Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE III. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe vol. 1
SCENE III. - 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, Tamburlaine, Theridamas, Techelles, Usumcasane,andOrtygius, with others.
- Now, worthy Tamburlaine, have I reposed
- In thy approvèd fortunes all my hope.
- What thmk'st thou, man, shall come of our attempts?
- For even as from assurèd oracle,
- I take thy doom for satisfaction.
- And so mistake you not a whit, my Lord;
- For fates and oraclès [of] Heaven have sworn
- To royalise the deeds of Tamburlaine,
- And make them blest that share in his attempts.
- And doubt you not but, if you favour me,
- And let my fortunes and my valour sway
- To some direction in your martial deeds,
- The world will strive with hosts of men at arms,
- To swarm unto the ensign I support:
- The host of Xerxes, which by fame is said
- To have drank the mighty Parthian Araris,
- Was but a handful to that we will have.
- Our quivering lances, shaking in the air,
- And bullets, like Jove's dreadful thunderbolts,
- Enrolled in flames and fiery smouldering mists,
- Shall threat the gods more than Cyclopian wars:
- And with our sun-bright armour as we march,
- We'll chase the stars from heaven and dim their eyes
- That stand and muse at our admired arms.
- You see, my Lord, what working words he hath;
- But when you see his actions stop his speech,
- Your speech will stay or so extol his worth
- As I shall be commended and excused
- For turning my poor charge to his direction.
- And these his two renowmèd friends, my lord,
- Would make one thirst and strive to be retained
- In such a great degree of amity.
- With duty and with amity we yield
- Our utmost service to the fair Cosroe.
- Which I esteem as portion of my crown.
- Usumcasane and Techelles both,
- When she that rules in Rhamnus' golden gates,
- And makes a passage for all prosperous arms,
- Shall make me solely emperor of Asia,
- Then shall your meeds and valours be advanced
- To rooms of honour and nobility.
- Then haste, Cosroe, to be king alone,
- That I with these, my friends, and all my men
- May triumph in our long-expected fate.—
- The king, your brother, is now hard at hand;
- Meet with the fool, and rid your royal shoulders
- Of such a burthen as outweighs the sands
- And all the craggy rocks of Caspia.
- Enter a Messenger.
- My lord, we have discoveréd the enemy
- Ready to charge you with a mighty army.
- Come, Tamburlaine! now whet thy wingéd sword,
- And lift thy lofty arm into the clouds,
- That it may reach the king of Persia's crown,
- And set it safe on my victorious head.
- See where it is, the keenest curtle axe
- That e'er made passage thorough Persian arms.
- These are the wings shall make it fly as swift
- As doth the lightning or the breath of Heaven.
- And kill as sure as it swiftly flies.
- Thy words assure me of kind success;
- Go, valiant soldier, go before and charge
- The fainting army of that foolish king.
- Usumcasane and Techelles, come!
- We are enow to scare the enemy,
- And more than needs to make an emperor.
- [They go out to the battle
- “She that rules fair Rhamnus' golden gates
- Grant us the honour of the victory.”