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Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio? |And know how well I have deserv'd this ring,
(Exeunt Portia and Nerissa. I am content, so he will let me have
Ant. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring ; The other half in use, --to render it,
Let his deservings, and my love withal, Upon his death, unto the gentleman,
Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandment ! That lately stole his daughter :
Bass, Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Two things provided more,--that, for this favour, Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou can'st, He presently become a Christian ;
Unto Antonio's house:-away, make haste! The other, that he do record a gift,
[Exit Gratiano. Here in the court, of all he dies possessid,
Come, you and I will thither presently ;,
And in the morning early will we both
Enter Portia and Nenissa.
Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed,
And be a day before our husbands home :
This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.
[Exit Shylock. Hath sent you here this ring; and doth entreat
This ring I do accept most thankfully,
And so, I pray you, tell him: furthermore, Duke. I am sorry, that your leisure serves you not.- I pray you show my youth old Shylock's house. Antonio, gratify this gentleman;
Gra. That will I do. For, in my mind, you are much bound to him. Ner. Sir, I would speak with you :(Exeunt Duke, Magnificoes, and Train. I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,
(To Portia. Bass. Most worthy gentlemen, I and my friend Which I did make him swear to keep for ever. Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Por. Thou may’st, I warrant; we shall have old Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof,
swearing, Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew,
That they did give the rings away to men ;
Away, make haste; thou know'st, where I will tarry. In love and service to you evermore.
Ner. Come, good sir, will you show me to this house? Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfied;
(Exeunt. And I, delivering you, am satisfied, And therein do account myself well paid ; My mind was never yet more mercenary:
А ст .V. I pray you, know me, when we meet again;
SCENE I.--Belmont. Avenue to Portia's house. I wish you well, and so I take my leave.
Enter LORENZO and Jessica. Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further: Lor. The moon shines bright. - In such a night as Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute,
And they did make no noise; in such a night,
Jes. In such a night,
Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrip the dew;
And ran dismay'd away.
Lor. In such a night,
Stood Dido with a willow in her hand
To come again to Carthage.
Jes. In such a night,
Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs,
That did renew old Aeson.
Lor. In such a night,
Jes. And in such a night,
And ne'er a true one.
Lor. And in such a night,
But music for the time doth change his nature.
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds,
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus :
Let no such man be trusted !-- Mark the music!
Enter Portia and Nerissa, at a distance. Lor. A friend? what friend? your name I pray you, Por. That light, we see, is burning in my hall. friend?
How far that little candle throws his beams!
Ner. When the moon shone, we did not see the
Por. So doth the greater glory dim the less :
A substitute shines brightly as a king,
Until a king beby; and then his state
Into the main of waters. Music! hark !
Por. Nothing is good, I see, without respect;
Methinks, it sounds much sweeter than by day.
Ner. Silence bestows that virtue on it, madam.
Por. The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark,
When neither is attended; and, I think,
The nightingale, if she should sing by day,
When every goose is cackling, would be thought
How many things by season season'd are
To their right praise, and true perfection!
Peace, hoa! the moon sleeps with Endymion,
And would not be awak'd!
[Music ceases. Laun. Tell him, there's a post come from my master, Lor. That is the voice, with his horn full of good news;my master will be here Or I am much deceiv'd, of Portia. ere morning.
[Exit. Por. He knows me, as the blind man kuows the
By the bad voice.
Lor. Dear lady, welcome home.
Por. We have been praying for our husbands'
welfare, And bring your music forth into the air,
Which speed, we hope, the better for our words.
(Exit Stephano. Are they return’d?
Por. Goin, Nerissa,
No note at all of our being absent hence;-
[A tucket sounds. Still quiring to the young-ey'd cherubins :
Lor. Your husband is at hand, I hear his trumpet :
Weare no tell-tales, madam; fear you not!
Por. This night, methinks, is but the day-light sick,
It looks a little paler; 'tis a day,
Such as the day is when the sun is hid.
Enter BassaniO, ANTONIO, Gratiano, and their Fol-
lowers. And draw her home with music!
Bass. We should hold day with the Antipodes, Jes. I am never merry, when I hear sweet music. If you would walk in absence of the sun.
[Music. Por. Let me give light, but let menot be light;
And never be Bassanio so for me;
But God sort all!-You are welcome home, my lord.
To whom I am so infinitely bound.
For, as I hear, he was much bound for you.
Therefore I scant this breathing courtesy.
No woman had it, but a civil doctor,
And suffer'd him to godispleas'd away ;
Even he that had held up the very life
Ofmy dear friend. What should I say, sweet lady?
I was beset with shame and courtesy;
My honour would not let ingratitude For all the world, like cutler's poetry
So much besmear it! Pardon me, good lady;
For, by these blessed candles of the night,
Thering of'me to give the worthy doctor.
I'll not deny him any thing I have,
Know him I shall, I am well sure of it:
Lie not a night from home; watch me like Argus:
Now, by mine honour, which is yet mine own,
I'll have that doctor for my bedfellow. A prating boy, that begg’d it as a fee;
Ner. And I his clerk; therefore be well advised,
How you do leave me to mine own protection.
Por. Sir, grieve not you ; you are welcome notwith-
standing Never to part with it; and here he stands:
Bass. Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong;
I swear to thee, even by thine own fair eyes,
In both my eyes he doubly sees himself:
Bass. Nay, bat hear me:
I never more will break an oath with thee.
[To Portia. Por. What ring gave you, my lord ?
Had quite miscarried : Idare be bound again, Not that, I hope, which you receiv'd of me.
My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord Bass. If I could add a lie unto a fault,
Will never more break faith advisedly. I would deny it; but you see, my finger
Por. Then you shall be his surety. Give him this, Hath not the ring upon it; it is gone.
And bid him keep it better than the other : Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. Ant. Here, lord Bassanio, swear to keep this ring! By heaven, I will ne'es come in your bed,
Bass. By heaven, it is the same I gavethe doctor! Until I see thering.
Por. I had it of him : pardon me, Bassanio; Ner. Nor Iin yours,
For by this ring the doctor lay with me. Till I again see mine.
Ner. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano; Bass. Sweet Portia,
For that same scrubbed boy, the doctor's clerk, If you did know, to whom I gave the ring,
In lieu of this, last night did lie with me.
Gra. Why, thisis like the mending of high-ways
What! are we cuckolds, ere we have deserv'd it?
Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring, It comes from Padua, from Bellario :
There you shall find, that Portia was the doctor;
Nerissa there, her clerk: Lorenzo here You would not then have parted with the ring. Shall witness, I set forth as soon as you, What man is there so much unreasonable,
And but even now return'd; I have not yet If you had pleas'd to have defended it
Enter'd'my house. ---Antonio, you are welcome; With any terms of zeal, wanted the modesty
And I have better news in store for you, Tourge the thing held as a ceremony?
Than you expect : unseal this letter soon; Nerissa teaches me what to believe;
There you shall find, three of your argosies l'll die for't but some woman had the ring.
Are richly come to harbour suddenly:
I chanced on this letter.
1 After his death, of all he dies possess'd of.
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
Of these events at full. Let us go in;
And we will answer all things faithfully.
That my Nerissa shall be sworn on, is,
Whether till the next night she had rather stay;
Or go to bed now, being two hours to day:
Well, while I live, I'll fear no other thing
So sore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring. Exeunt.
Duke, living in exile.
Touchstone, a clown.
William, a country fellow, in love with Audrey.
Rosalind, daughter to the banished Duke.
Celia, daughter to Frederick.
Prebe, a shepherdess.
AUDREY, a country wench.
Lords belonging to the two Dukes; Pages, Fores-
ters, and other Attendants. The scene lies, first, near Oliver's house; afterwards, partly in the Usurper's court,
and partly in the Forest of Arden.
Adam. Yonder comes my master, your brother.
Orl. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear, how he
will shake me up:
thousand crowns; Orl. Nothing: I am not taught to make any thing. and, as thoa say'st, charged my brother, on his bless- Oli. What mar you then, sir? ing, to breed me well: and there begins my sadness. Orl. Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that which My brother Jaques he keeps at school, and report God made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, with speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps idleness. me rastically at home, or, to speak more properly, oli. Marry, sir, be better employed, and be nought stays me here at home unkept; for call you that awhile! keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that differs not Orl. Shall I keep your hogs, and eat husks with them? from the stalling of an ox? His horses are bred better; What prodigal portion have I spent, that I should for, besides that they are fair with their feeding, they come to such penury? are taught their manage, and to that end riders dearly| Oli. Know you, where you are, sir? hired : but I, his brother, gain nothing under him but Orl. 0, sir, very well: here in your orchard. growth; for the which his animals on his dunghills are Oli. Know you, before whom, sir? as much bound to him as I. Besides this nothing, that Orl. Ay, better than he I am before, knows me. I he so plentifully gives me, the something, that nature know, you are my eldest brother; and, in the gentle gave me, his countenance seems to take from me: he condition of blood, you should so know me. The lets me feed with his hinds, bars me the place of a bro-courtesy of nations allows you my better, in that you ther, and, as much as in him lies, mines my gentility are the first born; but the same tradition takes not with my education. This it is, Adam, that grieves me : away my blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt us: and the spirit of my father, which I think is within me, I have as much of my father in me, as yon : albeit, I begins to mutiny against this servitude: I will no long- confess, your coming before me is nearer to his reveer endnre it, though yet I know no wise remedy, how rence. to avoid it.
oli. What, boy!
you, leave me!
Orl, Come, come, elder brother, you are too young tion to come in disguis’d against me to try a fall. To
Cel. M. in this.
morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit; and he that but love Oli. Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain?
escapes me without some broken limb,shall acquit him i sport Orl. I am no villain : I am the youngest son of sir well. Your brother is but young, and tender; and, Rowland de Bois; he was my father; and he is thrice for your love, I would be loth to foil him, as I must,
Ros. 11 a villain, that says such a father begot villains. Wert for my own honour, if he come in: therefore, ont of
Cel. Le thou not my brother, I would not take this hand from my love to you, I came hither to acquaint you withal; thy throat, till this other had pulled out thy tongue that either you might stay him from his intendment, for saying so; thou hast railed on thyself. or brook such disgrace well as he shall run into; in
Res. 1 Adam. Sweet masters, be patient; for your father's that it is a thing of his own search, and altogether remembrance, be at accord!
against my will. Oli. Let me go, I say !
Oli. Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me, which . Orl. I will not, till í please: you shall hear me. My thou shalt find I will most kindly requite. I had myfather charged you in his will to give me good educa- self notice of my brother's purpose herein, and have tion: you have trained me like a peasant, obscuring by underhand means laboured to dissuade him fromit; and hiding from me all gentleman-like qualities: the but he is resolute. I'll tell thee, Charles, it is the spirit of my father grows strong in me, and I will no stubbornest young fellow of France; full of ambition, longer endure it: therefore allow me such exercises an envious emulator of every man's good parts, a seas may become a gentleman, or give me the poor allot- cret and villainous contriver against me, his natural tery my father left me by testament; with that I will brother; therefore use thy discretion; I had aslief thou go buy my fortunes.
didst break his neck as his finger, and thou wert best Oli. And what wilt thou do? beg, when that is spent? look to't; for if thou dost him any slight disgrace, or Well, sir, get you in: I will not long be troubled with if he do not mightily grace himself on thee, he will you: you shall have some part of your will: I pray practise against thee by poison, entrap thee by some
treacherous device, and never leave thee, till he hath Orl. I will no further offend you than becomes me ta’en thy life by some indirect means or other: for,
Cel. E for my good.
I assure thee, and almost with tears I speak it, there is Oli. Get you with him, you old dog!
not one so young and so villainous this day living. 1 Adam. Is old dog my reward? Most true, I have speak but brotherly of him; but should I anatomize lost my teeth in your service.—God be with my old him to thee as he is, I must blush and weep, and thou master! he would not have spoke such a word. must look pale and wonder.
rand (Exeunt Orlando and Adam. Cha. I am heartily glad, I came hither to you: if
TOL Oli. Is it even so? begin you to grow upon me? I he come to-morrow, I'll give him his payment. If ever
Cel will physic your rankness, and yet give no thousand he go alone again, I'll never wrestle for prize more: To crowns neither. Holla, Dennis!
and so, God keep your worship!
for Enter DENNIS. Oli. Farewell, good Charles !-Now will I stir this
R Den. Calls your worship? gamester: I hope, I shall see an end of him; for my
TE Oli. Was not Charles, the duke's wrestler, here to soul, yet I know not why, hates nothing more than he.
the speak with me?
Yet he's gentle; never school'd, and yet learned; full Den. So please you, he is here at the door, and im- of noble device; of all sorts enchantingly beloved;
cake and, indeed, so much in the heart of the world, and portunes access to you. Oli. Call him in. (Exit Dennis.]—'Twill be a good especially of my own people, who best know him, that
le way; and to-morrow the wrestling is.
I am altogether misprised: but it shall not be so long;
TO Cha. Good morrow to your worship.
(Exit. Oli, Good monsieur Charles !--what's the new news at the new court?
SCENE II.- A lawn before the Duke's palace. Cha. There's no news at the court, sir, but the old
Enter Rosalind and Celia. news : that is, the old duke is banished by his younger Cel. I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be merry! brother the new duke; and three or four loving lords Ros. Dear Celia, I show more mirth, than I am mishave put themselves into voluntary exile with him, tress of; and would you yet I were merrier? Unless whose lands and revenues enrich the new duke; there you could teach me to forget a banished father, yon fore he gives them good leave to wander.
must not learn me how to remember any extraordinary Oli. Can you tell, if Rosalind, the duke's daughter, pleasure. be banished with her father?
Cel. Herein, I see, thou lovest me not with the full Cha. 0, no; for the duke's daughter, her cousin, so weight, that I love thee:if my uncle,thy banished father, loves her,-being ever from their cradles bred toge- had banished thy uncle, the duke my father, so thou ther,--that she would have followed her exile, or have hadst been still with me, I could have taught my love died to stay behind her. She is at the court, and no to take thy father for mine; so would'st thou, if the less beloved of her uncle, than his own daughter ; and truth of thy love to me were so righteously temper’d, never two ladies loved as they do.
as mine is to thee. Oli. Where will the old duke live?
Ros. Well, I will forget the condition of my estate, Cha. They say, he is already in the forest of Arden, to rejoice in your's. and a many merry men with him; and there they live Cel. You know, my father hath no child but I, nor like the old Robin Hood of England: they say, many none is like to have; and, truly, when he dies, thou young gentlemen flock to him every day; and fleet the shalt be his heir: for what he hath taken
away time carelessly, as they did in the golden world. thy father perforce, I will render thee again in affe
Oli. What, you wrestle to-morrow before the new etion; by mine honour, I will; and when I break that duke?
oath, let me tarn monster: therefore, my sweet Rose, Cha. Marry, do I, sir; and I came to acquaint you my dear Rose, be merry! with a matter. I am given, sir, secretly to understand, Řos. From henceforth I will, coz, and devise sports : that your younger brother, Orlando, hath a disposi- let me see, what think you of falling in love?