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Ev'n from the gallows did his fell soul Heet,
Shy. 'Till thou can'st rail the seal from off my bond,
Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend
Ner. He attendeth here hard by
you Go give him courteous conduct to this place : Mean time, the Court shall hear Bellario's letter.
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.
Por. I did, my lord.
Duke. You're welcome: take your place.
Pr. I am informed throughly of the case.
Duke. Antbonio and old Shylack, both stand forth,
Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow;
Anth. Ay, so he says.
Por. The quality of mercy is not a rained;
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
Sly. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law,
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.
Sby. An oath, an oath,- I have an oath in heav'n.
Por. Why, this bond is forfeit;
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
Por. Why, then thus it is :
Shy. O noble judge! O excellent young man !
Por. For the intent and purpose of the law
Sby. 'Tis very true. O wise and upright judge,
Por. Therefore lay bare your bosom.
Por. It is fo. Are there scales, to weigh the flesh?
Sby. Is it so nominated in the bond ?
Por. It is not so express'd; but what of that?
Shy. I cannot find it ; 'tis not in the bond.
-Give me your hand, Bassanio, fare ye well!
Shy. Most learned judge-a sentence ----come, prepare,
To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brow,
. Anthonio, I am married to a wife,
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.
Pcr. Tarry a little—there is something else. This bond doch give thee here no jot of blood;