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Enter TAMBURLAINE, TECHELLES, THERIDAMAS, USUMCASANE, ZENOCRATE, ANIPPE, two Moors drawing BAJAZET in a cage, and his Wife following him.

TAMB. Bring out my footstool.

[Bajazet is taken out of the cage.
BAJ. Ye holy priests of heavenly Mahomet,
That, sacrificing, slice and cut your flesh,
Staining your altars with your purple blood;
Make Heaven to frown and ev'ry fixed star

To suck up poison from the Moorish fens,
And pour it in this glorious tyrant's throat!

TAMB. The chiefest god, first mover of that


Enchas'd with thousand ever-shining lamps,

Will sooner burn the glorious frame of Heaven,
Than it should so conspire my overthrow.
But villain! thou that wishest this to me,
Fall prostrate on the low disdainful earth,
And be the footstool of great Tamburlaine,
That I may rise unto my royal throne.

BAJ. First shalt thou rip my bowels with thy


And sacrifice my soul to death and hell,

Before I yield to such a slavery.

TAMB. Base villain, vassal, slave to Tamburlaine !

Unworthy to embrace or touch the ground,
That bears the honour of my royal weight;
Stoop, villain, stoop! stoop! for so he bids

That may command thee piecemeal to be torn,
Or scatter'd like the lofty cedar trees

Struck with the voice of thund'ring Jupiter.

BAJ. When as I look down to the damned fiends, Fiends look on me; and thou dread god of hell With ebon sceptre strike this hateful earth, And make it swallow both of us at once.

[Tamburlaine gets upon him to his chair.
Tamb. Now clear the triple region of the air,
And let the Majesty of Heaven behold
Their scourge and terror tread on emperors.
Smile, stars, that reign'd at my nativity,

And dim the brightness of their neighbour lamps!
Disdain to borrow light of Cynthia !
For I, the chiefest lamp of all the earth,
First rising in the East with mild aspect,
But fixed now in the Meridian line,
Will send up fire to your turning spheres,
And cause the sun to borrow light of you.
My sword struck fire from his coat of steel
Ev'n in Bithynia, when I took this Turk;
As when a fiery exhalation,

Wrapt in the bowels of a freezing cloud
Fighting for passage, makes the welkin crack,
And casts a flash of lightning to the earth:
But ere I march to wealthy Persia,
Or leave Damascus and th' Egyptian fields,
As was the fame of Clymene's brain-sick son,
That almost brent* the axle-tree of heaven,

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So shall our swords, our lances, and our shot
Fill all the air with fiery meteors:

Then when the sky shall wax as red as blood
It shall be said I made it red myself,

To make me think of nought but blood and war.
ZAB. Unworthy king, that by thy cruelty
Unlawfully usurp'st the Persian seat,
Dar'st thou that never saw an emperor,
Before thou met my husband in the field,
Being thy captive, thus abuse his state,
Keeping his kingly body in a cage,
That roofs of gold and sun-bright palaces
Should have prepar'd to entertain his grace?
And treading him beneath thy loathsome feet,
Whose feet the kings of Africa have kiss'd.

TECH. You must devise some torment worse, my


To make these captives rein their lavish tongues.

TAMB. Zenocrate, look better to your slave.

ZENO. She is my handmaid's slave, and she shall look

That these abuses flow not from her tongue:

Chide her, Anippe.

ANIP. Let these be warnings for you then, my


How you abuse the person of the king;

Or else I swear to have you whipt, stark-naked.

BAJ. Great Tamburlaine, great in my overthrow

X Ambitious pride shall make thee fall as low,
For treading on the back of Bajazet,

That should be horsed on four mighty kings.
TAMB. Thy names, and titles, and thy dignities
Are fled from Bajazet and remain with me,
That will maintain it 'gainst a world of kings.
Put him in again.

{They put him into the cage.

BAJ. Is this a place for mighty Bajazet?

Confusion light on him that helps thee thus ! TAMB. There, while he lives, shall Bajazet be kept;

And, where I go, be thus in triumph drawn;

And thou, his wife, shalt feed him with the scraps
My servitors shall bring thee from my board;
For he that gives him other food than this,
Shall sit by him and starve to death himself;
This is my mind and I will have it so.
Not all the kings and emp'rors of the earth,
If they would lay their crowns before my feet,
Shall ransom him, or take him from his cage.
The ages that shall talk of Tamburlaine,
Ev'n from this day to Plato's wond'rous year,
Shall talk how I have handled Bajazet;
These Moors, that drew him from Bithynia,
To fair Damascus, where we now remain,
Shall lead him with us wheresoe'er we go.
Techelles, and my loving followers,
Now may we see Damascus' lofty towers,
Like to the shadows of Pyramides,

That with their beauties grac'd the Memphian fields:

The golden statue of their feather'd bird

That spreads her wings upon the city's walls

Shall not defend it from our batt'ring shot:
The townsmen mask in silk and cloth of gold,
And ev'ry house is as a treasury:

The men, the treasure, and the town are ours.

THER. Your tents of white now pitch'd before the


And gentle flags of amity display'd,

I doubt not but the government will yield,

Off'ring Damascus to your majesty.

TAMB. So shall he have his life and all the rest :

But if he stay until the bloody flag

Be once advanc'd on my vermilion tent,

He dies, and those that kept us out so long.
And when they see us march in black array,
With mournful streamers hanging down their heads,
Were in that city all the world contain'd,
Not one should scape, but perish by our swords.

ZENO. Yet would you have some pity for my sake, Because it is my country, and my father's.

TAMB. Not for the world, Zenocrate; I've sworn. Come; bring in the Turk. [Exeunt.


Enter SOLDAN, ARABIA, CAPOLINE, with streaming colours, and soldiers.

SOLD. Methinks we march as Meleager did,
Environed with brave Argolian knights,
To chase the savage Calydonian boar,
Or Cephalus with lusty Theban youths
Against the wolf that angry Themis sent

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