forgiven and two hundred guilders. — No further retaliation.
VII. — A new Song, shewing the crueltie of Gernutus a lewe.
a. Black-letter copy in the Pepys Collection; and 'Mus. Ashmol. Oxon. cod. impress. A-Wood'. post 1550. (ante 1579!)
b. there is no lady.
c. Debtor: A marchant of great fame distressed
|ÉM in his need in Venice towne. Creditor: Gernutus a cruel Jew of Venice.
d. an hundred crownes.
No penny for the loane of it
For one year you shall pay You may doe me as good a turne,
Before my dying day.
But we will have a merry jeast
For to be talked long: You shall make me a bond, quoth he,
That shall be large and strong:
And this shall be the forfeyture: Of your owne fleshe a pound.
e. The Judge
Sith needs thou wilt thy forfeit have,
Which is of flesh a pound: See that thou shed no drop of bloud,
Nor yet the man confound.
For if thou doe, like murderer, Thou here shalt hanged be: