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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- Thus have we viewed the city, seen the sack,
- And caused the ruins to be new-repaired,
- Which with our bombards' shot and basilisk[s]
- We rent in sunder at our entry:
- And now I see the situation,
- And how secure this conquered island stands
- Environed with the Mediterranean sea,
- Strong-countermined with other petty isles;
- And, toward Calabria, backed by Sicily,
- (Where Syracusian Dionysius reigned,)
- Two lofty turrets that command the town;
- I wonder how it could be conquered thus.
- Enter a Messenger.
- From Barabas, Malta's governor, I bring
- A message unto mighty Calymath;
- Hearing his sovereign was bound for sea,
- To sail to Turkey, to great Ottoman,
- He humbly would entreat your majesty
- To come and see his homely citadel,
- And banquet with him ere thou leav'st the isle.
- To banquet with him in his citadel?
- I fear me, messenger, to feast my train
- Within a town of war so lately pillaged,
- Will be too costly and too troublesome:
- Yet would I gladly visit Barabas,
- Selim, for that, thus saith the Governor,
- That he hath in [his] store a pearl so big,
- So precious, and withal so orient,
- As, be it valued but indifferently,
- The price thereof will serve to entertain
- Selim and all his soldiers for a month;
- Therefore he humbly would entreat your highness
- Not to depart till he has feasted you.
- I cannot feast my men in Malta-walls,
- Except he place his tables in the streets.
- Know, Selim, that there is a monastery
- Which standeth as an outhouse to the town:
- There will he banquet them; but thee at home,
- With all thy bassoes and brave followers.
- Well, tell the Governor we grant his suit,
- We'll in this summer evening feast with him.
- And now, bold bassoes, let us to our tents,
- And meditate how we may grace us best
- To solemnise our Governor's great feast.
- “And toward Calabria back'd by Sicily,
- Two lofty Turrets that command the Towne.
- When Siracusian Dionisius reign'd;
- I wonder how it could be conquer'd thus.”