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For I will cast myself from off these walls
Gov. Villains, cowards, traitors to our state !
Enter THERIDAMAS, TECHELLES, and Soldiers without
Gov. Tyrant ! I turn the traitor in thy throat,
Tech. Yield, foolish governor; we offer more
[Alarms: and they scale the walls. Enter TAMBURLAINE (drawn in his chariot by the Kings
1 Old copies" parlie.”
of Trebizond and Soria), USUMCASANE, AMYRAS, and CELEBINUS; the two spare Kings of Natolia and
Jerusalem ; and others. Tamb. The stately buildings of fair Babylon, Whose lofty pillars, higher than the clouds, Were wont to guide the seaman in the deep, Being carried thither by the cannon's force, Now fill the mouth of Limnasphaltis' lake And make a bridge unto the battered walls. Where Belus, Ninus, and great Alexander Have rode in triumph, triumphs Tamburlaine, Whose chariot wheels have burst the Assyrians' bones Drawn with these kings on heaps of carcases. Now in the place where fair Semiramis, Courted by kings and peers of Asia, Hath trod the measures,2 do my soldiers march; And in the streets, where brave Assyrian dames Have rid in pomp like rich Saturnia, With furious words and frowning visages My horsemen brandish their unruly blades, Re-enter THERIDAMAS and Techelles, bringing in the
Governor of Babylon. Who have ye there, my lords?
Ther. The sturdy governor of Babylon,
1 1.e, the kings out of harness.
3 A stately dance. Cf. Much Ado, ii, 1:-" The first suit is hot and hasty like a Scotch jig, and full as fantastical ; the wedding mannerly, modest as a measure, full of state and ancientry."
That made us all the labour for the town,
Tamb. Go, bind the villain ; he shall hang in chains
Gov. Nor, if my body could have stopt the breach, Should'st thou have entered, cruel Tamburlaine. 'Tis not thy bloody tents can make me yield, Nor yet thyself, the anger of the Highest, For though thy cannon shook the city walls, My heart did never quake, or courage faint.
Tamb. Well, now I'll make it quake; go draw him? up, Hang him in2 chains upon the city walls. And let my soldiers shoot the slave to death.
1 So 4to.-8vo. "it."
? Old copies "vp in.”
Gov. Vile monster ! born of some infernal hag, 110 And sent from hell to tyrannise on earth, Do all thy worst; nor death, nor Tamburlaine, Torture, nor pain, can daunt my dreadless mind.
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?
[They hang up the Governor in chains. These jades are broken-winded and half tired, Unharness them, and let me have fresh horse. 130 [Attendants unharness the Kings of Trebizond and
So, now their best is done to honour me,
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,
[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,