The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 1
No Fear Act 5 Scene 1 Page 6

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Music ceases
Music ceases.

LORENZO

     That is the voice,
Or I am much deceived, of Portia.

LORENZO

If I’m not mistaken, that’s Portia’s voice.

PORTIA

110He knows me as the blind man knows the cuckoo—
By the bad voice.

PORTIA

He recognizes me like a blind man recognizes a cuckoo—by its bad voice.

LORENZO

Dear lady, welcome home.

LORENZO

Dear lady, welcome home.

PORTIA

We have been praying for our husbands' welfare,
Which speed, we hope, the better for our words.
115Are they returned?

PORTIA

We’ve been praying for our husbands' welfare. We hope they’re better off because of our prayers. Have they come back?

LORENZO

   Madam, they are not yet,
But there is come a messenger before
To signify their coming.

LORENZO

No, ma'am, they haven’t. But a messenger came ahead to tell us they were on their way.

PORTIA

    Go in, Nerissa.
Give order to my servants that they take
No note at all of our being absent hence.—
120Nor you, Lorenzo.—Jessica, nor you.

PORTIA

Go inside, Nerissa. Tell my servants not to mention that we were gone. You must not, either, Lorenzo—or you, Jessica.
A tucket sounds
A trumpet sounds.