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Tam. Hadst thou in person ne'er offended me,
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
Lav. 'Tis present death I beg; and one thing
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
Ne'er let my heart know merry cheer indeed,
SCENE IV.-The same.
Enter AARON, with QUINTUS and MARTIUS.
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
very fatal place it seems to me:
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
Mart. Lord Bassianus lies embrewed here,
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,
[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.
Sat. Thou shalt not bail them; see, thou follow
Some bring the murder'd body, some the murderers:
Tam. Andronicus, I will entreat the king;