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SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and
afterwards declar d Emperor bimself. BASSIANUS, Brother to Saturninus, in love with Lavinia. Titus ANDRONICUS, a Noble Roman, General against
the Goths. Marcus ANDRONICUS, Tribune of the People, and
Brother to Titus,
Sons to Titus Andronicus.
Sons to Tamora.
TAMORA, Queen of the Goths, and afterwards married
to Saturninus. LAVINIA, Daughter to Titus Andronicus, A Nurse with a black-a-moor Child.
Senators, Judges, Officers, Soldiers, and other Attendants.
SCENE Rome, and the Country near it.
* TITUS ANDRONICUS.
ACT 1. SCENE 1.
ROM E. Enter the Tribunes and Senators aloft, as in the Senate,
Enter Saturninus and bis followers at one door, and Bas
fianus and bis followers at the other, with drum and colours, Sar.
OBLE Patricians, patrons of my right,
And countrymen my loving followers,
Bas. Remans, friends, foll'weis, favourers of my right;
upon to be of Shakespear's compolition. By giving it the credit of a few of his lines inserted here and there he got tlic di credit of writing the whole.
But let desert in pure election shine;
Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft with the crown,
That you withdraw you, and abate your strength; Dismiss your followers, and as suitors should, Plead your deserts in peace and humbleness.
Sat. How fair the Tribune speaks, to calm my thoughts !
Baf. Marcus Andronicus, fo I do affie
Commit my cause in ballance to be weigh’d. [Exe. Soldiers
Sat. Friends that have been thus forward in my right, I thank you all, and here dismiss you all; And to the love and favour of my country Commit my self, my person and the cause: Rome, be as just and gracious unto me, As I am confident and kind to thee. Open the gates, and let me in. Baf. Tribunes, and me, a poor competitor.
[They go up into the Senate-boufen SCENE II. Enter a Captain. Cap. Romans, make way: the good Andronicus, Patron of virtue, Rome's best champion, Successful in the battels that he fights, With honour and with fortune is return'd From whence he circumscribed with his sword, And brought to yoak the enemies of Rome. Sound drums and trumpets, and then enter Mutius and Mag
cus: after them, two men bearing a coffin cover'd witho black; then Quintus and Lucius. After them Titlus Andronicus; and then Tamora, the Queen of Goths, Alarbus, Chiron and Demetrius, with Aaron ibe Moor, prisoners; Soldiers, and orber Attendants. They set down the coffin, and Titus Speaks.
Tit. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning weeds? Ls, as the bark that hath discharg'd her freight, Returns with precious lading to the bay, From whence at first the weigh'd her anchorage, Cometh Andronicus with laurel boughs, To re-falute his country with his tears ; Tears of true joy, for his return to Rome, Thou great defender of this Capitol, Stand gracious to the rites that we intend! Romans, of five and twenty valiant fons, Half of the number that King Priam had, Behold the poor remains alive and dead! These that survive, let Rome reward with love ; These that I bring unto their latest home, With burial among their ancestors,
Here Goths have given me leave to sheath my sword :
Luc. Give us the proudest prisoner of the Gorbs,
Tit. I give him you, the noblest that survives,
Tam. Stay, Roman brethren, gracious conqueror,
Tit. Patient your self, Madam, and pardon me.