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When mercy seasons justice: Therefore, Jew,
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 bim in the court;. Yea, thrice 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: 'T'will be recorded for a precedent; And many an error, by the same 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. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in Heaven:
Por. Why, this bond is forfeit;
Take thrice thy money; bid me tear the bond.
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 soul I swear, There is no power in the tongue of man To alter me: I stay here on my bond.
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court
Por. Why then, thus it is.
Shy. O noble judge! O excellent young man!
Por. For the intent and purpose of the law
Shy. 'Tis very true: O wise and upright judge! How much more elder art thou than thy looks!
Por. Therefore, lay bare your bosoni.
Shy. Ay, his breast:
Por. It is so. Are there balances to weigh
Shy. I have them ready.
Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your . . charge, To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.
Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond ?
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.
Ant. But little; I am arm’d, and well prepar'd.
Than is her custom : it is still her use,
Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife,
Gra. I have a wife, whom, I protest, I love ;
daughter; 'Would any of the stock of Barabbas Had been her husband, rather than a christian!
[Aside. 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. Most learned judge!--A sentence; come, pre
pare. Por. Tarry a little ;-there is something else. This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;
The words expressly are, a pound of flesh;
Por. Thyself shalt see the act,
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. Shed thou no bloud; 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 but 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 good's are confiscate.
Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew !
Por. Why doth the Jew pause? take thy forfeiture.
Por. He hath refus'd it in the open court;
Gru. 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. Tarry, Jew;
It is enacted in the laws of Venice,
Por. Ay, for the state; not for Antonio.