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Gra. (L.) [Advancing with NER.) By yonder moon
I swear, you do me wrong;
In faith I gave it to the judge's clerk:
Would he were hang'd that had it, for my part,
Por. A quarrel, ho, already? what's the matter?
Upon a knife, "Love me, and leave me not."
Ner. (L.) What talk you of the posy, or the value? You swore to me, when I did give it you,
That you would wear it till your hour of death;
The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face, that had it.
Ner. Ay, if a woman live to be a man.
No higher than thyself, the judge's clerk;
A prating boy, that begg'd it as a fee;
I could not for my heart deny it him.
Por. (R.) You were to blame, I must be plain with
To part so slightly with your wife's first gift:
Bass. (R.) Why, I were best to cut my left hand off, And swear I lost the ring defending it.
[Aside. Gra. (L. c.) My lord Bassanio gave his ring away Unto the judge that begg'd it, and, indeed, Deserv'd it too; and then the boy, his clerk, That took some pains in writing, he begg'd mine: And neither man, nor master, would take aught But the two rings.
Por. (R. C.) What ring gave you, my lord?
Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth.
Ner. Nor I in yours,
If you did know to whom I gave the ring,
When naught would be accepted but the ring,
I'll die for't, but some woman had the ring.
[She walks about, Bass. follows her.
Bass. No, by mine honour, madam, by my soul,
No woman had it, but a civil doctor,
Which did refuse three thousand ducats of me,
Of my dear friend. What should I say, sweet lady,
Had you been there, I think you would have begg'd
The ring of me to give the worthy doctor.
Por. (R.) Let not that doctor e'er come near my
Since he hath got the jewel that I lov'd,
And that which you did swear to keep for me,
I will become as liberal as you;
I'll not deny him any thing I have,
No, not my husband's bed:
Know him I shall, I am well sure of it;
Lie not a night from home; watch me, like Argus :
Now, by mine honour, which is yet my own,
I'll have that doctor for my bed-fellow.
Ner. (L.) And I his clerk; therefore be well advis❜d, How you do leave me to mine own protection.
Gra. (R.) Well, do you so: let me not take him then; For, if I do, I'll mar the young clerk's pen.
Ant. (c.) I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels. Por. (R.) Sir, grieve not you: you are welcome, notwithstanding.
Bass. (R.) Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong; And, in the hearing of these many friends,
I swear to thee, even by thine own fair eyes,
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth,
Por. Then you shall be his surety; give him this; And bid him keep it better than the other.
Ant. Here, Lord Bassanio: swear to keep this ring. Bass. [Amazed.] By heaven-it is the same I gave the doctor!
Por. I had it of him: pardon me, Bassanio:
For, by this ring, the doctor lay with me.
Ner. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano;
For that same scrubbed boy, the doctor's clerk,
Gra. [Amazed.] Why, this is like the mending of highways
In summer, where the ways are fair enough:
What! are we cuckolds, ere we have deserv'd it? Por. (R. c.) Speak not so grossly.-You are all amaz'd.
Here is a letter, read it at your leisure;
It comes from Padua, from Bellario:
There you shall find, that Portia was the doctor;
Shall witness, I set forth as soon as you,
Are richly come to harbour suddenly:
You shall not know by what strange accident
I chanced on this letter.
Bass. (R.) Were you the doctor, and I knew you not? Gra. (L.) Were you the clerk, that is to make me cuckold?
Ner. (L.) Ay; but the clerk, that never means to do it, Unless he live until he be a man.
Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow; When I am absent, then sleep with my wife.
Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life, and living;
For here I read for certain, that my ships
Are safely come to road.
Por. How now, Lorenzo?
My clerk hath some good comforts too for you.
From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift,
After his death, of all he dies possess'd of.
Lor. (L.) Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
Of starved people.
Por. It is almost morning,
And yet, I am sure, you are not satisfied
Gra. Let it be so: the first inter'gatory,