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Por. “Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh."

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Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned

O 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 cutt'st more 300
Or less than a just pound,35 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 goods are confiscate. 37

Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew !
Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip.
Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take thy

forfeiture. Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go. 310 Bass. I have it ready for thee; here it is.

Por. He hath refused 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. 315

Shy. Shall I not have barely my principal ? Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the for

feiture, To be so taken at thy peril, Jew. Shy. Why then the fiend give him good of

it! I'll stay no longer question. Por.

Tarry, Jew: The law hath yet another hold on you.

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It is enacted in the laws of Venice,
If it be proved against an alien,
That, by direct or indirect attempts,
He seek the life of any citizen,
The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive 38
Shall seize one 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'st :
For it appears, by manifest proceeding,
That indirectly, and directly too,
Thou hast contrived against the very life
Of the defendant; and thou hast incurred
The danger formerly by me rehearsed.
Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke.
Gra. Beg that thou may'st have leave to

hang thyself:
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
Thou hast not left the value of a cord;
Therefore thou must be hanged at the state's

charge.
Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of

our spirits,
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it :
For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's;
The other half comes to the general state,
Which humbleness may drive unto a fine.

Por. Ay, for the state, not for Antonio.
Shy. Nay, take my life and all ; pardon not

that: You take my house, when you do take the prop

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That doth sustain my house ; you take my life,

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you do take the means whereby I live. Por. What mercy can you render him,

Antonio?
Gra. A halter gratis-; nothing else, for

Heaven's sake.
Ant. So please my lord the duke, and all

the court,
To quit the fine for one half of his goods,

355 I am content, so he 40 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,

360 He presently 41 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 365 The pardon that I late pronounced here. Por. Art thou contented, Jew? what dost thou say?

? Shy. I am content.

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.

370 Duke.

Get thee

gone,

but do it.

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Gra. In christening thou shalt have wot

godfathers : Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten

more, To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.

[Exit Shylock. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to

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dinner:
Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon:
I must away this night toward Padua,
And it is meet I presently set forth.

Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves

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you not.

Antonio, gratify 44 this gentleman ;

380 For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.

[Exeunt Duke and his train, Bass. Most 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, 385 We freely cope 45 your courteous pains withal.

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

Por. He is well paid that is well satisfied ;
And I, delivering you, am satisfied,
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.

[Exeunt.

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