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T I TUS

A N DRON I CU S.

16

Dramatis Personæ.

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.
Mutius,
Young Lucius, a Boy, Son to Lucius.
Publius, Son to Marcus the Tribune, and Nephew to Titus

Andronicus.
Sempronius.
Alarbus,
Chiron, Sons to Tamora.
Demetrius,
Aaron, a Moor, beloved by Tamora.
Captain, from Titus's Camp.
Æmilius, a Messenger.
Goths, and Romans.
Clown.

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Tamora, Queen of the Goths, and afterwards married to

Saturninus.
Lavinia, Daughter to Titus Andronicus.
Nurse, with a Black-a-moor Child.

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.

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SATURNINU S.
Toble patricians, patrons of my right,

Defend the justice of my cause with arms :

And countrymen, my loving followers,
Plead my fuccelive title with your swords.

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(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

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