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" But mercy is above this sceptred sway, It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew, Though justice be thy plea, consider this— That... "
The Plays of William Shakspeare - Page 307
by William Shakespeare - 1823
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Studies in English and American Literature, from Chaucer to the Present Time ...

Albert Newton Raub - American literature - 1882 - 468 pages
...What figure in the line? STUDIES LV ENGLISH LITERATURE. That in the course of justice none of us 36 Should see salvation ; we do pray for mercy ; And...Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice. 40 Mus' needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. Shy. My deeds upon my head 1 I crave the law,...
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The Law in Shakespeare

Cushman Kellogg Davis - 1883 - 303 pages
...shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings ; But mercy is above this scepter'd...Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. The penalty and forfeit of my bond. Por. Is he not able to discharge the money ? Bass. Yes, here 1...
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Playreadings

Louise Frankenstein - 1983 - 132 pages
...Though justice be thy plea, consider this, — That, in the course of justice, none of us Should sec salvation. We do pray for mercy; And that same prayer...Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. FOR ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN ANOTHER LANGUAGE by ROSE FRANKEN STELLA is a very charming young woman,...
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An Audition Handbook of Great Speeches

Jerry Blunt - Acting - 1990 - 207 pages
...is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself, And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice. Therefore,...teach us all to render The deeds of mercy. I have spoken thus much To mitigate the justice of thy plea, Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice...
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Shakespearean Pragmatism: Market of His Time

Lars Engle - Drama - 1993 - 266 pages
...is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice: therefore...Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. SHYLOCK: My deeds upon my head! 1 crave the law. (4.1.177) Portia enjoins mercy precisely on the ground...
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Arthurian and Other Studies: Presented to Shunichi Noguchi

Shunʼichi Noguchi, Takashi Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Mukai - Literary Collections - 1993 - 273 pages
...Portia as the judge asks him to 'season' or 'mitigate' justice: Portia. . . . earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice. Therefore,...Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. Shylock. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my bond. (IV. i. 1 92-203)...
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Law and Literature: Text and Theory

Lenora Ledwon - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 501 pages
...is enthroned in the hearts of kings; It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice. Therefore,...Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. SHYLOCK: My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my bond. PORTIA: Is he...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 1263 pages
...is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then with a false aspect; And therefore SHYLOCK. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my bond. PORTIA. Is he...
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The Mirror of Justice: Literary Reflections of Legal Crises

Theodore Ziolkowski - Law - 2003 - 322 pages
...stnctum is altered to achieve what the judge regards as fairness. Hence Portia is able to state that I have spoke thus much To mitigate the justice of...Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. (4.1.198-201) Yet her words amount to pure mockery when she tells him: For as thou urgest justice,...
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Finding a Voice: Personal Response to A Level English

Mike Royston - English literature - 1998 - 223 pages
...It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons4 justice. Therefore, Jew, Though justice be thy plea,...render The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much To mitigate5 the justice of thy plea, Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Must needs give...
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