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SCENE I. - Christopher Marlowe, The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2 
The Works of Christopher Marlowe, ed. A.H. Bullen (London: John C. Nimmo, 1885). Vol. 2.
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EnterBarabasin his counting-house, with heaps of gold before him.
- So that of thus much that return was made:
- And of the third part of the Persian ships,
- There was the venture summed and satisfied.
- As for those Sabans, and the men of Uz,
- That bought my Spanish oils and wines of Greece,
- Here have I purst their paltry silverlings.
- Fie; what a trouble 'tis to count this trash.
- Well fare the Arabians, who so richly pay
- The things they traffic for with wedge of gold,
- Whereof a man may easily in a day
- Tell that which may maintain him all his life.
- The needy groom that never fingered groat,
- Would make a miracle of thus much coin:
- But he whose steel-barred coffers are crammed full,
- And all his lifetime hath been tirèd,
- Wearying his fingers' ends with telling it,
- Would in his age be loth to labour so,
- And for a pound to sweat himself to death.
- Give me the merchants of the Indian mines,
- That trade in metal of the purest mould;
- The wealthy Moor, that in the eastern rocks
- Without control can pick his riches up,
- And in his house heap pearls like pebble-stones,
- Receive them free, and sell them by the weight;
- Bags of fiery opals, sapphires, amethysts,
- Jacinths, hard topaz, grass-green emeralds,
- Beauteous rubies, sparkling diamonds,
- And seld-seen costly stones of so great price,
- As one of them indifferently rated,
- And of a carat of this quantity,
- May serve in peril of calamity
- To ransom great kings from captivity.
- This is the ware wherein consists my wealth;
- And thus methinks should men of judgment frame
- Their means of traffic from the vulgar trade,
- And as their wealth increaseth, so inclose
- Infinite riches in a little room.
- But now how stands the wind?
- Into what corner peers my halcyon's bill?
- Ha! to the east? yes: see, how stands the vanes?
- East and by south: why then I hope my ships
- I sent for Egypt and the bordering isles
- Are gotten up by Nilus' winding banks:
- Mine argosy from Alexandria,
- Loaden with spice and silks, now under sail,
- Are smoothly gliding down by Candy shore
- To Malta, through our Mediterranean sea.
- But who comes here? How now!
- Enter a Merchant.
- Barabas, thy ships are safe,
- Riding in Malta Road: and all the merchants
- With other merchandise are safe arrived,
- And have sent me to know whether yourself
- Will come and custom them.
- The ships are safe thou say'st, and richly fraught.
- Why then go bid them come ashore,
- And bring with them their bills of entry:
- I hope our credit in the custom-house
- Will serve as well as I were present there.
- Go send 'em threescore camels, thirty mules,
- And twenty waggons to bring up the ware.
- But art thou master in a ship of mine,
- And is thy credit not enough for that?
- The very custom barely comes to more
- Than many merchants of the town are worth,
- And therefore far exceeds my credit, sir.
- Go tell 'em the Jew of Malta sent thee, man:
- Tush! who amongst 'em knows not Barabas?
- So then, there's somewhat come.
- Sirrah, which of my ships art thou master of?
- And saw'st thou not
- Mine argosy at Alexandria?
- Thou could'st not come from Egypt, or by Caire,
- But at the entry there into the sea,
- Where Nilus pays his tribute to the main,
- Thou needs must sail by Alexandria.
- I neither saw them, nor inquired of them:
- But this we heard some of our seamen say,
- They wondered how you durst with so much wealth
- Trust such a crazèd vessel, and so far.
- Tush, they are wise! I know her and her strength.
- But go, go thou thy ways, discharge thy ship,
- And bid my factor bring his loading in.
- [Exit Merch.
- And yet I wonder at this argosy.
- Enter a second Merchant.
- Thine argosy from Alexandria,
- Know, Barabas, doth ride in Malta Road,
- Laden with riches, and exceeding store
- Of Persian silks, of gold, and orient pearl.
- How chance you came not with those other ships That sailed by Egypt?
- Belike they coasted round by Candy shore
- About their oils, or other businesses.
- But 'twas ill done of you to come so far
- Without the aid or conduct of their ships.
- Sir, we were wafted by a Spanish fleet,
- That never left us till within a league,
- That had the galleys of the Turk in chase.
- O!—they were going up to Sicily:—
- Well, go,
- And bid the merchants and my men despatch
- And come ashore, and see the fraught discharged.
- Thus trowls our fortune in by land and sea,
- And thus are we on every side enriched:
- These are the blessings promised to the Jews,
- And herein was old Abram's happiness:
- What more may heaven do for earthly man
- Than thus to pour out plenty in their laps,
- Ripping the bowels of the earth for them,
- Making the sea[s] their servants, and the winds
- To drive their substance with successful blasts?
- Who hateth me but for my happiness?
- Or who is honoured now but for his wealth?
- Rather had I a Jew be hated thus,
- Than pitied in a Christian poverty:
- For I can see no fruits in all their faith,
- But malice, falsehood, and excessive pride,
- Which methinks fits not their profession.
- Haply some hapless man hath conscience,
- And for his conscience lives in beggary.
- They say we are a scattered nation:
- I cannot tell, but we have scambled up
- More wealth by far than those that brag of faith.
- There's Kirriah Jairim, the great Jew of Greece,
- Obed in Bairseth, Nones in Portugal,
- Myself in Malta, some in Italy,
- Many in France, and wealthy every one;
- Ay, wealthier far than any Christian.
- I must confess we come not to be kings;
- That's not our fault: alas, our number's few,
- And crowns come either by succession,
- Or urged by force; and nothing violent,
- Oft have I heard tell, can be permanent.
- Give us a peaceful rule, make Christians kings,
- That thirst so much for principality.
- I have no charge, nor many children,
- But one sole daughter, whom I hold as dear
- As Agamemnon did his Iphigen:
- And all I have is hers. But who comes here?
- Enter three Jews.
- Tush, tell not me; 'twas done of policy.
- Come, therefore, let us go to Barabas,
- For he can counsel best in these affairs;
- And here he comes.
- Why, how now, countrymen!
- Why flock you thus to me in multitudes?
- What accident's betided to the Jews?
- A fleet of warlike galleys, Barabas,
- Are come from Turkey, and lie in our road:
- And they this day sit in the council-house
- To entertain them and their embassy.
- Why, let 'em come, so they come not to war;
- Or let 'em war, so we be conquerors—
- Nay, let 'em combat, conquer, and kill all!
- So they spare me, my daughter, and my wealth.
- Were it for confirmation of a league,
- They would not come in warlike manner thus.
- I fear their coming will afflict us all.
- Fond men! what dream you of their multitudes.
- What need they treat of peace that are in league?
- The Turks and those of Malta are in league.
- Tut, tut, there is some other matter in't.
- Why, Barabas, they come for peace or war.
- Haply for neither, but to pass along
- Towards Venice by the Adriatic Sea;
- With whom they have attempted many times,
- But never could effect their stratagem.
- And very wisely said. It may be so.
- But there's a meeting in the senate-house,
- And all the Jews in Malta must be there.
- Hum; all the Jews in Malta must be there?
- Ay, like enough, why then let every man
- Provide him, and be there for fashion-sake.
- If anything shall there concern our state,
- Assure yourselves I'll look—unto myself.
- I know you will; well, brethren, let us go.
- Let's take our leaves; farewell, good Barabas.
- Farewell, Zaareth; farewell, Temainte.
- [Exeunt Jews.
- And, Barabas, now search this secret out;
- Summon thy senses, call thy wits together:
- These silly men mistake the matter clean.
- Long to the Turk did Malta contribute;
- Which tribute, all in policy I fear,
- The Turks have let increase to such a sum
- As all the wealth of Malta cannot pay;
- And now by that advantage thinks belike
- To seize upon the town: ay, that he seeks.
- However the world go, I'll make sure for one,
- And seek in time to intercept the worst,
- Warily guarding that which I ha' got.
- Ego mihimet sum semper proximus.
- Why, let 'em enter, let 'em take the town.
- “Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks
- With every gale and vary of their masters.”
- “But that the scambling and unquiet time
- Did push it out of farther question.”