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MERCHANT OF
Por. A pound of that same 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 sentence; come,

prepare.
Por. Tarry a little ;—there is something else.-
This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;
The words

pressly are, a pound of flesh:
Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of fleshi;
But, in the cutting it, if thou dost shed
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.
Gru. O upright judge!-Mark, Jew;-0 learned

judge!
Shy. Is that the law?

Por.
For, as thou urgest justice, be assurd,
Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir’st.
Gra. O learned judge!—Mark, Jew;~a learned

judge!
Shy. I take this offer theu ;—pay the bond thrice,
And let the Christian go.
Bass.

Here is the money.
Por. Soft ;
The Jew shall have all justice ;-soft!-no haste;–
He shall have nothing but the penalty.

Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge!

Por. Therefore, prepare thee to cut off the flesh. Shed thou no blood; nor cut thon less, nor more, But just

pound of Aesh: if thou tak'st more, Or less, than a just poundbe it but so much As makes it light, or heavy, in the substance, Or the division of the twentieth part of one poor scruple; nay, if the scale do turn But in the estimation of a hair, Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.

Thyself shalt see the act:

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Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew!
Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip.
Por. Why doth the Jew pause take thy for.

feiture.
Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go
Bass. I have it ready for thee; here it is.

Por. He hath refus'd it in the open court;
He shall have merely justice, and his boud.

Gra. A Daniel, still say I ; a second Daniel !
I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.

Shy. Shall I not have barely my principal?

Por. Thou shalt have nothing 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,
lle seek the life of any citizen,
The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive,
Shall seize one 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

manifest proceeding,
That, iudirectly, and directly too,
Thou hast contriv'd against the very life
Of the defendant; and thou hast incurr'd,
The danger formerly by me rehears'd.
Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke.
Gra. Beg, that thou may'st have leave to hang

thyself:
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
Thou hast not left the value of a cord;
Therefore, thou must be hang'd at the state's charge.
Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of our

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I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it:
For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's;
The other half comes to the general state,
Which humbleness may drive unto a fine.

Por. Ay, for the state; not for Antonio.
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, Antonio?
Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else, for God's sake.
Ant. So please my lord the duke, 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 reuder 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 couri, of all he dies possessid,
Unto his son 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 dost thou

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Clerk, draw a deed of gift.

Shy. I am content.
Por.

Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence;
I am not well; send the deed after me,
And I will sign it.
Duke.

Get thee gone, but do it.
Gra. In christening thou shalt have two god-fa.
Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten

more,
. To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.

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Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon;
I must away this night toward Padua,
And it is meet, I presently set forth.
Duke. I am sorry, that your leisure serves you

not.
Antonio, gratify this gentleman ;
For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.

[Exeunt Düke, magnificoes, and train.
Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend,
Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted
Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof,
Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew,
We freely cope your courteous pains withal.

Ant. And stand indebted, over and above,
In love and service to you evermore.

Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfied ;
Aud I, delivering you, am satisfied,
And therein do account myself well paid;
My mind was never yet more mercenary.
I

pray you, know me, when we meet again;
I wish you well, and so I take my leave.
Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you fur-

ther;
Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute,
Not as a fee: grant me two things, I pray you,
Not to deny me, and to pardon me.

Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield.
Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your sake;
And, for your love, I'll take this ring from you :-
Do not draw back your hand; I'll take no more ;
And you in love shall vot deny me this.

Bass. This ring, good siro-malas, it is a trifle;
I will not shame myself to give you this.

Por. I will have nothing else but only this;
And now, methinks, I have a mind to it.
Bass. There's more depends on this, than on the

value.
The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,
Aud find it out by proclamation;
Only for this, I pray you, pardon me,

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Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers :
You taught me first to beg; and now, methinks,
You teach me how a beggar should be answer'd.

Bass. Good sir, this ring was given me by my wife;
And, when she put it on, she made me vow,
That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it.
Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their

gifts.
An if your wife be not a mad woman,
And know how well I have deserv'd this ring,
She would not hold out enemy for ever,
For giving it to me.

Well, peace be with you!
Ant. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring;
Let his deservings, and my love withal,
Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandement.

Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him,
Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou can'st,
Unto Antonio's house :-away, make haste.

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Come, you and I will thither presently;
And in the morning early will we both
Fly toward Belmont : Come, Antonio.

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SCENE II.

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The same. A street.

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Enter Portia and Nerissa.
Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this

deed,
And let him sign it; we'll away to-night,
And be a day before our husbands home:
This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.

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