The quality of Mercy is not straind; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blessd; It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes; Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown. Shakespeare.Merchant of Venice, Act IV. Scene 1.
Betwixt the stirrup and the ground, Mercy I asked, I mercy found. Camdens Remains.Quoted by Malone in Boswells Johnson, Vol. IV. Page 225, 5th Edition, improved by the Doctor as follows: Between the stirrup and the ground, I mercy askd, I mercy found.