satisfied ; Ner. Come, good sir, will you show me to this And I, delivering you, am satisfied,

house ?

(Exeunt. And therein do account myself well paid; My mind was never yet more mercenary. I pray you, know me, when we meet again;

ACT V. I wish you well, and so I take my leave. SCENE I. Belmont. Avenue to Portia's House Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further;

Enter Lorenzo and Jessica. Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute, Lor. The moon shines bright:-In such a night Not as a fee: grant me two things, I pray you,

as this, Not to deny me, and to don me.

When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees, Por. Yon press me far, and therefore 1 will And they did make no noise : in such a night, yield.

Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan walls, Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your And sigh'd his soul toward the Grecían tents, sake :

Where Cressid lay that night. And, for your love, I'll take this ring from Jes.

In such a night, you:

Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrip the dew;
Do not draw back your hand; I'll take no more; And saw the lion's shadow ere himself,
And you in love shall not deny me this. And ran dismay'd away.
Bass. This ring, good sir,-alas, it is a trifle; Lor.

In such a night,
I will not shame myself to give you this. Stood Dido, with a willow in her hand,

Por. I will have nothing else but only this ; Upon the wild sea banks, and wav'd her love
And, now, methinks, I have a mind to it. To come again to Carthage.
Bass. There's more depends on this, than on Jes.

In snch a night, the value.

Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,

That did renew old Æson. And find it out by proclamation:


In such a night, Only for this, pray you, pardon me.

Did Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew: Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers: And with an unthrift love did run from Venice, You taught me first to beg; and now, methinks, As far as Belmont. You teach me how a beggar should be answer'd. Jes.

And in such a night, Bass. Good sir, this ring was given ine by my Did young Lorenzo swear he lov'd her well; wife;

Stealing her soul with many vows of faith,
And when she put it on, she made me vow, And ne'er a true one.
That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it. Lor.

And in such a night,
Por. That’scuse serves many men to save their Did pretty Jessica, like a little shrew,

Slander her love, and he forgave it her. An if your wife be not a mad woman,

Jes. I would out-night you, did nobody como And know how well I have deserv'd this ring, But, hark, I hear the footing of a man.

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