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Scene I. Enter the Governor of DamasCUSI, with three or
four Citizens, and four VIRGINS with branches of laurel in their hands.
Gov. Still doth this man, or rather god of war, Batter our walls and beat our turrets down; And to resist with longer stubbornness, Or hope of rescue from the Soldan's power, Were but to bring our wilful overthrow, And make us desperate of our threaten'd lives. We see his tents have now been altered With terrors to the last and cruel'st hue; His coal-black colours, every where advanc'd, Threaten our city with a general spoil ; And, if we should with common rites of arms Offer our safeties to his clemency, I fear the custom proper to his sword, Which he observes as parcel of his fame, Intending so to terrify the world, By any innovation or remorse + Will never be dispens'd with till our deaths. Therefore, for these our harmless virgins' sakes $, Whose honours and whose lives rely on him,
# Damascus] Both the old eds. here.“ Damasco :" but in many other places they agree in reading “ Damascus.”
+ remorse] i. e. pity.
Let us have hope that their unspotted prayers,
First Virg. If humble suits or imprecations
Gov. Well, lovely virgins, think our country's care, Our love of honour, loath to be inthrall’d To foreign powers and rough imperious yokes, Would not with too much cowardice or|| fear, Before all hope of rescue were denied, Submit yourselves and us to servitude. Therefore, in that your safeties and our own, Your honours, liberties, and lives were weigh'd In equal care and balance with our own,
* blubber'd] That this word formerly conveyed no ludicrous idea, appears from many passages of our early writers.
† And use us like a loving conqueror] " i. e. And that he will use us like, &c.” Ed. 1826. † care] So the 4to.—The 8vo “ cares."
helps] So the 8vo.-The 4to“ help.” ll or] So the 8vo.—The 4to“ for.”
Endure as we the malice of our stars,
turn Depends our city, liberty, and lives.
[Exeunt all, except the Virgins. * power] So the 8vo.—The 4to “ powers.”
Enter TAMBURLAINE, all in black and very melan
choly, TECHELLES, THERIDAMAS, USUMCASANE, with others. TAMB. What, are the turtles fray'd out of their
nests? Alas, poor fools, must you be first shall feel The sworn destruction of Damascus ? They knew* my custom; could they not as well Have sent ye out, when first my milk-white flags, Through which sweet Mercy threw her gentle beams, Reflexed + them on yours disdainful eyes, Asę now, when fury and incensed hate Flings slaughtering terror from my coal-black tents ll, And tells for truth submission comes too late? FIRST VIRG. Most happy king and emperor of the
earth, Image of honour and nobility, For whom the powers divine have made the world, And on whose throne the holy Graces sit; In whose sweet person is compris’d the sum Of Nature's skill and heavenly majesty; Pity our plights ! oh, pity poor Damascus ! Pity old age, within whose silver hairs Honour and reverence evermore have reign'd!
* knew] So the 8vo.—The 4to " know.” + Reflered] Old eds. " Reflexing." # your] Qy.“their”? Ø As] So the 8vo.-The 4to“ And.” || tents] So the 8vo.—The 4to“ tent."
submission] Old eds. " submissions."
Pity the marriage-bed, where many a lord .
TAMB. Virgins, in vain you labour to prevent That which mine honour swears shall be perform’d.
* of ruth and] So the 8v0.--The 4to“ and ruth of.” t conceit] See note, p. 55. # Hath] So the 4to.—The 8vo “Haue.”
nourish'd] So the 8vo.-The 4to“ nourish." || wish’d) So the 8vo.-The 4to“ wish."