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Let not the cloud of sorrow justle it [lost, Raining the lears of lamentation, From what it purpos’d; since, to wail friends for the remembrance of my father's death. Is not by much so wholesome, profitable, If this thou do deny, let oor bands part; As to rejoice at friends but newly found. Neither entitled in the other's beari. Prin. I understand you not; my griefs are King. If this, or more than this, I would double. (ear of grief ;deny,

[rest, Biron. Honest plain words best pierce the To flatter up these powers of mine with And by these badges apderstand the king. The sadden hand of death close up mine eye! For your fair sakes have we neglected time, Hence ever then my heart is in thy breast. Play'd foul play with our oaths; your beauty, Biron. And what to me, my love? and what ladies, (mours to me?

(rank; Hath much' deform'd us, fashioning our hu- Ros. You must be purged too, your sins are Even to the opposed end of our intents : You are attaint wib iaulis and perjury ; And what in us hath seem'd ridiculous,- Therefore, it you my favour mean to get, As love is full of unbefitting strains ;

A twelvemonib shall you spend, and never rest, All wanton as a child, skipping, and vain; But seek the weary bells of people sick. Foru'd by the eye, and, therefore, like the eye Dum. But what to me, my love? but what Full of strange shapes, of habits, and of forms, to ine?

(honesty; Varying in subjects as the eye doth roll Kath. A wife!-A beard, fair health, and To every varied object in his glance: With three-fold love I wish you all these three. Which party-coated presence of loose love Dum. 0, shall I say, I thank you, gentle Put on by us, if, in your heavenly eyes,


(and a day Have misbeconi'd our oaths and gravities,

Kath. Not so, my lord ;-a twelvemonth Those heavenly eyes, that look into these faults, I'll mark no words that smooth-fac'd wooers say: Snygested * us to make: Therefore, ladies, Come when the king doth to my lady come, Our love being yours, the error that love makes Then, if I have much love, I'll give you some. Is likewise yours: we to ourselves proye false, Dum. I'll serve thee true and faithfully till By being once false for ever to be true


(again. To those that make us both,-fair ladies, you : Kath. Yet swear not, lest you be forsworu And even that falsehood, in itself a sin

Long. What says Maria ? Thus purifies itself, and turns to grace. [love;


At the twelvemonili's end, Prin. We have receiv'd your letters, full of I'll change my black

gown for a faithful friend. Your favours, the ambassadors of love;

Long. I'll stay with patience; but the time And, in our maiden council, rated them

is long.

(young. At courtship,-pleasant jest, and courtesy,

Mar. The liker you ; few taller are so As bombast, and as lining to the time:

Biron. Studies iny lady? mistress look on me, But more devout than this, in our respects,

Behold the window of my heart, mine eye, Have we not been ; and therefore met your What humble suit attends thy answer there; lo their own fashion, like a merriment. [loves Impose soine service on me for thy love, Dum.Our letters, madam, show'd much more Ros. Oft have I heard of you, my lord Birón, Long. So did our looks. [than jest. Before I saw you: and the world's large tongue Ros.

We did not quote † them so. Proclaims you for a man replete with mocks; King. Now, at the latest minute of the hour, Full of comparisons and wounding llouts ; Grant us your loves.

Which yon on all estates will execute, A time, methinks, too short. That lie within the mercy of your wit : (brain ; To make a world-without-end bargain in : To weed this wormwood from your fruitful No, no, my lord, your grace is perjur'd much, And, therewithal, to win me, if you please, Full of dear guiltiness; and, therefore this,-|(Witbout the which I am lion to be won,) (day If for my love (as there is no such cause) You shall this twelvemouth teria fronu day to You will do aught, this shall you do for ine :

Visit the speechless sick, and still converse Your oath I will not trust; but go with speed With groaning wretches; and your task shall To some forlorn and naked hermitage,

With all the fiercej endeavour of your wit, (be, Remote from all the pleasures of the world; To enforce the pained impotent to smile. There stay, until the twelve celestial signs Biron. To move wild laughter in the throat Have brought about their annual reckoning : It cannot be; it is impossible :

(of death? If this austere insociable life

Mirth cannot move a soul in agony. (spirit, Change not your offer made in heat of blood ; Ros. Why, that's the way to choke a gibing If frosts, and fasts, hard lodging, and thin Whose influence is begot of that loose yrace, weeds,

Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools Nip not the gaudy blossoms of your love, A jest's prosperity lies in the ear But that it bear this trial, and last love;

of him that hears it, never in the tongue Then, at the expiration of the year,

Of him that makes it: then, is sickly ears, Come challange, challenge me by these deserts, Deafʼd with the clamours of their own dear And, by this virgin palin, now kissing thine,

groans, I will be thine; and, till that instant, shut Will hear your idle scorns, continne then, My woeful self up in a mourning house; And I will have you, and that fault withal; • Tempted. + Regard. Clothing, Vehement. # Immediate.


my leave.

But if they wili not, throw away that spirit,
And I shall find you empty of that fault,
Right joyful or your reforination.
Biron. A twelvemonth? well, befal what

will befal, lou jest a twelvemonth in an hospital. Prin. Ay, sweet my lord; and so I take

(To the King. king. No, madan: we will bring you on your way.

[play ; Biron. Our wooing doth not end like an old Jack hath not Jill: these ladies' courtesy Might well have made our sport a comedy.

King, Come, sir, it wants a twelvemunth And theu 'twill end.

(and a day. Biron.

That's too long for a piay.

Arm. Sweet majesty, vouchsafe me,
Prin. Was not that Hector ?
Dum. The worthy knight of Troy.

Arm. I will kiss thy royal finger, and take leave: I am a votary ; I have vowed to Jaqueuetta to hold the plough for her sweet love three years. But, most esteemed greatness, will you hear the dialogue that the two learned men have compiled, in praise of the owl and the cuckoo? it should have followed the end of our show.

King. Call tiieinforth quickly, we will do so.

Arn. Holla! approach. Enter HolofernES, NATHANIEL, Moru,

COSTARD, and others. This side is Hiems, winter; this Ver, the spring; the one maintain'd by the owl, the other by the cuckoo. Ver, begin.

Spring. When daisies pied, and vinlets vlue,

And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yilliw huo,
Do paint the meadows with delight,


The cuckoo the!, on ei ery tree,
Mocks married men, for thus sings he,

Cuckoo, cuckoo,-0 word of fear,
Unpleasing to u married eur!

When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
And merry burks are plonghmen's clocks,
When turtles treud, unit rooks, and daus,
And mridens bleuch their Summer

smocks, The cuckoo then, on every tree, Mocks married men, for thus sings he,

Cuckoo, cuckoo,-0 wurd of fear,
Unpleúsing to a married ear!

Winter. When icicles hang by the wall,

And Dick the shepherd blows his nail, And Tom brars bugs into the hall,

And m lk cumes frozen home in pail, U hen blood is nipp'd, and ways le foul, Then nightly sings the staring owl,

Tu-whit, to-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel* the yol.

When all aloud the wind doth blau,

Anit coughing drowns the parson's set And birds sit brooting in the sno?t",

And Marian's nose looks red an i raw, It hen roa ted crabs hiss in the vetve, Then nightly.ings the staring ow!,


wo; Tu-whit, to-t'ho, a merry note, While grey Joan doth keel the pot.

Arm. The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. You, that way; we, this, way:

(reunt. # Wild apples.

In this play, which all the editors have concurred to censure, and some have rejected as unworthy of our poet, it must be confessed that there are many passages mean, childish, and vulgar; and some which ought not to have been exhibited, as we are told they were, to a naiden queen.

But there are scattered through the whole inany sparks of genius; nor is there any play that has more evident marks of the hand of Shakspeare. JOANSON.

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Persons represented. Duke of Venice.

LAUNCELOT GUBBO, a cloun, servant to Prince of Morocco,

Shylock. Prince of Arragoa, } suitors to Portia.

OLV GOBRO, father to Launcelot. ANTONIO, the Merchant of Venice. SALER10, u messenger from Venice. BASSANIO, his friend.

LEONARDO, serrani to Bassanio.


jservants to Portia.

Portia, a rich heiress. LOREN20, in love with Jessica.

NERISSA, her wuiling-inaid. SHY.OCK, a Jew.

Jessica, duughter to Shylock.
Tubal, a Jew, his friend.
Magnificoes of Venice, Oficers of the Court of Justice, Jailer, Servants, and other

Scene,-Partly at Venice, and partly at Belmont, the Seat of Portia, on the Continent.

SCENE I. Venice. A Street. Which touching but n.y gentle vessel's side,

Wouli scatter all her spices on the stream;

Eurobe the roaring waters with my silks ;
Ant. In sooth, I know not why I am so sad; And, in a word, but even now worth this,
It wearies we; you say, il wear ies yon; And now worth potbing? Shall I have the
But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,

What stuff 'uis inade of, whereof it is born, To think ou this; and shall I lack the thought,
I am to learn ;

That such a thing, bechanc'd would make me
And such a want-wit sadness makes of ine, But, till not me; I know, Antonio [sad?
That I have much ado to know myself. Is sad to think upon his merchandise. [for it,

Salar. Your mind is tossing on the ocean; Ant. Believe me, no: I thank my fortune
There, where your aryosics * with portly sail, - My ventures are not in one bottom irusted,
Like signiors and rich burghers of the flood, Nor to une place; nor is my whole estate
Or, as it were the pageants of the sea, - Upon the fortune of this present year:
Do overpeer the petty traffickers,

Therefore, iny merchandise makes ine not sad.
That curi'sy to them, do thein reverence,

Sulin. Why then you are in love.
As they fly by them with their woven wings. Ant.

Fie, fie!
Salan. Believe me, sir, had I such venture Salun. Not in live neither? Then let's say,
The better part of my affections would [furth, you are sad,
Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still Because you are not merry: and 'twere as easy
Plucking the grass, to know where sits the For you, to laugh, and leap, and say, you are
(roads ; merry,

Peering in maps, for ports, and piers, and Because you are not sad. Now, by two-headed
And every object, that might make me fear Nalore bath fralu'd strange fellows in her time:
Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt, Some that will ever more peep through their
Would make me sad.

And laugh, like parruis, at a bag piper; (eyes,
My wind, cooling my broth, And other of such vinegar aspect, [smile,
Would blow me to an agne, when I thought' That they'll not show their teeth in way of
What harm a wind too great might do at sea. Though Nestor swear thie jest be laughable.
I should not see the sinily hour-glass run, Enter BASSANIU, LORENZO, and GRATIANO.
But I should think of shallows and of flats; Salan. Here comes Bassanio, your most
And see my wealthy Andrew dock'd in sand, noble kinsman,
Vailing ? her high-top lower than her ribs, Gratiano, and Lorenzo : Fare you well;
To kiss her burial. Should I go to church, We leave you now with better company.
And see the bioly edifice of stune,

(rocks? Salar. I would have staid till I had made you And not bethink me straigest of dangerous merry,

• Ships of large burtben. * Lowering

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If worthier friends had not prevented me. nothing, more than any man in all Venice

Ant. Your worth is very dear in my regard. His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid I take it, your own business calls on you, in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all And you embrace the occasion to depart. day ere you find them; and when you have

Salar. Good-morrow, my good lords. them, they are not worth the search. Bass. Good signiors both, wben shall we Ant. Well; tell me now, what lady is this laugh? Say, when?

To whom you sworea secret pilgrimage, (same You grow exceeding strange : Must it be so? That you to-day promis'd to tell me of? Salar. We'll make our leisures to attend Bass. "Tis not unknown to you, Antonio, on yours.

How much I have disabled mine estate, Exeunt SALARINO and SALANIO. By something showing a niore swelling port Lor. My lord Bassanio, since you have Than my faint means would grant continuauce: found Antonio,

Nor do I now make moan to be abridg'd We two will leave you : but, at dinner-time, From such a noble rate; but my chief care I pray you, have in mind where we must meet. Is, to come fairly off from the great debts, Bass. I will not fail you.

Wherein my time, something tou prodigal, Gra. You look not well, signior Antonio ; Hath left me gaged : To you, Antonio, You have too much respect upon the world : I owe the most, in money, and in love; They lose it, that do buy it with much care. And from your love I have a warranty Believe me, you are marvellously chang'd. To unburthen all my plots, and purposes, Ant. I hold the world but as the world, How to get clear of all the debts I owe.

[it: Gratiano ;

Ant. I pray you, goud Bassanio,let me know A stage, wiere every man must play a part, And, if it stand, as you yourself still do, And mine a sad one.

Within the eye of honour, be assur'd, Gra.

Let me play the fool : My purse, my person, my extiemest means, With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come; Lie all unlock'd to your occasions. Cone sbatt, And let my liver rather heat with wine, Buss. In my school-days, when I had lost Than my heart cool with mortifying groaus. , I shot his fellow of the self-same flight Why should a inan, whose blood is warm The self-same way, with more advised watch, Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster? [within, To find the other forth ; and by advent'ring Sleep when he wakes ? and creep into the both, jaundice

I oft found both : I urge this childhood proof, By being peevish? I tell thee what, Antonio, Because what follows is pure innocence. I love thee, and it is my love that speaks ; I owe you much ; and, like a wilful youth, There are a sort of men, whose visages That which I owe is lost: but if you please Do cream and mantle, like a standing pond; To shoot another arrow that self way And do a wilful stillness * entertain,

Wbich you did shoot the first, I do not donbt, With purpose to be dress'd in an opinion As I will watch the aim, or to find both, Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit; Or bring your latter hazard back again, As who should say, I am Sir Oracle, And thankfuliy rest debtor for the first. And, when I ope my lips, let n dog bark ! Ant. You know me well; and herein spend O, my Antonio, I do know of these,

but time, That therefore only are reputed wise, To wind about my love with circumstance; For saying nothing ; who, I am very sure, And, out of doubt, you do me now more If they should speak, wouid almost damn those in making question of my uttermost, (wrong, ears,

[thers, fools. Than if you had made waste of all I have: Which, hearing them, would call their bro- Then do but say to me what I should do, I'll tell thee more of this another time : That in your knowledge may by me be done, But fish not, with this melancholy bait, And I ain prestt noto it: therefore, speak. For this fool's gudgeon, this opiaion.

Bass. In Belmont is a laly richly left, Come, good Lorenzo :-Fare ye well, a while; And she is fair, and, fairer than that word, I'll end my exhortation after dinner. [time: Of wondrons virtues; sometimes I from her

Lor. Well, we will leave you then till dinner. I did receive fair speechless messages : leyes I must be one of these same dumb wise men, Her name is Portia ; nothing undervalued For Gratiano never lets me speak. (more, To Cato's daughter, Brutus' Portia.

Gra. Well, keep me company but two years Nor is the wide world ignorant of her worth; Thou shalt not know the sound of thine own For the four winds blow in from every coast tongue.

Renowned suitors : and her sunny locks Ant. Farewell: I'll grow a talker for this Hang on her temples like a golden fleece; gear.

[commendable Which makes her seat of Belmont, Colchos' Gra. Thanks, i'faith ; for silence is only strand, In a neat's tongue dried, and a maid not And many Jasons come in quest of her. vendible.

O my Antonio, bad I but the means (Ereunt GRATIANO and Lorenzo. To hold a rival place with one of them, Ant. Is that any thing now?

I have a mind presages me such thrift, Bass. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of | That I should questionless be fortunate.

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Ant. Thou know'st, that all my fui tubes are Ner. Then, is there the county + Palatine. at sea;

Por. He doth nothing but frown; as who Nor have I money, nor commodity

should say, An if you will not have me, Zo raise a present sum : therelore go forth, chuose : le hears merry tales, and smiles not: Try what my credit can iu Venice do ; I fear, he will prove ihe weeping philosopher That shall be rack'd, even to the uttermost, when he grows ok, being so full or unmanTo furnish thee to Belmout, to fair Portia. berly sadness in his youth. I had rather be Go, presently inqnire, and so will I,

married to a death's head with a bone in his Where money is : and I no question make, mouth, than to either of these. God defend To have it of my trust, or for my sake. me from ihese two!

(Eseunt. Ner. How say you by the French lord,

Monsieur Le Bout SCENE II. Belmont. A Room in Portia's

Por, Gorl made hill, and therefore let him House.

pass for a man In truth, I know it is a sin Enter PORTIA and NERISSA.

to be a mocker; But, he! wliy, he hath a Por. By my troth, Nerissa, my little body horse better than the Neapolitan's; a better is a-weary of this great world.

bad habit of frowning than the count PalaNer. You would be, sweet madam, if your time : he is every mon in no mar: if a miseries were in the sime a undance as your throstle siug, he falls straight a capering; he good fortunes are: And, yet, for anght I see will fence with his own shadow: if I should they are as sick, that surfeit with too much, marry him, I should marry twenty husband's : as they that starve with nothing: It is no If he would despise ine. I wonld forgive him; mean happiness therefore, to be seated in the fur if he love ine tv madness, I shall never mean; superfluity connes sooler by white reqnite him. hairs, but competency lives longer.

Ner. What say yon then to Faulconbridge, Por. Good sentenc:s, and well prononnced. the young barin et England? Ner. They would be better, it well followed. Por. Yon know, I say nothing to him ; Por. If to do were as easy as to know for he understands not me, nor I him: he what were good to do, chapels had been bati nei ber Latin Frenrh, nor Italian; and churches, and poor men's cotiages, princes' you will come into the court and swear, that palaces. It is a good divine that follows his I have a poor penny-worth in the English. own instructions : I can easier teach twenty He is a proper man's picture; But, alas! what were good to be done, than be one of who can converse with a numb-show? How the twenty tu follow mine own teaching orldly he is suited! I think, he bought his The brain may devise laws for the blood; doublei in Italy, his round hose in France, but a hot temper leaps over a cold decree : bis bounet in Germany, aud his behaviour such a hare is madness the yonth, to skip o'er every where. the meshes of good counsel the cripple. But Ner. What think you of the Scottish lord, this reasoning is not in the fashion in choose his neighbonr? me a husband:-O me, the word choose! I Por. That he hath a neighbourly charity in may Deither choose whom I wouli, nor him; for he borrowed ii box of the ear of the refuse whom I nj-like ; so is the will of a Englishman, and swore he would pay him living daughter curb’d by the will of a dead again, when he was able: I think, the Frenchfather:- Is it not tarii, Nerissa, that I cannot man became his surety, and sealed under for choose one, nor refuse none ?

another. Ner. Your father was ever virtnous; and Ner. How like you the young German, holy men, at their death, liave goca inspira. the duke of Saxony's nephew? tions; therefore, the fortery, that he hath Por. Very vilely in the morning, when he devised in these tirree chesis, of gold, silver, is sober; and most vilely in the afternoon, and lead, (whereof wfio rhooses his meaning, when he is armuk: when he is best, he is a chooses you,) will, uu dunht, irever be chosen tile worse t an a man; and when he is by any rightly, but one who jon shall si hely worst, he is little better than a beast : an the love. But what warnah is there in your worst tall that ever el, I hope, I shall make affection towards any of these princely suitors shint to go withom tin. that are already come?

Ner. If lie sheuid offer to choose, and Por. I pray ib. e. over-name them ; and as choose the right casket, yon should refuse to thon namest them, I will describe them; and, perform your father's will, if you should according to my description, level at my refuse to accept him affection.

Por, Tierefore, for fear of the worst, I Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince. pray thee, set a deep glass of Rhenish wine Por. Ay, that's a csilla, indeed, for hen ihe cvetrary cuket : for, if the devil be doth nottring bot talk of his liorse; and he within and that lemptation without, I know inakes it a great appropriition 1 his own he will chov:e it. I will do any thing, good parts, that he can shoe him himself: I Nerissa, ere I will be married to a sponge. am mach afraid, my laty his mother played Nir. You need not fear, ladly, the having false with a smith.

any oi' these fonds; they have acquainted ma • A heady, gay youngster.

+ Cuant.

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