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The Merchant of Venice. Sal.

I would it might proue the end of his losses.

Sol.

Let me say Amen betimes, least the diuell crosse

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my praier, for here he comes in the likenes of a Iew. How

now Shylocke, what newes among the Merchants?

Enter Shylocke. Shy.

You knew none so well, none so well as you, of

my daughters flight.

Sal.

That's certaine, I for my part knew the Tailor

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that made the wings she flew withall.

Sol.

And Shylocke for his owne part knew the bird was

fledg'd, and then it is the complexion of them al to leaue

the dam.

Shy.

She is damn'd for it.

Sal.
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That's certaine, if the diuell may be her Iudge.

Shy.

My owne flesh and blood to rebell.

Sol.

Out vpon it old carrion, rebels it at these yeeres.

Shy.

I say my daughter is my flesh and bloud.

Sal.

There is more difference betweene thy flesh and

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hers, then betweene Iet and Iuorie, more betweene your

bloods, then there is betweene red wine and rennish: but

tell vs, doe you heare whether Anthonio haue had anie

losse at sea or no?

Shy.

There I haue another bad match, a bankrout, a

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prodigall, who dare scarce shew his head on the Ryalto,

a begger that was vsd to come so smug vpon the Mart:

let him look to his bond, he was wont to call me Vsurer,

let him looke to his bond, he was wont to lend money

for a Christian curtsie, let him looke to his bond.

Sal.
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Why I am sure if he forfaite, thou wilt not take

his flesh, what's that good for?

Shy.

To baite fish withall, if it will feede nothing

else, it will feede my reuenge; he hath disgrac'd me, and

hindred me halfe a million, laught at my losses, mockt at

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my gaines, scorned my Nation, thwarted my bargaines,

cooled my friends, heated mine enemies, and what's the

reason? I am a Iewe: Hath not a Iew eyes? hath not a

Iew hands, organs, dementions, sences, affections, passi­

ons, fed with the same foode, hurt with the same wea­

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pons, subiect to the same diseases, healed by the same

meanes, warmed and cooled by the same Winter and

Sommmer as a Christian is: if you pricke vs doe we not

bleede? if you tickle vs, doe we not laugh? if you poison

vs doe we not die? and if you wrong vs shall we not re­

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uenge? if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you

in that. If a Iew wrong a Christian, what is his humility,

reuenge? If a Christian wrong a Iew, what should his suf­

ferance be by Christian example, why reuenge? The vil­

lanie you teach me I will execute, and it shall goe hard

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but I will better the instruction.

Enter a man from Anthonio.

Gentlemen, my maister Anthonio is at his house, and

desires to speake with you both.

Sal.

We haue beene vp and downe to seeke him.

Enter Tuball. Sol.

Here comes another of the Tribe, a third cannot

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be matcht, vnlesse the diuell himselfe turne Iew.

Exeunt. Gentlemen. Shy.

How now Tuball, what newes from Genowa? hast

thou found my daughter?

Tub.

I often came where I did heare of ster her , but can­

not finde her.

Shy.
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Why there, there, there, there, a diamond gone

cost me two thousand ducats in Franckford, the curse ne­

uer fell vpon our Nation till now, I neuer felt it till now,

two thousand ducats in that, and other precious, preci­

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ous iewels: I would my daughter were dead at my foot,

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and the iewels in her eare: would she were hearst at my

foote, and the duckets in her coffin: no newes of them,

why so? and I know not how much is spent in the search:

why thou losse vpon losse, the theefe gone with so

much, and so much to finde the theefe, and no satisfa­

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ction, no reuenge, nor no ill luck stirring but what lights

a my shoulders, no sighes but a my breathing, no teares

but a my shedding.

Tub.

Yes, other men haue ill lucke too, Anthonio as I

heard in Genowa?

Shy.
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What, what, what, ill lucke, ill lucke.

Tub.

Hath an Argosie cast away comming from Tri­

polis.

Shy.

I thanke God, I thanke God, is it true, is it true?

Tub.

I spoke with some of the Saylers that escaped

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the wracke.

Shy.

I thanke thee good Tuball, good newes, good

newes: ha, ha, here in Genowa.

Tub.

Your daughter spent in Genowa, as I heard, one

night fourescore ducats.

Shy.
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Thou stick'st a dagger in me, I shall neuer see my

gold againe, fourescore ducats at a sitting, fourescore du­

cats.

Tub.

There came diuers of Anthonios creditors in my

company to Venice, that sweare hee cannot choose but

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breake.

Shy.

I am very glad of it, ile plague him, ile torture

him, I am glad of it,

Tub.

One of them shewed me a ring that hee had of

your daughter for a Monkie.

Shy.
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Out vpon her, thou torturest me Tuball, it was

my Turkies, I had it of Leah when I was a Batcheler: I

would not haue giuen it for a wildernesse of Monkies.

Tub.

But Anthonio is certainely vndone.

Shy.

Nay, that's true, that's very true, goe Tuball, see

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me an Officer, bespeake him a fortnight before, I will

haue the heart of him if he forfeit, for were he out of Ve­

nice, I can make what merchandize I will: goe Tuball,

and meete me at our Sinagogue, goe good Tuball, at our

Sinagogue Tuball.

Exeunt.
[Act 3, Scene 2] Enter Bassanio, Portia, Gratiano, and all their traine. Por.
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I pray you tarrie, pause a day or two Before you hazard, for in choosing wrong I loose your companie; therefore forbeare a while, There's something tels me (but it is not loue) I would not loose you, and you know your selfe,
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Hate counsailes not in such a quallitie; But least you should not vnderstand me well, And yet a maiden hath no tongue, but thought, I would detaine you here some month or two Before you venture for me. I could teach you
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How to choose right, but then I am forsworne, So will I neuer be, so may you misse me, But if you doe, youle make me wish a sinne, That I had beene forsworne: Beshrow your eyes, They haue ore‑lookt me and deuided me,
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One halfe of me is yours, the other halfe yours, Mine owne I would say: but of mine then yours, And so all yours; O these naughtie times Puts bars betweene the owners and their rights. And so though yours, not yours (proue it so)
[1310]
Let Fortune goe to hell for it, not I. I speake too long, but 'tis to peize the time, To ich it, and to draw it out in length, To stay you from election.
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[Act 3, Scene 2] Enter Bassanio, Portia, Gratiano, and all their traine. Por.
[1290]
I pray you tarrie, pause a day or two Before you hazard, for in choosing wrong I loose your companie; therefore forbeare a while, There's something tels me (but it is not loue) I would not loose you, and you know your selfe,
[1295]
Hate counsailes not in such a quallitie; But least you should not vnderstand me well, And yet a maiden hath no tongue, but thought, I would detaine you here some month or two Before you venture for me. I could teach you
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How to choose right, but then I am forsworne, So will I neuer be, so may you misse me, But if you doe, youle make me wish a sinne, That I had beene forsworne: Beshrow your eyes, They haue ore‑lookt me and deuided me,
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One halfe of me is yours, the other halfe yours, Mine owne I would say: but of mine then yours, And so all yours; O these naughtie times Puts bars betweene the owners and their rights. And so though yours, not yours (proue it so)
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Let Fortune goe to hell for it, not I. I speake too long, but 'tis to peize the time, To ich it, and to draw it out in length, To stay you from election.
Bass. Let me choose,
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For as I am, I liue vpon the racke.
Por. Vpon the racke Bassanio, then confesse What treason there is mingled with your loue. Bass. None but that vglie treason of mistrust. Which makes me feare the enioying of my loue:
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There may as well be amitie and life, 'Tweene snow and fire, as treason and my loue.
Por. I, but I feare you speake vpon the racke, Where men enforced doth speake any thing. Bass. Promise me life, and ile confesse the truth. Por.
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Well then, confesse and liue.
Bass. Confesse and loue Had beene the verie sum of my confession: O happie torment, when my torturer Doth teach me answers for deliuerance:
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But let me to my fortune and the caskets.
Por. Away then, I am lockt in one of them, If you doe loue me, you will finde me out. Nerryssa and the rest, stand all aloose, Let musicke sound while he doth make his choise,
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Then if he loose he makes a Swan‑like end, Fading in musique. That the comparison May stand more proper, my eye shall be the streame And watrie death‑bed for him: he may win, And what is musique than? Than musique is
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Euen as the flourish, when true subiects bowe To a new crowned Monarch: Such it is, As are those dulcet sounds in breake of day, That creepe into the dreaming bride‑groomes eare, And summon him to marriage. Now he goes
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With no lesse presence, but with much more loue Then yong Alcides, when he did redeeme The virgine tribute, paied by howling Troy To the Sea‑monster: I stand for sacrifice, The rest aloofe are the Dardanian wiues:
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With bleared visages come forth to view The issue of th'exploit: Goe Hercules, Liue thou, I liue with much more dismay I view the fight, then thou that mak'st the fray.
Here Musicke. A Song the whilst Bassanio comments on the Caskets to himselfe. Tell me where is fancie bred,
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Or in the heart, or in the head: How begot, how nourished. Replie, replie. It is engendred in the eyes, With gazing fed, and Fancie dies , In the cradle where it lies:
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Let vs all ring Fancies knell. Ile begin it. Ding dong, bell.
All. Ding, dong, bell. Bass. So may the outward showes be least themselues
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The world is still deceiu'd with ornament. In Law, what Plea so tanted and corrupt, But being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of euill? In Religion, What damned error, but some sober brow
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Will blesse it, and approue it with a text, Hiding the grosenesse with faire ornament: There is no voice so simple, but assumes Some marke of vertue on his outward parts; How manie cowards, whose hearts are all as false
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As stayers of sand, weare yet vpon their chins The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars, Who inward searcht, haue lyuers white as milke, And these assume but valors excrement, To render them redoubted. Looke on beautie,
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And you shall see 'tis purchast by the weight, Which therein workes a miracle in nature, Making them lightest that weare most of it: So are those crisped snakie golden locks Which makes such wanton gambols with the winde
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Vpon supposed fairenesse, often knowne To be the dowrie of a second head, The scull that bred them in the Sepulcher. Thus ornament is but the guiled shore To a most dangerous sea: the beautious scarfe
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Vailing an Indian beautie; In a word, The seeming truth which cunning times put on To intrap the wisest. Therefore then thou gaudie gold, Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee, Nor none of thee thou pale and common drudge
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'Tweene man and man: but thou, thou meager lead Which rather threatnest then dost promise ought, Thy palenesse moues me more then eloquence, And here choose I, ioy be the consequence.
Por. How all the other passions fleet to ayre,
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As doubtfull thoughts, and rash imbrac'd despaire: And shuddring feare, and greene‑eyed iealousie. O loue be moderate, allay thy extasie, In measure raine thy ioy, scant this excesse, I feele too much thy blessing, make it lesse,
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For feare I surfeit.
Bas. What finde I here? Faire Portias counterfeit. What demie God Hath come so neere creation? moue these eies? Or whether riding on the bals of mine
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Seeme they in motion? Here are seuer'd lips Parted with suger breath, so sweet a barre Should sunder such sweet friends: here in her haires The Painter plaies the Spider, and hath wouen A golden mesh t'intrap the hearts of men
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Faster then gnats in cobwebs: but her eies, How could he see to doe them? hauing made one, Me thinkes it should haue power to steale both his And leaue it selfe vnfurnisht: Yet looke how farre The substance of my praise doth wrong this shadow
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In vnderprising it, so farre this shadow Doth limpe behinde the substance. Here's the scroule, The continent, and summarie of my fortune. You that choose not by the view Chance as faire, and choose as true:
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Since this fortune fals to you, Be content, and seeke no new. If you be well pleasd with this, And hold your fortune for your blisse, Turne you where your Lady is,
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And claime her with a louing kisse.
Bass. A gentle scroule: Faire Lady, by your leaue, I come by note to giue, and to receiue, Like one of two contending in a prize That thinks he hath done well in peoples eies:
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Hearing applause and vniuersall shout, Giddie in spirit, still gazing in a doubt Whether those peales of praise be his or no. So thrice faire Lady stand I euen so, As doubtfull whether what I see be true,
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Vntill confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you.
Por. You see my Lord Bassiano where I stand, Such as I am; though for my selfe alone I would not be ambitious in my wish, To wish my selfe much better, yet for you,
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I would be trebled twenty times my selfe, A thousand times more faire, ten thousand times More rich, that onely to stand high in your account, I might in vertues, beauties, liuings, friends, Exceed account: but the full summe of me
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Is sum of nothing: which to terme in grosse, Is an vnlessoned girle, vnschool'd, vnpractiz'd, Happy in this, she is not yet so old But she may learne: happier then this, Shee is not bred so dull but she can learne;
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Happiest of all, is that her gentle spirit Commits it selfe to yours to be directed, As from her Lord, her Gouernour, her King. My selfe, and what is mine, to you and yours Is now conuerted. But now I was the Lord
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Of this faire mansion, master of my seruants, Queene ore my selfe: and euen now, but now, This house, these seruants, and this same my selfe Are yours, my Lord, I giue them with this ring, Which when you part from, loose, or giue away,
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Let it presage the ruine of your loue, And be my vantage to exclaime on you.
Bass. Maddam, you haue bereft me of all words, Onely my bloud speakes to you in my vaines, And there is such confusion in my powers,
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As after some oration fairely spoke By a beloued Prince, there doth appeare Among the buzzing pleased multitude, Where euery something being blent together, Turnes to a wilde of nothing, saue of ioy
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Exprest, and not exprest: but when this ring Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence, O then be bold to say Bassanio's dead.
Ner. My Lord and Lady, it is now our time That haue stood by and seene our wishes prosper,
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To cry good ioy, good ioy my Lord and Lady.
Gra. My Lord Bassanio, and my gentle Lady, I wish you all the ioy that you can wish: For I am sure you can wish none from me: And when your Honours meane to solemnize
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The bargaine of your faith: I doe beseech you Euen at that time I may be married too.
Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife. Gra. I thanke your Lordship, you gaue got me one. My eyes my Lord can looke as swift as yours:
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You saw the mistres, I beheld the maid: You lou'd, I lou'd for intermission, No more pertaines to me my Lord then you; Your fortune stood vpon the caskets there, And so did mine too, as the matter falls:
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For wooing heere vntill I swet againe, And swearing till my very rough was dry With oathes of loue, at last, if promise last, I got a promise of this faire one heere To haue her loue: prouided that your fortune
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Atchieu'd her mistresse.
Por.

Is this true Nerrissa?

Ner.

Madam it is so, so you stand pleas'd withall.

Bass.

And doe you Gratiano meane good faith?

Gra.

Yes faith my Lord.

Bass.
[1505]

Our feast shall be much honored in your mar­

riage.

Gra.

Weele play with them the first boy for a thou­

sand ducats.

Ner.

What and stake downe?

Gra.
[1510]
No, we shal nere win at that sport, and stake downe. But who comes heere? Lorenzo and his Infidell? What and my old Venetian friend Salerio?
Enter Lorenzo, Iessica, and Salerio. Bas. Lorenzo and Salerio, welcome hether, If that the youth of my new interest heere
[1515]
Haue power to bid you welcome: by your leaue I bid my verie friends and Countrimen Sweet Portia welcome.
Por.

So do I my Lord, they are intirely welcome.

Lor. I thanke your honor; for my part my Lord,
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My purpose was not to haue seene you heere, But meeting with Salerio by the way, He did intreate mee past all saying nay To come with him along.
Sal. I did my Lord,
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And I haue reason for it, Signior Anthonio Commends him to you.
Bass. Ere I ope his Letter I pray you tell me how my good friend doth. Sal. Not sicke my Lord, vnlesse it be in minde,
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Nor wel, vnlesse in minde: his Letter there Wil shew you his estate.
Opens the Letter. Gra. Nerrissa, cheere yond stranger, bid her welcom. Your hand Salerio, what's the newes from Venice? How doth that royal Merchant good Anthonio;
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I know he will be glad of our successe, We are the Iasons, we haue won the fleece.
Sal.

I would you had vvon the fleece that hee hath

lost.

Por. There are some shrewd contents in yond same Paper,
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That steales the colour from Bassianos cheeke, Some deere friend dead, else nothing in the world Could turne so much the constitution Of any constant man. What, worse and worse? With leaue Bassanio I am halfe your selfe,
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And I must freely haue the halfe of any thing That this same paper brings you.
Bass. O sweet Portia, Heere are a few of the vnpleasant'st words That euer blotted paper. Gentle Ladie
[1550]
When I did first impart my loue to you, I freely told you all the wealth I had Ran in my vaines: I was a Gentleman, And then I told you true: and yet deere Ladie, Rating my selfe at nothing, you shall see
[1555]
How much I was a Braggart, when I told you My state was nothing, I should then haue told you That I vvas worse then nothing: for indeede I haue ingag'd my selfe to a deere friend, Ingag'd my friend to his meere enemie
[1560]
To feede my meanes. Heere is a Letter Ladie, The paper as the bodie of my friend, And euerie word in it a gaping wound Issuing life blood. But is it true Salerio, Hath all his ventures faild, what not one hit,
[1565]
From Tripolis, from Mexico and England, From Lisbon, Barbary, and India, And not one vessell scape the dreadfull touch Of Merchant‑marring rocks?
Sal. Not one my Lord.
[1570]
Besides, it should appeare, that if he had The present money to discharge the Iew, He would not take it: neuer did I know A creature that did beare the shape of man So keene and greedy to confound a man.
[1575]
He plyes the Duke at morning and at night, And doth impeach the freedome of the state If they deny him iustice. Twenty Merchants, The Duke himselfe, and the Magnificoes Of greatest port haue all perswaded with him,
[1580]
But none can driue him from the enuious plea Of forfeiture, of iustice, and his bond.
Iessi. When I was with him, I haue heard him sweare To Tuball and to Chus, his Countri‑men, That he would rather haue Anthonio's flesh,
[1585]
Then twenty times the value of the summe That he did owe him: and I know my Lord, If law, authoritie, and power denie not, It will goe hard with poore Anthonio.
Por. Is it your deere friend that is thus in trouble? Bass.
[1590]
The deerest friend to me, the kindest man, The best condition'd, and vnwearied spirit In doing curtesies: and one in whom The ancient Romane honour more appeares Then any that drawes breath in Italie.
Por.
[1595]
What summe owes he the Iew?
Bass. For me three thousand ducats. Por. What, no more? Pay him sixe thousand, and deface the bond: Double sixe thousand, and then treble that,
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Before a friend of this description Shall lose a haire through Bassano's fault. First goe with me to Church, and call me wife, And then away to Venice to your friend: For neuer shall you lie by Portias side
[1605]
With an vnquiet soule. You shall haue gold To pay the petty debt twenty times ouer. When it is payd, bring your true friend along, My maid Nerrissa, and my selfe meane time Will liue as maids and widdowes; come away,
[1610]
For you shall hence vpon your wedding day: Bid your friends welcome, show a merry cheere, Since you are deere bought, I will loue you deere. But let me heare the letter of your friend.
This unattributed speech is conventionally given to Bassanio.

Sweet Bassanio, my ships haue all miscarried , my Credi ­

[1615]

tors grow cruell , my estate is very low , my bond to the Iew is

forfeit , and since in paying it , it is impossible I should liue , all

debts are cleerd betweene you and I , if I might see you at my

death: notwithstanding , vse your pleasure , if your loue doe not

perswade you to come , let not my letter.

Por.
[1620]

O loue! dispach all busines and be gone.

Bass. Since I haue your good leaue to goe away, I will make hast; but till I come againe, No bed shall ere be guilty of my stay, Nor rest be interposer twixt vs twaine. Exeunt.
 

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      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <l n="1322">I, but I feare you speake vpon the racke,</l>
      <l n="1323">Where men enforced doth speake any thing.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1324">Promise me life, and ile confesse the truth.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <l n="1325">Well then, confesse and liue.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1326">Confesse and loue</l>
      <l n="1327">Had beene the verie sum of my confession:</l>
      <l n="1328">O happie torment, when my torturer</l>
      <l n="1329">Doth teach me answers for deliuerance:</l>
      <l n="1330">But let me to my fortune and the caskets.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <l n="1331">Away then, I am lockt in one of them,</l>
      <l n="1332">If you doe loue me, you will finde me out.</l>
      <l n="1333">
         <hi rend="italic">Nerryssa</hi>and the rest, stand all aloose,</l>
      <l n="1334">Let musicke sound while he doth make his choise,</l>
      <l n="1335">Then if he loose he makes a Swan‑like end,</l>
      <l n="1336">Fading in musique. That the comparison</l>
      <l n="1337">May stand more proper, my eye shall be the streame</l>
      <l n="1338">And watrie death‑bed for him: he may win,</l>
      <l n="1339">And what is musique than? Than musique is</l>
      <l n="1340">Euen as the flourish, when true subiects bowe</l>
      <l n="1341">To a new crowned Monarch: Such it is,</l>
      <l n="1342">As are those dulcet sounds in breake of day,</l>
      <l n="1343">That creepe into the dreaming bride‑groomes eare,</l>
      <l n="1344">And summon him to marriage. Now he goes</l>
      <l n="1345">With no lesse presence, but with much more loue</l>
      <l n="1346">Then yong<hi rend="italic">Alcides</hi>, when he did redeeme</l>
      <l n="1347">The virgine tribute, paied by howling<hi rend="italic">Troy</hi>
      </l>
      <l n="1348">To the Sea‑monster: I stand for sacrifice,</l>
      <l n="1349">The rest aloofe are the Dardanian wiues:</l>
      <l n="1350">With bleared visages come forth to view</l>
      <l n="1351">The issue of th'exploit: Goe Hercules,</l>
      <l n="1352">Liue thou, I liue with much more dismay</l>
      <l n="1353">I view the fight, then thou that mak'st the fray.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="business">Here Musicke.</stage>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="business">A Song the whilst<hi rend="roman">Bassanio</hi>comments on the
      <lb/>Caskets to himselfe.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-mv-all">
      <lg>
         <l n="1354">
            <hi rend="italic">Tell me where is fancie bred</hi>,</l>
         <l n="1355">
            <hi rend="italic">Or in the heart, or in the head</hi>:</l>
         <l rend="italic" n="1356">How begot, how nourished.</l>
         <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="business">Replie, replie.</stage>
         <l n="1357">
            <hi rend="italic">It is engendred in the eyes</hi>,</l>
         <l n="1358">
            <hi rend="italic">With gazing fed</hi>,<hi rend="italic">and Fancie dies</hi>,</l>
         <l rend="italic" n="1359">In the cradle where it lies:</l>
         <l rend="italic" n="1360">Let vs all ring Fancies knell.</l>
         <l n="1361">Ile begin it.</l>
         <l n="1362">
            <hi rend="italic">Ding dong</hi>,<hi rend="italic">bell.</hi>
         </l>
      </lg>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-all">
      <speaker>All.</speaker>
      <l n="1363">
         <hi rend="italic">Ding</hi>,<hi rend="italic">dong</hi>,<hi rend="italic">bell.</hi>
      </l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1364">So may the outward showes be least themselues</l>
      <l n="1365">The world is still deceiu'd with ornament.</l>
      <l n="1366">In Law, what Plea so tanted and corrupt,</l>
      <l n="1367">But being season'd with a gracious voice,</l>
      <l n="1368">Obscures the show of euill? In Religion,</l>
      <l n="1369">What damned error, but some sober brow</l>
      <l n="1370">Will blesse it, and approue it with a text,</l>
      <l n="1371">Hiding the grosenesse with faire ornament:</l>
      <l n="1372">There is no voice so simple, but assumes</l>
      <l n="1373">Some marke of vertue on his outward parts;</l>
      <cb n="2"/>
      <l n="1374">How manie cowards, whose hearts are all as false</l>
      <l n="1375">As stayers of sand, weare yet vpon their chins</l>
      <l n="1376">The beards of<hi rend="italic">Hercules</hi>and frowning<hi rend="italic">Mars</hi>,</l>
      <l n="1377">Who inward searcht, haue lyuers white as milke,</l>
      <l n="1378">And these assume but valors excrement,</l>
      <l n="1379">To render them redoubted. Looke on beautie,</l>
      <l n="1380">And you shall see 'tis purchast by the weight,</l>
      <l n="1381">Which therein workes a miracle in nature,</l>
      <l n="1382">Making them lightest that weare most of it:</l>
      <l n="1383">So are those crisped snakie golden locks</l>
      <l n="1384">Which makes such wanton gambols with the winde</l>
      <l n="1385">Vpon supposed fairenesse, often knowne</l>
      <l n="1386">To be the dowrie of a second head,</l>
      <l n="1387">The scull that bred them in the Sepulcher.</l>
      <l n="1388">Thus ornament is but the guiled shore</l>
      <l n="1389">To a most dangerous sea: the beautious scarfe</l>
      <l n="1390">Vailing an Indian beautie; In a word,</l>
      <l n="1391">The seeming truth which cunning times put on</l>
      <l n="1392">To intrap the wisest. Therefore then thou gaudie gold,</l>
      <l n="1393">Hard food for<hi rend="italic">Midas</hi>, I will none of thee,</l>
      <l n="1394">Nor none of thee thou pale and common drudge</l>
      <l n="1395">'Tweene man and man: but thou, thou meager lead</l>
      <l n="1396">Which rather threatnest then dost promise ought,</l>
      <l n="1397">Thy palenesse moues me more then eloquence,</l>
      <l n="1398">And here choose I, ioy be the consequence.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <l n="1399">How all the other passions fleet to ayre,</l>
      <l n="1400">As doubtfull thoughts, and rash imbrac'd despaire:</l>
      <l n="1401">And shuddring feare, and greene‑eyed iealousie.</l>
      <l n="1402">O loue be moderate, allay thy extasie,</l>
      <l n="1403">In measure raine thy ioy, scant this excesse,</l>
      <l n="1404">I feele too much thy blessing, make it lesse,</l>
      <l n="1405">For feare I surfeit.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bas.</speaker>
      <l n="1406">What finde I here?</l>
      <l n="1407">Faire<hi rend="italic">Portias</hi>counterfeit. What demie God</l>
      <l n="1408">Hath come so neere creation? moue these eies?</l>
      <l n="1409">Or whether riding on the bals of mine</l>
      <l n="1410">Seeme they in motion? Here are seuer'd lips</l>
      <l n="1411">Parted with suger breath, so sweet a barre</l>
      <l n="1412">Should sunder such sweet friends: here in her haires</l>
      <l n="1413">The Painter plaies the Spider, and hath wouen</l>
      <l n="1414">A golden mesh t'intrap the hearts of men</l>
      <l n="1415">Faster then gnats in cobwebs: but her eies,</l>
      <l n="1416">How could he see to doe them? hauing made one,</l>
      <l n="1417">Me thinkes it should haue power to steale both his</l>
      <l n="1418">And leaue it selfe vnfurnisht: Yet looke how farre</l>
      <l n="1419">The substance of my praise doth wrong this shadow</l>
      <l n="1420">In vnderprising it, so farre this shadow</l>
      <l n="1421">Doth limpe behinde the substance. Here's the scroule,</l>
      <l n="1422">The continent, and summarie of my fortune.</l>
      <lg rend="italic center">
         <l n="1423">You that choose not by the view</l>
         <l n="1424">Chance as faire, and choose as true:</l>
         <l n="1425">Since this fortune fals to you,</l>
         <l n="1426">Be content, and seeke no new.</l>
         <l n="1427">If you be well pleasd with this,</l>
         <l n="1428">And hold your fortune for your blisse,</l>
         <l n="1429">Turne you where your Lady is,</l>
         <l n="1430">And claime her with a louing kisse.</l>
      </lg>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1431">A gentle scroule: Faire Lady, by your leaue,</l>
      <l n="1432">I come by note to giue, and to receiue,</l>
      <l n="1433">Like one of two contending in a prize</l>
      <l n="1434">That thinks he hath done well in peoples eies:</l>
      <l n="1435">Hearing applause and vniuersall shout,</l>
      <l n="1436">Giddie in spirit, still gazing in a doubt</l>
      <l n="1437">Whether those peales of praise be his or no.</l>
      <pb facs="FFimg:axc0195-0.jpg" n="175"/>
      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="1438">So thrice faire Lady stand I euen so,</l>
      <l n="1439">As doubtfull whether what I see be true,</l>
      <l n="1440">Vntill confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <l n="1441">You see my Lord<hi rend="italic">Bassiano</hi>where I stand,</l>
      <l n="1442">Such as I am; though for my selfe alone</l>
      <l n="1443">I would not be ambitious in my wish,</l>
      <l n="1444">To wish my selfe much better, yet for you,</l>
      <l n="1445">I would be trebled twenty times my selfe,</l>
      <l n="1446">A thousand times more faire, ten thousand times</l>
      <l n="1447">More rich, that onely to stand high in your account,</l>
      <l n="1448">I might in vertues, beauties, liuings, friends,</l>
      <l n="1449">Exceed account: but the full summe of me</l>
      <l n="1450">Is sum of nothing: which to terme in grosse,</l>
      <l n="1451">Is an vnlessoned girle, vnschool'd, vnpractiz'd,</l>
      <l n="1452">Happy in this, she is not yet so old</l>
      <l n="1453">But she may learne: happier then this,</l>
      <l n="1454">Shee is not bred so dull but she can learne;</l>
      <l n="1455">Happiest of all, is that her gentle spirit</l>
      <l n="1456">Commits it selfe to yours to be directed,</l>
      <l n="1457">As from her Lord, her Gouernour, her King.</l>
      <l n="1458">My selfe, and what is mine, to you and yours</l>
      <l n="1459">Is now conuerted. But now I was the Lord</l>
      <l n="1460">Of this faire mansion, master of my seruants,</l>
      <l n="1461">Queene ore my selfe: and euen now, but now,</l>
      <l n="1462">This house, these seruants, and this same my selfe</l>
      <l n="1463">Are yours, my Lord, I giue them with this ring,</l>
      <l n="1464">Which when you part from, loose, or giue away,</l>
      <l n="1465">Let it presage the ruine of your loue,</l>
      <l n="1466">And be my vantage to exclaime on you.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1467">Maddam, you haue bereft me of all words,</l>
      <l n="1468">Onely my bloud speakes to you in my vaines,</l>
      <l n="1469">And there is such confusion in my powers,</l>
      <l n="1470">As after some oration fairely spoke</l>
      <l n="1471">By a beloued Prince, there doth appeare</l>
      <l n="1472">Among the buzzing pleased multitude,</l>
      <l n="1473">Where euery something being blent together,</l>
      <l n="1474">Turnes to a wilde of nothing, saue of ioy</l>
      <l n="1475">Exprest, and not exprest: but when this ring</l>
      <l n="1476">Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence,</l>
      <l n="1477">O then be bold to say<hi rend="italic">Bassanio'</hi>s dead.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-ner">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ner.</speaker>
      <l n="1478">My Lord and Lady, it is now our time</l>
      <l n="1479">That haue stood by and seene our wishes prosper,</l>
      <l n="1480">To cry good ioy, good ioy my Lord and Lady.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-gra">
      <speaker rend="italic">Gra.</speaker>
      <l n="1481">My Lord<hi rend="italic">Bassanio</hi>, and my gentle Lady,</l>
      <l n="1482">I wish you all the ioy that you can wish:</l>
      <l n="1483">For I am sure you can wish none from me:</l>
      <l n="1484">And when your Honours meane to solemnize</l>
      <l n="1485">The bargaine of your faith: I doe beseech you</l>
      <l n="1486">Euen at that time I may be married too.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1487">With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-gra">
      <speaker rend="italic">Gra.</speaker>
      <l n="1488">I thanke your Lordship, you gaue got me one.</l>
      <l n="1489">My eyes my Lord can looke as swift as yours:</l>
      <l n="1490">You saw the mistres, I beheld the maid:</l>
      <l n="1491">You lou'd, I lou'd for intermission,</l>
      <l n="1492">No more pertaines to me my Lord then you;</l>
      <l n="1493">Your fortune stood vpon the caskets there,</l>
      <l n="1494">And so did mine too, as the matter falls:</l>
      <l n="1495">For wooing heere vntill I swet againe,</l>
      <l n="1496">And swearing till my very rough was dry</l>
      <l n="1497">With oathes of loue, at last, if promise last,</l>
      <l n="1498">I got a promise of this faire one heere</l>
      <l n="1499">To haue her loue: prouided that your fortune</l>
      <l n="1500">Atchieu'd her mistresse.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <p n="1501">Is this true<hi rend="italic">Nerrissa</hi>?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-ner">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ner.</speaker>
      <p n="1502">Madam it is so, so you stand pleas'd withall.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <p n="1503">And doe you<hi rend="italic">Gratiano</hi>meane good faith?</p>
   </sp>
   <cb n="2"/>
   <sp who="#F-mv-gra">
      <speaker rend="italic">Gra.</speaker>
      <p n="1504">Yes faith my Lord.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <p n="1505">Our feast shall be much honored in your mar­
      <lb n="1506"/>riage.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-gra">
      <speaker rend="italic">Gra.</speaker>
      <p n="1507">Weele play with them the first boy for a thou­
      <lb n="1508"/>sand ducats.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-ner">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ner.</speaker>
      <p n="1509">What and stake downe?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-gra">
      <speaker rend="italic">Gra.</speaker>
      <l n="1510">No, we shal nere win at that sport, and stake
      <lb/>downe.</l>
      <l n="1511">But who comes heere?<hi rend="italic">Lorenzo</hi>and his Infidell?</l>
      <l n="1512">What and my old Venetian friend<hi rend="italic">Salerio</hi>?</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Lorenzo, Iessica, and Salerio.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bas.</speaker>
      <l n="1513">
         <hi rend="italic">Lorenzo</hi>and<hi rend="italic">Salerio</hi>, welcome hether,</l>
      <l n="1514">If that the youth of my new interest heere</l>
      <l n="1515">Haue power to bid you welcome: by your leaue</l>
      <l n="1516">I bid my verie friends and Countrimen</l>
      <l n="1517">Sweet<hi rend="italic">Portia</hi>welcome.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <p n="1518">So do I my Lord, they are intirely welcome.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-lor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Lor.</speaker>
      <l n="1519">I thanke your honor; for my part my Lord,</l>
      <l n="1520">My purpose was not to haue seene you heere,</l>
      <l n="1521">But meeting with<hi rend="italic">Salerio</hi>by the way,</l>
      <l n="1522">He did intreate mee past all saying nay</l>
      <l n="1523">To come with him along.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-slr">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sal.</speaker>
      <l n="1524">I did my Lord,</l>
      <l n="1525">And I haue reason for it, Signior<hi rend="italic">Anthonio</hi>
      </l>
      <l n="1526">Commends him to you.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1527">Ere I ope his Letter</l>
      <l n="1528">I pray you tell me how my good friend doth.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-sln">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sal.</speaker>
      <l n="1529">Not sicke my Lord, vnlesse it be in minde,</l>
      <l n="1530">Nor wel, vnlesse in minde: his Letter there</l>
      <l n="1531">Wil shew you his estate.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="business">Opens the Letter.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-mv-gra">
      <speaker rend="italic">Gra.</speaker>
      <l n="1532">
         <hi rend="italic">Nerrissa</hi>, cheere yond stranger, bid her welcom.</l>
      <l n="1533">Your hand<hi rend="italic">Salerio</hi>, what's the newes from Venice?</l>
      <l n="1534">How doth that royal Merchant good<hi rend="italic">Anthonio</hi>;</l>
      <l n="1535">I know he will be glad of our successe,</l>
      <l n="1536">We are the<hi rend="italic">Iasons</hi>, we haue won the fleece.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-slr">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sal.</speaker>
      <p n="1537">I would you had vvon the fleece that hee hath
      <lb n="1538"/>lost.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <l n="1539">There are some shrewd contents in yond same
      <lb/>Paper,</l>
      <l n="1540">That steales the colour from<hi rend="italic">Bassianos</hi>cheeke,</l>
      <l n="1541">Some deere friend dead, else nothing in the world</l>
      <l n="1542">Could turne so much the constitution</l>
      <l n="1543">Of any constant man. What, worse and worse?</l>
      <l n="1544">With leaue<hi rend="italic">Bassanio</hi>I am halfe your selfe,</l>
      <l n="1545">And I must freely haue the halfe of any thing</l>
      <l n="1546">That this same paper brings you.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1547">O sweet<hi rend="italic">Portia</hi>,</l>
      <l n="1548">Heere are a few of the vnpleasant'st words</l>
      <l n="1549">That euer blotted paper. Gentle Ladie</l>
      <l n="1550">When I did first impart my loue to you,</l>
      <l n="1551">I freely told you all the wealth I had</l>
      <l n="1552">Ran in my vaines: I was a Gentleman,</l>
      <l n="1553">And then I told you true: and yet deere Ladie,</l>
      <l n="1554">Rating my selfe at nothing, you shall see</l>
      <l n="1555">How much I was a Braggart, when I told you</l>
      <l n="1556">My state was nothing, I should then haue told you</l>
      <l n="1557">That I vvas worse then nothing: for indeede</l>
      <l n="1558">I haue ingag'd my selfe to a deere friend,</l>
      <l n="1559">Ingag'd my friend to his meere enemie</l>
      <l n="1560">To feede my meanes. Heere is a Letter Ladie,</l>
      <l n="1561">The paper as the bodie of my friend,</l>
      <l n="1562">And euerie word in it a gaping wound</l>
      <l n="1563">Issuing life blood. But is it true<hi rend="italic">Salerio</hi>,</l>
      <pb facs="FFimg:axc0196-0.jpg" n="176"/>
      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="1564">Hath all his ventures faild, what not one hit,</l>
      <l n="1565">From Tripolis, from Mexico and England,</l>
      <l n="1566">From Lisbon, Barbary, and India,</l>
      <l n="1567">And not one vessell scape the dreadfull touch</l>
      <l n="1568">Of Merchant‑marring rocks?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-slr">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sal.</speaker>
      <l n="1569">Not one my Lord.</l>
      <l n="1570">Besides, it should appeare, that if he had</l>
      <l n="1571">The present money to discharge the Iew,</l>
      <l n="1572">He would not take it: neuer did I know</l>
      <l n="1573">A creature that did beare the shape of man</l>
      <l n="1574">So keene and greedy to confound a man.</l>
      <l n="1575">He plyes the Duke at morning and at night,</l>
      <l n="1576">And doth impeach the freedome of the state</l>
      <l n="1577">If they deny him iustice. Twenty Merchants,</l>
      <l n="1578">The Duke himselfe, and the Magnificoes</l>
      <l n="1579">Of greatest port haue all perswaded with him,</l>
      <l n="1580">But none can driue him from the enuious plea</l>
      <l n="1581">Of forfeiture, of iustice, and his bond.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-jes">
      <speaker rend="italic">Iessi.</speaker>
      <l n="1582">When I was with him, I haue heard him sweare</l>
      <l n="1583">To<hi rend="italic">Tuball</hi>and to<hi rend="italic">Chus</hi>, his Countri‑men,</l>
      <l n="1584">That he would rather haue<hi rend="italic">Anthonio's</hi>flesh,</l>
      <l n="1585">Then twenty times the value of the summe</l>
      <l n="1586">That he did owe him: and I know my Lord,</l>
      <l n="1587">If law, authoritie, and power denie not,</l>
      <l n="1588">It will goe hard with poore<hi rend="italic">Anthonio.</hi>
      </l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <l n="1589">Is it your deere friend that is thus in trouble?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1590">The deerest friend to me, the kindest man,</l>
      <l n="1591">The best condition'd, and vnwearied spirit</l>
      <l n="1592">In doing curtesies: and one in whom</l>
      <l n="1593">The ancient Romane honour more appeares</l>
      <l n="1594">Then any that drawes breath in Italie.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <l n="1595">What summe owes he the Iew?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1596">For me three thousand ducats.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <l n="1597">What, no more?</l>
      <l n="1598">Pay him sixe thousand, and deface the bond:</l>
      <l n="1599">Double sixe thousand, and then treble that,</l>
      <l n="1600">Before a friend of this description</l>
      <l n="1601">Shall lose a haire through<hi rend="italic">Bassano</hi>'s fault.</l>
      <l n="1602">First goe with me to Church, and call me wife,</l>
      <l n="1603">And then away to Venice to your friend:</l>
      <l n="1604">For neuer shall you lie by<hi rend="italic">Portias</hi>side</l>
      <l n="1605">With an vnquiet soule. You shall haue gold</l>
      <l n="1606">To pay the petty debt twenty times ouer.</l>
      <l n="1607">When it is payd, bring your true friend along,</l>
      <l n="1608">My maid<hi rend="italic">Nerrissa</hi>, and my selfe meane time</l>
      <l n="1609">Will liue as maids and widdowes; come away,</l>
      <l n="1610">For you shall hence vpon your wedding day:</l>
      <l n="1611">Bid your friends welcome, show a merry cheere,</l>
      <l n="1612">Since you are deere bought, I will loue you deere.</l>
      <l n="1613">But let me heare the letter of your friend.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <note type="editorial" resp="#LMC">This unattributed speech is conventionally given to Bassanio.</note>
      <p rend="italic" n="1614">Sweet<hi rend="roman">Bassanio,</hi>my ships haue all miscarried<hi rend="roman">,</hi>my Credi ­
      <lb n="1615"/>tors grow cruell<hi rend="roman">,</hi>my estate is very low<hi rend="roman">,</hi>my bond to the Iew is
      <lb n="1616"/>forfeit<hi rend="roman">,</hi>and since in paying it<hi rend="roman">,</hi>it is impossible I should liue<hi rend="roman">,</hi>all
      <lb n="1617"/>debts are cleerd betweene you and I<hi rend="roman">,</hi>if I might see you at my
      <lb n="1618"/>death: notwithstanding<hi rend="roman">,</hi>vse your pleasure<hi rend="roman">,</hi>if your loue doe not
      <lb n="1619"/>perswade you to come<hi rend="roman">,</hi>let not my letter.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-por">
      <speaker rend="italic">Por.</speaker>
      <p n="1620">O loue! dispach all busines and be gone.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-mv-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="1621">Since I haue your good leaue to goe away,</l>
      <l n="1622">I will make hast; but till I come againe,</l>
      <l n="1623">No bed shall ere be guilty of my stay,</l>
      <l n="1624">Nor rest be interposer twixt vs twaine.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic inline" type="exit">Exeunt.</stage>
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