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Shy. Is it so 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.-
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
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
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 godHad I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten more;? To bring thee to the gallows, not to the font.
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"
[Exit SHYLOCK. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.
Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon ;
Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves you not.
[Excunt Duke, Magnificoes, and Train. Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof, Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, In love and service to you evermore.
Por. He is well paid that is well satisfied ;
Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield.
Bass. This ring, good sir,-alas, it is a trifle ; I will not shame myself to give you this.
Por. I will have nothing else but only this ; And now, methinks, I have a mind to it.
1 i. e. a jury of twelve men to condemn him.