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The other half in use,--to render it,
Upon his death, unto the gentleman,
That lately stole his daughter.
Two things provided more,-That, for this favour,
He presently become a Christian ;
The other, that he do record a gift,
Here in the court, of all he dies possess'd, 400
Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter.

Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
The pardon, that I late pronounced here.

Por. Art thou contented, Jew? what dost thou say?
Shy. I am content.
Pur. Clerk, draw a deed of gift.

Shy. I pray yon, give me leave to go from hence ;
I am not well; send the deed after me,
And I will sign it.
Duke. Get thee gone, but do it.

410 Gra. In christening thou shalt have two god.

fathers; Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten more, To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.

[Exit SHYLOCK Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner."

Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon ;
I must away this night to Padua,
And it is meet, I presently set forth.

Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves you not.
Anthonio, gratify this gentleman ;
For, in my mind, you are inuch bound to him. 420

[ Exeunt Duke, and his Train, K

Bass.

Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I, and my friend, Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof, Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, We freely cope your courteous pains withal.

Anth. And stand indebted, over and above, In love and service to you evermore.

Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfy'd; And I, delivering you, am satisfy'd, And therein do account myself well paid; 433 My mind was never yet more mercenary. I pray you, know me, when we meet again ; I wish you well, and so I take my leave.

Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you fur

ther ;

Take some remembrance of us, for a tribute,
Not as a fee : grant me two things, I pray you,
Not to deny me, and to pardon me.
Por. You press .me far, and therefore I will

yield. Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your

sake;

And, for your love, I'll take this ring from you :-
Do not draw back your hand; I'll take no more;
And you in love shall not deny me this.

412 Bass. This ring, good sir,-alas, it is a trifle; I will not shame iyself to give you this.

Por. I will have nothing else but only this; And now, methinks, I have a mind to it. 3

Bass.

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Bass. There's more depends on this, than on the

value.
The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,
And find it out by proclamation ;
Only for this, I pray you, pardon me.

450
Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers :
You taught me first to beg; and now, methinks,
You teach me how a beggar should be answer'd.
Bass. Good sir, this ring was given me by my

wife;
And, when she put it on, she made me vow,
That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it.
Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their

gifts.
An if your wife be not a mad woman,
And know how well I have deserv'd this ring,
She would not hold out enemy for ever,

460 For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you !

[Exit with NERISSA.
Anth. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring;
Let his deservings, and my love withal,
Be valu'a 'gainst your wife's commandment.

Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him,
Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou can'st,
Unto Anthonio's house :-away, make haste.
Come, you and I will thither presently ;
And in the morning early will we both 469
Fly toward Belmont: Come, Anthonio. [Exeunt.

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SCENE 11.

Enter PORTIA and NERISSA.
Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this

deed,
And let hiin sign it; we'll away to-night,
And be a day before our husbands home :
This decd will be well welcome to Lorenzo,

Enter GRATIANO.

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Gra. Fair sir, you are well o’erta'en :
My lord Bassanio, upon more advice,
Hath sent you here this ring; and doth entreat
Your company at dinner.

Por. That cannot be :
This ring I do accept most thankfully,
And so, I pray you, tell him: Furthermore,
I pray you, shew my youth old Shylock's house.

Gra. That will I do,

Ner. Sir, I would speak with you :I'll see if I can get my husband's ring, [To PORTIA. Which I did make him swear to keep for ever. Por. Thou may'st, I warrant: We shall have old

swearing, That they did give the rings away to men ; But we'll out-face them, and out-swear them too. Away, make haste; thou know'st where I will tarry. Ner. Come, good sir, will you shew me to this house?

[Excunt.

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