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Zab. Eat, Bajazeth : and let us live
Tamb. Here, Turk; wilt thou have a clean trencher ?
Tamb. Soft, sir ; you must be dieted ; too much eating will make you surfeit.
Ther. So it would, my lord, 'specially having so small a walk and so little exercise.
(A second course is brought in of crowns. Tamb. Theridamas, Techelles, and Casane, here are [110 the cates you desire to finger, are they not?
Ther. I, my lord : but none save kings must feed with these.
Tech. 'Tis enough for us to see them, and for Tamburlaine only to enjoy them.
Tamb. Well; here is now to the Soldan of Egypt, the King of Arabia, and the Governor of Damascus. Nowl take these three crowns, and pledge me, my contributory kings.—I crown you here, Theridamas, King of Argier ; Techelles, King of Fez; and Usumcasane, King of (120 Moroccus. How say you to this, Turk? These are not your contributory kings.
i I am not sure that I am right in printing the whole of this speech as prose. With slight alteration a part of it goes easily into verse :
“Now take these three crowns,
Baj. Nor shall they long be thine, I warrant them.
Tamó. Kings of Argier, Moroccus, and of Fez,
Tamb. Well said, Theridamas; when holy fates
1 Dyce's correction for "place" of the old copies. Cf. Second Part, i. I, 1. 68.
Old copies "value."
ACT THE FIFTH.
Enter the GOVERNOR of DAMASCO, with three or four
Citizens, and four Virgins, with branches of laurel
in their hands.
i So Greene (in Friar Bacon):
“Edward, art thou the famous Prince of Wales
Intending so to terrify the world,
i Virg. If humble suits or imprecations, 2
Gov. Well, lovely virgins, think our country's care,
1 Cf. Dido, v. 5:4"And woeful Dido by these blubbered cheeks." 2 Entreaties.
3 So 4to.-8vo. “ cares."
Endure as we the malice of our stars,
2 Virg. Then here before the Majesty of Heaven
- 50 Grace to our words and pity to our looks That this device may prove propitious, And through the eyes and ears of Tamburlaine Convey events of mercy to his heart; Grant that these signs of victory we yield May bind the temples of his conquering head, To hide the folded furrows of his brows, And shadow his displeased countenance With happy looks of ruth and lenity. Leave us, my lord, and loving countrymen; - 60 What simple virgins may persuade, we will.
Gov. Farewell, sweet virgins, on whose safe return Depends our city, liberty, and lives.
[Exeunt Governor and Citizens; manent Virgins. Enter TAMBURLAINE, TECHELLES, THERIDAMAS, USUM
CASANE, with others : Tamburlaine all in black and
very melancholy. Tamb. What, are the turtles frayed out of their nests? Alas, poor fools ! must you be first shall feel
1 The 8vo. reads " Patrones,” which is perhaps meant for “Pa. troness," i.e. “ Isis."