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Mycetes comes out alone with his Crown in his hand. offering to hide it.
Myc. Accursed be he that first invented warl They knew not, ah they knew not, simple men, How those were hit by pelting cannon shot, Stand staggering like a quivering aspen leaf Fearing the force of Boreas' boisterous blasts. In what a lamentable case were I If Nature had not given me wisdom's lore, For kings are clouts” that every man shoots at, Our crown the pin that thousands seek to cleave; Therefore in policy I think it good ICP To hide it close; a goodly stratagem, And far from any man that is a fool: So shall I not be known; or if I be, They cannot take away my crown from me. Here will I hide it in this simple hole.
Tamb. What, fearful coward, straggling from the Camp, When kings themselves are present in the field? Myc. Thou liest. Tamb. Base villain l darest thou give” the lie?
* The “clout” was the mark at which the archers aimed, and the "pin” was the nail which fastened it.
* So 8vo. Dyce follows the reading of the 4to, “give me the lie.”
Myc. Away; I am the king; go; touch me not. Thou break'st the law of arms, unless thou kneel 2O And cry me “mercy, noble king.” Tamb. Are you the witty king of Persia? Myc, Ay, marry am I: have you any suit to me? Zamb. I would entreat you speak but three wise words. Myc. So I can when I see my time. Tamb. Is this your crown? Myc. Ay, didst thou ever see a fairer 7 Tamb. You will not sell it, will you? Myc. Such another word and I will have thee executed. Come, give it me ! 3o Zamb. No; I took it prisoner. Myc You lie; I gave it you. Tamb. Then 'tis mine. Myc. No ; I mean I let you keep it. Zamb. Well; I mean you shall have it again. Here ; take it for a while: I lend it thee, *Till I may see thee hemmed with armed men; Then shalt thou see me pull it from thy head: Thou art no match for mighty Tamburlaine. [Exit TAMBURLAINE. Myc. O gods ! Is this Tamburlaine the thief? 4O I marvel much he stole it not away. - [Sound trumpets to the battle, and he runs in.
Enter CosRoE, TAMBURLAINE, THERIDAMAS, MENAPHON, MEANDER, ORTYCIUS, TECHELLES, USUMCASANE, with others.
Tamb. Hold thee, Cosroe I wear two imperial crowns; Think thee invested now as royally, Even by the mighty hand of Tamburlaine, As if as many kings as could encompass thee With greatest pomp, had crowned thee emperor. Cos. So do I, thrice renowmèd man-at-arms, And none shall keep the crown but Tamburlaine. Thee do I make my regent of Persia, And general lieutenant of my armies. Meander, you, that were our brother's guide, Io And chiefest” counsellor in all his acts, Since he is yielded to the stroke of war, On your submission we with thanks excuse, And give you equal place in our affairs. Meand. Most happy emperor, in humblest terms, I vow my service to your majesty, With utmost virtue of my faith and duty. Cos. Thanks, good Meander: then, Cosroe, reign, And govern Persia in her former pomp I Now send embassage to thy neighbour kings, 2O And let them know the Persian king is changed,
From one that knew not what a king should do,
Meand. Your majesty shall shortly have your wish,
* Broughton compares 3 Henry VI., i. 2:—