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Enter behind TAMBURLAINE, TECHELLES, and others.
Agyd. With Tamburlaine ! Ah, fair Zenocrate, Let not a man so vile and barbarous, That holds you from your father in despite, And keeps you from the honours of a queen, (Being supposed his worthless concubine,) Be honoured with your love but for necessity. 30 So, now the mighty soldan hears of you, Your highness needs not doubt but in short time He will with Tamburlaine's destruction Redeem you from this deadly servitude.
Zeno. (Agydas) leave to wound me with these words, And speak of Tamburlaine as he deserves. The entertainment we have had of him Is far from villany? or servitude, And might in noble minds be counted princely.
Agyd. How can you fancy one that looks so fierce, 40 Only disposed to martial stratagems? Who, when he shall embrace you in his arms, Will tell you how many thousand men he slew; And when you look for amorous discourse, Will rattle forth his facts of war and blood, Too harsh a subject for your dainty ears.
Zeno. As looks the Sun through Nilus' flowing stream, Or when the Morning holds him in her arms, So looks my lordly love, fair Tamburlaine ; His talk more sweeter than the Muses' song
i Subjection, slavery.
They sung for honour 'gainst Pierides ;
Agrd. Yet be not so inconstant in your love;
Zeno. Thence rise the tears that so distain my cheeks Fearing his love through my unworthiness. —
[TAMBURLAINE goes to her and takes her away
lovingly by the hand, looking wrathfully on
1 Alcidamas, to whom Zenocrate had been betrothed.
2 SO 400.-8vo. "and."
That shine as comets, menacing revenge,
Enter USUMCASANE and TECHELLES with a naked dagger.
Tech. See you, Agydas, how the king salutes you ? He bids you prophesy what it imports.
Agyd. I prophesied before, and now I prove The killing frowns of jealousy and love. He needed not with words confirm my fear, For words are vain where working tools present The naked action of my threatened end : It says, Agydas, thou shalt surely die, And of extremities elect the least; More honour and less pain it may procure To die by this resolved hand of thine, Than stay the torments he and Heaven have sworn. Then haste, Agydas, and prevent the plagues 100 Which thy prolongèd fates may draw on thee.
Go, wander, free from fear of tyrant's rage,
Tech. Usumcasane, see, how right the man
Usum. 'Faith, and Techelles, it was manly done ;
[Exeunt bearing out the body.
Enter TAMBURLAINE, TECHELLES, USUMCASANE, THERI
DAMAS, a Basso, ZENOCRATE, ANIPPE, with others.
Tamb. Basso, by this thy lord and master knows
Bas. Your men are valiant, but their number few,
Tech. The more he brings the greater is the spoil,
Tamb. But will those kings accompany your lord ?
Bas. Such as his highness please; but some must stay To rule the provinces he late subdued. Tamb. [To his Officers.] Then fight courageously: their crowns are yours;
30 This hand shall set them on your conquering heads, That made me emperor of Asia.
Usum. Let him bring millions infinite of men,
Ther. Even he that in a trice vanquished two kings,