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Cosr. It cannot choose, because it comes from you.
Myce. Then heare thy charge, valiant Theridimas
The chiefest Captaine of Mycetes hoste,
The hope of Persea, and the verie legges
Whereon our state doth leane, as on a staffe,
That holds vs vp, and foiles our neighbour foes.
Thou shalt be leader of this thousand horse,
Whose foming galle with rage and high disdaine,
Haue sworne the death of wicked Tamburlaine.
Go frowning foorth, but come thou smyling home,
As did Sir Paris with the Grecian Dame,
Returne with speed, time passeth swift away,
Our life is fraile, and we may die to day.

Ther. Before the Moone renew her borrowed light,
Doubt not my Lord and gratious Soueraigne,
But Tamburlaine, and that Tartarian rout,
Shall either perish by our warlike hands,
Or plead for mercie at your highnesse feet.

Myce. Go, stout Theridimas, thy words are swords
And with thy lookes thou conquerest all thy foes:
I long to see thee backe returne from thence,
That I may view these milk-white steeds of mine,
All loden with the heads of killed men.

And from their knees, euen to their hoofes below,
Besmer'd with blood, that makes a dainty show.







The. Then now my Lord, I humbly take my leaue. Myc. Therid(amas) farewel ten thousand times. Ah, Menaphon, why staiest thou thus behind, When other men prease forward for renowne: Go Menaphon, go into Scythia,

And foot by foot follow Theridamas.

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Cos. Nay, pray you let him stay, a greater (task) 95 Fits Menaphon, than warring with a Thiefe:

Create him Prorex of Affrica,

That he may win the Babylonians hearts,

Which will reuolt from Persean gouernment,

Vnlesse they haue a wiser king than you.

Myc. Vnlesse they haue a wiser king than you?
These are his words, Meander set them downe
Cos. And ad this to them, that all Asia

Lament to see the follie of their King.


Myc. Well here I sweare by this my royal seat- 105

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Cos. You may doe well to kisse it then.

Myc. Embost with silke as best beseemes my state, To be reueng'd for these contemptuous words.

O where is dutie and allegeance now?

Fled to the Caspean or the Ocean maine?
What, shall I call thee brother? No, a foe,
Monster of Nature, shame vnto thy stocke,
That dar'st presume thy Soueraigne for to mocke.
Meander come, I am abus'd Meander.

Manent Cosroe & Menaphon.




Mena. How now my Lord, what, mated and amaz'd
To heare the king thus thr(e)aten like himselfe ?
Cos. Ah Menaphon, I passe not for his threates,
The plot is laid by Persean Noble men,

And Captaines of the Medean garrisons,
To crowne me Emperour of Asia,
But this it is that doth excruciate


The verie substance of my vexed soule:

To see our neighbours that were woont to quake
And tremble at the Persean Monarkes name,
Now sits and laughs our regiment to scorne,
And that which might resolue me into teares :
Men from the farthest Equinoctiall line,

Haue swarm'd in troopes into the Easterne India :
Lading their shippes with golde and pretious stones:
And made their spoiles from all our prouinces.
Mena. This should intreat your highnesse to reioice,
Since Fortune giues you opportunity,

To gaine the tytle of a Conquerour,
By curing of this maimed Emperie.
Affrike and Europe bordering on your land,
And continent to your Dominions:




How easely may you with a mightie hoste,
Passe into Græcia, as did Cyrus once.

And cause them to withdraw their forces home,

Least you subdue the pride of Christendome?


Cos. But Menaph(on) what means this trumpets sound? Mena. Behold, my Lord Ortigius, and the rest, Bringing the Crowne to make you Emperour.

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Enter Ortigius & Ceneus bearing a Crowne with others.

Ort. Magnificent and mightie Prince Cosroe, We in the name of other Persean states,

And commons of this mightie Monarchie,


Present thee with th' Emperiall Diadem.

Cene. The warlike Souldiers, & the Gentlemen,

That heretofore haue fild Persepolis

With Affrike Captaines, taken in the field:


Whose ransome made them martch in coates of gold,

With costlie iewels hanging at their eares,

And shining stones "pon their loftie Crestes,

Now liuing idle in the walled townes,
Wanting both pay and martiall discipline,
Begin in troopes to threaten ciuill warre,
And openly exclaime against the King.
Therefore to stay all sodaine mutinies,
We will inuest your Highnesse Emperour:
Whereat the Souldiers will conceiue more ioy,
Then did the Macedonians at the spoile



Of great Darius and his wealthy hoast.

Cosr. Wel, since I see the state of Persea droope,

And languish in my brothers gouernment:

I willingly receiue th'mperiall crowne,


And vow to weare it for my countries good :

In spight of them shall malice my estate.

Ortyg. And in assurance of desir'd successe,

We here doo crowne thee Monarch of the East,
Emperour of Asia, and of Persea,


Great Lord of Medea and Armenia:

Duke of Affrica and Albania,

Mesopotamia and of Parthia,

East India and the late discouered Isles,

Chiefe Lord of all the wide vast Euxine sea,


And of the euer raging Caspian Lake:

Long liue Cosroe mighty Emperour.

Cos. And Ioue may neuer let me longer liue,
Then I may seeke to gratifie your loue,
And cause the souldiers that thus honour me,
To triumph ouer many Prouinces.

By whose desires of discipline in Armes,

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I doubt not shortly but to raigne sole king,
And with the Armie of Theridamas,

Whether we presently will flie (my Lords)

To rest secure against my brothers force.


Ortyg. We knew my Lord, before we brought the crowne, Intending your inuestion so neere

The residence of your dispised brother,
The Lords would not be too exasperate,

To iniure or suppresse your woorthy tytle.

Or if they would, there are in readines

Ten thousand horse to carie you from hence,

In spite of all suspected enemies.



Cosr. I know it wel my Lord, & thanke you all. Ortyg. Sound vp the trumpets then, God saue the King.

Actus I. Scana 2.


Tamburlaine leading Zenocrate: Techelles, Vsumcasane, other Lords and Souldiers loden with treasure.

Tam. Come lady, let not this appal your thoughts The iewels and the treasure we haue tane

Shall be reseru'd, and you in better state,

Than if you were arriu'd in Siria.


Euen in the circle of your Fathers armes :

The mightie Souldan of Egyptia.

Zeno. Ah Shepheard, pity my distressed plight,

(If as thou seem'st, thou art so meane a man)

And seeke not to inrich thy followers,


By lawlesse rapine from a silly maide,

Who traueiling with these Medean Lords

To Memphis, from my vncles country of Medea,
Where all my youth I haue bene gouerned,

Haue past the armie of the mightie Turke:
Bearing his priuie signet and his hand :
To safe conduct vs thorow Affrica.

Magnetes). And since we haue arriu'd in Scythia,
Besides rich presents from the puisant Cham,
We haue his highnesse letters to command
Aide and assistance if we stand in need.



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Tam. But now you see these letters & commandes Are countermanded by a greater man :

And through my prouinces you must expect

Letters of conduct from my mightinesse,

If you intend to keep your treasure safe.

But since I loue to liue at liberty,


As easely may you get the Souldans crowne,
As any prizes out of my precinct.

For they are friends that help to weane my state,
Till men and kingdomes help to strengthen it :
And must maintaine my life exempt from seruitude.
But tell me Maddam, is your grace betroth'd?
Zen. I am (my Lord,) for so you do import.
Tam. I am a Lord, for so my deeds shall prooue,

And yet a shepheard by my Parentage:



But Lady, this faire face and heauenly hew
Must grace his bed that conquers Asia:
And meanes to be a terrour to the world,
Measuring the limits of his Emperie


By East and west, as Phœbus doth his course :
Lie here ye weedes that I disdaine to weare,
This compleat armor, and this curtle-axe
Are adiuncts more beseeming Tamburlaine.
And Maddam, whatsoeuer you esteeme
Of this successe, and losse vnvallued,

Both may inuest you Empresse of the East:

And these that seeme but silly country Swaines,

May haue the leading of so great an host,


As with their waight shall make the mountains quake, 245 Euen as when windy exhalations,

Fighting for passage, tilt within the earth.

Tec. As princely Lions when they rouse themselues, Stretching their pawes, and threatning heardes of Beastes. So in his Armour looketh Tamburlaine :


Me thinks I see kings kneeling at his feet,
And he with frowning browes and fiery lookes,
Spurning their crownes from off their captiue heads.
Vsum. And making thee and me Techelles, kinges,

That euen to death will follow Tamburlaine.


Tam. Nobly resolu'd, sweet friends and followers,
These Lords (perhaps) do scorne our estimates:
And thinke we prattle with distempered spirits
But since they measure our deserts so meane,
That in conceit bear Empires on our speares,


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