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Knowing, that with the shadow of his wings 1 Go thou before, be our ambassador: [TO Æmilius. He can at pleasure stint their melody:
Say, that the emperor requests a parley Even so may'st thou the giddy men of Rome. Of warlike Lucius, and appoint the meeting. Then cheer thy spirit: for know, thou emperor, Sat. Æmilius, do this message honourably: I will enchant the old Andronicus
| 5 |And if he stand on hostage for his safety, With words more sweet, and yet more dangerous, Bid him demand what pledge will please him best. Than baits to fish, or honey-stalks' to sheep; 1 mil. Your bidding shall I do eilectually. [Er. When as the one is wounded with the bait,
Tam. Now will I to that old Andronicus; The other rotted with delicious feed.
And temper him with all the art I have, Sat. But he will not entreat his son for us. 110 To pluck proud Lucius from the warlike Goths.
Tam. If Tamora entreat him, then he will: And now, sweet emperor, be blithe again, , For I can smooth, and fill his aged ear
And bury all thy fear in my devices. With golden promises; that were bis heart
Sat. Then go successfully, and plead to him. Alinost impregnable, his old ears deaf,
(Eseunt. Yet should both ear and heart obey my tongue.-151
. . A CT V. SCENE I.
1 f“ They never do beget a coal-black calf.
“ Peace, villain, peace!"--even thus he rates the The Camp, at a small distance from Rome.
babe,Enter Lucius and Goths, with drum and soldiers. “ For I must bear thee to a trusty Goth; Luc. APPROVED warriors, and my faithful! " Who,whenbeknowsthou art the emperess'babe, "A friends,
" Will hold thee dearly for thy mother's sake." I have received letters from great Rome, With this, my weapon drawn, Irush'd upon him, Which signifv,what hate they bear their emperor, 30 Surpriz'd him suddenly; and brought him hither, And how desirous of our sight they are.
To use as you think needful of the man. [vil, Therefore, great lords, be, as your titles witness, Luc. () worthy Goth! this is the incamate de Imperious, and impatient of your wrongs;
That robb’d Andronicus of his good hand: And, wherein Rome hath done you any scathe, This is the pearl that pleas'd your emperess' eve; Let him make treble satisfaction.
|35| And here's the base fruit of his burning lust.Goth. Brave slip, sprung from the great An Say,wall-ey'd slave, whither would'st thou convey dronicus,
This growing image of thy fiend-like face? Whose name was once ourterror,now our comfort;| Why dost not speak? What! deaf? No! not a Whose high exploits, and honourable deeds,
Aur. Touch not the boy, he is of roval blood. Led by their master to the flower'd fields,
Luc. Too like the sire for ever being good.And be aveng'd on cursed Tamora.
First hang the child, that he may see it sprawl; Omn. And, as he saith, so say we all with him. 45 A sight to vex the father's soul withal.
Luc. I hunnbly thank him, and I thank you all. Get me a ladder? But who comes here, led by a lusty Goth?
Aar. Lucius, save the child; Enter a Goth, leading Aaron, with his child in And bear it from me to the emperess. his arms.
|If thou do this, I'll show thee wond'rous things, Goth. Renowned Lucius, from our troops 1 50 That highly may advantage thee to hear : To gaze upon a ruinous monastery ; [stray'd If thou wilt not, befall what may befall, And as I earnestly did fix mine eve
I'll speak no more; But vengeance rot you all! Upon the wasted building, suddenly
| Luc. Say on; and, if it please me which thou I heard a child cry underneath a wall:
speak'st, I made unto the noise; when soon I heard 55 Thy child shall live, and I will see it nourish'd. The crying babe controul'd with this discourse: Aur. An if it please thee? why, assure thee, “ Peace, tawny slave; half me, and half thv dam!! | Lucius, “ Did not thy bue bewray whose brat thou art, 'Twill vex thy soul to hear what I shall speak; “ Had nature lent thee but thy mother's look, 1 For I must talk of murders, rapes, and massacres, « Villain, thou might'st have been an emperor : 60 Acts of black night, abon inable deeds, « But where the bull and cow are both milk-white, Complots of mischief, treason; villainies
* Honey-stalks are clover-flowers, which contain a sweet juice. It is common for cattle to overcharge themselves with clover, and die. ? Get me a ladder, has been in most of the editions given to Aaron, and properly, as mcaning hang me.
Ruthful to hear, yet piteously perform’d: · 1 | Aar. Ay, like a black dog, as the saying is. And this shall all be buried by my death,
Luc. Art thou not sorry for these heinous deeds ? Unless thou swear to me, my child shall live: Aar: Ay, that I had not done a thousand more,
Luc. Tell on thy mind; I say,thy child shall live. Even now I curse the day, (and yet, I think,
As kill a man, or else devise his death;
Aar. What if I do not ? as indeed, I do not: Accuse some innocent, and forswear myself; Yet,---for I know thou art religious,
10 Set deadly enmity between two friends; And hast a thing within thee, called conscience; Make poor men's cattle break their necks; With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies, Set fire on barns and hay-stacks in the night, Which I have seen thee careful to observe, And bid the owners quench them with their tears. Therefore I urge thy oath ;-For that, I know, ! Oft have I digg'd up dead men from their graves, An ideot holds his bauble for a god,
115 And set them upright at their dear friends' doors, And keeps the oath, which by that god he swears; Even when the sorrow almost was forgot; To that I'll urge him :-Therefore thou shalt vow And on their skins, as on the bark of trees, By that same god, what god soe'er it be,
Have with my knife carved in Roman letters, That thou ador'st and hast in reverence,
Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead. To save my boy, nourish, and bring him up; 20 Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things, Or else I will discover nought to thee.
As willingly as one would kill a fly;
Luc. Bring down the devil'; for he must not die Luc. () most insatiate, luxurious woman! 25 So sweet a death, as hanging presently.
Aar. Tut, Lucius! this was but a deedofcharity, Aar. If there be devils, 'would I were a devil, To that which thou shalt hear of me anon. To live and burn in everlasting fire; "Twas her two sons, that murder'd Bassianus : So I might have your company in hell, They cut thy sister's tongue, and ravish'd her, 1 But to torment you with my bitter tongue ! And cut her hands off; and trimm'd her as thou 30 Luc. Sirs, stop his mouth, and let him speak saw'st.
no more. Luc.o, detestable villain! call'st thou that trim
· Enter Æmilius. Aar. Why, she was wash’d, and cut; and Goth. My lord, there is a messenger from Rome trimm'd; and 'twas
Desires to be admitted to your presence. Trim sport for them that had the doing of it. 35. Luc. Let him come near.
Luc.'0; barbarous beastly villains, like thyself! Welcome, Emilius, what's the news from Rome? Aur. Indeed, I was the tutor to instruct them;} Æmil. Lord Lucius, and you princes of the That codding' spirit had they from their mother,
Goths, As sure a card as ever won the set;
The Roman emperor greets you all by me: That bloody mind, I think, they learn'd of me, 40 And, for he understands you are in arms, As truc a dog as ever fought at head.
He craves a parley at your father's house;.
Goth. What says our general?
SCENE II. I play'd the cheater for thy father's hand; 50
Titus' Palace in Rome. And, when I had it, drew myself apart, And almost broke my heart withextreme laughter. Enter Tamora, Chiron, and Demetrius, disguis'd. I pry'd me through the crevice of a wall,
| Tam. Thus, in this strange and sad habiliment. When, for his hand, he had his two sons' heads; I will encounter with Andronicus; Beheld his tears, and laugh'd so heartily,. 55 And say, I am Revenge, sent from below, That both mine eyes were rainy like to his ;. To join with him, and right his beinous wrongs. And when I told the emperess of this sport, Knock at his study, where, they say, he keeps, She swooned almost at my pleasing tale,
1. To ruminate strange plots of dire revenge; And, for my tidings, gave me twenty kisses.
| Tell him, Revenge is come to join with hiin, Goth. What! canst thou say.all this, and never 60 And work confusion on bis enemies. blush?
I. [They knock, and Tilus opens his study d or. 'i.e. that love of bed-sports.—Cod is a word still used in Yorkshire for a pillow. ? Mr. Steevens here observes, that it appears, from these words, that the audience were entertained with part of the apparatus of an execution, and that Aaron was mounted on a ladder, as ready to be turned off. 3 1 2
Tit. Who doth molest my conteniplation? I will embrace thee in it by-and-hy. Is it your trick to make me ope the door;
[Exit Titus from above. That so my sad decrees may fly away, »
Tam. This closing with him fits his lunacy: And all my study be to no effect?
Whate'er I forge, to feed his brain-sick bts, You are deceivd: for what I mean to do. 5 Do you uphold and maintain in your speeches, See here, in bloody lines, I have set down; For now he firmily takes me for Revenge: And what is written shall be executed.
And, being credulous in this mad thought, Tam. Titus, I am come to talk with thee. I'll make him send for Lucius, his son ;
Tit. No, not a word: How can I grace my talk, And, whilst I at a banquet hold him sure, Wanting a hand to give it that accord ? 110 I'll find some cunning practice out of hand, Thou hast the odds of me, therefore no more. To scatter and disperse the giddy Goths, Tam. If thou didst know me, thou would'st| Or, at the least, make thein bis enemies. talk with me.
See, here he comes, and I must ply my theme. Tit. I am not mad: I know thee well enough:
Enter Titus. Witness this wretched stump, these crimson lines;|15| Tor Lochave The Witness these trenches, made by grief and care;
5:1 Tit. Long have I been forlorn, and all for thee; Witness the tiring day, and heavy night;
| Welcome, dread fury, to my woeful house; Witness all sorrow, that I know thee well
Rapine, and Murder, you are welcome too :For our proud emperess, mighty Tamora:
How like the empress and her sons you are! Is not thy coming for my other band ?
Well are you fitted, had you but a Moor :Tam. Know thou, sad man, I am not Tamora;
"Could not all hell afford yon such a devil She is thy enemy, and I thy friend :
al For, well I wot, the empress never wags,
But in ber company there is a Moor;
And, would you represent our queen aright, By working wreakful vengeance on thy foes.
bollt were convenient you had such a devil: Come down, and welcome me to this world’slight;
t. But welcome, as you are. What shall we do? Confer with me of murder, and of death:
Tan. What wouldst thou have us do, Andronicus! There's not a hollow cave, nor lurking-place,
Dam. Shew me a murderer, I'll deal with him. No vast obscurity, or misty vale,
Chi. Shew me a villain, that hath done a rape, Where bloody murder, or detested rape,
120 And I am sent to be reveng'd on him. (wrong,
1300 Can couch for fear, but I will find them out;
Tam. Shew ine a thousand, that have done thee And in their cars tell them my dreadful name,
And I will be revenged on them all. (Rome; Revenge, which makes the foul offenders quake.
Tit. Look round about the wicked streets of Tit.Art thou Revenge? and art thou sent to me,
And when thou find'st a man that's like thyself, To be a torment to mine enemies?
12. Good Murter, stab him; he's a murderer. . Tum. I am ; therefore come down, and wel
LIGo thou with him, and, when it is thy hap
To find another that is like to thee, come me. Tit. Do me some service, ere I come to thee.
Good Rapine, stab him; he is a ravisher.
Go thou with them; and in the emperor's court Lo, by thy side where Rape, and Murder, stands; Now give some 'surance that thou art Revenge, 401
o lan There is a queen, attended by a Moor; Stab them, or tear them on thy chariot wheels;
: "Well may'st thou know her by thy own proporcon, And then I'll come, and be thy waggoner,
For up and down she doth resemble thee; And whirl along with thee about the globes.
I pray thec, do on them some violent death, Provide two proper palfreys, black as jet,
They have been violent to me and mine. [do. To hale thy vengeful waggon swift away,
on Tum. Well hast thou lesson'd us; this shall we And find out murderers in their guilty caves :
But would it please thee, good Andronicus, And, when thy car is loaden with their heads,
To send for Lucius, tay thrice-valiant son, I will dismount, and by the waggon wheel
Who leads towards Rome a band of warlike Goths, Trot, like a servile footman, all day long;
And bid him come and banquet at thy house: Even from Hyperion's rising in the east,
Iso When he is here, even at thy solema feast, Until his very downfal in the sea
I will bring in the emp'ress and her sons, And day by day I'll do this heavy task,
The emperor himself, and all thy foes; So thou destroy Rapine and Murder there.
And at thy mercy sball they stoop and kneel, Tam. These are my ministers, and come with me.
I And on them shalt thou ease thy angry heart. Tit. Are they thy ministerst what are they|55/
155 What says Andronicus to this device? • call'd
Tit. Marcus, my brother! 'tis sad Titus callsi Tam. Rapine, and Murder; therefore called so,
Enter Marcus. 'Cause they take vengeance on such kind of men. Go, gentle Marcus, to thy nephew Lucius; Tit. Good lord, how like the emp’ress' sons Thou shalt enquire him out among the Goths: they are!
160 Bid him repair to me, and bring with him And you, the emp'ress ! But we worldly men Some of the chiefest princes of the Goths; Have miserable, mad, mistaking eyes.
Bid him encamp his soldiers where they are: O sweet Revenge, now do I come to thee: 1 (Tell him, the emperor and the emperess too And, if one arm's embracement will content thee, Feast at my house; and he shall feast with them, This do thou for my love; and so let him, Hark, wretches, how I mean to martyr you. As he regards his aged father's life.
This one hand yet is left to cut your throats; Marc. This will I do, and soon return again. Whilst that Lavinia'twixt her stumps doth hold
(E.rit. The bason, that receives your guilty blood. Tam. Now will I hence about thy business, 15 You know, your mother ineans to feast with me, And take my ministers along with me. [me; And cal's herself Revenge, and thinks me mad,-
Tit. Nay, nay, let Rape and Murder stay with Hark, villains; I will grind your bones to dust, Or else I'll call my brother back again,
And with your blood and it I'll make a paste ; And cleave to no revenge but Lucius.
And of the paste a coffin' will I rear, Tam to her sons.] What say you, boys ? will 101.And make two pasties of your shameful heads; you abide with him,
And bid that strumpet, your unhallow'd dam, Whiles I go tell my lord the emperor,
Like to the earth, swallow her own increase, How I have govern'd our determin'd jest? This is the feast that I have bid her to, Yield to his humour, smooth and speak him fair, And this the banquet she shall surfeit on; And tarry with him 'till I come again. [mad;15 For worse than Philomel you us’d my daughter,
Tit. I know them all, though they suppose me And worse than Prognè I will be reveng'd: And will o'er-reach them in their own devices, And now prepare your throats.-Lavinia, come, A pair of cursed hell-hounds, and their dam! (Receive the blood: and, when that they are dead,
[Aside. Let me go grind their bones to powder small, Dem. Madam, depart at pleasure, leave us here. 20And with this hateful liquor temper it;
Tam. Farewell, Andronicus: Revenge now goes! And in that paste let their vile heads be bak'd. To lay a complot to betray thy foes. [Exit Tuniora. Come, come, be every one ofticious Tit. I know, thou dost; and, sweet Revenge, To make this banquet; which I wish might prove farewell
[ploy'd More stern and bloody than the Centaur's feast. Chi. Tell us, old man, how shall we be em-25
[He cuts their throats. Tit. Tut, I have work enough for you to do. So, now bring them in, for I will play the cook. Publius, come hither, Caius, and Valentine! And see them ready 'gainst their mother comes. Enter Publius, and Serrants.
[Exeunt. Pub. What is your will?
SCENE III. Tit. Know you these two ?
130 Enter Lucius, Marcus, and Goihs, with Aaron Pub. The emperess' sons,
prisoner. I take them, Chiron, and Demetrius. [ceiv'd; Luc. Uncle Marcus, since it is my father's mind,
Tit. Fye, Publius, fye! thou art too much de- That I repair to Rome, I am content. [will. The one is Murder, Rape is the other's name: Goth. And ours with thine, befall what fortune And therefore bind them, gentle Publius; 351 Luc. Good uncle, take you in this barbarous Caius, and Valentine, lay hands on them: . This ravenous tiger, this accursed devil; [Moor, Oft have you heard me wish for such an hour, Let him receive no sustenance, fetter him, And now I find it: therefore bind them sure ; 'Till he be brought unto the emperor's face, And stop their inouths, if they begin to cry. For testimony of these foul proceedings :
[Exit Titus. 40 And see the ambush of our friends be strong : Chi. Villains, forbear; we are the em press' sons. I fear the emperor means no good to us. Pub. And therefore do we what we are com- | Aar. Some devil whisper curses in mine ear, manded.
And prompt me, that my tongue may utter forth Stop close their mouths,let them not speak a word: The venomous malice of my swelling heart! Is hesure bound? look, that you bind them fast. 45) Luc. Away, inhuman dog! unhallow'd slave! Re-enterTitus Andronicus with a knife,and Larinial
[Exeunt Goths, with Aaron. wilh a bason.
Sirs, help our uncle to convey him in.- [Flourish. Tit. Come, come, Lavinia ; look, thy foes are the trumpets shew the emperor is at hand. bound:
Sound trumpets. Enter Saturninus and Tamora, Sirs, stop their mouths, let them not speak to me :150
with Tribunes and others. But let them hear what fearful words I utter.--1 Sat. What, hath the firmament more suns than O villains, Chiron and Demetrius! [mud;
one? Here stands the spring whom you have stain'd with Luc. What boots it thee to call thyself a sun ? This goodly summer with your winter mix’d. Marc. Rome's emperor, and nephew, break the You kill'd her husband; and, for that vile fault,155 parle -; Two of her brothers were condemn’d to death;! These quarrels must be quietly debated. My hand cut off, and made a merry jest ; [dear The feast is ready, which the careful Titus Both her sweethands, her tongue, and that, morel Hath ordain'd to an honourable end, Than hands or tongue, her spotless chastity, For peace, for love, for league,and good to Rome: Inhuinan traitors, you constrain's and forc'd. 60 Please you, therefore, draw nigh, and take your What would you say, if I should let you speaki|
places. Villains, for shame you could not beg for grace. | Sat. Marcus, we will.
? A coffin is the term of art for the cavity of a raised pye. be breaks his mind,
?i, c. begin the parley. We yet say .
A table brought in. Enter Titus, like a cook, placint I Do shameful execution on herself.
the meat on the table, and Lavinia, with a veilore | Marc. But if my frosty signs and chaps of age, her face.
Grave witnesses of true experience, Tit. Welcome, my gracious lord; welcome, Cannot induce you to attend my words, dread queen;
15 Speak, Rome's dear friend; as erst our ancestor, Welcome, ye warlike Goths ; welcome, Lucius;
[To Lucius. And welcome, all: although the cheer be poor, ! When with his solemn tongue he did discourse, 'Twill fill your stomachs; please you eat of it. To love-sick Dido's sad attending ear,
Sat. Why art thou thus attir'd, Andronicus? | The story of that baleful burning night,
Tit. Because I would be sure to have all well, 10 When subtle Greeks surpriz'd king Priam's Tror; To entertain your highness, and your emperess. Tell us, what Sinon hath bewitch'd our ears,
Tam. We are beholden to you, goodAndronicus. Or who hath brought the fatal engine in, Tit. An if your highness knew my heart, you That gives our 'Troy,our Rome,the civil wound.were.
My heart is not compact of thint, nor steel; My lord the emperor, resolve me this;
115Nor can I utter all our bitter grief, Was it well done of rash Virginius,
But floods of tears will drown my oratory,
Lending your kind commiseration :
Sat. Because the girl should not survive her Your hearts willthrob and weepto hear him spcak. And by her presence still renew his sorrows. | Luc. Then, noble auditory, be it known to you,
Tit. A reason mighty, strong, and effectual; | That cursed Chiron and Deinetrius A pattern, precedent, and lively warrant, . Were they that murdered our emperor's brother; For me most wretched to perform the like: 125 And they it was, that ravished our sister: Die, die, Lavinia, and thy share with thee; For their fell faults our brothers were beheaded; And, with thy shame, thy father's sorrow die! Our father's tears despis’d; and baseiy cozen'd
[He kills her. Of that true hand, that fought Rome's quarrelout, Sat. What hast thou done, unnatural, and un- And sent her enemies unto the grave, kind?
.. me blind.(30 Lastly, myself unkindly banished, Tit. Kill'd her, for whom my tears have made The gates shut on me, and turn'd wecping out. J am as woeful as Virginius was;
To beg relief among Rome's enemies; And have a thousand times more cause than he Who drown'd their enmity in my true tears, To do this outrage;-and it is now done. I (And op'd their arms to embrace me as a friend: Sat. What, was she ravished ? tell, who did the 35 And I am the turn'd-forth, be it known to vou, deed ?
- [highness feed il That have presery'd her welfare in my blood: Tit. Will't please you eat? will’t please your And from her bosom took the enemy's point, Tam. Why hast thou slain thine only daughter Sheathing the steel in my advent'rous body. thus?
JAlas! you know, I am no vaunter, I; Tit. Not I; 'twas Chiron, and Demetrius : 40 My scars can witness, dumb although they are, They ravish'd her, and cut away her tongue, That my seport is just, and full of truth. Andihey, 'twas they, that did her all this wrong. But, soft, methinks, I do digress too much, .
Sat. Go fetch them hither to us presently. Citing my worthless praise : 0, pardon me; Tit. Why, there they are both, baked in that For when no friends are by,men praise themselves. pye;
. 45 Marc. Now is my turn to speak; Behold this Whereof their mother daintily hath fed.
child, Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred. I of this was Tamora delivered ; Tis true, 'tis true; witness my knite's sharp point. The issue of an irreligious Woor,
[He stabs Tamora. Chief architect and plotter of these woes: Sat. Die, frantick wretch, for this accursed deed. 50 The villain is alive in Titus' house,
. . [He stahs Titus. And as he is, to witness this is true. Luc. Can the son's eye behold his fatherbleed: Now judge, what cause had Titus to revenge There's need for meed, death for a deadly deed. These wrongs, unspeakable, past patience,
[Lucius stabs Saturniuus. Or more than any living man could bear. Marc. You sad-faç'u men, people and sons of|55|Now you have heard the truth, what say you, · Rome,
Romans?. By uproar sever'd, like a night of fowl
Have we done ought amiss ? Shew us wherein, Scatter'd by winds and high tempestuous gusts, And, from the place where you behold us now, (, let me teach you how io knit again : The poor remainder of Andronici This scatter'd corn into one mutual sheaf, 60 Will, hand in hand, all headlong cast us down, These broken limbs again into one body.
And on the ragged stones beat forth our brains, Goth. Let Rome herself be bane unto herself: And make a mutual closure of our house. And she, whom inighty kingdoms curtsy to, Speak, Romans, speak: and if you say we shall, Like a torlorn and desperate cast-away,. | ILo, hand in hand, Lucius and I will tall.