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Intreat some Pow'r to change this currish Jeru.
Ner. 'Tis well, you offer it behind her back; The wish would make else an unquiet house.
Shy. These be the christian husbands. I've a daughter; Would any of the stock of Barrabas Had been her husband, rather than a christian! [Afide., We trifle time; I pray thee, pursue sentence.
Por. A pound of that same merchant's Aesh is thine, The Court awards it, and the law doth give it.
Sby. Most rightful judge! Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his breast; The law allows it, and the Court awards it.
Shy. Most learned judge! a sentence: come, prepare.
Gra. O upright judge! mark, Jew, O learned judge!
Por. Thyself fhalt see the Act:
Gra. O learned judge! mark, few, a learned judge!
Shy. I take this offer then, pay the bond thrice; And let the christian go.
Bas. Here is the money.
Por. The Jew shall have all justice ; foft! no haite; He shall have nothing but the penalty.
Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge!
Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the Hesh;
But in the estimation of a hair,
Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew!
Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take the forfeiture.
Por. He hath refus'd it in the open Court;
Gra. A Daniel, ftill say I; a second Daniel ! I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.
Shy. Shall I not barely have my principal ?
Por. Thou fhalt have nothing but the forfeiture, To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.
Shy. Why then the devil give him good of it!
Por. Tarry, Jew.
Gra. Beg, that thou may'st have leave to hang thyself;
Duke. That thou may't see the diff'rence of our Spirit, I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it:
For half thy wealth, it is Anthonio's
Por. Ay, for the state ; not for Anthonio.
Shy. Nay, take my life and all: pardon not that. You take my house, when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house : you take my life, When you do take the means whereby I live.
Por. What mercy can you render him, Anthonio ? Gra. A halter gratis ; nothing else, for God's sake.
Ant. So please my lord the Duke, (29) and all the Court, To quit the fine for one half of his goods, I am content; so he will let me have The other half in use, to render it Upon his death unto the gentleman, That lately stole his daughter. Two things provided more, that for this favour He presently become a christian ; The other, that he do record a gift Here in the Court, of all he dies poffess'd, Unto his fon Lorenzo and his daughter,
Duke. He shall do this, or else I do recant The pardon that I late pronounced here.
Por. Art thou contented, Jew? what doft thou say ?
(29) Su įlease my lord the Duke,] The terms, which Anthonio preícribes to be comply'd with by the Jew, have been reckon'd intricate and corrups; and a different regulation has been advis’d: But, if I ain not mistaken, they are to be thus understood. The Jew had forfeited his whole fuwitance; one moiety thereof to go to the state, and the other to the defendant. Anthonio proposes, that the state should be content with fining him only that moiety, which was confiscared to them; that, as to the other, which Antbonio equally might claim to himself; he only desires to hold the benefit, paying interest for it to the Jew during his life: and, upon the Jew's demise, to have it immediately vested in his fon and daughter. Nor does Antborio propose any thing mean and ungenerous in this; he quits that right and pro. perty, which the law gave him, in the Jeru's substance; and (with regard to his own great losses,) is content to stand only as a borrower of it, upon the general foot of paying interest: nor are the son and daughter robb’d in this; fince, setting aside Antbonio's clairn by the Jer's forfeiture, their pretensions could not take place, till the Jew's death: and he takes care, their reverfionary right in it should be fçcurd by the Jew's recording a deed of- gift to that purpose.
Shy. I am content.
Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence;
Duke. Get thee gone, but do it.
[Exit Shylock. Duke. Sir, I intreat you home with me to dinner.
Por. I humbly do desire your Grace of pardon;
Duke. I'm sorry, that your leisure serves you not.
[Exit Duke and his train. (30) Mtbox fhould A have had ten moren] 1. e. a jury of tqvelve men, to condemn thee to be hang’d. So, in Dleafure for Mcafuren,
I not deny,
That juhice seizes cn.
In this, says the scholiaft, a.cufiom is transferr’d to the lower regions, which was establish'd in Athens. Taūra meta qipas aTrò Tais ev 'Atlañ i9wv, els od rad'a io. A number of instances more, of this furt, anight be amafs’d from the antient fage-writers.
Bal. Most worthy gentleman ! I and my friend
Ant. And stand indebted, over and above,
Por. He is well paid that is well satisfy'd;
Ball: Dear Sir, of force I must attempt you further.
Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield.
in love shall not deny me this.
Por. I will have nothing else but only this,
Bal. There's more depends on this, than is the value.
Por. I fee, Sir, you are liberal in offers ;
Baf. Good Sir, this ring was giv'n me by my wife.
Por. That’scule serves many men to save their gifts ;