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> Chi. What! would'At thou have me prove myself
a bastard ?
Tam. I know not what it means. Away with her.
Lav. Oh, let me teach thee. For my father's sake,
Tam. Hadft thou in person ne'er offended me,
call'd a gentle queen,
Tam. So should I rob my sweet sons of their fee.
Lav. No grace ? no womanhood ? ah beafi
creature! The blot and enemy of our general name! Confusion fallChi. Nay, then I'll stop your mouth—bring thou
her husband; [Dragging off Lavinia. This is the hole, where Aaron bid us hide him,
[ Exeant. Tem. Farewell, my sons. See, that you make her
sure. Ne'er let my heart know merry chear indeed, Till all the Andronici be made away. Now will I hence to seek my lovely Moor, And let my spleenful fons this trull deflow'r. [Exit.
Enler Aaron, with Quintus and Marcus. Aar. Come on, my lords, the better foot before; Strait will I bring you to the loathsome pit, Where I espied the panther fast asleep.
Quin. My sight is very dull, whate'er it bodes.
Mar. And mine, I promise you; wer't not for shame, Well could I leave our sport to seep awhile.
[Marcus falls into the pit. Quin. What, art thou fallen? what subtle hole is
this, Whose mouth is cover'd with rude-growing briars, Upon whose leaves are drops of new-Ihed blood, As fresh as morning dew distillid on flowers ?
fatal place it seems to me: Speak, brother, hast thou hurt thee with the fall ?
Mar. O brother, with the dismallest object That ever eye, with sight, made heart lament. Aar. [Aside.] Now will I fetch the king to find
That he thereby may have a likely guess,
[Exit Aaron! Mar. Why doft not comfort me and help me out From this unhallow'd and blood-stained hole ?
Quin. I am surprized with an uncouth fear;
Mar. To prove thou hast a true-divining heart,
Quin. Aaron is gone; and my compaflionate heart
Mar. Lord Bassianus lies embrewed here,
Quin. If it be dark, how doit thou know 'tis he?
Mar. Upon his bloody finger he doth wear
Quin. Reach me thy hand, that I may help thee out,
* A precions ring] There is supposed to be a gem called a carbuncle, which emits not reflected but native light. Mr. Boyle believes the reality of its existence.
I may be pluck'd into the swallowing womb
Mar. And I no strength to climb without thy help:
Quin. Thy hand once more; I will not lose again,
Mar. The unhappy son of old Andronicus,
Sat. My brother dead? I know, thou dost but jest,
Mar. We know not where you left him all alive,
Tam. Where is thy brother Baffianus ?
Sat. Now to the bottom dost thou search my wound;
Tam. Then all too late I bring this fatal writ,
Saturninus reads the letter."
Do this, and purchase us thy lasting friends.
(Shewing it. Sat. Two of thy whelps, fell curs of bloody kind, Have here bereft my brother of his life. [To Titus, Sirs, drag them from the pit unto the prison ; There let them 'bide, until we have devis'd Some never heard of torturing pain for them. Tam. What, are they in this pit ? oh wond'rous
thing! How easily murder is discovered ?
Tit. High emperor, upon my feeble knee I beg this boon, with tears not lightly shed, That this fell fault of mine accursed fons, Accursed, if the fault be prov'd in them
Sat. If it be prov'd! You see, it is apparent, Who found this letter? Tamora, was it you?
Tam. Andronicus himself did take it up.
Tit. I did, my lord: yet let me be their bail ;