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Welcome, ye warlike Goths; welcome, Lucius; Tell us, what Sinon hath bewitch'd our ears,
And welcome, all ; although the cheer be poor, Or who hath brought the fatal engine in,
'Twill fill your stomachs ; please you eat of it. That gives our Troy, our Rome, the civil wound. -

Sat. Why art thou thus attir'd, Andronicus ? My heart is not compact of flint, nor steel;

Tit. Because I would be sure to have all well, Nor can I utter all our bitter grief,
To entertain your highness, and your empress. But floods of tears will drown my oratory,

Tam. We are beholden to you, good Andronicus. And break my very utterance; even i'the time
Tit. An if your highness knew my heart, you When it should move you to attend me most,

Lending your kind coinmiseration :
My lord the emperor, resolve me this;

Here is a captain, let him tell the tale ;
Was it well done of rash Virginius,

Your hearts will throb and weep to hear him speak.
To slay his daughter with his own right hand, Luc. Then, noble auditory, be it known to you,
Because she was enforc'd, stain'd, and deflour'd? That cursed Chiron and Demetrius
Sat. It was, Andronicus.

Were they that murdered our emperor's brother;
Tit. Your reason, mighty lord ?

And they it were that ravished our sister : Sat. Because the girl should not survive her for their fell faults our brothers were beheaded; shame,

Our father's tears despis'd; and basely cozen'd
And by her presence still renew his sorrows. Of that true hand, that fought Rome's quarrel out,

Tit. A reason mighty, strong, and effectual; And sent her enemies unto the grave.
A pattern, precedent, and lively warrant, Lastly, myself unkindly banished,
For me, most wretched, to perform the like : The gates shut on me, and turn'd weeping out,
Die, die, Lavinia, and thy shame with thee; To beg relief among Rome's enemies;

(He kills Lavinia. Who drown'd their enmity in my true tears, And, with thy shame, thy father's sorrow die ! And op'd their arms to embrace me as a friend :

Sat. What hast thou done, unnatural, and unkind | And I am the turn'd-forth, be it known to you, Tit. Kill'd her, for whom my tears have made that have preserv'd her welfare in my blood; me blind.

And from her bosom took the enemy's point,
I am as woful as Virginius was :

Sheathing the steel in my advent'rous body.
And have a thousand times more cause than he Alas! you know, I am no vaunter, I;
To do this outrage ;-and it is now done. My scars can witness, dumb although they are,
Sat. What, was she ravish'd? tell, who did the That my report is just, and full of truth.

But, soft ; methinks, I do digress too much, Tit. Will't please you eat; will’t please your | Citing my worthless praise : 0, pardon me; highness feed ?

For when no friends are by, men praise themselves. Tam. Why hast thou slain thine only daughter Mar. Now is my turn to speak; Behold this thus ?

child, Tit. Not I ; 'twas Chiron, and Demetrius :

[Pointing to the child in the arms of an They ravish'd her, and cut away her tongue,

And they, 'twas they, that did her all this wrong. ||Of this was Tamora delivered;

Sat. Go, fetch them hither to us presently. The issue of an irreligious Moor,
Tit. Why, there they are both, baked in that || Chief architect and plotter of these woes;

The villain is alive in Titus' house,
Whereof their mother daintily hath fed,

Damn'd as he is, to witness this is true. Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred. Now judge, what cause had Titus to revenge 'Tis true, 'tis true; witness my knife's sharp point. These wrongs, unspeakable, past patience,

(Killing Tamora. Or more than any living man could bear. Sat. Die, frantic wretch, for this accursed deed. Now you have heard the truth, what say you, Ro

(Killing Titus.

mans? Luc. Can the son's eye behold his father bleed? | Have we done aught amiss ? Shew us wherein, There's meed for meed, death for a deadly deed. And, from the place where you behold us now, (Kills Saturninus. A great tumult. The people | The poor remainder of Andronici

in confusion disperse. Marcus, Lucius, Will, hand in hand, all headlong cast us down, and their partisans, ascend the steps be- || And on the ragged stones beat forth our brains, fore Titus's house.

And make a mutual closure of our house. Mar. You sad-fac'd men, people and sons of Speak, Romans, speak; and, if you say, we shall, Rome,

Lo, hand in hand, Lucius and I will fall. By aproar sever'd, like a flight of fowl

Æmil. Come, come, thou reverend man of Rome, Scatter'd by winds and high tempestuous gusts, And bring our emperor gently in thy hand, O, let me teach you how to knit again

Lucius our emperor; for, well I know, This scatter'd corn into one mutual sheaf, The common voice do cry, it shall be so. These broken limbs again into one body.

Rom. (Several speak.) Lucius, all hail; Rome's Sen. Lest Rome herself be bane unto herself;

royal emperor! And she, whom mighty kingdoms court'sy to, Like a forlorn and desperate cast-away,

Lucius, &c. descend. Do shameful execution on herself.

Mar. Go, go into old Titus' sorrowful house ; But if my frosty signs and chaps of age,

[To an Attendant. Grave witnesses of true experience,

And hither hale that misbelieving Moor, Cannot induce you to attend my words,-. To be adjudg'd some direful slaughtering death, Speak, Rome's dear friend; [ło Lucius.) as erst || As punishment for his most wicked life. our ancestor,

Rom. (Several speak.) Lucius, all hail; Rome's When with his solemn tongue he did discourse,

gracious governor ! To love-sick Dido's sad attending ear,

Luc. Thanks, gentle Romans ; May lgvern so, The story of that baleful burning night,

To heal Rome's harms, and wipe away her wo! When subtle Greeks surpris'd king Priam's Troy ; || But, gentle people, give me aim awhile,

of us

For nature puts me to a heavy task ;

There let him stand, and rave and cry for food : Stand all aloof:—but, uncle, draw you near, If any one relieves or pities bim, To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk

For the offence he dies. This is our doom : O, take this warm kiss on thy pale cold lips, Some stay, to see him fasten'd in the earth.

(Kisses Titus. Aar. O, why should wrath be mute, and fury These sorrowful drops upon thy blood-stain'd face,

dumb ? The last true duties of thy noble son!

I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers,
Mar. Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kiss, I should repent the evils I have done;
Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips : Ten thousand, worse than ever yet I did,
O, were the sum of these that I should pay Would I perform, if I might have my will;
Countless and infinite, yet would I pay them! If one good deed in all my life I did,
Luc. Come hither, boy ; come, come, and learn I do repent it from my very soul.

Luc. Some loving friends convey the emperor To melt in showers: Thy grandsire lov'd thee well:

Many a time he danc'd thee on his knee, And give him burial in his father's grave:
Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow; My father, and Lavinia, shall forthwith
Many a matter hath he told to thee,

Be closed in our household's monument.
Meet, and agreeing with thine infancy;

As for that heinous tiger, Tamora, In that respect then, like a loving child,

No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds, Shed yet some small drops from thy tender spring, No mournful bell shall ring her burial; Because kind nature doth require it so:

But throw her forth to beasts, and birds of prey: Friends should associate friends in grief and wo: Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity; Bid him farewell; commit him to the grave; And, being so, shall have like want of pity. Do him that kindness, and take leave of him. See justice done to Aaron, that damn'd Moor, Boy. O grandsire, grandsire ! even with all my By whom our heavy haps had their beginning: heart

Then, afterwards, to order well the state; Would I were dead, so you did live again! That like events may ne'er it ruinate. (Eseunt O lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping; My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth.

Enter Attendants, with Aaron. 1 Rom. You sad Andronici, have done with woes; All the editors and critics agree in supposing Give sentence on this exécrable wretch,

this play spurious. I see no reason for differing That hath been breeder of these dire events. from them; for the colour of the style is wholly Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish | different from that of the other playsi' him;


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PERSONS REPRESENTED. Antiochus, king of Antioch.

Marina, daughter to Pericles and Thaisa. Pericles, prince of Tyre.

Lychorida, nurse to Marina. Helicanus,

Diana. Escanes, '}

tuo lords of Tyre. Simonides, king of Pentapolis.

Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pi Cleon, governor of Tharsus.

rates, Fishermen, and Messengers, &c. Lysimachus, governor of Mitylene. Cerimon, a lord of Ephesus. Thaliard, a lord of Antioch.

Scene, dispersedly in various countries.? Philemon, servant to Cerimon.

(1) That the reader may know through how Leonine, servant to Dionyza. Marshal.

many regions the scene of this drama is dispersed, A Pandar, and his Wife. Boult, their servant. it is necessary to observe, that Antioch was the Gower, as chorus.

metropolis of Syria ; Tyre a city of Phænicia, in

Asia; Tarsus, the metropolis of Cilicia, a country The Daughter of Antiochus.

of Asia Minor; Mitylene, the capitol of Lesbos, Dionyza, wife to Cleon.

an island in the Ægean sea ; and Ephesus, the Thaisa, daughter to Simonides.

capital of Ionia, a country of the Lesser Asia.


The beauty of this sinful dame

Made many princes thither frame, Enter Gower. Before the palace of Antioch.

To seek her as a bed-fellow,

In marriage-pleasures play-fellow :
To sing a song of old2 was sung,

Which to prevent, he made a law
From ashes ancient Gower is come;

(To keep her still, and men in awe,)

That whoso ask'd her for his wife,
Assuming man's infirmities,
To glad your ear, and please your eyes.

His riddle told not, lost his life :

So for her many a wight did die,
It hath been sung at festivals,
On ember-eves, and holy ales;

As yon grim looks do testify.6

What now ensues, to the judgment of your eye And lords and ladies of their lives Have read it for restoratives :

I give, my cause who best can justify. (Exit. 'Purpose to make men glorious;

SCENE I.-Antioch. A room in the palace. Et quo antiquius, eo melius.

Enter Antiochus, Pericles, and Attendants. If you, born in these latter times, When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes, Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large And that to hear an old man sing,

receiv'd May to your wishes pleasure bring, The danger of the task you undertake, I life would wish, and that I might

Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a sonl Waste it for you, like taper-light.

Embolden'd with the glory of her praise, This city then, Antioch the great

Think death no hazard, in this enterprise. (.Music. Built up for his chiefest seat;

Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride, The fairest in all Syria;

For the embracements even of Jove himself; (I tell you what mine authors say :) At whose conception (till Lucina reign'd) This king unto him took a pheere,

Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence, Who died and left a female heir,

The senate-house of planets all did sit,
So buxom, blithe, and full of face,

To knit in her their best perfections.
As heaven had lent her all his grace;
With whom the father liking took,

Enter the Daughter of Antiochus.
And her to incest did provoke :

Per. See, where she cornes, apparell'd like the Bad father! to entice his own

spring, To evil, should be done by none.

Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king By custom, what they did begin,

Of every virtue gives renown to men! Was, with long use, accounts no sin. Her face, the book of praises, where is read

Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence (1) Chorus, in the character of Gower, an ancient English poet, who has related the story of (5) Accounted. this play in his Confessio Amantis.

6) Pointing to the scene of the palue gate at (2) i e. That of old. (3) Whitsun-ales, &c. Antioch, on which the heads of those unfortunate (4) Wise, the word signifies a mate or companion. Il wights were fixed

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