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In that respect then, like a loving child,
Shed yet some small drops from thy tender spring,
Because kind nature doth require it so:
Friends should associate friends in grief and woe:
Bid him farewell; commit him to the grave;
Do him that kindness, and take leave of him.

Boy. O grandsire, grandsire ! even with all my heart
Would I were dead, so you did live again!
O Lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping;
My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth.

Re-enter Attendants with AARON


A ROMAN. You sad Andronici, have done with woes: Give sentence on this execrable wretch, That hath been breeder of these dire events.

Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish him; There let him stand and rave and cry for food: If any one relieves or pities him, For the offence he dies. This is our doom : Some stay to see him fasten'd in the earth.

AAR. O, why should wrath be mute, and fury dumb ? I am no baby, I, that with base prayers I should repent the evils I have done: Ten thousand worse than ever yet I did Would I perform, if I might have my will: If one good deed in all my life I did, I do repent it from my very soul.


166 In that respect] On that account. 176 A ROMAN. You sad Andronici] Pope here makes a new scenic division (Scene vii).

Luc. Some loving friends convey the emperor hence, And give him burial in his father's grave: My father and Lavinia shall forth with Be closed in our household's monument. As for that heinous tiger, Tamora, No funeral rite, nor man in mourning weeds, No mournful bell shall ring her burial; But throw her forth to beasts and birds of prey : Her life was beastly and devoid of pity, And, being so, shall have like want of pity. See justice done on Aaron, that damn'd Moor, By whom our heavy haps had their beginning: Then, afterwards, to order well the state, That like events may ne'er it ruinate.



195 heinous) Thus all editions save the First Quarto, which reads rau

inous. Collier, who had no access to a copy of the First Quarto, by

a curious coincidence suggested ravenous. 200 And, being so ... pity] Thus all editions save the First Quarto,

which reads And being dead let birds on her take pittie. 203 Then .. state] Then will we apply ourselves to set the state in

order. 204 ruinate] ruin. The word is somewhat frequent in Shakespeare's early

work. Cf. Lucrece, 944, “To ruinate proud buildings”; and Sonnet, X, 7: "Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate;” and 8 Hen. VI, V, i, 83: “I will not ruinate my father's house."

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