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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;
Ner. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back;
daughter; 'Would, any of the stock of Barrabas Had been her husband, rather than a Christian!
[Aside. We trifle time; I pray thee, pursue sentence.
Por. A pound of that same merchant'sflesh 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,
Thyself shalt see the act:
Shy. I take this offer then ;-pay the bond thrice, And let the Christian go.
Here is the money.
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! I'll stay no longer question.
The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive,
Por. Ay, for the state;' not for Antonio.
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? 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,—to render it,
i Ay, for the state ; &c.] That is, the state's moiety may be commuted for a fine, but not Antonio's. MALONE.
Upon his death, unto the gentleman
Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
Get thee gone, but do it.
fathers; Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten more? To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.
[Exit SHYLOCK. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.
Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon;
Duke. I am sorry, that your leisure serves you not.
[Exeunt 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.
_ thou should'st have had ten more,] i. e. a jury of twelve men, to condemn thee to be hanged.
Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, In love and service to you evermore.
Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfied;
Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield.
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:
wife; And, when she put it on, she made me vow, That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it. Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their
gifts. An if your wife be not a mad woman,