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.

THERIDAMAS. A god is not so glorious as a king:

I think the pleasure they enjoy in heaven,

Cannot compare with kingly joys in earth;--

To wear a crown enchas'd with pearl and gold,

Whose virtues carry with it life and death;

To ask and have, command and be obey'd;

When looks breed love, with looks to gain the prize,--

Such power attractive shines in princes' eyes.


If these characters' speeches sound vaguely familiar, perhaps you are remembering what Raphael Hythloday told "More" about those who serve kings in Utopia.  Or perhaps you are looking forward to what Goneril and Regan tell Lear in Shakespeare's King Lear I.1.