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Caly. Nay rather, Christians, let me go to Turkey, In person there to mediate your peace; To keep me here will nought advantage you.
Gov. Content thee, Calymath, here thou must stay, And live in Malta prisoner; for come all the world To rescue thee, so will we guard us now, As sooner shall they drink the ocean dry, Than conquer Malta, cr endanger us. So march away, and let due praise be given Neither to fate nor fortune, but to heaven. [Ereunt.
The Massacre at Paris: with the death of the Duke of Guise. As it was plaide by the right honourable the Lord High Admirall his servants, written by Christopher Marlow. At London. Printed for E. A. for Edward White dwellingneere the North doore of St. Paule's Church at the signe of the Gun. W. D.
[This play possesses but a very small portion of dramatic interest; the subject is treated without skill, although capable, by a judicious selection of incidents, and a careful grouping of characters, of being made a very effective drama. At present it is nothing more than a revolting register of bigotry and bloodshed, unsoftened by affecting appeals to our sympathies, and unrelieved by instances of generous devotion or domestic grief, which might have been naturally and properly introduced.j
Dryden and Lee produced a play on the same subject, The Duke of Guise; and Lee afterwards wrote another under the title of The Massacre of Paris, a great deal of which is borrowed from the former: Marlowe's Play is not in the original edition divided into acts, but a division being convenient, we have divided it in the present reprint into three acts the unusual brevity of the piece not permitting an apportionment into the legitimate number.
Mr. Malone conjectures that the Tragedie of Guyes stated in Henslowe's MSS. to have been acted in February, 1592, was this play.
CHARLES IX. King of France.
CATHERINE, the Queen Mother of France.