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The Two Tragicall Discourses of Mighty Tamburlaine, the
Scythian Shepheard, &c.
From iygging vaines of riming mother wits,
Actus I. Scena I.
Mycetes, Cosroe, Meander, Theridamas, Ortygius,
Brother Cosroe, I find my selfe agreeu'd,
Cos. Vnhappie Persea, that in former age
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To shed their influence in his fickle braine,
Now Turkes and Tartars shake their swords at thee
Mycet. Brother, I see your meaning well enough.
And thorough your Planets I perceiue you thinke,
But I refer me to my noble men,
That knowe my wit, and can be witnesses:
Meand. Not for so small a fault my soueraigne Lord.
Meander, thou my faithfull Counsellor,
Which is (God knowes) about that Tamburlaine,
Meand. Oft haue I heard your Maiestie complain,
Of Tamburlaine, that sturdie Scythian thiefe,
That robs your merchants of Persepolis,
Treading by land vnto the Westerne Isles,
And in your confines with his lawlesse traine,
Hoping (misled by dreaming prophesies)
To raigne in Asia, and with barbarous Armes,
To make himselfe the Monarch of the East:
But ere he march in Asia, or display
His vagrant Ensigne in the Persean fields,
Your Grace hath taken order by Theridimas,
Chardg'd with a thousand horse, to apprehend
And bring him Captiue to your Highnesse throne.
Myce. Ful true thou speakst, & like thy selfe my
Whom I may tearme a Damon for thy loue.
To send my thousand horse incontinent,
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Cosr. It cannot choose, because it comes from you.
The hope of Persea, and the verie legges
Ther. Before the Moone renew her borrowed light,
Doubt not my Lord and gratious Soueraigne,
Myce. Go, stout Theridimas, thy words are swords
And from their knees, euen to their hoofes below,
The. Then now my Lord, I humbly take my leaue.
Ah, Menaphon, why staiest thou thus behind,
And foot by foot follow Theridamas.
Cos. Nay, pray you let him stay, a greater (task) 95 Fits Menaphon, than warring with a Thiefe :
Create him Prorex of Affrica,
That he may win the Babylonians hearts,
Which will reuolt from Persean gouernment,
Vnlesse they haue a wiser king than you.
Myc. Vnlesse they haue a wiser king than you?
These are his words, Meander set them downe
Lament to see the follie of their King.
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Cos. You may doe well to kisse it then.
Myc. Embost with silke as best beseemes my state,
Fled to the Caspean or the Ocean maine?
Manent Cosroe & Menaphon.
Mena. How now my Lord, what, mated and amaz'd To heare the king thus thr(e)aten like himselfe ? Cos. Ah Menaphon, I passe not for his threates,
The plot is laid by Persean Noble men,
And Captaines of the Medean garrisons,
The verie substance of my vexed soule:
To see our neighbours that were woont to quake
Haue swarm'd in troopes into the Easterne India :
By curing of this maimed Emperie.
Afrike and Europe bordering on your land,
How easely may you with a mightie hoste,
And cause them to withdraw their forces home,
Least you subdue the pride of Christendome?
Cos. But Menaph(on) what means this trumpets sound? Mena. Behold, my Lord Ortigius, and the rest, Bringing the Crowne to make you Emperour.
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Enter Ortigius & Ceneus bearing a Crowne with others.
Ort. Magnificent and mightie Prince Cosroe, We in the name of other Persean states,
And commons of this mightie Monarchie,
Present thee with th' Emperiall Diadem.
Cene. The warlike Souldiers, & the Gentlemen,
That heretofore haue fild Persepolis
With Affrike Captaines, taken in the field:
Whose ransome made them martch in coates of gold,
With costlie iewels hanging at their eares,
And shining stones "pon their loftie Crestes,
Now liuing idle in the walled townes,
Wanting both pay and martiall discipline,
Whereat the Souldiers will conceiue more ioy,
Of great Darius and his wealthy hoast.
Cosr. Wel, since I see the state of Persea droope,
And languish in my brothers gouernment:
I willingly receiue th'mperiall crowne,
And vow to weare it for my countries good :
In spight of them shall malice my estate.
Ortyg. And in assurance of desir'd successe,
We here doo crowne thee Monarch of the East,
Great Lord of Medea and Armenia:
Duke of Affrica and Albania,
Mesopotamia and of Parthia,
East India and the late discouered Isles,
Chiefe Lord of all the wide vast Euxine sea,
And of the euer raging Caspian Lake :
Cos. And Ioue may neuer let me longer liue,
By whose desires of discipline in Armes,
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