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And let her 'joy her raven-colour'd love;
This valley fits the purpose passing well.

Bas. The king, my brother, shall have note of this.

Lav. Ay, for these slips have made him noted long:
Good king! to be so mightily abus'd!
Tam. Why have I patience to endure all this?

Enter CHIRON and DeMETRIUS.
Dem. How now, dear sovereign, and our gracious

mother,
Why doth your bighness look so pale and wan?

Tam. Have I not reason, think you, to look pale? These two have 'tic'd me hither to this place, A barren detested vale, you see, it is: The trees, though summer, yet forlorn and lean, O'ercome with moss, and baleful misletoe. Here never shines the sun; here nothing breeds, Unless the nightly owl, or fatal raven. And, when they show'd me this abhorred pit, They told me, here, at dead time of the night, A thousand fiends, a thousand hissing snakes, Ten thousand swelling toads, as many urchins, Would make such fearful and confused cries, As any mortal body, hearing it, Should straight fall mad, or else die suddenly. No sooner had they told this hellish tale, But straight they told me, they would bind me here Unto the body of a dismal yew; And leave me to this miserable death. And then they call'd me, foul adulteress,

Lascivious Goth, and all the bitterest terms
That ever ear did hear to such effect.
And, had you not by wondrous fortune come,
This vengeance on me had they executed:
Revenge it, as you love your mother's life,
Or be ye not henceforth call'd my children.
Dem. This is a witness that I am thy son.

[Stabs Bassianus. Chi. And this for me, struck home to show my strength.

[Stabbing him likewise. Lav. Ay come, Semiramis,-nay, barbarous Ta

mora!

For no name fits thy nature but thy own!
Tam. Give me thy poniard; you shall know, my

boys, Your mother's hand shall right your mother's wrong.

Dem. Stay, madam, here is more belongs to her; First, thrash the corn, then after burn the straw: This minion stood upon her chastity, Upon her nuptial vow, her loyalty, And with that painted hope braves your mightiness: And shall she carry this unto her grave?

Chi. An if she do, I would I were an eunuch. Drag hence her husband to some secret hole, And make his dead trunk pillow to our lust.

Tam. But when you have the honey you desire, Let not this wasp outlive, us both to sting.

Chi. I warrant you, madam; we will make that sure.Come, mistress, now perforce we will enjoy That nice-preserved honesty of yours.

Lav. O Tamora! thou bear'st a woman's face,
Tam. I will not hear her speak; away with her.
Lav. Sweet lords, entreat her hear me but a word.

Dem. Listen, fair madam: Let it be your glory,
To see her tears; but be your heart to them,
As unrelenting fint to drops of rain.
Lav. When did the tyger's young ones teach the

dam? 0, do not learn her wrath; she taught it thee: The milk, thou suck’dst from her, did turn to marble; Even at thy teat thou hadst thy tyranny.-Yet every mother breeds not sons alike; Do thou entreat her show a woman pity.

[To Chiron. Chi. What! would'st thou have me prove myself a

bastard ?
Lav. 'Tis true; the raven doth not hatch a lark:
Yet I have heard, (O could I find it now!)
The lion, mov'd with pity, did endure
To have his princely paws par'd all away.
Some say, that ravens foster forlorn children,
The whilst their own birds famish in their nests:
O, be to me, though thy hard heart say no,
Nothing so kind, but something pitiful!

Tam. I know not what it means; away with her.

Lav. 0, let me teach thee: for my father's sake, That gave thee life, when well he might have slain

thee, Be not obdurate, open thy deaf ears.

Tam. Hadst thou in person ne'er offended me,

Even for his sake am I pitiless :-
Remember, boys, I pour'd forth tears in vain,
To save your brother from the sacrifice;
But fierce Andronicus would not relent;
Therefore away with her, and use her as you will;
The worse to her, the better lov'd of me.

Lav. O Tamora, be call'd a gentle queen,
And with thine own hands kill me in this place:
For 'tis not life, that I have begg'd so long;
Poor I was slain, when Bassianus died.
Tam. What begg'st thou then? fond woman, let

me go. Lav. 'Tis present death I beg; and one thing more, That womanhood denies my tongue to tell: O, keep me from their worse than killing lust, And tumble me into some loathsome pit; Where never man's eye may behold my body: Do this, and be a charitable murderer.

Tam. So should I rob my sweet sons of their fee: No, let them satisfy their lust on thee.

Dem. Away; for thou hast staid us here too long. Lav. No grace? no womanhood? Ab beastly crea

ture! The blot and enemy to our general name! Confusion fallChi. Nay, then I'll stop your mouth:-Bring thou

her husband; [Dragging off Lavinia. This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him. [Exeunt. Tam. Farewell, my sons: see, that you make her

sure:

Ne'er let my heart know merry cheer indeed,
Till all the Andronici be made away.
Now will I hence to seek my lovely Moor,
And let my spieenful sons this trull deflour.

[Exit.

SCENE IV.

The Same.

Enter AARON, with Quintus and Martius. Aar. Come on, my lords; the better foot before: Straight will I bring you to the loathsome pit, Where I espy'd the panther fast asleep.

Quin. My sight is very dull, whate'er it bodes. Mart. And mine, I promise you; wer't not for

shame, Well could I leave our sport to sleep awhile.

[Martius falls into the pit. Quin. What, art thou fallen? What subtle hole is

this, Whose mouth is cover'd with rude-growing briars; Upon whose leaves are drops of new-shed blood, As fresh as morning's dew distillid on flowers? A very fatal place it seems to me:Speak, brother, hast thou hurt thee with the fall?

Mart. O, brother, with the dismallest object That ever eye, with sight, made heart lament. Aar. Aside.] Now will I fetch the king to find

them here;

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