Merchant of Venice: Act 5, Scene 1

Merchant of Venice: Act 5, Scene 1
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  • Before sunrise, in the castle of Belmont
  • If you did know to whom I gave the ring,  If you did know for whom I gave the ring,  And would conceive for what I gave the ring, And how unwillingly I left the ring, When naught would be accepted but the ring, You would abate the strength of your displeasure.      
  • If you had known the virtue of the ring,  Or half her worthiness that gave the ring,  Or your own honour to contain the ring, You would not then have parted with the ring. If you had pleas'd to have defended it, With terms of zeal, wanted the modesty To urge the thing held as ceremony?
  • No, by my honour madam, by my soul, No woman had it, but a civil doctor,  Which did refuse the three thousand ducats of me, And begg'd the ring, the which I did deny him And suff'd him to go displeas'd away; Even he that had held up the very life Of my dear friend.
  • 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 anything I have, Not my body, nor my husbands' bed, Know him I shall, I am well sure of it.
  • Well, do you so: let not me take him, then, For if I do, I'll mar the young clerk's pen.
  • And I his clerk; therefore be well advis'd/ How you do leave me to mine own protection.
  • I am th' unhappy subject of these quarrels.
  • Mark you but that! In both my eyes he doubly sees himself; In each eye, one: swear by your double self, And there's an oath of credit.
  • Nay, but hear me: Pardon this fault, and by my soul I swear I never more will break an oath to thee.
  • Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong; And in the hearing of these many friends, I swear to thee, even by thine own fair eyes, Wherin I see myself-
  • Then you shall be his surety. Give him this, And bid him keep it better than the other.
  • I once did lend my body for his wealth, Which, but for him that had your husband's ring, Had quite miscarried: I dare be bound again, My soul upon forfeit, that your lord Will never more break faith advisely.
  • Here, Lord Bassanio; swear to keep this ring.
  • I had it of him: Pardon me, Bassanio, For, by this ring, the doctor lay with me.
  • By heaven! It is the same I gave to the doctor!
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