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Tech. No: cowards and faint-hearted runaways
Look for orations when the foe is near:
Our swords shall play the orator for us.

Usum. Come! let us meet them at the mountain


And with a sudden and a hot alarum,
Drive all their horses headlong down the hill.
Tech. Come! Let us march!
Tamb. Stay! ask a parley first.

The Soldiers enter. \

Open the ways, yet guard the treasure sure!
Lay out our golden wedges to the view,
That their reflexions may amaze the Persians;
And look we friendly on them when they come;
But if they offer word or violence,
We'll fight five hundred men at arms to one,
Before we part with our possession.
And 'gainst the general we will lift our swords,
And either lance his greedy thirsting throat,
Or take him prisoner, and his chain shall serve
For manacles, till he be ransom'd home.

Tech. I hear them come; shall we encounter

them? Tamb Keep all your standings and not stir a

Myself will bide the danger of the brunt.

Enter Theridamas and others.
Ther. Where is this Scythian Tamburlaine?
Tamb. Who seek'st thou, Persian?—I am Tam-

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Ther. Tamburlaine!—A Scythian shepherd so


With nature's pride and richest furniture!
His looks do menace Heaven and dare the God's:
His fiery eyes are fix'd upon the earth,
As if he now devis'd some stratagem,
Or meant to pierce Avernus' darksome vauts
To pull the triple-headed dog from hell.

Tamb. Noble and mild this Persian seems to be, If outward habit judge the inward man.

Tech. His deep affections make him passionate.

Tamb. With what a majesty he rears his looks! In thee, thou valiant man of Persia, I see the folly of thy emperor. Art thou but captain of a thousand horse, That by characters graven in thy brows, And by thy martial face and stout aspect, Deserv'st to have the leading of an host? Forsake thy king, and do but join with me, And we will triumph over all the world; I hold the fates bound fast in iron chains, And with my hand turns fortune's wheel about: And sooner shall the sun fall from his sphere, Than Tamburlaine be slain or overcome. Draw forth thy sword, thou mighty man at arms, Intending but to raze my charmed skin, And Jove himself will stretch his hand from Heaven To ward the blow and shield me safe from harm. See how he rains down heaps of gold in showers, As if he meant to give my soldiers pay!

And as a sure and grounded argument,

That I shall be the monarch of the East,

He sends this soldan's daughter rich and brave,

To be my queen and portly emperess.

If thou wilt stay with me, renowned man,

And lead thy thousand horse with my conduct,

Besides thy share of this Egyptian prize,

Those thousand horse shall sweat with martial spoil

Of conquer'd kingdoms and of cities sack'd;

Both we will walk upon the lofty cliffs,

And Christian merchants that with Russian stems

Plough up huge furrows in the Caspian sea,

Shall vail to us, as Lords of all the lake.

Both we will reign as consuls of the earth,

And mighty kings shall be our senators.

Jove sometimes masked in a shepherd's weed, i

And by those steps that he hath scal'd the heavens}(

May we become immortal like the Gods. (

Join with me now in this my mean estate,

(I call it mean because being yet obscure,

The nations far remov'd admire me not,)

And when my name and honour shall be spread

As far as Boreas claps his brazen wings,

Or fair Bootes sends his cheerful light,

Then shalt thou be competitor with me, vx.

And sit with Tamburlaine in all his majesty. >

Ther. Not Hermes, prolocutor to the Gods, Could use persuasions more pathetical.

Tamb. Nor are Apollo's oracles more true, • Than thou shalt find my vaunts substantial.

Tech. We are his friends, and if the Persian


Should offer present dukedoms to our state,
We think it loss to make exchange for that
We are assur'd of by our friend's success.

Usum. And kingdoms at the least we all expect,
Besides the honour in assured conquests,
When kings shall crouch unto our conq'ring swords
And hosts of soldiers stand amaz'd at us;
When with their fearful tongues they shall confess,
These are the men that all the world admires.

Ther. What strong enchantments 'tice my yielding soul

To these resolved, noble Scythians?
But shall I prove a traitor to my king?

Tamb. No, but the trusty friend of Tamburlaiue. ^( Ther. Won with thy words, and conquer'd with

thy looks,

I yield myself, my men, and horse to thee,
To be partaker of thy good or ill,
As long as life maintains Theridamas.

Tamb. Theridamas, my friend, take here my hand,
Which is as much as if I swore by Heaven,
And call'd the Gods to witness of my vow.
Thus shall my heart be still combin'd with thine
Until our bodies turn to elements,
And both our souls aspire celestial thrones.
Techelles and Casane, welcome him!

Tech. Welcome, renowned Persian to us all!

Usum. Long may Theridamas remain with us!' Tamb. These are my friends, in whom I more


Than doth the King of Persia in his crown,
And by the love of Pylades and Orestes,
Whose statues * we adore in Scythia,
Thyself and them shall never part from me
Before I crown you kings in Asia,
Make much of them, gentle Theridamas,
And they will never leave thee to the death.

Ther. Nor they nor theirs, thrice noble Tambur


Shall want my heart to be with gladness pierc'd,
To do you honour and security.

Tamb. A thousand thanks, worthy Theridamas.
And now fair madam, and my noble lords,
If you will willingly remain with me
You shall have honours as your merits be;
Or else you shall be forc'd with slavery.

Agyd. We yield unto thee, happy Tamburlaine.

Tamb. For you then, madam, I am out of doubt.

Zeno. I. must be pleas'd perforce. Wretched

Zenocrate! [Exeunt.

The first edition reads statutes, but as the Scythians worshipped Pylades and Orestes in temples, we have adopted the reading of the quarto as being most probably the correct one.

vOL. I.

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