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Gov. Vile monster ! born of some infernal hag,
Tamb. Up with him, then ; his body shall be scared.
Gov. But, Tamburlaine, in Limnasphaltis' lake There lies more gold than Babylon is worth, Which when the city was besieged, I hid. Save but my life and I will give it thee. Tamb. Then for all your valour you would save your
life? Whereabout lies it?
Gov. Under a hollow bank, right opposite
[They hang up the Governor in chains. These jades are broken-winded and half tired, Unharness them, and let me have fresh horse.
[Attendants unharness the Kings of Trebizond and
Treb. Vild tyrant ! barbarous bloody Tamburlaine !
Tamb. Take them away, Theridamas; see them de
spatched. Ther. I will, my lord.
[Exit with the Kings of Trebizond and Soria. Tamb. Come, Asian viceroys; to your tasks awhile, And take such fortune as your fellows felt.
Orc. First let thy Scythian horse tear both our limbs, Rather than we should draw thy chariot, And like base slaves abject our princely minds 140 To vile and ignominious servitude.
Jer. Rather lend me thy weapon, Tamburlaine, That I may sheathe it in this breast of mine. A thousand deaths could not torment our hearts More than the thought of this doth vex our souls. Amy. They will talk still, my lord, if you don't bridle
them. Tamb. Bridle them, and let me to my coach.
[They bridle them. Amy. See now, my lord, how brave the captain hangs.
Tamb. 'Tis brave indeed, my boy; well done. Shoot first, my lord, and then the rest shall follow.
150 Ther. Then have at him to begin withal.
[THERIDAMAS shoots. Gov. Yet save my life, and let this wound appease The mortal fury of great Tamburlaine.
Tamb. No, though Asphaltis' lake were liquid gold, And offered me as ransom for thy life, Yet should'st thou die. Shoot at him all at once.
[They shoot. So, now he hangs like Bagdet's governor,
Having as many bullets in his flesh
Tech. What shall be done with their wives and children,
my lord ?
Tamb. Techelles, drown them all, man, woman, and
child. Leave not a Babylonian in the town. Tech. I will about it straight. Come, soldiers. 170
[Exit with soldiers. Tamb. Now, Casane, where's the Turkish Alcoran, And all the heaps of superstitious books Found in the temples of that Mahomet, Whom I have thought a god? They shall be burnt.
Usum. Here they are, my lord.
Tamb. Well said ; let there be a fire presently.
Now, Mahomet, if thou have any power,
Tamb. Well then, my friendly lords, what now remains,
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Ther. Ay, good my lord; let us in haste to Persia,
Tamb. Let it be so; about it, soldiers;
Tech. What is it dares distemper Tamburlaine ?
Tamb. Something, Techelles; but I know not whatBut forth, ye vassals ! whatsoe'er it be, Sickness or death can never conquer me. [Exeunt. 220
Enter CALLAPINE, the King of Amasia, and Soldiers,
with drums and trumpets.
lie ready to encounter him
Ama. Doubt not, my lord, but we shall conquer him. The monster that hath drunk a sea of blood, And yet gapes still for more to quench his thirst, Our Turkish swords shall headlong send to hell,