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ACT I. Scene I.-Rome. Before the Capitol. The tomb of the Andronici appearing; the Tribunes and Senators aloft, as in the Senate. Enter, below, Saturninus, and his Followers, on one side; and BAssianus and his Followers, on the other; with drum and colours. Sat., Noble patricians, patrons of my right, Defend the justice of my cause with arms; And, countrymen, my loving followers, Plead my successive title with your swords: I am his first-born son, that was the last That wore the imperial diadem of Rome; Then let my father's honours live in me, Nor wrong mine age with this indignity. Bas. Romans,—friends, followers, favourers of If ever Bassianus, Caesar's son, [my right, L Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome, Keep then this passage to the Capitol, And suffer not dishonour to approach The imperial seat, to virtue consecrate, To justice, continence, and nobility: Butlet desert in pure election shine; And, Romans, fight for freedom in your choice.
Enter MARCUs ANDRONicus, aloft, with the crown.
Mar. Princes, that strive by factions, and by
Ambitiously for rule and empery, [friends,
Know, that the people of Rome, for whom we stand
A special party, have, by common voice,
In election for the Roman em ry,
Chosen Andronicus, surnamed Pius,
For many good and great deserts to Rome;
A nobler man, a braver warrior,
Lives not this day within the city walls:
He by the senate is accited home,
From weary wars against the barbarous Goths;
That, with his sons, a terror to our foes,
Hath yok'd a nation strong, train'd up in arms.
Ten years are spent, since first he undertook
This cause of Rome, and chastised with arms
Our enemies' pride : Five times he hath return'd
Bleeding to Rome, bearing his valiant sons
In coffins from the field; -
And now, at last, laden with honour's spoils,
Returns the good Andronicus to Rome,
Renowned Titus, flourishing in arms.
Let us entreat, By honour of his name,
whom, worthily, you would have now succeed,
And in the Č.o.d senate's right,
Whom you pretend to honour and adore,
That you withdraw you, and abate your strength;
Dismiss your followers, and, as suitors should,
Plead your deserts in peace and humbleness.
Sat. How fair the tribune speaks to calm my
Bas. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affy In thy uprightness and integrity, And so I love and honour thee and thine, Thy noble brother Titus, and his sons, And her, to whom my thoughts are humbled all, Gracious Lavinia, Rome's rich ornament, that I will here dismiss my loving friends;
And to my fortunes, * people's favour,
Commit my cause in balance to be weigh'd. .
[Exeunt the Followers of Bassianus.
Sat. Friends, that have been thus forward in my
I thank you all, and here dismiss you all; [right,
And to the love and favour of my country
Commit myself, my person, and the cause.
[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 honour and with fortune is return'd, 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 AND Ronicus ; and then TAMoRA,
with ALARBUs, ChiroN, DEMETRius, AARoN,
and other Goths, prisoners; Soldiers and People,
following. The bearers set down the coffin, and
Tit. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning
Lo, as the bark, that hath discharg’d her fraught,
Returns with precious lading to the bay,
From whence at first she weigh’d her anchorage,
Cometh Andronicus, bound with laurel boughs,
To re-salute his country with his tears;
Tears of true joy for his return to Rome.—
Thou great defender of this Capitol,
Stand gracious to the rites that we intend!—
Romans, of five and twenty valiant sons,
Half of the number that king Priam had,
Behold the poor remains, alive, and dead!
These, that survive, let Rome reward with love;
These, that I bring unto their latest home,
With burial amongst their ancestors:
Here Goths have given meleave to sheath my sword.
Titus, unkind, and careless of thine own,
Why suffer'st thou thy sons, unburied yet,
To hover on the dreadful shore of Styx –
Make way to lay them by their brethren.
(The tomb is opened.)
There greet in silence, as the dead are wont,
And sleep in peace, slain in your country's wars!
O sacred receptacle of my joys,
Sweet cell of virtue and nobility,
How many sons of mine hast thou in store,
That thou wilt never render to me more?
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 prison of their bones;
That so the shadows be not unappeas'd,
Nor we disturb’d with prodigies on earth.
Tit. I give him you; the noblest that survives,
The eldest son of this distressed queen. . [queror,
Tam. Stay, Roman brethren;– Gracious con-
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,
O, think my son to be as dear to me.
Sufficeth not, that we are brought to Rome,
To beautify thy triumphs, and return,
Captive to thee, and to thy Roman yoke;
But must my sons be slaughter'd in the streets,
For valiant doings in their country's cause *
O! if to fight for king and common-weal
Were piety in thine, it is in these.
Andronicus, stain not thy tomb with blood:
Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods?
Draw near them then in being merciful:
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge;
Thrice-noble Titus, spare my first-born son-
Tit. Patient yourself, madam, and pardon me.
These are their brethren, whom you Goths beheld
Alive, and dead; and for their brethren staia,
Religiously they ask a sacrifice:
To this your son is mark'd; and die he must.
To appease their groaning shadows that are zone
Luc. Away with him ' and make a tire straight.
And with our swords, upon a pile of wood,
Let's hew his limbs, till they be clean consum’d.
[Exeunt Lucius, Quintus, Martius, and
Mutius, trith Alarbus.
Tam. O cruel, irreligious piety'
Chi. Was ever Scythia half so barbarous?
Dem. Oppose not Scythia to ambitious Rome.
Alarbus goes to rest; and we survive
To tremble under Titus' threatening look.
Then, madam, stand resolv'd; but hope withal.
The self-same gods, that arm'd the queen of Troy
With opportunity of sharp revenge
Upon the Thracian tyrant in his tent,
May favour Tamora, the queen of Goths,
(When Goths were Goths, and Tamora was quees.)
To quit the bloody wrongs upon her foes.
Re-enter Lucius, QUINTUs, MARTIts, and Mr Tits, with their swords bloody.
Luc. See, lord and father, how we have perform d Qur Roman rites: Alarbus' limbs are lopp'd, And entrails feed the sacrificing fire, Whose smoke, like incense, doth perfume the sks. 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 to the tool.)
In peace and honour rest you here, my sons:
Roine's readiest champions, repose you bere,
Secure from worldly chances and mishaps :
Here lurks no treason, here no envy swells,
Here grow no damned grudges; here are no stors.
No noise, but silence and eternal sleep :
In peace and honour rest you here, my sons'
'. In peace and honour live lord Titus long,
My noble lord and father, live in fame !
Lo! at this tomb my tributary tears
I render, for my brethren's obsequies;
And at thy feet I kneel, with tears of joy
Shed on the earth, for thy return to Rone:
O, bless me here with thy victorious band,
Whose fortunes Rome's best citizens applacd.
it. Kind Rome, that hast thus lovingly reserv'd
The cordial of mine age to glad my heari!—
Lavinia, live; outlive thy father's days.
And fame's eternal date, for virtue's praise!
Enter MARcus AND Ronicus, SATURNINUs, Bas-
st ANUs, and others.
Mar. Long live lord Titus, my beloved brother,
Gracious triumpher in the eyes of Rome!
Tit. Thanks, gentle tribune, noble brother Mar-
Mar. And welcome, nephews, from successful
You that survive, and you that sleep in fams.
Fair lords, your fortunes are alike in all,
That in your country's service drew your swords
But safer triumph is this funeral pomp,
That hath aspir'd to Solon's happiness.
And triumphs over chance, in honour's bed.—
Titus Andronicus, the people of Rome,
Whose friend in justice thou hast ever been.
Send thee by me, their tribune, and their truto,
This palliament of white and spotless hoe,
And name thee in election for the empire.
With these our late-deceased emperor's wors:
Be candidatus, then, and put it on,
And help to set a head on headless Rome.
Tit. A better head her glorious body fits,
Than his that shakes for age and feebleness:
What! should I don this robe, and trouble you?
Be chosen with proclamations to-day;
To-morrow, .. up rule, resign my life,
And set abroad new business for you all?
Rome, I have been thy soldier forty years,
And led my country's strength successfully;
And buried one and twenty valiant sons,
Knighted in field, slain o in arms,
In right and service of their noble country:
Give me a staff of honour for mine age,
But not a sceptre to control the world:
Upright he held it, lords, that held it last.
Mar. Titus, thou shalt obtain and ask the empery.
Sat. Proud and ambitious tribune, canst thou
Tit. Patience, prince Saturnine.
Sat. Romans, do me right;—
Patricians, draw your swords, and sheath them not
Till Saturninus be Rome's emperor:-
Andronicus, 'would thou were shipp'd to hell,
Rather than rob me of the people's hearts.
Luc. Proud Saturnine, interrupter of the good
That noble-minded Titus means to thee!
Tit. Content thee, prince; I will restore to thee
The people's hearts, and wean them from themselves.
Bas. Andronicus, I do not flatter thee,
But honour thee, and will do, till I die;
My faction, if thou strengthen with thy friends,
I will most thankful be; and thanks, to men
Of noble minds, is honourable meed.
Tit. People of Rome, and people's tribunes here,
I ask your voices, and your suffrages;
Will you bestow them friendly on Andronicus?
Trib. To gratify the good Andronicus,
And gratulate his safe return to Rome,
The people will accept whom he admits.
Tit. Tribunes, I thank you: and this suit I make,
That you create your emperor's eldest son,
Lord Saturnine; whose virtues will, I hope.
Reflect on Rome, as Titan's rays on earth,
And ripen justice in this common-weal:
Then if you will elect by my advice,
Crown him, and say,+Long live our emperor!
Mar. With voices and applause of every sort,
Patricians, and plebeians, we create
Lord Saturninus, Rome's great emperor;
And say,+Long live our emperor Saturnine !
(A long flourish.)
Sat. Titus Andronicus, for thy favours done
To us in our election this day,
I give thee thanks in part o, deserts,
And will with deeds requite thy gentleness:
And, for an onset, Titus, to advance
Thy name, and honourable family,
Lavinia will I make my emperess,
Rome's royal mistress, mistress of my heart,
And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse:
Tell me. Andronicus, doth this motion please thee?
Tit. It doth, my worthy lord; and, in this match,
I hold me highly honour'd of your grace:
And here, in sight of Rome, to Saturnine,—
King and commander of our common-weal,
The wide world's emperor, do I consecrate
My sword, my chariot, and my prisoners;
Presents well worthy Rome's imperial lord:
Receive them then, the tribute that I owe,
Mine honour's ensigns humbled at thy feet.
Sat. Thanks, noble Titus, father of my life!
How proud I am of thee, and of thy gifts,
Rome shall record; and when I do forget
The least of these unspeakable deserts,
Romans; forget your |. to me.
Tit. Now, madam, are you prisoner to an em-
peror: (To Tanora.)
To him, that for your honour and your state,
Will use you nobly, and your followers.
Sut. A goodly lady, trust me; of the hue That I would choose, were I to choose anew.— Clear up, fair queen, that cloudy countenance; Though chance of war hath wrought this change of cheer, Thou com’st not to be made a scorn in Rome: Princely shall be thy usage every way. Rest on my word, and let not discontent Daunt all your hopes; Madam, he comforts you, Can make you greater than the queen of Goths.Lavinia, you are not displeas'd with this? Lav. Not I, my lord; sith true nobility Warrants these words in princely courtesy. Sat. Thanks, sweet Lavinia.-Romans, let us go; Ransomless here, we set our prisoners free: Proclaim our honours, lords, with trump and drum. Bas. Lord Titus, by your leave, this maid is mine. (Seizing Lavinia.) Tit. How, sir? Are you in earnest then, my lord? Bus. Ay, noble Titus; and resolv’d withal, To do myself this reason and this right. o: Emperor courts Tamora in dumb shelt.) Mar. Suum cuique is our Roman justice: This prince in justice seizeth but his own. Luc. And that he will, and shall, if Lucius live. Tit. Traitors, avaunt! Where is the emperor's guard? Treason, my lord; Lavinia is surpris'd. Sat. Surpris'd! By whom? Bas. By him that justly may Bear his betroth'd from all the world away. [Exeunt Marcus and Bassianus, with Lavinia. Mut, Brothers, help to convey her hence away, And with my sword I'll keep this door safe. [Ereunt Lucius, Quintus, and Martius. Tia. Follow, my lord, and I’ll soon bring her back. Mut. My lord, you pass not here. Tit. What, villain boy! Barr'st me my way in Rome? (Titus kills Mutius.) JMut. Help, Lucius, help!
Luc. My lord, you are unjust; and, more than so, In wrongful quarrel you have slain your son. it. Northou, nor he, are any sons of mine: My sons would never so dishonour me: Traitor, restore Lavinia to the emperor. Luc. Dead, if you will; but not to be his wife, That is another's lawful promised love. [Exit. Sat. No, Titus, no; the emperor needs her not, Not her, nor thee, nor any of thy stock: I'll trust by leisure him * mocks me once; Thee never, northy traitorous haughty sons, Confederates all thus to dishonour me. Was there none else in Rome to make a stale of, But Saturnine Full well, Andronicus, Agree these deeds with that proud brag of thine, That said'st, I begg'd the empire at thy hand. Tit. O monstrous! what reproachful words are these ? [piece Sat. But go thy, ways; go, give that changing To him that flourish'd for her with his sword: A valiant son-in-law thou shalt enjoy; One fit to bandy with thy lawless sons, To ruffle in the commonwealth of Rome. Tit. These words are razors to my wounded heart. Goths, Sat. And therefore, lovely Tamora, queen of That, like the stately Phoebe 'mongst her nymphs, Dost overshine the gallant'st dames of Rome, If thou be pleas'd with this my sudden choice, Behold, I choose thee, Tamora, for my bride, And will create thee emperess of Rome. Speak, queen of Goths, dost thou applaud my choice? And here I swear by all the Roman gods,Sith priest and holy water are so near, . And tapers burn so bright, and every thing In readiness for Hymeneus stands,I will not re-salute the streets of Rome,
9f climb my palace, till from forth this place
I lead espous'd my bride along with me... [swear,
Tam. And here, in sight of heaven, to Rome I
If Saturnine advance the queen of Goths,
She will a hand-maid be to his desires,
A loving nurse, a mother to his youth.
Sat. Ascend, fair queen, Pantheon:-Lords,
Your noble emperor, and his lovely bride,
Sent by the heavens for prince Saturnine,
Whose wisdom hath her fortune conquer'd :
There shall we consummate our spousal rites.
[Exeunt Saturninus, and his Followers; Tamora,
and her sons; Aaron, and Goths.
Tit. I am not bid to wait upon this bride:—
Titus, when wert thou wont to walk alone,
Dishonour'd thus, and challenged of wrongs?
Re-enterMARcus, Lucius, QUINTUs, and MARTIUs.
Mar. O, Titus, see, O, see what thou hast done! In a bad quarrel slain a virtuous son. Tit. No, foolish tribune, no ; no son of mine,— Northou, nor these, confederates in the deed That hath dishonour'd all our family: Unworthy brother, and unworthy sons! Luc. But let us give him burial, as becomes; Give Mutius burial with our brethren. Tit. Traitors, away! he rests not in this tomb. This monument five hundred years hath stood, Which I have sumptuously re-edified: Here none but soldiers, and Rome's servitors, Repose in fame; none basely slain in brawls:– Bury him where you can, he comes not here. ar. My lord, this is impiety in you: . My nephew Mutius' deeds do plead for him; He must be buried with his brethren. [pany. Quin. & Mar. And shall, or him we will accomTit. And shall What villain was it spoke that word? here. Quin. He that would vouch't in any place but Tit. What, would you bury him in my despite 2 Mar. No, noble Titus; but entreat of thee To pardon Mutius, and to bury him. it. Marcus, even thou hast struck upon my crest, And, with these boys, mine honour thou hast wounded : My foes I do repute you every one; So trouble me no more, but get you gone. Mart. He is not with himself; let us withdraw. Quin. Not I, till Mutius' bones be buried. (Marcus and the sons of Titus kneel.) Mar. Brother, for in that name doth nature plead. Quin. Father, and in that name doth nature speak. Tit. Speak thou no more, if all the rest will speed. Mar. so Titus, more than half my soul, Luc. Dear father, soul and substance of us all,— Mar. Suffer thy brother Marcus to inter His noble nephew here in virtue's nest, That died in honour and Lavinia's cause. Thou art a Roman, be not barbarous. The Greeks, upon advice, did bury Ajax That slew himself; and wise Laertes' son Did graciously §. for his funerals. Het not young utius then, that was thy joy, Be barr'd his entrance here. Tit. Rise, Marcus, rise:— The dismall'st day is this, that e'er I saw, To be ... . my sons in Rome!— Well, bury him, o me the next. (Mutius is put into the tomb.) Luc. There lie thy bones, sweet Mutius, with thy friends, Till we wo trophies do adorn thy tomb!— All. No man shed tears for noble Mutius; He lives in fame, that died in virtue's cause. Mar. My lord, to step out of these dreary
Whether by device, or no, the heavens can tell:
Is she not then beholden to the man
That brought her for this high good turn so far?
Yes, and will nobly him remunerate.
Flourish. Re-enter at one side, SATURNINUs, at-
tended; TAMoRA, Chi RoN, DEMETRius, and
AARON : At the other, BASSIANUs, LAVIN1A,
Sat. So Bassianus, you have play'd your prize;
God give you joy, sir, of your gallant bride.
Bas. And you of yours, my lord: I say no more,
Nor wish no less; and so I take my leave.
Sat. Traitor, if Rome have law, or we have power,
Thou and thy faction shall repent this rape.
Bas. Rape, call you it, my lord, to seize my own,
My true-betrothed love, and now my wife?
But let the laws of Rome determine all:
Meanwhile I am possess'd of that is mine.
Sat. "Tis good, sir: You are very short with us;
But, if we live, we'll be as sharp with you.
Bas. My lord, what I have done, as best I may,
Answer I must, and shall do with my life.
Qnly this much I give your grace to know,
} all the duties which I owe to Rome,
This noble gentleman, lord Titus here,
Is in opinion, and in honour, wrong’d;
That, in the rescue of Lavinia,
With his own hand did slay his youngest son,
In zeal to you, and highly mov’d to wrath
To be controll'd in that he frankly gave:
Receive him then to favour, Saturnine;
That hath express'd himself, in all his deeds,
A father, and a friend, to thee, and Rome.
Tit. Prince Bassianus, leave to plead my deeds;
'Tis thou, and those, that have ... ine -
Rome and the righteous heavens be my judge,
How I have lov’d and honour'd Saturnine !
Tam. My worthy lord, if ever Tamora
Were gracious in those princely eyes of thine,
Then hear me speak indifferently for all;
And at my suit, sweet, pardon what is past.
Sat. What! madam! be dishonour’d openly,
And basely put it up without revenge? [feud,
Tam. N. so, my lord; The gods of Rome fore-
I should be author to dishonour you!
But, on mine honour, dare I undertake
For good lord Titus' innocence in all,
Whose fury, not dissembled, speaks his griefs:
Then, at my suit, look graciously on him ;
Lose not so noble a friend on vain su pose.
Nor with sour looks afflict his gentle heart.—
My lord, be rul’d by me, be won at last,
Dissemble all your griefs and discontents:
You are but newly planted in your throne;
Lest then the people, and patricians too,
Upon a just survey, take Titus' part,
And so supplant us for ingratitude,
(Which Rome reputes to be aheinous sin,)
Yield at entreats, and then let me alone:
I'll find a day to massacre them all,
And raze their faction, and their family,
The cruel father, and his traitorous sons,
To whom I sued for my dear son's life;
And make them know, what 'tis to let a
Kneel in the streets, and beg for grace in J
Come, come, sweetemperor, come, Andronicus,
Take up this good old man, and cheer the heart
That dies in tempest of thy angry frown.
Sat. Rise, Titus, rise; my empress hath prevail'd,
Tit. I thank your majesty, and her, my lord:
These words, these looks, infuse new life in me.
Tam. Titus, I am incorporate in Rome,
A Roman now adopted happily,
And must advise the emperor for his good.
This day all quarrels die, Andronicus;–
And let it be mine honour, good my lord,
That I have reconcil'd your friends and you.--
For you, prince Bassianus, I have pass'd
My word and promise to the emperor,
That you will be more mild and tractable.—
And fear not, lords,-and you, Lavinia;-
By my advice, all humbled on your knees,
You shall ask pardon of his majesty. [highness,
Luc. We do; and vow to heaven, and to his
That, what we did, was mildly as we might,
Tend'ring our sister's honour, and our own.
Mar. That, on mine honour, here I do protest.
Sat. Away, and talk not; trouble us no more.—
Tam. Nay, nay, sweet emperor, we must all be
The tribune and his nephews kneel for grace;
I will not be denied. Sweet heart, look back.
Sat. Marcus, for thy sake, and thy brother's here,
And at my lovely Tamora's entreats,
I do remit these young men's heinous faults.
Lavinia, though you left me like a churl,
I found a friend; and sure as death I swore,
I would not part a bachelor from the priest.
Come, if the emperor's court can feast two brides,
You are my guest, Lavinia, and your friends:
This day shall be a love-day, Tamora.
Tit. To-morrow, an it please your majesty,
To hunt the panther, and the hart with me,
With horn and hound, we'll give your grace bon-jour.
Sat. Be it so, Titus, and gramercy too. [Exeunt.
ACT II. Scene I.-The same. Before the Palace. Enter AARON. Aar. Now climbeth Tamora Olympus' top, Safe out of fortune's shot; and sits aloft, Secure of thunder's crack, or lightning's flash; Advanc'd above pale envy's threat'ning reach. As when the golden sun salutes the morn, And, having gilt the ocean with his beams, Gallops the zodiac in his glistering coach, And overlooks the highest-peering hills; So, Tamora.Upon her wit doth earthly honour wait, And virtue stoops and trembles at her frown. Then, Aaron, arm thy heart, and fit thy thoughts, To mount aloft with thy imperial mistress, And mount her pitch; whom thou in triumph long Hast prisoner held, fetter'd in amorous chains; And faster bound to Aaron's charming eyes, Than is Prometheus tied to Caucausus. Away with slavish weeds, and idle thoughts! I will be bright, and shine in pearl and gold, To wait upon this new-made emperess. To wait, said I ? to wanton with this queen, This goddess, this Semiramis;–this queen, This syren, that will charm Rome's Saturnine, And see his shipwreck, and his commonweal's. Holla' what storm is this 2 Enter Chi Ros and DEMETRIUs, braving. Dem. o, thy years want wit, thy wit wants edge, And manners, to intrude where I am grac'd ; And may, for aught thou know'st, affected be. Chi. Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all; And so in this to bear me down with braves. 'Tis not the difference of a year, or two, Makes me less gracious, thee more fortunate: I am as able, and as fit, as thou, To serve, and to deserve my mistress’ grace; And that my sword upon thee shall approve, And plead my passions for Lavinia's love. Aar. Clubs, clubs'! these lovers will not keep the peace. Dem. Why, boy, although our mother, unadvis'd, Gave you a dancing-rapier by your side, Are you so desperate grown, to threat your friends? Go to ; have your lath glued within your sheath, Till vou know better how to handle it. Chi. Meanwhile, sir, with the little skill I have, Full well shalt thou perceive how much I dare.
Dem. Ay, boy, grow ye so brave? (They draw.)
Aar. hy, how now, lords? So near the emperor's palace dare you draw, And maintain such a quarrel openly? Full well I wot the ground of all Hi, grudge; I would not for a i. of gold, The cause were known to them it most concerns: Nor would your noble mother, for much more, Be so dishonour'd in the court of Rome. For shame, put up.
Dem. Not I; till I have sheath'd My rapier in his bosom, and, withal, Thrust these reproachful speeches down his throat, That he hath breath'd in my dishonour here.
Chi. For that I am prepar'd and full resolv'd,— Foul-spoken cowards that thunder'st with thy
And with thy weapon nothing dar'st perform.
Aar. Away, I say.— Now, by the gods o warlike Goths adore, This petty brabble will undous all.— Why, lords,-and think you not how dangerous It is to jut upon a prince's right? What, is Lavinia then become so loose, Or Bassianus so degenerate, That for her love such quarrels may be broach'd, Without controlment, justice, or revenge? Young lords, beware!—an should the empress know This discord's ground, the music would not please.
Chi. I care not, I, knew she and all the world; I love Lavinia more than all the world. [choice:
Dem. Youngling, learn thou to make some meaner Lavinia is thine elder brother's hope.
Aar. Why, are ye mad? or know ye not, in Rome How furious and impatient they be, And cannot brook competitors in love? I tell you, lords, you do but plot your deaths By this device. [propose,
Chi. Aaron, a thousand deaths would I To achieve her whom I love.
Aar. To achieve her!—How !
Dem. Why mak'st thou it so strange? She is a woman, therefore may be woo'd ; She is a woman, therefore may be won; She is Lavinia, therefore must be lov’d. What, man! more water glideth by the mill Than wots the miller of; and easy it is Of a cut loaf to steal a shive, we know : Though Bassianus be the emperor's brother, Better than he have yet worn Vulcan's badge.
Aar. Ay, and as good as Saturninus may. (Aside.)
Dem. Then why should he despair, that knows
to court it
With words, fair looks, and liberality?
What, hast thou not full often struck a doe,
And borne her cleanly by the keeper's nose?
Aar. Why, then, it seems, some certain snatch or Would serve your turns. so
Chi. Ay, so the turn were serv’d.
Dem. Aaron, thou hast hit it.
at?". 'Would you had hit it too;
Then should not we be tir'd with this ado.
Why, hark ye, hark ye, And are you such fools,
To square for this? Would it offend you then
That both should speed
Chi. 'Faith not me.
Dem. Nor me, So I were one. - [you jar.
Aar. For shame, be friends ; and join for that 'Tis policy and stratagem must do That you affect; and so must you resolve: That what you cannot, as you would, achieve, You must perforce accomplish as you may. Take this of me, Lucrece was not more chaste Than this Lavinia, Bassianus' love. . A speedier course than lingering languishment Must we pursue, and I have found the path. My lords, a solemn hunting is in hand; There will the lovely Roman ladies troop: The forest walks are wide and spacious ;