The Merchant of Venice


Material Information

The Merchant of Venice
Series Title:
Shakespearian tales in verse
Physical Description:
16 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 ( Author, Primary )
McLoughlin Bros., inc ( Publisher )
McLoughlin Bros.
Place of Publication:
New York
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Children's poetry -- 1882   ( lcsh )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1882   ( rbgenr )
Baldwin -- 1882
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York


An illustrated, abridged version of The merchant of Venice, in verse.
General Note:
Title from cover.
General Note:
Includes publisher's advertisement.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management:
All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 001877662
oclc - 29368082
notis - AJV2725
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Itnio m ld, aI d said, Dear r Iend
\lt n rtin .ll a. n the -ed.
Nd thf a hcf 111l 1 "'Il '- l lni,,nt d'\\ _-ll.

"" But, still my\ credit here i gn ii"d,
Fe"w %Vould rteus- a loan to me.

; borrow m111ne- in m 1 nallme,
. ... .. I'll -in a bond the debt to-, pay

In thrce m ionth' time; lon* bek'rc then,
NI, ships x\ill anchor in tich bav."
Si'nf'II d's a written prnimisc, siged,

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Ba sn i- l \\i ith a grate ful hea rt

\Vh,_, { ra p ayment) niinve le nt.

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To do Antonio injury,

Old Shylock had been waiting long;

And now-at last-he saw a chance

To do the "royal merchant"

So when Antonio appeared,

He said, "the money he would lend,

If a strange bond-proposed in jest-

Were first signed by Bassanio's friend."

The bond which he proposed was this:

Antonio should the Jew repay

Whatever sum of gold he lent,

At noon, upon a certain day.

But if the merchafit chanced to fail,

In due fulfilment of his part,

Shylock should cut a pound of flesh

From near the good Antonio's heart.

Shylock this dreadful bond had framed

To gratify his deadly hate,

Hoping that change or chance might make.

The merchant's payment come too late.

Bassanio would not have it signed;

But good Antonio, for his sake,

Sure that his ships would soon be home,

Did not object the risk to take.

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That, Il: her dea d-ad J t i r' Atill,

Thre csk t. te I r had l tt.-
.nc. .I. >ne -'ilv' 'n..- dull i ad.-
Alnd 'luc iot ti c-C tlhe 11man '1 t L .t l '11 C
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And it within the one he choose,

Fi- clun;:,t d fair Portia's likeness laid,

""- She \\% a his wife, and his her wealth, -

\V._,n [-v the choice which he had made.

Iassanio, with eager love,

At once would seek to try his fate,

Though Portia (dreading he might lose)

S A Would fain awhile have had him wait.

he led him to the painted hall,

Where the three fatal caskets stood,

\nd hoped that fortune would be kind,

To one who was so brave and good.

Awhile in silent thought he stood,-

Then softly murmured, Men have shed,

- IIMuch blood for silver and for gold!-

I choose the dull but honest lead !"

Portia looked on with sifentjoy-

She had seen other suitors choose;

SAnd knew, if gold should dazzle him,

.-Icr handsome lover she would loose.

But he has won! within the box
Fair Portia's pictured image lies;
Hle turns, and reads the maiden's joy
In her glad smile and beaming eyes.

And with the picture was a scroll,

"q i,,,, I,\ i-i 'I l a. t rn rll i 1,

SoU Lt 0SQ 11ot e. view.

>a \i. ctd coosec as true

Sr cv t1-.s .Jortune, t 5 s to you.

e CflL ent uld see kQno ilew.

y.ou be well .l\sI wit hs

0u. oyu eU yoe I -ur d is.

The happy kiss is scarcely given,
S... I:lrure withinn the hall appelI ar
"'" -\An anxi'(uM S -rtulp, Nho b rin-. I f.n 'i V'lenicc
Sad tidin:<, to' I1S0,ani', .ar.

A IAtcLr from Ant)initio
Fi Th v 1 *a\c lhii- 'ricnJ, \\ith mI ourn ul air,


i t: that all h h, ,.
A 'un t I Irn )as rad, Il- I act

Sjim I I al i liorrur i nd the ,paj r.

hih th tran n ad a s ue.
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I .nd that hi. ,-,ar lli tl, ht,, .._ \tealth

In ,_thour ways, Iia ll III cn bn.,-,cdI.

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- r -^ .. :.. ., ........-. -- ,*': \\'hi,;l. the ,trtan c,_ !.'nd had m ade hI s clue.

Portia, w\ho sa\v his color fade,
"Ba-saniu's cause of grief would know,
Andi litcned. \vith m, ,t tender eves,
10 por Ant ,nion talc of woe.

SIakc mic at o.,nce \.Vur \iife," she said.
.\lnd then to \'cnicc haste aw\av,-
"To aK e th, dear Ant, ni',, lif1e,
,. -- lallf m d n\ fortuIne I \\ uld pay."

\'ith warnme-st gratitude he he heard.
And then (the hurried wedding g o'cr),

\ l h i ar he a

W\\here hi ._Antoni, waitcd still
T hett lac recl \hic oi the law.
N- u -atd in the Senate huse-

Thc Senators all gathered near,-
The I)uke (Of \'enlicc was prepared
A. ntni .,'. strange ca c t-o hear.

On one side the poor merchant stood,

Patient and calm, glad that his friend,

Bassanio (for whom he died),

"Would be beside him to the end.

The Duke had reason'd with
the Jew,
But threats and pleadings
had been vain,
Nothing his settled purpose'
i Nor could his cruelty

And now with wolfish look
of hate,
Before the Duke they see
him stand:
A grey old man, in Jewish
Grasping a sharp knife in
S.his hand.

Once more the Duke with
F., gentle words
Told him that men could
not believe
That he would dare do such
a deed,
And bade him now their
fears relieve.

Then came Bassanio with a bag,

And offered to the savage Jew

A treble payment of the debt,

Fur which thu p.,linlti W\ \as dc.

But gld aind rcaonin \ig "er.
Ill ha\e m bind !" h
ticrcelv cried,
"1\-ly b,(nd, and nothing but

A ijtOIuund of fltch Cult tfr.mi .
his idc." '

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Just t, r'l:- in th.- th -ti.t In

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Is lrI tI- ht the l_ arnd
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"Admit the Judge," the Duke commands;

A graceful youth at once they see

Advance and greet the Duke and court,

And take his seat with dignity.

I am informed," the stranger
S"Of the strange case we try
Antonio, do you own the
bond ?"
"I do," he said-the Jew
cried "Ay."

"Then must the Jew be
The sweet voice said, Yes,
he must show
Some pity to the ruined
As he God's mercy hopes
to know."

But stubbornly the Jew replied,
My deed be on my head!
"I claim
"The forfeiture of my true
Or the weak laws of
.; 7,. Venice blame."

Thcn spoke the judge, "Can he not pay

The moncy tu this cruel Jew ?"

c cried Ba-,sanio, "Ten times more

han the thrue thousand to him due!"

"In vain he speaks; with his
own life
Offers, in vain, his friend's
to buy:
My bond, and nothing but
my bond !
Is still the cruel Shylock's

"And, Shylock, you shall
have your bond,"
The judge asserts,-" The
law is clear."
Shylock exclaims, "O wise
young judge!
A Daniel come to judg-
ment here!"

And sharpens on is sole
his knife.
Wait," the judge orders,
"Till we see
". If one drop of the debtor's
....J..7 By this your bond will
forfeit be."

", '! not I JI l., I- I Lm IJd in it!

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Abashed and failed the Jew now stands;
S-Payl' me, and I will go," he cries,
-i No! V-iu shall only have your bond!"
Ti The law yer, sternly, then replies.

For plotting this good mer-
chant's death,
You have yourself incurred
his fate-
Your life is forfeit-and your
Goes to the treasury of the

So thus the wicked Jew was
~ caught,
In the same net that he
... had laid
To kill the good Antonio-
And had himself to death

But as a Christian must
And mercy to the wicked
Antonio for Shylock pleads,
And begs the Duke to let
him go.

His prayer was heard; old Shylock's life
They spared, but took his wealth away,
And a poor, broken-hearted man,
He went with heavy

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Who do you think the lawyer was
Who thus had saved Antonio's life ?
Portia herself, dress'd like a judge!
Bassanio's kind and clever wife!

Thus the good merchant was repaid
For all the love he bore his friend;
And better fortune from henceforth
Did on his latter days attend.

His argosies-I mean his ships-

Came back at last; they were not lost,

But only upon stormy seas

For a long time delayed and tossed.

A royal merchant once again,

He dwelt in Venice all his days,

And won from those who knew his worth,

Esteem, and reverence, and praise.


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