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The attribute to awe and majesty,
We do pray for mercy;
Shy. My.deeds upon my head! I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my
Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court;
Por. li must not be: there is no power in Venice, Can alter a decree established.
'Twill be recorded for a precedent;
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. Here 'tis most reverend doctor, here it is. Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy money offered thee.
Por. Why this bond is forfeit;
Shy. When it is paid, according to the tenour.
I stay here on my bond.
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 older art thou than thy looks !
Por. Therefore lay bare your boson,
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 scales, to weigh the Shy. I have them ready. (60) [flesh? Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your
charge, To stop his wounds, lest 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.
(60) I have the scales ready. If the form of the rays of light on Gratiano's person (who is the same as Talgol in Hudibras) be observed with reference to their position in regard to Shylock, they will be seen to exhibit a resemblance to a pair of scales, held as it were under Shylock's
Give me your hand Bassanio; fare you well!
heart. Bass. 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 esteemed above thy life. 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 Would any of the stock of Barabbas (daughter; 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!
[breast, Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his The law allows it, and the court awards it. [pare. Shy. Most learned judge! a sentence; come, pre
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 the pound of flesh; But, in the cutting of it, if thou dost shed One drop of christian blood, thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscated Unto the state of Venice.
(judge! Gra. O upright Judge! mark, jew; O learned Shy. Is that the law ?
Por. Thyself shall see the act; For as thou urgest justice, be assur’d, Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir'st. Gra. O learned judge ! mark, Jew, a learned
judge! Shy. I take this offer, then pay the bond thrice, And let the christian go.