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SCENE II. - 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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Enter Governor, MartindelBosco, and Knights.
- Now, captain, tell us whither thou art bound?
- Whence is thy ship that anchors in our road?
- And why thou cam'st ashore without our leave?
- Governor of Malta, hither am I bound;
- My ship, the Flying Dragon, is of Spain,
- And so am I: Del Bosco is my name;
- Vice-admiral unto the Catholic King.
- 'Tis true, my lord, therefore entreat him well.
- Our fraught is Grecians, Turks, and Afric Moors.
- For late upon the coast of Corsica,
- Because we vailed not to the Turkish fleet,
- Their creeping galleys had us in the chase:
- But suddenly the wind began to rise,
- And then we luffed and tacked, and fought at ease:
- Some have we fired, and many have we sunk;
- But one amongst the rest became our prize:
- The captain's slain, the rest remain our slaves,
- Of whom we would make sale in Malta here.
- Martin del Bosco, I have heard of thee;
- Welcome to Malta, and to all of us;
- But to admit a sale of these thy Turks
- We may not, nay, we dare not give consent
- By reason of a tributary league.
- Del Bosco, as thou lov'st and honour'st us,
- Persuade our governor against the Turk;
- This truce we have is but in hope of gold,
- Will Knights of Malta be in league with Turks,
- And buy it basely too for sums of gold?
- My lord, remember that, to Europe's shame,
- The Christian Isle of Rhodes, from whence you came,
- Was lately lost, and you were stated here
- To be at deadly enmity with Turks.
- Captain, we know it, but our force is small.
- What is the sum that Calymath requires?
- A hundred thousand crowns.
- My lord and king hath title to this isle,
- And he means quickly to expel you hence;
- Therefore be ruled by me, and keep the gold:
- I'll write unto his majesty for aid,
- And not depart until I see you free.
- On this condition shall thy Turks be sold:
- Go, officers, and set them straight in show.
- [Exeunt Officers.
- Bosco, thou shalt be Malta's general;
- We and our warlike Knights will follow thee
- Against these barb'rous misbelieving Turks.
- So shall you imitate those you succeed:
- For when their hideous force environed Rhodes,
- Small though the number was that kept the town,
- They fought it out, and not a man survived
- To bring the hapless news to Christendom.
- So will we fight it out; come, let's away:
- Proud daring Calymath, instead of gold,
- We'll send thee bullets wrapt in smoke and fire:
- Claim tribute where thou wilt, we are resolved,
- Honour is bought with blood and not with gold.
- “And now instead of bullets wrapt in fire.”