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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 wife and upright judge,
How much more elder art thou than thy looks !
Por. Therefore lay bare your

Shy. Ay, his breast;
So says the bond; doth it not, noble judge ?
Neareft his heart, those are the very words.

Por. It is so. Are there scales to weigh the flesh ?
Shy. I have them ready.
Por. Have by some furgeon, Shylock, on your

To stop his wounds, left he should 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 say?

Ant. But little. I am arm’d, and well prepar'd. Give me your hand, Bassanio, fare you well! Grieve not that I am fall’n to this for you: “ For herein fortune shews 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 brow, “ An age of poverty:" from which ling'ring penance Of such a misery doth the cut me off. Commend me to your honourable wife; Tell her the process of Anthonio's end : Say, how I lov'd you; fpeak me fair in death; And when the tale is told, bid her be judge, Whether Bafranio had not once a love. Repent not you that you shall lose your friend; And he repents not that he pays your debt: For if the Jew do cut but deep enough, I'll pay it instantly with all niy heart.

Bal. Anthonio, I am married to a wife,
Which is as dear to me as life itself ;
But life itself, my wife, and all the world,
Are not with me esteem'd above thy life.

I would lose all; ay, sacrifice them all
Here to this devil, to deliver you.

Por. Your wife would give you little thanks for that, 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 heav'n, so she could
Intreat some pow'r 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've a daughWould any of the stock of Barrabas

[ter; Had been her husband, rather than a Christian! [Ajide. 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. Then take thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh; 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. Gra. O upright judge ! mark, Jew ; learned

judge !
Shy. Is that the law ?

Por. Thyself fhalt see the act :
For as thou urgest justice, be assur’d,
Thou shalt have jusțice, more than thou desir'ft.

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

Shy. I take this offer then, pay the bond thrice, And let the Christian go.

Bas. Here is the money.

Por. The Jew shall have all justice; soft! no hafte; He shall have nothing but the penalty.

Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge ! Per. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the fleth;

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 juft pound, be’i 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 turp
But in the estimation of a hair,
Thou dieft, and all thy goods are confifcate.

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.
Bal. 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, ftill say I; a second Daniel ! I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.

Sby. 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. 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 doth 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'ft. For it appears by manifest proceeding, That indirectly, and directly too, Thou haft contriv'd against the very life Of the defendant; and thou haft incurr'd The danger formally by me rehears'd. Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the Duke. Gra. Beg, that thou may't have leave to hang


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
I pardon thée thy life before thou ask it. [spirit,
For half thy wealth, it is Anthonio's;
The other half comes to the general 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


my life, When you do take the means whereby I live.

Por. What mercy can you render him, Anthonio? Gra. A halter gratis ; nothing else, for God's fake.

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 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 become a Christian; The other, that he do record a gift Here in the court, of all he dies possess'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 doft thou say?
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 chrift’ning thou shalt have two godfathers. Had I been judge, thou should'st 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 of pardon; I'must away this night to Padua,

And it is meet I presently set forth.

Duke. I'm sorry that your leisure ferves you not. Anthonio, gratify this gentleman ; For in my mind you are much bound to him.

[Exit Duke and his train. SC Ε Ν Ε III. Bas. Moft 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.

Ant. And fand indebted, over and above,
In love and service to you evermore.

Por. He is well paid that is well fatisfy'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 prefs me far, and therefore I will yield. Give me your gloves, I'll wear 'em for your fake; 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.

Bas. 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.
Ball. There's more depends on this, than on the

The dearest ring in Venice 'will I give you,
And find it out by proclamation;
Only for this, I pray yoú, pardon me.

Por. I fee, Sir, you are liberal in offers ;
You taught me first to beg; and now, methinks,
You teach me how a beggar should be answer’d.

Ball Good Sir, this ring was giv’n me by my wife.

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