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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
The Merchant of Venice
Act III. Scene III.
Venice.  A Street.
  Shy.  Gaoler, look to him: tell not me of mercy;
This is the fool that lent out money gratis:
Gaoler, look to him.        5
  Ant.        Hear me yet, good Shylock.
  Shy.  I’ll have my bond; speak not against my bond:
I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.
Thou call’dst me dog before thou hadst a cause,
But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs:        10
The duke shall grant me justice. I do wonder,
Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond
To come abroad with him at his request.
  Ant.  I pray thee, hear me speak.
  Shy.  I’ll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak:        15
I’ll have my bond, and therefore speak no more.
I’ll not be made a soft and dull-eyed fool,
To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield
To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
I’ll have no speaking; I will have my bond.  [Exit.        20
  Salar.  It is the most impenetrable cur
That ever kept with men.
  Ant.        Let him alone:
I’ll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
He seeks my life; his reason well I know.        25
I oft deliver’d from his forfeitures
Many that have at times made moan to me;
Therefore he hates me.
  Salar.        I am sure the duke
Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.        30
  Ant.  The duke cannot deny the course of law:
For the commodity that strangers have
With us in Venice, if it be denied,
’Twill much impeach the justice of the state;
Since that the trade and profit of the city        35
Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go:
These griefs and losses have so bated me,
That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
To-morrow to my bloody creditor.
Well, gaoler, on. Pray God, Bassanio come        40
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not!  [Exeunt.

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