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SCENE I.
oE, MENAPHON, ORTYGIUS, and CENEUS,

with Soldiers.
s far are we towards Theridamas,

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

But here it means gates,

ulders (see the 10th

Arch. and Prov.

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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 :
Nature doth strive with Fortune * and his stars
To make him famous in accomplish'd worth;
And well his merits shew him to be made
His fortune's master and the king of men,
That could persuade, at such a sudden pinch,
With reasons of his valour and his life,
A thousand sworn and overmatching foes.
Then, when our powers in points of swords are

join'd,
And clos'd in compass of the killing bullet,
Though strait the passage and the port t be made
That leads to palace of my brother's life,
Proud is I his fortune if we pierce it not;
And, when the princely Persian diadem
Shall overweigh his weary witless head,
And fall, like mellow'd fruit, with shakes of

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
Durst, in disdain of wrong and tyranny,
Defend his freedom 'gainst a monarchy,
What will he do supported by a king,
Leading a troop of gentlemen and lords,
And stuff?d with treasure for his highest thoughts!
Cos. And such shall wait on worthy Tambur-

laine.
Our army will be forty thousand strong,
When Tamburlaine and brave Theridamas
Have met us by the river Araris ;
And all conjoin'd to meet the witless king,
That now is marching near to Parthia,
And, with unwilling soldiers faintly arm'd,

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§ 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

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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.

[Esceunt.

Enter a Spy.
Spy. An hundred horsemen of my
Scouting abroad upon these champion

onca Have view'd the army of the Scythia SCENE II.

Which make report it far exceeds the

Mear. Suppose they be in number
Enter MYCETES, MEANDER, with other Lords ;

Yet being void of martial discipline,
and Soldiers.

All running headlong, greedy after t
Myc. Come, my Meander, let us to this gear.

And more regarding gain than victory
I tell you true, my heart is swoln with wrath

Like to the cruel brothers of the earth
On this same thievish villain Tamburlaine.
And of * that false Cosroe, my traitorous brother, Their careless swords shall lance || theju 11.

Sprung # of the teeth of g dragons ven
Would it not grieve a king to be so abus'd,

throats,
And have a thousand horsemen ta'en away?

And make us triumph in their overthri
And, which is worse, + to have his diadem

Myc. Was there such brethren, sweet
Sought for by such scald knaves as love him

say,

$1 not?

That sprung of teeth of dragons veno
Laink it would : well, then, by heavens I swear,

Mean. So poets say, my lord.
arora shall not peep out of her doors,

Myc. And ’tis a pretty toy to be o
vut I'will have Cosrga by the head,
And kill proud Tamburlaine with point of sword. And having thee, I have a jewel sy

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
now,

Mean. Then, noble soldiers, me
And pitch'd our tents under the Georgian hills,

thieves
Whose tops are cover'd with Tartarian thieves,

That live confounded in disorg,
That lie in ambush, waiting for a prey,

If wealth or riches may preva deafhols?
What should we do but bid them battle straight,

We have our camels laden alioble
And rid the world of those detested troops ?

Which you that be but com

alvas US Lest, if we let them linger here a while,

Shall fling in every corner loss guit;

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They gather strength by power of fresh supplies. And, while the base-born T
This country swarms with vile outragious men

You, fighting more for horthy
That live by rapine and by lawless spoil,
And hos » Fit soldiers for the I wicked Tamburlaine;

Shall massacre those gre

And, when their scatterie lords
And he that could with gifts and promises

And you march on theji me,

Itlered:
Inveigle him that led a thousand horse,
And make him false his faith unto his & king,

Share equally the goldberita bogre.

And live like gentlemavery.
Will quickly win such as be || like himself.
Therefore cheer up your minds; prepare to fight :

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

does.

force---Wilmen are
Who brings that traitor's head, Theridamas,

Drums, why soun
Shall have a government in Media,
Beside | the spoil of him and all his train :
But, if Cosroe (as our spials say,

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TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT,

15 The

assay SCENE III.

And makes a passage for all prosperous arms,
Shall make me solely emperor of Asia,

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
What think'st thou, man, shall come of our
May triumph in our long-expected fate.

-phing attempts ?

The king, your brother, is now hard at hand, -, aven as from assured oracle,

own ?

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

2ste

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

Alls, gates,

Fearing the force of Boreas' boisterous blasts !

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top) i. o. rise above, surpass.-Old eds. "stop.”
renomméd] See note II, p. 11. So the 8vo.—The 4to
nowned."
thirst] The 8vo " thrust": tho 4to "thrist.”
and] So the 4to.-The 8vo “not."
the fair) So the 8vo. - The 4to "thee faire."
she i. e. Nemesis.
Rhannus'] Old eds. "Rhamnis."

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'
is a trisyllable.

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the camp,

ld live
In what a lamer
cable case were I,

SC
If nature had not given me wisdom's lore !

TOE, TAMBUŘLE, MENAPHON,
For kings are clouts that every man shoots at,

IUS, THERIDAMAS, TECHELLES, USUMOASI
Our crown the pin* that thousands seek to cleave :
Therefore in policy I think it good

Tamb. Hold thee, Cosroe; wear two imperia
To hide it close; a goodly stratagem,

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.
I te

Cos. So do I, thrice-renowmèd man-at-arms;
On
Enter TAMBURLAINE,

And none shall keep the crown but Tamburlaind
And nb. What, fearful coward, straggling from Thee do I make my regent of Persia,
Woul

And general-lieutenant of my armies.-
And he

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
Thou break’st the law of arms, unless thou terms
kneel,

I vow my service to your majesty,
And cry me “mercy, noble king!”

With utmost virtue of my faith and duty.

A Tamb. Are you the witty king of Persia ?

Cos. Thanks, good Meander.—Then, Costa
Myc. Ay, marry,I am I: have you any suit to reign,

And govern Persia in her former pomp.
Who
The mb. I would entreat you to speak but three Now send embassage to thy neighbour kings. v

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
Tamb. L this your crown?

To one that can command what 'longs thereto.
Myc. Ay: didst thou ever see a fairer ? And now we will to fair Persepolis
Tamb. You will not sell it, will you?

With twenty thousand expert soldiers.
Myc. Such another word, and I will have thee The lords and captains of my brother's camp
executed. Come, give it me.

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,
Tamb. Then 'tis mine.

Now will I gratify your former good,
Myc. No; I mean I let you keep it.

And grace your calling with a greater sway.
Tamb. Well, I mean you shall have it again. Orty. And as we ever aim'd & at your behoof
Here, take it for a while : I lend it thee,

And sought your state all honour it || deserv'd,
Till I may see thee hemm'd with armèd men; So will we with our powers and our lives.
Then shalt thou see me pull it from thy head : Endeavour to preserve and prosper it.
Thou art no match for mighty Tamburlaine. Cos. I will not thank thee, sweet Ortygius;

(E.cit. Better replies shall prove my purposes.-
Myc. O gods, is this Tamburlaine the thief ? And now, Lord Tamburlaine, my brother's cam
I marvel much he stole it not away.

I leave to thee and to Theridamas, [Trumpets within sound to the battle : he runs out. To follow me to fair Persepolis ;

words.

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* 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
8vo.-The 4to“ renowned men at armes."
chiefest] So the 4to.-The 8vo " chiefe."

happy) So the 8vo.—The 4to "happiest."
§ aim'd] So the 4to.-The 8vo "and,”
|| it] So the 4to.-The 8vo “is."

oxr] So the 4to.-Omitted in the 8vo.

Then will we * march to all those Indian mines
My witless brother to the Christians lost,
And ransom them with fame and usury:
And, till thou overtake me, Tamburlaine,
(Staying to order all the scatter'd troops,)
Farewell, lord regent and his happy friends.
I long to sit upon my brother's throne.
Mean. Your majesty shall shortly have your

wish,
And ride in triumph through Persepolis.

(Bxeunt all except TAME., THER, TECH., and Usum. Tamb. And ride in triumph through Perse

polis ! -
Is it not brave to be a king, Techelles ?
Usumcasane and Theridamas,
Is it not passing brave to be a king,
And ride in triumph through Persepolis ?

Tech. O, my lord, it is sweet and full of pomp!
Usum. To be a king is half to be a god.

Ther. A god is not so glorious as a king :
I think the pleasure they enjoy in heaven,
Cannot compare with kingly joys in t earth ;-
To wear a crown enchas'd with pearl and gold,
Whose virtues carry with it life and death;
To ask and have, command and be obey'd;
When looks breed love, with looks to gain the

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 ?
Tamb. Why, then, Casane,I shall we wish for

aught
The world affords in greatest novelty,
And rest attemptless, faint, and destitute ?
Methinks we should not. I am strongly mov'd,
That if I should desire the Persian crown,
I could attain it with a wondrous ease :
And would not all our soldiers soon consent,
If we should aim at such a dignity?

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.

[Exeunt.

SCENE VI.

Enter COSROE, MEANDER, ORTYGIUS, and MENAPHON,

with Soldiers.

Cos. What means this devilish shepherd, to

aspire
With such a giantly presumption,
To cast up hills against the face of heaven,
And dare the force of angry Jupiter ?
But, as he thrust them underneath the hills,
And press'd out fire from their burning jaws,
So will I send this monstrous slave to hell,
Where flames shall ever feed upon his soul.

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."

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