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wise young judge, how do I honour thee!
Why, this bond is forfeit ;
Shy. When it is paid according to the tenor. -
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court
Why then, thus it is.
Shy. O noble judge! O excellent young man !
Por. For the intent and purpose of the law
Shy. 'Tis very true: O wise and upright judge! How much more elder art thou than thy looks?
Por. Therefore, lay bare your bosom.
Ay, his breast: So says the bond ;-Doth it not, noble judge! Nearest his heart, those are the very words.
Por. It is so. Are there balance here, to weigha The flesh ? Shy.
I have them ready. Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your
To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.
Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond? Por. It is not so express'd; But what of that? "Twere good you do so much for charity.
Shy. I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.
Ant. But little; I am arm’d, and well prepar'd.-
Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife, Which is as dear to me as life itself; But life itself, my wife, and all the world, Are not with me esteem'd above thy life : I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all Here to this devil, to deliver you Por. Your wife would give you little thanks for
Gra. I have a wife, whom I protest I love ;
Ner. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back;
'Would any of the stock of Barabbas
[ Aside. We trifle time : I pray thee pursue sentence. Por. A pound of that same merchant's flesh is
Shy. Most rightful judge!
breast; The law allows it, and the court awards it. Shy. Most learned judge !-A sentence ; come,
Thyself shalt see the act :
judge ! Shy. I take this offer then ;--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 thou less, nor more, But just a pound of flesh : if thou tak'st more, Or less, than a just pound,-be it but so much
As makes it light, or heavy, in the substance,
Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew !
feiture. Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go. Bass. I have it ready for thee; here it is.
Por. He bath refus'd it in the open court; He shall have merely justice, and his bond.
Gra. A Daniel, stiil say l; 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 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 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 by manifest proceeding, That, indirectly, 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
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
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 haltergratis; 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 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 possess'd, 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
Shy. I am content.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
Get thee gone, but do it. Gra. In christening thou shalt have two god