Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE I. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2
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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Enter Governor, Knights, andMartindelBosco.
- Now, gentlemen, betake you to your arms,
- And see that Malta be well fortified;
- And it behoves you to be resolute;
- For Calymath, having hovered here so long,
- Will win the town or die before the walls.
- And die he shall, for we will never yield.
- O, bring us to the Governor.
- Away with her; she is a courtesan.
- Whate'er I am, yet, Governor, hear me speak;
- I bring thee news by whom thy son was slain:
- Mathias did it not; it was the Jew.
- Who, besides the slaughter of these gentlemen,
- Poisoned his own daughter and the nuns,
- Strangled a friar, and I know not what
- Mischief besides.
- Had we but proof of this—
- Strong proof, my lord; his man's now at my lodging,
- That was his agent; he'll confess it all.
- Go fetch him straight [Exeunt Officers]. I always feared that Jew.
- Enter Officers withBarabasandIthamore.
- I'll go alone; dogs, do not hale me thus.
- Nor me neither, I cannot outrun you, constable:
- O my belly!
- One dram of powder more had made all sure;
- What a damned slave was I!
- Make fires, heat irons, let the rack be fetched.
- Nay, stay, my lord,'t may be he will confess?
- Confess! what mean you, lords? who should confess?
- Thou and thy Turk; 'twas you that slew my son.
- Guilty, my lord, I confess: your son and Mathias were both contracted unto Abigail; [he] forged a counter feit challenge.
- Who carried that challenge?
- I carried it, I confess; but who writ it? Marry, even he that strangled Barnardine, poisoned the nuns and his own daughter.
- Away with him, his sight is death to me.
- For what, you men of Malta? hear me speak:
- She is a courtesan, and he a thief,
- And he my bondman. Let me have law,
- For none of this can prejudice my life.
- Once more, away with him; you shall have law.
- Devils, do your worst, I live in spite of you.
- As these have spoke, so be it to their souls!—
- I hope the poisoned flowers will work anon.
- Enter the Mother ofMathias.
- Was my Mathias murdered by the Jew?
- Ferneze, 'twas thy son that murdered him.
- Be patient, gentle madam, it was he.
- He forged the daring challenge made them fight.
- Where is the Jew? where is that murderer?
- In prison till the law has past on him.
- Enter Officer.
- My lord, the courtesan and her man are dead:
- So is the Turk and Barabas the Jew.
- Dead, my lord, and here they bring his body.
- This sudden death of his is very strange.
- Re-enter Officers carryingBarabasas dead.
- Wonder not at it, sir, the heavens are just;
- Their deaths were like their lives, then think not of 'em;
- Since they are dead, let them be burièd.
- For the Jew's body, throw that o'er the walls,
- To be a prey for vultures and wild beasts.
- So now away, and fortify the town.
- [Exeunt all, leavingBarabason the floor.
- [Rising.] What, all alone? well fare, sleepy drink.
- I'll be revenged on this accursèd town;
- For by my means Calymath shall enter in.
- I'll help to slay their children and their wives,
- To fire the churches, pull their houses down,
- Take my goods too, and seize upon my lands:
- I hope to see the Governor a slave,
- And, rowing in a galley, whipt to death.
- EnterCalymath, Bassoes, and Turks.
- Whom have we here, a spy?
- Yes, my good lord, one that can spy a place
- Where you may enter, and surprise the town:
- My name is Barabas: I am a Jew.
- Art thou that Jew whose goods we heard were sold
- For tribute-money?
- The very same, my lord:
- And since that time they have hired a slave, my man,
- To accuse me of a thousand villanies:
- I was imprisoned, but escaped their hands.
- No, no;
- I drank of poppy and cold mandrake juice:
- And being asleep, belike they thought me dead,
- And threw me o'er the walls: so, or how else,
- The Jew is here, and rests at your command.
- 'Twas bravely done: but tell me, Barabas,
- Canst thou, as thou report'st, make Malta ours?
- Fear not, my lord, for here against the sluice,
- The rock is hollow, and of purpose digged,
- To make a passage for the running streams
- And common channels of the city.
- Now, whilst you give assault unto the walls,
- I'll lead five hundred soldiers through the vault,
- And rise with them i' the middle of the town,
- Open the gates for you to enter in,
- If this be true, I'll make thee governor.
- And if it be not true, then let me die.
- Thou'st doomed thyself. Assault it presently.
- “Not poppy nor mandragora,
- Nor all the powerful syrups of the world,
- Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
- Which thou ow'dst yesterday.”