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To live in prayer and contemplation,
Lor. Madam, with all my heart;
Por. My people do already know my mind,
Lor. Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you !
Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well-pleased To wish it back on you; fare you well, Jeljica.
[Exeunt Jef. and Lor, 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 (14) 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 : walte no time in words, But
get thee gone; I shall be there before thee. Balth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed. (Exit.
(14) In speed to Mantua ;] Thus all the old Copies ; and thus all the modern Editors implicitly after them. But 'tis evident to any diligent Reader, that we must restore, as I have done, In Speed' to Padua : For it was there, and not at Mantua, Bellario lived. So afterwards ; A Millenger, with Letters from the Doctor, neru come from Padua. And again, Came you from Padua, from Bellario? And again, It comes from Padua, from Bellario. Besides, Padua, not Mantua, is the Place of Education for the Civil Law in Italy,
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 see us ?
Por. They shall, Nerisa; but in such a habit,
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 my 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. [Exeun!.
Enter Launcelot and Jeffica.
Laun. Yes, truly : for look you, the sins of the father are to be laid upon 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,
Jef. And what hope is that, I pray thee?
Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your father got you not, that you are not the Jew's daughter.
Fes. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed; so the fins 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
ways. Fel. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath made me a christian.
Laun. Truly, the more to blame he; we were chri. stians 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 pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a ralher on the coals for money.
Fes. 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. Hef. 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 Jew's daughter : and he fays, you are no good member of the commonwealth; for, in converting Jerus to christians, you raise the price of pork.
Lor. I shall answer that better to the common-wealth, 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 filence, and discourse grow commendable in none, but parrots. Go in, firrah, bid them prepare for dinner. Laun. That is done, Sir; they have all ftomachs,
Lor. Good lord, what a wit-snapper are you! then bid them prepare dinner.
Laun. That is done too, Sir; only, cover is the word.
Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion! wilt thou Thew the whole wealth of thy wit in an instant ? I pray thee understand a plain man in his plain meaning: go to thy fellows, bid them cover the table, serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.
Laun. For the table, Sir, it shall be serv'd in; for the meat, Sir, it shall be covered; for your coming in to dinner, Sir, why, let it be as humours and conceits
(Exit Laun. Lor. O dear discretion, how his words are suited! The fool hath planted in his memory An army of good words; and I do know A many fools that stand in better place, Garnish'd like him, that for a tricksy word Defy the matter : how far'st thou, Jelica? And now, good sweet, say thy opinion, How duft thou like the lord Basanio's wife?
Jef. Paft all expressing: it is very meet,
Lor. Even such a husband
Jes. Nay, but ak my opinion too of that.
Then, howsoe'er thou speak't, 'mong other things,
SCENE, the Senate-house in VENICE, Enter the Duke, the Senators; Anthonio, Bassanio,
and Gratiano, at the Bar.
WHAT, is Anthonio here?
DU K E.
Anth. Ready, so please your Grace.
Anth. I have heard
Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the court.
Enter Shylock. Duke. Make room, and let him ftand before our face. Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too, That thou but lead 'st this fashion of thy malice To the laft hour of act; and then 'tis thought, Thou’lt shew thy mercy and remorse more strange