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BASS.—Shylock, do you hear?
Suy.—I am debating of my present store ;
[To Antonio.] Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Ant.-Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
SHY.—Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Shy.-I had forgot,three months; you told me so.
Ant.—I do never use it.
Shy.—Three thousand ducats; 'tis a good round sum. Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate.
Ant.— Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you?
SHY.-Signior Antonio, many a time and oft,
Well then, it now appears, you need my help.
ANT.—I am as like to call thee so again,
Shy.- Why, look you, how you storm! I would be friends with you, and have your love, Forget the shames that you have stained me with, Supply your present wants, and take no doit Of usance for my moneys, and you'll not hear me. This is kind I offer.
ANT.-This were kindness.
Shy. This kindness will I show. Go with me to a notary, seal me there
Your single bond; and in a merry sport,
Ant.— Content, in faith, I'll seal to such a bond,
Bass.--You shall not seal to such a bond for me;
ANT.— Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it;
Shy.—0, father Abraham! what these Christians are,
Ant.— Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Suy.--Then meet me forthwith at the notary's;
Ant.-Hie thee, gentle Jew.
BASS.--I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind.
ANT.--- Come on; in this there can be no dismay, My ships come home a month before the day. [Exeunt.
XC.-- DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
1. When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
2. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed ; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
3. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
4. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present king of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having, in direct object, the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world:
5. He has refused his assent to laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained ; and, when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
6. He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature; a right inestimable to them, and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
7. He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining, in the meantime, exposed to all the danger of invasion from without, and convulsions within.