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Till time beget some careful remedy.
JMar. Kinsmen, his sorrows are past remedy.

'oin with the Goths; and with revengeful war

Take wreak on Rome for this ingratitude,

And vengeance on the traitor Saturnine.
Tit. Publius, how now? how now, my masters?

What,
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word, If you will have revenge from hell, you shall: Marry, for Justice, she is so employ'd, He thinks, with Jove in heaven, or somewhere else, So that perforce you must needs stay a time. Tit. He doth me wrong, to feed me with delays. I'll dive into the jo. below, And pull her out of Acheron by the heels— Marcus, we are but shrubs, no cedars we; No big-bon'd men, fram'd of the Cyclops' size: But metal, Marcus; steel to the very back; Yet wo wrongs, more than our backs can ar: And stho there is no justice in earth nor hell, We will solicit heaven; and move the gods, To send down justice for to wreak our wrongs: Come, to this gear." You are a good archer, Marcus. [He gives them the arrows. Jold Jovem, that's for you —Here, ad.Apollinem:— .AdJMartem, that's for myself:Here, boy, to Pallas —Here, to Mercury: To Saturn, Caius, not to Saturnine,— You were as good to shoot against the wind.— To it, boy. Marcus, loose when I bid: O'my word, I have written to effect; There's not a god left unsolicited. JMar. Kinsmen, shoot all your shafts into the court: We will afflict the emperor in his pride. Tit. Now, masters, draw. [They shoot.] O, well Good b o oy, in Virgo's lap; give it Pallas. JMar. My ...? o o beyond the moon; Your letter is with Jupiter by this. Tit. Ha! Publius, Publius, what hast thou done? See, see, thou hast shot off one of Taurus' horns. JMar. T. was the sport, my lord: when Publius

shot, The bull being gall'd, gave Aries such a knock That down fell both the ram's horns in the court; And who should find them but the empress' villain? She laugh'd, and told the Moor, he should not

choose But give them to his master for a present. Tit. Why, there it goes: God give your lord.

ship joy.

Enter a Clown, with a basket and two pigeons.

News, news from heaven! Marcus, the post is come.
Sirrah, what tidings? have you any letters?
Shall I have justice? what says Jupiter?
Clo. Ho!, the gibbet-maker? he says, that he
hath taken them down again, for the man must not
be hanged till the next week.
Tit. But what says J upiter, I ask thee?
Clo. Alas, sir, I know not Jupiter; I never
drank with him in all my life.
Tit. Why, villain, art not thou the carrier?
Qlo. Ay, of my pigeons, sir; nothing else.
Tit. Why, didst thou not come from heaven?
Clo. From heaven? alas, sir, I never came there:
God forbid, I should be so bold to press to heaven

(1) Strained. ) Since. 3) Revenge. (4) Dress, *...: ( enge

in my young days. Why, I am going with my pigeons to the tribunal plebs, to take up a matter of brawl, betwixt my uncle and one of the emperial's men. JMar. Why, sir, that is as fit as can be, to serve for your oration; and let him deliver the pigeons to the emperor from you. Tit. Tell me, can you deliver an oration to the ror with a grace? lo. Nay, truly, sir, I could never say grace in all my life. Tit. Sirrah, come hither: make no more ado, But give your pigeons to the emperor: By me thou shalt have justice at his hands. #. hold;—mean while, here's money for thy charges. Give me a pen and inkSirrah, can you with a grace deliver a supplication?

Clo. Ay, sir. Tit. o here is a supplication for you. ... And when you come to him, at the first approach, you must kneel; then kiss his foot; then deliver o * pigeons; and then look for your reward. I' at hand: see you do it bravely. Clo. I warrant you, sir; let me alone. Tit. Sirrah, hast thou a knife? Come, let me see it. Here, Marcus, fold it in the oration; For thou hast made it like an humble suppliant:And when thou hast given it to the emperor, Knock at my door, and tell me what he says. Clo. God be with you, sir; I will. Tit. Come, Marcus, let's go:—Publius, follow ine, [Ereunt.

SCENTE IV—The same. Before the palace. Enter Saturninus, Tamora, Chiron, Demetrius, Lords, and others: Saturninus, with the arrors in his hand, that Titus shot.

Sat. Why, lords, what wrongs are these? Was ever seen

An emperor of Rome thus overborne,
Troubled, confronted thus: and, for the extent
Of egalo justice, us'd in such contempt?
My lords, you know, as do the mightful gods,
However these disturbers of our peace
Buzz in the people's ears, there nought hath pass'd,
But even with law, against the wilful sons
Of old Andronicus. And what an if
His sorrows have so overwhelm'd his wits,
Shall we be thus afflicted in his wreaks,
His fits, his frenzy, and his bitterness?
And now he writes to heaven for his redress:
See, here's to Jove, and this to Mercury;
This to Apollo; this to the god of war:
Sweet scrolls to fly about the streets of Rome!
What's this, but libelling against the senate,
And blazoning our injustice every where?
A goodly humour, is it not, my lords :
As who would say, in Rome no justice were.
But, if I live, his feigned ecstasies
Shall be no shelter to these outrages:
But he and his shall know, that justice lives
In Saturninus' health; whom, if she sleep,
He'll so awake, as she in fury shall
Cut off the proud'st conspirator that lives.

Tam, My gracious lord, my lovely Saturnine, Lord of my life, commander of my thoughts, Calm thee, and bear the faults of Titus' age, The effects of sorrow for his valiant sons,

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"How now, good fellow? would'st thouspeak with us?
Clo. Yes, forsooth, an your mistership be im-
rial.
Tam. Empress I am, but yonder sits the emperor.
Clo. 'Tis o and saint Stephen, give you
goodden:-I have brought you a letter, and acouple
of pigeons here. [Saturninus reads the letter.
at Go, take him away, and hang him presently.
Clo. How much money must I have *
Tam. Come, sirrah, you must be hang'd.
Clo. Hang'd! By'rlady, then I have brought up
a neck to a fair ... [Erit, guarded
Sat. Despiteful and intolerable wrongs!
Shall I endure this monstrous villany ”
I know from whence this same device proceeds;
May this be borne?—as if his traitorous sons,
That died by law for murder of our brother,
Have by my means been butcher'd wrongfully.—
Go, drag the villain hither by the hair;
Nor age, nor honour, shall shape privilege:–
For this proud mock, I'll be thy slaughter-man:
Sly frantic wretch, that holp'st to . me great,
In hope thyself should govern Rome and me.

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What news with thee, AEmilius?
JEmil. Arm, arm, my lords; Rome never had
more cause!
The Goths have gather'd head; and, with a power
Of high-resolved men, bent to the spoil,
They hither march amain, under conduct
Of Lucius, son to old Andronicus;
Who threats, in course of this revenge, to do
As much as ever Coriolanus did.
Sat. Is warlike Lucius general of the Goths?
These tidings nip me; and I hang the head
As flowers with frost, or grass beat down with
storms.
Ay, now begin our sorrows to approach:
"Tis he the common ple love so much;
Myself hath often overheard them say
(When I have walked like a private man,)
That Lucius' banishment was wrongfully,
And they have wish'd that Lucius were their em-

*ror. Tam. &. should you fear? is not your city strong * Sat. Ay, but the citizens favour Lucius; And will revolt from me, to succour him. Tam. King, be thy thoughts imperious,” like thy

rtaine.

Is the sun dimm'd, that gnats do fly in it?
The eagle suffers little birds to sing,
And is not careful what they mean thereby;
Knowing that with the shadow of his wings,
He can at pleasure stinto their melody:
Even so may'st thou the giddy men of Rome.
Then cheer thy spirit: for know, thou emperor,
I will enchant the old Andronicus,
With words more sweet, and yet more dangerous,
Than baits to fish, or honey-stalks to sheep;

(1) Flatter. (2) Imperial. (3) Stop. (4) Harm. vol. ii.

When as the one is wounded with the bait,
The other rotted with delicious feed..
Sat. But he will not entreat his son for us.
Tam. If Tamora entreat him, then he will :
For I can smooth, and fill his aged ear
With golden promises; that, were his heart
Almost impregnable, his old ears deaf,
Yet should both ear and heart obey my tongue.—
Go thou before, be our embassador; [To AEmilius.
Say, that the emperor requests a parley
Of warlike Lucius, and appoint the meeting,
Even at his father's house, the old Andronicus.
Sat. A milius, do this message honourably:
And if he stand on hostage for nis safety,
Bid him demand what pledge will please him best.
JEmil. Your bidding shall I do effectually.
Erit AEmilius.
Tam. Now will I to that old Andronicus;
And temper him, with all the art I have,
A.P. proud Lucius from the warlike Goths.
And now, sweet emperor, be blithe again,
And !" all thy fear in my devices.
he

Sat. n go successfully, and plead to him.
[Ereunt
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ACT V.

SCE.WE I.—Plains near Rome. Enter Lucius, and Goths, with drum and colours.

Luc. Approved warriors, and my faithful friends, I have received letters from great Rome, Which signify, what hate they bear their emperor, And how desirous of our sight they are. Therefore, great lords, be, as your titles witness, Imperious, and impatient of your wrongs; And, wherein Rome hath done you any scath," Let him make treble satisfaction. 1 Goth., Brave slip, sprung from the great Andronicus, Whose name was once our terror, now our comfort; Whose high exploits, and honourable deeds, Ingrateful Rome requites with foul contempt, Be bold in us: we'll follow where thou lead'st,Like stinging bees in hottest summer's day, Led by their master to the flower'd fields,And be aveng'd on cursed Tamora. Goths. And, as he saith, so say we all with him. Luc. I humbly thank him, and I thank you all But who comes here, led by a lusty Goth:

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Surpris'd him suddenly; and brought him hither,
To use as you think needful of the man.
Luc. Oworthy Goth ! this is the incarnate devil,
That robb’d Andronicus of his good hand:
This is the pear that pleas'd your empress' eye;
And here's the base fruit of his burning lust.—
Say, wall-ey'd slave, whither would'st thou convey
This growing image of thy fiend-like face?
Why dost o hat! deaf; No; not a
word t

A halter, soldiers; hang him on this tree,

And by his side his fruit of bastardy.
.Aar. Touch not the boy, he is o royal blood.
Luc. Too like the sire for ever being good.—

First, hang the child, that he may see it sprawl;

A sight to vex the father's soul withal.

Get me a ladder.

[..A ladder brought, which Aaron is obliged to ascend.

.Aar. Lucius, save the child; And bear it from me to the empress. If thou do this, I'll show thee wondrous things, That highly may advantage thee to hear: If thou wilt not, befall what may befall, I'll speak no more; But vengeance rot you all!

Luc, Say on; and, if it please me which thou

speak'st, Thy child shall live, and I will see it nourish'd. Jolar. An if it please thee? why, assure thee, Lucius, Twill vex thy soul to hear what I shall speak: For I must talk of murders, rapes, and massacres, Acts of black night, joi. Complots of mischief, treason; villanies Ruthful to hear, yet R. perform'd : And this shall it. buried by my death, Unless thou swear to me, my child shall live. Luc. Tell on thymind; I say, thy child shall live. .Aar. Swear, that he shall, and then I will begin. Luc. Who should I swear by ? thou believ'st

no #. ; That granted, how canst thou believe an oath * .Aar. What if I do not? as, indeed, I do not : Yeti-for I know thou art religious, And hast a thing within thee, called conscience; With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies, Which I have seen thee careful to observe, Therefore I urge thy oath;-For that, I know, An idiot holds his bauble for a god, And keeps the oath, which by that god he swears; To that I'll urge him —Therefore, thou shalt vow By that same god, what god soe'er it be, t thou ador'st and hast in reverence,— To save my boy, to nourish, and bring him up; Or else I will discover nought to thee. Luc. Even by my 3. swear to thee, I will. JAar. First, know thou, I begot him on the empress. Luc. O most insatiate, luxurious woman' .Aar. Tut, Lucius! this was but a deed of charity, To that which thou shalt hear of me anon. "Twas her two sons that murder'd Bassianus : They cut thy sister's tongue, and ravish'd her, A.' cut her hands; and trimm'd her as thou

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.Aar. Indeed, I was their tutor to instruct them, That codding spirit had they from their mother, As sure a card as ever won the set: That bloody mind, I think, they learn'd of me, As true a dog as ever fought at head— Well, let my deeds be witness of my worth. I train'd thy brethren to that guileful hole, Where the dead corpse of Bassianus lay: I wrote the letter that thy father found, And hid the gold within the letter mention'd, Confederate with the queen, and her two sons; And what not done, that thou hast cause to rue, Wherein I had no stroke of mischief in it? I play'd the cheater for thy father's hand; And, when I had it, drew myself apart, And almost broke my heart with extreme laughter. I pry'd me through the crevice of a wall, When, for his hand, he had his two sons' heads; Beheld his tears, and laugh’d so heartily, That both mine eyes were rainy like to his; And when I told the empress of this sport, She swounded almost at my pleasing tale, And, for my tidings, gave me twenty kisses Goth. What! canst thou say all this, and never blush * Jolar. Ay, like a black dog, as the saying is. Luc. Art thou not sorry for these heinous deeds? .Aar. Ay, that I had not done a thousand more. Even now I curse the day (and yet, I think, Few come within the compass of o curse,) Wherein I did not some notorious ill: As kill a man, or else devise his death; Ravish a maid, or plot the way to do it; Accuse some innocent, and forswear myself: Set deadly enmity between two friends; Make poor men's cattle break their necks; Set fire on barns and hay-stacks in the night, And bid the owners quench them with their tears. Oft have I digg'd up dead men from their graves, And set them upright at their dear friends' doors, Even when their sorrows almost were forgot; And on their skins, as on the bark of trees, Have with my knife carved in Roman letters, Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead. Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things, As willingly as one would kill a fly; And nothing grieves me heartily indeed, But that I cannot do ten thousand more. Luc. Bring down the devil; for he must not die So sweet a death, as hanging presently. .Aar. If there be devils, 'would I were a devil, To live and burn in everlasting fire; So I might have your company in hell, But to torment you with my bitter tongue! Luc. Sirs, stop his mouth, and let him speak no more.

Enter a Goth.

Goth. Mylord, there is a messenger from Rome, Desires to be admitted to your presence. Luc. Let him come near.—

EnterAEmilius.

Welcome, Emilius, what's the news from Rome?
JEmil. Lord Lucius, and you princes of the
Goths,
The Roman emperor greets you all by me:
And, for he understands you are in arms,
He craves a parley at your father's house;
Willing you to ğ your hostages,
And they shall be immediately deliver'd.
1 Goth. What says our general?
Luc. AEmilius, let the emperor give his pledges
Unto my father and my uncle Marcus,

And we will come.—March away." [Ereunt.

SCENTE II. -Rome. Before Titus's house. Enter Tamora, Chiron, and Demetrius, disguised.

Tam. Thus, in this strange and sad habiliment, I will encounter with Andronicus; And say, I am .. sent from below, To join with him, and right his heinous wrongs. Knock at his study, where, they say, he keeps, To ruminate strange plots of dire revenge; Tell him, Revenge is come to join with him, And work confusion on his enemies. [They knock.

** Enter Titus, above.

Tit. Who doth molest my contemplation? Is it your trick, to make me ope the door; That so my sad decrees may fly away, And all my study be to no effect? You are deceiv'd : for what I mean to do, See here, in bloody lines I have set down; And what is written shall be executed. Tam. Titus, I am come to talk with thee. Tit. No; not a word: How can I gracemy talk, Wanting a hand to give it action? Thou hast the odds of me, therefore no more. Tam. If thou didst know me, thou would'st talk with me. Tit. I am not mad; I know thee well enough: Witness this wretched stump, these crimson lines; Witness these trenches, made by grief and care; Witness the tiring day, and heavy night; Witness all sorrow, that I know thee well For our proud empress, mighty Tamora: Is not thy 5. i. for my other hand? Tam. Know thou, sad man, I am not Tamora; She is thy enemy, and I thy friend: I am Revenge; sent from the infernal kingdom, To ease the gnawing vulture of thy mind, By working wreakful vengeance on thy foes. Come down, and welcome me to this world's light: Confer with me of murder and of death: There's not a hollow cave, or lurking-place, No vast obscurity, or misty vale, Where bloody murder, or detested rape, Can couch for fear, but I will find them out; And in their ears tell them my dreadful name, Revenge, which makes the foul offender quake. Tit. Art thou Revenge? and art thou sent to me, To be a torment to mine enemies? Tam. I am; therefore come down, and welcome ine. Tif. Dome some service, ere I come to thee. Lo, by thy side where Rape, and Murder, stand; Now give some 'surance that thou art Revenge, Stab ă. or tear them on thy chariot wheels; And then I'll come, and be thy waggoner, And whirl along with thee about the globes. Provide thee proper palfries, black as jet, To hale thy Jo, swift away, And find out murderers in their guilty caves: And, when thy car is loaden with their heads, I will dismount, and by the waggon wheel Trot, like a servile footman, all day long; Even from Hyperion's rising in the east, Until his very downfall in the sea. And day by day I'll do this heavy task, So thou destroy Rapine and Murder there. Tam. These are my ministers, and come with me. Tit. Are they thyministers? what are they call'd? Tam. Rapine, and Murder; therosore called so, 'Cause they take vengeance of such kind of men.

(1) Perhaps this is a stage-direction, crept into

Tit. Good lord, how like the empress' sons they are

And you, the empress! But we worldly men
Have miserable, mad, mistaking eyes.
Osweet Revenge, now do I come to thee:
And, if one arm's embracement will content thee,
I will embrace thee in it by and by.
so. Titus, from above.

Tam. This closing with him fits his lunacy:
Whate'er I forge, to feed his brain-sick fits,
Do you uphold and maintain in your speeches.
For now he firmly takes me for Revenge;
And, being credulous in this mad thought,
I'll make him send for Lucius, his son;
And, whilst I at a banquet hold him sure,
I'll find some cunning practice out of hand,
To scatter and disperse the giddy Goths,
Or, at the least, make them his enemies.
See, here he comes, and I must ply my theme.

Enter Titus.

Tit. Long have I been forlorn, and all for thee: Welcome, dread fury, to my woful house;— Rapine, and Murder, you are welcome too:How like the empress and her sons you are Well are you fitted, had you but a Moor:— Could not all hell afford you such a devil?— For, well I wot, the empress never wags, But in her company there is a Moor; And, would you represent our queen aright, It were convenient you had such a devil: But welcome, as you are. What shall we do? Tam. who would'st thou have us do, Andronicus: Dem. Show me a murderer, I’ll deal with him. Chi. Show me a villain, that hath done a rape, And I am sent to be reveng'd on him. Tam. Show me a thousand, that hath done thee wrong, And I will be revenged on them all. Tit. Look round about the wicked streets of

Rome;
And when thou find'st a man that's like thyself,
Good Murder, stab him; he's a murderer.—
Go thou with him; and when it is thy hap,
To find another that is like to thee,
Good Rapine, stab him; he is a ravisher.—
Go thou with them; and in the emperor's court
There is a queen, attended by a Moor;
Wellmay'st thou know her by thy own proportion,
For up and down she doth resemble thee;
i o thee, do on them some violent death,
They have been violent to me and mine.
am. Well hast thou lesson'd us; this shallwe do.

But would it please thee, good Andronicus,
To send for Lucius, thy thrice valiant son,
Wholeads towards Rome a band of warlike Goths,
And bid him come and banquet at thy house:
When he is here, even at thy solemn feast,
I will bring in the empress, and her sons,
The emperor himself, and all thy foes;
And at thy mercy shall they stoop and kneel,
And on them shalt thou ease thy angry heart.
What says Andronicus to this device?

Tit. Marcus, my brother!—'tis sad Titus calls.

Enter Marcus.

Go, gentle Marcus, to thy nephew Lucius; Thou shalt inquire him out among the Goths: Bid him repair to me, and bring with him Some of the chiefest princes of the Goths; Bid him encamp his soldiers where they are: Tell him, the emperor and the empress too

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Enter Publius, and others. Pub. What's your will? Tit. Know you these two? Pub Th' empress' sons,

I take them, Chiron and Demetrius.
Tit. Fie, Publius, fie! thou art too much de-
ceiv'd;
The one is Murder, Rape is the other's name:
And therefore bind them, gentle Publius:
Caius, and Valentine, lay hands on them:
Oft have you heard me wish for such an hour,
And now I find it; therefore bind them sure;
And stop their mouths, if they begin to cry.
[Exit Titus—Publius, &c. lay hold on Chiron
and Demetrius.
Chi. Willains, forbear; we are the empress' sons.
Pub. And therefore do we what we are com-
manded.—
Stop close their mouths, let them not speak a word:
Is he sure bound? look, that you bind them fast.

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Whilst that Lavinia'tween her stumps doth hold
The bason, that receives your guilty blood.
You know, your mother means to feast with me,
And calls herself, Revenge, and thinks me mad,
Hark, villains; I will grind your bones to dust,
And with your blood and it, I'll make a paste,
And of the paste a coffin' I will rear,
And make two pasties of your shameful heads;
And bid that strumpet, your unhallow'd dam,
Like to the earth, swallow her own increase.
This is the feast that I have bid her to,
And this the banquet she shall surfeit on:
For worse than Philomel you us'd my daughter,
And worse than Progne I will be reveng’d:
And now prepare your throats—Lavinia, come,
[He cuts their throats.
Receive the blood: and, when that they are dead,
Let me go grind their bones to powder small,
And with this hateful liquor temperit;
And in that paste let their vile heads be bak'd.
|Come, come, be every one officious
To make this banquet; which I wish may prove
|More stern and bloody than the Centaurs' feast.
So, now bring them in, for I will play the cook,
And see them ready 'gainst their mother comes
[Ereunt, bearing the dead bodies.

SCENTE III—The same. A pavilion, with is: bles, &c. Enter Lucius, Marcus, and Goths, with Aaron, prisoner.

Luc. Uncle Marcus, since’tis my father's mind, That I repair to Rome, I am content. 1 Goth. And ours, with thine, befall what fortune will. Luc Good uncle, take you in this barbarous Moor, This ravenous tiger, this accursed devil; Let him receive no sustenance, fetter him, Till he be brought unto the empress' face, For testimony of her foul proceedings: And see the ambush of our friends be strong: I fear, the emperor means no good to us. .Aar. Some devil whisper curses in mine ear, And prompt me, that my tongue may utter forth The venomous malice of my swelling heart! Luc. Away, inhuman dog! unhallow'd slave!Sirs, help our uncle to convey him in.— [Ereunt Goths, with Aaron. Flourish. The trumpets show, the emperor is at hand.

Enter Saturninus and Tamora, with Tribunes, Senators, and others.

Sat. who hath the firmament more suns than one : Luc. What boots? it thee, to call thyself a sun? JMar. o: emperor, and nephew, break the rie; These quarrels must be quietly debated. The feast is ready, which the careful Titus Hath ordain'd to an honourable end, For peace, for love, for league, and good to Rome: Please you, therefore, draw nigh, and take your places. Sat. Marcus, we will. sho, sound. The company sit down at table.

Enter Titus, dressed like a cook, Lavinia, reiled,

young Lucius, and others. Titus places the

dishes on the table.

Tit. Welcome, my gracious lord: welcome, dread queen;

(2) Advantage, benefit. (3) i. e. Begin the parley

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