Taken from the Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice
ACT IV, SCENE I.–VENICE. A Court of Justice.
Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to
Por. I humbly do desire your grace of par-
I must away this night toward Padua;
And it is meet I presently set forth.
Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves
Antonio, gratify this gentleman;
For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.
[Extend DUKE, Magnificoes, and Train.
Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I and my
Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted
Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof,
Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew
We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
Ant. And stand indebted, over and above
And be a day before our husbands home.
This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.
Gra. Fair sir, you are well overta’en:
My Lord Bassanio, upon more advice
Hath sent you here this ring; and doth entreat
Your company at dinner.
Por. That cannot be:
His ring I do accept most thankfully.
And so, I pray you, tell him. Furthermore,
I pray you, show my youth old Shylock’s house.
Gra. That will I do.
Ner. Sir, I would speak with you:—
I’ll see if I can get my husband’s ring,
Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.
Por. Thou mayst, I warrant. We shall have
That they did give the rings away to en;
Bud we’ll outface them and outswear them too.
Away make haste; thou know’st where I will
Ner. Come, good sir, will you show me to
this house? [Exeunt.
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“The Merchant of Venice”,
ACT V, SCENE I.–BELMONT. Pleasure grounds of