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 the Kings of Trebizond and Syria, one bearing a sword, and the other a sceptre; next the Kings of Natolia and Jerusalem, with the imperial crown; after, Callapine, and after him other Lords andAlmeda.Orcanesand the King of Jerusalem crown him, and the others give him the sceptre.
- Callapinus Cyricelibes, otherwise Cybelius, son
- and successive heir to the late mighty emperor, Bajazeth,
- by the aid of God and his friend Mahomet, emperor of
- Natolia, Jerusalem, Trebizond, Soria, Amasia, Thracia,
- Illyria, Carmania, and all the hundred and thirty kingdoms
- late contributory to his mighty father. Long live
- Callapinus, Emperor of Turkey!
- Thrice worthy kings of Natolia, and the rest,
- I will requite your royal gratitudes
- With all the benefits my empire yields;
- And were the sinews of the imperial seat
- So knit and strengthened as when Bajazeth
- My royal lord and father filled the throne,
- Whose cursèd fate hath so dismembered it,
- Then should you see this chief of Scythia,
- This proud, usurping king of Persia,
- Do us such honour and supremacy,
- Bearing the vengeance of our father's wrongs,
- As all the world should blot his dignities
- Out of the book of base-born infamies.
- And now I doubt not but your royal cares
- Have so provided for this cursèd foe,
- That, since the heir of mighty Bajazeth,
- (An emperor so honoured for his virtues,)
- Revives the spirits of all true Turkish hearts,
- In grievous memory of his father's shame,
- We shall not need to nourish any doubt,
- But that proud fortune, who hath followed long
- The martial sword of mighty Tamburlaine,
- Will now retain her old inconstancy,
- And raise our honours to as high a pitch,
- In this our strong and fortunate encounter;
- For so hath heaven provided my escape,
- From all the cruelty my soul sustained,
- By this my friendly keeper's happy means,
- That Jove, surcharged with pity of our wrongs,
- Will pour it down in showers on our heads,
- Scourging the pride of cursèd Tamburlaine.
- I have a hundred thousand men in arms;
- Some, that in conquest of the perjured Christian,
40 Being a handful to a mighty host,
- Think them in number yet sufficient
- To drink the river Nile or Euphrates,
- And for their power enow to win the world.
- And I as many from Jerusalem,
- Judæa, Gaza, and Sclavonia's bounds,
- That on Mount Sinai with their ensigns spread,
- Look like the parti-coloured clouds of heaven
- That show fair weather to the neighbour morn.
- And I as many bring from Trebizond,
- Chio, Famastro, and Amasia,
- All bordering on the Mare Major sea,
- Riso, Sancina, and the bordering towns
- That touch the end of famous Euphrates,
- Whose courages are kindled with the flames,
- The cursèd Scythian sets on all their towns,
- And vow to burn the villain's cruel heart
- From Syria with seventy thousand strong
- Ta'en from Aleppo, Soldino, Tripoli,
- And so on to my city of Damasco,
- I march to meet and aid my neighbour kings;
- All which will join against this Tamburlaine,
- And bring him captive to your highness' feet.
- Our battle then in martial manner pitched,
- According to our ancient use, shall bear
- The figure of the semicircled moon,
- Whose horns shall sprinkle through the tainted air
- The poisoned brains of this proud Scythian.
- Well then, my noble lords, for this my friend
- That freed me from the bondage of my foe,
- I think it requisite and honourable,
- To keep my promise and to make him king,
- That is a gentleman, I know, at least.
- That's no matter, sir, for being a king; [f]or
- Tamburlaine came up of nothing.
- Your majesty may choose some 'pointed time,
- Performing all your promise to the full;
- 'Tis nought for your majesty to give a kingdom.
- Then will I shortly keep my promise, Almeda.
- Why, I thank your majesty.