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When they are fretted with the gusts of heaven;
Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is six.
Shy. If every ducat in six thousand ducats
bond. Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, rend'ring
- So do I answer you ;
Duke. Upon my power, I may dismiss this court,
many a purchas'd slave,] This argument, considered as used to the particular persons, seems conclusive. I see not how Venetians or Englishmen, while they practice the purchase and sale of slaves, can much enforce or demand the law of doing to others as we would that they should do to us. Johnson. + " 'tis mine.”. MALONE.
My lord, here stays without
Duke. Bring us the letters; Call the messenger.
Bass. Good cheer, Antonio! What, man? courage 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, Than to live still, and write mine epitaph.
Enter Nerissa, dressed like a lawyer's clerk.
[Presents a letter. Bass. Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly? Shy. To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt there.
Gra. Not on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh Jew, Thou mak'st thy knife keen: but no metal can, No, not the hangman's ax, bear half the keenness Of thy sharp envy. Can no prayers pierce thee?
Shy. No, none that thou hast wit enough to make.
Gra. O, be thou damn’d, inexorable dog !
Shy. Till thou can’st rail the seal from off my bond, Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud:
Repair thy wit, good youth, or it will fall
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 of you,
[Clerk reads.] Your grace shall understand, that, at the receipt of your letter, I am very sick : but in the instant that your messenger came, in loving visitation was with me a young doctor of Rome, his name is Balthasar : I acquainted him with the cause in controversy between the Jew and Antonio the merchant : we turned o'er many:
ribooks together : he is furnish'd with my opinion ; which, better'd with his own learning, (the greatness whereof I cannot enough commend,) comes with him, at my importunity, to fill up your grace's request in my stead. I beseech you, 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.
Por. I did, my lord.
You are welcome: take your place.
Por. I am informed throughly of the cause. Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew?
Drike. Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth.
Shylock is my name.
[TO 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;
mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much,
7 Cannot impugn you,] To impugn, is to oppose, to controvert. 8 You stand within his danger,] i.e. within his reach or control.
in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation:) Portia referring the Jew to the Christian doctrine of salvation, and the Lord's Prayer, is a little out of cha racter. BLACKSTONE.
To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
Shy. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my bond.
Por. Is he not able to discharge the money ?
Bass. Yes, here I tender it for him in the court; Yea, twice the sum: if that will not suffice, I will be bound to pay it ten times o’er, On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart: If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you Wrest once the law to your authority: To do a great right, do a little wrong;
; And curb this cruel devil of his will.
Por. It must not be; there is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established: 'Twill be recorded for a precedent; And many an error, by the same example, Will rush into the state: it cannot be.
Shy. A Daniel come to judgment ! yea, a Daniel ! O wise young judge, how do I honour 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 tenour.