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Deserve these titles I endow you with,
Tiier. And since your highness hath so well
If we deserve them not with higher meeds
Tamb. Well said, Theridamas; when holy fates
ACT THE FIFTH.
Enter the Governor of Damascus, with three or four Citizens, and four Virgins, with branches
of laurel in their hands.
Gov. Still doth this man, or rather god of war, Batter our walls and beat our turrets down; And to resist with longer stubbornness, Or hope of rescue from the Soldan's power.,
Were but to bring our wilful overthrow,
And make us desperate of our ilireat'ned lives.
We see his tents have now been altered
With terrors to the last and cruel'st hue.
His coal-black colours every where advanc'd,
Threaten our city with a gen'ral spoil;
And if we should with common rites of arms
Offer our safeties to his clemency,
I fear the custom, proper to his sword,
Which he observes as parcel of his fame,
Intending so to terrify the world,
By any innovation or remorse
Will never be dispens'd with 'till our deaths;
Therefore, for these our harmless virgins' sakes,
Whose honours and whose lives rely on him,
Let us have hope that their unspotted pray'rs,
Their blubber'd cheeks, and hearty, humble moans,
Will melt his fury into some remorse,
And use us like a loving conqueror.*
1 Virg. If humble suits or imprecations,
• And use us like a loving conqueror—i. e. and that he will use us like, &c.
Had never been erected as they be,
Nor you depend on such weak helps as we.
Gov. Well, lovely virgins, think our country's care, Our love of honour, loath to be inthrall'd To foreign pow'rs and rough imperious yokes, Would not with too much cowardice or fear (Before all hope of rescue were denied) Submit yourselves and us to servitude. Therefore in that your safeties and our own, Your honours, liberties, and lives were weigh'd In equal care and balance with our own, Endure as we the malice of our stars, The wrath of Tamburlaine and power of wars; Or be the means the overweighing heavens ,/•*• Have kept to qualify these hot extremes,
And bring us pardon in your cheerful looks.
2 Virg. Then here before the Majesty of Heaven
What simple virgins may persuade, we will.
Got. Farewel, sweet virgins, on whose safe return Depend our city, liberty, and lives. [Exeunt.
Enter Tamburlaine, Techelles, Theridamas, Usumcasane, with others: Tamburlaine all in black and very melancholy. To them enter the Virgins O/"damascus.
Tamb. What, are the turtles fray'd out of their
Alas, poor fools! must you be first shall feel
1 Vi Rg . Most happy king and emp'ror of the earth,
Pity the marriage bed, where many a lord
In prime and glory of his loving joy
Embraceth now with tears of ruth and blood
The jealous body of his fearful wife
Whose cheeks and hearts so punish'd with conceit,
To think thy puissant, never.stayed arm,
Will part their bodies and prevent their souls
From heavens of comfort yet their age might bear,
Now wax all pale and wither'd to the death,
As well for grief our ruthless governor
Has thus refus'd the mercy of thy hand,
(Whose sceptre angels kiss and furies dread,)
As for their liberties, their loves, or lives!
Oh then for these, and such as we ourselves,
For us, for infants, and for all our bloods,
That never nourish'd thought against thy rule,
Pity, oh pity, sacred emperor,
The prostrate service of this wretched town,
And take in sign thereof this gilded wreath;
Whereto each man of rule hath giv'n his hand,
And wish'd, as worthy subjects, happy means
To be investers of thy royal brows
Even with the true Egyptian diadem! •
Tamb. Virgins, in vain you labour to prevent That which mine honour swears shall be perform'd. Behold my sword! what see you at the point?
1 Virg. Nothing but fear, and fatal steel, my lord.
Tamb. Your fearful minds are thick and misty then; For there sits Death; there sits imperious Death Keeping his circuit by the slicing edge.