The Whore of Babylon – Act Five, Scene four

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The Sea Fight.  Enter the THREE KINGS.

 THIRD KING
The sulphurous Ætna belcheth on our ships,
Cut cables, or the whole fleet drowns in fire.

FIRST KING
Holla!

SECOND KING
Of Babylon.

FIRST KING
What hulks are these
That are on fire?

THIRD KING
The devils.  The sea’s on fire;
The devil sure takes tobacco.

FIRST KING
Where’s Medina?

SECOND KING
Close under hatches, dares not show his head.

THIRD KING
Damnation on such liver’d generals.
Where’s brave Ricalde?

SECOND KING
Who?

THIRD KING
Our admiral.
The admiral of our navy, wise Ricalde.

SECOND KING
Our stouty and brave Ricalde keeps his bed.

THIRD KING
All poxes fire him out.  Pedro de Valdes,
Having about him fifty cannons’ throats
Stretch’d wide to bark is boarded, taken.

SECOND KING
Taken?

THIRD KING
Without resistance.  Pyementelly sink,
Oquendo burnt, Moncada drown’d or slain.

FIRST KING
The ship of all our medicaments is lost.

THIRD KING
Dogs eat our medicaments, such are our wounds.
We more shall sextons need than surgeons.

SECOND KING
What course is best?

THIRD KING
‘Tis best to get the day,
Is to hoist sails up and away!

OMNES
Away, away, hoise sails up and away!

THIRD KING
A world of men and wealth lost in one day!                [Exeunt.

Proceed to the next scene

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