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THE PROLOgue spoken AT COURT.

GRACIOUS and Great, that we so boldly dare,
('Mongst other plays that now in fashion are)
To present this; writ many years agone,
And in that age, thought second unto none;
We humbly crave your pardon: we pursue
The story of a rich and famous Jew
Who liv'd in Malta: you shall find him still,
In all his projects, a sound Machiavel;
And that's his character. He that hath past
So many censures, is now come at last

To have your princely ears; grace you him then;
You crown the action, and renown the pen.

EPILOGUE.

It is our fear (dread sovereign) we have been
Too tedious; neither can't be less than sin
To wrong your princely patience: If we have,
(Thus low dejected) we your pardon crave:
And if aught here offend your ear or sight,
We only act and speak, what others write.

AT THE COCK-PIT.

We know not how our play may pass this stage,
But by the best of poets* in that age

The Malta Jew had being, and was made;
And he, then by the best of actors + play'd:
In Hero and Leander, one did gain
A lasting memory: in Tamburlaine,
This Jew, with others many, th' other wan
The attribute of peerless, being a man

Whom we may rank with (doing no one wrong)
Proteus for shapes, and Roscius for a tongue,

So could he speak, so vary; nor is't hate
To merit, in him who doth personate

Our Jew this day, nor is it his ambition

To exceed or equal, being of condition
More modest; this is all that he intends,
(And that too, at the urgence of some friends)
To prove his best, and if none here gain-say it,
The part he hath studied, and intends to play it.

EPILOGUE.

In graving, with Pygmalion to contend;
Or painting, with Apelles; doubtless the end
Must be disgrace: our actor did not so,
He only aim'd to go, but not out-go.
Nor think that this day any prize was play'd;
Here were no bets at all, no wagers laid;
Allthe ambition that his mind doth swell,
Is but to hear from you, (by me) 'twas well,
Marlowe. Allen. Richard Perkins.

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PERSONS REPRESENTED.

MACHIAVEL, the Prologue.

BARABAS, the Jew.

FERNEZE, Governor of Malta.

SELIM CALYMATH, Son of the Grand Seignior.
DON LODOWICK, the Governor's Son, in love with

Abigail.

DON MATHIAS, also in love with her.

MARTIN DEL Bosco, Vice-Admiral of Spain.
ITHAMORE, Barabas' Slave.

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BASHAWS, KNIGHTS, OFFICERS, READER, &c.

ABIGAIL, the Jews' Daughter.

ABBESS.

Two NUNS.

BELLAMIRA, a Courtezan.

Scene-Malta.

THE

JEW OF MALTA.

Enter MACHIAVEL.

PROLOGUE.

MACHIAVEL. Albeit the world thinks Machiavel

is dead,

Yet was his soul but flown beyond the Alps,

And now the Guise is dead, is come from France,
To view this land, and frolick with his friends.
To some perhaps my name is odious,

But such as love me, guard me from their tongues,
And let them know that I am Machiavel,

And weigh not men, and therefore not men's words.
Admir'd I am of those that hate me most.

Though some speak openly against my books,
Yet they will read me, and thereby attain
To Peter's chair and when they cast me off,
Are poison'd by my climbing followers.

I count religion but a childish toy,

And hold there is no sin but ignorance. x
Birds of the air will tell of murders past;
I am asham'd to hear such fooleries:
Many will talk of title to a crown.

What right had Cæsar to the empire*?

Might first made kings, and laws were then most

sure

When like the Draco's they were writ in blood.
Hence comes it, that a strong built citadel
Commands much more than letters can import;
Which maxim had Phalaris observ'd,

He had never bellow'd in a brazen bull,
Of great one's envy; o' th' poor petty wights,
Let me be envy'd and not pitied!

But whither am I bound? I come not, I,

To read a lecture here in Britain,

But to present the tragedy of a Jew,

Who smiles to see how full his bags are cramm'd
Which money was not got without my means.
I crave but this-grace him as he deserves,
And let him not be entertain'd the worse
Because he favours me.

Empire. The termination ire, was commonly used as a dissyllable, as in the word fire, which is so used several times in Tamburlaine. In the same manner the word empire ought in this place to be pronounced as a trissyllable, or it may have been a misprint for empery, which is equally commonly written for empire.

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