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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,
Song and Dance.
Through this house each fairy stray.
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)
Hej. c. portentous. 2j. e. take his way.
.. PERSONS REPRESENTE D.
DERE of Traite.
LAUNCELOT, a Clown, Servant to the you. PRINCE of Morocco.
GOBBO, Farber to Launcelos. Paisce of Arragon.
Salerio, a Messenger from Venice. ANTHONTO, the Merchant of Venice.
1.EONARDO, Servant to Baffanio. BASSAN10, bis Friend.
BALTHAZAR,} Servants to Portia.
PORTIA, an Heiress.
Nerissa, Waiting-maid to Porria. SHTLOCK, a Yew.
JESSICA, Daughter sa Sbylock.
Sena!ors of Venice, Officers, failer, Servants, and other Attendants.
I am to learn :
Sal. My wind, cooling my broth,
Would blow me to an ague, when I thought A Street in Venice.
What harm a wind too great might do at lea. Enter Antbonio, Salaring, and Salanio. I should not see the sandy hour-glass run, Aula J footh, I know not why I am so fad; But I should think of thallows, and of flats;
1 It wearies me; you say it wearies you ; And see my wealthy Andrew 2 dock'd in fand, But how I caught it, found it, or came by it, Vailing 3 her high top lower than her ribs, Wher stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born, men
To kiss her burial. Should I go to church,
And see the holy edifice of stone, And fach a want-wit sadness makes of me, And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks? That I have much ado to know myself.
Which touching but my gentle vessel's fide, Sal. Your mind is toffing on the ocean : Would scatter all her spices on the stream ; There, where your argofies' with portly fail, Enrobe the roaring waters with my filks ; . Lke figniors and rich burghers on the flood, And, in a word, but even now worth this, Or as it were the pageants of the sea,
And now worth nothing Shall I have the thought Do over-peer the petty traffickers,
To think on this; and shall I lack the thought, Tast curtfy to them, do them reverence,
That such a thing, bechanc'd, would make me sad ? As they fly by them with their woven wings. But, tell not me; I know, Anthonio
Sala. Believe me, sır, had I such ventures forth, Is fad to think upon his merchandize.
| Anib. Believe me, no : I thank my fortune for k with my hopes abroad. I should be still My ventures are not in one bottom trusted, Facking the grass, to know where fits the wind; Nor to one place; nor is my whole estate. hog in maps, for ports, and piers, and roads : Upon the fortune of this present year ; And every object that might make me fear Therefore my merchandize makes me not fad. Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt,
Sala. Why then you are in love? Would make me fad.
Anth. Fie, fie !
.! Ships, so named from Ragusa. 2 The name of the ship. 3 To vail, means to put of the hat, to Ante fal, to give sign of fubmiffon.
Sala. Not in love neither ? Then let's say, you That therefore only are reputed wise, , are sad,
For saying nothing; who, I am very sure, scars, Because you are not merry: and 'twero as easy If they should speak, would almost danin 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 two-headed Janus, I'll tell thee more of this another time : [fools 2. 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 while; And other of such vinegar aspeet,
I'll end my exhortation after dinner 3. [time. That they'll not Mew their teeth in way of smile, Lor. Well, we will leave you then till dinnerThough Nestor swear the jest be laughable. 'I must be one of these fame dumb wise men,
Enter Basanio, Lorenzo, and Gratiano. For Gratiano never lets me speak. Sal. Here comes Bafanio, your most noble Gra. Well, keep me company but two years Gratiano, and Lorenzo : fare you well; [kinsman,
congue. 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, Antb. Fare well ; I'll grow a talker for this If worthier friends had not prevented me.
[mendable Anib. 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? Ball. Good signiors both, when Thall we laugh: Bad Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, fay, when?
more than any man in all Venice: His reasons You grow exceeding strange; Must 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 ;
, . E xeront Sal. and Sala. and, when you have them, they are not worth Lor. My lord Bassanio, fince you have found the search. Anthonio,
Anth. Well; tell me now, what lady is the iame, We two will leave you ; but at dinner-time, To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage, I pray you, have in inind where we must meet. "That you to-day promis'd to tell me of? Ball. I will not fail you...
Bal. "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 Thewing 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 stage, where every man must 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 mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come; I owe the most, in money, and in love; And let my,liver rather heat with 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, whole blood is warın within, How to get clear of all the debts I owe. Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster?
Inth. I pray you, good Baltanio, let me know it; Sleep when he wakes and creep into the jaundice And, if it stand, as you yourself ftill do, By being peevith I tell thee what, Anthonio,— Within the eye of honour, be affurid, I love thee, and it is my love that speaks ; My purse, my person, my extremeft means, There are a fort of men whose visages
Lye all unlock'd to your occasions.
[haft, Do cream and mantie, like a standing pond; Bup. In my school-days, when I had loft one And do a wirful stillness entertain,
I shot his fellow of the self-lame flight With purpose to be crest 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 should say, “ I am Sir Oracle,
I oft found both : I urge this childhood proof, “ And when I ope my lips, let no dog bark !” Because what follows is pure innocence. d, my Anthonio, I do know of these,
I owe you much; and, like a wilful youth,
I This alludes to the common comparison of human life to a stage-play. So that he desires his may be the tool's or butloon's part, which was a conftant character in the old farces; from whence came the phiafe, to play the foot. ? Qur author's meaning is, that some people are thought wife whiift they keep filence; who, when they open their mouths, are such stupid praters, that the hearers cannoi' help calling them fools, and ju incur the judgment denounced in the gospel. 3 The humour of this conlills in its being an allusion to the practice of the puritan preachers of those times ; who being generally very long and tedious, were often forced to put off that part of their sermon called the case portátien, tiltalter dinner.
That which I owe is loft: but if you please Blood; but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree : To thoot another arrow that self way
such a hare is madness the youth, to skip o'er the Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt, mefhes of good counsel the cripple. But this reaAs I will wach the aim, or to find both,
soning is not in the fashion to chuse me a husband : Or bring your latter hazard back again,
O me, the word chufe! I may neither chule And thankfully reft deftor for the funt. Taime, whom I would, nor refuse whom I dilike; so is
Antb. You know me well; and herein spend but the will of a living daughter curb'd by the will of To wind about my love with circumstance; wenta dead father:-Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I can, And, out of doubt, you do me now more wrong, not chuse one, nor refuse none ? In making question of my uttermoft,
Ner. Your father was ever virtuous"; and holy Than if you had made waste of all I have : men, at their death, have good inspirations; thereThen do but say to me what I should do,
fore, the lottery, that he hath devised in these three That in your knowledge may by me he done, chetts, of gold, silver, and lead, (whereof whochures And am I prest' unto it: therefore speak. his meaning, chufes you) will, no doubt, never be Ball. In Belmont is a lady richly left,
chosen by any rightly, but one who you shall rightly And she is fair, and, fairer than that word, I love. But what warmth is there in your affection Of wondrous virtues : sometimes 2 from her eyes towards any of these princely suitors that are al I did receive fair (peechless me lages : :
ready come? Her nice is Portia ; nothing undervalu'd
* Por. I pray thee, over-name them; and, as thou To Cato'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. For the four winds blow in from every coast
| Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince. Recowned suitors : and her sunny locks
Por, Ay, that's a colt 3, indeed, for he doth noe Hng on her temples like a golden fcece; thing but talk of his horse ; and he makes it a great Which makes her seat of Belmont, Colchos' ftrand, aprropriation to his own good parts, that he can And many Jasons come in quest of her
Thoe 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 hold a rival place with one of them,
Ner. Then, there is the County Palatine. I have a mind prelages me such thrift,
Por. He doth nothing but frown; as, who should That I should questionless be fortunate.
say, An if you will not have me, chuje: he hear's stb. Thou know'st, that all my fortunes are at sea; merry tales, and ímiles not: I fear, he will prove Nor have I money, nor commodity
the weeping philosopher when he grows old, bem To raise a present sum: therefore go forth, ing 10 full of unmannerly fadness in his youth. I Try what my credit can in Venice do ;
had rather be married to a death's-head with a bone That shall be rack d, even to the uttermost, in his mouth, than to either of these. God defend To furnith thee to Belmont, to fair Portia. me from these two! Go, presently enquire, and fo will I,
Ner. How say you by the French lord, Monsieur Where money is; and I no question make, Le Bon? To have it of my trust, or for my fake. (Excunt. | Por. God made him, and therefore let him pass
for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to be a S CE NE II.
mocker; But, he! why, he hath a horse better than A Room in Porria's House 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 sing, he fails ítrait arcapering; he will fence Per. By my troth, Neriffa, my little body is a- with his own shadow: if I should marry him, I weary of this great world.
Thould marry twenty husbands: If he would despite Ner. You would be, sweet madam, if your mi- ine, I would forgive him ; for if he love me to made feries were in the same abundance as your good nefs, I shall never requite him. fortunes are: And yet, for aught I sce, they are as Ner. What say you then to Faulconbridge, the fuck, that surfeit with too much, as they that farve young baron of England with nothing: It is no mean happiness therefore, Por. You know, I say nothing to him; for he to be feated in the mem; fuperfluity comes sooner underttands not me, nor I him: he hath neither by wbite hairs, but competency lives longer, Latin, French, nor Italian, and you will come
Per. Good sentences, and well pronouncd. into the court and firear, that I have a poor pennyNor. They would be better, if well follow'd worth in the English. He is a proper man's pico
Per. If to do, were as easy as to know what ture, But, alas! who can converse with a dumb were good to do, chapels had been churches, and now? How oddly he is suited! I think, he poor men's cottages, princes' palaces. It is a good bought his doublet in Italy, his round hose in eine, that follows his own instructions. I can France, his bonnet in Germany, and his behaviour safier teach twenty what were good to be done, every-where. Wan be one of the twenty to follow mine" own Ner. What think you of the Scottish lord, his caching. The brain may devise laws for the neighbour
* That is, rady to do it. ខ្មែរ,
2 Sometimes here means formerly.
3 1. c. a thoughtless, giddy, gay
Por. That he hath a neighbourly charity in him; Sby. For three months,---well. for he borrow'd a box of the ear of the Englishman, Bal. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio fhal and swore he would pay him again, when he was be bound. able: I think, the Frenchman became his Turety, Sby. Anthonio Thall become bound-well. and seal'd under for another.
Bal. 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- and 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 Sby. 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 beast: 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 fay. Nar. If he thould offer to chuse, and chuse the ing he is a good man, is, to have you understand right casket, you should refuse to perform your fa- me, that he is sufficient : yet his means are in fupther's will, if you should refuse to accept him. position: he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, ano
Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee, ther to the Indies; I understand morcover upon set a deep glass of Rhenith wine on the contrary the Rinlto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for casket ; for, if the devil be within, and that templ- England,--and other ventures he hath, squander'd ation without, I know he will chuse it. I will abroad: But ships are but boards, failors but men; do any thing, Nerista, ere I will be marry'd to a there be land-rars, and water-rats, water-thieves, spunge.
and land-thieves; I mean, 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 lis, 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- Bal. Be assur'd, you may.
affu'd, less you may be won by some other fort than your Shy. I will be assur'd, I may; and, that I may be father's imposition, depending on the caskets. I will bethink me: May I speak with Anthonio?
Por: If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as Bal. If it please you to dine with us. , chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the manner Sby. 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 remeinber, 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 Ant bonio. ferrat?.
| Bal. This is fignior Anthonio. Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I think, so he sby. Afide.How like a fawning publican he looks! was call’d.
I hate him for he is a Christian : Ner. True, madain; he, of all the men that ever But more, for that, in low simplicity, my foolish eyes look'd upon, was the best deserving He lends out money gratis, and brings down a fair lady.
The rate of ufance 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 I bear him. Enter a Servant.
He hates our sacred nation; and he rails, Ser. The four Itrangers seek for you, madam, to Even there where merchants most 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 interest: 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 fol Bal. Shylock, do you hear? good heart as I can bid the other four farewell, Il Shy. I am debating of my present store; should be glad of his approach: if he have the And, hy the near guess of my memory, condition of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I cannot instantly raise up the gross I had rather he should shrive me than wive me. lof 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 wober, another knocks at will furnita me: But soft ; How many months the door.
[Exeunt. Do you desire?-Rest you fair, good fignior ; SCENE III.
[To Antbonio. A publick Place in Venice.
Your worship was the last man in our mouths. Enter Balanin and Shylock.
| Ansb. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow, Shy. Three thoutand ducats,—-well.
By taking, nor by giving of excess, Bal. Aj, fir, for three months.
| Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my friend, 1 This is a phrase taken from the practice of wrestlers. ;