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Duke. You are welcome : take your place. Are you acquainted* with the cause in question ? Are you acΠο Por. I am informed thoroughly of the cause.
quainted, &c., do
you know the Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew? particulars and Duke. Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth. the nature of the
case before the Por. Is your name Shylock ?
Shylock is my name. 115 Por. (to Ant.) You stand within his danger, * do Within his dan.
ger, in his power Ant. Ay, so he says.
as a captive.
confess * the bond ? Confess, acknow. Ant. I do.
ledge or own it.
Twice blest, it has
a double blessing. It blesses him that gives, and him that takes. 125 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest : it becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
modifies. 130 When mercy seasons* justice. Therefore, Jew, Render, to give or Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
My deeds, &c., That in the course of justice none of us
he determines to Should see salvation : we do pray
bear the respon.
actions. 135 The deeds of mercy.
which may serve To equity.* 'Tis worth a little wrong
as an example or 140 To curb this cruel savage of his will.
rule in the future. Por. It must not be. There is no power in Daniel, the pro; Venice
in the Old TestaCan alter a decree established :
ment, who was
the "Twill be recorded as a precedent, *
preventing And many an error by the same example
carrying out of 145 Will rush into the state. It cannot be.
an unjust senShy. A Daniel * come to judgment! yea, a Daniel ! chaste Susannah. O wise young judge, how do I honour thee!
compliment Por. I pray you, let me look upon the bond.
intended by Shy. Shy. Here'tis, most reverend doctor ; here it is. lock in compar150 Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy money offer'd ing
tion in this affair.
Shy. An oath, an oath! I have an oath in
heaven ! Perjury, false Shail I lay perjury* upon my soul ? swearing, violation of an
No, not for Venice.
Why, this bond is forfeit,
Take thrice thy money. Bid me tear the bond.
160 neither the words To alter me : I stay upon my bond. or arguments of
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court
Why, then, thus it is :
Shy. Ay, his breast;
Nearest his heart; those are the very words.
flesh ? weighing. Shy. I have them ready.
170 Have by, have Por. Have by* a surgeon, Shylock, at your charge, At your charge, To stop his wounds, lest he should bleed to death. at your expense. Shy. Is it so nominated * in the bond ? Nominated, mentioned, named,
Por. It is not so express'd ; but what of that? agreed to. 'Twere good you do so much for charity.
Shy. Most rightful judge!
pare. Tarry, wait.
Por. Tarry * a little : there is something else. Jot, the smallest This bond doth give thee here no jot* of blood; possible quantity. The words expressly are, a pound of flesh.
185 Then take thy bond : take thou thy pound of flesh; But, the cutting it, if thou dost shed
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods Confiscate, seized for the public use,
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate. * forfeited.
Gra. O upright judge! Mark, Jew! O learned 190
the exact sum lent as
taining the law, 195 Gra. O learned judge !—Mark, Jew !-a learned
Here is the money.
Soft ! 200 The Jew shall have all justice ; soft !—no baste :
He shall have nothing but the penalty.
Gra. A second Daniel, Jew!
Bass. I have it ready for thee. Here it is.
first, viz., 3000 He shall have merely justice and his bond.
Gra. A Daniel, still say I; a second Daniel ! 210 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,
Alien, foreigner. 215 It is enacted by the laws of Venice,
ted by law to That by direct or indirect attempts
the privileges of
a foreign country He seek the life of any citizen, The party ’gainst the which he doth contrive
jects 220 Shall seize one half his goods ; the other half country. Goes to the privy coffer * of the state ;
Privy coffer, pri And the offender's life lies in the mercy
holding money. Of the Duke only, 'gainst all other voice."
Other voice, other In which predicament,* I say, thou stand’st;
Predicament, 225 For it appears by manifest proceeding,
position, state. That indirectly, and directly too,
name given in
law to the person Of the defendant ;* and thou hast incurr'd who is charged The danger formerly * by me rehears'd.
with an offence,
and who has, 230 Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the Duke.
therefore, to de. Duke. That thou may'st see the difference of our fend himself. spirit,
Pardon, &c., do
if you take my 235 Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio ? wealth.
are said to be naturalised sub
vate chest for
not remit the sentence of death
Quit the fine, &c.
ew, making it
Ant. So please my lord the Duke and all the court,
Duke. He shall do this, or else do I recant * 240
Por. Art thou contented, Jew, What dost thou say?
Shy. I pray you give me leave to go from hence;
Get thee gone ; but do it.
THE ISLES OF GREECE.* — Byron.
The isles of Greece! the isles of Greece ! Sappho, a Greek lyric Where burning Sappho * loved and sung, poetess, who wrote Where grew the arts of war and peace, about 610 B.O. Delos, the island
Where Delos * rose and Phoebus sprung! where Apollo (Phoe- Eternal summer gilds them yet,
5 bus) was born. But all, &c., their
But all,* except their sun, is set. power has departed, but the memory of
The Scian * and the Teian * muse, their past greatness The hero's harp, the lover's lute, still remains. Scian
Have found the fame your shores refuse : 10 Homer, the
Their place of birth, alone, is mute Grecian poet, B.C. 800.
To sounds that echo farther west Teian muse was Anacreon, cele- Than your sires' “ Islands of the Blest.” * brated lyric poet, B.O. 557
The mountains look on Marathon, * Islands of the Blest,
And Marathon looks on the sea : supposed to be the Cape de Verde Islands And musing there an hour alone, or the Canaries, off west coast of
I dreamed that Greece might still be free : Africa.
For standing on the Persians' grave, Marathon, near
I could not deem myself a slave. Athens, the of a famous battle in which the Greeks de- A king sate on the rocky brow feated the Persians, Which looks o'er sea-born Salamis, * 20 Salamis, an islet of
And ships by thousands lay below, Greece, off which the And men in nations ;-all were his ! Greeks defeated the
He counted them at break of day,
And when the sun set where were they ?
My country? On thy voiceless shore
The heroic bosom beats no more!
* Greece, a mountainous country in the south of Europe. With the aid of England. France, and Russia, it threw off the Turkish yoke in 1829, and became an independeri kingdom.
Thy lyre. Poetry is
Remnant, a part.
And must thy lyre,* so long divine,
Though linked among a fettered race,
E'en as I sing, suffuse my face ; 35 For what is left the poet here?
For Greeks a blush—for Greece a tear,
Must we but blush ? Our fathers bled.
Earth ! render back from out thy breast
* dead !
Ah! no ;—the voices of the dead 45 Sound like a distant torrent’s fall,
Let one living head,
In vain-in vain : strike other chords ; 50 Fill high the cup of Samian wine ! *
Leave battles to the Turkish hordes,
And shed * the blood of Scio's vine !
How answers each bold bacchanal ! * 55 You have the Pyrrhic dance as yet –
Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx * gone?
The nobler and the manlier one ?
gave60 Think ye he meant them for a slave ?
Fill high the bowl with Samian wine !
We will not think of themes like these !
He served—but served Polycrates 65 A tyrant; but our masters then
Were still, at least, our countrymen.
Was freedom's best and bravest friend :
That tyrant was Miltiades ! 70 Oh that the present hour would lend
Samian winel Samos,