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Bar. Then, good my lord, to keep your quiet still, Your lordship shall do well to let them have it.
Gov. Soft, Barabas, there's more 'longs to 't than so. To what this ten years' tribute will amount, That we have cast, but cannot compass it By reason of the wars that robbed our store; And therefore are we to request your aid.
50 Bar. Alas, my lord, we are no soldiers : And what's our aid against so great a prince ?
1 Knight. Tut, Jew, we know thou art no soldier ; Thou art a merchant and a moneyed man, And 'tis thy money, Barabas, we seek.
Bar. How, my lord ! my money?
Gov. Thine and the rest.
1 Jew. Alas, my lord, the most of us are poor.
wealth ? Then let them with us contribute.
Bar. How ! equally ?
Gov. No, Jew, like infidels.
Reader. First, the tribute-money of the Turks shall all be levied amongst the Jews, and each of them to pay one half of his estate.
70 Bar. How, half his estate? I hope you mean not mine.
[Aside. Gov. Read on.
Reader. Secondly, he that denies to pay shall straight become a Christian. Bar. How ! a Christian? Hum, what's here to do?
[Aside. Reader. Lastly, he that denies this shall absolutely lose all he has.
All 3 Jews. O my lord, we will give half.
Bar. O earth-mettled villains, and no Hebrews born! And will you basely thus submit yourselves
80 To leave your goods to their arbitrament ?
Gov. Why, Barabas, wilt thou be christened ?
Bar. Why, know you what you did by this device?
Gov. Sir, half is the penalty of our decree, Either pay that, or we will seize on all.
Bar. Corpo di Dio! stay! you shall have the half; 90 Let me be used but as my brethren are.
Gov. No, Jew, thou hast denied the articles, And now it cannot be recalled.
1 Convert. The word occurs in As You Like It, King John, &c.
Bar. Will you then steal my goods ?
Gov. No, Jew, we take particularly thine
Bar, Christians, what or how can I multiply?
Gov. Out, wretched Barabas !
Be patient and thy riches will increase.
Bar. I, but theft is worse: tush! take not from me then,
i Knight. Grave governor, listen not to his exclaims. Convert his mansion to a nunnery; His house will harbour many holy nuns.
130 Gov. It shall be so.
Now, officers, have you done? Off. I, my lord, we have seized upon the goods And wares of Barabas, which being valued, Amount to more than all the wealth in Malta, And of the other we have seized half.
Gov.2 Then we'll take order for the residue.
Bar. Well then, my lord, say, are you satisfied ?
Gov. No, Barabas, to stain our hands with blood Is far from us and our profession.
Bar. Why, I esteem the injury far less To take the lives of miserable men
1 Old ed. “governours.” ? In the 4to. this line is given to the Officer.
Than be the causes of their misery.
Gov. Content thee, Barabas, thou hast naught but right.
Bar. Your extreme right does me exceeding wrong : But take it to you, i' the devil's name.
Gov. Come, let us in, and gather of these goods The money for this tribute of the Turk.
i Knight. 'Tis necessary that be looked unto : For if we break our day, we break the league, And that will prove but simple policy.
[Exeunt, all except BARABAS and the Jews. Bar. I, policy! that's their profession,
160 And not simplicity, as they suggest. The plagues of Egypt, and the curse of Heaven, Earth's barrenness, and all men's hatred Inflict upon them, thou great Primus Motor ! And here upon my knees, striking the earth, I ban their souls to everlasting pains And extreme tortures of the fiery deep, That thus have dealt with
distress. 1 Jew. O yet be patient, gentle Barabas.
Bar. O silly brethren, born to see this day; 170 Why stand you thus unmoved with my laments ? Why weep ye not to think upon my wrongs? Why pine not I, and die in this distress ?
1 Jew. Why, Barabas, as hardly can we brook The cruel handling of ourselves in this; Thou seest they have taken half our goods.