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The Lamentable Tragedie of Titus Andronicus.
Actus Primus. Scoena Prima. [Act 1, Scene 1] Flourish. Enter the Tribunes and Senators aloft And then enter Saturninus and his Followers at one doore, and Bassianus and his Followers at the other, with Drum & Colours. Saturninus. Noble Patricians, Patrons of my right, Defend the iustice of my Cause with Armes. And Countrey‑men, my louing Followers, Pleade my Successiue Title with your Swords.
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I was the first borne Sonne, that was the last That wore the Imperiall Diadem of Rome: Then let my Fathers Honours liue in me, Nor wrong mine Age with this indignitie.
Bassianus. Romaines, Friends, Followers,
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Fauourers of my Right: If euer Bassianus, Cæsars Sonne, Were gracious in the eyes of Royall Rome, Keepe then this passage to the Capitoll: And suffer not Dishonour to approach
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Th' Imperiall Seate to Vertue: consecrate To Iustice, Continence, and Nobility: But let Desert in pure Election shine; And Romanes, fight for Freedome in your Choice.
Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft with the Crowne. Princes, that striue by Factions, and by Friends,
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Ambitiously for Rule and Empery: Know, that the people of Rome for whom we stand A speciall Party, haue by Common voyce In Election for the Romane Emperie, Chosen Andronicus, Sur‑named Pious,
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For many good and great deserts to Rome. A Nobler man, a brauer Warriour, Liues not this day within the City Walles. He by the Senate is accited home From weary Warres against the barbarous Gothes,
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That with his Sonnes (a terror to our Foes) Hath yoak'd a Nation strong, train'd vp in Armes. Ten yeares are spent, since first he vndertooke This Cause of Rome, and chasticed with Armes Our Enemies pride. Fiue times he hath return'd
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Bleeding to Rome, bearing his Valiant Sonnes In Coffins from the Field. And now at last, laden with Honours Spoyles, Returnes the good Andronicus to Rome, Renowned Titus, flourishing in Armes

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Let vs intreat, by Honour of his Name, Whom (worthily) you would haue now succeede, And in the Capitoll and Senates right, Whom you pretend to Honour and Adore, That you withdraw you, and abate your Strength,
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Dismisse your Followers, and as Suters should, Pleade your Deserts in Peace and Humblenesse. Saturnine. How fayre the Tribune speakes, To calme my thoughts. Bassia. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affie
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In thy vprightnesse and Integrity: And so I Loue and Honor thee, and thine, Thy Noble Brother Titus, and his Sonnes, And Her (to whom my thoughts are humbled all) Gracious Lauinia, Romes rich Ornament,
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That I will heere dismisse my louing Friends: And to my Fortunes, and the Peoples Fauour, Commit my Cause in ballance to be weigh'd.
Exit Souldiours. Saturnine. Friends, that haue beene Thus forward in my Right,
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I thanke you all, and heere Dismisse you all, And to the Loue and Fauour of my Countrey, Commit my Selfe, my Person, and the Cause: Rome, be as iust and gracious vnto me, As I am confident and kinde to thee.
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Open the Gates, and let me in.
Bassia.

Tribunes, and me, a poore Competitor.

Flourish. They go vp into the Senat house. Enter a Captaine. Cap. Romanes make way: the good Andronicus, Patron of Vertue, Romes best Champion, Successefull in the Battailes that he fights,
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With Honour and with Fortune is return'd, From whence he circumscribed with his Sword, And brought to yoke the Enemies of Rome.
Sound Drummes and Trumpets. And then enter two of Titus Sonnes; After them, two men bearing a Coffin couered with blacke, then two other Sonnes. After them, Titus Andronicus, and then Tamora the Queene of Gothes, & her two Sonnes Chiron and Demetrius, with Aaron the Moore, and others, as many as can bee: They set d Coffin, and Titus speakes. Andronicus. Haile Rome: Victorious in thy Mourning Weedes: The large tear does not appear to have contained any text at this point.

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Actus Primus. Scoena Prima. [Act 1, Scene 1] Flourish. Enter the Tribunes and Senators aloft And then enter Saturninus and his Followers at one doore, and Bassianus and his Followers at the other, with Drum & Colours. Saturninus. Noble Patricians, Patrons of my right, Defend the iustice of my Cause with Armes. And Countrey‑men, my louing Followers, Pleade my Successiue Title with your Swords.
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I was the first borne Sonne, that was the last That wore the Imperiall Diadem of Rome: Then let my Fathers Honours liue in me, Nor wrong mine Age with this indignitie.
Bassianus. Romaines, Friends, Followers,
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Fauourers of my Right: If euer Bassianus, Cæsars Sonne, Were gracious in the eyes of Royall Rome, Keepe then this passage to the Capitoll: And suffer not Dishonour to approach
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Th' Imperiall Seate to Vertue: consecrate To Iustice, Continence, and Nobility: But let Desert in pure Election shine; And Romanes, fight for Freedome in your Choice.
Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft with the Crowne. Princes, that striue by Factions, and by Friends,
[20]
Ambitiously for Rule and Empery: Know, that the people of Rome for whom we stand A speciall Party, haue by Common voyce In Election for the Romane Emperie, Chosen Andronicus, Sur‑named Pious,
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For many good and great deserts to Rome. A Nobler man, a brauer Warriour, Liues not this day within the City Walles. He by the Senate is accited home From weary Warres against the barbarous Gothes,
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That with his Sonnes (a terror to our Foes) Hath yoak'd a Nation strong, train'd vp in Armes. Ten yeares are spent, since first he vndertooke This Cause of Rome, and chasticed with Armes Our Enemies pride. Fiue times he hath return'd
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Bleeding to Rome, bearing his Valiant Sonnes In Coffins from the Field. And now at last, laden with Honours Spoyles, Returnes the good Andronicus to Rome, Renowned Titus, flourishing in Armes
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Let vs intreat, by Honour of his Name, Whom (worthily) you would haue now succeede, And in the Capitoll and Senates right, Whom you pretend to Honour and Adore, That you withdraw you, and abate your Strength,
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Dismisse your Followers, and as Suters should, Pleade your Deserts in Peace and Humblenesse. Saturnine. How fayre the Tribune speakes, To calme my thoughts. Bassia. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affie
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In thy vprightnesse and Integrity: And so I Loue and Honor thee, and thine, Thy Noble Brother Titus, and his Sonnes, And Her (to whom my thoughts are humbled all) Gracious Lauinia, Romes rich Ornament,
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That I will heere dismisse my louing Friends: And to my Fortunes, and the Peoples Fauour, Commit my Cause in ballance to be weigh'd.
Exit Souldiours. Saturnine. Friends, that haue beene Thus forward in my Right,
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I thanke you all, and heere Dismisse you all, And to the Loue and Fauour of my Countrey, Commit my Selfe, my Person, and the Cause: Rome, be as iust and gracious vnto me, As I am confident and kinde to thee.
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Open the Gates, and let me in.
Bassia.

Tribunes, and me, a poore Competitor.

Flourish. They go vp into the Senat house. Enter a Captaine. Cap. Romanes make way: the good Andronicus, Patron of Vertue, Romes best Champion, Successefull in the Battailes that he fights,
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With Honour and with Fortune is return'd, From whence he circumscribed with his Sword, And brought to yoke the Enemies of Rome.
Sound Drummes and Trumpets. And then enter two of Titus Sonnes; After them, two men bearing a Coffin couered with blacke, then two other Sonnes. After them, Titus Andronicus, and then Tamora the Queene of Gothes, & her two Sonnes Chiron and Demetrius, with Aaron the Moore, and others, as many as can bee: They set d Coffin, and Titus speakes. Andronicus. Haile Rome: Victorious in thy Mourning Weedes: The large tear does not appear to have contained any text at this point.
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The letter L has slipped up the page, above the rest of the line.Loe as the Barke that hath discharg'd his fraught, Returnes with precious lading to the Bay, From whence at first she wegih'd weigh'd her Anchorage: Commeth Andronicus bound with Lawrell bowes, To resalute his Country with his teares,
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Teares of true ioy for his returne to Rome, Thou great defender of this Capitoll, Stand gracious to the Rites that we intend. Romaines, of fiue and twenty Valiant Sonnes, Halfe of the number that King Priam had,
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Behold the poore remaines aliue and dead! These that Suruiue, let Rome reward with Loue: These that I bring vnto their latest home, With buriall amongst their Auncestors. Heere Gothes haue giuen me leaue to sheath my Sword:
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Titus vnkinde, and carelesse of thine owne, Why suffer'st thou thy Sonnes vnburied yet, To houer on the dreadfull shore of Stix? Make way to lay them by their Bretheren.
They open the Tombe. There greete in silence as the dead are wont,
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And sleepe in peace, slaine in your Countries warres: O sacred receptacle of my ioyes, Sweet Cell of vertue and Noblitie Nobilitie , How many Sonnes of mine hast thou in store, That thou wilt neuer render to me more? Luc.
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Giue vs the proudest prisoner of the Gothes, That we may hew his limbes, and on a pile Ad manus fratrum, sacrifice his flesh: Before this earthly prison of their bones, That so the shadowes be not vnappeas'd,
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Nor we disturb'd with prodigies on earth.
Tit. I giue him you, the Noblest that Suruiues, The eldest Son of this distressed Queene. Tam. Stay Romaine Bretheren, gracious Conqueror, Victorious Titus, rue the teares I shed,
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A Mothers teares in passion for her sonne: And if thy Sonnes were euer deere to thee, Oh thinke my sonnes to be as deere to mee. Sufficeth not, that we are brought to Rome To beautifie thy Triumphs, and returne
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Captiue to thee, and to thy Romaine yoake, But must my Sonnes be slaughtred in the streetes, For Valiant doings in their Countries cause? O! If to fight for King and Common‑weale, Were piety in thine, it is in these:
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Andronicus, staine not thy Tombe with blood. Wilt thou draw neere the nature of the Gods? Draw neere them then in being mercifull. Sweet mercy is Nobilities true badge, Thrice Noble Titus, spare my first borne sonne.
Tit.
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Patient your selfe Madam, and pardon me. These are the Brethren, whom you Gothes beheld Aliue and dead, and for their Bretheren slaine, Religiously they aske a sacrifice: To this your sonne is markt, and die he must,
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T' appease their groaning shadowes that are gone.
Luc. Away with him, and make a fire straight, And with our Swords vpon a pile of wood, Let's hew his limbes till they be cleane consum'd. Exit Sonnes with Alarbus. irreligious piety.
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Scythia halfe so barbarous? Scythia to ambitious Rome, Alarbus goes to rest, and we suruiue, To tremble vnder Titus threatning lookes. Then Madam stand resolu'd, but hope withall,
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The selfe same Gods that arm'd the Queene of Troy With opportunitie of sharpe reuenge Vpon the Thracian Tyrant in his Tent, May fauour Tamora the Queene of Gothes, (When Gothes were Gothes, and Tamora was Queene)
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To quit the bloody wrongs vpon her foes. Enter the Sonnes of Andronicus againe. Luci. See Lord and Father, how we haue perform'd Our Romaine rightes, Alarbus limbs are lopt, And intrals feede the sacrifising fire, Whole smoke like incense doth perfume the skie.
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Remaineth nought but to interre our Brethren, And with low'd Larums welcome them to Rome.
Tit. Let it be so, and let Andronicus Make this his latest farewell to their soules. Flourish. Then Sound Trumpets, and lay the Coffins in the Tombe. In peace and Honour rest you heere my Sonnes,
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Romes readiest Champions, repose you heere in rest, Secure from worldly chaunces and mishaps: Heere lurks no Treason, heere no enuie swels, Heere grow no damned grudges, heere are no stormes, No noyse, but silence and Eternall sleepe,
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In peace and Honour rest you heere my Sonnes. Enter Lauinia. Laui. In peace and Honour, liue Lord Titus long, My Noble Lord and Father, liue in Fame: Loe at this Tombe my tributarie teares, I render for my Bretherens Obsequies:
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And at thy feete I kneele, with teares of ioy Shed on the earth for thy returne to Rome. O blesse me heere with thy victorious hand, Whose Fortune Romes best Citizens applau'd.
Ti. Kind Rome,
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That hast thus louingly reseru'd The Cordiall of mine age to glad my hart, Lauinia liue, out‑liue thy Fathers dayes: And Fames eternall date for vertues praise.
Marc. Long liue Lord Titus, my beloued brother,
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Gracious Triumpher in the eyes of Rome.
Tit. Thankes Gentle Tribune, Noble brother Marcus. Mar. And welcome Nephews from succesfull wars, You that suruiue and you that sleepe in Fame:
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Faire Lords your Fortunes are all alike in all, That in your Countries seruice drew your Swords. But safer Triumph is this Funerall Pompe, That hath aspir'd to Solons Happines, And Triumphs ouer chaunce in honours bed.
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Titus Andronicus, the people of Rome, Whose friend in iustice thou hast euer bene, Send thee by me their Tribune and their trust, This Palliament of white and spotlesse Hue, And name thee in Election for the Empire,
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With these our late deceased Emperours Sonnes: Be Candidatus then, and put it on, And helpe to set a head on headlesse Rome.
Tit. A better head her Glorious body fits, Then his that shakes for age and feeblenesse:
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What should I d'on this Robe and trouble you, Be chosen with proclamations to day, To morrow yeeld vp rule, resigne my life, And set abroad new businesse for you all. Rome I haue bene thy Souldier forty yeares,
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And led my Countries strength successefully, And buried one and twenty Valiant Sonnes, Knighted in Field, slaine manfully in Armes, In right and Seruice of their Noble Countrie: Giue me a staffe of Honour for mine age,
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But not a Scepter to controule the world, Vpright he held it Lords, that held it last
Mar.

Titus, thou shalt obtaine and aske the Emperie.

Sat.

Proud and ambitious Tribune can'st thou tell?

Titus.

Patience Prince Saturninus.

Sat.
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Romaines do me right. Patricians draw your Swords, and sheath them not Till Saturninus be Romes Emperour: Andronicus would thou wert shipt to hell, Rather then rob me of the peoples harts.
Luc.
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Proud Saturnine, interrupter of the good That Noble minded Titus meanes to thee.
Tit. Content thee Prince, I will restore to thee The peoples harts, and weane them from themselues. Bass. Andronicus, I do not flatter thee
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But Honour thee, and will doe till I die: My Faction if thou strengthen with thy Friend? I will most thankefull be, and thankes to men Of Noble mindes, is Honourable Meede.
Tit. People of Rome, and Noble Tribunes heere,
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I aske your voyces and your Suffrages, Will you bestow them friendly on Andronicus?
Tribunes. To gratifie the good Andronicus, And Gratulate his safe returne to Rome, The people will accept whom he admits. Tit.
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Tribunes I thanke you, and this sure I make, That you Create your Emperours eldest sonne, Lord Saturnine, whose Vertues will I hope, Reflect on Rome as Tytans Rayes on earth, And ripen Iustice in this Common‑weale:
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Then if you will elect by my aduise, Crowne him, and say: Long liue our Emperour.
Mar. An. With Voyces and applause of euery sort, Patricians and Plebeans we Create Lord Saturninus Romes Great Emperour.
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And say, Long liue our Emperour Saturnine . A long Flourish till they come downe.
Satu. Titus Andronicus, for thy Fauours done, To vs in our Election this day, I giue thee thankes in part of thy Deserts,
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And will with Deeds requite thy gentlenesse: And for an Onset Titus to aduance Thy Name, and Honorable Familie, Lauinia will I make my Empresse, Romes Royall Mistris, Mistris of my hart
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And in the Sacred Pathan her espouse: Tell me Andronicus doth this motion please thee?
Tit. It doth my worthy Lord, and in this match, I hold me Highly Honoured of your Grace, And heere in sight of Rome, to Saturnine,
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King and Commander of our Common‑weale, The Wide‑worlds Emperour, do I Consecrate, My Sword, my Chariot, and my Prisonerss Prisoners , Presents well Worthy Romes Imperiall Lord: Receiue them then, the Tribute that I owe,
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Mine Honours Ensignes humbled at my feete.
Satu. Thankes 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 vnspeakable Deserts,
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Romans forget your Fealtie to me.
Tit. Now Madam are your prisoner to an Emperour, To him that for you Honour and your State, Will vse you Nobly and your followers. Satu. A goodly Lady, trust me of the Hue
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That I would choose, were I to choose a new: Cleere vp Faire Queene that cloudy countenance, Though chance of warre Hath wrought this change of cheere, Thou com'st not to be made a scorne in Rome:
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Princely shall be thy vsage euery way. Rest on my word, and let not discontent Daunt all your hopes: Madam he comforts you, Can make your Greater then the Queene of Gothes? Lauinia you are not displeas'd with this?
Lau.
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Not I my Lord, sith true Nobilitie, Warrants these words in Princely curtesie.
Sat. Thankes sweete Lauinia, Romans let vs goe: Ransomlesse heere we set our Prisoners free, Proclaime our Honors Lords with Trumpe and Drum. Bass.
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Lord Titus by your leaue, this Maid is mine.

Tit.

How sir? Are you in earnest then my Lord?

Bass. I Noble Titus, and resolu'd withall, To doe my selfe this reason, and this right. Marc. Suum cuiquam, is our Romane Iustice,
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This Prince in Iustice ceazeth but his owne.
Luc.

And that he will and shall, if Lucius liue.

Tit. Traytors auant, where is the Emperours Guarde? Treason my Lord, Lauinia is surpris'd. Sat.

Surpris'd, by whom?

Bass.
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By him that iustly may Beare his Betroth'd, from all the world away.
Muti. Brothers helpe to conuey her hence away, And with my Sword Ile keepe this doore safe. Tit.

Follow my Lord, and Ile soone bring her backe.

Mut.
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My Lord you passe not heere.

Tit.

What villaine Boy, bar'st me my way in Rome?

Mut.

Helpe Lucius helpe.

He kils him.
Luc. My Lord you are vniust, and more then so, In wrongfull quarrell, you haue slaine your son. Tit.
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Nor thou, nor he are any sonnes of mine, My sonnes would neuer so dishonour me. Traytor restore Lauinia to the Emperour.
Luc. Dead if you will, but not to be his wife, That is anothers lawfull promist Loue. Enter aloft the Emperour with Tamora and her two sonnes, and Aaron the Moore. Empe.
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No Titus, no, the Emperour needs her not, Nor her, nor thee, nor any of thy stocke: Ile trust by Leisure him that mocks me once. Thee neuer: nor thy Trayterous haughty sonnes, Confederates all, thus to dishonour me.
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Was none in Rome to make a stale But Saturnine? Full well Andronicus Agree these Deeds, with that proud bragge of thine, That said'st, I beg'd the Empire at thy hands.
Tit.

O monstrous, what reproachfull words are these?

Sat.
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But goe thy wayes, goe giue that changing peece, To him that flourisht for her with his Sword: A Valliant sonne in‑law thou shalt enioy: One, fit to bandy with thy lawlesse Sonnes, To ruffle in the Common‑wealth of Rome.
Tit.
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These words are Razors to my wounded hart

Sat. And therefore louely Tamora Queene of Gothes, That like the stately Thebe mong'st her Nimphs Dost ouer‑shine the Gallant'st Dames of Rome, If thou be pleas'd with this my sodaine choyse,
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Behold I choose thee Tamora for my Bride, And will Create thee Empresse of Rome. Speake Queene of Goths dost thou applau'd my choyse? And heere I sweare by all the Romaine Gods, Sith Priest and Holy‑water are so neere,
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And Tapers burne so bright, and euery thing In readines for Hymeneus stand, I will not resalute the streets of Rome, Or clime my Pallace, till from forth this place, I leade espous'd my Bride along with me.
Tamo.
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And heere in sight of heauen to Rome I sweare, If Saturnine aduance the Queen of Gothes, Shee will a Hand‑maid be to his desires, A louing Nurse, a Mother to his youth.
Satur. Ascend Faire Qeene Queene ,
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Panthean Lords, accompany Your Noble Emperour and his louely Bride, Sent by the heauens for Prince Saturnine, Whose wisedome hath her Fortune Conquered, There shall we Consummate our Spousall rites.
Exeunt omnes. Tit.
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I am not bid to waite vpon this Bride: Titus when wer't thou wont to walke alone, Dishonoured thus and Challenged of wrongs?
Enter Marcus and Titus Sonnes. Mar. O Titus see! O see what thou hast done! In a bad quarrell, slaine a Vertuous sonne. Tit.
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No foolish Tribune, no: No sonne of mine, Nor thou, nor these Confedrates in the deed, That hath dishonoured all our Family, Vnworthy brother, and vnworthy Sonnes.
Luci. But let vs giue him buriall as becomes:
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Giue Mutius buriall with our Bretheren.
Tit. Traytors away, he rest's not in this Tombe: This Monument fiue hundreth yeares hath stood, Which I haue Sumptuously re‑edified. Heere none but Souldiers, and Romes Seruitors,
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Repose in Fame: None basely slaine in braules, Bury him where you can, he comes not heere.
Mar. My Lord this is impiety in you, My Nephew Mutius deeds do plead for him, He must be buried with his bretheren. Titus two Sonnes speakes
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And shall, or him we will accompany.
Ti.

And shall! What villaine was it spake that word?

Titus sonne speakes.

He that would vouch'd it in any place but heere.

Tit.

What would you bury him in my despight?

Mar. No Noble Titus, but intreat of thee, To pardon Mutius, and to bury him. Tit.
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Marcus, Euen thou hast stroke vpon my Crest, And with these Boyes mine Honour thou hast wounded, My foes I doe repute you euery one. So trouble me no more, but get you gone.
1. Sonne.

He is not himselfe, let vs withdraw.

2. Sonne.
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Not I tell Mutius bones be buried. The Brother and the sonnes kneele.
Mar.

Brother, for in that name doth nature plea'd.

2. Sonne.

Father, and in that name doth nature speake.

Tit.

Speake thou no more if all the rest will speede.

Mar.
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Renowned Titus more then halfe my soule.

Luc.

Deare Father, soule and substance of vs all.

Mar. Suffer thy brother Marcus to interre His Noble Nephew heere in vertues nest, That died in Honour and Lauinia's cause.
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Thou art a Romaine, be not barbarous: The Greekes vpon aduise did bury Aiax That slew himselfe: And Laertes sonne, Did graciously plead for his Funerals: Let not young Mutius then that was thy ioy,
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Be bar'd his entrance heere.
Tit. Rise Marcus, rise, The dismall'st day is this that ere I saw, To be dishonored by my Sonnes in Rome: Well, bury him, and bury me the next. They put him in the Tombe. Luc.
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There lie thy bones sweet Mutius with thy (friends Till we with Trophees do adorne thy Tombe.
They all kneele and say.

No man shed teares for Noble Mutius,

He liues in Fame, that di'd in vertues cause.

Exit. Mar. My Lord to step out of these sudden dumps, How comes it that the subtile Queene of Gothes, Is of a sodaine thus aduanc'd in Rome? Ti.
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I know not Marcus: but I know it is, (Whether by deuise or no) the heauens can tell, Is she not then beholding to the man, That brought her for this high good turne so farre? Yes, and will Nobly him remunerate.
Flourish. Enter the Emperor, Tamora, and her two sons, with the Moore at one doore. Enter at the other doore Bassianus and Lauinia with others Sat.
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So Bassianus, you haue plaid your prize, God giue you ioy sir of your Gallant Bride.
Bass. And you of yours my Lord: I say no more, Nor wish no lesse, and so I take my leaue. Sat. Traytor, if Rome haue law, or we haue power,
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Thou and thy Faction shall repent this Rape.
Bass. Rape call you it my Lord, to cease my owne, My true betrothed Loue, and now my wife? But let the lawes of Rome determine all, Meane while I am possest of that is mine. Sat.
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'Tis good sir: you are very short with vs, But if we liue, weele be as sharpe with you.
Bass. My Lord, what I haue done as best I may, Answere I must, and shall do with my life, Onely thus much I giue your Grace to know,
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By all the duties that I owe to Rome, This Noble Gentleman Lord Titus heere, Is in opinion and in honour wrong'd, That in the rescue of Lauinia, With his owne hand did slay his youngest Son,
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In zeale to you, and highly mou'd to wrath. To be controul'd in that he frankly gaue: Receiue him then to fauour Saturnine, That hath expre'st himselfe in all his deeds, A Father and a friend to thee, and Rome.
Tit.
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Prince Bassianus leaue to plead my Deeds, 'Tis thou, and those, that haue dishonoured me, Rome and the righteous heauens be my iudge, How I haue lou'd and Honour'd Saturnine.
Tam. My worthy Lord if euer Tamora,
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Were gracious in those Princely eyes of thine, Then heare me speake indifferently for all: And at my sute (sweet) pardon what is past.
Satu. What Madam, be dishonoured openly, And basely put it vp without reuenge? Tam.
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Not so my Lord, The Gods of Rome fore‑fend, I should be Authour to dishonour you. But on mine honour dare, I vndertake For good Lord Titus innocence in all:
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Whose fury not dissembled speakes his griefes: Then at my sute looke graciously on him, Loose not so noble a friend on vaine suppose, Nor with sowre lookes afflict his gentle heart. My Lord, be rul'd by me, be wonne at last,
[455]
Dissemble all your griefes and discontents, You are but newly planted in your Throne, Least then the people, and Patricians too, Vpon a iust suruey take Titus part, And so supplant vs for ingratitude,
[460]
Which Rome reputes to be a hainous sinne. Yeeld at intreats, and then let me alone: Ile finde a day to massacre them all, And race their faction, and their familie, The cruell Father, and his trayt'rous sonnes,
[465]
To whom I sued for my deare sonnes life. And make them know what 'tis to let a Queene. Kneele in the streetes, and beg for grace in vaine. Come, come, sweet Emperour, (come Andronicus) Take vp this good old man, and cheere the heart,
[470]
That dies in tempest of thy angry frowne.
King. Rise Titus, rise, My Empresse hath preuail'd. Titus. I thanke your Maiestie, And her my Lord.
[475]
These words, these lookes, Infuse new life in me.
Tamo. Titus, I am incorparate in Rome, A Roman now adopted happily. And must aduise the Emperour for his good,
[480]
This day all quarrels die Andronicus. And let it be mine honour good my Lord, That I haue reconcil'd your friends and you. For you Prince Bassianus, I haue past My word and promise to the Emperour,
[485]
That you will be more milde and tractable. And feare not Lords: And you Lauinia, By my aduise all humbled on your knees, You shall aske pardon of his Maiestie.
Son.
[490]
We doe, And vow to heauen, and to his Highnes, That what we did, was mildly, as we might, Tendring our sisters honour and our owne.
Mar.

That on mine honour heere I do protest.

King.
[495]

Away and talke not, trouble vs no more.

Tamora. Nay, nay, Sweet Emperour, we must all be friends, The Tribune and his Nephews kneele for grace, I will not be denied, sweet hart looke back. King.
[500]
Marcus, For thy sake and thy brothers heere, And at my louely Tamora's intreats, I doe remit these young mens haynous faults. Stand vp: Lauinia, though you left me like a churle,
[505]
I found a friend, and sure as death I sware, I would not part a Batchellour from the Priest. Come, if the Emperours Court can feast two Brides, You are my guest Lauinia, and your friends: This day shall be a Loue‑day Tamora.
Tit.
[510]
To morrow and it please your Maiestie, To hunt the Panther and the Hart with me, With horne and Hound, Weele giue your Grace Bon iour.
Satur.

Be it so Titus, and Gramercy to.

Exeunt.
 

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   <head rend="italic center">Actus Primus. Scoena Prima.</head>
   <head type="supplied">[Act 1, Scene 1]</head>
   <cb n="1"/>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Flourish. Enter the Tribunes and Senators aloft And then
      <lb/>enter Saturninus and his Followers at one doore,
      <lb/>and Bassianus and his Followers at the
      <lb/>other, with Drum &amp; Colours.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic center">Saturninus.</speaker>
      <l n="1">
         <c rend="decoratedCapital">N</c>oble Patricians, Patrons of my right,</l>
      <l n="2">Defend the iustice of my Cause with Armes.</l>
      <l n="3">And Countrey‑men, my louing Followers,</l>
      <l n="4">Pleade my Successiue Title with your Swords.</l>
      <l n="5">I was the first borne Sonne, that was the last</l>
      <l n="6">That wore the Imperiall Diadem of Rome:</l>
      <l n="7">Then let my Fathers Honours liue in me,</l>
      <l n="8">Nor wrong mine Age with this indignitie.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bassianus.</speaker>
      <l n="9">Romaines, Friends, Followers,</l>
      <l n="10">Fauourers of my Right:</l>
      <l n="11">If euer<hi rend="italic">Bassianus, Cæsars</hi>Sonne,</l>
      <l n="12">Were gracious in the eyes of Royall Rome,</l>
      <l n="13">Keepe then this passage to the Capitoll:</l>
      <l n="14">And suffer not Dishonour to approach</l>
      <l n="15">Th' Imperiall Seate to Vertue: consecrate</l>
      <l n="16">To Iustice, Continence, and Nobility:</l>
      <l n="17">But let Desert in pure Election shine;</l>
      <l n="18">And Romanes, fight for Freedome in your Choice.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft with the Crowne.</stage>
   <l n="19">Princes, that striue by Factions, and by Friends,</l>
   <l n="20">Ambitiously for Rule and Empery:</l>
   <l n="21">Know, that the people of Rome for whom we stand</l>
   <l n="22">A speciall Party, haue by Common voyce</l>
   <l n="23">In Election for the Romane Emperie,</l>
   <l n="24">Chosen<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>, Sur‑named<hi rend="italic">Pious</hi>,</l>
   <l n="25">For many good and great deserts to Rome.</l>
   <l n="26">A Nobler man, a brauer Warriour,</l>
   <l n="27">Liues not this day within the City Walles.</l>
   <l n="28">He by the Senate is accited home</l>
   <l n="29">From weary Warres against the barbarous Gothes,</l>
   <l n="30">That with his Sonnes (a terror to our Foes)</l>
   <l n="31">Hath yoak'd a Nation strong, train'd vp in Armes.</l>
   <l n="32">Ten yeares are spent, since first he vndertooke</l>
   <l n="33">This Cause of Rome, and chasticed with Armes</l>
   <l n="34">Our Enemies pride. Fiue times he hath return'd</l>
   <l n="35">Bleeding to Rome, bearing his Valiant Sonnes</l>
   <l n="36">In Coffins from the Field.</l>
   <l n="37">And now at last, laden with Honours Spoyles,</l>
   <l n="38">Returnes the good<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>to Rome,</l>
   <l n="39">Renowned<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, flourishing in Armes</l>
   <cb n="2"/>
   <l n="40">Let vs intreat, by Honour of his Name,</l>
   <l n="41">Whom (worthily) you would haue now succeede,</l>
   <l n="42">And in the Capitoll and Senates right,</l>
   <l n="43">Whom you pretend to Honour and Adore,</l>
   <l n="44">That you withdraw you, and abate your Strength,</l>
   <l n="45">Dismisse your Followers, and as Suters should,</l>
   <l n="46">Pleade your Deserts in Peace and Humblenesse.</l>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Saturnine.</speaker>
      <l n="47">How fayre the Tribune speakes,</l>
      <l n="48">To calme my thoughts.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bassia.</speaker>
      <l n="49">
         <hi rend="italic">Marcus Andronicus</hi>, so I do affie</l>
      <l n="50">In thy vprightnesse and Integrity:</l>
      <l n="51">And so I Loue and Honor thee, and thine,</l>
      <l n="52">Thy Noble Brother<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, and his Sonnes,</l>
      <l n="53">And Her (to whom my thoughts are humbled all)</l>
      <l n="54">Gracious<hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>, Romes rich Ornament,</l>
      <l n="55">That I will heere dismisse my louing Friends:</l>
      <l n="56">And to my Fortunes, and the Peoples Fauour,</l>
      <l n="57">Commit my Cause in ballance to be weigh'd.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="exit">Exit Souldiours.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Saturnine.</speaker>
      <l n="58">Friends, that haue beene</l>
      <l n="59">Thus forward in my Right,</l>
      <l n="60">I thanke you all, and heere Dismisse you all,</l>
      <l n="61">And to the Loue and Fauour of my Countrey,</l>
      <l n="62">Commit my Selfe, my Person, and the Cause:</l>
      <l n="63">Rome, be as iust and gracious vnto me,</l>
      <l n="64">As I am confident and kinde to thee.</l>
      <l n="65">Open the Gates, and let me in.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bassia.</speaker>
      <p n="66">Tribunes, and me, a poore Competitor.</p>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="business">Flourish. They go vp into the Senat house.</stage>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter a Captaine.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-cap">
      <speaker rend="italic">Cap.</speaker>
      <l n="67">Romanes make way: the good<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>,</l>
      <l n="68">Patron of Vertue, Romes best Champion,</l>
      <l n="69">Successefull in the Battailes that he fights,</l>
      <l n="70">With Honour and with Fortune is return'd,</l>
      <l n="71">From whence he circumscribed with his Sword,</l>
      <l n="72">And brought to yoke the Enemies of Rome.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic">Sound Drummes and Trumpets. And then enter two of Titus
      <lb/>Sonnes; After them, two men bearing a Coffin couered
      <lb/>with blacke, then two other Sonnes. After them, Titus
      <lb/>Andronicus, and then Tamora the Queene of Gothes, &amp;
      <lb/>her two Sonnes Chiron and Demetrius, with Aaron the
      <lb/>Moore, and others, as many as can bee: They set d<gap rend="absent"
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      <lb/>Coffin, and Titus speakes.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Andronicus.</speaker>
      <l n="73">Haile Rome:</l>
      <l n="74">Victorious in thy Mourning Weedes:<note type="physical" resp="#PW">The large tear does not appear to have contained any text at this point.</note>
      </l>
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      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="75">
         <note type="physical" resp="#PW">The letter L has slipped up the page, above the rest of the line.</note>Loe as the Barke that hath discharg'd his fraught,</l>
      <l n="76">Returnes with precious lading to the Bay,</l>
      <l n="77">From whence at first she<choice>
            <orig>wegih'd</orig>
            <corr>weigh'd</corr>
         </choice>her Anchorage:</l>
      <l n="78">Commeth<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>bound with Lawrell bowes,</l>
      <l n="79">To resalute his Country with his teares,</l>
      <l n="80">Teares of true ioy for his returne to Rome,</l>
      <l n="81">Thou great defender of this Capitoll,</l>
      <l n="82">Stand gracious to the Rites that we intend.</l>
      <l n="83">Romaines, of fiue and twenty Valiant Sonnes,</l>
      <l n="84">Halfe of the number that King<hi rend="italic">Priam</hi>had,</l>
      <l n="85">Behold the poore remaines aliue and dead!</l>
      <l n="86">These that Suruiue, let Rome reward with Loue:</l>
      <l n="87">These that I bring vnto their latest home,</l>
      <l n="88">With buriall amongst their Auncestors.</l>
      <l n="89">Heere Gothes haue giuen me leaue to sheath my Sword:</l>
      <l n="90">
         <hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>vnkinde, and carelesse of thine owne,</l>
      <l n="91">Why suffer'st thou thy Sonnes vnburied yet,</l>
      <l n="92">To houer on the dreadfull shore of Stix?</l>
      <l n="93">Make way to lay them by their Bretheren.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic centre" type="business">They open the Tombe.</stage>
   <l n="94">There greete in silence as the dead are wont,</l>
   <l n="95">And sleepe in peace, slaine in your Countries warres:</l>
   <l n="96">O sacred receptacle of my ioyes,</l>
   <l n="97">Sweet Cell of vertue and<choice>
         <orig>Noblitie</orig>
         <corr>Nobilitie</corr>
      </choice>,</l>
   <l n="98">How many Sonnes of mine hast thou in store,</l>
   <l n="99">That thou wilt neuer render to me more?</l>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luc.</speaker>
      <l n="100">Giue vs the proudest prisoner of the Gothes,</l>
      <l n="101">That we may hew his limbes, and on a pile</l>
      <l n="102">
         <hi rend="italic">Ad manus fratrum</hi>, sacrifice his flesh:</l>
      <l n="103">Before this earthly prison of their bones,</l>
      <l n="104">That so the shadowes be not vnappeas'd,</l>
      <l n="105">Nor we disturb'd with prodigies on earth.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="106">I giue him you, the Noblest that Suruiues,</l>
      <l n="107">The eldest Son of this distressed Queene.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-tam">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tam.</speaker>
      <l n="108">Stay Romaine Bretheren, gracious Conqueror,</l>
      <l n="109">Victorious<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, rue the teares I shed,</l>
      <l n="110">A Mothers teares in passion for her sonne:</l>
      <l n="111">And if thy Sonnes were euer deere to thee,</l>
      <l n="112">Oh thinke my sonnes to be as deere to mee.</l>
      <l n="113">Sufficeth not, that we are brought to Rome</l>
      <l n="114">To beautifie thy Triumphs, and returne</l>
      <l n="115">Captiue to thee, and to thy Romaine yoake,</l>
      <l n="116">But must my Sonnes be slaughtred in the streetes,</l>
      <l n="117">For Valiant doings in their Countries cause?</l>
      <l n="118">O! If to fight for King and Common‑weale,</l>
      <l n="119">Were piety in thine, it is in these:</l>
      <l n="120">
         <hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>, staine not thy Tombe with blood.</l>
      <l n="121">Wilt thou draw neere the nature of the Gods?</l>
      <l n="122">Draw neere them then in being mercifull.</l>
      <l n="123">Sweet mercy is Nobilities true badge,</l>
      <l n="124">Thrice Noble<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, spare my first borne sonne.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="125">Patient your selfe Madam, and pardon me.</l>
      <l n="126">These are the Brethren, whom you Gothes beheld</l>
      <l n="127">Aliue and dead, and for their Bretheren slaine,</l>
      <l n="128">Religiously they aske a sacrifice:</l>
      <l n="129">To this your sonne is markt, and die he must,</l>
      <l n="130">T' appease their groaning shadowes that are gone.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luc.</speaker>
      <l n="131">Away with him, and make a fire straight,</l>
      <l n="132">And with our Swords vpon a pile of wood,</l>
      <l n="133">Let's hew his limbes till they be cleane consum'd.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="exit">Exit Sonnes with Alarbus.</stage>
   <l n="134">
      <gap rend="absent"
           reason="damage"
           agent="tear"
           extent="7"
           unit="chars"
           resp="#PW"/>irreligious piety.</l>
   <l n="135">
      <gap rend="absent"
           reason="damage"
           agent="tear"
           extent="8"
           unit="chars"
           resp="#PW"/>Scythia halfe so barbarous?</l>
   <l n="136">
      <gap rend="absent"
           reason="damage"
           agent="tear"
           extent="10"
           unit="chars"
           resp="#PW"/>Scythia to ambitious Rome,</l>
   <cb n="2"/>
   <l n="137">
      <hi rend="italic">Alarbus</hi>goes to rest, and we suruiue,</l>
   <l n="138">To tremble vnder<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>threatning lookes.</l>
   <l n="139">Then Madam stand resolu'd, but hope withall,</l>
   <l n="140">The selfe same Gods that arm'd the Queene of Troy</l>
   <l n="141">With opportunitie of sharpe reuenge</l>
   <l n="142">Vpon the Thracian Tyrant in his Tent,</l>
   <l n="143">May fauour<hi rend="italic">Tamora</hi>the Queene of Gothes,</l>
   <l n="144">(When Gothes were Gothes, and<hi rend="italic">Tamora</hi>was Queene)</l>
   <l n="145">To quit the bloody wrongs vpon her foes.</l>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter the Sonnes of Andronicus againe.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luci.</speaker>
      <l n="146">See Lord and Father, how we haue perform'd</l>
      <l n="147">Our Romaine rightes,<hi rend="italic">Alarbus</hi>limbs are lopt,</l>
      <l n="148">And intrals feede the sacrifising fire,</l>
      <l n="149">Whole smoke like incense doth perfume the skie.</l>
      <l n="150">Remaineth nought but to interre our Brethren,</l>
      <l n="151">And with low'd Larums welcome them to Rome.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="152">Let it be so, and let<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>
      </l>
      <l n="153">Make this his latest farewell to their soules.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage type="business" rend="italic center">Flourish. Then Sound Trumpets, and lay the Coffins in the Tombe.</stage>
   <l n="154">In peace and Honour rest you heere my Sonnes,</l>
   <l n="155">Romes readiest Champions, repose you heere in rest,</l>
   <l n="156">Secure from worldly chaunces and mishaps:</l>
   <l n="157">Heere lurks no Treason, heere no enuie swels,</l>
   <l n="158">Heere grow no damned grudges, heere are no stormes,</l>
   <l n="159">No noyse, but silence and Eternall sleepe,</l>
   <l n="160">In peace and Honour rest you heere my Sonnes.</l>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Lauinia.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-lav">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laui.</speaker>
      <l n="161">In peace and Honour, liue Lord<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>long,</l>
      <l n="162">My Noble Lord and Father, liue in Fame:</l>
      <l n="163">Loe at this Tombe my tributarie teares,</l>
      <l n="164">I render for my Bretherens Obsequies:</l>
      <l n="165">And at thy feete I kneele, with teares of ioy</l>
      <l n="166">Shed on the earth for thy returne to Rome.</l>
      <l n="167">O blesse me heere with thy victorious hand,</l>
      <l n="168">Whose Fortune Romes best Citizens applau'd.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ti.</speaker>
      <l n="169">Kind Rome,</l>
      <l n="170">That hast thus louingly reseru'd</l>
      <l n="171">The Cordiall of mine age to glad my hart,</l>
      <l n="172">
         <hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>liue, out‑liue thy Fathers dayes:</l>
      <l n="173">And Fames eternall date for vertues praise.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Marc.</speaker>
      <l n="174">Long liue Lord<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, my beloued brother,</l>
      <l n="175">Gracious Triumpher in the eyes of Rome.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="176">Thankes Gentle Tribune,</l>
      <l n="177">Noble brother<hi rend="italic">Marcus</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <l n="178">And welcome Nephews from succesfull wars,</l>
      <l n="179">You that suruiue and you that sleepe in Fame:</l>
      <l n="180">Faire Lords your Fortunes are all alike in all,</l>
      <l n="181">That in your Countries seruice drew your Swords.</l>
      <l n="182">But safer Triumph is this Funerall Pompe,</l>
      <l n="183">That hath aspir'd to<hi rend="italic">Solons</hi>Happines,</l>
      <l n="184">And Triumphs ouer chaunce in honours bed.</l>
      <l n="185">
         <hi rend="italic">Titus Andronicus</hi>, the people of Rome,</l>
      <l n="186">Whose friend in iustice thou hast euer bene,</l>
      <l n="187">Send thee by me their Tribune and their trust,</l>
      <l n="188">This Palliament of white and spotlesse Hue,</l>
      <l n="189">And name thee in Election for the Empire,</l>
      <l n="190">With these our late deceased Emperours Sonnes:</l>
      <l n="191">Be<hi rend="italic">Candidatus</hi>then, and put it on,</l>
      <l n="192">And helpe to set a head on headlesse Rome.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="193">A better head her Glorious body fits,</l>
      <l n="194">Then his that shakes for age and feeblenesse:</l>
      <pb facs="FFimg:axc0651-0.jpg" n="33"/>
      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="195">What should I d'on this Robe and trouble you,</l>
      <l n="196">Be chosen with proclamations to day,</l>
      <l n="197">To morrow yeeld vp rule, resigne my life,</l>
      <l n="198">And set abroad new businesse for you all.</l>
      <l n="199">Rome I haue bene thy Souldier forty yeares,</l>
      <l n="200">And led my Countries strength successefully,</l>
      <l n="201">And buried one and twenty Valiant Sonnes,</l>
      <l n="202">Knighted in Field, slaine manfully in Armes,</l>
      <l n="203">In right and Seruice of their Noble Countrie:</l>
      <l n="204">Giue me a staffe of Honour for mine age,</l>
      <l n="205">But not a Scepter to controule the world,</l>
      <l n="206">Vpright he held it Lords, that held it last</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <p n="207">
         <hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, thou shalt obtaine and aske the Emperie.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sat.</speaker>
      <p n="208">Proud and ambitious Tribune can'st thou tell?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Titus.</speaker>
      <p n="209">Patience Prince<hi rend="italic">Saturninus</hi>.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sat.</speaker>
      <l n="210">Romaines do me right.</l>
      <l n="211">Patricians draw your Swords, and sheath them not</l>
      <l n="212">Till<hi rend="italic">Saturninus</hi>be Romes Emperour:</l>
      <l n="213">
         <hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>would thou wert shipt to hell,</l>
      <l n="214">Rather then rob me of the peoples harts.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luc.</speaker>
      <l n="215">Proud<hi rend="italic">Saturnine</hi>, interrupter of the good</l>
      <l n="216">That Noble minded Titus meanes to thee.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="217">Content thee Prince, I will restore to thee</l>
      <l n="218">The peoples harts, and weane them from themselues.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="219">
         <hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>, I do not flatter thee</l>
      <l n="220">But Honour thee, and will doe till I die:</l>
      <l n="221">My Faction if thou strengthen with thy Friend?</l>
      <l n="222">I will most thankefull be, and thankes to men</l>
      <l n="223">Of Noble mindes, is Honourable Meede.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="224">People of Rome, and Noble Tribunes heere,</l>
      <l n="225">I aske your voyces and your Suffrages,</l>
      <l n="226">Will you bestow them friendly on<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-trs">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tribunes.</speaker>
      <l n="227">To gratifie the good<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>,</l>
      <l n="228">And Gratulate his safe returne to Rome,</l>
      <l n="229">The people will accept whom he admits.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="230">Tribunes I thanke you, and this sure I make,</l>
      <l n="231">That you Create your Emperours eldest sonne,</l>
      <l n="232">Lord<hi rend="italic">Saturnine</hi>, whose Vertues will I hope,</l>
      <l n="233">Reflect on Rome as Tytans Rayes on earth,</l>
      <l n="234">And ripen Iustice in this Common‑weale:</l>
      <l n="235">Then if you will elect by my aduise,</l>
      <l n="236">Crowne him, and say: Long liue our Emperour.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <l n="237">
         <hi rend="italic">An</hi>. With Voyces and applause of euery sort,</l>
      <l n="238">Patricians and Plebeans we Create</l>
      <l n="239">Lord<hi rend="italic">Saturninus</hi>Romes Great Emperour.</l>
      <l n="240">And say,<hi rend="italic">Long liue our Emperour Saturnine</hi>.</l>
      <l n="241">
         <hi rend="italic">A long Flourish till they come downe</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Satu.</speaker>
      <l n="242">
         <hi rend="italic">Titus Andronicus</hi>, for thy Fauours done,</l>
      <l n="243">To vs in our Election this day,</l>
      <l n="244">I giue thee thankes in part of thy Deserts,</l>
      <l n="245">And will with Deeds requite thy gentlenesse:</l>
      <l n="246">And for an Onset<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>to aduance</l>
      <l n="247">Thy Name, and Honorable Familie,</l>
      <l n="248">
         <hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>will I make my Empresse,</l>
      <l n="249">Romes Royall Mistris, Mistris of my hart</l>
      <l n="250">And in the Sacred<hi rend="italic">Pathan</hi>her espouse:</l>
      <l n="251">Tell me<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>doth this motion please thee?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="252">It doth my worthy Lord, and in this match,</l>
      <l n="253">I hold me Highly Honoured of your Grace,</l>
      <l n="254">And heere in sight of Rome, to<hi rend="italic">Saturnine</hi>,</l>
      <l n="255">King and Commander of our Common‑weale,</l>
      <l n="256">The Wide‑worlds Emperour, do I Consecrate,</l>
      <l n="257">My Sword, my Chariot, and my<choice>
            <orig>Prisonerss</orig>
            <corr>Prisoners</corr>
         </choice>,</l>
      <l n="258">Presents well Worthy Romes Imperiall Lord:</l>
      <l n="259">Receiue them then, the Tribute that I owe,</l>
      <l n="260">Mine Honours Ensignes humbled at my feete.</l>
   </sp>
   <cb n="2"/>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Satu.</speaker>
      <l n="261">Thankes Noble<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, Father of my life,</l>
      <l n="262">How proud I am of thee, and of thy gifts</l>
      <l n="263">Rome shall record, and when I do forget</l>
      <l n="264">The least of these vnspeakable Deserts,</l>
      <l n="265">Romans forget your Fealtie to me.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="266">Now Madam are your prisoner to an Emperour,</l>
      <l n="267">To him that for you Honour and your State,</l>
      <l n="268">Will vse you Nobly and your followers.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Satu.</speaker>
      <l n="269">A goodly Lady, trust me of the Hue</l>
      <l n="270">That I would choose, were I to choose a new:</l>
      <l n="271">Cleere vp Faire Queene that cloudy countenance,</l>
      <l n="272">Though chance of warre</l>
      <l n="273">Hath wrought this change of cheere,</l>
      <l n="274">Thou com'st not to be made a scorne in Rome:</l>
      <l n="275">Princely shall be thy vsage euery way.</l>
      <l n="276">Rest on my word, and let not discontent</l>
      <l n="277">Daunt all your hopes: Madam he comforts you,</l>
      <l n="278">Can make your Greater then the Queene of Gothes?</l>
      <l n="279">
         <hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>you are not displeas'd with this?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-lav">
      <speaker rend="italic">Lau.</speaker>
      <l n="280">Not I my Lord, sith true Nobilitie,</l>
      <l n="281">Warrants these words in Princely curtesie.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sat.</speaker>
      <l n="282">Thankes sweete<hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>, Romans let vs goe:</l>
      <l n="283">Ransomlesse heere we set our Prisoners free,</l>
      <l n="284">Proclaime our Honors Lords with Trumpe and Drum.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <p n="285">Lord<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>by your leaue, this Maid is mine.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <p n="286">How sir? Are you in earnest then my Lord?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="287">I Noble<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, and resolu'd withall,</l>
      <l n="288">To doe my selfe this reason, and this right.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Marc.</speaker>
      <l n="289">
         <hi rend="italic">Suum cuiquam</hi>, is our Romane Iustice,</l>
      <l n="290">This Prince in Iustice ceazeth but his owne.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luc.</speaker>
      <p n="291">And that he will and shall, if<hi rend="italic">Lucius</hi>liue.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="292">Traytors auant, where is the Emperours Guarde?</l>
      <l n="293">Treason my Lord,<hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>is surpris'd.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sat.</speaker>
      <p n="294">Surpris'd, by whom?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="295">By him that iustly may</l>
      <l n="296">Beare his Betroth'd, from all the world away.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mut">
      <speaker rend="italic">Muti.</speaker>
      <l n="297">Brothers helpe to conuey her hence away,</l>
      <l n="298">And with my Sword Ile keepe this doore safe.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <p n="299">Follow my Lord, and Ile soone bring her backe.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mut">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mut.</speaker>
      <p n="300">My Lord you passe not heere.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <p n="301">What villaine Boy, bar'st me my way in Rome?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mut">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mut.</speaker>
      <p n="302">Helpe<hi rend="italic">Lucius</hi>helpe.</p>
      <stage type="business" rend=" rightJusitified italic">He kils him.</stage>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luc.</speaker>
      <l n="303">My Lord you are vniust, and more then so,</l>
      <l n="304">In wrongfull quarrell, you haue slaine your son.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="305">Nor thou, nor he are any sonnes of mine,</l>
      <l n="306">My sonnes would neuer so dishonour me.</l>
      <l n="307">Traytor restore<hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>to the Emperour.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luc.</speaker>
      <l n="308">Dead if you will, but not to be his wife,</l>
      <l n="309">That is anothers lawfull promist Loue.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter aloft the Emperour with Tamora and her two
      <lb/>sonnes, and Aaron the Moore.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Empe.</speaker>
      <l n="310">No<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, no, the Emperour needs her not,</l>
      <l n="311">Nor her, nor thee, nor any of thy stocke:</l>
      <l n="312">Ile trust by Leisure him that mocks me once.</l>
      <l n="313">Thee neuer: nor thy Trayterous haughty sonnes,</l>
      <l n="314">Confederates all, thus to dishonour me.</l>
      <l n="315">Was none in Rome to make a stale</l>
      <l n="316">But<hi rend="italic">Saturnine</hi>? Full well<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>
      </l>
      <l n="317">Agree these Deeds, with that proud bragge of thine,</l>
      <l n="318">That said'st, I beg'd the Empire at thy hands.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <p n="319">O monstrous, what reproachfull words are these?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sat.</speaker>
      <l n="320">But goe thy wayes, goe giue that changing peece,</l>
      <l n="321">To him that flourisht for her with his Sword:</l>
      <l n="322">A Valliant sonne in‑law thou shalt enioy:</l>
      <l n="323">One, fit to bandy with thy lawlesse Sonnes,</l>
      <pb facs="FFimg:axc0652-0.jpg" n="34"/>
      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="324">To ruffle in the Common‑wealth of Rome.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <p n="325">These words are Razors to my wounded hart</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sat.</speaker>
      <l n="326">And therefore louely<hi rend="italic">Tamora</hi>Queene of Gothes,</l>
      <l n="327">That like the stately<hi rend="italic">Thebe</hi>mong'st her Nimphs</l>
      <l n="328">Dost ouer‑shine the Gallant'st Dames of Rome,</l>
      <l n="329">If thou be pleas'd with this my sodaine choyse,</l>
      <l n="330">Behold I choose thee<hi rend="italic">Tamora</hi>for my Bride,</l>
      <l n="331">And will Create thee Empresse of Rome.</l>
      <l n="332">Speake Queene of Goths dost thou applau'd my choyse?</l>
      <l n="333">And heere I sweare by all the Romaine Gods,</l>
      <l n="334">Sith Priest and Holy‑water are so neere,</l>
      <l n="335">And Tapers burne so bright, and euery thing</l>
      <l n="336">In readines for<hi rend="italic">Hymeneus</hi>stand,</l>
      <l n="337">I will not resalute the streets of Rome,</l>
      <l n="338">Or clime my Pallace, till from forth this place,</l>
      <l n="339">I leade espous'd my Bride along with me.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-tam">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tamo.</speaker>
      <l n="340">And heere in sight of heauen to Rome I sweare,</l>
      <l n="341">If<hi rend="italic">Saturnine</hi>aduance the Queen of Gothes,</l>
      <l n="342">Shee will a Hand‑maid be to his desires,</l>
      <l n="343">A louing Nurse, a Mother to his youth.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Satur.</speaker>
      <l n="344">Ascend Faire<choice>
            <orig>Qeene</orig>
            <corr>Queene</corr>
         </choice>,</l>
      <l n="345">Panthean Lords, accompany</l>
      <l n="346">Your Noble Emperour and his louely Bride,</l>
      <l n="347">Sent by the heauens for Prince<hi rend="italic">Saturnine</hi>,</l>
      <l n="348">Whose wisedome hath her Fortune Conquered,</l>
      <l n="349">There shall we Consummate our Spousall rites.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="exit">Exeunt omnes.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="350">I am not bid to waite vpon this Bride:</l>
      <l n="351">
         <hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>when wer't thou wont to walke alone,</l>
      <l n="352">Dishonoured thus and Challenged of wrongs?</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Marcus and Titus Sonnes.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <l n="353">O<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>see! O see what thou hast done!</l>
      <l n="354">In a bad quarrell, slaine a Vertuous sonne.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="355">No foolish Tribune, no: No sonne of mine,</l>
      <l n="356">Nor thou, nor these Confedrates in the deed,</l>
      <l n="357">That hath dishonoured all our Family,</l>
      <l n="358">Vnworthy brother, and vnworthy Sonnes.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luci.</speaker>
      <l n="359">But let vs giue him buriall as becomes:</l>
      <l n="360">Giue<hi rend="italic">Mutius</hi>buriall with our Bretheren.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="361">Traytors away, he rest's not in this Tombe:</l>
      <l n="362">This Monument fiue hundreth yeares hath stood,</l>
      <l n="363">Which I haue Sumptuously re‑edified.</l>
      <l n="364">Heere none but Souldiers, and Romes Seruitors,</l>
      <l n="365">Repose in Fame: None basely slaine in braules,</l>
      <l n="366">Bury him where you can, he comes not heere.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <l n="367">My Lord this is impiety in you,</l>
      <l n="368">My Nephew<hi rend="italic">Mutius</hi>deeds do plead for him,</l>
      <l n="369">He must be buried with his bretheren.</l>
      <stage rend="italic center" type="business">Titus two Sonnes speakes</stage>
      <l n="370">And shall, or him we will accompany.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ti.</speaker>
      <p n="371">And shall! What villaine was it spake that word?</p>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="business">Titus sonne speakes.</stage>
   <p>He that would vouch'd it in any place but heere.</p>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <p n="372">What would you bury him in my despight?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <l n="373">No Noble<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, but intreat of thee,</l>
      <l n="374">To pardon<hi rend="italic">Mutius</hi>, and to bury him.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="375">
         <hi rend="italic">Marcus</hi>, Euen thou hast stroke vpon my Crest,</l>
      <l n="376">And with these Boyes mine Honour thou hast wounded,</l>
      <l n="377">My foes I doe repute you euery one.</l>
      <l n="378">So trouble me no more, but get you gone.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrt">
      <speaker rend="italic">1. Sonne.</speaker>
      <p n="379">He is not himselfe, let vs withdraw.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-qui">
      <speaker rend="italic">2. Sonne.</speaker>
      <l n="380">Not I tell<hi rend="italic">Mutius</hi>bones be buried.</l>
      <l n="381">
         <hi rend="italic">The Brother and the sonnes kneele</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <p n="382">Brother, for in that name doth nature plea'd.</p>
   </sp>
   <cb n="2"/>
   <sp who="#F-tit-qui">
      <speaker rend="italic">2. Sonne.</speaker>
      <p n="383">Father, and in that name doth nature speake.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <p n="384">Speake thou no more if all the rest will speede.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <p n="385">Renowned<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>more then halfe my soule.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luc.</speaker>
      <p n="386">Deare Father, soule and substance of vs all.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <l n="387">Suffer thy brother<hi rend="italic">Marcus</hi>to interre</l>
      <l n="388">His Noble Nephew heere in vertues nest,</l>
      <l n="389">That died in Honour and<hi rend="italic">Lauinia's</hi>cause.</l>
      <l n="390">Thou art a Romaine, be not barbarous:</l>
      <l n="391">The Greekes vpon aduise did bury<hi rend="italic">Aiax</hi>
      </l>
      <l n="392">That slew himselfe: And<hi rend="italic">Laertes</hi>sonne,</l>
      <l n="393">Did graciously plead for his Funerals:</l>
      <l n="394">Let not young<hi rend="italic">Mutius</hi>then that was thy ioy,</l>
      <l n="395">Be bar'd his entrance heere.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="396">Rise Marcus, rise,</l>
      <l n="397">The dismall'st day is this that ere I saw,</l>
      <l n="398">To be dishonored by my Sonnes in Rome:</l>
      <l n="399">Well, bury him, and bury me the next.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage type="business" rend="italic center">They put him in the Tombe.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Luc.</speaker>
      <l n="400">There lie thy bones sweet<hi rend="italic">Mutius</hi>with thy
      <lb rend="turnunder"/>
         <pc rend="turnunder">(</pc>friends</l>
      <l n="401">Till we with Trophees do adorne thy Tombe.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage type="business" rend="italic center">They all kneele and say.</stage>
   <p>No man shed teares for Noble<hi rend="italic">Mutius</hi>,</p>
   <p>He liues in Fame, that di'd in vertues cause.</p>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="exit">Exit.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <l n="402">My Lord to step out of these sudden dumps,</l>
      <l n="403">How comes it that the subtile Queene of Gothes,</l>
      <l n="404">Is of a sodaine thus aduanc'd in Rome?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ti.</speaker>
      <l n="405">I know not<hi rend="italic">Marcus</hi>: but I know it is,</l>
      <l n="406">(Whether by deuise or no) the heauens can tell,</l>
      <l n="407">Is she not then beholding to the man,</l>
      <l n="408">That brought her for this high good turne so farre?</l>
      <l n="409">Yes, and will Nobly him remunerate.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Flourish.
      <lb/>Enter the Emperor, Tamora, and her two sons, with the Moore
      <lb/>at one doore. Enter at the other doore Bassianus and
      <lb/>Lauinia with others</stage>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sat.</speaker>
      <l n="410">So<hi rend="italic">Bassianus</hi>, you haue plaid your prize,</l>
      <l n="411">God giue you ioy sir of your Gallant Bride.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="412">And you of yours my Lord: I say no more,</l>
      <l n="413">Nor wish no lesse, and so I take my leaue.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sat.</speaker>
      <l n="414">Traytor, if Rome haue law, or we haue power,</l>
      <l n="415">Thou and thy Faction shall repent this Rape.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="416">Rape call you it my Lord, to cease my owne,</l>
      <l n="417">My true betrothed Loue, and now my wife?</l>
      <l n="418">But let the lawes of Rome determine all,</l>
      <l n="419">Meane while I am possest of that is mine.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Sat.</speaker>
      <l n="420">'Tis good sir: you are very short with vs,</l>
      <l n="421">But if we liue, weele be as sharpe with you.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-bas">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bass.</speaker>
      <l n="422">My Lord, what I haue done as best I may,</l>
      <l n="423">Answere I must, and shall do with my life,</l>
      <l n="424">Onely thus much I giue your Grace to know,</l>
      <l n="425">By all the duties that I owe to Rome,</l>
      <l n="426">This Noble Gentleman Lord<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>heere,</l>
      <l n="427">Is in opinion and in honour wrong'd,</l>
      <l n="428">That in the rescue of<hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>,</l>
      <l n="429">With his owne hand did slay his youngest Son,</l>
      <l n="430">In zeale to you, and highly mou'd to wrath.</l>
      <l n="431">To be controul'd in that he frankly gaue:</l>
      <l n="432">Receiue him then to fauour<hi rend="italic">Saturnine</hi>,</l>
      <l n="433">That hath expre'st himselfe in all his deeds,</l>
      <l n="434">A Father and a friend to thee, and Rome.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="435">Prince<hi rend="italic">Bassianus</hi>leaue to plead my Deeds,</l>
      <l n="436">'Tis thou, and those, that haue dishonoured me,</l>
      <l n="437">Rome and the righteous heauens be my iudge,</l>
      <l n="438">How I haue lou'd and Honour'd<hi rend="italic">Saturnine</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-tam">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tam.</speaker>
      <l n="439">My worthy Lord if euer<hi rend="italic">Tamora</hi>,</l>
      <pb facs="FFimg:axc0653-0.jpg" n="35"/>
      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="440">Were gracious in those Princely eyes of thine,</l>
      <l n="441">Then heare me speake indifferently for all:</l>
      <l n="442">And at my sute (sweet) pardon what is past.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Satu.</speaker>
      <l n="443">What Madam, be dishonoured openly,</l>
      <l n="444">And basely put it vp without reuenge?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-tam">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tam.</speaker>
      <l n="445">Not so my Lord,</l>
      <l n="446">The Gods of Rome fore‑fend,</l>
      <l n="447">I should be Authour to dishonour you.</l>
      <l n="448">But on mine honour dare, I vndertake</l>
      <l n="449">For good Lord<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>innocence in all:</l>
      <l n="450">Whose fury not dissembled speakes his griefes:</l>
      <l n="451">Then at my sute looke graciously on him,</l>
      <l n="452">Loose not so noble a friend on vaine suppose,</l>
      <l n="453">Nor with sowre lookes afflict his gentle heart.</l>
      <l n="454">My Lord, be rul'd by me, be wonne at last,</l>
      <l n="455">Dissemble all your griefes and discontents,</l>
      <l n="456">You are but newly planted in your Throne,</l>
      <l n="457">Least then the people, and Patricians too,</l>
      <l n="458">Vpon a iust suruey take<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>part,</l>
      <l n="459">And so supplant vs for ingratitude,</l>
      <l n="460">Which Rome reputes to be a hainous sinne.</l>
      <l n="461">Yeeld at intreats, and then let me alone:</l>
      <l n="462">Ile finde a day to massacre them all,</l>
      <l n="463">And race their faction, and their familie,</l>
      <l n="464">The cruell Father, and his trayt'rous sonnes,</l>
      <l n="465">To whom I sued for my deare sonnes life.</l>
      <l n="466">And make them know what 'tis to let a Queene.</l>
      <l n="467">Kneele in the streetes, and beg for grace in vaine.</l>
      <l n="468">Come, come, sweet Emperour, (come<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>)</l>
      <l n="469">Take vp this good old man, and cheere the heart,</l>
      <l n="470">That dies in tempest of thy angry frowne.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-lav">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <l n="471">Rise<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, rise,</l>
      <l n="472">My Empresse hath preuail'd.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Titus.</speaker>
      <l n="473">I thanke your Maiestie,</l>
      <l n="474">And her my Lord.</l>
      <l n="475">These words, these lookes,</l>
      <l n="476">Infuse new life in me.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-tam">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tamo.</speaker>
      <l n="477">
         <hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, I am incorparate in Rome,</l>
      <l n="478">A Roman now adopted happily.</l>
      <l n="479">And must aduise the Emperour for his good,</l>
      <l n="480">This day all quarrels die<hi rend="italic">Andronicus</hi>.</l>
      <l n="481">And let it be mine honour good my Lord,</l>
      <l n="482">That I haue reconcil'd your friends and you.</l>
      <l n="483">For you Prince<hi rend="italic">Bassianus</hi>, I haue past</l>
      <l n="484">My word and promise to the Emperour,</l>
      <l n="485">That you will be more milde and tractable.</l>
      <l n="486">And feare not Lords:</l>
      <l n="487">And you<hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>,</l>
      <l n="488">By my aduise all humbled on your knees,</l>
      <l n="489">You shall aske pardon of his Maiestie.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-luc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Son.</speaker>
      <l n="490">We doe,</l>
      <l n="491">And vow to heauen, and to his Highnes,</l>
      <l n="492">That what we did, was mildly, as we might,</l>
      <l n="493">Tendring our sisters honour and our owne.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-mrc">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mar.</speaker>
      <p n="494">That on mine honour heere I do protest.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-lav">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <p n="495">Away and talke not, trouble vs no more.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-tam">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tamora.</speaker>
      <l n="496">Nay, nay,</l>
      <l n="497">Sweet Emperour, we must all be friends,</l>
      <l n="498">The Tribune and his Nephews kneele for grace,</l>
      <l n="499">I will not be denied, sweet hart looke back.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-lav">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <l n="500">
         <hi rend="italic">Marcus</hi>,</l>
      <l n="501">For thy sake and thy brothers heere,</l>
      <l n="502">And at my louely<hi rend="italic">Tamora's</hi>intreats,</l>
      <l n="503">I doe remit these young mens haynous faults.</l>
      <l n="504">Stand vp:<hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>, though you left me like a churle,</l>
      <l n="505">I found a friend, and sure as death I sware,</l>
      <cb n="2"/>
      <l n="506">I would not part a Batchellour from the Priest.</l>
      <l n="507">Come, if the Emperours Court can feast two Brides,</l>
      <l n="508">You are my guest<hi rend="italic">Lauinia</hi>, and your friends:</l>
      <l n="509">This day shall be a Loue‑day<hi rend="italic">Tamora</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-and">
      <speaker rend="italic">Tit.</speaker>
      <l n="510">To morrow and it please your Maiestie,</l>
      <l n="511">To hunt the Panther and the Hart with me,</l>
      <l n="512">With horne and Hound,</l>
      <l n="513">Weele giue your Grace<hi rend="italic">Bon iour</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-tit-sat">
      <speaker rend="italic">Satur.</speaker>
      <p n="514">Be it so<hi rend="italic">Titus</hi>, and Gramercy to.</p>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="exit">Exeunt.</stage>
   <cb n="1"/>
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