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Like tried silver run through Paradiso
To entertain divine Zenocrate :
The cherubins and holy seraphins,
That sing and play before the King of Kings,
Use all their voices and their instruments
To entertain divine Zenocrate;
And, in this sweet and curious harmony,
The god that tunes this music to our souls
Holds out his hand in highest majesty
To entertain divine Zenocrate.
Then let some holy trance convey my thoughts
Up to the palace of th' empyreal heaven,
That this my life may be as short to me
As are the days of sweet Zenocrate. —
Physicians, will no physic do her good ?
First Phys. My lord, your majesty shall soon per-
An if she pass this fit, the worst is past.
Tamb. Tell me, how fares iny fair Zenocrate?
Zeno. I fare, my lord, as other empresses,
That, when this frail and transitory flesh
Hath suck'd the measure of that vital air
That feeds the body with his dated health,
Wane with enforc'd and necessary change.
Tamb. May never such a change transform my love,
In whoso sweet being I repose my life!
Whose heavenly presence, beautified with health,
Gives light to Phæbus and the fixed stars ;
Whose absence makes the sun and moon as dark
As when, opposed in one diameter,
Their spheres are mounted on the serpent's head,
Or elso descended to his winding train:
Live still, my love, and so conserve my life,
Or, dying, be the author of my death.
Zeno. Live still, my lord; oh, let my sovereign
And sooner let the fiery element
Dissolve, and make your kingdom in the sky,
Than this base earth should shroud your majesty ;
For, should I but suspect your death by mine,
The comfort of my future happiness,
And hope to meet your highness in the heavens,
Turn'd to despair, would break my wretched breast,
And fury would confound my present rest.
But let me die, my love; yes, let me die ;
With love and patience let your true love dio :
Your grief and fury hurts my second life.
Yet let me kiss my lord before I ilie,
And let me die with kissing of my lord.
But, since my life is lengthened yet a while,
Let me take leave of these my loving sons,
And of my lords, whose true nobility
Have merited my latest memory.
Sweet sons, farewell ! in death resemble me,
And in your lives your father's excellence.
Some music, and my fit will cease, my lord.
Tamb. Proud fury, and intolerable fit,
That dares torment the body of my love,
And sconrge the scourge of the inmortal God !
Now are those spheres, where Cupid us'd to sit,
Wounding the world with wonder and with love,
Sadly supplied with pale and glastly death,
Whose darts do pierce the centre of my soul.
Her sacred beauty hath enchanted heaven;
And, had she liv'd before the siege of Troy,
Helen, whose beauty summon'd Greece to arms,
And drew a thousand ships to Tenedos,
Had not been nam'd in Homer's Iliads
Her name had been in every line he wrote ;
Or, had those wanton poets, for whose birth
Old Rome was prouil, but gaz'ů a while on her,
Nor Lesbia nor Corinna had been nam'd-
Zeuocrate had been the argument
Of every epigram or elegy.
[The Music sounds-- Zenocrate dics.
What, is she dead? Techelles, draw thy sword,
And wound the earth, that it may cleave in twain,
And we descend into th' infernal vaults,
To hale the Fatal Sisters by the hair,
And throw them in the triple moat of hell,
For taking hence my fair Zenocrate.
Casane and Theridamas, to arms !
Raise cavalieros higher than the clouds,
And with the cannon break the frame of heaven;
Batter the shining palace of the sun,
And shiver all the starry firmament,
For amorous Jove hath snatch'd my love from henco,
Meaning to make her stately queen of heaven.
What god soever holds thee in his arms,
Giving thee nectar and ambrosia,
Behold me here, divine Zenocrate,
Raving, impatient, desperate, and mad,
Breaking my steelèd lance, with which I burst
The rusty beams of Janus' temple doors
Letting out Death and tyrannising War,
To march with me under this blooily flag!
And, if thou pitiest Tamburlaine the Great,
Come down from hicaven, and live with me again
Ther. Ah, good my lord, be patient! she is dead, And all this raging cannot make her live. If words might serve, our voice hath rent the air; If tears, our eyes have water'd all the earth ;
If grief, our murder'd hearts have strain'd forth blood. Nothing prevails, for she is dead, my lord.
T'amb. For she is clead! thy words do pierce my soul :
Ah, sweet Theridamas, say so no more !
Though she be deal, yet let me think she lives,
And feed my mind tliat dies for want of her.
Where'er her soul be, thou [To the body) shalt stay
Embalm d with cassia, ambergris, and myrrh,
Not lapt in lead, but in a sheet of gold,
And, till I die, thou shalt not be interr'd.
Then in as rich a tomb as Mausolus'
We both will rest, and hare one epitaph
Writ in as many several languages
As I have conquer'd kingdoms with my sword.
This cursed town will I consume with fire,
Because this place bereft me of my love ;
The houses, burnt, will look as if they enourn'd ;
And here will I set up her stature,
And march about it with my mourning camp,
Drooping and pining for Zenocrate.
TAMBURLAINE'S LESSON TO HIS SONS.
Act III., SCENE 2. Tamb. But now, my boys, leave off, and list to me, That mean to teach you rudiments of war. I'll have you learn to sleep upon the ground, March in your armour thorough watery lens, Sustain the scorching heat and freezing cold, Hunger and thirst, right ailjuncts of the war; And, after this, to scale a castle-wall, Besiege a fort, to undermine a town,
And make whole cities caper in the air :
Then next, the way to fortify your men ;
In champion grounds what figure serves you best,
For which the quinque-angle form is meet,
Because the corners there may lall more flat,
Whereas the fort may fittest be assail'd,
And sharpest where th' assault is desperate :
The ditches must be deep; the counterscarps
Narrow and steep; the walls made high and broad ;
The bulwarks and the rampires large and strong,
With cavalieros and thick counterforts,
And room within to lodge six thousand men ;
It must have privy ditches, countermines,
And secret issuings to defend the ditch ;
It must have high argins and cover'd ways
To keep the bulwark-front from battery,
And parapets to hide the musketeers,
Casemates to place the great artillery,
And store of ordnance, that from every flank
May scour the outward curtains of the fort,
Dismount the cannon of the adverse part,
Murder the foe, and save the walls from breach.
When this is learn'd for service on the land,
By plain and easy demonstration
I'll teach you how to make the water-mount,
That you may dry-foot march through lakes and pools
Deep rivers, havens, creeks, and little scas,
And make a fortress in the raging waves,
Fenc'd with the concave of a monstrous rock
Invincible by nature of the place.
When this is done, then are ye soldiers,
And worthy sons of Tamburlaine the Great.
Caly. My lord, but this is dangerous to be done ;
We may be slain or wounded ere we learn.