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To stop his wounds, lest he do 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.
Ant. But little; I am arm’d, and well prepar'd.
Bass. Antonio, 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 :
Ner. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back;
daughter; 'Would, any of the stock of Barrabas 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!
Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his breast; The law allows it, and the court awards it. Shy. Most learned judge !-A sentence; come, pre
pare. 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 : Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh; But, in the cutting it, if thou dost shed One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate Unto the state of Venice. Gra. O upright judge !-Mark, Jew ;-0 learned
Por. Thyself shalt see the act:
Gra. O learned judge - Mark, Jew ;-a learned
judge! Shy. I take this offer then ;—pay the bond thrice, And let the Christian go.
Bass. Here is the money.
Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge!
Por. Therefore, prepare thee to cut off the flesh.
Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew !
Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take thy forfeiture.
Por. He hath refus’d it in the open court;
Gra. A Daniel, still say I; a second Daniel ! I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.
Shy. Shall I not have barely my principal ?
Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.
Shy. Why then the devil give him good of it! I'll stay no longer question.
Por. Tarry, Jew; The law hath yet another hold on you. It is enacted in the laws of Venice, If it be prov'd against an alien, That by direct, or indirect attempts, He seek the life of any citizen, The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive, 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 contriv'd against the very life Of the defendant; and thou hast incurr'd The danger formerly by me rehears’d. Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke. Gra. Beg, that thou may'st have leave to hang thy
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,
That doth sustain my house ; you take my life,
Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio?
Ant. So please my lord the duke, and all the court, To quit the fine for one half of his goods; I am content, so he 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, He presently becomes a Christian ; The other, that he do record a gift, Here in the court, of all he dies possessid, Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter.
Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
Por. Art thou contented, Jew? what dost thou say?
Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence;
Duke. Get thee gone, but do it. .
Gra. In christening thou shalt have two godfathers; Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten more, To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.
[Exit SAYLOCK. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.
Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon;