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Captains, his consorts and confederates.
Gov. Oh villain, heaven will be reveng'd on thee.
BAR. 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 bates me, and in hating me
My life's in danger, and what boots it thee,
Poor Barabas, to be the governor,
When as thy life shall be at their command ?
No, Barabas, this must be look’d 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.
Enter GOVERNOR, with a guard. Gov. My lord ?
BAR. Aye, lord, thus slaves will learn. Now governor stand by there, wait within, 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 thinkst thou shall become of it and thee?
Gov. 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.
BAR. Governor, good words, be not so furious;
'Tis not thy life which can avail me ought,
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, within 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.
Gov. Will Barabas recover Malta's loss?
Will Barabas be good to Christians?
BAR. What wilt thou give me, governor, to procure
A dissolution of the slavish bands
Wherein the Turk hath yok'd your land and you?
What will you give me if I render you
The life of Calymath, surprise his men,
And in an out-house of the city shut
His soldiers, till I have consum'd 'em all with fire ?
What will you give him that procureth this?
Gov. Do but bring this to pass which thou
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 recompence:
Nay more, do this, and live thou governor still.
Bar. 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.
Gov. Here is my hand, believe me, Barabas,
I will be there, and do as thou desirest;
When is the time?
Bar. Governor, presently.
For Calymath, when he hath view'd the town,
Will take his leave and sail toward Ottoman.
Gov. Then will I, Barabas, about this coin,
And bring it with me to thee in the evening.
BAR. Do so, but fail not; now farewell Ferneze:
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 us’d 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.(Erit.
Enter Calymath and Bashaws.
Caly. Thus have we view'd the city, seen the
And caus'd the ruins to be new repair'd,
Which with our bombards' shot and basilisk,
We rent in sunder at our entry :
And now I see the situation,
And how secure this conquer'd island stands
losirou'd with the Mediterranean sea,
Strong countermin'd with other petty isles ;
And toward Calabria back'd by Sicily,
Where Syracusian Dionysius reign'd;
Tao lofty turrets that command the town;
I zonder how it could be conquer'd thus ?
Enter a MESSENGER.
Mess. 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.
Caly. To banquet with him in his citadel ?
I fear me, messenger, to feast my train
Within a town of war so lately pillag'd,
Will be too costly and too troublesome :
Yet would I gladly visit Barabas,
For well has Barabas desery'd of us.
Mess. Selim, for that, thus saith the governor,
That he hath in 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 intreat your highness
Not to depart till he has feasted you.
Caly. I cannot feast my men in Malta walls,
Except he place his tables in the streets.
Mess. Know, Selim, that there is a monastery Which standeth as an out-house to the town: There will he banquet them, but thee at home, With all thy bashaws and brave followers.
CALY. Well, tell the governor we grant his suit, We'll in this summer evening feast with him.