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Por. If to do were as easy as to know what were good Ner. How like you the young German, the duke of to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cot- Saxony's nephew? tages, princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows

Por. Very vilely in the morning, when he is sober ; his own instructions : I can easier teach twenty what and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is drunk: were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to fol. when he is best, he is a little worse than a man; and jow mine own teaching. The brain may devise laws when he is worst, he is little better than a beast: an for the blood; but a hot temper leaps over a cold de- the worse fall that ever fell, I hope, I shall make shift ene: such a hare is madness the youth, to skip o'er the to go without him. peshes of good counsel the cripple. But this reason- Ner. If he should offer to choose, and choose the right ing is not in the fashion to choose me a husband :-0 casket, you should refuse to perform your father's will, me, the word choose ! I may neither choose whom I you should refuse to accept him. would, nor refuse whom I dislike ; so is the will of a Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thec, set living daughter curb'd by the will of a dead father :- a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary casket : Is it not hand, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one, nor for, it' the devil be within, and that temptation without, refuse none?

I know he will choose it. I will do anything, Nerissa, Ner. Your father was ever virtuous ; and holy men, ere I will be married to a spunge. at their death, have good inspirations; therefore, the Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any of these lottery, that he hath devised in these three chests, of lords ; they have acquainted me with their determinagold, silver, and lead, (whereof who chooses his mean- tions : which is indeed, to return to their home, and to ing, chooses you,) will, no doubt, never be chosen by trouble you with no more suit; unless you may be won any rightly, but one who you shall rightly love. But by some other sort than your father's imposition, desbar warmth is there in your affection towards any of pending on the caskets. these princely suitors that are already come?

Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as Per. I pray thee, over-name them; and as thou nam- chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the manner of est them, I will describe them; and, according to my my father's will: I am glad this parcel of wooers are description, level at my affection.

so reasonable ; for there is not one among them but I Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince. dote on his very absence, and I pray God grant them

Per. Ay, that's a colt, indeed, for he doth nothing Il a fair departure. bat talk of his horse ; and he makes it a great appro- Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your father's priation to his own good parts, that he can shoe him time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, that came himself: I am much afraid, my lady his mother played hither in company of the Marquis of Montferrat? false with a smith.

Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I think, so was he Ner. Then, is there the county Palatine.

called. Por. He doth nothing but frown: as who should say, Ner. True, madam; he, of all the men that ever An if you would not have me, choose : He hears merry my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best deserving a tales, and siniles not: I fear, he will prove the weeping fair lady. philosopher when he grows old, being so full of unman- Por. I remember him well; and I remember hinn Derly sadness in his youth. I had rather be married to worthy of thy praise.--How now! what news? a deach's head with a bone in his mouth, than to either

Enter a Servant. of these. God defend me from these two!

Ser. The four strangers seek for you, madam, to Ner. How say you by the French lord, monsieur Le

take their leave: and there is a fore-runner come from Bon?

a fifth, the prince of Morocco; who brings word, the Per. God made him, and therefore let him pass for a nal. In truth, I know it is a sin to be a inocker; But, prince, his master, will be here to-night.

Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so good be! why, he hath a horse better than the Neapolitan's ; | heart as I can bid the other four farewell, I should be a better bad habit of frowning than the count Palatine : be is every man in no man: if a throstle sing, he falls glad of his approach: if he have the comlition of a

saint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he straight a capering; he will fence with his own shadow:

should shrive me than wive me. Come, Nerissa.--Sir• if I should marry him, I should marry twenty husbands;

rah, go before.Whiles we shut the gate upon one If he should despise me, I would forgive him; for if he

woer, another knocks at the door. [Exeunt. love me to madness, I shall never requite him.

Ber. What say you then to Faulconbridge, the young SCENE 111.-Venice. A publie Ploce, Enter Dasbarun of England?

sanio and Shylock. Por. You know, I say nothing to him ; for he un- Shy. 'Three thousand ducats --well. erstands not me, nor I him: he hath neither Latin, Bass. Ay, sir, for three months. French, vor Italian; and you will come into the court, Shy. For three months, -well. and swear, that I have a poor pennyworth in the Eng- Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be fisk. He is a proper man's picture ; But, alas! who can bound. converse with a dumb show? How oddly he is suited! I Siny. Antonio shall become bound, - well. think, he bought his doublet in Italy, his round hose in Buss. May you stend me? Will you pleasure me? France, his bonnet in Germany, and his behaviour Shall I know your answer? every where. .

Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Ner. What think you of the Scottish lord, his neigh

Antonio bound.

Base. Your answer to that. Per. That he hath a neighbourly charity in him ; Shy. Antonio is a good man. for he borrowed a box of the ear of the Englishman, Bass. Have you heard any imputation to the con and store he would pay him again, when he was able: | trary? I think, the Freiich man became his surety, and sealed Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no ;-my meaning, in saying he under for another.

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an argosy bound to 'Tripolis, another to the Indies; I And, in the doing of the deed of kind, understand moreover upon the Rialto, he hath a third He stuck them up before the fulsoine ewes ; at Mexico, a fourth for England, -and other ventures Who, then conceiving, did in caning time he hath, squander'd abroad : But ships are but boards, Fall party-colour'd lambs, and those were Jacob's sailors but men: there be land-rats, and water-rats, wa- This was a way to thrive, and he was blest; ter-thieves, and land-thieves ; I mean, pirates; and And thrift is blessing, if men steal it not. then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks : Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob servd for ; The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient ;-three chou- A thing not in his power to bring to pass, sand duca ts; I think, I may take his bond. But sway'd, and fashiond, by the hand of heaven, Bass. Be assured you may.

Was this inserted to make interest good ? Shy. I will be assured, I nay; and, that I may be Or is your gold and silver, ewes and rams? assured, I will bethink me: May I speak with Anto- Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast :nio?

But note me, signior. Bass. If it please you to dine with us.


Mark you this, Bassanio, Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the babitation The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. which your prophet, the Nazarite, conjured the devil An evil soul, producing holy witness, into : I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, Is like a villain with a smiling cheek; walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat A goodly apple rotten at the heart; with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What || 0, what a goodly outside falsehood hath! news on the Rialto ?-Who is he coines here?

Shy. Three thousand dueats,-'tis a good round Enter Antonio.

Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate. Bass. This is signior Antonio.

Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you? Shy. [ Aside.] How like a fawing publican he looks!

Shy. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft, I hate him for he is a Christian :

In the Rialto you have rated me But more, for that, in low simplicity,

About my monies, and my usances : He lends out money gratis, and brings down

Still have I borne it with a patient shrug; The rate of usance here with us in Venice.

For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe : If I can catch him once upon the hip,

You call me-misbeliever, cut-throat dog, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.

And spit upon my Jewish gabardine, He hates our sacred nation ; and he rails,

And all for use of that which is mine own. Even there where merchants most do congregate, Well then, it now appears, you need my help: On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift,

Go to then ; you come to me, and you say, Which he calls interest: Cursed be my tribe,

Shylock, we would have monies ; You say so; If I forgive him!

You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, Bass. Shylock, do you hear?

And foot me, as you spurn a stranger cur Shy. I am debating of my present store ;

Over your threshold; monics is your suit. And, by the near guess of my memory,

What should I say to you? Should I not say, I cannot instantly raise up the gross

Hath a dog money? is it possible, of full three thousand ducats: What of that?

A cur can lend three thousand ducats? or Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,

Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key, Will furnish me: But soft; How many months With 'bated breath, and whispering humblenes, Do you desire?-Rest yon fair, good signior;[To Ant.

Say this,Your worship was the last man in our mouths.

Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last ; Ant. Shyluck, albeit I neither lend nor borrow, Fou spurnd me such a day; another time By taking, nor by giving of excess,

You calld me-dog; and for these courtesies Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my friend,

I'll lend you thus' much monies. I'll break a custom :-Is he yet possessd,

Ant. I am as like to call thee so again, How much you would?

To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too. St.

Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not Ant. And for three months.

As to thy friends; (for when did friendship take
Shy. I had forgot,-three months, you told me so; A breed for barren metal of his friend ?)
Well then, your bond ; and, let me see, -But hear you; But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Methought, you said, you neither lend, nor borrow, Who if he break, thou may'st with better face
Upon advantage.

Exact the penalty.
I do never use it.


Why, look you, how you storm Shy. When Jacob graz’d his uncle Laban's sheep, I would be friends with you, and have your love, This Jacob from our holy Abraham was

Forget the shames that you liave stain'd me with, (As his wise mother wrought in his behalf)


your present wants, and take no doit The third possessor; ay, he was the third.

Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me: Ant. And what of him ? did he take interest ? This is kind I offer. Shy. No, not take interest ; not, as you would say, Ant.

This were kindness. Directly interest: mark what Jacob did.

Shy. This kindness will I show :
When Laban and himself were compromis'd,

Go with me to a notary, seal me there
That all the eanlings which were streak’d and pied, Your single bond ; and, in a merry sport,
Shorld fall as Jacob's hire; the ewes, being rank, If you repay me not on such a day,
In the end of autumn turned to the rams :

In such a place, such sum, or sums, as are
And when the work of generation was

Expressed in the condition, let the forfeit
Between these woolly breeders in the act,

Be nominated for an equal pound
The skilful shepberd peeld me certain wands, of your fair flesh, to be cut off and takes

In what part of your body pleaseth me.

Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she-bear
Ant. Content, in faith ; I'll seal to such a bond, Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey,
And say, there is much kindness in the Jew.

To win thee, lady: But, alas the while!
Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me. If Hercules, and Lichas, play at dice
I'll rather dwell in my necessity.

Which is the better man, the greater throw dut. Why, fear not, man ; I will not forfeit it:

May turn by fortune from the weaker band :
Within these two months, that's a month before So is Alcides beaten by his page;
This bond expires, I do expect return

And so may I, blind fortune leading me,
Of thrice three times the value of this bond.

Miss that which one unworthier may attain,
Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are ; And die with grieving.
Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect


You must take your chance ; The thoughts of others ! Pray you, tell me this; And either not attempt to choose at all, If he should break his day, what should I gain Or swear, before you choose --if you choose wrong, By the exaction of the forfeiture ?

Never to speak to lady afterward A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man,

In way of marriage ; therefore be advisd. Is not so estimable, profitable neither,

Mor. Nor will not ; come, bring me unto my chance. As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say,

Por. First, forward to the temple; after dinner To buy his favour, 1 extend this friendship :

Your hazard shall be made. If he will take it, so; if not, adieu ;


Good fortune then! (Cornets. And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not.

To make me bless d'st or cursed'st among men. Art. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.

[Exeunt. Shy. Then met me forthwith at the notary's; Give him direction for this merry bond,

SCENE II.--Venice. A Street. Erler Launcelot And I will go and purse the ducats straight;

Gobbo. See to my house, left in the fearful guard

Laun. Certainly my conscience will serve me to Of an unthrifty knave; and presently

run from this Jew, my master: the fiend is at mine I will be with you.

[Exit. Il elbow; and tempts me, saying to me, Gobba, LauncHie thee, gentle Jew.

lot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or good Gobbo, or good This Hebrew will turn Christian ; he grows kind.

Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs, take the start, run di Bass. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind.

way: My conseience says,-ng; take heed, honest Ant. Come on; in this there can be no dismay,

Launcelot; take heed, honest Gobbo; or, as aforesaid, My sisips come home a month before the day. [E.xe. honest Launcelot Gobbo; do not run; scorn running

with thy heels : Well, the most courageous fiend bids

me pack; via ! says the fiend; away! says the fiend, ACT II.

for the hearens; rouse up a brave mind, says the fiend, SCENE 1.-Belmont, A Room in Portia's House.

und run. Well, my conscience, hanging about the Flourish of cornets. Enter the Prince of Moroc

peck of my heart, says very wisely to me,-my honest 1, and his Train; Portia, Nerissa, and other of friend Launcelot, being an honest man's son,-or rathket Attendants.

er an honest woman's son ;-for, indeed, my father

did something smack, something grow to, he had a Morocco. BISLIKE me not for my complexion,

kind of taste ;-well, my couscience says, Launcelot, The shadow'd livery of the buruish'd sun,

budge not ; budge, says the fiend; budge not, says my

conscience : Conscience, say I, you counsel well; fiend, To whom I am a neighbour, and near bred.

say I, you counsel well: to be ruled by my conscience, Bring me the fairest creature northward bom, Whert Phaebus' fire scarce thaws the icicles,

I should stay with the Jew my master, who, (God And let us make incision for your love,

bless the mark !) is a kind of devil; and, to run away

from the Jew, I should be ruled by the fiend, who, sarTo prove whose blood is reddest, his, or mine. I tell thee, lady, this aspect of mine

ing your reverence, is the devil himself; Certainly, Hath feard the valiant; by my love, I swear,

the Jew is the very devil incarnation ; and, in my conThe best regarded virgins of our clime

science, my conscience is but a kind of hard conHave lord it too: I would not change this hue,

science, to offer to counsel me to stay with the Jew: Escept to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen.

The fiend gives the more friendly counsel : I will run, Per. In urns of choice I am not solely led

fiend; my heels are at your commandment, I will run. By nice direction of a maiden's eyes :

Enter old Gobbo, with a basket. Besides, the lottery of my destiny

Gob. Master, young man, you, I pray you, which Bars me the right of voluntary choosing:

is the way to master Jew's ? But, if my father had not scanted me,

Laun. (Aside.] O heavens, this is my true begotten And hedg'd me by his wit, to yield myself

fatuer! who, being more than sand-blind, high-gravel His wife, who wins me by that means, I told you, blind, knows me not: I will try conclusions with him. Tourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair,

Gob. Master, young gentleman, I pray you,

which As any comer I have look'd on yet,

is the way to master Jew's ? For my affection.

Laun. Turn up on your right hand, at the next Even for that I thank you;

turning, but, at the next turning of all, on your left; Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets, marry, at the very next turning, turn of no hand, but To try my fortune. By this scimitar,

turn down indirectly to the Jew's house. That slew the Sophy, and a Persian prince,

Gob. By God's sonties, 'twill be a hard way to hit. That won three fields of sultan Solyman,

-Can you tell me whether one Launcelot, that dwells I would out-start the sternest eyes that look,

with him, dwell with him, or no? Dut brave the heart most daring on the eartli,

Laun. Talk you of young master Launcelot?


-Talk you


Mark me now; [Aside.j now will I raise the waters : Laun. To him, father.

young master Launcelot?

Gol. God bless your worship! Gob. No master, sir, but a poor man's son; his fa- Bass. Gramercy ; Wouldst thou aught with me? ther, though I say it, is an honest exceeding poor man, Gob. Here's my son, sir, a poor boy,and, God be thanked, well to live.

Laun. Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew's man;" Laun. Well, let his father be what he will, we talk that would, sir, as my father shall specify of young master Launcelot.

Goh. He hath a great infection, sir, as one would Gob. Your worship's friend, and Launcelot, sir. say, to serve

Laun. But I pray you cryo, old man, ergo, I be- Laun. Indeed, the short and the long is, I serve the seech you ; Talk you of young inaster Launcelot? Jew, and I have a desire, as my father shall specify,

Gob. Of Launcelot, an't please your mastership. Gob. His master and he (saving your worship's rev.

Laun. Ergy, master Launcelot ; talk not of master erence) are scarce cater-cousins:Launcelot, father; for the young gentleman (accord- Laun. To be brief, the very truth is, that the Jew, ing to fates and destinies, and such odd sayings, the having done me wrong, doth cause me, as my father, sisters three, and such branches of learning) is, in- being I hope an old man, shall frutify unto you, deed, deceased ; or, as you would say, in plain terms, Gob. I have here a dish of doves, that I would be gone to heaven.

stow upon your worship; and my suit is,Gob. Marry, God forbid! the boy was the very staff Laun. In very brief, the suit is impertinent to my of my age, my very prop.

self, as your worship shall know by this honest old Laun. Do I look like a cudgel, or a hovel-post, a man; and, though I say it, though oid man, yet, poor staff, or a prop ?-Do you know me, father?

man, my father. Gob. Alack the day, I know you not, young gentle- Bass. One speak for both ;-What would you ? man: but, I pray you, tell me, is my boy (God Laun. Serve you, sir. his soul!) alive, or dead ?

Gob. This is the very defect of the matter, sir. Laun. Do you not know me, father?

Bass. I know thee well, thou hast obtain'd thy suit: Gob. Alack, sir, I am sand-blind, I know you not.

Shylock, thy master, spoke with me this day, Laun. Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you might And hath prefeit'd thee, if it be preferment, fuil of the knowing me: it is a wise father, that knows

To leave a rich Jew's service, to become his own child. Well, old man, I will tell you news of

The follower of so poor a gentleman. your son : Give me your blessing: truth will come to

Laun. The old proverb is very well parted between light; murder cannot be hid long, a man's son may;

my master Shylock and you, sir; you have the grace but, in the end, truih will out.

of God, sir, and he hath enough. Goh. Prny you, sir, stand up; I am sure, you are

Bass. Thou speak’st it well: Go, father, with thy not Launcelot, my boy.

son :- Take leave of thy old master, and inquire Laun. Pray you, let's have no more fooling about

My lodging out:-Give him a livery [To his followers. it, but give me your blessing; I am Launcelo,, yonr

More guarded than his fellows: See it done. boy that was, your son that is, your child that shall be.

Loun. Father, in :-I cannot get a service, no;-I Gob. I cannot think, you are my son.

have ne'er a tongue

in my head.-Well; [Looking on Laun. I know not what I shall think of that: but I

his palm.] if any man in Italy have a fairer table am Launcelot, the Jew's man; and, I am sure, Mar.

which doth offer to swear upon a book.-I shall have gery, your wife, is my mother.

good fortune: Go to, here's a simple line of life! here's Gob. Her name is Margery, indeed: I'll be sworn

a small trifle of wives: Alas, fifteren wives is nothing ; if thou be Launcelot, thon art mine own flesh and

eleven widows, and nine maids, is a simple coming-in blood. Lord worshipp'd might he be! what a beard

for one man: and then to 'scape drowning thrice; and hast thou got! thou hast got more hair on thy chin,

to be in peril of my life with the edge of a feather-beul; than Dobbin my thill-horse las on bis tail.

-here are simple 'scapes! Well, if fortune be a woLaun. It should seem then, that Dubbin's tail grows

man, she's a good wench for this gear.-Father, come; backward ; I am sure he had more hair on his tail,

I'll take my leave of the Jew in the twinkling of an than I have on my face, when I last saw him.


[Exeunt Laun, and old Gob. Gob. Lord, how art thou chang'd! How dost thou

Bass. I pray thee, good Leonardo, think on this; and thy master agree? I have brought him a present;

These things being bought, and orlerly bestow'd, How 'gree you now?

Return in haste, for I do feast to-night Laun. Well, well; but, for mine own part, as I

My bestesteem'd acquaintance; hie thee, go. have set up my rest to run away, so I will not rest till

Leon. My best endeavours shall be done herein. I have run some ground: my master's a very Jew;

Enter Gratiano. Give him a present! give him a halter: I am famish'd in his service; you may tell every finger I have Gra. Where is


master? with my ribs. Father, I am glad you are come; give Lcon. Yonder, sir, he walks.

[Exit Leon ine your present to one master Bassanio, who, indeed, Gra. Signior Bassanio,gives rare new liveries; if I serve not him, I will Bass. Gratiano! yun as far as God has any ground.- rare fortune! Gra. I have a suit to you, here comes the man !--to him, father'; for I am a Jew, Bass. You have obtain'd it. if I serve the Jew any longer.

Gra. You must not deny me; I must go with you

to Belmont. Enter Bassanio, with Leonardo, and other followers.

Bass. Why, then you must ;-But hear thee, Gia Bass. You may do so ;-but let it be so hasted, that

tiano ; supper le really at the farthest by five of the clock : Thou art too wild, too rude, and bold of voice ;See these letters deliver'd ; put the liveries to making ; Parts, that become thee happily enough, and desire Gratiano to come anon to my bowlging. And in such eyes as ours appear not faults ;

[E.rit a Servant. But where thou art Dot known, why, there they show

Something too liberal ;-pray thee, take pain

Laun. Marry, sir, to bid my old master the Jew to To allay with some cold drops of modesty

sup to-night with my new master the Christian. Thy skipping spirit ; lest, through thy wild behaviour, Lor. Hold here, take this :--tell gentle Jessica, I he misconstrued in the place I go to,

I will not fail her ;-speak it privately; go. And lose my hopes.


[Exit Laun. Gra.

Signior Bassanio, hear me: Will you prepare you for this masque to-night? If I do not put on a sober habit,

I am provided of a torch-bearer. Talk with respeet, and swear but now and then, Salar. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight. Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely; Salan. And so will I. Say more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes


Meet me, and Gratiano, Thus with my hat, and sigh, and say, amen;

At Gratiano's lodging some hour hence. Use all the observance of eivility,

Salar. 'Tis good we do so. [Exeunt Sal. and Sala. Like one well studied in a sad ostent

Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica? To please his grandam, never trust me more.

Lor. I must needs tell thee all : She hath directed, Bass. Well, we shall see your bearing.

How I shall take her from her father's house;
Gra. Nay, but I bar to-night ; you shall not gage me What gold, and jewels, she is furnish'd with ;
By what we do to-night.

What page's suit she hath in readiness.
No, that were pity;

If e'er the Jew her father come to heaven,
I would entreat you rather to put on

It will be for his gentle daughter's sake :
Your boldest suit of mirth, for we have friends And never dare misfortune cross her foot
That purpose merriment: But fare you well, Unless she do it under this excuse, -
I have some business.

That she is issue to a faithless Jew.
Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest ;

Come, go with me; peruse this, as thou goest : But we will visit you at supper-time. [E reunt. Fair Jessica shall be my toreh-bearer. [Ereunt. SCENE III.-The same. A Room in Shylock's House. SCENE 1.-The same. Before Shylock's House. Enter Jessica and Launcelot.

Enter Shylock and Launcelot. Jes. I am sorry, thou wilt leave my father so; Shy. Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be thy judge Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil,

The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio :Didst robit of some taste of tediousness :

What, Jessica !--thou shalt not gormandize, But fare thee well; there is a ducat for thee.

As thou hast done with me ;-What, Jessica ! And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out ;Lorenzo, who is thy new master's guest :

Why, Jessica, I say! Give him this letter ; do it secretly,

Laun. Why, Jessica ! And so farewell; I would not have my father

Shy. Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call. Ser me talk with thee.

Laun. Your worship was wont to tell me, I could Lom. Adieu !-tears exhibit my tongue

do nothing without bidding. Most beautiful Pagan,-most sweet Jew!-If a Christ

Enter Jessica. ian do not play the knave, and get thee, I am much deprived: but, adieu! these foolish drops do someu hat

Jes. Call you? What is your will? down my manly spirit; adieu !


Shy. I at bid forth to supper, Jessica ; Jes. Farewell, good Launcelot.

There are my keys:-But wherefore should I go? Alack, what heinous sin is it in me,

I am not bid for love; they flatter me: To be ashard to be my father's child !

But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon Bat though I am a daughter to his blood,

The prodigal Christian.-Jessica, my girl, I am not to his manners: O Lorenzo,

Look to my house :-I am right loath to go ; If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife;

There is some ill a brewing towards my rest, Besome a Christian, and thy loving wife. [Exit.

For I did dream of money.bags to-night.

Laun. I beseech you, sir, go ; my young master SCENE IY-The same. A Street. Enter Gratiano,

doth expect your reproach. Lorenzo, Salarino, and Salanio.

Shy. So do I his. Lør. Nay, we will slink away in supper-time; Laun. And they have conspired together, -I will Disguise us at my lodging, and return

not say, you shall see a masque ; but it you do, then All in an hour.

it was not for nothing that my nose fell a bleeding on Gra. We have not made good preparation. Black-Monday last, at six o'clock i' the morning, fallSalat. We have not spoke us yet of torch-bearers. ing out that year on Ash-Wednesday was four year in Salan. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd ; the afternoon. And better, in my mind, not undertook.

Shy. What! are there masques ? Hear you me, JesLor. 'Tis now but four a-clock; we have two hours sica: To furnish us:

Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum, Enter Launcelot, with a letter.

And the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd life, Friend Launcelot, what's the news?

Clamber not you up to the casements then, Lmzn. An it shall please you to break up this, it Nor thrust your head into the public street, shall seem to signify.

To gaze on Christian fools with varnishid faces : Ler. I know the hand: in faith, 'tis a fair hand; But stop my house's ears, I mean my casements; And whiter than the paper it writ on,

Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter
Is the fair hand that writ.

My sober house.-By Jacob's staff, I swear,
Love-news, in faith.

I have no mind of feasting forth tonight : laun. By your leave, sir.

But I will go.-Go you before me, sirrah ; Ler.

Whither goest thou? Say, I will come.


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