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Shylock is my name. Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow ; Yet in such rule that the Venetian law
5 Cannot impugn you, as you do proceed.You stand within his danger, do you not ? [To ANTONIO
Ant. Ay, so he says.
Do you confess the bond ?
Por. The quality of mercy is not strained-
20 It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew, Though justice be thy plea, consider this
25 That in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation : we do pray for mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy.
I have spoke thus much To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
30 Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there.
Shy. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law,
35 Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court;
Yea, twice the sum: if that will not suffice,
Por. It must not be; there is no power in Venice
Shy. A Daniel come to judgment ! yea, a Daniel !
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: You must prepare your bosom for his knife.
Shy. O noble judge ! O excellent young man !
Por. For the intent and purpose of the law Hath full relation to the penalty,
75 Which here appeareth due upon the bond.
Shy. 'Tis very true: O wise and upright judge !
Por. Therefore, lay bare your bosom.
Ay, his breast:
80 Nearest his heart: those are the very
words. 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, 85 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 :
90 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.
95 Shy. Is that the law ? Por.
Thyself shall see the act:
Shy. I take this offer, then; pay the bond thrice
Therefore, prepare thee to cut off the flesh.
Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go.
Por. He hath refused it in the open court;
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 !
Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke.
Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of our spirit, 140 I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it: For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's; The other half comes to the general state, Which humbleness may drive unto a fine. Por. Ay, for the state—not for Antonio.
145 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 ? 150
Ant. So please my lord the duke, and all the court
160 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. 165
Get thee gone, but do it. mer'-chant, one who buys and sells. con-fess', own. suit, case; action.
com-pul'-sion, necessity; force. im-pugn', oppose.
strained, restrained. you stand with-in' his dang-er, you twice blessed, pours forth a double are in his power.