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Wrest once the law to your authority.
Por. It must not be, there is no pow'r in Venice
Shy. A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel.
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 tenour.
I stay here on my bond.
Por. Why, then thus it is:
Por. For the intent and purpose of the law
Shy. 'Tis very true. O wise and upright judge,
Sby. Ay, his breaft;
Por. It is fo. Are there fcales, to weigh the flesh?
Por. Have by some furgeon, Sbylock, on your charge, To stop his wounds, left he should bleed to death.
Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond ?
Shy. I cannot find it ; 'tis not in the bond.
Ant. But little: I am arm’d, and well prepar'd.
Ball. Anthonio, I am married to a wife,
Por. Your wise 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 heaven, fo the could
Intreat fome Pow'r to change this currish Jewo.
Ner. 'Tis well, you offer it behind her back ; The wish would make else an unquiet house,
Shy. These be the christian husbands. I've a daughter; Would any of the stock of Barrabas Had been her husband, rather than a christian; [Afide. We trifle time; I pray thee, pursue sentence.
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. Moft 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 exprelly are a pound of flesh. Then take thy bond, take thou thy pound of Aesh; But, in the cutting it, if thou doft shed One drop of chriftian blood; thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate Unto the state of Venice.
Gra. O up-right judge! mașk, Jew, O learned judge! Shy. Is that the law?
Por. Thyself shall see the Act : For as thou urgest justice, be assurd, Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir’ít. Gra. O learned judge! mark, Jew, a learned judge!
Shy. I take this offer then, pay the bond thrice, And let the christian go.
Bal. Here is the money.
Por. The Jew shall have all justice; soft! no hafte; He fhall have nothing but the penalty.
Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge!
Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh;
But in the estimation of a hair,
Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew!
Por. Why doth the Jew pause? take the forfeiture.
Por. He hath refus d it in the open Court ;
Gra. A Daniel, itill say I; a second Daniel ! I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.
Sby. Shall I not barely have my principal ?
Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, To be fo taken at thy peril, Jew.
Shy. Why then the devil give him good of it!
Por. Tarry, Jew.
Gra. Beg, that thou may'it have leave to hang thyself;
Duke. That thou may'ft see the diff'rence of our spirit,
For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's.
unto a fine, Por. Ay, for the state ; not for Anthonio.
Sby. Nay, take my life and all : pardon not that.
you do take the means whereby I live. Por. What mercy can you render him, Anthonio? Gra. A halter gratis ; nothing else, for God's fake.
Ant. So please my lord the Duke,(29) 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 poffess'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, Yew ? what dost thou fay? (29) So please my lord ebe Duke,] The terms, which Antbonio preScribes to be comply'd with by the Jew, have been reckon'd intricate and corrupt; and a different regulation has been advis’d: But, if I am not mistaken, they are to be thus understood. The Jezo had forfeited his whole substance; one moiety thereof to go to the state, and the other to the defendant. Anthonio proposes, that the state should be content with fining him only that moiety, which was confiscated to them ; that, as to the other, which Anibonio equally might claim to himself, he only defires to hold the benefit, paying interest for it tothe Jew during his life: and, upon the Jew's demise, to have it immediately vested in his son and daughter. Nor does Anthonio propose any thing mean and ungenerous in this; he quits that right and property, which the law gave him, in the Jew's substance ; and (with regard to his own great losses,) is content to stand only as a borrower of it, upon the general foot of paying intereft : nor are the son and daughter robb’d in this; fince, setting aside Antbonio's claim by the Jew's forfeiture, their pretensions could not take place, till the Jew's death : and he takes care, their reversionary right in it should be secur'd by the Jew's recording a deed of gift to that purpose.