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Tech. No: cowards and faint-hearted runaways
Usum. Come! let us meet them at the mountain
And with a sudden and a hot alarum,
The Soldiers enter. \
Open the ways, yet guard the treasure sure!
Tech. I hear them come; shall we encounter
them? Tamb Keep all your standings and not stir a
Enter Theridamas and others.
Ther. Tamburlaine!—A Scythian shepherd so
With nature's pride and richest furniture!
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,
Usum. And kingdoms at the least we all expect,
Ther. What strong enchantments 'tice my yielding soul
To these resolved, noble Scythians?
Tamb. No, but the trusty friend of Tamburlaiue. ^( Ther. Won with thy words, and conquer'd with
I yield myself, my men, and horse to thee,
Tamb. Theridamas, my friend, take here my hand,
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,
Ther. Nor they nor theirs, thrice noble Tambur
Shall want my heart to be with gladness pierc'd,
Tamb. A thousand thanks, worthy Theridamas.
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
• 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.