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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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ORCANES,King of Natolia, GAZELLUS,Viceroy of Byron, URiBASSA,and their train, with drums and trumpets.
- Egregious viceroys of these eastern parts,
- Placed by the issue of great Bajazeth,
- And sacred lord, the mighty Callapine,
- Who lives in Egypt, prisoner to that slave
- Which kept his father in an iron cage;—
- Now have we marched from fair Natolia
- Two hundred leagues, and on Danubius' banks
- Our warlike host, in complete armour, rest,
- Where Sigismund, the king of Hungary,
- Should meet our person to conclude a truce.
- What? Shall we parle with the Christian?
- Or cross the stream, and meet him in the field?
- King of Natolia, let us treat of peace;
- We are all glutted with the Christians' blood,
- And have a greater foe to fight against,—
- Proud Tamburlaine, that, now in Asia,
- Near Guyron's head doth set his conq'ring feet,
- And means to fire Turkey as he goes.
- 'Gainst him, my lord, you roust address your power.
- Besides, King Sigismund hath brought from Christendom,
- More than his camp of stout Hungarians,—
- Sclavonians, Almain rutters, Muffes, and Danes,
- That with the halbert, lance, and murdering axe,
- Will hazard that we might with surety hold.
- Though from the shortest northern parallel,
- Vast Grantland, compassed with the Frozen Sea,
- (Inhabited with tall and sturdy men,
- Giants as big as hugy Polypheme,)
- Millions of soldiers cut the arctick line,
- Bringing the strength of Europe to these arms,
- Our Turkey blades shall glide through all their throats,
- And make this champion mead a bloody fen.
- Danubius' stream, that runs to Trebizon,
- Shall carry, wrapt within his scarlet waves,
- As martial presents to our friends at home,
- The slaughtered bodies of these Christians.
- The Terrene Main, wherein Danubius falls,
- Shall, by this battle, be the Bloody Sea.
- The wandering sailors of proud Italy
- Shall meet those Christians, fleeting with the tide,
- Beating in heaps against their Argosies,
- And make fair Europe, mounted on her bull,
- Trapped with the wealth and riches of the world,
- Alight, and wear a woful mourning weed.
- Yet, stout Orcanes, Prorex of the world,
- Since Tamburlaine hath mustered all his men,
- Marching from Cairon northward with his camp,
- To Alexandria, and the frontier towns,
- Meaning to make a conquest of our land,
- Tis requisite to parle for a peace
- With Sigismund, the king of Hungary,
- And save our forces for the hot assaults
- Proud Tamburlaine intends Natolia.
- Viceroy of Byron, wisely hast thou said.
- My realm, the centre of our empery,
- Once lost, all Turkey would be overthrown,
- And for that cause the Christians shall have peace.
- Sclavonians, Almain rutters, Muffes, and Danes,
- Fear not Orcanes, but great Tamburlaine;
- Nor he, but fortune, that hath made him great.
- We have revolted Grecians, Albanese,
- Sicilians, Jews, Arabians, Turks, and Moors,
- Natolians, Syrians, black Egyptians,
- Illyrians, Thracians, and Bithynians,
- Enough to swallow forceless Sigismund,
- Yet scarce enough to 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 boisterous blows,
- That never seaman yet discovered.
- All Asia is in arms with Tamburlaine,
- Even from the midst of fiery Cancer's tropick,
- To Amazonia under Capricorn;
- And thence as far as Archipelago,
- All Afric is in arms with Tamburlaine;
- Therefore, viceroy, the Christians must have peace.
- Enter SIGISMUND, FREDERICK, BALDWIN, and their Train, with drums and trumpets.
- Orcanes, (as our legates promised thee,)
- We, with our peers, have crossed Danubius' stream,
- To treat of friendly peace or deadly war.
- Take which thou wilt, for as the Romans used,
- I here present thee with a naked sword;
- Wilt thou have war, then shake this blade at me;
- If peace, restore it to my hands again,
- And I will sheath it, to confirm the same.
- Stay, Sigismund! forget'st thou I am he
- That with the cannon shook Vienna walls,
- And made it dance upon the continent,
- As when the massy substance of the earth
- Quiver[s] about the axle-tree of heaven?
- Forget'st thou that I sent a shower of darts,
- Mingled with powdered shot and feathered steel,
- So thick upon the blink-eyed burghers' heads,
- That thou thyself, then County Palatine,
- The King of Boheme, and the Austrick Duke,
- Sent heralds out, which basely on their knees
- In all your names desired a truce of me?
- Forget'st thou, that to have me raise my siege,
- Waggons of gold were set before my tents,
- Stampt with the princely fowl, that in her wings,
- Carries the fearful thunderbolts of Jove?
- How canst thou think of this, and offer war '
- Vienna was besieged, and I was there,
- Then County Palatine, but now a king,
- And what we did was in extremity.
- But now, Orcanes, view my royal host,
- That hides these plains, and seems as vast and wide,
- As doth the desert of Arabia
- To those that stand on Badgeth's lofty tower;
- Or as the ocean, to the traveller
- That rests upon the snowy Apennines;
- And tell me whether I should stoop so low,
- Or treat of peace with the Natolian king.
- Kings of Natolia and of Hungary,
- We came from Turkey to confirm a league,
- And not to dare each other to the field.
- A friendly parle might become you both.
- And we from Europe, to the same intent,
- Which if your general refuse or scorn,
- Our tents are pitched, our men stand in array,
- Ready to charge you ere you stir your feet.
- So prest are we; but yet, if Sigismund
- Speak as a friend, and stand not upon terms,
- Here is his sword,—let peace be ratified
- On these conditions, specified before,
- Drawn with advice of our ambassadors.
- Then here I sheathe 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 a truce with thee.
- But, Sigismund, confirm it with an oath,
- And swear in sight of heaven and by thy Christ.
- By him that made the world and saved my soul,
- The son of God and issue of a maid,
- Sweet Jesus Christ, I solemnly protest
- And vow to keep this peace inviolable.
- By sacred Mahomet, the friend of God,
- Whose holy Alcoran remains with us,
- Whose glorious body, when he left the world,
- Closed in a coffin mounted up the air,
- And hung on stately Mecca's temple-roof,
- I swear to keep this truce inviolable;
- Of whose conditions and our solemn oaths,
- Signed with our hands, each shall retain a scroll
- As memorable witness of our league.
- Now, Sigismund, if any Christian king
- Encroach upon the confines of thy realm,
- Send word, Orcanes of Natolia
- Confirm'd this league beyond Danubius' stream,
- And they will, trembling, sound a quick retreat;
- So am I feared among all nations.
- If any heathen potentate or king
- Invade Natolia, Sigismund will send
- A hundred thousand horse trained to the war,
- And backed by stout lanciers of Germany,
- The strength and sinews of the Imperial seat.
- I thank thee, Sigismund; but, when I war,
- All Asia Minor, Africa, and Greece,
- Follow my standard and my thundering drums.
- Come, let us go and banquet in our tents;
- I will despatch chief of my army hence
- To fair Natolia and to Trebison,
- To stay my coming 'gainst proud Tamburlaine.
- Friend Sigismund, and peers of Hungary,
- Come, banquet and carouse with us a while,
- And then depart we to our territories.
- Like Almainrutterswiththeirhorsemen's staves.”