The Merchant of Venice
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Enter the Duke, the Magnificoes, Anthonio, Bassanio, Enter the Duke, the magnificoes, Antonio, Bassanio, MV IV.i.1.1
and Gratiano.Salerio, and Gratiano with others MV IV.i.1.2
Duke. DUKE 
What, is Anthonio heere?What, is Antonio here? MV IV.i.1
Ant. ANTONIO 
Ready, so please your grace?Ready, so please your grace. MV IV.i.2
Duke. DUKE 
I am sorry for thee, thou art come to answereI am sorry for thee. Thou art come to answer MV IV.i.3
A stonie aduersary, an inhumane wretch,A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch, MV IV.i.4
Vncapable of pitty, voyd, and emptyUncapable of pity, void and emptyuncapable (adj.)
old form: Vncapable
incapable, unable [to do something]
MV IV.i.5
From any dram of mercie.From any dram of mercy.dram (n.)tiny amount, small quantityMV IV.i.6.1
Ant. ANTONIO 
I haue heardI have heard MV IV.i.6.2
Your Grace hath tane great paines to qualifieYour grace hath ta'en great pains to qualifyqualify (v.)
old form: qualifie
moderate, weaken, diminish
MV IV.i.7
His rigorous course: but since he stands obdurate,His rigorous course; but since he stands obdurate,course (n.)course of action, way of proceedingMV IV.i.8
And that no lawful meanes can carrie meAnd that no lawful means can carry me MV IV.i.9
Out of his enuies reach, I do opposeOut of his envy's reach, I do opposeenvy (n.)
old form: enuies
malice, ill-will, enmity
MV IV.i.10
oppose (v.)place in opposition, set up as resistance
My patience to his fury, and am arm'dMy patience to his fury, and am armed MV IV.i.11
To suffer with a quietnesse of spirit,To suffer with a quietness of spirit MV IV.i.12
The very tiranny and rage of his.The very tyranny and rage of his.tyranny (n.)
old form: tiranny
cruelty, barbarity, unmerciful violence
MV IV.i.13
Du. DUKE 
Go one and cal the Iew into the Court.Go one, and call the Jew into the court. MV IV.i.14
Sal. SALERIO 
He is ready at the doore, he comes my Lord.He is ready at the door; he comes, my lord. MV IV.i.15
Enter Shylocke.Enter Shylock MV IV.i.16
Du. DUKE 
Make roome, and let him stand before our face.Make room, and let him stand before our face. MV IV.i.16
Shylocke the world thinkes, and I thinke so toShylock, the world thinks, and I think so too, MV IV.i.17
That thou but leadest this fashion of thy malliceThat thou but lead'st this fashion of thy malice MV IV.i.18
To the last houre of act, and then 'tis thoughtTo the last hour of act, and then 'tis thoughtact (n.)activity, action, performanceMV IV.i.19
Thou'lt shew thy mercy and remorse more strange,Thou'lt show thy mercy and remorse more strangeremorse (n.)pity, compassion, tendernessMV IV.i.20
strange (adj.)special, particular, very great
Than is thy strange apparant cruelty;Than is thy strange apparent cruelty;apparent (adj.)
old form: apparant
plainly visible, conspicuous, evident, obvious
MV IV.i.21
strange (adj.)remarkable, startling, abnormal, unnatural
And where thou now exact'st the penalty,And where thou now exacts the penalty, MV IV.i.22
Which is a pound of this poore Merchants flesh,Which is a pound of this poor merchant's flesh, MV IV.i.23
Thou wilt not onely loose the forfeiture,Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture,loose (v.)revoke, cancelMV IV.i.24
forfeiture (n.)forfeit, penalty
But touch'd with humane gentlenesse and loue:But touched with human gentleness and love,touch (v.)
old form: touch'd
affect, move, stir
MV IV.i.25
Forgiue a moytie of the principall,Forgive a moiety of the principal,moiety (n.)
old form: moytie
share, portion, part
MV IV.i.26
Glancing an eye of pitty on his lossesGlancing an eye of pity on his losses, MV IV.i.27
That haue of late so hudled on his backe,That have of late so huddled on his back, MV IV.i.28
Enow to presse a royall Merchant downe;Enow to press a royal merchant downenow (adv.)enoughMV IV.i.29
royal merchant
old form: royall
merchant prince
And plucke commiseration of his stateAnd pluck commiseration of his state MV IV.i.30
From brassie bosomes, and rough hearts of flints,From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint,bosom (n.)
old form: bosomes
heart, inner person
MV IV.i.31
brassy (adj.)
old form: brassie
hard as brass, unfeeling, impenetrable
From stubborne Turkes and Tarters neuer traindFrom stubborn Turks and Tartars never trainedTartar (n.)someone from Tartary, C Asia; known for pitilessness; also, a stereotype of dark complexionMV IV.i.32
stubborn (adj.)
old form: stubborne
resistant, hostile, antagonistic
To offices of tender curtesie,To offices of tender courtesy.office (n.)task, service, duty, responsibilityMV IV.i.33
We all expect a gentle answer Iew?We all expect a gentle answer, Jew.gentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindMV IV.i.34
Iew. SHYLOCK 
I haue possest your grace of what I purpose,I have possessed your grace of what I purpose,purpose (v.)intend, planMV IV.i.35
possess (v.)
old form: possest
notify, inform, acquaint
And by our holy Sabbath haue I sworneAnd by our holy Sabbath have I sworn MV IV.i.36
To haue the due and forfeit of my bond.To have the due and forfeit of my bond.due (n.)debt, liability, amount owingMV IV.i.37
If you denie it, let the danger lightIf you deny it, let the danger lightdanger (n.)damage, harm, mischiefMV IV.i.38
light (v.)alight, descend, fall, come to rest
Vpon your Charter, and your Cities freedome.Upon your charter and your city's freedom! MV IV.i.39
You'l aske me why I rather choose to haueYou'll ask me why I rather choose to have MV IV.i.40
A weight of carrion flesh, then to receiueA weight of carrion flesh than to receivecarrion (adj.)loathsome, vile, disgusting, corruptingMV IV.i.41
carrion (adj.)lean as carrion, skeleton-like; or: putrefying
Three thousand Ducats? Ile not answer that:Three thousand ducats. I'll not answer that,ducat (n.)gold (sometimes silver) coin used in several European countriesMV IV.i.42
But say it is my humor; Is it answered?But say, it is my humour. Is it answered?humour (n.)
old form: humor
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
MV IV.i.43
What if my house be troubled with a Rat,What if my house be troubled with a rat MV IV.i.44
And I be pleas'd to giue ten thousand DucatesAnd I be pleased to give ten thousand ducats MV IV.i.45
To haue it bain'd? What, are you answer'd yet?To have it baned? What, are you answered yet?bane (v.)
old form: bain'd
poison, kill, put down
MV IV.i.46
Some men there are loue not a gaping Pigge:Some men there are love not a gaping pig,gaping (adj.)with mouth open [as on a dish prepared for eating]MV IV.i.47
Some that are mad, if they behold a Cat:Some that are mad if they behold a cat, MV IV.i.48
And others, when the bag-pipe sings i'th nose,And others, when the bagpipe sings i'th' nose, MV IV.i.49
Cannot containe their Vrine for affection.Cannot contain their urine; for affection,affection (n.)emotion, feelingMV IV.i.50
Masters of passion swayes it to the moodeMaster of passion, sways it to the moodsway (v.)
old form: swayes
control, rule, direct, govern
MV IV.i.51
Of what it likes or loaths, now for your answer:Of what it likes or loathes. Now, for your answer: MV IV.i.52
As there is no firme reason to be rendredAs there is no firm reason to be rendered MV IV.i.53
Why he cannot abide a gaping Pigge?Why he cannot abide a gaping pig, MV IV.i.54
Why he a harmlesse necessarie Cat?Why he a harmless necessary cat, MV IV.i.55
Why he a woollen bag-pipe: but of forceWhy he a woollen bagpipe, but of forceforce, ofnecessarily, of necessity, whether one will or notMV IV.i.56
Must yeeld to such ineuitable shame,Must yield to such inevitable shame MV IV.i.57
As to offend himselfe being offended:As to offend, himself being offended; MV IV.i.58
So can I giue no reason, nor I will not,So can I give no reason, nor I will not, MV IV.i.59
More then a lodg'd hate, and a certaine loathingMore than a lodged hate and a certain loathingcertain (adj.)
old form: certaine
steady, settled, fixed
MV IV.i.60
lodged (adj.)
old form: lodg'd
deep-rooted, inveterate, ingrained
I beare Anthonio, that I follow thusI bear Antonio, that I follow thus MV IV.i.61
A loosing suite against him? Are you answered?A losing suit against him. Are you answered?suit (n.)
old form: suite
formal request, entreaty, petition
MV IV.i.62
losing (adj.)
old form: loosing
involving some degree of loss
Bass. BASSANIO 
This is no answer thou vnfeeling man,This is no answer, thou unfeeling man, MV IV.i.63
To excuse the currant of thy cruelty.To excuse the current of thy cruelty.current (n.)
old form: currant
practice, course, way of behaviour
MV IV.i.64
Iew. SHYLOCK 
I am not bound to please thee with my answer.I am not bound to please thee with my answers. MV IV.i.65
Bass. BASSANIO 
Do all men kil the things they do not loue?Do all men kill the things they do not love? MV IV.i.66
Iew. SHYLOCK 
Hates any man the thing he would not kill?Hates any man the thing he would not kill? MV IV.i.67
Bass. BASSANIO 
Euerie offence is not a hate at first.Every offence is not a hate at first. MV IV.i.68
Iew. SHYLOCK 
What wouldst thou haue a Serpent sting thee twice?What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice? MV IV.i.69
Ant. ANTONIO 
I pray you thinke you question with the Iew:I pray you think you question with the Jew.question (v.)dispute, quarrel [over], call in questionMV IV.i.70
You may as well go stand vpon the beach,You may as well go stand upon the beach MV IV.i.71
And bid the maine flood baite his vsuall height,And bid the main flood bate his usual height,bate (v.)
old form: baite
abate, modify, lessen
MV IV.i.72
flood (n.)sea, deep, waves, rushing water
main flood
old form: maine
high tide
Or euen as well vse question with the Wolfe,You may as well use question with the wolfquestion (n.)debating, discussion, investigationMV IV.i.73
The Ewe bleate for the Lambe:Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb, MV IV.i.74
You may as well forbid the Mountaine PinesYou may as well forbid the mountain pines MV IV.i.75
To wagge their high tops, and to make no noiseTo wag their high-tops and to make no noisewag (v.)
old form: wagge
move, stir, rouse
MV IV.i.76
When they are fretted with the gusts of heauen:When they are fretten with the gusts of heaven;fret (v.)chafe, be vexed, worryMV IV.i.77
You may as well do any thing most hard,You may as well do anything most hard MV IV.i.78
As seeke to soften that, then which what harder?As seek to soften that – than which what's harder? – MV IV.i.79
His Iewish heart. Therefore I do beseech youHis Jewish heart. Therefore I do beseech you MV IV.i.80
Make no more offers, vse no farther meanes,Make no more offers, use no farther means, MV IV.i.81
But with all briefe and plaine conueniencieBut with all brief and plain conveniencyconveniency (n.)
old form: conueniencie
convenience, opportunity, advantage
MV IV.i.82
Let me haue iudgement, and the Iew his will.Let me have judgement, and the Jew his will. MV IV.i.83
Bas. BASSANIO 
For thy three thousand Ducates heere is six.For thy three thousand ducats here is six. MV IV.i.84
Iew. SHYLOCK 
If euerie Ducat in sixe thousand DucatesIf every ducat in six thousand ducats MV IV.i.85
Were in sixe parts, and euery part a Ducate,Were in six parts, and every part a ducat, MV IV.i.86
I would not draw them, I would haue my bond?I would not draw them. I would have my bond.draw (v.)take up, receive, collectMV IV.i.87
Du. DUKE 
How shalt thou hope for mercie, rendring none?How shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering none? MV IV.i.88
Iew. SHYLOCK 
What iudgement shall I dread doing no wrong?What judgement shall I dread, doing no wrong?dread (v.)fear, anticipate in fear, be anxious aboutMV IV.i.89
You haue among you many a purchast slaue,You have among you many a purchased slave, MV IV.i.90
Which like your Asses, and your Dogs and Mules,Which like your asses and your dogs and mules MV IV.i.91
You vse in abiect and in slauish parts,You use in abject and in slavish parts,part (n.)action, conduct, behaviourMV IV.i.92
Because you bought them. Shall I say to you,Because you bought them. Shall I say to you, MV IV.i.93
Let them be free, marrie them to your heires?‘ Let them be free! Marry them to your heirs! MV IV.i.94
Why sweate they vnder burthens? Let their bedsWhy sweat they under burdens? Let their beds MV IV.i.95
Be made as soft as yours: and let their pallatsBe made as soft as yours, and let their palates MV IV.i.96
Be season'd with such Viands: you will answerBe seasoned with such viands ’? You will answer,season (v.)
old form: season'd
gratify, delight, tease
MV IV.i.97
viand (n.)(usually plural) food, victuals, foodstuff
The slaues are ours. So do I answer you.‘ The slaves are ours.’ So do I answer you. MV IV.i.98
The pound of flesh which I demand of himThe pound of flesh which I demand of him MV IV.i.99
Is deerely bought, 'tis mine, and I will haue it.Is dearly bought, 'tis mine, and I will have it. MV IV.i.100
If you deny me; fie vpon your Law,If you deny me, fie upon your law! MV IV.i.101
There is no force in the decrees of Venice;There is no force in the decrees of Venice. MV IV.i.102
I stand for iudgement, answer, Shall I haue it?I stand for judgement. Answer; shall I have it? MV IV.i.103
Du. DUKE 
Vpon my power I may dismisse this Court,Upon my power I may dismiss this courtpower (n.)authority, governmentMV IV.i.104
Vnlesse Bellario a learned Doctor,Unless Bellario, a learned doctor MV IV.i.105
Whom I haue sent for to determine this,Whom I have sent for to determine this,determine (v.)make a decision [about], reach a conclusion [about]MV IV.i.106
Come heere to day.Come here today. MV IV.i.107.1
Sal. SALERIO 
My Lord, heere stayes withoutMy lord, here stays withoutstay (v.)wait (for), awaitMV IV.i.107.2
A Messenger with Letters from the Doctor,A messenger with letters from the doctor, MV IV.i.108
New come from Padua.New come from Padua. MV IV.i.109
Du. DUKE 
Bring vs the Letters, Call the Messengers.Bring us the letters. Call the messenger. MV IV.i.110
Bass. BASSANIO 
Good cheere Anthonio. What man, corage yet:Good cheer, Antonio! What, man, courage yet! MV IV.i.111
The Iew shall haue my flesh, blood, bones, and all,The Jew shall have my flesh, blood, bones, and all, MV IV.i.112
Ere thou shalt loose for me one drop of blood.Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood. MV IV.i.113
Ant. ANTONIO 
I am a tainted Weather of the flocke,I am a tainted wether of the flock,wether (n.)
old form: Weather
sheep, ram
MV IV.i.114
tainted (adj.)infected, diseased
Meetest for death, the weakest kinde of fruiteMeetest for death. The weakest kind of fruitmeet (adj.)fit, suitable, right, properMV IV.i.115
Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me;Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me. MV IV.i.116
You cannot better be employ'd Bassanio,You cannot better be employed, Bassanio, MV IV.i.117
Then to liue still, and write mine Epitaph.Than to live still, and write mine epitaph.still (adv.)ever, now [as before]MV IV.i.118
Enter Nerrissa.Enter Nerissa dressed like a lawyer's clerk MV IV.i.119
Du. DUKE 
Came you from Padua from Bellario?Came you from Padua, from Bellario? MV IV.i.119
Ner. NERISSA 
From both. My Lord Bellario greets your Grace.From both, my lord. Bellario greets your grace. MV IV.i.120
She presents a letter MV IV.i.121
Bas. BASSANIO 
Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly?Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly? MV IV.i.121
Iew. SHYLOCK 
To cut the forfeiture from that bankrout there.To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt there.bancrout, bankrout, bankerout (n./adj./v.)bankruptMV IV.i.122
forfeiture (n.)forfeit, penalty
Gra. GRATIANO 
Not on thy soale: but on thy soule harsh IewNot on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh Jew, MV IV.i.123
Thou mak'st thy knife keene: but no mettall can,Thou mak'st thy knife keen; but no metal can, MV IV.i.124
No, not the hangmans Axe beare halfe the keennesseNo, not the hangman's axe, bear half the keenness MV IV.i.125
Of thy sharpe enuy. Can no prayers pierce thee?Of thy sharp envy. Can no prayers pierce thee?envy (n.)
old form: enuy
malice, ill-will, enmity
MV IV.i.126
pierce (v.)move, touch, get through to
Iew. SHYLOCK 
No, none that thou hast wit enough to make.No, none that thou hast wit enough to make.wit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityMV IV.i.127
Gra. GRATIANO 
O be thou damn'd, inexecrable dogge,O be thou damned, inexecrable dog,inexecrable (adj.)inexorable, unmoveable, relentless; or: execrable, accursed, damnableMV IV.i.128
And for thy life let iustice be accus'd:And for thy life let justice be accused! MV IV.i.129
Thou almost mak'st me wauer in my faith;Thou almost mak'st me waver in my faith, MV IV.i.130
To hold opinion with Pythagoras,To hold opinion with PythagorasPythagoras (n.)[pron: piy'thagoras] Greek philosopher and mathematician, 6th-c BCMV IV.i.131
That soules of Animals infuse themseluesThat souls of animals infuse themselves MV IV.i.132
Into the trunkes of men. Thy currish spiritInto the trunks of men. Thy currish spiritcurrish (adj.)mean-spirited, snarling, quarrelsomeMV IV.i.133
Gouern'd a Wolfe, who hang'd for humane slaughter,Governed a wolf who, hanged for human slaughter, MV IV.i.134
Euen from the gallowes did his fell soule fleet;Even from the gallows did his fell soul fleet,fell (adj.)cruel, fierce, savageMV IV.i.135
fleet (v.)[of souls] leave, pass away, fly off
And whil'st thou layest in thy vnhallowed dam,And whilst thou layest in thy unhallowed dam,dam (n.)motherMV IV.i.136
Infus'd it selfe in thee: For thy desiresInfused itself in thee; for thy desires MV IV.i.137
Are Woluish, bloody, steru'd, and rauenous.Are wolvish, bloody, starved, and ravenous. MV IV.i.138
Iew. SHYLOCK 
Till thou canst raile the seale from off my bondTill thou canst rail the seal from off my bond,rail (v.)
old form: raile
rant, rave, be abusive [about]
MV IV.i.139
Thou but offend'st thy Lungs to speake so loud:Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud.offend (v.)
old form: offend'st
harm, hurt, pain
MV IV.i.140
Repaire thy wit good youth, or it will fallRepair thy wit, good youth, or it will fallwit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityMV IV.i.141
repair (v.)
old form: Repaire
restore, renew, revive
To endlesse ruine. I stand heere for Law.To cureless ruin. I stand here for law.cureless (adj.)incurable, fatal, without remedyMV IV.i.142
Du. DUKE 
This Letter from Bellario doth commendThis letter from Bellario doth commendcommend (v.)present, introduce, bring [for favourable acceptance]MV IV.i.143
A yong and Learned Doctor in our Court;A young and learned doctor to our court. MV IV.i.144
Where is he?Where is he? MV IV.i.145.1
Ner. NERISSA 
He attendeth heere hard byHe attendeth here hard byattend (v.)serve at court, wait on royaltyMV IV.i.145.2
To know your answer, whether you'l admit him.To know your answer whether you'll admit him. MV IV.i.146
Du. DUKE 
With all my heart. Some three or four of youWith all my heart. Some three or four of you MV IV.i.147
Go giue him curteous conduct to this place,Go give him courteous conduct to this place. MV IV.i.148
Meane time the Court shall heare Bellarioes Letter.Meantime the court shall hear Bellario's letter. MV IV.i.149
CLERK 
YOur Grace shall vnderstand, that at the receite of Your grace shall understand that at the receipt of MV IV.i.150
your Letter I am very sicke: but in the instant that your your letter I am very sick; but in the instant that your MV IV.i.151
messenger came, in louing visitation, was with me a young messenger came, in loving visitation was with me a young MV IV.i.152
Doctor of Rome, his name is Balthasar: I acquained doctor of Rome. His name is Balthasar. I acquainted MV IV.i.153
him with the cause in Controuersie, betweene the Iew and him with the cause in controversy between the Jew and MV IV.i.154
Anthonio the Merchant: We turn'd ore many Bookes together: Antonio the merchant. We turned o'er many books together. MV IV.i.155
hee is furnished with my opinion, which bettredHe is furnished with my opinion which, betteredfurnish (v.)provide, supply, possessMV IV.i.156
with his owne learning, the greatnesse whereof I cannot with his own learning, the greatness whereof I cannot MV IV.i.157
enough commend, comes with him at my importunity, to fill enough commend, comes with him, at my importunity, to fillcommend (v.)praise, admire, extolMV IV.i.158
importunity (n.)persistent solicitation, troublesome persistence
fill up (v.)
old form: vp
satisfy, fulfil, meet
vp your Graces request in my sted. I beseech you, let his up your grace's request in my stead. I beseech you let his MV IV.i.159
lacke of years be no impediment to let him lacke a reuerend lack of years be no impediment to let him lack a reverendreverend (adj.)
old form: reuerend
revered, worthy, respected
MV IV.i.160
estimation: for I neuer knewe so yong a body, with so old a estimation, for I never knew so young a body with so old a MV IV.i.161
head. I leaue him to your gracious acceptance, whose trial head. I leave him to your gracious acceptance, whose trial MV IV.i.162
shall better publish his commendation.shall better publish his commendation. MV IV.i.163
Enter Portia for Balthazar.Enter Portia as Balthasar, dressed like a Doctor of Laws MV IV.i.164
Duke. DUKE 
You heare the learn'd Bellario what he writes,You hear the learn'd Bellario, what he writes, MV IV.i.164
And heere (I take it) is the Doctor come.And here, I take it, is the doctor come. MV IV.i.165
Giue me your hand: Came you from old Bellario?Give me your hand. Come you from old Bellario? MV IV.i.166
Por. PORTIA 
I did my Lord.I did, my lord. MV IV.i.167.1
Du. DUKE 
You are welcome: take your place;You are welcome; take your place. MV IV.i.167.2
Are you acquainted with the differenceAre you acquainted with the differencedifference (n.)quarrel, disagreement, disputeMV IV.i.168
That holds this present question in the Court.That holds this present question in the court?question (n.)argument, contention, disputeMV IV.i.169
Por. PORTIA 
I am enformed throughly of the cause.I am informed thoroughly of the cause.throughly (adv.)thoroughly, fully, completelyMV IV.i.170
Which is the Merchant heere? and which the Iew?Which is the merchant here? And which the Jew? MV IV.i.171
Du. DUKE 
Anthonio and old Shylocke, both stand forth.Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth. MV IV.i.172
Por. PORTIA 
Is your name Shylocke?Is your name Shylock? MV IV.i.173.1
Iew. SHYLOCK 
Shylocke is my name.Shylock is my name. MV IV.i.173.2
Por. PORTIA 
Of a strange nature is the sute you follow,Of a strange nature is the suit you follow,suit (n.)
old form: sute
formal request, entreaty, petition
MV IV.i.174
Yet in such rule, that the Venetian LawYet in such rule that the Venetian lawrule (n.)proper discipline, good managementMV IV.i.175
Cannot impugne you as you do proceed.Cannot impugn you as you do proceed. MV IV.i.176
You stand within his danger, do you not?(to Antonio) You stand within his danger, do you not?danger, in one'swithin one's power, at one's mercyMV IV.i.177
Ant. ANTONIO 
I, so he sayes.Ay, so he says. MV IV.i.178.1
Por. PORTIA 
Do you confesse the bond?Do you confess the bond? MV IV.i.178.2
Ant. ANTONIO 
I do.I do. MV IV.i.179.1
Por. PORTIA 
Then must the Iew be mercifull.Then must the Jew be merciful. MV IV.i.179.2
Iew. SHYLOCK 
On what compulsion must I? Tell me that.On what compulsion must I? Tell me that. MV IV.i.180
Por. PORTIA 
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,The quality of mercy is not strained,quality (n.)nature, disposition, characterMV IV.i.181
strain (v.)
old form: strain'd
constrain, force, press
It droppeth as the gentle raine from heauenIt droppeth as the gentle rain from heavengentle (adj.)soft, tender, kindMV IV.i.182
Vpon the place beneath. It is twice blest,Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest,blessed, blest (adj.)capable of blessing, full of happinessMV IV.i.183
It blesseth him that giues, and him that takes,It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. MV IV.i.184
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest, it becomes'Tis mightiest in the mightiest, it becomesbecome (v.)grace, honour, dignifyMV IV.i.185
The throned Monarch better then his Crowne.The throned monarch better than his crown. MV IV.i.186
His Scepter shewes the force of temporall power,His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,temporal (adj.)
old form: temporall
secular, civil, worldly
MV IV.i.187
The attribute to awe and Maiestie,The attribute to awe and majesty, MV IV.i.188
Wherein doth sit the dread and feare of Kings:Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; MV IV.i.189
But mercy is aboue this sceptred sway,But mercy is above this sceptred sway,sway (n.)power, dominion, ruleMV IV.i.190
It is enthroned in the hearts of Kings,It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, MV IV.i.191
It is an attribute to God himselfe;It is an attribute to God himself, MV IV.i.192
And earthly power doth then shew likest GodsAnd earthly power doth then show likest God'slike (adj.)same, similar, alike, equalMV IV.i.193
When mercie seasons Iustice. Therefore Iew,When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew, MV IV.i.194
Though Iustice be thy plea, consider this,Though justice be thy plea, consider this: MV IV.i.195
That in the course of Iustice, none of vsThat in the course of justice none of uscourse (n.)habit, custom, practise, normal procedureMV IV.i.196
Should see saluation: we do pray for mercie,Should see salvation. We do pray for mercy, MV IV.i.197
And that same prayer, doth teach vs all to renderAnd that same prayer doth teach us all to render MV IV.i.198
The deeds of mercie. I haue spoke thus muchThe deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much MV IV.i.199
To mittigate the iustice of thy plea:To mitigate the justice of thy plea,mitigate (v.)
old form: mittigate
moderate, reduce the severity of
MV IV.i.200
plea (n.)claim, argument, issue
Which if thou follow, this strict course of VeniceWhich if thou follow, this strict court of Venice MV IV.i.201
Must needes giue sentence 'gainst the Merchant there.Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. MV IV.i.202
Shy. SHYLOCK 
My deeds vpon my head, I craue the Law,My deeds upon my head! I crave the law,crave (v.)
old form: craue
need, demand, require
MV IV.i.203
The penaltie and forfeite of my bond.The penalty and forfeit of my bond. MV IV.i.204
Por. PORTIA 
Is he not able to discharge the money?Is he not able to discharge the money? MV IV.i.205
Bas. BASSANIO 
Yes, heere I tender it for him in the Court,Yes, here I tender it for him in the court, MV IV.i.206
Yea, twice the summe, if that will not suffice,Yea, twice the sum. If that will not suffice, MV IV.i.207
I will be bound to pay it ten times ore,I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er MV IV.i.208
On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart:On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart. MV IV.i.209
If this will not suffice, it must appeareIf this will not suffice, it must appear MV IV.i.210
That malice beares downe truth. And I beseech youThat malice bears down truth. And I beseech you,bear down (v.)
old form: beares downe
overwhelm, put down, overcome
MV IV.i.211
Wrest once the Law to your authority.Wrest once the law to your authority,wrest (v.)distort, twist, strainMV IV.i.212
To do a great right, do a little wrong,To do a great right, do a little wrong, MV IV.i.213
And curbe this cruell diuell of his will.And curb this cruel devil of his will. MV IV.i.214
Por. PORTIA 
It must not be, there is no power in VeniceIt must not be. There is no power in Venicepower (n.)authority, governmentMV IV.i.215
Can alter a decree established:Can alter a decree established. MV IV.i.216
'Twill be recorded for a President,'Twill be recorded for a precedent, MV IV.i.217
And many an error by the same example,And many an error by the same example MV IV.i.218
Will rush into the state: It cannot be.Will rush into the state. It cannot be. MV IV.i.219
Iew. SHYLOCK 
A Daniel come to iudgement, yea a Daniel.A Daniel come to judgement! Yea, a Daniel!Daniel (n.)in the Bible, influential Babylonian administrator and visionaryMV IV.i.220
O wise young Iudge, how do I honour thee.O wise young judge, how I do honour thee! MV IV.i.221
Por. PORTIA 
I pray you let me looke vpon the bond.I pray you let me look upon the bond. MV IV.i.222
Iew. SHYLOCK 
Heere 'tis most reuerend Doctor, heere it is.Here 'tis, most reverend doctor, here it is. MV IV.i.223
Por. PORTIA 
Shylocke, there's thrice thy monie offered thee.Shylock, there's thrice thy money offered thee. MV IV.i.224
Shy. SHYLOCK 
An oath, an oath, I haue an oath in heauen:An oath, an oath! I have an oath in heaven; MV IV.i.225
Shall I lay periurie vpon my soule?Shall I lay perjury upon my soul! MV IV.i.226
No not for Venice.No, not for Venice! MV IV.i.227.1
Por. PORTIA 
Why this bond is forfeit,Why, this bond is forfeit, MV IV.i.227.2
And lawfully by this the Iew may claimeAnd lawfully by this the Jew may claim MV IV.i.228
A pound of flesh, to be by him cut offA pound of flesh, to be by him cut off MV IV.i.229
Neerest the Merchants heart; be mercifull,Nearest the merchant's heart. Be merciful, MV IV.i.230
Take thrice thy money, bid me teare the bond.Take thrice thy money, bid me tear the bond. MV IV.i.231
Iew. SHYLOCK 
When it is paid according to the tenure.When it is paid, according to the tenour.tenor, tenour (n.)
old form: tenure
meaning, purpose, intention
MV IV.i.232
It doth appeare you are a worthy Iudge:It doth appear you are a worthy judge, MV IV.i.233
You know the Law, your expositionYou know the law, your exposition MV IV.i.234
Hath beene most sound. I charge you by the Law,Hath been most sound. I charge you by the law, MV IV.i.235
Whereof you are a well-deseruing pillar,Whereof you are a well-deserving pillar, MV IV.i.236
Proceede to iudgement: By my soule I sweare,Proceed to judgement. By my soul I swear MV IV.i.237
There is no power in the tongue of manThere is no power in the tongue of man MV IV.i.238
To alter me: I stay heere on my bond.To alter me. I stay here on my bond.stay (v.)linger, tarry, delayMV IV.i.239
An. ANTONIO 
Most heartily I do beseech the CourtMost heartily I do beseech the court MV IV.i.240
To giue the iudgement.To give the judgement. MV IV.i.241.1
Por. PORTIA 
Why then thus it is:Why then, thus it is: MV IV.i.241.2
you must prepare your bosome for his knife.You must prepare your bosom for his knife. MV IV.i.242
Iew. SHYLOCK 
O noble Iudge, O excellent yong man.O noble judge! O excellent young man! MV IV.i.243
Por. PORTIA 
For the intent and purpose of the LawFor the intent and purpose of the lawintent (n.)intention, purpose, aimMV IV.i.244
purpose (n.)intention, aim, plan
Hath full relation to the penaltie,Hath full relation to the penalty, MV IV.i.245
Which heere appeareth due vpon the bond.Which here appeareth due upon the bond. MV IV.i.246
Iew. SHYLOCK 
'Tis verie true: O wise and vpright Iudge,'Tis very true. O wise and upright judge! MV IV.i.247
How much more elder art thou then thy lookes?How much more elder art thou than thy looks! MV IV.i.248
Por. PORTIA 
Therefore lay bare your bosome.Therefore lay bare your bosom. MV IV.i.249.1
Iew. SHYLOCK 
I, his brest,Ay, his breast, MV IV.i.249.2
So sayes the bond, doth it not noble Iudge?So says the bond, doth it not, noble judge? MV IV.i.250
Neerest his heart, those are the very words.‘ Nearest his heart,’ those are the very words. MV IV.i.251
Por. PORTIA 
It is so: Are there ballance heere to weigh It is so. Are there balance here to weighbalance (n.)
old form: ballance
scales
MV IV.i.252
the flesh?The flesh? MV IV.i.253.1
Iew. SHYLOCK 
I haue them ready.I have them ready. MV IV.i.253.2
Por. PORTIA 
Haue by some Surgeon Shylock on your chargeHave by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge,charge (n.)expense, cost, outlayMV IV.i.254
surgeon (n.)doctor, physician
To stop his wounds, least he should bleede to death.To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.stop (v.)staunch, close up, prevent from bleedingMV IV.i.255
Iew. SHYLOCK 
It is not nominated in the bond?Is it so nominated in the bond? MV IV.i.256
Por. PORTIA 
It is not so exprest: but what of that?It is not so expressed, but what of that? MV IV.i.257
'Twere good you do so much for charitie.'Twere good you do so much for charity. MV IV.i.258
Iew. SHYLOCK 
I cannot finde it, 'tis not in the bond.I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond. MV IV.i.259
Por. PORTIA 
Come Merchant, haue you any thing to say?You, merchant, have you anything to say? MV IV.i.260
Ant. ANTONIO 
But little: I am arm'd and well prepar'd.But little. I am armed and well prepared. MV IV.i.261
Giue me your hand Bassanio, fare you well.Give me your hand, Bassanio, fare you well.fare ... well (int.)goodbye [to an individual]MV IV.i.262
Greeue not that I am falne to this for you:Grieve not that I am fallen to this for you, MV IV.i.263
For heerein fortune shewes her selfe more kindeFor herein Fortune shows herself more kindFortune (n.)Roman goddess, shown as a woman at a spinning wheel, or controlling a rudder, and as blindMV IV.i.264
Then is her custome. It is still her vseThan is her custom; it is still her usestill (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyMV IV.i.265
use (n.)
old form: vse
usual practice, habit, custom
To let the wretched man out-liue his wealth,To let the wretched man outlive his wealth MV IV.i.266
To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled browTo view with hollow eye and wrinkled browbrow (n.)forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]MV IV.i.267
An age of pouerty. From which lingring penanceAn age of poverty, from which lingering penance MV IV.i.268
Of such miserie, doth she cut me off:Of such misery doth she cut me off. MV IV.i.269
Commend me to your honourable Wife,Commend me to your honourable wife,commend (v.)convey greetings, present kind regardsMV IV.i.270
Tell her the processe of Anthonio's end:Tell her the process of Antonio's end, MV IV.i.271
Say how I lou'd you; speake me faire in death:Say how I loved you, speak me fair in death, MV IV.i.272
And when the tale is told, bid her be iudge,And when the tale is told, bid her be judge MV IV.i.273
Whether Bassanio had not once a Loue:Whether Bassanio had not once a love.love (n.)
old form: Loue
very dear friend
MV IV.i.274
Repent not you that you shall loose your friend,Repent but you that you shall lose your friend, MV IV.i.275
And he repents not that he payes your debt.And he repents not that he pays your debt, MV IV.i.276
For if the Iew do cut but deepe enough,For if the Jew do cut but deep enough, MV IV.i.277
Ile pay it instantly, with all my heart.I'll pay it presently with all my heart.presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceMV IV.i.278
Bas. BASSANIO 
Anthonio, I am married to a wife,Antonio, I am married to a wife MV IV.i.279
Which is as deere to me as life it selfe,Which is as dear to me as life itself, MV IV.i.280
But life it selfe, my wife, and all the world,But life itself, my wife, and all the world MV IV.i.281
Are not with me esteem'd aboue thy life.Are not with me esteemed above thy life. MV IV.i.282
I would loose all, I sacrifice them allI would lose all, ay sacrifice them all MV IV.i.283
Heere to this deuill, to deliuer you.Here to this devil, to deliver you. MV IV.i.284
Por. PORTIA 
Your wife would giue you little thanks for thatYour wife would give you little thanks for that MV IV.i.285
If she were by to heare you make the offer.If she were by to hear you make the offer. MV IV.i.286
Gra. GRATIANO 
I haue a wife whom I protest I loue,I have a wife who I protest I love; MV IV.i.287
I would she were in heauen, so she couldI would she were in heaven, so she could MV IV.i.288
Intreat some power to change this currish Iew.Entreat some power to change this currish Jew.currish (adj.)mean-spirited, snarling, quarrelsomeMV IV.i.289
power (n.)(usually plural) god, deity, divinity
Ner. NERISSA 
'Tis well you offer it behinde her backe,'Tis well you offer it behind her back, MV IV.i.290
The wish would make else an vnquiet house.The wish would make else an unquiet house. MV IV.i.291
Iew. SHYLOCK 
These be the Christian husbands: I haue a daughterThese be the Christian husbands! I have a daughter; MV IV.i.292
Would any of the stocke of BarrabasWould any of the stock of BarrabasBarrabas (n.)in the Bible, a robber released instead of Christ at the PassoverMV IV.i.293
Had beene her husband, rather then a Christian.Had been her husband, rather than a Christian. MV IV.i.294
We trifle time, I pray thee pursue sentence.We trifle time. I pray thee pursue sentence.trifle (v.)waste, squander, spend idlyMV IV.i.295
Por. PORTIA 
A pound of that same marchants flesh is thine,A pound of that same merchant's flesh is thine, MV IV.i.296
The Court awards it, and the law doth giue it.The court awards it, and the law doth give it. MV IV.i.297
Iew. SHYLOCK 
Most rightfull Iudge.Most rightful judge! MV IV.i.298
Por. PORTIA 
And you must cut this flesh from off his breast,And you must cut this flesh from off his breast, MV IV.i.299
The Law allowes it, and the Court awards it.The law allows it, and the court awards it.allow (v.)
old form: allowes
bestow, legally assign
MV IV.i.300
Iew. SHYLOCK 
Most learned Iudge, a sentence, come prepare.Most learned judge! A sentence! Come, prepare! MV IV.i.301
Por. PORTIA 
Tarry a little, there is something else,Tarry a little, there is something else.tarry (v.)stay, remain, lingerMV IV.i.302
This bond doth giue thee heere no iot of bloud,This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood; MV IV.i.303
The words expresly are a pound of flesh:The words expressly are ‘a pound of flesh'. MV IV.i.304
Then take thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh,Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh, MV IV.i.305
But in the cutting it, if thou dost shedBut in the cutting it if thou dost shed MV IV.i.306
One drop of Christian bloud, thy lands and goodsOne drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods MV IV.i.307
Are by the Lawes of Venice confiscateAre by the laws of Venice confiscate MV IV.i.308
Vnto the state of Venice.Unto the state of Venice. MV IV.i.309
Gra. GRATIANO 
O vpright Iudge, / Marke Iew, ô learned Iudge.O upright judge! Mark, Jew. O learned judge!mark (v.)
old form: Marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
MV IV.i.310
Shy. SHYLOCK 
Is that the law?Is that the law? MV IV.i.311.1
Por. PORTIA 
Thy selfe shalt see the Act:Thyself shalt see the act, MV IV.i.311.2
For as thou vrgest iustice, be assur'dFor, as thou urgest justice, be assured MV IV.i.312
Thou shalt haue iustice more then thou desirest.Thou shalt have justice more than thou desir'st.desire (v.)request, wish, ask [for]MV IV.i.313
Gra. GRATIANO 
O learned Iudge, mark Iew, a learned Iudge.O learned judge! Mark, Jew. A learned judge! MV IV.i.314
Iew. SHYLOCK 
I take this offer then, pay the bond thrice,I take this offer then. Pay the bond thrice MV IV.i.315
And let the Christian goe.And let the Christian go. MV IV.i.316.1
Bass. BASSANIO 
Heere is the money.Here is the money. MV IV.i.316.2
Por. PORTIA 
Soft, Soft! MV IV.i.317
the Iew shall haue all iustice, soft, no haste,The Jew shall have all justice. Soft, no haste,soft (adv.)[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quietMV IV.i.318
He shall haue nothing but the penalty.He shall have nothing but the penalty. MV IV.i.319
Gra. GRATIANO 
O Iew, an vpright Iudge, a learned Iudge.O Jew! An upright judge, a learned judge! MV IV.i.320
Por. PORTIA 
Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh,Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh. MV IV.i.321
Shed thou no bloud, nor cut thou lesse nor moreShed thou no blood, nor cut thou less nor more MV IV.i.322
But iust a pound of flesh: if thou tak'st moreBut just a pound of flesh. If thou tak'st more MV IV.i.323
Or lesse then a iust pound, be it so muchOr less than a just pound, be it but so muchjust (adj.)
old form: iust
accurate, exact, precise
MV IV.i.324
As makes it light or heauy in the substance,As makes it light or heavy in the substance MV IV.i.325
Or the deuision of the twentieth partOr the division of the twentieth part MV IV.i.326
Of one poore scruple, nay if the scale doe turneOf one poor scruple, nay, if the scale do turnscruple (n.)tiny amount, last ounceMV IV.i.327
But in the estimation of a hayre,But in the estimation of a hair,estimation (n.)estimated amount, reckoningMV IV.i.328
Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate. MV IV.i.329
Gra. GRATIANO 
A second Daniel, a Daniel Iew,A second Daniel! A Daniel, Jew! MV IV.i.330
Now infidell I haue thee on the hip.Now, infidel, I have you on the hip!hip, on / upon the[wrestling] at a disadvantage, in an unfavourable positionMV IV.i.331
Por. PORTIA 
Why doth the Iew pause, take thy forfeiture.Why doth the Jew pause? Take thy forfeiture.forfeiture (n.)forfeit, penaltyMV IV.i.332
Shy. SHYLOCK 
Giue me my principall, and let me goe.Give me my principal, and let me go. MV IV.i.333
Bass. BASSANIO 
I haue it ready for thee, heere it is.I have it ready for thee; here it is. MV IV.i.334
Por. PORTIA 
He hath refus'd it in the open Court,He hath refused it in the open court. MV IV.i.335
He shall haue meerly iustice and his bond.He shall have merely justice and his bond.merely (adv.)
old form: meerly
completely, totally, entirely
MV IV.i.336
Gra. GRATIANO 
A Daniel still say I, a second Daniel,A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel! MV IV.i.337
I thanke thee Iew for teaching me that word.I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word. MV IV.i.338
Shy. SHYLOCK 
Shall I not haue barely my principall?Shall I not have barely my principal? MV IV.i.339
Por. PORTIA 
Thou shalt haue nothing but the forfeiture,Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, MV IV.i.340
To be taken so at thy perill Iew.To be so taken at thy peril, Jew. MV IV.i.341
Shy. SHYLOCK 
Why then the Deuill giue him good of it:Why, then the devil give him good of it! MV IV.i.342
Ile stay no longer question.I'll stay no longer question.question (n.)questioning, interrogation, examinationMV IV.i.343.1
stay (v.)put up with, endure, abide
Por. PORTIA 
Tarry Iew,Tarry, Jew!tarry (v.)stay, remain, lingerMV IV.i.343.2
The Law hath yet another hold on you.The law hath yet another hold on you. MV IV.i.344
It is enacted in the Lawes of Venice,It is enacted in the laws of Venice,enact (v.)decree, ordain, enter in the recordsMV IV.i.345
If it be proued against an Alien,If it be proved against an alien MV IV.i.346
That by direct, or indirect attemptsThat by direct or indirect attempts MV IV.i.347
He seeke the life of any Citizen,He seek the life of any citizen, MV IV.i.348
The party gainst the which he doth contriue,The party 'gainst the which he doth contrivecontrive (v.)
old form: contriue
scheme, plot, conspire
MV IV.i.349
Shall seaze one halfe his goods, the other halfeShall seize one half his goods, the other halfseize, seize upon (v.)
old form: seaze
[legal] take possession of, take hold of
MV IV.i.350
Comes to the priuie coffer of the State,Comes to the privy coffer of the state,privy
old form: priuie
private, particular, exclusive
MV IV.i.351
And the offenders life lies in the mercyAnd the offender's life lies in the mercy MV IV.i.352
Of the Duke onely, gainst all other voice.Of the Duke only, 'gainst all other voice,voice (n.)authoritative opinion, judgementMV IV.i.353
In which predicament I say thou standst:In which predicament I say thou stand'st, MV IV.i.354
For it appeares by manifest proceeding,For it appears by manifest proceeding MV IV.i.355
That indirectly, and directly to,That indirectly, and directly too,directly (adv.)plainly, clearly, evidentlyMV IV.i.356
Thou hast contriu'd against the very lifeThou hast contrived against the very life MV IV.i.357
Of the defendant: and thou hast incur'dOf the defendant, and thou hast incurred MV IV.i.358
The danger formerly by me rehearst.The danger formerly by me rehearsed. MV IV.i.359
Downe therefore, and beg mercy of the Duke.Down therefore, and beg mercy of the Duke. MV IV.i.360
Gra. GRATIANO 
Beg that thou maist haue leaue to hang thy selfe,Beg that thou mayst have leave to hang thyself, MV IV.i.361
And yet thy wealth being forfeit to the state,And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state, MV IV.i.362
Thou hast not left the value of a cord,Thou hast not left the value of a cord, MV IV.i.363
Therefore thou must be hang'd at the states charge.Therefore thou must be hanged at the state's charge. MV IV.i.364
Duk. DUKE 
That thou shalt see the difference of our spirit,That thou shalt see the difference of our spirit, MV IV.i.365
I pardon thee thy life before thou aske it:I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it. MV IV.i.366
For halfe thy wealth, it is Anthonio's,For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's, MV IV.i.367
The other halfe comes to the generall state,The other half comes to the general state, MV IV.i.368
Which humblenesse may driue vnto a fine.Which humbleness may drive unto a fine. MV IV.i.369
Por. PORTIA 
I for the state, not for Anthonio.Ay, for the state, not for Antonio. MV IV.i.370
Shy. SHYLOCK 
Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that,Nay, take my life and all! Pardon not that! MV IV.i.371
You take my house, when you do take the propYou take my house when you do take the prop MV IV.i.372
That doth sustaine my house: you take my lifeThat doth sustain my house. You take my life MV IV.i.373
When you doe take the meanes whereby I liue.When you do take the means whereby I live. MV IV.i.374
Por. PORTIA 
What mercy can you render him Anthonio?What mercy can you render him, Antonio? MV IV.i.375
Gra. GRATIANO 
A halter gratis, nothing else for Gods sake.A halter gratis! Nothing else, for God's sake!halter (n.)rope with a noose [for hanging]MV IV.i.376
gratis (adv.)for nothing, without payment
Ant. ANTONIO 
So please my Lord the Duke, and all the CourtSo please my lord the Duke and all the court MV IV.i.377
To quit the fine for one halfe of his goods,To quit the fine for one half of his goods,quit (v.)remit, release fromMV IV.i.378
I am content: so he will let me haueI am content, so he will let me havecontent (adj.)agreeable, willing, readyMV IV.i.379
The other halfe in vse, to render itThe other half in use, to render ituse (n.)
old form: vse
trust, possession, tenure
MV IV.i.380
Vpon his death, vnto the GentlemanUpon his death unto the gentleman MV IV.i.381
That lately stole his daughter.That lately stole his daughter. MV IV.i.382
Two things prouided more, that for this fauourTwo things provided more: that for this favour MV IV.i.383
He presently become a Christian:He presently become a Christian;presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceMV IV.i.384
The other, that he doe record a giftThe other, that he do record a gift MV IV.i.385
Heere in the Court of all he dies possestHere in the court of all he dies possessed MV IV.i.386
Vnto his sonne Lorenzo, and his daughter.Unto his son Lorenzo and his daughter. MV IV.i.387
Duk. DUKE 
He shall doe this, or else I doe recantHe shall do this, or else I do recant MV IV.i.388
The pardon that I late pronounced heere.The pardon that I late pronounced here. MV IV.i.389
Por. PORTIA 
Art thou contented Iew? what dost thou say?Art thou contented, Jew? What dost thou say? MV IV.i.390
Shy. SHYLOCK 
I am content.I am content.content (adj.)agreeable, willing, readyMV IV.i.391.1
Por. PORTIA 
Clarke, draw a deed of gift.Clerk, draw a deed of gift.draw (v.)draw up, draft, frameMV IV.i.391.2
Shy. SHYLOCK 
I pray you giue me leaue to goe from hence,I pray you, give me leave to go from hence, MV IV.i.392
I am not well, send the deed after me,I am not well; send the deed after me, MV IV.i.393
And I will signe it.And I will sign it. MV IV.i.394.1
Duke. DUKE 
Get thee gone, but doe it.Get thee gone, but do it. MV IV.i.394.2
Gra. GRATIANO 
In christning thou shalt haue two godfathers,In christ'ning shalt thou have two godfathers. MV IV.i.395
Had I been iudge, thou shouldst haue had ten more,Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten more, MV IV.i.396
To bring thee to the gallowes, not to the font. To bring thee to the gallows, not the font. MV IV.i.397
Exit. Exit Shylock MV IV.i.397
Du. DUKE 
Sir I intreat you with me home to dinner.Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner. MV IV.i.398
Por. PORTIA 
I humbly doe desire your Grace of pardon,I humbly do desire your grace of pardon. MV IV.i.399
I must away this night toward Padua,I must away this night toward Padua, MV IV.i.400
And it is meete I presently set forth.And it is meet I presently set forth.presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceMV IV.i.401
meet (adj.)
old form: meete
fit, suitable, right, proper
Duk. DUKE 
I am sorry that your leysure serues you not:I am sorry that your leisure serves you not. MV IV.i.402
Anthonio, gratifie this gentleman,Antonio, gratify this gentleman,gratify (v.)
old form: gratifie
reward, repay, show gratitude for
MV IV.i.403
For in my minde you are much bound to him.For in my mind you are much bound to him. MV IV.i.404
Exit Duke and his traine. Exit Duke and his train MV IV.i.404
Bass. BASSANIO 
Most worthy gentleman, I and my friendMost worthy gentleman, I and my friend MV IV.i.405
Haue by your wisedome beene this day acquittedHave by your wisdom been this day acquitted MV IV.i.406
Of greeuous penalties, in lieu whereof,Of grievous penalties, in lieu whereof MV IV.i.407
Three thousand Ducats due vnto the IewThree thousand ducats due unto the Jew MV IV.i.408
We freely cope your curteous paines withall.We freely cope your courteous pains withal.cope, cope with (v.)give in recompense forMV IV.i.409
An. ANTONIO 
And stand indebted ouer and aboueAnd stand indebted, over and above, MV IV.i.410
In loue and seruice to you euermore.In love and service to you evermore. MV IV.i.411
Por. PORTIA 
He is well paid that is well satisfied,He is well paid that is well satisfied, MV IV.i.412
And I deliuering you, am satisfied,And I delivering you am satisfied, MV IV.i.413
And therein doe account my selfe well paid,And therein do account myself well paid:account, accompt (v.)reckon, judge, considerMV IV.i.414
My minde was neuer yet more mercinarie.My mind was never yet more mercenary. MV IV.i.415
I pray you know me when we meete againe,I pray you know me when we meet again, MV IV.i.416
I wish you well, and so I take my leaue.I wish you well, and so I take my leave. MV IV.i.417
Bass. BASSANIO 
Deare sir, of force I must attempt you further,Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further.attempt (v.)tempt, persuade, win overMV IV.i.418
force, ofnecessarily, of necessity, whether one will or not
Take some remembrance of vs as a tribute,Take some remembrance of us as a tribute,remembrance (n.)love-token, keepsake, mementoMV IV.i.419
Not as fee: grant me two things, I pray youNot as fee. Grant me two things, I pray you: MV IV.i.420
Not to denie me, and to pardon me.Not to deny me, and to pardon me. MV IV.i.421
Por. PORTIA 
You presse mee farre, and therefore I will yeeld,You press me far, and therefore I will yield. MV IV.i.422
Giue me your gloues, Ile weare them for your sake,Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your sake. MV IV.i.423
Bassanio takes off his gloves MV IV.i.424
And for your loue Ile take this ring from you,And for your love I'll take this ring from you. MV IV.i.424
Doe not draw backe your hand, ile take no more,Do not draw back your hand, I'll take no more, MV IV.i.425
And you in loue shall not deny me this?And you in love shall not deny me this. MV IV.i.426
Bass. BASSANIO 
This ring good sir, alas it is a trifle,This ring, good sir, alas, it is a trifle! MV IV.i.427
I will not shame my selfe to giue you this.I will not shame myself to give you this. MV IV.i.428
Por. PORTIA 
I wil haue nothing else but onely this,I will have nothing else but only this, MV IV.i.429
And now methinkes I haue a minde to it.And now methinks I have a mind to it.methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: methinkes
it seems / seemed to me
MV IV.i.430
Bas. BASSANIO 
There's more depends on this then on the valew,There's more depends on this than on the value. MV IV.i.431
The dearest ring in Venice will I giue you,The dearest ring in Venice will I give you, MV IV.i.432
And finde it out by proclamation,And find it out by proclamation. MV IV.i.433
Onely for this I pray you pardon me.Only for this, I pray you pardon me. MV IV.i.434
Por. PORTIA 
I see sir you are liberall in offers,I see, sir, you are liberal in offers. MV IV.i.435
You taught me first to beg, and now me thinkesYou taught me first to beg, and now methinks MV IV.i.436
You teach me how a beggar should be answer'd.You teach me how a beggar should be answered. MV IV.i.437
Bas. BASSANIO 
Good sir, this ring was giuen me by my wife,Good sir, this ring was given me by my wife, MV IV.i.438
And when she put it on, she made me vowAnd when she put it on she made me vow MV IV.i.439
That I should neither sell, nor giue, nor lose it.That I should neither sell nor give nor lose it. MV IV.i.440
Por. PORTIA 
That scuse serues many men to saue their gifts,That 'scuse serves many men to save their gifts,scuse (n.)excuseMV IV.i.441
And if your wife be not a mad woman,An if your wife be not a madwoman,an if (conj.)ifMV IV.i.442
And know how well I haue deseru'd this ring,And know how well I have deserved this ring, MV IV.i.443
Shee would not hold out enemy for euerShe would not hold out enemy for ever MV IV.i.444
For giuing it to me: well, peace be with you. For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you! MV IV.i.445
Exeunt. Exeunt Portia and Nerissa MV IV.i.445
Ant. ANTONIO 
My L. Bassanio, let him haue the ring,My Lord Bassanio, let him have the ring. MV IV.i.446
Let his deseruings and my loue withallLet his deservings, and my love withal, MV IV.i.447
Be valued against your wiues commandement.Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandement.commandment, commandement (n.)
old form: commandement
command, instruction, order
MV IV.i.448
Bass. BASSANIO 
Goe Gratiano, run and ouer-take him,Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, MV IV.i.449
Giue him the ring, and bring him if thou canstGive him the ring and bring him if thou canst MV IV.i.450
Vnto Anthonios house, away, make haste. Unto Antonio's house. Away, make haste. MV IV.i.451
Exit Grati.Exit Gratiano MV IV.i.451
Come, you and I will thither presently,Come, you and I will thither presently,presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceMV IV.i.452
And in the morning early will we bothAnd in the morning early will we both MV IV.i.453
Flie toward Belmont, come Anthonio. Fly toward Belmont. Come, Antonio. MV IV.i.454
Exeunt. Exeunt MV IV.i.454
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