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The Merchant of Venice: Act 2, Scene 6

The Merchant of Venice
Act 2, Scene 6

Venice. Before Shylock’s house.

  1. Enter two of the masquers, Gratiano and Salerio.

Gratiano

2 - 3
  1. This is the penthouse under which Lorenzo
  2. Desir’d us to make stand.

Salerio

4
  1.                           His hour is almost past.

Gratiano

5 - 6
  1. And it is marvel he out-dwells his hour,
  2. For lovers ever run before the clock.

Salerio

7 - 9
  1. O, ten times faster Venus’ pigeons fly
  2. To seal love’s bonds new made, than they are wont
  3. To keep obliged faith unforfeited!

Gratiano

10 - 21
  1. That ever holds. Who riseth from a feast
  2. With that keen appetite that he sits down?
  3. Where is the horse that doth untread again
  4. His tedious measures with the unbated fire
  5. That he did pace them first? All things that are,
  6. Are with more spirit chased than enjoy’d.
  7. How like a younger or a prodigal
  8. The scarfed bark puts from her native bay,
  9. Hugg’d and embraced by the strumpet wind!
  10. How like the prodigal doth she return,
  11. With over-weather’d ribs and ragged sails,
  12. Lean, rent, and beggar’d by the strumpet wind!
  1. Enter Lorenzo.

Salerio

23
  1. Here comes Lorenzo, more of this hereafter.

Lorenzo

24 - 28
  1. Sweet friends, your patience for my long abode;
  2. Not I but my affairs have made you wait.
  3. When you shall please to play the thieves for wives,
  4. I’ll watch as long for you then. Approach,
  5. Here dwells my father Jew. Ho! Who’s within?
  1. Enter Jessica above in boy’s clothes.

Jessica

30 - 31
  1. Who are you? Tell me for more certainty,
  2. Albeit I’ll swear that I do know your tongue.

Lorenzo

32
  1. Lorenzo, and thy love.

Jessica

33 - 35
  1. Lorenzo, certain, and my love indeed,
  2. For who love I so much? And now who knows
  3. But you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours?

Lorenzo

36
  1. Heaven and thy thoughts are witness that thou art.

Jessica

37 - 43
  1. Here, catch this casket, it is worth the pains.
  2. I am glad ’tis night, you do not look on me,
  3. For I am much asham’d of my exchange.
  4. But love is blind, and lovers cannot see
  5. The pretty follies that themselves commit,
  6. For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
  7. To see me thus transformed to a boy.

Lorenzo

44
  1. Descend, for you must be my torch-bearer.

Jessica

45 - 48
  1. What, must I hold a candle to my shames?
  2. They in themselves, good sooth, are too too light.
  3. Why, ’tis an office of discovery, love,
  4. And I should be obscur’d.

Lorenzo

49 - 53
  1.                           So are you, sweet,
  2. Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.
  3. But come at once,
  4. For the close night doth play the runaway,
  5. And we are stay’d for at Bassanio’s feast.

Jessica

54 - 55
  1. I will make fast the doors, and gild myself
  2. With some more ducats, and be with you straight.
  1. Exit above.

Gratiano

57
  1. Now by my hood, a gentle, and no Jew.

Lorenzo

58 - 66
  1. Beshrew me but I love her heartily,
  2. For she is wise, if I can judge of her,
  3. And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true,
  4. And true she is, as she hath prov’d herself;
  5. And therefore, like herself, wise, fair, and true,
  6. Shall she be placed in my constant soul.
  7. Enter Jessica.
  8. What, art thou come? On, gentlemen, away!
  9. Our masquing mates by this time for us stay.
  1. Exit with Jessica and Salerio.
  1. Enter Antonio.

Antonio

69
  1. Who’s there?

Gratiano

70
  1. Signior Antonio!

Antonio

71 - 75
  1. Fie, fie, Gratiano, where are all the rest?
  2. ’Tis nine a’ clockour friends all stay for you.
  3. No masque tonight, the wind is come about,
  4. Bassanio presently will go aboard.
  5. I have sent twenty out to seek for you.

Gratiano

76 - 77
  1. I am glad on’t. I desire no more delight
  2. Than to be under sail, and gone tonight.
  1. Exeunt.
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