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With greedy talents * gripe my bleeding heart,
puts it on his own head. .
All. Tamburlaine! Tamburlaine !
ALL. Long live Tamburlaine, and reign in Asia !
Tamb. So; now it is more surer on my head Than if the gods had held a parliament, And all pronounc'd me king of Persia. [Exeunt.
* talents) Was often used by our early writers for talons; as many passages might be adduced to shew. Hence the quibble in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, act iv. sc. 2.“ If a talent be a claw,” &c.
+ harpy] So the 8v0.-The 4to “ Harper"; and with that reading the line is cited, in a note on Macbeth, act iv. sc. 1, by Steevens, who also gives “ tires upon my life ;” but “ tires " (a well-known term in falconry, and equivalent here to-preys) is to be pronounced as a dissyllable (in the 4to it is spelt “ tyers").
the] So the 4to.—The 8vo “thy."
Scene I. Enter BAJAZETH, the Kings of Fez, Morocco, and
ARGIER, with others, in great pomp.
* bassoes) i. e. bashaws.
# Christians renied) i. e. Christians who have denied, or renounced their faith.-In The Gent. Magazine for Jan. 1841, J. M. would read “ Christians renegadens” or “ Christian renegades :" but the old text is right; among many passages that might be cited, compare the following ;
" And that Ydole is the God of false Cristene, that han reneyed hire feythe.” The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, p. 209. ed. 1725. “For that thou should'st reny thy faith, and her thereby pos
sesse, The Soldan did capitulat in vaine: the more thy blesse.” Warner's Albions England, B. XI. Ch. 68. p. 287. ed. 1596.
As hath the ocean or the Terrene* sea
Baj. Hie thee, my bassof, fast to Persia ;
Because I hear he bears a valiant mind :
[Exit. K. OF ARG. They say he is the king of Persia ; But, if he dare attempt to stir your siege, 'Twere requisite he should be ten times more, For all flesh quakes at your magnificence.
Baj. True, Argier ; and tremble[s] at my looks.'
smothering host ;
BAJ. All this is true as holy Mahomet;
* measur'd heaven] So the 8vo.- The 4to“ measured the heauen."
In pursuit of the city's overthrow ?
Baj. I will the captive pioneers of Argier Cut off the water that by leaden pipes 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 galleys countermand : Then shall our footmen lie within the trench, And with their cannons, mouth'd like Orcus' gulf, Batter the walls, and we will enter in; And thus the Grecians shall be conquered. (Exeunt.
Scene II. Enter ZENOCRATE, AGYDAS, ANIPPE, with others.
AGYD. 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 Heaven, as well As it hath chang'd my first conceiv'd disdain ; Yet since a farther passion feeds my thoughts With ceaseless * and disconsolate conceitst,
* ceaseless) So the 8vo.-The 4to “ carelesse.” + conceits) i. e. fancies, imaginations.