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Open the gates for you to enter in ;
I now am governor of Malta; true,—
Alarus within. Enter CALYMATH, Bassoes, Turks, and
And kneel for mercy to your conquering foe:
And neither gets him friends nor fills his bags,
Caly. Ay, villains, you must yield, and under Thou seek'st for much, but canst not compass it.—
Within here! +
Shall groaning bear the burden of our ire :-
Bara. Thanks, my lord.
Fern. O fatal day, fall into the hands Of such a traitor and unhallow'd Jew! What greater misery could heaven inflict?
Caly. 'Tis our command :—and, Barabas, we give,
Enter FERNEZE, with a Guard.
Fern. My lord?
Bara. Ay, lord; thus slaves will learn.
This is the reason that I sent for thee :
I see no reason but of Malta's wreck,
Bara. Governor, good words; be not so furious
Whenas] i.e. When.
+ Within here] The usual exclamation is "Within there!" but compare The Hogge hath lost his Pearle (by R. Tailor), 1614; "What, ho! within here!" Sig. E 2. sith] i. e. since.
Fern. 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 bands
Wherein the Turk hath yok'd your land and you?
Deal truly with us as thou intimatest,
Fern. 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.
Fern. 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, Fer[Exit FERNEZE. 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,
This is the life we Jews are us'd to lead;
cast] ie. plot, contrive.
To what event my secret purpose drives,
I know; and they shall witness with their lives. [Exeunt.
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,
And how secure this conquer'd island stands,
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 pillag'd, 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, -
The price thereof will serve to entertain
Caly. I cannot feast my men in Malta-walls,
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. "Bashawes." See note §, p. 164.-Scene, outside the walls of the city. ↑ basilisks] See note 1, p. 25.
And, toward Calabria, &c.] So the Editor of 1826.Old ed. thus:
"And toward Calabria back'd by Sicily,
Two lofty Turrets that command the Townc. When Siracusian Dionisius reign'd;
I wonder how it could be conquer'd thus?"
Caly. Well, tell the governor we grant his suit; We'll in this summer-evening feast with him. Mess. I shall, my lord.
Caly. And now, bold bassoes, let us to our tents,
And meditate how we may grace us best,
Enter FERNEZE,* Knights, and MARTIN DEL Bosco. Fern. In this, my countrymen, be rul'd by me: Have special care that no man sally forth Till you shall hear a culverin discharg'd By him that bears the linstock,+ kindled thus; Then issue out and come to rescue me, For happily I shall be in distress,
Or you released of this servitude.
First Knight. Rather than thus to live as Turkish thralls,
What will we not adventure?
Fern. On, then; be gone.
[Exeunt, on one side, Knights and MARTIN DEL Bosco; on the other, FERNEZE,
Enter, abovet, BARABAS, with a hammer, very busy; and Carpenters.
Bara. How stand the cords? how hang these hinges? fast?
Are all the cranes and pulleys sure?
First Carp. All fast.
Bara. Leave nothing loose, all levell'd to my
Why, now I see that you have art, indeed: There, carpenters, divide that gold amongst you; [Giving money. Go, swill in bowls of sack and muscadine; Down to the cellar, taste of all my wines. First Carp. We shall, my lord, and thank you. [Exeunt Carpenters. Bara. And, if you like them, drink your fill and die;
For, so I live, perish may all the world! Now, Selim Calymath, return me word That thou wilt come, and I am satisfied.
Enter Messenger. Now, sirrah; what, will he come?
Mess. He will; and has commanded all his men
* Enter Ferneze, &c.] Scene, a street. +linstock] "i. c. the long match with which cannon are fired." STEEVENS (apud Dodsley's 0. P.).
Enter, above, &c.] Scene, a hall in the Citadel, with a gallery.
§ First Carp.] Old ed. here "Serv."; but it gives "Carp." as the prefix to the second speech after this.
To come ashore, and march through Malta-streets,
Now, governor, the sum? Fern. With free consent, a hundred thousand pounds.
Bara. Pounds say'st thou, governor? well, since it is no more,
I'll satisfy myself with that; nay, keep it still,
Here, hold that knife; and, when thou seest he
comes, [Throws down a knife. And with his bassoes shall be blithely set, A warning-piece shall be shot off* from the
To give thee knowledge when to cut the cord, And fire the house. Say, will not this be brave?
Fern. O, excellent! here, hold thee, Barabas; I trust thy word; take what I promis'd thee. Bara. No, governor; I'll satisfy thee first; Thou shalt not live in doubt of any thing. Stand close, for here they come.
[FERNEZE retires. Why, is not this A kingly kind of trade, to purchase towns By treachery, and sell 'em by deceit ? Now tell me, worldlings, underneath the sun + If greater falsehood ever has been done?
Enter CALYMATH and Bassoes.
Caly. Come, my companion-bassoes: see, I pray,
How busy Barabas is there above
off] An interpolation perhaps. † sun] Old ed. "summe."
To entertain us in his gallery:
Let us salute him.-Save thee, Barabas!
To ascend our homely stairs? Caly. Ay, Barabas.—
Come, bassoes, ascend.*
Fern. [coming forward] Stay, Calymath; For I will shew thee greater courtesy Than Barabas would have afforded thee. Knight. [within] Sound a charge there!
[A charge sounded within: FERNEZE cuts the cord; the floor of the gallery gives way, and BARABAS falls into a caldron placed in a pit.
Enter Knights and MARTIN DEL BOSCO.† Caly. How now! what means this? Bara. Help, help me, Christians, help! Fern. See, Calymath! this was devis'd for thee.
Caly. Treason, treason! bassoes, fly! Fern. No, Selim, do not fly:
See his end first, and fly then if thou canst.
Fern. Should I in pity of thy plaints or thee, Accursed Barabas, base Jew, relent?
No, thus I'll see thy treachery repaid,
Bara. And, villains, know you cannot help me
Then, Barabas, breathe forth thy latest fate,
Know, Calymath, I aim'd thy overthrow:
I would have brought confusion on you all,
* ascend] Old ed. "attend."
A charge sounded within: FERNEZE cuts the cord; the floor of the gallery gives way, and BARABAS falls into a caldron placed in a pit.
Enter Knights and MARTIN DEL Bosco] Old ed. has merely "A charge, the cable cut, A Caldron discouered."
Christian] Old ed. "Christians."
To pinch me with intolerable pangs:
Die, life! fly, soul ! tongue, curse thy fill, and die! [Dies.
Caly. Tell me, you Christians, what doth this portend?
Fern. This train he laid to have entrapp'd thy life;
Now, Selim, note the unhallow'd deeds of Jews;
Caly. Was this the banquet he prepar'd for us? Let's hence, lest further mischief be pretended.+ Fern. Nay, Selim, stay; for, since we have thee here,
We will not let thee part so suddenly:
Caly. Tush, governor, take thou no care for that; My men are all aboard,
And do attend my coming there by this.
Fern. Why, heard'st thou not the trumpet sound a charge?
Caly. Yes, what of that?
Fern. Why, then the house was fir'd,
For he that did by treason work our fall,
Thou canst not part; for Malta shall be freed, Or Selim ne'er return to Ottoman.
Caly. Nay, rather, Christians, let me go to
In person there to mediate‡ your peace:
And live in Malta prisoner; for come all the world
To rescue thee, so will we guard us now,
* train] i. e. stratagem.
t pretended] i. e. intended.
mediate] Old ed. "meditate."
§ all] Old ed. "call."