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When they are fretted with the gusts of heaven;
Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is six.
Shy. If every ducat in six thousand ducats Were in six parts, and every part a ducat, I would not draw them, I would have my bond. Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, rend'ring
Duke. Upon my power, I may dismiss this court,
6 — many a purchas'd slave,] This argument, considered as used to the particular persons, seems conclusive. I see not how Venetians or Englishmen, while they practise the purchase and sale of slaves, can much enforce or demand the law of doing to others as we would that they should do to us. Johnson.
+ “'tis mine," MALONE.
My lord, here stays without
Duke. Bring us the letters ; Call the messenger.
Bass. Good cheer, Antonio ! What, man ? courage yet ! The Jew shall have my flesh, blood, bones, and all, Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood.
Ant. I am a tainted wether of the flock, Meetest for death ; the weakest kind of fruit Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me: You cannot better be employ'd, Bassanio, . Than to live still, and write mine epitaph.
halt losinted weakest
Enter NERISSA, dressed like a lawyer's clerk. Duke. Came you from Padua, from Bellario? Ner. From both, my lord: Bellario greets your grace.
[Presents a letter. Bass. Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly? Shy. To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt there. Gra. Not on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh Jew, Thou mak’st thy knife keen: but no metal can, No, not the hangman's ax, bear half the keenness Of thy sharp envy. Can no prayers pierce thee ?
Shy. No, none that thou hast wit enough to make. Gra. O, be thou damn’d, inexorable dog ! And for thy life let justice be accus’d. Thou almost mak'st me waver in my faith, To hold opinion with Pythagoras, That souls of animals infuse themselves Into the trunks of men: thy currish spirit Govern'd a wolf, who, hang’d for human slaughter, Even from the gallows did his fell soul fleet, And, whilst thou lay'st in thy unhallow'd dam, Infus'd itself in thee; for thy desires, Are wolfish, bloody, starv'd, and ravenous.
Shy. Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond, Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud :
Repair thy wit, good youth, or it will fall
Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend
Ner. He attendeth here hard by,
Duke. With all my heart :-some three or four of you,
[Clerk reads.) Your grace shall understand, that, at the receipt of your letter, I am very sick : but in the instant that your messenger came, in loving visitation was with me a young doctor of Rome, his name is Balthasar : I acquainted him with the cause in controversy between the Jew and Antonio the merchant : we turned o'er many books together : he is furnish'd with my opinion ; which, better'd with his own learning, (the greatness whereof I cannot enough commend,) comes with him, at my importunity, to fill up your grace's request in my stead. I beseech you, let his lack of years be no impediment to let him lack a reverend estimation : for I never knew so young a body with so old a head. I leave him to your gracious acceptance, whose trial shall better publish his commendation.
Duke. You hear the learn'd Bellario, what he writes : And here, I take it, is the doctor come.
Enter Portia, dressed like a doctor of laws.
Por. I did, my lord.
You are welcome: take your place.
Por. I am informed throughly of the cause. Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew?
Duke. Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth.
Por. Is your name Shylock ?
Shylock is my name.
[To ANTONIO Ant. Ay, so he says. Por.
Do you confess the bond ?
Por. The quality of mercy is not strain’d;
7 Cannot impugn you,] To impugn, is to oppose, to controvert.
8 You stand within his danger,] i. e. within his reach or control. ' — 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.
To mitigate the justice of thy plea ;
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;
Por. It must not be; there is no power in Venice
Shy. A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel ! O wise young judge, how do I honour thee!
Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond.
Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heaven:
Why, this bond is forfeit;
Shy. When it is paid according to the tenour.—