The Merchant of Venice

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Enter Lorenzo and Iessica.Enter Lorenzo and Jessica MV V.i.1
The moone shines bright. In such a night as this,The moon shines bright. In such a night as this, MV V.i.1
When the sweet winde did gently kisse the trees,When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees MV V.i.2
And they did make no nnyse, in such a nightAnd they did make no noise, in such a night MV V.i.3
Troylus me thinkes mounted the Troian walls,Troilus methinks mounted the Troyan walls,methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
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Troy (n.)
ancient city of W Turkey, besieged for 10 years during the Trojan Wars; also called Ilium, Ilion
Troilus (n.)
[pron: 'troylus] youngest son of Priam and Hecuba; killed by Achilles; lover of Cressida
And sigh'd his soule toward the Grecian tentsAnd sighed his soul toward the Grecian tents MV V.i.5
Where Cressed lay that night.Where Cressid lay that night.Cressid, Cressida
fickle daughter of Calchas, a priest of Troy; beloved by Troilus, a Trojan prince, she deserted him for Diomed; character in Troilus and Cressida
MV V.i.6.1
In such a nightIn such a night MV V.i.6.2
Did Thisbie fearefully ore-trip the dewe,Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrip the dew,overtrip (v.)

old form: ore-trip
skip over, pass lightly over
MV V.i.7
Thisbe (n.)
[pron: 'thizbee] lover of Pyramus
And saw the Lyons shadow ere himselfe,And saw the lion's shadow ere himself, MV V.i.8
And ranne dismayed away.And ran dismayed away. MV V.i.9.1
In such a nightIn such a night MV V.i.9.2
Stood Dido with a Willow in her handStood Dido with a willow in her handDido (n.)
[pron: 'diydoh] Queen of Carthage who fell in love with Aeneas when he was shipwrecked on her shores; commanded by Jupiter, Aeneas left without seeing Dido again, and she killed herself on a funeral pyre
MV V.i.10
Vpon the wilde sea bankes, and waft her LoueUpon the wild sea banks, and waft her lovewaft (v.)
beckon, wave [at], signal
MV V.i.11
bank (n.)

old form: bankes
coast, shore
To come againe to Carthage.To come again to Carthage. MV V.i.12.1
In such a nightIn such a night MV V.i.12.2
Medea gathered the inchanted hearbsMedea gathered the enchanted herbsMedea (n.)
[pron: me'deea] daughter of Aeetes, King of Colchis, who assisted Jason in obtaining the Golden Fleece
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That did renew old Eson.That did renew old Aeson.Aeson (n.)
[pron: 'eeson] father of Jason and half-brother of Pelion; magically restored to youth by Medea
MV V.i.14.1
In such a nightIn such a night MV V.i.14.2
Did Iessica steale from the wealthy Iewe,Did Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew, MV V.i.15
And with an Vnthrift Loue did runne from Venice,And with an unthrift love did run from Veniceunthrift (adj.)

old form: Vnthrift
unthrifty, spendthrift, prodigal
MV V.i.16
As farre as Belmont.As far as Belmont. MV V.i.17.1
In such a nightIn such a night MV V.i.17.2
Did young Lorenzo sweare he lou'd her well,Did young Lorenzo swear he loved her well, MV V.i.18
Stealing her soule with many vowes of faith,Stealing her soul with many vows of faith, MV V.i.19
And nere a true one.And ne'er a true one. MV V.i.20.1
In such a nightIn such a night MV V.i.20.2
Did pretty Iessica (like a little shrow)Did pretty Jessica, like a little shrew, MV V.i.21
Slander her Loue, and he forgaue it her.Slander her love, and he forgave it her. MV V.i.22
I would out-night you did no body come:I would out-night you, did nobody come;out-night (v.)
outdo in making references to the night
MV V.i.23
But harke, I heare the footing of a man.But hark, I hear the footing of a man.footing (n.)
footfall, footsteps, strides
MV V.i.24
Enter Messenger.Enter Stephano MV V.i.25
Who comes so fast in silence of the night?Who comes so fast in silence of the night? MV V.i.25
A friend. A friend. MV V.i.26
A friend, what friend? your name I pray you friend?A friend? What friend? Your name I pray you, friend. MV V.i.27
Stephano is my name, and I bring wordStephano is my name, and I bring word MV V.i.28
My Mistresse will before the breake of dayMy mistress will before the break of day MV V.i.29
Be heere at Belmont, she doth stray aboutBe here at Belmont. She doth stray about MV V.i.30
By holy crosses where she kneeles and prayesBy holy crosses, where she kneels and prays MV V.i.31
For happy wedlocke houres.For happy wedlock hours. MV V.i.32.1
Who comes with her?Who comes with her? MV V.i.32.2
None but a holy Hermit and her maid:None but a holy hermit and her maid. MV V.i.33
I pray you it my Master yet rnturn'd?I pray you, is my master yet returned? MV V.i.34
He is not, nor we haue not heard from him,He is not, nor we have not heard from him. MV V.i.35
But goe we in I pray thee Iessica,But go we in, I pray thee, Jessica, MV V.i.36
And ceremoniously let vs vs prepareAnd ceremoniously let us prepare MV V.i.37
Some welcome for the Mistresse of the house,Some welcome for the mistress of the house. MV V.i.38
Enter Clowne.Enter Launcelot MV V.i.39
Sola, sola: wo ha ho, sola, sola.Sola, sola! Wo ha ho! Sola, sola! MV V.i.39
Who calls?Who calls? MV V.i.40
Sola, did you see M. Lorenzo, & M. Sola! Did you see Master Lorenzo? Master MV V.i.41
Lorenzo, sola, sola.Lorenzo! Sola, sola! MV V.i.42
Leaue hollowing man, heere.Leave holloaing, man! Here.hallowing, hallooing, halloing, holloing (n.)

old form: hollowing
shouting, hallooing, crying out
MV V.i.43
Sola, where, where?Sola! Where? Where? MV V.i.44
Heere?Here! MV V.i.45
Tel him ther's a Post come from my Tell him there's a post come from mypost (n.)
express messenger, courier
MV V.i.46
Master, with his horne full of good newes, my Master will master, with his horn full of good news. My master will MV V.i.47
be here ere here ere morning. MV V.i.48
Exit MV V.i.48
sweet soule / Let's in, and there expect their comming.Sweet soul, let's in, and there expect their coming.expect (v.)
wait for, await
MV V.i.49
And yet no matter: why should we goe in?And yet no matter, why should we go in? MV V.i.50
My friend Stephen, signifie pray youMy friend Stephano, signify, I pray you,signify (v.)

old form: signifie
report, make known, declare
MV V.i.51
Within the house, your Mistresse is at hand,Within the house, your mistress is at hand, MV V.i.52
And bring your musique foorth into the ayre.And bring your music forth into the (n.)

old form: musique
musicians, players
MV V.i.53
Exit Stephano MV V.i.53
How sweet the moone-light sleepes vpon this banke,How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! MV V.i.54
Heere will we sit, and let the sounds of musickeHere will we sit and let the sounds of music MV V.i.55
Creepe in our eares soft stilnes, and the nightCreep in our ears; soft stillness and the night MV V.i.56
Become the tutches of sweet harmonie:Become the touches of sweet harmony.touch (n.)

old form: tutches
fingering, handling, skill in playing
MV V.i.57
become (v.)
be fitting, befit, be appropriate to
Sit Iessica, looke how the floore of heauenSit, Jessica. Look how the floor of heaven MV V.i.58
Is thicke inlayed with pattens of bright gold,Is thick inlaid with patens of bright gold.paten (n.)

old form: pattens
dish on which the bread is placed during the Mass; shining circle
MV V.i.59
There's not the smallest orbe which thou beholdstThere's not the smallest orb which thou beholdestorb (n.)

old form: orbe
sphere, planet, star, heavenly body
MV V.i.60
But in his motion like an Angell sings,But in his motion like an angel sings, MV V.i.61
Still quiring to the young eyed Cherubins;Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins;cherubin (n.)
cherub, angel; or: cherubim, angels
MV V.i.62
still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
choir, quire (v.)
sing in a choir, sing in chorus
Such harmonie is in immortall soules,Such harmony is in immortal souls, MV V.i.63
But whilst this muddy vesture of decayBut whilst this muddy vesture of decaymuddy (adj.)
made of clay, resembling mud
MV V.i.64
vesture (n.)
garment, clothing, garb, costume
Doth grosly close in it, we cannot heare it:Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.grossly (adv.)

old form: grosly
materially, physically, with substance
MV V.i.65
Enter Musicians MV V.i.66.1
Come hoe, and wake Diana with a hymne,Come ho, and wake Diana with a hymn,Diana, Dian (n.)
Roman goddess associated with the Moon, chastity, and hunting
MV V.i.66
With sweetest tutches pearce your Mistresse eare,With sweetest touches pierce your mistress' ear,touch (n.)

old form: tutches
fingering, handling, skill in playing
MV V.i.67
And draw her home with musicke.And draw her home with music. MV V.i.68
Play musicke. Music MV V.i.69
I am neuer merry when I heare sweet musique.I am never merry when I hear sweet music. MV V.i.69
The reason is, your spirits are attentiue:The reason is your spirits are attentive.spirit (n.)
intuition, perception, discernment
MV V.i.70
For doe but note a wilde and wanton heardFor do but note a wild and wanton herdwanton (adj.)
unrestrained, undisciplined, boisterous, uncontrolled
MV V.i.71
Or race of youthful and vnhandled colts,Or race of youthful and unhandled coltsrace (n.)
herd, host, company
MV V.i.72
Fetching mad bounds, bellowing and neighing loud,Fetching mad bounds, bellowing and neighing loud,fetch (v.)
take, perform, make
MV V.i.73
Which is the hot condition of their bloud,Which is the hot condition of their blood,hot (adj.)
hot-tempered, angry, passionate
MV V.i.74
condition (n.)
disposition, temper, mood, character
blood (n.)

old form: bloud
spirit, vigour, mettle
If they but heare perchance a trumpet sound,If they but hear perchance a trumpet sound,perchance (adv.)
perhaps, maybe
MV V.i.75
Or any ayre of musicke touch their eares,Or any air of music touch their ears, MV V.i.76
You shall perceiue them make a mutuall stand,You shall perceive them make a mutual stand,mutual (adj.)

old form: mutuall
common, general, omnipresent
MV V.i.77
stand (n.)
stop, pause, standing still
Their sauage eyes turn'd to a modest gaze,Their savage eyes turned to a modest gazesavage (adj.)

old form: sauage
fierce, ferocious, wild
MV V.i.78
By the sweet power of musicke: therefore the PoetBy the sweet power of music. Therefore the poet MV V.i.79
Did faine that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods.Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods, MV V.i.80
Since naught so stockish, hard, and full of rage,Since naught so stockish, hard, and full of ragestockish (adj.)
blockish, wooden, stupid
MV V.i.81
But musicke for time doth change his nature,But music for the time doth change his nature. MV V.i.82
The man that hath no musicke in himselfe,The man that hath no music in himself, MV V.i.83
Nor is not moued with concord of sweet sounds,Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, MV V.i.84
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoyles,Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils,spoil (n.)

old form: spoyles
plundering, pillaging, despoiling
MV V.i.85
stratagem (n.)
deed of violence, bloody act
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,The motions of his spirit are dull as night,motion (n.)
inner movement, inward prompting, natural impulse, imagining
MV V.i.86
And his affections darke as Erobus,And his affections dark as Erebus.Erebus (n.)
'darkness', son of Chaos, the place where Shades passed on their way to Hades
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dark (adj.)

old form: darke
sad, melancholic, gloomy
affection (n.)
disposition, character, state of mind
Let no such man be trusted: marke the musicke.Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.mark (v.)

old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
MV V.i.88
Enter Portia and Nerrissa.Enter Portia and Nerissa MV V.i.89
That light we see is burning in my hall:That light we see is burning in my hall; MV V.i.89
How farre that little candell throwes his beames,How far that little candle throws his beams! MV V.i.90
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.So shines a good deed in a naughty world.naughty (adj.)
wicked, evil, vile
MV V.i.91
When the moone shone we did not see the candle?When the moon shone we did not see the candle. MV V.i.92
So doth the greater glory dim the lesse,So doth the greater glory dim the less. MV V.i.93
A substitute shines brightly as a KingA substitute shines brightly as a kingsubstitute (n.)
subordinate, deputy, underling
MV V.i.94
Vntill a King be by, and then his stateUntil a king be by, and then his state MV V.i.95
Empties it selfe, as doth an inland brookeEmpties itself, as doth an inland brook MV V.i.96
Into the maine of waters: musique, harke. Musicke. Into the main of waters. Music! hark!main (n.)

old form: maine
open sea, ocean
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It is your musicke Madame of the house.It is your music, madam, of the (n.)

old form: musique
musicians, players
MV V.i.98
Nothing is good I see without respect,Nothing is good, I see, without respect;respect (n.)
consideration, factor, circumstance
MV V.i.99
Methinkes it sounds much sweeter then by day?Methinks it sounds much sweeter than by day.methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: Methinkes
it seems / seemed to me
MV V.i.100
Silence bestowes that vertue on it Madam.Silence bestows that virtue on it, madam. MV V.i.101
The Crow doth sing as sweetly as the LarkeThe crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark MV V.i.102
When neither is attended: and I thinkeWhen neither is attended, and I thinkattend (v.)
listen [to], pay attention [to]
MV V.i.103
The Nightingale if she should sing by dayThe nightingale, if she should sing by day, MV V.i.104
When euery Goose is cackling, would be thoughtWhen every goose is cackling, would be thought MV V.i.105
No better a Musitian then the Wren?No better a musician than the wren. MV V.i.106
How many things by season, season'd areHow many things by season seasoned areseason (n.)
opportunity, favourable moment
MV V.i.107
To their right praise, and true perfection:To their right praise and true perfection!praise (n.)
praiseworthiness, merit, virtue
MV V.i.108
Peace, Peace! MV V.i.109.1
Musicke ceases.Music ceases MV V.i.109
how the Moone sleepes with Endimion,How the moon sleeps with Endymion, MV V.i.109.2
And would not be awak'd.And would not be awaked. MV V.i.110.1
That is the voice,That is the voice, MV V.i.110.2
Or I am much deceiu'd of Portia.Or I am much deceived, of Portia. MV V.i.111
He knowes me as the blinde man knowes the / Cuckow He knows me as the blind man knows the cuckoo, MV V.i.112
by the bad voice?By the bad voice. MV V.i.113.1
Deere Lady welcome home?Dear lady, welcome home. MV V.i.113.2
We haue bene praying for our husbands welfareWe have been praying for our husbands' welfare, MV V.i.114
Which speed we hope the better for our words,Which speed we hope the better for our words.speed (v.)
fare, manage, get on
MV V.i.115
Are they return'd?Are they returned? MV V.i.116.1
Madam, they are not yet:Madam, they are not yet, MV V.i.116.2
But there is come a Messenger beforeBut there is come a messenger beforebefore (adv.)
ahead, in advance
MV V.i.117
To signifie their comming.To signify their coming.signify (v.)

old form: signifie
report, make known, declare
MV V.i.118.1
Go in Nerrissa,Go in, Nerissa, MV V.i.118.2
Giue order to my seruants, that they takeGive order to my servants that they take MV V.i.119
No note at all of our being absent hence,No note at all of our being absent hence, MV V.i.120
Nor you Lorenzo, Iessica nor you.Nor you, Lorenzo, Jessica, nor you. MV V.i.121
A Tucket sounds.A tucket sounds MV V.i.122
Your husband is at hand, I heare his Trumpet,Your husband is at hand, I hear his trumpet. MV V.i.122
We are no tell-tales Madam, feare you not.We are no tell-tales, madam; fear you not. MV V.i.123
This night methinkes is but the daylight sicke,This night methinks is but the daylight sick,methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: methinkes
it seems / seemed to me
MV V.i.124
It lookes a little paler, 'tis a day,It looks a little paler. 'Tis a day MV V.i.125
Such as the day is, when the Sun is hid.Such as the day is when the sun is hid. MV V.i.126
Enter Bassanio, Anthonio, Gratiano, and their Followers.Enter Bassanio, Antonio, Gratiano, and their followers MV V.i.127
We should hold day with the Antipodes,We should hold day with the Antipodes MV V.i.127
If you would walke in absence of the sunne.If you would walk in absence of the sun. MV V.i.128
Let me giue light, but let me not be light,Let me give light, but let me not be light, MV V.i.129
For a light wife doth make a heauie husband,For a light wife doth make a heavy husband,heavy (adj.)

old form: heauie
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
MV V.i.130
And neuer be Bassanio so for me,And never be Bassanio so for me. MV V.i.131
But God sort all: you are welcome home my Lord.But God sort all! You are welcome home, my lord.sort (v.)
choose, find, arrange
MV V.i.132
I thanke you Madam, giue welcom to my friendI thank you, madam. Give welcome to my friend. MV V.i.133
This is the man, this is Anthonio,This is the man, this is Antonio, MV V.i.134
To whom I am so infinitely bound.To whom I am so infinitely bound. MV V.i.135
You should in all sence be much bound to him,You should in all sense be much bound to him, MV V.i.136
For as I heare he was much bound for you.For, as I hear, he was much bound for you. MV V.i.137
No more then I am wel acquitted of.No more than I am well acquitted of.acquit (v.)
pay back, requite, settle the score with
MV V.i.138
Sir, you are verie welcome to our house:Sir, you are very welcome to our house; MV V.i.139
It must appeare in other waies then words,It must appear in other ways than words, MV V.i.140
Therefore I scant this breathing curtesie.Therefore I scant this breathing courtesy.scant (v.)
give out sparingly, curtail, withhold [from]
MV V.i.141
breathing (adj.)
verbal, word-of-mouth
(to Nerissa) MV V.i.142
By yonder Moone I sweare you do me wrong,By yonder moon I swear you do me wrong! MV V.i.142
Infaith I gaue it to the Iudges Clearke,In faith, I gave it to the judge's clerk. MV V.i.143
Would he were gelt that had it for my part,Would he were gelt that had it for my partgeld (v.), past forms gelded, gelt
castrate, spay
MV V.i.144
Since you do take it Loue so much at hart.Since you do take it, love, so much at heart. MV V.i.145
A quarrel hoe alreadie, what's the matter?A quarrel ho, already! What's the matter? MV V.i.146
About a hoope of Gold, a paltry RingAbout a hoop of gold, a paltry ring MV V.i.147
That she did giue me, whose Poesie wasThat she did give me, whose posy wasposy (n.)

old form: Poesie
short piece of poetry [often inscribed inside a ring]
MV V.i.148
For all the world like Cutlers PoetryFor all the world like cutler's poetry MV V.i.149
Vpon a knife; Loue mee, and leaue mee not.Upon a knife, ‘ Love me, and leave me not.’leave (v.)

old form: leaue
part with, lose, forsake
MV V.i.150
What talke you of the Poesie or the valew:What talk you of the posy or the value? MV V.i.151
You swore to me when I did giue it you,You swore to me when I did give it you MV V.i.152
That you would weare it til the houre of death,That you would wear it till your hour of death, MV V.i.153
And that it should lye with you in your graue,And that it should lie with you in your grave. MV V.i.154
Though not for me, yet for your vehement oaths,Though not for me, yet for your vehement oaths, MV V.i.155
You should haue beene respectiue and haue kept it.You should have been respective and have kept it.respective (adj.)

old form: respectiue
careful, attentive, considerate
MV V.i.156
Gaue it a Iudges Clearke: but wel I knowGave it a judge's clerk! No, God's my judge, MV V.i.157
The Clearke wil nere weare haire on's face that had it.The clerk will ne'er wear hair on's face that had it! MV V.i.158
He wil, and if he liue to be a man.He will, an if he live to be a if (conj.)
MV V.i.159
Nerrissa. NERISSA 
I, if a Woman liue to be a man.Ay, if a woman live to be a man. MV V.i.160
Now by this hand I gaue it to a youth,Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth, MV V.i.161
A kinde of boy, a little scrubbed boy,A kind of boy, a little scrubbed boyscrubbed (adj.)
short, undersized, stubby
MV V.i.162
No higher then thy selfe, the Iudges Clearke,No higher than thyself, the judge's clerk, MV V.i.163
A prating boy that begg'd it as a Fee,A prating boy that begged it as a fee;prating (adj.)
prattling, chattering, blathering
MV V.i.164
I could not for my heart deny it him.I could not for my heart deny it him. MV V.i.165
You were too blame, I must be plaine with you,You were to blame – I must be plain with you –blame, to

old form: too
to be blamed, blameworthy
MV V.i.166
To part so slightly with your wiues first gift,To part so slightly with your wife's first gift,slightly (adv.)
easily, with little effort
MV V.i.167
A thing stucke on with oathes vpon your finger,A thing stuck on with oaths upon your finger MV V.i.168
And so riueted with faith vnto your flesh.And so riveted with faith unto your flesh. MV V.i.169
I gaue my Loue a Ring, and made him sweareI gave my love a ring, and made him swear MV V.i.170
Neuer to part with it, and heere he stands:Never to part with it; and here he stands. MV V.i.171
I dare be sworne for him, he would not leaue it,I dare be sworn for him he would not leave itleave (v.)

old form: leaue
part with, lose, forsake
MV V.i.172
Nor plucke it from his finger, for the wealthNor pluck it from his finger for the wealth MV V.i.173
That the world masters. Now in faith Gratiano,That the world masters. Now in faith, Gratiano,master (v.)
own, possess, have at one's disposal
MV V.i.174
You giue your wife too vnkinde a cause of greefe,You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief. MV V.i.175
And 'twere to me I should be mad at it.An 'twere to me, I should be mad at it.and, an (conj.)
as if
MV V.i.176
(aside) MV V.i.177
Why I were best to cut my left hand off,Why, I were best to cut my left hand off MV V.i.177
And sweare I lost the Ring defending it.And swear I lost the ring defending it. MV V.i.178
My Lord Bassanio gaue his Ring awayMy Lord Bassanio gave his ring away MV V.i.179
Vnto the Iudge that beg'd it, and indeedeUnto the judge that begged it, and indeed MV V.i.180
Deseru'd it too: and then the Boy his ClearkeDeserved it too; and then the boy, his clerk MV V.i.181
That tooke some paines in writing, he begg'd mine,That took some pains in writing, he begged mine, MV V.i.182
And neyther man nor master would take oughtAnd neither man nor master would take aughtaught (n.)

old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
MV V.i.183
But the two Rings.But the two rings. MV V.i.184.1
What Ring gaue you my Lord?What ring gave you, my lord? MV V.i.184.2
Not that I hope which you receiu'd of me.Not that, I hope, which you received of me? MV V.i.185
If I could adde a lie vnto a fault,If I could add a lie unto a fault, MV V.i.186
I would deny it: but you see my fingerI would deny it, but you see my finger MV V.i.187
Hath not the Ring vpon it, it is gone.Hath not the ring upon it, it is gone. MV V.i.188
Euen so voide is your false heart of truth.Even so void is your false heart of truth.false (adj.)
disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
MV V.i.189
By heauen I wil nere come in your bedBy heaven, I will ne'er come in your bed MV V.i.190
Vntil I see the Ring.Until I see the ring. MV V.i.191.1
Nor I in yours, Nor I in yours MV V.i.191.2
til I againe see mine.Till I again see mine! MV V.i.192.1
Sweet Portia,Sweet Portia, MV V.i.192.2
If you did know to whom I gaue the Ring,If you did know to whom I gave the ring, MV V.i.193
If you did know for whom I gaue the Ring,If you did know for whom I gave the ring, MV V.i.194
And would conceiue for what I gaue the Ring,And would conceive for what I gave the ring, MV V.i.195
And how vnwillingly I left the Ring,And how unwillingly I left the ring MV V.i.196
When nought would be accepted but the Ring,When naught would be accepted but the ring, MV V.i.197
You would abate the strength of your displeasure?You would abate the strength of your displeasure. MV V.i.198
If you had knowne the vertue of the Ring,If you had known the virtue of the ring,virtue (n.)

old form: vertue
power, capability, efficacy, property
MV V.i.199
Or halfe her worthinesse that gaue the Ring,Or half her worthiness that gave the ring, MV V.i.200
Or your owne honour to containe the Ring,Or your own honour to contain the ring,contain (v.)

old form: containe
retain, keep in one's possession
MV V.i.201
You would not then haue parted with the Ring:You would not then have parted with the ring. MV V.i.202
What man is there so much vnreasonable,What man is there so much unreasonable, MV V.i.203
If you had pleas'd to haue defended itIf you had pleased to have defended it MV V.i.204
With any termes of Zeale: wanted the modestieWith any terms of zeal, wanted the modestymodesty (n.)

old form: modestie
moderation, restraint, discipline
MV V.i.205
want (v.)
lack, need, be without
To vrge the thing held as a ceremonie:To urge the thing held as a ceremony?ceremony (n.)

old form: ceremonie
sacred token, special symbol
MV V.i.206
urge (v.)

old form: vrge
press, insist on, state emphatically
Nerrissa teaches me what to beleeue,Nerissa teaches me what to believe, MV V.i.207
Ile die for't, but some Woman had the Ring?I'll die for't but some woman had the ring! MV V.i.208
No by mine honor Madam, by my souleNo, by my honour, madam! By my soul MV V.i.209
No Woman had it, but a ciuill Doctor,No woman had it, but a civil doctor,civil (adj.)

old form: ciuill
of civil law
MV V.i.210
Which did refuse three thousand Ducates of me,Which did refuse three thousand ducats of meducat (n.)
gold (sometimes silver) coin used in several European countries
MV V.i.211
And beg'd the Ring; the which I did denie him,And begged the ring, the which I did deny him, MV V.i.212
And suffer'd him to go displeas'd away:And suffered him to go displeased away,suffer (v.)

old form: suffer'd
allow, permit, let
MV V.i.213
Euen he that had held vp the verie lifeEven he that had held up the very life MV V.i.214
Of my deere friend. What should I say sweete Lady?Of my dear friend. What should I say, sweet lady? MV V.i.215
I was inforc'd to send it after him,I was enforced to send it after him. MV V.i.216
I was beset with shame and curtesie,I was beset with shame and courtesy.courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.)

old form: curtesie
courteous service, polite behaviour, good manners
MV V.i.217
My honor would not let ingratitudeMy honour would not let ingratitude MV V.i.218
So much besmeare it. Pardon me good Lady,So much besmear it. Pardon me, good lady!besmear (v.)

old form: besmeare
defile, sully, tarnish
MV V.i.219
And by these blessed Candles of the night,For, by these blessed candles of the night, MV V.i.220
Had you bene there, I thinke you would haue beg'dHad you been there I think you would have begged MV V.i.221
The Ring of me, to giue the worthie Doctor?The ring of me to give the worthy doctor. MV V.i.222
Let not that Doctor ere come neere my house,Let not that doctor e'er come near my house.come near (v.)

old form: neere
enter, come in/into
MV V.i.223
Since he hath got the iewell that I loued,Since he hath got the jewel that I loved, MV V.i.224
And that which you did sweare to keepe for me,And that which you did swear to keep for me, MV V.i.225
I will become as liberall as you,I will become as liberal as you,liberal (adj.)

old form: liberall
overgenerous, licentious
MV V.i.226
Ile not deny him any thing I haue,I'll not deny him anything I have, MV V.i.227
No, not my body, nor my husbands bed:No, not my body nor my husband's bed. MV V.i.228
Know him I shall, I am well sure of it.Know him I shall, I am well sure of it. MV V.i.229
Lie not a night from home. Watch me like Argos,Lie not a night from home; watch me like Argus.Argus (n.)
hundred-eyed guard of Io, a heifer; Hermes killed him to rescue Io, and Hera then transferred his many eyes to the peacock’s tail
MV V.i.230
If you doe not, if I be left alone,If you do not, if I be left alone, MV V.i.231
Now by mine honour which is yet mine owne,Now by mine honour which is yet mine own, MV V.i.232
Ile haue the Doctor for my bedfellow.I'll have that doctor for my bedfellow. MV V.i.233
Nerrissa. NERISSA 
And I his Clarke: therefore be well aduis'dAnd I his clerk. Therefore be well advisedadvise, avise (v.)

old form: aduis'd
warn, counsel, caution
MV V.i.234
How you doe leaue me to mine owne protection.How you do leave me to mine own protection. MV V.i.235
Well, doe you so: let not me take him then,Well, do you so. Let not me take him then! MV V.i.236
For if I doe, ile mar the yong Clarks pen.For if I do, I'll mar the young clerk's pen. MV V.i.237
I am th' vnhappy subiect of these quarrels.I am th' unhappy subject of these quarrels. MV V.i.238
Sir, grieue not you, / You are welcome notwithstanding.Sir, grieve not you, you are welcome notwithstanding. MV V.i.239
Portia, forgiue me this enforced wrong,Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong; MV V.i.240
And in the hearing of these manie friendsAnd in the hearing of these many friends MV V.i.241
I sweare to thee, euen by thine owne faire eyesI swear to thee, even by thine own fair eyes, MV V.i.242
Wherein I see my selfe.Wherein I see myself ... MV V.i.243.1
Marke you but that?Mark you but that!mark (v.)
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
MV V.i.243.2
In both my eyes he doubly sees himselfe:In both my eyes he doubly sees himself, MV V.i.244
In each eye one, sweare by your double selfe,In each eye one. Swear by your double self, MV V.i.245
And there's an oath of credit.And there's an oath of credit. MV V.i.246.1
Nay, but heare me.Nay, but hear me. MV V.i.246.2
Pardon this fault, and by my soule I swearePardon this fault, and by my soul I swear MV V.i.247
I neuer more will breake an oath with thee.I never more will break an oath with thee. MV V.i.248
I once did lend my bodie for thy wealth,I once did lend my body for his wealth,wealth (n.)
welfare, well-being, prosperity
MV V.i.249
Which but for him that had your husbands ringWhich but for him that had your husband's ring MV V.i.250
Had quite miscarried. I dare be bound againe,Had quite miscarried. I dare be bound again,miscarry (v.)
come to harm, perish, meet death
MV V.i.251
My soule vpon the forfeit, that your LordMy soul upon the forfeit, that your lord MV V.i.252
Will neuer more breake faith aduisedlie.Will never more break faith advisedly.advisedly (adv.)

old form: aduisedlie
deliberately, intentionally, with full awareness
MV V.i.253
Then you shall be his suretie: giue him this,Then you shall be his surety. Give him this,surety (n.)

old form: suretie
person undertaking a legal responsibility in relation to another, guarantor
MV V.i.254
And bid him keepe it better then the other.And bid him keep it better than the other. MV V.i.255
Heere Lord Bassanio, swear to keep this ring.Here, Lord Bassanio. Swear to keep this ring. MV V.i.256
By heauen it is the same I gaue the Doctor.By heaven, it is the same I gave the doctor! MV V.i.257
I had it of him: pardon Bassanio,I had it of him. Pardon me, Bassanio, MV V.i.258
For by this ring the Doctor lay with me.For by this ring the doctor lay with me. MV V.i.259
And pardon me my gentle Gratiano,And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano,gentle (adj.)
courteous, friendly, kind
MV V.i.260
For that same scrubbed boy the Doctors ClarkeFor that same scrubbed boy, the doctor's clerk,scrubbed (adj.)
short, undersized, stubby
MV V.i.261
In liew of this, last night did lye with me.In lieu of this last night did lie with me.lie (v.)

old form: lye
sleep, go to bed
MV V.i.262
Why this is like the mending of high waiesWhy, this is like the mending of highways MV V.i.263
In Sommer, where the waies are faire enough:In summer, where the ways are fair enough. MV V.i.264
What, are we Cuckolds ere we haue deseru'd it.What, are we cuckolds ere we have deserved it?cuckold (n.)
[mocking name] man with an unfaithful wife
MV V.i.265
Speake not so grossely, you are all amaz'd;Speak not so grossly. You are all amazed.grossly (adv.)

old form: grossely
coarsely, indelicately, indecently
MV V.i.266
Heere is a letter, reade it at your leysure,Here is a letter, read it at your leisure. MV V.i.267
It comes from Padua from Bellario,It comes from Padua from Bellario. MV V.i.268
There you shall finde that Portia was the Doctor,There you shall find that Portia was the doctor, MV V.i.269
Nerrissa there her Clarke. Lorenzo heereNerissa there her clerk. Lorenzo here MV V.i.270
Shall witnesse I set forth as soone as you,Shall witness I set forth as soon as you, MV V.i.271
And but eu'n now return'd: I haue not yetAnd even but now returned, I have not yet MV V.i.272
Entred my house. Anthonio you are welcome,Entered my house. Antonio, you are welcome, MV V.i.273
And I haue better newes in store for youAnd I have better news in store for you MV V.i.274
Then you expect: vnseale this letter soone,Than you expect. Unseal this letter soon, MV V.i.275
There you shall finde three of your ArgosiesThere you shall find three of your argosiesargosy (n.)

old form: Argosies
large merchant ship
MV V.i.276
Are richly come to harbour sodainlie.Are richly come to harbour suddenly. MV V.i.277
You shall not know by what strange accidentYou shall not know by what strange accident MV V.i.278
I chanced on this letter.I chanced on this letter. MV V.i.279.1
I am dumbe.I am dumb! MV V.i.279.2
Were you the Doctor, and I knew you not?Were you the doctor and I knew you not? MV V.i.280
Were you the Clark that is to make me cuckold.Were you the clerk that is to make me cuckold?cuckold (n.)
[mocking name] man with an unfaithful wife
MV V.i.281
I, but the Clark that neuer meanes to doe it,Ay, but the clerk that never means to do it, MV V.i.282
Vnlesse he liue vntill he be a man.Unless he live until he be a man. MV V.i.283
(Sweet Doctor) you shall be my bedfellow,Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow. MV V.i.284
When I am absent, then lie with my wife.When I am absent, then lie with my wife. MV V.i.285
(Sweet Ladie) you haue giuen me life & liuing;Sweet lady, you have given me life and living,living (n.)

old form: liuing
possessions, means of support, livelihood
MV V.i.286
For heere I reade for certaine that my shipsFor here I read for certain that my ships MV V.i.287
Are safelie come to Rode.Are safely come to road.road (n.)

old form: Rode
harbour, anchorage, roadstead
MV V.i.288.1
How now Lorenzo?How now, Lorenzo? MV V.i.288.2
My Clarke hath some good comforts to for you.My clerk hath some good comforts too for you. MV V.i.289
I, and Ile giue them him without a fee.Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee. MV V.i.290
There doe I giue to you and IessicaThere do I give to you and Jessica MV V.i.291
From the rich Iewe, a speciall deed of giftFrom the rich Jew, a special deed of gift, MV V.i.292
After his death, of all he dies possess'd of.After his death, of all he dies possessed of. MV V.i.293
Faire Ladies you drop Manna in the wayFair ladies, you drop manna in the way MV V.i.294
Of starued people.Of starved people. MV V.i.295.1
It is almost morning,It is almost morning, MV V.i.295.2
And yet I am sure you are not satisfiedAnd yet I am sure you are not satisfied MV V.i.296
Of these euents at full. Let vs goe in,Of these events at full. Let us go in, MV V.i.297
And charge vs there vpon intergatories,And charge us there upon inter'gatories,charge (v.)
entreat, exhort, enjoin
MV V.i.298
interrogatory (n.)

old form: intergatories
interrogation, questioning, inquisition
And we will answer all things faithfully.And we will answer all things faithfully. MV V.i.299
Let it be so, the first intergatoryLet it be so. The first inter'gatory MV V.i.300
That my Nerrissa shall be sworne on, is,That my Nerissa shall be sworn on is MV V.i.301
Whether till the next night she had rather stay,Whether till the next night she had rather stay, MV V.i.302
Or goe to bed, now being two houres to day,Or go to bed now, being two hours to day. MV V.i.303
But were the day come, I should wish it darke,But were the day come, I should wish it dark, MV V.i.304
Till I were couching with the Doctors Clarke.Till I were couching with the doctor's clerk.couch (v.)
lie, sleep, go to bed
MV V.i.305
Well, while I liue, Ile feare no other thingWell, while I live I'll fear no other thing MV V.i.306
So sore, as keeping safe Nerrissas ring.So sore as keeping safe Nerissa's ring.sore (adj.)
serious, grievous, grave
MV V.i.307
Exeunt.Exeunt MV V.i.307
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