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Shall I lay perjury upon my soul?
Por. Why, this bond is forfeit ;
Shy. When it is paid according to the tenor.
Hath been most sound; I charge you by the law,
There is no power in the tongue of man
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court
Por. Why, then, thus it is.
You must prepare your bosom for his knife.
Shy. O noble judge! O excellent young man !
Shy. 'Tis very true! O wise and upright judge!
Shy. Ay, his breast;
doth it not, noble judge?
Por. It is so.
Are there balance here, to weigh
Shy I have them ready.
Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge,
To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.
Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond?
Por. It is not so expressed; but what of that? 'Twere good you do so much for charity.
Shy. I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.
Por. Come, merchant, have you any thing to say?
To let the wretched man outlive his wealth,
Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife
Nerissa. Your wife will 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.
Por. '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! (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 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?
Por. Thyself shall see the act;
For, as thou urgest justice, be assured
Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desirest.
Gra. O learned judge!— Mark, Jew! a learned judge
Bass. Here is the money.
The Jew shall have all justice; soft!
Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge!
Of one poor scruple; nay, if the scale do turn
Gra A second Daniel! a Daniel, Jew!
Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip.
Por. Why doth the Jew pause? Take the 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!
Shy. Shall I not have barely my principal?
Shy. Why, then, I'll — I'll — why, I'll stay no longer question.
Por. Tarry, Jew..
The law hath yet another hold on you
The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive,
Gra. Beg that thou mayst have leave to hang thyself:
Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of our spirit,
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it:
Por. Ay, for the state; not for Antonio.
Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio?
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 favor,
The other, that he do record a gift,
Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
Por. Art thou contented, Jew? What dost thou
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.