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Give me your hand, Bassanio ; fare
well! Grieve not that I am fallen to this for
you; For herein fortune shows herself more kind Than is her custom : it is still her use, To let the wretched man out-live his wealth, To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brow, An age of poverty; from which lingering penance Of such a misery doth she cut me off. Commend me to your honourable wife: Tell her the process of Antonio's end, Say, how I lov'd you, speak me fair in death; And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge, Whether Bassanio had not once a love. Repent not you that you shall lose your friend, And he repents not that he pays your debt; For, if the Jew do cut but deep enough, I'll pay it instantly with all my heart.
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 esteem'd 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
that, 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
daughter; 'Would, any of the stock of Barrabas Had been her husband, rather than a Christian !
[Aside. We trifle time;
pray thee, pursue sentence. 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!
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 sħed 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;- learned
judge! Shy. Is that the law? Por.
Thyself shalt 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 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 But in the estimation of a hair, Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.
Gra. A second Daniel! a Daniel Jew! Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip. Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take thy for
feiture. Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go. Bass. I have it ready for thee; here it is.
Por. He hath refus'd 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 To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.
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; Therefore, thou must be hang’d at the state's charge.
Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of our
Por. Ay, for the state ; not for Antonio.
Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that:
Ant. So please my lord the duke, and all the court,
Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
Por. Art thou contented, Jew, what dost thou
Shy. I am content.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
[Exit SHYLOCK. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.
Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon ;
Antonio, gratify this gentleman ;
[Exeunt Duke, Magnificoes, and Train.
Ant. And stand indebted, over and above,
Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfied ;
when we meet again ; I wish you well, and so I take my leave. 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 ;
Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers :
Bass. Good sir, this ring was given me by my wife;