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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Enter SIGISMUND, FREDERICK, BALDWIK, and their train.
- Now say, my lords of Buda and Bohemia,
- What motion is it that inflames your thoughts,
- And stirs your valours to such sudden arms?
- Your majesty remembers, I am sure,
- What cruel slaughter of our Christian bloods
- These heathenish Turks and Pagans lately made,
- Betwixt the city Zula and Danubius;
- How through the midst of Varna and Bulgaria,
- And almost to the very walls of Rome,
- They have, not long since, massacred our camp.
- It resteth now, then, that your majesty
- Take all advantages of time and power,
- And work revenge upon these infidels.
- Your highness knows, for Tamburlaine's repair,
- That strikes a terror to all Turkish hearts,
- Natolia hath dismissed the greatest part
- Of all his army, pitched against our power,
- Betwixt Cutheia and Orminius' mount,
- And sent them marching up to Belgasar,
- Acantha, Antioch, and Caesarea,
- To aid the kings of Soria,^and Jerusalem.
- Now then, my lord, advantage take thereof,
- And issue suddenly upon the rest;
- That in the fortune of their overthrow,
- We may discourage all the pagan troop,
- That dare attempt to war with Christians.
- But calls not then your grace to memory
- The league we lately made with King Orcanes,
- Confirmed by oath and articles of peace,
- And calling Christ for record of our truths?
- This should be treachery and violence
- Against the grace of our profession.
- No whit, my lord, for with such infidels,
- In whom no faith nor true religion rests,
- We are not bound to those accomplishments
- The holy laws of Christendom enjoin;
- But as the faith, which they profanely plight,
- Is not by necessary policy
- To be esteemed assurance for ourselves,
- So that we vow to them should not infringe
- Our liberty of arms or victory.
- Though I confess the oaths they undertake
- Breed little strength to our security,
- Yet those infirmities that thus defame
- Their faiths, their honours, and their religion,
- Should not give us presumption to the like.
- Our faiths are sound, and must be consummate, Religious, righteous, and inviolate.
- Assure your grace 'tis superstition
- To stand so strictly on dispensive faith;
- And should we lose the opportunity
- That God hath given to venge our Christians' death,
- And scourge their foul blasphemous Paganism,
- As fell to Saul, to Balaam, and the rest,
- That would not kill and curse at God's command,
- So surely will the vengeance of the Highest,
- And jealous anger of His fearful arm,
- Be poured with rigour on our sinful heads,
- If we neglect this offered victory.
- Then arm, my lords, and issue suddenly,
- Giving commandment to our general host,
- With expedition to assail the Pagan,
- And take the victory our God hath given. [Exeunt.