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He dares so doubtlesly resolue of rule,

And by profession be ambitious.


Ort. What God or Feend, or spirit of the earth,

Or Monster turned to a manly shape,

Or of what mould or mettel he be made,

What star or state soeuer gouerne him,

Let vs put on our meet incountring mindes,
And in detesting such a diuelish Thiefe,
In loue of honor & defence of right,
Be arm'd against the hate of such a foe,


Whether from earth, or hell, or heauen he grow.
Cos. Nobly resolu'd, my good Ortygius.


And since we all haue suckt one wholsome aire

And with the same proportion of Elements,
Resolue, I hope we are resembled,

Vowing our loues to equall death and life,

Let's cheere our souldiers to incounter him,


That grieuous image of ingratitude:

That fiery thirster after Soueraingtie:

And burne him in the fury of that flame,

That none can quence but blood and Emperie.
Resolue my Lords and louing souldiers now,
To saue your King and country from decay:
Then strike vp Drum, and all the Starres that make
The loathsome Circle of my dated life,

Direct my weapon to his barbarous heart,

That thus opposeth him against the Gods,

And scornes the Powers that gouerne Persea.




Enter to the Battell, & after the battell, enter Cosroe wounded, Theridamas, Tamburlaine, Techelles, Vsumcasane, with others.

Cos. Barbarous and bloody Tamburlaine,
Thus to depriue me of my crowne and life.
Treacherous and false Theridamas,
Euen at the morning of my happy state,
Scarce being seated in my royall throne,
To worke my downfall and vntimely end.
An vncouth paine torments my grieued soule,
And death arrests the organe of my voice.

829 state] fate Dyce

824 dare 1605 Coll. 851 After this line Scene VII. cdd. Dyce O barbarous conj. Dyce


848 my] his conj

852 Barbarcus

Who entring at the breach thy sword hath made,
Sackes euery vaine and artier of my heart,
Bloody and insatiate Tamburlain.


Tam. The thirst of raigne and sweetnes of a crown,

That causde the eldest sonne of heauenly Ops,
To thrust his doting father from his chaire,
And place himselfe in the Emperiall heauen,
Moou'd me to manage armes against thy state.
What better president than mightie Ioue?
Nature that fram'd vs of foure Elements,
Warring within our breasts for regiment,
Doth teach vs all to haue aspyring minds:
Our soules, whose faculties can comprehend
The wondrous Architecture of the world :
And measure euery wandring plannets course,
Still climing after knowledge infinite,
And alwaies moouing as the restles Spheares,
Wils vs to weare our selues and neuer rest,
Vntill we reach the ripest fruit of all,




That perfect blisse and sole felicitie,

The sweet fruition of an earthly crowne.


Ther. And that made me to ioine with Tamburlain,

For he is grosse and like the massie earth,

That mooues not vpwards, nor by princely deeds

Doth meane to soare aboue the highest sort.

Tec. And that made vs the friends of Tamburlaine, 885

To lift our swords against the Persean King.

Vsum. For as when Ioue did thrust old Saturn down, Neptune and Dis gain'd each of them a Crowne : So do we hope to raign in Asia,

If Tamburlain be plac'd in Persea.


Cos. The strangest men that euer nature made,

I know not how to take their tyrannies.

My bloodlesse body waxeth chill and colde,

And with my blood my life slides through my wound.
My soule begins to take her flight to hell,
And sommons all my sences to depart :


The heat and moisture which did feed each other,
For want of nourishment to feed them both,

Is drie and cold, and now dooth gastly death
With greedy tallents gripe my bleeding hart,
And like a Harpye tires on my life.

861 Sackes] Sucks conj. Coll. 877 weare] weary conj. Coll.
fruites 1592
901 Harpye 1592: Harpyr 1590: Harper 1605



Theridamas and Tamburlaine, I die,

And fearefull vengeance light vpon you both.

Tamburlaine takes the Crowne and puts it on.

Tam. Not all the curses which the furies breathe,
Shall make me leaue so rich a prize as this:
Theridamas, Techelles, and the rest,

Who thinke you now is king of Persea ?
All. Tamburlaine, Tamburlaine.


Tamb. Though Mars himselfe the angrie God of armes, And all the earthly Potentates conspire,

To dispossesse me of this Diadem:


Yet will I weare it in despight of them,

As great commander of this Easterne world,

If you but say that Tamburlaine shall raigne.

Al. Long liue Tamburlaine, and raigne in Asia.
Tamb. So, now it is more surer on my head,
Than if the Gods had held a Parliament :
And all pronounst me king of Persea.

Finis Actus 2.

Actus 3. Scana 1.



Baiazeth, the kings of Fess, Moroco, and Argier, with others, in great pompe.

Baiazeth. Great Kings of Barbary, and my portly Bassoes,

We heare, the Tartars & the Easterne theeues

Vnder the conduct of one Tamburlaine,

Presume a bickering with your Emperour :

And thinks to rouse vs from our dreadful siege
Of the famous Grecian Constantinople.
You know our Armie is inuincible:
As many circumcised Turkes we haue,
And warlike bands of Christians renied,
As hath the Ocean or the Terrene sea

Small drops of water, when the Moon begins
To ioine in one her semi-circled hornes :
Yet would we not be brau'd with forrain power,
Nor raise our siege before the Gretians yeeld,
Or breathles lie before the citie walles.




904 thy furies 927 Christians rene

903 + S.D. Tamburlaine Dyce etc. He 1590-1605 1592 918S.D. Exeunt add. Rob. etc. gadens or Christian renegades conj. Mitford

MARLOWE II. vi. 902-918-III. i. 919-933


Fess. Renowmed Emperour, and mighty Generall,


What if you sent the Bassoes of your guard,
To charge him to remaine in Asia,
Or els to threaten death and deadly armes,
As from the mouth of mighty Baiazeth.

Bai. Hie thee my Bassoe fast to Persea,
Tell him thy Lord the Turkish Emperour,
Dread Lord of Affrike, Europe and Asia,
Great King and conquerour of Grecia,
The Ocean, Terrene, and the cole-blacke sea,
The high and highest Monarke of the world,
Wils and commands (for say not I intreat)
Not once to set his foot in Africa,
Or spread his collours in Grecia,

Least he incurre the furie of my wrath.
Tell him, I am content to take a truce,
Because I heare he beares a valiant mind.
But if presuming on his silly power,
He be so mad to manage Armes with me,
Then stay thou with him, say I bid thee so.
And if before the Sun haue measured heauen
With triple circuit thou regreet vs not,





We meane to take his mornings next arise

For messenger, he will not be reclaim'd,

And meane to fetch thee in despight of him.

Bass. Most great and puisant Monarke of the earth, Your Bassoe will accomplish your behest: And show your pleasure to the Persean, As fits the Legate of the stately Turk.

Arg. They say he is the King of Persea. But if he dare attempt to stir your siege, Twere requisite he should be ten times more, For all flesh quakes at your magnificence.


Exit Bass.


Bai. True (Argier) and tremble at my lookes.
Moro. The spring is hindred by your smoothering host,

For neither rain can fall vpon the earth,

Nor Sun reflexe his vertuous beames thereon.
The ground is mantled with such multitudes.
Bai. All this is true as holy Mahomet,

And all the trees are blasted with our breathes.


939 Bassoe] Brother 1605 944 higest 1590 946 Not] Nor 1605 in] on 1605 947 collours] colours forth Cunn. in] into conj. Elze ouer conj. Wag. 954 heauen] the heauen 1605 967

trembles Dyce to Bull.

Fess. What thinks your greatnes best to be atchieu'd In pursuit of the Cities ouerthrow ?


Bai. I wil the captiue Pioners of Argier,

Cut of the water, that by leaden pipes

Runs to the citie from the mountain Carnon,

Two thousand horse shall forrage vp and downe,
That no reliefe or succour come by Land.


And all the sea my Gallies countermaund.
Then shall our footmen lie within the trench,

And with their Cannons mouth'd like Orcus gulfe
Batter the walles, and we will enter in :
And thus the Grecians shall be conquered.

Actus 3. Scana 2.

Agidas, Zenocrate, Anippe, with others.
(Agydas.) Madam Zenocrate, may I presume
To know the cause of these vnquiet fits:
That worke such trouble to your woonted rest?
Tis more then pitty such a heauenly face
Should by hearts sorrow wax so wan and pale,
When your offensiue rape by Tamburlaine,



(Which of your whole displeasures should be most)
Hath seem'd to be digested long agoe.
Zen. Although it be digested long agoe,

As his exceding fauours haue deseru'd,

And might content the Queene of heauen as well :
As it hath chang'd my first conceiu'd disdaine.
Yet since a farther passion feeds my thoughts,
With ceaselesse and disconsolate conceits,
Which dies my lookes so liuelesse as they are,
And might, if my extreams had full euents,
Make me the gastly counterfeit of death.

Agid. Eternall heauen sooner be dissolu'd,

And all that pierceth Phabes siluer eie,

Before such hap fall to Zenocrate.

Zen. Ah, life and soule, still houer in his Breast, And leaue my body sencelesse as the earth.

Or els vnite you to his life and soule,

That I may liue and die with Tamburlaine.





1004 Phoebes] Phoebus 1605, 1008 you] me 1605

999 ceaselesse] carelesse 1605 Dyce to Bull. 1006 his] the 1605

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