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The words expresly are, a pound of Aelh.
Then take thy bond, take thou thy pound of felh ;
But, in the cutting it, if thou doft shed
One drop of christian blood ; thy lands and goods
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.

(judge! Gra. O upright judge--mark, JW-O learned Shy. Is that the law ?

Pcr. Thy self shall see the Act :
For as thou urgest justice, be assur’d,
Thou shalt have justice, more than thou defir't.

Gra. O learned judge---mark, Jew,--a learned judge!

Shy. I take this offer then-pay the bond chrice, And let the christian go.

Ball. Here is the mony.

Por. The Jew shall have all justice foft! nohasteHe shall have nothing but the penalty.

Gra. O Jew, an uprighe judge! a learned judge!

Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the felh ;
Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less, nor mq:e,
But just a pound of flesh: if thou tak’lt more
Or less than just a pound, be' but so much
As makes it light or heavy in the substance,
On the division of the twentieth part
Of one poor scruple ; nay, if the scale turn
But in the estimation of a hair,
Thou dieft, and all thy goods are confiscate.

Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew!
-Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip.

Por. Why doth the Jew pause ;-take the forfeiture.
Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go.
Baj. I have it ready for thee, here it is.

Por. He hath refus'd it in the open Court;
He shall have merely justice, and his bond.

Gra. A Daniel, fill say I ; a second Daniel !
I thank thee, Je:v, for ţeaching me that word.

Shy. Shall I not barely have my principal?
Pur. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture.

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To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.

Sby. Why, then the devil give him good of it! l'll stay no longer question.

Por. Tarry, jew. The law hath yet another hold on you. It is enacted in the laws of Venice, If 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 doch 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 stand'st. For it appears by manifest proceeding, That indirectly, and directly too, Thou hast contriv'd against the very life Of the defendant; and thou hast incurr'd The danger formerly by me rehears’d. Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the Duke. Gra. Beg, that thou may'st have leave to hang thy

self;
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
Thou hast not left the value of a cord ;
Therefore, thou must be hang'd at the state's charge.
Duke. That thou may'st see the diff'rence of our

spirit,
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
For half thy wealth it is Anthonio's:
The other half comes to the gen’ral state,
Which humbleness may drive unto a fine.

Por. Ay, for the state; not for Anthonio.

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 you do take the means whereby I live. Por. What mercy can you render him, Anthonio ?

Gra.

Gra. A halter gratis ; nothing else, for God's fake.

Anth. So please my lord the Duke, and all the Court, To quit the fine for one half of his goods ; I am condent, * 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 became a christian ; The other, that he do record a Gift Here in the Court, of all he dies poffefs’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, Jew? what dost thou say ?
Sby. I am content.
Por. Clerk, draw a Deed of gifr.

Shy. I 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.

Gra. In christ’ning thou shalt have two godfathers. Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten more, To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.

[Exit Shylock, Duke. Sir, I intreat you home with me to dinner.

Por. I humbly do desire your Grace's pardon ;
I must away this night to Padua,
And it is meet, I presently set forth.

Duke. I'm sorry, chat your leisure serves you not.

* I am content, &c.] The only for the Jew's life, unless we terms proposed have been mis read, as perhaps is right, upon my underitood. Antonio declares, that death. as the Duke quits one half of the

thou mould have had forfeiture, he is likewise content ten more.] i. e. a Jury of Twelve to abate this claim, and desires Men, to condemn thee to be not the property but the use or hang’d.

THEOBALD, produce only of the half, and that Vol. I.

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Anthonio,

Antbonio, gratify this gentleman ;
For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.

(Exit Duke and bis Irain.

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Bal. Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend
Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted
Of grievous penalties ; in lieu whereof,
Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew,
We freely cope your courteous pains withal.

Anth. And stand indebted, over and above,
In love and service to you evermore.

Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfy'd;
And I, delivering you, am fatisfy'd,
And therein do account myself well paid ;
My mind was never yet more mercenary.
I pray you, know me, when we meet again ;
I wish you well, and so I take my leave.

Bal. Dear Sir, of force I must attempt you further.
Take some remembrance of us, for a tribute,
Not as a fee. Grant me two things, I pray you,
Not to deny me, and to pardon me.

Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield. Give me your gloves, l'll wear them for your sake; And, for your love, I'll take this ring from you. Do not draw back your hand, I'll take no more ; And you in love shall not deny me this.

Ball. This ring, good Sir, alas, it is a trifle ; I will not shame myself to give you this.

Por. I will have nothing else but only this. And now, methinks, I have a mind to it.

Bal. There's more depends on this, than on the value.
The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,
And find it out by proclamation ;
Only for this, I pray you, pardon me.

Por. I fee, Sir, you are liberal in offers ;
You taught me firit to beg, and now, methinks,

You teach me how a beggar should be answer’d.

Bass. Good Sir, this ring was given me by my wife, And, when she put it on, she made me vow, That I should neither fell, nor give, nor lose it.

Por. That’s ’scuse serves many men to save their gifts; And if your wife be not a mad woman, And know how well I have deserv'd the ring, She would not hold out enmity for ever, For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you.

[Exit will Neriffa. Anth. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring. Let his deservings, and my love withal, Be valu'd 'gainit your wife's commandment.

Bal. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Give him the ring; and bring him if thou can'lt, Unto Anthonio's house.—Away, make haste.

-Come, you and I will thither presently; And in the morning early will we both Fly toward Belmont. Come, Anthonio. (Exeunt.

Re-enter Portia and Neriffa.

Por. Enquire the Jer's houseout, give him this Deed, And let him sign it. We'll away to night, And be a day before our husbands home. This Deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.

Enter Gratiano.

Gra. Fair Sir, you are well o'erta'en :
My lord Balinio, upon more advice,
Hath sent you here this ring, and doth intrear
Your company at dinner.

Por. That cannot be.
This ring I do accept most thankfully.
And so, I pray you, tell him. Furthermore,
1 pray you, shew my Youth old Shylock's house.

Gra. That will I do.

Ner. Sir, I would speak with you. I'll see if I can get my husband's ring: Hh2

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