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when the Cambria came in sight, and her boats were heaved into the ruddy glare of the burning ship, hope grew fierce in its doubtfulness; till at last they stood on the deck of the friendly vessel, and, looking back on their short but fearful track, they saw the majestic bark, which had passed over the waters like a conqueror, become a mighty pillar of fire in the vast desert of the ocean.
Come, walk with me, where, o'er the dewy lawn,
With river mists o'ershadow'd, hushid and still,
Soon shalt thou hear, fair moon, a blither greeting
with dying fall the notes among, Will echo's airy tones the melody prolong.
In the deep stillness of the moonlight grove,
And fays, beneath the drooping violet,
And moth-wing scarf, and fern-seed coronet,
Roll on, thou pure and lovely orb! roll on,
And thy pale beams through ivied casement play, Where patient maiden's cheek in vigils wastes away.
The mourner loves thee; for thy quiet light
Thrill?d with thy loveliness, when all is gone
How sweetly, by the margin of the lake,
In evening's lingering glimmer, pale and few,
In the green covert of some leafy bay,
Had wander'd from the music of the sky,
SHYLOCK, BASSANIO, AND ANTONIO.
Shy. Three thousand ducats,—well?
Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.
Shy. Antonio shall become bound-well?
Bass. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? shall I know your answer?
Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Antonio bound.
Bass. Your answer to that.
Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no;—my meaning, in saying he is a good man, is to have you to understand me, that he is sufficient: yet his means are in supposition: he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand moreover upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England;—and other ventures he hath, squandered abroad. But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land-rats, and water-rats, land-thieves, and water-thieves-I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds,
and rocks! The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient:-three thousand ducats;— I think I may take his bond.
Bass. Be assured you may.
Shy. I will be assured I may; and, that I may be assured, I will bethink me: May I speak with Antonio?
Bass. If it please you to dine with us?
Shy. Yes, to smell pork—to eat of the habitation which your prophet, the Nazarite, conjured the devil into! I will buy with
sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on the Rialto ?- Who is he comes here?
Shy. How like a fawning publican he looks!
desire?--Rest you fair, good signior; [To Ant. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. Ant. And for three months.
Shy. I had forgot,—three months, you told me so. Well then, your bond; and, let me see,—But hear you; Methought you said, you neither lend nor borrow Upon advantage? Ant.
I do never use it. Shy. When Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's sheep,This Jacob from our holy Abraham was (As his wise mother wrought in his behalf) The third possessor; ay, he was the third.
Ant. And what of him? did he take interest?
Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would say, Directly interest. Mark what Jacob did: When Laban and himself were compromised, That all the eanlings which were streak’ and pied Should fall to Jacob's hire, The skilful shepherd peeld him certain wands, And, in the doing of the deed of kind, He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes, Who, then conceiving, did in eaning time Fall party-colour'd lambs, and those were Jacob's. This was a way to thrive, and he was bless’d; And thrift is blessing, if men steal it not.
Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob served forA thing not in his power to bring to pass, But sway'd and fashion’d by the hand of heaven. Was this inserted to make interest good ? Or, is your gold and silver ewes and rams?
Shy. I cannot tell: I make it breed as fast.