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[Vergle var Bafs. Why dost thou whet thy Sinipi so carnestly? Shy. So cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt there.
Publishid by E. & c. Rivington, May 10.1803.
To hold opinion with Pythagoras,
Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend
Ner. He attendeth here hard by, To know your answer, whether you'll admit him. Duke. With all my heart :-some three or four
of you, Go give him courteous conduct to this place.Meantime, the court shall hear Bellario's letter.
[Clerk reads.] Your grace shall understand, that, at the receipt of your letter, I am very sick : but in the instant that your messenger came, in loving visitation was with me a young doctor of Rome, his name is Balthasar : I acquainted him with the cause in controversy between the Jew and Antonio the mer. chant : we turned oʻer many books together : he is furnish'd with my opinion ; which, better'd with his own learning,(thegreatness whereof I cannot enough commend,) comes with him, at my importunity, to fill up your grace's request in my stead. I beseech you, let his lack of years be no impediment to let him lackareverend estimation; for I never knew so young a body with so old a head. I leave him to your gra.
cious acceptance, whose trial shall better publish his commendation. Duke. You hear the learn'd Bellario, what he
writes : And here, I take it, is the doctor come.
Enter Portia, dressed like a doctor of laws. Give me your hand : Came you from old Bellario ?
Por. I did, my lord.
Duke. You are welcome: take your place, Are you acquainted with the difference That holds this present question in the court ?
Por. I am informed throughly of the cause.
Duke. Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth.
Shylock is my name,
Do you confess the bond ?
Por. The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
> Cannot impugn you,] To impugn, is to oppose, to contro. vert.
8 You stand within his danger,] i. e. within his reach or control.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
Shy. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my bond.
Por. Is he not able to discharge the money?
Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court; Yea, twice the sum: if that will not suffice, I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er, On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart: If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority: To do a great right, do a little wrong; And curb this cruel devil of his will.
Por. It must not be; there is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established: "Twill be recorded for a precedent;
9- in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation:] Portia referring the Jew to the Christ. ian doctrine of salvation, and the Lord's Prayer, is a little out or character. BLACKSTONE.