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Friendly together: so through Lud's town march;
SATURNINUS, son to the late Emperor of Rome, after
wards Emperor. 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.
kinsmen to Titus.
TAMORA, Queen of the Goths.
Senators, Tribunes, Officers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE,-ROME, and the country near it.
Flourish. Enter the Tribunes and Senators, aloft; and
then enter SATURNINUS and his Followers at one
But let desert in pure election shine ;
friends Ambitiously for rule and empery,– Know that the people of Rome, for whom we
stand A special party, have by common voice, In election for the Roman empery, Chosen Andronicus, surnamed Pius, For many good and great deserts to Rome: A nobler man, a braver warrior, Lives not this day within the city walls. He by the senate is accited home, From weary wars against the barbarous Goths, That with his sons, a terror to our foes, Hath yoked a nation strong, train'd up in Ten years are spent, since first he undertook This cause of Rome, and chastised with arms Our enemies' pride : five times he hath re.
turn'd Bleeding to Rome, bearing his valiant sons In coffins from the field ; And now at last, laden with honour's spoils, Returns the good Andronicus to Rome, Renowned Titus, flourishing in arms. Let us entreat, -by honour of his name, Whom worthily you would have now succeed, And in the Capitol and senate's right, Whom you pretend to honour and adore, That you withdraw you, and abate your strength; Dismiss your followers, and, as suitors should, Plead your deserts in peace and humbleness.