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vered with black; then Quintus and Lucius. Af ter them, Titus ANDRONICUS; and then TAMORA, with ALARBUS, CHIRON, DEMETRIUS, AARON, and other Goths, prisoners; Soldiers and People, following. The Bearers set down the Coffin, and Ti. tus speaks. Tit. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning
. weeds! Lo, as the bark, that hath discharg'd her fraught, Returns with precious lading to the bay, From whence at first she weigh'd her anchorage, Cometh Andronicus, bound with laurel boughs, To re-salute his country with his tears; Tears of true joy for his return to Rome. Thou great defender of this Capitol, Stand gracious to the rights that we intend !Romans, of five and twenty valiant sons, Half of the number that king Priam had, Behold the poor reinains, alive, and dead! These, that survive, let Rome reward with love; These, that I bring unto their latest home, ...., With burial amongst their ancestors: Here Goths have given me leave to sheath my sword. Titus, unkind, and careless of thine own, ..' Why suffer'st thou thy sons, unburied yet, To hover on the dreadful shore of Styx13 Make way to lay them by their brethren. In
[The Tomb is opened. There greet in silence, as the dead are wont, .., And sleep in peace, slain in your country's wars! O sacred receptacle of my joys,
? Thou great defender of this Capitol,] Jupiter, to whom the Capitol was sacred.
s To hover on the dreadful shore of Styr?] Here we have one of the numerous classical notions that are scattered with a pedantick profusion through this piece. MALONE.
Sweet cell of virtue and nobility,
Luc. Give us the proudest prisoner of the Goths,
Tit. I give him you; the noblest that survives,
Tit. Patient yourself,“ madam, and pardon me. These are their brethren, whom you Goths beheld Alive, and dead; and for their brethren slain, , Religiously they ask a sacrifice:
4 Nor we disturb'd with prodigies on earth.] It was supposed by the ancients, that the ghosts of unburied people appeared to their friends and relations, to solicit the rites of funeral.
Patient yourself, &c.] Patient is here a verb.
To this your son is mark'd; and die he must,
Luc. Away with him! and make a fire straight;
[Exeunt LuciuS, QUINTUS, MARTIUS, and
Mutius, with ALARBUS.
Dem., Oppose not Scythia to ambitious Rome.
Re-enter Lucius, QUINTUS, MARTIUS, and Mutius,
· with their Swords bloody. Luc. See, lord and father, how we have perform'd Our Roman rites: Alarbus' limbs are lopp'd, And entrails 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.
Tit. Let it be so, and let Andronicus Make this his latest farewell to their souls. [Trumpets sounded, and the Coffin laid in the
Here grow no damned grudges; here, are no storms, No noise, but silence and eternal sleep:
Lav. In peace and honour live lord Titus long;
Tit. Kind Rome, that hast thus lovingly resery'd The cordial of mine age to glad my heart! Lavinia, live; outlive thy father's days, And fame's eternal date, for virtue's praise !
Enter MARCUS ANDRONICUS, SATURNINUS, BAS
SIANUS, and Others. -Mar. Long live lord Titus, my beloved brother, Gracious triumpher in the eyes of Roine !
Tit. Thanks, gentle tribune, noble brother Marcus. Mar. And welcome, nephews, from successfulwars, 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 aspir'd to Solon's happiness,
6 And fame's eternal date, for virtue's praise!) To outlive an eternal date is, though not philosophical, yet poetical sense. He wishes that her life may be longer than his, and her praise longer than fame. JOHNSON.
7 That hath aspir'd to Solon's happiness,] The maxim of Solon here alluded to is, that no man can be pronounced to be happy before his death.
And triumphs over chance, in honour's bed.
Tit. A better head her glorious body fits,
. Romans, do me right;
Luc. Proud Saturnine, interrupter of the good That noble-minded Titus means to thee! :