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Dramatis Personæ.

DUKE of Venice.

Morochius, a Moorish Prince, Suiters to Portia.

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Prince of Arragon,
Anthonio, the Merchant of Venice.
Bassanio, his Friend, in love with Portia.
Salanio,
Solarino, Friends to Anthonio and Bassanio,
Gratiano,
Lorenzo, in love with Jessica.
Shylock, a Jew.
Tubal, a Jew, bis Friend.
Launcelot, a Clown, Servant to the Jew,
Gobbo, an old Man, Father to Launcelot.
Leonardo, Servant to Baffanio.
Balthazar,

Servants to Portia. .
Stephano,

Portia, an Heiress of great Quality and Fortune.
Neriffa, Confident to Portia.
Jessica, Daughter to Shylock.

Senators of Venice, Officers, Jailer, Servants and

other Attendants.

SCENE, partly at Venice; and partly at Belmont,

the Seat of Portia upon the Continent.

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ANTHONIO:
N 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 my self.

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

Sola,

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