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Here none but soldiers, and Rome's servitors, Bas. And you of yours, my lord : I say so Repose in fame; none basely slain in brawls:

more, Bury him where yon can, he comes not here. Nor wish no less; and so I take my leave.

Mar. My lord, this is impiety in you: Sat. Traitor, if Rome have law, or we have My nephew Mucius' deeds do plead for him;

puner, He muist be buried with his brethren.

Thou and thy faction shall repent this rape. Quin. Mart. And shall, or him we will ac- Bus. Rape, call you it, my lord, to seize company.

(that word ?

my own, Tit. And shall? What villain was it spoke My true betrothed love, and now my wife? Quin. He that would youch't it in any place But let the laws of Ronie determine all; but here.

(spite? Mean while I am posseus'd of that is mine. Tit. What, would you bury him in my de- Sut. 'Tis good, sir : You are very short

Mar. No, noble Titus; but entreat of ihee
To pardon Mutius, and to bury him. (crest, But, if we live, we'll be as sharp with you.

Tit. Marcus, even thou hast struck upon my Bus. My lord, what I have done, as best I And, with these boys, mine bonour thou hast may, wounded :

Answer I must, and shall do with my life. My foes I do repute you every one;

Only this much I give your grace to know, So trouble me no more, but get you gone.

By all the duties that I owe to Rome, Mart. He is not with himself; let us with. This noble gentleman, lord Titus here, draw.

Is in opinion, and in honour, wrong'di Quin. Not I, till Mutius' bones be buried. That, in the rescue of Lavinia,

[MARCUs and the Sons of Tirus kneel. With his own hand did slay his youngest son, Mur. Brother, for in that name doth nature In zeal to you, and highly moved to wratla plead.

[speak. 10 be controll'd in that he frankly gave : Quin. Father, and in that name doth nature Receive him then to favour, Saturnine; 7'it. Speak thou no more, if all the rest That hath express'd himself, in all his deeds, will speed.

[soul,- A father and a friend, to thee and Rome. Mar. Renowned Titus, more than half my Tit. Prince Bassianus, ieave to plead niy Luc. Dear father, soul and substance of us deeds;

'Tis thon, and those, that have dishonour d me: Mar. Suffer thy brother Marcus to inter Rome and ihe righteous heavens be my judge, His noble nephew here in viriue's nest, How I have loved and honour'd Saiurniue! That died in honour and Lavinia's cause. Tam. My worthy lord, if ever Tamura Thou art a Roman, be not barbarous. Were gracious in those princely eyes of thine, The Greeks, upon advice, did bury Ajax Then bear me speak indiferently for all; That slew himself; and wise Laërtes' son And at iny suit, aueet, pardon what is past. Did graciously plead for his funerals.

Sat. What! madam! be dishonour'd openly, Let not young Mutius then, that was thy joy, And basely put it up without evenge? Be barrd bis entrance here.

Tum. Noi so, my lord; The gods of Rome Tit.

Rise, Marcus, rise :--- foretend *
The disinall'st day is this, thal e'er I saw, I should be author to dishonour you!
To be dishonour'd by my sons in Rome!- But, ou mine honour, dare I undertake
Well, bury him, and bury me the next. For good lord Titus' innocence in all,

[MUTIUS is put into the Tomb. Whose fury, noi dissembled, speaks his griefo : Luc. There lie thy bones, sweet Mutius, Then, at my suit, look graciously on bim; with thy frienus,

Lose not go noble a friend on vain suppose, Till we with trophies do adorn thy tomb! - Nor with sour looks affict his gentle heart.

All. No man shed tears for noble Muuius; My lord, be ruled by me, be won at
He lives in fame that died in virtue's cause.


[lents : Mur. My lord, -to step out of these dreary Disse ble all your griefs and discon. dumps,

You are but newly planted in your How comes it. that the subile queen of Goths throne;

[too, Is of a sudden thus advanced in Rome? [is ; | Lest then the people, and patricians

Tit. I know hot, Marcus; but, I know, it Upon a juist survey, take Tiius' part,
Whether by device, or no, the heavens can And so supplant us for ingratitude,
Is she not then beholden to the man (tell: (Which Konie reputes to be a heinous

Aside That brought her for this high good turn so far? sin)

(alone : Yes, and will nobly him remunerate.

Yield at entreats, and then .et me Flourish. Re-enter, ut one side, SATUR. I'll find a day to massacre them all, NINUs, attended ; TAMORA, CHIRON, DE- And raze their faction, and their METRIUS, and AARON : At the other, family,

(sons, BASSIANUS, LAVINIA, and Others, The cruel father, and his traitorous Sut. So Bassianus, you have play'd your To whom I sted for my dear son's prize ;


[let a queen God give you joy, sir, of your gallant bride. And make them know, wbat 'iis to

• Forbid.


Kneel in the streets, and beg for grace Aside. Tend'ring our sister's honoar, and our own. in vain.

Mar. That on mine honour bere I do protest. Come, come, sweet emperor,-come, Andro. Sat. Away, and talk not; trouble us Do

nicus, Take up this good old man, and cheer the heart Tam. Nay, nay, sweet emperor, we must all That dies in tempest of thy angry frown.

be friends : Sat. Rise, Titus, rise; my empress hath The tribune and his nephews kneel for grace; prevail'd.

(lord : I will not be denied. Sweet heart, look back. Tit. I thank your majesty, and her, my Sat. Marcus, for thy sake, and thy brother's These words, these looks, infuse new life in me. And at my lovely Tamora's entreals, [here,

Tum. Titus, I am incorporate Rome, I do nit these young men's heinous faults. A Roman now adopted happily,

Stand up. And inust advise the emperor for his good. Lavinia, though you left me like a churl, This day all quarrels die, Andronicus ;- I found a friend; and sure as death I swore, And let it be mine honour, good my lord, I would not part a bachelor from the priest. That I have reconciled your friends and you. Come, if the emperor's court can feast two For you, prince Bassianus, I have pass'u

brides, My word and promise to the emperor, You are my guest, Lavinia, and your friends: That you will be more mild and iractable.- This day shall be a love-day, Tamora. And fear noe, lords,-and you, Lavinia ;- Tit. To-morrow, an it please your majesty, By my advice, all humbled on your knees, To hunt the panther and the hart with me, You shall ask pardon of his majesty.

With horn and hound, we'll give your grace Luc. We du; and vow to heaven, and to bonjour. bis highness,

Sat. Be it so, Titus, and gramercy too. That, what we did, was mildly, as we might,


ACT II. SCENE I. The same. Before the Palace. Makes me less gracions, thee more fortunate :

'Tis not the difference of a year or two Enter AARON.

I am as able, and as fit, as thoa Aar. Now climbeth Tamora Olympas' top, To serve, and to deserve my mistress' grace*; Safe out of fortune's shot : and sits aloft, And that my sword upon thee shall approve, Secure of thunder's crack, or lightning's flash; And plead my passions for Lavinia's love. Advanced above pale envy's threat'ning reach. Aar. Clubs, clubs t! these lovers will not As when the golden suu salates the morn,

keep the peace.

[advised, And, having gilt the ocean with his beams, Dem. Why, boy, although our mother unCaliops the zodiac in his glistering coach, Gave you a dancing-rapier by your side, And overlooks the highest-peering hills; Are you so desperate grown, to threat your So Timora.-

friends ? Upon her wit doth earthly bouour wait, Go to; have your lath glued within your sheath, Ant virtue stoops and trembles at her frown. Till you know better how to handle it. (hare, Then, Aaron, arm thy heart, and fit thy thoughts Chi. Mean while, sir, with the little skill 1 To mount aloft with thy imperial mistress, Full well shalt thou perceive bow much I dare. And mount her pitch; whom thou in triumph Dem. Ay, boy, grow ye so brave? long

[They drate. Hast prisoner held, fetter'd in amorous chains ; Aar.

Why, how now, lords? And laster bound to Aaron's charming eyes, So near the emperor's palace dare you draw, Than is Prometheus tied to Caucasus.

And maintain such a quarrel openly? Away with slavish weeds, and idle thoughts ! Full well I wot ý the ground of all this grudge; I will be bright, and shine in pearl and gold, I would not for a million of gold, (cerns : To wait opon this new-made em peress.

The cause were known to them it most conTo wait, said I ? to wanton with this queen, Nor would your noble mother, for much more, This gorldess, this Semiramis ;-this queen, Be so dishonour'd in the court of Rome. This siien, that will charm Rome's Sainruine, For shame, put up. And see his shipwreck, and his cominonweal's. Dem.

Not I ; till I have sheath'd Holla! what siorm is this?

My rapier in his bosom, and, withal, (throat, Enter CHIRON and DEMETRIUS, braving: Thrust these reproachful speeches down bis Dem. Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit That he hath breathed in my dishonour here. wants edge

Chi. For that I am prepared and full reAnd manners, to intrude where I am craced; solved,

[tongue And may, for anght thon know'st affecierl be. Foul--poken coward! that thunder'st with thy

Chi. Demetrins, thou dost overween in all; And with thy weapon nothing darest perform And so in this to bear me down with braves. Aur. Away, I say.• Favour.

+ This was thie usual outcry for assistance, when any riot in the street happened. * A sword worn iu daucing.

s Know.


Now, by the gods that warlike Goths adore, And many unfreqnenied plots there are,
This petty brawole will undo us all.-

Fitted by kind I ior rape and viliany :
Why, lords,-and think you not how dangerous Single you thither then this dainty doe,
It is to jut upon a prince's right?

And strike her home by force, if not by words: What, is Lavinia tien become so loose, This way, or not at all, stand you in hope. Or Bassianus so degenerate,

Come, come, our empress, with her sacred That for her love such quarrels may be broacb'd To villany and vengeance consecrate, wit, Without controlment, justice, or revenge? Will we acquaint with all that we intend; Young lords, beware l-man should the empress And she shall file our engines with advice know

(please. That will not suffer you to square yourselves, This discord's ground, the music would not But to your wishes' height advance yon both. Chi. I care not, I, knew she and all the The emperor's court is like the house of fame, world;

The palace full of tongues, of eyes, of ears : I love Lavinja more than all the world. The woods are ruthless, dreadful, deaf, and Dem. Youngling, learn thou to make some

[your turns : meaner choice:

There speak, and strike, brave boys, and take Lavinia is thine elder brother's hope.

There serve your last, shadow'd from heaven's Aar. Why, are ye mad? or know ye not, And revel in Lavinia's treasury. [eye, How furious and impatient they be, (in Rome Chi. Thy counsel, lad, smells of no cowar. And cannot brook competitors in love?


(stream I tell you, lords, you do but plot your deaths Dem. Sit fas aut nefas, till I find the By this device.

To cool this beat, a charm to calm these fits, Chi.

Aaron, a thousand deaths Per Styga, per manes vehor. [Exeunt Would I propose, to achieve her whom I love. SCENE II. A Forest near Rome. A Lodge

Aar. To achieve her!-How?
Dem. Why makest thou it so strange?

seen at a distance, Horns, and cry of

Hounds heard. She is a woman, therefore may be woo'd; She is a woman, therefore may be won; Enter Tirus ANDRONICUS, with Hunter.i, She is Lavinia, therefore must be loved. &c. MARCUS, Lucius, QUINTUS, and What, man! more water glideth by the mill

MARTUS. Than wots the miller of; and easy it is

Tit. The hunt is up, the morn is bright and Of a cut loaf to steal a sbive*, we know:


(green: Though Bassianus be the emperor's brother, The fields are fragrant, and the woods are Better than he have yet worn Vulcan's badge. Uncouple here, and let us make a bay, Aar. Ay, and as good as Saturninus may, And wake the emperor and his lovely bride,

(Aside. And rouse the prince; and ring a hunter's peal, Dem. Then why should he despair, that That all the court may echo with the noise. knows to count it

Sons, let it be your charge, as it is ours, With words, fair looks, and liberality? To tend the emperor's person carefully : What, hast thou not full often struck a doe, I have been troubled in my sleep ibis night, And borne her cleanly by the keeper's nose? But dawning day new comfort hath inspired.

Aar. Why then, it seems, some certain Horns wind a Peal. Enter SATURNINUS, Would serve your turns. (snatch or so TAMORA, BASSIANUS, LAVINIA, CHIRON, Chi.

Ay, so the turn were served. DEMETRIUS, und Attendants. Dem. Aaron, thou hast bit it.

7'it. Many good morrows to your majesty; Aar.

'Would you had hit it too; Madam, to you as many and as good :Then should not we be tired with this ado. I promised your grace a hunter's peal. Why, hark ye, hark ye,-And are you such Sat. And you have rungit lustily, my lords, fcols,

Somewhat too early for new-married ladies. To squaret for this? Would it offend you then Bas. Lavinia, how say you? That buth should speed ?


I say, no; Chi. l'faith, not me.

I have been broad awake two hours and more. Dem.

Sat. Come on then, horse and chariots let So I were one.

(that you jar. us have, Aar. For shame, be friends; and join for And to our sport:- Madam, now shall ye see 'Tis policy and stratagem must do

Our Roman hunting.

[To TA MORA. That you affect; and so must you resolve ; Mar.

I have dogs, my lord, That what you cannot, as you would, achieve, Will roose the proudest panther in the chase, You must perforce accomplish as you may.

And climb the highest promontory top. Take this of me, Lucrece was not more chaste Tit. And I have horse will follow where the Than this Lavinia, Bassianus' love.


(plain. A speedier course than lingering languishment Makes way, and ran like swallows o'er the Must we pursue, and I have found the path. Dem. Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse My lords, a soieinn bunting is in hand;

nor hound, There will the lovely Roman ladies troop:10 But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground. The forest walks are wide aud spacious ;

(Exeunt • Slice.

+ Quarrel. # By nature. Sacred here significs accursed; a Latinis'n

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SCENE III. A dasert part of the furist. Voornish'd of her well-besteiniog troop?

Or is il Dian, habited like her ; Enter A ARON, with a Bag of Gold.

Who hath abandoned her holy groves, Aar. He, that bad wil, would think that I to see the general hunting in this forest ! To bury so much guld under a tree, hau none Tum. Sauey controller of onr private steps ! And never after to inherit. it.

Had I the power that some say Dian had, Let him, that thinks of me so abjectly, Thy temples should be planted presently know, that this gold inuse coiu a stratagem; With borns, as was Aclæon's; and the hounds W bich, cumingly effecteil, will beget Should drive upon thy new transtormed limbs, A very excellent piece of villany :

Unmannerly introder as thou art! And so repose, sweet gold, for their unrestt, Lav. Under your patience, gentle empress,

(Hides the Gold. 'Tis thought you have a goodly giit in horning; That have their alms out of the empresa' chesi. And to be doubted, that your Moor and you Enter TAMORA.

Are singled forth to try experiments : Tam. My lovely Aarva, wherefore look'st Jove shield your husband from his hounds tothoil sd,

'Tis pity they should take him for a stag: (day! When every thing doth make a gleeful boast? Bas. Believe me, queen, your swarth Cim. The biriis chant melody on every bush;

merian The snake lies rolled iu the cheerful sun; Doth make your honour of his body's hue, The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind, Spotted, deiested, and abominable. And make a chequer'il shadow on the ground: Why are you sequestered froin all your train! Under their sweet shade, Aaron, let us sit, Disinounted from your snow-white goodly And,- whilst the babbling echo mocks the And wander'd bither to an obscure plot, (steed, liounds,

Accompanied with a barbarous Mvor, Replying shrilly to the well-tuned horns, It foul desire had not conducted you? As it a double hunt were heard at once',

Lal. And being intercepted in your sport, Let us sit down and mark their yelling noise : Great reason that my noble iord be rated And, -alier conflict such as was supposed For sauciness.--I pray you, let us hence, The wandering prince of Dido once enjoy'l, And let her 'joy her raven-colonreri love; When with a happy storm they were surprised, This valley fits the purpose passing well. And curtained with a counsel-keepius cave,- Bus. The king, my brother, shall have note We may, each wreathed in the other's arms,

of this.

(noted long : Our pastimes dune, possess a golden slumber; Lav. Ay, for these slips have made him Whiles hounds, and horns, and sweet melodi Good king! to be so mighlily abused! Be onto us, as is a burse's song! (ous birds, Tum. Why have I patience to endure all this? Of lullaby, to bring her babe asleep.

Enter CHIRON and DEMETRIUS. Aar. Madam, though Venus govern your Dem. How now, dear sovereign, and oor Saturn is dominator over mine: (desires, gracious mother, What siznities my deadly-standing eye, Why doth your highness look so pale and wan? My silence, and my cloudy melancholy? Tum. Have I not reason, think you, to look My fleece of woolly liair that now ancurls,

pale! Even as an adder, when she doth unroll These two have 'ticed me hither to this place, To do some fatal execution ?

A barren, delested vale, you see, it is :
No, malam, these are po venereal signs; The trees, tho summer, yet forlorn and lean,
Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand, O'ercome with moss, and baleful inistetoe.
Blood and revenge are haminering in my head. Here never shines the sun; here nothiny breeds
Herk, Tamora,—the empress of my soul, Unless the nightly owl, or fatal raven.
Which never hopes more heaven than rests in And, when they show'il me this abhorred pit,
This is the day of doom for Bassianus ; [thee, -They told me, here, at dead time of the night,
His Philomelt mist lose her tongne to-day; A thousand fiends, a thousaud hissing snakes,
Thy sons inake pillage of her chastity, Ten thousand swelling toads, as many urchins!,
And wash their hands in Bassianus' blood. Would make such fearful and conrused cries,
Seest thou this l-eter? take it up, I pray thee, As any mortal body, bearing it,
And give the king this fatal-ploited scroll :- Shonlú straight fali mad, or else die soddeply.
Now question me no more, we are espied; No sooner bad they told this hellish tale,
Here comes a parcely of our hopeful booty, But straight they told me they would bind me
Which dreads not yet their lives' destruction. Urto the body of a dismal yew; shere
Tam. Ah, my sweet Moor, sweeter to me And leave me to this miserable death.
than life!

(comes: And then they called me, foul adulteress,
Aar. No more, great empress, Bassianus Lascivions Goth, and all the bitterest terms
Be cross with him, and I'll go fetch thy sons That ever ear did hear to such etfect.
To back thy quarrels, whatsoe'er they be. (Exit. And, had you not by wondrons fortune come,

Enter BASSIANUS and LAVINIA. This vengeance on me had they executed: Bas. Who have we here? Rome's royal Revenge it, as you love your mother's life, emperess,

Or be ye not henceforth called my children,
• Possess,
+ Disquiet.

See Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book VI.
6 Part. | Hedge-bogse

Dem. This is a witness that I am thy son. And withihine own hands kill me in this place:

(Stubs BASSIANUS. For 'tis not life that I have begy'd so long; Chi. And this for me, struck home to show Poor I was slain when Bassianus died.

my strength. (Stabbing him likewise. Tum. What begg'st thou then; fond woman, Lav. Ay, come, Semiramis,-nay, barbar

let me go.

(more, ous Tamora!

Lav. 'T'is present death I beg; and one thing For no name fits thy nature but thy own! That womanhood denics my tongue to tell : T'um. Give me thy poinard; you shall know, 0, keep me from their worse than killing lust, my boys,

(wrong. And tumble me into some loathsome pit; Your mother's hand shall right your mother's Where never man's eye may behold my body: Dem. Stay, madam, bere is more belongs Do this, and be a charitable murderer. to her;

(straw : Tam. So should I rub my sweet sons of their First, thrash the corn, then after burn the No, let them satisfy their lust on thee. (lee : This minion stood upon her chastity,

Dem. Away, for thou hast staid us here too Upou her nuptial vow, her loyalty,(mightiness : long.

(ly creature! And with that painted hope braves your Lav. No grace ? no womanhood? Ah, beastAnd shall she carry this unto her grave? The blot and enemy to our general name! Chi. And if she do, I would I were an Confusion fall-

(thou her husband; eunuch.

Chi, Nay, then I'll stop your mouth: Bring Drag hence her husband to some secret hole,

[ Drugging of LAVINIA. And make his dead trunk pillow to our lust. This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him. Tam. But when you have the boney you

[Ert unt. desire,

Tam. Farewell, my sons ; sec that you make Let not this wasp outlive, us both to sting.

her sure: Chi. I warrant you, madam; we will make Ne'er let my heart know merry cheer indeed, that sure.

Till all the Andronici be made away. Ccme, mistress, now perforce we will enjoy Now will I hence to seek my lovely Moor, That nice preserved honesty of yours. [face. And let my spleensul sons this trull deflonr. Lav. 0 Tamora! thou bear'st a woman's

(Exit. Tam. I will not hear her speak; away with

SCENE IV. The same. her.

[a word. Lav. Sweet lords, entreat her hear me but Enter Aaron, with QUINTUS and MARTIUS. Dem. Listen, fair madam : let it be your Aar. Come on, my lords; the better fout glory

before: To see her tears : but be your heart to them, Straight will I bring you to the loathsome pit, As unrelenting flint to drops of rain. (the dam? Where I espy'd the panther fast asleep.

Lav. When did the tiger's young ones teach Quin. My sight is very dull, whate'er it 0, do not learn her wrath; she taught it thee: bodes.

(for shame, The milk thou suck'dst from her, did turn to Mart. And mine, I promise you; wer't not marble;

Well could I leave our sport to sleep awhile. Even at thy teat thou hadst thy tyranny.

{MARTIUS falls into the Pit. Yet every mother breeds not sons alike; Quin. What art thou fallen? What subtle Do thou entreat her shew a woman pity.

hole is this,

(briers; (TO CHIRON. Whose month is cover'd with rude-growing Chi. What! woaldst thou have me prove Upon whose leaves are drops of new-shed myself a bastard?

[Iark : blood, Lav. Tis true; the raven doth not hatch a As fresh as morning's dew distillid on flowers ? Yet I bave beard, (0 could I find it now!) A very fatal place it seems to me:- (fall? The lion moved with pity, did endure

Speak, brother, hast thou hurt thee with the To have his princely paws pared all away. Mart. O, brother, with the dismallest object Some say that ravens foster forlorn children, That ever eye, with sight, made heart lament. The whilst their own birds famish in their nests: Aar. [Aside.) Now will I fetch the king to O, be to me, though thy hard heart say no,

find them here; Nothing so kind, but something pitiful! That he thereby may give a likely guess, Tam. I know not what it means; away How these were they that made away his bro. with her. (sake, ther.

[Exit AARON. Lav. 0, let me teach thee: for my father's Mart. Why dost not comfort me, and help That gave thee life, when well he might have

me out slain thee,

From this unhallow'd and blood-stained hole ? Be not obdurate, open thy deaf ears.

Quin. I am surprised with an uncouth fear: T'um. Had thou in person ne'er offended me, A chilling sweat o'er-runs my trembling joints; Even for his sake am I pitiless :

My heart suspects more than mine eye can see. Rememler, boys, I pour’d forth tears in vain, Mart. To prove thou hast a true-divining To save your brother from the sacrifice;

heart, But fierce Andronicus would not relent. (will; Aaron and thou look down into this den, Therefore away with her, and use her as you And see a fearful sight of blood and death. The worse to her, the better loved of me. Quin. Aaron is gone; and my compassion Lav, 0 Tamora, be call'd a gentle queen,

ate heart

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