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My lord, be ruld by me, be
won at last,
Sat. Rise, Titus, rise; my empress hath prevail'd.
lord : These words, these looks, infuse new life in me.
Tam. Titus, I am incorporate in Rome,
friends and you. For you, prince Bassianus, I have pass'd My word and promise to the emperor, That you
will be more mild and tractable. And fear not, lords,—and you, Lavinia ;
By my advice, all humbled on your knees,
Luc. We do ; and vow to heaven, and to his high
That, what we did, was mildly, as we might,
Mar. That on mine honour here I do protest.
Sat. Marcus, for thy sake, and thy brother's here, And at my lovely Tamora's entreats, I do remit these young men's heinous faults.
Lavinia, though you left me like a churl,
friends : This day shall be a love-day, Tamora.
Tit. To-morrow, an it please your majesty, To hunt the panther and the hart with me, With horn and hound, we'll give your grace bonjour.
Sat. Be it so, Titus, and gramercy too. [Exeunt,
ACT II. .
SCENE I. The same. Before the Palace,
Secure of thunder's crack, or lightning's flash;
this new-made emperess.
Enter Chiron and DEMETRIUS, braving. Dem. Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit wants
Chi. Demetrius, thou dost overween in all ;
thee shall approve,
I am as able, and as fit, as thou,
upon And plead my passions for Lavinia's love. Aar. Clubs, clubs !9 these lovers will not keep the
peace. Dem. Why, boy, although our mother, unadvis'd, Gave you a dancing-rapier' by your side, Are you so desperate grown, to threat your friends ? Go to; have your lath glued within your sheath, Till you
know better how to handle it. Chi. Mean while, sir, with the little skill I have, Full well shalt thou perceive how much I dare. Dem. Ay, boy, grow ye so brave ? [They draw.
Why, how now, lords? So near the emperor's palace dare you draw, And maintain such a quarrel openly ? Full well I wot? the ground of all this grudge; I would not for a million of gold, The cause were known to them it most concerns : Nor would your noble mother, for much more, Be so dishonour'd in the court of Rome. For shame, put up. Dem.
Not I; till I have sheath'd My rapier in his bosom, and, withal, Thrust these reproachful speeches down his throat, That he hath breath'd in ny dishonour here.
Chi. For that I am prepar'd and full resolv’d,– Foul-spoken coward! that thunder'st with thy tongue,
Favour. 9 This was the usual outcry for assistance,
when any riot in the street happened.
And with thy weapon nothing dar'st perform.
Aar. Away, I say.Now by the gods, that warlike Goths adore, This petty brabble will undo us all.Why, lords,—and think you not how dangerous It is to jut upon a prince's right? What, is Lavinia then become so loose, Or Bassianus so degenerate, That for her love such quarrels may be broach'd, Without controlment, justice, or revenge ? Young lords, beware!-an should the empress know This discord's ground, the musick would not
please. Chi. I care not, I, knew she and all the world; I love Lavinia more than all the world. Dem. Youngling, learn thou to make some meaner
choice : Lavinia is thine elder brother's hope.
dar. Why, are ye mad? or know ye not, in Rome How furious and impatient they be, And cannot brook competitors in love ? I tell you, lords, you do but plot your deaths By this device. Chi.
Aaron, a thousand deaths
Aar. To achieve her!-How ?
Why mak'st thou it so strange ? She is a woman,
be wood; She is a woman,
be won ;