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THE

MERCHANT OF VENICE.

A COMEDY,

IN FIVE ACTS.

BY WILLIAM SHAK SPEARE.

AS PERFORMED AT THE

PHILADELPHIA THEATRE.

PHILADELPHIA :

PUBLISHED BY C. NEAL, NO. 201, CHESTNUT ST.

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SCENE-Partly at Venice, and partly at Belmont, the

seat of Portia, upon the continent.

MARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM
THE BEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

1918

THE

MERCHANT OF VENICE.

ACT I.

SCENE IQ street in Venice.

enter ANTHONIO, SOLARINO, and SALANIQ.

Anth. In sooth, I know not why I am so sad : It wearies me--you say it wearies you ; But how I caught it, found it, or came by it, What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born, I am to learn And such a want-wit sadness makes of me, That I have much ado to know myself.

Sal. Your mind is tossing on the ocean; There, where your argosies, with portly sail, Like signiors and rich burghers on the flood, Or, as it were, the pageants of the sea, Do over-peer the petty traffickers, That curtsey to them, do them reverence, As they fly by them with their woven wings.

Sola. Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth, The better part of my affections would Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still Plucking the grass to know where sits the wind; Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and roads ; And every object that might make me fear

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