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Wilt thou draw near the nature of the Gods ?
Draw near them then in being merciful;
Sweet Mercy is Nobility's true badge.
Thrice-noble Titus, spare my first-born son.

Tit. Patient yourself, Madam, and pardon me.
These are their brethren, whom you Goths, behold
Alive and dead, and for their brethren slain
Religiously they ask a Sacrifice;
To this your son is markt, and die he must,
T'appease their groaning shadows that are gone.

Luc. Away with him, and make a fire straight.
And with our fwords, upon a pile of wood,
Let's hew his limbs, 'till they be clean consum'd.

Exeunt Mutius, Marcus, Quintus and Lucius

with Alarbus. Tan. O cruel, irreligious, piety! Chi. Was ever Scythia half so barbarous ?

Dem. Oppose me, Scythia, to ambitious Rome. Alarbus, go to rest! and we survive To tremble under Titus' threatning looks. Then Madam, stand resolv'd; but hope withal, The self-fame Gods, that arm'd the Queen of Troy With opportunity of sharp revenge Upon the Thracian tyrant in her Tent, May favour Tamora, the Queen of Goths, (When Goths were Goths, and Tamora was Queen) To quit her bloody wrongs upon her foes.

Enter, Mutius, Marcus, Quintus and Lucius. Luc. See, lord and father, how we have perform'd. Our Roman rites: Alarbus’ limbs are lopt; And intrails feed the sacrificing fire ; Whose smoke, like incense, doth perfume the sky. Remaineth nought but to inter our brethren, And with loud 'larums welcome them to Rome.

Tim. Let it be so, and let Andronicus Make this his latest farewel to their souls. (Then found trumpets, and lay the coffins in the tomb.

In peace and hononr rest you here, my sons,
Rome's readiest champions, repose you here,
Secure from worldly chances and mishaps:
Here lurks no treason, here no envy swells;
Here grow no damned grudges, here no forms,
No noife: but filence and eternal sleep:
In
peace and honour rest you here, my sons !

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Enter Lavinia.
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My noble lord and father, live in fame!
Lo! at this tomb my tributary tears
I render, for my brethrens' obsequies:
And at thy feet I kneel, with tears of joy
Shed on the earth, for thy Return to Rome.
O, blefs ine here with thy victorious hand,
Whose fortune Rome's best citizens applaud.

Tit. Kind Rome, that hast thus lovingly reserv'd
The Cordial of mine age, to glad mine heart!
Lavinia, live; out-live thy fatber's days,
In Fame's eterual Date for virtue's praise !

Mar. Long live lord Titus, my beloved brother, Gracious triumpher in the eyes of Rome!

Tit. Thanks, gentle Tribune, noble brother Marcus.
Mar. And welcome, Nephews, from successful

wars,
You that survive, and you that sleep in fame:
Fair lords, your fortunes are alike in all,
That in your country's service drew your swords.
But safer triumph is this funeral pomp,
That hath aspird to Solon's happiness;
And triumphs over chance, in Honour's bed.
Titus Andronicus, the people of Rome,
Whose friend in justice thou hast ever been,
Send thee by ine their Tribune, and their truft,
This Palliament of white and spotless hue;

And

you all ?

And name thee in election for the Empire,
With these our late-deceased Emperor's sons:
Be Candidatus then, and put

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on; And help to set a head on headless Rome.

Tit. A better head her glorious body fits, Than his, that shakes for age and feebleness: What! should I don this robe, and trouble you? Be chose with Proclamations to-day, To-morrow yield up Rule, resign my life, And set abroach new business for Rome, I have been thy foldier forty years, And led my country's strength successfully ; And buried one and twenty valiant sons, Knighted in field, slain manfully in arms, In Right and Service of their noble Country. Give me a staff of honour for mine age, But not a sceptre to controul the world. Upright he held it, lords that held it last, Mar. Titus, thou shalt obtain and ask the Empery. Sat. Proud and ambitious Tribune, canst thou

tell Tit. Patience, Prince Saturninus.

Sat. Romans, do me Right. Patricians, draw your swords, and sheath them not 'Till Saturninus be Rome's Emperor. Andronicus, would thou wert ihipt to hell, Rather than rob me of the people's hearts.

Luc. Proud Saturnine, interrupter of the Good That noble-minded Titus means to thee.

Tit. Content thee, Prince; I will restore to thee The people's hearts, and wean them from themselves..

Baf. Andronicus, I do not flatter thee,
But honour thee, and will do 'till I die:
My faction if thou strengthen with thy friends,
I will most thankful be, and Thanks to men
Of noble minds is honourable meed.

Tit. People of Rome, and noble Tribunes here,
I alk your voices, and your suffrages;
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Will you bestow them friendly on Andronicus ?

Mar. To gratify the good Andronicus And gratulate his safe Return to Rome, The people will accept whom he admits.

Tit. Tribunes, I thank you, and this fuit I make,
That you create your Emperor's eldest son,
Lord Saturnine; whose virtues will, I hope,
Reflect on Rome, as Titan's rays on earth,
And ripen justice in this Common-weal.
Then if you will elect by my advice,
Crown him, and say, Long live our Emperor !

Mar. With voices and applause of every sort,
Patricians and Plebeians, we create
Lord Saturninus, Rome's great Emperor;
And say,
—Long live our Emperor Saturnine !

turnin
(A long flourish, till they come down.
Sat. Titus Andronicus, for thy favours done
To us in our Election this day,
I give thee thanks in part of thy deserts,
And will with deeds requite thy gentleness :
And for an onset, Titus, to advance
Thy name, and honourable family,
Lavinia will I make my Empress,
Rome's royal Mistress, Mistress of my heart,
And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse :
Tell me, Andronicus, doth this motion please thee?

Tit. It doth, my worthy lord; and, in this match, I hold me highly honoured of your Grace : And here in light of Rome, to Saturninus, King and Commander of our Common-weal, The wide world's Emperor, do I consecrate My sword, my chariot, and my prisoners; Presents well worthy Rome's imperial lord. Receive them then, the Tribute that I owe, Mine Honour's Ensigns humbled at thy feet.

Sat. Thanks, noble Tilus, father of my life! How proud I am of thee, and of thy gifts, Rome Thall record ; and when I do forget

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The least of these unspeakable deserts,
Romans, forget your fealty to me.
Tit. Now, Madam, are you prisoner to an Empe-

ror;
To him, that for your honour and your state
Will use you nobly, and your followers.
Sat. A goodly lady, trust me, of the hue

[To Tamora.
That I would chuse, were I to chuse, anew :
Clear up, fair Queen, that cloudy countenance ;
Tho' chance of war hath wrought this change of

cheer, Thou com'ít not to be made a scorn in Rome: Princely shall be thy usage every way. Rest on my word, and let not discontent Daunt all your hopes: Madam, who comforts you, Can make you greater than the Queen of Goths. Lavinia, you are not displeas'd with this?

Lav. Not I, my lord ; Gith true nobility Warrants these words in princely courtesy.

Sat. Thanks, sweet Lavinia ; Romans, let us go. Ransomlefs here we set our prisoners free; Proclaim our honours, lords, with trump and drum. Baf. Lord Titus, by your Leave, this Maid is mine.

(Seizing Lavinia. Tit. How, Sir ? are you in earnest then, my lord ?

Baf. Ay, noble Titus ; and resolv'd withal, To do myself this Reason and this Right.

(The Emperor courts Tamora in dumb fhew. Mar. Suum cuique is our Roman justice: This Prince in justice seizeth but his own.

Luc. And that he will, and shall, if Lucius live.

Tit. Traitors, avant! where is the Emperor's Treason, my lord; Lavinia is surpriz'd. [Guard ?

Sat. Surpriz'd! by whom?

Baf. By him that justly may
Bear his betroth'd from all the world away.

Exit Baffianus with Lavinia.
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