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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EnterBajazeth, the Kings ofFez, Morocco, andArgier, with others in great pomp.
- Great kings of Barbary and my portly bassoes,
- We hear the Tartars and the eastern thieves,
- Under the conduct of one Tamburlaine,
- Presume a bickering with your emperor,
- And think to rouse us from our dreadful siege
- Of the famous Grecian Constantinople.
- You know our army is invincible;
- As many circumcised Turks we have,
- And warlike bands of Christians renied,
- As hath the ocean or the Terrene sea
- Small drops of water when the moon begins
- To join in one her semicircled horns.
- Yet would we not be braved with foreign power,
- Nor raise our siege before the Grecians yield,
- Or breathless lie before the city walls.
K. of Fez.
- Renowméd emperor, and mighty general,
- What, if you sent the bassoes of your guard
- To charge him to remain in Asia,
- Or else to threaten death and deadly arms
- As from the mouth of mighty Bajazeth.
- Hie thee, my basso, fast to Persia,
- Tell him thy lord, the Turkish emperor,
- Dread lord of Afric, Europe, and Asia,
- Great king and conqueror of GrÆcia,
- The ocean, Terrene, and the Coal-black sea.
- The high and highest monarch of the world
- Wills and commands (for say not I entreat),
- Not once to set his foot on Africa,
- Or spread his colours [once] in GrÆcia,
- Lest he incur the fury of my wrath.
- Tell him I am content to take a truce,
- Because I hear he bears a valiant mind:
- But if, presuming on his silly power,
- He be so mad to manage arms with me,
- Then stay thou with him; say, I bid thee so:
- And if, before the sun have measured heaven
- With triple circuit, thou regreet us not,
- We mean to take his morning's next arise
- For messenger he will not be reclaimed,
- And mean to fetch thee in despite of him.
- Most great and puissant monarch of the earth,
- Your basso will accomplish your behest,
- And show your pleasure to the Persian,
- As fits the legate of the stately Turk.
- [Exit BAS.
- They say he is the king of Persia;
- But, if he dare attempt to stir your siege,
- 'Twere requisite he should be ten times more,
- For all flesh quakes at your magnificence.
- True, Argier; and tremble[s] at my looks.
K. of Mor.
- The spring is hindered by your smothering host,
- For neither rain can fall upon the earth,
- Nor sun reflex his virtuous beams thereon,
- The ground is mantled with such multitudes.
- All this is true as holy Mahomet;
- And all the trees are blasted with our breaths.
K. of Fez.
- What thinks your greatness best to be achieved
- In pursuit of the city's overthrow?
- I will the captive pioners of Argier
- Cut off the water that by leaden pipes
- Runs to the city from the mountain Camon.
- Two thousand horse shall forage up and down,
- That no relief or succour come by land:
- And all the sea my gallies countermand.
- Then shall our footmen lie within the trench,
- And with their cannons mouthed like Orcus' gulf,
- Batter the walls, and we will enter in;
- And thus the Grecians shall be conqueréd.