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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.
Laun. To him, father. -
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,
Bass. One speak for both ;-What would you ?
Bass. I know thee well, thou hast obtain'd thy suit :
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:
Take leave of thy old master, and enquire
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. Why, then you must;-But hear thee, Gratiano;
And in such eyes as ours appear not faults ;
Gra. Signior Bassanio, hear me:
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;
Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest;
SCENE III. The same. A Room in Shrlock's House.
Enter YESSICA and LAUNCELOT.
And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see
Laun. Adieu !-tears exhibit my tongue.-
SCENE IV. The same. A Street.
Lor. Nay, we will link away in supper-time;
Gra. We have not made good preparation.
SALAN. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd;
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.