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The hope of Persia, and the very legs
Fled to the Caspian or the Ocean main ? Whereon our state doth lean as on a staff,
What shall I call thee? brother ? no, a foe; That holds us up and foils our neighbour foes : Monster of nature, shame unto thy stock, Thou shalt be leader of this thousand horse, That dar’st presume thy sovereign for to mock ! Whose foarning gall with rage and high disdain Meander, come: I am abus'd, Meander. Have sworn the death of wicked Tamburlaine.
(Bxeunt all except COSROE and MEN APROX. Go frowning forth ; but come thou smiling home, Men. How now, my lord ! what, mated * and As did Sir Paris with the Grecian dame :
amaz'd Return with speed; time passeth swift away; To hear the king thus threaten like himself! Our life is frail, and we may die to-day.
Cos. Ah, Menaphon, I pass not+ for his threats ! Ther. Before the moon renew her borrow'd The plot is laid by Persian noblemen light,
And captains of the Median garrisons
But this it is that doth excruciate
Now sit and laugh our regiment to scorn; And with thy looks thou conquerest all thy foes. And that which might resolve § me into tears, I long to see thee back return from thence, Men from the farthest equinoctial line That I may view these milk-white steeds of mine Have swarm'd in troops into the Eastern India, All loaden with the heads of killed men,
Lading their ships || with gold and precious stones, And, from their knees even to their hoofs below, And made their spoils from all our provinces Besmear'd with blood that makes a dainty show. Men. This should entreat your highness to Ther. Then now, my lord, I humbly take my rejoice, leave.
Since Fortune gives you opportunity
(Bxit THERIDAMAS. By curing of this maimèd empery.
How easily may you, with a mighty host,
Pass | into Græcia, as did Cyrus once, Cos. Nay, pray you, I let him stay; a greater and cause theun to withdraw their forces home, [task]
you ** subdue the pride of Christendom ! Fits Menaphon than warring with a thief :
[Trumpet within. Create him pro-rex of all § Africa,
Cos. But, Menaphon, what means this trumpet's That he may win the Babylonians' hearts,
sound? Which will revolt from Persian government, Men. Behold, my lord, Ortygius and the rest Unless they have a wiser king than you.
Bringing the crown to make you emperor !
Re-enter ORTYGius and CENEUS, it with others, bearing Cos. And add this to them,—that all Asia
Orty. Magnificent and mighty prince Cosroe, Lament to see the folly of their king.
We, in the name of other Persian states * Myc. Well, here I swear by this my royal and commons of this mighty monarchy, seat
Present thee with th' imperial diadem.
* mated) i.e. confounded.
† pass not) i. e. care not. To be reveng'd for these contemptuous words !
I regiment) i. e. rule, government.
s resolve) i. e. dissolve. - So the 8vo.—The sto "dio 0, where is duty and allegiance now?
|| ships) So the 4to.- The 8vo "shippe." • rout) i. e. crew.
| Pas] So the 8vo.—The 4to “Hast." press) So the 8v0.— The 4to "prease.”
** you) So the 8vo.-The 4to "they." * you] So the 8vo.-Omitted in the 4to.
tt Cencur] Here both the old eds. "Coneran." $ all] So tho 4to.-Omitted in the 8vo.
11 states) i. e. noblemen, persons of raak.
Cen. The warlike soldiers and the gentlemen, To injury * or suppress your worthy title ; That beretofore have fill'd Persepolis
Or, if they would, there are in readiness With Afric captains taken in the field,
Ten thousand horse to carry you from hence, Whose ransom made them march in coats of In spite of all suspected enemies. gold,
Cos. I know it well, my lord, and thank you all. With costly jewels banging at their ears,
Orty. Sound up the trumpets, then. And shining stones upon their lofty crests,
[Trumpets sounded. Now living idle in the wallèd towns,
Allot God save the king !
(Exeunt. Wanting both pay and martial discipline, Begin in troops to threaten civil war, And openly exclaim against their * king: Therefore, to stay all sudden mutinies,
SCENE II. We will invest your highness emperor;
Enter TAMBURLAINE leading ZENOCRATE, TECHELLES, UsumWhereat the soldiers will conceive more joy
CASANE, AGYDAS, MAGNETES, Lords, and Soldiers
Loaden with treasure.
Tamb. Come, lady, let not this appal your Cos. Well, since I see the state of Persia droop
thoughts ; And languish in my brother's government,
The jewels and the treasure we have ta’en I willingly receive th' imperial crown,
Shall be reserv'd, and you in better state And vow to wear it for my country's good,
Than if you were arriv'd in Syria, In spite of them shall malice my estate.
Even in the circle of your father's arms, Orty. And, in assurance of desir'd success,
The mighty Soldan of Ægyptia. We here do crown thee monarch of the East. Zeno. Ah, shepherd, pity my distressed plight! Emperor of Asia and Persia; +
(If, as thou seem'st, thou art so mean a man,) Great lord of Media and Armenia;
And seek not to enrich thy followers Duke of Africa and Albania,
By lawless rapine from a silly maid, Mesopotamia and of Parthia,
Who, travelling # with these Median lords East India and the late-discover'd isles ;
To Memphis, from my uncle's country of Media, Chief lord of all the wide vast Euxine Sea, Where, all my youth, I have been governèd, And of the ever-raging I Caspian Lake.
Have pass'd the army of the mighty Turk, All. $ Long live Cosroe, mighty emperor !
Bearing his privy-signet and his hand Cos. And Jove may Il never let me longer live
To safe-conduct us thorough $ Africa. Than I may seek to gratify your love,
Mag. And, since we have arriv'd in Scythia, And cause the soldiers that thus honour me Besides rich presents from the puissant Cham, To triumph over many provinces !
We have his highness' letters to command By whose desires of discipline in arms
Aid and assistance, if we stand in need. I doubt not shortly but to reign sole king,
Tamb. But now you see these letters and com. And with the army of Theridamas
mands (Whither we presently will fly, my lords,)
Are countermanded by a greater man ; To rest secure against my brother's force.
And through my provinces you must expect Orty. We knew, s my lord, before we brought Letters of conduct from my mightiness, the crown,
If you intend to keep your treasure safe.
But, since I love to live at liberty,
* injury] This verb frequently occurs in our early writers. Then haue you iniuried manie." Lyly's
Alexander and Campaspe, sig. D 4, ed. 1591. It would * their) So the 850.- The 4to "the."
seem to have fallen into disuse soon after the commenceand Persia) So the 8vo.—The 4to "and of Persia,"
ment of the 17th century: in Heywood's Woman killed 1 ever-raging] Bo the 8vo.-The 4to "riuer raging." with kindness, 1607, we find, $ ALL) So the 4to.-Omitted in the 8vo.
"You injury that good man, and wrong me too." # And Jove may, &c.) i. e. And may Jove, &c. This
Sig. F 2. collocation of words is sometimes found in later writers:
but in ed. 1617 “injury" is altered to " iniure." so in the Prologue to Fletcher's Woman's Prize, -" Which † ALL) So the 4to.-Omitted in the 8vo. this may prove !"
# Who, travelling, &c.] The halting metre shows that I knew] So the 8vo.-The 4to "knowe."
there is some corruption in this and the next line. ** lords) So the 4to.-The 8vo "Lord."
$ thorough) So the 8vo.—The 4to "through."
As easily may you get the Soldan's crown That thus oppress poor friendless passengers. As any prizes out of my precinct;
Therefore at least admit us liberty,
May serve for ransom to our libertios :
Zeno. I am, my lord,--for so you do import. That we may travel into Syria,
Expects the arrival of her highness' person. And yet a shepherd by iny parentage.
Mag. And wheresoever we repose ourselves, But, lady, this fair face and heavenly hue
We will report but well of Tamburlaine. Must grace his bed that conquers Asia,
Tamb. Disdains Zenocrate to live with me! And means to be a terror to the world,
Or you, my lords, to be my followers! Measuring the limits of his empery
Think you I weigh this treasure more than you ! By east and west, as Phæbus doth his course. Not all the gold in India's wealthy arms Lie here, ye weeds, that I disdain to wear ! Shall buy the meanest soldier in my train. This complete armour and this curtle-axe Zenocrate, lovelier than the love of Jove, Are adjuncts more beseeming Tamburlaine. — Brighter than is the silver Rhodope, * And, madam, whatsoever you esteem
Fairer than whitest snow on Scythian hills, Of this success, and loss unvaluèd, *
Thy person is more worth to Tamburlaine Both may invest you empress of the East; Than the possession of the Persian crown, And these that seem but silly country swains Which gracious stars have promis'd at my birth. May have the leading of so great an host
A hundred Tartars shall attend on thee, As with their weight shall make the mountains Mounted on steeds swifter than Pegasus; quake,
Thy garments shall be made of Median silk, Even as when windy exhalations,
Enchas'd with precious jewels of mine own, Fighting for passage, tilt within the earth. More rich and valuroust than Zenocrate's; Tech. As princely lions, when they rouse them. With milk-white harts upon an ivory sled selves,
Thou shalt be drawn amidst the frozen pools, I Stretching their paws, and threatening herds of And scale the icy mountains' lofty tops, beasts,
Which with thy beauty will be soon resolu'd : So in his armour looketh Tamburlaine.
My martial prizes, with five hundred men, Methinks I see kings kneeling at his feet,
Won on the fifty-headed Volga's waves, And he with frowning brows and fiery looks Shall we all offer || to Zenocrate, Spurning their crowns from off their captive And then nayself to fair Zenocrate. heads.
Tech. What now! in love? Usum. And making thee and me, Techelles, Tamb. Techelles, women must be flattered : kings,
But this is she with whom I am in love.
Enter a Soldier.
Sold. News, news ! These lords perhaps do scorn our estimates,
Tamb. How now! what's the matter? And think we prattle with distemper'd spirits :
Sold. A thousand Persian horsemen are at But, since they measure our deserts so mean,
hand, That in conceit + bear empires on our spears,
Sent from the king to overcome us all.
* Rhodope) Old eds. “Rhodolfe."
valurous) i. e. valuable. Zeno. The gods, defenders of the innocent,
pools) So the 8vo.-The 4to “Poles." Will never prosper your intended drifts,
& resolv'd) i. e. dissolved. -So the 8vo.-The 4to “do solu'd."
1 Shall we all offer] The Evo“ Shall we offer" (the word unvaluèd) i. e. not to be valued, or estimated. "all" having dropt out) -The 4to " We all shall fer. conceit] i. e. fancy, imagination.
1 in) The 8vo "it."-Omitted in the 4to.
Tamb. How now, my lords of Egypt, and
Enter THERIDAMAS with others.
Ther. Where is this * Scythian Tamburlaine ? Now must your jewels be restor'd again,
Tamb. Whom seek'st thou, Persian ? I am And I, that triumph’d. so, be overcome?
With nature's pride and richest furniture ! Tamb. Such hope, such fortune, have the His looks do menace heaven and dare the gods; thousand horse.
His fiery eyes are fix'd upon the earth, Soft ye, my lords, and sweet Zenocrate !
As if he now devis'd some stratagem, You must be forced from me ere you go. Or meant to pierce Avernus' darksome vaults + A thousand horsemen ! we five hundred foot ! To pull the triple-headed dog from hell. An odds too great for us to stand against.
Tamb. Noble and mild this Persian seems But are they rich ? and is their armour good ?
to be, Sold. Their plumèd helms are wrought with If outward habit judge the inward man. beaten gold,
Tech. His deep affections make him passionate. Their swords enamell'd, and about their necks Tamb. With what a majesty he rears his Hang massy chains of gold down to the waist;
looks ! In every part exceeding brave t and rich.
In thee, thou valiant man of Persia, Tamb. Then shall we fight courageously with I see the folly of thy I emperor. them?
Art tbou but captain of a thousand horse, Or look you I should play the orator?
That by characters graven in thy brows, Tech. No; cowards and faint-hearted runaways And by thy martial face and stout aspect, Look for orations when the foe is near :
Deserv'st to have the leading of an host ? Our swords shall play the orators for us.
Forsake thy king, and do but join with me, Usum. Come, let us moet them at the moun And we will triumph over all the world : tain-top, I
I hold the Fates bound fast in iron chains, And with a sudden and an hot alarum
And with my band turn Fortune's wheel about; Drive all their horses headlong down the hill. And sovner shall the sun fall from his sphere Tech. Come, let us march.
Than Tamburlaine be slain or overcome.
Intending but to raze my charmed skin,
And Jove himself will stretch his hand from Open the mails, $ yet guard the treasure sure :
heaven Lay out our golden wedges to the view,
To ward the blow, and shield me safe from That their reflections may amaze the Persians;
harm. And look we friendly on them when they come:
See, how he rains down heaps of gold in showers, But, if they offer word or violence,
As if he meant to give my soldiers pay ! We'll fight, five hundred men-at-arms to one,
And, as a sure and grounded argument Before we part with our possession ;
That I shall be the monarch of the East, And 'gainst the general we will lift our swords,
He sends this Soldan's daughter rich and brave, And either lance|| his greedy thirsting throat,
To be my queen and portly emperess. Or take him prisoner, and his chain shall serve
If thou wilt stay with me, renowmèd || man, For manacles till he be ransom'd home. Tech. I hear them come: shall we encounter
this] So the 8vo.-The 4to “tbe."-Qy. “Where is them?
this Scythian shepherd Tamburlaine"? Compare the next Tamb. Keep all your standings, and not stir
words of Theridamas.
| vaults] Here the 8vo bas "vauts, "-"which," says a foot:
one of the modern editors, “was common in Marlowe's Myself will bide the danger of the brunt.
time:" and so it was; but in the Sec. Part of this play,
act ii. sc. 4, the same 8vo gives, triumph'd] So the 8vo.-The 4to "tryumph.”
“As we descend into the infernal vaults." t brave) i. e. splendidly clad.
I thy) So the 8vo.-The 4to “the." top) So the 4to.-The 8vo "foot."
$ brave) See note f in preceding column. mails) i. e. bags, budgets.
Il renowmèd] i. e. renowned. So the 8vo.—The 4to I lance) So the 4to.—Here the 8vo has "lanch ; " but “ renowned."-The form “ renowned" (Fr. renommé) ocmore than once in the Soc. Part of the play it has''lance." curs repeatedly afterwards in this play, according to the
And lead thy thousand horse with my conduct, To these * resolved, noble Scythians !
But shall I prove a traitor to my king ? Those thousand horse shall sweat with martial Tamb. No; but the trusty friend of Tambur spoil
laine. Of conquer'd kingdoms and of cities sack'd : Ther. Won with thy words, and conquer'd Both we will walk upon the lofty cliffs *;
with thy looks, And Christian merchants, + that with Russian 1 yield myself, my men, and horse to thee, stems I
To be partaker of thy good or ill, Plough up huge furrows in the Caspian Sea, As long as life maintains Theridamas. Shall vail 8 to us as lords of all the lake ;
Tamb. Theridamas, my friend, take here my Both we will reign as consuls of the earth,
hand, And mighty kings shall be our senators.
Which is as much as if I swore by heaven, Jove sometime masked in a shepherd's weed; And callid the gods to witness of my vow. And by those steps that he hath scal'd the Thus shall my heart be still combin'd with thine heavens
Until our bodies turn to elements, May we become immortal like the gods.
And both our souls aspire celestial throneg.Join with me now in this my mean estate, Techelles and Casane, welcome him. (I call it mean, because, being yet obscure,
Tech. Welcome, renowmed + Persian, to us The nations far-remov'd admire me not,)
all ! And when my name and honour shall be spread Usum. Long may Theridamas remain with us! As far as Boreas claps his brazen wings,
Tamb. These are my friends, in whom I more Or fair Böotes || sends his cheerful light,
rejoice Then shalt thou be competitor 9 with me, Than doth the king of Persia in his crown; And sit with Tamburlaine in all his majesty. And, by the love of Pyladies and Orestes,
Ther. Not Hermes, prolocutor to the gods, Whose statues I we adore in Scythia, Could use persuasions more pathetical.
Thyself and them shall never part from me Tamb. Nor are Apollo's oracles more true Before I crown you kings & in Asia. Than thou shalt find my vaunts substantial. Make much of them, gentle Theridamns, Tech. We are his friends; and, if the Persian And they will never leave thee till the death. king
Ther. Nor thee nor them, II tbrice-noble TamShould offer present dukedoms to our state,
burlaine, We think it loss to make exchange for that Shall want my heart to be with gladness pierc'd, We le are assur'd of by our friend's success.
To do you honour and security. Usum. And kingdoms at the least we all expect, Tamb. A thousand thanks, worthy TheriBesides the honour in assured conquests,
damas.Where kings shall crouch unto our conquering And now, fair madam, and my noble lords, swords,
If you will I willingly remain with me, And hosts of soldiers stand amaz'd at us,
You shall have honours as your merits be; When with their fearful tongues they shall confess, Or else you shall be forc'd with slavery. These are the men that all the world admires. Agyd. We yield unto thee, happy Tamburlaine Ther. What strong enchantments tice my Tamb. For you, then, madam, I am out of yielding soul
doubt. Zeno. I must be pleas'd perforce,—wretched Zenocrate!
(B.reunt. 8vo. It is occasionally found in writers posterior to Marlowe's time. e. g.
* To these] Old eds. "Are these.” “Of Constantines great towne renoum'd in vaine." + renowmèd] See note I, p. 11.–So the 870.-The 4to Verses to King James, prefixed to Lord Stirling's
renowned." Monarchicke Tragedies, ed. 1607.
statues) So the 4to.-"The first edition reads "sta
tutes,' but, as the Scythians worshipped Pylades and . cuffs] So the 8vo.-The 4to “cliftes."
Orestes in temples, we have adopted the reading of the merchants) i. e. merchant-men, ships of trade.
quarto as being most probably the correct one." Bi. stems) i. e. prows.
1826. $vail] i. e. lower their flags.
§ kings) So the 8vo.—The 4to "king." | Bootes] The 8vo “Botëes.”—The 4to "Boetes."
| Nor thee nor them) The modern edicors silently print competitor) i. e. associate, partner (a sense in which
"Nor they nor theirs." the word is used by Shakespeare).
I will) So the 8vo.-Omitted in the 4to.