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Clamber not you up to the casements then,
From the four corners of the earth they come, To kiss this shrine, this mortal breathing saint. The Hyrcanian deserts, and the vasty wilds Of wide Arabia, are as through-fares now, For princes to come view fair Portia : The watery kingdom* whose ambitious head Spits in the face of heaven, is no bar To stop the foreign spirits; but they come, As o'er a brook, to see fair Portia.
The Parting of Friends.
I saw Bassanio and Antonio part:
And for the Jew's bond, which he hath of me,
* The ocean.
+ Do not slur over the business. Signs, marks.
And with affection wondrous sensible,
Honour should be conferred on Merit only.
For who shall go about
To cozen fortune, and be honourable
O, that estates, degrees, and offices,
Were not derived corruptly! and that clear honour
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 mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, 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 winter and summer, as a Christian is? if you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? revenge: If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? why, revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute: and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.
Shylock's Anguish at the loss of his Jewels.
Why there, there, there, there! a diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! The curse never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt it till now :-two thousand ducats in that; and other precious, precious jewels.I would, my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! 'would she were hears'd at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin! No news of them? Why, so:-and I know not what's spent in the search: Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge: nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my shoulders; no sighs, but o' my breathing; no tears, but o' my shedding.
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,
Even as the flourish when true subjects bow
The Deceit of Appearances.
The world is still deceiv'd with ornament.
To be the dowry of a second head,
What find I here?
Fair Portia's counterfeit? What demi-god
Hath come so near creation? Move these eyes?
I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak; I'll have my bond: and therefore speak no more. I'll not be made a soft and dull-eyed fool, To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield To Christian intercessors.
Shylock's Reason for Revenge.
You'll ask me, why I rather choose to have A weight of carrion flesh, than to receive Three thousand ducats: I'll not answer that: But, say, it is my humour; is it answer'd? What if my house be troubled with a rat, And I be pleased to give ten thousand ducats To have it baned?* What, are you answer'd yet?
The quality of mercy is not strain'd;