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Dismiss your followers, and, as suitors should,
Plead your deserts in peace and humbleness,
Sat. How fair the tribuue speaks to calm my

thoughts !
Bus. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affy
In thy uprightness and integrity,
And so I love and honour thee and thine,
Thy nobler brother Titus, and his sons,
Aud her to whom my thoughts are humbled all,
Gracious Lavinia, Rome's rich ornament,
That I will liere dismiss my loving friends;
And to my fortunes, and the people's favour,
Commit my cause in balance to be weigh'd.

[Ereunt the Followers of Bassianus. Sat. Friends, that have been thus forward in my

right,
I thank you all, and here dismiss you all;
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. Brus. Tribunes! and me, a poor competitor. (Sat. and Bas go into the Capitol, and ereunt.

with Senators, Marcus, &c.

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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 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! Ln, 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 Capitolt, Stand gracious to the rites tlat 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 me leave 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 opencd. There greet in silence, as the dead are wont, And sleep in peace, slain in your country's wars!

Freight. + Jupiter, to whom the Capitol was sacred.

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.
Tam. Stay, Roman brethren ;-Gracious con-

queror,
Victorious Titus, rue the tears I shed,
A mother's tears in passion t 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?
0! 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 slain,
Religiously they ask a sacrifice:
To this your son is mark'd ; and die he must,
To appease their groaning shadows that are gone.

• It was supposed that the ghosts of unburied peo. ple appeared to solicit the rites of funeral,

† Suffering.

Luc. Away with him! and make a fire straight: And with our swords, upon a pile of wood, Let's hew his linibs, till they be clean consum'd. [Exeunt Lucius, Quintus, Martius, and Mutius,

with 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 l'amora was queen), To quit the bloody wrongs upou her foes.

Re-enter Lucius, Quintus, Martius, and Mutius,

with their swords bloody.

Luc. See, lord and father, how we have perform'd Our Roman rites : Alarbus' limbs are lopp'd, Aud entrails feed the sacrificing fire, Whose smoke, like inceuse, doth perfume the sky. Remaineth nought, but to in:er 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 honour rest you liere, my sons; Rome's readiest champions, repose you here, Secure from worldly chances and mishaps ! Here lurks po treason, here no envy swells, Here grow no damned grudges; here, are no stornis, No noise, but silence and eternal sleep;

Enter Lavinia.

In peace and honour rest you here, my sons!

Lao. 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 Rome:
o, bless me here with thy victorious hand,
Whose fortunes Rome's best citizens applaud.

Tit. Kind Rome, that hast thus lovingly reserv'd
The cordial of mine age to glad my heart!
Lavinia, live; outlive thy father's days,
And fame's eternal date, for virtue's praise*!

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,
You that survive, and you that sleep in fame.'
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 Solou's happiness t,
And triumphs over chance, in honour's bed.
Titus Andronicus, the people of Rome,
Whose friend in justice thou hast ever been,

• He wishes that her life may be longer than his, and her praise longer than fame.

+ The maxim alluded to is, that no man can be pronounced happy before his death.

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