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Fonter, behind, TAMBURLAINE, TECHELLEs, and others.
Agyd. With Tamburlaine ! Ah, fair Zenocrate, Let not a man so vile and barbarous, That holds you from your father in despite, And keeps you from the honours of a queen, (Being supposed his worthless concubine,) Be honoured with your love but for necessity. 30 So, now the mighty soldan hears of you, Your highness needs not doubt but in short time He will with Tamburlaine's destruction Redeem you from this deadly servitude. Zeno. [Agydas] leave to wound me with these words, And speak of Tamburlaine as he deserves. The entertainment we have had of him Is far from villany" or servitude, And might in noble minds be counted princely. Agyd. How can you fancy one that looks so fierce, 4o Only disposed to martial stratagems? Who, when he shall embrace you in his arms, Will tell you how many thousand men he slew ; And when you look for amorous discourse, Will rattle forth his facts of war and blood, Too harsh a subject for your dainty ears. Zeno. As looks the Sun through Nilus' flowing stream, Or when the Morning holds him in her arms, So looks my lordly love, fair Tamburlaine; His talk much sweeter than the Muses' song 50
* Subjection, slavery.
They sung for honour 'gainst Pierides;
[TAMBURLAINE goes to her and takes her away
Agyd. Betrayed by fortune and suspicious love, -
That shine as comets, menacing revenge,
Fnter UsumcASANE and TECHELLEs with a naked dagger.
Tech. See you, Agydas, how the king salutes you?
Agyd. I prophesied before, and now I prove 90
| Than stay the torments he and Heaven have sworn.
Then haste, Agydas, and prevent the plagues IOO
Go, wander, free from fear of tyrant's rage,
Bnter TAMBURLAINE, TECHELLEs, USUMCASANE, THERIDAMAS, a Basso, ZENOCRATE, ANIPPE, with others.
Zamb. Basso, by this thy lord and master knows I mean to meet him in Bithynia: See how he comes l tush, Turks are full of brags, And menace more than they can well perform. He meet me in the field, and fetch thee hence 1 Alas! poor Turks his fortune is too weak To encounter with the strength of Tamburlaine. View well my camp, and speak indifferently; Do not my captains and my soldiers look As if they meant to conquer Africa. lo Bas. Your men are valiant, but their number few, And cannot terrify his mighty host. My lord, the great commander of the world, Besides fifteen contributory kings, Hath now in arms ten thousand Janisaries, Mounted on lusty Mauritanian steeds, Brought to the war by men of Tripoli; Two hundred thousand footmen that have serv'd In two set battles fought in Graecia; And for the expedition of this war, 2O If he think good, can from his garrisons Withdraw as many more to follow him. Tech. The more he brings the greater is the spoil, For when they perish by our warlike hands, We mean to set our footmen on their steeds, And rifle all those stately Janisars. Zamb. But will those kings accompany your lord P Pas. Such as his highness please; but some must stay To rule the provinces he late subdued. Zamb. [To his Officers.] Then fight courageously: their crowns are yours; 3o This hand shall set them on your conquering heads, That made me emperor of Asia. Usum. Let him bring millions infinite of men, Unpeopling Western Africa and Greece, Yet we assure us of the victory. Ther. Even he that in a trice vanquished two kings, More mighty than the Turkish emperor, Shall rouse him out of Europe, and pursue His scattered army till they yield or die.