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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 Barrabas
We trifle time; I pray thee, pursue sentence.
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. 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 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 shalt see the act: For, as thou urgest justice, be assur'd, Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir'st, Gra. O learned judge!—Mark, Jew;-a learned
Shy. I take this offer then;-pay the bond thrice, And let the Christian go.
Here is the money.
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, But just a pound of flesh: if thou tak'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
Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.
Now, infidel, I have thee 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 refus'd it in the open court; He shall have merely justice, and his bond.
Gra. A Daniel, still say I; a second Daniel!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! I'll stay no longer question.
The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive,
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it:
Por. Ay, for the state;' not for Antonio. Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that: You take my house, when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house; you take my life, When you do take the means whereby I live.
Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio? Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else; for God's sake. 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,
Ay, for the state; &c.] That is, the state's moiety may be commuted for a fine, but not Antonio's. MALONE.
Upon his death, unto the gentleman
Two things provided more,―That, for this favour, He presently become a Christian;
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 say? Shy. I am content.
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.
Get thee gone, but do it. Gra. In christening thou shalt have two godfathers;
Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten more,* To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.
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, Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof, Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
·thou should'st have had ten more,] i, e. a jury of twelve men, to condemn thee to be hanged.
Ant. And stand indebted, over and above,
Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfied;
Bass. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further;
Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute,
Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield.
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, when she put it on, she made me vow,
An if your wife be not a mad woman,