Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE VI. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2
SCENE VI. - 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 Friar Jacomoand Friar Barnardine.
- O brother, brother, all the nuns are sick,
- And physic will not help them: they must die.
- The abbess sent for me to be confessed:
- O, what a sad confession will there be!
- And so did fair Maria send for me:
- I'll to her lodging: hereabouts she lies.
- What, all dead, save only Abigail?
- And I shall die too, for I feel death coming.
- Where is the friar that conversed with me?
- O, he is gone to see the other nuns.
- I sent for him, but seeing you are come,
- Be you my ghostly father: and first know,
- That in this house I lived religiously,
- Chaste, and devout, much sorrowing for my sins;
- But ere I came—
- I did offend high Heaven so grievously,
- As I am almost desperate for my sins:
- And one offence torments me more than all.
- You knew Mathias and Don Lodowick?
- My father did contract me to 'em both:
- First to Don Lodowick; him I never loved;
- Mathias was the man that I held dear,
- And for his sake did I become a nun.
- So, say how was their end?
- Both jealous of my love, envied each other,
- And by my father's practice, which is there
- [Gives a paper.
- Set down at large, the gallants were both slain.
- To work my peace, this I confess to thee;
- Reveal it not, for then my father dies.
- Know that confession must not be revealed,
- The canon law forbids it, and the priest
- That makes it known, being degraded first,
- So I have heard; pray, therefore keep it close.
- Death seizeth on my heart: ah gentle friar,
- Convert my father that he may be saved,
- And witness that I die a Christian.
- Ay, and a virgin too; that grieves me most:
- But I must to the Jew and exclaim on him,
- And make him stand in fear of me.
- Enter Friar Jacomo.
- O brother, all the nuns are dead, let's bury them.
- First help to bury this, then go with me And help me to exclaim against the Jew.
- A thing that makes me tremble to unfold.
- What, has he crucified a child?
- No, but a worse thing: 'twas told me in shrift,
- Thou know'st 'tis death an if it be revealed.
- Come, let's away.
ACT THE FOURTH.