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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. cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.
Por. Come, merchant, have you any thing to say
Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife,
I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all
Here to this devil, to deliver you.
Por. Your wife would give you little thanks for
daughter: 'Would any of the stock of Barrabas
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
Had been her husband, rather than a Christian!
We trifle time. I pray thee, pursue sentence.
The court awards it, and the law doth give it.
Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his breast;
The law allows it, and the court awards it.
Shy. Most learned judge!-A sentence: come,
Por. Tarry a little ;-there is something else.-
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
Unto the state of Venice.
Gra. O upright judge!-Mark, Jew;-O 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 judge!
Shy. I take this offer then ;-pay the bond thrice, And let the Christian go.
Here is the money.
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 As makes it light, or heavy, in the substance,
Or the division of the twentieth part
Of one poor scruple; nay, if the scale do turn
Take thy for
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!
Shy. Shall I not have barely my principal?
Shy. Why, then the devil give him good of it!
The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive,
Gra. Beg, that thou mayst have leave to hang
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
Thou hast not left the value of a cord;
Therefore, thou must be hanged at the state's charge. Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of our spirit,
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
Por. Ay, for the state; not for Antonio.
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,1-to render it,
Upon his death, unto the gentleman
Two things provided more.-That, for this favor,
The other, that he do record a gift,
Here in the court, of all he dies possessed,
Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
Por. Art thou contented, Jew; what dost thou say? Shy. I am content.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift. Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence; I am not well: send the deed after me,
And I will sign it.
Get thee gone; but do it. Gra. In christening thou shalt have two god
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 "
Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten more; To bring thee to the gallows, not to the font.
[Exit SHYLOCK. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner. Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon; I must away this night toward Padua, And it is meet I presently set forth.
Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves you not. Antonio, gratify this gentleman; For, in my mind, you are much bound to him. [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.
Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute,
Ant. And stand indebted, over and above,
Por. He is well paid that is well satisfied;
Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you fur
Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield. Give me your gloves; I'll wear them for your sake; And for your love, I'll take this ring from you.Do not draw back your hand; I'll take no more; And you in love shall not deny me this.
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.