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Gra. O upright judge !—Mark, Jew!—0 learned
judge ! Shy. Is that the law ? Por.
Thyself shalt see the act: For as thou urgest justice, be assured Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desirest. Gra. O learned judge! Mark, Jew; a learned
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.
Gra. A second Daniel ! a Daniel, Jew!
Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take thy forfeiture.
open court; He shall have merely justice and his bond.
Gra. A Daniel, still say I; a second Daniel ! I thank thee, Jew, 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 stay no longer question,
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
do take the means whereby I live.
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
Duke. He shall do this : or else I do recant
Por. Art thou contented, Jew; what dost thou say?
Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
pray you give me leave to go from hence : I am not well; send the deed after me, And I will sign it. Duke. Get thee gone, but do it.
Remorse.—Shakespeare generally uses this word as here
to signify pity, compassion. Nor I will not.-Instances of the double negative are
quite common in Shakespeare. To make no noise.- Strict grammar would require “to
make any noise.” Pythagoras. A celebrated Greek philosopher, a native of Samos. He believed in the transmigration of souls, or as Shakespeare puts it :
“ That souls of animals infuse themselves
Into the trunks of men.” Wordsworth has the following beautiful allusion to this doctrine :-“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting ; The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar.”
AMERICA TO GREAT BRITAIN.
1. All hail ! thou noble land,
Our fathers' native soil !
Gigantic grown by toil,
For thou, with magic might,
The world o'er.
2. The genius of our clime,
From his pine-embattled steep,
While the Tritons of the deep
Bright in fame!
Since our fathers left their home,
O'er untravelled seas to roam,-
And shall we not proclaim
By its chains ?
Which the Bard of Avon sung,
How the vault of heaven rung,
While this, with reverence meet,
Round our coast;
That mould a nation's soul,
Between let ocean roll,
Yet, still, from either beach,
« We are one !"
WASHINGTON ALLSTON (American). Phoebus.—The sun; the allusion is to the vast extent of
the possessions of Great Britain. Tritons.-Sea monsters, variously described ; though they
are always conceived as having the human figure in the upper part of their bodies, and that of a fish in the lower part. The chief characteristic of Tritons in ancient poetry, as well as in works of art, is a trumpet made out of a shell (Greek concha, hence the word conchs in the extract), which the Tritons blow at the command of Neptune, to soothe the restless waves of the sea. The Bard of Avon.-Shakespeare, who was born at Strat
HIAWATHA'S WOOING. [HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, the greatest American poet,
born 27th February, 1807, still lives in a green old age to
So unto the man is woman,