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The law allows it, and the court awards it.
Shy. Most learned judge !-A sentence; come,

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:
Then take 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;

320 Gra. O upright judge?-Mark, Jew;- learned

judge! Shy. Is that the law?

Por. Thyself shall see the act : For, as thou urgest justice, be assur’d, Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir'st. 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.

Por. Soft; The Jew shall have all justice ;-soft!--no haste; He shall have nothing but the penalty.

Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge!

Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh. Shed thou no blood ; nor cut thou less, nor more, But just a pound of flesh: if thou tak’st more, Or less, than a just pound,—be it but so much



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London Printed for J.Bell Britith Library Strand, March 2017 88.

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