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Duke. Make room, and let him stand before our face.
Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too,
Than is thy strange apparent cruelty;
To offices of tender courtesy.
Shy. I have possess'd your grace of what 1
And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn
To have the due and forfeit of my bond: -
Some men there are love not a gaping pig;
Of what it likes, or loaths. Now, for your an
And bid the main flood bate his usual height;
His Jewish heart.-Therefore, I do beseech you,
Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is six.
Shy. What judgment shall I dread, doing no wrong?
You have among you many a purchas'd slave, Which, like your asses, and your dogs, and mules,
You use in abject and in slavish parts,
Gra. O, be thou damn'd, inexorable dog, And for thy life let justice be accus'd! Thou almost mak'st me waver in my faith, To hold opinion with Pythagoras, That souls of animals infuse themselves Into the trunks of men: thy currish spirit Govern'd a wolf, who, hang'd for human slaughter, Even from the gallows did his fell soul fleet, And whilst thou layʼst in thy unhallowed dam, Infus'd itself in thee; for thy desires
Are wolfish, bloody, starv'd, and ravenous. Shy. Till thou can'st rail the seal from off my bond,
[Clerk reads.] "Your grace shall understand, that at the receipt of your letter I am very sick; but in the instant that your messenger came, in loving visitation was with me a young doctor of Rome; his name is Balthazar. I acquainted him with the cause in controversy between the Jew and Antonio, the merchant: we turn'd o'er many books together: he is furnish'd with my opinion; which, better'd with his own learning, the greatness whereof I cannot enough commend, comes with him, at my importunity, to fill up your grace's request in my stead. I beseech you, let his lack of years be no impediment to let him lack a reverend estimation, for I never knew so young a body with so old a head. I leave him to your gracious acceptance, whose trial shall better publish his commendation."
Duke. You hear the learn'd Bellario, what he writes:
And here, I take it, is the doctor come.-
Enter PORTIA, dressed like a doctor of laws. Give me your hand. Came you from old Bellario? Por. I did, my lord.
Duke. You are welcome: take your place.
Por. I am informed throughly of the cause.-
Por. Is your name Shylock?
Ant. Ay, so he says.
Do you confess the bond!
Ant. I do.
Then must the Jew be merciful. Shy. On what compulsion must I? tell me that.
Por. The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless'd; It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes: Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown: His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptred sway: It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself,
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
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? Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court; Yea, twice the sum: 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, Wrest once the law to your authority: To do a great right, do a little wrong, And curb this cruel devil of his will.
Por. It must not be. There is no power in Venice
Can alter a decree established:
"Twill be recorded for a precedent,
And many an error, by the same example,
Shy. A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel! O, wise young judge, how I do honour thee!
Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond. Shy. Here 'tis, most reverend doctor; here it is. Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy money offer'd thee.
Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heaven: Shall I lay perjury upon my soul? No, not for Venice.
Why, this bond is forfeit,
Shy. When it is paid according to the tenour.-
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the judgment.
Why then, thus it is :You must prepare your bosom for his knife. Shy. O, noble judge! O, excellent young man! Por. For the intent and purpose of the law, Hath full relation to the penalty Which here appeareth due upon the bond.
Shy. 'Tis very true. O, wise and upright judge! How much more elder art thou than thy looks! Por. Therefore, lay bare your bosom. Shy. Ay, his breast; So says the bond :-doth it not, noble judge?— Nearest his heart: those are the very words. Por. It is so. Are there balance here to weigh The flesh?
I have them ready.
Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge,
To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.
Por. It is not so express'd; but what of that? 'Twere good you do so much for charity.
Shy. I cannot find it: 'tis not in the bond.
Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife,
Por. Your wife would give you little thanks for
If she were by to hear you make the offer.
Gra. I have a wife, whom, I protest, I love: I would she were in heaven, so she could Entreat some power to change this currish Jew.
Ner. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back; The wish would make else an unquiet house.
Shy. These be the Christian husbands! I have a daughter;
Would any of the stock of Barrabas
Por. A pound of that same merchant's flesh is thine:
The court awards it, and the law doth give it.
Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his breast:
The law allows it, and the court awards it.
Shy. Most learned judge!—A sentence ! come, prepare!
Por. Tarry a little there is something else.
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
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 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.
Here is the money.
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, Shed thou no blood; nor cut thou less, nor more, But just a pound of flesh: if thou tak'st more, Or less, than a just pound,—be it so much As makes it light, or heavy, in the substance, Or the division of the twentieth part
Of one poor scruple; nay, if the scale do turn But in the estimation of a hair,
Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.
Por. Why doth the Jew pause? take thy forfeiture.
Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go. Bass. 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, still say I; a second Daniel!I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.
Shy. Shall I not have barely 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.
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,
The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive,
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
Por. Ay, for the state; not for Antonio.
That doth sustain my house; you take my life,
Upon his death, unto the gentleman That lately stole his daughter:
Two things provided more,-that, for this favour,
Duke. He shall do this, or else I do recant
Shy. I am content. Por. Clerk, draw a deed of gift. 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 christening thou shalt have two godfathers:
Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfied;
Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further:
Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute,
Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield. Give me your gloves, I'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.
Bass. 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.
Bass. There's more depends on this, than on the value.
The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,
Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers:
For giving it to me.
Well, peace be with you. [Exeunt PORTIA, and NERISSA. Ant. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring: Let his deservings, and my love withal, Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandment.
Bass. Go, Gratiano; run and overtake him, Give him the ring, and bring him, if thou can'st, Unto Antonio's house.-Away! make haste. [Exit GRATIANO.
Come, you and I will thither presently,
His ring I do accept most thankfully,
Sir, I would speak with you.I'll see if I can get my husband's ring, [To PORTIA. Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.
Por. Thou may'st, I warrant. We shall have old swearing,
That they did give the rings away to men;
Ner. Come, good sir; will you show me to this [Exeunt.