Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE I. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe vol. 1
SCENE I. - Christopher Marlowe, The Works of Christopher Marlowe vol. 1 
The Works of Christopher Marlowe, ed. A.H. Bullen (London: John C. Nimmo, 1885). Vol. 1.
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EnterCosroe, Menaphon, Ortvgius, Ceneus, with other Soldiers.
- Thus far are we towards Theridamas,
- And valiant Tamburlaine, the man of fame,
- The man that in the forehead of his fortune
- Bears figures of renown and miracle.
- But tell me, that hast seen him, Menaphon,
- What stature wields he, and what personage?
- Of stature tall, and straightly fashionéd,
- Like his desire lift upward and divine,
- So large of limbs, his joints so strongly knit,
- Such breadth of shoulders as might mainly bear
- Old Atlas' burthen;—'twixt his manly pitch,
- A pearl, more worth than all the world, is placed,
- Wherein by curious sovereignty of art
- Are fixed his piercing instruments of sight,
- Whose fiery circles bear encompasséd
- A heaven of heavenly bodies in their spheres,
- That guides his steps and actions to the throne,
- Where honour sits invested royally:
- Pale of complexion, wrought m him with passion,
- Thirsting with sovereignty and love of arms;
- His lofty brows in folds do figure death,
- And in their smoothness amity and life;
- About them hangs a knot of amber hair,
- Wrapped in curls, as fierce Achilles' was,
- On which the breath of Heaven delights to play,
- Making it dance with wanton majesty.—
- His arms and fingers, long, and sinewy,
- Betokening valour and excess of strength;—
- In every part proportioned like the man
- Should make the world subdued to Tamburlaine.
- Well hast thou pourtrayed in thy terms of life
- The face and personage of a wondrous man;
- Nature doth strive with Fortune and his stars
- To make him famous in accomplished worth;
- And well his merits show him to be made
- His fortune's master and the king of men,
- That could persuade at such a sudden pinch,
- With reasons of his valour and his life,
- A thousand sworn and overmatching foes.
- Then, when our powers in points of swords are joined
- And closed in compass of the killing bullet,
- Though strait the passage and the port be made
- That leads to palace of my brother's life,
- Proud is his fortune if we pierce it not.
- And when the princely Persian diadem
- Shall overweigh his weary witless head,
- And fall like mellowed fruit with shakes of death,
- In fair Persia, noble Tamburlaine
- Shall be my regent and remain as king.
- In happy hour we have set the crown
- Upon your kingly head that seeks our honour,
- In joining with the man ordained by Heaven,
- To further every action to the best.
- He that with shepherds and a little spoil
- Durst, in disdain of wrong and tyranny,
- Defend his freedom 'gainst a monarchy,
- What will he do supported by a king,
- Leading a troop of gentlemen and lords,
- And stuffed with treasure for his highest thoughts!
- And such shall wait on worthy Tamburlaine.
- Our army will be forty thousand strong,
- When Tamburlaine and brave Theridamas
- Have met us by the river Araris;
- And all conjoined to meet the witless king,
- That now is marching near to Parthia,
- And with unwilling soldiers faintly armed,
- To seek revenge on me and Tamburlaine,
- To whom, sweet Menaphon, direct me straight.
- I will, my lord. [Exeunt.