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Behold my sword; what see you at the point ?
lord. Tamb. Your fearful minds are thick and misty,
For there sits Death; there sits imperious* Death,
VIRGINS. Oh, pity us!
TECHELLES and others.
Re-enter TECHELLES. What, have your horsemen shown the virgins Death?
Tech. They have, my lord, and on Damascus' walls Have hoisted up their slaughter'd carcasses.
Tamb. A sight as baneful to their souls, I think, As are Thessalian drugs or mithridate : But go, my lords, put the rest to the sword.
[Exeunt all except Tamburlaine. Ah, fair Zenocrate !-divine Zenocrate! Fair is too foul an epithet for thee,That in thy passion* for thy country's love, And fear to see thy kingly father's harm, With hair dishevell’d wip'st thy watery cheeks; And, like to Flora in her morning's pride, Shaking her silver tresses in the air, Rain'st on the earth resolvedt pearl in showers, And sprinklest sapphires on thy shining face, Where Beauty, mother to the Muses, sits, And comments volumes with her ivory pen, Taking instructions from thy flowing eyes ; Eyes, when that Ebena steps to heaven, I In silence of thy solemn evening's walk, Making the mantle of the richest night, The moon, the planets, and the meteors, light; There angels in their crystal armours fight || A doubtful battle with my tempted thoughts For Egypt's freedom and the Soldan's life,
His life that so consumes Zenocrate;
To harbour thoughts effeminate and faint !
And every warrior that is rapt with love word Of fame, of valour, and of victory,
TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT.
Must needs have beauty beat on his conceits:
* gods] “ A line appears to have been omitted in both the old copies, after the word gods. The reader will easily supply the sense.” Ed. 1826.-" I would read as follows:
* Save only that in beauty's just applause,
That virtue solely is the sum of glory,' &c.
+ fiery-spangled) So the 8vo.-The 4to“ spangled firie.”
# mask] Is surely the right reading. The 8vo has “martch,” wat? ✓ the 4to“ march.”
cottages] So the 8vo.—The 4to “ coatches."
Enter Attendants. Hath Bajazeth been fed to-day?
ATTEND||. Ay, my lord.
TAMB. Bring him forth; and let us know if the town be ransacked.
Enter TECHELLES, THERIDAMAS, USUMCASANE,
and others. Tech. The town is ours, my lord, and fresh supply Of conquest and of spoil is offer'd us.
Tamb. That's well, Techelles. What's the news?
Tech. The Soldan and the Arabian king together March on us with such eager violence, As if there were no way but one with us. Tamb. No more there is not, I warrant thee,
Attendants bring in BAJAZETH in his cage, followed
by ZABINA. Exeunt Attendants. Ther. We know the victory is ours, my lord ;
|| Attend.] Old eds. " An.” (a misprint probably), which the modern editors understand as “ Anippe" (the waiting-maid of Zenocrate).
# March on us with] So the 4to.—The 8vo“ Martcht on with vs with.”
$ As if there were no way but one with us] i. e, as if we were to lose our lives. This phrase, which is common in our early writers, was not obsolete in Dryden's time: “ for, if he heard the malicious trumpeter proclaiming his name before bis betters, he knew there was but one way with him.” Preface to All for