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To mitigate the justice of thy plea; ';!' ... Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Must 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?

Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court; Yea, thrice the fun. 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. in If this will not fuffice, it must appear ! ; . That malice bears down truth. And I beseech yo Wrest once the law to your authority :. . To do a great right, do a little wrong; And curb this cruel devilof his will. Por. It must not be; there is no power in

Can alter a decree established i
'Twill be-recorded for a precedent'; ; ;.
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Will rush into the state :-it cannot be.
Shy. A Daniel come to judgment ! yea, a

O wise young judge, how do I honor 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.

Por, Why, this bond is forfeit; And lawfully by this the Jew may claim A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off Nearest the merchant's heart.-Be merciful ; Take thrice thy money; bid me tear the bond.

Shy. When it is paid according to the tenor.-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 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
To give the judgment.

Por. Why then, thus it is.
You must prepare your bofom 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 fo. Are there balance here to weigh The flesh ?

: Shy. I have them ready. . Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your

charge, To stop his wounds, left 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. Por. Come, merchant, have you any thing to

Ant. But little ; I am arm’d, and well pre-

Give me your hand, Bassanio; fare you well!
Grieve not that I am fallen to this for you;
For herein fortune shows herself more kind
Than is her custom : it is still her use,
To let the wretched man outlive his wealth,


To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brów,
An age of poverty ; from which lingering penance
Of such a misery doth the cut me off. ..
Commend me to your honorable wife:
Tell her the process of Antonio's end;
Say, how I lov'd you, speak me fair in death; .
And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge,
Whether Baffanio had not once a love.' :
Repent not you that you shall lose your friend,
And he repențs not that he pays your debt:
For if the Jew.do cut but deep enough,
I'll pay it instantly with all my heart. ;.***

Shy. Wetrifle time; I pray thee pursue sentence!

Por. A pound of that fame merchant's flella is 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

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The law allows it, and the court awards it.

Shy. Most learned judge! --A fentence; come :!: prepare....

Por.es Tarry a little ;-there is fomething else.This bond doth give thee here--no jot of blood ;The words expressly are, a pound of flesh; Take then thy bond ; take thou the pound of flesh:


But, in the cutting it, if thou dost ned
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice. ;
Gra. O upright judge !-Mark, Jew ;--O

learned judge ! Shy. Is that the law?

Por. Thyself thalt see the act : For, as thou urgest justice, be assur'd Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir's. 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 ;-foft ;-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 but so much As makes it light, or heavy, in the substance,

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