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Monday, 19 September 2016

The Argument by Thomas Goffe

A Suppos’d Victory by AMURATH
Obtain’d in Greece, where many captives take,
One among the rest, IRENE, conquers him;
For taken with her love, he sounds retreat.
Eternally from Warre: but after, mov’d
With murmur of his Nobles, in her Bed
Before his Councels face, strikes off her head.
Then ruinating former bloudy broyles,
He straight ore’ comes all Christian Provinces,
Invades the Confines of his Sonne in Law,
Fires Caramania, and makes Aladin
With’s Wife and Children suppliant for their lives;
At length appointed his greatest Field to fight,
Upon Cassanae‘s Plaines, where having got
A wondrous Conquest ‘gainst the Christians,
Comes the next morne to overview the dead,
‘Mongst whom a Christian Captaine Cobelitz,
Lying wounded there, at sight of Amurath,
Rising and staggering towards him, desperately
With a short dagger wounds him to the heart,
And then immediately the Christian dyes.
The Turke expiring, Bajazet his Heyre
Strangles his younger brother: Thus still springs
The Tragick sport which Fortune makes with Kings.

From: Goffe, Thomas, The couragious Turke, or, Amurath the First A tragedie. Written by Thomas Goffe Master of Arts, and student of Christ-Church in Oxford, and acted by the students of the same house, 2003, Text Creation Partnership: Ann Arbor, Michigan & Oxford,. p. [unnumbered].

Date: 1618

By: Thomas Goffe (1591-1629)