Kingship: Tamburlaine

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MEANDER
Your majesty shall shortly have your wish,
And ride in triumph through Persepolis.

TAMBURLAINE
And ride in triumph through Persepolis!–
Is it not brave to be a king, Techelles?–
Usumcasane and Theridamas,
Is it not passing brave to be a king,
And ride in triumph through Persepolis?

TECHELLES
O, my lord, it is sweet and full of pomp!

USUMCASANE
To be a king is half to be a god.

Christopher Marlowe

Tamburlaine

For some reason, this is one of the plays we read at school which has really stuck. ‘Is it not passing brave to be a king, and ride in triumph through Persepolis?’ Wonderful stuff! I have never dared go to Persepolis or Samarkand, though I have often flown over both, for fear they could not live up to my imaginings. (A judicious amount of purple and gold is involved!)

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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