Cambyses. King Cambyses' vein



  • A style of grandiloquent rhetoric. The term is usedby Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I when explaining howhe would give a passionate speech. Shakespeare is referring to a tragicomedyof the time, Cambyses King of Persia (c. 1569) by ThomasPreston (fl. 1570), which is written in this manner. A second,equally bombastic, play of the same title was written (c. 1667) by theRestoration dramatist Elkanah Settle.