Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE II. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe vol. 1
SCENE II. - 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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CALLAPINE with ALMEDA, his Keeper, discovered. Call. Sweet Almeda, pity the ruthful plight
- Of Callapine, the son of Bajazeth,
- Born to be monarch of the western world,
- Yet here detained by cruel Tamburlaine.
- My lord, I pity it, and with all my heart
- Wish you release; but he whose wrath is death,
- My sovereign lord, renowmid Tamburlaine,
- Forbids you farther liberty than this.
- Ah, were I now but half so eloquent
- To paint in words what I'll perform in deeds,
- I know thou would'st depart from hence with me.
- Not for all Afric: therefore move me not.
- Yet hear rne speak, my gentle Almeda.
- No speech to that end, by your favour, sir.
- No talk of running, I tell you, sir.
- A little farther, gentle Almeda.
- By Cairo runs to Alexandria bay Darote's streams, wherein at
- A Turkish galley of my royal fleet,
- Waiting my coming to the river side,
- Hoping by some means I shall be released,
- Which, when I come aboard, will hoist up sail,
- And soon put forth into the Terrene sea,
- Where, 'twixt the isles of Cyprus and of Crete
- We quickly may in Turkish seas arrive.
- Then shalt thou see a hundred kings and more,
- Upon their knees, all bid me welcome home.
- Amongst so many crowns of burnished gold,
- Choose which thou wilt, all are at thy command;
- A thousand galleys, manned with Christian slaves,
- I freely give thee, which shall cut the straits,
- And bring armados from1 the coasts of Spain
- Fraughted with gold of rich America;
- The Grecian virgins shall attend on thee,
- Skilful in music and in amorous lays,
- As fair as was Pygmalion's ivory girl
- Or lovely lo metamorphosid.
- With naked negroes shall thy coach be drawn,
- And as thou rid'st in triumph through the streets
- The pavement underneath thy chariot wheels
- With Turkey carpets shall be covered,
- And cloth of Arras hung about the walls,
- Fit objects for thy princely eye to pierce.
- A hundred bassoes, clothed in crimson silk,
- Shall ride before thee on Barbarian steeds;
- And when thou goest, a golden canopy
- Enchased with precious stones, which shine as
- As that fair veil that covers all the world,
- When Phoebus, leaping from the hemisphere,
- Descendeth downward to the antipodes,—
- And more than this—for all I cannot tell.
- How far hence lies the galley, say you?
- Sweet Almeda, scarce half a league from hence.
- But need we not be spied going aboard ?
- Betwixt the hollow hanging of a hill,
- And crooked bending of a craggy rock,
- The sails wrapt up, the mast and tacklings down,
- She lies so close that none can find her out
- I like that well: but tell me, my lord, if I should let you go, would you be as good as your word? shall I be made a king for my labour?
- As I am Callapine the emperor,
- And by the hand of Mahomet I swear
- Thou shalt be crowned a king, and be my mate.
- Then hear I swear, as I am Almeda
- Your keeper under Tamburlaine the Great,
- (For that's the style and title I have yet,)
- Although he sent a thousand armed men
- To intercept this haughty enterprise,
- Yet would I venture to conduct your grace,
- And die before I brought you back again.
- Thanks, gentle Almeda; then let us haste.
- Lest time be past, and lingering let us both.
- When you will, my lord; I am ready.
- Even straight; and farewell, cursèd Tamburlaine.
- Now go I to revenge my father's death.