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Act. 4. Scena 3.

Souldane, Arabia, Capoline, with streaming collors and

Souldan. Me thinks we martch as Meliager did,
Enuironed with braue Argolian knightes:
To chace the sauage Cali)donian Boare,
Or Cephalus with lustie Thebane youths
Against the Woolfe that angrie Themis sent,
To waste and spoile the sweet Aonian fieldes.
A monster of fiue hundred thousand heades,
Compact of Rapine, Pyracie, and spoile,
The Scum of men, the hate and Scourge of God,
Raues in Egyptia, and annoyeth vs.
My Lord it is the bloody Tamburlaine,
A sturdy Felon and a base-bred Thiefe,
By murder raised to the Persean Crowne,
That dares controll vs in our Territories.



To tame the pride of this presumptuous Beast,


Ioine your Arabians with the Souldans power:
Let vs vnite our royall bandes in one,

And hasten to remooue Damascus siege.
It is a blemish to the Maiestie

And high estate of mightie Emperours,


That such a base vsurping vagabond

Should braue a king, or weare a princely crowne.
Ara. Renowmed Souldane, haue ye lately heard
The ouerthrow of mightie Baiazeth,

About the confines of Bythinia?


The slauerie wherewith he persecutes

The noble Turke and his great Emperesse?

Soul. I haue, and sorrow for his bad successe:

But noble Lord of great Arabia,

Be so perswaded, that the Souldan is


No more dismaide with tidings of his fall,

Than in the hauen when the Pilot stands

And viewes a strangers ship rent in the winds,
And shiuered against a craggie rocke,

Yet in compassion of his wretched state,


A sacred vow to heauen and him I make,
Confirming it with Ibis holy name,

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That Tamburlaine shall rue the day, the hower,
Wherein he wrought such ignominious wrong
Vnto the hallowed person of a prince,
Or kept the faire Zenocrate so long,
As Concubine, I feare to feed his lust.

Ara. Let griefe and furie hasten on reuenge,
Let Tamburlaine for his offences feele

Such plagues as heauen and we can poure on him.
I long to breake my speare vpon his crest,
And prooue the waight of his victorious arme :
For Fame I feare hath bene too prodigall

In sounding through the world his partiall praise.
Soul. Capolin, hast thou suruaid our powers.
Cap. Great Emperours of Egypt and Arabia,
The number of your hostes vnited is,




A hundred and fifty thousand horse,

Two hundred thousand foot, braue men at armes,
Couragious and full of hardinesse :


As frolike as the hunters in the chace

Of sauage beastes amid the desart woods.

Arab. My mind presageth fortunate successe,

And Tamburlaine, my spirit doth foresee

The vtter ruine of thy men and thee.


Soul. Then reare your standardes, let your sounding Drummes

Direct our Souldiers to Damascus walles.

And leads with him the great Arabian King,

Now Tamburlaine, the mightie Souldane comes,

To dim thy basenesse and obscurity,

Famous for nothing but for theft and spoile,
To race and scatter thy inglorious crue,
Of Scythians and slauish Persians.

Actus 4. Scana 4.



The Banquet, and to it commeth Tamburlain al in scarlet, Theridamas, Techelles, Vsumcasane, the Turke, with others.

Tamb. Now hang our bloody collours by Damascus, Reflexing hewes of blood vpon their heads,

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While they walke quiuering on their citie walles,
Halfe dead for feare before they feele my wrath :
Then let vs freely banquet and carouse
Full bowles of wine vnto the God of war,
That meanes to fill your helmets full of golde:
And make Damascus spoiles as rich to you,
As was to Iason Colchos golden fleece.
And now Baiazeth, hast thou any stomacke ?


Bai. I, such a stomacke (cruel Tamburlane) as I could willingly feed vpon thy blood-raw hart.


Tam. Nay, thine owne is easier to come by, plucke out that, and twil serue thee and thy wife: Wel Zenocrate, Techelles, and the rest, fall to your victuals.

Bai. Fall to, and neuer may your meat digest.
Ye Furies that can maske inuisible,
Diue to the bottome of Auernas poole,
And in your hands bring hellish poison vp,
And squease it in the cup of Tamburlain.
Or winged snakes of Lerna cast your stings,
And leaue your venoms in this Tyrants dish.

Zab. And may this banquet prooue as omenous,
As Prognes to th' adulterous Thracian King,
That fed vpon the substance of his child.
Zen. My Lord, how can you suffer these
Outragious curses by these slaues of yours?
Tam. To let them see (diuine Zenocrate)

I glorie in the curses of my foes,




Hauing the power from the Emperiall heauen,
To turne them al vpon their proper heades.


Tech. I pray you give them leaue Madam, this speech is a goodly refreshing to them.

Ther. But if his highnesse would let them be fed, it would doe them more good.

Tam. Sirra, why fall you not too, are you so daintily brought vp, you cannot eat your owne flesh ?


Bai. First legions of deuils shall teare thee in peeces. Vsum. Villain, knowest thou to whom thou speakest ? Tam. O let him alone: here, eat sir, take it from my swords point, or Ile thrust it to thy heart.

He takes it and stamps vpon it.

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Ther. He stamps it vnder his feet my Lord.


Tam. Take it vp Villaine, and eat it, or I will make thee slice the brawnes of thy armes into carbonadoes, and eat them.

Vsu. Nay, twere better he kild his wife, & then she shall be sure not to be staru'd, & he be prouided for a moneths victuall before hand.


Tam. Here is my dagger, dispatch her while she is fat, for if she liue but a while longer, shee will fall into a consumption with freatting, and then she will not bee woorth. the eating.


Ther. Doost thou think that Mahomet wil suffer this? Tech. Tis like he wil, when he cannot let it.

Tam. Go to, fal to your meat: what not a bit ? belike he hath not bene watered to day, giue him some drinke. They giue him water to drinke, and he flings it on the ground.

Faste and welcome sir, while hunger make you eat. How now Zenocrate, dooth not the Turke and his wife make a goodly showe at a banquet? 1697

Zen. Yes, my Lord.

Ther. Me thinks, tis a great deale better than a consort of musicke.


Tam. Yet musicke woulde doe well to cheare vp Zenocrate pray thee tel, why art thou so sad? If thou wilt haue a song, the Turke shall straine his voice: but why is it ?

Zen. My lord, to see my fathers towne besieg'd,
The countrie wasted where my selfe was borne,
How can it but afflict my verie soule ?
If any loue remaine in you my Lord,


Or if my loue vnto your maiesty

May merit fauour at your highnesse handes,


Then raise your siege from faire Damascus walles,

And with my father take a frindly truce.

Tamb. Zenocrate, were Egypt Ioues owne land,

Yet would I with my sword make Ioue to stoope.

I will confute those blind Geographers


That make a triple region in the world,

Excluding Regions which I meane to trace,
And with this pen reduce them to a Map,
Calling the Prouinces, Citties and townes
After my name and thine Zenocrate :


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Here at Damascus will I make the Point
That shall begin the Perpendicular.

And wouldst thou haue me buy thy Fathers loue
With such a losse? Tell me Zenocrate?

Zen. Honor still waight on happy Tamburlaine : Yet giue me leaue to plead for him my Lord.


Tam. Content thy selfe, his person shall be safe,
And all the friendes of faire Zenocrate,

If with their lines they will be pleasde to yeeld,
Or may be forc'd to make me Emperour.

For Egypt and Arabia must be mine.


Feed you slaue, thou maist thinke thy selfe happie to be fed from my trencher.

Bai. My empty stomacke ful of idle heat,

Drawes bloody humours from my feeble partes,
Preseruing life, by hasting cruell death.


My vaines are pale, my sinowes hard and drie,
My iointes benumb'd, vnlesse I eat, I die.

Zab. Eat Baiazeth. Let vs liue in spite of them, looking

some happie power will pitie and inlarge vs.


Tam. Here Turk, wilt thou haue a cleane trencher? Bai. I Tyrant, and more meat.

Tam. Soft sir, you must be dieted, too much eating. will make you surfeit.

Ther. So it would my lord, specially hauing so smal a walke, and so litle exercise.

Enter a second course of Crownes.


Tam. Theridamas, Techelles and Casane, here are the cates you desire to finger, are they not?

Ther. I(my Lord) but none saue kinges must feede with these.


Tech. Tis enough for vs to see them, and for Tamburlaine onely to enjoy them.

Tam. Wel, here is now to the Souldane of Egypt, the King of Arabia, and the Gouernour of Damascus. Now take these three crownes, and pledge me, my contributorie Kings. I crowne you here (Theridamas) King of Argier : Techelles King of Fesse, and Vsumcasane, King of Morocus. How say you to this (Turke) these are not your contributorie kings.

Bai. Nor shall they long be thine, I warrant them. 1760

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