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Ev'n from the gallows did his fell soul Heet,
And, whilst thou lay'st in thy unhallow'd dam,
Infus'd itself in thee: for thy desires
Are wolfish, bloody, ftarv'd, and ravenous.

Shy. 'Till thou can'st rail the seal from off my bond,
Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak fo loud.
Repair thy wit, good youth, or it will fall
To cureless ruin. I stand here for law.

Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend
A young and learned doctor to our Court.
Where is he?

Ner. He attendeth here hard by
To know your answer, whether you'll admit him.
Duke. With all my heart. Some three or four of

you Go give him courteous conduct to this place : Mean time, the Court shall hear Bellario's letter.

YOUR Grace

QUR Grace Mall understand, that at the receipt

of your letter, I am very sick : but at the instant that your messenger came, in loving visitation was with mie a young Dotior of Rome, bis name is Belchalar: I acqueinted bim with the cause in controversie between the Jew and Anthonio the merchant. We turn’d o'er many books together : be is furniskd with my opinion, which, better'd with his own learning, (the greatness whereof I cannoi enough commend,) comes with bim at my importunily, to fill up your Grace's request in my stead. I beseech you, let bis lack of years be no impediment, to let him lack a reverend estimation : For I never knew fo young a body with fo old a bead. I leave him 10 your gracious acceptance, whose trial shall better publish bis commendation.

Enter Portia, drefs'd like a Doctor of Laws.

Duke. You hear the learn'd Bellario what he writes,


And here, I take it, is the Doctor come.
Give me your hand. Came you from old Bellario ?

Por. I did, my lord.

Duke. You're welcome: take your place.
Are you acquainted with the difference,
That holds this prefent question in the Court?

Pr. I am informed throughly of the case.
Which is the merchant here; and which the Jew?

Duke. Antbonio and old Shylack, both stand forth,
Por. Is your name Shylock?
Sby. Shylock is my name.

Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow;
Yet in such rule, that the Venetian law
Cannot impugn you, as you do proceed.
-You stand within his danger, do you not ? [To Anth.

Anth. Ay, so he says.
Por. Do you confess the bond?
Anib. I do.
Por. Then must the Jew be merciful.
Sby. On what compulsion must I ? tell me that.

Por. The quality of mercy is not a rained;
It droppéth, as the gentle rain from heav'n
Upon the place beneath. It is twice bless’d;
It bleffith him that gives, and him that takes.
Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his Crown;
His scepter shews the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of Kings;
But mercy is above this scepter'd sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of Kings ;
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then thew likest God's,
When mercy feafons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Tho' justice be thy plea, consider this,
That in the course of justice none of us
Should fee falvation. We do pray for mercy ;
And that saine prayer doth teach us all to render


The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
Which, if thou follow, this strict Court of Venice
Must needs give sentence ʼgainst the merchant there.

Sly. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law,
The penalty and forfeit of my bond.

Por. Is he not able to discharge the mony?

Bal. Yes, here I tender it to him in Court, Yea, twice the sum ; 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. If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. 9 And I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority. To do a great right, do a little wrong; And curb this cruel devil of his will.

Por. It must not be ; there is no pow'r in Venice, Can alter a decree established. 'Twill be recorded for a precedent; And many an error, by the same example, Will rush into the state. It cannot be,

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'ris, most rev'rend Doctor, here it is.
Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy mony offer'd thee.

Sby. An oath, an oath,- I have an oath in heav'n.
Shall I lay perjury upon my soul ?
No, not for Venice.

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

9 Malice bears down truth.] man. We now call the jury good Malice oppresses honety, a true men and true. man in old language is in honeft


461 Shy. When it is paid according to the tenour.It doch appear, you are a worthy judge; You know the law : your exposicion Hath been most sound. I charge you by the law, Whereof you are a well deserving pillar, Proceed to judgment. By my soul I swear, There is no power in the tongue of man To alter me. I stay here on my bond.

Anth. Most heartily I do beseech the Court
To give the judgment.

Por. Why, then thus it is :
You must prepare your bosom 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.

Sby. 'Tis very true. O wise and upright judge,
How much more elder art thou than thy looks !

Por. Therefore lay bare your bosom.
Sby. Ay, his breast;
So fa s the bond, doth it not, noble judge ?
Neareft his heart, those are the very words.

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

To stop his wounds, lest he should bleed to death.

Sby. 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?
Antb. Bur little; I am arm’d, and well prepar'd.

-Give me your hand, Bassanio, fare ye 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 out-live his wealth.


Shy. Most learned judge-a sentence ----come, prepare,

To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brow,
An age of poverty, from which ling’ring penance
Of such a misery doth she cut me off.
Commend me to your honourable wife ;
Tell her the process of Anthonio's end;
Say, how I lov'd you ; speak me fair in death;
And when the tale is told, bid her be judge,
Whether Bassanio had not once a love."
Repent not you, that you shall lose your friend i
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 my heart.

. 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, facrifice 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, To the 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.

Sby. These be the christian husbands. I've a daugh'Would, any of the stock of Barrabas Had been her husband, rather than a christian! [Afde. We trifle time; I pray thee, pursue sentence.

Por. A pound of that same merchant's fefh is thinez The court awards it, and the law doth give it.

Shy. Most rightful judge ! Por. And you must cut this fesh from off his breast; The law allows it, and the court awards it.

ter ;

Pcr. Tarry a little—there is something else. This bond doch give thee here no jot of blood;


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