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Tech. We are his friends, and if the Persian king Should offer present dukedoms to our state, We think it loss to make exchange for that We are assur'd of by our friend's success. Usu M. And kingdoms at the least we all expect, Besides the honour in assured conquests, When kings shall crouch unto our conq'ring swords And hosts of soldiers stand amaz'd at us; When with their fearful tongues they shall confess, These are the men that all the world admires. THER. What strong enchantments 'tice my yielding soul To these resolved, noble Scythians? But shall I prove a traitor to my king? TAM B. No, but the trusty friend of Tamburlaine. THER. Won with thy words, and conquer'd with thy looks, I yield myself, my men, and horse to thee, To be partaker of thy good or ill, As long as life maintains Theridamas. TAM B. Theridamas, my friend, take here my hand, Which is as much as if I swore by Heaven, And call'd the Gods to witness of my vow. Thus shall my heart be still combin'd with thine Until our bodies turn to elements, And both our souls aspire celestial thrones. Techelles and Casane, welcome him Tech. Welcome, renowned Persian to us all ! Usu M. Long may Theridamas remain with us!
TAMB. These are my friends, in whom I more rejoice Than doth the King of Persia in his crown, And by the love of Pylades and Orestes, Whose statues" we adore in Scythia, Thyself and them shall never part from me Before I crown you kings in Asia. Make much of them, gentle Theridamas, And they will never leave thee to the death. The R. Nor they nor theirs, thrice noble Tamburlaine, Shall want my heart to be with gladness pierc'd, To do you honour and security. TAM B. 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 forc'd with slavery. Agy d. We yield unto thee, happy Tamburlaine. TAMB. For you then, madam, I am out of doubt. Zeno. I must be pleas'd perforce. Wretched Zenocrate! [Freunt.
• The first edition reads statutes, but as the Scythians worshipped Pylades and Orestes in temples, we have adopted the reading of the quarto as being most probably the correct one.
ACT THE SECOND.
Enter Cos Roe, MENA PHoN, ORTYG 1 Us, CEN Eus, with other Soldiers.
Cos. Thus far are we towards Theridamas,
MEN. Of stature tall, and straightly fashioned,
*’Twirt this manly pitch, or height; that is, 'twixt or on “such breadth of shoulders,' a pearl (his head) is placed, &c. The old editions read, “his manly pitch;” the alteration in the text, however, renders the phrase more intelligible.
And in their smoothness amity and life;
* Thus, the octavo : the quarto has “his arms long,<-his fingers snowy white.”
ORTY. In happy hour we have set the crown
CEN. He that with shepherds and a little spoil
Cos. And such shall wait on worthy Tamburlaine. Our army will be forty thousand strong, When Tamburlaine and brave Theridamas Have met us by the river Araris; And all conjoin'd to meet the witless king, That now is marching near to Parthia, And with unwilling soldiers faintly arm’d, To seek revenge on me and Tamburlaine, To whom, sweet Menaphon, direct me straight.
MEN. I will, my lord. [Ereunt. SCENE II. Enter Mycetes, MEANDER, with other Lords ; and Soldiers.
Myc. Come, my Meander, let us to this geer.