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Boy. That you are both decipher'd, that's the news, Chi. It shall not live. For villains mark'd with rape. (Aside.) May it Aar. It shall not die. please you,

Nur. Aaron, it must : the mother wills It so. My grandsire, well-advised, hath sent by me

dar. What, must it, nurse ? then let no inan but I, The goodliest weapous of ins armoury,

Do execution on my flesh and blood. Te gratify your honourable youth,

Dem. I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier's The hope of Rome ; for so he bade me say;

point ; And so I do, and with his gilts present

Nurse, give it me; my sword shall soon despatch it. Your lordships, that whenever you have need, Aar. Sooner this sword shall plough thy bowels You may be armed and appointed well :

up. (Takes the Child from the Nurse, And so I leave you both, (Aside.) like bloody vil

and draus. laius.

(Ereunt Boy and Attendant. Stay, murderous villains: Will you kill your bro Dem. What's here? A scroll; and written round

thers about?

Now, by the burning tapers of the sky, Let's see ;

That shone so brightly when this boy was got, Integer vite, scelerisque purus,

He dies upon my sciuitar's sharp point,
Non get Mauri jaculis, nec arcu.

That touches this my first born son and heir !
Chi. 0, 'uis a verse in Horace; I know it well : I tell you, youngiings, not Enceladust,
I read it in the grammar long ago.

With all his threat'ning band of Typhon's brood,
Aur. Ay, just !-A verse in Horace :-Right, you Nor great Alcides t, nor the god of war,
have it.

Shall seize this prey out of his father's hands. (Now, what a thing it is to be an ass !

What, what; ye sanguine, shallow-hearted bors! Here's no sound jest! the old man hath found Ye white-limed walls! ye aiehouse painted signs! their guilt;

Coal-black is better than another hue,
And sends the weapons wrapp'd about with lines, in that it scorns to bear another hue :
That wound, beyond their feeling, to the quick. For all the water in the ocean
But were our witty empress well a-toot,

Can never turn a swan's black legs to white,
She would applaud Andronicus' conceit.

Although she lave them hourly in the food. But let her rest in her unrest awhile.- Aside.) Tell the empress from me, I am of age And now, young lords, was't not a happy star To keep mine own; excuse it how she can. Led as to Rome, strangers, and, more than so, Dim. Wilt thou betray thy noble mistress thus ? Captires, to be advanced to this height?

Aar. My mistress is my mistress; this, myself'; Il did me good, before the palace gate

The vigour, and the picture of my youth :
To brave the tribune in his brother's hearing. This, before all the world, do I prefer ;

Dem. But me more good, to see so great a lord This, mangre ý all the world, will I keep sale,
Basely insinuate, and send us gifts.

Or some of you shall smoke for it in Rome.
Aar. Had he not reason, lord Demetrius?

Dem. By this our mother is for ever shamed. Did you not use his daughter very friendly!

Chi. Romne will despise her for this foul escape. Dim. I would, we had a thousand Roman dames Nur. The emperor, in his rage, will doom her At such a bay, by turn to serve our lust.

death. Chi. A charitable wish, and full of love.

Chi. I blush to think upon this ignomy l. Aar. Here lacks but your mother for to say amen. Aar. Why, there's the privilege your beauty Chi. And that would she for twenty thousand

bears : more.

Pie, treacherous hue! that will betray with blushDem. Come, let us go; and pray to all the gods

ing For our beloved mother in her pains.

The close enacts and counsels of the heart ! Aar. Pray to the devils; the gods have given us Here's a young lad framed of another leer 1: o'er.

(Aside.-Flourish. Look, how the black slave smiles upon the father; Dem. Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish As who should say, ou lad, I am thine own. thus?

He is your brother, lords ; sensibly led
Chi. Belike, for joy the emperor hath a son. or that self-blood that first gave life to yon :
Dem, Soft; who comes here?

And, from that womb, where you imprisou'd were,

He enfranchised and come to light: Enter a Nurse, with a Black-a-moor Child in her Nay, he's your brother by the surer side,

Arms. Nur. Good-morrow, lords:

Although my seal be stamped in his face.

Nur. Aaron, what shall I say unto the empress ? 0, tell me, did you see Aaron the Moor?

Dem. Arivise thee, Aaron, what is to be done,
Aar. Well, more, or less, or ne'er a whit at all, And we will all subscribe to thy advice;
Here Aaron is; and what with Aaron now ? Save thon the child, so we may all be safe:

Nur. O gentle Aaron, we are all undone ! Aar. Then sit we down, and let us all consult.
Now help, or woe betide thee evermore!

My son and I will have the wind of you :
Aar. Why, what a caterwanling dost thou keep! Keep there: now talk at pleasure of your safety.
What dost thou wrap and funible in thine arms ?

(They sit on the Ground. Nur. O, that which I would hide from Heaven's Dem. How many women saw this child of his? eye,

Aar. Why, so, brave lords ; when we all join in Oar empresa' shame, and stately Rome's disgrace;

Jeague, She is deliverd, lords, she is deliver'd.

I am a lamb: but if you brave the Moor, Aar. To whom?

The chated boar, the mountain lioness, Nur. I mean, she's brought to bed.

The ocean swells not so as Aaron storms. Aar. Well, God

But, say again, how many saw the child ? Give her good rest! What hath he sent her? Nur. Cornelia the midwife, and myself, Nur. A devil.

And no one else, but the deliver'd empress. Aar. Why then she's the devil's dam; a joyful Aar. The emperess, the midwife, and yourself: issue.

Two may keep counsel, when the third's a way: Nur. A joyless, disial, black, and sorrowful Go to the en press ; tell her, this I said :

Stabbing her. Here is the babe, as loathsome as a toad

Weke, weke !--So cries a pig, prepared to the spit. Amongst the fairest breeders of our clime.

Dem. What mean'st thou, Aaron? Where ture The empress sends it thee, thy stamp, thy scal,

didst thou this? And bids thee christen it with thy nagyer's point, Aar. O, lord, Sir, 'lis a deed of policy : Aar. Oot, out, you whore ! is black so base a Shall she live to betray this guilt of ours? hue

A long tongued babbling gossip ! No, lords, no Sweet blowse, you are a beanteons blossom, sure. And now be is known to you my full interit, Dem. Villain, what hast thou done?

Not far, one Mulitens lives, my country man, Aar. Done! that which thou

His wife but yesternight was brought to bed; Canst not undo.

His chuld is like to her, fair as you are :
Chi, Thou hast nndone our mother.

Go pack ** with him, and give the mother gold,
Aar, Villain, I have done thy mother.
Dem. And therein, hellish dop, thou hast undone. Spit.

+ A giant, the son of Titan and Terra. Woe to her chance, and damu'd her loaihed i lierculos,

Ø In spite of choice!

lj. e. lydiminy.

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(He gives them the Arrows. And be received for the emperor's heir,

Ad Joram, that's for you :--Here, ad Apollinen :-
And substituted in the place of mine,

Ad Murtem, that's for myself;-
To calm this tempest whirling it. the court; Here, boy, to Pallas :- flere, lo Mercury :
And let the emperor dandie him for his own. To Saturn, Caius, not to Saturnine,-
Hark ye, lords; ye see, that I have given her plıy. You were as good to shoot against the wind.

(Pointing to the Nurse. Tu it, boy. Marcos, loose when I bid :
And you miast needs bestow her funeral;

O' my word, I have written to effect;
The fields are near, and you are gallant grooms : There's not a god left unsolicited.
This done, see that you take no longer days,

ilur. Kinsmen, shoot all your shafts into the But send the midwife presently to ine.

court :
The midwife, and the nurse, well made away,

We will att emperor in his pride.
Then let the ladies tattle what they please.

Tit. Now, masters, draw. (They shoot.] 0, well
Chi. Aaron, I see, thou wilt not trust the air

said, Lucius I
Wich secrets.

Good boy, in Virgo's Jap; give it Pallas.
Dem. For this care of Tamora.

Mur. My lord, I aim a mile beyond the moon;
Herself, and hers, are highly bound to thee. Your letter is with Jupiter by this.

(Exeunt Deni. and Chi, bruring of the Nurse. Tit. Ha ! Publius, Publius, 'what hast thou done ? Aar. Now to ibe Goths, as swift as swallow ties; See, see, thou hast shot off one of Taurus' horns. There to dispose this treasare in mine arms,

Mar. This was the spuit, my lord; when Publius And secretly to greet the empress' friends.

shot, Come on, you thick-lipp'd slave, l'll bear you hence; The ball being gall'a, gave Aries such a knock For it is you that puts us to our shifts :

That down feil both the ram's horns in the court;
I'll make you feed on berries, and on roots, And who slionld find them but the empress' villain?
And feed on curds and whey, and suck the goat, She langh'd, and told the Moor, he should not
And cabin in a cave ; and bring you ap

To be a warrior, and command a camp. (Crit. | But give them to his master for a present.

Tit. Why, there it goes : God give your lord-
SCENE III.-The same.-A public Place.

ship joy.

Enter a Clown, with a Basket and two Pigeons. Enter Tutus, bearing Arrows, with Letters at the ends of them ; with him MARCUS, young Lucius, News, news from lieaven! Marcus, the post is

come. and other Gentlemen, with Bows.

Sirrah, what tidings ? Have you any letters? Tit. Come Marcus, come ;-Kinsmen, this is the Shall I have justice? What says Jupiter ? way :

Clo, Ho! the gibbet-maker ? he says, that he Sir boy, now let me see your archery ;

hath taken them down again, for the man must
Look ye draw home enough, and 'tis there straight: not be hang'd till the next week.
Terras Astraa reliquit :

Tit. But what says Jupiter, I ask thee?
Be you remember'a, Marcus, she's gone, she's fled. Clo. Alas, Sir, I know not Jupiter; I never drank
Sir, take you to your tools. You, cousins, shall with him in all my life.
Gu sound the ocean, and cast your nets ;

Tit. Why, villain, art not thon the carrier
Happily you may find her in the sea ;

Clo. Ay, of my pigeons, Sir; nothing else. Yet there's as little justice as at land :-

Tu. Why, didst thou not come from heaven! No; Publius and Sempronius, you must do it; Clo. Prom heaven? alas, Sir, I never came there: 'Tis you must dig with mattock, and with spade, God forbid, I should be so bold to press to heaven And pierce the inmost center of the earth :

in my young days. Why, I am going with iny pl. Then, when you come to Pluto's region,

geons to the tribunal plebs +, to take up a matter I pray you, deliver him this petition :

of brawl betwixt my uncle and one of the enpeTell him, it is for jastice, and for aid ;

rial's mena. And that it comes from old Andronicus,

Mar. Why, Sir, that is as fit as can be, to serve Shaken with sorrows in ungrateful Rome.

for your oration; and let him deliver the pigeous Ah, Rome!-Well, well; I made thee miserable, to the emperor from you. What tiine I threw the people's suffrages

Tit. Tell me, can you deliver an oration to the On him that thus doth tyrannize o'er me.

emperor with a grace ?
Go, get you gone ; and pray be careful all,

Clo. Nay, troly, Sir, I could never say grace in
And leave you not a man of war unsearch'd ; all my lite.
This wicked emperor may have shipp'd her hence, Tit. Sirrah, come hither : make no more ado,
And, kinsmen, then we may go pipe for justice. But give your pigeons to the emperor :

Mar. 0, Publius, is not tuis a beavy case, By me thou shalt have justice at his hands.
To see thy noble uncle thus distract?

Hold, bold ; - Mean while, here's money for thy Pub. Therefore, my lord, it highly us concerns,

By day and night to attend him carefully ;

Give me a pen and ink.-
And feed his humour kindly as we may,

Sırrah, can you with a grace deliver a supplication ?
Till time beget some careful remedy.

Clo. Ay, Sir.
Mar. Kinsmen, his sorrows are past remedy, Tit. Then here is a supplication for you. And
Join with the Goths; and with revengeful war when you come lo him, at the tirst approach, you
Take wreak on Rome for this ingratitude,

must kneel; then kiss his loot; then deliver up And vengeance on the traitor Saturnine.

your pigeons; and then look for your reward, I'll
Tit. Publius, how now? How now, my masters ? be at land, Sir : see you do it bravely.

Clo. I warrant you, Sir; let me alone.
Have you met with her ?

Tit. Surrahı, hast thou a huile? Come, let me
Pub. No, my good lord; but Pluto sends you

Here, Marcus, fold it in the oration ;
If you will have revenge from hell, you shall : For thou hast made it like au lumble suppliant:
Marry, for Justice, she is so employ'd,

And when thou hast given it to the emperor,
He thinks, with Jove in heaven, or somewhere else, Knock at my dlar!, and tell me what he says.
So that perforce you must needs stay a time.

Clo. God be with you, Sir; I will. Tit. He doth me wrong, to feed me with delays. Tit. Come, Marcus, let's go :-Publius, follow me. f'li dive into the burning lake below,

And pull her out ot' Acheron by the heels.-
Marcus, we are but shrubs, no cedars w'e ;

SCEVE IV.- Tke sume.- Before the Palace.
No big-boned men, framed of the Cyclops' size:
But metal, Marcus; steel to the very back ;

Yet wrung with wrongs, more than our backs can

Lords, and others; SATURNINUS, with the Ar bear:

roirs in his Hund, thut Titus shor.
And sith † there is no justice in earth nor hell, Sut. Why, lords, what wrongs are these? Was
We will solicit heaven; and move the gods,
To send down justice for lo wreak | our wrongs: • Dress, furniture.

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lere's the base
Troubled, confronted thus : and, for the extent
Or egal. 'justice, used in such contempt?
Is the sun dimm'd, that gnats do fly in it?

Fabeyed slave,
My lords, you know, as do the mightiul gods, The eagle sullers little birds to sing,

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ut not speak

Buz in the people's ears, there nouglat hath pass'd, Knowing that with the shadow of his wings,
But even with law, against the wiltui sons
He can al pleasure slint + their inelody:

477, soldiers; ha
of old Andronicus. And what an if
Even so may'st thou the giddy men of Rome.

bas side bis fr His sorrows have so overwhelm'd his wils, Then cheerthy spirit : for know, thou emperor,

Tcech not the
Shall we be thus a illicted in luis wreaks,
I will enchant the old Andronicus,

is like the si
His fits, his phrenzy, and his bitterness?
With words more sweet, and yet more dangerous,

82 the child, And now he writes to heaven for his redress : Than baits to fish, or honey-stalks to sheep;

la res the fallı See, here's to Jove, and this to Mercury ; When as the one is wounded with the bait,

de ladder. This to Apollo; this to the god of war:

The other routed with delicious feed.
Sweet scrolls to fly about the streets of Rome! Sat. But he will not entreat his son for us.

What's this, but libelling against the senate,

Tum. If Tamora entreat him, then he will: And blazoning our injusuce every where?

For I can smooth, and fill his aged ear A goodly huniour, is it not, my lords ?

With golden promises; that, were his heart As who would say, in Rome no justice were. Almost impregnable, his old ears deal,

25 may advan But, if I live, his reigned cestasies

Yet should both ear and heart obey my tongue.-
Shall be no shelter to these outrages :

Go thou before, be our embassador ; [To Æmilius.
But he and his shall know, that justice lives Say, that the einperor requests a parley
In Saturninus' health ; whom, il she sleep,

of warlıke Lucius, and appoint the meeting, He'll so awake, as she in fury shall

Even at his father's house, the old Andronicus.
Cut off the proud'at conspirator that lives.

Sat. Æmilius, do this message honourably :
Tam. My gracious lord, my lovely Saturnine, And if he stand on hostage for his sately,
Lord of my life, commander of my thoughts, Bid him demand what pledge will please him
Calm thee, and bear the faults of Titus' age,

best. The effects of sorrow for his valiant sons,

Æmil. Your bidding shall I do effectually. Whose loss hatla pierced him deep, and scarr'd his

(Erit Emilius. heart;

Tam. Now will I to that old Andronicus; And rather comfort his distressed plight,

And temper him, with all the art I have,
Than prosecute the neanest, or the best,

To pluck proud Lucius from the warlike Goths.
For these contevipts. Why, thas it shall become And now, sweet emperor, be blithe again,
High-witted Tamora to gloze † with all : (Aside. And bury all thy fear in my devices.
But, Titus, I have touchi'd thee to the quick, Sat. Then go successfully, and plead to him.
Thy life.blood out: if Aaron now be wise,

(Ereuni. Then is all safe, the anchor's in the port.

Enter Clown.
How now, good fellow? Wouldst thou speak with

SCENE I.-Plains near Rome.
Clo. Yes, forsooth, an your mistership be impe. Enter Lucius, and Goths, with Drum and Colours.

Luc. Approved warriors, and my faithful friends,
Tum. Empress I am, but yonder sits the emperor. I have received letters from great Rome,
C'lo. 'Tis he.-God, and saint Stephen, give you Which signify, what hate they bear their emperor,
good den :- I have brought you a letter, and a cou. And how desirous of our sighi they are.
ple of pigeons here. Saturninus reads the Letter. Therefore, great lords, be, as your litles witness,

Sat. Go, take him away, and hang him presently. Imperious, and impatient of your wrongs;
Clo. How much money must I have ?

And, wherein Rome hath done you any scathi,
Tam. Come, sirrah, you must be hang'd.

Let him make treble satisfaction. Clo. Hang'á ! By'r lady, then I bare brought np I Guih. Brave slip, sprung from the great An. a neck to a fair end.

(Eril, guurded.

dronicus, Sat. Despiteful and intolerable wrongs!

Whose name was once our terror, now our comfort;
Shall I endure this monstrous villany?

Whose high exploits, and honourable deeds,
I know from whence this same device proceeds; Ingrateful Rome requites with foul contempt,
May this be borne !--As if his traitorous sons, Be bold in us: we'll follow where thou lead'st,
That died by law for murder of our brother, Like stinging bees in hoftest summer's day,
Have by my means been butcher'd wrongfully. Led by their master to the flower'd fields,
Go, drag the villain hither by the hair;

And be avenged on cursed Tamora.
Nor age, nor honour, shall shape privilege :-

Golhs. And, as he saith, so say we all with him.
For this proud mock, I'll be thy slaughter-ban; Luc Thumbly thank him, and I thank you all.
Sly frantic wretch, that holp'st to make me great, But who comes here, led by a lusty Gothi
In hope thyself should govern Rome and me.

Enter a Goru, leading AARON, with his Child in his
Enter ÆLil's.

What news with thee, Arnilius ?

2 Goth. Renowned Lucius, from our troops I Æmil. Arm, arm, my lords; Rome never had

stay'd, more case!

To gaze ipon a ruinous monastery ; The Gnths have gather'd head; and, with a power And as I earnestly did fix mme eve Of high-resolved men, bent to the spoil,

Upon the wasted loding, suddenly They hither march amain, under conduct

I hearr a child cry undoneath a wall: of Lucius, son to old Andronicus;

I made unto the noise; when soon Ilieard Who threats, in course of this revenge, to do The crying babe controllid wito this discourse : As much as ever Coriolanus did.

Peact, lawny slurp; half me, and hull thy dum! Sat. Is warlike Lucius general of the Gothis? Did not thy nue beu ray whose brul thing will, These tidings nip me, and I hang the head

ilad nature lint thier bul thy mother's (0, As flowers with frost, or ytans beat down with Pillain, thou might'st hati bern an improv: stornis.

l'ut ahere the bull and cut orrloth sailk-u hite, Av, now begin our sorrows to approach :

They never do legét a soul-black calf. 'lis he the common people love so much;

Peute, Lillain, peace - Even thuis he rates the Myself hath often overheard them say

habe, (Widien I have walked like a puvate man,)

For I must hear ther to a frusty Geth; Tual lacius' banishment was wrongfuily,

il ho, n hen he knows thou art the empress" babe, And they have wash'd that Lucius were their em- Will hold ther dearly for thy mother's wike. peror.

With this my weapon diawi, Irusilpunt him, Tam. Why should you sear? Is not your city Surprzed nim suddenly; and brettidie tou hitler, strong?

To use as you think need of the mall. Sat. Ay, but the ciuzens favour Lucius ;

Luc. () worthy Gou! this is the incarnale devil,
And will revolt from me, to succour ham.

That rubbed Andronicus of bois brevid hundi
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This is the pearl that pleased your emprego eye, She swounded almost at my pleasing tale,
And here's the base fruit of his burning lost. — And, for iny tidings, gave me twenty kisses.
Say, wall-eyed slave, whither wouldst ihou convey Goth. IVhat! canst thou say all this, and never
This growing image of thy tiend-like face !

blush ? Why dost not speak? What! deaf? No; not a Aar. Av, like a black dog, as the saying is. word?

Lac. Art thou not sorry for these lieinons deeds 3 A halter, soldiers ; hang him on this tree,

Aar. Ay, that I had not done a thousand more. And by his side bis fruit of bastardy.

Even now I curse the day (and yel, I think, dar. Touch not the boy, he is of royal blood. Few come within the compass of my curse,)

Luc. Too like the sire for ever being good.- Wherein I did not some notorious ill:
First, hang the child, that he may see it sprawl; As kill a man, or else devise his death ;
A sight to vex the father's soul withal.

Ravish a maid, or plot the way to do it;
Get me a ladder.

Accuse some innocent, and forswear inyself: (A Ladder brought, which Aaron is obliged to Set deadly enmity between two friends; ascend.

Make poor men's cattle break their necks; Aar. Lucius, save the child ;

Set fire on barns and hay-stacks in the night, And bear it from me to the emperess.

And bid the owners quench them with their tears If thou do this, I'll shew thee wond'rous things, Ott haye I digg'd up dead men from their graves, That highly may advantage thee to hear :

And set them upright at their dear friends' doors, If thou wilt not, befall what may befall,

Even when their sorrows almost were forgot; I'll speak no more ; but vengeance rol you all! And on their skins, as on the bark of trees, Laic. Say on; and, if it please me which thou Have with my knife carved in Roman letters, speak'st,

Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.
Thy child shall live, and I will see it nourish'd. Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things,
Aar. An if it please thee? Why, assure thee, As willingly as one would kill a fly;

And nothing grieves me heartily indeed,
'Twill vex thy soul to hear what I shall speak : But that I cannot do ten thousand more.
For I must talk of murders, rapes, and massacres, Luc. Bring down the devil; for he must not die
Acts of black night, abominable deeds,

So sweet a death, as hanging presently. Complots of mischiet, treason; villainies

Aar. If there be devils, 'would I were a devil, Ruthful to hear, yet piteously perform'd :

To live and burn in everlasting fire; And this shall all be buried by my death,

So I might have your company in hell, Unless thou swear to me, my child shall live. But to torment you with my bitter tongue ! Luc. Tell on thy mind; I say, thy child shall Luc. Sirs, stop his mouth, and let him speak no live.

more. Aar. Swear, that he shall, and then I will begin. Luc. Who should I swear by ? Thou believest no

Enter a Goth. god ;

Goth. My lord, there is a messenger from Rome, That granted, how canst thou believe an oath ? Desires to be admitted to your presence.

Aar. What if I do not ? As, indeed, I do not: Luc. Let him come near.-
Yet, for I know thou art religious,
And hast a thing within thee, called conscience ;

Enter Æmilius.
With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies,

Welcome, Æmilius, what's the news from Rome? Which I have seen thee careful to observe,

Æmil. Lord Lucius, and your princes of the Goths,
Therefore I urge liiy oath ;-for that, I know, The Roman emperor greets you all by me :
An idiot holds his bauble for a god,

And, for he understands you are in arms,
And keeps the oath, which by that god he swears; He craves a parley at your father s house;
To that I'll urge him :-Therefore, thou shalt vow Willing you to den and your hustages,
Py that same god, what god soe'er it be,

And they shall be immediately deliver'd.
That thou adorest and hast in reverence,

I Goth. What says our general? To save my boy, to nourish, and bring him up; Lac. Æmilius, let the emperor give his pledges Or else I will discover nought to thee.


my thither and my uincie Marcus, Luc. Even by my god, I swear to thee, I will. And we will come.-Narch away .. (Ezeunt. Aur. First, know thou, I begot him on the empress.

SCENE II.- Rome.- Before Titus's House. Luc. O most insatiate, luxurious woman!

Aar. Tut, Lucius! this was but a deed of charity, Enter Tamora, Chiron, and Demetrius, disguised. To that which thou shalt hear of meanon.

Tam. Thos, in this strange and sad habiliment, Twas her two sons that marder'd Bassjanis :

I will encounter with Andronicus ; They cut thy sister's tongue, and ravish'd her, And say, I am Revenge, sent from below, And cut her hands ; and trimm'd her as thou To join with tum, and right his heinous wrongs. saw'st.

knock at his study, where, they say, he keeps, Luc. 0, detestable villain! call'st thou that trim. To ruminate strange plots of dire reienge; ming?

Tell him, Revenge in come to join with him, Aar. Why, she was wash'd, and cut, and trimm'd; And work confusion on his enemies. (They knock.

and 'twas
Trim sport for them that had he doing of it.

Enter Titus above.
Luc. (), barbarous, beastly villains, like thyself! Tit. Who doth molest my contemplation?
Aar. Indeed, I was their lutor to insiruet them; Is it your tick, to make mie ope the door;
That codding spirit had they from their mother, That so my sali decrees may fly away,
As sure a card as ever won the set ;

And all my study be to no effect?
That bloody mind, I think, they learn'd of me, You are deceived : for what I mean to do,
As true a dog as ever fought at head.

See here, in bloody lines I have set down ;
Well, let my deeds be witness of my worth,

And what is written shall be executed. 1 traw'd thy brethren to that guileiul hole,

Tum. Titus, I am come to talk with thec. Where the dead corpse of Bassianus lay :

Tit. No ; put a word : How can I grace my talk, I wrote the letter that thy father found,

Wanting a hand to give it action ? And hid the gold within the leiter mention', Thon bast the odds of me, therefore no more. Confederate with the queen, and her two sons ;

Tum. it that didst know me, thou wouldst talk And what not done, that thou hast cause to rue,

with me. Wherein I had no stroke of mischief init?

Tit. I am not mad; I know thee well enough : I play'd the cheater for thy father's hand;

Winness this wretched stump, these cumson lines; And, when I had it, drew myself apart,

Witness these trenches, made liy grief and care ; And almost broke my heart with extreme laughter. Winess the tiring day, and heaiy night ; I rry'd me through the crevice of a wall,

Witness all sorrow, that I know thee well When, for his brand, he had his two son's heads; For our proud empresa, mighty Tamora : Beheld his tears, and laugh'd so heartily,

Is not thy Coming for my other hand ? That both mine eyes were rainy like to his ;

T'um. Know thou, sad man, I am not Tamora ; And when I told the empress of this sport,

She is thy enemy, and I thy friend : • Alluding to the proverb, 'A black man is a • Perhaps this is a stage-direction, crept into the pearl in a fair woman's eye.'


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When he is here, even at thy solemn feast, sans; I By working wreakful vengeance on thyrnes. I will bring in the empress, and her sons, Come down, and welcome me to this world's light: The emperor himself, and all thy foes;

the paste a Confer with me of murder and of death : And at ihy mercy shall they stoop and' kneel,

mke iso pas There's not a hollow cave, or lurking-place, And on them shalt thon ease thy angry heart. that strus No vast obscurity, or misty vale, What says Andronicus to this device?

AC Earth, Where bloody murder, or detested rape,

Tit. Marcus, my brother 1 Tis sad Titas calls. d 'be feast in Can couch for fear, but I will find them out;

2: the bang And in their ears tell them my dreadful name,


to than Phu Revenge, which makes the foul oflender quake. Go, gentle Marcus, to thy nephew Lucius; Pre than Pr Tit. Art thou Revenge ? and art thou seul to me, Thou shalt inquire him out among the Goths :

w prepare ! To be a tornient to mune enemies !

Bid him repair w me, and bring with him Tam. I am ; therefore come down, and welcome Some of the chiefest princes of the Goths ; me the bloo

Bid him encamp his soldiers where they are : dead, Tit. Do me some service, ere I come to thee. Tell him, the emperor and the empress too Orind th Lo, by thy side where Rape, and Murder, stands; Feast at my house : and he shall feast with them. th this hate Now give some 'surance that thou art Revenge, This do thou for iny love, and so let hjm,

that pasiek Suab them, or tear them on thy chariot wheels; As he regards his aged father's life.

me, be evi And then I'll come, and be thy waggoner,

Mar. This will I do, and soon return again. And whirl along with thee about the globes.

(Ezil and bli Provide thee proper palfries, black as jet,

Tam. Now will I hence about thy business,

** bring then To hale thy vengeful waggon swift away,

And take my ministers along with me.

et them read And find out murderers in their guilty caves : Tit. Nay, nay, let Rape and Murder stay with

(1 And, when thy car is loaden with their heads,

me ; I will dismount, and by the waggon wheel

Or else I'll call my brother back again, Trot, like a servile footman, all day long ;

And cleave to no revenge but Lucius. Even froin Hyperion's rising in the east,

Tam. What say you, boys ? Will you abide with Until his very down fal in the sea.


locics, MAI And day by day I'll do this heavy task,

Whiles I go tell my lord the emperor,
So thou destroy Rapine and Murder there.

How I have governd our determined jest !
Tam. These are my ministers, and come with me. Yield to his humour, smooth and speak him fair,

repair to Ro Tit. Are they thy ministers? What are they call'd 1

And tarry with him, till I come again. Tam. Rapine, and Murder; therefore called so, l'it. I know them' all, though they suppose me Good uncia 'Cause they take vengeance of such kind of men.

mad; Tit. Good lord, how like the enpress' sous they And will o'er-reach them in their own devices, are !

pair of cursed hell.hounds, and their dam. And you, the empress ! But we worldly men

(A side. Havé miserable, mad, nustaking eyes.

Dem. Madam, depart at pleasure, leave us herè.

Strony of h O sweet Revenge, now do I come to thee :

Tam. Farewell, Andronicus : Revenge now goes And, if one arni's embracement will content thee, To lay a complot to betray thy foes. (Erit Tamora. I will enıbrace thee in it by and by.

Tit. i know thou dost; and, sweet Revenge, some decor (Erit Titus, from above.

farewell. Tam. This closing with him fits his lunacy : Chi. Tell us, old man, how shall we be employ'd ! Wbrate'er I forge, to feed his brain-sick tits,

Tit. Tut, I have work enough for you to du. Do you uphold and maintain in your speeches. Publius, come hither, Caius, and Valentine ! For now he firmly takes me for Revenge ;

Enter Publius, and others, And, being credulous in this mad thought, l'll make him send for Lucius, his son;

Pub. What's your will? And, whilst I at a banquet hold him sure,

Tit. Know you these two? I'll find some cunning practice out of hand,

Pub. Th'empress' sons, To scatter and disperse the giddy Goths,

I take them, Chiron and Demetrius. Or, at the least, make them bis enemies.

Tit. Fie, Publius, fie! thou art too much deSee, here he coines, and I must ply my theme.

ceived ;

The one is Murder, Rape is the other's name :
Enter Titus.

And therefore bind them, gentle Publius :
Tit. Long bave I been forlorn, and all for thee. Caius, and Valentine, lay hands on them :
Welcome, dread fury, to my woeful house ;- Oit have you heard me wish for such an hour,
Rapine, and Murder, you are welcome too :- Aud now I find it; therefore bind them sure ;
How like the empress and her sons you are ! And stop their mouths, it they begin to cry.
Well are you fitted, had you but a Moor:--

[Exit Titus:-Publius, &c. lay hold on Chiron peace, for loCould not all hell afford you such a devil ?

and Demetrius.

places. For, well I wol, the empress never wags,

Chi. Villains, for bear; we are the empress' sons. But in her company there is a Moor;

Pub. And therefore do we wliat we are com And, would you represent oor queen aright,

manded.-It were convenient you had such a devil: Stop close their mouths, let them not speak a word:

Table But welcome, as you are. What shall we do? Is he sure bound ? Look, that you bind them fast to Titus, are

Tam. What wouldst thou have us do, Andronicus?
Dem. Shew me a murderer, l'll deal with him.

Re enter Titus ANDRONICUS, with LAVINIA ; she ng Lucius Chi. Shew me a villain, that hath done a rape,

bearing a Bason, and he a Knije. And I am sent to be revenged on him.

Tit. Comie, come, Lavinia ; look, thy foes are Tam. Shew me a thousand, tbat bath done thee

bound; wrong,

Sirs, stop their mouths, let them not speak to me;
And I will be revenged on them all.

But let them hear what fearful words I iilter.
Tit. Look round about the wicked streets of villains, Chiron and Deme must

Here stands the spring whom you have staind with
And when thon find'st a man that's like thyself,

mud; Good Murder, stab him; he's a murderer.--- This goodly summer with your winter muix'd. Go thon with him : an when it is thy kap,

You killed her husband; and, for that vile fault, To find another that is like to thee,

Two of her brothers were condemn'a to death :
Good Rapine, stah him; he is a rai'isher.--

My hand cul ult, and wade a merry jest:
Go thou with them; and in the emperor's court Both her sweet hands, her tongue, and that, more
There is a queen, attended by a Moor;

Well may'st thou know bier by thy own proportion, Than hands or tongue, her spotless chastity,
Por up and down she doth lisemiile thee:

Inhunian traitors, you constrain'd and forced.
I pray thee, do on them some violent death, What would you say, if I should let you speak?
They have been violent in ine and mine.

Villains, for shame you could not beg for grace.
Tam. Well hast thon lesson'ds; this shall we do. Hark, wretches, how I mean to marryr you.
But would it please thee, fiind Andronicus, This one land yet is left to cut your throats;
To send for Lucius, thy thnice input in,

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