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Tam. Hadst thou in person ne'er offended me,
Even for his sake am I pitiless :-
Remember, boys, I pour'd forth tears in vain,
To save your brother from the sacrifice;
But fierce Andronicus would not relent:


with her, and use her as you will; The worse to her, the better lov'd of me.

Lav. 0 Tamora, be call'd a gentle queen, And with thine own hands kill me in this place: For 'tis not life, that I have begg’d so long; Poor I was slain, when Bassianus died.

Tam. What begg'st thou then? fond woman, let

me go.

Lav. 'Tis present death I beg; and one thing

That womanhood denies my tongue to tell;
O, keep me from their worse than killing lust,
And tumble me into some loathsome pit!
Where never man's eye may behold my

body: Do this, and be a charitable murderer.

Tam. So should I rob my sweet sons of their fee: No, let them satisfy their lust on thee.

Dem. Away, for thou hast staid us here too long. Lav. No grace ? no womanhood ? Ah, beastly

creature ! The blot and enemy to our general name! Confusion fall Chi. Nay, then I'll stop your mouth :- Bring thou

her husband; [Dragging off Lavinia. This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him.

[Exeunt. Tam. Farewell, my sons: see, that you make her

sure :

Ne'er let my heart know merry cheer indeed,
Till all the Andronici be made away.
Now will I hence to seek my lovely Moor,
And let my spleenful sons this trull deflow'r. [Exit.

SCENE IV.-The same.


Aar. Come on, my lords; the better foot before : Straight will I bring you to the loathsome pit, Where I espy'd the panther fast asleep.

Quin. My sight is very dull, whate'er it bodes. Mart. And mine, I promise you; wer't not for

shame, Well could I leave our sport to sleep awhile.

[Martius falls into the pit., Quin. What, art thou fallen? What subtle hole is

Whose mouth is cover'd with rude-growing briars ;
Upon whose leaves are drops of new-shed blood,
As fresh as morning's dew distill’d.on flowers?

very fatal place it seems to me:
Speak, brother, hast thou hurt thee with the fall ?

Mart. O brother, with the dismallest object That ever eye, with sight, made heart lament. Aar. [Aside.] Now, will I fetch the king to find

them here; That he thereby may give a likely guess, How these were they that made away his brother.

[Exit Aaron. Mart. Why dost not comfort me, and help me

out From this unballow'd and blood-stained hole?

Quin. I am surprised with an uncouth fear : A chilling sweat o'er-runs my trembling joints; My heart suspects more than mine eye can see.

Mart. To prove thou hast a true-divining heart, Aaron and thou look down into this den, And see a fearful sight of blood and death. Quin. Aaron is gone ; and my compassionate


Will not permit mine eyes once to behold
The thing, whereat it trembles by surmise:
O, tell me how it is; for ne'er till now
Was I a child, to fear I know not what.

Mart. Lord Bassianus lies embrewed here,
All on a heap, like to a slaughter'd lamb,
In this detested, dark, blood-drinking pit.

Quin. If it be dark, how dost thou know 'tis he?

Murt. Upon bis bloody finger he doth wear A precious ring, that lightens all the hole, Which, like a taper in some nionument, Doth shine upon the dead man's earthy cheeks, And shows the ragged entrails of this pit: So pale did shine the moon on Pyramus, When he by night lay bath'd in maiden blood. O brother, help me with thy fainting hand, If fear hath made thee faint, as me it hath,-Out of this fell devouring receptacle, As hateful as Cocytus' misty mouth. Quin. Reach nie thy hand, that I may help thee

out; Or, wanting strength to do thee so much good, I may be pluck'd into the swallowing womb Of this deep pit, poor Bassianus' grave. I have no strength to pluck thee to the brink. Mart. And I no strength to climb without thy

help. Quin. Thy hand once more; I will not loose again, Till thou art here aloft, or I below: Thou canst not come to me, I come to thee.

[Falls in. Enter SATURNINUS and AARON. Sat. Along with me:- I'll see what hole is here, And what he is, that now is leap'd into it. Say, who art thou, that lately didst descend Into this gaping hollow of the earth?

Mart. The unhappy son of old Andronicus ; Brought hither in a most unlucky hour, To find thy brother Bassianus dead. Sat. My brother dead? I know, thou dost but

jest: He and his lady both are at the lodge, Upon the north side of this pleasant chase; 'Tis not an hour since I left him there.

Mart. We know not where you left him all alive, But, out alas! here have we found him dead. Enter TAMORA, with Attendants; TITUS AN

DRONICUS, and Lucius. Tam. Where is my lord the king? Sat. Here, Tamora ; though griev'd with killing

grief. Tam. Where is thy brother Bassianus ? Sat. Now to the bottom dost thou search my

wound; Poor Bassianus here lies murdered. Tam. Then all too late I bring this fatal writ,

[Giving a letter. The complot of this timeless tragedy; And wonder greatly that man's face can fold In pleasing smiles such murderous tyranny. Sat. [Reads.] An if we miss to meet him hand

somely, Sweet huntsman, Bassianus 'tis, we mean,Do thou so much as dig the grave for him ; Thou know'st our meaning: Look for thy reward Among the nettles at the elder tree, Which overshades the mouth of that same pit, Where we decreed to bury Bassianus. Do this, and purchase us thy lasting friends. 0, Tamora! was ever heard the like? This is the pit, and this the elder-tree.

Look, sirs, if you can find the huntsman out,
That should have murder'd Bassianus here.
Aar. My gracious lord, here is the bag of gold.

[Showing it. Sat. Two of thy whelps, [To Tit.] fell curs of

bloody kind, Have here bereft my brother of his life :Sirs, drag them from the pit unto the prison; There let them bide, until we have devis'd Some never-heard of torturing pain for them. Tam. What, are they in this pit? O wondrous

thing! How easily murder is discovered!

Tit. High emperor, upon my feeble knee I beg this boon, with tears not lightly shed, That this fell fault of my accursed sons, Accursed, if the fault be prov'd in them,

Sat. If it be prov'd! you see, it is apparent.
Who found this letter? Tamora, was it you?
Tam. Andronicus himself did take it

Tit. I did, my lord: yet let me be their bail :
For by my father's reverend tomb, I vow,
They shall be ready at your highness' will,
To answer their suspicion with their lives.

Sat. Thou shalt not bail them; see, thou follow


Some bring the murder'd body, some the murderers:
Let them not speak a word, the guilt is plain;
For, by my soul, were there worse end than death,
That end upon them should be executed.

Tam. Andronicus, I will entreat the king;
Fear not thy sons, they shall do well enough.
Tit. Come, Lucius, come; stay not to talk with

(Exeunt severally.

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