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Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond ?

Por. It is not so express'd: but what of that? 255 'Twere good you do so much for charity.

Shy. I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.
Por. You, merchant, have you anything to say ?

Ant. But little: I am arm’d and well prepared.
Give me your hand, Bassanio: fare you well!
260 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 outlive his wealth,

To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow
265 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 loved you, speak me fair in death; 270 And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge

Whether Bassanio had not once a love.
Repent but 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, 275 I'll pay it presently 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: 280 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: 285 I would she were in heaven, so she could

Entreat some power to change this currish Jew.

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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: 290 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. 295 Shy. Most rightful judge!

Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his 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. 300 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 shed

One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
305 Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.

Gra. O upright judge! Mark, Jew: O learned judge !
Shy. Is that the law ?
Por.

Thyself shall see the act:
For as thou urgest justice, be assured
310 Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desirest.

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!
315 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

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320 But just a pound of flesh: if thou cut’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
325 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 you on the hip.

Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take thy forfeiture.
Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go.
Bass. I have it ready for thee: here it is.

Por. He hath refused it in the open court:
He shall have merely justice and his bond.

Gra. A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel ! 335 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!
340 I'll stay no longer question.
Por.

Tarry, Jew :
The law hath yet another hold on you.
It is enacted in the laws of Venice,
If it be proved against an alien

That by direct or indirect attempts 315 He seek the life of any citizen,

The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive
Shall seize one half his goods; the other half
Comes to the privy coffer of the state;

And the offender's life lies in the mercy 350 Of the duke only, 'gainst all other voice.

In which predicament, I say, thou stand’st;
For it appears, by manifest proceeding,
That indirectly and directly too

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