Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE III. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2
SCENE III. - 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 Jacomo.
- This is the hour wherein I shall proceed;
- O happy hour, wherein I shall convert
- An infidel, and bring his gold into our treasury!
- But soft, is not this Barnardine? it is;
- And, understanding I should come this way,
- Stands here a purpose, meaning me some wrong,
- And intercept my going to the Jew.
- Wilt thou not speak? thou think'st I see thee not;
- Away, I'd wish thee, and let me go by:
- No, wilt thou not? nay, then, I'll force my way;
- And see, a staff stands ready for the purpose:
- As thou lik'st that, stop me another time.
- [Strikes him and he falls.
- Why, how now, Jacomo, what hast thou done?
- Why, stricken him that would have struck at me.
- Who is it?
- Barnardine? now out, alas! he's slain.
- Ay, master, he's slain; look how his brains drop out on's nose.
- Good sirs, I have done 't, but nobody knows it but you two—I may escape.
- So might my man and I hang with you for company.
- No, let us bear him to the magistrates.
- No, pardon me; the law must have its course.
- I must be forced to give in evidence,
- That being importuned by this Barnardine
- To be a Christian, I shut him out,
- And there he sat: now I, to keep my word,
- And give my goods and substance to your house,
- Was up thus early; with intent to go
- Fie upon 'em, master; will you turn Christian when holy friars turn devils and murder one another?
- No, for this example I'll remain a Jew:
- Heaven bless me; what! a friar a murderer?
- When shall you see a Jew commit the like?
- Why, a Turk could ha' done no more.
- To-morrow is the sessions; you shall to it.
- Come, Ithamore, let's help to take him hence.
- Villains, I am a sacred person; touch me not.
- The law shall touch you, we'll but lead you, we:
- 'Las I could weep at your calamity.
- Take in the staff too, for that must be shown:
- Law wills that each particular be known.
- “O happy hour,
- Wherein I shall convert an infidel,
- And bring his gold into our treasury!”