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By Heaven, I will ne'er come in your bed
Nor I in yours,
did know to whom I gave the ring,
Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring,
Bass. No, by mine honour, madam, by my soul,
sweet lady? I was enforc'd to send it after him; I was beset with shame and courtesy; My honour would not let ingratitude So much besmear it. Pardon me, good lady; For, by these blessed candles of the night, Had you been there, I think, you would have begg'd The ring of me to give the worthy doctor.
Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my house: 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,
Ner. And I his clerk; therefore be well advis’d, How you do leave me to mine own protection.
Gra. Well, do you so: let not me take him then; For, if I do, I'll mar the young clerk's pen.
Ånt. I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels.
Mark you but that!
Nay, but hear me.
wealth; Which, but for him that had your husband's ring, Had quite miscarried; I dare be bound again, My soul upon the forfeit, that your
lord Will never more break faith advisedly.
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. By Heaven, it is the same
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,
531 In lieu of this, last night did lie with me.
Gra. Why, this is like the mending of highways In summer, when16 the ways are fair enough. What! are we cuckolds, ere we have desery'd it?
Por. 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, Nerissa there, her clerk; Lorenzo here Shall witness, I set forth as soon as you, And but even now returned; I have not yet Enter'd my house.-Antonio, you are welcome; And I have better news in store for you, Than you expect. Unseal this letter soon; There you shall find, three of your argosies Are richly come to harbour suddenly; You shall not know by what strange accident I chanced on this letter. Ant.
I am dumb. Bass. Were you the doctor, and I knew you not? Gra. Were you the clerk, that is to make me
cuckold? Ner. 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 lie 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.
Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee.--
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
It is almost morning,
Of these events at full. Let us go in;
Gra. Let it be so. The first inter’gatory
1. Docks, K.
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