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Proud Tamburlaine, that, now in Asia,
URI. Besides, King Sigismund hath brought from
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,
GAZ. Yet, stout Orcanes, Prorex of the world, Since Tamburlaine hath muster'd all his men, Marching from Cairo northward with his camp, To Alexandria, and the frontier towns, Meaning to make a conquest of our land, "Tis requisite to parley for a peace With Sigismund, the king of Hungary, And save our forces for the hot assaults 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, And for that cause the Christians shall have peace. Sclavonians, Almains, Rutters, Muffes, and Danes, Fear not Orcanes, but great Tamburlaine, Nor he, but fortune, that hath made him great. We have revolted Grecians, Albanees, 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 force!ess Sigismund, Yet scarce enough t' encounter Tamburlaine. He brings a world of people to the field, From Scythia to the oriental plage
Of India, where raging Lantchidol
Beats on the regions with his boist'rous blows,
All Asia is in arms with Tamburlaine,
Even from the midst of fiery Cancer's tropick,
And thence as far as Archipelago,
All Afric is in arms with Tamburlaine;
Therefore, viceroy, the Christians must have peace.
Take which thou wilt, for as the Romans us'd,
I here present thee with a naked sword;
ORC. Stay, Sigismund! forget'st thou I am he
In all your names desir'd a truce of me?
That hides these plains, and seems as vast and wide,
As doth the desert of Arabia
To those that stand on Bagdad's lofty tower;
Or as the ocean, to the traveller
That rests upon the snowy Appenines;
GAZ. Kings of Natolia and of Hungary,
FRED. And we from Europe, to the same intent,
ORC. So prest are we; but yet, if Sigismund
SIG. Then here I sheath it, and give thee my hand, Never to draw it out, or manage arms
Against thyself or thy confederates,
But whilst I live will be at truce with thee.
Now Sigismund, if any Christian king
Encroach upon the confines of thy realm,
ORC. But, Sigismund, confirm it with an oath,
The Son of God and issue of a maid,
ORC. By sacred Mahomet, the friend of God,
Of whose condition and our solemn oaths,
Confirm'd this league beyond Danubius' stream,
SIG. If any heathen potentate or king
A hundred thousand horse train'd to the war,