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Sala. Out upon it, old carrion ! rebels it at these years?
Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood.

Sol. There is more difference between thy flesh and hers, than between jet and ivory ; more between your bloods, than there is between red wine and rhenish :-But tell us, do you hear, whether Anthonio have had any loss at sea or no?

Sby. There I have another bad match: a bankrupt, ea prodigal, who dare scarce shew his head on the Rialto; a beggar, that us’d to come so smug upon the mart ;-let him look to his bond: he was wont to call me usurer ;

let him look to his bond: he was wont to lend money for • a Christian courtesy ;- let him look to his bond.

Sol. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his fesh; What's that good for ?

Sby. To bait fish withal : if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgrac'd me, and hinder'd me of half a million ; laugh’d at my losses, mock'd at my gains, scorn'd my nation, thwarted my bargains, coold my friends, heated mine enemies; And what's his reason? I am a Jew : Hath not a Jew eyes ? hath not a Jew hands; organs, dimensions, fenies, affections, passions ? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal'd by the same means, warm’d and coolid by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is ? if you prick us, do we not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh ? if you poison us, do we not die ? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility ? revenge: If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian

ca prodigal,)-in his bounty, lending without interest.

example ?


example? why, revenge. The villainy, you teach me, I will execute; and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.

Enter a Servant. Serv. Gentlemen, my master Anthonio is at his house, and desires to speak with you both.

Sol. We have been up and down to seek him.

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Enter Tubal. Sala. Here comes another of the tribe; a third cannot be match'd, unless the devil himself turn Jew.

[Exeunt Sol. and Salar. Sby. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? haft thou found my daughter ?

Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but cannot find her.

Shy. Why there, there, there, there! a diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort ! the curse never fell upon our nation ’till now: I never felt it 'till now:two thousand ducats in that ; and other precious, precious jewels.--I would, my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! 'would she were hears'd at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin ! No news of them ?-Why, fo:-and I know not what's spent in the search: Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge : nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my shoulders; no sighs, but o'my breathing; no tears, but o’my shedding.

Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too ; Anthonio, as
I heard in Genoa,

Shy. What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck ?
Tub. Hath an argosy cast away, coming from Tripolis,
Shy. I thank God, I thank God Is it true? is it true?


Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the


Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ;-Good news, good news : ha! ha!-Where? in Genoa ?

Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore ducats,

Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me:-I shall never fee my gold again : Fourscore ducats at a sitting ! fourscore ducats !

Tub. There came divers of Anthonio's creditors in my company to Venice, that swear he cannot chuse but break.

Sby. I am glad of it ; I'll plague him ; I'll torture him ; I am glad of it.

Tub. One of them shewed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a monkey.

Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal: it was my turquoise ; I had it of Leah, when I was a batchelor : I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkies.

Tub. But Anthonio is certainly undone.

Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true: Go, Tubal, fee me an officer, befpeak him a fortnight before: I will have the heart of him, if he forfeit ; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandize I will : Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our fynagogue; go, good Tubal; at our fynagogue, Tubal.




Enter Bassanio, Portia, Gratiano, and attendants. .

The caskets are set out.
Por. I pray you, tarry; pause a day or two,
Before you hazard; for, in chusing wrong,

I loose

I lose your company ; therefore, forbear a while :
There's something tells me, (but it is not love)
I would not lose you; and you know yourself,
Hate counsels not in such a quality :
But lest you should not understand me well,
(And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought)
I would detain you here some month or two,
Before you venture for me. I could teach you
How to chuse right, but I am then forsworn;
So will I never be: so you may miss me;
But if you do, you'll make me wish a sin,
That I had been forsworn. Beshrew your eyes,
They have o'er-look'd me, and divided me;
One half of me is yours, the other yours,
Mine own, I would say ; but if mine, then yours,
And so all yours : Oh! these naughty times
Put bars between the owners and their rights ;
And so, though yours, not yours.-*Prove it so,
Let fortune go to hell for it, -not I.
I speak too long; but 'tis to % peize the time;
To eke it, and to draw it out in length,
To stay you from election.

Baj. Let me chuse;
For, as I am, I live upon the rack.

Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio ? then confess
What treason there is mingled with your love.

Baf. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust,
Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love:
There may as well be amity and life
'Tween snow and fire, as treason and my love.

Por. Ay, but, I fear, you speak upon the rack,

f Prove it fo, &c. )-Should you chance to lose me, let fortune rather go to hell for depriving you of your deserts, than I for a breach of my oath.

peize).-delay, retard, piece. VOL. II.



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Where men enforced do speak any thing.

Bas. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.
Por. Well then, confess and live.

Bas. Confess, and love,
Had been the very fun of my confession:
O happy torment, when my torturer
Doth teach me answers for deliverance !
But let me to my fortune and the caskets.

Por. Away then: I am lock'd in one of them;
If you do love me, you will find me out.
Nerissa, and the reft, stand all aloof.
Let musick sound, while he doth make his choice;
Then, if he lose, he makes a swali-like end,
Fading in musick: that the comparison
May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream,
And wat'ry death-bed for him : He may win;
And what is musick then ? then musick is
Even as the fourish when true subjects bow
To a new-crowned monarch: such it is,
As are those dulcet sounds in break of day,
That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear,
And summon him to marriage. Now he goes,

With no less presence, but with much more love,
Than young Alcides, when he did redeem
The i virgin tribute paid by howling Troy
To the sea-monster: I stand for sacrifice,
The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives,
With bleared visages, come forth to view
The issue of the exploit. Go, Hercules !
Live thou, I live :-With much much more dismay
I view the fight, than thou that mak'st the fray.

[Mufick within. With no less presence. ]-With like intrepidity. i virgin tribute] Hefione daughter of Laomedon king of Troy destined to be devoured by a fea-monster, but delivered by Hercules.

A song,

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