The Quality of Mercy is not Strain’d

May 7, 2006 at 11:39 am 1 comment

William Shakespeare


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 sceptre 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 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, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice
Must needs give sentence ‘gainst the merchant there.

The Merchant of Venice, (and so, Portia’s Quality of Mercy). And commentary from the minstrels.



Entry filed under: Black Mamba, English, William Shakespeare.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Nicole  |  February 5, 2008 at 2:37 am

    This is a very interesting and impacting speech because it basically talks about how we should have mercy on others in order to be blessed. It also sends a message out to us that mercy brings forth justice. Therefore when we have mercy on others or someone god will have mercy on us also and that is a very good priniciple for us to follow and really sit and think about the decisions we’re about to make.


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