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Ther. Northee nor them, thrice noble Tamburlaine, Shall want my heart to be with gladness pierced, To do you honour and security. 25o Zamb. A thousand thanks, worthy Theridamas. And now fair madam, and my noble lords, If you will willingly remain with me You shall have honours as your merits be; Or else you shall be forced with slavery. Agyd. We yield unto thee, happy Tamburlaine. Zamb. For you then, madam, I am out of doubt. 2eno. I must be pleased perforce. Wretched Zenocrate | [Exeunt. ACT THE SECOND.
Anter CosRoe, MENAPHoN, ORTYGius, CENEUs, with other Soldiers.
Cos. Thus far are we towards Theridamas,
Men. Of stature tall, and straightly fashioned,
* Originally the height to which a falcon soared; hence for height in general. Here it means the shoulders.
A heaven of heavenly bodies in their spheres,
The face and personage of a wondrous man;
(Nature" doth strive with Fortune and his stars
Lt. make him famous in accomplished worth;
* This is Dyce's emendation for the 8vo.'s “snowy." The 4to. reads:—“His armes long, his fingers snowy-white."
* Dyce suggests that Shakespeare had this line in his mind when he wrote,”- “Nature and Fortune join'd to make thee great."—king John, iii. 1. But the form of expression is common.
Then, when our powers in points of swords are joined 40
To whom, sweet Menaphon, direct me straight.
Men. I will, my lord. [Exeunt.
Myc Come, my Meander, let us to this gear, I tell you true, my heart is swoln with wrath On this same thievish villain, Tamburlaine, And, on that false Cosroe, my traitorous brother. Would it not grieve a king to be so abused And have a thousand horsemen ta'en away? And, which is worse, to have his diadem Sought for by such scald” knaves as love him not? I think it would; well then, by Heavens I swear, Aurora shall not peep out of her doors, IO But I will have Cosroe by the head, And kill proud Tamburlaine with point of sword. Tell you the rest, Meander: I have said.
Meand. Then having past Armenian deserts now, T And pitched our tents under the Georgian hills, Whose tops are covered with Tartarian thieves, That lie in ambush, waiting for a prey,
* Business. Cf. Edward II., v. 5:—“So now must I about this gear.” 2 Henry VI., i. 4:-“Well said, my masters, and welcome all to this gear; the sooner the better." * Scurvy, low, paltry. Cf. Antony and Cleopatra, v. 2:“Saucy lictors Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers Ballad us out of tune.”