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In whose high looks is much more majesty,
SCENE V. Than from the concave superficies
Enter CALLAPINE, ORCANES, the Kings OF JERUSALEM, Of Jove's vast palace, the empyreal orb,
TREBIZON, and SORIA, with their train, ALMEDA, and a Unto the shining bower where Cynthia sits,
Messenger. Like lovely Thetis, in a crystal robe;
Mes. Renowmèd * emperor, mighty + Callapine, That treadeth Fortune underneath his feet, God's great lieutenant over all the world, And makes the mighty god of arms bis slave; Here at Aleppo, with an host of men, On whom Death and the Fatal Sisters wait Lies Tamburlaine, this king of Persia, With naked swords and scarlet liveries ;
(In number more than are the I quivering leaves Before whom, mounted on a lion's back,
Of Ida's forest, where your highness' hounds Rhamnusia bears a helmet full of blood,
With open cry pursue the wounded stag,) And strows the way with brains of slaughter'd who means to girt Natolia’s walls with siege, men ;
Fire the town, and over-run the land. By whose proud side the ugly Furies run,
Call. My royal army is as great as bis, Hearkening when he shall bid them plague the That, from the bounds of Phrygia to the sea world;
Which washeth Cyprus with his brinish waves, Over whose zenith, cloth'd in windy air,
Covers the hills, the valleys, and the plains. And eagle's wings join'd* to her feather'd breast, Viceroys and peers of Turkey, play the men; Fame hovereth, sounding of + her golden trump, Whet all your & swords to mangle Tamburlaine, That to the adverse poles of that straight line His sons, his captains, and his followers : Which measureth the glorious frame of heaven By Mahomet, not one of them shall live! The name of mighty Tamburlaine is spread; The field wherein this battle shall be fought And him, fair lady, shall thy eyes behold. For ever term'd || the Persians' sepulchre, Come.
In memory of this our victory. Olym. Take pity of a lady's ruthful tears, Orc. Now he that calls himself the scourge of That humbly craves upon her knees to stay,
Jove, And cast her body in the burning flame
The emperor of the world, and earthly god, That feeds upon her son's and husband's flesh. Shall end the warlike progress he intends,
Tech. Madam, sooner shall fire consume us both And travel headlong to the lake of hell, Than scorch a face so beautiful as this,
Where legions of devils (knowing he must die In frame of which Nature hath shew'd more skill Here in Natolia by your ** highness' hands), Than when she gave eternal chaos form,
All brandishing their tt brands of quenchless fire, Drawing from it the shiuing lamps of heaven. Stretching their monstrous paws, grin with II Ther. Madam, I am so far in love with you,
their teeth, That you must go with us : no remedy.
And guard the gates to entertain his soul. Olym. Then carry me, I care not, where you Call. Tell me, viceroys, the number of your will,
men, And let the end of this my fatal journey And what our army royal is esteem'd. Be likewise end to my accursèd life.
K. of Jer. From Palestina and Jerusalem, Tech. No, madam, but the beginning of your Of Hebrews three score thousand fighting men joy :
Are come, since last we shew'd your $$ majesty. Come willingly therefore.
Orc. So from Arabia Desert, and the bounds Ther. Soldiers, now let us meet the general, Of that sweet land whose brave metropolis Who by this time is at Natolia, Ready to charge the army of the Turk.
* Renoumèd] See note II, p. 11. So the 800.-The 4to
“Renowned." The gold and silver, and the pearl, ye got,
emperor, mighty) So the 8vo.- The 4to "empaour, Rifling this fort, divide in equal sbares :
and mightie." This lady shall have twice so much again
1 the) So the 4to.-The 8vo "this." Out of the coffers of our treasury. (Exeunt.
$ your] So the 8vo.-The 4to “our."
the) So the 4to.-Omitted in the 8vo. * join'd] So the 4to.—Tho Svo “injoin'd."
** your So the 8vo.-The 4to "our." to] So the 8v0.-The 4to "in."
It brandishing their) So the 4to.-The Svo "brandish the) Added perhaps by a mistake of the transcriber ing in thrir." ou printer.
11 with) So the 4to.--Omitted in the 8vo. § and] So the 8vo.-The 4to “tho."
@& shew'd your] So the Svo.—The 4to "shud to your."
Re-edified the fair Semiramis,
But, shepherd's issue, base-born Tamburlaine, Came forty thousand warlike foot and horse, Think of thy end; this sword shall lance thy Since last we number'd to your majesty.
throat. K. of Treb. From Trebizon in Asia the Less, Tamb. Villain, the shepherd's issue (at whose Naturaliz'd Turks and stout Bithynians
birth Came to my bands, full fifty thousand more, Heaven did afford a gracious aspect, (That, fighting, know not what retreat doth And join'd those stars that shall be opposite mean,
Even till the dissolution of the world, Nor e'er return but with the victory,)
And never meant to make a conqueror Since last we number'd to your majesty.
So famous as is * mighty Tamburlaine) K. of Sor. Of Sorians * from Halla is repair’d,+ Shall so torment thee, and that Callapine, And neighbour cities of your highness' land, I That, like a roguish runaway, suborn'd Ten thousand horse, and thirty thousand foot, That villain there, that slave, that Turkish dog, Since last we number'd to your majesty;
To falee his service to his sovereign, So that the army royal is esteem'd
As ye shall curse the birth of Tamburlaine. Six hundred thousand valiant fighting wen.
Call. Rail not, proud Scythian : I shall now Call. Then welcome, Tamburlaine, unto thy
revenge death !
My father's vile abuses and mine own. Come, puissant viceroys, let us to the field
K. of Jer. By Mahomet, he shall be tied in (The Persians' sepulchre), and sacrifice
And turn him to his ancient trade again :
Methinks the slave should make a lusty thief. Enter TAMBURLAINE with his three sons, CalYPHAS, AMYRAS, Call. Nay, when the battle ends, all we will meet, and CELEBINUS; USUMCASANE, and others.
And sit in council to invent some pain Tamb. How now, Casane ! see, a knot of kings, That most may vex his body and his soul. Sitting as if they were a-telling riddles !
Tamb. Sirrah Callapine, I'll hang a clog about Usum. My lord, your presence makes them pale your neck for running away again : you shall not and wan:
trouble me thus to come and fetch you. --Poor souls, they look as if their deaths were But as for you, viceroy(s), you shall have bits,
And, harness d + like my horses, draw my coach; Tamb. Why, so he & is, Casane; I am here : And, when ye stay, be lash'd with whips of wire: But yet l'll save their lives, and make them I'll have you learn to feed on I provender, slaves.
And in a stable lie upon the planks. Ye petty kings of Turkey, I am come,
Orc. But, Tamburlaine, first thou shalt & kneel As Hector did into the Grecian camp, To overdare the pride of Græcia,
And humbly crave a pardon for thy life. And set his warlike person to the view
K. of Treb. The common soldiers of our mighty Of fierce Achilles, rival of his fame:
host I do you honour in the simile;
Shall bring thee bound unto thell general's tent. For, if I should, as Hector did Achilles,
K. of Sor. And all have jointly sworn thy (The worthiest knight that ever brandish'd sword) cruel death, Challenge in combat any of you all,
Or bind thee in eternal torments' wrath. I see how fearfully ye would refuse,
Tamb. Well, sirs, diet yourselves; you know I And fly my glove as from a scorpion.
shall have occasion shortly to journey you. Orc. Now, thou art fearful of thy army's Cel. See, father, how Almeda the jailor looks
strength, Thou wouldst with overmatch of person fight :
* i8] So the 8vo. - The 4to “the." • Sorians) See note t, p. 44.
harness'd] So the 8vo.-The 4to “harnesse." | repair' l) So the 8vo.-The 4to“prepar'd.”
ton] So the 4to.-The 8vo “with" (the compositor And neighbour cities of your highness' land] So the having caught the word from the preceding line'. 8vo. Omitted in the 4to.
§ thou shalt) So the 8vo.—The 4to “shalt thou." 8 he) i.e. Death. So the 8vo. —The 4to " it."
|| the) So the 8vo.—The 4to “our.'
upon us !
Tamb. Villain, traitor, damnèd fugitive, I'll make thee wish the earth had swallow'd thee! See'st thou not death within my wrathful looks ? Go, villain, cast thee headlong from a rock, Or rip thy bowels, and rent* out thy heart, T appease my wrath; or else I'll torture thee, Searing thy hateful flesh with burning irons And drops of scalding lead, while all thy joints Be rack'd and beat asunder with the wheel; For, if thou liv'st, not any element Sball shroud thee from the wrath of Tamburlaine.
Call. Well, in despite of thee, he shall be king.
Orc. What! take it, man.
Tamb. Go to, sirrah !+ take your crown, and make up the half dozen. So, sirrah, now you are a king, you must give arms.
Orc. So he shall, and wear thy head in his scutcheon.
Tamb. No; $ let him hang a bunch of keys on his standard, to put him in remembrance he was a jailor, that, when I take him, I may knock out his brains with them, and lock you in the stable, when you shall come sweating from my chariot.
K. of Treb. Away! let us to the field, that the villain may be slain.
Tamb. Sirrah, prepare whips, and bring my chariot to my tent; for, as soon as the battle is done, I'll ride in triumph through the camp.
Enter THERIDAMAS, TECHELLES, their train. How now, ye petty kings ? lo, here are bugs* Will make the hair stand upright on your heads, And cast your crowns in slavery at their feet! Welcome, Theridamas and Techelles, both: See ye this rout,+ and know ye this same king?
Ther. Ay, my lord; he was Callapine's keeper.
Tamb. Well, now ye see he is a king. Look to him, Theridamas, when we are fighting, lest he hide his crown as the foolish king of Persia did. I
K. of Sor. No, Tamburlaine; he shall not be put to that exigent, I warrant thee.
Tamb. You know not, sir.But now, my followers and my loving friends, Fight as you ever did, like conquerors, The glory of this happy day is yours. My stern aspects shall make fair Victory, Hovering betwixt our armies, light on me, Loaden with laurel-wreaths to crown us all. Tech. I smile to think how, when this field is
fought And rich Natolia ours, our men shall sweat With carrying pearl and treasure on their backs.
Tamb. You shall be princes all, immediately.-Come, fight, ye Turks, or yield us victory. Orc. No; we will meet thee, slavish Tamburlaine.
Alarms within, AMYRAS and CELEBINUS issue from the
tent where CALYPHAS sils asleep. Il Amy. Now in their glories shine the golden
crowns Of these proud Turks, much like so many suns That half dismay the majesty of heaven. Now, brother, follow we our father's sword, That flies with fury swifter than our thoughts, And cuts down armies with his conquering wings.
Cel. Call forth our lazy brother from the tent, For, if my father miss him in the field, Wrath, kindled in the furnace of his breast, Will send a deadly lightning to his heart. Amy. Brother, ho! what, given so much to
sleep, You cannot || leave it, when our enemies' drums And rattling cannons thunder in our ears Our proper ruin and our father's foil ?
Caly. Away, ye fools ! my father needs not me, Nor you, in faith, but that you will be thought More childish-valourous than manly-wise.
and rent] So the 8vo.—The 4to "or rend."
Go to, sirrah) So the 8vo.-The 4to “ Goe sirrha." I give arms] An heraldic expression, meaning-shew armorial bearings (used, of course, with a quibble).
§ No) So the 4to.-The 8vo “Go."
| sits asleep) At the back of the stage, which was supposed to represent the interior of the tent.
* bug] i.e. bugbears, objects to strike you with terror. trout) i.e. crew, rabble. I as the foolish king of Persia did] See p. 16, first col. § aspect) So the 8vo.—The 4to " aspects." || You cannot) So the 8vo.—The 4to “Can you not."
If balf our camp should sit and sleep with me,
Enter PERDICAS. My father were enough to scare* the foe :
Perd. Here, my lord. You do dishonour to his majesty,
Caly. Come, thou and I will go to cards to To think our helps will do him any good. drive away the time. Amy. What, dar'st thou, then, be absent from Perd. Content, my lord: but what shall we the fight,
play for? Knowing my father hates thy cowardice,
Caly. Who shall kiss the fairest of the Turks' And oft hath warn'd thee to be still in field, concubines first, when my father hath conquered When he himself amidst the thickest troops
them. Beats down our foes, to flesh our taintless Perd. Agreed, i'faith.
[They play. swords?
Caly. They say I am a coward, Perdicas, and I Caly. I know, sir, what it is to kill a man;
fear as little their taratantaras, their swords, or It works remorse of conscience in me.
their cannons as I do a naked lady in a net of I take no pleasure to be murderous,
gold, and, for fear I should be afraid, would put Nor care for blood when wine will quench my it off and come to bed with me. thirst.
Perd. Such a fear, my lord, would never make Cel. O cowardly boy! fie, for shame, come forth!
Caly. I would my father would let me be put Thou dost dishonour manhood and thy house.
in the front of such a battle once, to try my Caly. Go, go, tall + stripling, fight you for us
valour! (Alarms within.] What a coil they keep! both,
I believe there will be some hurt done anon And take my other toward brother here,
amongst them. For person like to prove a second Mars. 'Twill please my mind as well to hear, both you I Enter TAMBURLAINE, THERIDAMAS, TECHELLES, UsumHave won a heap of honour in the field,
CASANE; AMYRAS and CELEBINUS leading in ORCANES,
and the KINGS OF JERUSALEM, TREBIZON, and SORIA ; And left your slender carcasses behind,
and Soldiers. As if I lay with you for company.
Tamb. See now, ye * slaves, my children stoop Amy. You will not go, then ? Caly. You say true.
And lead your bodies I sheep-like to the sword ! Amy. Were all the lofty mounts of Zona
Bring them, my boys, and tell me if the wars Mundi That fill the midst of farthest Tartary
Be not a life that may illustrate gods, Turn’d into pearl and proffer'd for my stay,
And tickle not your spirits with desire
Still to be train'd in arms and chivalry ?
Amy. Shall we let go these kings again, my
lord, He comes and finds his sons have had no shares In all the honours he propos'd for us.
To gather greater numbers 'gainst our power,
That they may say, it is not chance doth this, Caly. Take you the honour, I will take my
But matchless strength and magnanimity? ease; My wisdom shall excuse my cowardice :
Tamb. No, no, Amyras; tempt not Fortune so:
Cherish thy valour still with fresh supplies, I go into the field before I need ! [Alarms witkin. AMYRAS and CELEBINUS run out.
And glut it not with stale and daunted foes.
But where's this coward villain, not my son, The bullets fly at random where they list; And, should I go, and kill a thousand men,
But traitor to my name and majesty ?
(He goes in and brings CalyphAs out. I were as soon rewarded with a shot, And sooner far than he that never fights;
Image of sloth, and picture of a slave, And, should I go, and do no harm nor good,
The obloquy and scorn of my renown! I might have harm, which all the good I have,
How may my heart, thus fired with mine § Join'd with my father's crown, would never cure.
Wounded with shame and kill'd with discontent, I'll to cards. -Perdicas !
sare) So the 8vo.—The 4to "scarce." | tall) ie, bold, brave.
both you) So the 8vo.—The 4to“, $ should lj so the 8vo.—The 4to “I should."
ye] So the 8vo. —The 4to“my." 7 stoop your pride) i.e. make your pride to stoop.
bodies1 So the 8vo --The 4to "glories." § minc) So the 4to.-Thc 8vo "my."
Shroud any thought may* hold my striving hands That will not see the strength of Tamburlaine, From martial justice on thy wretched soul ? Although it shine as brightly as the sun,
Ther. Yet pardon him, I pray your majesty. Now you shall * feel the strength of Tamburlaine, Tech. and Usum. Let all of us entreat your And, by the state of his supremacy, highness' pardon.
Approve + the difference 'twist himself and you. Tamb. Stand up,+ ye base, unworthy soldiers ! Orc. Thou shew'st the difference 'twixt our Know ye not yet the argument of arms ?
selves and thee, Amy. Good my lord, let him be forgiven for In this thy barbarous damned tyranny. once, I
K. of Jer. Thy victories are grown so violent,' And we will force him to the field hereafter. That shortly heaven, fill'd with the meteors Tamb. Stand up, my boys, and I will teach ye Of blood and fire thy tyrannies have made, arms,
Will pour down blood and fire on thy head, And what the jealousy of wars must do.
Whose scalding drops will pierce thy seething O Samarcanda, where I breathèd first,
brains, And joy'd the fire of this martial ş flesh,
And, with our bloods, revenge our bloods + on Blush, blush, fair city, at thine || honour's foil,
thee. And shame of nature, which Jaertis'** stream, Tamb. Villains, these terrors, and these tyrannies Embracing thee with deepest of his love,
(If tyrannies war's justice ye repute), Can never wash from thy distainèd brows! I execute, enjoin'd me from above, Here, Jove, receive his fainting soul again; To scourge the pride of such as Heaven abhors; A form not meet to give that subject essence Nor am I made arch-monarch of the world, Whose matter is the flesh of Tamburlaine, Crown'd and invested by the hand of Jove, Wherein an incorporeal ++ spirit moves,
For deeds of bounty or nobility; Made of the mould whereof thyself consists,
But, since I exercise a greater name, Which makes me valiant, proud, ambitious, The scourge of God and terror of the world, Ready to levy power against thy throne,
I must apply myself to fit those terms, That I might move the turning spheres of heaven; In war, in blood, in death, in cruelty, For earth and all this airy region
And plague such peasants § as resist in || me Cannot contain the state of Tamburlaine.
The power of Heaven's eternal majesty.
[Stabs CALYPHAS. Theridamas, Techelles, and Casane, By Mahomet, thy mighty friend, I swear, Ransack the tents and the pavilions In sending to my issue such a soul,
Of these proud Turks, and take their concubines, Created of the massy dregs of earth,
Making them bury this effeminate brat; The scum and tartar of the elements,
For not a common soldier shall defile Wherein was neither courage, strength, or wit, His manly fingers with so faint a boy: But folly, sloth, and damned idleness,
Then bring those Turkish harlots to my tent, Thou hast procur'd a greater enemy
And I'll dispose them as it likes me best. —
Soldiers. We will, my lord.
[Ereunt with the body of CalyphAS. Cloth'd with a pitchy cloud for being seen. 11 K. of Jer. O damnèd monster ! nay, a fieod of And now, ye canker'd curs of Asia,
Whose cruelties are not so harsh as thine, * may) So the 4to.-The 8vo "nay."
Nor yet inipos'd with such a bitter hate ! + up] The modern editors alter this word to "by,"
Orc. Revenge it, ** Rhadamanth and Æacus, not understanding the passage.
Tamburlaine meansDo not kneel to me for his pardon.
And let your hates, extended in his pains, I once) So the 4to.--The 8vo “one."
Excel ++ the hate wherewith he pains our souls ! $ martial] So the 8vo.—The 4to "materiall." (In this line "fire" is a dissyllable ")
you sholl] So the 8vo.—The 4to "sball ye." || thine) So the 8vo.-The 4to "thy."
+ Approre) i.e. prove, experience. which] Old eds. “with."
1 bloods) So the 4to.-The Svo "blood." ** Jaertis') So the 8vo. - The 4to “Lacrtis." By & peasants) So tho 8vo. - The 4to "parsants." " Jaertis'" must be meant-Jaxartes'.
Il resist in) Old eds “resisting." It incorporeal] So the 8vo.-The 4to "incorporall."
Casane] So the 4to.—The 8vo “Vsum Casane." 11 for being seen) i.e. "that thou mayest not be seen." ** it] So the 8vo.-Omitted in the 4to. Ed. 1826. See Richardson's Dict. in v. For.
It Excel] Old eds. "Expell" and " Expel."