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Afric and Europe bord'ring on your land,
How eas❜ly may you, with a mighty host,
And cause them to withdraw their forces home,
Cos. But, Menaphon, what means this trumpet's
MEN. Behold, my lord, Ortygius and the rest Bringing the crown to make you emperor!
Enter ORTYGIUS and CENEUS, with others, bearing a Crown.
ORTY. Magnificent and mighty Prince Cosroe, We, in the name of other Persian states And Commons of the mighty monarchy,
Present thee with th' imperial diadem.
CEN. The warlike soldiers and the gentlemen, That heretofore have fill'd Persepolis
With Afric captains taken in the field,
Whose ransom made them march in coats of gold,
Of great Darius and his wealthy host.
Cos. Well, since I see the state of Persia droop
ORTY. And in assurance of desir'd success,
Great Lord of Media and Armenia ;
Mesopotamia and of Parthia,
East India and the late discover'd isles;
ALL. Long live Cosroe, mighty emperor!
By whose desire of discipline in arms
I doubt not shortly but to reign sole king,
Intending your investion so near
The residence of your despised brother,
The lords would not be too exasperate
To injure or suppress your worthy title;
Cos. I know it well, my lord, and thank you all.
God save the king!
Enter TAMBURLAINE, leading ZENOCRATE, followed by TECHELLES, USU MCASANE, AGYDAS, MAGNETES, Lords, and Soldiers, loaded with Treasure.
TAMB.Come, lady, let not this appal your thoughts; The jewels and the treasure we have ta'en Shall be reserv'd, and you in better state, Than if you were arriv'd in Syria, Even in the circle of your father's arms, The mighty soldan of Egyptia.
ZENO. Ah, shepherd! pity my distressed plight, (If, as thou seem'st, thou art so mean a man,) And seek not to enrich thy followers
By lawless rapine from a silly maid,
Who travelling with these Median lords
To Memphis, from my uncle's country of Media,
Have past the army of the mighty Turk,
MAG. And since we have arrived in Scythia,
Besides rich presents from the puissant Cham,
TAMB. But now you see these letters and commands
Are countermanded by a greater man;
And through my provinces you must expect
If you intend to keep your treasure safe.
As eas❜ly may you get the soldan's crown
For they are friends that help to wean my state
By east and west, as Phoebus doth his course.
Both may invest you empress of the East;
And these that seem but silly country swains
As with their weight shall make the mountains quake,
Fighting for passage, tilt within the earth.
TECH. As princely lions, when they rouse themselves,
Stretching their paws, and threatning herds of beasts, So in his armour looketh Tamburlaine.
Methinks I see kings kneeling at his feet,
And he with frowning brows and fiery looks,
Spurning their crowns from off their captive heads. USUM. And making thee and me, Techelles, kings, That even to death will follow Tamburlaine.
TAMB. Nobly resolv'd, sweet friends and followers! These Lords, perhaps do scorn our estimates, And think we prattle with distempered spirits; But since they measure our deserts so mean, That in conceit bear empires on our spears, Affecting thoughts coequal with the clouds, They shall be kept our forced followers, Till with their eyes they view us emperors. ZENO. The Gods, defenders of the innocent, Will never prosper your intended drifts, That thus oppress poor friendless passengers. Therefore at least admit us liberty,
Even as thou hop'st to be eterniz'd,
By living Asia's mighty emperor.
AGYD. I hope our ladies' treasures and our own, May serve for ransom to our liberties :