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jewels must be mine. But he has a pure fine way of talking; my conscience goes along with him, but the jewels have set my heart against him.
Muf. That your emperor is a tyrant, is most manifest; for you were born to be Turks, but he has played the Turk with you, and is taking your religion away.
2 Rabble. We find that in our decay of trade. I have seen, for these hundred years, that religion and trade always go together.
Muf. He is now upon the point of marrying himself, without your sovereign consent: And what are the effects of marriage?
3 Rabble. A scolding domineering wife, if she prove honest; and, if a whore, a fine gaudy minx, that robs our counters every night, and then goes out, and spends it upon our cuckold-makers.
Muf. No; the natural effects of marriage are children: Now, on whom would he beget these children? Even upon a Christian! O,horrible! how can you believe me, though I am ready to swear it upon the Alcoran! Yes, true believers, you may believe, that he is going to beget a race of misbelievers.
Must. That's fine, in earnest; I cannot forbear hearkening to his enchanting tongue. Ant. But yet remember
Must. Ay, ay, the jewels! Now again I hate him; but yet my conscience makes me listen to him.
Muf. Therefore, to conclude all, believers, pluck up your hearts, and pluck down the tyrant. Remember the courage of your ancestors; remember the majesty of the people; remember yourselves, your wives, and children; and, lastly, above all, remember your religion, and our holy Mahomet. All these require your timeous assistance;—shall I say, they beg it? No; they claim it of you, by all the nearest and dearest ties of these three P's, self-preservation, our property, and our prophet.—Now answer me with an unanimous cheerful cry, and follow me, who am your leader, to a glorious deliverance.
Omnes. A Mufti, a Mufti!
[Following him off the stage.
Ant. Now you see what comes of your foolish qualms of conscience; the jewels are lost, and they are all leaving you.
Must. What, am I forsaken of my subjects? Would the rogue purloin my liege people f rom nie!— I charge you, in my own name, come back, ye deserters, and hear me speak.
1 Rabble. What, will he come with his balderdash, after the Mufti's eloquent oration?
2 Rabble. He's our captain, lawfully picked up, and elected upon a stall; we will hear him.
Omnes. Speak, captain, for we will hear you.
Must. Do you remember the glorious rapines and robberies you have committed? Your breaking open and gutting of houses, your rummaging of cellars, your demolishing of Christian temples, and bearing off, in triumph, the superstitious plate and pictures, the ornaments of their wicked altars, when all rich moveables were sentenced for idolatrous, and all that was idolatrous was seized? Answer first, for your remembrance of all these sweetnesses of mutiny; for upon those grounds I shall proceed.
Omnes. Yes, we do remember, we do remember.
Must. Then make much of your retentive faculties.—And who led you to those honey-combs? Your Mufti? No, believers; he only preached you up to it, but durst not lead you: He was but your counsellor, but I was your captain; he only looed you, but 'twas I that led you.
Omnes. That's true, that's true.
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Ant. There you were with him for his figures. Must. I think I was, slave Antonio. Alas, I was ignorant of my own talent!—hay then, believers, will you have a captain for your Mufti, or a Mufti for your captain? And, further, to instruct you how to cry, will you have A mujti, or No mufti?
Omnes. No Mufti, no Mufti!
Must. That I laid in for them, slave Antonio.— Do I then spit upon your faces? Do I discourage rebellion, mutiny, rapine, and plundering? You may think I do, believers; but, heaven forbid! No, I encourage you to all these laudable undertakings; you shall plunder, you shall pull down the government; but you shall do this upon my authority, and not by his wicked instigation.
3 Rabble. Nay, when his turn is served, he may preach up loyalty again, and restitution, that he might have another snack among us.
1 Rabble. He may indeed; for it is but his saying it is sin, and then we must restore; and therefore I would have a new religion, where half the commandments should be taken away, the rest mollified, and there should be little or no sin remaining.
Omnes. Another religion, a new religion, another religion!
Must. And that may easily be done, with the help of a little inspiration; for I must tell you, I have a pigeon at home, of Mahomet's own breed; and when I have learnt her to pick pease out of my ear, rest satisfied till then, and you shall have another. But, now I think on't, I am inspired already, that'tis no sin to depose the Mufti.
Ant. And good reason; for when kings and queens are to be discarded, what should knaves do any longer in the pack?
Omnes. He is deposed, he is deposed, he is deposed!
Must. Nay, if he and his clergy will needs be preaching up rebellion, and giving us their blessing, 'tis but justice they should have the first-fruits of it.—Slave Antonio, take him into custody; and dost thou hear, boy, be sure to secure the little transitory box of jewels. If he be obstinate, put.a civil question to him upon the rack, and he squeaks, I warrant him.
Ant. [Seizing the Mufti.•] Come, my quondam master, you and I must change qualities.
Muf. I hope you will not be so barbarous to torture me: we may preach suffering to others, but, alas! holy flesh is too well pampered to endure martyrdom.
Must. Now, late Mufti, not forgetting my first quarrel to you, we will enter ourselves with the plunder of your palace: 'tis good to sanctify a work,* . and begin a God's name.
1 Rabble. Our prophet let the devil alone with the last mob.
Mob. But he takes care of this himself.
As they are going out, enter Benducar, leading AlMeyda: he with a sword in one hand; Bendu.* Car's Slavefollows, with Muley-mqluch's head upon a spear.
Must. Not so much haste, masters; come back again; you are so bent upon mischief, that you take a man upon the first word of plunder. Here is a sight for you; the emperor is come upon his head to visit you. [Bowing.] Most noble emperor, now I hope you will not hit us in the teeth, that we have pulled you down; for we can tell you to your face, that we have exalted you.
[They all shout.
Bend. Think what I am, and what yourself may be, [To At.mevda apart.
In being mine: refuse not proffered love,
Alm. [To him.] I have resolved,
Bend. [To her.] On that 1 build.
[He comas up to the Rabble. Joy to the people for the tyrant's death! Oppression, rapine, banishment, and blood, Are now no more; but speechless as that tongue, That lies for ever still. How is my grief divided with my joy, When I must own I killed him! bid me speak; For not to bid me, is to disallow What for your sakes is done.
Must. In the name of the people, we command you speak: but that pretty lady shall speak first; for we have taken somewhat of a liking to her person.—Be not afraid, lady, to speak to these rude raggamuflians; there is nothing shall offend you, unless it be their stink, an't please you.
[Making a leg.
Alm. Why should I fear to speak, who am your queen?My peaceful father swayed the sceptre long, And you enjoyed the blessings of his reign, While you deserved the name of Africans. Then, not commanded, but commanding you, Fearless 1 speak: know me for what I am.
Bend. How she assumes! I like not this beginning. [Aside.
Alm. I was not born so base to flatter crowds,
[Pointing to Benducar.