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And her to whom my thoughts are humbled all,
[Exeunt the followers of BASSIANUS. Sat. Friends, that have been thus forward in my
[Exeunt the followers of SATURNINUS. Rome, be as just and gracious unto me, As I am confident and kind to thee.Open the gates, and let me in. Bas. Tribunes! and me, a poor competitor. [Sat. and Bas. go into the Capitol, and exeunt
with Senators, MARCUS, &c.
SCENE II. The same.
Enter a Captain and others. Cap. Romans, make way; the good Andronicus, Patron of virtue, Rome's best champion, Successful in the battles that he fights, With honor and with fortune is returned, From where he circumscribed with his sword, And brought to yoke the enemies of Rome.
Flourish of trumpets, &c. Enter Mutius and MAR
TIUS ; after them two men bearing a coffin covered with black; then Quintus and Lucius. After them, Titus ANDRONICUS; and then Tamora, with ALARBUS, CHIRON, DEMETRIUS, AARON, and other Goths, prisoners ; Soldiers and People following. The bearers set down the coffin, and Titus speaks.
Tit. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning weeds! Lo, as the bark that hath discharged her fraught,
Returns with precious lading to the bay,
[The tomb is opened.
Luc. Give us the proudest prisoner of the Goths, That we may hew his limbs, and, on a pile, Ad manes fratrum sacrifice his flesh, Before this earthly a prison of their bones; That so the shadows be not unappeased, Nor we disturbed with prodigies on earth.
Tit. I give him you; the noblest that survives, The eldest son of this distressed queen.
Tam. Stay, Roman brethren.—Gracious conqueror, Victorious Titus, rue the tears I shed, A mother's tears in passion for her son ; And, if thy sons were ever dear to thee,
1 Jupiter, to whom the Capitol was sacred. 2 Earthy. Ed. 1600. 3 i. e. in grief.
0, think my son to be as dear to me.
Tit. Patient' yourself, madam, and pardon me.
Luc. Away with him! and make a fire straight;
[Exeunt Lucius, Quintus, Martius, and
Mutius, with ALARBUS.
Dem. Oppose not Scythia to ambitious Rome.
queen of Goths, (When Goths were Goths, and Tamora was queen,) To quit the bloody wrongs upon her foes.
1 This verb is used by other old dramatic writers.
2 Theobald says that we should read, “ in her tent;” i. e. in the tent where she and the other Trojan women were kept; for thither Hecuba, by a wile, had decoyed Polymnestor, in order to perpetrate her revenge. VOL. VI.
Re-enter LuciUS, QUINTUS, MARTIUS, and Mutius,
with their swords bloody. Luc. See, lord and father, how we have performed Our Roman rites. Alarbus' limbs are lopped, And entrails feed the sacrificing fire, Whose smoke, like incense, doth perfume the sky. Remaineth nought, but to inter our brethren, And with loud 'larums welcome them to Rome.
Tit. Let it be so; and let Andronicus Make this his latest farewell to their souls. [Trumpets sounded, and the coffins laid in
the tomb. In peace and honor, rest you here, my sons; Rome's readiest champions, repose you here in rest, Secure from worldly chances and mishaps ! Here lurks no treason, here no envy swells, Here grow no damned grudges; here are no stornis, No noise, but silence and eternal sleep.
peace and honor rest you here, my sons !
Tit. Kind Rome, that hast thus lovingly reserved
1 To "outlive an eternal date ” is, though not philosophical, yet poetical sense. He wishes that her life may be longer than his, and her praise longer than fame.
Enter MARCUS ANDRONICUS, SATURNINUS, BASSIANUS,
and others. Mar. Long live lord Titus, my beloved brother, Gracious triumpher in the eyes of Rome !
Tit. Thanks, gentle tribune, noble brother Marcus.
Mar. And welcome, nephews, from successful wars,
Tit. A better head her glorious body fits,
Mar. Titus, thou shalt obtain and ask the empery.
1 The maxim alluded to is, that no man can be pronounced happy before his death.
2 A robe.