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Barrabas THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, iv. 1. 291. This name was, I believe, invariably made short in the second syllable by the poetical writers of Shakespeare's days. (In Marlowe's Jew of Malta,“Barrăbas” occurs many times; and compare Taylor: “These are the brood of Barrabas, and these
Can rob, and be let loose againe at ease.”
A Thiefe, p. 120,—Workes, 1630; and Fennor: “Thou Barrabas of all humanitie,
Base slanderer of Christianitie.”
Defence, etc., p. 153,—id. )

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