Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE IV. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe vol. 1
SCENE IV. - 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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Alarum within.—Enter the Captain, with Olympia, and his Son.
- Come, good my lord, and let us haste from hence
- Along the cave that leads beyond the foe;
- No hope is left to save this conquered hold.
- A deadly bullet, gliding through my side,
- Lies heavy on my heart; I cannot live.
- I feel my liver pierced, and all my veins,
- That there begin and nourish every part,
- Mangled and torn, and all my entrails bathed
- In blood that straineth from their orifex.
- Farewell, sweet wife! sweet son, farewell! I die.
- [He dies.
- Death, whither art thou gone, that both we live?
- Come back again, sweet Death, and strike us both!
- One minute end our days! and one sepùlchre
- Contain our bodies! Death, why com'st thou not?
- Well, this must be the messenger for thee:
- [Drawing a dagger.
- Now, ugly Death, stretch out thy sable wings,
- And carry both our souls where his remains.
- Tell me, sweet boy, art thou content to die?
- These barbarous Scythians, full of cruelty,
- And Moors, in whom was never pity found,
- Will hew us piecemeal, put us to the wheel,
- Or else invent some torture worse than that;
- Therefore die by thy loving mother's hand,
- Who gently now will lance thy ivory throat,
- And quickly rid thee both of pain and life.
- Mother, despatch me, or I'll kill myself;
- For think you I can live and see him dead?
- Give me your knife, good mother, or strike home:
- The Scythians shall not tyrannise on me:
- Sweet mother, strike, that I may meet my father.
- [She stabs him and he dies.
- Ah, sacred Mahomet, if this be sin,
- Entreat a pardon of the God of heaven,
- And purge my soul before it come to thee.
- [She burns the bodies of her husband and son and then attempts to kill herself.
- Enter Theridamas, Techelles, and all their train.
- How now, madam, what are you doing?
- Killing myself, as I have done my son,
- Whose body, with his father's, I have burnt,
- Lest cruel Scythians should dismember him.
- 'Twas bravely done, and, like a soldier's wife.
- Thou shall with us to Tamburlaine the Great,
- Who, when he hears how resolute thou art,
- Will match thee with a viceroy or a king.
- My lord deceased was dearer unto me
- Than any viceroy, king, or emperor;
- And for his sake here will I end my days.
- But, lady, go with us to Tamburlaine,
- And thou shalt see a man, greater than Mahomet,
- In whose high looks is much more majesty,
- Than from the concave superficies
- Of Jove's vast palace, the empyreal orb,
- Unto the shining bower where Cynthia sits,
- Like lovely Thetis, in a crystal robe;
- That treadeth fortune underneath his feet,
- And makes the mighty god of arms his slave;
- On whom Death and the Fatal Sisters wait
- With naked swords and scarlet liveries:
- Before whom, mounted on a lion's back,
- Rhamnusia bears a helmet full of blood,
- And strews the way with brains of slaughtered men;
- By whose proud side the ugly Furies run,
- Hearkening when he shall bid them plague the world;
- Over whose zenith, clothed in windy air,
- And eagle's wings join'd to her feathered breast,
- Fame hovereth, sounding of her golden trump,
- That to the adverse poles of that straight line,
- Which measureth the glorious frame of heaven,
- The name of mighty Tamburlaine is spread,
- And him, fair lady, shall thy eyes behold.
- Take pity of a lady's ruthful tears,
- That humbly craves upon her knees to stay
- And cast her body in the burning flame,
- That feeds upon her son's and husband's flesh,
- Madam, sooner shall fire consume us both,
- Than scorch a face so beautiful as this,
- In frame of which Nature hath showed more skill
- Than when she gave eternal chaos form,
- Drawing from it the shining lamps of heaven.
- Madam, I am so far in love with you,
- That you must go with us—no remedy.
- Then carry me, I care not, where you will,
- And let the end of this my fatal journey
- Be likewise end to my accursèd life.
- No, madam, but the beginning of your joy:
- Come willingly therefore.
- Soldiers, now let us meet the general,
- Who by this time is at Natolia,
- Ready to charge the army of the Turk.
- The gold and silver, and the pearl, we got,
- Rifling this fort, divide in equal shares:
- Tnis lady shall have twice as much again
- Out of the coffers of our treasury.