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Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take the forfeiture.
Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go.
Bas. I have it ready for thee; here it is.

Pör. 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 barely have 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.

Por. Tarry, Jew,
The law hath yet another hold on you:
It is enacted in the laws of Venice,
If it be prov'd against an alien,
That, by direct or indirect attempts,
He seek the life of any citizen,
The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive
Shall seize on half his goods, the other half
Comes to the privy coffer of the state;
And the offender's life lies in the mercy
Of the duke only, ’gainst all other voice :
In which predicament, I say, thou stand'ft.
For it appears by manifest proceeding,
That indirectly, and directly too,
Thou hast contriv'd against the very

Of the defendant; and thou hast incurr’d
The danger formally by me rehears’d.
Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke.

Gra. Beg that thou may'st have leave to hang thyself;
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,
Thou hast not left the value of a cord;
Therefore, thou must be hang’d at the state's charge.

Duke. That thou may'st see the diff'rence of our spirit,
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it:

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For half thy wealth, it is Anthonio's;
The other half comes to the general state,
Which humbleness


drive unto a fine.
Por. Ay, for the state; not for Anthonio.

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,


do take the means whereby I live.
Por. What mercy can you render him, Anthonio?
Gra. A halter gratis ; nothing else, for god's sake.

Anth. So please my lord the duke, and all the court,
To quit the fine from one half of his goods,
I am content; so he will let me have
The other half in use, to render it
Until his death unto the gentleman
That lately stole his daughter.
Two things provided more, that, for this favour,
He presently become a christian ;
The other, that he do record a gift
Here in the court, of all he dies possessed,
Unto his son Lorenzo and his daughter.

Duke. He shall do this, or else I do recant
The pardon that I late pronounced here.

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 sign it.

Duke. Get thee gone, but do it.

Gra. In christ’ning 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. [Exit Shylock..
Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with we to dinner.

Por. I humbly do desire your grace's pardon ;
I must away this night toward Padua,



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And it is meet I presently set forth.
Duke. I'm sorry that your

leisure serves you not.
Anthonio, gratify this gentleman;
For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.

[Exeunt Duke and his train.

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Bas. 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.

Anth. And stand indebted, over and above,
In love and service to you evermore.

Por. He is well pay'd that is well satisfy’d;
And I, deliv’ring you, am satisfy’d,
And therein do account myself well pay'd;
My mind was never yet more mercenary.
I pray you, know me when we meet again;
I wish you well, and so I take


Bas. Dear fir, of force I must attempt you

Take some remembrance of us, for a tribute,
Not as a fee: grant me two things, I pray you,
Not to deny me, and to pardon me.

Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield.
Give me your gloves, I'll wear them fot
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 shall not deny me this.

Bal. This ring, good fir, 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.

Bal. There's more on this depends than is the value. The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,

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And find it out by proclamation ;
Only for this, I pray you, párdon me.

Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers ;
You taught me first to beg, and now, methinks,
You teach me how a beggar should be answer’d.

Baj. Good fir, this ring was given me by my wife ;
And, when she put it on, she made me vow
That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it.

Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their gifts ;
And if your wife be not a mad woman,
And know how well I have deserv'd the ring,
She wou'd not hold out enmity for ever
For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you! [Exit, with Nerissa.

Ănth. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring. Let his deservings, and my

love withal, Be valu’d’gainst your wife's commandement.

Ball. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou can'ft, Unto Anthonio's house: away, make hafte. [Exit. Gra. Come, you and I will thither presently, And in the morning early will we both Fly toward Belmont; come, Anthonio.

Enter Portia, and Neriffa.
Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed,
And let him sign it; we'll away to-night,
And be a day before our husbands home:
This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.

Enter Gratiano.
Gra. Fair sir, you are well o’erta’en :
My lord Bassanio, upon more advice,
Hath sent you here this ring, and doth entreat
Your company at dinner.

Por. That cannot be.
This ring I do accept most thankfully,
Vol. II.




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And so, I pray you, tell him : furthermore,
I pray you, show my youth old Shylock's house.

Gra. That will I do.

Ner. Sir, I would speak with you. I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,

[to Portia. Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.

Por. Thou may’st, I warrant. We shall have old swearing,
That they did give the rings away to men;
But we'll outface them, and outswear them too.
Away, make haste; thou know'st where I will tarry.

Ner. Come, good sir, will you show me to this house ? [Exeunt.

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Enter Lorenzo, and Jessica.

HE moon shines bright: in such a night as this,

When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees,
And they did make no noise; in such a night,
Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan wall,
And figh’d his soul toward the Grecian tents,
Where Cressid lay that night.

Jef. In such a night,
Did Thisbe fearfully o’ertrip the dew,
And saw the lion's shadow ere himself;
And ran dismay’d away.

Lor. In such a night,
Stood Dido with a willow in her hand
Upon the wild sea-banks, and waft her love
To come again to Carthage.

Jes. In such a night,



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