David Fuller and Edward J. Esche (eds), The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 5: Tamburlaine the Great, Parts 1 and 2, and The Massacre at Paris with the Death of the Duke of Guise

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pg 99 Actus. 2. Scæna. 2.

Critical Apparatus[Enter] orcanes, gazellus, uribassa with their traine.

orcanes. Gazellus, Uribassa, and the rest,

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus2Now will we march from proud Orminius mount

3To faire Natolia, where our neighbour kings

Editor’s Note4Expect our power and our royall presence,

Critical Apparatus5T'incounter with the cruell Tamburlain,

Editor’s Note6That nigh Larissa swaies a mighty hoste,

Editor’s Note7And with the thunder of his martial tooles

Critical Apparatus8Makes Earthquakes in the hearts of men and heaven.


gazellus. And now come we to make his sinowes shake,

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus10With greater power than erst his pride hath felt:

Editor’s Note11An hundred kings by scores wil bid him armes,

12And hundred thousands subjects to each score:

13Which if a shower of wounding thunderbolts

14Should breake out off the bowels of the clowdes

Editor’s Note15And fall as thick as haile upon our heads,

16In partiall aid of that proud Scythian,

Editor’s Note17Yet should our courages and steeled crestes,

18And numbers more than infinit of men,

19Be able to withstand and conquer him.


uribassa. Me thinks I see how glad the christian King

Editor’s Note21Is made, for joy of your admitted truce:

Critical Apparatus22That could not but before be terrified

Editor’s Note23With unacquainted power of our hoste.

Enter a messenger.
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messenger. Arme, arme dread Soveraign and my noble Lords.

Editor’s Note25The treacherous army of the Christians,

26Taking advantage of your slender power,

Editor’s Note27Comes marching on us, and determines straight,

28To bid us battaile for our dearest lives.

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orcanes. Traitors, villaines, damned Christians.

30Have I not here the articles of peace,

31And solemne covenants we have both confirm'd,

32He by his Christ, and I by Mahomet?

pg 100 33

gazellus. Hel and confusion light upon their heads,

34That with such treason seek our overthrow,

Editor’s Note35And cares so litle for their prophet Christ.


orcanes. Can there be such deceit in Christians,

Editor’s Note37Or treason in the fleshly heart of man,

Editor’s Note38Whose shape is figure of the highest God?

39Then if there be a Christ, as Christians say,

Editor’s Note40But in their deeds deny him for their Christ:

41If he be son to everliving Jove,

Editor’s Note42And hath the power of his outstretched arme,

Editor’s Note43If he be jealous of his name and honor,

44As is our holy prophet Mahomet,

45Take here these papers as our sacrifice

46And witnesse of thy servants perjury.

Critical Apparatus [He tears to pieces the articles of peace.]

Editor’s Note47Open thou shining vaile of Cynthia

Editor’s Note48And make a passage from the imperiall heaven

Editor’s Note49That he that sits on high and never sleeps,

Editor’s Note50Nor in one place is circumscriptible,

Editor’s Note51But every where fils every Continent,

52With strange infusion of his sacred vigor,

53May in his endlesse power and puritie

54Behold and venge this Traitors perjury.

55Thou Christ that art esteem'd omnipotent,

56If thou wilt proove thy selfe a perfect God,

57Worthy the worship of all faithfull hearts,

58Be now reveng'd upon this Traitors soule,

59And make the power I have left behind

60(Too litle to defend our guiltlesse lives)

61Sufficient to discomfort and confound

Editor’s Note62The trustlesse force of those false Christians.

63To armes my Lords, on Christ still let us crie,

64If there be Christ, we shall have victorie.

Critical Apparatus [Exeunt.]

Notes Settings


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0sd Enter] Oxberry; not in O1.
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2 Orminius] O2; Orminus O1
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2 Orminius mount] Cf. 2.1.18n.
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4 Expect] wait for (OED v. 2.a).
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5 Tamburlain] tamburlain
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6 Larissa] Cf. 1.3.5n.
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7 tooles] weapons of war (OED sb. 1.b).
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8 heaven.] ~,
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10 felt:] ~,
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10 erst] formerly, hitherto (OED 5.a).
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11 bid … armes ] offer him battle (OED, arm, sb.2 6, citing this example).
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15 as … haile ] A standard comparison (Tilley H11).
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17 partiall] biased (OED 1).
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21 admitted] granted (OED v. 2.a).
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22 terrified‸] ~:
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23 unacquainted] unusual, unexampled (OED ppl.a. 2.a).
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24 Lords.] ~‸
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24 Arme, arme] Craik (this edn.); Arme O1.
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24 Arme, arme] The line is metrically defective without the extra syllable supplied by Craik's conjecture (see Apparatus).
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25, 29, 36, 62 Christians] Pronounced as three syllables.
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27 determines] resolves definitely (OED 18.a, citing this example).
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29–33 Traitors … Mahomet ] Ellis-Fermor points out that these lines follow closely the speech of Amurath II at the battle of Varna as given by Bonfinius (see Dramatis Personae, Sigismund, note; and Thomas–Tydeman, 149).
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35 cares] Cf. One, 1.1.117n.
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37 fleshly] OED cites this example under sense 7.b, 'tender, soft' (as opposed to 'stony'); but sense 3, 'unredeemed, unregenerate', better suits the context.
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38 figure] image, likeness (OED sb. 9.a). Kocher (101) points out the underlying reference to Genesis 1: 26.
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40 But … Christ ] Kocher (101) compares Titus 1:16.
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42 power … arme ] Kocher (101) compares Exodus 7: 5; Cornelius (173) compares Jeremiah 27: 5. Closer than either is Deuteronomy, throughout which the power of the Lord's stretched out arm is a recurring motif (see e.g. 4: 34).
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43 jealous] careful in guarding (OED a. 3). Kocher (101) compares Exodus 20: 5; Cornelius (173) compares Ezekiel 39: 25. Though the word does recall these and other biblical uses, its sense in such contexts is different (see OED a. 4.c).
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46sd He … peace ] Robinson; not in O1.
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47 vaile of Cynthia] Cf. 1.2.50n, and One, 4.2.35n. Pendry–Maxwell suggest that the moonlit sky is seen here as a barrier to mortal perception of the divine, though in fact Orcanes seems to have in mind the more unusual idea of a barrier to divine perception of the human ('Open … That he that sits on high … May … Behold …').
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48 imperiall heaven] Cf. One, 2.7.15n.
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49–51 he … Continent ] As Kocher (97–100) demonstrates, these lines are in accordance with Elizabethan Anglican orthodoxy. Among his many biblical and theological citations, particularly close are Jeremiah 23: 24, 'Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord', and Augustine, 'Deus … solus incircumscriptus', quoted, as Kocher notes, in John Proctor, The Fall of the late Arrian (1549), which contains the list of reasons for doubting the divinity of Christ (with refutations) found amongst Marlowe's papers in Kyd's possession. On l. 50 Cornelius (173) cites Psalm 121: 4, 'He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep'.
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50 circumscriptible] subject to limits of space.
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51 Continent] containing agent or space (OED sb. I).
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62 trustlesse] treacherous, untrustworthy (OED 1).
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64sd Exeunt] Oxberry; not in O1.
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