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Say, how I lov'd you, speak me fair in death;
Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife,
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; I 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!
Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his
Thyself shalt see the act:
Here is the money.
Por. Therefore, prepare thee to cut off the flesh.
As makes it light, or heavy, in the substance,
Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel; Jew!
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!
For it appears by manifest proceeding,
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, Upon his death, unto the gentleman That lately stole his daughter. Two things provided more,—That, for this favour,
He presently become a Christian;
Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
say? Shy. I am content. Por.
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. Duke.
Get thee gone, but do it. Gra. In christening thou shalt have two godfa
thers; Had I becn judge, thou should’st have had ten more, To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.
[Erit Shylock. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to din
ner. 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.
[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,