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That thirst so much for principality.
1 Jew. Tush! tell not me 'twas done of policy.
2 Jew. Come therefore let us go to Barabas; For he can counsel best in these affairs;
And here he comes.
Ba». Why how now countrymen? Why flock you thus to me in multitudes? What accident's betided to the Jews?
1 Jew. A fleet of warlike gallies, Barabas, Are come from Turkey, and lie in our road: And they this day sit in the council-house To entertain them and their embassy.
Bar. Why let 'em come, so they come not to war; Or let 'em war, so we be conquerors: Nay, let 'em combat, conquer, and kill all, So they spare me, my daughter, and my wealth.
1 Jew. Were it for confirmation of a league, They would not come in warlike manner thus.
2 Jew. I fear their coming will afflict us all. BAB.Fond men! what dreamyou of their multitudes,
What need they treat of peace that are in league?
1 Jew. Why, Barabas, they come for peace or war.
Bar. Happily for neither, but to pass along
3 Jew. And very wisely said, it may be so.
2 Jew. But there's a meeting in the senate-house, And all the Jews in Malta must be there.
Bar. Hum ; all the Jews in Malta must be there? Aye, like enough, why then let every man Provide him, and be there for fashion-sake. If any thing shall there concern our state Assure yourselves I'll look unto myself.
1 Jew. I know you will; well brethren let us go.
2 Jew. Let's take our leaves; farewell good
Bar. Do so ; farewell Zaareth, farewell Temainte.
And Barabas now search this secret out.
SCENE II. Enter Governor of Malta, Knights, met by
Bashaws of the Turk; Calymath, and
Gov. Now Bashaws, what demand you at our hands?
Bas. Know Knights of Malta, that we came
From Cyprus, Candy, and those other Isles
Gov. What's Cyprus, Candy, and those other
Isles To us, or Malta? What at our hands demand ye?
Cal. The ten years tribute that remains unpaid.
Gov. Alas! my lord, the sum is over great, I hope your highness will consider us.
Cal. I wish, grave governors, 'twere in ray
To favour you, but 'tis my father's cause,
Gov. Then give us leave, great Selim Calymath.
Cal. Stand all aside, and let the knights determine,
And send to keep our gallies under sail,
Gov. Thus: since your hard conditions are such
Bass. That's more than is in our commission.
Cal. What, Callapine! a little courtesy.
Gov. But a month.
Cal. We grant a month, but see you keep your
Now launch our gallies back again, to sea,
Gov. And all good fortune wait on Calymath.
Off. They were my lord, and here they come.
1 Knight. Have you determin'd what to say to them?
Gov. Yes, give me leave, and Hebrews, now come
From the emperor of Turkey is arriv'd
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 wetave cast, but cannot compass it By reason of the wars, that robb'd our store; And therefore are we to request your aid.
Bab. 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
Thou art a merchant, and a monied man,
Bar. How, my lord, my money?
Gov. Thine and the rest.
Bar. Alas, my lord, the most of us are poor.
Gov. Then let the rich increase your portions.
Bar. Are strangers with your tribute to be tax'd?
2 Knight. Have strangers leave with us to get
their 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.