The Merchant of Venice

MV I.i.1 
Enter Antonio, Salerio, and Solanio
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn
sooth (n.) 1 truth

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.1 
In sooth I know not why I am so sad.

MV I.i.2 
It wearies me, you say it wearies you;

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But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,

MV I.i.4 
What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born,
stuff (n.) 1 substance, composition, quality, essence

MV I.i.5 
I am to learn;

MV I.i.6 
And such a want-wit sadness makes of me
want-wit (adj.) senseless, stupid, ridiculous

MV I.i.7 
That I have much ado to know myself.
ado (n.) fuss, business, to-do

 

SALERIO

MV I.i.8 
Your mind is tossing on the ocean,

MV I.i.9 
There where your argosies with portly sail,
argosy (n.) large merchant ship
portly (adj.) stately, majestic, dignified

MV I.i.10 
Like signors and rich burghers on the flood,
burgher (n.) citizen, inhabitant, denizen
flood (n.) 1 sea, deep, waves, rushing water

MV I.i.11 
Or as it were the pageants of the sea,
pageant (n.) show, scene, spectacle, tableau

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Do overpeer the petty traffickers
overpeer (v.) 1 look down on, look out over, overlook
trafficker (n.) trading ship, merchant vessel

MV I.i.13 
That curtsy to them, do them reverence,
curtsy, curtsey (v.) bow low, do reverence, pay respect
reverence, do pay homage, worship, show respect [to]

MV I.i.14 
As they fly by them with their woven wings.

 

SOLANIO

MV I.i.15 
Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth,
venture (n.) 3 cargo, consignment, goods

MV I.i.16 
The better part of my affections would
affection (n.) 2 emotion, feeling

MV I.i.17 
Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually

MV I.i.18 
Plucking the grass to know where sits the wind,

MV I.i.19 
Peering in maps for ports and piers and roads,
road (n.) 1 harbour, anchorage, roadstead

MV I.i.20 
And every object that might make me fear

MV I.i.21 
Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt

MV I.i.22.1 
Would make me sad.
wind (n.) 1 breath

 

SALERIO

MV I.i.22.2 
                         My wind cooling my broth

MV I.i.23 
Would blow me to an ague when I thought
ague (n.) fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]

MV I.i.24 
What harm a wind too great might do at sea.

MV I.i.25 
I should not see the sandy hour-glass run

MV I.i.26 
But I should think of shallows and of flats,
flat (n.) 2 shoal, sandbank

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And see my wealthy Andrew docked in sand,

MV I.i.28 
Vailing her high-top lower than her ribs
vail (v.) 1 lower, bow down, cast down [as in submission]

MV I.i.29 
To kiss her burial. Should I go to church
burial (n.) 2 grave, tomb, burial chamber

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And see the holy edifice of stone

MV I.i.31 
And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks,
bethink (v.), past form bethought 1 call to mind, think about, consider, reflect
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once

MV I.i.32 
Which touching but my gentle vessel's side
gentle (adj.) 4 peaceful, calm, free from violence

MV I.i.33 
Would scatter all her spices on the stream,

MV I.i.34 
Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks,
enrobe (v.) dress in a robe, put a gown on

MV I.i.35 
And in a word, but even now worth this,

MV I.i.36 
And now worth nothing? Shall I have the thought

MV I.i.37 
To think on this, and shall I lack the thought

MV I.i.38 
That such a thing bechanced would make me sad?
bechance (v.) happen to, befall
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn

MV I.i.39 
But tell not me; I know Antonio

MV I.i.40 
Is sad to think upon his merchandise.

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.41 
Believe me, no. I thank my fortune for it

MV I.i.42 
My ventures are not in one bottom trusted,
bottom (n.) 6 [nautical: keel, hull] ship, vessel
venture (n.) 3 cargo, consignment, goods

MV I.i.43 
Nor to one place; nor is my whole estate
estate (n.) 1 state, situation, circumstances

MV I.i.44 
Upon the fortune of this present year.

MV I.i.45 
Therefore my merchandise makes me not sad.

 

SOLANIO

MV I.i.46.1 
Why then you are in love.

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.46.2 
                         Fie, fie!

 

SOLANIO

MV I.i.47 
Not in love neither? Then let us say you are sad

MV I.i.48 
Because you are not merry; and 'twere as easy
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn

MV I.i.49 
For you to laugh and leap, and say you are merry

MV I.i.50 
Because you are not sad. Now by two-headed Janus,

MV I.i.51 
Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time:
fellow (n.) 1 companion, associate
frame (v.) 1 fashion, make, form, create

MV I.i.52 
Some that will evermore peep through their eyes
peep (v.) 2 peer through half-closed eyes

MV I.i.53 
And laugh like parrots at a bagpiper,

MV I.i.54 
And other of such vinegar aspect
aspect (n.) 1 [of a human face] look, appearance, expression
vinegar (adj.) sour, bitter, crabby

MV I.i.55 
That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile

MV I.i.56 
Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.

MV I.i.57 
Enter Bassanio, Lorenzo, and Gratiano

MV I.i.57 
Here comes Bassanio your most noble kinsman,

MV I.i.58 
Gratiano, and Lorenzo. Fare ye well;

MV I.i.59 
We leave you now with better company.

 

SALERIO

MV I.i.60 
I would have stayed till I had made you merry,

MV I.i.61 
If worthier friends had not prevented me.
prevent (v.) 1 forestall, anticipate

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.62 
Your worth is very dear in my regard.
dear (adj.) 3 of great worth, valuable, precious

MV I.i.63 
I take it your own business calls on you,

MV I.i.64 
And you embrace th' occasion to depart.

 

SALERIO

MV I.i.65 
Good morrow, my good lords.
morrow (n.) morning

 

BASSANIO

MV I.i.66 
Good signors both, when shall we laugh? Say, when?

MV I.i.67 
You grow exceeding strange. Must it be so?
exceeding (adv.) exceedingly, extremely, very
strange (adj.) 7 aloof, distant, reserved

 

SALERIO

MV I.i.68 
We'll make our leisures to attend on yours.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

MV I.i.68 
Exeunt Salerio and Solanio

 

LORENZO

MV I.i.69 
My Lord Bassanio, since you have found Antonio,

MV I.i.70 
We two will leave you; but at dinner-time

MV I.i.71 
I pray you have in mind where we must meet.

 

BASSANIO

MV I.i.72 
I will not fail you.

 

GRATIANO

MV I.i.73 
You look not well, Signor Antonio.

MV I.i.74 
You have too much respect upon the world;
respect (n.) 2 attention, heed, deliberation

MV I.i.75 
They lose it that do buy it with much care.

MV I.i.76 
Believe me, you are marvellously changed.

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.77 
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano,

MV I.i.78 
A stage where every man must play a part,

MV I.i.79.1 
And mine a sad one.
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn

 

GRATIANO

MV I.i.79.2 
                         Let me play the fool;

MV I.i.80 
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come,

MV I.i.81 
And let my liver rather heat with wine
liver (n.) 1 part of the body thought to be at the seat of the passions [especially sexual desire]

MV I.i.82 
Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.

MV I.i.83 
Why should a man whose blood is warm within

MV I.i.84 
Sit, like his grandsire cut in alabaster?
alablaster (n.) alabaster [fine white material derived from limestone]
grandsire (n.) 1 grandfather

MV I.i.85 
Sleep when he wakes? And creep into the jaundice

MV I.i.86 
By being peevish? I tell thee what, Antonio,
peevish (adj.) 3 fretful, irritable, ill-tempered

MV I.i.87 
I love thee, and 'tis my love that speaks:

MV I.i.88 
There are a sort of men whose visages
sort (n.) 4 kind, variety, type
visage (n.) 1 face, countenance

MV I.i.89 
Do cream and mantle like a standing pond,
cream (v.) form a frothy layer on the surface
mantle (v.) 2 cover with a coating, form a scum

MV I.i.90 
And do a wilful stillness entertain
entertain (v.) 12 maintain, keep up, practise

MV I.i.91 
With purpose to be dressed in an opinion
opinion (n.) 1 public opinion, popular judgement
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan

MV I.i.92 
Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit,
conceit (n.) 3 understanding, intelligence, apprehension

MV I.i.93 
As who should say, ‘ I am Sir Oracle,

MV I.i.94 
And when I ope my lips, let no dog bark.’
ope (v.) open

MV I.i.95 
O my Antonio, I do know of these

MV I.i.96 
That therefore only are reputed wise

MV I.i.97 
For saying nothing, when, I am very sure

MV I.i.98 
If they should speak, would almost damn those ears,

MV I.i.99 
Which hearing them would call their brothers fools.

MV I.i.100 
I'll tell thee more of this another time.

MV I.i.101 
But fish not with this melancholy bait

MV I.i.102 
For this fool gudgeon, this opinion.
fool (adj.) foolish, silly
gudgeon (n.) type of fish used as a bait; credulity, gullibility
opinion (n.) 1 public opinion, popular judgement

MV I.i.103 
Come, good Lorenzo. Fare ye well awhile;

MV I.i.104 
I'll end my exhortation after dinner.

 

LORENZO

MV I.i.105 
Well, we will leave you then till dinner-time.

MV I.i.106 
I must be one of these same dumb wise men,

MV I.i.107 
For Gratiano never lets me speak.

 

GRATIANO

MV I.i.108 
Well, keep me company but two years more,
mo, moe (adj.) more [in number]

MV I.i.109 
Thou shalt not know the sound of thine own tongue.

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.110 
Fare you well; I'll grow a talker for this gear.
gear (n.) 1 business, affair, matter

 

GRATIANO

MV I.i.111 
Thanks, i'faith, for silence is only commendable

MV I.i.112 
In a neat's tongue dried and a maid not vendible.
neat (n.) ox, cow, cattle
vendible (adj.) 2 marriageable

MV I.i.112 
Exeunt Gratiano and Lorenzo

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.113 
Is that anything now?

 

BASSANIO

MV I.i.114 
Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing,

MV I.i.115 
more than any man in all Venice. His reasons are as two

MV I.i.116 
grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff: you shall

MV I.i.117 
seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them

MV I.i.118 
they are not worth the search.

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.119 
Well, tell me now what lady is the same

MV I.i.120 
To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage,

MV I.i.121 
That you today promised to tell me of?

 

BASSANIO

MV I.i.122 
'Tis not unknown to you, Antonio,

MV I.i.123 
How much I have disabled mine estate
estate (n.) 1 state, situation, circumstances

MV I.i.124 
By something showing a more swelling port
port (n.) 4 style of living, way of life
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather
swelling (adj.) 4 magnificent, grand, resplendant

MV I.i.125 
Than my faint means would grant continuance.
continuance (n.) 2 maintaining, keeping up, carrying on
faint (adj.) 4 inadequate, lacking, in short supply

MV I.i.126 
Nor do I now make moan to be abridged
abridge (v.) 2 deprive, debar, dispossess

MV I.i.127 
From such a noble rate; but my chief care
rate (n.) 3 mode of life, style of living

MV I.i.128 
Is to come fairly off from the great debts

MV I.i.129 
Wherein my time, something too prodigal,
prodigal (adj.) 1 wastefully lavish, foolishly extravagant
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather
time (n.) 4 age, years

MV I.i.130 
Hath left me gaged. To you, Antonio,
gage (v.) 2 pledge, bind, commit

MV I.i.131 
I owe the most in money and in love,

MV I.i.132 
And from your love I have a warranty
warranty (n.) authorization, permission, sanction

MV I.i.133 
To unburden all my plots and purposes
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan
unburden, unburthen (v.) reveal, disclose; or: unload

MV I.i.134 
How to get clear of all the debts I owe.

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.135 
I pray you, good Bassanio, let me know it,

MV I.i.136 
And if it stand as you yourself still do,
stand (v.) 1 be, appear

MV I.i.137 
Within the eye of honour, be assured
eye (n.) 1 sight, view, presence

MV I.i.138 
My purse, my person, my extremest means

MV I.i.139 
Lie all unlocked to your occasions.
occasion (n.) 3 need, want, requirement

 

BASSANIO

MV I.i.140 
In my schooldays, when I had lost one shaft,
shaft (n.) [long and slender] arrow

MV I.i.141 
I shot his fellow of the self-same flight
flight (n.) 3 [of arrows] power of flight, size and weight

MV I.i.142 
The self-same way, with more advised watch,
advised, avised (adj.) 3 judicious, wise, prudent

MV I.i.143 
To find the other forth; and by adventuring both
adventure (v.) venture, dare, chance, risk

MV I.i.144 
I oft found both. I urge this childhood proof
urge (v.) 4 bring forward, advocate, represent

MV I.i.145 
Because what follows is pure innocence.

MV I.i.146 
I owe you much, and like a wilful youth,

MV I.i.147 
That which I owe is lost; but if you please

MV I.i.148 
To shoot another arrow that self way
self (adj.) same, selfsame, identical, exact

MV I.i.149 
Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt,

MV I.i.150 
As I will watch the aim, or to find both

MV I.i.151 
Or bring your latter hazard back again
hazard (n.) 2 [gambling] chance, fortune; throw [of dice]

MV I.i.152 
And thankfully rest debtor for the first.

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.153 
You know me well, and herein spend but time

MV I.i.154 
To wind about my love with circumstance;
circumstance (n.) 2 circumlocution, verbiage, unnecessary detail
wind (v.) 3 insinuate, pursue a devious course

MV I.i.155 
And out of doubt you do me now more wrong

MV I.i.156 
In making question of my uttermost

MV I.i.157 
Than if you had made waste of all I have.

MV I.i.158 
Then do but say to me what I should do

MV I.i.159 
That in your knowledge may by me be done,

MV I.i.160 
And I am prest unto it. Therefore speak.
prest (adj.) engaged, made ready, hired

 

BASSANIO

MV I.i.161 
In Belmont is a lady richly left,

MV I.i.162 
And she is fair, and, fairer than that word,

MV I.i.163 
Of wondrous virtues. Sometimes from her eyes
sometimes (adv.) formerly, once, at one time, previously

MV I.i.164 
I did receive fair speechless messages.

MV I.i.165 
Her name is Portia, nothing undervalued

MV I.i.166 
To Cato's daughter, Brutus' Portia;

MV I.i.167 
Nor is the wide world ignorant of her worth,

MV I.i.168 
For the four winds blow in from every coast

MV I.i.169 
Renowned suitors, and her sunny locks

MV I.i.170 
Hang on her temples like a golden fleece,

MV I.i.171 
Which makes her seat of Belmont Colchos' strond,
seat (n.) 2 estate
strand, strond (n.) shore, land, region

MV I.i.172 
And many Jasons come in quest of her.

MV I.i.173 
O my Antonio, had I but the means

MV I.i.174 
To hold a rival place with one of them,

MV I.i.175 
I have a mind presages me such thrift
presage (v.) 2 predict, forecast
thrift (n.) profit, advantage, gain

MV I.i.176 
That I should questionless be fortunate.
questionless (adv.) unquestionably, undoubtedly, most certainly

 

ANTONIO

MV I.i.177 
Thou know'st that all my fortunes are at sea,

MV I.i.178 
Neither have I money, nor commodity
commodity (n.) 1 supply, quantity, stock, consignment

MV I.i.179 
To raise a present sum. Therefore go forth;

MV I.i.180 
Try what my credit can in Venice do,

MV I.i.181 
That shall be racked even to the uttermost
rack (v.) 2 stretch, strain, extend

MV I.i.182 
To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia.
furnish (v.) 2 provide for, prepare, make ready

MV I.i.183 
Go presently inquire, and so will I,
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once

MV I.i.184 
Where money is; and I no question make

MV I.i.185 
To have it of my trust or for my sake.

MV I.i.185 
Exeunt

 
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