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To urge the thing held as a ceremony?
Bass. No, by mine honor, madam, by my soul,
Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my house :
do not, if I be left alone,
Ner. And I his clerk; therefore be well advised, 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.
Ant. I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels.
Mark you but that!
Nay, but hear me.
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth; Which, but for him that had your husband's ring,
[To PORTIA. 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 I 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;
Gra. Why, this is like the mending of highways
Por. Speak not so grossly.--You are all amazed.
I am dumb.
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.There do I give to you, and Jessica,
From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift,
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
Por. It is almost morning,
Gra. Let it be so. The first inter’gatory
Nerissa shall be sworn on, is, Whether till the next night she had rather stay, Or go to bed now, being two hours to day; But were the day come, I should wish it dark, That I were couching with the doctor's clerk. Well, while I live, I'll fear no other thing So sore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring. [Exeunt.
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