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SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and af
terwards declar'd Emperor himself. BASSIANUS, Brother to Saturninus, in love with Lavinia. Titus ANDRONICUS,, a Noble Roman, General against
the Goths. MARCUS ANDRONICUS, Tribune of tbe People, and Brom
ther to Titus. MARCUS, QUINTUS,
Şons to Tifys Andronicus.
Young Lucius, a Boy, Son to Lucius.
PUBLIUS, Son to Marcus Andronicus ebe Tribune,
Sons to Tamoša.
AARON, a Moor, belov'd by Tamora.
ÆMILIUS, a Roman.
TAMORA, Queen of the Goths, and afterwards' married 10
Saturninus. LAVINIA, Daugbter to Titus Andronicus. . A Nurse with a black-a-moor Child. Senators, Judges, Officers, Soldiers, and orber Actendantsa
SCENE Rome, and the Country near it.
ACT I, SCENE I.
ROM E. Enter the Tribunes and Senators alof., as in the Senate,
Enter Saturninus and bis followers at one door, and Baf
fianus and bis followers at ibe orber, with drum and colours. Sar.
OBLE Patricians, patrons of my right, :
Defend the justice of my cause with arms :
And countrymen my loving followers,
Plead my successive title with your swords,
I am the first-born son of him that ļait
Wore the imperial diadem of Rome ;
Then let my father's honours live in me,
Nor wrong mine age with this indignity.
Baf. Romans, friends, foll’wers, favourers of my right; If eyer Baffianus, Cæsar's son, Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome, Keep then this passage to the Capitol ; And suffer not dishonour to approach Th' imperial seat, to virtue consecrate, To justice, continence, and mobility :
This is one of the Plays which ought not to be look'd upon to be of Shakespear's composition. By giving it the credit of a few of his lines inserted here and there he got the discredit of wriung the whole.
But let desert in pure election shine ;
And, Romans, fight for freedom in your choice.
Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft with the crown.
Mar. Princes, that strive by factions and by friends,
Ambitiously for rule and empery!
Know that the people of Rome, for whom we stand
A special party, have by common voice,
In free election for the Roman empery,
Chosen Andronicus, sur-named Pius,
For many good and great deserts to Rome.
A nobler man, a braver warrior,
Lives not this day within our city walls.
He by the Senate is accited home,
From weary wars against the barbarous Gorbs,
That with his sons (a terror to our foes)
Hath yoak'd a nation strong, train’d up in armis.
Ten years are spent fince first he undertook
This cause of Rome, and chastised with arms
Our enemies pride. Five-times he hath retura'd
Bleeding to Rome, bearing his valiant fons
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 intreat, 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.
Sat. How fair the Tribune speaks, to calm my thoughts
Bas. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affie
In thy uprightness and integrity,
And so I love and honour thee and thine,
Thy noble brother Titus, and his sons,
And her to whom our thoughts are humbled all,
Gracious Lavinia, Rome's rich Ornament,
That I will here dismiss my loving friends ;
And to my fortunes, and the people's favour,