Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE II. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2
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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Alarms. Enter Turks, Barabas, &c.; Governor and Knights prisoners.
- Now vail your pride, you captive Christians,
- And kneel for mercy to your conquering foe:
- Now where's the hope you had of haughty Spain?
- Ferneze, speak, had it not been much better
- T'have kept thy promise than be thus surprised?
- What should I say? We are captives and must yield.
- Ay, villains, you must yield, and under Turkish yokes
- Shall groaning bear the burden of our ire;
- And, Barabas, as erst we promised thee,
- For thy desert we make thee governor;
- Use them at thy discretion.
- O fatal day, to fall into the hand
- Of such a traitor and unhallowed Jew!
- 'Tis our command: and, Barabas, we give
- To guard thy person these our Janizaries:
- Entreat them well, as we have usèd thee.
- And now, brave bassoes, come, we'll walk about
- The ruined town, and see the wreck we made:
- Farewell, brave Jew; farewell, great Barabas!
- [ExeuntCalymathand Bassoes.
- May all good fortune follow Calymath.
- And now, as entrance to our safety,
- To prison with the Governor and these
- O villain, Heaven will be revenged on thee.
- Away, no more, let him not trouble me.
- Thus hast thou gotten, by thy policy,
- No simple place, no small authority,
- I now am governor of Malta; true,
- But Malta hates me, and, in hating me,
- My life's in danger, and what boots it thee,
- Poor Barabas, to be the governor,
- Whenas thy life shall be at their command?
- No, Barabas, this must be looked into;
- And since by wrong thou got'st authority,
- Maintain it bravely by firm policy.
- At least unprofitably lose it not:
- For he that liveth in authority,
- And neither gets him friends, nor fills his bags,
- Lives like the ass that Æsop speaketh of,
- That labours with a load of bread and wine,
- And leaves it off to snap on thistle-tops:
- But Barabas will be more circumspect.
- Begin betimes; occasion's bald behind,
- Slip not thine opportunity, for fear too late
- Thou seek'st for much, but canst not compass it.
- Within here!
- Enter Governor, with a Guard.
- Ay, lord; thus slaves will learn.
- Now, Governor, stand by there:—wait within.
- [Exit Guard.
- This is the reason that I sent for thee;
- Thou seest thy life and Malta's happiness
- Are at my arbitrement; and Barabas
- At his discretion may dispose of both:
- Now tell me, Governor, and plainly too,
- What think'st thou shall become of it and thee?
- This, Barabas; since things are in thy power,
- I see no reason but of Malta's wreck,
- Nor hope of thee but extreme cruelty;
- Nor fear I death, nor will I flatter thee.
- Governor, good words; be not so furious.
- 'Tis not thy life which can avail me aught,
- Yet you do live, and live for me you shall:
- And, as for Malta's ruin, think you not
- 'Twere slender policy for Barabas
- To dispossess himself of such a place?
- For sith, as once you said, 'tis in this isle,
- In Malta here, that I have got my goods,
- And in this city still have had success,
- And now at length am grown your governor,
- Yourselves shall see it shall not be forgot:
- For, as a friend not known but in distress,
- I'll rear up Malta, now remediless.
- Will Barabas recover Malta's loss?
- Will Barabas be good to Christians?
- What wilt thou give me, Governor, to procure
- A dissolution of the slavish bands
- Wherein the Turk hath yoked your land and you?
- What will you give me if I render you
- The life of Calymath, surprise his men
- And in an outhouse of the city shut
- His soldiers, till I have consumed 'em all with fire?
- What will you give him that procureth this?
- Do but bring this to pass which thou pretend'st,
- Deal truly with us as thou intimatest,
- And I will send amongst the citizens,
- And by my letters privately procure
- Great sums of money for thy recompense:
- Nay more, do this, and live thou governor still.
- Nay, do thou this, Ferneze, and be free;
- Governor, I enlarge thee; live with me,
- Go walk about the city, see thy friends:
- Tush, send not letters to 'em, go thyself,
- And let me see what money thou canst make;
- Here is my hand that I'll set Malta free:
- And thus we cast it: to a solemn feast
- I will invite young Selim Calymath,
- Where be thou present only to perform
- One stratagem that I'll impart to thee,
- Wherein no danger shall betide thy life,
- And I will warrant Malta free for ever.
- Here is my hand, believe me, Barabas,
- I will be there, and do as thou desirest;
- When is the time?
- Governor, presently;
- For Calymath, when he hath viewed the town,
- Then will I, Barabas, about this coin,
- And bring it with me to thee in the evening.
- Do so, but fail not; now farewell, Ferneze:
- [Exit Governor.
- And thus far roundly goes the business:
- Thus loving neither, will I live with both,
- Making a profit of my policy;
- And he from whom my most advantage comes
- Shall be my friend.
- This is the life we Jews are used to lead;
- And reason too, for Christians do the like.
- Well, now about effecting this device:
- First to surprise great Selim's soldiers,
- And then to make provision for the feast,
- That at one instant all things may be done:
- My policy detests prevention:
- To what event my secret purpose drives,
- I know; and they shall witness with their lives.