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The general welcomes Tamburlaine receiv'd,
Hath made our poet pen his second part,
And with how many cities' sacrifice
He celebrated her sad funeral,
Himself in presence shall unfold at large.
BALDWIN, } Lords of Buda and Bohemia.
PERDICAS, Servant to Calyphas.
CALLAPINE, Emperor of the Turks.
KING OF AMASIA.
ZENOCRATE, Tamburlaine's Queen.
Byron is much more like an English or French than an Oriental name: it is perhaps Bihra or Bir, Anglecised.
TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT.
PART THE SECOND.
ACT THE FIRST.
ORCANES, King of Natolia, GAZELLUS, Viceroy of Byron, URIBASSA, and their Train, with Drums and Trumpets.
ORC. Egregious viceroys of these eastern parts! Plac'd by the issue of great Bajazet,
And sacred lord, the mighty Callapine,
Who lives in Egypt, prisoner to that slave
Proud Tamburlaine, that, now in Asia,
Near Gihon's head doth set his conq'ring feet,
'Gainst him, my lord, you must address your power. URI. Besides, King Sigismund hath brought from Christendom,
More than his camp of stout Hungarians,— Sclavonians, Almains, Rutters, Muffes, and Danes, That with the halberd, lance, and murd'ring axe, Will hazard that we might with safety hold.
ORC. Though from the shortest northern parallel, Vast Grantland, compass'd with the Frozen Sea, (Inhabited with tall and sturdy men,
Giants as big as huge Polypheme,)
Millions of soldiers cut the arctick line,
Bringing the strength of Europe to these arms,
The geographical knowledge of the author, is by no means accurate. Poets do not in general write by the map, and it may be observed, once for all, that any attempt to reconcile all the geographical descriptions and allusions of this author, with the actual state of the globe, would be a fruitless task.
Shall meet those Christians, fleeting with the tide,
And make fair Europe, mounted on her bull,
GAZ. Yet, stout Orcanes, Prorex of the world,
Proud Tamburlaine intends Natolia.
ORC. Viceroy of Byron, wisely hast thou said. My realm, the centre of our empery,
Being lost, all Turkey would be overthrown,
Sicilians, Jews, Arabians, Turks, and Moors,
Natolians, Syrians, black Egyptians.
GAZ. And we from Europe, to the same intent, Illyrians, Thracians, and Bithynians,
Enough to swallow forceless Sigismund,