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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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EnterBarabasandIthamore. Bells within.
- There is no music to a Christian's knell:
- How sweet the bells ring now the nuns are dead,
- That sound at other times like tinkers' pans!
- I was afraid the poison had not wrought;
- Or, though it wrought, it would have done no good,
- For every year they swell, and yet they live;
- Now all are dead, not one remains alive.
- That's brave, master, but think you it will not be known?
- How can it, if we two be secret?
- For my part fear you not.
- I'd cut thy throat if I did.
- And reason too.
- But here's a royal monastery hard by;
- Good master, let me poison all the monks.
- Thou shalt not need, for now the nuns are dead They'll die with grief.
- Do you not sorrow for your daughter's death?
- No, but I grieve because she lived so long.
- An Hebrew born, and would become a Christian!
- Enter the two Friars.
- Look, look, master, here come two religious caterpillars.
- I smelt 'em ere they came.
- God-a-mercy, nose! come, let's begone.
- Stay, wicked Jew, repent, I say, and stay.
- I fear they know we sent the poisoned broth.
- And so do I, master; therefore speak 'em fair.
- True, I have money, what though I have?
- What needs all this? I know I am a Jew.
- O speak not of her! then I die with grief.
- I must needs say that I have been a great usurer.
- Fornication—but that
- Was in anothen country: and besides,
- The wench is dead.
- Ay, but, Barabas,
- Remember Mathias and Don Lodowick.
- I will not say that by a forged challenge they met.
- She has confest, and we are both undone,
- My bosom inmate! but I must dissemble.—
- O holy friars, the burthen of my sins
- Lie heavy on my soul; then pray you tell me,
- Is't not too late now to turn Christian?
- I have been zealous in the Jewish faith,
- Hard-hearted to the poor, a covetous wretch,
- That would for lucre's sake have sold my soul.
- A hundred for a hundred I have ta'en;
- And now for store of wealth may I compare
- With all the Jews in Malta; but what is wealth?
- I am a Jew, and therefore am I lost.
- Would penance serve for this my sin,
- I could afford to whip myself to death—
- And so could I; but penance will not serve.
- To fast, to pray, and wear a shirt of hair,
- And on my knees creep to Jerusalem.
- Cellars of wine, and sollers full of wheat,
- Warehouses stuft with spices and with drugs,
- Whole chests of gold, in bullion, and in coin,
- Besides I know not how much weight in pearl,
- Orient and round, have I within my house;
- At Alexandria, merchandise unsold:
- But yesterday two ships went from this town,
- Their voyage will be worth ten thousand crowns.
- In Florence, Venice, Antwerp, London, Seville,
- Frankfort, Lubeck, Moscow, and where not,
- Have I debts owing; and in most of these,
- Great sums of money lying in the banco;
- All this I'll give to some religious house
- So I may be baptized, and live therein.
- O good Barabas, come to our house.
- O no, good Barabas, come to our house;
- And, Barabas, you know—
- I know that I have highly sinned.
- O Barabas, their laws are strict.
- I know they are, and I will be with you.
- [To F. Jac.
- They wear no shirts, and they go barefoot too.
- Then 'tis not for me; and I am resolved
- [To F. Barn.
- You shall confess me, and have all my goods.
- Good Barabas, come to me.
- You see I answer him, and yet he stays;
- [To F. Barn.
- Rid him away, and go you home with me.
- I'll be with you to-night.
- Come to my house at one o'clock this night.
- [To F. Jac.
- You hear your answer, and you may be gone.
- Not! then I'll make thee go.
- How, dost call me rogue?
- [They fight.
- Part 'em, master, part 'em.
- This is mere frailty, brethren; be content.
- Friar Barnardine, go you with Ithamore:
- You know my mind, let me alone with him.
- [Aside to F. Barn.
- Why does he go to thy house? let him begone.
- I'll give him something and so stop his mouth.
- [ExitIthamorewith F. Barn.
- I never heard of any man but he
- Maligned the order of the Jacobins:
- But do you think that I believe his words?
- Why, brother, you converted Abigail;
- And I am bound in charity to requite it,
- And so I will. O Jacomo, fail not, but come.
- But, Barabas, who shall be your godfathers,
- For presently you shall be shrived.
- Marry, the Turk shall be one of my godfathers,
- But not a word to any of your covent.
- I warrant thee, Barabas.
- So, now the fear is past, and I am safe:
- For he that shrived her is within my house,
- What if I murdered him ere Jacomo comes?
- Now I have such a plot for both their lives
- As never Jew nor Christian knew the like;
- One turned my daughter, therefore he shall die;
- The other knows enough to have my life,
- Therefore 'tis not requisite he should live.
- But are not both these wise men to suppose
- That I will leave my house, my goods, and all
- To fast and be well whipt? I'll none of that.
- Now Friar Barnardine I come to you,
- I'll feast you, lodge you, give you fair words,
- And after that, I and my trusty Turk—
- No more but so: it must and shall be done.