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SECTION XIX.

BASSANIO-SHYLOCK_ANTONIO......Zbid.

Shylock. THREE thousand ducats,-well.
Bassanio. Ay, sir, for three months.
Shy. For three months, -well.

Bas. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.

Shy. Antonio 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 Antonio bound?

Bas. Your answer to that.
Shy. Antonio 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 landthieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient ;—three thousand ducats ;-I think, 1 may take his bond.

Bas. Be assured you may.
Shy. I will be assured, I may; and, that I

may sured, I will bethink me : May I speak with Antonio ?

Bas. If it please you to dine with us.

Shy. Yes, to smell pork! 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 Antonio Bas. This is signior Antonio. Shy. (aside.) How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him for he is a christian : But rnore, for that, in low simplicity, He lends out money gratis, and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice.

be as

If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred 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 !
Bas.

Shylock, do you hear?
Shy. I am debating of my present store;
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
Do you desire ?—Rest you fair, good signior; [To Antonio.
Your worship was the last man in our mouths.

Ant. Shylock, albeit I never 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.

'Tis a good round sum. Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate.

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

Shy. Signior Antonio, many' a time and oft,
In the Rialto you have rated me
About my monies, and my usances :
Still have I borne it with a patient shrug;
For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe :
You call me-misbeliever, cut-throat, dog,
And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,
And all for use of that which is mine own.
Well then, it now appears, you need my help ;
Go to then; you come to me, and say,

Shylock, we would have monies:' You say so ;
You that did void your rheum upon my beard,
And foot me, as you spurn a stranger cur
Over your threshold; moneys is your suit.
What should I say to you? Should I not say,
'Hath a dog money? is it possible,
A cur can lend three thousand ducats ? or
Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key,
With 'bated breath, and whispering humbleness,

Say this,-
'Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last;
You spurn'd me such a day; another time
You call'd me-dog; and for these courtesies
I'll lend thee thuis much monies.'

Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too.
If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not
As to thy friends; (for when did friendship take
A breed for barren metal of his friend ?)
But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Who if he break, thou may'st with better face
Exact the penalty.
Shy.

Why, look

you,
how

you storm!
I would be friends with you, and have your love;
Forget the shames that you have stain’d me with,
Supply your present wants, and take no doit
Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me :
This is kind I offer.
Ant.

This were kindness.
Shy. This kindness will I show :-
Go with me to a notary, seal me there
Your single bond ; and, in a merry sport,
If you repay me not on such a day,
In such a place, such sum or sums, as are
Expressed in the condition, let the forfeit
Be nominated for an equal pound
Of

your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken In what part of your body pleaseth me.

Ant. Content in faith ; I'll seal to such a bond, And say, there is much kindness in the Jew.

Bas. You shall not seal to such a bond for me,
I'd rather dwell in my necessity.

Ant. Why, fear not man; I will not forfeit it:
Within these two months, that's a month before
This bond expires, I do expect return
Of thrice three times the value of this bond.

Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are ;
Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect
The thoughts of others ! Pray you, tell me this,
If he should break his day, what should I gain
By the exaction of the forfeiture ?

A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man, • Is not so estimable, profitable neither,

As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say,
To buy his favour, 1 extend this friendship :
If he will take it, so; if not, adieu ;
And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not.

Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.

Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's;
Give him direction for this merry bond,
And I will go and purse the ducats straight;
See to my house, left in the fearful guard
of an unthrifty knave; and presently
I will be with you.

[Erit. Ant.

Hie thee, gentle Jew.
This Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind.

Bas. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind.

Ant. Come on; in this there can be no dismay, My ships come home a month before the day.

SECTION XX.

SPEECH OF MARINO FALIERO..... Lord Byron.

You see me here,
As one of you hath said, an old, unarm’d,
Defenceless man: and yesterday you saw me
Presiding in the hall of ducal state,
Apparent sovereign of our hundred isles,
Robed in official purple, dealing out
The edicts of a power which is not mine,
Nor yours, but of our masters—the patricians.
Why I was there, you know-or think

you

know;
Why I am here, he who hath been most wrong'd,
He who among you hath been most insulted,
Outraged and trodden on, until he doubt
If he be worm or no, may answer for me,
Asking of his own heart what brought him here?
You know my recent story, all men know it,
And judge of it far differently from those
Who sate in judgment to heap scorn on scorn,
But spare me the recital—it is here,
Here at my heart the outrage—but my words,
Already spent in unavailing plaints,
Would only show my feebleness the more,
And I come here to strengthen even the strong,

Do they know, that these dark forests, through which even the winds come not without dismal and terrifying sound, is the home of the savage, whose first prompting is to destroy, that he may rob? Do they know that disease must be the inmate of their dwellings in their untried exposure? If the savage, if disease, selects no victims, will famine stay its merciless hand? Do they know how slowly the forest yields to human industry! Do they realize how long, how lonesome, how perilous it will be, to their little group, before want can be supplied and security obtained? Can they have come, voluntarily, to encounter all these unavoidable evils? Have they given up their native land, their precious homes, their kind friends, their kindred, the comfort and the fellowship of civilized and polished life? Is this the evidence of affectionate solicitude of husbands, of anxious tenderness of parents, or the sad measure of distempered minds? Wherefore are they come? What did they suffer, what did they fear, what do they expect, or hope, that they have chosen exile here, and to become the watchful neighbour of the treacherous Indian !

They gather themselves together, and assume the posture of humble devotion. They pour forth the sentiments of praise, of hope, of unshaken confidence. They cast themselves, their wives, their children, into the arms of that beneficent Parent, who is present in the wilderness no less than the crowded city. It is to Him that they look for support, amidst the wants of nature, for shelter against the storm, for protection against the savage, for relief in disease.

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SECTION XVII.

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RIENZI-ANGELO..... Miss Mitford.
Rienzi.

Friends,
I come not here to talk. Ye know too well
The story of our thraldom. We are slaves !
The bright sun rises to his course, and lights
A race of slaves ! He sets, and his last beam
Falls on a slave : not such as, swept along
By the full tide of

power,

the

conqueror leads
To crimson glory and undying fame;
But base, ignoble slaves-slaves to a horde
Of petty tyrants, feudal despots; lords ;
Rich in some dozen paltry villages-

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