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Why are you sequester'd from all your train ? Chi. I warrant you, madam; we will make Dismounted from your snow-white goodly
Come, mistress, now perforce we will enjoy And wander'd hither to an obscure plot, That nice-preserved honesty of yours. Accompanied with a barbarous Moor,
Lav. o 'Tamora! thou bear'st a woman's If foul desire had not conducted you?
face, Lav. And, being interrupted in your sport, Tam. I will not hear her speak; away with Great reason that my noble lord be rated
her. For sauciness.- I pray you, let us hence, Lar. Sweet lords, entreat her hear me but a And let her 'joy her raven-colour'd love;
word. This valley fits the purpose passing well. Dem. Listen, fair madam: Let it be your Bas. The king, my brother, shall have note
glory of this.
To see her tears : but be your heart to them, Lav. Ay, for these slips have made him not- As unrelenting flint to drops of rain. ed long :
Lav. When did the tiger's young ones teach Good king! to be so mightily abus'd!
the dain? Tum. Why have I patience to endure all this? | O, do not learn her wrath; she taught it
thee: Enter Chiron and DEMETRIUS.
'The milk, thou suck'dst from her, did turn to Dem. How now, dear sovereigo, and our
marble; gracious mother,
Even at thy teat thou hadst thy tyranny.-Why doth your highness look so pale and wan? Yet every inother breeds pot sons alike; Tum. Have I not reason, think you, to look Do thou entreat her show a woman's pity. pale?
[To Chiron. These two have 'tic'd me hither to this place, Chi. What! would'st thou have me prove A barren detested vale, you see, it is :
myself a bastard ? The trees, though summer, yet forlorn and lean, Lav. 'Tis true; the raven doth not hatch a O'ercome with moss, and baleful misletoe.
lark : Here never shines the sun; here nothing Yet I have heard, (O could I find it now!) breeds,
The lion mov'd with pity, did endure Unless the nightly owl, or fatal raven. To have his princely paws par'd all away. And, when they show'd me this abhorred pit, Some say that ravens foster forlorn children, They told me, here, at dead time of the night, The whilst their own birds famish in their A thousand fiends, a thousand hissing snakes,
nests : Ten thousand swelling toads, as many ur- O, be to me, though thy hard heart say po, chins,*
Nothing so kind, but something pitiful! Would make such fearful and confused cries, Tam. I know not what it means; away with As any mortal body, hearing it,
her. Should straight fall mad, or else die suddenly. Lav. 0, let me teach thee: for my father's No sooner had they told this hellish tale,
sake, But straight they told me, they would bind me That gave thee life, when well he might have Unto the body of a dismal yew;
slain thee, And leave me to this miserable death.
Be not obdurate, open thy deaf ears. And then they call'd me, foul adulteress, Tam. Had thou in person ne'er oflended me, Lascivious Goth, and all the bitterest terms Even for his sake am I pitiless :That ever ear did hear to such effect.
Remember, boys, I pour'd forth tears in vain, And, had you not by wondrous fortune come, To save your brother from the sacrifice ; This vengeance on me had they executed: But fierce Andronicus would not relent. Revenge it, as you love your mother's life, Therefore away with her, and use her as you Or be ye not henceforth call'd my children.
will; Dem. This is a witness that I am thy son. The worse to her, the better lov'd of me.
[Stabs BASSIANUS. Lar. O Tamora, be call'd a gentle queen, Chi. And this for me, struck home to show And with thine own hands kill me in this my strength. [Stabbing him likewise.
place: Lav. Ay, come, Semiramis,-nay, barbarous For 'tis not life, that I have begg’d so long ; Tamora!
Poor I was slain, when Bassianus died. For no name fits thy nature but thy own! Tam. What begg'st thou then; fond woman, Tam. Give me thy poinard; you shall know, my boys,
(wrong. Lav. 'Tis present death I beg; and one thing Your mother's hand shall right your mother's
more, Dem. Stay, madam, here is more belongs to That womanhood denies my tongue to tell: her;
(straw: 0, keep me from their worse than killing lust, First, thrash the corn, then after burn the And tumble me into some loathsome pit; This minion stood upon her chastity,
Where never man's eye may behold my body: Upon her nuptial vow, her loyalty,
Do this, and be a charitable murderer. And with that painted hope braves your Tam. So should I rob my sweet soos of their
mightiness: And shall she carry this unto her grave? No, let them satisfy their lust on thee. Chi. An if she do, I would I were a Dem. Away, for thou hast staid us here too eunuch.
long. Drag hence her husband to some secret hole, Lav. No grace? no womanhood? Ah, beastAnd make his dead trunk pillow to our lust.
ly creature ! Tam. But when you have the honey you de- The blot and enemy to our general name' sire,
Confusion fall Let not this wasp outlive, us both to sting. Chi. Nay, then I'll stop your mouth :
Bring thou her husband; * Hedge-hogs.
[Dragging off LAVINIA ,
let me go.
This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him. Mart. Nor I no strength to climb without
[Exeunt. thy help. Tam. Farewell, my sons: see that you make Quin. Thy hand once more; I will not loose her sure:
Till thou art here aloft, or I below: (again, Ne'er let my heart know merry cheer indeed, Thou canst not come to me, I come to thee. Till all the Andronici be made away.
(Falls in. Now will I hence to seek my lovely Moor, And let my spleenful sons this trull deflower.
Enter SATURNINUS and AARON, (Erit. Sat. Along with me :-I'll see what hole is
here, SCENE IV. The same.
And what he is, that now is leap'd into it. Enter AARON, with QUINTUS and MARTIUS. Say, who art thou, that lately didst descend
Into this gaping hollow of the earth? Aar. Come on, my lords; the better foot be
Mart. The unhappy son of old Andronicus; fore:
Brought thither in a most unlucky hour, Straight will I bring you to the loathsoppe pit, To find thy brother Bassianus dead. Where I espy'd the panther fast asleep. Sat. My brother dead? I know, thou dost Quin. My sight is very dull, whate'er it bodes.
He and his lady both are at the lodge, Mart. And mine, I promise you; wer't not Upon the north side of this pleasant chase; for shame,
"Tis not an hour since I left him there. Well could I leave our sport to sleep awhile. Mart. We know not where you left him all [Martius falls into the Pit.
alive, Quin. What art thou fallen? What subtle But, out alas! here have we found him dead. hole is this,
(briers; Whose mouth is cover'd with rude-growing Enter TAMORA, with Attendants; Titus ANUpon whose leaves are drops of new-shed
DRONICUS, and Lucius. blood,
Tam. Where is my lord, the king? As fresh as morning's dew distillid on flowers ?
Sut. Here, 'Tamora; though griev'd with kill. A very fatal place it seems to me:- [fall?
ing grief. Speak, brother, hast thou hurt thee with the
Tam. Where is thy brother Bassianus? Mart. , brother, with the dismallest object
Sat. Now to the bottom dost thou search That ever eye, with sight, made heart lament. Aar. [Aside.] Now will 1 fetch the king to Poor Bassianus here lies murdered.
my wound; find them here; That he thereby may give a likely guess,
Tum. Then all too late I bring this fatal writ, How these were they that made away his bro- The complot of this timeless* tragedy;
(Giring a Letler. ther.
[Exit. Mart. Why dost not comfort me, and help in pleasing siniles such murderous tyranny.
And wonder greatly, that man's face can fold me out From this uphallow'd and blood-stained hole?
Sat. [Reads.] An if we miss to meet him handQuin. I am surprised with an uncouth fear: Sweet huntsman, Bassianus 'tis, we mean,
somely, — A chilling sweat o'er-runs my trembling joints; Do thou so much as dig the grave for him; My heart suspects more than mine eye can
Thou know'st our meaning : Look for thy reward see. Mart. To prove thou hast a true-divining Which overshades the mouth of that same pit,
Among the nettles at the elder tree, heart, Aaron and thou look down into this den,
Where we decreed to bury Bassianus.
Do this, and purchase us thy lasting friends. And see a fearful sight of blood and death.
0, Tamora! was ever heard the like? Quin. Aaron is gone; and my compassionate This is the pit, and this the elder tree:
heart Will not permit mine eyes once to behold
Look, Sirs, if you can find the huntsman out,
That should have murder'd Bassianus here. The thing, whereat it trembles by surmise: 0, tell me how it is; for ne'er till now
Aar. My gracious lord, here is the bag of Was I a child, to fear I know not what.
gold. Mart. Lord Bassianus lies embrewed here,
Sat. Two of thy whelps, [To Tit.) sell curs
of bloody kind, All on a heap, like to a slaughter'd lamb, In this detested, dark, blood-drinking pit.
Have here bereft my brother of his life:Quin. If it be dark, how dost thou know 'tis Sirs, drag them from the pit unto the prison; he?
There let them bide, until we have devis'd Mart. Upon his bloody finger he doth wear
Some never heard of torturing pain for them. A precious ring, that lightens all the hole,
Tam. What, are they in this pit? O won
Tit. High emperor, upon my feeble knee So pale did shine the moon on Pyramus,
I beg this boon, with tears not lightly shed, When he by night lay bath'd in maiden blood. That this fell fault of my accursed sons, O brother, help me with thy fainting hand,
Accursed, if the fault be prov'd in them, If fear hath made thee faint, as me it hath,
Sut. If it be prov'd! you see, it is appa
rent.Out of this fell devouring receptacle, As hateful as Cocytus' misty mouth.
Who found this letter? Tamora, was it you? Quin. Reach me thy hand, that I may belp
Tam. Andronicus himself did take it up. thee out;
Tit. I did, my lord: yet let me be their bail: Or, wanting strength to dothee so much good, For by my father's reverend tomb, I vow, I may be pluck'd into the swallowing womb
They shall be ready at your highness' will, Of this deep pit, poor Bassianus' grave.
To answer their suspicion with their lives. I have no strength to pluck thee to the brink.
809 Sat. Thou shalt not bail them: see, thou fol- | And make the silken strings delight to kiss low me.
(life: Some bring the murder'd body, some the mur. | He would not then have touch'd them for his Let them not speak a word, the guilt is plain ; Or, had he heard the heavenly harmony, For, by my soul, were there worse end than which that sweet tongue hath made, [asleep, death,
He would have dropp'd his knife, and fell That end upon them should be executed. As Cerberus at the Thracian poet's* feet.
Tam. Andronicus, I will entreat the king; Come, let us go, and make thy father blind : Fear not thy sons, they shall do well enough. For such a sight will blind a father's eye: Tit. Come, Lucius, come; stay not to talk One hour's storm will drown the fragrant with them. (Exeunt severally. meads;
[eyes? SCENE V.-The same.
What will whole months of tears thy father's
Do not draw back, for we will mourn with Enter DEMETRIUS and Chiron, with LAVINIA,
(Exeunt. Dem. So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can
ACT III. speak,
SCENE 1.-Rome.- A Street. Who 'twas that cut thy tongue, and ravish'd Chi. Write down thy mind, bewray thy Enter SENATORS, TRIBUNES, and Officers of Jusmeaning so;
[scribe. tice, with Martius and Quintus, bound, passAnd, if thy stumps will let thee, play the ing on to the Place of Execution: Titus going Dem. See, how with signs and tokens she before, pleading can scowl.
Tit. Hear me, grave fathers ! poble tribunes, Chi. Go home, call for sweet water, wash thy hands.
For pity of mine age, whose youth was spent Dem. She hath no tongue to call, nor hands in dangerous wars, whilst you securely slept; to wash;
my blood in Rome's great quarrel shed; And so let's leave her to her silent walks. For all the frosty nights that I have watch'd ; Chi. An 'twere my case, I should go hang And for these bitter tears, which now you see myself.
Filling the aged wrinkles in my cheeks;
Whose souls are not corrupted as 'tis thought! [Exeunt DEMETRIUS and Chiron. For two and twenty sons I never wept,
Because they died in honour's lofty bed :
For these, these, tribunes, in the dust I write
[Throwing himself on the Ground. so fast?
My heart's deep languor, and my soul's sad Cousin, a word; Where is your husband ?
tears. If I do dream, 'would all my wealth would Let my tears stanch the earth's dry appetite; wake me!
My sons' sweet blood will make it shame and If I do wake, some planet strike me down,
blush. That I may slumber in eternal sleep!-
(Exeunt STORS, TRIBUNES, &c. Speak, gentle piece, what stern uogentle hands
with the Prisoners. Have lopp'd, and hew'd, and made thy body earth, I will befriend thee more with rain, bare
That shall distil from these two ancient urns, Or her two branches? those sweet ornaments, Than youthful April shall with all his showers: Whose circling shadows kings have sought to In summer's drought, I'll drop upon thee still; sleep in;
In winter, with warm tears I'll melt the show, And might not gain so great a happiness, And keep eternal spring-time on thy face, As half thy love? Why dost not speak to me? So thou refuse to drink my dear soos' blood. Alas, a crimson river of warm blood, Like to a bubbling fountain stirr'd with wind,
Enter Lucius, with his Sword drawn. Doth rise and fall between thy rosed lips, O, reverend tribunes! gentle aged men! Coming and going with thy honey breath. Unbind my sons, reverse the doom of death; But sure, some Terens hath deflower'd thee; And let me say, that never wept before, And, lest thou should'st detect him, cut thy My tears are now prevailing orators. tongue.
Luc. O, noble father, you lament in vain ; Ah, now thou turn'st away thy face for shame! The tribunes hear you not, no man is by, And, notwithstanding all this loss of blood,- And you recount your sorrows to a stone. As from a conduit with three issuing spouts,- Tit. Ah, Lucius, for thy brothers let me Yet do thy cheeks look red as Titan's face,
plead: Blushing to be encounter'd with a cloud. Grave tribunes, once more I entreat of you. Shall I speak for thee? shall I say, 'tis so? Luc. My gracious lord, no tribune hears you O, that I knew thy heart; and knew the beast,
speak. That I might rail at him to ease my mind! Tit. Why, 'tis no matter, man: if they did Sorrow concealed, like an oven stopp'd,
hear, Doth burn the heart to cinders where it is. They would not mark me; or if they did mark, Fair Philomela, she but lost her tongue, All bootless to them, they'd not pity me. And in a tedious sampler sew'd her mind: Therefore I tell my sorrows to the stones; But, lovely niece, that mean is cut from thee; Who, though they cannot answer my distress, A craftier Tereus hast thou met withal, Yet in some sort they're better than the triAnd he hath cut those pretty fingers off,
bunes, That could have better sew'd than Philomel. For that they will not intercept my tale: 0, had the monster seen those sily hands Tremble, like aspen leaves, upon a lute,
When I do weep, they humbly at my feet It would have madded me; What shall I do
Thy brothers are condemn'd, and dead by A stone is silent, and offendeth not; (death.
this: And tribunes with their tongues doom men to Look, Marcus! ah, son Lucius, look on her! But wherefore stand’st thou with thy weapon When I did namé her brothers, then fresh drawn?
tears Luc. To rescue my two brothers from their Stood on her cheeks; as doth the honey dew death :
Upon a gather'd lily almost wither’d. For which attempt, the judges have pronounc'd Mar. Perchance, she weeps because they My everlasting doom of banishment
kill'd her husband : Tit. O happy man! they have befriended thee. Perchance, because she knows them innocent. Why, foolish Lucius, dost thou not perceive, Tit. If they did kill thy husband, then be That Rome is but a wilderness of tigers ?
joyful, Tigers must prey; and Rome affords no prey, Because the law hath ta'en revenge on them.But me and mine : How happy art thou then, No, no, they would not do so foul a deed; From these devourers to be banished ?
Witness the sorrow that their sister makes.But who comes with our brother Marcus here? Gentle Lavinia, let me kiss thy lips; Enter Marcus and LAVINIA.
Or make some sign how I may do thee ease:
Shall thy good uncle, and thy brother Lucius, Mar. Titus, prepare thy noble eyes to weep;
And thou, and I, sit round about some founOr, if not so, thy noble heart to break;
tain; I bring consuming sorrow to thine age. Looking all downwards, to behold thy cheeks
Tit. Will it consume me? let me see it then. How they are stain'd; like meadows, yet not
With miry slime left on them by a flood ?
And in the fountain shall we gaze so long, T'it. Faint-hearted boy, arise, and look upon Till the fresh taste be taken from that clearness, her:
And made a brine-pit with our bitter tears? Speak, my Lavinia, what accursed hand Or shall we cut away our hands, like thine? Hath made thee handless in thy father's sight? Or shall we bite our tongues, and in dumb What fool bath added water to the sea ?
shows Or brought a faggot to bright burning Troy? Pass the remainder of our hateful days? My grief was at the height before thou camn’st, What shall we do? let us, that have our tongues, And now, like Nilus,* it disdaineth bounds.- Plot some device of further misery, Give me a sword, I'll chop off my hands too; To make us wonder'd at in time to come. For they have fought for Rome, and all in vain ; Luc. Sweet father, cease your tears; for, at And they have nurs'd this woe, in feeding life;
your grief, In bootless prayer have they been held up, See, how my wretched sister sobs and weeps. And they have serv'd me to effectless use: Mar. Patience, dear niece:-good Titus, dry Now, all the service I require of them
thine eyes. Is, that the one will help to cut the other.- Tit. Ah, Marcus, Marcus! brother, well I 'Tis well, Lavinia, that thou hast no hands;
wot,* For hands, to do Rome service, are but vain. Thy napkint cannot drink a tear of mine, Luc. Speak, gentle sister, who hath martyrd For thou, poor man, hast drown'd it with thine
thee? Mar. O, that delightful engine of her Luc. Ah, my Lavinia, I will wipe thy cheeks. thoughts,
[quence, Tit. Mark, Marcus, mark! I understand That blabb’d them with such pleasing elo
her signs: Is torn from forth that pretty hollow cage: Had she a tongue to speak, now would she say Where, like a sweet melodious bird, it sung That to her brother which I said to thee; Sweet varied notes, enchanting every ear! His napkin, with his true tears all bewet, Luc. 0, say thou for her, who hath done this can do no service on her sorrowful cheeks. deed?
O, what a sympathy of woe is this? Mar. O, thus I found her, straying in the As far from help as limbo is from bliss!
park, Seeking to hide herself, as doth the deer,
Enter Aaron. That hath receiv'd some unrecuring wound. Aar. Titus Andronicus, my lord the emperor Tit. It was my deer; and he that wounded Sends thee this word,—That, if thou love thy her,
sons, Hath hurt me more, than had he kill'd me dead: Let Marcus, Lucius, or thyself old Titus, For now I stand as one upon a rock,
Or any one of you, chop off your hand, Environ'd with a wilderness of sea; (wave, And send it to the king : he for the same, Who marks the waxing tide grow wave by Will send thee hither both thy sons alive; Expecting ever when some envious surge And that shall be the ransom for their fault. Will in bis brinish bowels swallow him.
Tit. O, gracious emperor! O, gentle Aaron! This way to death my wretched sons are gone; Did ever raven sing so like a lark, Here stands my other son, a banish'd man; That gives sweet tidings of the sun's uprise ? And here, my brother, weeping at my woes; With all my heart, I'll send the emperor But that, which gives my soul the greatest My hand : spurn,
Good Aaron, wilt thou help to chop it off? Is dear Lavinia, dearer than my soul.- Luc. Stay, father; for that noble band of Had I but seen thy picture in this plight,
thine, • The river Nile.
That hath thrown down so many enemies, Then into limits could I bind my woes : Shall not be sent: my hand will serve the turn : When heaven doth weep, doth not the earth My youth can better spare my blood than you;
o'erflow? And therefore mine shall save my brother's If the winds rage, doth not the sea wax mad, lives.
Threatning the welkin with his big-swoln Mar. Which of your hands hath not defended
And wilt thou have a reason for this coil ? * And rear'd aloft the bloody battle-axe, I am the sea; hark, how her sighs do blow! Writing destruction on the enemy's castle ? She is the weeping welkin, I the earth : O, none of both but are of high desert: Then must my sea be moved with her sighs; My hand hath been but idle ; let it serve Then must my earth with her continual tears To ransom my two nephews from their death; Become a deluge, overflow'd and drown'd: Then have I kept it to a worthy end.
For why? my bowels cannot hide her woes, Aar. Nay, come agree, whose hand shall go But like a drunkard must I vomit them. along,
Then give me leave ; for losers will have leave For fear they die before their pardon come. To ease their stomachs with their bitter tongues.
Mar. My hand shall go.
Enter a MESSENGER, with two Heads and a
Mess. Worthy Andronicus, ill art thou repaid
And here's thy hand, in scorn to thee sent
That woe is me to think upon thy woes,
Mar. Now let hot Ætna cool in Sicily,
And be my heart an ever-burning hell!
These miseries are more than may be borne !
Luc. Ab, that this sight should make so deep Lend me thy hand, and I will give thee mine.
a wound, Aar. If that be call's deceit, I will be honest, And yet detested life not shrink thereat! And never, whilst I live, deceive men so : That ever death should let life bear his name, But I'll deceive you in another sort, [Aside. Where life hath no more interest but to breathe! And that you'll say, ere half an hour can pass.
[LAVINIA kisses him. (He cuts off Titus' Hand. Mar. Alas, poor heart, that kiss is comfortEnter Lucius and Marcus.
As frozen water to a starved snake. [less,
Tit. When will this fearful slumber have an Tit. Now, stay your strife; what shall be,
Mar. Now, farewell, flattery: Die, Andro-
[heads; From thousand dangers; bid him bury it;
Thou dost not slumber: see, thy two sons' More hath it merited, that let it have.
Thy warlike hand; thy mangled daughter here; As for my sons, say, I account of them
Thy other banish'd son, with this dear sight As jewels purchas'd at an easy price;
Struck pale and bloodless ; and thy brother, I,
Even like a stony image, cold and numb.
Ab! now no more will I control thy griefs :
Rent off thy silver hair, thy other band [sight Their heads, I mean.-0, how this villany
The closing up of our most wretched eyes ! Doth fat me with the very thoughts of it!
Now is a time to storm; why art thou still ?
Tit. Ha, ha, ha!
Mar. Why dost thou laugh ? it fits not with
Tit. Why, I have not another tear to shed :
And would usurp upon my watery eyes,
[TO LAVINIA. Then which way shall I find revenge's cave? Do then, dear heart; for heaven shall hear our For these two heads do seem to speak to me;
And threat me, I shall never come to bliss,
Even in their throats that have committed them.
You heavy people, circle me about;
That I may turn me to each one of you,
And swear unto my soul to right your wrongs.
And in this hand the other will I bear:
Lavinia, thou shalt be employed in these
things; * Sufferings.
* Stir, bustle