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Orc.* Though from the shortest northern Enter OROANES king of Natolia, GAZELLUS viceroy of

parallel, Byron, URIBASSA *, and their train, with drums and Vast Grantland, compass'd with the Frozen Sea, trumpets.

(Inhabited with tall and sturdy men, Orc. Egregious viceroys of these eastern parts, Giants as big as hugy + Polypheme,) Plac'd by the issue of great Bajazeth,

Millions of soldiers cut the $ arctic line, And sacred lord, the mighty Callapine,

Bringing the strength of Europe to these arms, Who lives in Egypt prisoner to that slave Our Turkey blades shall glide through all their Which kept his father in an iron cage,

throats, Now have we march'd from fair Natolia

And make this champion & mead a bloody fen: Two hundred leagues, and on Danubius' banks

Danubius' stream, that runs to Trebizon, Our warlike host, in complete armour, rest, Shall carry, wrapt within his scarlet waves, Where Sigismund, the king of Hungary,

As martial presents to our friends at home, Should meet our person to conclude a truce : The slaughter'd bodies of these Christians : What! shall we parle with the Christian? The Terrene || main, wherein Danubius falls, Or cross the stream, and meet him in the field •

Shall by this battle be the bloody sea : Gaz. King of Natolia, let us treat of peace : The wandering sailors of proud Italy We all are glutted with the Christians' blood, Shall meet those Christians, fleeting with the And have a greater foe to fight against,

tide, Proud Tamburlaine, that now in Asia,

Beating in heaps against their argosies, Near Guyron's head, doth set his conquering feet, and make fair Europe, mounted on her bull, And means to fire Turkey as he goes :

Trapp'd with the wealth and riches of the world, 'Gainst him, my lord, you must address your Alight, and wear a woful mourning weed. power.

Gaz. Yet, stout Orcanes, pro-rex of the world, Uri. Besides, King Sigismund hath brought Since Tamburlaine hath muster'd all his men, from Christendom

Marching from Cairo northward, with his camp, More than his camp of stout Hungarians, – To Alexandria and the frontier towns, Sclavonians, Almains, Rutters,+ Muffs, and Danes, Meaning to make a conquest of our land, That with the halberd, lance, and murdering axe, Will hazard that we might with surety bold. * Orc.) Omittod in the old eds.

thugy) i. e. huge. Uribassa) In this scene, but only here, the old eds. I cut the] So the 8vo.—The 4to "out of." have “Upibassa."

$ champion) i. e. champaign. † Almains, Rutlers) Rutters are properly German || Terrene) i.e. Mediterranean (but the Danube falls troopers (reiter, reuter). In the third speech after the into the Black Sea.) proxeut one this lino is repeated verbatim : but in the Cairo) Old eds. “Cairon :" but they are not confirst sccho of our author's Faustus we have,

sistent in the spelling of this name ; afterwards (p. 45, "Like Almain rutters with their horsemen's staves." Bcc. col.) they have “Cario."

'Tis requisite to parle for a peace

Enter SIGISMUND, FREDERICK, BALDWIN, and their trais, With Sigismund, the king of Hungary,

with drums and trumpets. And save our forces for the hot assaults

Sig. Orcanes, (as our legates promis'd thee,) Proud Tamburlaine intends Natolia.

We, with our peers, have cross'd Danubius' Orc. Viceroy of Byron, wisely hast thou said.

stream, My realm, the centre of our empery,

To treat of friendly peace or deadly war. Once lost, all Turkey would be overthrown;

Take which thou wilt; for, as the Romans us'd, And for that cause the Christians shall have I here present thee with a naked sword: peace.

Wilt thou have war, then shake this blade at me; Sclavonians, Almains, Rutters, Muffs, and Danes, If peace, restore it to my hands again, Fear * not Orcanes, but great Tamburlaine ;

And I will sheathe it, to confirm the same. Nor he, but Fortune that hath made him Orc. Stay, Sigismund : forgett'st thou I am he great

That with the cannon shook Vienna-walla, We have revolted Grecians, Albanese,

And made it dance upon the continent, Sicilians, Jews, Arabians, Turks, and Moors,

As when the massy substance of the earth Natolians, Sorians,+ black | Egyptians,

Quiver[s] about the axle-tree of heaven? Illyrians, Thracians, and Bithynians, 8

Forgett'st thou that I sent a shower of darts, Enough to swallow forceless Sigismund,

Mingled with powder'd shot and feather'd steel, Yet scarce enough t encounter Tamburlaine. So thick upon the blink-ey'd burghers' heads, He brings a world of people to the field,

That thou thyself, then County Palatine, From Scythia to the oriental plage ||

The King of Boheme,* and the Austric Duke, Of India, where raging Lantchidol

Sent heralds out, which basely on their knees, Beats on the regions with his boisterous blows, In all your names, desir'd a truce of me? That never seaman get discovered.

Forgett'st thou that, to have me raise my siege, All Asia is in arms with Tamburlaine,

Waggons of gold were set before my tent, Even from the midst of fiery Cancer's tropic Stampt with the princely fowl that in her wings To Amazonia under Capricorn ;

Carries the fearful thunderbolts of Jove ? And thence, as far as Archipelago,

How canst thou think of this, and offer war? All Afric is in arms with Tamburlaine :

Sig. Vienna was besieg'd, and I was there, Therefore, viceroy, 1 the Christians must have Then County Palatine, but now a king, peace.

And what we did was in extremity

But now, Orcanes, view my royal host, * Pear) i. e. frighten.

That hides these plains, and seems as vast and Sorians) So the 4to.-Here the 8vo has “Syrians";

wide but elsewhere in this Sec. Part of the play it agrees with

As doth the desert of Arabia the 4to in having "Sorians," and "Soria" (which occurs repeatedly,--the King of Soria being one of the charac

To those that stand on Bagdet's + lofty tower, ters). ---Compare Jonson's Fox, act iv. sc. 1;

Or as the ocean to the traveller
“whether a ship,

That rests upon the snowy Appenines;
Newly arriv'd from Soria, or from
Any suspected part of all the Lovant,

And tell me whether I should stoop so low,
Be guilty of the plague," &c.

Or treat of peace with the Natolian king.
on which passage Whalley remarks ; *The city Tyre, Gaz. Kings of Natolia and of Hungary,
from whence the whole country had its name, was
anciently called Zur or Zor; since the Arabs erected

We came from Turkey to confirm a league, their empire in the East, it has been again called Sor, and

And not to dare each other to the field. is at this day known by no other name in those parts. A friendly parle I might become you both. Hence the Italians formed their Soria.

Pred. And we from Europe, to the same * black) So the 8vo. —The 4to “and black." Egyptians,

intent; $ Myrians, Thracians, and Bithynians) So the 8vo

Which if your general refuse or scorn, (except that by a misprint it gives “Ilicians" ).-The 4to bas,

* Boheme) i. e. Bohemia. “Egyptians,

| Bagdet's] So the 8vo in act v. sc. 1. Here it has Fred. And we from Europe to the same intent “Badgeths" : the 4to “Brieths." Ilirians, Thracians, and Bithynians" ;

parle) So the 8vo.—Here the 4to "parley," but bea line which belongs to a later part of the scene (see next fore, repeatodly, “parle." col.) being unaccountably inserted here.

§ Fred. And we from Europe, to the same indent) So the I plage) i. 0. region. So the 8vo.-The 4to "Place." 8vo.-The 4to, which gives this line in an earlier part of { viceroy) So the 8vo.—The 4to “Vice-royes."

the scene (see note 6, precoding col.), omits it here.

my soul,

Our tents are pitch'd, our men stand * in array, Come, banquet and carouse with us a while,
Ready to charge you ere you stir your feet. And then depart we to our territories. [Exeunt.

Orc. So prest + are we: but yet, if Sigismund
Speak as a friend, and stand not upon terms,
Here is his sword; let peace be ratified
On these conditions specified before,

Drawn with advice of our ambassadors.

Bnter CALLAPINE, and ALMEDA his keeper. Sig. Then here I sheathe it, and give thee my hand,

Call. Sweet Almeda, pity the ruthful plight Never to draw it out, or I manage arms

Of Callapine, the son of Bajazeth, Against thyself or thy confederates,

Born to be monarch of the western world, But, whilst I live, will be at truce with thee.

Yet here detain'd by cruel Tamburlaine. Orc. But, Sigismund, confirm it with an oath,

Alm. My lord, I pity it, and with my heart And swear in sight of heaven and by thy Wish your release ; but he whose wrath is death, Christ.

My sovereign lord, renowmèd * Tamburlaine, Sig. By Him that made the world and sav'd Forbids you further liberty than this.

Call. Ah, were I now but half so eloquent The Son of God and issue of a maid,

To paint in words what I'll perform in deeds, Sweet Jesus Christ, I solemnly protest

I know thou wouldst depart from hence with me!

Alm. Not for all Afric: therefore move me not. And vow to keep this peace inviolable ! Orc. By sacred Mahomet, the friend of God,

Call. Yet hear me speak, my gentle Almeda. Whose holy Alcoran remains with us,

Alm. No speech to that end, by your favour,

sir. Whose glorious body, when he left the world, Clos'd in a coffin mounted up the air,

Call. By Cairo + runs

Alm. No talk of running, I tell you, sir.
And hung on stately Mecca's temple-roof,
I swear to keep this truce inviolable!

Call. A little further, gentle Almeda.
Of whose conditions & and our solemn oaths,

Alm. Well, sir, what of this ? Sign'd with our hands, each shall retain a scroll,

Call. By Cairo runs to Alexandria-bay As memorable witness of our league.

Darotes' stream I, wherein at & anchor lies

A Turkish galley of my royal fleet,
Now, Sigismund, if any Christian king
Encroach upon the confines of thy realm,

Waiting my coming to the river-side,
Send word, Orcanes of Natolia

Hoping by some means I shall be releas'd; Confirm'd || this league beyond Danubius' stream, Which, when I come aboard, will hoist up sail, And they will, trembling, sound a quick retreat ;

And soon put forth into the Terrene || sea, So am I fear'd among all nations.

Where, I 'twixt the isles of Cyprus and of Crete, Sig. If any heathen potentate or king

We quickly may in Turkish seas arrive. Invade Natolia, Sigismund will send

Then shalt thou see a hundred kings and more, A hundred thousand horse train'd to the war,

Upon their knees, all bid me welcome home. And back'd by T stout lanciers of Germany,

Amongst so many crowns of burnish'd gold, The strength and sinews of the imperial seat.

Choose which thou wilt, all are at thy command : Orc. I thank thee, Sigismund; but, when I war,

A thousand galleys, mann'd with Christian slaves, All Asia Minor, Africa, and Greece,

I freely give thee, which shall cut the Straits, Follow my standard and my thundering drums.

And bring armadoes, from ** the coasts of Spain, Come, let us go and banquet in our tents : I will despatch chief of my army hence

* renowmèd) See note I, p. 11. (Here the old eds. agree.)

+ Cuiro) Old eds. “Cario." See note 1, p. 43. To fair Natolia and to Trebizon,

* stream] Old eds. “streames." To stay my coming 'gainst proud Tamburlaine : Sat] So the 4to.-The 8vo “an." Friend Sigismund, and peers of Hungary,

|| Terrene) i. e. Mediterranean.

1 Where) Altered by the modern editors to “Whence,"

-an alteration made by one of them also in a speech at sland) So the 8v0.-The 4to "are."

p. 48, sec. col., which may be compared with the present prest) i. e. ready.

one, or| So the 8vo.—The 4to" and."

“Therefore I took my course to Manico, conditions) So the 4to.-The 8vo "condition."

Where, unresisted, I remov'd my camp; I Comfirm'd] So the 4to.-The 8vo "Confirmo."

And, by the coast," &c. by] So the 8vo.-The 4to "with."

** from) So the 4to.--The 8vo "to."


Fraughted with gold of rich America :

SCENE III. The Grecian virgins shall attend on thee,

Enter TAMBURLAINE, ZENOCRATE, and their three sons, Skilful in music and in amorous lays,

CALYPHAB, AMYRAS, and CELEBINUS, with drumas and As fair as was Pygmalion's ivory girl

trumpets. Or lovely lö metamorphosèd :

Tamb. Now, bright Zenocrate, the world's fair With naked negroes shall thy coach be drawn,

eye, And, as thou rid'st in triumph through the Whose beams illuminate the lamps of heaven, streets,

Whose cheerful looks do clear the cloudy air, The pavement underneath thy chariot-wheels And clothe it in a crystal livery, With Turkey-carpets shall be covered,

Now rest thee here on fair Larissa-plains, And cloth of arras hung about the walls,

Where Egypt and the Turkish empire part Fit objects for thy princely eye to pierce: Between thy sons, that shall be emperors, A hundred bassoes, cloth'd in crimson silk, And every one commander of a world. Shall ride before thee on Barbarian steeds ;

Zeno. Sweet Tamburlaine, when wilt thou And, when thou goest, a golden canopy

leave these arms, Enchas'd with precious stones, which shino as And save thy sacred person free from scathe, bright

And dangerous chances of the wrathful war? As that fair veil that covers all the world,

Tamb. When heaven shall cease to move on When Phoebus, leaping from his hemisphere,

both the poles, Descendeth downward to th' Antipodes :

And when the ground, whereon my soldiers And more than this, for all I cannot tell.

march, Alm. How far hence lies the galley, say you? Shall rise aloft and touch the hornèd moon; Call. Sweet Almeda, scarce half a league from And not before, my sweet Zenocrate. hence.

Sit up, and rest thee like a lovely queen. Alm. But need * we not be spied going aboard ? So; now she sits in pomp and majesty,

Call. Betwixt the hollow hanging of a hill, When these, my sons, more precious in mino And crooked bending of a craggy rock,

eyes The sails wrapt up, the mast and tacklings down, Than all the wealthy kingdoms I subdu'd, She lies so close that none can find her out.

Plac'd by her side, look on their mother's face. Alm. I like that well : but, tell me, my lord, But yet methinks their looks are amorous, if I should let you go, would you be as good as Not martial as the sons of Tamburlaine : your word ? shall I be made a king for my Water and air, being symboliz'd in one, labour?

Argue their want of courage and of wit; Call. As I am Callapine the emperor,

Their hair as white as milk, and soft as down, And by the hand of Mahomet I swear,

(Which should be like the quills of porcupines, Thou shalt be crown'd a king, and be my mate! As black as jet, and hard as iron or steel,)

Alm. Then here I swear, as I am Almeda, Bewrays they are too dainty for the wars;
Your keeper under Tamburlaine the Great, Their fingers made to quaver on a lute,
(For that's the style and title I have yet,) Their arms to hang about a lady's neck,
Although he sent a thousand armed men Their legs to dance and caper in the air,
To intercept this haughty enterprize,

Would make me think them bastards, not my sons,
Yet would I venture to conduct your grace, But that I know they issu'd from thy womb,
And die before I brought you back again ! That never look'd on man but Tamburlaine.
Call. Thanks, gentle Almeda: then let us Zeno. My gracious lord, they have their

mother's looks, Lest time be past, and lingering lett us both, But, when they list, their conquering father's Alm. When you will, my lord : I am ready.

heart. Call. Even straight :-and farewell, cursed This lovely boy, the youngest of the three, Tamburlaine !

Not long ago bestrid a Scythian steed, Now go I to revenge my father's death.

Trotting the ring, and tilting at a glove, (Eseunt. Which when he tainted * with his slender rod,

* need] i. e. must.
1 let) i. e. hinder.

tainted] 1. e. touched, struck lightly; see Richard. son's Dict. in v.


He rein'd him straight, and made him so curvet Is cover'd with a liquid purple veil,
As I cried out for fear he should have faln. And sprinkled with the brains of slaughter'd
Tamb. Well done, my boy! thou shalt have

shield and lance,

My royal chair of state shall be advanc'd; Armour of proof, horse, belm, and curtle-axe, And he that means to place himself therein, And I will teach thee how to charge thy foe, Must armèd wade up to the chin in blood. And harmless run among the deadly pikes. Zeno. My lord, such speeches to our princely If thou wilt love the wars and follow me, Thou shalt be made a king and reign with me, Dismay their minds before they come to prove Keeping in iron cages emperors.

The wounding troubles angry war affords. If thou exceed thy elder brothers' worth,

Cel. No, madam, these are speeches fit for us; And shine in complete virtue more than they, For, if his chair were in a sea of blood, Thou shalt be king before them, and thy seed I would prepare a ship and sail to it, Shall issue crowned from their mother's womb. Ere I would lose the title of a king. Cd. Yes, father; you shall see me, if I live,

Amy. And I would strive to swim through * Have under me as many kings as you,

pools of blood, And march with such a multitude of men

Or make a bridge of murder'd carcasses, + As all the world shall * tremble at their view,

Whose arches should be fram'd with bones of Tamb. These words assure me, boy, thou art

Turks, my son.

Ere I would lose the title of a king. When I am old and cannot manage arms,

Tamb. Well, lovely boys, ye shall be emperors Be thou the scourge and terror of the world.

both, Amy. Why may not I, my lord, as well as he, Stretching your conquering arms from east to Be term'd the scourge and terror of + the world?

west : Tamb. Be all a scourge and terror to f the And, sirrah, if you mean to wear a crown, world,

When we I shall meet the Turkish deputy Or else you are not sons of Tamburlaine.

And all his viceroys, snatch it from his head, Caly. But, while my brothers follow arms, my And cleave his pericranion with thy sword. lord,

Caly. If any man will hold him, I will strike, Let me accompany my gracious mother : And cleave him to the channel & with my sword. They are enough to conquer all the world,

Tamb. Hold him, and cleave him too, or I'll And you have won enough for me to keep.

cleave thee; Tamb. Bastardly boy, sprung & from some

For we will march against them presently. coward's loins,

Theridamas, Techelles, and Casane And not the issue of great Tamburlaine !

Promis'd to meet me on Larissa-plains, Of all the provinces I have subdu'd

With hosts a-piece against this Turkish crew; Thou shalt not have a foot, unless thou bear For I have sworn by sacred Mahomet A mind courageous and invincible;

To make it parcel of my empery. For he shall wear the crown of Persia

The trumpets sound; Zenocrate, they come. Whose head hath deepest scars, whose breast most wounds,

Enter THERIDAMAS, and his train, with drums and Which, being wroth, sends lightning from his

trumpets. eyes,

Welcome, Theridamas, king of Argier. And in the furrows of his frowning brows.

Ther. My lord, the great and mighty TamburHarbours revenge, war, death, and cruelty;

laine, For in a field, whose superficies ||

Arch-monarch of the world, I offer here shall So the 850.-The 4to “should."

My crown, myself, and all the power I have, of] So the 8vo.—The 4to “to."

In all affection at thy kingly feet. to] So the 8vo.-The 4to "of."

Tamb. Thanks, good Theridamas. $ sprung) So the 8vo.-The 4to "sprong".-See notet, d. 14. me perficies) Old eds. "

'superfluities." — (In act iii. * through] So the 4to.-The Svo "thorow." SC. 4, we have,

| carcasses) 8o the 8vo.—The 4to “carkasse." “ the concave superficies

we) So the 8vo.—The 4to "yon (you)." Of Jove's vast palace.")

§ channel] i. e. collar, neck,-collar-bone.

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