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Runs to the city from the mountain Carnon.

Two thousand horse shall forage up and down,

That no relief or succour come by land:

And all the sea my gallies countermand.

Then shall our footmen lie within the trench,

And with their cannons' mouths, like Orcus' gulf,

Batter the walls, and we will enter in;

And thus the Grecians shall be conquer'd. [Exeunt.

Zenocrate, Agydas, Anippe, with others.

Aoyd. Madam Zenocrate, may I presume
To know the cause of these unquiet fits,
That work such trouble to your wonted rest?
'Tis more than pity such a heavenly face
Should by heart's sorrow wax so wan and pale,
When your offensive rape by Tamburlaine,
(Which of your whole displeasures should be most)
Hath seem'd to be digested long ago.

Zeno. Although it be digested long ago,
As his exceeding favours have deserv'd,
And might content the Queen of Heav'n, as well
As it hath chang'd my first conceiv'd disdain,
Yet since a farther passion feeds my thoughts
With ceaseless and disconsolate conceits,
Which dye my looks so liveless as they are,
And might, if my extremes had full events,
Make me the ghastly counterfeit of death.

Agyd. Eternal Heaven, sooner be dissolv'd,
And all that pierceth Phoebus' silver eye.

Before such hap fall to Zenocrate!

Zeno. Ah, life and soul, still hover in his breast And leave my body senseless as the earth, Or else unite you• to his life and soul, That I may live and die with Tamburlaine!

Enter Tamburlaine, Techelles, and others behind.

Agyd. With Tamburlaine! Ah, fair Zenocrate.
Let not a man so vile and barbarous,
That holds you from your father in despite,
And keeps you from the honours of a queen,
(Being suppos'd his worthless concubine,)
Be honour'd with your love but for necessity.
So now the mighty soldan hears of you,
Your highness needs not doubt, but in short time,
He will with Tamburlaine's destruction
Redeem you from this deadly servitude.

Zeno. Leave to wound me with these words,
And speak of Tamburlaine as he deserves.
The entertainment we have had of him
Is far from villainy or servitude,
And might in noble minds be counted princely.

Agyd. How can you fancy one that looks so fierce.
Only dispos'd to martial stratagems?
Will tell how many thousand men he slew;
Who, when he shall embrace you in his arms,
And when you look for amorous discourse,
Will rattle forth his facts of war and blood,
Too harsh a subject for your dainty ears.
• 4to—me.

Xen0. As looks the sun through Nilus' flowing


Or when the morning holds him in her arms,
So looks my lordly love, fair Tamburlaine;
His talk much sweeter than the Muses' song
They sung for honour 'gainst Pierides;
Or when Minerva did with Neptune strive:
And higher would I rear my estimate
Than Juno, sister to the highest god,
If I were match'd with mighty Tamburlaine.

Agyd. Yet be not so inconstant in your love;
But let the young Arabian live in hope
After your rescue to enjoy his choice.
You see though first the king of Persia,
Being a shepherd, seem'd to love you much,
Now in his majesty he leaves those looks,
Those words of favour, and those comfortings,
And gives no more than common courtesies.

Zeno. Thence rise the tears that so distain my


[ Fearing his loving through my unworthiness.—

[Tamburlaine goes to her and takes her away lovingly by the hand, looking wratlifully on Agyd. and says nothing. All follow but Agyd. Agyd. Betray'd by fortune and suspicious.lover Threat'ned with frowning wrath and jealousy, Surpris'd with fear and hideous revenge, I stand aghast! but most astonied To see his choler shut in secret thoughts, And wrapt in silence of his angry soul!

Upon his brows was pourtray'd ugly death;
And in his eyes the fury of his heart /

That shine as comets, menacing revenge,
And casts a pale complexion on his cheeks.
As when the sees the Hyades
Gather an army of Cimmerian clouds,
(Auster and Aquilon with winged steeds,
All sweating, tilt about the wal'ry heavens,
With shiv'ring spears enforcing thunder claps,
And from their shields strike flames of lightning,)
All-fearful folds his sails and sounds the main,
Lifting his prayers to the Heavens for aid
Against the terror of the winds and waves,
So fares Agydas for the late-felt frowns,
That sent a tempest to my daunted thoughts,
And make my soul divine her overthrow.

Enter Usumcasane, and Techelles with a naked

dagger. Tec H . See you, Agydas, how the king salutes you?

He bids you prophesy what it imports.

Agyd. I prophesy'd before, and now I prove

The killing frowns of jealousy and love. '/'He needed not with words confirm my fear,

For words are vain where working tools present

The naked action of my threat'ned end^.

It says, Agydas, thou shalt surely die,

And of extremities elect the least;

More honour and less pain it may procure

To die by this resolved hand of thine,

Than stay the torments he and Heaven have sworn.

Then haste, Agydfcs, and prevent the plagues

Which thy prolonged fates may draw on thee.

Go, wander, free from fear of tyrant's rage,

Removed from the torments and the hell,

Wherewith he may excruciate thy soul,

And let Agydas by Agydas die,

And with this stab slumber eternally. [Stafcs himself.

Tech. Usumcasane, see, how right the man Hath hit the meaning of my lord, the king.

Usum. 'Faith, and Techelles, it was manly done; And since he was so wise and honourable, Let us afford him now the bearing hence, And crave his triple-worthy burial.

Tech. Agreed, Casane; we will honour him.

[Exeunt, bearing oafthe body.


Enter Tamburlaine, Techelles, Usumcasane, Theridamas, Bassa, Zenocrate, with others.

Tamb. Bassa, by this thy lord and master knows I mean to meet him in Bithynia: See, how he comes! Tush! Turks are full of brags, And menace more than they can well perform. He meet me in the field, and fetch thee hence! Alas, poor Turk! his fortune is too weak T' encounter with the strength of Tamburlaine. View well my camp, and speak indifferently; Do not my captains and my soldiers look As if they meant to conquer Africa.

Bas. Your men are valiant, but their number few,

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