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And overlooks the highest-peering hills ;
: 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
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:
Why, how now, lords?
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
Aar. To achieve her!-How ?
Why mak’st thou it so strange?
[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;
to steal a shive,] A shive is a slice.
Then should not we be tir'd with this ado.
l'faith, not me.
So I were one.
Aar. For shame, be friends; and join for that
. you jar.
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,
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.
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