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SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and
afterwards declared Emperor himself. BASSIANUS, Brother to Saturninus, in love with Lavinia. Titus ANDRONICUS, a Noble Roman, General against
the Goths. MARCUS ANDRONICUS, Tribune of the People, and
Bootber to Titus.
Sons to Titus Andronicus,
Sons to Tamora.
TAMOR Ä, Queen of the Goths, and afterwards married
to Saturninus. LAVINIA, Daughter to Titus Andronicus,
Nurse with a black-a-moor Cbild.
Senators, Judges, Officers, Soldiers, and other Attendants,
SCENE, Rome, and the Country near is.
Enter the Tribunes and Senators aloft, as in the Senate.
Enter Saturninus and bis followers at one door, and Bas
fianus and his followers at the other, with drum and colours.. Sat.
OBLE Patricians, patrons of my right,
Defend the justice of my cause with arms
**And countrymen my loving followers,
Baf. Romans, friends, foll'wers, favourers of my right;
} Th' imperial seat, to virtue consecrate, To justice, continence, and nobility: 795."!
• 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 discrediс of writing
But let defert in pure election shine
Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft with tbe crown,
This cause of Rome, and chastised with arms
That you withdraw you, and abate your strength;
Sot How fair the Tribune Ipeaks, to calm my thoughke!
Baf. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affic
Commit my cause in balance to be weigh’d. [Exe, Soldiers,
Sat, Friends that have been thus forward in my right, I thank you all, and here dismiss you all; And to the love and favour of my country Commit my self, my person and the cause : Rome, be as just and gracious unto me, As I am confident and kind to thee. Open the gates, and let me in. Baf. Tribunes, and me, a poor competitor.
[Tbey go up into the Senate-boufie SCENE II. Enter a Captain. Cap. Románs, make way: the good Andronicus, Patron of virtue, Rome's beft champion, Successful in the battels that he fights, With honour and with fortune is return'd From whence he circumscribed with his sword, And brought to yoak the enemies of Rome. Sound drums and trumpets, and eben enter Mutius and Mar
cus: after tbem, two men bearing a coffin cover'd with black tben Quintus and Lucius. After tbem Titus Andronicus
and then Tamora, the Queen of Goths, Alarbus, Chiron and Demetrius, with Aaron the Moor, prisoners; Soldiers, and other Attendants. They set down ibe coffin, and Titus fpeaks.
Tit. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning weeds ! Lo, as the bark that hath discharg'd her freight, Returns with precious lading to the bay, From whence at firft she weigh'd her anchorage, Cometh Andronicus with laurel boughs, To re-salute his country with his tears; Tears of true joy, for his return to Rome, The great defender of this Capitol, Stand gracious to the rites that we intend ! Romans, of five and twenty valiant fons, Half of the number that King Priam had, Behold the poor remains alive and dead ! These that Tarvive, let Rome reward with love; These that I bring unto their latest home, With burial among their ancefors,