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(Where Syracusian Dionysius reign’d), Two lofty turrets that command the town, I wonder how it could be conquer'd thus.
Enter a MESSENGER.
Caly. To banquet with him in his citadel !
Mess. Selim, for that, thus saith the governor, -
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,
Caly. Well, tell the governor we grant his suit;
[Exit. Caly. And now, bold bassoes, let us to our tents, And meditate how we may grace us best, To solemnize our governor's great feast. [Exeunt.
Enter FERNEZE*, Knights, and Martin Del
Bosco. Fern. In this, my countrymen, be ruld by me: Have special care that no man sally forth Till you shall hear a culverin discharg'd By him that bears the linstock t, kindled thus ; Then issue out and come to rescue me, For hapily I shall be in distress, Or you released of this servitude. First Knight. Rather than thus to live as Turkish
thralls, What will we not adventure ?
Fern. On, then ; begone. KNIGHTS. Farewell, grave governor. [Exeunt, on one side, Knights and Martin Del
Bosco; on the other, Ferneze.
* Enter Ferneze, &c.] Scene, a street.
t linstock] “i.e. the long match with which cannon are fired.” STEEVENS (apud Dodsley's 0. P.).
Enter, above 9, BARABAS, with a hanmer, very
busy; and Carpenters. BARA. How stand the cords ? how hang these
hinges ? fast ? Are all the cranes and pulleys sure ?
First Carp*. All fast.
Bara. Leave nothing loose, all levell’d to my mind. Why, now I see that you have art, indeed : There, carpenters, divide that gold amongst you;
[Giving money. Go, swill in bowls of sack and muscadine; Down to the cellar, taste of all my wines. First CARP. We shall, my lord, and thank you.
[Exeunt Carpenters. BARA. And, if you like them, drink your fill and
Enter MESSENGER. Now, sirrah ; what, will he come?
Mess. He will; and has commanded all his men To come ashore, and march through Malta-streets, That thou mayst feast them in thy citadel.
| Enter, above, &c.] Scene, a hall in the Citadel, with a gallery,
* First Carp.] Old ed. here “Serv.”; but it gives“ Carp.” as the prefix to the second speech after this.
BARA. Then now are all things as my wish would
have 'em; There wanteth nothing but the governor's pelf; And see, he brings it.
Now, governor, the sum? FERN. With free consent, a hundred thousand
pounds. Bara. Pounds say'st thou, governor? well, since
it is no more,
[Throws down a knife. And with his bassoes shall be blithely set,
A warning-piece shall be shot off | from the tower,
Fern. Oh, excellent! here, hold thee, Barabas ; I trust thy word; take what I promis'd thee.
Bara. No, governor; I'll satisfy thee first; Thou shalt not live in doubt of any thing. Stand close, for here they come. (Ferneze retires.
Why, is not this A kingly kind of trade, to purchase towns By treachery, and sell 'em by deceit ? Now tell me, worldlings, underneath the sun* If greater falsehood ever has been done?
Enter CALYMATH and Bassoes. Caly. Come, my companion-bassoes : see, I pray, How busy Barabas is there above To entertain us in his gallery: Let us salute him.-Save thee, Barabas!
Bara. Welcome, great Calymath! Fern. How the slave jeers at him! (Aside. Bara. Will't please thee, mighty Selim Calymath, To ascend our homely stairs ?
Caly. Ay, Barabas.-Come, bassoes, ascend +:
Fern. [coming forward] Stay, Calymath ; For I will shew thee greater courtesy
sun] Old ed. “summe.” † ascend] Old ed. « attend.”