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Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond: I've sworn an oath, that I will have my

Thou call’dst me dog, before thou hadít a cause;
But since I am a dog, beware my fangs :
The Duke shall grant me justice. I do wonder,
Thou naughty goaler, that thou art so fond
To come abroad with him at his request.

Anth. I pray thee, hear me speak.

Shy. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak : I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more; I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool, To shake the head, relent, and sigh and yield To christian intercessors. Follow not; I'll have no speaking; I will have my bond.

(Exit Shylock. Sola. It is the most impenetrable cur, That ever kept with men.

Anth. Let him alone,...,
I'll follow him no more with bootless pray’rs:
He seeks my life; his reason well I know;
I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures
Many, that have at times made moan to me;
Therefore he hates me.

Sola. I am sure, the Duke
Will never grant this Forfeiture to hold.

Anth. * The Duke cannot deny the course of law;
For the commodity that strangers have
With us in Venice, if it be deny'd,
Will much impeach the justice of the state;
Since that the trade and profit of the city
Confifteth of all nations.

Therefore go, * The Duke cannot deny, &c.---]As the Reafon here given seems a little perplexed, it may be proper to explain it. If, says he, the Duke stop the Course of Law it will be attended with this Inconvenience, that stranger Merchants, by whom the Wealth and Power of this City is supported, will cry out of Injustice. For the known stated Law being their Guide and Security, they will never bear to have the Current of it stoped on any Pretence of Equity whatsoever.


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These griefs and losses have so 'bated me,
That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
To-morrow to my bloody creditor.
Well, goaler, on; pray God, Bassanio come
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not![Exeunt.


Changes to BELMONT. Enter Portia, Neriffa, Lorenzo, Jessica, and Balthazar. Lor. ADAM, although I speak it in your

MAD prefence,

You have a noble and a true conceit
Of God-like amity; which appears most strongly
In bearing thus the absence of your

But if you knew to whom you fhew this honour,
How true a gentleman you send relief to,
How dear a lover of my lord your husband; ;
I know, you would be prouder of the work,
Than customary bounty can enforce you.

Por. I never did repent of doing good,
And shall not now; for in companions.
That do converfe and waste the time together,
Whose fouls do bear an equal yoke of love,
There must needs be a like proportion
Of lineaments of manners, and of spirit;
Which makes me think, that this Anthonio,
Being the bosom-lover of my lord,
Must needs be like

If it be fo,
How little is the cost. I have bestowed,
In purchasing the semblance of my soul
From out the state of hellish cruelty?
This comes too near the praising of myself;
Therefore, no more of it: hear other things.
Lorenzo, I commit into


hands The husbandry and manage of my house, Until

my lord's return. For mine own part,




I have tow'rd heav'n breath'd a secret vow,
To live in prayer and contemplation,
Only attended by Nerissa here,
Until her husband and


Lord's return.
There is a monastery two miles off,
And there we will abide.

I do desire you,
Not to deny this Imposition:
The which my love and some necessity
Now lays upon you.

Lor. Madam, with all my heart;
I shall obey you in all fair commands.

Por. My people do already know my mind,
And will acknowledge you and Jefica
In place of lord Basanio and myself.
So fare you well, 'till we shall meet again.

Lor. Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you!
Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content.
Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well

To wish it back on you: fare you well. Jeffica.

[Exeunt Jessica and Lorenzo. Now, Balthazar, As I have ever found thee honest, true, So let me find thee ftill: take this same letter, And use thou all th' endeavour of a man, In speed to Padua ; see thou render this Into my

cousin's hand, Doctor Bellario; And look what notes and garments he doth give thee, Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin'd speed Unto the Traject, to the common ferry Which trades to Venice: waste no time in words, But get thee gone;

I shall be there before thee. Bal. Madam, I go with all convenient speed. (Exit.

Por. Come on, Neriffa; I have work in hand, That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands, Before they think of us.

Ner. Shall they fee us?
Por. They shall, Nerisa; but in such a habit,


That they shall think we are accomplished
With what we lack. I'll hold thee any wager,
When we are both apparelld like young men,

prove the prettier fellow of the two,
And wear my dagger with the braver grace ;
And speak between the change of man and boy,
With a reed Voice; and turn two mincing steps
Into a manly stride; and speak of frays,
Like a fine bragging youth; and tell quaint lies,
How honourable ladies sought my love,
Which I denying, they fell fick and dy'd,
I could not do with all: then l'll repent,
And wish, for all that, that I had not kill'd them.
And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell ;
That men shall swear, I've discontinued school
Above a twelve-month. I have in my mind
A thousand raw tricks of these bragging jacks,
Which I will practise.

Ner. Shall we turn to men?

Por. Fie, what a question's that,
If thou wert near a lewd Interpreter!
But come, I'll tell thee all


whole device When I am in my coach, which stays for us At the park-gate; and therefore halte away, For we must measure twenty miles to day.' (Exeunt.



Enter Launcelot and Jessica. Laun. E S, truly: for look you, the sins of the father are to be laid


the children; therefore, I promise you, I fear you. I was always plain with you; and so now I speak my agitation of the matter: therefore be of good cheer; for truly, I think, you are damn'd: there is but one hope in it that can do you any good, and that is but a kind of bastard hope neither.


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Jef. And what hope is that, I pray thce ?

Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your father got you not, that you are not the few's daughter.

Jes. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed; so the sins of my mother should be visited upon me.

Laun. Truly, then, I fear, you are damn'd both by father and mother; thus when you shun Scylla, your father, you fall into Charybdis, your mother: well, you are gone both ways.

Jes. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath made me a christian.

Laun. Truly, the more to blame he; we were christians enough before, e'en as many as could well live one by another: this making of christians will raise the price of hogs; if we grow all to be porkeaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals .

Enter Lorenzo. Jej. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say: here he comes.

Lor. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Launcelot, if

you thus get my wife into corners.

Jef. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo; Launcelot and I are out; he tells me flatly, there is no mercy for me in heav'n, because I am a few's daughter: and he says, you are no good member of the commonwealth; for, in converting Fews to christians, you raise the price of pork.

Lor. I shall answer that better to the commonwealth, than you can the getting up of the negro's belly: the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot.

Laun. It is much, that the Moor should be more than reason: but if she be less than an honest woman, she is indeed more than I took her for.

Lor. How every fool can play upon the word! I think, the best grace of wit will shortly turn into Gilence, and discourse grow commendable in none


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