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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII. 1876–79.


Shylock and Antonio

By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

SIGNIOR Antonio, many a time and oft,

In the Rialto you have rated me

About my monies and my usances:

Still have I borne it with a patient shrug;

For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe;

You call me—misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,

And all for use of that which is mine own.

Well then, it now appears you need my help:

Go to then; you come to me, and you say,

“Shylock, we would have monies”: you say so;

You that did void your rheum upon my beard,

And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur

Over your threshold; monies is your suit;

What should I say to you? should I not say

“Hath a dog money? is it possible

A cur can lend three thousand ducats?” or

Shall I bend low, and in a bondsman’s key,

With ’bated breath, and whispering humbleness,

Say this,—

“Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last:

You spurn’d me such a day; another time

You call’d me—dog; and for these courtesies

I ’ll lend you thus much monies?”