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Shy. A Daniel come to judgment! Yea, a Daniel ! O wise young judge, how do I honor thee!
Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond.
Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heaven.
Why, this bond is forfeit;
Shy. When it is paid according to the tenor.-
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
Ay, his breast; So says the bond.—Doth it not, noble judge ?Nearest his heart; those are the very words.
Por. It is so. Are there balance here, to weigh The flesh?
Shy. I have them ready.
Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge, To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.
Shy. Is it só nominated in the bond ?
Por. It is not so expressed; 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 armed, and well prepared.
of poverty; from which lingering penance
heart. Bass. Antonio, 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 esteemed above thy life. I would lose all, ay, sacrifice 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 heaven, so she could Entreat some power to change this currish Jew.
Ner. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back; The wish would make else an unquiet house. Shy. These be the Christian husbands. I have a
daughter : 'Would
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
The court awards it, and the law doth give it.
Shy. Most rightful judge!
breast; The law allows it, and the court awards it. Shy. Most learned judge !-A sentence: come,
prepare. 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
judge ? Shy. Is that the law ? Por.
Thyself shall see the act; For, as thou urgest justice, be assured, Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir’st. Gra. O learned judge !—Mark, Jew;-a learned
Here is the money.
Gra. O Jew! An upright judge, a learned judge!
Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh:
Or the division of the twentieth part
Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew!
feiture. Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go Bass. I have it ready for thee; here it is.
Por. He hath refused it in the open court; He shall have merely justice, and his bond.
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,
Shy. Why, then the devil give him good of it!
thyself: And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
Thou hast not left the value of a cord;
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, When
you do take the means whereby I live. Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio ? Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else, for God's sake
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 favor, He presently become a Christian; The other, that he do record a gift, Here in the court, of all he dies possessed, 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?
Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
Get thee gone; but do it. Gra. In christening thou shalt have two god
fathers; 1 Antonio's offer has been variously explained. It appears to be « that he will quit his share of the fine, as the duke has already done that portion due to the state, if Shylock will let him have it in use (i. e. at interest) during his life, to render it at his death to Lorenzo"