The Merchant of Venice : LUSENET : TB2K spinoff uncensored : One Thread

"The quality of mercy is not strain'd.

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:

It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.

'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes

The throned monarch better than his crown.

His scepter 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 sceptered 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." -Shakespeare

-- (, August 30, 2000


I had to memorize this in high school. It took me 20 years to understand it. And I was a softie at heart.

-- Oxy (, August 31, 2000.

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