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other 'fort than your father's imposition, depending on the caskets.

Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the manner of my father's will: I am glad this parcel of wooers are so very reasonable ; for there is not one among them but I dote on his very absence, and I pray God grant them a fair departure.

Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your father's time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, that came hither in company of the Marquis of Montferrat?

Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio ; as I think, fo he was callid.

Ner. True, madam; he, of all the men that ever my foolish eyes look'd upon, was the best deserving a fair lady.

Por. I remember him well; and I remember him worthy of thy praise.—How now! what news?

Enter a Servant.

Ser. The four strangers seek for you, madam,' to take their leave: and there is a fore-runner come from a fifth, che prince of Morocco; who brings word, the prince, his master, will be here to-night.

Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so good heart as I can bid the other four farewel, I should be glad of his approach : if he have the condition of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather' he should shrive me than wive me. Come, Nerissa. Sirrah, go before.Whiles we shut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at the door.

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Enter Bassanio and Sbylock.
Shy. Three thousand ducats,—well.
Baj. Ay, fir, for three months.
Sby. For three months,-well.

Baf. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio shall be bound.

Shy. Anthonio shall become bound, -well.

Bas. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer ?

Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Anthonio bound.

Bas. Your answer to that.
Shy. Anthonio "is a good man.
Bas. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?

Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no ;-my meaning, in saying he is a good man, is, to have you understand me, that he is sufficient: yet his means are in supposition: he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies ; I understand moreover upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England,—and other ventures he hath, squander'd abroad : But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land rats, and water rats, water thieves, and land thieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks : The man is, notwith,

u is a good man.]- of good credit, in the mercantile sense.
“ We are accounted poor citizens, the Patricians good."

CORIOLANUS, Act I, S. 1. i Cit. w in fuppofition:]-in fome degree imaginary, being in such a pre. carious situation.


standing, sufficient :- three thousand ducats ;-I think, I may take his bond.

Bals. Be assur’d, you may.

Sby. I will be assur’d, I may; and, that I may be assurd, I will bethink me: May I speak with Anthonio ? Baf. If it please you to dine with us.

Sby. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite conjured the devil into: I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with

you, nor pray with you. What news on the Rialto ? -Who is he comes here?

Enter Antbonio.

Bal. This is signior Anthonio.

Sby. [Afde.] How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him for he is a christian : But more, for that, in low simplicity, He lends out money gratis, and brings down The rate of * usance here with us in Venice. If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. He hates our facred nation ; and he rails, Even there where merchants most do congregate, On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift, Which he calls interest: Cursed be my tribe, If I forgive him ! Bal. Shylock, do you

hear? Sby. I am debating of my present store ;

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“ Now infidel I have thee on the hip.

Act IV, S. 1. Gra.
P'll bave our Michael Cassio on the hip.
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And, by the near guess of my memory,
I cannot instantly raise up the gross
Of full three thousand ducats : What of that?
Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,
Will furnish me : But soft ; How many months

desire ?—Reft you fair, good signior; [To Anth. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.

Anth. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
By taking, nor by giving of ’ excess,
Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my friend,
I'll break a custom :-Is he yet possess’d,
How much you, would ?

Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Antb. And for three months.

Sby. I had forgot,-three months, you told me fo.
Well then, your bond ; and, let me see,-But hear you;
Methoughts, you said, you neither lend, nor borrow,
Upon advantage.

Antb. I do never use it.

Shy. When Jacob graz’d his uncle Laban's sheep,
This Jacob from our holy Abraham was
(As his wise mother wrought in his behalf)
The third poffeffor ; ay, he was the third.

Anth. And what of him? did he take interest ?

Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would say,
Directly interest: mark what Jacob did.
When Laban and himself were compromis'd,
That all the deanlings, which were streak’d, and py'd,
Should fall as Jacob's hire, the ewes, being rank,
In the end of autumn turned to the rams :

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And when the work of generation was
Between these woolly breeders in the act,
The skilful shepherd peeld me certain wands,
And, in the doing of the deed of kind,
He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes;
Who, then conceiving, did in eaning time
* Fall party-colour'd lambs, and those were Jacob's.
This was a way to thrive, and he was bleft ;
And thrift is blessing, if men steal it not.

Anth. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv'd for;
A thing not in his power to bring to pass,
But sway'd, and fashion'd, by the hand of heaven.
Was this inserted to make interest good ?
Or is your gold, and silver, ewes and rams?

Shy. I cannot tell ; I make it breed as fast:--
But note me, signior.

Antb. Mark you this, Bassanio,
The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.
0, what a godly outside falthood hath!
An evil foul, producing holy witness,
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek
Or goodly apple rotten at the heart.

Sby. Three thousand ducats,—'tis a good round sum. Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate.

Anth. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you?

Sby. Signior Anthonio, many a time and oft
In the Rialto you have rated me
About my monies, and my

fulances :
Still have I borne it with a patient shrug ;
For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe :
You calld me--misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

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