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Glancing an eye of pity on his losses,

would not draw then, I would have my bond. That have of late so huddled on bis back; Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, rend'ring Enough to press a royal merchant down,

none?

[wrong? And pluck commiseration of his state

Shy. What judginėnt shall I dread, doing no From brassy bosonis, and rough hearts of flint, 5 You have among you many a purchas'd slave, From stubborn Turks and Tartars never train'd Which, like your asses, anu your dogs and mules, To offices of tender courtesy.

You use in abject and in slavish parts, We all expect a gentle answer, Jew. [pose; Because you bought them:-Shall I say to you, Shy. I have possess's your grace of what I pur

Lit them be free, marry them to your heirs? And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn, 10 Why sweat they under burdens? let their beds To have the due and forteit of my bond:

Be made as soft as yours, and let their palates If you deny it, let the danger light

Be season`d with such viands ? you will answer,
Upon your charter, and your city's freedom. The slaves are ours:-So do l answer you:
You'll ask me, why I rather chuse to have The powd of flesh, which I demand of him,
A weight of carrion flesh, than to receive 15 Is dearly bought, is mine, and I will have it:

Three thousand ducats: I'll not answer that: If you deny me, fie upon your law !
But, say', it is my humour; Is it answer'd? There is no force in the decrees of Venice':
What it my house be troubled with a rat, I stand for judgment: answer; shall I have it?
And I be pleas'd to give ten thousand ducats Duke. Upon my power, I may dismiss this court,
To have it ban'd? What, are you answer'd yet? 20 Inless Bellario, a learned doctor,
Some men there are, love not a gaping pig; Whom I have sent for to determine this,
Some, that are mad, if they behold a cat; Come here to-day:
And others, when the bag-pipe sings i'the nose, Sula. My lord, here stays without
Cannot contain their urine; For atfections, i messenger with letters from the doctor,
Masters of passion, sway it to the mood

25 New come from Padną. Of what it likes, or loaths: Now for your an Duke. Bring us the letters; Call the messenger, swer:

Bass. Good cheer, Antbonio! What, man? As there is no firin reason to be render'd,

courage yet!

(all, Why he cannot abide a gaping pig;

The Jew.shall have my flesh, blood, bones, and Why he, a harmless necessary cat;

30 Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood. Why he, a woollenbag-pipe; but of force

Anin. I am a tainted wether of the flock, Must yield to such inevitable shame,

Meelest for death; the weakest kind of fruit As to offend himself, being otlended;

Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me: So can I give no reason, nor I will not,

You cannot better be employ'd, Bassanio,
More than a lody'd hate, and a certain loathing, 33 Than to live still, and write mine epitaph.
I hear Anthonio, that I follow thus

Enter Nerissa, dess'd like a lawyer's clerk. A losing suit against him. Are you answer’d? Duke. Came you from Padua, froin Bellario? Bass. This is no answer, thoui unfeeling man,

Nir. From both, my lord: Bellario grects your To excuse the current of thy cruelty. [answers.

grace. Shy. I am not bound to please thee with my 10 Buss. Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly? Bass. Do all men kill the thing they do not love Shy. To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt Shy. Hates any man the thing he would not kill?

there.

[Jew, Bass. Every oitence is not a hate at tirst.

Gra. Not on thy soal, but on thy soul, harsh Shy. What, would'st thou have a serpent sting Thou wak'st thy knite keen: but no metal can, thee twice?

[Jew: 45 No, not the hangman's ax, bear half the keenness Anth. I pray you, think you question with the Of thy sharp envy. Can no pravers pierce thee? You may as well go stand upon the beach, Shy. No, none that thou hast wit enough to make. And bid the main flood ’bate his usual height; Gra. () be thou damn’d, inexorable dog! You may as well use question with the woli, And for thy life let justice be accus'd, Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb; 50 Thou almost mak’si me waver in my 'faitli, You may as well forbid the mountain pines To hold opinion with Pythagoras, To wag their high tops, and to make no noise, That souls of animals infuse themselves When they are fretted with the gusts of heaven; Into the trunks of men': thy currish spirit You may as well do any thing most hard, Goveru'd a wolf, who hang'd for human slaughter, As seek to soften that (than which what's harder?) 55 Even from the gallows did his fell soul fleet, His Jewish heart:--Therefore I do beseech you, And, whilst thou lay'st in thy unhallow'd dam, Make no more otters, vise no farther means, mtus'd itself in thee; for thy desires But, with all brief and plain conveniency, Are wolfish, bloody, stary'd, and ravenous. [bond, Let me have judgment, and the Jew his will. Shy. ?Till thou can't rail the seal from oft my

Buss. For thy three thousand ducats here is six. 60 Thou but oftend'st thy lungs to speak so loud:

Shy. If every ducat in six thousand ducats Repair tly wit, good youth, or it will fall Were in six parts, and every part a ducat, |To cureless ruin.-I stand here for law,

· Say, i. e. if or suppose it is my humour. Perhaps we should read a swelling or swollen bagpipe. *To question is to converse. * i. e, hatred,

Duke.

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of yoll,

Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend lIt is enthroned in the hearts of kings, A young

and learned doctor to our court : It is an attribute to God himself;' Where is be?

And earthly power doth then shew likest God's, Ner. He attendeth here hard by,

When mercy seasons justice: Therefore, Jew, To know your answer, whether you'll admit him. 5 Though justice be thy plea, consider this,Duhe. With all my heart:-some three or four That, in the course of justice, none of us

Should see salvation : we do pray for mercy ; Gogive him courteous conduct to this place. And that same prayer doth teach us all to render. Mean time the court shall bear Bellario's letter. The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much, “Your grace shall understand, that, at the re

10 To mitigate the justice of thy plea; “ceipt of your letter, I am very sick: but at the in

Which it thou follow, this strict court of Venice “stant that your messenger came, in loving visit.:

Must needsgivesentence'gainstthemerchant there, "lion was with me a young cloctor of Rome, his

Shy. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, "name is Balthazar: I acquainted him with the

The penaliy and forfeit of my bond. cause in controversy between the Jew and An. 15

Por. Is he not able to discharge the money? “thonio the merchant: we turn'd o'er many

Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court; « books together: he is furnish’d with my opi

Yeaj twice the sum: if that will not suffice, “nion; which, bettered with his own learning,

I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er, * (the greatness whereuf I cannot enough com

On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart. . mend) comes with him, at iny importunity, to 20 If this will not suffice, it must appear “fill up your grace's request in my stead. I be

T! at malice bears down truth. And I beseech “seech you, let his lack of years be no impedi

Wrest once the law to your authority: [you ment to let him lack a reverend estimation; for

To do a great right, do a little wrong; I never knew so young a body with so old an

And curb this cruel devil of his will. [pice “ head. I leave him to your gracious acceptance,

25 Por. It must not be; there is no power in Ves “whose trial shall better publish his commenda

Can alter a decree established: “tion."

'Twill be recorded for a precedent ;

And many an error, by the same example, Enter Portia, dress'd like a doctor of larus. Will rush into the state: it cannot be. Duke. You hear the learn'd Bellario, what he 30Shy. A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a writes;

Daniel !-And here, I take it, is the doctor come.- O wise young judge, how do I honour thee! Give me your hand: Caine you from old Bellario: Por. I

pray you, let me look upon the bond. Por. I did, my lord.

Shy. Here'tis, most reverend doctor, here it is. Duke. You are welcome: take your place. |35 Por. Shylock, there's thrice the money offer'd Are you acquainted with the difference

thee. That holds this present question in the court? Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heaven;

Por. I am informed thoroughly of the cause. Shall I lay perjury upon my soul?
Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew? No, not for Venice.
Duke. Anthonio and old Shylock, both stand 40. Por. Why, this bond is forfeit;
forth.

And lawfully by this the Jew may claim
Por. Is your name Shylock ?

A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off Shy. Shylock is iny name.

Nearest the merchant's heart:-Be merciful; Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow; Take thrice the money; bid me tear the bond Yet in such rule, that the Venetian law 45 Shy. When it is paid according to the tenour.Cannot impugn' you, as you do proceed. It doth appear you are a worthy judge; You stand within his danger, do you not? You know the law, your exposition

[To Anth. Hath been most sound: I charge you by the law, Anth. Ay, so he says.

Whereof you are a well-deserving pilar, Por. Do you confess the bond ?

50 Proceed to judgment: by my soul. I swear, Anth. I do.

There is no power in the tongue of man Por. Then must the Jew be merciful.

To alter me: I stay here on my bond. Shy. On what compulsion must 1? tell me that. Anth. Most heartily I do beseech the court

Por. The quality of mercy is not strain’d; To give the judginent. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven 55 Por. Why then, thus it is, Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless'd; You must prepare your bosoin for his knise. It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes : Shy. O noble judge ! O exceilent young man! "Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes

Por. For the intent and purpose of the law The throned monarch better than his crown: Hath full relation to the penalty, His scepter shews the force of temporal power, 60 Which here appeareth due upon the bond. The atiribute to awe and majesty,

Shy. 'Tis very true: 0 wise and upright judge!
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of hings; How much more elder art thou than thy looks!
But inercy is above the scepter'd sway,

Por. Therefore lay bare your bosoin.
Si. e. oppose you.

? Meaning, that malice oppresses honesty,

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Shy. Ay, bis breast :

Unto the state of Venice. So says the boud;---Doth it not, noble judge? Gra. V upright judge!

-Mark, Jew ;-0 Nearest his heart, those are the very words.

Shy. Is that the law

[learned judge! Por. It is so. Are there balance here to weigh Por. Thyself shalt see the act: The flesh?

5 For, as thou urgest justice, be assur'd, Shy. I have them ready,

[charge, Thou shalt have justice more than thou desir’st. Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your Gru. O learned judge! Mark, Jew;-a learned To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.

judge ! Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond?

Shy. I take this offer then ;--pay the bond Por. It is not su express'd ; but what of that? 10 And let the Christian go.

[thrice, 'Twere good you do so much for charity,

Bass. Here is the nioney. Shy. I cannot find it: 'tis not in the bond. [say: Por. Soft ; Por. Come, merchant, have you any thing to The Jew shall have all justice;-soft ! no haste;

Anth. But little; I am arm’d and well prepar'd. He shall have nothing but the penalty. Give me your hand, Bassanio; fare you well! 15 Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge! Grieve not that I am fallen to this for you ;

Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh. For herein fortune shews herself more kind Shed thou no blood; nor cut thou less, nor more, Than is her custom: it is still her use,

But just a pound of flesh :-if thou tak'st more, To let the wretched man outlive his wealth, Or less, than a just pound,--be it but so much To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brow, 20 As makes it light, or heavy, in the substance An age of poverty, from which lingering penance

Or the division of the twentieth part Of such a misery doth she cut me off,

Of one poor scruple ; nay, if the scale turn Commend me to your honourable wife :

But in the estimation of a hair, Tell her the process of Anthonio's end;

Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate. Say, how I lov'd you, speak me fair in death ; 125 Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew! And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge, Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip. [feiture. Whether Bassanio had not once a love.

Por. Why dath the Jew pause? take thy forRepent not you that you shall lose your friend, Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go And he repents not that he pays your debt; Bass. I have it ready for thee; here it is. For if the Jew do cut but deep enough,

30 Por. He hath refused it in the open court; l'li pay it instantly with all my heart.

He shall have merely justice and his bond. Bass. Anthonio, I am married to a wife,

Gra. A Daniel, still say I; a second Daniel !Which is as dear to me as life itself ;

I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word. But life itself, my wife, and all the world,

Shy. Shall I not barely have my principal? Are not with me esteem'd above thy life: 135 Pör. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all

Tò be so taken at thy peril, Jew. Here to this devil to deliver you.

[that, Shy. Why then the devil give him good of it! Por. Your wife would give you little thanks for I'll stay no longer question. If she were by to hear you make the offer.

Por. Tarry, Jew;
Gra. I have a wife, whom, I protest, I love; 40 The law hath yet another hold on you.
I would she were in heaven, so she could

It is enacted in the laws of Venice,
Intreat some power to change this currish Jew. If it be prov'd against an alien,

Ner. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back; That by direct or indirect attempts,
The wish would make else an unquiet house. He seeks the life of any citizen,
Shy. These be the Christian busbands: I have a 45 The party'gainst the which he doth contrive,
daughter;

Shall seize on half his goods; the other half Would, any of the stock of Barabbas

Comes to the privy coffer of the state; Had been her husband, rather than a Christian! And the offender's life lies in the mercy

[Aside. Of the duke only, 'gainst all other voice. We trifle time; I pray thee, pursue sentence. 50 In which predicament I say thou stand'st: Por. A pound of that same merchant's flesh is For it appears by manifest proceeding, thine;

That indirectly and directly too,
The court awards it, and the law doth give it. Thou hast contriv'd against the very life
Shy. Most rightful judge!

[breast;/ Of the defendant; and thou hast incurr'd Por. And you must cut his flesh from off his 55 The danger formerly by me rehears'd. The law allows it, and the court awards it.

Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke. Shy. Most learned judges-A sentence; come, Gra. Beg that thou may'st have leave to hang prepare.

thyself: Por. Tarry a little,--there is something else. - And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state, This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood; 160 Thou hast not left the value of a cord; The words expressly are, a pound of flesh; Therefore, thou must be hang’dat the state's charge. Then take thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh; Duke. That thou may'st see the ditference of But in the cutting it, if thou dost shed

our spirit, Pne drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods [ pardon thee thy life before thou ask it : Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate 165 For half thy wealth, it is Anthonio's;

The

The other half comes to the general state, Not to deny me, and to pardon me.
Which humbleness may drive unto a fine.

Por. You press me far, and therefore I will Por. Ay, for the state; not for Anthonio.

yield.

(sake; Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your that:

5 And, for your love, I'll take this ring from you: You take my house, when you do take the prop Do not draw back your hand; I'll take no more: "That doth sustain my house; you take my life, And you in love shall not deny me this. When you do take the means whereby I live. Bass. This ring, good sir,-alas, it is a trifle; Por. What mercy can you render him, Anthonio? I will not shame myself to give you this. Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else, for God's10 Por. I will have nothing else but only this; sake.

[court, And now, methinks, I have a mind to it. Anth. So please my lord the duke, and all the Bass. There's more depends on this, than on To quit the line for one half of his goods ;

the value. I am content, so he will let me have

The dearest ring in Venice will I give you, The other half in use,-to reuder it,

15 And find it out by proclamation; Upon his death, unto the gentleman,

Only for this, I pray you, pardon me. That lately stole his daughter.

[vour, Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers: Two things provided more,-That, for this fa You taught me first to beg, and now, methinks, He presently become a Christian:

You teach me how a beggar should be answer'd. The other, that he do record a gift,

120 Bass. Good sir, this ring was given me by my Here in the court, of all he dies possess'd,

wife; Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter.

And, when she put it on, she made me vow, Duke. He shall do this, or else I do recant That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it. The pardon that I late pronounced here. (say? Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their

Por. Art thou contented, Jew? what dost thou 25 gifts.
Shy. I am content.

An if your wife be not a mad-woman,
Por. Clerk, draw a deed of gift. [hence, And know how well I have deserv'd this ring,

Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from She would not hold out enemy for ever, I am not well; send the deed after me,

For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you! And I will sign it.

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[Erit with Nerissa. Duke. Get thee gone, but do it.

Anth. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring; Gra. In christening, thou shalt have two god Let his deservings, and my love withal, fathers;

[more' Be valu'd 'gainst your wife's commandement. Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, To bring thee to the gallows, not the font. 35 Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou cau'st,

[Exit Shylock. Unto Anthonio's house:-away, make haste. Duke.Sir, I dointreat you home with me todinner. Come, you and I will thither presently; Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardono: And in the morning early will we both I must away this night to Padua,

Fly towards Belmont: Come, Anthonio.[Exeunt. And it is meet, I presently set forth. Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves you

SCENE II. Anthonio, gratify this gentleman;

Enter Portia and Nerissa. For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.

[Exeunt Duke and his train. Por. Enquire the Jew's house out, give him Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I, and my friend, 45

this deed, Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted And let him sign it; we'll away to-night, Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof,

And be a day before our husbands home: Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo. We freely cope your courteous pains withal.

Enter Gratiano.
Anth. And stand indebted, over and above, 50 Gra. Fair sir, you are well o'erta'en :
In love and service to you evermore.

My lord Bassanio, upon more advice',
Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfy'd; Hath sent you here this ring; and doth intreat
And I, delivering you, am satisfy'd,

Your company at dinner. And therein do account myself well paid;

Por. That cannot be: My mind was never yet more mercenary: 55 This ring I do accept most thankfully, I pray you, know me, when we meet again; And so, I pray you, tell him ; Furthermore, I wish you well, and so I take my leave.

I

pray you, shew my youth old Shylock's house. Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you Gra. That will I do.. further;

Ner. Sir, I would speak with you: Take some remembrance of us, for a tribute, 60 I'll see if I can get my husband's ring, [To Por. Not as a fee: grant me two things, I pray you, Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.

' i. e. a jury of twelve men, to condemn thee to be hanged, Meaning, your grace's pardon. 'j. e. reflexion.

Por.

[not. 40

Por. Thou may'st, I warrant: We shall have [Away, make haste'; thou kucavost where I will old swearing,

tarry. That they did give the rings away to men; Ner. Come, good sir, you will shew me to this But we'll òut-face them, and out-swear them too.

house?

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And ceremoniously let its prepare

Some welcome for the inistress of the house. Belmont. A grove, or green place, before Portia's House.

Enter Launcelot.

Laun. Sola, sola, wo ha, ho, sola, sola!
Enter Lorenzo and Jessica.

Lor. Who calls ? Lor. THE moon shines bright: In such a Luun. Sola! did you see master Lorenzo, and night as this,

mistress Lorenzo ? sola, sola!
When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees, Lor. Leave hallooing, man; here.
And they did make no noise; in such a night, 201 Laun. Sola! where? where?
Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan wall,

Lor, Here.
And sigli'd his soul toward the Grecian tents, Laun. Tell him, there's a post come from my
Where Cressid lay that night.

master, with his horn full of good news; my Jes. In such a night,

master will be here ere morning, sweet soul. [Erit. Did Thishe fearfully o'er-trip the dew; 251 Lor. Let's in, and there expect their coming. And saw the lion's shadow ere himself,

And yet no matter ;--Why should we go in? And ran dismay'd away.

My friend Stephano, signify, I pray you, Lor. In such a night,

Within the house your mistress is at hand; Stood Dido with a willow in her hand

And bring your niu sic forth into the air. Upon the wild sea-banks, and wav'd her love 1301

[Exit servant. To come again to Carthage.

How sweet the mocin-light sleeps upon this bank ! Jes. In such a night,

Here will we sit, ard let the sounds of musick Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs

Creep in our ears; soft stillness, and the night, That did renew old Æson.

Become the touches of sweet harmony. Lor. In such a night,

35 Sit, Jessica: Look how the floor of heaven Did Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew;

Is thick inlay'd witia patines of bright gold; And with an unthrift love did run from Venice, There's not the smallest orb, which thou behold'st, As far as Belmont.

But in his motion like an angel sings, Jes. And in such a night,

Still quiring to the young-ey'd cherubims. Did young Lorenzo swear he lov'd her well; 40 Such harmony is ili immortal souls ; Stealing her soul with many vows of faith, But, whilst this muddy vesture of decay And we'er a true one.

Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.Lor. And in such a night,

Come, ho, and wirke Diana with a hymn; Did pretty Jessica, like a little shrew,

With sweetest touches pierce your mistress' ear, Slander her love, and he forgave it her. 45 And draw her hon je with musick.

Jes. I would out-night you, did nobody come; Jes. I am never merty, when I hear sweet muBut hark, I hear the footing of a man.

sick.

Musick. Enter a Servant.

Lor. The reason is, your spirits are attentive: Lor. Who comes so fast in silence of the night? For do but note a wild and wanton herd, Serv. A friend.

50 Or race of youthfuil and unhandled colts, [loud, Lor. A friend: what friend ? your name, I Fetching mad bounds, bellowing, and neighing pray you, friend?

Which is the hot condition of their blood; Serv. Stephano is my name; and I bring word, If they perchance but hear a trumpet sound, My mistress will before the break of day

Or
any

air of musick touch their ears,
Be bere at Belmont : she doth stray about 55 You shall perceive them make a mutual stand,
By holy crosses, where she kneels and prays Their savage eyes. turn'd to a modest gaze,
For happy wedlock hours.

By the sweet poucer of musick: Therefore, the Lor. Who comes with her?

poet

[floods : Serr. None but a holy hermit, and her maid. Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and I pray you, is my master yet return'd? 60 Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of rage,

Lor. He is not, nor have we yet heard from him. But musick for the time doth change his nature: But go we in, I pray thee, Jessica,

The man that hat'a no musick in himself, Our author evidently here alludes to the stars. Patine is the pl: de made use of for the bread in the administration of the Eucharist, and sometines made of gold. Meaning the moon, who is afterwards represented as sleeping,

Nor

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