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And overlooks the highest-peering hills ;
So Tamora.-
Upon her wit doth earthly honour wait,
And virtue stoops and trembles at her frown.
Then, Aaron, arm thy heart, and fit thy thoughts,
To mount aloft with thy imperial mistress,
And mount her pitch ; whom thou in triumph long
Hast prisoner held, fetter'd in amorous chains;
And faster bound to Aaron's charming eyes,
Than is Prometheus tied to Caucasus.
Away with slavish weeds, and idle thoughts !
I will be bright, and shine in pearl and gold,
To wait upon this new-made emperess.
To wait, said I? to wanton with this queen,
This goddess, this Semiramis;-this queen,
This syren, that will charm Rome's Saturnine,
And see his shipwreck, and his commonweal's.
Holla! what storm is this?

: Enter CHIRON and DEMETRIUS, braving. Dem. Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit wants

edge, And manners, to intrude where I am grac'd ; And may, for aught thou know'st, affected be.

Chi. Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all; And so in this to bear me down with braves. 'Tis not the difference of a year, or two, Makes me less gracious, thee more fortunate: I am as able, and as fit, as thou, To serve, and to deserve my mistress' grace; And that my sword upon thee shall approve, And plead my passions for Lavinia's love. Aar. Clubs, clubs! these lovers will not keep

the peace.

6 Clubs, clubs !] This was the usual outcry for assistance, when any riot in the street happened.

Dem. Why, boy, although our mother, unadvis'd, Gave you a dancing-rapier by your side, Are you so desperate grown, to threat your friends? Go to; have your lath glued within your sheath, Till you know better how to handle it.

Chi. Mean while, sir, with the little skill I have, Full well shalt thou perceive how much I dare. !

Dem. Ay, boy, grow ye so brave? [They draw:
Aar.

Why, how now, lords?
So near the emperor's palace dare you draw,
And maintain such a quarrel openly?
Full well I wot the ground of all this grudge;
I would not for a million of gold, -
The cause were known to them it most concerns:
Nor would your noble mother, for much more,
Be so dishonour'd in the court of Rome.
For shame, put up.
Dem.

Not I; till I have sheath'd My rapier in his bosom, and, withal, Thrust these reproachful speeches down his throat, That he hath breath'd in my dishonour here.

Chi. For that I am prepar'd and full resolvid, Foul-spoken coward! that thunder'st with thy

tongue, And with thy weapon nothing darst perform.

Aar. Away, I say. Now by the gods, that warlike Goths adore, This petty brabble will undo us all. Why, lords,--and think you not how dangerous. It is to jut upon a prince's right? What, is Lavinia then become so loose, Or Bassianus so degenerate, That for her love such quarrels may be broach'd, Without controlment, justice, or revenge? Young lords, beware!-an should the empress know This discord's ground, the musick would not please. Chi. I care not, I, knew she and all the world; I love Lavinia more than all the world. Dem. Youngling, learn thou to make some meaner

choice: Lavinia is thine elder brother's hope. .

Aar. Why, are ye mad? or know ye not, in Rome How furious and impatient they be, And cannot brook competitors in love? . I tell you, lords, you do but plot your deaths By this device. Chi.

Aaron, a thousand deaths
Would I propose, to achieve her whom I love.

Aar. To achieve her!-How ?
Dem.

Why mak’st thou it so strange?
She is a woman, therefore may be wood;
She is a woman, therefore may be won;
She is Lavinia, therefore must be lov’d.
What, man! more water glideth by the mill
Than wots the miller of; and easy it is
Of a cut loaf to steal a shive, we know:
Though Bassianus be the emperor's brother,
Better than he have yet worn Vulcan's badge.
Aar. Ay, and as good as Saturninus may.

[Aside. Dem. Then why should he despair, that knows

to court it With words, fair looks, and liberality? What, hast thou not full often struck a doe, And borne her cleanly by the keeper's nose? Aar. Why then, it seems, some certain snatch

or so Would serve your turns. Chi.

Ay, so the turn were serv’d. Dem. Aaron, thou hast hit it.

'Would you had hit it too;

Aar.

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to steal a shive,] A shive is a slice.

Then should not we be tir'd with this ado.
Why, hark yé, hark ye,–And are you such fools,
To square for this? Would it offend you then -
That both should speed ?
Chi.

l'faith, not me.

Demo

Nor me,

So I were one.

Aar. For shame, be friends; and join for that

. you jar.
'Tis policy and stratagem must do
That you affect; and so must you resolve ;
That what you cannot, as you would, achieve,
You must perforce accomplish as you may.
Take this of me, Lucrece was not more chaste
Than this Lavinia, Bassianus' love.
A speedier course than lingering languishment
Must we pursue, and I have found the path.
My lords, a solemn hunting is in hand;
There will the lovely Roman ladies troop:
The forest walks are wide and spacious;
And many unfrequented plots there are,
Fitted by kind' for rape and villainy:
Single you thither then this dainty doe, .
And strike her home by force, if not by words:
This way, or not at all, stand you in hópe.
Come, come, our empress, with her sacred wit,
To villainy and vengeance consecrate,
Will we acquaint with all that we intend;
And she shall file our engines with advice, 2

8 To square for this ?] To square is to quarrel.

9 by kind-] That is, by nature, which is the old signification of kind.

i with her sacred wit,] Sacred here signifies accursed; a Latinism.

? file our engines with advice,] i, e. remove all impediments from our designs by advice. The allusion is to the operation of the file, which, by conferring smoothness, facilitates the motion of the wheels which compose an engine or piece of machinery.

That will not suffer you to square yourselves,
But to your wishes' height advance you both.
The emperor's court is like the house of fame,
The palace full of tongues, of eyes, of ears:
The woods are ruthless, dreadful, deaf, and dull;
There speak, and strike, brave boys, and take your

turns : There serve your lust, shadow'd from heaven's eye, And revel in Lavinia's treasury.

Chi. Thy counsel, lad, smells of no cowardice.

Dem. Sit fas aut nefas, till I find the stream To cool this heat, a charm to calm these fits, Per Styga, per manes vehör.

[Exeunt.

SCENE II.

A Forest near Rome. A Lodge seen at a distance.

Horns, and cry of Hounds heard.

Enter Titus ANDRONICUS, with Hunters, &c.

MARCUS, LUCIUS, QUINTUS, and MARTIUS.

Tit. The hunt is up, the morn is bright and grey, The fields are fragrant, and the woods are green: Uncouple here, and let us make a bay, And wake the emperor and his lovely bride, And rouse the prince; and ring a hunter's peal, That all the court may echo with the noise. Sons, let it be your charge, as it is ours, To tend the emperor's person carefully: I have been troubled in my sleep this night, But dawning day new comfort hath inspir'd.

Horns wind a Peal. Enter SATURNINUS, TAMORA,

BASSIANUS, LAVINIA, CHIRON, DEMETRIUS, and
Attendants.
Tit. Many good morrows to your majesty;

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