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Be season'd with such viands? You will answer,
So do I answer you :
Duke. Upon my power, I may dismiss this court,
My lord, here stays without A messenger
with letters from the doctor, New come from Padua.
Duke. Bring us the letters; Call the messenger. Bass. Good cheer, Antonio! What, man? cou.
rage yet! The Jew shall have my flesh, blood, bones, and all, Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood.
Ant. I am a tainted wether of the flock, Meetest for death; the weakest kind of fruit Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me : You cannot better be employ'd, Bassanio, Thàn to live still, and write mine epitaph.
Enter NERISSA, dressed like a Lawyer's Clerk. Duke. Came you from Padua, from Bellario ? Ner. From both my lord: Bellario greets your grace.
[Presents a letter. Bass. Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly? Shy. To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt
Shy. No, none that thou hast wit enough to make.
And for thy life let justice be accus'd.
Shy. Till thou can’st rail the seal from off my bond,
Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend
and learned doctor to our court:
He attendeth here hard by,
Duke. With all my heart: some three or four
Go give him courteous conduct to this place.
[Clerk reads.] Your grace shall understand, that,
let his lack of years be no impediment to let him lack a reverend estimation; for I never knew so young a body with so old a head. I leave him to your gracious acceptance, whose trial shall better publish his commendation.
Duke. You hear the learn'd Bellario, what he
writes : And here, I take it, is the doctor come.
Enter PORTIA, dressed like a Doctor of Laws. Give me your hand : Came you from old Bellario ? Por. I did, my
lord. Duke. You are welcome : take
your place. Are you acquainted with the difference That holds this present question in the court ?
Por. I am imformed throughly of the cause. Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew ?
Duke. Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth.
Shylock is my name.
[Το ANTONIO. Ant. Ay, so he says. Por.
confess the bond ? Ant. I do. Por.
Then must the Jew be merciful.
Por. The quality of mercy is not strain’d ;
is above his scepter'd sway, It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
8 Reach or controul."
It is an attribute to God himself;
Shy. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law,
Por. Is he not able to discharge the money?
Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court;
Por. It must not be; there is no power in Venice
Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond.
Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy money offer'd thee.
Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heaven :
Why, this bond is forfeit ; And lawfully by this the Jew may claim A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off Nearest the merchant's heart": Be merciful; Take thrice thy money ; bid me tear the bond.
Shy. When it is paid according to the tenour.
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court
Why then, thus it is.
Shy. O noble judge! O excellent young man !
Por. For the intent and purpose of the law
Shy. 'Tis very true: O wise and upright judge ! How much more elder art thou than thy looks !
Por. Therefore, lay bare your bosom.
Ay, his breast : So says
the bond ; Doth it not, noble judge ? Nearest his heart, those very
words. Por. It is so. Are there balance here, to weigh The flesh.
Shy. I have them ready.
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.