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TECH. We are his friends, and if the Persian
Should offer present dukedoms to our state,
We think it loss to make exchange for that
We are assur'd of by our friend's success.
USUM. And kingdoms at the least we all expect, Besides the honour in assured conquests,
When kings shall crouch unto our conq'ring swords
When with their fearful tongues they shall confess,
To these resolved, noble Scythians?
But shall I prove a traitor to my king?
TAMB. No, but the trusty friend of Tamburlaine. THER. Won with thy words, and conquer'd with thy looks,
I yield myself, my men, and horse to thee,
As long as life maintains Theridamas.
TAMB. Theridamas, my friend, take here my hand, Which is as much as if I swore by Heaven,
And call'd the Gods to witness of my vow.
Thus shall my heart be still combin'd with thine
And both our souls aspire celestial thrones.
TECH. Welcome, renowned Persian to us all!
TAMB. These are my friends, in whom I more
Than doth the King of Persia in his crown,
And by the love of Pylades and Orestes, we adore in Scythia,
Thyself and them shall never part from me
Make much of them, gentle Theridamas,
THER. Nor they nor theirs, thrice noble Tambur
Shall want my heart to be with gladness pierc'd,
TAMB. A thousand thanks, worthy Theridamas. And now fair madam, and my noble lords,
If you will willingly remain with me
You shall have honours as your
merits be; Or else you shall be forc'd with slavery.
AGYD. We yield unto thee, happy Tamburlaine. TAMB. For you then, madam, I am out of doubt. ZENO. I must be pleas'd perforce. Wretched [Exeunt.
The first edition reads statutes, but as the Scythians worshipped Pylades and Orestes in temples, we have adopted the reading of the quarto as being most probably the correct
ACT THE SECOND.
Enter CosROE, MENAPHON, ORTYGIUS, CENEUS, with other Soldiers.
Cos. Thus far are we towards Theridamas,
But tell me, that hast seen him, Menaphon,
MEN. Of stature tall, and straightly fashioned,
So large of limbs, his joints so strongly knit,
A heaven of heavenly bodies in their spheres,
Pale of complexion, wrought in him with passion,
His lofty brows in folds do figure death,
* 'Twixt this manly pitch, or height; that is, 'twixt or on such breadth of shoulders,' a pearl (his head) is placed, &c. The old editions read, "his manly pitch;" the alteration in the text, however, renders the phrase more intelligible.
And in their smoothness amity and life;
Should make the world subdued to Tamburlaine.
A thousand sworn and overmatching foes.
And fall like mellow'd fruit with shakes of death,
Shall be my regent and remain as king.,
• Thus, the octavo: the quarto has "his arms long,-bis fingers snowy white."
ORTY. In happy hour we have set the crown
CEN. He that with shepherds and a little spoil
What will he do supported by a king,
And stuff'd with treasure for his highest thoughts?
When Tamburlaine and brave Theridamas
And all conjoin'd to meet the witless king,
Enter MYCETES, MEANDER, with other Lords; and
Myc. Come, my Meander, let us to this geer.
I tell you true, my heart is swoln with wrath
And on that false Cosroe, my traiterous brother.