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Bass. This is no answer, thou unfeeling man,
To excuse the current of thy cruelty.
Shy. I am not bound to please thee with my answer.
Shy. What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?
Ant. I pray you, think you question with the Jew:
As seek to soften that (than which what's harder?)
Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is six.
Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering none?
There is no force in the decrees of Venice!
Duke. Upon my power, I may dismiss this court, Unless Bellario, a learned doctor,
Whom I have sent for to determine this,
Solan. My lord, here stays without
Duke. Bring us the letters: call the messenger.
Duke. Came you from Padua, from Bellario? Ner. From both, my lord: Bellario greets your grace. [Presents a letter. Bass. Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly? Shy. To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt there. Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend A young and learned doctor to our court: Where is he?
Ner. He attendeth here hard by,
To know your answer, whether you 'll admit him.
Give me your hand. Came you from old Bellario?
Duke. You are welcome:
Are you acquainted with the difference
That holds this present question in the court?
Por. I am informed thoroughly of the cause. Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew? Duke. Antonio and Shylock, both stand forth. Por. Is your name Shylock?
Shy. Shylock is my name.
Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow;
Ant. Ay, so he says.
Por. Do you confess the bond?
Por. Then must the Jew be merciful.
Shy. On what compulsion must I? Tell me that.
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
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?
On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart:
That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you
To do a great right, do a little wrong;
Por. It must not be; there is no power in Venice
Can alter a decree established;
"T will be recorded for a precedent;
And many an error, by the same example,
Will rush into the state: it cannot be.
Shy. A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel! wise young judge, how do I honor thee! Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond. Shy. Here 't is, most reverend doctor, here it is. Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy money offered thee Shy. An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heaven: Shall I lay perjury upon my soul? No, not for Venice.
Por. Why, this bond is forfeit ;
Hath been most sound; I charge you by the law,
Proceed to judgment:
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!
says the bond: - Doth it not, noble judge? Nearest the heart, those are the very words.
Por. It is so.
Are there balances here to weigh
Shy. I have them ready.
Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge, To stop his wounds, lest he should bleed to death.
Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond?
Por. It is not so expressed; but what of that? "T were good you do so much for charity.
Shy. I cannot find it; 't is not in the bond.
Shy. 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, pre
Then take 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, con'fiscate
Unto the state of Venice.
Gra. O learned judge! ·
Shy. I take this offer then,
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 assured
Thou shalt have justice more than thou desirest.
And let the Christian go.
Bass. Here is the money.
Mark, Jew; a learnëd judge !
pay the bond thrice,