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I am, sir, Being Leo-natus, doth import so much :
The soldier that did company these three The piece of tender air, thy virtuous daughter
In poor beseeming; 'twas a fitment for

(To CYMBELINE. The por pose I then follow'd ;-That I was he, which we call mollis aër; and mollis aër Speak, lachimo; I had you down, and might We lerin it mulier : which mulier I divine, Have made you finish.

Is this most constant wife : who, even now, lach.

I am down again : Answering the letter of the oracle,

(Kneeling. Unknown to you, unsought, were clipp'd about But now my heavy conscience sinks my knee, With this most tender air. As then your force did. Take that life,'beseech Cym.

This bath some seeming. you,

Sooth. The lofty cedar, royal Cymbeline, Whicb"I so often owe: bat, your ring first; Personates thee: and thy lopp'd branches point And here the bracelet of the truest princess Thy two sons forth : who, by Belarius stolen, That ever swore ber faith.

For many years thought dead, are now revived, Post.

Kneel not to me; To the majestic cedar join'd; whose issue
The power that I have on yon, is to spare you; Promises Britain peace and plenty.
The malice towards you, to forgive you: Live, Cym.

And deal with others better.

My peace we will begin :- And, Cains Lucins, Cym.

Nobly doom'a : Although the victor, we submit to Cæsar, We'll learn our freeness of a son-in-law; And to the Roman empire ; promising Pardon's the word to all.

To pay our wonted tribute, from the which Arv.

You bolp us, sir. We were dissuaded by onr wicked queen; As you did mean indeed to be our brother ; Whom heavens, in justice, (both on her and Joy'd are we, that you are. [lord of Rome, Have laid most heavy hand.

[hers) Post. Your servant, princes.-Good my Sooth. The fingers of the powers above do Call forth your soothsayer : As I slept, me. The harmony of this peace. The vision (inne Great Jupiter, opon his eagle back, (thought, which I made known to Lucius, ere the stroke Appear'd to me, wit other spritely shows • Of this yet scarce-cold battle, at this instan of mine own kindred: when I waked, I found is full accomplish'd : For the Roman eagie, This label on my bosom; whose containing From south to west on wing soaring aloft, Is so from sense in hardness, that I can Lessen'd herself, and in the beams o'the sun Make no collection of it ; let him show So vanish'd : which foreshow'd our princely His skill in the construction.

The imperial Cæsar, should again unite (eagle, Luc.

Philarmonus, His favour with the radiant Cymbeline, Sooth. Here, my good lord.

Which shines here in the west. Luc. Read, and declare the meaning. Сут.

Laud we the gods ; Sooth. (Reads.) When as a lion's whelp And let our crooked smokes climb to their shall, to himself unknown, without seeking nostrils find, and be embraced by a piece of tender. From our bless'd altars ! Publish we this peace air; and when from a stately cedar shall To all our subjects. Set we forward: Let be lopped branches, which, being dead many A Roman and a British ensign wave years shall after revive, be jointed to the Friendly together : so through Lad's town old stock, and freshly grow; then shall And in the temple of great Jupiter (narch: Posthumus end his miseries. Britain be for- Our peace we'll ratify ; seal it with feasts.tunate, and flourish in peace and plenty. Set on there :-Never was a war did cease, Thou, Leonatus, art the lion's whelp; Ere bloody hands were wash'd, with such a The fit and apt construction of thy name,


[Ereunt. • Ghostly appearances.

+ Embraced.

This play has many just sentiments, some natural dialogues, and some pleasing scenes, bat they are obtained at the expense of much incongruity. To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names, and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon upresisting imbecility, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation.JOHNSON,


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Persons represented. SATURNINIS, son to the late Emperor of | ALARBUS,

Rome, and afterwards declared Empe- CHIRON, sons to Tamora. ror himself.

DEMETRIUS, BASSIANUS, brother to Saturninus; in love AARON, a Moor, beloved by Tamora. with Lavinia.

A Captain, Tribune, Messenger, and Clown TITUS ANURONICUS, a noble Roman, gene- Romans. ral against the Goths.

Goths and Romans. MARCUS ANDRONICUS, tribune of the people, Tamora, Queen of the Goths. and brother to Titus.

LAVINIA, daughter to Titus Andronicus, Lucius, QUINTUS, MArrius, Murjus, sons A Nurse, and a Black Child. to Titus Andronicus.

Kinsmen of Titus, Senators, Tribunes, Offi Young LUCIUS, a buy, son to Lucius. PUBLIUS, son to Marcus, the tribune.

cers, Soldiers, and Attendants. ÆMILIUS, a noble Roman.

Scene, Rome, and the country near it.


SCENE I. Rome. Before the Capitol. Chosen Andronicus, surnamed Pius,
The Tomb of the Andronici appearing: the For many good and great deserts to Rome;
Tribunes and Senators, aloft, as in the Lives not this day within the city walls :
Senate. Enter, below, SATURNINUS and
his Followers, on one side ; and b.A$IA- From weary wars against the barbarous Goths

He by the senate is accited + home, NUS and his Followers, on the other : That, with his sons, a terror to our foes, with Drum and Colours.

Hath yoked a nation strong, traiu'd up

in arms. Sat. Noble patricians, patrons of my right, Ten years are spent since first he undertook Defend the justice of my cause with arms; This cause of Rome, and chastised with arms And, countrymen, my loving followers, Our enemies' pride. Five times he hath rePlead my successive title* with your swords: turn'd I am his first born son, that was the last Bleeding to Rome, bearing his valiant sons That ware the imperial diadem of Rome; In coffins from the field; Then let my father's bonours live in me, And now, at last, laden with hononr's spoils, Nor wrong mine age with this indignity. Returns the good Androuicus to Rome, Bas. Romans,---friends, followers, favourers Renowned Titus, flourishing in arms. of my right,

Let us entreat,-By honour of his name, If ever Bassianus, Cæsar's son,

Whom, worthily, you would have now succeed, Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome, And in the Capitol and senate's right, Keep then this passage to the Capitol ; Whom you pretend to honour and adore,And suffer not dishonour to approach That you withdraw you, and abate your The imperial seat, to virtue consecrate,

strength; To justice, continence, and nobility: Dismiss your followers, and, as suitors should, But let desert in pure election shine ;

Plead your deserts in peace and humbleness. And, Romans, fight for freedom in your choice. Sat. How fair the tribane speaks to calm Enter MARCUS ANDRONICUS aloft, with

my thoughts! the Crown:

Bas. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affy Mar. Princes, that strive by factions and in thy ufriglitness and integrity, by friends

And so I love and honour thee and thine, Ambitionsly for rule and empery,-

Thy nobler brother Titus, and his sons, (all Know that the people of Rome, for whom And her, to whom my thonghts are humbler we stand

Gracions Lavinia, Rome's rich ornament, A special party, have, by their common voice, That I will bere dismiss my loving friends; In election for the Roman empery,

And to my fortunes, and the people's favour, . i 6., My title to the succession. + Simmcded.


Commit my cause in balance to be weigh'd. Luc. Give us the proadest prisoner of the

(Exeunt the Followers of BASSIANUS. Goths, Sat. Friends that have been thus forward in That we may bew his limbs, and, on a pile, my right,

Ad manes fratrum sacrifice his flesh, I thank you all, and here dismiss you all; Before this earthly prison of their bones; And to the love and favour of my country That go the shadows be pot unappeased, Commit myself, my person, and the cause, Nor we disturbed with prodigies on earth 1.

(Ereunt the follorcers of SATURNINUS. Tit. I give him you; the noblest that surRome, be as just and gracious unto me,

vives, As I am confident and kind to thee.

The eldest son of this distressed queen Open the gates, and let me in.

Tam. Stay, Roman brethren ;-Gracion Bas. Tribunes! aud me, a poor competitor. conqueror, (Sat. und Bas, go into ine Capitol, and Victorious Titus, rue the tears I ched,

ereunt with Senators, Marcus, fc. A mother's tears in passion ý for her son: SCENE II. The same.

And, if thy bons were ever dear to thee,

O, think my son to be as dear to me.
Enter a Captain, and others.

Sufficeth not, that we are brought to Rome, Cap. Romans, make way; the good An. To beautify thy triumphs, and return, dronicus,

Captive to thee, and to thy Romau yoke; Patron of virtue, Rome's best champion, Bui must my sons be slaughter'd in the streets, Successful in the battles that he figbis, For valiant doings in their country's cause? With honour and with fortune is return'd, 0! if to fight for king and common weal Prom where he circumscribed with bis sword, Were piety in thine, it is in these. And bronght to joke, the enemies of Rome. Andronicus, stain not thy tomb with blood: Flourish of Trumpets, &c., enter MUTIUS Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods

and MARTIUS : after them, two Men Draw near them then in being merciful: bearing a coffin covered with black ; | Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge; then QiIntus and Luchi's. After them, Thrice noble Titus, spare my first-boru son. Tirus ANDRONICUS; and then Tamora, Tit. Patient yourself, madam, and pardon with ALARBUS, CHIRON, DEMETRIUS,

(bebeld AARON, and other Goths, prisoners ; These are their brethren, whom you Goths Soldiers and People, following. The Alive, and dead; and for their brethren slais, Bearers set down the Coffin, and Tutus Religiously they ask a sacrifice: speaks.

To this your son is mark'd; and die he must, Tit. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning To appease their groaning shadows that are weeds! fraught, gone.

(straight; Lo, as the bark that bath discharged her Luc. Away with him! and make a fire Returns with precious lading to the bay, And with our swords, upon a pile of wood, From whence at first she weigh'd her an- Let's hew his limbs, till they be clean conchorage,

sumed, Cometh Andronicns, bound with laurel boughs, (Exeunt LuciUS, QUINTUS, MARTIUS, To re-solute his country with his tears;

and MUTIUS, with ALARBUS. Tears of true joy for his return to Rome.- Tam. O crael, irreligious piety! Thou great defender of this Capitol +,

Chi. Was ever Seythia half so barbarous? Stand gracious to the rites that we intend ! Dem. Oppose not Scythia to ambitious Romans, of five-and-twenty valiant sous, Alarbus goes to rest; and we survive (Rome. Half of the rumber that king Priam had, To tremble under Titus's threatening look. Behold the poor remains, alive, and dead ! Then, madam, stand resolved; but hope These, that survive, let Roine reward with withal,

(Troy love;

The self-same gods, that arm'd the queen of These, that I bring unto their latest home, With opportunity of sharp revenge With burial amongst their ancestors :

Upon the Thracian tyrant in his teut, Here Goths have given me leave to sheath May favour Tamora, the queen of Goths,

(When Goths wert Goths, and Tamora was Titus, unkind, and careless of thine own,

queen) Why suffer’st thou thy sons, unburied yet, To quit the bloody wrongs upon her foes. To hover on the dreadful shore of Styx? Re-enter LuciuS, QUINTUS, MARTIUS, and Make way to lay them by their brethren.

MUTIUs, with their Swords bloody. The Tomb is opened. Luc. See, lord and father, how we bave There greet in silence, as the dead are wont, perform'd And sleep in peace, slain in your country's Our Roman rites : Alarbus' limbs are lopp'd, O sacred receptacle of my joys, (wars! And entrails feed the sacrificing fire, Sweet cell of virtue and notility,

Whose smoke, like incense, doth perfume the How many sons of mine hast thou in store,

sky. That thou wilt never render to me more? Remaineth nought, but to inter our brethren • Freight. + Jupiter, to whom the Capitol was sacred. It was supposed that the

gliosts of unburied people appeared to solicit the rites of funeral. Ś Suffering

my sword.

And with loud larums welcome them to Upright he held it, lords, that held it last. Rome.

Mar. Titus, thou shalt obtain and ask the Tit. Let it be so, and let Andronicus


(thou tell 3 Make this his latest farewell to their souls. Sat. Proud and ambitions tribune, canst

[Trumpets sounded, and the Coffins Tit. Patience, prince Saturnine.
laid in the Tomb.


Romans, do me right;In peace and honour rest you here, my sons; Patricians, draw your swords, and sheath Rome's readiest champions, repose you here, them not Secure from worldly chances and mishaps! Till Saturnious be Rome's emperor: Here lurks no treason, here no envy swells, Andronicus, 'would thou wert shipp'd to bell, Here grow no damued grudges; here, are no Rather than rob me of the people's hearts. storms,

Luc. Proud Saturnine, interrupter of the No noise, but silence and eternal sleep:

good Enter LAVINIA.

That noble-roinded Titus means to thee! In peace and hononr rest you here, my sons ! Tit. Content thee, prince; I will restore to Lav. In peace and honour live lord Titus thee

[themselves. long ;

The people's hearts, and wean them from My noble lord and father, live in fome! Bas. Andronicus, I do not flatter thee, Lo! at this tomb my tributary tears

But honour thee, and will do till I die; I render, for my brethren's obsequies; My faction, if thou strengthen with thy And at thy feet I kneel with tears of joy

friends, Shed on the earth, for thy return to Rome: I will most thankful be: and thanks, to men 0, bless me here with thy victorious hand, Of noble minds, is honourable ineed. [here, Whose fortunes Romne's best citizens appland. Tit. People of Rome, and people's tribunes Tit. Kiud Rome, that hast thus lovingly I a-k your voices, and your suffrages; (cus ? reserved

Will you bestow them friendly on AndroniThe cordial of mine age to glad my heart Tri. To gratify the good Andronicus, Lavinia, live; outlive thy father's days, And gratulate bis safe returu to Rome, And fame's eternal date, for virtue's praise*! The people will accept whom he admits. Enter MARCUS ANDRONICUS, SATURNINUS, Tit. Tribunes, I thank you; and this suit I BASSIANUS, and Others.

make, Mar. Long live lord Titus, my beloved That you create your emperor's eldest son, brother,

Lord Saturnine; whose virtues will, I hope, Gracious triumpher in the eyes of Rome! ketlect on Rome, as Titan's || rays on earth, Tit. Thanks, gentle tribune, noble brother And ripen justice in this commonweal: Marcus.

(cessful wars, Then if you will elect by my advice, (peror! Mar. And welcome, nephews, from suc- Crowo him, and say,-- Long live our emYou that survive, and you that sleep in fame. Mar. With voices and applause of every Fair lords, your fortunes are alike in all, Patricians, and plebeians, we create (sort, That in your country's service drew your Lord Saturninus Rome's great emperor; swords:

And say,- Long live our emperor Saturnine! But safer triumph is this funeral pomp,

(A long Flourish. That hath aspired to Solon's bappiness t, Sat. Titus Andronicus, for thy favours done And triumphis over chance, in honour's bed. To us in our election this day, fitus Andronicus, the people of Rome, I give thee thanks in part of thy deserts, Whose friend in justice thou hast ever been, And will with deeds requite thy gentleness : Send thee by me, their tribune and their trust, , And, for an onset, Titus, to advance This palliament of white and spotless hue; Thy name, and honourable family, And name thee in election for the empire, Lavinia will I make my emperess, With these our late-deceased emperor's sons Rome's royal mistress, mistress of my beart, Be candidat us then, and put it on.

And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse: And help to set a head on headless Rome. Tell me, Andronicus, doth this motion please Tit. A better head her glorious body fits


(match, Than bis, that shakes for age and feebleness : Tit. It doth, my worthy lord; and, in this What! should I don g this robe, and trouble I hold me highly honour' of yonr grace: Be chosen with proclamations to-day; (you? And here, in sight of Rome, to Saturnine, Tu-morrow, yield up rule, resign my life, King and commander of our common-weal, And set abroad new business for you all? The wide world's en peror,-do I consecrate Rome, I bave been thy soldier forty years, My sword, iny chariot, and my prisoners; And buried one-and-twenty valiant sons, Presents well worthy Rome's imperial lord: Knighted in field, slain manfully in arms, Receive them then, the tribute that I owe, In right and service or their noble country: Mine bouons's ensiyns humbled at thy feet. Give me a staff of honour for mine age,

Sat. Thanks, noble Titus, father of my life! But not a sceptre to control the world : Huw proud I am of thee, and of thy gifts,

• He wishes that her life may be longer than bis, and her praise longer than fame.
+ The maxim alluded to is, that no man can be pronounced bappy before his death.
A rube.
Bi. e., Do on, put it on.

The sun.

Rome shall record; and, when I do forget That is another's lawful promised love. [ she least of these unspeakable desesta,

Sat. No, Titus, no; the emperor needs her Romans, forget your fealiy to me.

Not her, nor thee, nor any of ihy stock: (not Tit. Now, madam, are you prisoner to an I'll truci, by leisure, bim that mocks me once; emperor;

(Tv Tamura. Thee never, nor thy traitorous hanghty sons, To him, that for your honour and your state, Confederates all this to disbonour me. (of, Will use you nobly, and yonr followers. Was there none else in Rome to make a stale

Sat. A goodly lady, trust me; of the bae But Saturnine? toll well, Andronicus,
That I would choose, were I to choose anew. Agree these deeds with that proud bray of thine,
Clear up, fair queen, that cloudy countenance; That said'st, I begg'd the empire at thy bands.
Though chance of war bath wrought this Tit. O monstrous! what reproachful words
change of cheer,

are these?

{ing piece Thou comest not to be made a scorn in Rome: Sat. But go thy ways; go, give that chang: Princely shall be thy nsage every way. To him that flourish'd for her with his sword: Rest on my word, and let not discontent A valiant son-in-law thou shalt enjoy; Daunt all your hopes; Madam, he comforts One fit to bandy with thy lawless sods, you,

To ruffie I in the commonwealth of Rome. Can make you greater than the queen of Goths. Tit. These words are razors to my wounded Lavinia, you are not displeased with this ?


(of Goths,Lar. Not I, iny lord; sith true vobility Sat. And therefore, lovely Tamora, queen Warrants these words in princely courtesy: That, like the stately Phæbe 'mongst her Sat. Thanks, sweet Lavinia.-Romans, let nymphs, Os go;

Dost oversbine ure gallant'st dames of Rome, Rangomless here we set our prisoners free: If thou be pleased with this my sudden choice, Proclaim our honoure, lords, with trump and Behold, I choose thee, Tamora, for my bride, drum.

And will create thee emperess of Rome. Bas. Lord Titus, by your leave, this maid Speak, queen of Goths, dost thou appland my is mine.

(Seizing LAVINIA. choice? Tit. How, sir? Are you in earnest then, my And here I swear by all the Roman gods, Jord?

Sith priest and holy water are so pear, Bas. Ay, noble Trus; and resolved withal, And tapers buru so bright, and every thing To do myself this reason and this right. In readiness for Hymeneus stand, [The Emperor courts TAMORA in dumb I will not retalote the streets of Rome, shori.

Or climb my palace, till from forth this place Mar. Suum cuique is our Roman justice: I lead espoused my bride along with me. This prince in justice seizeth but his own. Tam. And here, in sight of heaven, to Rome Luc. And that he will, and shall, if Lucins

I swear, live.

(peror's guard? If Saturnine advance the queen of Goths, Tit. Traitors, avaunt ! Where is the em- She will a handmaid be to his desires, Treason, my lord; Lavinia is surprised. A loving nurse, a mother to his youth. Sur. Surprised! By whom?

Sut. Ascend, fair queen, Pantheon :- Lords, Bas.

By him that justly may accompany Bear his betroth'd from ail the world away. Your noble emperor and his lovely bride,

(Eri unt Marcus and BASSIANUS, Sent by the heavens for prince Saturnine, with LAVINIA.

Whose wisdom bath her fortune conqnered: Mut. Brothers, help to convey her bence There shall we consommate our spousal rites. away,

(Exeunt SATURNINUS, and his FolAnd with my sword I'd keep this door safe.

lowers : TAYORA, and her Sons; [Eueunt Lucius, QUINTUS, and

AARON, and Goths.

Tit. I am not bid to wait upon this bride; Tit. Follow, my lord, and I'll soon bring Titus, wlien wert thou wont to walk alone, her back.

Dishonour'd thus, and challenged of wrongs? Mut. My lord, you pass not here.

Re-enter MARCI S, LUCIUS, QUINTUS, and Tit. What, villain boy!

MARICS. Barrist me my way in Rome?

Mar. 0, Titis, see, O, see, what thou hast [Titus kills Mutius. In a bad quarrel slain a virtuous son. (done! Mut.

Help, Lucius, help. Tit. No, foolish tribune, no; no son of Re-enter LUCIUS.

mine, Luc. My lord, you are unjust : and, more Nor thou, nor these, confederates in the deed

That hatb dishonour'd all onr family ; In wrongful quarrel you have your son. Unworthy brother, and onworthy suns!

T'it. Nor ibou, nor he, are any sons of Luc. But lotus give him barial, as becomes; My sous would never so dishonour me: (mine: Give Motins burial with our brethren. (tomb. Traitor, restore Lavinia to the emperor.

Tit. Traitors, away! he rests not in this Luc. Dead, if you will: but not to be his This monument five hundred years bath stood

Which i bive sumptuously re-cuified : • Since. + A stalkiug-horse. I A ruffler was a bully.


than 90,


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