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The words exprefly are, a pound of flesh.
One drop of chriftian blood; thy lands and goods
Gra. O upright judge-mark, Jew, -O learned
Por. Thy felf fhalt see the Act:
For as thou urgeft juftice, be affur'd,
Baff. Here is the mony.
Por. The few fhall have all juftice-foft! no hafteHe shall have nothing but the penalty.
Gra. O few! an upright judge, a learned judge! Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh; Shed thou no blood; nor cut thou lefs, nor more, But just a pound of flesh if thou tak'st more Or lefs than just a pound, be't but so much As makes it light or heavy in the fubstance, On the divifion of the twentieth part Of one poor fcruple; nay, if the scale turn But in the estimation of a hair,
Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.
Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip.
Gra. A Daniel, ftill fay 1; a fecond Daniel!
To be fo taken at thy peril, Jew.
Shy. Why, then the devil give him good of it! I'll stay no longer question.
Por. Tarry, Jew.
The law hath yet another hold on you.
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the ftate,
I pardon thee thy life before thou afk it.
Por. Ay, for the ftate; not for Anthonio.
Por. What mercy can you render him, Anthonio?
Gra. A halter gratis; nothing elfe, for God's fake. Anth. So please my lord the Duke, and all the Court, To quit the fine for one half of his goods; I am content,* fo he will let me have
The other half in ufe, to render it
Two things provided more, that for this favour
The other, that he do record a Gift
Duke. He fhall do this, or else I do recant
Por. Art thou contented, Jew? what dost thou say? Shy. I am content.
Por. Clerk, draw a Deed of gift.
Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence; I am not well; fend the Deed after me, And I will fign it.
Duke. Get thee gone, but do it.
Gra. In christ'ning thou fhalt have two godfathers. Had I been judge, thou fhould't have had ten more, To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.
[Exit Shylock. Duke. Sir, I intreat you home with me to dinner. Por. I humbly do defire your Grace's pardon; I muft away this night to Padua, And it is meet, I prefently fet forth.
Duke. I'm forry, that your leisure serves you not.
I am content, &c.] The terms propofed have been mifunderstood. Antonio declares, that as the Duke quits one half of the forfeiture, he is likewife content to abate his claim, and defires not the property but the ufe or produce only of the half, and that
only for the Jew's life, unless we read, as perhaps is right, upon my death.
thou foult have had ten more.] i. e. a Jury of Twelve Men, to condemn thee to be hang'd. THEOBALD.
-Anthonio, gratify this gentleman; For, in my mind, you are much bound to him. [Exit Duke and his train.
Baff. Moft worthy gentleman, I and my friend
Anth. And ftand indebted, over and above,
Por. He is well paid, that is well fatisfy'd;
Baff. Dear Sir, of force I must attempt you
Por. You prefs me far, and therefore I will yield. Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your fake; 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 fhall not deny me this.
Bell. This ring, good Sir, alas, it is a trifle; I will not fhame myself to give you this.
Por. I will have nothing elfe but only this. And now, methinks, I have a mind to it.
Beff. There's more depends on this, than on the value.
Por. I fee, Sir, you are liberal in offers;
You teach me how a beggar fhould be anfwer'd.
Por. That 'fcufe ferves many men to fave their gifts;
Re-enter Portia and Neriffa.
Por. Enquire the Jew's houfe out, give him this Deed, And let him fign it. We'll away to night, And be a day before our hufbands home. This Deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.
Gra. Fair Sir, you are well o'erta’en :
Por. That cannot be.
This ring I do accept moft thankfully.
Ner. Sir, I would speak with you.
I'll fee if I can get my hufuand's ring: