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Methinks, it should have power to steal both his, You saw the mistress, I beheld the maid;
And leave itself unfinish'd : yet look, how far, You lov'd, I lov'd; for intermission.
The substance of my praise doth wrong this shadow No more pertains to me, my lord, than you.
In underprizing it, so far this shadow

Your fortune stood upon the caskets there,
Doth limp behind the substance. Here's the scroll, And so did mine too, as the matter falls ;
The continent and summary of my fortune.

For wooing here, until I sweat again,
“You that choose not by the view,

And swearing, till my very * tongue was dry
Chance as fair, and choose as true!

With oaths of love, at last, if promise last,
Since this fortune falls to you,

I got a promise of this fair one here,
Be content, and seek no new.

To have her love, provided that your fortune
If you be well pleas'd with this,

Achiev'd her mistress.
And hold your fortune for your bliss,

Por

Is this true, Nerissa ?
Turn you where your lady is,

Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand plens'd withal.
And claim her with a loving kiss."

Bass. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith? A gentle scroll.–Fair lady, by your leave;

Gra. Yes, 'faith, my lord.

[marriage. I come by note, to give, and to receive. [Kissing her. Bass. Our feast shall be much honord in your Like one of two contending in a prize,

Gra. We'll play with them the first boy for a thouThat thinks he hath done well in people's eyes, Ner. What, and stake down? [sand ducats. Hearing applause, and universal shout,

Gra. No; we shall ne'er win at that sport, and Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt

stake down. Whether those peals of praise be his or no; But who comes here! Lorenzo, and his infidel? So, thrice fair lady, stand I, even so,

What! and my old Venetian friend, Salerio?
As doubtful whether what I see be true,

Enter LORENZO, Jessica, and SALERIO.
Until confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you.
Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I stand, If that the youth of my new interest here

Bass. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither,
Such as I am: though, for myself alone
I would not be ambitious in my wish,

Have power to bid you welcome.-By your leave To wish myself much better; yet for you

I bid my very friends and countrymen,

Sweet Portia, welcome. I would be trebled twenty times myself; [rich,

Por. A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times more

So do I, my lord : That only to stand high in your account,

They are entirely welcome:

Lor. I thank your honor.–For my part, my lord, I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends, Exceed account; but the full sum of me

My purpose was not to have seen you here, Is sum of nothing; which, to term in gross,

But meeting with Salerio by the way,

He did entreat me, past all saying nay, Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpractis'd:

To come with him along. Happy in this, she is not yet so old

Sale.

I did, my lord,
But she may learn; happier than this,
She is not bred so dull but she can learn ;

And I have reason for it. Signior Antonio
Happiest of all, in that her gentle spirit

Commends him to you. [Gives Bassanio a letter.
Bass.

Ere I ope this letter,
Commits itself to yours to be directed,
| As from her lord, her governor, her king.

I pray you, tell me how my good friend doth. Myself, and what is mine, to you, and yours

Sale. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind; Is now converted: but now I was the lord

Nor well, unless in mind : his letter there Of this fair mansion, master of my scrvants,

Will show you his estate. [Bassanio 5 reads. Queen o'er myself; and even now, but now,

Gra. Nerissa, cheer yon stranger; bid her welcome.

Your hand, Salerio: what's the news from Venice ? This house, these servants, and this same myself,

How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio?
Are yours, my lord. I give them with this ring,
Which when you part from, lose, or give away,

I know, he will be glad of our success;
Let it presage the ruin of your love,

We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece. [lost !

Sale. I would you had won the fleece that he hath And be my vantage to exclaim on you. ' [ Giving it.

Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon same Bass. Madam, you have bereft me of all words: Only my blood speaks to you in my veins;

That steal the color from Bassanio's cheek: (paper, And there is such confusion in my powers,

Some dear friend dead, else nothing in the world

Could turn so much the constitution
As after some oration, fairly spoke
By a beloved prince, there doth appear

Of any constant man. What, worse and worse?

With leave, Bassanio; I am half yourself,
Among the buzzing pleased multitude;
Where every something, being blent together,

And I must freely have the half of any thing

That this same paper brings you. Turns to a wild of nothing, save of joy,

Bass.

O sweet Portia Express'd, and not express'd. But when this ring Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence:

That ever blotted paper. Gentle lady, 0! then be bold to say, Bassanio's dead.

When I did first impart my love to you,
Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time,
That have stood by, and seen our wishes prosper,

I freely told you, all the wealth I had

Ran in my veins—I was a gentleman:
To cry, good joy. Good joy, my lord, and lady!
Gra. My lord Bassanio, and my gentle lady,

And then I told you true, and yet, dear lady,
I wish you all the joy that you can wish,

Rating myself at nothing, you shall seo

How much I was a braggart. When I told you For, I am sure, you can wish none from me; And, when your honors mean to solemnize

My state was nothing, I should then have told you,

That I was worse than nothing; for, indeed,
The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you,

I have engag'd myself to a dear friend,
Even at that time I may be married too.
Bass. With all my heart, so thou can’st get a wife. To feed my means. Here is a letter, lady;

Engag'd my friend to his mere enemy,
Gra. I thank your lordship, you have got me one.
My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours :

• Delay - True; real. Steadfast; grave.

The paper as the body of my friend,

Jailor, look to him. And every word in it a gaping wound,

Ant.

Hear me yet, good Shylock. Issuing life-blood.-But is it true, Salerio ?

Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond: Have all his ventures fail'd? What, not one hit ? I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond. From Tripolis, from Mexico, and England, Thou call'dst me dog before thou hadst a cause, From Lisbon, Barbary, and India ?

But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs. And not one vessel 'scap'd the dreadful touch The duke shall grant me justice.--I do wonder, Of merchant-marring rocks?

Thou naughty jailor, that thou art so fond Sale.

Not one, my lord. To come abroad with him at his request. Besides, it should appear, that if he had

Ant. I pray thee, henr me speak. The present money to discharge the Jew,

Shy. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak: He would not take it. Never did I know

I'll have my bond, and therefore speak no more, A creature, that did bear the shape of man, I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool, So keen and greedy to confound a man.

To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield He plies the duke at morning, and at night, To Christian intercessors. Follow not; And doth impeach the freedom of the state, I'll have no speaking: I will have my bond. If they deny him justice: twenty merchants,

[Esrit SayLOCK. The duke himself, and the magnificoes

Salan. It is the most impenetrable cur,
Of greatest port, have all persuaded with him, That ever kept with men.
But none can drive him from the envious plea

Ant.

Let him alone: Of forfeiture, of justice, and his bond.

I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. Jes. When I was with him I have heard him swear He seeks my life; his reason well I know. To Tubal and to Chus, his countrymen,

I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures That he would rather have Antonio's flesh,

Many that have at times made moan to me; Than twenty times the value of the sum

Therefore he hates me. That he did owe him; and I know, my lord,

Salan.

I am sure, the duke If law, authority, and power deny not,

Will never grant this forfeiture to hold. It will go hard with poor Antonio.

Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law; Por. Is it your dear friend that is thus in trouble ? For the commodity that strangers have Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man, With us in Venice, if it be denied, The best condition'd and 'unwearied'st spirit Will much impeach the justice of the state ; In doing courtesies; and one in whom

Since that the trade and profit of the city The ancient Roman honor more appears,

Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go: Than any that draws breath in Italy.

These griefs and losses have so 'bated me, Por. What sum owes he the Jew?

That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh Bass. For me, three thousand ducats.

To-morrow lo my bloody creditor.Por.

What! no more? Well, jailor, on.-Pray God, Bassanio come Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond: To see me pay his debt, and then I care not. Double six thousand, and then treble that,

[Exeunt. Before a friend of this description Shall lose a hair through ? my Bassanio's fault.

SCENE IV.-Belmont. A Room in Portia's First, go with me to church, and call me wife,

House. And then away to Venice to your friend;

Enter Portia, NERISSA, LORENZO, Jessica, and For never shall you lie by Portia's side

BALTHAZAR. With an unquiet soul. You shall have gold

Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence, To pay the petty debt twenty times over:

You have a noble and a true conceit
When it is paid, bring your true friend along.
My maid Nerissa and
myself, mean time,

Of god-like amity; which appears most strongly Will live as maids and widows. Come, away!

In bearing thus the absence of your lord. For you shall hence upon your wedding-day.

But, if you knew to whom you show this honor, Bid your friends welcome, show a merry cheer;

How true a gentleman you send relief,

How dear a lover of my lord, your husband,
Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear.-
But let me hear the letter of your friend.

I know, you would be prouder of the work,
all miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is Nor shall not now: for in companions
Bass. [Reads.] “Sweet Bassanio, my ships have Than customary bounty can enforce you.

Por. I never did repent for doing good, very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit; and since That do converse and waste the time together, in paying it it is impossible I should live, all debts Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love, are cleared between you and I, if I might but see There must be needs a like proportion you at my death. Notwithstanding, use your pleas. Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit; ure ; if your love do not persuade you to come, let Which makes me think, that this Antonio, not my letter." Por. O love! despatch all business, and begone. Must needs be like my lord. If it be so,

Being the bosom lover of my lord,
Bass. Since I have your good leave to go away,

How little is the cost I have bestow'd,
I will make haste; but till I come again,
No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay,

In purchasing the semblance of my soul
Nor rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. (Ezeunt. This comes too near the praising of myself,

From out the state of hellish cruelty !
SCENE III.--Venice. A Street.

Therefore, no more of it: hear other things.

Lorenzo, I commit into your hands
Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, Antonio, and Jailor. The husbandry and manage of my house,
Shy. Jailor, look to him: tell not me of mercy. Until my lord's return : for mine own part,
This is the fool that lent out money gratis.-

I have toward heaven breath'd a sacred vow
Grandees.- Countenance; look.

• Foolish.

To live in prayer and contemplation,

therefore, be of good cheer; for, truly, I think, you Only attended by Nerissa here,

are damned. There is but one hope in it that can Until her husband and my lord's return.

do you any good, and that is but a kind of bastard There is a monastery two miles off,

hope neither. And there we will abide. I do desire you

Jes. And what hope is that, I pray thee? Not to deny this imposition,

Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your The which my love, and some necessity,

father got you not; that you are not the Jew's Now lays upon you.

daughter. Lor.

Madam, with all my heart: Jes. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed: so I shall obey you in all fair commands.

the sins of my mother should be visited upon me. Por. My people do already know my mind, Laun. Truly, then, I fear you are damned both by And will acknowledge you and Jessica

father and mother: thus when I shun Scylla, your In place of lord Bassanio and myself.

father, I fall into Charybdis, your mother. Well, So fare you well, till we shall meet again.

you are gone both ways. Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, attend on you! Jes. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content. made me a Christian.

Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well-pleas’d Laun. Truly, the more to blame he: we were To wish it back on you: fare you well, Jessica. Christians denow before; e'en as many as could well

(Esceunt JESSICA and LORENZO. live one by another. This making of Christians will Now, Balthazar,

raise the price of hogs: if we grow all to be porkAs I have ever found thee honest, true,

eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals So let me find thee still. Take this same letter,

for money. And use thou all the endeavor of a man,

Enter LORENZO In speed to Padua: see thou render this

Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say: Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario;

here he comes. And, look, what notes and garments he doth give thee,

Lor. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, LaunceBring them, I pray thee, with imagin'd speed

lot, if you thus get my wife into corners. Unto the Tranect, to the common ferry

Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo: LaunceWhich trades to Venice. Waste no time in words, lot and I are out. He tells me flatly, there is no But get thee gone: I shall be there before thee.

mercy for me in heaven, because I am a Jew's Balth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed.

daughter; and he says, you are no good member of [Exit

. the commonwealth, for in converting Jews to ChrisPor. Come on, Nerissa: I have work in hand,

tians you raise the price of pork, That you yet know not of. We'll see our husbands,

Lor. I shall answer that better to the commonBefore they think of us.

wealth, than you can the getting up of the negro's Ner. Shall they see us ?

belly: the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot. Por. They shall, Nerissa : but in such a habit,

Laun. It is much, that the Moor should be more That they shall think we are accomplished

than reason; but if she be less than an honest woWith that we lack. I'll hold thee any wager, When we are both accoutred like young men,

man, she is, indeed, more than I took her for.

Lor. How every fool can play upon the word! I I'll prove the prettier fellow of the two,

think, the best grace of wit will shortly turn into And wear my dagger with the braver grace;

silence, and discourse grow commendable in none And speak between the change of man and boy,

only but parrots.-Go in, sirrah : bid them prepare With a reed voice; and turn two mincing steps for dinner. Into a manly stride; and speak of frays,

Laun. That is done, sir; they have all stomachs. Like a fine bragging youth; and tell quaint lies, Lor. Goodly lord, what a wit-snapper are you! How honorable ladies sought my love,

then, bid them prepare dinner. Which I denying, they fell sick and died;

Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is the I could not do withal :-then, I'll repent,

word. And wish, for all that, that I had not kill'd them.

Lor. Will you cover then, sir? And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,

Laun. Not so, sir, neither; I know my duty. That men shall swear, I have discontinued school

Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion ? Wilt Above a twelvemonth. I have within my mind thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in an inA thousand raw tricks of these bragging Jacks, stant? I pray thee, understand a plain man in his Which I will practise.

plain meaning: go to thy fellows, bid them cover Ner.

Why, shall we turn to men ? the table, serve in the meat, and we will come in to Por. Fie! what a question's that,

dinner. If thou wert near a lewd interpreter.

Laun. For the table, sir, it shall be served in; for But come: I'll tell thee all my whole device the meat, sir, it shall be covered; for your coming in When I am in my coach, which stays for us

to dinner, sir, why, let it be as humors and conceits At the park gate; and therefore haste away,

shall govern.

[Exit LAUNCELOT. For we must measure twenty miles to-day. (Exeunt. Lor. O, dear discretion, how his words are suited!

The fool hath planted in his memory
SCENE V.--The Same. A Garden.

An army of good words; and I do know
Enter Launcelot and JESSICA.

A many fools, that stand in better place,

Garnish'd like him, that for a tricksy word Laun. Yes, truly; for, look you, the sins of the Defy the matter. How cheer'st thou, Jessica ? father are to be laid upon the children ; therefore, I And now, good sweet, say thy opinion; promise you, I fear you. I was always plain with How dost thou like the lord Bassanio's wife ? you, and so now I speak my agitation of the matter: Jos. Past all expressing. It is very meet,

"With imagin'd speed," i. e., with the greatest speed im. aginable.-" I could not do withal," i, e., I could not help d'Enow" is the old plural of enough. "Suited," i. e., it." I fear you," i, e., I fear for you.

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The lord Bassanio live an upright life,

You'll ask me, why I rather choose to have
For, having such a blessing in his lady,

A weight of carrion flesh, than to receive
He finds the joys of heaven here on earth ; Three thousand ducats? I'll not answer that:
And, if on earth he do not mean it, then,

But, say, it is my e humor: is it answer'd ?
In reason he should never come to heaven. What if my house be troubled with a rat,
Why, if two gods should play some heavenly match, And I be pleas'd to give ten thousand ducats
And on the wager lay two earthly women,

To have it baned ? What, are you answer'd yet?
And Portia one, there must be something else Some men there are love not a gaping pig;
Pawn'd with the other, for the poor rude world Some, that are mad if they behold a cat;
Hath not her fellow.

And others, when the bag-pipe sings i' the nose,
Lor.

Even such a husband Cannot contain their urine for affection :
Hast thou of me, as she is for a wife.

Masters of passion sway it to the mood
Jes. Nay, but ask my opinion, too, of that. Of what it likes, or loathes. Now, for your answer:
Lor. I will anon; first, let us go to dinner. As there is no firm reason to be render'd,
Jes. Nay, let me praise you, while I have a stomach. Why he cannot abide a gaping pig;

Lor. No, pray thee, let it serve for table talk; Why he, a harmless necessary cat;
Then, howsoe'er thou speak'st, 'mong other things Why he, a bollen bag-pipe; but of force
I shall digest it.

Must yield to such inevitable shame,
Jes.
Well, I'll set you forth. [Exeunt. As to offend, himself being offended,

So can I give no reason, nor I will not,
More than a lodg'd hate, and a certain loathing,

I bear Antonio, that I follow thus
AOT IV.

A losing suit against him. Are you answer'd ?

Bass. This is no answer, thou unfeeling man, SCENE I.-Venice. A Court of Justice.

To excuse the current of thy cruelty.

Shy. I am not bound to please thee with my answer. Enter the DUKE; the Magnificoes; ANTONIO, BASSA

Bass. Do all men kill the things they do not love? NIO, GRATIANO, SALARINO, SALANIO, and others.

Shy. Hates any man the thing he would not kill?
Duke. What, is Antonio here?

Bass. Every offence is not a hate at first.
Ant. Ready, so please your grace.

Shy. What! would'st thou have a serpent sting thee
Duke. I am sorry for thee: thou art come to answer

twice ? A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch

Ant. I pray you, think you question with the Jew.
Uncapable of pity, void and empty

You may as well go stand upon the beach,
From any dram of mercy.

And bid the main flood bate his usual height;
Ant.
I have heard,

3 Or e'en as well use question with the wolf,
Your grace hath ta'en great pains to qualify 4 When you behold the ewe bleat for the lamb;
His rigorous course; but since he stands obdurate, You may as well forbid the mountain pines
And that no lawful means can carry me

To wag their high tops, and to make no noise, Out of his a envy's reach, I do oppose

When they are fretten with the gusts of heaven ;
My patience to his fury, and am arm'd

You may as well do any thing most hard,
To suffer with a quietness of spirit,

As seek to soften that (than which what's harder ?)
The very tyranny and rage of his.

His Jewish heart.-—Therefore, I do beseech you,
Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the court. Make no more offers, use no farther means,
Salan. He's ready at the door. He comes, my lord. But with all brief and plain conveniency,
Enter SHYLOCK.

Let me have judgment, and the Jew his will.

Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is six. Duke. Make room, and let him stand before our

Shy. If every ducat in six thousand dueats face.

Were in six parts, and every part a ducat,
Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too,

I would not draw them: I would have my bond.
That thou but lead'st this fashion of thy malice

Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering To the last hour of act; and then, 'tis thought,

none?

[wrong? Thou'lt show thy mercy and bremorse, more strange

Shy. What judgment shall I dread, doing no Than is thy strange apparent cruelty;

You have among you many a purchas'd slave, And where thou now exact'st the penalty,

Which, like your asses, and your dogs, and mules,
Which is a pound of this poor merchant's flesh,

You use in abject and in slavish parts,
Thou wilt not only lose the forfeiture,

Because you bought them :-shall I say to you,
But, touch'd with human gentleness and love,

Let them be free; marry them to your heirs ?
Forgive a moiety of the principal ;

Why sweat they under burdens ? let their beds
Glancing an eye of pity on his losses,

Be made as soft as yours, and let their palates That have of late so huddled on his back,

Be season'd with such viands? You will answer,
Enow to press a royal merchant down,

The slaves are ours.-So do I answer you:
And pluck commiseration of his state

The pound of flesh, which I demand of him,
From brassy bosoms, and rough hearts of flint,

Is dearly bought, 'tis mine, and I will have it.
From stubborn Turks and Tartars, never train'd

If you deny me, fie upon your law !
To offices of tender courtesy.

There is no force in the decrees of Venice.
We all expect a gentle answer, Jew. [pose; I stand for judgment: answer; shall I have it?

Shy. I have possess'd your grace of what I
And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn

Duke. Upon my power I may dismiss this court,

Unless Bellario, a learned doctor,
To have the due and forfeit of my

bond:

Whom I have sent for to determine this,
If you deny it, let the danger light

Come here to-day.
Upon your charter, and your city's freedom.

Salar.

My lord, here stays without
Envy, in this place, means malice, hatred. -Pity. -
Seeming. Whereas.

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A messenger with letters from the doctor,

Are you acquainted with the difference New come from Padua.

That holds this present question in the court ? Duke. Bring us the

letters: call the messenger. Por. I am informed throughly of the cause.Bass. Good cheer, Antonio! What man, courage Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew?

Duke. Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth. The Jew shall have my flesh, blood, bones, and all, Por. Is your name Shylock ? Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood.

Shy.

Shylock is my name. Ant. I am a tainted wether of the flock,

Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow; Meetest for death : the weakest kind of fruit Yet in such rule, that the Venetian law Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me. Cannot b impugn you, as you do proceed. You cannot better be employed, Bassanio,

You stand within his danger, do you not? Than to live still, and write mine epitaph.

[TO ANTONIO Enter Nerissa, dressed like a lawyer's clerk.

Ant. Ay, so he says.

Por. Duke. Came you from Padua, from Bellario?

Do you confess the bond ?

Ant. I do. Ner. From both, my lord. Bellario greets your

Por. Then must the Jew be merciful. grace. [Presenting a letter.

Shy. On what compulsion must I ? tell me that. Bass. Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly? [Saylock whets his knife

. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

Por. The quality of mercy is not strain'd, Shy. To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt there. Upon the place beneath : it is twice bless’d;

Gra. Not on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh Jew, It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes : Thou mak'st thy knife keen; but no metal can,

'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes No, not the hangman's axe, bear half the keenness

The throned monarch better than his crown: of thy sharp envy. Can no prayers pierce thee? Shy. No, none that thou hast wit enough to make. The attribute to awe and majesty,

His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, Gra. O, be thou damn'd, inexorable dog,

Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
And for thy life let justice be accus'd!
Thou almost mak'st me waver in my faith,

But mercy is above this sceptred sway:

It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
To hold opinion with Pythagoras,

It is an attribute to God himself,
That souls of animals infuse themselves
Into the trunks of men : thy currish spirit

And earthly power doth then show likest God's, Govern'd a wolf, who, hang'a for human slaughter, Though justice be thy plea, consider this,

When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew, Even from the gallows did his fell soul fleet,

That in the course of justice none of us
And whilst thou lay'st in thy unhallow'd dam, Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy,
Infus'd itself in thee; for thy desires
Are wolfish, bloody, starv'd, and ravenous.

And that same prayer doth teach us all to render Shy. Till thou can'st rail the seal from off my bond, To mitigate the justice

of thy plea,

The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much, Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud.

Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Repair thy wit, good youth, or it will fall

Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. To cureless ruin.--I stand here for law. Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend

Shy. My deeds upon my head. I crave the law;

The penalty and forfeit of my bond. A young and learned doctor to our court.

Por. Is he not able to discharge the money

y? Where is he? Ner. He attendeth here hard by,

Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court;

Yea, twice the sum: if that will not suffice,
To know your answer, whether you'll admit him.
Duke. With all my heart :-some three or four of I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er,

On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart.
you,

If this will not suffice, it must appear Go give him courteous conduct to this place.

That malice bears down truth: and, I beseech you, Mean time, the court shall hear Bellario's letter. [ Clerk reads. ] “ Your grace shall understand, that to do a great right, do a little wrong,

Wrest once the law to your authority: at the receipt of your letter I am very sick; but in And curb this cruel devil of his will. the instant that your messenger came, in loving visitation was with me a young doctor of Rome; his Can alter a deeree established :

Por. It must not be. There is no power in Venice name is Balthazar. I acquainted him with the 'Twill be recorded for a precedent, cause in controversy between the Jew and Antonio, And many an error, by the same example, the merchant: we turned o'er many books togeth-Will rush into the state. It cannot be. er: he is furnish'd with my opinion ; which, betterd with his own learning, the greatness whereof 0, wise young judge, how I do honor thee!

Shy. A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel ! I cannot enough commend, comes with him, at my importunity, to fill up your grace's request in my

Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond.

Shy. Here'tis, most reverend doctor; here it is. stead. I beseech you, let his lack of years be no

[Showing it. impediment to let him lack a reverend estimation,

Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy money

offer'd thee. for I never knew so young a body with so old a head. I leave him to your gracious acceptance; Shall I lay perjury upon my soul ?

Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heaven: whose trial shall better publish his commendation." And here, I take it, is the doctor come.- [writes: And lawfully by this the Jew may claim Duke. You hear the learn'd Bellario, what he No, not for Venice.

Why, this bond is forfeit, Enter Portia, dressed like a doctor of laws. A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off Give me your hand. Came you from old Bellario? Nearest the merchant's heart.-Be merciful; Por. I did, my lord.

Take thrice thy money: bid me tear the bond. Duke. You are welcome: take your place.

Oppose; controvert. -6"Within his danger," i. e., Malice; hatred.

within his power.

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