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I am sent, with broom, before,
To sweep the dust behind the door. Enter King and Queen of Fairies, with their Train. 06. Through this house give glimmering light,
By the dead and drowsy fire :
Hop as light as bird from brier ;
Sing and dance it trippingly.
To each word a warbling note,
Despised in nativity,
Trip away ;
Make no stay ; Meet me all by break of day.
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Tram Puck. If we shadows bave offended,
Think but ibis, (and all is mended)
bave but slumber'd bere,
Song and Dance.
Through this house each fairy stray.
lj. e. portentous.
2 j. e. take his way.,
Derz of Price
LAUNCELOT, a Clown, Servant to the Jew. Paisce of Morocco.
GOBBO, Farber to Launcelot. Paixce of Arragon.
SALERIO, a Mellinger from Venice. ANTHONIO, the Merchant of Venice.
LEONARDO, Servant to Bafanio. Bassasio, bis Friend.
Servants to Portia.
PORTIA, an Heiress.
Nerissa, Waiting-maid to Porria. Svrlock, a Jew.
JESSICA, Daughter 1a Shylock.
Senators of Venice, Officers, Jailer, Servants, and other Attendants.
SCE NE .
Sal. My wind, cooling my broth,
Would blow me to an ague, when I thought
What harm a wind too great might do at sea.
It wearies me; you say it wearies you ; | And see my wealthy Andrew 2 dock'd in fand,
To kiss her burial. Should I go to church,
And see the holy edifice of stone,
Which touching but my gentle vessel's side,
, where your argofies' with portly fail, Enrobe the roaring waters with my filks ; Lke igniors and rich burghers on the flood, And, in a word, but even now worth this, Os as it were the pageants of the sea,
And now worth nothing Shall I have the thought
To think on this ; and Thall I lack the thought,
. Believe me, sır, had I fuch ventures forth, Is fad to think upon his merchandize. [it, The better part of my affections would
Anib. Believe me, no : I thank my fortune for
Sala. Why then you are in love?
Anth. Fie, fie !
Ships, So named from Ragusa. 2 The name of the ship. 3 To vail, means to put off the hat, to she fails to give figa of fubmifon.
Sal. Nor in love neither! Then let's say, you, That therefore only are reputed wise, are sad,
For saying nothing; who, I am very fure, [cars, Recause you are not merry: and 'twero as easy If they should speak, would almost danın those For you, to laugh, and lear, and say, you are merry, Which, hearing them, would call their brothers Because you are not sad. Now, hy tu'o-headed Janus, I'll tell thee more of this another time : [tools. Nature hath fram'd strange fellows in her time: But fish not with this melancholy bait, Some that will evermore peep through their eyes, For this fool's gudgeon, this opinion.And laugh, like parrots, at a bag-piper ; Come, good Lorenzo :-Fare ye well, a wlule ; And other of such vinegar aspect,
I'll end my exhortation after dinner 3. (tinie. That they'll not new their teeth in way of smile, Lor. Well, we will leave you then till dinnerTrough Nestor swear the jelt be laughable. I must be one of these fame dumb wise men,
Enter Basanio, Lorenzo, and Gratian.. For Gratiano never lets me speak. Sud. Here comes Bahanio, your most noble Gra. Weil, keep me company but two years Gratiano, and Lorenzo : fare you well; [kinsman,
(tongue. We leave you now with better company.
Thou shalt not know the sound of thine own Sala. I would have staid till I had made you merry, 'rinib. Fare well ; I'll grow a talker for this If worthier friends had not prevented me.
[mendable in:h. Your worth is very dear in my regard. Gra. Thanks, i'faith; for silence is only comI take it, your own business calls on you, In a neat's tongue dry'd, and a maid not vendible. And you embrace the occafion to depart.
[Exeunt Gra. and Lor.' Sal. Good morrow, my good lords.
Anth, Is that any thing now? Bal. Good signiors both, when thall we laugh: Bat. Gi ariano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, say, when ?
more than any man in all Venice: His reasons You grow exceeding strange ; Muft it be fo: are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of Sal. We'll make our leisures to attend on yours. chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them ;
[ F xeral Sal. and Sala. and, when you have them, they are not worth Lor. My lord Bassanio, tince you have found the search. Anthonio,
Anths. Well; tell me now, what lady is the fame, We two will leave you ; but at dianer-time, To whom you twore a secret pilgrimage, I pray you, have in inind where we must meet. That you to-day promis'd to tell me of ? Bal. I will not fail yoli.
Bull. "Tis not unknown to you, Anthonio, Gra. You look not well, fignior Anthonio ; How much I have disabled mine estate, You have too much respect upon the world : By something shewing a more swelling port They lose it, that do buy it with much care. Than my faint means would grant continuance : Believe me, you are marvellously chang’d. Nor do I now make moan to be abridg'd
Anth. I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; From such a noble rate ; but my chief care A Nage, where every mal muít play a part, Is, to come fairly off from the great debts, And mine a sad one.
Wherein my time, something too prodigal, Gra. Let me play the fool! :
Hath left me gag d : To you, Anthonio, With muth and Laughter let old wrinkles come; lowe the most, in money, and in love ; And let my liver rather heat wiih wine,
And from your love I have a warranty Than my heart cool with mortifying groans. To unburthen all my plots, and purposes, Why should a man, whose blood is warın within, How to get clear of all the debts lowe. Sit like his grandfre cut in alabaiter?
onth. I pray you, goud Bassanio, let me know it; Sleep.when he wakes and creep into the jaundice And, if it stand, as you yourself Atill do, By buing peevith. I tell thee wiit, Anthonio,-- Within the eye of bonour, be assud, I love thee, and it is my love that speaks ; My purie, my person, my extremeft means, There are a fort of men whose viiages
Lye all unlock'd to your occasions. Thaft, Do cream and mantle, like a standing pond; Bu]. In my school-days, when I had lost one And do a wiful Italiness entertain,
I shot his fellow of the ielf-lame flight With purpoie to be drest in an opinion
The self-fame way, with more advised watch, Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit;
To find the other forth; and by advent'ring both, As who shouki fay, “ I am Sir Oracle,
I oft found boch: I urge this childhood proof, “. Ard when I ope my lips, let no dog bark !" Because what follows is pure innocence. de my Anthonio, I do know of these,
I owe you much; and, like a wilful youth,
1 This alludes to the common comparison of human life to a stage-play. So that he desires his may be the tool's or butioon's part, which was a constant character in the old farcos; from whence came the phiale, to play the jool. ? Our author's meaning is, that some people are thought wife whiift they keep filence ; who, when they open their mouths, are such tłupid praters, that the hearers cannoi help calling them fools, and fu incur the judgment denounced in the gospel. 3 The humour of this contids in its being an allusion to the practice of the puritan preachers of those times; who being nerally very long and tedious, were often forced to put off that part of their sermon called the cão hortation, tilt after dinner,
T!which I owe is oft: but if you please |hlood; but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree : To thoot assother arrow that self way
such a hare is madness the youth, to skip o'er the Which you did thout the fift, I do not doubt, methes of goodi counsel the cripple. But this reaAs I will winch the aim, or to tind both,
soning is not in the fashion to chuse me a husband : Or bring your latter hazını back ag.17,
|--O me, the word chuse! I may neither chule And thankfully reft derfor for the fuit. [time, whom I would, nor refuse whom I dinike; fo is
Aztb. You know me well; and herein spend but the will of a living daughter curb'd by the will of
Ner. Your father was ever virtuous"; and holy Tha it you had made waste of all I have : men, at their death, have good inspirations; there. Then do but say to me what I flicu!! do,
fore, the lottery, that he bath deviled in these three T* in your knowledge my by me be done, chetts, of gold, silver, and lead, (whereof who chufes Aral am I preft' unto it: therefore speak. his meaning, chufes you) will, no doubt, never be Buil. In Bełment is a lady richly left,
chosen by any rightly, but one who you thall rightly Arithe is fair, and, fairer than that word, love. But what tvärmth is there in your affection Of wondrous virtues : fometimes 2 from her eyes towards any of these princely suitur's that are al I did receive frir (peechless me lages : :
ready come Her name is Pertia; nothing undervalu'd
Por. I pray thce, over-name them ; and, as thou To Ceo's daughter, Brutus' Portia.
nam'st them, I will describe them; and, according Nor is the wide world ignorant of her worth; to my description, level at my affection. Forte four winds blow in from every coast
Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince. Resowned suitors : and her funny locks
-Por. Ay, that's a colt 3, indeed, for he doth noe Ag on her temple like a golden Acece; thing but talk of his horse; and he makes it a great Wich makes her seat of Belmon:, Colchos' ftrand, appropriation to his own good parts, that he can Animny Jaions come in quest of her.
hoe him himself: I am much afraid my lady his O my Anthonio, had I but the means
mother play'd false with a smith. *To ha rival place with one of them,
Ner. Then, there is the County Palatine. I has ea mind preisges me such thrift,
Por. He doth nothing but frown; as, who should That I should questionless be fortun..te.
fay, sin if you will not juve , me, chuje: he hears 4:6. Thuu know'st, that all my fortunes are at sea; merry tales, and smiles not: I fear, he will prove Sor have I money, nor commodity
the weeping philosopher when he grows old, beTo raise : prefent fum : therefore go forth, ing fo full of unmanneily fadness in his youth. I Try what my credit can in Venice do;
had rather be married to a de:th's-head with a bone That th:!! be rack'd, even to the uttermoft, in his mouth, than to either of these. God defend To furnith thee to Belmont, to fair Portia.
me from these two! Genre'anty enquire, and to will I,
Ner. Huw lay you by the French lord, Monfieur Where money is; and I no question make,
Le Bon To breit of my trult, cr for my fake. [Excurt. Por: God made him, and therefore let him pass
for a pian.
In truth, I know it is a fin to be a S CE N E II.
mocker; But, he! why, he hath a horse better than A Room in Portia's Hwife at Belmont.
the Neapolitan's, a better bad habit of frowning than
the Count Palatine: he is every man in no man ; if Enter Portia and Nerila.
a throttle fing, he fails strait incapering; he will fence P». By my troth, Neriffa, my little body is a- with his own thadow: if I should marry him, I Neary of this great world.
Ihould marry twenty husbands: If he would defpife No. You would be, fweet madam, if your mi- ine, I would forgive him ; for if he love me to made feries were in the fame abundance as your goodness, I thall never requite bin. istines are: And yet, for aught I see, they are as Ner. What say you then tu Faulconbridge, the sck, that surfeit with too much, as they that farve young boron of England ? with othing: It is no mean happiness therefore, Por. You know, I say nothing to him; for he to be seated in the mean ; fuperfluity comes suoner understands not me, nor I him: he hath neither by white hairs, but competency lives longer. Latin, French, nor Italianand you will come
Per. Good sentences, and well pronounc'd. into the court and firear, that I have a poor penny's Nr. They would be better, if well follow'd. worth in the English. He is a proper man's pico Pe. If to do, were as easy u to know what ture, Put, alas ! who can converse with a dumb were good to dio, chapels had been churches, and now ļ How oddly he is fuited! I think, he por men's cottages, princes' palrces. It is a good bought his doublet' in Italy, his round hole in e me, that follows his own instructions. I çan France, his bonnet in Germany, and his behaviour tafer teach twenty what were good to be done, everywhere. . titan be one of the twenty to follow mine ou n Ner. What think you of the Scottish lord, his
The brain may devise laws for the neighbour ?
2 Sometimes hese means furmerly. 3 1. c. a thoughtless, giddy, gay
Por. That he hath a neighbourly charity in him; Shy. For three months-well. for he borrow'd a box of thc ear of the Engliihman, Baj. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio fhall and swore he would pay him again, when he was be bound. able : I think, the Frenchman became his Turety, Shy. Anthonio Thall become bound, well. and feal'd under for another.
Ball. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me! Ner. How like you the young German, the duke Shall I know your answer? of Saxony's nephew ?
Sby. Three thousand ducats, for three months, Por. Very vilely in the morning, when he is so-land Anthonio bound. ber; and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is Bal. Your answer to that. drunk: when he is beit, he is a little worse than a Shy. Anthonio is a good man. man; and when he is worst, he is little better than Bal. Have you heard any imputation to the a buaft: an the worst fall that ever fell, I hope, 1 contrary? Mall make shift to go without him.
Sby. Ho, no, no, no, no;-my meaning, in fayNor. If he should offer to chuse, and chuse the ing he is a good man, is, to have you understand right casket, you thould refuse to perform your fa- me, that he is sufficient: yet his means are in supther's will, if you should refuse to accept him. position: he hath an argoly bound to 'Tripolis, ano
l'or. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee, ther to the Indies; I understand morcover upon set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for casket ; for, if the devil be within, and that tempi- England,--and other ventures he hath, squanderd ation without, I know he will chuse it. I will abroad: But ships are but boards, failors but men; do any thing, Nerissa, ere I will be marry'd to a there be land-rats, and water-rats, water-thieves, (punge.
and land-thieres; I incan, pirates; and then, there Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any of is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks: The man thefe lords; they have acquainted me with their is, notwithstanding, sufficient :--three thousand dudeterminations: which is, indeed, to return to their cats ;-I think, I may take his bond. home, and to trouble you with no more suit; un Baf. Be assur’d, you may.
affud, less you may be won by some other sort than your Shy. I will be alíur'd, I may; and, that I may be father's imposition, depending on the caskets. I will hethink me: May I speak with Anthonio?
Por: I; I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as Ball. If it please you to dine with us. chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the manner Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habita. of my father's will: I am glad this parcel of wooers tion which your prophet the Nazarite conjured the are so very reasonable; for there is not one among devil into: I will buy with you, sell with you, talk them but I dote on his very absence, and I pray God with you, walk with you, and so following; but grant thein a fair departure.
I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your fa- with you. What news on the Rialto :-„Who is he ther's time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, that comes here? came hither in company of the marquis of Mont
Enter Antbonio. ferrat?
Bal. This is fignior Anthonio. Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I think, so he shy.[-4fide.] How like a fawning publican he looks! was call's.
I hate him for he is a Christian : Ner. True, masiain; he, of all the men that ever But more, for that, in low simplicity, my faolith eyes look'd upon, was the best deserving He lends out money gratis, and brings down a fair lady.
The rate of usance here with us in Venice, Por. I remember him well; and I remember him If I can catch him once upon the hip', worthy of thy praise.--How now! what news? I will feed fat the ancient grudge 1 bear him. Erler e Servant.
He hates our sacred nation; and he rails, Ser. The four ftrangers feek for you, madam, to Even there where merchants molt do congregate, take their leave: and there is a fore-runner come on me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift, from a fifth, the prince of Morocco; who brings which he calls interett: Cursed be my tribe, word, the prince, his master, will be here to-night. If I forgive him!
Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so Bal. Shylock, do you hear? good heart as I can bid the other four farewell, 1 Shy. I am debating of my present store; Thould be glad of his approach: if he have thel And, hy the near guess of my memory, condition of a faint, and the complexion of a devil, I cannot instantly raise up the gross I had rather he rould shrive me than wive me. Of full three thousand ducats: What of that? Come, Neriffa. Sirrah, go before.--Whiles we Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe, Thut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at Will furnith me : But foft; How many months the door.
[Exeunt. Do you desire:-Rest you fair, good fignior ; SCENE III.
[To Antborio. A publick Plaro in Venice.
Your worship was the last man in our mouths. Enter Bustanin and Shyhock.
Ansb. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow, Shy. Three thoutand ducats,--well.
By taking, nor by giving of excess, Ball. Aj, fır, for three months.
| Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my friend, 1 This is a phrase taken from the pra&ice of wrestlers.