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Are you acquainted with the difference,
That holds this present question in the Court?
Por. I am informed throughly of the case.
Which is the merchant here and which che Jers
Duke. Anthonio and old Sbylock, both stand forth.
Por. Is your name Shylock?
Sby. Skylock is my name.
Por. Or a flrange nature is the suit you follow;
Yer in such rule, that the Venetian law
Cannot iinpugn you, as you do proceed.
You stand within his danger, do you not? [To Anth,
Amb. Ay, fo he lays.
Por. Do you confess the bond ?
Anth, I do.
Pro. Then must the yow be merciful,
Shy. On what compulfion must li tell me that.
Pro. The quality of
It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heav'n
Upon the place beneath. It is twice bless’d;
Ji blejieth him that gives, and him that takes.
"Tis mightieit in the mightielt; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his Crown :
His scepter shews the force of temporal pow'r,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth fit the dread and fear of Kings;
But mercy is above this scepter'd sway,
It is entbioned in the hearts of Kings.;
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doib then shew likest God's;
When mercy leafons justice. "Therefore, Jew,
Tho'juflice be thy plea, consider this,
That in the course of justice none of us
Should fee salvation. We do pray for mercy;
And that fame pray'r doth teach us all, to render
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
Which, if thou follow, this trict Court of Denice
Muft needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there.
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 ?
Bal. Yes, here I tender it for him in the Court,
Yea, twice the fum; 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,
Wreft once the law to your authority.
To do a great
ht, do a little wrong; And curb this cruel devil of his will.
Por. It must not be ; there is no pow'r in Venices
Can alter a decree established.
"Twill be recorded for a precedent;
And many an error, by the fame example,
Will rush into the state. It cannot be.
Shy. A Daniel come to judgment ! yea, a Daniel.
O wise young judge, how do I honour thee!
Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond.
Shy. Here'tis most rev'rend Doctor, here it is.
Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy money offer'd thee.
Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heav'n.
Shall I lay perjury upon my soul ?
No, not for Venice.
Por. Why, this bond is forfeit;
And lawfully by this the Jew may claim
A pound of Aesh, to be by him cut off
Neareft the merchant's heart. Be merciful,
Take thrice thy money, bid me tear the bondo
Shy. When it is paid according to the tenour.
It doth appear, you are a worthy judge;
You know the law : your exposition
Hath been most sound. I charge you by the law,
Whereof you are a well deserving pillar,
Proceed to judgment. By my foul I fwear,
There is no power in the tongue of man
To alter me. I stay here on my bond.
Antb. Most heartily I do beseech the Court
To give the judgment.
Por.. Why, then thus it is :
You must prepare your bosom for his knife.
Shy. O noble judge ! O excellent young man!
Per. For the intent and purpose of the law
Hath full relation to the penalty,
Which here appeareth due upon the bond.
Szy. 'Tis very true. O wife and upright judge,
How much more elder art thou than thy looks !
Por. Therefore lay bare your bosom.
Sly. Ay, his brealt;
So says the bond, doth it not, noble judge?
Nearcít his heart, those are the very words.
Por. It is fo. Are there fcales, to weigh the flesh? 5.6. I have them ready.
Por. Have by some fargeon, Shylock, on your charge, To ftop his wounds, leit he should bleed to death,
Shy. Is it fo nominated in the bond?
Por. It is cot so express’d; but what of that?
Twere good, you do so much for charity.
Sby. cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.
Por. Come, merchant, have you any thing to say.
Anih. But little : I am arm’d, and well prepar’d.
Give me your hand, Bassario, - fare you well!
Grieve nos, that I am fallia to this for you :
for herein fortune shews herself more kind,
Than is her custom. It is still her use,
To let the wretched man out-live his wealth,
To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brow,
An age of poverty : From which ling'ring penance
Of such a misery doth the cut me off.
Commend me to your honourable wife ;
'Tell her the process of Anthonio's end;
Say, how I lov'd you; speak me fair in death :
And when the tale is told, bid her be judge,
Whether Bafanio had not once a love.
Repent not you, that you fliall lose your friend;
And he repents not, that he pays your debt ;
For if the few do cut but deep enough,
I'll pay it instantly with all
Bal. Antbonio, 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 that, If fhe were by to hear you make the offer.
Gra. I have a wife, whom I protest, I love; I would, she were in heaven, fo the could Intreat some Pow'r to change this currish Jeww..
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! [Aside. We trifle time; I pray thee, pursue sentence.
Por. A pound of that fame merchant's fesh is thine, The Court awards it, and the law doth give it.
Sby. Most rightful judge!
Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his breast; The law allows it, and the Court awards it.
Sby. 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 expresly are, a pound of flesh;
Then take thy bond, take thou chy pound of flesh;
But, in the cutting it, if thou doit med
One drop of christian blood; thy lands and goods
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Urto the state of Venice.
Gra. O upright judge! mark, Jew; O learned judge!
Shy. Is that the law?
Por. Thyself shalt see the Act:
For as thou urgest justice, be assur'd,
Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir'it.
Gra. O learned judge! mark, few, 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 juflice; fot! no hafe; He shall have nothing but the penalty. G5
Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge!
Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the fesh;
Shed thou no blood, ror cut thou lefs, nor more,
Dat just a pound of Aefh : if thou tak'it more
Or less than a just pound, be't but so much
As makes it light or heavy in the fubstance,
On the division of the twentieth part
Of one poor fcruple; nay, if the scale turn
But in the estimation of a hair,
Thou dieft, and all thy goods are confiscate.
Gra. A fecond Daniel, a Daniel, Jew!
Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip.
Por. Why doth the Jew paufe? take the forfeiture.
Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go.,
Bal. I have it ready for thee; here it is.
Por. He hath resus'd it in the open Court;
He shall have meerly justice, and his bond.
Gr4. A Daniel, ftill say l; a second Daniel! I thank thec, Few, for teaching me that word.
Shy. Shall I not barely have 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 itay no longer question.
Por. Tarry, Jow.
'The law hath yet another hold on you:
It is enacted in the laws of Venice,
Bf it be prov'd against an alien,
'That by direct or indirect attempts
He seeks the life of any citizen,
The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive,
Shall seize on 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 ftand't.
For it appears by manifest proceeding,
That indirectly, and directly too,
Thou hat contriv'd against the very life