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An aged princess; many days shall see her,
To the ground, and all the world shall mourn her.
Thou hast made me now a man! never, before
To see what this child does, and praise my Maker.
Lead the way,
Ye must all see the queen, and she must thank ye,
'Tis ten to one this play can never please
71. brethren, i.e. the aldermen.
76. 'Has, he has.
For this play at this time, is only in
The merciful construction of good women;
SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and after
BASSIANUS, brother to Saturninus; in love with Lavinia.
MARCUS ANDRONICUS, tribune of the people, and brother
sons to Tamora.
AARON, a Moor, beloved by Tamora.
A Captain, Tribune, Messenger, and Clown; Romans.
Goths and Romans.
TAMORA, Queen of the Goths.
LAVINIA, daughter to Titus Andronicus.
Senators, Tribunes, Officers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE: Rome, and the country near it
DURATION OF TIME
Four days represented on the stage, with, possibly, two intervals. Day 1. I., II. 1.
Dramatis Persona. First supplied, imperfectly, by Rowe. The Ff mark the Acts but not the Scenes. The Qq mark neither
Acts nor Scenes.
THE first known edition of Titus Andronicus appeared Early in 1600, with the following title-page:
'The most lamenta- ble Romaine Tragedie of Texts. Titus Andronicus. As it hath sundry times been playde by the Right Honourable the Earl of Pembrooke, the Earl of Darbie, the Earle of Sussex, and the Lorde Chamberlaine theyr Seruants. | AT | LONDON, Printed by I. R. for Edward White | and are to be solde at his shoppe, at the little | North doore of Paules, at the signe of | the Gun.
Another Quarto (Q), printed from this, appeared
The First Folio text was printed from a copy of the Second Quarto, in which a few MS. alterations and additions seem to have been made for stage purposes. The Folio text also contains a whole scene (iii. 2.) not found in the Quartos, and probably, since it does not contribute to the action, omitted in performance.
An adaptation of the play by Ravenscroft was published in 1687 under the title Titus Andronicus, or the Rape of Lavinia.
Our first explicit evidence of an 'Andronicus' play Date of Composibelongs to the year 1594. On January 23 Henslowe tion. recorded the performance of a 'tittus and ondronicus' as a 'new' play. In February a play Titus Andronicus was entered in the Stationers' Register, as well