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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 1
No Fear Act 5 Scene 1 Page 9

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I gave my love a ring and made him swear
170Never to part with it. And here he stands.
I dare be sworn for him he would not leave it
Nor pluck it from his finger for the wealth
That the world masters. Now in faith, Gratiano,
You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief.
175An ’twere to me, I should be mad at it.
I gave my lover a ring and made him swear never to lose it or give it away. And here he is. I’d swear he wouldn’t leave it behind, or even take it off his finger, for all the money in the world. To tell the truth, Gratiano, you’re giving your wife a valid reason to get upset. If it were me, I’d be very upset too.

BASSANIO

(aside) Why, I were best to cut my left hand off
And swear I lost the ring defending it.

BASSANIO

(to himself) Maybe I should cut off my left hand and swear I lost the ring defending it.

GRATIANO

My Lord Bassanio gave his ring away
Unto the judge that begged it and indeed
180Deserved it too. And then the boy, his clerk,
That took some pains in writing, he begged mine.
And neither man nor master would take aught
But the two rings.

GRATIANO

Bassanio gave his ring to the judge who asked for it, and deserved it too. And then his clerk, who went to a lot of trouble with the writing, begged for mine. Neither of them would take anything but the two rings.

PORTIA

   What ring gave you my lord?
Not that, I hope, which you received of me.

PORTIA

Which ring did you give away, my lord? Not the one I gave you, I hope.

BASSANIO

185If I could add a lie unto a fault
I would deny it. but you see my finger
Hath not the ring upon it. It is gone.

BASSANIO

If I could make things better by lying, I’d deny it. But you see my finger doesn’t have the ring on it. It’s gone.

PORTIA

Even so void is your false heart of truth.
By heaven, I will ne'er come in your bed
190Until I see the ring.

PORTIA

Just as there’s no ring on your finger, there’s no truth in your heart. I swear I’ll never get into your bed until I see the ring again!

NERISSA

(to GRATIANO)
   Nor I in yours
Till I again see mine.

NERISSA

(to GRATIANO) Me neither, until I see mine again!