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ACT II - SCENE VI. The same.
Enter GRATIANO and SALARINO, masqued

GRATIANO
1    This is the pent-house under which Lorenzo
2    Desired us to make stand.
SALARINO
3    His hour is almost past.
GRATIANO
4    And it is marvel he out-dwells his hour,
5    For lovers ever run before the clock.
SALARINO
6    O, ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly
7    To seal love's bonds new-made, than they are wont
8    To keep obliged faith unforfeited!
GRATIANO
9    That ever holds: who riseth from a feast
10   With that keen appetite that he sits down?
11   Where is the horse that doth untread again
12   His tedious measures with the unbated fire
13   That he did pace them first? All things that are,
14   Are with more spirit chased than enjoy'd.
15   How like a younker or a prodigal
16   The scarfed bark puts from her native bay,
17   Hugg'd and embraced by the strumpet wind!
18   How like the prodigal doth she return,
19   With over-weather'd ribs and ragged sails,
20   Lean, rent and beggar'd by the strumpet wind!
SALARINO
21   Here comes Lorenzo: more of this hereafter.
Enter LORENZO

LORENZO
22   Sweet friends, your patience for my long abode;
23   Not I, but my affairs, have made you wait:
24   When you shall please to play the thieves for wives,
25   I'll watch as long for you then. Approach;
26   Here dwells my father Jew. Ho! who's within?
Enter JESSICA, above, in boy's clothes

JESSICA
27   Who are you? Tell me, for more certainty,
28   Albeit I'll swear that I do know your tongue.
LORENZO
29   Lorenzo, and thy love.
JESSICA
30   Lorenzo, certain, and my love indeed,
31   For who love I so much? And now who knows
32   But you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours?
LORENZO
33   Heaven and thy thoughts are witness that thou art.
JESSICA
34   Here, catch this casket; it is worth the pains.
35   I am glad 'tis night, you do not look on me,
36   For I am much ashamed of my exchange:
37   But love is blind and lovers cannot see
38   The pretty follies that themselves commit;
39   For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
40   To see me thus transformed to a boy.
LORENZO
41   Descend, for you must be my torchbearer.
JESSICA
42   What, must I hold a candle to my shames?
43   They in themselves, good-sooth, are too too light.
44   Why, 'tis an office of discovery, love;
45   And I should be obscured.
LORENZO
46   So are you, sweet,
47   Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.
48   But come at once;
49   For the close night doth play the runaway,
50   And we are stay'd for at Bassanio's feast.
JESSICA
51   I will make fast the doors, and gild myself
52   With some more ducats, and be with you straight.
Exit above

GRATIANO
53   Now, by my hood, a Gentile and no Jew.
LORENZO
54   Beshrew me but I love her heartily;
55   For she is wise, if I can judge of her,
56   And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true,
57   And true she is, as she hath proved herself,
58   And therefore, like herself, wise, fair and true,
59   Shall she be placed in my constant soul.
Enter JESSICA, below
60   What, art thou come? On, gentlemen; away!
61   Our masquing mates by this time for us stay.
Exit with Jessica and Salarino

Enter ANTONIO

ANTONIO
62   Who's there?
GRATIANO
63   Signior Antonio!
ANTONIO
64   Fie, fie, Gratiano! where are all the rest?
65   'Tis nine o'clock: our friends all stay for you.
66   No masque to-night: the wind is come about;
67   Bassanio presently will go aboard:
68   I have sent twenty out to seek for you.
GRATIANO
69   I am glad on't: I desire no more delight
70   Than to be under sail and gone to-night.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I

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