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ln 0001Tamburlaine, the great.
[portrait of Tamburlaine]

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wln 0002The bloody Conquests
wln 0003of mighty Tamburlaine.

wln 0004With his impassionate fury, for the death of
wln 0005his Lady and loue, faire Zenocrate: his fourme
wln 0006of exhortation and discipline to his three
wln 0007sons, and the maner of his own death.

wln 0008The Prologue.

wln 0009THe generall welcomes Tamburlain receiu’d,
wln 0010When he arriued last vpon our stage,
wln 0011Hath made our Poet pen his second part,
wln 0012Wher death cuts off the progres of his pomp.
wln 0013And murdrous Fates throwes al his triumphs down,
wln 0014But what became of faire Zenocrate,
wln 0015And with how manie cities sacrifice
wln 0016He celebrated her said funerall,
wln 0017Himselfe in presence shal vnfold at large.

wln 0018Actus. 1. Scæna. 1.

wln 0019Orcanes, king of Natolia, Gazellus, vice-roy of
wln 0020Byron, Vpibassa, and their traine, with drums
wln 0021and trumpets.

wln 0022Orcanes-
wln 0023EGregious Uiceroyes of these Eastern parts
wln 0024Plac’d by the issue of great Baiazeth:
wln 0025And sacred Lord the mighty Calapine:
wln 0026Who liues in Egypt, prisoner to that slaue,
wln 0027Which kept his father in an yron cage:
wln 0028Now haue we martcht from faire Natolia

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wln 0029Two hundred leagues, and on Danubius banks,
wln 0030Our warlike hoste in compleat armour rest,
wln 0031Where Sigismond the king of Hungary
wln 0032Should meet our person to conclude a truce.
wln 0033What? Shall we parle with the Christian?
wln 0034Or crosse the streame, and meet him in the field.
wln 0035Byr.King of Natolia, let vs treat of peace,
wln 0036We all are glutted with the Christians blood,
wln 0037And haue a greater foe to fight against,
wln 0038Proud Tamburlaine, that now in Asia,
wln 0039Neere Guyrons head doth set his conquering feet,
wln 0040And means to fire Turky as he goes:
wln 0041Gainst him my Lord must you addresse your power.
wln 0042Vpibas.Besides, king Sigismond hath brought
wln 0043 (from Christendome,
wln 0044More then his Camp of stout Hungarians,
wln 0045Sclauonians, Almans, Rutters, Muffes, and Danes,
wln 0046That with the Holbard, Lance, and murthering Axe,
wln 0047Will hazard that we might with surety hold.
wln 0048Though from the shortest Northren Paralell,
wln 0049Uast Gruntland compast with the frozen sea,
wln 0050Inhabited with tall and sturdy men,
wln 0051Gyants as big as hugie Polypheme:
wln 0052Millions of Souldiers cut the Artick line,
wln 0053Bringing the strength of Europe to these Armes.
wln 0054Our Turky blades shal glide through al their throats,
wln 0055And make this champion mead a bloody Fen,
wln 0056Danubius stream that runs to Trebizon,
wln 0057Shall carie wrapt within his scarlet waues,
wln 0058As martiall presents to our friends at home.
wln 0059The slaughtered bodies of these Christians.
wln 0060The Terrene main wherin Danubius fals,

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wln 0061Shall by this battell be the bloody Sea.
wln 0062The wandring Sailers of proud Italy,
wln 0063Shall meet those Christians fleeting with the tyde,
wln 0064Beating in heaps against their Argoses.
wln 0065And make faire Europe mounted on her bull,
wln 0066Trapt with the wealth and riches of the world,
wln 0067Alight and weare a woful mourning weed.
wln 0068Byr.Yet stout Orcanes, Prorex of the world,
wln 0069Since Tamburlaine hath mustred all his men,
wln 0070Marching from Cairon northward with his camp,
wln 0071To Alexandria, and the frontier townes,
wln 0072Meaning to make a conquest of our land:
wln 0073Tis requisit to parle for a peace
wln 0074With Sigismond the king of Hungary:
wln 0075And saue our forces for the hot assaults
wln 0076Proud Tamburlaine intends Natolia.
wln 0077Orc.Uiceroy of Byron, wisely hast thou said:
wln 0078My realme, the Center of our Empery
wln 0079Once lost, All Turkie would be ouerthrowne:
wln 0080And for that cause the Christians shall haue peace.
wln 0081Slauonians, Almains, Rutters, Muffes, and Danes
wln 0082Feare not Orcanes, but great Tamburlaine.
wln 0083Nor he but Fortune that hath made him great.
wln 0084We haue reuolted Grecians, Albanees,
wln 0085Cicilians, Iewes, Arabians, Turks, and Moors,
wln 0086Natolians, Sorians, blacke Egyptians,
wln 0087Illicians, Thracians, and Bythinians,
wln 0088Enough to swallow forcelesse Sigismond
wln 0089Yet scarse enough t’encounter Tamburlaine.
wln 0090He brings a world of people to the field,
wln 0091From Scythia to the Orientall Plage
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wln 0093Beates on the regions with his boysterous blowes,
wln 0094That neuer sea=man yet discouered:
wln 0095All Asia is in Armes with tamburlaine,
wln 0096Euen from the midst of fiery Cancers Tropick,
wln 0097To Amazonia vnder Capricorne.
wln 0098And thence as far as Archipellago.
wln 0099All Affrike is in Armes with tamburlaine.
wln 0100Therefore Uiceroies the Christians must haue peace.

wln 0101Act. 1. Scæna. 2,

wln 0102Sigismond, Fredericke, Baldwine, and their traine
wln 0103with drums and trumpets.

wln 0104Sigis.
wln 0105ORcanes (as our Legates promist thee)
wln 0106Wee with our Peeres haue crost Danubius (stream
wln 0107to treat of friēdly peace or deadly war:
wln 0108Take which thou wilt, for as the Romans vsde
wln 0109I here present thee with a naked sword,
wln 0110Wilt thou haue war, then shake this blade at me,
wln 0111If peace, restore it to my hands againe:
wln 0112And I wil sheath it to confirme the same.
wln 0113OrcStay Sigismond, forgetst thou I am he
wln 0114That with the Cannon shooke Vienna walles.
wln 0115And made it dance vpon the Continent:
wln 0116As when the massy substance of the earth,
wln 0117Quiuer about the Axeltree of heauen.
wln 0118Forgetst thou that I sent a shower of dartes
wln 0119Mingled with powdered shot and fethered steele
wln 0120So thick vpon the blink=ei’d Burghers heads,
wln 0121That thou thy self, then County=Pallatine,
wln 0122The king of Boheme, and the Austrich Duke,

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wln 0123Sent Herralds out, which basely on their knees
wln 0124In all your names desirde a truce of me?
wln 0125Forgetst thou, that to haue me raise my siege,
wln 0126Wagons of gold were set before my tent:
wln 0127Stampt with the princely Foule that in her wings
wln 0128Caries the fearfull thunderbolts of Ioue,
wln 0129How canst thou think of this and offer war?
wln 0130Sig.Vienna was besieg’d, and I was there,
wln 0131Then County=Pallatine, but now a king:
wln 0132And what we did, was in extremity:
wln 0133But now Orcanes, view my royall hoste,
wln 0134That hides these plaines, and seems as vast and wide,
wln 0135As dooth the Desart of Arabia.
wln 0136To those that stand on Badgeths lofty Tower,
wln 0137Or as the Ocean to the Traueiler
wln 0138That restes vpon the snowy Appenines:
wln 0139And tell me whether I should stoope so low,
wln 0140Or treat of peace with the Natolian king?
wln 0141Byr.Kings of Natolia and of Hungarie,
wln 0142We came from Turky to confirme a league,
wln 0143And not to dare ech other to the field:
wln 0144A friendly parle might become ye both.
wln 0145Fred.And we from Europe to the same intent,
wln 0146Which if your General refuse or scorne,
wln 0147Our Tents are pitcht, our men stand in array.
wln 0148Ready to charge you ere you stir your feet.
wln 0149Nat.So prest are we, but yet if Sigismond
wln 0150Speake as a friend, and stand not vpon tearmes,
wln 0151Here is his sword, let peace be ratified
wln 0152On these conditions specified before,
wln 0153Drawen with aduise of our Ambassadors.
wln 0154Sig.Then here I sheath it, and giue thee my hand,

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wln 0155Neuer to draw it out, or manage armes
wln 0156Against thy selfe or thy confederates:
wln 0157But whilst I liue will be at truce with thee.
wln 0158Nat.But (Sigismond) confirme it with an oath,
wln 0159And sweare in sight of heauen and by thy Christ.
wln 0160Sig.By him that made the world and sau’d my
wln 0161 (soule
wln 0162The sonne of God and issue of a Mayd,
wln 0163Sweet Iesus Christ, I sollemnly protest,
wln 0164And vow to keepe this peace inuiolable.
wln 0165Nat.By sacred Mahomet, the friend of God,
wln 0166Whose holy Alcaron remaines with vs,
wln 0167Whose glorious body when he left the world,
wln 0168Closde in a coffyn mounted vp the aire,
wln 0169And hung on stately Mecas Temple roofe,
wln 0170I sweare to keepe this truce inuiolable:
wln 0171Of whose conditions, and our solemne othes
wln 0172Sign’d with our handes, each shal retaine a scrowle:
wln 0173As memorable witnesse of our league.
wln 0174Now Sigismond, if any Christian King
wln 0175Encroche vpon the confines of thy realme,
wln 0176Send woord, Orcanes of Natolia
wln 0177Confirm’d this league beyond Danubius streame,
wln 0178And they will (trembling) sound a quicke retreat,
wln 0179So am I fear’d among all Nations.
wln 0180Sig.If any heathen potentate or king
wln 0181Inuade Natolia, Sigismond will send
wln 0182A hundred thousand horse train’d to the war,
wln 0183And backt by stout Lanceres of Germany.
wln 0184The strength and sinewes of the imperiall seat.
wln 0185Nat.I thank thee Sigismond, but when I war,
wln 0186All Asia Minor, Affrica, and Greece

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wln 0187Follow my Standard and my thundring Drums:
wln 0188Come let vs goe and banquet in our tents:
wln 0189I will dispatch chiefe of my army hence
wln 0190To faire Natolia, and to Trebizon,
wln 0191To stay my comming gainst proud Tamburlaine.
wln 0192Freend Sigismond, and peeres of Hungary,
wln 0193Come banquet and carouse with vs a while,
wln 0194And then depart we to our territories.Exeunt.

wln 0195Actus. 1. Scæna. 3.

wln 0196Callapine with Almeda, his keeper.
wln 0197Callap.
wln 0198SWeet Almeda, pity the ruthfull plight
wln 0199Of Callapine, the sonne of Baiazeth,
wln 0200Born to be Monarch of the Western world:
wln 0201Yet here detain’d by cruell Tamburlaine.
wln 0202Alm.My Lord I pitie it, and with my heart
wln 0203Wish your release, but he whose wrath is death,
wln 0204My soueraigne Lord, renowmed tamburlain.
wln 0205Forbids you further liberty than this.
wln 0206Cal.Ah were I now but halfe so eloquent
wln 0207To paint in woords, what Ile perfourme in deeds,
wln 0208I know thou wouldst depart from hence with me.
wln 0209Al.Not for all Affrike, therefore mooue me not.
wln 0210Cal.Yet heare me speake my gentle Almeda.
wln 0211Al.No speach to that end, by your fauour sir.
wln 0212Cal.By Cario runs.
wln 0213Al.No talke of running, I tell you sir.
wln 0214Cal.A litle further, gentle Almeda.
wln 0215Al.Wel sir, what of this?
wln 0216Cal.By Cario runs to Alexandria Bay,

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wln 0217Darotes streames, wherin at anchor lies
wln 0218A Turkish Gally of my royall fleet,
wln 0219Waiting my comming to the riuer side,
wln 0220Hoping by some means I shall be releast,
wln 0221Which when I come aboord will hoist vp saile,
wln 0222And soon put foorth into the Terrene sea:
wln 0223Where twixt the Isles of Cyprus and of Creete,
wln 0224We quickly may in Turkish seas arriue.
wln 0225Then shalt thou see a hundred kings and more
wln 0226Upon their knees, all bid me welcome home.
wln 0227Amongst so mady crownes of burnisht gold,
wln 0228Choose which thou wilt, all are at thy command,
wln 0229A thousand Gallies mann’d with Christian slaues
wln 0230I freely giue thee, which shall cut the straights,
wln 0231And bring Armados from the coasts of Spaine,
wln 0232Fraughted with golde of rich America:
wln 0233The Grecian virgins shall attend on thee,
wln 0234Skilful in musicke and in amorous laies:
wln 0235As faire as was Pigmalions Iuory gyrle,
wln 0236Or louely Io metamorphosed.
wln 0237With naked Negros shall thy coach be drawen,
wln 0238And as thou rid’st in triumph through the streets,
wln 0239The pauement vnderneath thy chariot wheels
wln 0240With Turky Carpets shall be couered:
wln 0241And cloath of Arras hung about the walles,
wln 0242Fit obiects for thy princely eie to pierce.
wln 0243A hundred Bassoes cloath’d in crimson silk
wln 0244Shall ride before the on Barbarian Steeds:
wln 0245And when thou goest, a golden Canapie
wln 0246Enchac’d with pretious stones, which shine as bright
wln 0247As that faire vail that couers all the world:
wln 0248When Phœbus leaping from his Hemi=Spheare,

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wln 0249Discendeth downward to th’Antipodes.
wln 0250And more than this, for all I cannot tell.
wln 0251Alm.How far hence lies the Galley, say you?
wln 0252Cal.Sweet Almeda, scarse halfe a league from
wln 0253 (hence.
wln 0254Alm.But need we not be spied going aboord?
wln 0255Cal.Betwixt the hollow hanging of a hill
wln 0256And crooked bending of a craggy rock,
wln 0257The sailes wrapt vp, the mast and tacklings downe,
wln 0258She lies so close that none can find her out,
wln 0259Alm.I like that well: but tel me my Lord, if I
wln 0260should let you goe, would you bee as good as your
wln 0261word? Shall I be made a king for my labour?
wln 0262Cal.As I am Callapine the Emperour,
wln 0263And by the hand of Mahomet I sweare,
wln 0264Thou shalt be crown’d a king and be my mate,
wln 0265Alm.Then here I sweare, as I am Almeda,
wln 0266Your Keeper vnder Tamburlaine the great,
wln 0267(For that’s the style and tytle I haue yet)
wln 0268Although he sent a thousand armed men
wln 0269To intercept this haughty enterprize,
wln 0270Yet would I venture to conduct your Grace,
wln 0271And die before I brought you backe again.
wln 0272Cal.Thanks gentle Almeda, then let vs haste,
wln 0273Least time be past, and lingring let vs both.
wln 0274Al.When you will my Lord, I am ready,
wln 0275Cal.Euen straight: and farewell cursed Tambur=
wln 0276 (laine.
wln 0277Now goe I to reuenge my fathers death.Exeunt


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wln 0278Actus. 1. Scæna. 4.

wln 0279Tamburlaine with Zenocrate, and his three sonnes,
wln 0280Calyphas, Amyras, and Celebinus. with
wln 0281drummes and trumpets.

wln 0282Tamb.
wln 0283NOw bright zenocrate, the worlds faire eie,
wln 0284Whose beames illuminate the lamps of heauē,
wln 0285Whose chearful looks do cleare the clowdy aire
wln 0286And cloath it in a christall liuerie,
wln 0287Now rest thee here on faire Larissa Plaines,
wln 0288Where Egypt and the Turkish Empire parts,
wln 0289Betweene thy sons that shall be Emperours,
wln 0290And euery one Commander of a world.
wln 0291zen.Sweet tamburlain, when wilt thou leaue these (armes
wln 0292And saue thy sacred person free from scathe:
wln 0293And dangerous chances of the wrathfull war.
wln 0294Tam.When heauen shal cease to mooue on both the (poles
wln 0295& when the ground wheron my souldiers march
wln 0296Shal rise aloft and touch the horned Moon,
wln 0297And not before my sweet zenocrate:
wln 0298Sit vp and rest thee like a louely Queene.
wln 0299So, now she sits in pompe and maiestie:
wln 0300When these my sonnes, more procious in mine eies
wln 0301Than all the wealthy kingdomes I subdewed:
wln 0302Plac’d by her side, looke on their mothers face,
wln 0303But yet me thinks their looks are amorous,
wln 0304Not martiall as the sons of Tamburlaine
wln 0305Water and ayre being simbolisde in one:
wln 0306Argue their want of courage and of wit,
wln 0307Their haire as white as milke and soft as Downe.
wln 0308Which should be like the quilles of Porcupines.

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wln 0309As blacke as Ieat, and hard as Iron or steel,
wln 0310Bewraies they are too dainty for the wars.
wln 0311Their fingers made to quauer on a Lute,
wln 0312Their armes to hang about a Ladies necke:
wln 0313Their legs to dance and caper in the aire:
wln 0314Would make me thinke them Bastards, not my sons,
wln 0315But that I know they issued from thy wombe,
wln 0316That neuer look’d on man but Tamburlaine.
wln 0317zenMy gratious Lord, they haue their mothers (looks
wln 0318But whē they list, their cōquering fathers hart:
wln 0319This louely boy the yongest of the three,
wln 0320Not long agoe bestrid a Scythian Steed:
wln 0321Trotting the ring, and tilting at a gloue:
wln 0322Which when he tainted with his slender rod,
wln 0323He raign’d him straight and made him so curuet,
wln 0324As I cried out for feare he should haue falne,
wln 0325Tam.Wel done my boy, thou shalt haue shield and (lance
wln 0326Armour of proofe, horse, helme, & Curtle=axe
wln 0327And I will teach thee how to charge thy foe,
wln 0328And harmelesse run among the deadly pikes.
wln 0329If thou wilt loue the warres and follow me,
wln 0330Thou shalt be made a King and raigne with me.
wln 0331Keeping in yron cages Emperours.
wln 0332If thou exceed thy elder Brothers worth,
wln 0333And shine in compleat vertue more than they,
wln 0334Thou shalt be king before them, and thy seed
wln 0335Shall issue crowned from their mothers wombe.
wln 0336Cel.Yes father, you shal see me if I liue,
wln 0337Haue vnder me as many kings as you,
wln 0338And martch with such a multitude of men,
wln 0339As all the world shall tremble at their view.
wln 0340tam.These words assure me boy, thou art my sonne,
wln 0341When I am old and cannot mannage armes,
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wln 0342Be thou the scourge and terrour of the world,
wln 0343Amy.Why may not I my Lord, as wel as he,
wln 0344Be tearm’d the scourge and terrour of the world?
wln 0345tam.Be al a scourge and terror to the world,
wln 0346Or els you are not sons of Tamburlaine.
wln 0347Cal.But while my brothers follow armes my lord
wln 0348Let me accompany my gratious mother,
wln 0349They are enough to conquer all the world
wln 0350And you haue won enough for me to keep.
wln 0351tam.Bastardly boy, sprong frō some cowards loins:
wln 0352And not the issue of great Tamburlaine,
wln 0353Of all the prouinces I haue subdued
wln 0354Thou shalt not haue a foot, vnlesse thou beare
wln 0355A mind corragious and inuincible:
wln 0356For he shall weare the crowne of Persea,
wln 0357Whose head hath deepest scarres, whose breast most
wln 0358 (woundes,
wln 0359Which being wroth, sends lightning from his eies.
wln 0360And in the furrowes of his frowning browes,
wln 0361Harbors reuenge, war, death and cruelty:
wln 0362For in a field whose superfluities
wln 0363Is couered with a liquid purple veile,
wln 0364And sprinkled with the braines of slaughtered men,
wln 0365My royal chaire of state shall be aduanc’d:
wln 0366And he that meanes to place himselfe therein
wln 0367Must armed wade vp to the chin in blood.
wln 0368zen.My Lord, such speeches to our princely sonnes,
wln 0369Dismaies their mindes before they come to prooue
wln 0370The wounding troubles angry war affoords.
wln 0371Cel.No Madam, these are speeches fit for vs,
wln 0372For if his chaire were in a sea of blood,
wln 0373I would prepare a ship and saile to it.

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wln 0374Ere I would loose the tytle of a king,
wln 0375Amy.And I would striue to swim through pooles
wln 0376 (of blood,
wln 0377Or make a bridge of murthered Carcases,
wln 0378Whose arches should be fram’d with bones of Turks,
wln 0379Ere I would loose the tytle of a king.
wln 0380tam.Wel louely boies, you shal be Emperours both
wln 0381Stretching your conquering armes from east to west:
wln 0382And sirha, if you meane to weare a crowne,
wln 0383When we shall meet the Turkish Deputie
wln 0384And all his Uiceroies, snatch it from his head,
wln 0385And cleaue his Pecicranion with thy sword.
wln 0386Cal.If any man will hold him, I will strike,
wln 0387And cleaue him to the channell with my sword,
wln 0388tamb.Hold him, and cleaue him too, or Ile cleaue (thee
wln 0389For we will martch against them presently.
wln 0390Theridamas, Techelles, and Casane
wln 0391Promist to meet me on Larissa plaines
wln 0392With hostes apeece against this Turkish crue,
wln 0393For I haue sworne by sacred Mahomet,
wln 0394To make it parcel of my Empery,
wln 0395The trumpets sound Zenocrate, they come.

wln 0396Actus: 1. Scæna. 5.

wln 0397Enter Theridamas, and his traine with Drums
wln 0398and Trumpets.

wln 0399Tamb.
wln 0400WElcome Theridamas, king of Argier,
wln 0401Ther,My Lord the great and migh=
wln 0402 (ty Tamburlain,
wln 0403Arch=Monarke of the world, I offer here,

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wln 0404My crowne, my selfe, and all the power I haue,
wln 0405In all affection at thy kingly feet.
wln 0406tam.Thanks good theridamas.
wln 0407ther.Under my collors march ten thousand Greeks
wln 0408And of Argier and Affriks frontier townes,
wln 0409Twise twenty thousand valiant men at armes,
wln 0410All which haue sworne to sacke Natolia:
wln 0411Fiue hundred Briggandines are vnder saile,
wln 0412Meet for your seruice on the sea, my Lord,
wln 0413That lanching from Argier to Tripoly,
wln 0414Will quickly ride before Natolia:
wln 0415And batter downe the castles on the shore.
wln 0416tam.Wel said Argier, receiue thy crowne againe.

wln 0417Actus. 1. Scæna. 6.
wln 0418Enter Techelles and Vsumeasane together.
wln 0419Tamb.
wln 0420KIngs of Morocus and of Fesse, welcome.
wln 0421Vsu.Magnificent & peerlesse Tamburlaine,
wln 0422I and my neighbor King of Fesse haue brought
wln 0423To aide thee in this Turkish expedition,
wln 0424A hundred thousand expert souldiers:
wln 0425From Azamor to Tunys neare the sea,
wln 0426Is Barbary vnpeopled for thy sake,
wln 0427And all the men in armour vnder me,
wln 0428Which with my crowne I gladly offer thee.
wln 0429tam.Thanks king of Morocus, take your crown a= (gain.
wln 0430tech.And mighty Tamburlaine, our earthly God,
wln 0431Whose lookes make this inferiour world to quake,
wln 0432I here present thee with the crowne of Fesse,
wln 0433And with an hoste of Moores trainde to the war,
wln 0434Whose coleblacke faces make their foes retire,
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wln 0436Meaning to aid them in this Turkish armes,
wln 0437Should pierce the blacke circumference of hell,
wln 0438With vgly Furies bearing fiery flags,
wln 0439And millions of his strong tormenting spirits:
wln 0440From strong Tesella vnto Biledull,
wln 0441All Barbary is vnpeopled for thy sake.
wln 0442tam.Thanks king of Fesse, take here thy crowne a= (gain
wln 0443Your presence (louing friends and fellow kings)
wln 0444Makes me to surfet in conceiuing ioy,
wln 0445If all the christall gates of Ioues high court
wln 0446Were opened wide, and I might enter in
wln 0447To see the state and maiesty of heauen,
wln 0448It could not more delight me than your sight.
wln 0449Now will we banquet on these plaines a while,
wln 0450And after martch to Turky with our Campe,
wln 0451In number more than are the drops that fall
wln 0452When Boreas rents a thousand swelling cloudes,
wln 0453And proud Orcanes of Natolia,
wln 0454With all his viceroies shall be so affraide,
wln 0455That though the stones, as at Deucalions flood,
wln 0456Were turnde to men, he should be ouercome:
wln 0457Such lauish will I make of Turkish blood,
wln 0458That Ioue shall send his winged Messenger
wln 0459To bid me sheath my sword, and leaue the field:
wln 0460The Sun vnable to sustaine the sight,
wln 0461Shall hide his head in thetis watery lap,
wln 0462And leaue his steeds to faire Boetes charge:
wln 0463For halfe the world shall perish in this fight:
wln 0464But now my friends, let me examine ye,
wln 0465How haue ye spent your absent time from me?
wln 0466Vsum.My Lord our men of Barbary haue martcht
wln 0467Foure hundred miles with armour on their backes,

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wln 0468And laine in leagre fifteene moneths and more,
wln 0469For since we left you at the Souldans court,
wln 0470We haue subdude the Southerne Guallatia,
wln 0471And all the land vnto the coast of Spaine.
wln 0472We kept the narrow straight of Gibralter,
wln 0473And made Canarea cal vs kings and Lords,
wln 0474Yet neuer did they recreate themselues,
wln 0475Or cease one day from war and hot alarms,
wln 0476And therefore let them rest a while my Lord.
wln 0477Tam.They shal Casane, and tis time yfaith.
wln 0478Tech.And I haue martch’d along the riuer Nile
wln 0479To Machda, where the mighty Christian Priest
wln 0480Cal’d Iohn the great, sits in a milk=white robe,
wln 0481Whose triple Myter I did take by force,
wln 0482And made him sweare obedience to my crowne.
wln 0483From thence vnto Cazates did I martch,
wln 0484Wher Amazonians met me in the field:
wln 0485With whom (being women) I vouchsaft a league,
wln 0486And with my power did march to zansibar
wln 0487The Westerne part of Affrike, where I view’d.
wln 0488The Ethiopian sea, riuers and lakes:
wln 0489But neither man nor child in al the land:
wln 0490Therfore I tooke my course to Manico.
wln 0491Where vnresisted I remoou’d my campe:
wln 0492And by the coast of Byather at last,
wln 0493I came to Cubar, where the Negros dwell,
wln 0494And conquering that, made haste to Nubia,
wln 0495There hauing sackt Borno the Kingly seat,
wln 0496I took the king, and lead him bound in chaines
wln 0497Unto Damasco, where I staid before.
wln 0498Tamb.Well done Techelles: what saith
wln 0499 (Theridamas?

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wln 0500ther.I left the confines and the bounds of Affrike
wln 0501And made a voyage into Europe,
wln 0502Where by the riuer Tyros I subdew’d
wln 0503Stoka, Padalia, and Codemia.
wln 0504Then crost the sea and came to Oblia.
wln 0505And Nigra Silua, where the Deuils dance,
wln 0506Which in despight of them I set on fire:
wln 0507From thence I crost the Gulfe, call’d by the name
wln 0508Mare magiore, of th’inhabitantes:
wln 0509Yet shall my souldiers make no period
wln 0510Vntill Natolia kneele before your feet.
wln 0511tamb.Then wil we triumph, banquet and carouse,
wln 0512Cookes shall haue pensions to prouide vs eates,
wln 0513And glut vs with the dainties of the world,
wln 0514Lachrima Christi and Calabrian wines
wln 0515Shall common Souldiers drink in quaffing boules,
wln 0516I, liquid golde when we haue conquer’d him.
wln 0517Mingled with corrall and with orientall pearle:
wln 0518Come let vs banquet and carrouse the whiles.Exeunt.
wln 0519Finis Actus primi.

wln 0520Actus. 2. Scæna. 1.

wln 0521Sigismond, Fredericke, Baldwine,
wln 0522with their traine.

wln 0523Sigis.
wln 0524NOw say my Lords of Buda and Bohemia,
wln 0525What motiō is it that inflames your thoughts,
wln 0526And stirs your valures to such soddaine armes?
wln 0527Fred.Your Maiesty remembers I am sure
wln 0528What cruell slaughter of our Christian bloods,
wln 0529These heathnish Turks and Pagans lately made,

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wln 0530Betwixt the citie Zula and Danubius,
wln 0531How through the midst of Verna and Bulgaria
wln 0532And almost to the very walles of Rome,
wln 0533They haue not long since massacred our Camp,
wln 0534It resteth now then that your Maiesly
wln 0535Take all aduantages of time and power,
wln 0536And worke reuenge vpon these Infidels:
wln 0537Your Highnesse knowes for Tamburlaines repaire,
wln 0538That strikes a terrour to all Turkish hearts,
wln 0539Natolia hath dismist the greatest part
wln 0540Of all his armie, pitcht against our power
wln 0541Betwixt Cutheia and Orminius mount:
wln 0542And sent them marching vp to Belgasar,
wln 0543Acantha, Antioch, and Cæsaria,
wln 0544To aid the kings of Soria and Ierusalem.
wln 0545Now then my Lord, aduantage take hereof,
wln 0546And issue sodainly vpon the rest:
wln 0547That in the fortune of their ouerthrow,
wln 0548We may discourage all the pagan troope,
wln 0549That dare attempt to war with Christians.
wln 0550Sig.But cals not then your Grace to memorie
wln 0551The league we lately made with king Orcanes,
wln 0552Confirm’d by oth and Articles of peace,
wln 0553And calling Christ for record of our trueths?
wln 0554This should be treacherie and violence,
wln 0555Against the grace of our profession.
wln 0556Bald.No whit my Lord: for with such Infidels,
wln 0557In whom no faith nor true religion rests,
wln 0558We are not bound to those accomplishments,
wln 0559The holy lawes of Christendome inioine:
wln 0560But as the faith which they prophanely plight
wln 0561Is not by necessary pollycy,
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wln 0562To be esteem’d assurance for our selues,
wln 0563So what we vow to them should not infringe
wln 0564Our liberty of armes and victory.
wln 0565Sig.Though I confesse the othes they vndertake,
wln 0566Breed litle strength to our securitie,
wln 0567Yet those infirmities that thus defame
wln 0568Their faiths, their honors, and their religion,
wln 0569Should not giue vs presumption to the like,
wln 0570Our faiths are sound, and must be consumate,
wln 0571Religious, righteous, and inuiolate.
wln 0572Fred.Assure your Grace tis superstition
wln 0573To stand so strictly on dispensiue faith:
wln 0574And should we lose the opportunity
wln 0575That God hath giuen to venge our Christians death
wln 0576And scourge their foule blasphemous Paganisme?
wln 0577As fell to Saule, to Balaam and the rest,
wln 0578That would not kill and curse at Gods command,
wln 0579So surely will the vengeance of the highest
wln 0580And iealous anger of his fearefull arme
wln 0581Be pour’d with rigour on our sinfull heads,
wln 0582If we neglect this offered victory.
wln 0583Sig.Then arme my Lords, and issue sodainly,
wln 0584Giuing commandement to our generall hoste,
wln 0585With expedition to assaile the Pagan,
wln 0586And take the victorie our God hath giuen.Exeunt.

wln 0587Actus, 2. Scæna, 2.

wln 0588Orcanes, Gazellus, Vribassa with their traine.
wln 0589Orcanes.
wln 0590GAzellus, Vribassa, and the rest,
wln 0591Now will we march from proud Orminus mount

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wln 0592To faire Natolia, where our neighbour kings
wln 0593Expect our power and our royall presence,
wln 0594T’incounter with the cruell tamburlain,
wln 0595That nigh Larissa swaies a mighty hoste,
wln 0596And with the thunder of his martial tooles
wln 0597Makes Earthquakes in the hearts of men and heauen,
wln 0598Gaz.And now come we to make his sinowes shake,
wln 0599With greater power than erst his pride hath felt,
wln 0600An hundred kings by scores wil bid him armes,
wln 0601And hundred thousands subiects to each score:
wln 0602Which if a shower of wounding thunderbolts
wln 0603Should breake out off the bowels of the clowdes
wln 0604And fall as thick as haile vpon our heads,
wln 0605In partiall aid of that proud Scythian,
wln 0606Yet should our courages and steeled crestes,
wln 0607And numbers more than infinit of men,
wln 0608Be able to withstand and conquer him.
wln 0609Vrib.Me thinks I see how glad the christian King
wln 0610Is made, for ioy of your admitted truce:
wln 0611That could not but before be terrified:
wln 0612With vnacquainted power of our hoste.

wln 0613Enter a messenger.

wln 0614MessArme dread Soueraign and my noble Lords
wln 0615The treacherous army of the Christians,
wln 0616Taking aduantage of your slender power,
wln 0617Comes marching on vs, and determines straight,
wln 0618To bid vs battaile for our dearest liues.
wln 0619Orc.Traitors, villaines, damned Christians,
wln 0620Haue I not here the articles of peace,
wln 0621And solemne couenants we haue both confirm’d,

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wln 0622He by his Christ, and I by Mahomet?
wln 0623Gaz.Hel and confusion light vpon their heads,
wln 0624That with such treason seek our ouerthrow,
wln 0625And cares so litle for their prophet Christ.
wln 0626Orc.Can tbere be such deceit in Christians
wln 0627Or treason in the fleshly heart of man,
wln 0628Whose shape is figure of the highest God?
wln 0629Then if there be a Christ, as Christians say,
wln 0630But in their deeds deny him for their Christ:
wln 0631If he be son to euerliuing Ioue,
wln 0632And hath the power of his outstretched arme,
wln 0633If he be iealous of his name and honor,
wln 0634As is our holy prophet Mahomet,
wln 0635Take here these papers as our sacrifice
wln 0636And witnesse of thy seruants periury.
wln 0637Open thou shining vaile of Cynthia
wln 0638And make a passage from the imperiall heauen
wln 0639That he that sits on high and neuer sleeps,
wln 0640Nor in one place is circumscriptible,
wln 0641But euery where fils euery Continent,
wln 0642With strange infusion of his sacred vigor,
wln 0643May in his endlesse power and puritie
wln 0644Behold and venge this Traitors periury.
wln 0645Thou Christ that art esteem’d omnipotent,
wln 0646If thou wilt prooue thy selfe a perfect God,
wln 0647Worthy the worship of all faithfull hearts,
wln 0648Be now reueng’d vpon this Traitors soule,
wln 0649And make the power I haue left behind
wln 0650(Too litle to defend our guiltlesse liues)
wln 0651Sufficient to discomfort and confound
wln 0652The trustlesse force of those false Christians.

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wln 0653To armes my Lords, on Christ still let vs crie,
wln 0654If there be Christ, we shall haue victorie.

wln 0655Sound ro the battell, and Sigismond
wln 0656comes out wounded.

wln 0657Sig.Discomfited is all the Christian hoste,
wln 0658And God hath thundered vengeance from on high,
wln 0659For my accurst and hatefull periurie.
wln 0660O iust and dreadfull punisher of sinne,
wln 0661Let the dishonor of the paines I feele,
wln 0662In this my mortall well deserued wound,
wln 0663End all my penance in my sodaine death,
wln 0664And let this death wherein to sinne I die,
wln 0665Conceiue a second life in endlesse mercie.
wln 0666Enter Orcanes, Gazellus, Vribassa,
wln 0667with others.

wln 0668Or.Now lie the Christians bathing in their bloods,
wln 0669And Christ or Mahomet hath bene my friend.
wln 0670Gaz.See here the periur’d traitor Hungary,
wln 0671Bloody and breathlesse for his villany.
wln 0672Orc.Now shall his barbarous body be a pray
wln 0673To beasts and foules, and al the winds shall breath
wln 0674Through shady leaues of euery sencelesse tree,
wln 0675Murmures and hisses for his hainous sin.
wln 0676Now scaldes his soule in the Tartarian streames,
wln 0677And feeds vpon the banefull tree of hell,
wln 0678That zoacum, that fruit of bytternesse,
wln 0679That in the midst of fire is ingraft,
wln 0680Yet flourisheth as Flora in her pride,
wln 0681With apples like the heads of damned Feends,

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wln 0682The Dyuils there in chaines of quencelesse flame,
wln 0683Shall lead his soule through Orcus burning gulfe:
wln 0684From paine to paine, whose change shal neuer end:
wln 0685What saiest thou yet Gazellus to his foile:
wln 0686Which we referd to iustice of his Christ,
wln 0687And to his power, which here appeares as full
wln 0688As raies of Cynthia to the clearest sight?
wln 0689Gaz.Tis but the fortune of the wars my Lord,
wln 0690Whose power is often proou’d a myracle.
wln 0691Orc.Yet in my thoughts shall Christ be honoured,
wln 0692Not dooing Mahomet an iniurie,
wln 0693Whose power had share in this our victory:
wln 0694And since this miscreant hath disgrac’d his faith,
wln 0695And died a traitor both to heauen and earth,
wln 0696We wil both watch and ward shall keepe his trunke
wln 0697Amidst these plaines, for Foules to pray vpon.
wln 0698Go Vribassa, giue it straight in charge.
wln 0699Vri.I will my Lord.Exit Vrib.
wln 0700Orc.And now Gazellus, let vs haste and meete
wln 0701Our Army and our brother of Ierusalem,
wln 0702Of Soria, Trebizon and Amasia,
wln 0703And happily with full Natolian bowles
wln 0704Of Greekish wine now let vs celebrate
wln 0705Our happy conquest, and his angry fate.Exeunt.

wln 0706Actus. 2. Scæna vltima.

wln 0707The Arras is drawen and Zenocrate lies in her bed
wln 0708of state, Tamburlaine sitting by her: three Phisi=
wln 0709tians about her bed, tempering potions. Theri=
wln 0710damas, Techelles, Vsumeasane, and the three
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wln 0712Tamburlaine,
wln 0713BLacke is the beauty of the brightest day,
wln 0714The golden balle of heauens eternal fire,
wln 0715That danc’d with glorie on the siluer waues:
wln 0716Now wants the fewell that enflamde his beames
wln 0717And all with faintnesse and for foule disgrace,
wln 0718He bindes his temples with a frowning cloude,
wln 0719Ready to darken earth with endlesse night:
wln 0720Zenocrate that gaue him light and life,
wln 0721Whose eies shot fire from their Iuory bowers,
wln 0722And tempered euery soule with liuely heat,
wln 0723Now by the malice of the angry Skies,
wln 0724Whose iealousie admits no second Mate,
wln 0725Drawes in the comfort of her latest breath
wln 0726All dasled with the hellish mists of death.
wln 0727Now walk the angels on the walles of heauen,
wln 0728As Centinels to warne th’immortall soules,
wln 0729To entertaine deuine Zenocrate.
wln 0730Apollo, Cynthia, and the ceaslesse lamps
wln 0731That gently look’d vpon this loathsome earth,
wln 0732Shine downwards now no more, but deck the heauens
wln 0733To entertaine diuine Zenocrate.
wln 0734The christall springs whose taste illuminates
wln 0735Refined eies with an eternall sight,
wln 0736Like tried siluer runs through Paradice
wln 0737To entertaine diuine zenocrate.
wln 0738The Cherubins and holy Seraphins
wln 0739That sing and play before the king of kings,
wln 0740Use all their voices and their instruments
wln 0741To entertaine diuine Zenocrate.
wln 0742And in this sweet and currious harmony,
wln 0743The God that tunes this musicke to our soules:

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wln 0744Holds out his hand in highest maiesty
wln 0745To entertaine diuine Zenocrate.
wln 0746Then let some holy trance conuay my thoughts,
wln 0747Up to the pallace of th’imperiall heauen:
wln 0748That this my life may be as short to me
wln 0749As are the daies of sweet Zenocrate:
wln 0750Phisitions, wil no phisicke do her good?
wln 0751Phis.My Lord, your Maiesty shall soone perceiue:
wln 0752And if she passe this fit, the worst is past.
wln 0753tam.Tell me, how fares my faire Zenocrate?
wln 0754zen.I fare my Lord, as other Emperesses,
wln 0755That when this fraile and transitory flesh,
wln 0756Hath suckt the measure of that vitall aire
wln 0757That feeds the body with his dated health,
wln 0758Wanes with enforst and necessary change.
wln 0759tam.May neuer such a change transfourme my (loue
wln 0760In whose sweet being I repose my life,
wln 0761Whose heauenly presence beautified with health,
wln 0762Giues light to Phœbus and the fixed stars,
wln 0763Whose absence make the sun and Moone as darke
wln 0764As when opposde in one Diamiter:
wln 0765Their Spheares are mounted on the serpents head,
wln 0766Or els discended to his winding traine:
wln 0767Liue still my Loue and so conserue my life,
wln 0768Or dieng, be the anchor of my death.
wln 0769zen.Liue still my Lord, O let my soueraigne liue,
wln 0770And sooner let the fiery Element
wln 0771Dissolue, and make your kingdome in the Sky,
wln 0772Than this base earth should shroud your maiesty:
wln 0773For should I but suspect your death by mine,
wln 0774The comfort of my future happinesse
wln 0775And hope to meet your highnesse in the heauens,

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wln 0776Turn’d to dispaire, would break my wretched breast.
wln 0777And furie would confound my present rest.
wln 0778But let me die my Loue, yet let me die,
wln 0779With loue and patience let your true loue die:
wln 0780Your griefe and furie hurtes my second life,
wln 0781Yet let me kisse my Lord before I die,
wln 0782And let me die with kissing of my Lord.
wln 0783But since my life is lengthened yet a while,
wln 0784Let me take leaue of these my louing sonnes,
wln 0785And of my Lords whose true nobilitie
wln 0786Haue merited my latest memorie:
wln 0787Sweet sons farewell, in death resemble me,
wln 0788And in your liues your fathers excellency.
wln 0789Some musicke, and my fit wil cease my Lord.
wln 0790They call musicke.
wln 0791tam.Proud furie and intollorable fit,
wln 0792That dares torment the body of my Loue,
wln 0793And scourge the Scourge of the immortall God:
wln 0794Now are those Spheares where Cupid vsde to sit,
wln 0795Wounding the world with woonder and with loue,
wln 0796Sadly supplied with pale and ghastly death:
wln 0797Whose darts do pierce the Center of my soule,
wln 0798Her sacred beauty hath enchaunted heauen,
wln 0799And had she liu’d before the siege of Troy,
wln 0800Hellen, whose beauty sommond Greece to armes,
wln 0801And drew a thousand ships to Tenedos,
wln 0802Had not bene nam’d in Homers Iliads:
wln 0803Her name had bene in euery line he wrote:
wln 0804Or had those wanton Poets, for whose byrth
wln 0805Olde Rome was proud, but gasde a while on her,
wln 0806Nor Lesbia, nor Corrinna had bene nam’d,
wln 0807zenocrate had bene the argument

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wln 0808Of euery Epigram or Eligie.
wln 0809The musicke sounds, and she dies.
wln 0810tam.What, is she dead? Techelles, draw thy sword,
wln 0811And wound the earth, that it may cleaue in twaine,
wln 0812And we discend into th’infernall vaults,
wln 0813To haile the fatall Sisters by the haire,
wln 0814And throw them in the triple mote of Hell,
wln 0815For taking hence my faire zenocrate.
wln 0816Casane and theridamas to armes,
wln 0817Raise Caualieros higher than the cloudes:
wln 0818And with the cannon breake the frame of heauen,
wln 0819Batter the shining pallace of the Sun,
wln 0820And shiuer all the starry firmament:
wln 0821For amorous Ioue hath snatcht my loue from hence,
wln 0822Meaning to make her stately Queene of heauen,
wln 0823What God so euer holds thee in his armes,
wln 0824Giuing thee Nectar and Ambrosia,
wln 0825Behold me here diuine zenocrate,
wln 0826Rauing, impatient, desperate and mad,
wln 0827Breaking my steeled lance, with which I burst
wln 0828The rusty beames of Ianus Temple doores,
wln 0829Letting out death and tyrannising war:
wln 0830To martch with me vnder this bloody flag,
wln 0831And if thou pitiest Tamburlain the great,
wln 0832Come downe from heauen and liue with me againe.
wln 0833ther.Ah good my Lord be patient, she is dead,
wln 0834And all this raging cannot make her liue,
wln 0835If woords might serue, our voice hath rent the aire,
wln 0836If teares, our eies haue watered all the earth:
wln 0837If griefe, our murthered harts haue straind forth blood
wln 0838Nothing preuailes, for she is dead my Lord.
wln 0839tam.For she is dead? thy words doo pierce my soule

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wln 0840Ah sweet theridamas, say so no more,
wln 0841Though she be dead, yet let me think she liues,
wln 0842And feed my mind that dies for want of her:
wln 0843Where ere her soule be, thou shalt stay with me
wln 0844Embalm’d with Cassia, Amber Greece and Myrre,
wln 0845Not lapt in lead but in a sheet of gold,
wln 0846And till I die thou shalt not be interr’d.
wln 0847Then in as rich a tombe as Mausolus,
wln 0848We both will rest and haue one Epitaph
wln 0849Writ in as many seuerall languages,
wln 0850As I haue conquered kingdomes with my sword,
wln 0851This cursed towne will I consume with fire,
wln 0852Because this place bereft me of my Loue:
wln 0853The houses burnt, wil looke as if they mourn’d
wln 0854And here will I set vp her stature,
wln 0855And martch about it with my mourning campe,
wln 0856Drooping and pining for zenocrate.
wln 0857The Arras is drawen.

wln 0858Actus. 3. Scæna. 1,

wln 0859Enter the kings of Trebisond and Soria, one brin=
wln 0860ging a sword, & another a scepter: Next Natolia
wln 0861and Ierusalem with the Emperiall crowne: After
wln 0862Calapine, and after him other Lordes: Orcanes
wln 0863and Ierusalem crowne him, and the other giue
wln 0864him the scepter.

wln 0865Orca.
wln 0866CAlepinus Cyricelibes, otherwise Cybelius, son
wln 0867and successiue heire to the late mighty Empe=
wln 0868rour Baiazeth, by the aid of God and his friend
wln 0869Mahomet, Emperour of Natolia, Ierusalem,

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wln 0870Trebizon, Soria, Amasia, Thracia, Illyria, Carmo-
wln 0871nia And al the hundred and thirty Kingdomes late con=
wln 0872tributory to his mighty father. Long liue Callepinus,
wln 0873Emperour of Turky.
wln 0874Cal.Thrice worthy kings of Natolia, and the rest,
wln 0875I will requite your royall gratitudes
wln 0876With all the benefits my Empire yeelds:
wln 0877And were the sinowes of th’imperiall seat
wln 0878So knit and strengthned, as when Baiazeth
wln 0879My royall Lord and father fild the throne,
wln 0880Whose cursed fate hath so dismembred it,
wln 0881Then should you see this Thiefe of Scythia,
wln 0882This proud vsurping king of Persea,
wln 0883Do vs such honor and supremacie,
wln 0884Bearing the vengeance of our fathers wrongs,
wln 0885As all the world should blot our dignities
wln 0886Out of the booke of base borne infamies.
wln 0887And now I doubt not but your royall cares
wln 0888Hath so prouided for this cursed foe,
wln 0889That since the heire of mighty Baiazeth
wln 0890(An Emperour so honoured for his vertues)
wln 0891Reuiues the spirits of true Turkish heartes,
wln 0892In grieuous memorie of his fathers shame,
wln 0893We shall not need to nourish any doubt,
wln 0894But that proud Fortune, who hath followed long
wln 0895The martiall sword of mighty Tamburlaine,
wln 0896Will now retaine her olde inconstancie,
wln 0897And raise our honors to as high a pitch
wln 0898In this our strong and fortunate encounter,
wln 0899For so hath heauen prouided my escape,
wln 0900From al the crueltie my soule sustaind,
wln 0901By this my friendly keepers happy meanes,

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wln 0902That Ioue surchardg’d with pity of our wrongs,
wln 0903Will poure it downe in showers on our heads:
wln 0904Scourging the pride of cursed tamburlain.
wln 0905Orc.I haue a hundred thousad men in armes,
wln 0906Some, that in conquest of the periur’d Christian.
wln 0907Being a handfull to a mighty hoste,
wln 0908Thinke them in number yet sufficient,
wln 0909To drinke the riuer Nile or Euphrates,
wln 0910And for their power, ynow to win the world.
wln 0911Ier.And I as many from Ierusalem,
wln 0912Iudæa, Gaza, and Scalonians bounds,
wln 0913That on mount Sinay with their ensignes spread,
wln 0914Looke like the parti=coloured cloudes of heauen,
wln 0915That shew faire weather to the neighbor morne.
wln 0916Treb.And I as many bring from Trebizon,
wln 0917Chio Famastro and Amasia,
wln 0918All bordring on the Mare-major sea:
wln 0919Riso, Sancina, and the bordering townes,
wln 0920That touch the end of famous Euphrates.
wln 0921Whose courages are kindled with the flames,
wln 0922The cursed Scythian sets on all their townes,
wln 0923And vow to burne the villaines cruell heart.
wln 0924Sor.From Soria with seuenty thousand strong.
wln 0925Tane from Aleppo, Soldino, Tripoly,
wln 0926And so vnto my citie of Damasco,
wln 0927I march to meet and aide my neigbor kings,
wln 0928All which will ioine against this Tamburlain,
wln 0929And bring him captiue to your highnesse feet.
wln 0930Orc.Our battaile then in martiall maner pitcht,
wln 0931According to our ancient vse, shall beare
wln 0932The figure of the semi=circled Moone:
wln 0933Whose hornes shall sprinkle through the tainted aire,

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wln 0934The poisoned braines of this proud Scythian.
wln 0935Cal.Wel then my noble Lords, for this my friend,
wln 0936That freed me from the bondage of my foe:
wln 0937I thinke it requisite and honorable,
wln 0938To keep my promise, and to make him king,
wln 0939That is a Gentleman (I know) at least.
wln 0940Alm.That’s no matter sir, for being a king,
wln 0941For Tamburlain came vp of nothing.
wln 0942Ier.Your Maiesty may choose some pointed time,
wln 0943Perfourming all your promise to the full:
wln 0944Tis nought for your maiesty to giue a kingdome.
wln 0945Cal.Then wil I shortly keep my promise Almeda
wln 0946Alm.Why, I thank your Maiesty.Exeunt.

wln 0947Actus. 2. Scæna. 2.

wln 0948Tamburlaine with Vsumeasane, and his three sons,
wln 0949foure bearing the hearse of Zenocrate, and the
wln 0950drums sounding a dolefull martch, the Towne
wln 0951burning.

wln 0952Tamb.
wln 0953SO, burne the turrets of this cursed towne,
wln 0954Flame to the highest region of the aire:
wln 0955And kindle heaps of exhalations,
wln 0956That being fiery meteors, may presage,
wln 0957Death and destruction to th’inhabitants
wln 0958Ouer my Zenith hang a blazing star,
wln 0959That may endure till heauen be dissolu’d,
wln 0960Fed with the fresh supply of earthly dregs,
wln 0961Threatning a death and famine to this land,
wln 0962Flieng Dragons, lightning, fearfull thunderclaps,
wln 0963sindge these fair plaines, and make them seeme as black

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wln 0964As is the Island where the Furies maske
wln 0965Compast with Lethe, Styx and Phlegeton,
wln 0966Because my deare Zenocrate is dead.
wln 0967Cal.This Piller plac’d in memorie of her,
wln 0968Where in Arabian, Hebrew, Greek, is writ
wln 0969This towne being burnt by Tamburlaine the great,
wln 0970Forbids the world to build it vp againe.

wln 0971Amy.And here this mourful streamer shal be plac’d
wln 0972Wrought with the Persean and Egyptian armes,
wln 0973To signifie she was a princesse borne,
wln 0974And wife vnto the Monarke of the East.
wln 0975Celib.And here this table as a Register
wln 0976Of all her vertues and perfections.
wln 0977tam.And here the picture of zenocrate,
wln 0978To shew her beautie, which the world admyr’d,
wln 0979Sweet picture of diuine Zenocrate,
wln 0980That hanging here, wil draw the Gods from heauen:
wln 0981And cause the stars fixt in the Southern arke,
wln 0982Whose louely faces neuer any viewed,
wln 0983That haue not past the Centers latitude.
wln 0984As Pilgrimes traueile to our Hemi=spheare.
wln 0985Onely to gaze vpon Zenocrate.
wln 0986Thou shalt not beautifie Larissa plaines.
wln 0987But keep within the circle of mine armes.
wln 0988At euery towne and castle I besiege,
wln 0989Thou shalt be set vpon my royall tent.
wln 0990And when I meet an armie in the field,
wln 0991Whose looks will shed such influence in my campe,
wln 0992As if Bellona, Goddesse of the war
wln 0993Threw naked swords and sulphur bals of fire,
wln 0994Upon the heads of all our enemies.
wln 0995And now my Lords, aduance your speares againe,

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wln 0996Sorrow no more my sweet Casane now:
wln 0997Boyes leaue to mourne, this towne shall euer mourne,
wln 0998Being burnt to cynders for your mothers death.
wln 0999Cal.If I had wept a sea of teares for her,
wln 1000It would not ease the sorrow I sustaine.
wln 1001Amy.As is that towne, so is my heart consum’d,
wln 1002With griefe and sorrow for my mothers death.
wln 1003Cel.My mothers death hath mortified my mind,
wln 1004And sorrow stops the passage of my speech.
wln 1005Tamb.But now my boies, leaue off, and [ * ]ist to me,
wln 1006That meane to teach you rudiments of war:
wln 1007Ile haue you learne to sleepe vpon the ground,
wln 1008March in your armour throwe watery Fens,
wln 1009Sustaine the scortching heat and freezing cold,
wln 1010Hunger and cold right adiuncts of the war.
wln 1011And after this, to scale a castle wal,
wln 1012Besiege a fort, to vndermine a towne,
wln 1013And make whole cyties caper in the aire.
wln 1014Then next, the way to fortifie your men,
wln 1015In champion grounds, what figure serues you best,
wln 1016For with the quinque=angle fourme is meet,
wln 1017Because the corners there may fall more flat:
wln 1018Whereas the Fort may fittest be assailde,
wln 1019And sharpest where th’assault is desperate.
wln 1020The ditches must be deepe, the Counterscarps
wln 1021Narrow and steepe, the wals made high and broad,
wln 1022The Bulwarks and the rampiers large and strong,
wln 1023With Caualieros and thicke counterforts,
wln 1024And roome within to lodge sixe thousand men.
wln 1025It must haue priuy ditches, countermines,
wln 1026And secret issuings to defend the ditch.
wln 1027It must haue high Argins and couered waies

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wln 1028To keep the bulwark fronts from battery,
wln 1029And Parapets to hide the Muscatiers:
wln 1030Casemates to place the great Artillery,
wln 1031And store of ordinance that from euery flanke
wln 1032May scoure the outward curtaines of the Fort,
wln 1033Dismount the Cannon of the aduerse part,
wln 1034Murther the Foe and saue their walles from breach.
wln 1035When this is learn’d for seruice on the land,
wln 1036By plaine and easie demonstration,
wln 1037Ile teach you how to make the water mount,
wln 1038That you may dryfoot martch through lakes & pooles,
wln 1039Deep riuers, hauens, creekes, and litle seas,
wln 1040And make a Fortresse in the raging waues,
wln 1041Fenc’d with the concaue of a monstrous rocke,
wln 1042Inuincible by nature of the place.
wln 1043When this is done, then are ye souldiers,
wln 1044And worthy sonnes of Tamburlain the great,
wln 1045Cal.My Lord, but this is dangerous to be done,
wln 1046We may be slaine or wounded ere we learne.
wln 1047tam.Uillain, art thou the sonne of Tamburlaine,
wln 1048And fear’st to die, or with a Curtle=axe
wln 1049To hew thy flesh and make a gaping wound?
wln 1050Hast thou beheld a peale of ordinance strike
wln 1051A ring of pikes, mingled with shot and horse,
wln 1052Whose shattered lims, being tost as high as heauen,
wln 1053Hang in the aire as thicke as sunny motes,
wln 1054And canst thou Coward stand in feare of death?
wln 1055Hast thou not seene my horsmen charge the foe,
wln 1056Shot through the armes, cut ouerthwart the hands,
wln 1057Dieng their lances with their streaming blood,
wln 1058And yet at night carrouse within my tent,
wln 1059Filling their empty vaines with aiery wine,

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wln 1060That being concocted, turnes to crimson blood,
wln 1061And wilt thou shun the field for feare of woundes:
wln 1062Uiew me thy father that hath conquered kings,
wln 1063And with his hoste martch round about the earth,
wln 1064Quite voide of skars, and cleare from any wound,
wln 1065That by the warres lost not a dram of blood,
wln 1066And see him lance his flesh to teach you all.
wln 1067He cuts his arme.
wln 1068A wound is nothing be it nere so deepe,
wln 1069Blood is the God of Wars rich liuery.
wln 1070Now look I like a souldier, and this wound
wln 1071As great a grace and maiesty to me,
wln 1072As if a chaire of gold enamiled,
wln 1073Enchac’d with Diamondes, Saphyres, Rubies
wln 1074And fairest pearle of welthie India
wln 1075Were mounted here vnder a Canapie:
wln 1076And I sat downe, cloth’d with the massie robe,
wln 1077That late adorn’d the Affrike Potentate.
wln 1078Whom I brought bound vnto Damascus walles.
wln 1079Come boyes and with your fingers search my wound,
wln 1080And in my blood wash all your hands at once,
wln 1081While I sit smiling to behold the sight.
wln 1082Now my boyes, what think you of a wound?
wln 1083Cal.I know not what I should think of it,
wln 1084Me thinks tis a pitifull sight.
wln 1085Cel.Tis nothing: giue me a wound father.
wln 1086Amy.And me another my Lord.
wln 1087tam.Come sirra, giue me your arme.
wln 1088Cel.Here father, cut it brauely as you did your own
wln 1089tam.It shall suffice thou darst abide a wound
wln 1090My boy, Thou shalt not loose a drop of blood,
wln 1091Before we meet the armie of the Turke.

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wln 1092But then run desperate through the thickest throngs,
wln 1093Dreadlesse of blowes, of bloody wounds and death:
wln 1094And let the burning of Larissa wals
wln 1095My speech of war, and this my wound you see
wln 1096Teach you my boyes to beare couragious minds,
wln 1097Fit for the followers of great tamburlaine.
wln 1098Vsumeasane now come let vs martch
wln 1099Towards Techelles and Theridamas,
wln 1100That we haue sent before to fire the townes,
wln 1101The towers and cities of these hatefull Turks,
wln 1102And hunt that Coward, faintheart, runaway,
wln 1103With that accursed traitor Almeda,
wln 1104Til fire and sword haue found them at a bay.
wln 1105Vsu.I long to pierce his bowels with my sword,
wln 1106That hath betraied my gracious Soueraigne,
wln 1107That curst and damned Traitor Almeda.
wln 1108Tam.Then let vs see if coward Calapine
wln 1109Dare leuie armes against our puissance,
wln 1110That we may tread vpon his captiue necke,
wln 1111And treble all his fathers slaueries.Exeunt.

wln 1112Actus. 3. Scæna. 1,

wln 1113Techelles, Theridamas and their traine.
wln 1114Therid.
wln 1115THus haue wee martcht Northwarde from
wln 1116 (Tamburlaine,
wln 1117Unto the frontier point of Soria:
wln 1118And this is Balsera their chiefest hold,
wln 1119Wherein is all the treasure of the land.
wln 1120tech.Then let vs bring our light Artilery,
wln 1121Minions, Fauknets, and Sakars to the trench,

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wln 1122Filling the ditches with the walles wide breach,
wln 1123And enter in, to seaze vpon the gold:
wln 1124How say ye Souldiers, Shal we not?
wln 1125Soul.Yes, my Lord, yes, come lets about it,
wln 1126ther.But stay a while, summon a parle, Drum,
wln 1127It may be they will yeeld it quietly,
wln 1128Knowing two kings, the friend to tamburlain,
wln 1129Stand at the walles, with such a mighty power.
wln 1130Summon the battell.

wln 1131Captaine with his wife and sonne.
wln 1132Cap.What requier you my maisters?
wln 1133ther.Captaine, that thou yeeld vp thy hold to vs.
wln 1134Cap.To you. Why, do you thinke me weary of it?
wln 1135Tech.Nay Captain, thou art weary of thy life,
wln 1136If thou withstand the friends of Tamburlain.
wln 1137ther.These Pioners of Argier in Affrica,
wln 1138Euen in the cannons face shall raise a hill
wln 1139Of earth and fagots higher than thy Fort,
wln 1140And ouer thy Argins and couered waies
wln 1141Shal play vpon the bulwarks of thy hold
wln 1142Uolleies of ordinance til the breach be made,
wln 1143That with his ruine fils vp all the trench.
wln 1144And when we enter in, not heauen it selfe
wln 1145Shall ransome thee, thy wife and family.
wln 1146Tech.Captaine, these Moores shall cut the leaden
wln 1147 (pipes,
wln 1148That bring fresh water to thy men and thee,
wln 1149And lie in trench before thy castle walles:
wln 1150That no supply of victuall shall come in,
wln 1151Nor issue foorth, but they shall die:
wln 1152And therefore Captaine, yeeld it quietly.

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wln 1153Cap.Were you that are the friends of Tamburlain
wln 1154Brothers to holy Mahomet himselfe,
wln 1155I would not yeeld it: therefore doo your worst.
wln 1156Raise mounts, batter, intrench, and vndermine,
wln 1157Cut off the water, all conuoies that can,
wln 1158Yet I am resolute, and so farewell.
wln 1159ther.Pioners away, and where I stuck the stake,
wln 1160Intrench with those dimensions I prescribed:
wln 1161Cast vp the earth towards the castle wall,
wln 1162Which til it may defend you, labour low:
wln 1163And few or none shall perish by their shot.
wln 1164Pion.We will my Lord.Exeunt.
wln 1165Tech.A hundred horse shall scout about the plaines
wln 1166To spie what force comes to relieue the holde.
wln 1167Both we (theridamas) wil intrench our men,
wln 1168And with the Iacobs staffe measure the height
wln 1169And distance of the castle from the trench,
wln 1170That we may know if our artillery
wln 1171Will carie full point blancke vnto their wals.
wln 1172ther.Then see the bringing of our ordinance
wln 1173Along the trench into the battery,
wln 1174Where we will haue Galions of sixe foot broad,
wln 1175To saue our Cannoniers from musket shot,
wln 1176Betwixt which, shall our ordinance thunder foorth,
wln 1177And with the breaches fall, smoake, fire, and dust,
wln 1178The cracke, the Ecchoe and the souldiers crie
wln 1179Make deafe the aire, and dim the Christall Sky.
wln 1180tech.Trumpets and drums, alarum presently,
wln 1181And souldiers play the men, the holds is yours.

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wln 1184Olym.Come good my Lord, & let vs haste frō hence
wln 1185Along the caue that leads beyond the foe,
wln 1186No hope is left to saue this conquered hold.
wln 1187Cap.A deadly bullet gliding through my side,
wln 1188Lies heauy on my heart, I cannot liue.
wln 1189I feele my liuer pierc’d and all my vaines,
wln 1190That there begin and nourish euery part,
wln 1191Mangled and torne, and all my entrals bath’d
wln 1192In blood that straineth from their orifex.
wln 1193Farewell sweet wife, sweet son farewell, I die.
wln 1194Olym.Death, whether art thou gone that both we (liue?
wln 1195Come back again (sweet death) & strike vs both:
wln 1196One minute end our daies, and one sepulcher
wln 1197Containe our bodies: death, why comm’st thou not?
wln 1198Wel, this must be the messenger for thee,
wln 1199Now vgly death stretch out thy Sable wings,
wln 1200And carie both our soules, where his remaines.
wln 1201Tell me sweet boie, art thou content to die?
wln 1202These barbarous Scythians full of cruelty,
wln 1203And Moores, in whom was neuer pitie found,
wln 1204Will hew vs peecemeale, put vs to the wheele,
wln 1205Or els inuent some torture worse than that,
wln 1206Therefore die by thy louing mothers hand,
wln 1207Who gently now wil lance thy Iuory throat,
wln 1208And quickly rid thee both of paine and life.
wln 1209Son.Mother dispatch me, or Ile kil my selfe,
wln 1210For think ye I can liue, and see him dead?
wln 1211Giue me your knife, good mother) or strike home:
wln 1212The Scythiens shall not tyrannise on me.
wln 1213Sweet mother strike, that I may meet my father.
wln 1214She stabs him.
wln 1215Olym.Ah sacred Mahomet, if this be sin,

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wln 1216Intreat a pardon of the God of heauen,
wln 1217And purge my soule before it come to thee.

wln 1218Entert Theridamas, Techelles and all
wln 1219their traine.

wln 1220ther.How now Madam, what are you doing?
wln 1221Olim.Killing my selfe, as I haue done my sonne,
wln 1222Whose body with his fathers I haue burnt,
wln 1223Least cruell Scythians should dismember him.
wln 1224tech.Twas brauely done, and like a souldiers wife,
wln 1225Thou shalt with vs to Tamburlaine the great,
wln 1226Who when he heares how resolute thou wert,
wln 1227Wil match thee with a Uiceroy or a king.
wln 1228Olym.My Lord deceast, was dearer vnto me,
wln 1229Than any Uiceroy, King or Emperour.
wln 1230And for his sake here will I end my daies.
wln 1231ther.But Lady goe with vs to Tamburlaine,
wln 1232And thou shalt see a man greater [ ···· ] Mahomet.
wln 1233In whose high lookes is much more maiesty
wln 1234Than from the Concaue superficies.
wln 1235Of Ioues vast pallace the imperiall Orbe,
wln 1236Unto the shinining bower where Cynthia sits,
wln 1237Like louely thetis in a Christall robe,
wln 1238That treadeth Fortune vnderneath his feete,
wln 1239And makes the mighty God of armes his slaue:
wln 1240On whom death and the fatall sisters waite,
wln 1241With naked swords and scarlet liueries:
wln 1242Before whom (mounted on a Lions backe)
wln 1243Rhammusia beares a helmet ful of blood,
wln 1244And strowes the way with braines of slaughtered men:
wln 1245By whose proud side the vgly furies run.

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wln 1246Harkening when he shall bid them plague the world,
wln 1247Ouer whose zenith cloth’d in windy aire,
wln 1248And Eagles wings ioin’d to her feathered breast,
wln 1249Fame houereth, sounding of her golden Trumpe:
wln 1250That to the aduerse poles of that straight line,
wln 1251Which measureth the glorious frame of heauen,
wln 1252The name of mightie Tamburlain is spread:
wln 1253And him faire Lady shall thy eies behold. Come.
wln 1254OlimTake pitie of a Ladies ruthfull teares,
wln 1255That humbly craues vpon her knees to stay,
wln 1256And cast her bodie in the burning flame,
wln 1257That feeds vpon her sonnes and husbands flesh.
wln 1258tech.Madam, sooner shall fire consume vs both,
wln 1259Then scortch a face so beautiful as this.
wln 1260In frame of which, Nature hath shewed more skill,
wln 1261Than when she gaue eternall Chaos forme,
wln 1262Drawing from it the shining Lamps of heauen.
wln 1263ther.Madam, I am so far in loue with you,
wln 1264That you must goe with vs, no remedy.
wln 1265Olim.Then carie me I care not where you will,
wln 1266And let the end of this my fatall iourney,
wln 1267Be likewise end to my accursed life.
wln 1268tech.No Madam, but the beginning of your ioy,
wln 1269Come willinglie, therfore.
wln 1270ther.Souldiers now let vs meet the Generall,
wln 1271Who by this time is at Natolia,
wln 1272Ready to charge the army of the Turke.
wln 1273The gold, the siluer, and the pearle ye got,
wln 1274Rifling this Fort, deuide in equall shares:
wln 1275This Lady shall haue twice so much againe,
wln 1276Out of the coffers of our treasurie.Exeunt.


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wln 1277Actus: 3. Scæna. 5.

wln 1278Callepine, Orcanes, Ierusalem, Trebizon, Soria, Al=
wln 1279meda, with their traine.

wln 1280Messenger.
wln 1281REnowmed Emperour, mighty Callepine,
wln 1282Gods great lieftenant ouer all the world:
wln 1283Here at Alepo with an hoste of men
wln 1284Lies Tamburlaine, this king of Persea:
wln 1285In number more than are the quyuering leaues
wln 1286Of Idas forrest, where your highnesse hounds,
wln 1287With open crie pursues the wounded Stag:
wln 1288Who meanes to gyrt Natolias walles with siege,
wln 1289Fire the towne and ouerrun the land.
wln 1290Cal.My royal army is as great as his,
wln 1291That from the bounds of Phrigia to the sea
wln 1292Which washeth Cyprus with his brinish waues,
wln 1293Couers the hils, the valleies and the plaines.
wln 1294Uiceroies and Peeres of Turky play the men,
wln 1295Whet all your swords to mangle Tamburlain
wln 1296His sonnes, his Captaines and his followers,
wln 1297By Mahomet not one of them shal liue.
wln 1298The field wherin this battaile shall be fought,
wln 1299For euer, terme, the Perseans sepulchre,
wln 1300In memorie of this our victory.
wln 1301Orc.Now, he that cals himself the scourge of Ioue,
wln 1302The Emperour of the world, and earthly God,
wln 1303Shal end the warlike progresse he intends,
wln 1304And traueile hedlong to the lake of hell:
wln 1305Where legions of deuils (knowing he must die

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wln 1306Here in Natolia, by your highnesse hands)
wln 1307All brandishing their brands of quenchlesse fire,
wln 1308Streching their monstrous pawes, grin with their
wln 1309 (teeth.
wln 1310And guard the gates to entertaine his soule.
wln 1311Cal.Tel me Uiceroies the number of your men,
wln 1312And what our Army royall is esteem’d.
wln 1313Ier.From Palestina and Ierusalem,
wln 1314Of Hebrewes, three score thousand fighting men
wln 1315Are come since last we shewed your maiesty.
wln 1316Orc.So from Arabia desart, and the bounds
wln 1317Of that sweet land, whose braue Metropolis
wln 1318Reedified the faire Semyramis,
wln 1319Came forty thousand warlike foot and horse,
wln 1320Since last we numbred to your Maiesty.
wln 1321treb.From trebizon in Asia the lesse,
wln 1322Naturalized Turks and stout Bythinians
wln 1323Came to my bands full fifty thousand more,
wln 1324That fighting, knowes not what retreat doth meane,
wln 1325Nor ere returne but with the victory,
wln 1326Since last we numbred to your maiesty.
wln 1327Sor.Of Sorians from Halla is repair’d
wln 1328And neighbor cities of your highnesse land,
wln 1329Ten thousand horse, and thirty thousand foot,
wln 1330Since last we numbred to your maiestie:
wln 1331So that the Army royall is esteem’d
wln 1332Six hundred thousand valiant fighting men.
wln 1333Callep.Then welcome Tamburlaine vnto thy
wln 1334 (death.
wln 1335Come puissant Uiceroies, let vs to the field,
wln 1336(The Perseans Sepulchre) and sacrifice
wln 1337Mountaines of breathlesse men to Mahomet.
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wln 1338Who now with Ioue opens the firmament,
wln 1339To see the slaughter of our enemies.

wln 1340Actus. 2. Scæna. 1.

wln 1341Tamburlaine with his three sonnes, Vsumeasane
wln 1342with other.

wln 1343Tam.
wln 1344HOw now Casane? See a knot of kings,
wln 1345Sitting as if they were a telling ridles.
wln 1346Vsu.My Lord, your presence makes them
wln 1347 (pale and wan.
wln 1348Poore soules they looke as if their deaths were neere.
wln 1349tamb.Why, so he is Casane, I am here,
wln 1350But yet Ile saue their liues and make them slaues.
wln 1351Ye petty kings of Turkye I am come,
wln 1352As Hector did into the Grecian campe.
wln 1353To ouerdare the pride of Grœcia.
wln 1354And set his warlike person to the view
wln 1355Of fierce Achilles, riuall of his fame,
wln 1356I doe you honor in the simile.
wln 1357For if I should as Hector did Achilles,
wln 1358(The worthiest knight that euer brandisht sword)
wln 1359Challenge in combat any of you all,
wln 1360I see how fearfully ye would refuse,
wln 1361And fly my gloue as from a Scorpion.
wln 1362Orc.Now thou art fearfull of thy armies strength,
wln 1363Thou wouldst with ouermatch of person fight,
wln 1364But Shepheards issue, base borne tamburlaine,
wln 1365Thinke of thy end, this sword shall lance thy
wln 1366 (throat.
wln 1367Tamb.Uillain, the shepheards issue, at whose byrth

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wln 1368Heauen did affoord a gratious aspect,
wln 1369And ioin’d those stars that shall be opposite,
wln 1370Euen till the dissolution of the world,
wln 1371And neuer meant to make a Conquerour,
wln 1372So famous as is mighty Tamburlain:
wln 1373Shall so torment thee and that Callapine,
wln 1374That like a roguish runnaway, suborn’d
wln 1375That villaine there, that slaue, that Turkish dog,
wln 1376To false his seruice to his Soueraigne,
wln 1377As ye shal curse the byrth of Tamburlaine.
wln 1378Cal.Raile not proud Scythian, I shall now reuenge
wln 1379My fathers vile abuses and mine owne.
wln 1380Ier.By Mahomet he shal be tied in chaines,
wln 1381Rowing with Christians in a Brigandine,
wln 1382About the Grecian Isles to rob and spoile:
wln 1383And turne him to his ancient trade againe.
wln 1384Me thinks the slaue should make a lusty theefe.
wln 1385Cal.Nay, when the battaile ends, al we wil meet,
wln 1386And sit in councell to inuent some paine,
wln 1387That most may vex his body and his soule.
wln 1388Tam.Sirha, Callapine, Ile hang a clogge about
wln 1389your necke for running away againe, you shall not trou=
wln 1390ble me thus to come and fetch you.
wln 1391But as for you (Uiceroy) you shal haue bits,
wln 1392And harnest like my horses, draw my coch:
wln 1393And when ye stay, be lasht with whips of wier,
wln 1394Ile haue you learne to feed on prouander,
wln 1395And in a stable lie vpon the planks:
wln 1396Orc.But Tamburlaine, first thou shalt kneele to vs
wln 1397And humbly craue a pardon for thy life.
wln 1398treb.The common souldiers of our mighty hoste
wln 1399Shal bring thee bound vnto the Generals tent.

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wln 1400Sor.And all haue iointly sworne thy cruell death,
wln 1401Or bind thee in eternall torments wrath.
wln 1402tam.Wel sirs, diet your selues, you knowe I shall
wln 1403haue occasion shortly to iourney you.
wln 1404Cel.See father, how Almeda the Iaylor lookes
wln 1405vpon vs.
wln 1406tam.Uillaine, traitor, damned fugitiue,
wln 1407Ile make thee wish the earth had swallowed thee:
wln 1408Seest thou not death within my wrathfull looks.
wln 1409Goe villaine, cast thee headlong from a rock,
wln 1410Or rip thy bowels, and rend out thy heart,
wln 1411T’appease my wrath, or els Ile torture thee,
wln 1412Searing thy hatefull flesh with burning yrons,
wln 1413And drops of scalding lead, while all thy ioints
wln 1414Be rackt and beat asunder with the wheele,
wln 1415For if thou liuest, not any Element
wln 1416Shal shrowde thee from the wrath of tamburlaine
wln 1417Cal.Wel, in despight of thee he shall be king:
wln 1418Come Almeda, receiue this crowne of me,
wln 1419I here inuest thee king of Ariadan,
wln 1420Bordering on Mare Roso neere to Meca.
wln 1421Or.What, take it man.
wln 1422Al.Good my Lord, let me take it.
wln 1423Cal.Doost thou aske him leaue? here, take it.
wln 1424tam.Go too sirha, take your crown, and make vp the
wln 1425halfe dozen.
wln 1426So sirha, now you are a king you must giue armes.
wln 1427Or.So he shal, and weare thy head in his Scutchion:
wln 1428tamb.No, let him hang a bunch of keies on his stan=
wln 1429derd, to put him in remembrance he was a Iailor, that
wln 1430when I take him, I may knocke out his braines with
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wln 1432sweating from my chariot.
wln 1433treb.Away, let vs to the field, that the villaine may
wln 1434be slaine.
wln 1435tamb.Sirha, prepare whips, and bring my chariot
wln 1436to my Tent: For as soone as the battaile is done, Ile
wln 1437ride in triumph through the Camp.
wln 1438Enter Theridamas, Techelles and
wln 1439their traine.

wln 1440How now ye pety kings, loe, here are Bugges
wln 1441Wil make the haire stand vpright on your heads,
wln 1442And cast your crownes in slauery at their feet.
wln 1443Welcome theridamas and techelles both,
wln 1444See ye this rout, and know ye this same king?
wln 1445ther.I, my Lord, he was Calapines keeper.
wln 1446tam.Wel, now you see hee is a king, looke to him
wln 1447theridamas, when we are fighting, least hee hide his
wln 1448crowne as the foolish king of Persea did.
wln 1449Sor.No Tamburlaine, hee shall not be put to that
wln 1450Exigent, I warrant thee.
wln 1451tam.You knowe not sir:
wln 1452But now my followers and my louing friends,
wln 1453Fight as you euer did, like Conquerours,
wln 1454The glorie of this happy day is yours:
wln 1455My sterne aspect shall make faire Uictory,
wln 1456Houering betwixt our armies, light on me,
wln 1457Loden with Lawrell wreathes to crowne vs all.
wln 1458tech.I smile to think, how when this field is fought,
wln 1459And rich Natolia ours, our men shall sweat
wln 1460With carrieng pearle and treasure on their backes,
wln 1461tamb.You shall be princes all immediatly:
wln 1462Come fight ye Turks, or yeeld vs victory.
wln 1463Or.No, we wil meet thee slauish tāburlain.Exeunt


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wln 1464Actus. 4. Scæna. 1.

wln 1465Alarme: Amyras and Celebinus, issues from the tent
wln 1466where Caliphas sits a sleepe.

wln 1467NOw in their glories shine the golden crownes
wln 1468Of these proud Turks, much like so many suns
wln 1469That halfe dismay the maiesty of heauen:
wln 1470Now brother follow we our fathers sword,
wln 1471That flies with fury swifter than our thoughts,
wln 1472And cuts down armies with his conquerings wings,
wln 1473Cel.Call foorth our laisie brother from the tent,
wln 1474For if my father misse him in the field,
wln 1475Wrath kindled in the furnace of his breast,
wln 1476Wil send a deadly lightening to his heart.
wln 1477Amy.Brother, ho, what, giuen so much to sleep
wln 1478You cannot leaue it, when our enemies drums
wln 1479And ratling cannons thunder in our eares
wln 1480Our proper ruine, and our fathers foile?
wln 1481Cal.Away ye fools, my father needs not me,
wln 1482Nor you in faith, but that you wil be thought
wln 1483More childish valourous than manly wise:
wln 1484If halfe our campe should sit and sleepe with me,
wln 1485My father ware enough to scare the foe:
wln 1486You doo dishonor to his maiesty,
wln 1487To think our helps will doe him any good.
wln 1488Amy.What, dar’st thou then be absent frō the fight,
wln 1489Knowing my father hates thy cowardise,
wln 1490And oft hath warn’d thee to be stil in field,
wln 1491When he himselfe amidst the thickest troopes
wln 1492Beats downe our foes to flesh our taintlesse swords.
wln 1493Cal.I know sir, what it is to kil a man,

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wln 1494It works remorse of conscience in me,
wln 1495I take no pleasure to be murtherous,
wln 1496Nor care for blood when wine wil quench my thirst.
wln 1497Cel.O cowardly boy, fie for shame, come foorth.
wln 1498Thou doost dishonor manhood, and thy house.
wln 1499Cal.Goe, goe tall stripling, fight you for vs both,
wln 1500And take my other toward brother here,
wln 1501For person like to prooue a second Mars,
wln 1502Twill please my mind as wel to heare both you
wln 1503Haue won a heape of honor in the field,
wln 1504And left your slender carkasses behind,
wln 1505As if I lay with you for company.
wln 1506Amy.You wil not goe then?
wln 1507CalYou say true.
wln 1508Amy.Were all the lofty mounts of Zona mundi,
wln 1509That fill the midst of farthest Tartary,
wln 1510Turn’d into pearle and proffered for my stay,
wln 1511I would not bide the furie of my father:
wln 1512When made a victor in these hautie arms.
wln 1513He comes and findes his sonnes haue had no shares
wln 1514In all the honors he proposde for vs.
wln 1515Cal.Take you the honor, I will take my ease,
wln 1516My wisedome shall excuse my cowardise:
wln 1517I goe into the field before I need?
wln 1518Alarme, and Amy. and Celeb. run in.
wln 1519The bullets fly at random where they list.
wln 1520And should I goe and kill a thousand men,
wln 1521I were as soone rewarded with a shot,
wln 1522And sooner far than he that neuer fights.
wln 1523And should I goe and do nor harme nor good,
wln 1524I might haue harme, which all the good I haue
wln 1525Ioin’d with my fathers crowne would neuer cure.

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