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'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
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 inust 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;
9- 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 character. BLACKSTONE.
And many an error, by the same example,
Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond.
Why, this bond is forfeit; And lawfully by this the Jew may claim A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off Nearest the merchant's heart:-Be merciful; Take thrice thy money; bid me tear the bond.
Shy. When it is paid according to the tenour.-
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court
Why then, thus it is.
Shy. O noble judge! O excellent young man!
Por. For the intent and purpose of the law
Shy. 'Tis very true: O wise and upright judge! How much more elder art thou than thy looks! Por. Therefore, lay bare your bosom.
Ay, his breast:
So says the bond;-Doth it not, noble judge?--
Por. It is so. Are there balance here, to weigh The flesh ?
Shy. I have them ready.
Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond ?
Por. It is not so express’d; But what of that? 'Twere good you do so much for charity.
Shy. I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.
Ant. But little; I am arm’d, and well prepar'd. -
Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife,
Por. Your wife would give you little thanks forthat, 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!
stock of Barra a Christian Aside.
We trifle time; I pray thee, pursue sentence.
Por. A poundof 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:
One drophe laws of Vene
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! I'll stay no longer question.