…strange Than is thy strange apparent cruelty; And where thou now exacts the penalty,— Which is a pound of this poor merchant’s flesh,— Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture, But, touch’d with human gentleness and love, Forgive a moiety of the principal, Glancing an eye of pity on his losses, That have of late so huddled on his back, Enow to press a royal merchant down, And pluck commiseration of his state From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint, From stubborn Turks and Tartars,…
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The principal idea is that decisions should be made by the people who are most knowledgeable about specific circumstances that impact the decision.
The singer was the principal performer; though the whole band was good.