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Come,come,sweetemperor,come, Andronicus,- Marc. That on mine honour here I do protest. Take up this good old man, and chear the heart Sut. Away, and talk not; trouble us no more. That dies in tempest of thy angry frown.

Tam. Nay, nay, sweet emperor, we must all Sat. Rise, Titus, rise; my empress

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5 The tribune and his nephews kneel for grace ;. Tit. I thank your majesty, and her, my lord. I will not be denied. Sweet heart, look back. These words, these looks, infuse new life in me. Sat. Marcus, for thy sake, and thy brother's Tam. Titus, I am incorporate in Rome,

here, A Roman now adopted happily,

And at my lovely Tamora's intreats, And must advise the emperor for his good. 101 do remit these young men's heinous faults. This day all quarrels die, Andronicus ;And let it be mine honour, good my lord, Lavinia, though you left me like a churl, That I have reconcil'd your friends and you. I found a friend; and sure as death I swore, For you, prince Bassianus, I have pass'd I would not part a bachelor from the priest. My word and promise to the emperor, 15 Come, if the emperor's court can feast iwo brides, That you will be more mild and tractable.- You are my guest, Lavinia, and your friends :And fear not, lords,-and you, Lavinia ;- This day shall be a love-day, Tamora. By my advice, all humbled on your knees, Tit. 'To-morrow, an it please your majesty, You shall ask pardon of his majesty.

To hunt the panther and the hart with me, Luc. We do; and vow to heaven, and to his 20 Withi horn and hound, we'll give your grace bonhighness,

jour. That what we did, was mildly as we might, Sat. Be it so, Titus, and gramercy too. Tend'ring our sister's honour, and our own.

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JAnd manners, to intrude where I am grac'd;

And inay, for aught thou know'st, affected be. Before the Palace.

Chi. Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all; Enter Aaron alone.

35 And so in this, to bear me down with braves.

'Tis not the difference of a year, or two, Aur. NOW climbeth Tamora: Olympus' top: Makes me less gracious, or thec more fortunate: Safe out of fortune's shot; and sits aloft,

I am as able, and ás fit, as thou, Secure of thunder's crack, or lightning flash;

To serve, and to deserve my mistress' grace; Advanc'd above pale envy's threat'ning reach.

140 And that my sword upon thee shall approve, As when the golden sun salutes the morn,

And plead iny passions for Lavinia's love. And, having gilt the ocean with his beams,

Aar, Clubs, clubs! — These lovers will not Gallops the zodiack in his glistering coach,

keep the peace. And over-looks the highest-peering hills;

Dem. Why,boy,although our mother unadvis'd, So Tamora.

45 Gave you a dancing rapier by your side, Upon her wit doth earthly honour wait,

Are yourso desperate grown to threat your friends! And virtue stoops and trembles at her frown.

Go to; have your lath glu'd within your sheath, Then, Aaron, arm thy heart, and fitthy thoughts, ("Till you know better how to handle it. To mount aloft with thy imperial mistress,

Chí. Mean while, sir, with the little skill I have, And mounther pitch; whom thou în triumph long 50 Full well shalt thậu perceive how much I dare. Hast prisoner held, fetter'd in amorous chains; And faster bound to Aaron's charming eyes,

Dem. Ay, boy, grow ye so brave? Than is Prometheus ty'd to Caucasus.

[They draw.

Aar, Why, how now, lords ?
Away with slavish weeds, and idle thoughts !
I will be bright, and shine in pearl and gold,

So near the emperor's palace dare you draw,

155 And maintain such a quarrel openly? To wait upon this new-made emperess.

Full well I wot the ground of all this grudge ; To wait, said I ? to wanton with this queen,

I would not for a million of gold, This goddess, this Semiramis ;this queen, The cause were known to them it inost concerns; This syren, that will charm Rome's Saturnine, And see his shipwreck, and his common-weal's. 160 Be so dishonour'd in the court of Rome.

Nor would your noble mother, for much more, Holla! what storın is this?

For shame, put up:
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Chiron, and Demetrius, braring. Chi. Not l; 'till I have sheath'd
Dem. Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit My rapier in his bosom, and, withal,
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Thrust these reproachful speeches down his throat,

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That he hath breath'd in ny dishonour here. Take this of me, Lucrece was not more chaste

Den, For that I am prepar'd and full resolv'd,-- Than this Lavinia, Bassianus' love. Foul-spoken coward !" that thunder'st with thy A spcedier course than lingering languishment tongue,

Must we pursue, and I have found the path.
And with thy weapon nothing dar'st perform. 5 My lords, a solemn hunting is in hand;
Aar. Away, I say.-

There will the lovely Roman ladies troop: i
Now, by the gods, that warlike Goths adore, l'he forest walks are wide and spacious ;
This petty brabble will undo us all.-

And many unfrequentcd plots there are,
Why, lords,—and think you not how dangerous Fitted by kind ' for rape and villainy:
It is to jut upon a prince's right?

10 Single you thither then this dainty doė, What, is Lavinia then become so loose,

And strike her home by force, if not by words ; Or Bassianus so degenerate,

This way, or not at all, stand you in hope. That for her love such quarrels may be broach'd Come, come, our empress, with her sacred wit, Without controulment, justice, or revenge? To villainy and vengeance consecrate, Young lords, beware!-an should the empress 15 We will acquaint with all that we intend; know

[please. And she shall file our engines with advice“, This discord's ground, the music would not That will not suffer you to square yourselves,

Chi. I care not, I, knew she and all the world; But to your wishes' height advance you both. I love Lavinia more than all the world.

The emperor's court is like the house of faine, Dem. Youngling, learn thou to inake some 20 The palace full of tongues, of eyes, of ears: meaner choice:

The woods are ruthless, dreadfúl, deaf and dull; Lavinia is thine elder brother's hope. (Rome There speak, and strike, brave boys, and take Aar. Why, are ye mad? or know ye not, in

your turns :

[eye, How furious and impatient they be,

There serve your lust, shadow'd from heaven's And cannot brook competitors in love? 125 And revel in Lavinia's treasury. I tell you, lords, you do but plot your deaths Chi. Thy counsel, lads, smells of no cowardice. By this device.

Dem. Sit fas aut nefas, 'till I find the stream Chi. Aaron, a thousand deaths would I propose, To cool this heat, a charın to calm these fits, To atchieve her I do love.

Per Styga, per Manes vehor.

[Ereunt. Aar, Toatchieve her!-How?

130 Dem. Why mak'st thou it so strange?

SCENE II. She is a woman, therefore may be woo'd;

Changes to a Forest. She is a woman, therefore may be won :

Enter Titus Andronicus, and his three sons, with She is Lavinia, therefore must be lov'd.

hounds and horns, and Marcus. What, man! more water glideth by the mill 35 Tit. The hunt is up, the morn is bright and grey, Than wots the miller of; and easy it is

The fields are fragrant, and the woodsare green: Of a cut loaf to steal a shive', we know:

Uncouple here, and let us make a bay, Though Bassianus be the emperor's brother, And wake the emperor and his lovely bride, Better than he have yet worn Vulcan's badge. And rouse the prince; and ring a hunter's peal, Aar. Ay,and asgood as Saturninus may.[ Aside. 40 That all the court may echo with the noise. Dem. Then why should be despair, that knows Sons, let it be your charge, as it is ours, to court it

To tend the emperor's person carefully: With words, fair looks, and liberality?

I have been troubled in my sleep this night, What, bast thou not full often struck a c!e, But dawning day new comfort hátlı inspird. And borne her cleanly by the keeper's nose? 45 Hereacry of hounds, and win thornsina

peal; then Aar. Why then, it seenis, some certain snatch enter Saturninus, Tamora, Bassianus, Lavinia, Would serve your turns.

[or sol Chiron, Dem trịus, and their Attendants. Chi. Ay, so the turn were serv'd.

Tit. Many good morrows to your majesty :Dem. Aaron, thou hast hit it.

Madam, to you as many and as good !dar. 'Would you had hit it too;

150 I promised your grace a hunter's peal. Then should not we be tir'd with this ado.

Sat. and you have rung it lustily, my lords, Why, hark ye, hark ye,-And are you such fools, Somewhat too carly for new married ladies. To square for this? Would it offend you then Bas. Lavinia, how say you? That both should speed ?

Lav. I say, no; Chi. 'Faith, not me.

55 I have been broad awake two hours and more. Dem. Nor me, so I were one. you jar. Sat. Come on then, horse and chariots let us Aur. For shame, be friends; and join for that

have, Tis policy and stratagem must do

And to our sport :-Madam, now yc shall sce That you affect; and so must you resolvc; Our Roman hunting.

[To Tamora. That what you cannot, as you would, atchieve, 60 Marc. I have dogs, my lord, You must perforce accomplish as you may, Will rouse the proudest panther in the chase,

"A shite is a slịce. * To square, is to quarrel. 'i. e. by nature. * i, e, remove all impediments from our desigus by advice. The allusion is to the operation of the file. 3 H 3

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And climb the highest promontory top. Here comes a parcel of our hopeful booty, Tit. And I have horse will follow where the Which dreads not yet their lives' destruction. gaine

Tam. Ah, my sweet Moor, sweeter to me than Makes way, and run like swallows o'er the plain.

life! Dem. Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor 5 Aar. No more;great empress, Bassianus comes; hound,

Be cross with him; and I'll go fetch thy sons But hope to pluck a dainty doc to ground. Exeunt. To back thy quarrels, whatsoe'er they be. [Erit.

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Enter Bussianus, and Latiniu.
SCENE III.

Bas. Whom have we here? Rome's royal em.
A desert part of the Forest.

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peress, Enter Aaron alone.

Unfurnish'd of her well-beseeming troop? Aar. He, that had wit, would think, that I Or is it Dian, habited like her ;

Who hath abandoned her holy groves, To bury so much gold under a tree,

To see the general hunting in this forest ? And never after to inherit it.

15) Tam. Saucy controller of our private steps ! Let him, that thinks of ' me so abjectly,

Had I the power that, some say, Dian had, Know, that this gold must coin a stratagein; Thy temples should be planted presently Which, cunningly etfected, will beget

With horns, as was Acteon's; and the hounds A very excellent piece of villainy:

should drive upon thy new-transformed linıbs, And so repose, sweet gold, for their unrest', 120 Unmannerly intruder as thou art ! That have their alms out of the empress' chest. Lar. Under your patience, gent!e emperess, Enter Tamora.

'Tis thought you have a goodly gilt in horning :. Tam. My lovely Aaron, wherefore look'st thou And to be doubted, that your Moor and you said,

Are singled forth to try experiments : When every thing doth make a gleeful boast? 125 Jove shield your husband from his pounds to-day! The birds chaunt melody on every bush; 'Tis pity they should take him for a stag. The snake lies rolled in ihe chearful sun;

Bas. Believe me, queen, your swarth CimThe green leaves quiver with the cooling wind,

merian And make a chequer'd shadow on the ground: Doth make your honour of his body's hue, Under their sweet shade, Aaron, let us sit, 30 spotted, detested, and abominable. And-whilst the babbling echo mocks the hounds, Why are you sequester'd from all your train ? Replying shrilly to the well-tun'd horns,

Dismounted from your snow-white goodly steed, As if a double hunt were heard at once,

Ind wander'd hither to an obscure plot, Let us sit down, and mark their yelling noise: Accompanied with a barbarous Moor, And-after conflict, such as was suppos'd 35 If foul desire had not conducted you? The wand'ring prince and Dido once enjoy'd, Lur. And, being intercepted in your sport, When with a happy storin they were surpriz'd, Great reason that my noble lord be rated And curtain'd with a counsel-keeping cave, For sauciness.--I pray you let us hence, We may, each wreathed in the other's arms, And let her 'joy her rayen-colour'd love; Our pastimes done, possess a golden slumber; 401 his valley nts the purpose passing weli. [this. Whilst hounds, and horns, and sweet melodious Bas. Tlie king, my brother, shall have note of Be unto us, as is a nurse's song

[birds.

Lar. Ay, for these slips have made him noted Of lullaby, to bring her babe asleep.

long: Aur. Madam,though Venus governyour desires, Good king! to be so mightily abus'd! Saturn is dominator over mine:

43 Turn. Why, have I patience to endure all this? What signities my deadly-standing eye,

Enter Chiroi, and Demetrius. My silence, and my cloudy melancholy?

Dem. How now, dear sovereign, and our graMy fleece of woolly hair, that now uncurls,

cious mother, Even as an adder, when she doth unroll

Why does your highness look so pale and wan? To do some fatal execution?

150 Tim.Have I not reason, think you,to look pale? No, madain, these are no veneseal signs ; These two have ’țic'd me hither to this place. Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand, A barren and detestcd vale, you see, it is: Blood and revenge are hammering in my head. The trees, though summer, yet forlorn and lean, Hark, Tamora,--the empress of my soul, O'ercome with inoss, and baleful misletoe, Which never hopes more heaven than rests in thee, 53 i lere neves shines the sun; here nothing breeds, This is the day of doom for Bassianus:

Unless the nightly owl, or fatal raven. His Philomel' must lose her tongue to-day ; And when they shew'd me this abhorred pit, Thy'sons make pillage of her chastity,

They' told me, bere, at dead time of the night, And wash their hands in Bassianus' blood. A thousand fiends, á thousand hissing snakes, Seest thou this letter?--take it up, I pray thee, 60 Ten thousand sivelling toads, as many urchins,

I And give the king this fatal plotted scroll: Would make such fearful and consused cries, Now question me no inore, we are espied ; As any niortal body, hearing it,

'Urrest, for disquiet. ? i. e. fly with impetuosity at him. 3 Swarth is black.---Tho Moor is called Cimmerian, from the affinity of blackness to darkness.

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Should straight fall mad, or else die suddenly. That gave thee life, when well he might have No sooner had they told this hellish tale,

slain thee, But straight they told me, they would bind me here Be not obdurate, open thy deaf ears. Unto the body of a dismal yew;

Tam. Hadst thou in person ne'er offended me, And leave me to this miserable death.

5 Even for his sake am I now pitiless :And then they call’d me, foul adulteress, Remember, boys, I pour'd forth tears in vain, Lascivious Göth, and all the bitterest terins To save your brother from the sacrifice; That ever ear did hear to such effect.

But fierce Andronicus would not relent : And, had yoù not by wondrous fortune come, Therefore away with her, use her as you will; This vengeance on me had they executed: 110 The worse to her, the better lov'd of me. Revenge it, as you love your inother's life, Lat. O Tamora, be call's a gentle queen, Or be ye not from henceforth call'd my children. And with thine own hands kill ine in this place : Dem. This is a witness that I am thy son. For’tis not life, that I have begg'd so long;

[Stabs Bassianus. Poor I was slain, when Bassianus dy'd. Chi. And this for me, struck home to shew my !5 Tam. What begg'st thou then? fond woman, strength. [Stabbing him likerise.

[more, Lar. Ay come, Semiramis,-nay, barbarous Lat. 'Tis present death I beg: and one thing I'amora!

That womanhood denies my tongue to tell ; For no name fits thy nature but thy own! 0, keep me from their worse than killing lust, Tam. Give me thy poniard; you shall know,20 And tumble me into some loathsome pit; my boys,

[wrong. Where never man's eye may behold my body: Your mother's hand shall right your mother's Do this, and be a charitable murderer.

Dem. Stay, madam, here is more belongs to her; Tam. Soshould I rob my sweet sons of their fee: First, thresh the corn, then after burn the straw : No, let them satisfy their lust on thee. This minion stood upon her chastity,

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Dem. Away; for thou hast staid uş here too long. Upon her nuptial vow, her loyalty,

Lat. No grace ? no womanhood? Ab beastly And with that painted hope she braves your

creature! mightiness :

The blot and enemy to our general name! And shall she carry this unto her grave?

Confusion fallChi: "And if she do, I would I were an eunuch. 30 Chi.Nay,then I'll stop your mouth,--Bring thou Drag hence her husband to some secret hole,

her husband; [Dragging off Lavinia. And make his dead trunk pillow to our lust.

This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him. '? Tam. But when you have the honey you desire,

[Ereunt. Let not this wasp out-live, us both to sting. Tam. Farewell, my sons: see,

that
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make Chi. I warrant you, madam; we will make 35 her sure: that sure.

Ne'er let my heart know merry cheer indeed, Come, mistress, now perforce we will enjoy 'Till all th’ Andronici be made away. That nice preserved honesty of yours.

Now will I hence to seek my lovely Moor, Lav. OTamora! thou bear'st a woman's face,- And let my spleenful sons this trull deflow'r. Tam. I will not hear her speak; away with her. 40

[Erit. Lat.Sweetlords,intreat her hear me but a word.

SCENE IV.
Dem. Listen, fair madam: Let it be your glory,
To see her tears; but be your heart to them,

Enter Aaron, with Quintus and Marcus.
As unrelenting flint to drops of rain. (dam: Aar. Come on,my lords; the better foot before:

Lar. When did the tyger's young onesteach the 45 Straight will I bring you to the loathsome pit,
0, do not teach her wrath; she taught it thee: Where I espied the panther fast asleep.
The milk, thousuck’dst fromher,didturntomarble; Quint. My sight is very dull, whate erit bodes.
Even at thy teat thou hadst thy tyranny,

Marc. And mine, I promise you; were 't not for Yet every mother breeds not sons alike;

shame, Dothou intreat her, shew awomanpity. [To Chiron. 50 Well could I leave our sport to sleep awhile. Chi. What! would'st thou bave me prove my

[Marcus falls into the pit. self a bastard ?

Quint. What, art thou fallen? What subtlc hole Lar. 'Tis true the raven doth not hatch a lark :

is this, Yet have I heard, (0, could I find it now !) Whose mouth is cover'd with rude-growing briars; The lion, mov'd with pity, did endure 55 Upon whose leaves are drops of new-shed blood To have his princely paws par'd all away: is fresh as morning's dew distillid on flowers? Some say, that ravens foster forlorn children, A very fatal place it seems to me :The whilst their own birds famish in their nests : Speak, brother, hast thou hurt thee with the fall ? O, be to me, though thy hard heart say no, Marc. O brother, with the dismallest object Nothing so kind, but something pitiful! 60 That ever eye, with sight, made heart lament.

Tam. I know not what it means; away with her. Aar. [Aside.] Now will I fetch the king to
Lav. O, let me teach thee: for my father's sake,

find them here;
Painted hope mcans specious hope, or ground of confidence more plausible than solid.
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Tam. Where is thy brother Bassianus 2 How these were they, that made away his brother. Sat. Now to the bottom dost thou scarch my

(Exit Aaron. Poor Bassianus here lies murdered, (wound; Marc. Why dost not comfort me and help me Tum. Then all too late I bring this fatal writ, out

5 The complot of this timeless tragedy: From this unhallow'd and blood-stained hole? And wonder greatly, that nian's face can fold

Quint. I am surprized with an uncouth fear : In pleasing sinilęs such niurderous tyranny,
A chilling sweat o'er-runs my trembling joints;

[She giveth Saturninus a letter, Mine herat suspects more than inine eye can see,

Saturninus reads the letter. Marc. To prove thou hast a true-divining heart, 10 “ An if we miss to meet him handsomely, Aaron and thou look down into this den,

“ Sweet huntsman-Bassianus'tis, we mean, And see a fearful sight of blood and death. Do thou so much as dig the grave for him; Quint. Aaron is gone; and my compassionate “ Thou know'st our meaning: Look for thy heart

“ reward Will not permit my eyes once to behold 15 Among the nettles at the eļder-tree, The thing, whereat it irembles by surmise; “ Which over-shades themouthof that same pit, 0, tell me how it is; for ne'er 'till now

“ Where we decreed to bury Bassianus. Was I a child, to fear I know not what,

“Do this, and purchase us thy lasting friends,” Marc. Lord Bassianus lies embrewed here, o Tamora! was ever heard the like? All on a heap, like to a slaughter'd lamb, |20 This is the pit, and this the elder-tree : In this detested, dark, blood-drinking pit, Look, sirs, if you can find the huntsman out,

Quint. If it bedark, how dost thow know 'tis he: That should have murder'd Bassianus here.

Marc. Upon his bloody finger he doth wear Aar. My gracious lord, here is the bag of gold. A precious ring that lightens all the hole,

[Shewing it. Which, like a taper in some monument, 25 Sat. Two of thy whelps, fell curs of bloody Doth shine upon the dead man's earthy checks,

kind, And shows the ragged entrails of this pit: Have here bereft my brother of his life : So pale did shine the moon on Pyramus,

[To Titus, When he by night lay bath'd in inaiden blood. Sirs, drag them from the pit unto the prison; O brother, help me with thy fainting hand, 30 There let them bide, until we have devis'd If fear hath made thee faint, as me hath, Some never-heard-of torturing pain for them. Out of this fell devouring receptacle,

Tum. What, are they in this pit? O wondrous As hateful as Cocytus' misty mouth. [out :

thing! Quint. Reach methy hand, that I may helpthec How easily murder is discovered! Or, wanting strength to do thee so much good, 35 Tit. High emperor, upon my feeble knee I

inay be pluck'd into the swallowing womb I beg this boon, with tears not lightly shed, Of this dcep pit, poor Bassianus' grave.

That this fell fault of mine accursed sons, I have no strength to pluck thee to the brink. Accursed, if the fault be prov'd in themNiarc. And I no strength to climb without thy Sat. If it be prov'd! You see, it is apparent.hely:

(again, 40 Who found this letter? Tamora, was it you? Quint. '1 ny hand once more; I will not lose Tam. Andronicus himself did take it up. 'Til thou art here aloft, or I below:

Tit. I did, my lord: yet let me be their bail : I hou canst not come to me, I come to thee. For by my father's reverend tomb, I vow,

[Falls in.

They shall be ready at your highness' will, Enter the Emperor, and Aaron. 45 l'o answer their suspicion with their lives. Sat. Along with me : I'll see what hole is Sat. Thou shalt not bail them : see, thou folhere,

low me.

[ers. And what he is, that now is leap'd into it.--- Some bring the murder'd body, somethe murderSay, who art thou, that lately didst descend Let them not speak a word, the guilt is plain; Into this gaping hollow of the earth? 50 tor, by my soul, were there worse end than death,

Alure. The unhappy son of old Andronicus; That end upon them should be executed. Brought hither in a most unlucky hour,

Tam. Andronicus, I will entreat the king; To find thy brother Bassianus dead. [ jest: Fear not thy sons, they shall do well enough.

Sat. My brother dead? I know, thou dost but Tit. Come, Lucius, come; stay not to talk He and his lady both are at the lodge,

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[Exeunt severally l'pon the north side of this pleasant chase ; "i is not an hour since I left him there. (alive,

SCENE V. Alure. We know not where you left him all Dut, out, alas ! here have we found him dead. Enter Demetrius and Chiron, with Lacinia, raEnter Tumora, with Attendants ; Andronicus and 601 vişli'd; her hands cut off, und her tongue cut out. Lucius.

Dem. So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can Tam. Where is my lord, the king? [grief.

speak, ut. Here, Tamora; though griev'd with Killing Who'twas that cut thy topgue, and ravish'd thee. ! There is supposed to be a gem called a carbuncle, which emits pot reflected but nati .e ight.

Chi,

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