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And like a harpy tires 1 on my life.
(COSROE dies. —TAMBURLAINE takes the crown and
puts it on. Tamb. Not all the curses which the 2 furies breathe, Shall make me leave so rich a prize as this. Theridamas, Techelles, and the rest, Who think you now is king of Persia ?
All. Tamburlaine ! Tamburlaine !
Tamb. Though Mars himself, the angry god of arms, And all the earthly potentates conspire To dispossess me of this diadem,
Tamb. So now it is more surer on my head,
2 So 4to.-8vo. "thy."
ACT THE THIRD.
Enter BAJAZETH, the Kings of FEZ, MOROCCO, and
ARGIER, with others in great pomp. Baj. Great kings of Barbary and my portly bassoes, We hear the Tartars and the eastern thieves, Under the conduct of one Tamburlaine, Presume a bickering with your emperor, And think to rouse us from our dreadful siege Of the famous Grecian Constantinople. You know our army is invincible; As many circumcised Turks we have, And warlike bands of Christians renied, 2 As hath the ocean or the Terrene sea Small drops of water when the moon begins To join in one her semicircled horns. Yet would we not be braved with foreign power, Nor raise our siege before the Grecians yield, Or breathless lie before the city walls.
1 The old form of Pashas.
2 1.e. Christians who have abjured their faith. Dyce compares a passage of Sir John Maundevile (p. 209, ed. 1725):—"And that Ydole is the God of false Christen that han reneyed hire feythe."
K. of Fez. Renowmèd emperor, and mighty general,
Baj. Hie thee, my basso, fast to Persia,
Arg. They say he is the king of Persia;
Baj. True, Argier ; and tremble[s] at my looks.
Baj. All this is true as holy Mahomet;
Baj. I will the captive pioners 2 of Argier
i Cf. iv. 4, 1, 2, “Reflexing hues of blood upon their heads." ? The old form (found in Shakespeare, Milton, &c.) of "pioneers."
Enter ZENOCRATE, AGYDAS, ANIPPE, with others.
Agyd. Madam Zenocrate, may I presume
Zeno. Although it be digested long ago,
Agyd. Eternal heaven sooner be dissolved,
Zeno. Ah, life and soul, still hover in his breast
1 Image, picture.