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$C. 11.) TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT.
Besides rich presents from the puissant Cham,
We have his highness' letters to command
Aid and assistance, if we stand in need.
Taxe. But now you see these letters and com-

mands
Are countermanded by a greater man;
And through my provinces you must expect
Letters of conduct from my mightiness,
If you intend to keep your treasure safe.
Bat since I love to live at liberty,
Az easly may you get the soldan's crown
As any prizes out of my precinct ;
For they are friends that help to wean my state
And must maintain

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Tays. I am a lord, for so
And ret a shepherd by my parentage.
Bat, kady, this fair face and heavenly hue
Measuring the limits of his empery
Le bere ye weeds that I disdain to wear!
Are adjuncts more beseeming Tamburlaine.
And, madam, whatsoever
of this success and loss unvalued,
Both may invest you empress of the East;

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conquers And means to be a terror to the world, Bş east and west

, as Phoebus doth his course. This complete armour and this curtle axe

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Asia,

esteem

And these that seem but silly country swains
May have the leading of so great an host,
As with their weight shall make the mountains quake,
Even as when windy exhalations
Fighting for passage, tilt within the earth.
Tech. As princely lions, when they rouse them-

selves,
Stretching their paws, and threatning herds of beasts,
So in his armour looketh Tamburlaine.
Methinks I see kings kneeling at his feet,
And he with frowning brows and fiery looks,
Spurning their crowns from off their captive heads.

Usum. And making thee and me, Techelles, kings, That even to death will follow Tamburlaine.

Tamb. Nobly resolv'd, sweet friends and followers! These Lords, perhaps do scorn our estimates, And think we prattle with distempered spirits ; But since they measure our deserts so mean, That in conceit bear empires on our spears, Affecting thoughts coequal with the clouds, They shall be kept our forced followers, Till with their eyes they view us emperors.

Zero. The Gods, defenders of the innocent,
Will never prosper your

intended drifts,
That thus oppress poor friendless passengers.
Therefore at least admit us liberty,
Even as thou hop'st to be eterniz'd,
By living Asia's mighty emperor.

AGYD. I hope our ladies' treasures and our own, May serve for ransom to our liberties :

Return our mules and empty camels back,
That we may travel into Syria,
Where her betrothed lord Alcidamas,
Expects th’ arrival of her highness’ person.
MAG. And wheresoever we repose ourselves,
We will report but well of Tamburlaine.
TAM B. Disdains Zenocrate to live with me?
Or you, my lords, to be my followers?
Think you I weigh this treasure more than you?
Not all the gold in India's wealthy arms
Shall buy the meanest soldier in my train.
Zenocrate, lovelier than the love of Jove,
Brighter than is the silver Rhodope,
Fairer than whitest snow on Scythian hills,
Thy person is more worth to Tamburlaine,
Than the possession of the Persian crown,
Which gracious stars have promis'd at my birth.
A hundred Tartars shall attend on thee,
Mounted on steeds swifter than Pegasus;
Thy garments shall be made of Median silk,
Enchas'd with precious jewels of mine own,
More rich and valourous than Zenocrate's.
With milk-white harts upon an ivory sled,
Thou shalt be drawn amidst the frozen pools,
And scale the icy mountains' lofty tops,
Which with thy beauty will be soon resolv’d.
My martial prizes with five hundred men,
Won on the fifty-headed Wolga's waves,
Shall we offer to Zenocrate,
And then myself to fair Zenocrate.

Tech. (Aside to Tamb.) What now!-in love?
Tamb. (Aside.) Techelles, women must be flat-

ter'd:
But this is she with whom I am in love.

Enter a SOLDIER.
Sold. News !- News!
Tamb. How now?_What's the matter?

Sold. A thousand Persian horsemen are at hand,
Sent from the king to overcome us all.
Tamb. How now, my lords of Egypt, and Zeno-

crate!
How !--must your jewels be restor'd again,
And I that triumph'd so be overcome?
How say you, Lordings,- is not this your hope?
Agyd. We hope yourself will willingly restore

them.
Tamb. Such hope, such fortune, have the thousand

horse.
Soft ye, my lords, and sweet Zenocrate!
You must be forced from me ere you go.
A thousand horsemen !_We five hundred foot !-
An odds too great for us to stand against.
But are they rich ?-and is their armour good ?
Sold. Their plumed helms are wrought with

beaten gold,
Their swords enamell’d, and about their necks
Hang massy chains of gold, down to the waist,
In ev'ry part exceeding brave and rich.

TAMB. Then shall we fight courageously with them. Or look you I should play the orator

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Tech. No: cowards and faint-hearted runaways Look for orations when the foe is near: Our swords shall play the orator for us. Usux. Come! let us meet them at the mountain

foot!
And with a sudden and a hot alarum,
Drive all their horses headlong down the hill.

TECH. Come! Let us march!
TAMB. Stay! ask a parley first.

The SOLDIERS enter.
Open the ways, yet guard the treasure sure !
Lay out our golden wedges to the view,
That their reflexions may amaze the Persians;
And look we friendly on them when they come;
But if they offer word or violence,
We'll fight five hundred men at arms to one,
Before we part with our possession.
And 'gainst the general we will lift our swords,
And either lance his greedy thirsting throat,
Or take him prisoner, and his chain shall serve
For manacles, till he be ransom'd home.
Tech. I hear them come; shall we encounter

them? TAMB Keep all your standings and not stir a

foot,
Myself will bide the danger of the brunt.

Enter THERIDAMAS and others.
THER. Where is this Scythian Tamburlaine?
TANB. Who seek'st thou, Persian ?-I am Tam-

burlaire.

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