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Mess. I shall, my lord, [Exit.
Caly. And now, bold bashaws, let us to our tents, And meditate how we may grace us best To solemnize our governor's great feast. [Exeunt.
Enter Governor, Knights, Del-bosco.
Knight. Rather than thus to live as Turkish
What will we not adventure?
Are all the cranes and pulleys sure?
JBAR. Leave nothing loose, all levelled to my mind.
Carp. We shall, my lord, and thank you:
Bar. And if you like them, drink your fill and die: For so I live, perish may all the world. Now Selim Calymath return me word Thatthou wilt come, and I am satisfied. Now sirrah, what, will he come?
Mes. He will; and has commanded all his men To come ashore, and march through Malta streets, That thou mayest feast them in thy citadel.
Bar. Then now are all things as my wish would
There wanteth nothing but the governor's pelf,
pounds. Bar. Pounds say'st thou, governor, well, since it
is no more
I'll satisfy myself with that; nay, keep it still,
Whence none can possibly escape alive:
Now as for Calymath and his consorts,
Here have I made dainty gallery,
The floor whereof, this cable being cut,
Doth fall asunder; so that it doth sink
Into a deep pit past recovery.
Here, hold that knife, and when thou seest he comes,
And with his bashaws shall be blithely set,
A warning-piece shall be shot off from the tower,
To give thee knowledge when to cut the cord,
And fire the house; say, will not this be brave?
Gov. Oh excellent! here, hold thee, Barabas, I trust thy word, take what I promis'd thee.
Bar. No, governor, I'll satisfy thee first, Thou shalt not live in doubt of any thing. Stand close, for here they come: 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 Bashaws.
Caly. Come, my companion bashaws, see I pray How busy Barabas is there above To entertain us in his gallery; Let us salute him. Save thee, Barabas!
Bar. Welcome great Calymath!
Gov. How the slave jeers at him?
Bar. Will't please thee, mighty Selim Calymath, To ascend our homely stairs?
Caly. Aye, Barabas, come bashaws, attend.
Gov. Stay, Calymath!
[A charge, the cable cut, a caldron discovered.
Caly. How now, what means this!
Bar. Help, help me, Christians, help.
Gov. See Calymath, this was devis'd for thee.
Caly. Treason ! treason! bashaws, fly!
Gov. No, Selim, do not fly;
Bar. Oh help me, Selim, help me, Christians!
Gov. Should I in pity of thy plaints or thee,
Bar. You will not help me then?
Gov. No, villain, no.
Bar. And villains, know you cannot help me now. Then Barabas breathe forth thy latest fate, And in the fury of thy torments, strive To end thy life with resolution: Know, governor, 'twas I that slew thy son; I fram'd the challenge that did make them meet: Know, Calymath, I aim'd thy overthrow, And had I but escap'd this stratagem, I would have brought contusion on you all, Damn'd Christians, dogs, and Turkish infidels; But now begins the extremity of heat
To pinch me with intolerable pangs: (
Die life, fly soul, tongue curse thy fill, and die! [Dies.
Caly. Tell me, you Christians, what doth this portend?
Gov. This train he laid to have intrapp'd thy life; Now Selim note the unhallowed deeds of Jews: Thus he determin'd to have handled thee, But I have rather chose to save thy life.
Caly. Was this the banquet he prepar'd for us? Let's hence, lest further mischief be pretended.
Gov. Nay, Selim, stay, for since we have thee here> We will not let thee part so suddenly: Besides, if we should let thee go, all's one, For with thy gallies couldst thou not get hence, Without fresh men to rig and furnish them.
Caly. Tush, governor, take thou no care forthat, My men are all aboard, And do attend my coming there by this.
Gov. Why heard'st thou not the trumpet sound a charge?
Calt. Yes, what of that?
Gov. Why then the house was fir'd, Blown up, and all thy soldiers massacred.
Caly. Oh monstrous treason!
Gov. A Jew's courtesy: