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Bara. He knows it already.

[Aside. Itha. 'Tis a strange thing of that Jew, he lives upon pickled grasshoppers and sauced mushrooms.*

Bara. What a slave's this ! the governor feeds not as I do.

[ Aside. Itha. He never put on clean shirt since he was circumcised.

Bara. O rascal ! I change myself twice a-day.

[Aside. Ilha. The hat he wears, Judas left under the elder when he hanged himself.t

Bara. 'Twas sent me for a present from the Great Cham.

(Aside. Pilia. A nastyf slave he is.—Whither now, fiddler ?

Bara. Pardonnez moi, monsieur ; me* be no well.

Pilia. Farewell, fiddler (Exit BARABAS.] One letter more to the Jew, Bell. Prithee, sweet love, one more, and write

it sharp Itha. No, I'll send by word of mouth now. -Bid him deliver thee a thousand crowns, by the same token that the nuns loved rice, that Friar Barnardine slept in his own clothes; any of 'em will do it.

Pilia. Let me alone to urge it, now I know the meaning. Itha. The meaning has a meaning. Come,

let's in : To undo a Jew is charity, and not sin. (Exeunt.

ACT V.

Enter FERNEZE, 9 Knights, MARTIN DEL Bosco, and

Officers. Pern. Now, gentlemen, betake you to your

arms, And see that Malta be well fortified ; And it behoves you to be resolute ; For Calymath, having hover'd here so long, Will win the town, or die before the walls. First Knight. And die he shall; for we will

never yield.

I bring thee news by whom thy son was slain :
Mathias did it not; it was the Jew.
Pilia. Who, besides the slaughter of these

gentlemen,
Poison'd his own daughter and the nuns,
Strangled a friar, and I know not what
Mischief beside.

Pern. Had we but proof of this-
Bell. Strong proof, my lord : his man's now at

my lodging, That was his agent; he'll confess it all. Pern. Go fetch himt straight (Exeunt Officers).

I always fear'd that Jew.

Enter BELLAMIRA and PILIA-BORZA. Bell. O, bring us to the governor ! Fern. Away with her! she is a courtezan. Bell. Whate'er I am, yet, governor, hear me

speak :

* mushrooms] For this word (as, indeed, for most words) our early writers had no fixed spelling. Here the old ed. has “Mushrumbs": and in our author's Edvard the Second, the 4tos have “mushrump."

t under the elder when he hanged himself] That Judas hanged himself on an elder-tree, was a popular legend. Nay, the very tree was exhibited to the curious in Sir John Mandeville's days : “And faste by, is zit the Tree of Eldre, that Judas henge him self upon, for despeyt that he hadde, whan he solde and betrayed oure Lorde." Voiage and Travaile, &c. p. 112. ed. 1725. But, according to Pulci, Judas had recourse to a carob-tree:

“Era di sopra a la fonte un carrubbio,
L'arbor, si dice, ove s'impiccò Giuda," &c.

Morgante dlag. C. xxv. st. 77. i nasty) Old ed. "masty."

$ Enter Ferneze, &c. ) Scene, the interior of the Councilhouse.

Re-enter Officers with BARABAS and ITHAMORE. Bara. I'll go alone; dogs, do not hale me

thus. Itha. Nor me neither; I cannot out-run you, constable.—0, my belly ! Bara. One dram of powder more had made

all sure: What a damnd slave was I!

[Aside. Pern. Make fires, heat irons, let the rack be

fetch'd. First Knight. Nay, stay, my lord ; 't may be

he will confess. Bara. Confess! what mean you, lords ? who

should confess!

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Pern. Thou and thy Turk; 'twas you that slow To be a prey for vultures and wild beasts.my son.

So, now away and fortify the town. Itha. Guilty, my lord, I confess. Your son

(Exeunt all, leaving BARABAS on the floor. and Mathias were both contracted unto Abigail : Bara. (rising] What, all aloue ! well fare, [he] forged a counterfeit challenge.

sleepy drink! Bara. Who carried that challenge?

I'll be reveng'd on this accursèd town; Itha. I carried it, I confess; but who writ it? For by my means Calymath shall enter in : marry, even he that strangled Barnardine, poisoned I'll help to slay their children and their wires, the nuns and his own daughter.

To fire the churches, pull their houses down, Pern. Away with him ! his sight is death to Take my goods too, and seize upon my lands

I hope to see the governor a slave,
Bara. For what, you men of Malta ? hear me And, rowing in a galley, whipt to death.

speak.
She is a courtezan, and he a thief,

Enter CALYMATH, Bassoes, t and Turks.
And he my bondman : let me have law;
For none of this can prejudice my life.

Caly. Whom have we there? a spy? Pern. Once more, away with him !—You shall Bara. Yes, my good lord, one that can spy a have law.

place Bara. Devils, do your worst !—I['ll] live in Where you may enter, and surprize the town : spite of you.

(A side. My name is Barabas; I am a Jew. As these have spoke, so be it to their souls ! - Caly. Art thou that Jew whose goods we heard I hope the poison'd flowers will work anon.

were sold

(Aside. For tribute-money?
(Breunt Officers with BARABAS and ITHAMORE ;

Bara. The very same, my lord :
BELLAMIRA, and PILIA-BORZA.

And since that time they have hir'd a slave, my

man, Enter KATHARINE

To accuse me of a thousand villanies : Kath. Was my Mathias murder'd by the Jew! I was imprisoned, but scap d their hands Ferneze, 'twas thy son that murder'd him.

Caly. Didst break prison? Pern. Be patient, gentle madam: it was he;

Bara. No, no: He forgd the daring challenge made them I drank of poppy and cold mandrake juice ; fight.

And being asleep, belike they thought me dead, Kath. Where is the Jew? where is that mur.

And threw me o'er the walls : so, or how else, derer?

The Jew is here, and rests at your command. Pern. In prison, till the law has pass'd on him. Caly. 'Twas bravely done : but tell me, Bara

bas, Re-enter First Officer.

Canst thou, as thou report'st, make Malta ours !

Bara. Fear not, my lord; for here, against the First Off. My lord, the courtezan and her man

trench, I are dead;

The rock is hollow, and of purpose digg'd, So is the Turk and Barabas the Jew.

To make a passage for the running streams Pern. Dead ! Pirst Of. Dead, my lord, and here they bring Now, whilst you give assault unto the walls,

And common channelse of the city. his body.

I'll lead five hundred soldiers through the vault, Bosco. This sudden death of his is very

And rise with them i' the middle of the town, strange.

Re-enter Officers, carrying BARABAS as dead.

Pern. Wonder not at it, sir; the heavens are

just; Their deaths were like their lives; then think

pot of 'em.Since they are dead, let them be buried : For the Jew's body, throw that o'er the walls,

* Exeunt all, leaving Barabas on the floor) Here the audience were to suppose that Barabas had been thrown over the walls, and that the stage now represented the outside of the city.

Bas oc8) Here old ed. “Bashawes." See note $. p. 164.

trench) A doubtful reading.-Old ed. “Truce."“Query sluice'? 'truce 'seems unintelligible" COLLIEB (apud Dodsley's 0. P.).-The Rev. J. Mitford proposes "turret" or "tower."

§ channels] i.e. kennels.

Open the gates for you to enter in;

I now arn governor of Malta; true, And by this means the city is your own.

But Malta hates me, and, in hating me, Caly. If this be true, I'll make thee governor. My life's in danger; and what boots it thee, Bara. And, if it be not true, then let me die. Poor Barabas, to be the governor, Caly. Thou'st doom'd thyself.-Assault it Whenas* thy life shall be at their command ? presently,

[Exeunt. No, Barabas, this must be look'd into;

And, since by wrong thou gott'st authority, Alarunts within. Enter CALYMATU,* Bassoes, Turks, and Maintain it bravely by firm policy; BARABAS; with FERNEZE and Knights prisoners.

At least, unprofitably lose it not ; Caly. Now vailt your pride, you captive Chris For he that liveth in authority, tians,

And neither gets him friends nor fills his bags, And kneel for mercy to your conquering foe: Lives like the ass that Æsop speaketh of, Now where's the hope you had of haughty Spain ? That labours with a load of bread and wine, Ferneze, speak ; had it not been much better

And leaves it off to snap on thistle-tops : To kept thy promise than be thus surpris'd? But Barabas will be more circumspect. Pern. What should I say? we are captives, and Begin betimes ; Occasion's bald behind : must yield.

Slip not thine opportunity, for fear too late
Caly. Ay, villains, you must yield, and under Thou seek'st for much, but canst not compass it.-
Turkish yokes

Within here ! +
Shall groaning bear the burden of our ire :-
And, Barabas, as erst we promis'd thee,

Enter FERNEZE, with a Guard.
For thy desert we make thee governor;

Fern. My lord ? Use them at thy discretion.

Bara. Ay, lord ; thus slaves will learn, Bara. Thanks, my lord.

Now, governor,—stand by there, wait within,Pern. O fatal day, to fall into the hands

(Exeunt Guard. Of such a traitor and unhallow'd Jew !

This is the reason that I sent for thee : What greater misery could heaven inflict ?

Thou seest thy life and Malta's bappiness Caly. 'Tis our command :-and, Barabas, we

Are at my arbitrement; and Barabas give,

At his discretion may dispose of both : To guard thy person, these our Janizaries :

Now tell me, governor, and plainly too, Entreat them well, as we have used thee.

What think'st thou shall become of it and thee? And now, brave bassoes,ll come; we'll walk

Pern. This, Burabas; since things are in tby about

power, The ruin'd town, and see the wreck we made.- I see no reason but of Malta's wreck, Farewell, brave Jew, farewell, great Barabas !

Nor hope of thee but extreme cruelty : Bara. May all good fortune follow Calymath !

Nor fear I death, nor will I flatter thee. [Breunt CALYMATH and Bassoes.

Bara. Governor, good words; be not so furious And now, as entrance to our safety,

'Tis not thy life which can avail me aught; To prison with the governor and these

Yet you do live, and live for me you shall : Captains, his consorts and confederates.

And as for Malta's ruin, think you not Pern. O villain ! heaven will be reveng'd on

'Twere slender policy for Barabas thee.

To dispossess himself of such a place ? Bara. Away! no more; let him not trouble

For sith, I as once you said, within this isle,

In Malta here, that I have got my goods, (Breunt Turks with FERNEZE and Knights.

And in this city still have had success, Thus bast thou gotten, f by thy policy,

And now at length am grown your governor, No simple place, no small authority :

Yourselves shall see it shall not be forgot ; * Enter Calymath, &c.] Scene, an open place in the city.

For, as a friend not known but in distress, + vail] i.e. lower, stoop.

I'll rear up Malta, now remediless.
To kept) i.e. To have kept.
Entreat] i.e. Treat,

• Whenas) i.e. When.
11 basgoex] Hero old od. "Bashawes." Sec note $, p. 164. + Within here] The usual exclamation is

Withm Thus hast thou gotten, &c.) A change of scene is sup there !” but compare The Hogge hath lost his Pearle (by posed here-to the Citadel, the residence of Barabas as R. Tailor), 1614; “What, ho ! within here !” Sig. E 2. governor.

I sith) i. e. since.

me.

To what event my secret purpose drives,
I know; and they shall witness with their lives.

(Ereunt. Enter CALYMATH and Bassoes." Caly. Thus have we view'd the city, seen the

sack, And caus'd the ruins to be new-repair'd, Which with our bombards' shot and basilisk[s] + We rent in sunder at our entry: And, now I see the situation, And how secure this conquer'd island stands, Environd with the Mediterranean sea, Strong-countermin'd with other petty isles, And, toward Calabria, I back'd by Sicily (Where Syracusian Dionysius reign'd), Two lofty turrets that command the town, I wonder how it could be conquer'd thus.

Pern. Will Barabas recover Malta's loss ? Will Barabas be good to Christians ? Bara. What wilt thou give me, governor, to

procure A dissolution of the slavish banda Wherein the Turk hath yok'd your land and you? What will you give me if I render you The life of Calymath, surprise his men, And in an out-house of the city shut His soldiers, till I have consum'd'em all with fire? What will you give him that procureth this? Pern. Do but bring this to pass which thou

pretendest, Deal truly with us as thou intimatest, And I will send amongst the citizens, And by my letters privately procure Great sums of money for thy recompense : Nay, more, do this, and live thou governor still.

Bara. Nay, do thou this, Ferneze, and be free: Governor, I enlarge thee; live with me; Go walk about the city, see thy friends : Tush, send not letters to 'em; go thyself, And let me see what money thou canst make: Here is my hand that I'll set Malta free; And thus we cast * it: to a solemn feast I will invite young Selim Calymath, Where be thou present, only to perform One stratagem that I'll impart to thee, Whorein no danger shall betide thy life, And I will warrant Malta free for ever.

Pern. Here is my hand; believe me, Barabas,
I will be there, and do as thou desirest.
When is the time?

Bara. Governor, presently;
For Calymath, when he hath view'd the town,
Will take his leave, and sail toward Ottoman.

Pern. Then will I, Barabas, about this coin, And bring it with me to thee in the evening. Bara. Do so; but fail not: now farewell, Ferneze

[Exit FERXEZE. And thus far roundly goes the business : Thus, loving neither, will I live with both, Making a profit of my policy; And he from whom my most advantage comes, Shall be my friend. This is the life we Jews are us'd to lead; And reason too, for Christians do the like. Well, now about effecting this device; First, to surprise great Selim's soldiers, And then to make provision for the feast, That at one instant all things may be done : My policy detests prevention.

Enter a Messenger.
Mess. From Barabas, Malta's governor, I bring
A message unto mighty Calymath :
Hearing his sovereign was bound for sea,
To sail to Turkey, to great Ottoman,
He humbly would entreat your majesty
To come and see his homely citadel,
And banquet with him ere thou leav'st the isle.

Caly. To banquet with him in his citadel !
I fear me, messenger, to feast my train
Within a town of war so lately pillagd,
Will be too costly and too troublesome :
Yet would I gladly visit Barabas,
For well has Barabas deserv'd of us.
Mess. Selim, for that, thus saith the

governor, -
That he hath in (his) store a pearl so big,
So precious, and withal so orient,
As, be it valu'd but indifferently,
The price thereof will serve to entertain
Selim and all his soldiers for a month;
Therefore he humbly would entreat your highness
Not to depart till he has feasted you.

Caly. I cannot feast my men in Malta-walls, Except he place his tables in the streets.

Mess. Know, Selim, that there is a monastery Which standeth as an out-house to the town ; There will he banquet them; but thee at home, With all thy bassoes and brave followers,

* Bassoes) Here and afterwards old ed. ** Basbawes." See note ş, p. 164.-Scene, outside the walls of the city.

+ barilish :) See note 1, p. 25.

# Anil, toward Calabria, &c.] So the Editor of 1826. Old ed. thus;

And toward Calabria back'd by Sicily,
Two lofty Turrets that command the Towne.
When Siracusian Dionisius reign'd;
I wouder how it could be conquer'd thus !"

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Caly. Well, tell the governor we grant his suit; To come ashore, and march through Malta-streets, We'll in this summer-evening feast with him. That thou mayst feast them in thy citadel. Mess. I shall, my lord.

(E.cit. Bara. Then now are all things as my wish Caly. And now, bold bassoes, let us to our

would have 'em ; tente,

There wanteth nothing but the governor's pelf; And meditate how we may grace us best,

And see, he brings it. To solemnize our governor's great feast. (Exeunt.

Enter FERNEZE. Enter FERNEZE,* Knights, and Martin DEL Bosco.

Now, governor, the sum?

Pern. With free consent, a hundred thousand Pern. In this, my countrymen, be ruld by me:

pounds. Have special care that no man sally forth

Bara. Pounds say'st thou, governor? well, since Till you shall hear a culverin discharg'd

it is no more, By him that bears the linstock,t kindled thus; Then issue out and come to rescue me,

I'll satisfy myself with that; nay, keep it still, For happily I shall be in distress,

For, if I keep not promise, trust not me: Or you released of this servitude.

And, governor, now partake my policy. First Knight. Rather than thus to live as Turkish First, for his army, they are sent before, thralls,

Enter'd the monastery, and underneath What will we not adventure ?

In several places are field-pieces pitch'd, Pern. On, then; be gone.

Bombards, whole barrels full of gunpowder, Knights. Farewell, grave governor.

That on the sudden shall dissever it,
(Exeunt, on one side, Knights and MARTIN DEL

And batter all the stones about their ears,
Bosco; on the other, FERNEZE.

Whence none can possibly escape alive:

Now, as for Calymath and his consorts, Enter, above I, BARABAS, with a hammer, very busy; and Here have I made a dainty gallery, Carpenters.

The floor whereof, this cable being cut, Bara. How stand the cords ? how hang these Doth fall asunder, so that it doth sink hinges ? fast ?

Into a deep pit past recovery. Are all the cranes and pulleys sure?

Here, hold that knife; and, when thou seest he Pirst Carp. All fast.

comes,

[Throws down a knife. Bara. Leave nothing loose, all leveli'd to my And with his bassoes shall be blithely set, mind.

A warning-piece shall be shot off* from the Why, now I see that you have art, indeed :

tower, There, carpenters, divide that gold amongst you; To give thee knowledge when to cut the cord,

(Giving money. And fire the house. Say, will not this be brave? Go, gwill in bowls of sack and muscadine;

Pern. O, excellent! here, hold thee, Barabas; Down to the cellar, taste of all my wines. I trust thy word; take what I promis'd thee. First Carp. We shall, my lord, and thank you. Bara. No, governor; I'll satisfy thee first;

[Exeunt Carpenters. Thou shalt not live in doubt of any thing. Bara. And, if you like them, drink your fill Stand close, for here they come. and die;

(FERNEZE retires. For, so I live, perish may all the world !

Why, is not this Now, Selim Calymath, return me word

A kingly kind of trade, to purchase towns That thou wilt come, and I am satisfied.

By treachery, and sell 'em by deceit ?

Now tell me, worldlings, underneath the sunt
Enter Messenger.

If greater falsehood ever has been done ?
Now, sirrah ; what, will he come?
Mess. He will; and has commanded all his men

Enter CALYMATH and Bassoeg. * Enter Ferneze, &c.] Scene, a street.

Caly. Come, my companion-bassoes : see, I + linstock] " i. o. the long match with which cannon

pray, are fired." STEEVENS (apud Dodsley's 0. P.).

How busy Barabas is there above 1 Enter, above, &c.] Scene, a hall in the Citadel, with a gallery. ş First Carp.] Old ed. here “Serv."; but it gives

of] An interpolation perhaps. "Carp." as the prefix to the second speech after this.

sun] Old cd. "summe.

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