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Let fortune go to hell for it.not I'.
Bass. So maythe outward shows be least themI speak too long; but 'tis to peize the time; The world is still deceiv’d with ornament. [selves; To eke it, and to draw it out in length,
In law what plea so tainted and corrupt, To stay you from election.
But, being season'd with a gracious voice, Bass. Let me chuse;
5 Obscures the show of evil? In religion, For as I am, I live upon the rack.
What damned error, but some sober brow Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio? then confess Will bless it, and approve it with a text, What treason there is mingled with your love. Hiding the grossness with fair ornainent?
Bruss. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust, There is no vice so simple, but assumes Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love: 10 Some mark of virtue on its outward parts. There may as well be amity and lite
How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false Tween snow and fire, as treason and my love. As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
Por. Ay, but I fear, you speak upon the rack, The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars;
Bass. Promise me life and I'll confess the truth. 15 And these assume but valour's excrement,
To render them redoubted. Look on beauty,
And you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight;
Making them lightest that wear most of it:
Por. Away then: I am lock'd in one of them; U pon supposed fairness, often known
To be the dowry of a second bead,
The skull that bred them in the sepulchre.
Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word,
'Tween man and man: bút thou, thou meager lead,
And shudd'ring fear, and green-ey'd jealousy!
The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives, 40 In measure rain thy joy, scant this excess;
[Musick within. 45 Hath come so ncar creation ? Move these eyes?
Seem they in inotion ? Here are sever'd lips,
Parted with sugar breath; so sweet a barr · Or in the heart or in the head ?
should sundersuchsweet friends: Here in her hairs How begot, how nourished?
50 The painter plays the spider; and hath woven Reply. It is engender'd in the eyes,
A golden mesh to entrap the hearts of men,
Faster than gnats in cobwebs: But her eyes,-
How could he see to do them? Having made one,
Methinks, it should have power to steal both his,
-Ding, dong, bell. 155 And leave itself unfurnish'd: Yet look, how far
The substance of my praise doth wrong this shadow . The author of the REVISAL of Shakspeare's text assigns the following meaning to this difficult passage :-" If the worst I fear should happen, and it should prove in the event, that I, who am "justly yours hy the free donation I have made you of myself, should yet not be yours in consequence “ of an unlucky choice, let fortune go to hell for robbing you of your just due, not I for violating "my oath." . To peire comes from peser, Fr, which signities to retard. Meaning, with no less dignity of mien. i.e. curled. i. e. the treacherous shore. Counterfeit bere means a likeness, a resemblance.
Gra. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady, The continent and summary of my
fortune. For, I am sure, you can wish none from me: You that chuse not by the view,
And, when your honours mean to solemnize
Even at that tinie I may be marry'd too.
Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife.
Gra.I thank your lordship; you have got meone. And hold your fortune for your bliss, My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours: Turn you where your lady is,
10 You saw the mistress, I beheld the maid; And claim her with a loring kiss. You lov'd, I lov'd; for intermission? A gentle scroll !- Fair lady, by your leave; No more pertains to me, my lord, than you.
[Kissing her. Your fortune stood upon the casket there;
With oaths of love ;'at last,--if promise last, Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt
I got a promise of this fair one here, Whether those peals of praise be his or no; To have her love, provided that your fortune So, thrice fair lady, stand I, even so;
20 Atchiev'd her mistress. As doubtful whether what I see be true,
Por. Is this true, Nerissa?
[al. Until contirm'd, sign'd, ratify'd by you.
Ner: Madam, it is, so you stand pleas'd withPor. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I stand, Bass. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith? Such as I am : though, for myself alone,
Gra. Yes, 'faith, my lord. marriage. I would not be ambitious in my wish,
25 Bass. Our feast shall be much honour'd in your To wish myself much better; yet, for you,
Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy for a I would be trebled twenty times myself ;
thousand ducats. A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times Ner. What, and stake down? More rich; that to stand high in your account, Gra. No; we shall ne'er win at that sport, and I might in virtues, beauties,
livings, friends, 30 stake down. Exceed account: but the full sum of me
But who comes here? Lorenzo, and his infidel? Is sum of something; which, to term in gross, What, and my old Venetian friend, Salerio? Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpractis’d:
Enter Lorenzo, Jessica, and Salerio. Hlappy in this, she is not yet so old
Bass. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither ; But she may learn; and happier than this, 35 If that the youth of my new interest here She is not bred so dull but she can learn; Have power to bid you welcome:-By your leave, Happiest of all, is, that her gentle spirit
I bid iny very friends, and countrymen, Commits itself to yours to be directed,
Sweet Portia, welcome. As from her lord, her governor, her king.
Por. So do I, my lord; Myself , and what is mine, to you, and yours 40 They are entirely welcome.
[lord, Is now converted: but now I was the lord
Lör. I thank your honour :-For my part, my Of this fair mansion, master of my servants, My purpose was not to have seen you here; Queen o'er myself; and even now, but now, But ineeting with Salerio by the way, This house, these servants, and this same myself, He did intreat me, past all saying nay, Are yours, my lord; I give them with this ring; 45 To come with him along. Which when you part from, lose, or give away,
Sale. I did, my lord, Let it presage the rain of your love,
And I have reason for it. Signior Anthonio And be my vantage to exclaim on you.
Commends him to you. [Gires Bassunio a letter. Buss. Madam, you have bereft me of all words, Bass. Ere I ope his letter, Only my blood speaks to you in my veins : 50/1 pray you tell me how my good friend doth. And there is such confusion in my powers,
Sale. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind! As, after sonie oration fairly spoke
Nor well, unless in mind : his letter there By a beloved prince, there doth appear
Will shew you his estate.
[come. Ainong the buzzing pleased multitude;
Gra. Nerissa, cheer yon' stranger; bid her welWhere every something, being blent' together, 55 Yourhand, Salerio; What's the news from Venice? Turns to a wild of nothing, save of joy,
How doth that royal merchant, good Anthonio? Exprest, and not exprest: But when this ring I know he will be glad of our success; Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence; We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece. (lost! O, then be bold to say, Bassanio's dead.
Sale. Would you had won the fleece that he hath Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time, 100 Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon same That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosper, That steals the colour of Bassanio's cheek: (paper, To cry, good joy; Good joy, my lord and lady! (Some dear friend dead; else nothing in the world | That is, blended. Intermission here means pause, delay. P2
Could turn so much the constitution
With an unquiet soul. You shall have gold Ofany constant man. What, worse and worse? To pay the petty debt twenty times over: With leave, Bassanio; I am half yourself, When it is paid, bring your
true friend along: And I must freely have the half of any thing My maid Nerissa, and myself, mean time, That this same paper brings you.
5 Will live as maids and widows. Come, away; Bass. O sweet Portia,
For you shall hence upon your wedding-day: Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words, Bid your friends welcome, shew a merry cheer; That ever blotted paper! Gentle lady,
Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear.When I did first impart my love to you,
But let me hear the letter of your friend. I freely told you, all the wealth I bad
10 Buss. [Reads.] “Sweet Bassanio, my ships have Ran in my veins, I was a gentleman ;
|“all miscarry'd, my creditors grow cruel, my And then I told you true: and yet, dear lady, " estate is very low, my bond to the Jewis forfeit; Rating myself at nothing, you shall see
" and since, in paying it, it is impossible I should How much I was a braggart: When I told you for live, all debts are cleared between you and me, My state was nothing, I should then have told you 15“ if I might but see you at my death: notwithThat I was worse than nothing; for, indeed, standing, use your pleasure: if your love do I have engag‘d myself to a dear friend,
" not persuade you to come, let not my letter." Engag'd my friend to his meer enemy,
Por. O love, dispatch all business, and be gone. To feed my means. Here is a letter, lady; Buss. Since I have your good leave to go away, The paper as the body of my friend,
120 I will make haste: but, 'till I come again, And every word in it a gaping wound,
No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay, Issuing hife-blood.—But it is true, Salerio ?
No rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt. Have all his ventures fail'd? What, not one hit?
SCENE III. From Tripolis, from Mexico, and England,
A Street in Venice. From Lisbon, Barbary, and India ?
25 Enter Shylock, Salanio. Anthonio, and the And not one vessel 'scape the dreadful touch
Gaoler. Of merchant-marring rocks?
Shy. Gaoler, look to him ; Tell not me of Sale. Not one, my lord.
mercy; Besides, it should appear, that if he had
This is the fool that lent out money gratis ;The present money to discharge the Jew, 30 Gaoler, look to him. He would not take it : Never did I know
Anth. Hear me yet, good Shylock. [bond; A creature, that did bear the shape of man, Shy. I'll have my bond ; speak not against my So keen and greedy to confound a man: I have sworn an oath, that I will have my bond: He plies the duke at morning, and at night; Thou call'dst me dog, before thou had'st a cause; And doth impeach the freedom of the state, 35 But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs : If they deny him justice: twenty merchants, The duke shall grant me justice.--I do wonder, The duke himself, and the magnificoes
Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond', Of greatest port, have all persuaded with him; To come abroad with him at his request. But none can drive him from the envious plea Anth. I pray thee, hear me speak. [speak: Of forfeiture, of justice, and his bond. (swear, 40 Shy. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee
Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him I'll bave my bond; and therefore speak no more. To Tubal, and to Chus, his countrymen,
I'll not be made a soft and dull-ev'd fool', That he would rather have Anthonio's tesh, To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield Than twenty times the value of the sum
To christian intercessors. Follow not ; That he did owe him: and I know, my lord, 45|I'll have no speaking; I will have my boud. If law, authority, and power deny not,
[Erit Shylock. It will go hard with poor Anthonio. [ble :
Sal. It is the most impenetrable cur, Por. Is it your dear friend that is thus in trou That ever kept with men.
Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man, Anth. Let him alone; The best condition’d and unweary'd spirit 50 P11 follow him no more with bootless prayers. In doing courtesies; and one in whom
He seeks my life; his reason well I know; The ancient Roman honour more appears,
I oft deliver d from his forfeitures Than any that draws breath in Italy.
Many that have at times made moan to me, Por. What suin owes he the Jew?
Therefore he hates me
Will never grant this forfeiture to hold. [law;
With us in Venice, if it be deny'd, Shall lose a hair thorough Bassanio's fault. 60 Will much impeach the justice of the state; First, go with me to chuch, and call me wife; Since that the trade and profit of the city And then away to Venice to your friend; Consisteth of all nations. Therefore go: For never shall you lie by Portia's side I'These griefs and losses have so 'bated me, . 1. e. şo foolish, : Meaning, melancholy fool.
That I shall hardly spare a poumd of flesh In speed to Padua ; see thou render this
Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario; [thee Well, gaoler, on :--Pray God, Bassanio come And, look, what notes and garments be doth give To see me pay his debt, and then I care not! Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin’d speed,
[Ereunt. 5 'nto the traject, to the common ferry (words,
Which trades to Venice:-waste no time in SCENE IV.
But get thee gone ; I shall be there before thee. Belmont.
Bulth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed. Entor Portia, Nerissa, Lorenzo, Jessica, and
101 Por. Come on, Nerissa; I have work in hand, Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence;
That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands You have a noble and a true conceit
Before they think of ns. Of god-like amity; which appears most strongly
Ner. Shall they see us? In bearing thus the absence of your lord.
Por. They shall, Nerissa; but in such a habit, But, if you knew to whom you shew this honour, 15 That they shall think we are accomplished How true a gentleman you send relief,
With what we lack. I'll hold thee any wager, How dear a lover of my lord your husband, When we are both apparellid like young men, I know, you would be prouder of the work, I'll prove the prettier fellow of the two, Than customary bounty can enforce you. And wear my dagger with the braver grace;
Por. I never did repent for doing good, 20 And speak between the change of man and boy, Nor shall not now : for in companions
With a reed voice; and turn two mincing steps That do converse and waste the time together, Into a manly stride; and speak of trays, Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love, Like a tine bragging youth: and tell quaint lies, There must needs be a like proportion
How honourable ladies sought my love, Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit; 25 Which I denving, they fell sick and dy'd; Which makes me think, that this Anthonio,
I could not do with all;-then I'll repent, Being the bosom lover of my lord,
And wish, for all that, that I had not kill'd them : Must needs be like my lord: If it be so,
And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell, How little is the cost I have bestow'd,
That men shall swear I have discontinued school In purchasing the semblance of my soul 30 above a twelvemonth:-1 have within my mind From out the state of hellish cruelty?
A thousand raw tricks of these bragging jacks, This comes too near the praising of myself; Which I will practise. Therefore, no more of it: hear other things. Ner. Why, shall we turn to men? Lorenzo, I commit into your hands
Por. Fie! what a question's that, The husbandry and manage of my house, 351f thou wert near a lewd interpreter? Until my lord's return: for mine own part, But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device I have toward heaven breath'd a secret vow, When I am in my coach, which stays for us To live in prayer and contemplation,
At the park gate; and therefore haste away, Only attended by Nerissa here,
For we must measure lwenty miles to-day.” [Ex. Until her husband and my lord's return: 40
Enter Launcelot and Jessica.
Laun. Yes, truly :-for, look you, the sins of The which my love, and some necessity,
the father are to be laid upon the children; thereNow lays upon you.
45 fore, I promise you, I fear you. I was always Lor. Madam, with all my heart;
plain with you, and so now I speak my agitation Isball obey vou in all fair commands.
of the matter: Therefore be of good cheer; for, Por. My people do already know my mind, truly, I think, you are damn'd. There is but one And will acknowledge you and Jessica
hope in it that can do you any good; and that is In place of lord Bassanio and myself.
50 buit a kind of bastard hope neither. So save you well, till we shall meet again. (you ! Jes. And what hope is that, I pray thee? Lor. Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that y
your Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content. father got you not, that you are not the Jew's Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well daughter. pleas'd
55. Jes. That were a kind of bastard hope, inTo wisli it back on you: fare you well, Jessica. deed ; so the sins of my mother shall be visited Exeunt Jessicu and Lorenzo.
upon ine. Now, Balthazar,
Laun. Truly then I fear, you are damn'd both As I have ever found thee honest, true,
by father and mother: thus when I shun Scylla, So let me find thee still: Take this same letter, 160 your father, I fall into Charybdis, your mother: And use thou all the endeavour of a man, livell
, you are gone both ways. ! For the sense of the word do in this place, see note 4, p. 77.
Jes. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath[sthou shew the whole wealth of thy wit in an inmade me a Christian.
stant ? I pray thee, understand a plain man in his Laun. Truly, the more to blame he: we were plain meaning: go to thy fellows; bid them cover Christians enough before; e'en as many as could the table, serve in the meat, and we will come in well live one by another : This making of Chris- 5 to dinner. tians will raise the price of hogs; if we grow all Laun. For the table, sir, it shall be serv'd in; to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a for the meat, sir, it shall be covered; for your rasher on the coals for money.
coming in to dinner, sir, why, let it be as humours Enter Lorenzo. and conceit shall govern.
[Erit Laun. Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you 10 Lor. O dear discretion, how his words are suitsay; here he comes.
The fool hath planted in his memory,
[ed! Lor. I shall grov jealous of you shortly, Laun An army of good words: And I do know celot, if you thus get my wife into corners. A many fools, that stand in better place,
Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo; Garnish'd like him, that for a tricksy word Launcelot and 'I are out: he tells me flatly, there 15 Defy the matter. How cheerst thou, Jessica ? is no mercy for me in heaven, because I am a And now, good sweet, say thy opinion, Jew's daughter; and he says,you are no good mem How dost thou like the lord Bassanio's wife? ber of the commonwealth; for in converting Jews Jes. Past all expressing: it is very meet, to Christians, you raise the price of pork. The lord Bassanio live an upright lite;
Lor. I shall answer that better to the common-20 For, having such a blessing in his lady, wealth, than you can the getting up of the negro's He finds the joys of heaven here on earth: belly: the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot. And, if on earth be do not mean it, it
Laun. It is much, that the Moor should be more Is reason he should never come to beaven. than reason: but if she be less than an honest wo Why,if two gods should play some heavenlymatch, man, she is, indeed, more than I took her for. 25 And on the wager lay two earthly women,
Lór. How every fool can play upon the word! And Portia one, there must be something else I think the best grace of wit will shortly turn into Pawn’d with the other; for the poor rude world silence; and discourse grow commendable in none Hath not her fellow. only but parrots.-Go in, sirrah; bid them pre Lor. Even such a husband pare for dinner.
[machs. 30 Hast thou of me, as she is for a wife. Laun. That is done, sir; they have all sto Jes. Nay, but ask my opinion too of that.
Lor. Goodly lord, what a wit-snapper are you! Lor. I will anon; first let us go to dinner. then bid them prepare dinner.
Jes. Nay, let me praise you, while I have a Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is the
135 Lor. No, pray thee, let it serve for table-talk; Lor. Will you cover then, sir?
Then, howsoe'er thou speak’st, 'mong other things Laun. Not so, sir, neither ; I know my duty. I shall digest it. Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion; wilt Jes. Well, I'll set you forth, [Exeunt,
SCEN E I.
To suffer, with a quietness of spirit,
The very tyranny and rage of his.
Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the court, Enter the Duke, the Senators; Anthonio, Bassa
Sal. Ile's ready at the door: he comes, my lord. nio, Gratiano, and others.
Enter Shylock. Duke. WHAT, is Anthonio here?
Duke. Make room, and let him stand before . Ready, so please your grace. [swer
our face.Duke. I am sorry for thee; thou art come to an Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too, A stuny adversary, an inhuinan wretch
That thou but leau'st this fashion of thy malice Uncapable of pity, void and empty
55To the last hour of act; and then, 'tis thought, From any dram of mercy.
Thou'lt shew thy mercy,and remorse more strange Anth. I have heard,
Than is thy strange apparent cruelty: Your grace hath ta'en great pains to qualify And, where thou now exact'st the penalty, His rigorous course; but since he stands obdurate, (Which is a pound of this poor merchant's tlesh) And that no lawful means can carry me 60 Thou wilt not only lose the forfeiture, Out of his envy's reach', I do
But, touch'd with human gentleness and love, My patience to his fury; and am arm'd
Forgive a moiety of the principal; ! Enty in this place means hatred or malice ? Where for whereas.