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SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and
afterwards declared Emperor bimself. Baffianus, Brother to Saturninus, in love with Lavinia, Titus Andronicus, a noble Roman, General against the
Goths, Marcus Andronicus, Tribune of the people, and brother to
Titus. Marcus, Quintus, Lucius,
Sons to Titus Andronicus.
Tamora, Queen of the Goths, and afterwards married to
Senators, Judges, Officers, Soldiers, and other Attendants.
SCENE, Rome, and the Country near it.
TITUS ANDRONICUS. (1)
A C Τ Ι.
SCENE, before the Capitol in Romea
Enter the Tribunes and Senators aloft, as in the Senate.
Enter Saturninus and his followers, at one door ; and Baffianus and his followers, at the other, zwith Drum and Colours.
Defend the justice of my cause with arms :
And countrymen, my loving followers,
(1) Titus Andronicus.] This is one of those plays which I have always thought, with the better judges, ought not to be acknowledged in the list of Shakespeare's genuine pieces. And, perhaps, I may give a proof to strengthen this opinion, that may put the matter out of question. Ben Jobfon in the induction to his Bartholomewu. Fair, (which made its first appearance in the year 1614) couples
Jeronymo and Andronicus together in reputation, and speaks of them as plays then of twenty-five or thirty years standing. Consequently; Andronicus must have been on the stage, before Shakespeare left Warwickshire to come and reside in London : and I never heard it so much as intimated, that he had turned his genius to stage-writing; before he affociated with the players, and became one of their body. However, that he afterwards introduced it a-new, on the scene, with