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Actus 2. Scana I.

Cosroe, Menaphon, Ortygius, Ceneus, with other Souldiers.

Cosroe. Thus farre are we towards Theridamas,
And valiant Tamburlaine, the man of fame,
The man that in the forhead of his fortune,
Beares figures of renowne and myracle :
But tell me, that hast seene him, Menaphon,
What stature wields he, and what personage
Mena. Of stature tall, and straightly fashioned,
Like his desire, lift vpwards and diuine,
So large of lims, his ioints so strongly knit,
Such breadth of shoulders as might mainely beare
Olde Atlas burthen, twixt his manly pitch,





A pearle more worth, then all the world is plaste:
Wherein by curious soueraintie of Art,

Are fixt his piercing instruments of sight:
Whose fiery cyrcles beare encompassed

A heauen of heauenly bodies in their Spheares :
That guides his steps and actions to the throne,
Where honor sits inuested royally :


Pale of complexion: wrought in him with passion,
Thirsting with souerainty with loue of armes.
His lofty browes in foldes, do figure death,
And in their smoothnesse, amitie and life:
About them hangs a knot of Amber heire,
Wrapped in curles, as fierce Achilles was,

On which the breath of heauen delights to play,
Making it daunce with wanton maiestie :
His armes and fingers long and s(i)nowy,
Betokening valour and excesse of strength:

In euery part proportioned like the man,

Should make the world subdued to Tamburlaine.



Cos. Wel hast thou pourtraid in thy tearms of life, 485 The face and personage of a woondrous man : Nature doth striue with Fortune and his stars To make him famous in accomplisht woorth: And well his merits show him to be made His Fortunes maister, and the king of men, That could perswade at such a sodaine pinch,


481 His armes

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With reasons of his valour and his life,

A thousand sworne and ouermatching foes:
Then when our powers in points of swords are ioin'd
And closde in compasse of the killing bullet,
Though straight the passage and the port be made,
That leads to Pallace of my brothers life,
Proud is his fortune if we pierce it not.
And when the princely Persean Diadem,
Shall ouerway his wearie witlesse head,



And fall like mellowed fruit, with shakes of death,
In faire Persea noble Tamburlaine

Shall be my Regent, and remaine as King.

Ort. In happy hower we haue set the Crowne
Vpon your kingly head, that seeks our honor,
In ioyning with the man, ordain'd by heauen
To further euery action to the best.

Cen. He that with Shepheards and a litle spoile,
Durst in disdaine of wrong and tyrannie,


Defend his freedome gainst a Monarchie:
What will he doe supported by a king?


Leading a troope of Gentlemen and Lords,

And stuft with tr(e)asure for his highest thoughts?

Cos. And such shall wait on worthy Tamburlaine.
Our army will be forty thousand strong,
When Tamburlain and braue Theridamas
Haue met vs by the riuer Araris:


And all conioin'd to meet the witlesse King,
That now is marching neer to Parthia,
And with vnwilling souldiers faintly arm'd,
To seeke reuenge on me and Tamburlaine.
To whom sweet Menaphon, direct me straight.
Mena. I will my Lord.

Act. 2. Scana 2.



Mycetes, Meander, with other Lords and Souldiers.
Mycetes. Come my Meander, let vs to this geere,
I tel you true my heart is swolne with wrath,
On this same theeuish villaine Tamburlaine.
And of that false Cosroe, my traiterous brother.
Would it not grieue a King to be so abusde,
And haue a thousand horsmen tane away?

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And which is worst to haue his Diadem

Sought for by such scalde knaues as loue him not?

I thinke it would: wel then, by heauens I sweare,
Aurora shall not peepe out of her doores,
But I will haue Cosroe by the head,


And kill proud Tamburlaine with point of sword.
Tell you the rest (Meander) I haue said.


Mean. Then hauing past Armenian desarts now, And pitcht our tents vnder the Georgean hilles, Whose tops are couered with Tartarian thieues, That lie in ambush, waiting for a pray:


What should we doe but bid them battaile straight,
And rid the world of those detested troopes?
Least if we let them lynger here a while,
They gather strength by power of fresh supplies.

This countrie swarmes with vile outragious men,
That liue by rapine and by lawlesse spoile,
Fit Souldiers for the wicked Tamburlaine.
And he that could with giftes and promises
Inueigle him that lead a thousand horse,
And make him false his faith vnto his King,
Will quickly win such as are like himselfe.
Therefore cheere vp your mindes, prepare to fight.



He that can take or slaughter Tamburlaine,
Shall rule the Prouince of Albania.

Who brings that Traitors head Theridamas,
Shal haue a gouernment in Medea,


Beside the spoile of him and all his traine:
But if Cosroe (as our Spials say,
And as we know) remaines with Tamburlaine,
His Highnesse pleasure is that he should liue,
And be reclaim'd with princely lenitie.

A Spy. An hundred horsmen of my company
Scowting abroad vpon these champion plaines,
Haue view'd the army of the Scythians,
Which make reports it far exceeds the Kings.
Mean. Suppose they be in number infinit,

Yet being void of Martiall discipline,
All running headlong after greedy spoiles:



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And more regarding gaine than victory:

Like to the cruell brothers of the earth,
Sprong of the teeth of Dragons venomous,


Their carelesse swords shal lanch their fellowes throats

And make vs triumph in their ouerthrow.

Myc. Was there such brethren, sweet Meander, say

That sprong of teeth of Dragons venomous?
Meand. So Poets say, my Lord.

Myce. And tis a prety toy to be a Poet.
Wel, wel (Meander) thou art deeply read:


And hauing thee, I haue a iewell sure:

Go on my Lord, and giue your charge I say,


Thy wit will make vs Conquerors to day.

Mean. Then noble souldiors, to intrap these theeues,

That liue confounded in disordered troopes,


If wealth or riches may preuaile with them,
We haue our Cammels laden all with gold:
Which you that be but common souldiers,
Shall fling in euery corner of the field:
And while the base borne Tartars take it vp,
You fighting more for honor than for gold,
Shall massacre those greedy minded slaues.
And when their scattered armie is subdu'd:
And you march on their slaughtered carkasses,
Share equally the gold that bought their liues,
And liue like Gentlemen in Persea,
Strike vp the Drum and martch corragiously,
Fortune her selfe dooth sit vpon our Crests.

Myc. He tels you true, my maisters, so he does.
Drums, why sound ye not when Meand(er) speaks.

Actus 2. Scana 3.




Cosroe, Tamburlaine, Theridamas, Techelles, Vsumcasane, Ortygius, with others.

Cosroe. Now worthy Tamburlaine, haue I reposde, In thy approoued Fortunes all my hope,

What thinkst thou man, shal come of our attemptes? For euen as from assured oracle,

I take thy doome for satisfaction.

Tamb. And so mistake you not a whit my Lord.

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For Fates and Oracles (of) heauen haue sworne,
To roialise the deedes of Tamburlaine :
And make them blest that share in his attemptes.
And doubt you not, but if you fauour me,


And let my Fortunes and my valour sway
To some direction in your martiall deeds,

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The world will striue with hostes of men at armes

To swarme vnto the Ensigne I support.

The host of Xerxes, which by fame is said
To drinke the mightie Parthian Araris,
Was but a handful to that we will haue.
Our quiuering Lances shaking in the aire,
And bullets like Ioues dreadfull Thunderbolts,
Enrolde in flames and fiery smoldering mistes,
Shall threat the Gods more than Cyclopian warres,
And with our Sun-bright armour as we march,
Weel chase the Stars from heauen, and dim their eies
That stand and muse at our admyred armes.



Therid. You see my Lord, what woorking woordes he hath. But when you see his actions top his speech, Your speech will stay, or so extol his worth, As I shall be commended and excusde


For turning my poore charge to his direction.

And these his two renowmed friends my Lord,

Would make one thrust and striue to be retain'd
In such a great degree of amitie.


Tech. With dutie and with amitie we yeeld Our vtmost seruice to the faire Cosroe.

Cos. Which I esteeme as portion of my crown.

V sumcasane and Techelles both,

When she that rules in Rhamnis golden gates,


And makes a passage for all prosperous Armes :
Shall make me solely Emperour of Asia,
Then shall your meeds and vallours be aduaunst
To roomes of honour and Nobilitie.

Tam. Then haste Cosroe to be king alone,
That I with these my friends and all my men,
May triumph in our long expected Fate.
The King your Brother is now hard at hand,


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