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Mean. Some powers divine, or else infernal, Even at the morning of my happy state, mix'd
Scarce being seated in my royal throne, Their angry seeds at his conception;
To work my downfall and untimely end ! For he was never sprung* of human race, Ap uncouth pain torments my grieved soul; Since with the spirit of his fearful pride,
And death arrests the organ of my voice, He dares t so doubtlessly resolve of rule, Who, entering at the breach thy sword hath And by profession be ambitious.
made, Orty. What god, or fiend, or spirit of the earth, Sacks every vein and artier * of my heart.Or monster turned to a manly shape,
Bloody and insatiate Tamburlaine ! Or of what mould or mettle he be made,
Tamb. The thirst of reign and sweetness of a What star or fate I soever govern him,
crown, Let us put on our meet encountering minds; That caus'd the eldest son of heavenly Ops And, in detesting such a devilish thief,
To thrust his doting father from his chair, In love of honour and defence of right,
And place himself in the empyreal heaven, Be arm’d against the hate of such a foe,
Mov'd me to manage arms against thy state. Whether from earth, or hell, or heaven he grow. What better precedent than mighty Jove?
Cos. Nobly resolv’d, my good Ortygius ; Nature, that fram'd us of four elements And, since we all have suck'd one wholesome air, Warring within our breasts for regiment,+ And with the same proportion of elements Doth teach us all to have aspiring minds: Resolve, I hope we are resembled,
Our souls, whose faculties can comprehend Vowing our loves to equal death and life. The wondrous architecture of the world, Let's cheer our soldiers to encounter him, And measure every wandering planet's course, That grievous image of ingratitude,
Still climbing after knowledge infinite, That fiery thirster after sovereignty,
And always moving as the restless spheres, And burn him in the fury of that flame
Will us to wear ourselves, and never rest, That none can quench but blood and empery. Until we reach the ripest fruit I of all, Resolve, my lords and loving soldiers, now That perfect bliss and sole felicity, To save your king and country from decay. The sweet fruition of an earthly crown. Then strike up, drum; and all the stars that Ther. And that made me to join with TamburThe loathsome circle of my dated life, (make laine ; Direct my weapon to his barbarous heart, For he is gross and like the massy earth That thus opposeth him against the gods, That moves not upwards, nor by princely deeds And scorns the powers that govern Persia ! Doth mean to soar above the highest sort. [Exeunt, drums sounding. Tech. And that made us, the friends of Tam
To lift our swords against the Persian king. SCENE VII.
Usum. For as, when Jove did thrust old Saturn Alarms of battle within. Then enter COSROE wounded, Tan
down, BURLAINE, THERIDAMAS, TECHELLES, Usur casaNE, Neptune and Dis gain'd each of them a crown, with others. Cos. Barbarous|| and bloody Tamburlaine,
* artier) i. e. artery. This form occurs again in the Thus to deprive me of my crown and life
Sec. Part of the present play : so too in a copy of verses Treacherous and false Theridamas,
“Hid in the vaines and artiers of the earthc." • sprung) See note 1, p. 14.
Shakespeare Soc. Papers, vol. i. 19. dares] So the 8vo. —The 4to “dare."
The word indeed was variously written of old : fate] Old eds. “state.”
"The arter strynge is the conduyt of the lyfe spiryte" $ Resolve) Seems to mean—dissolve (compare “our
Hormanni Vulgaria, sig. G iii. ed. 1530. bodies turn to elements," p. 12, sec. col.): but I suspect
“Riche treasures serue for th'arters of the war." some corruption here.
Lord Stirling's Darirs, act ii. sig. C 2. ed. 1604. || Barbarous] Qy. “O barbarous"? in the next line but one, “O treacherous" ? and in the last line of the speech,
“Onelye the extrauagant artire of my arme is brused" “O bloody"? But we occasionally find in our early
Everie Woman in her Humor, 1609, sig. D 4. dramatists lines which are defective in the first syllable:
"And from the veines some bloud each arcire draines" and in some of these instances at least it would almost
Davies's Microcomos, 1611, p. 56. seem that nothing has been omitted by the transcriber t regiment] i. e. rule. or printer.
fruit) So the 4to.-The 8vo "fruites."
So do we hope to reign in Asia,
Cos. The strangest men that ever nature made!
wound; My soul begins to take her Aight to hell, And summons all my senses to depart: The heat and moisture, which did feed each other, For want of nourishment to feed them both, Are * dry and cold ; and now doth ghastly Death With greedy talents + gripe my bleeding heart, And like a harpy Itires on my life.Theridamas and Tamburlaine, I die : And fearful vengeance light upon you both!
(Dies.-TAMBURLAINE takes CosRoe's crown, and puts
it on kis own head.
Tamb. Not all the curses which the* Furies
AU. Tamburlaine ! Tamburlaine !
Asia ! Tamb. So; now it is more surer on my head Than if the gods had held a parliament, And all pronounc'd me king of Persia. (Exeunt.
SCENE I. Enter BAJAZETH, the Kinos or FEZ, MOROCCO, and ARGIER,
wilk others, in great pomp. Baj. Great kings of Barbary, and my portly
bassoes, S We hear the Tartars and the eastern thieves, Under the conduct of one Tamburlaine, Presume a bickering with your emperor, And think to rouse us from our dreadful siege Of the famous Grecian Constantinople. You know our army is invincible ; As many circumcised Turks we have, And warlike bands of Christians renied, il
As hath the ocean or the Terrene + sea
Baj. Hie thee, my basso, $ fast to Persia;
• Are] Old ods. “Is."
| talents) Was often used by our early writers for talons, as many passages might be adduced to shew. Hence the quibble io Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, act iv. sc. 2., “If a talent be a claw," &c.
I harpy) So the 8vo.—The 4to “Harper;" and with that reading the line is cited, in a note on Macbeth, act iv. sc. I, by Steevens, who also gives “tires upon my life; but "tirex" (a well-known term in falconry, and equivaleut bero torpreys) is to be pronounced as a dissyllable. (lo the 4to it is spelt “ tyers.")
$ bassoes) i. e. bashaws.
| Christians renied) i. e. Christians who have denied, or renounced their faith.-In The Gent. Magazine for Jan. 1841, J. M. would read “Christians renegadens" “Christian renegades :" but the old text is right; among maoy passiges that might be cited, compare the following;
"And that Ydole is the God of false Cristene, that han
reneyed bire fcythe." The Voiage and Traraile of Sir John Maunderile, p. 209. ed. 1725. “For that thou should'st reny thy faith, and her thereby
possesse. The Soldan did capitulat in vaine: the more thy
blesse." Warner's Albions England, B. XI. Ch. 68. p. 287. ed. 1596. * the) So the 4to.—The 8vo “thy." † Terrene) i. e. Mediterranean.
Renoumèd] See note 1, p. 11. So the 8vo.-The 4to "renowned."
3 basso) So the 8vo.-The 4to“ Brother,"
Not* once to set his foot in + Africa,
To know the cause of these unquiet fits Or spread I his colours in Græcia,
That work such trouble to your wonted rest 3 Lest he incur the fury of my wrath :
'Tis more than pity such a heavenly face Tell him I am content to take a truce,
Should by heart's sorrow wax 80 wan and pale, Because I hear he bears a valiant mind :
When your offensive rape by Tamburlaine But if, presuming on his silly power,
(Which of your whole displeasures should be He be so mad to manage arms with me,
As his exceeding favours have deserv'd,
As it hath chang'd my first-conceiv'd disdain ; And mean to fetch thee in despite of him. Yet since a farther passion feeds my thoughts Bas. Most great and puissant monarch of the With ceaseless * and disconsolate conceits t, earth,
Which dye my looks so lifeless as they are, Your basso will accomplish your behest,
And might, if my extremes had full events, And shew your pleasure to the Persian,
Make me the ghastly counterfeit of death. As fits the legate of the stately Turk.
Agyd. Eternal heaven sooner be dissolv'd, K. of Arg. They say he is the king of Persia ; And all that pierceth Phæbus' silver eye, But, if he dare attempt to stir your siege, Before such hap fall to Zenocrate ! 'Twere requisite he should be ten times more, Zeno. Ah, life and soul, still hover in his s For all Aesh quakes at your magnificence.
breast, Baj. True, Argier; and tremble[s] at my looks. And leave my body senseless as the earth, K. of Mor. The spring is hinder'd by your or else unite you || to his life and soul, smothering hoet;
That I may live and die with Tamburlaine ! For neither rain can fall upon the earth,
Enter, behind, TAMBURLAINE, with TECHELLES, and others. Nor sun reflex his virtuous beams thereon,
Agyd. With Tamburlaine! Ah, fair Zenocrate, The ground is mantled with such multitudes.
Let not a man so vile and barbarous, Baj. All this is true as holy Mahomet;
That holds you from your father in despite, And all the trees are blasted with our breaths.
And keeps you from the honours of a queen, K. of Fez. What thinks your greatness best to
(Being suppos'd his worthless concubine,) be achiev'd
Be honour'd with your love but for necessity ! In pursuit of the city's overthrow?
So, now the mighty Soldan hears of you, Baj. I will the captive pioners || of Argier
Your highness needs not doubt but in short time Cut off the water that by leaden pipes
He will, with Tamburlaine's destruction, Runs to the city from the mountain Carnon ;
Redeem you from this deadly servitude. Two thousand horse shall forage up and down,
Zeno. Leave to wound me with these words, That no relief or succour come by land;
And speak of Tamburlaine as he deserves : And all the sea my galleys countermand :
The entertainment we have had of him Then shall our footmen lie witbin the trench,
Is far from villany or servitude, And with their cannons, mouth'd like Orcus' gulf, And might in noble minds be counted princely. Batter the walls, and we will enter in ;
Agyd. How can you fancy one that looks so And thus the Grecians shall be conquerèd.
Only dispos'd to martial stratagems ?
Who, when he shall embrace you in his arms, SCENE II.
Will tell how many thousand men he slew; Enter ZENOCRATE, AGYDAS, ANIPPE, with others. And, when you look for amorous discourse, Agyd. Madam Zenocrate, may I presume * Not] So the 8vo.- The 4to “Nor."
* ceaseless) So the 8vo.—The 4to "carelesse." in) so the 8vo.-The 4to "on."
conceils) i. e, faucies, imaginations. • Or spread, &c.) A word has dropt out from this line. I counterfeit) i. e. picture, resemblance.
§ measur'd heaven] So the 8vo.-The 4to“ measured the § his] So the 8vo.-The 4to "the." heauen."
11 you) So the 8vo. —The 4to "me." Il pioners) The usual spelling of the word in our early Leave] The author probably wrote, “Agydas, leave, writers (iu Shakespeare, for instance).
Will rattle forth bis facts * of war and blood, Against the terror of the winds and waves ; Too harsh a subject for your dainty ears.
So fares Agydas for the late-felt frowns, Zeno. As looks the sun through Nilus' flowing That send * a tempest to my daunted thoughts, stream,
And make my soul divine her overthrow. Or when the Morning holds him in her arms,
Re-enter TECHELLES with a naked dagger, and USUMCASANE. So looks my lordly love, fair Tamburlaine; His talk much + sweeter than the Muses' song
Tech. See you, Agydas, how the king salutes They sung for honour 'gainst Pierides I, Or when Minerva did with Neptune strive:
He bids you prophesy what it imports. And higher would I rear my estimate
Agyd. I prophesied before, and now I prove Than Juno, sister to the highest god,
The killing frowns of jealousy and love. If I were match'd with mighty Tamburlaine.
He needed not with words confirm my fear, Agyd. Yet be not so inconstant in your love,
For words are vain where working tools present But let the young Arabian & live in hope,
The naked action of my threaten'd end: After your rescue to enjoy his choice.
It says, Agydas, thou shalt surely die, You see, though first the king of Persia,
And of extremities elect the least; Being a shepherd. seem'd to love you much,
More honour and less pain it may procure, Now, in his majesty, he leaves those looks,
To die by this resolvèd hand of thine Those words of favour, and those comfortings,
Than stay the torments he and heaven bave sworn. And gives no more than common courtesies.
Then haste, Agydas, and prevent the plagues Zeno. Thence rise the tears that so distain my
Which thy prolonged fates may, draw on thee: cheeks,
Go wander free from fear of tyrant's rage, Fearing his love || through my unworthiness.
Removed from the torments and the hell
Wherewith he may excruciate thy soul;
(Stabs himself. Agyd. Betray'd by fortune and suspicious love,
Tech. Usumcasane, see, how right the man Threaten'd with frowning wrath and jealousy,
Hath hit the meaning of my lord the king ! Surpris'd with fear of I hideous revenge,
Usum. Faith, and, Techelles, it was manly done; I stand aghast; but most astonièd
And, since he was so wise and honourable, To see his choler shut in secret thoughts,
Let us afford him now the bearing hence, And wrapt in silence of his angry soul :
And crave his triple-worthy burial. Upon his brows was pourtray'd ugly death;
Tech. Agreed, Casane; we will honour him. And in his eyes the fury ** of his heart,
(Exeunt, bearing out the body. That shonett as comets, menacing revenge, And cast a pale complexion on his cheeks. As when the seaman sees the Hyades Gather an army of Cimmerian clouds,
SCENE III. (Auster and Aquilon with wingèd steeds,
Enter TAYBURLAINE, TECHELLES, USUMCASANE, TAERIAll sweating, tilt about the watery heavens,
DAMAS, a Basso, ZENOCRATE, ANIPPE, with others. With shivering spears enforcing thunder-claps,
Tamb. Basso, by this thy lord and master knows And from their shields strike flames of lightning.) I mean to meet him in Bithynia : All-fearful folds his sails, and sounds the main,
See, how he comes! tush, Turks are full of brags, Lifting his prayers to the heavens for aid
And menace t more than they can well perform,
He meet me in the field, and fetoh I thee hence ! * facts) i. e. deeds.
Alas, poor Turk! bis fortune is too weak much so the 8vo.-The 4to“ more." 1 Puride) i. e. The daughters of Pierus, who, having
T encounter with the strength of Tamburlaine : challenged the Muses to a trial of song, were overcome, View well my camp, and speak indifferently; and changed into magpies.
Do not my captains and my soldiers look the young Arabian) Scil. Alcidamus; see p. 10, 1. 9,
As if they meant to conquer Africa ? ses. col.
| Fearing his love) i. e. Fearing with respect to his love. Sos 80 the 4to.—The 8vo “and.'
send] Old eds. "sent." ** jury) So the 4to. - The 8vo “furies."
* menace) So the 8vo.-The 4to“. meane. It shone) Old cds. "shine."
1 fetch) So the 8vo.—The 4to "fetcht."
Bas. Your men are valiant, but their number Are punish'd with bastones * so grievously few,
That they + lie panting on the galleys' side, And cannot terrify his mighty host:
And strive for life at every stroke they give. My lord, the great commander of the world, These are the cruel pirates of Argier, Besides fifteen contributory kings,
That damned train, the scum of Africa, Hath now in arms ten thousand janizaries, Inhabited with straggling runagates, Mounted on lusty Mauritanian steeds,
That make quick havoc of the Christian blood :
But, as I live, that town shall curse the time
Enter BAJAZETH, Bassoes, the Kinos op FEZ, MOROCCO,
and ARGIER; ZABINA and EBEA. If he think good, can from his garrisons Withdraw as many more to follow him.
Baj. Bassoes and janizaries of my guard, Tech. The more he brings, the greater is the
Attend upon the person of your lord, spoil;
The greatest potentate of Africa. For, when they perish by our warlike hands,
Tamb. Techelles and the rest, prepare your We mean to set our footmen on their steeds,
swords; And rifle all those stately janizars.
I mean t'encounter with that Bajazeth. Tamb. But will those kings accompany your
Baj. Kings of Fez, Morocco, I and Argier, lord ?
He calls me Bajazeth, whom you call lord ! Bas. Such as his highness please; but some
Note the presumption of this Scythian slave !must stay
I tell thee, villain, those that lead my horse To rule the provinces he late subdu'd.
Have to their names titles § of dignity; Tamb. (To his Officers] Then fight courage
And dar'st thou bluntly call me Bajazeth! ously : their crowns are yours ;
Tamb. And know, thou Turk, that those which This hand shall set them on your conquering
lead my horse heads,
Shall lead thee captive thorough Africa; That made me emperor of Asia.
And dar’st thou bluntly call me Tamburlaine ? Usum. Let him bring millions infinite of men,
Baj. By Mahomet my kinsman's sepulchre, Unpeopling Western Africa and Greece,
And by the holy Alcoran I swear, Yet we assure us of the victory.
He shall be made a chaste and lustless eunuch, Ther. Even he, that in a trice vanquish'd two And in my sarell || tend my concubines; kings
And all his captains, that thus stoutly stand, More mighty than the Turkish emperor,
Shall draw the chariot of any emperess, Shall rouse him out of Europe, and pursue
Whom I have brought to see their overthrow ! His scatter'd army till they yield or die.
Tamb. By this my sword that conquer'd Tamb. Well said, Theridamas ! speak in that
Thy fall shall make me famous through the For will and shall best fitteth Tamburlaine,
world! Whose smiling stars give him assured hope
I will not tell thee how I'll handle thee, Of martial triumph ere he meet his foes.
But every common soldier of my camp I that am term'd the scourge and wrath God,
Shall smile to see thy miserable state. The only fear and terror of the world,
K. of Pez. What means the ** mighty Turkish
they) So the 8vo.-Omitted in the 4to.
Morocco) Here the old eds. " Moroccus," har. And, when they chance to rest or breathe I a
barism which I have not retained, because previously,
in the stage-direction at the commencement of this act
ş tilles) So the 8vo.—The 4to "title."
Il sarell] i.e. seraglio.
ru] So the 8vo.-The 4to "I will." I to rest or breathe) So the 80.-The 4to "to breath and
** the] So the 8vo.—The 4to "this."