Daily Archives: September 15, 2009

Avoiding the Merchants of Venice

We had a full day in Venice. Our hotel is located on the mainland at Mestre, but we were in Venice about 12 hours. I hope to have a few photos to share later, but doubt I will get them uploaded tonight.

Everyone in the group spent the full day stepping from one island to another. I expect that everyone will sleep well tonight.

Just a few words from William Shakespeare:

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. (The Merchant of Venice, 1. 3)

The quality of mercy is not strained,
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. (The Merchant of Venice, 4. 1)

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