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Repent not you that you shall lose your friend,
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;
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 Barabbas
Had been her husband, rather than a Christian!
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 breast; The law allows it, and the court awards it.
Shy. Most learned judge!—A sentence: come, prepare.
Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh;
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
Unto the state of Venice.
Gra. O upright judge!-Mark, Jew;—O learned judge! Shy. Is that the law?
Thyself shall see the act;
For, as thou urgest justice, be assured,
Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir'st.
Gra. O learned judge!-Mark, Jew;-a learned judge! Shy. I take this offer then;-pay the bond thrice, And let the Christian go.
Here is the money.
Por. 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!
Of one poor scruple; nay, if the scale do turn
Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.
Por. Why doth the Jew pause? Take thy forfeiture.
Shy. Why, then the devil give him good of it! I'll stay no longer question.
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,
The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive,
Gra. Beg, that thou mayst have leave to hang thyself:
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
Therefore, thou must be hanged at the state's charge. Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of our spirit, 1 pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's ;
Por. Ay, for the state; not for Antonio.
Shy. Nay, take my life and all; pardon not that.
Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio?
The other half in use, -to render it,
Two things provided more.
That, for this favor,
He presently become a Christian;
The other, that he do record a gift,
Here in the court, of all he dies possessed,
Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter.
Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
The pardon that I late pronounced here.
Por. Art thou contented, Jew; what dost thou say?
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 god-fathers; Had I been judge, thou shouldst 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;
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
Por. He is well paid that is well satisfied;
Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further;
Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield. Give me your gloves; I'll wear them for your sake; And for your love, I'll take this ring from you.— Do not draw back your hand; I'll take no more; And you in love shall not deny me this.
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;
And now, methinks, I have a mind to it.
Bass. There's more depends on this, than on the value. The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,
And find it out by proclamation;
Only for this, I pray you pardon me.
Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers.
And know how well I have deserved this ring,
For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you!
[Exeunt PORTIA and NERISSA.
Ant. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring;
Let his deservings, and my love withal,
Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou canst,
Come, you and I will thither presently;
SCENE II. The same. A Street.
Enter PORTIA and NERISSA.
Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed, And let him sign it. We'll away to-night,
And be a day before our husbands home.
Gra. Fair sir, you are well overtaken.
Hath sent you here this ring; and doth entreat
That cannot be:
This ring I do accept most thankfully,
And so, I pray you, tell him. Furthermore,
Por. Thou may'st, I warrant. We shall have old swearing,
Away, make haste; thou know'st where I will tarry.
SCENE I. Belmont.
Enter LORENZO and JESSICA.
Lor. The moon shines bright.-In such a night as this, When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees, And they did make no noise; in such a night,