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Tamb. So shall he have his life, and all the rest : Sold. I have, and sorrow for his bad success; But, if he stay until the bloody flag
But, noble lord of great Arabia, Be once advanc'd on my vermilion tent,
Be so persuaded that the Soldan is He dies, and those that kept us out so long; No more dismay'd with tidings of his fall, And, when they see me march in black array, Than in the haven when the pilot stands, With mournful streamers hanging down their And views a stranger's ship rent in the winds, heads,
And shivered against a craggy rock: Were in that city all the world contain'd, Yet in compassion to his wretched state, Not one should scape, but perish by our swords. A sacred vow to heaven and him I make,
Zeno. Yet would you have some pity for my sake, Confirming it with Ibis' holy name, * Because it is my country * and my father's. That Tamburlaine shall rue the day, the + hour, Tamb. Not for the world, Zenocrate, if I have Wherein he wrought such ignominious wrong sworn.
Unto the hallow'd person of a prince, Come; bring in the Turk.
(Exeunt. Or kept the fair Zenocrate so long,
As concubine, I fear, to feed his lust.
K. of Ar. Let grief and fury hasten on revenge;
Let Tamburlaine for his offences feel
Such plagues as heaven and we can pour on him: Bner Soldan, KING OF ARABIAT, CAPOLIN, and Soldiers, I long to break my spear upon his crest, with streaming colours.
And prove the weight of his victorious arm; Sold. Methinks we march as Meleager did, For fame, I fear, hath been too prodigal Environèd with brave Argolian knights,
In sounding through the world his partial praise. To chase the savage Calydonian I boar,
Sold. Capolin, bast thou survey'd our powers? Or Cephalus, with lusty & Theban youths,
Capol. Great emperors of Egypt and Arabia, Against the wolf that angry Themis sent
The number of your hosts united is, To waste and spoil the sweet Aonian fields. A hundred and fifty thousand horse, A monster of five hundred thousand heads, Two hundred thousand foot, brave men-at-arms, Compact of rapine, piracy, and spoil,
Courageous and I full of hardiness, The scum of men, the hate and scourge of God, As frolic as the hunters in the chase Raves in Ægyptia, and annoyeth us:
Of savage beasts amid the desert woods. My lord, it is the bloody Tamburlaine,
K. of Ar. My mind presageth fortunate success; A sturdy felon, and || a base-bred thief,
And, Tamburlaine, my spirit doth foresee By murder raised to the Persian crown,
The utter ruin of thy men and thee. That dare control us in our territories.
Sold. Then rear your standards; To tame the pride of this presumptuous beast,
sounding drums Join your Arabians with the Soldan's power; Direct our soldiers to Damascus' walls. Let us unite our royal bands in one,
Now, Tamburlaine, the mighty Soldan comes, And hasten to remove Damascus' siege.
And leads with him the great Arabian king, It is a blemish to the majesty
To dim thy, baseness and s obscurity, And high estate of mighty emperors,
Famous for nothing but for theft and spoil; That such a base usurping vagabond Should brave a king, or wear a princely crown. K. of Ar. Renowmèd 9 Soldan, have you lately in the lines (p. 27, sec. col. ).
* Ibis' holy name] The ibis has been already alluded to The overthrow of mighty Bajazeth [heard “The golden stature of their feather'd bird, About the confines of Bithynia ?
That spreads her wings upon the city-walls "; The slavery wherewith he persecutes
and it is well known to have been sacred bird among
the Egyptians (see Cicero De Nat. Deorum, I. 36). Com. The poble Turk and his great emperess ?
pare the old play of The Taming of a Shrew;
“Father, I sweare by Tbis' golden beake, * country) Old eds. "countries.
More faire and radiente is my bonie Kate † King of Arabia) i. e. Alcidamus ; see p. 10, 1. 9, sec. Then siluer Zanthus," &c. p. 22. ed. Shakespeare Soc. col.
In the passage of our text the modern editors substitute Calydonian) So the 8vo.-The 4to“ Calcedonian." “Isis'” for “ Ibis'." § lusty) So the 8vo. -Omitted in the 4to.
† the] So the 8vo.-The 4to "and." || and) So the 4to.-Omitted in the 870.
I and) So the 8vo.-Omitted in the 4to. Renowmèd) See note II, p. 11. So iho 810.-The 4to ộ thy baseness and] So the 8vo.—The 4to "the basiera “ Renowned."
To raze and scatter thy inglorious crow
Tamb. Sirrah, why fall you not to ? are you so Of Scythians and slavish Persiana. (Exeunt. daintily brought up, you cannot eat your own
Baj. First, legions of devils shall tear thee in pieces.
Usum. Villain, knowest thou to whom thou SCENE IV.
Tamb. 0, let him alone.--Here ;* eat, sir; A banquet set ou; and to it come TAMBURLAINE all in
scarld, ZENOCRATE, THERIDAMAS, TECHELLES, Usum take it from t my sword's point, or I'll thrust it CASAXE, BAJAZETA drawn in his cage, ZABINA, and
to thy heart. others.
(BAJAZETH takes the food, and stamps upon it. T'amb. Now hang our bloody colours by Ther. He stamps it under his feet, my lord. Damascus,
Tamb. Take it up, villain, and eat it; or I will Reflexing hues of blood upon their heads, make thee slice I the brawns of thy arms into While they walk quivering on their city-walls, carbonadoes and eat them. Half-dead for fear before they feel my wrath. Usum. Nay, 'twere better he killed his wife, Then let us freely banquet, and carouse
and then she shall be sure not to be starved, Full bowls of wine unto the god of war,
and he be provided for a month's victual beforeThat means to fill your helmets full of gold, hand. And make Damascus' spoils as rich to you
Tamb. Here is my dagger : despatch her while As was to Jason Colchos' golden fleece.
she is fat; for, if she live but a while longer, she And now, Bajazeth, hast thou any stomach ? will fall § into a consumption with fretting, and
Baj. Ay, such a stomach, cruel Tamburlaine, then she will not be worth the eating. as I could willingly feed upon thy blood-raw Ther. Dost thou think that Mahomet will heart.
suffer this? Tamb. Nay, thine own is easier to come by : Tech. 'Tis like he will, when he cannot pluck out that; and 'twill serve thee and thy let || it. wife.-Well, Zenocrate, Techelles, and the rest, Tamb. Go to; fall to your meat. What, not a fall to your victuals.
bit !-Belike he hath not been watered to-day : Baj. Fall to, and never may your meat digest !give him some drink. Ye Furies, that can mask * invisible,
They give BAJ AZETH water to drink, and he flings Dive to the bottom of Avernus' pool,
it on the ground. And in your hands bring hellish poison up,
Fast, and welcome, sir, while | hunger make you And squeeze it in the cup of Tamburlaine !
eat.—How now, Zenocrate ! doth not the Turk Or, winged snakes of Lerna, cast your stings,
and his wife make a goodly show at a banquet ? And leave your venoms in this tyrant's dish ?
Zeno. Yes, my lord. Zab. And may this banquet prove as ominous
Ther. Methinks 'tis a great deal better than a As Progre's to th' adulterous Thracian king
consort ** of music. That fed upon the substance of his child !
Tamb. Yet music would do well to cheer up Zeno. My lord,+ how can you suffer these
Zenocrate. Pray thee, tell why art thou so sad? Outrageous curses by these slaves of yours ?
if thou wilt have a song, the Turk sball strain Tamb. To let them see, divine Zenocrate,
his voice : but why is it? I glory in the curses of my foes,
Zeno. My lord, to see my father's town besieg'd, Having the power from the empyreal heaven
The country wasted where myself was born, To turn them all upon their proper heads.
How can it but afflict my very soul ? Tech. I pray you, give them leave, madam; this If any love remain in you, my lord, speech is a goodly refreshing for them. I
Or if my love unto your majesty Ther. But, if his highness would let them be May merit favour at your highness' hands, fed, it would do them more good.
* Here] So the 8vo.—The 4to "there."
t it from) So the 8vo.—The 4to “il vp from." • mask) Bo the 8vo.—The 4to "walke.”
I slice) So the 8vo.-The 4to "fleece." My lord, &c. ) Something has dropt out: qy. "tamely $ will fall] So the 8vo.-The 4to “will not fall." muffer"?
Il let) i. e. hinder. I a goodly refreshing for them) So the 870.-The 4to “a I while) i. e. until. good refreshing to them."
** consort) i. e. band.
Then raise your siege from fair Damascus' walls, Tamb. Theridamas, Techelles, and Casane, here And with my father take a friendly truce. are the cates you desire to finger, are they not?
Tamb. Zenocrate, were Egypt Jove's own land, Ther. Ay, my lord : but none save kings must Yet would I with my sword make Jove to feed with these. stoop.
Tech. 'Tis enough for us to see them, and for I will confute those blind geographers
Tamburlaine only to enjoy them. That make a triple region in the world,
Tamb. Well; here is now to the Soldan of Excluding regions which I mean to trace, Egypt, the King of Arabia, and the Governor of And with this
# reduce them to a map, Damascus. Now, take these three crowns, and Calling the provinces, cities, and towns,
pledge me, my contributory kings. I crown you After my name and thine, Zenocrate :
here, Theridamas, king of Argier ; Techelles, king Here at Damascus will I make the point
of Fez; and Usum casane, king of Morocco That shall begin the perpendicular :
How say you to this, Turk ? these are not your And wouldst thou have me buy thy father's contributory kings. love
Baj. Nor shall they long be thine, I warrant With such a loss ? tell me, Zenocrate.
them. Zeno. Honour still wait on happy Tamburlaine ! Tamb. Kings of Argier, Morocco, and of Fez, Yet give me leave to plead for him, my lord. You that have march'd with happy Tamburlaine Tamb. Content thyself: his person shall be As far as from the frozen plage 7 of heaven safe,
Unto the watery Morning's ruddy bower,
And thence by land unto the torrid zone,
By valour I and by magnanimity.
Your births shall be no blemish to your fame; Feed, you slave; thou mayst think thyself For virtue is the fount whence honour aprings, happy to be fed from my trencher.
And they are worthy she investeth kings. Baj. My empty stomach, full of idle heat, Ther. And, since your highness hath so well Draws bloody humours from my feeble parts,
vouchsaf'd, Preserving life by hastening + cruel death. If we deserve them not with higher meeds My veins are pale; my sinews hard and dry; Than erst our states and actions have retain'd, My joints benumb’d; unless I eat, I die.
Take them away again, and make us slaves. Zab. Eat, Bajazeth ; let us live in spite of them, Tamb. Well said, Theridamas : when holy looking some happy power will pity and en
Fates large us.
Shall stablish me in strong Ægyptia, Tamb. Here, Turk; wilt thou have a clean We mean to travel to th' antarctic pole, trencher ?
Conquering the people underneath our feet, Buj. Ay, tyrant, and more meat.
And be renowm'd || as never emperors were.Tamb. Soft, sir ! you must be dieted; too Zenocrate, I will not crown thee yet, much eating will make you surfeit.
Until with greater honours I be grac'd. (Exeunt. Ther. So it would, my lord, 'specially I having 80 small a walk and so little exercise.
* Morocco] Here and in the next speech the old eds.
hav, “Morocus" and “Moroccus:" but see note 1, p. 22. (A second course is brought in of crowns.
t plage) i. e. region. -Old eds. "place."
* valour] Old eds. " value." *pen) i. e. his sword.
§ again) So the 8vo. -Omitted in the 4to. t hastening) So the 4to.—The 8vo “hasting.”
Il renown'd) See note ll, p. 11. So the 8vo.--The 4to 1 'specially) So the 8vo.—The 4to “especially." “renown'd."
Gov. Well, lovely virgins, think our country's Bnter the GOVERNOR OF DAMASCUS* with three or four
care, Citizens, and four Virgins with branches of laurel in
Our love of honour, loath to be enthrall'd their hands.
To foreign powers and rough imperious yokes, Gov. Still doth this man, or rather god of Would not with too much cowardice or * fear, war,
Before all hope of rescue were denied, Batter our walls and beat our turrets down;
Submit yourselves and us to servitude. And to resist with longer stubbornnees,
Therefore, in that your safeties and our own, Or hope of rescue from the Soldan's power, Your honours, liberties, and lives were weigh'd Were but to bring our wilful overthrow,
In equal care and balance with our own, And make us desperate of our threaten'd lives. Endure as we the malice of our stars, We see his tents have now been altered
The wrath of Tamburlaine and power t of wars ; With terrors to the last and cruel'st hue;
Or be the means the overweighing heavens His coal-black colours, every where advanc'd,
Have kept to qualify these hot extremes, Threaten our city with a general spoil ;
And bring us pardon in your cheerful looks. And, if we should with common rites of arms
Sec. Virg. Then here, before the Majesty of Offer our safeties to his clemency,
Heaven I fear the custom proper to his sword,
And holy patrons of Ægyptia, Which he observes as parcel of his fame,
With knees and hearts submissive we entreat Intending so to terrify the world,
Grace to our words and pity to our looks, By any innovation or remorse +
That this device may prove propitious, Will never be dispens'd with till our deaths.
And through the eyes and ears of Tamburlaine Therefore, for these our harmless virgins' sakes,f Convey events of mercy to his heart ; Whose bonours and whose lives rely on him,
Grant that these signs of victory we yield Let us have hope that their unspotted prayers,
May bind the temples of his conquering head, Their blubber'd & cheeks, and hearty bumble
To hide the folded furrows of his brows, moans,
And shadow his displeased countenance Will melt his fury into some remorse,
With happy looks of ruth and lenity. And use us like a loving conqueror.ll
Leave us, my lord, and loving countrymen: Pirst Virg. If humble suits or imprecations
What simple virgins may persuade, we will. (Utter'd with tears of wretchedness and blood
Gov. Farewell, sweet virgins, on whose safe Shed from the heads and hearts of all our sex,
return Some made your wives, and some your children,) Depends our city, liberty, and lives. Might have entreated your obdurate breasts
(Exeunt all exoept the Virgins. To entertain some care l of our securities Whiles only danger beat upon our walls,
Enter TAMBURLAINE, all in black and very melancholy, These more than dangerous warrants of our death TECHELLES, THERIDAMAS, USUMCASANE, with hers. Had never been erected as they be,
Tamb. What, are the turtles fray'd out of their Nor you depend on such weak helps
Alas, poor fools, must you be first shall feel • Damascus] Both the old eds. here “Damasco: but The sworn destruction of Damascus ? In many other places they agree in reading "Damascus."
They knew I my custom ; could they not as well tremors) i e. pity. 1 xakes) so the 8vo.-The 4to. “ sake."
Have sent ye out when first my milk-white flags, § blubber'd] That this word formerly conveyed no Through which sweet Mercy threw her gentle ludicrous idea, appears from many passages of our early
11 And use us like a loving conqueror] "i. e. And that he will use us like, &c." EU. 1826.
* or] So the 8vo.-The 4to“ for." care) So the 4to.-The 8vo“ cares.'
power) So the 8vo.—The 4to "powers." helpa) So the 8vo.—The 4to "help."
I knew] So the 8vo.—The 4to “kuow."
Reflexèd * them on their + disdainful eyes,
First Virg. Nothing but fear and fatal steel, As I now when fury and incensèd hate Flings slaughtering terror from my coal-black Tamb. Your fearful minds are thick and misty, tents, $
then, And tells for truth submission || comes too late ? For there sits Death; there sits imperious* Death, First Vir. Most happy king and emperor of Keeping bis circuit by the slicing edge. the earth,
But I am pleas'd you shall not see him there; Image of honour and nobility,
He now is seated on my horsemen's spears, For whom the powers divine have made the And on their points his fleshless body feeds.world,
Techelles, straight go charge a few of them And on whose throne the holy Graces sit; To charge these dames, and shewmy servant Death, In whose sweet person is compris'd the sum Sitting in scarlet on their armed spears. Of Nature's skill and heavenly majesty;
Virgins. 0, pity us ! Pity our plights ! 0, pity poor Damascus !
Tamb. Away with them, I say, and shew them Pity old age, within whose silver hairs
Death! Honour and reverence evermore have reigu'd !
[The Virgins are taken out by TECHELLES and others. Pity the marriage-bed, where many a lord,
I will not spare these proud Egyptians, In prime and glory of his loving joy,
Nor change my martial observations Embraceth now with tears of ruth and 9 blood
For all the wealth of Gihon's golden waves, The jealous body of his fearful wife,
Or for the love of Venus, would she leave Whose cheeks and hearts, so punish'd with The angry god of arms and lie with me. conceit, **
They have refus'd the offer of their lives, To think thy puissant never-stayèd arm
And know my customs are as peremptory Will part their bodies, and provent their souls As wrathful planets, death, or destiny. From heavens of comfort yet their age might
Re-enter TECHELLES. bear,
What, have your horsemen shown the virgins Now wax all pale and wither'd to the death,
Death? As well for grief our ruthless governor
Tech. They have, my lord, and on Damascus' Hath ++ thus refus'd the mercy of thy hand,
walls (Whose sceptro angels kiss and Furies dread,)
Have hoisted up their slaughter'd carcasses. As for their liberties, their loves, or lives !
Tamb. A sight as baneful to their souls, I think, O, then, for these, and such as we ourselves,
As are Thessalian drugs or mithridate : For us, for infants, and for all our bloods,
But go, my lords, put the rest to the sword. That never nourish'd II thought against thy rule,
(Exeunt all except TAMBURLAINE, Pity, 0, pity, sacred emperor,
Ah, fair Zenocrate 1-divine Zenocrate ! The prostrate service of this wretched town;
Fair is too foul an epithet for thee, And take in sigo thereof this gilded wreath,
That in thy passion + for thy country's love, Whereto each man of rule hath given his hand,
And fear to see thy kingly father's harm, And wish d,s$ as worthy subjects, happy means
With hair dishevell'd wip'st thy watery cheeks; To be investers of thy royal brows
And, like to Flora in her morning's pride, Even with the true Egyptian diadem!
Shaking her silver tresses in the air, mamb. Virgios, in vain you labour to prevent
Rain'st on the earth resolved I pearl in showers, That which mine honour swears shall be per
And sprinklest sapphires on thy shining face, form'd.
Where Beauty, mother to the Muses, sits, Behold my sword; what see you at the point?
And comments volumes with her ivory pen,
Taking instructions from thy flowing eyes; * Reflexed] Old eds. "Reflexing."
Eyes, when that Ebena steps to heaven, s † their] Old eds. "your."
A8) So the 8vo.—The 4to “And." $tents] So the 8vo.—The 4to“ tent."
• imperiow) So the 8vo.-The 4to "iroprecious." Il submission) Old eds. "submissions.
+ passion) i. e. sorrow. T of ruth and) So the 8vo.--The 4to "and ruth of."
resolved) i. o. dissolved. ** conceit] i, e. fancy, imagination.
$ Eyes, when that Bbena steps to heaven, &c.) Either the It Halh] So the 4to.--The 8vo “Haue."
transcriber or the printer has made sad work with this 11 nourish'd] So the 8vo.-The 4to "nourish."
passage ; nor am I able to suggest any probable emen. wish'd] So the 8vo.—The 4to "wish."