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Are you acquainted with the difference That holds the present question in the court? Por. I am informed thoroughly of the [Jew. Which is the merchant here, and which the Duke. Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth.
Por. Is your name Shylock?
Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow;
Yet in such rule, that the Venetian law
Por. Do you confess the bond?
Ant. I do.
Por. Then must the Jew be merciful.
Shy. On what compulsion must I? tell me that.
Por. The quality of mercy is not strain'd; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless'd: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes: 'Tis mightest in the mighty: it becomes + Reach or control.
The thron'd monarch better than his crown:
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
The deeds of mercy.
ADDRESS TO AN EGYPTIAN MUMMY.
AND thou hast walk'd about, how strange a story!
In Thebe's street three thousand years ago; When the Memnonium was in all its glory, And time had not begun to overthrow Those temples, palaces, and piles stupendous, Of which the very ruins are tremendous.
Speak, for thou long enough has acted dummy, Thou hast a tongue, come, let us hear its tune;
Thou'rt standing on thy legs above ground, Mummy!
Revisiting the glimpses of the moon, Not like thin ghosts or disembodied creatures, But with thy bones, and flesh, and limbs, and features.
Tell us, for doubtless thou canst recollect, To whom should we assign the Sphinx's fame?
Was Cheops or Cephrenes architect,
Of either pyramid that bears his name? Is Pompey's Pillar really a misnomer? Had Thebes a hundred gates, as sung by Homer?
Perhaps thou wert a mason, and forbidden
By oath, to tell the mysteries of thy trade; Then say what secret melody was hidden
In Memnon's statue, which at sunrise played? Perhaps thou wert a priest, and hast been dealing
In human blood, and horrors past revealing.
Perchance that very hand now pinioned flat, Has hob-a-nobb'd with Pharoah, glass to glass;
Or dropp'd a halfpenny into Homer's hat;
A torch at the great temple's dedication.
I need not ask thee if that hand, when armed, Has any Roman soldier mauled or knuckled, For thou wert dead, and buried, and embalm'd, Ere Romulus and Remus had been suckled ; Antiquity appears to have begun,
Long after thy primeval race was run.
Thou could'st develop, if that withered tongue
Still silent, incommunicative elf!
Art sworn to secrecy? then keep thy vows; But prithee tell us something of thyself
Reveal the secrets of thy prison house! Since in the world of spirits thou hast slumber'd What thou hast seen, what strange adventures number'd.
Since first thy form was in this box extended, We have, above ground, seen some strange mutations;
The Roman empire has begun and ended; New worlds have risen, we have lost whole nations,
And countless kings have into dust been humbled,
While not a fragment of thy flesh has crumbled.
Didst thou not hear the pother o'er thy head,
When the great Persian conqueror, Cambyses, Marched armies o'er thy tomb, with thundering tread,
O'erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis,
And shook the pyramids with fear and wonder, When the gigantic Memnon fell asunder?
If the tomb's secrets may not be confess'd
A heart has throbb'd beneath that leathern
And tears adown that dusky cheek have rolled; Have children climbed those knees, and kiss'd that face,
What was thy name and station, age and race?