Quality of Mercy by William Shakespeare









Quality of Mercy

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;

It is an attribute to God himself;

And earthly power doth then show likest God's 

When mercy seasons justice.