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And canst thou, coward, stand in fear of death?
Methinks it is a pitiful sight.
Cel. This? nothing: give me a wound, father.
Tamb. It shall suffice thou dar'st abide a wound; My boy, thou shalt not lose a drop of blood Before we meet the army of the Turk ; But then run desp’rate through the thickest dregs, Dreadless of blows, of bloody wounds, and death; And let the burning of Larissa's walls, My speech of war, and this my wound, you see, Teach you, my boys, to bear courageous minds, Fit for the followers of great Tamburlaine ! Usumcasane, now come, let us march Towards Techelles and Theridamas, That we have sent before to fire the towns, The tow'rs and cities of these hateful Turks, And hunt that coward, faint-heart runaway, With that accursed traitor Almeda, Till fire and sword have found them at a bay.
Usum. I long to pierce his bowels with my sword, That hath betray'd my gracious sovereign,That curs'd and damned traitor Almeda.
Tamb. Then let us see if coward Callapine Dare levy arms against our puissance, That we may tread upon his captive neck, And treble all his father's slaveries. (Eseunt.
Tich. Then let us bring our light artillery,
say you, soldiers, shall we not? Sold. Yes, my lord, yes; come, let's about it. Tuzr. But stay awhile; summon a parley, drum. It may be they will yield it quietly, ming two kings, the friends to Tamburlaine, Stand at the walls with such a mighty pow'r.
(4 parley sounded.- Captain appears on the
walls, with Olympia, his wife and son.
Tsca. Nay, captain, thou art weary of thy life,
Ture. The pioneers of Argier in Africa, Even in the cannon's face, shall raise a hill Gi earth and faggots higher than the fort, And over thy Argins and cover'd ways
• kws, Fale'rets, and Sakers. All small pieces of ordnance.
Shall play upon the bulwarks of thy hold
Vollies of ordnance, till the breach be made
That with his ruin fills up all the trench. ... And when we enter in, not heav'n itself
2. Shall ransom thee, thy wife, and family.
Tech. Captain, these Moors shall cut the leaden
To spy what force comes to relieve the hold. Both we, Theridamas, will intrench our men, And with the Jacob's staff measure the height And distance of the castle from the trench, That we may know if our artillery Will carry full point blank into their castle. Ther. Then see the bringing of our ordinance Along the trench into the battery, Where we will have gallions of six foot broad, To save our cannoniers from musket shot. Betwixt which shall our ordnance thunder forth, And with the breach's fall, smoke, fire, and dust, The crack, the echo, and the soldier's cry, Make deaf the air and dim the chrystal sky. Tech. Trumpets and drums, alarum presently; And, soldiers, play the men; the hold is yours! [Ereunt. Alarums. Re-enter the CAPTAIN, with OLYMPIA, and his SoN. OLYM. Come, good, my lord, and let us haste from hence Along the cave that leads beyond the foe; No hope is left to save this conquer'd hold. Capt. A deadly bullet, gliding through my side, Lies heavy at my heart; I cannot live. I feel my liver pierc'd, and all my veins, That there begin and nourish every part, Mangled and torn, and all my entrails bath'd In blood that straineth from their orifice.