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Still more fool I shall appear
By the time I linger here :
With one fool's head I came to woo,
But I go away with two. -
Sweet, adieu ! I'll keep my oath,
Patiently to bear my wroth.

[Exeunt Arragon and train.
Por. Thus hath the candle singed the moth.
O these deliberate fools! when they do choose,
They have the wisdom by their wit to lose.

Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy ;-
Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.
Por. Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa.

Enter a Sertant.
Sero. Where is my lady?

Here; what would my lord ?
Sero. Madam, there is alighted at your gate
A young Venetian, one, that comes before
To signify the approaching of his lord :
From whom he bringeth sensible regrets;
To wit, besides commends, and courteous breath,
Gifts of rich value; yet I have not seen
So likely an ambassador of love :
A day in April never came so sweet,
To show how costly summer was at hand,
As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.

Por. No more, I pray thee; I am half afear'd.
Thou wilt say anon, he is some kin to thee,
Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising hun. -
Come, come, Nerissa; for I long to see
Quick Cupid's post, that comes so manner).";
Ner. Bassanio, lord love, if thy will it be!


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SCENE I.- Venice. A Street,

Enter SALANIO and SALARINO. Salan. Now, what news on the Rialto ?

Salar. Why, yet it lives there uncheck'd, that Antonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck'd on the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal, where the carcasses of many a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip report be an honest woman of her word.


Salan. I would she were as lying a gossip in that, as ever knapp'd ginger, or made her neighbours believe she wept for the death of a third husband : But it is true, - without any slips of prolixity, or crossing the plain highway of talk, - that the good Antonio, the honest Antonio, Othat I had a title good enough to keep his name company!

Salar. Come, the full stop.

Salan. Ha, - what say'st thou ?- Why, the end is, he hath lost a ship

Salar. I would it might prove the end of his losses !

Salan. Let me say Amen betimes, lest the devil cross my prayer; for here he comes in the likeness of a


How now, Shylock ? what news among the merchants ?

Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as you, of my daughter's flight.

Salar. That's certain ; I, for my part, knew the tailor that made the wings she flew withal.

Salan. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was fledged

; and then it is the complexion of them all to leave the dam.

Shy. She is damn'd for it.
Salar. That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.
Shy. My own flesh and blood to rebeli [year?
Salan. Out upon it, old carrion ! rebels it at these
Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood.

Salar. There is more difference between thy flesh and hers, than between jet and ivory; more between your bloods, than there is between red wine and Thenish :- But tell us, do you hear whether Antonio have had any loss at sea or no!

Shy. There I have another bad match: a bankrupt, a prodigal, who dares scarce shew his head on the Rialto;- a beggar, that used to come so smug upon the mart; - let him look to his bond: he was wont to call me usurer;- let him look to his bond: he was wont to lend money for a Christian courtesy ; - let him look to his bond.

Salar. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh; What's that good for ?

Shy. To bait fish withal : if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me of half a million ; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated miue enemies; and


what his reason? I am a Jew: Hath not a Jew eyes! hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senser affections, passions ? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the

same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same do we not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? you poison us, do we not die ? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge ? il we are like you

in the rest, we will is his humility ? revenge ; if a Christian wrong a Jew; what should his sufferance be by Christian example why, revenge.

The villainy sou 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. Salar. We have been up and down to seek him.

Enter TUBAL. Salan. Here comes another of the tribe; a third cannot be matched, unless the devil himself turn Jew.

[Exeunt Salan. Salar. and Sercant, Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? hast inou found my daughter ?

Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but cannot find her. gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! The

Shy. Why there, there, there, there! a diamond curse never fell upon our nation till now, I never felt it till now: two thousand educats in that; and other precious, precious jewls.--I would my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! would

sho No news of them is why. 190: hande r know not what's spent in the search: why. thou loss upon loss! thier gone with so much, and so much to find the thiel; and no satisfaction, no revenge : nor no ill luck stirring. breathing; no tears, but o' my shedding. Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too; Antonio, as Shy. What, what, what ? ill luck, ill luck! Tub -hath an 'argosy cast away, coming from

I heard in Genoa,


Shy. I thank God, I thank God : Is it true? is it true?

Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wreck.

Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal;- Good news, good news: ha! ha! - Where P in Genoa ?

Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore dueats !

Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me:- I shall nerer see my gold again: Fourscore ducals at a sitting ! fourscore ducats !

Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my company to Venice, that swear he cannot choose but break. Shy. I am very glad of it: I'll plague him ; I'll torture him; I am glad of it. Tub. One of them shewed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a monkey.

Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal : it was my turquoise; I had it of Leah, when I was a bachelor : I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.

Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone. Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true: Go, Tubal, see me an officer, berpeak him a fortnight before : 1 will have the heart of him, ir be forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandise I will: Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue; go, good Tubal ; at our synagogue, Tubal. (Exeunt. Scene II.-Belmont. A Room in Portia's House.

Enter BASSANIO, PORTIA, GRATIANO, NERISSA, and Attendants. The caskets are set out.

Por. I pray you, tarry ; pause a day or two,
Before you hazard; for, in choosing wrong.
I lose your company; therefore, forbear a while:
There's something tells me, (but it is not love,)
I would not lose you; and you know yourself,
Hate counsels not in such a quality :
But lest you should not understand me well,
(And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought,)
I would detain you here some toouth or two,
Before you venture for me. I could teach you
How to choose right, but then I am forsworn;
So will I never be : so may you miss me;
But if you do, you'll make me wish a sin,
That I had been forsworn. Beshrew your eyes,
They have o'erlook'd me, and divided me;

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One half of me is yours, the other hall yours,
Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours,
And so all yours: 01 these naughty times
Put bass between the owners and their rights;
And so, though yours, not yours.-Prove it so,
Let fortune go to hell for it.- not I.
I speak too long; but 'tis to peize the time:
To eke it, and to draw it out in length,
To stay you from election.

Let me choose ;
For as I am, I live upon the rack.

Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio ? then confess
What treason there is mingled with your love.

Bass. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust,
Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love :
There may as well be amity and life
'Tween snow and fire, as treason and my love.

Por. Ay, but I fear, you speak upon the rack,
Where men enforced do speak any thing.

Bass. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.
Por Well then, confess, and live.

Confess, and love
Had been the very sum of my confession:
O happy torinent, when my torturer
Doth teach me answers for deliverance !
But let me to my fortune and the caskets.

Por. Away then: I am lock'd in one of them ;
If you do love me you will find me out.-
Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof.
Let music sound, while he doth make his choice;
Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end,
Fading in music : that the comparison
May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream,
And wat'ry death-bed for him: He may win;
And what is music then ? then music is
Even as the flourish, when true subjects bow
Ton new-crown'd monarch: such it is,
As are those dulcet sounds in break of day,
That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear,
And summon him to marriage. Now he goes,
With no less presence, but with much more love,
Than young Alcides, when he did redeem
The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy
To the sea-monster: I stand for sacrifice,
The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives,
With bleared visages, come forth to view
The issue of the exploit.
Live thou, I live :-With much more dismay

Go, Hercules !
I view the fight, than thou that makest the fray.


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