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Eater the GOVERNOR OF BABYLON, MAXIMUS, and others,
upon the walls,
And this eterniz'd* city Babylon
Gov. What saith Maximus?
Tben hang out* flags, my lord, of humble truce, | And satisfy the people's general prayers,
That Tamburlaine's intolerable wrath
Is not my life and state as dear to me,
Have we not hope, for all our batter'd walls,
When this our famous lake of Limnasphaltis 1
Makes walls a-fresh with every thing that falls
Into the liquid substance of his stream, | More strong than are the gates of death or hell ?
What faintness should dismay our courages, When we are thus defenc'd against our foe, And have no terror but his threatening looks ?
Enter, above, a Second Citizen. Sec. Cit. My lord, if ever you will win our
hearts, Yield up the town, andt save our wives and
Gov. Villains, cowards, traitors to our state !
Enter THERIDAMAS and TECHELLES, with Soldiers.
Ther. Thou desperate governor of Babylon, To save thy life, and us a little labour, Yield speedily the city to our hands, Or else be sure thou shalt be forc'd with pains More exquisite than ever traitor felt.
Gov. Tyrant, I turn the traitor in thy throat, And will defend it in despite of thee.Call up the soldiers to defend these walls.
Tech. Yield, foolish governor; we offer more Than ever yet we did to such proud slaves As durst resist us till our third day's siege. Thou seest us presti to give the last assault, And that shall bide no more regard of parle. Gov. Assault and spare not; we will never yield.
[Alarms : and they scale the walls.
Eater, abore, a Citizen, who kneels to the GOVERNOR.
Cit. My lord, if ever you did deed of ruth, And now will work a refuge to our lives, Offer submission, hang up flags of truce, That Tamburlaine may pity our distress, And use us like a loving conqueror. Though this be held his last day's dreadful siege, Wherein he spareth neither man nor child, Yet are there Christians of Georgia here, Whose state he § ever pitied and reliev'd, Will get his pardon, if your grace would send.
Gor. How || is my soul environèd !
Enter TAMBURLAINE, drawn in his chariot (as before) by
the Kings OF TREBIZON and SORIA; AMYRAS, CELEBINUS, USUMCASANE; ORCANES king of Natolra, and the KING OF JERUSALEM, led by Soldiers ||;; and others. Tamb. The stately buildings of fair Babylon, Whose lofty pillars, higher than the clouds,
Were wont to guide the seaman in the deep, Nor yet thyself, the anger of the Highest;
Gov. Vile monster, born of some infernal hag,
Do all thy worst; nor death, nor Tamburlaine, Courted by kings and peers of Asia,
Torture, or pain, can daunt my dreadless mind. Hath trod the measures,+ do my soldiers march; Tamb. Up with him, then ! his body shall be And in the streets, where brave Assyrian dames
scar'd. $ Have rid in pomp like rich Saturnia,
Gov. But, Tamburlaine, in Limnasphaltis' lake With furious words and frowning visages
There lies more gold than Babylon is worth, My horsemen brandish their unruly blades. Which, when the city was besieg'd, I hid :
Save but my life, and I will give it thee. Re-enter THERIDAMAS and TECHELLES, bringing in the Tamb. Then, for all your valour, you would GOVERNOR OF BABYLON.
life? Who have ye there, my lords ?
Whereabout lies it? Ther. The sturdy governor of Babylon,
Gov. Under a hollow bank, right opposite That made us all the labour for the town,
Against the western gate of Babylon. And us'd such slender reckoning off your majesty. Tamb. Go thither, some of you, and take his Tamb. Go, bind the villain; he shall hang in
[Exeunt some Attendants. chains
The rest forward with execution. Upon the ruins of this conquer'd town.
Away with him hence, let bim speak no more.Sirrah, the view of our vermilion tents
I think I make your courage something quail.(Which threaten'd more than if the region
[E.ceunt Attendants with the GOVERNOR OF BABYLON. Next underneath the element of fire
When this is done, we'll march from Babylon, Were full of comets and of blazing stars,
And make our greatest haste to Persia. Whose flaming trains should reach down to the These jades are broken-winded and half-tir'd; earth)
Unharness them, and let me have fresh horse. Could not affright you ; no, nor I myself,
[Attendants unharness the KINGS OF TREBIZON and SORIA. The wrathful messenger of mighty Jove,
So; now their best is done to honour me, That with his sword hath quail'd all earthly Take them and hang them both up presently. kings,
K. of Treb. Vile || ty rant! barbarous bloody Could not persuade you to submission,
Tamburlaine ! But still the ports were shut: villain, I say,
Tamb. Take them away, Theridamas ; see them Should I but touch the rusty gates of hell,
despatch'd. The triple-headed Cerberus would howl,
Ther. I will, my lord. And make|| black Jove to crouch and kneel to me;
[E.cit with the KINGS OF TREBIZON and Soria. But I have sent volleys of shot to you, Yet could not enter till the breach was made.
* the city-walls] So the 8vo.—The 4to “ the walles." Gov. Nor, if my body could have stopt the
† him) So the 4to.-The Svo “it." breach,
1 in) Old eds. "vp in,-the “ vp" having been reShouldst thou have enter'd, cruel Tamburlaine.
peated by mistake from the preceding line.
§ scar'd] So the 8vo; and, it would seem, rightly; 'Tis not thy bloody tents can make me yield,
Tamburlaine making an attempt at a bitter jest, in reply
to what the Governor has just said.- The 4to “scar'd." stage-direction) “the two spare kings ",—“spare" mean || Vile) The 8vo “Vild"; the 4to “ Wild " (Both eds., ing-not then wanted to draw the chariot of Tamburlaine. a little before, have " Vile monster, born of some infernal * burst] i.e. broken, bruised.
hag”, and, a few lines after, “To vile and ignominious t the measures] i.e. the dance (properly, — solemn, servitude" :-the fact is, our early writers (or rather, stately dances, with slow and measured steps).
transcribers), with their usual inconsistency of spelling, of ] So the 8vo.-The 4to "for."
give now the one form, and now the other : compare the $ ports) i.e. gates.
folio Shakespeare, 1623, where we sometimes find “vild" ll make) So the 4to.--The Svo“wake."
and sometimes " vile.")
T'amb. Come, Asian viceroys; to your tasks a Tamb. Now, Casane, where's the Turkish Alwhile,
coran, And take such fortune as your fellows felt. And all the heaps of superstitious books Orc. First let thy Scythian horse tear both our Found in the temples of that Mahomet limbs,
Whom I have thought a god ? they shall be Rather than we should draw thy chariot,
burnt. And, like base slaves, abject our princely minds Usum. Here they are, my lord. To vile and ignominious servitude.
Tamb. Well said !* let there be a fire presently. K. of Jer. Rather lend me thy weapon, Tam
[They light a fire. burlaine,
In vain, I see, men worship Mahomet : That I may sheathe it in this breast of mine. My sword hath sent millions of Turks to hell, A thousand deaths could not torment our hearts Slew all his priests, his kinsmen, and his friends, More than the thought of this doth vex our souls. And yet I live untouch'd by Mahomet. Amy. They will talk still, my lord, if you do There is a God, full of revenging wrath, not bridle them.
From whom the thunder and the lightning breaks, Tamb. Bridle them, and let me to my coach. Whose scourge I am, and him will I + obey. [Attendants bridle ORCANES king of Natolia, and So, Casane ; fling them in the fire.the KING OF JERCSALEM, and harness them to
[They burn the books. the chariot -The GOVERNOR OF
Now, Mahomet, if thou have any power,
Come down thyself and work a miracle : Amy. See, now, my lord, how brave the captain Thou art not worthy to be worshipped bangs!
That suffer'st I flames of fire to burn the writ Tamb. 'Tis brave indeed, my boy:--well done!- | Wherein the sum of thy religion rests : Shoot first, my lord, and then the rest shall follow. Why send'st § thou not a furious whirlwind Ther. Then have at him, to begin withal.
down, [THERIDAMAS shoots at the GOVERNOR. To blow thy Alcoran up to thy throne, Gov. Yet save my life, and let this wound ap Where men report thou sitt'st || by God him. pease
self? The mortal fury of great Tamburlaine !
Or vengeance on the head of Tamburlaine Tamb. No, though Asphaltis' lake were liquid
That shakes his sword against thy majesty, gold,
And spurns the abstracts of thy foolish laws ?And offer'd me as ransom for thy life,
Well, soldiers, Mahomet remains in hell; Yet shouldst thou die.-Shoot at him all at once. He cannot hear the voice of Tamburlaine :
Seek out another godhead to adore; So, now he hangs like Bagdet's * governor,
The God that sits in heaven, if any god, Having as many bullets in his flesh
For he is God alone, and none but he. As there be breaches in her batter'd wall.
Re-enter TECHELLES. Go now, and bind the burghers hand and foot,
Tech. I have fulfill'd your highness' will, my And cast them headlong in the city's lake.
lord : Tartars and Persians shall inbabit there;
Thousands of men, drown'd in Asphaltis' lake, And, to command the city, I will build
Have made the water swell above the banks, A citadel,t that all Africa,
And fishes, fed ** by human carcasses, Which hath been subject to the Persian king,
Amaz’d, swim up and down upon Tt the waves, Shall pay me tribute for in Babylon. Tech. What shall be done with their wives and
* We said] Equivalent to-Well done! as appears children, my lord ?
from innumerable passages of our early writers : see, for Tamb. Techelles, drown them all, man, woman, instances, my ed. of Beaumont and Fletcher's Works, and child;
vol. i. 328, vol. ii. 445, vol. viii. 254.
† will I] So the Svo.-The 4to “I will." Leave not a Babylonian in the town.
I suffer'st] Old eds. “suffers" : but see the two followTech. I will about it straight.—Come, soldiers.
|| sit'xt] So the 8vo.-The 4to “sits." * Bagdet's] So the 8vo.-- The 4to“ Badgets."
I head] So the 8vo.--The 4to“ blood." + A citadel, &c.) Something has dropt out from this ** fud] Old eds. "feede." line.
tt upon] So the 8vo.-Omitted in the 4to.
As when they swallow assafatida,
Tamb. Let it be so ;-about it, soldiers ;--But stay; I feel myself distemper'd suddenly.
Tech. What is it dares distemper Tamburlaine ?
The fowls shall eat; for never sepulchre
Capt. Renowmèd $ general, mighty Callapine,
great, His fortune greater, and the victories Wherewith he bath so sore dismay'd the world Are greatest to discourage all our drifts; Yet, when the pride of Cynthia is at full, She wanes again; and so shall his, I hope; For we have here the chief selected men Of twenty several kingdoms at the least; Nor ploughman, priest, nor merchant, stays at
home; All Turkey is in arms with Callapine ; And never will we sunder camps and arms Before himself or his be conquered : This is the time that must eternize me For conquering the tyrant of the world. Come, soldiers, let us lie in wait for him, And, if we find him absent from his camp, Or that it be rejoin'd again at full, Assail it, and be sure of victory. (Exeunt.
Enter CALLAPINE, KING OF AMASIA, a Captain, and train,
with drums and trumpets. Call. King of Amasia, now our mighty host Marcheth in Asia Major, where the streams Of Euphrates and Tigris swiftly run; And here ** behold great Babylon, Circled about with Limnasphaltis' lake, Where Tamburlaine with all his army lies, Which being faint and weary with the siege, We may lie ready to encounter him Before his host be full from Babylon, And so revenge our latest grievous loss, If God or Mahomet send any aid. K. of Ama. Doubt not, my lord, but we shall
conquer him : The monster that hath drunk a sea of blood, And yet gapes still for more to quench his
thirst, Our Turkish swords shall headlong send to
hell; And that vile carcass, drawn by warlike kings,
Enter TAYBURLAINE draron in his chariot (as before) by SCENE III.
ORCANES king of Natolia, and the KING OF JERUSALEM, Enter THERIDAMAS, TECH ELLES, and USUMCASANE.
AMYRAS, CELEBINUS, and Physicians. Ther. Weep, heavens, and vanish into liquid Tamb. What daring god torments my body tears!
thus, Fall, stars that govern his nativity,
And seeks to conquer mighty Tamburlaine ? And summon all the shining lamps of heaven Shall sickness prove me now to be a man, To cast their bootless fires to the earth,
That have been term'd the terror of the world ! And shed their feeble influence in the air; Techelles and the rest, come, take your swords, Muffle your beauties with eternal clouds; And threaten him whose hand afflicts my soul : For Hell and Darkness pitch their pitchy tents, Come, let us march against the powers of heaven, And Death, with armies of Cimmerian spirits, And set black streamers the firmament, Gives battle 'gainst the heart of Tamburlaine ! To signify the slaughter of the gods. Now, in defiance of that wonted love
Ah, friends, what shall I do? I cannot stand. Your sacred virtues pour'd upon his throne, Come, carry me to war against the gods, And made his state an honour to the heavens, That thus envý the health of Tamburlaine. These cowards invisibly * assail his soul,
Ther. Ah, good my lord, leave these impatient And threaten conquest on our sovereign ;
words, But, if he die, your glories are disgrac'd,
Which add much danger to your malady! Earth droops, and says that hell in heaven is Tamb. Why, shall I sit and languish in this plac'd!
pain? Tech. O, then, ye powers that sway eternal No, strike the drums, and, in revenge of this, seats,
Come, let us charge our spears, and pierce his And guide this massy substance of the earth,
breast If you retain desert of holiness,
Whose shoulders bear the axis of the world, As your supreme estates instruct our thoughts, That, if I perish, heaven and earth may fade. Be not inconstant, careless of your fame,
Theridamas, haste to the court of Jove; Bear not the burden of your enemies' joys, Will him to send Apollo hither straight, Triumphing in his fall whom you advanc'd; To cure me, or I'll fetch him down myself. But, as his birth, life, health, and majesty
Tech. Sit still, my gracious lord; this grief will Were strangely blest and governed by heaven,
cease t, So honour, heaven, (till heaven dissolved be,) And cannot last, it is so violent. His birth, his life, his health, and majesty!
Tamb. Not last, Techelles ! no, for I shall die. Usum. Blush, heaven, to lose the honour of See, where my slave, the ugly monster Death, thy name,
Shaking and quivering, pale and wan for fear, To see thy footstool set upon thy head ;
Stands aiming at me with his mi ring dart, And let no baseness in thy haughty breast Who flies away at every glance I give, Sustain a shame of such inexcellencet,
And, when I look away, comes stealing on ! To see the devils mount in angels' thrones, Villain, away, and hie thee to the field ! And angels dive into the pools of hell !
I and mine army come to load thy back And, though they think their painful date is With souls of thousand mangled carcasses.out,
Look, where he goes! but, see, he comes again, And that their power is puissant as Jove's, Because I stay! Techelles, let us march, Which makes them manage arms against thy And weary Death with bearing souls to hell. state,
First Phy. Pleaseth your majesty to drink this Yet make them feel the strength of Tamburlaine potion, (Thy instrument and note of majesty)
Which will abate the fury of your fit, Is greater far than they can thus subdue ; And cause some milder spirits govern you. For, if he die, thy glory is disgrac'd, Earth droops, and says that hell in heaven is * Enter Tamburlaine, &c.] Here the old eds. have no placa!
stage-direction; and perhaps the poet intended that Tamburlaine should enter at the commencement of this
That he is drawn in his chariot by the two
captive kings, appears from his exclamation at p. 72, • invisibly) So the 4to.-- The 8vo "inuincible."
first col. “ Draw, you slaves !" † inexcellence) So the 4to.-The 8vo “inexcellencie." t cease! So the 8vo.—The 4to "case."