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Tamburlaine, the man of fame, hat in the forehead of his fortune es of renown and miracle. le, that hast seen him, Menaphon, ure wields be, and what personage ? f stature tall, and straightly fashioned, esire, lift upwards and divine; limbs, his joints so strongly knit,
u of shoulders as might mainly bear Lo irden; 'twixt his manly pitch,* it rink worth than all the world is plac'd, I but rious sovereignty of art
Sercing instruments of sight, ; ballet cles bear encompassèd
venly bodies in their spheres,
teps and actions to the throne With era; invested royally ; balads th, wrought in bim with passion,
eyes reignty and + love of arms; F) and ylds do figure death, e Yor: Reeness amity and life;
tie be knot of amber hair, Wen you seelerce Achilles' was,
h vill st heaven delights to play, L!! 9 commnton majesty; turing my poor, and sinewy, I ? wheso bis two rekess of strength ;uid xnake one thirst like the man such a great degree Cu'd 8 to Tamburlaine.
ech. With duty and tray'd in thy terms '; utmost service to this Yes. Which I estoem 29aracasane and Techellos-stature. (“I would
of, Velim mihi dicas 1 en shett that rules in
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ulders (see the 10th
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his head. some) So the 4to.-The 8vo "Se
will] 8o the 8v0.--The 4to "sha So the 8vo, extop] i. e. rise above, surpass.-Op' for “ sinery." enorméd] See note I p. 11. 8 Towned.”
lite."11 hirst] The 8vo “thrust”: the 4to and] So the 4to.The 8to "not." cc. of Dram.
Mr. Moxon's the fair] So the 8vo. - The 4to "the en she i. e. Nemesis.
Rhamnus'] Old eds. “Rhamnis."
The face and personage of a wondrous man :
death, In fair & Persia noble Tamburlaine Shall be my regent, and remain as king.
Orty. In bappy hour we have set the crown Upon your kingly head, that seeks our honour In joining with the man ordain'd by heaven To further every action to the best.
Cen. He that with shepherds and a little spoil
* Noture doth strive with Fortune, &c.] Qy did Shakespeare recollect this passage when he wrote, “Nature and Fortune join'd to make thee great"?
King John, act iii. sc. 1. + port] i. e. gate. is] So the 8vo.-The 4to “in,"
§ In fair, &c.] Here "fair " is to be considered as a dissyllable : com pare, in the former eds. r anthara
"da ne does presently after. Jew us pluita, "I'll feas ere) 1.0: those who were, who have been.
staggering] So the 8vo.-The 4to “Stand those
eds. “Sprong "pted the readir The 4to "ght of topi
1. seek revenge on me and Tamburlaine ;
Hin highness' pleasure is that he should live, o whom, sweet Menaphon, direct me straight. Ard be reclaim'd with princely lenit Mer. I will, my lord.
Enter a Spy.
onca Have view'd the army of the Scythia SCENE II.
Which make report it far exceeds the
Mear. Suppose they be in number
Yet being void of martial discipline,
All running headlong, greedy after t
And more regarding gain than victory
Like to the cruel brothers of the earth
Sprung # of the teeth of g dragons ven
And make us triumph in their overthri
Myc. Was there such brethren, sweet
That sprung of teeth of dragons veno
Mean. So poets say, my lord.
Myc. And ’tis a pretty toy to be o
Well, well, Meander, thou art deep? birth. sta
; Tell you the rest, Meander : I have said.
Go on, my lord, and give your ch
bits Mean. Then, having pass'd Armenian deserts
Thy wit will make us conquerors
Mean. Then, noble soldiers, me
That live confounded in disorg,
If wealth or riches may preva deafhols?
We have our camels laden alioble
Which you that be but com
alvas US Lest, if we let them linger here a while,
Shall fling in every corner loss guit;
You, fighting more for horthy
Shall massacre those gre
And, when their scatterie lords
And you march on theji me,
Share equally the goldberita bogre.
And live like gentlemavery.
Strike up the drurdy Tamby
Fortune herself dotm, I am He that can take or slaughter Tamburlaine, 8v4
Myc. He tells vi Shall rule the province of Albania ; la
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TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT,
assay SCENE III.
And makes a passage for all prosperous arms,
and KOK, TAMBURLAINE, THERIDAMAS, TECHELLES, "USUMCASANE, and ORTYGIUS, with others.
Then shall your meeds * and valours be advanc'd Cos . Now, worthy Tamburlaine, have I repos’d To rooms of honour and nobility.
Tamb. Then haste, Cosroe, to be king alone, thy approved fortunes all my hope.
That I with these my friends and all my men
-phing attempts ?
The king, your brother, is now hard at hand, -, aven as from assured oracle,
Meet with the fool, and rid your royal shoul top hy doom for satisfaction.
his room be Of such a burden as outweighs the sands ind. Also mistake you not a whit, my lord;
And all the craggy rocks of Caspia. As and oracles [of] heaven have sworn mpite the diceds of Tamburlaine,
Enter a Messenger. inua'. tur: blest that share in his attempts :
Mes. My lord,
enty thousand nd dount you not but, if you favour me,
We have discovered the enemy nd let my fortunes and my valour sway
Ready to charge you with a mighty army.
Sortant far. some * direction in your martial deeds,
Cos. Come, Tamburlaine ; now whet thy wiimas, not me; he world will + strive with hosts of men-at-arms
sword, o swarm unto the ensign I support.
And lift thy lofty arm into + the clouds, he host of Xerxes, which by fame is said
That it may reach the king of Persia's crown, drink the mighty Parthian Araris, And set it safe on my victorious head.
uburlaine as but a handful to that we will have :
Tamb. See where it is, the keenest curtle-n. ur quivering lances, shaking in the air, nd bullets, like Jove's dreadful thunderbolts,
That e'er made passage thorough Persian arms ! nroll'd in flames and fiery smouldering mists,
These are the wings shall make it fly as swift wil threat the gods more than Cyclopian wars;
As doth the lightning or the breath of heaven nd with our sun-bright armour, as we march,
And kill as sure # as it swiftly flies. e'll chase the stars from heaven, and dim their
Cos. Thy words assure me of kind succes eyes
Go, valiant soldier, go before, and charge hat stand and muse at our admired arms.
The fainting army of 50+ foolish king. Ther. You see, my lord, what working words
Tamb. Usumcasane and Techelles, cuine: he bath;
We are enow to scare the enemy, at, when you see his actions top I his speech,
And more than needs to make an emperor. our speech will stay, or so extol his worth
[Exeunt to the battle. I shall be commended and excus'd r turning my poor charge to his direction : d these his two renowmèd & friends, my lord, Duld make one thirst || and strive to be retain'd
SCENE IV. such a great degree of amity.
Enter MYCETES with his crown in kis hand. g
i'd, to Tech. With duty and with amity we yield
Myc. Accurs'd be he that first invented war!!! rutmost service to the fair ** Cosroe.
They knew not, ah, they knew not, simple Cos. Which I esteem as portion of my crown.
men, umcasane and Techelles both, hen shet+ that rules in Rhamnus' ## golden Stand staggering I like a quivering aspen-leaf
How those were || hit by pelting cannon-shot
Fearing the force of Boreas' boisterous blasts !
warriors: ew thee.
some) So the 4to.—The 8vo "scorne."
• meeds) So the 8vo.-The 4to " deeds."
| into] Used here (as the word was formerly often uscd) for unto.
1 sure) A dissyllable here. In the next line "assure'
3 with his crown in his hand] The old eds. add "offering
| Stand staggering] So the 8vo.--The 4to
TOE, TAMBUŘLE, MENAPHON,
IUS, THERIDAMAS, TECHELLES, USUMOASI
Tamb. Hold thee, Cosroe; wear two imperia
crowns; ar from any man that is a fool:
Think thee invested now as royally, all not I be known; or if I be,
Even by the mighty hand of Tamburlaine, y cannot take away my crown from me. As if as many kings as could encompass thee Me will I bide it in this simple hole.
With greatest pomp had crown'd thee emperor.
Cos. So do I, thrice-renowmèd man-at-arms;
And none shall keep the crown but Tamburlaind
And general-lieutenant of my armies.-
kings tuemstives are present in the field ? Meander, you, that were our brother's guide, And.jc. Thou liest.
And chiefest + counsellor in all his acts, Sovamb. Base villain, darest thou give me t the Since he is yielded to the stroke of war, lie?
On your submission we with thanks excuse, Myc. Away! I am the king; go; touch me And give you equal place in our affairs. not.
Mean. Most happy I emperor, in humble
I vow my service to your majesty,
With utmost virtue of my faith and duty.
A Tamb. Are you the witty king of Persia ?
Cos. Thanks, good Meander.—Then, Costa
And govern Persia in her former pomp.
And let them know the Persian king is chang luk yc. So I can when I see my time.
From one that knew not what a king should ar
To one that can command what 'longs thereto.
With twenty thousand expert soldiers.
With little slaughter take Meander's course, Tamb. No; I took it prisoner.
And gladly yield them to my gracious rule.Myc. You lie; I gave it you.
Ortygius and Menaphon, my trusty friends,
Now will I gratify your former good,
And grace your calling with a greater sway.
And sought your state all honour it || deserv'd,
(E.cit. Better replies shall prove my purposes.-
I leave to thee and to Theridamas, [Trumpets within sound to the battle : he runs out. To follow me to fair Persepolis ;
he word. 13
* For kings are clouts that every man shoots at,
Our crown the pin, &c.] Clout means the white mark in the butts; pin, the peg in the centre, which fastened it.
me] So the 4to.-Omitted in the 8vo.
Myc. Ay, marry, &c.] From this to “ Tamb. Well, I mean you shall have it again" inclusive, the dialogue is prose : compare act iv. sc. 4, p. 29.
* renoromed man-at-arms] See noto ll. p. 11. So th
happy) So the 8vo.—The 4to "happiest."
oxr] So the 4to.-Omitted in the 8vo.
Then will we * march to all those Indian mines
(Bxeunt all except TAME., THER, TECH., and Usum. Tamb. And ride in triumph through Perse
polis ! -
Tech. O, my lord, it is sweet and full of pomp!
Ther. A god is not so glorious as a king :
prize, Such power attractive shines in princes' eyes. Tamb. Why, say, Theridamas, wilt thou be a
king? Ther. Nay, though I praise it, I can live with
out it. Tamb. What say my other friends ? will you
be kings ? Tech. I, if I could, with all my heart, my lord. Tamb. Why, that's well said, Techelles : 80
would I ;And so would you, my masters, would you not?
Usum. What, then, my lord ?
Ther. I know they would with our persuasions.
Tamb. Why, then, Theridamas, I'll first assay To get the Persian kingdom to myself; Then thou for Parthia; they for Scythia and
Media; And, if I prosper, all shall be as sure As if the Turk, the Pope, Afric, and Greece, Came creeping to us with their crowns a-piece.* Tech. Then shall we send to this triumphing
king, And bid him battle for his novel crown? Usum. Nay, quickly, then, before his room be
hot. Tamb. 'Twill prove a pretty jest, in faith, my
friends. Ther. A jest to charge on twenty thousand
men ! I judge the purchase + more important far.
Tamb. Judge by thyself, Theridamas, not me; For presently Techelles here shall haste To bid him battle ere he pass too far, And lose more labour than the gain will quite : Then shalt thou see this $ Scythian Tamburlaine Make but a jest to win the Persian crown.Techelles, take a thousand horse with thee, And bid him turn him || back to war with us, That only made him king to make us sport: We will not steal upon him cowardly, But give him warning and I more warriors : Haste thee, Techelles; we will follow thee.
[Exit TECHELLES. What saith Theridamas ? Ther. Go on, for me.
Enter COSROE, MEANDER, ORTYGIUS, and MENAPHON,
Cos. What means this devilish shepherd, to
we] So the 8v0.-The 4to "I." + in earth) i.e. on earth. So in the Lord's Prayer, “Thy will be done in earth."
i Casane) Both the old eds. here "Casaues."