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To hold opinion with Pythagoras,
I stand here for law.
He attendeth here hard by, To know your answer, whether you'll admit him. Duke. With all my heart:-some three or four of
you, Go give him courteous conduct to this place.Meantime, the court shall hear Bellario's letter.
[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 lody 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. Give me your hand: Came you from old Bellario?
Por. I did, my lord.
Duke. You are welcome: take your place. Are you acquainted with the difference That holds this present question in the court?
Por. I am informed throughly of the cause. Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew?
Duke. Antonio and old Shyloek, both stand forth.
Shylock is my name,
[70 ANTONIO. Ant. Ay, so he says. Por,
confess the bond?
Por. The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
? Cannot impugn you,] To impugn, is to oppose, to contravert.
8 You stand within this danger,] i. e. within his reach or control.
"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 snffice, it must 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;
in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation:] Portia referring the Jew to the Christfan 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. '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:
Șo says the bond;-Doth it not, noble judge?-
Por. It is so. Are there balance here, to weigh
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 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. Give me your hand, Bassanio; faré you well! Grieve not that I am fallen to this for