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And here, I take it, is the Doctor come. i wody
Duke. You're welcome; take your place.
Por. I am inform'd throughly of the cafe. Which is the merchant here? and which the Jew?
Duke. Anthonio and old Shylock, both Itand forth,
Por. Of a strange nature is the fuit you follow;
Ant. Ay, so he says. Por. Do you confess the bond ? Ant. I do. Por. Then must the Jew be merciful. Shy. On what compulsion must I ? tell me that. Por.' The quality of mercy is not strain'd; It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heav'n Upon the place beneath. It is twice bless'd ; • It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes. • 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown: His sceptre snews the force of temporal pow'r, The attribute to awe and majesty, · Wherein doth fit the dread and fear of kings ; • But mercy is above this scepter'd fway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings; It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then shew likest God's • When mercy feasons justice.' Therefore, Jew, Though justice be thy plea, consider this, That in the course of justice none of us Should fee falyation. We do pray for mercy; And that same pray’r doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much To mitigate the justice of thy plea; Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Mult necds give sentence 'gainst the merchant there.
Shy. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my bond.
Pór. Is he not able to discharge the money?
Bas. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court,
Por. It must not be; there is no pow'r in Venice
Shy. A Daniel come to judgment ! yea, a Daniel. O wise young judge, how do I honour thee!
Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond.
Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heav'n.
Por. Why, this bond is forfeit;
Shy. When it is paid according to the tenor.
of man To alter me. I stay here on my bond,
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the judgment.
Por. Why, then thus it is : You must prepare your bosom for his knife. .
Shy. O noble judge ! O excellent young man!
Por. For the intent and purpose of the law
Shy. 'Tis very true. O wife and upright judge,
Por. Therefore lay bare your bofom.
Shy. Ay, his breast;
Por. It is so. Are there fcales to weigh the flesh
Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond ?
Por. It is not fo express’d; but what of that? 'Twere good you do to much for charity.
Shy. I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.
Ant. But little. I am arm'd, and well prepar'd. Give me your hand, Baffanio, fare you well ! Grieve not that I ain fall'n to this for you : “ For herein fortune shews herself more kind, • Than is her custom. It is still her use, “ To let the wretched man outlive his wealth, “ To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brow, “ An age of poverty:" from which ling’ring penance Of fuch a misery doth fhe cut me off, Commend me to your honourable wife ; Tell her the process of Anthonio's end : Say, how I lov'd you'; fpeak me fair in death; And when the tale is told, bid her be judge, Whether Bassanio had not once a love. Repent not you that you shall lofe your friend;And he repents not that he pays your debt: For if the Jew doth cut but deep enough, I'll pay it initantly with all my heart.
Ball. Anthonio, I am married to a wife,
I would lofe all ; ay, facrifice them all
Por. Your wife would give you little thanks for that, If the were by to hear you make the offer.
Gra. I have a wife, whom, I proteft, I love'; I would she were in heav'n, fo the could Intreat some pow'r to change this currish Jew.
Ner. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back; The wish would make else an unquiet house.
Shy. There bethe Christian husbands. I've a daughter; Would any of the stock of Barrabas Had been her husband, rather than a Christian! [ Aside. We trifle time: I pray thee, pursue sentence.
Por. A pound of that íame merchant's flesh is thine; The court awards it, and the law doth give it."
Shy. 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 fentence: come, pre
pare. Por. Tarry a little, there is fomething else. This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood; The words expreisly are, a pound of flesh. Then take thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh; But, in the cutting it, if thou doft shed One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate Unto the state of Venice. Gra. O upright judge ! mark, Jew; O learned
Por. Thyself fhalt see the act :
Gra. O learned judge! mark, Jew; 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; soft, no hafte; He shall have nothing but the penalty.
Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge ! Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the Acth;
Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less, nor more,
Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew !
Por. Why doth the Jew pause? take the forfeiture.
Pof. He hath refus'd it in the open court;
Gra. A Daniel, still say I ; a second Daniel ! I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.
Shy. Shall I not barely have my principal?
Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.
Shy. Why, then the devil give him good of it! I'll stay no longer question.
Por. Tarry, jew. The law hath yet another hold on you. It is enacted in the laws of Venice, If it be prov'd against an alien, That, by direct or indirect attempts, He feeks the life of any citizen, The party ’gainst the which he doth contrive, Shall seize on half his goods; the other half Comes to the privy coffer of the state; And the offender's life lies in the mercy Of the Duke only, 'gainst all other voice. In which predicament, I say, thou stand'st. For it appears by manifest proceeding, That indirectly, and directly too, Thou halt contriv'd against the very life Of the defendant; and thou hast incurr'd The danger formally by me rehears'd. Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the Duke. Gra. Beg, that thou may'st have leave to hang
thyfelf; Vol.Il. R