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Then shalt thou see this Scythian Tamburlaine,
Meand. Some powers divine, or else infernal, mixed Their angry seeds at his conception;
IO For he was never sprong of human race, Since with the spirit of his fearful pride, He dare so doubtlessly resolve of rule, And by profession be ambitious.
· Old copies “his."
Alarms.-A battle; enter COSROE, wounded, THERIDA
MAS, TAMBURLAINE, TECHELLES, USUMCASANE, with others.
Cos. Barbarous and bloody Tamburlaine,
Tamb. The thirst of reign and sweetness of a crown
1 Dyce quotes several instances of this form of the word "artery."
And measure every wandering planet's course,
Ther. And that made me to join with Tamburlaine : 30
Tech. And that made us the friends of Tamburlaine, To list our swords against the Persian king.
Usum. For as when Jove did thrust old Saturn down, Neptune and Dis gained each of them a crown, So do we hope to reign in Asia, If Tamburlaine be placed in Persia. Cos. The strangest men that ever nature made !
40 I know not how to take their tyrannies. My bloodless body waxeth chill and cold, And with my blood my life slides through my wound; My soul begins to take her flight to hell, And summons all my senses to depart.The heat and moisture, which did feed each other, For want of nourishment to feed them both, Is dry and cold; and now doth ghastly death, With greedy talents2 gripe my bleeding heart,
1 “Talon" was not unfrequently spelt "talent." Cl. Love's Labour's Lost, iv2:—"If a talent be a claw.”—Pistol's " Let vultures gripe thy guts," may be, as Steevens suggested, a parody of this passage