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Luc. I humbly thank him, and I thank you all. But who comes here led by a lufty Goth. Enter a Goth leading Aaron, with his child in his arms.
Goth. Renowned Lucius, from our troops I stray'd To gaze upon a ruinous monastery; And as I earneftly did fix mine eye Upon the wasted building, suddenly I heard a child cry underneath a wall; I made unto the noise, when foon I heard The crying babe contrould with this discourse ; “ Peace, tawny flave, half me and half thy dam, “ Did not thy hue bewray whose brat thou art, “ Had nature lent thee but thy mother's look, “ Villain, thou might't have been an Emperor: 6. But where the bull and cow are both milk-white, “ They never do beget a cole-black calf; “ Peace, villain, peace! (even thus he rates the babe) 46 For I must bear thee to a trusty Goth; " Who, when he knows thou art the Empress' babe, “ Will hold thee dearly for thy mother's sake.” With this, my weapon drawn, I rush'd upon him, Surpriz'd him suddenly, and brought him hither, To use as you think needful of the man.
Luc. O worthy Goth, this is th' incarnate devil,
Aar. Touch not the boy, he is of royal blood.
Aar. (25) Aar. Get me a ladder, Lucius, save the child.] All the printed editions have given this whole verfe to Aaron, But why should the
dar. Lucius, save the child,
Luc. Say on, and if it please me which thou speak’st, Thy child shall live, and I will see it nourish'd.
Aar. And if it please thee? why, affure thee, Lucius,
Luc. Tell on thy mind; I say, thy child shall live.
Lac. Who should I swear by? thou believ'st no god; That grantėd, how can'lt thou believe an oath ?
Aar. What if I do not ! as, indeed, I do not; Yet, for I know thou art religious, And hast a thing within thee called conscience, With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies Which I have seen thee careful to observe: Therefore I urge thy oath ; (for that, I know, An idiot holds his bauble for a god, And keeps the oath, which by that god he swears, To that I'll urge him ;)--therefore thou shalt vow By that same god, what god foe’er it be, That thou ador’st and halt in reverence, To save my boy, nourish and bring him up; Moor here ask for a ladder, who earnestly wanted to have his child fav’d? Unless the poet is suppos’d to mean for Aaron, that, if they would get him a ladder, he would resolutely hang himself out of the way, so they would spare the child. But I much rather suspect, there is an old error in prefixing the names of the persons; and that Lucius ought to call for the ladder, and then Aaron very properly entreats of Lucius to save the child. I ventur'd to make this regulation in my SHAKESPEARE restored, and Mr. Pope has embrac'd it in his last edition, M.
Or else I will discover nought to thee.
Luc. Even by my god I swear to thee, I will.
Aar. Tut, Lucius, this was but a deed of charity,
Luc. Oh, detestable villain ! call'st thou that trimming?
Aar. Why, she was washed, and cut, and trimm'd; And 'twas trim sport for them that had the doing of't.
Luc. Oh, barb'rous beastly villains like thyfeif!
Aar. Indeed, I was their tutor to instruct them :
That both mine eyes were rainy like to his :
Goth. What! can'ít thou say all this, and never blush!
Ev'n now I curse the day (and yet I think,
men from their
graves, And set them upright at their dear friends doors, Ev’n when their forrow almost was forgot; And on their skins, as on the bark of trees, Have with my knife carved in Roman letters, "Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.". 'Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things, As willingly as one would kill a fy: And nothing grieves me heartily indeed, But that I cannot do ten thousand more.
Luc. Bring down the devil, for he must not die So sweet a death, as hanging presently,
Aar. If there be devils, would I were a devil,
Luc. Let him come near.-
Æmil. Lord. Lucius, and you Princes of the Goths,..
Goth. What says our General ?
Luc. Æmilius, let the Emperor give his pledges
father and my uncle Marcus, And we will come: march away.
(Exeunt. SCENE changes to Titus's Palace in Rome.
Enter Tamora, Chiron and Demetrius, disguis'd. Tam. Hus, in these strange and fad habiliments,
I will encounter with Andronicus :
[They knock, and Titus appears aboven
Tam. Titus, I am come to talk with thee.
Tit. No, not a word : how can I grace my talk,
Tam. If thou did'ft know me, thou wouldt talk with me
Tit. I am not mad; I know thee well enough ;
Tam. Know thou, sad man, I am not Tamora :