Titus Andronicus

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Synopsis

Titus Andronicus overflows with death and violence. Twenty-one sons of the Roman general Titus Andronicus have died in battle, leaving four alive. After defeating the Goths, Titus permits the sacrifice of the oldest son of their queen, Tamora.

Titus helps Saturninus become emperor. Saturninus plans to marry Titus’s daughter, Lavinia. Instead, she marries Bassianus, aided by Titus’s sons, one of whom Titus kills. Saturninus then marries Tamora. The stage is set for multiple revenge plots.

Tamora’s lover, Aaron the Moor, instructs her two sons to kill Bassianus, then falsely implicates two of Titus’s sons. Tamora’s sons also rape Lavinia, cutting off her tongue and hands. To save his sons from execution, Titus cuts off his own hand, but Aaron sends him their heads.

Lucius, Titus’s last son, leads an army of Goths against Rome. Titus kills Tamora’s sons and serves them to her in a pie. In the ensuing events, Lavinia, Tamora, Titus, and Saturninus all die. Lucius becomes emperor and sentences Aaron to death.


Characters in the Play
Titus Andronicus, a noble Roman general
Lavinia, his daughter
Lucius
Mutius
Martius
Quintus
bracket
his sons
Young Lucius, his grandson
Marcus Andronicus, Titus’s brother, a Roman tribune
Publius, his son
Sempronius
Caius
Valentine
bracket
Titus’s kinsmen
Saturninus, elder son of the former Roman emperor, later emperor
Bassianus, younger son of the former emperor
Tamora, Queen of the Goths, later empress
Aaron the Moor, Tamora’s lover
Alarbus
Demetrius
Chiron
bracket
Tamora’s sons
Aemilius, A Roman nobleman
Messenger
Nurse
A Roman Captain
Country Fellow
First Goth
Second Goth
Tribunes, Senators, Romans, Goths, Drummers, Trumpeters, Soldiers, Guards, Attendants, a black Child

text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoACT 1text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto
text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoScene 1text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto
text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoFlourish.text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto Enter the Tribunes (editorial emendationincluding Marcus
Andronicuseditorial emendation) and Senators aloft. And then enter, editorial emendationbelow,editorial emendation
Saturninus and his followers at one door, and
Bassianus and his followers editorial emendationat another door,editorial emendation with
editorial emendationother Romans,editorial emendation Drums, and Trumpets.


SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0001 Noble patricians, patrons of my right,
FTLN 0002 Defend the justice of my cause with arms.
FTLN 0003 And countrymen, my loving followers,
FTLN 0004 Plead my successive title with your swords.
FTLN 00055 I am his firstborn son that was the last
FTLN 0006 That wore the imperial diadem of Rome.
FTLN 0007 Then let my father’s honors live in me,
FTLN 0008 Nor wrong mine age with this indignity.
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0009 Romans, friends, followers, favorers of my right,
FTLN 001010 If ever Bassianus, Caesar’s son,
FTLN 0011 Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome,
FTLN 0012 Keep, then, this passage to the Capitol,
FTLN 0013 And suffer not dishonor to approach
FTLN 0014 The imperial seat, to virtue consecrate,
FTLN 001515 To justice, continence, and nobility;
FTLN 0016 But let desert in pure election shine,
FTLN 0017 And, Romans, fight for freedom in your choice.
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MARCUS , (text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quartoaloft,text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto editorial emendationstepping forward and holding upeditorial emendation the
 crown)
 
FTLN 0018 Princes that strive by factions and by friends
FTLN 0019 Ambitiously for rule and empery,
FTLN 002020 Know that the people of Rome, for whom we stand
FTLN 0021 A special party, have by common voice,
FTLN 0022 In election for the Roman empery,
FTLN 0023 Chosen Andronicus, surnamèd Pius
FTLN 0024 For many good and great deserts to Rome.
FTLN 002525 A nobler man, a braver warrior,
FTLN 0026 Lives not this day within the city walls.
FTLN 0027 He by the Senate is accited home
FTLN 0028 From weary wars against the barbarous Goths,
FTLN 0029 That with his sons, a terror to our foes,
FTLN 003030 Hath yoked a nation strong, trained up in arms.
FTLN 0031 Ten years are spent since first he undertook
FTLN 0032 This cause of Rome, and chastisèd with arms
FTLN 0033 Our enemies’ pride. Five times he hath returned
FTLN 0034 Bleeding to Rome, bearing his valiant sons
FTLN 003535 In coffins from the field.
FTLN 0036 And now at last, laden with honor’s spoils,
FTLN 0037 Returns the good Andronicus to Rome,
FTLN 0038 Renownèd Titus flourishing in arms.
FTLN 0039 Let us entreat, by honor of his name
FTLN 004040 Whom worthily you would have now succeed,
FTLN 0041 And in the Capitol and Senate’s right,
FTLN 0042 Whom you pretend to honor and adore,
FTLN 0043 That you withdraw you and abate your strength,
FTLN 0044 Dismiss your followers and, as suitors should,
FTLN 004545 Plead your deserts in peace and humbleness.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0046 How fair the tribune speaks to calm my thoughts!
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0047 Marcus Andronicus, so I do affy
FTLN 0048 In thy uprightness and integrity,

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FTLN 0049 And so I love and honor thee and thine,
FTLN 005050 Thy noble brother Titus and his sons,
FTLN 0051 And her to whom my thoughts are humbled all,
FTLN 0052 Gracious Lavinia, Rome’s rich ornament,
FTLN 0053 That I will here dismiss my loving friends,
FTLN 0054 And to my fortunes and the people’s favor
FTLN 005555 Commit my cause in balance to be weighed.
editorial emendationBassianus’editorial emendation Soldiers exit.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0056 Friends that have been thus forward in my right,
FTLN 0057 I thank you all and here dismiss you all,
FTLN 0058 And to the love and favor of my country
FTLN 0059 Commit myself, my person, and the cause.
editorial emendationSaturninus’ Soldiers exit.editorial emendation
FTLN 006060 Rome, be as just and gracious unto me
FTLN 0061 As I am confident and kind to thee.
FTLN 0062 Open the gates and let me in.
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0063 Tribunes, and me, a poor competitor.
text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoFlourish.text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto They editorial emendationexit toeditorial emendation go up into the Senate House.
editorial emendationThe Tribunes and Senators exit from the upper stage.editorial emendation


Enter a Captain.

text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoCAPTAINtext from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto 
FTLN 0064 Romans, make way! The good Andronicus,
FTLN 006565 Patron of virtue, Rome’s best champion,
FTLN 0066 Successful in the battles that he fights,
FTLN 0067 With honor and with fortune is returned
FTLN 0068 From where he circumscribèd with his sword
FTLN 0069 And brought to yoke the enemies of Rome.

Sound drums and trumpets, and then enter two of Titus’
sons (editorial emendationLucius and Mutiuseditorial emendation) and then two men bearing a
coffin covered with black, then two other sons (editorial emendationMartius
and Quintuseditorial emendation), then Titus Andronicus, and then Tamora
the Queen of Goths and her sons editorial emendationAlarbus,editorial emendation Chiron and

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Demetrius, with Aaron the Moor, and others as many as
can be, then set down the coffin, and Titus speaks.


TITUS 
FTLN 007070 Hail Rome, victorious in thy mourning weeds!
FTLN 0071 Lo, as the bark that hath discharged his fraught
FTLN 0072 Returns with precious lading to the bay
FTLN 0073 From whence at first she weighed her anchorage,
FTLN 0074 Cometh Andronicus, bound with laurel boughs,
FTLN 007575 To resalute his country with his tears,
FTLN 0076 Tears of true joy for his return to Rome.
FTLN 0077 Thou great defender of this Capitol,
FTLN 0078 Stand gracious to the rites that we intend.
FTLN 0079 Romans, of five-and-twenty valiant sons,
FTLN 008080 Half of the number that King Priam had,
FTLN 0081 Behold the poor remains alive and dead.
FTLN 0082 These that survive let Rome reward with love;
FTLN 0083 These that I bring unto their latest home,
FTLN 0084 With burial amongst their ancestors.
FTLN 008585 Here Goths have given me leave to sheathe my sword.
FTLN 0086 Titus, unkind and careless of thine own,
FTLN 0087 Why suffer’st thou thy sons unburied yet
FTLN 0088 To hover on the dreadful shore of Styx?
FTLN 0089 Make way to lay them by their brethren.
They open the tomb.
FTLN 009090 There greet in silence, as the dead are wont,
FTLN 0091 And sleep in peace, slain in your country’s wars.
FTLN 0092 O sacred receptacle of my joys,
FTLN 0093 Sweet cell of virtue and nobility,
FTLN 0094 How many sons hast thou of mine in store
FTLN 009595 That thou wilt never render to me more?
LUCIUS 
FTLN 0096 Give us the proudest prisoner of the Goths,
FTLN 0097 That we may hew his limbs and on a pile,
FTLN 0098 Ad manes fratrum, sacrifice his flesh
FTLN 0099 Before this earthy prison of their bones,
FTLN 0100100 That so the shadows be not unappeased,
FTLN 0101 Nor we disturbed with prodigies on Earth.

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TITUS 
FTLN 0102 I give him you, the noblest that survives,
FTLN 0103 The eldest son of this distressèd queen.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0104 Stay, Roman brethren!—Gracious conqueror,
FTLN 0105105 Victorious Titus, rue the tears I shed,
FTLN 0106 A mother’s tears in passion for her son.
FTLN 0107 And if thy sons were ever dear to thee,
FTLN 0108 O think my son to be as dear to me.
FTLN 0109 Sufficeth not that we are brought to Rome
FTLN 0110110 To beautify thy triumphs and return
FTLN 0111 Captive to thee and to thy Roman yoke,
FTLN 0112 But must my sons be slaughtered in the streets
FTLN 0113 For valiant doings in their country’s cause?
FTLN 0114 O, if to fight for king and commonweal
FTLN 0115115 Were piety in thine, it is in these!
editorial emendationShe kneels.editorial emendation
FTLN 0116 Andronicus, stain not thy tomb with blood.
FTLN 0117 Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods?
FTLN 0118 Draw near them then in being merciful.
FTLN 0119 Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.
FTLN 0120120 Thrice-noble Titus, spare my first-born son.
TITUS 
FTLN 0121 Patient yourself, madam, and pardon me.
FTLN 0122 These are their brethren whom your Goths beheld
FTLN 0123 Alive and dead, and for their brethren slain
FTLN 0124 Religiously they ask a sacrifice.
FTLN 0125125 To this your son is marked, and die he must,
FTLN 0126 T’ appease their groaning shadows that are gone.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 0127 Away with him, and make a fire straight,
FTLN 0128 And with our swords upon a pile of wood
FTLN 0129 Let’s hew his limbs till they be clean consumed.
Exit Titus’ sons with Alarbus.

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TAMORA , editorial emendationrising and speaking aside to her sonseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0130130 O cruel, irreligious piety!
CHIRON , editorial emendationaside to Tamora and Demetriuseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0131 Was never Scythia half so barbarous!
DEMETRIUS , editorial emendationaside to Tamora and Chironeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0132 Oppose not Scythia to ambitious Rome!
FTLN 0133 Alarbus goes to rest and we survive
FTLN 0134 To tremble under Titus’ threat’ning look.
FTLN 0135135 Then, madam, stand resolved, but hope withal
FTLN 0136 The selfsame gods that armed the Queen of Troy
FTLN 0137 With opportunity of sharp revenge
FTLN 0138 Upon the Thracian tyrant in his tent
FTLN 0139 May favor Tamora the Queen of Goths
FTLN 0140140 (When Goths were Goths, and Tamora was queen)
FTLN 0141 To quit the bloody wrongs upon her foes.

Enter the sons of Andronicus again editorial emendationwith bloody swords.editorial emendation

LUCIUS 
FTLN 0142 See, lord and father, how we have performed
FTLN 0143 Our Roman rites. Alarbus’ limbs are lopped,
FTLN 0144 And entrails feed the sacrificing fire,
FTLN 0145145 Whose smoke like incense doth perfume the sky.
FTLN 0146 Remaineth naught but to inter our brethren,
FTLN 0147 And with loud larums welcome them to Rome.
TITUS 
FTLN 0148 Let it be so. And let Andronicus
FTLN 0149 Make this his latest farewell to their souls.
Sound trumpets, and lay the coffin in the tomb.
FTLN 0150150 In peace and honor rest you here, my sons,
FTLN 0151 Rome’s readiest champions, repose you here in rest,
FTLN 0152 Secure from worldly chances and mishaps.
FTLN 0153 Here lurks no treason, here no envy swells,
FTLN 0154 Here grow no damnèd drugs; here are no storms,
FTLN 0155155 No noise, but silence and eternal sleep.
FTLN 0156 In peace and honor rest you here, my sons.

Enter Lavinia.


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editorial emendationLAVINIAeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0157 In peace and honor live Lord Titus long;
FTLN 0158 My noble lord and father, live in fame.
editorial emendationShe kneels.editorial emendation
FTLN 0159 Lo, at this tomb my tributary tears
FTLN 0160160 I render for my brethren’s obsequies,
FTLN 0161 And at thy feet I kneel, with tears of joy
FTLN 0162 Shed on this earth for thy return to Rome.
FTLN 0163 O bless me here with thy victorious hand,
FTLN 0164 Whose fortunes Rome’s best citizens applaud.
TITUS 
FTLN 0165165 Kind Rome, that hast thus lovingly reserved
FTLN 0166 The cordial of mine age to glad my heart!—
FTLN 0167 Lavinia, live, outlive thy father’s days
FTLN 0168 And fame’s eternal date, for virtue’s praise.
editorial emendationLavinia rises.editorial emendation

editorial emendationEnter Marcus Andronicus, carrying a white robe.
Enter aloft Saturninus, Bassianus, Tribunes, Senators,
and Guards.editorial emendation


MARCUS 
FTLN 0169 Long live Lord Titus, my belovèd brother,
FTLN 0170170 Gracious triumpher in the eyes of Rome.
TITUS 
FTLN 0171 Thanks, gentle tribune, noble brother Marcus.
MARCUS 
FTLN 0172 And welcome, nephews, from successful wars—
FTLN 0173 You that survive, and you that sleep in fame.
FTLN 0174 Fair lords, your fortunes are alike in all,
FTLN 0175175 That in your country’s service drew your swords;
FTLN 0176 But safer triumph is this funeral pomp,
FTLN 0177 That hath aspired to Solon’s happiness,
FTLN 0178 And triumphs over chance in honor’s bed.—
FTLN 0179 Titus Andronicus, the people of Rome,
FTLN 0180180 Whose friend in justice thou hast ever been,
FTLN 0181 Send thee by me, their tribune and their trust,
FTLN 0182 This palliament of white and spotless hue,

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FTLN 0183 And name thee in election for the empire
FTLN 0184 With these our late deceasèd emperor’s sons.
FTLN 0185185 Be candidatus, then, and put it on
FTLN 0186 And help to set a head on headless Rome.
TITUS 
FTLN 0187 A better head her glorious body fits
FTLN 0188 Than his that shakes for age and feebleness.
FTLN 0189  editorial emendationTo Tribunes and Senators aloft.editorial emendation What, should I don
FTLN 0190190 this robe and trouble you?
FTLN 0191 Be chosen with proclamations today,
FTLN 0192 Tomorrow yield up rule, resign my life,
FTLN 0193 And set abroad new business for you all?
FTLN 0194 Rome, I have been thy soldier forty years,
FTLN 0195195 And led my country’s strength successfully,
FTLN 0196 And buried one and twenty valiant sons,
FTLN 0197 Knighted in field, slain manfully in arms,
FTLN 0198 In right and service of their noble country.
FTLN 0199 Give me a staff of honor for mine age,
FTLN 0200200 But not a scepter to control the world.
FTLN 0201 Upright he held it, lords, that held it last.
MARCUS 
FTLN 0202 Titus, thou shalt obtain and ask the empery.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0203 Proud and ambitious tribune, canst thou tell?
TITUS  FTLN 0204Patience, Prince Saturninus.
SATURNINUS  FTLN 0205205Romans, do me right.
FTLN 0206 Patricians, draw your swords and sheathe them not
FTLN 0207 Till Saturninus be Rome’s emperor.—
FTLN 0208 Andronicus, would thou were shipped to hell
FTLN 0209 Rather than rob me of the people’s hearts.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 0210210 Proud Saturnine, interrupter of the good
FTLN 0211 That noble-minded Titus means to thee.
TITUS 
FTLN 0212 Content thee, prince. I will restore to thee
FTLN 0213 The people’s hearts and wean them from themselves.

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BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0214 Andronicus, I do not flatter thee,
FTLN 0215215 But honor thee, and will do till I die.
FTLN 0216 My faction if thou strengthen with thy friends,
FTLN 0217 I will most thankful be, and thanks, to men
FTLN 0218 Of noble minds, is honorable meed.
TITUS 
FTLN 0219 People of Rome, and people’s tribunes here,
FTLN 0220220 I ask your voices and your suffrages.
FTLN 0221 Will you bestow them friendly on Andronicus?
TRIBUNES 
FTLN 0222 To gratify the good Andronicus
FTLN 0223 And gratulate his safe return to Rome,
FTLN 0224 The people will accept whom he admits.
TITUS 
FTLN 0225225 Tribunes, I thank you, and this suit I make:
FTLN 0226 That you create our emperor’s eldest son,
FTLN 0227 Lord Saturnine, whose virtues will, I hope,
FTLN 0228 Reflect on Rome as editorial emendationTitan’seditorial emendation rays on Earth
FTLN 0229 And ripen justice in this commonweal.
FTLN 0230230 Then, if you will elect by my advice,
FTLN 0231 Crown him and say “Long live our emperor.”
MARCUS 
FTLN 0232 With voices and applause of every sort,
FTLN 0233 Patricians and plebeians, we create
FTLN 0234 Lord Saturninus Rome’s great emperor,
FTLN 0235235 And say “Long live our Emperor Saturnine.”
text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoA long flourish till editorial emendationSaturninus, Bassianus,
and Guardseditorial emendation come down.text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto

SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0236 Titus Andronicus, for thy favors done
FTLN 0237 To us in our election this day,
FTLN 0238 I give thee thanks in part of thy deserts,
FTLN 0239 And will with deeds requite thy gentleness.
FTLN 0240240 And for an onset, Titus, to advance

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FTLN 0241 Thy name and honorable family,
FTLN 0242 Lavinia will I make my empress,
FTLN 0243 Rome’s royal mistress, mistress of my heart,
FTLN 0244 And in the sacred editorial emendationPantheoneditorial emendation her espouse.
FTLN 0245245 Tell me, Andronicus, doth this motion please thee?
TITUS 
FTLN 0246 It doth, my worthy lord, and in this match
FTLN 0247 I hold me highly honored of your Grace;
FTLN 0248 And here in sight of Rome to Saturnine,
FTLN 0249 King and commander of our commonweal,
FTLN 0250250 The wide world’s emperor, do I consecrate
FTLN 0251 My sword, my chariot, and my prisoners,
FTLN 0252 Presents well worthy Rome’s imperious lord.
FTLN 0253 Receive them, then, the tribute that I owe,
FTLN 0254 Mine honor’s ensigns humbled at thy feet.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0255255 Thanks, noble Titus, father of my life.
FTLN 0256 How proud I am of thee and of thy gifts
FTLN 0257 Rome shall record.—And when I do forget
FTLN 0258 The least of these unspeakable deserts,
FTLN 0259 Romans, forget your fealty to me.
TITUS , editorial emendationto Tamoraeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0260260 Now, madam, are you prisoner to an emperor,
FTLN 0261 To him that for your honor and your state
FTLN 0262 Will use you nobly, and your followers.
SATURNINUS , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0263 A goodly lady, trust me, of the hue
FTLN 0264 That I would choose, were I to choose anew.—
FTLN 0265265 Clear up, fair queen, that cloudy countenance.
FTLN 0266 Though editorial emendationchanceeditorial emendation of war hath wrought this change
FTLN 0267 of cheer,
FTLN 0268 Thou com’st not to be made a scorn in Rome.
FTLN 0269 Princely shall be thy usage every way.
FTLN 0270270 Rest on my word, and let not discontent
FTLN 0271 Daunt all your hopes. Madam, he comforts you
FTLN 0272 Can make you greater than the Queen of Goths.—
FTLN 0273 Lavinia, you are not displeased with this?

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LAVINIA 
FTLN 0274 Not I, my lord, sith true nobility
FTLN 0275275 Warrants these words in princely courtesy.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0276 Thanks, sweet Lavinia.—Romans, let us go.
FTLN 0277 Ransomless here we set our prisoners free.
FTLN 0278 Proclaim our honors, lords, with trump and drum.
editorial emendationFlourish. Saturninus and his Guards exit, with Drums
and Trumpets. Tribunes and Senators exit aloft.editorial emendation

BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0279 Lord Titus, by your leave, this maid is mine.
TITUS 
FTLN 0280280 How, sir? Are you in earnest then, my lord?
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0281 Ay, noble Titus, and resolved withal
FTLN 0282 To do myself this reason and this right.
editorial emendationBassianus takes Lavinia by the arm.editorial emendation
MARCUS 
FTLN 0283 Suum editorial emendationcuiqueeditorial emendation is our Roman justice.
FTLN 0284 This prince in justice seizeth but his own.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 0285285 And that he will and shall, if Lucius live!
TITUS 
FTLN 0286 Traitors, avaunt! Where is the Emperor’s guard?

editorial emendationEnter Saturninus and his Guards.editorial emendation

FTLN 0287 Treason, my lord. Lavinia is surprised.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0288 Surprised? By whom?
BASSIANUS  FTLN 0289 By him that justly may
FTLN 0290290 Bear his betrothed from all the world away.
MUTIUS 
FTLN 0291 Brothers, help to convey her hence away,
FTLN 0292 And with my sword I’ll keep this door safe.
editorial emendationBassianus, Lavinia, Marcus, Lucius,
Quintus, and Martius exit.editorial emendation


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TITUS , editorial emendationto Saturninuseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0293 Follow, my lord, and I’ll soon bring her back.
editorial emendationSaturninus, Tamora, Demetrius, Chiron,
Aaron, and Guards exit.editorial emendation

MUTIUS 
FTLN 0294 My lord, you pass not here.
TITUS  FTLN 0295295 What, villain boy,
FTLN 0296 Barr’st me my way in Rome?
editorial emendationHe stabs Mutius.editorial emendation
MUTIUS  FTLN 0297 Help, Lucius, help!
editorial emendationMutius dies.editorial emendation

editorial emendationEnter Lucius.editorial emendation

LUCIUS 
FTLN 0298 My lord, you are unjust, and more than so!
FTLN 0299 In wrongful quarrel you have slain your son.
TITUS 
FTLN 0300300 Nor thou nor he are any sons of mine.
FTLN 0301 My sons would never so dishonor me.
FTLN 0302 Traitor, restore Lavinia to the Emperor.

Enter aloft the Emperor editorial emendationSaturninuseditorial emendation with Tamora
and her two sons and Aaron the Moor.


LUCIUS 
FTLN 0303 Dead if you will, but not to be his wife
FTLN 0304 That is another’s lawful promised love. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0305305 No, Titus, no, the Emperor needs her not,
FTLN 0306 Nor her, nor thee, nor any of thy stock.
FTLN 0307 I’ll trust by leisure him that mocks me once,
FTLN 0308 Thee never, nor thy traitorous haughty sons,
FTLN 0309 Confederates all thus to dishonor me.
FTLN 0310310 Was none in Rome to make a stale
FTLN 0311 But Saturnine? Full well, Andronicus,
FTLN 0312 Agree these deeds with that proud brag of thine
FTLN 0313 That said’st I begged the empire at thy hands.

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TITUS 
FTLN 0314 O monstrous! What reproachful words are these?
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0315315 But go thy ways. Go give that changing piece
FTLN 0316 To him that flourished for her with his sword.
FTLN 0317 A valiant son-in-law thou shalt enjoy,
FTLN 0318 One fit to bandy with thy lawless sons,
FTLN 0319 To ruffle in the commonwealth of Rome.
TITUS 
FTLN 0320320 These words are razors to my wounded heart.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0321 And therefore, lovely Tamora, Queen of Goths,
FTLN 0322 That like the stately editorial emendationPhoebeeditorial emendation ’mongst her nymphs
FTLN 0323 Dost overshine the gallant’st dames of Rome,
FTLN 0324 If thou be pleased with this my sudden choice,
FTLN 0325325 Behold, I choose thee, Tamora, for my bride,
FTLN 0326 And will create thee Emperess of Rome.
FTLN 0327 Speak, Queen of Goths, dost thou applaud my
FTLN 0328 choice?
FTLN 0329 And here I swear by all the Roman gods,
FTLN 0330330 Sith priest and holy water are so near,
FTLN 0331 And tapers burn so bright, and everything
FTLN 0332 In readiness for Hymenaeus stand,
FTLN 0333 I will not resalute the streets of Rome
FTLN 0334 Or climb my palace till from forth this place
FTLN 0335335 I lead espoused my bride along with me.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0336 And here in sight of heaven to Rome I swear,
FTLN 0337 If Saturnine advance the Queen of Goths,
FTLN 0338 She will a handmaid be to his desires,
FTLN 0339 A loving nurse, a mother to his youth.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0340340 Ascend, fair queen, editorial emendationto Pantheon.editorial emendation—Lords, accompany
FTLN 0341 Your noble emperor and his lovely bride,
FTLN 0342 Sent by the heavens for Prince Saturnine,

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FTLN 0343 Whose wisdom hath her fortune conquerèd.
FTLN 0344 There shall we consummate our spousal rites.
All editorial emendationbut Tituseditorial emendation exit.
TITUS 
FTLN 0345345 I am not bid to wait upon this bride.
FTLN 0346 Titus, when wert thou wont to walk alone,
FTLN 0347 Dishonored thus and challengèd of wrongs?

Enter Marcus and Titus’ sons editorial emendationLucius, Martius,
and Quintus.editorial emendation


MARCUS 
FTLN 0348 O Titus, see! O, see what thou hast done!
FTLN 0349 In a bad quarrel slain a virtuous son.
TITUS 
FTLN 0350350 No, foolish tribune, no; no son of mine,
FTLN 0351 Nor thou, nor these confederates in the deed
FTLN 0352 That hath dishonored all our family.
FTLN 0353 Unworthy brother and unworthy sons!
LUCIUS 
FTLN 0354 But let us give him burial as becomes,
FTLN 0355355 Give Mutius burial with our brethren.
TITUS 
FTLN 0356 Traitors, away! He rests not in this tomb.
FTLN 0357 This monument five hundred years hath stood,
FTLN 0358 Which I have sumptuously reedified.
FTLN 0359 Here none but soldiers and Rome’s servitors
FTLN 0360360 Repose in fame, none basely slain in brawls.
FTLN 0361 Bury him where you can. He comes not here.
MARCUS 
FTLN 0362 My lord, this is impiety in you.
FTLN 0363 My nephew Mutius’ deeds do plead for him.
FTLN 0364 He must be buried with his brethren.
editorial emendationMARTIUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0365365 And shall, or him we will accompany.
TITUS 
FTLN 0366 “And shall”? What villain was it spake that word?

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editorial emendationMARTIUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0367 He that would vouch it in any place but here.
TITUS 
FTLN 0368 What, would you bury him in my despite?
MARCUS 
FTLN 0369 No, noble Titus, but entreat of thee
FTLN 0370370 To pardon Mutius and to bury him.
TITUS 
FTLN 0371 Marcus, even thou hast struck upon my crest,
FTLN 0372 And with these boys mine honor thou hast wounded.
FTLN 0373 My foes I do repute you every one.
FTLN 0374 So trouble me no more, but get you gone.
editorial emendationQUINTUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0375375 He is not with himself; let us withdraw.
editorial emendationMARTIUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0376 Not I, till Mutius’ bones be burièd.
The brother (editorial emendationMarcuseditorial emendation) and the sons
(editorial emendationLucius, Martius, and Quintuseditorial emendation) kneel.

MARCUS 
FTLN 0377 Brother, for in that name doth nature plead—
editorial emendationMARTIUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0378 Father, and in that name doth nature speak—
TITUS 
FTLN 0379 Speak thou no more, if all the rest will speed.
MARCUS 
FTLN 0380380 Renownèd Titus, more than half my soul—
LUCIUS 
FTLN 0381 Dear father, soul and substance of us all—
MARCUS 
FTLN 0382 Suffer thy brother Marcus to inter
FTLN 0383 His noble nephew here in virtue’s nest,
FTLN 0384 That died in honor and Lavinia’s cause.
FTLN 0385385 Thou art a Roman; be not barbarous.
FTLN 0386 The Greeks upon advice did bury Ajax,
FTLN 0387 That slew himself, and wise Laertes’ son
FTLN 0388 Did graciously plead for his funerals.

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FTLN 0389 Let not young Mutius, then, that was thy joy,
FTLN 0390390 Be barred his entrance here.
TITUS  FTLN 0391 Rise, Marcus, rise.
editorial emendationThey rise.editorial emendation
FTLN 0392 The dismall’st day is this that e’er I saw,
FTLN 0393 To be dishonored by my sons in Rome.
FTLN 0394 Well, bury him, and bury me the next.
They put editorial emendationMutiuseditorial emendation in the tomb.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 0395395 There lie thy bones, sweet Mutius, with thy friends’,
FTLN 0396 Till we with trophies do adorn thy tomb.
They all editorial emendationexcept Tituseditorial emendation kneel and say:
  FTLN 0397 No man shed tears for noble Mutius.
FTLN 0398 He lives in fame, that died in virtue’s cause.
All but Marcus and Titus exit.
MARCUS 
FTLN 0399 My lord, to step out of these dreary dumps,
FTLN 0400400 How comes it that the subtle Queen of Goths
FTLN 0401 Is of a sudden thus advanced in Rome?
TITUS 
FTLN 0402 I know not, Marcus, but I know it is.
FTLN 0403 Whether by device or no, the heavens can tell.
FTLN 0404 Is she not then beholding to the man
FTLN 0405405 That brought her for this high good turn so far?
FTLN 0406 text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoYes, and will nobly him remunerate.text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto

text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoFlourish.text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto Enter the Emperor editorial emendationSaturninus,editorial emendation Tamora
and her two sons, with editorial emendationAaroneditorial emendation the Moor, editorial emendationDrums and
Trumpets,editorial emendation at one door. Enter at the other door
Bassianus and Lavinia, with editorial emendationLucius, Martius, and
Quintus, andeditorial emendation others.


SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0407 So, Bassianus, you have played your prize.
FTLN 0408 God give you joy, sir, of your gallant bride.
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0409 And you of yours, my lord. I say no more,
FTLN 0410410 Nor wish no less, and so I take my leave.

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SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0411 Traitor, if Rome have law or we have power,
FTLN 0412 Thou and thy faction shall repent this rape.
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0413 “Rape” call you it, my lord, to seize my own,
FTLN 0414 My true betrothèd love and now my wife?
FTLN 0415415 But let the laws of Rome determine all.
FTLN 0416 Meanwhile am I possessed of that is mine.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0417 ’Tis good, sir, you are very short with us.
FTLN 0418 But if we live, we’ll be as sharp with you.
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0419 My lord, what I have done, as best I may,
FTLN 0420420 Answer I must, and shall do with my life.
FTLN 0421 Only thus much I give your Grace to know:
FTLN 0422 By all the duties that I owe to Rome,
FTLN 0423 This noble gentleman, Lord Titus here,
FTLN 0424 Is in opinion and in honor wronged,
FTLN 0425425 That in the rescue of Lavinia
FTLN 0426 With his own hand did slay his youngest son,
FTLN 0427 In zeal to you, and highly moved to wrath
FTLN 0428 To be controlled in that he frankly gave.
FTLN 0429 Receive him then to favor, Saturnine,
FTLN 0430430 That hath expressed himself in all his deeds
FTLN 0431 A father and a friend to thee and Rome.
TITUS 
FTLN 0432 Prince Bassianus, leave to plead my deeds.
FTLN 0433 ’Tis thou, and those, that have dishonored me.
FTLN 0434 Rome and the righteous heavens be my judge
FTLN 0435435 How I have loved and honored Saturnine. editorial emendationHe kneels.editorial emendation
TAMORA , editorial emendationto Saturninuseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0436 My worthy lord, if ever Tamora
FTLN 0437 Were gracious in those princely eyes of thine,
FTLN 0438 Then hear me speak indifferently for all,
FTLN 0439 And at my suit, sweet, pardon what is past.

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SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0440440 What, madam, be dishonored openly,
FTLN 0441 And basely put it up without revenge?
TAMORA 
FTLN 0442 Not so, my lord; the gods of Rome forfend
FTLN 0443 I should be author to dishonor you.
FTLN 0444 But on mine honor dare I undertake
FTLN 0445445 For good Lord Titus’ innocence in all,
FTLN 0446 Whose fury not dissembled speaks his griefs.
FTLN 0447 Then at my suit look graciously on him.
FTLN 0448 Lose not so noble a friend on vain suppose,
FTLN 0449 Nor with sour looks afflict his gentle heart.
FTLN 0450450  editorial emendationAside to Saturninus.editorial emendation My lord, be ruled by me; be
FTLN 0451 won at last.
FTLN 0452 Dissemble all your griefs and discontents.
FTLN 0453 You are but newly planted in your throne.
FTLN 0454 Lest, then, the people, and patricians too,
FTLN 0455455 Upon a just survey take Titus’ part
FTLN 0456 And so supplant you for ingratitude,
FTLN 0457 Which Rome reputes to be a heinous sin.
FTLN 0458 Yield at entreats, and then let me alone.
FTLN 0459 I’ll find a day to massacre them all
FTLN 0460460 And raze their faction and their family,
FTLN 0461 The cruel father and his traitorous sons,
FTLN 0462 To whom I sued for my dear son’s life,
FTLN 0463 And make them know what ’tis to let a queen
FTLN 0464 Kneel in the streets and beg for grace in vain.
FTLN 0465465  editorial emendationAloud.editorial emendation Come, come, sweet emperor.—Come,
FTLN 0466 Andronicus.—
FTLN 0467 Take up this good old man, and cheer the heart
FTLN 0468 That dies in tempest of thy angry frown.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0469 Rise, Titus, rise. My empress hath prevailed.
TITUS , editorial emendationrisingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0470470 I thank your Majesty and her, my lord.
FTLN 0471 These words, these looks, infuse new life in me.

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TAMORA 
FTLN 0472 Titus, I am incorporate in Rome,
FTLN 0473 A Roman now adopted happily,
FTLN 0474 And must advise the Emperor for his good.
FTLN 0475475 This day all quarrels die, Andronicus.—
FTLN 0476 And let it be mine honor, good my lord,
FTLN 0477 That I have reconciled your friends and you.—
FTLN 0478 For you, Prince Bassianus, I have passed
FTLN 0479 My word and promise to the Emperor
FTLN 0480480 That you will be more mild and tractable.—
FTLN 0481 And fear not, lords—and you, Lavinia.
FTLN 0482 By my advice, all humbled on your knees,
FTLN 0483 You shall ask pardon of his Majesty.
editorial emendationMarcus, Lavinia, Lucius, Martius, and Quintus kneel.editorial emendation
editorial emendationLUCIUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0484 We do, and vow to heaven and to his Highness
FTLN 0485485 That what we did was mildly as we might,
FTLN 0486 Tend’ring our sister’s honor and our own.
MARCUS 
FTLN 0487 That on mine honor here do I protest.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0488 Away, and talk not; trouble us no more.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0489 Nay, nay, sweet emperor, we must all be friends.
FTLN 0490490 The tribune and his nephews kneel for grace.
FTLN 0491 I will not be denied. Sweetheart, look back.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0492 Marcus, for thy sake, and thy brother’s here,
FTLN 0493 And at my lovely Tamora’s entreats,
FTLN 0494 I do remit these young men’s heinous faults.
FTLN 0495495 Stand up. editorial emendationThey rise.editorial emendation
FTLN 0496 Lavinia, though you left me like a churl,
FTLN 0497 I found a friend, and sure as death I swore
FTLN 0498 I would not part a bachelor from the priest.
FTLN 0499 Come, if the Emperor’s court can feast two brides,

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FTLN 0500500 You are my guest, Lavinia, and your friends.—
FTLN 0501 This day shall be a love-day, Tamora.
TITUS 
FTLN 0502 Tomorrow, an it please your Majesty
FTLN 0503 To hunt the panther and the hart with me,
FTLN 0504 With horn and hound we’ll give your Grace bonjour.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0505505 Be it so, Titus, and gramercy too.
Sound trumpets. All but Aaron exit.




text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoACT 2text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
AARON 
FTLN 0506 Now climbeth Tamora Olympus’ top,
FTLN 0507 Safe out of Fortune’s shot, and sits aloft,
FTLN 0508 Secure of thunder’s crack or lightning flash,
FTLN 0509 Advanced above pale Envy’s threat’ning reach.
FTLN 05105 As when the golden sun salutes the morn
FTLN 0511 And, having gilt the ocean with his beams,
FTLN 0512 Gallops the zodiac in his glistering coach
FTLN 0513 And overlooks the highest-peering hills,
FTLN 0514 So Tamora.
FTLN 051510 Upon her wit doth earthly honor wait,
FTLN 0516 And virtue stoops and trembles at her frown.
FTLN 0517 Then, Aaron, arm thy heart and fit thy thoughts
FTLN 0518 To mount aloft with thy imperial mistress,
FTLN 0519 And mount her pitch whom thou in triumph long
FTLN 052015 Hast prisoner held, fettered in amorous chains
FTLN 0521 And faster bound to Aaron’s charming eyes
FTLN 0522 Than is Prometheus tied to Caucasus.
FTLN 0523 Away with slavish weeds and servile thoughts!
FTLN 0524 I will be bright, and shine in pearl and gold
FTLN 052520 To wait upon this new-made emperess.
FTLN 0526 To wait, said I? To wanton with this queen,
FTLN 0527 This goddess, this Semiramis, this nymph,
FTLN 0528 This siren that will charm Rome’s Saturnine
49

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FTLN 0529 And see his shipwrack and his commonweal’s.
FTLN 053025 Holla! What storm is this?

Enter Chiron and Demetrius, braving.

DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 0531 Chiron, thy years wants wit, thy wits wants edge
FTLN 0532 And manners, to intrude where I am graced,
FTLN 0533 And may, for aught thou knowest, affected be.
CHIRON 
FTLN 0534 Demetrius, thou dost overween in all,
FTLN 053530 And so in this, to bear me down with braves.
FTLN 0536 ’Tis not the difference of a year or two
FTLN 0537 Makes me less gracious or thee more fortunate.
FTLN 0538 I am as able and as fit as thou
FTLN 0539 To serve and to deserve my mistress’ grace,
FTLN 054035 And that my sword upon thee shall approve
FTLN 0541 And plead my passions for Lavinia’s love.
AARON , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0542 Clubs, clubs! These lovers will not keep the peace.
DEMETRIUS , editorial emendationto Chironeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0543 Why, boy, although our mother, unadvised,
FTLN 0544 Gave you a dancing rapier by your side,
FTLN 054540 Are you so desperate grown to threat your friends?
FTLN 0546 Go to. Have your lath glued within your sheath
FTLN 0547 Till you know better how to handle it.
CHIRON 
FTLN 0548 Meanwhile, sir, with the little skill I have,
FTLN 0549 Full well shalt thou perceive how much I dare.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 055045 Ay, boy, grow you so brave? They draw.
AARON  FTLN 0551 Why, how now, lords?
FTLN 0552 So near the Emperor’s palace dare you draw
FTLN 0553 And maintain such a quarrel openly?
FTLN 0554 Full well I wot the ground of all this grudge.
FTLN 055550 I would not for a million of gold
FTLN 0556 The cause were known to them it most concerns,

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FTLN 0557 Nor would your noble mother for much more
FTLN 0558 Be so dishonored in the court of Rome.
FTLN 0559 For shame, put up.
DEMETRIUS  FTLN 056055 Not I, till I have sheathed
FTLN 0561 My rapier in his bosom, and withal
FTLN 0562 Thrust those reproachful speeches down his throat
FTLN 0563 That he hath breathed in my dishonor here.
CHIRON 
FTLN 0564 For that I am prepared and full resolved,
FTLN 056560 Foul-spoken coward, that thund’rest with thy tongue
FTLN 0566 And with thy weapon nothing dar’st perform.
AARON  FTLN 0567Away, I say!
FTLN 0568 Now by the gods that warlike Goths adore,
FTLN 0569 This petty brabble will undo us all.
FTLN 057065 Why, lords, and think you not how dangerous
FTLN 0571 It is to jet upon a prince’s right?
FTLN 0572 What, is Lavinia then become so loose
FTLN 0573 Or Bassianus so degenerate
FTLN 0574 That for her love such quarrels may be broached
FTLN 057570 Without controlment, justice, or revenge?
FTLN 0576 Young lords, beware! And should the Empress know
FTLN 0577 This discord’s ground, the music would not please.
CHIRON 
FTLN 0578 I care not, I, knew she and all the world.
FTLN 0579 I love Lavinia more than all the world.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 058075 Youngling, learn thou to make some meaner choice.
FTLN 0581 Lavinia is thine elder brother’s hope.
AARON 
FTLN 0582 Why, are you mad? Or know you not in Rome
FTLN 0583 How furious and impatient they be,
FTLN 0584 And cannot brook competitors in love?
FTLN 058580 I tell you, lords, you do but plot your deaths
FTLN 0586 By this device.
CHIRON  FTLN 0587 Aaron, a thousand deaths
FTLN 0588 Would I propose to achieve her whom I love.

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AARON 
FTLN 0589 To achieve her how?
DEMETRIUS  FTLN 059085 Why makes thou it so strange?
FTLN 0591 She is a woman, therefore may be wooed;
FTLN 0592 She is a woman, therefore may be won;
FTLN 0593 She is Lavinia, therefore must be loved.
FTLN 0594 What, man, more water glideth by the mill
FTLN 059590 Than wots the miller of, and easy it is
FTLN 0596 Of a cut loaf to steal a shive, we know.
FTLN 0597 Though Bassianus be the Emperor’s brother,
FTLN 0598 Better than he have worn Vulcan’s badge.
AARON , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0599 Ay, and as good as Saturninus may.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 060095 Then why should he despair that knows to court it
FTLN 0601 With words, fair looks, and liberality?
FTLN 0602 What, hast not thou full often struck a doe
FTLN 0603 And borne her cleanly by the keeper’s nose?
AARON 
FTLN 0604 Why, then, it seems some certain snatch or so
FTLN 0605100 Would serve your turns.
CHIRON  FTLN 0606 Ay, so the turn were served.
DEMETRIUS  FTLN 0607Aaron, thou hast hit it.
AARON  FTLN 0608Would you had hit it too!
FTLN 0609 Then should not we be tired with this ado.
FTLN 0610105 Why, hark you, hark you! And are you such fools
FTLN 0611 To square for this? Would it offend you then
FTLN 0612 That both should speed?
CHIRON 
FTLN 0613 Faith, not me.
DEMETRIUS  FTLN 0614 Nor me, so I were one.
AARON 
FTLN 0615110 For shame, be friends, and join for that you jar.
FTLN 0616 ’Tis policy and stratagem must do
FTLN 0617 That you affect, and so must you resolve

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FTLN 0618 That what you cannot as you would achieve,
FTLN 0619 You must perforce accomplish as you may.
FTLN 0620115 Take this of me: Lucrece was not more chaste
FTLN 0621 Than this Lavinia, Bassianus’ love.
FTLN 0622 A speedier course editorial emendationthaneditorial emendation ling’ring languishment
FTLN 0623 Must we pursue, and I have found the path.
FTLN 0624 My lords, a solemn hunting is in hand;
FTLN 0625120 There will the lovely Roman ladies troop.
FTLN 0626 The forest walks are wide and spacious,
FTLN 0627 And many unfrequented plots there are,
FTLN 0628 Fitted by kind for rape and villainy.
FTLN 0629 Single you thither then this dainty doe,
FTLN 0630125 And strike her home by force, if not by words.
FTLN 0631 This way, or not at all, stand you in hope.
FTLN 0632 Come, come, our empress, with her sacred wit
FTLN 0633 To villainy and vengeance consecrate,
FTLN 0634 Will we acquaint withal what we intend,
FTLN 0635130 And she shall file our engines with advice
FTLN 0636 That will not suffer you to square yourselves,
FTLN 0637 But to your wishes’ height advance you both.
FTLN 0638 The Emperor’s court is like the house of Fame,
FTLN 0639 The palace full of tongues, of eyes, and ears;
FTLN 0640135 The woods are ruthless, dreadful, deaf, and dull.
FTLN 0641 There speak and strike, brave boys, and take your
FTLN 0642 turns.
FTLN 0643 There serve your lust, shadowed from heaven’s eye,
FTLN 0644 And revel in Lavinia’s treasury.
CHIRON 
FTLN 0645140 Thy counsel, lad, smells of no cowardice.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 0646 Sit fas aut nefas, till I find the stream
FTLN 0647 To cool this heat, a charm to calm these fits,
FTLN 0648 Per Stygia, per manes vehor.
They exit.




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editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Titus Andronicus and his three sons, editorial emendationand
Marcus,editorial emendation making a noise with hounds and horns.


TITUS 
FTLN 0649 The hunt is up, the moon is bright and gray,
FTLN 0650 The fields are fragrant, and the woods are green.
FTLN 0651 Uncouple here, and let us make a bay
FTLN 0652 And wake the Emperor and his lovely bride,
FTLN 06535 And rouse the Prince, and ring a hunter’s peal,
FTLN 0654 That all the court may echo with the noise.
FTLN 0655 Sons, let it be your charge, as it is ours,
FTLN 0656 To attend the Emperor’s person carefully.
FTLN 0657 I have been troubled in my sleep this night,
FTLN 065810 But dawning day new comfort hath inspired.

Here a cry of hounds, and wind horns in a peal. Then
enter Saturninus, Tamora, Bassianus, Lavinia, Chiron,
Demetrius, and their Attendants.


TITUS 
FTLN 0659 Many good morrows to your Majesty;—
FTLN 0660 Madam, to you as many, and as good.—
FTLN 0661 I promisèd your Grace a hunter’s peal.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0662 And you have rung it lustily, my lords—
FTLN 066315 Somewhat too early for new-married ladies.
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0664 Lavinia, how say you?
LAVINIA  FTLN 0665 I say no.
FTLN 0666 I have been broad awake two hours and more.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0667 Come on, then. Horse and chariots let us have,
FTLN 066820 And to our sport.  (editorial emendationTo Tamoraeditorial emendation) Madam, now shall
FTLN 0669 you see
FTLN 0670 Our Roman hunting.
MARCUS  FTLN 0671 I have dogs, my lord,

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FTLN 0672 Will rouse the proudest panther in the chase
FTLN 067325 And climb the highest promontory top.
TITUS 
FTLN 0674 And I have horse will follow where the game
FTLN 0675 Makes way and runs like swallows o’er the plain.
DEMETRIUS , editorial emendationaside to Chironeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0676 Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,
FTLN 0677 But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Aaron, alone, editorial emendationcarrying a bag of gold.editorial emendation

AARON 
FTLN 0678 He that had wit would think that I had none,
FTLN 0679 To bury so much gold under a tree
FTLN 0680 And never after to inherit it.
FTLN 0681 Let him that thinks of me so abjectly
FTLN 06825 Know that this gold must coin a stratagem
FTLN 0683 Which, cunningly effected, will beget
FTLN 0684 A very excellent piece of villainy. editorial emendationHe hides the bag.editorial emendation
FTLN 0685 And so repose, sweet gold, for their unrest
FTLN 0686 That have their alms out of the Empress’ chest.

Enter Tamora alone to editorial emendationAaroneditorial emendation the Moor.

TAMORA 
FTLN 068710 My lovely Aaron, wherefore look’st thou sad,
FTLN 0688 When everything doth make a gleeful boast?
FTLN 0689 The birds chant melody on every bush,
FTLN 0690 The snakes lies rollèd in the cheerful sun,
FTLN 0691 The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind
FTLN 069215 And make a checkered shadow on the ground.
FTLN 0693 Under their sweet shade, Aaron, let us sit,
FTLN 0694 And whilst the babbling echo mocks the hounds,

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FTLN 0695 Replying shrilly to the well-tuned horns,
FTLN 0696 As if a double hunt were heard at once,
FTLN 069720 Let us sit down and mark their yellowing noise.
FTLN 0698 And after conflict such as was supposed
FTLN 0699 The wand’ring prince and Dido once enjoyed
FTLN 0700 When with a happy storm they were surprised,
FTLN 0701 And curtained with a counsel-keeping cave,
FTLN 070225 We may, each wreathèd in the other’s arms,
FTLN 0703 Our pastimes done, possess a golden slumber,
FTLN 0704 Whiles hounds and horns and sweet melodious birds
FTLN 0705 Be unto us as is a nurse’s song
FTLN 0706 Of lullaby to bring her babe asleep.
AARON 
FTLN 070730 Madam, though Venus govern your desires,
FTLN 0708 Saturn is dominator over mine.
FTLN 0709 What signifies my deadly standing eye,
FTLN 0710 My silence, and my cloudy melancholy,
FTLN 0711 My fleece of woolly hair that now uncurls
FTLN 071235 Even as an adder when she doth unroll
FTLN 0713 To do some fatal execution?
FTLN 0714 No, madam, these are no venereal signs.
FTLN 0715 Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand,
FTLN 0716 Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.
FTLN 071740 Hark, Tamora, the empress of my soul,
FTLN 0718 Which never hopes more heaven than rests in thee,
FTLN 0719 This is the day of doom for Bassianus.
FTLN 0720 His Philomel must lose her tongue today,
FTLN 0721 Thy sons make pillage of her chastity
FTLN 072245 And wash their hands in Bassianus’ blood.
editorial emendationHe takes out a paper.editorial emendation
FTLN 0723 Seest thou this letter? Take it up, I pray thee,
FTLN 0724 And give the King this fatal-plotted scroll.
editorial emendationHe hands her the paper.editorial emendation
FTLN 0725 Now, question me no more. We are espied.
FTLN 0726 Here comes a parcel of our hopeful booty,
FTLN 072750 Which dreads not yet their lives’ destruction.

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Enter Bassianus and Lavinia.

TAMORA 
FTLN 0728 Ah, my sweet Moor, sweeter to me than life!
AARON 
FTLN 0729 No more, great empress. Bassianus comes.
FTLN 0730 Be cross with him, and I’ll go fetch thy sons
FTLN 0731 To back thy quarrels, whatsoe’er they be.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 073255 Who have we here? Rome’s royal empress,
FTLN 0733 Unfurnished of her well-beseeming troop?
FTLN 0734 Or is it Dian, habited like her,
FTLN 0735 Who hath abandonèd her holy groves
FTLN 0736 To see the general hunting in this forest?
TAMORA 
FTLN 073760 Saucy controller of my private steps,
FTLN 0738 Had I the power that some say Dian had,
FTLN 0739 Thy temples should be planted presently
FTLN 0740 With horns, as was Acteon’s, and the hounds
FTLN 0741 Should drive upon thy new-transformèd limbs,
FTLN 074265 Unmannerly intruder as thou art.
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0743 Under your patience, gentle empress,
FTLN 0744 ’Tis thought you have a goodly gift in horning,
FTLN 0745 And to be doubted that your Moor and you
FTLN 0746 Are singled forth to try experiments.
FTLN 074770 Jove shield your husband from his hounds today!
FTLN 0748 ’Tis pity they should take him for a stag.
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 0749 Believe me, queen, your swarthy Cimmerian
FTLN 0750 Doth make your honor of his body’s hue,
FTLN 0751 Spotted, detested, and abominable.
FTLN 075275 Why are you sequestered from all your train,
FTLN 0753 Dismounted from your snow-white goodly steed,
FTLN 0754 And wandered hither to an obscure plot,

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FTLN 0755 Accompanied but with a barbarous Moor,
FTLN 0756 If foul desire had not conducted you?
LAVINIA 
FTLN 075780 And being intercepted in your sport,
FTLN 0758 Great reason that my noble lord be rated
FTLN 0759 For sauciness.—I pray you, let us hence,
FTLN 0760 And let her joy her raven-colored love.
FTLN 0761 This valley fits the purpose passing well.
BASSIANUS 
FTLN 076285 The King my brother shall have notice of this.
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0763 Ay, for these slips have made him noted long.
FTLN 0764 Good king to be so mightily abused!
TAMORA 
FTLN 0765 Why, I have patience to endure all this.

Enter Chiron and Demetrius.

DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 0766 How now, dear sovereign and our gracious mother,
FTLN 076790 Why doth your Highness look so pale and wan?
TAMORA 
FTLN 0768 Have I not reason, think you, to look pale?
FTLN 0769 These two have ticed me hither to this place,
FTLN 0770 A barren, detested vale you see it is;
FTLN 0771 The trees, though summer, yet forlorn and lean,
FTLN 077295 Overcome with moss and baleful mistletoe.
FTLN 0773 Here never shines the sun, here nothing breeds,
FTLN 0774 Unless the nightly owl or fatal raven.
FTLN 0775 And when they showed me this abhorrèd pit,
FTLN 0776 They told me, here at dead time of the night
FTLN 0777100 A thousand fiends, a thousand hissing snakes,
FTLN 0778 Ten thousand swelling toads, as many urchins,
FTLN 0779 Would make such fearful and confusèd cries
FTLN 0780 As any mortal body hearing it
FTLN 0781 Should straight fall mad, or else die suddenly.
FTLN 0782105 No sooner had they told this hellish tale

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FTLN 0783 But straight they told me they would bind me here
FTLN 0784 Unto the body of a dismal yew
FTLN 0785 And leave me to this miserable death.
FTLN 0786 And then they called me foul adulteress,
FTLN 0787110 Lascivious Goth, and all the bitterest terms
FTLN 0788 That ever ear did hear to such effect.
FTLN 0789 And had you not by wondrous fortune come,
FTLN 0790 This vengeance on me had they executed.
FTLN 0791 Revenge it as you love your mother’s life,
FTLN 0792115 Or be you not henceforth called my children.
DEMETRIUS , editorial emendationdrawing his daggereditorial emendation 
FTLN 0793 This is a witness that I am thy son.
CHIRON , editorial emendationdrawing his daggereditorial emendation 
FTLN 0794 And this for me, struck home to show my strength.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation stab editorial emendationBassianus.editorial emendation
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0795 Ay, come, Semiramis, nay, barbarous Tamora,
FTLN 0796 For no name fits thy nature but thy own!
TAMORA 
FTLN 0797120 Give me the poniard! You shall know, my boys,
FTLN 0798 Your mother’s hand shall right your mother’s wrong.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 0799 Stay, madam, here is more belongs to her.
FTLN 0800 First thrash the corn, then after burn the straw.
FTLN 0801 This minion stood upon her chastity,
FTLN 0802125 Upon her nuptial vow, her loyalty,
FTLN 0803 And with that painted hope braves your mightiness;
FTLN 0804 And shall she carry this unto her grave?
CHIRON 
FTLN 0805 And if she do, I would I were an eunuch!
FTLN 0806 Drag hence her husband to some secret hole,
FTLN 0807130 And make his dead trunk pillow to our lust.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0808 But when you have the honey editorial emendationyoueditorial emendation desire,
FTLN 0809 Let not this wasp outlive, us both to sting.
CHIRON 
FTLN 0810 I warrant you, madam, we will make that sure.—

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FTLN 0811 Come, mistress, now perforce we will enjoy
FTLN 0812135 That nice-preservèd honesty of yours.
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0813 O Tamora, thou bearest a woman’s face—
TAMORA 
FTLN 0814 I will not hear her speak. Away with her.
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0815 Sweet lords, entreat her hear me but a word.
DEMETRIUS , editorial emendationto Tamoraeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0816 Listen, fair madam. Let it be your glory
FTLN 0817140 To see her tears, but be your heart to them
FTLN 0818 As unrelenting flint to drops of rain.
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0819 When did the tiger’s young ones teach the dam?
FTLN 0820 O, do not learn her wrath; she taught it thee.
FTLN 0821 The milk thou suck’st from her did turn to marble.
FTLN 0822145 Even at thy teat thou hadst thy tyranny.
FTLN 0823 Yet every mother breeds not sons alike.
FTLN 0824  editorial emendationTo Chiron.editorial emendation Do thou entreat her show a woman’s pity.
CHIRON 
FTLN 0825 What, wouldst thou have me prove myself a bastard?
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0826 ’Tis true; the raven doth not hatch a lark.
FTLN 0827150 Yet have I heard—O, could I find it now!—
FTLN 0828 The lion, moved with pity, did endure
FTLN 0829 To have his princely paws pared all away.
FTLN 0830 Some say that ravens foster forlorn children,
FTLN 0831 The whilst their own birds famish in their nests.
FTLN 0832155 O, be to me, though thy hard heart say no,
FTLN 0833 Nothing so kind, but something pitiful.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0834 I know not what it means.—Away with her.
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0835 O, let me teach thee! For my father’s sake,
FTLN 0836 That gave thee life when well he might have slain thee,
FTLN 0837160 Be not obdurate; open thy deaf editorial emendationears.editorial emendation

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TAMORA 
FTLN 0838 Hadst thou in person ne’er offended me,
FTLN 0839 Even for his sake am I pitiless.—
FTLN 0840 Remember, boys, I poured forth tears in vain
FTLN 0841 To save your brother from the sacrifice,
FTLN 0842165 But fierce Andronicus would not relent.
FTLN 0843 Therefore away with her, and use her as you will;
FTLN 0844 The worse to her, the better loved of me.
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0845 O Tamora, be called a gentle queen,
FTLN 0846 And with thine own hands kill me in this place!
FTLN 0847170 For ’tis not life that I have begged so long;
FTLN 0848 Poor I was slain when Bassianus died.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0849 What begg’st thou, then? Fond woman, let me go!
LAVINIA 
FTLN 0850 ’Tis present death I beg, and one thing more
FTLN 0851 That womanhood denies my tongue to tell.
FTLN 0852175 O, keep me from their worse-than-killing lust,
FTLN 0853 And tumble me into some loathsome pit
FTLN 0854 Where never man’s eye may behold my body.
FTLN 0855 Do this, and be a charitable murderer.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0856 So should I rob my sweet sons of their fee.
FTLN 0857180 No, let them satisfy their lust on thee.
DEMETRIUS , editorial emendationto Laviniaeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0858 Away, for thou hast stayed us here too long!
LAVINIA , editorial emendationto Tamoraeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0859 No grace, no womanhood? Ah, beastly creature,
FTLN 0860 The blot and enemy to our general name,
FTLN 0861 Confusion fall—
CHIRON 
FTLN 0862185 Nay, then, I’ll stop your mouth.—Bring thou her
FTLN 0863 husband.
FTLN 0864 This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him.
editorial emendationThey put Bassianus’ body in the pit and
exit, carrying off Lavinia.editorial emendation


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TAMORA 
FTLN 0865 Farewell, my sons. See that you make her sure.
FTLN 0866 Ne’er let my heart know merry cheer indeed
FTLN 0867190 Till all the Andronici be made away.
FTLN 0868 Now will I hence to seek my lovely Moor,
FTLN 0869 And let my spleenful sons this trull deflower.
text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoShe exits.text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto

Enter Aaron with two of Titus’ sons,
editorial emendationQuintus and Martius.editorial emendation


text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoAARONtext from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto 
FTLN 0870 Come on, my lords, the better foot before.
FTLN 0871 Straight will I bring you to the loathsome pit
FTLN 0872195 Where I espied the panther fast asleep.
QUINTUS 
FTLN 0873 My sight is very dull, whate’er it bodes.
MARTIUS 
FTLN 0874 And mine, I promise you. Were it not for shame,
FTLN 0875 Well could I leave our sport to sleep awhile.
editorial emendationHe falls into the pit.editorial emendation
QUINTUS 
FTLN 0876 What, art thou fallen? What subtle hole is this,
FTLN 0877200 Whose mouth is covered with rude-growing briers
FTLN 0878 Upon whose leaves are drops of new-shed blood
FTLN 0879 As fresh as morning dew distilled on flowers?
FTLN 0880 A very fatal place it seems to me.
FTLN 0881 Speak, brother! Hast thou hurt thee with the fall?
MARTIUS 
FTLN 0882205 O, brother, with the dismal’st object hurt
FTLN 0883 That ever eye with sight made heart lament!
AARON , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0884 Now will I fetch the King to find them here,
FTLN 0885 That he thereby may have a likely guess
FTLN 0886 How these were they that made away his brother.
He exits.

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MARTIUS 
FTLN 0887210 Why dost not comfort me and help me out
FTLN 0888 From this editorial emendationunhallowededitorial emendation and bloodstainèd hole?
QUINTUS 
FTLN 0889 I am surprisèd with an uncouth fear.
FTLN 0890 A chilling sweat o’erruns my trembling joints.
FTLN 0891 My heart suspects more than mine eye can see.
MARTIUS 
FTLN 0892215 To prove thou hast a true-divining heart,
FTLN 0893 Aaron and thou look down into this den
FTLN 0894 And see a fearful sight of blood and death.
QUINTUS 
FTLN 0895 Aaron is gone, and my compassionate heart
FTLN 0896 Will not permit mine eyes once to behold
FTLN 0897220 The thing whereat it trembles by surmise.
FTLN 0898 O, tell me who it is, for ne’er till now
FTLN 0899 Was I a child to fear I know not what.
MARTIUS 
FTLN 0900 Lord Bassianus lies editorial emendationberayededitorial emendation in blood,
FTLN 0901 All on a heap, like to a slaughtered lamb,
FTLN 0902225 In this detested, dark, blood-drinking pit.
QUINTUS 
FTLN 0903 If it be dark, how dost thou know ’tis he?
MARTIUS 
FTLN 0904 Upon his bloody finger he doth wear
FTLN 0905 A precious ring that lightens all this hole,
FTLN 0906 Which like a taper in some monument
FTLN 0907230 Doth shine upon the dead man’s earthy cheeks
FTLN 0908 And shows the ragged entrails of this pit.
FTLN 0909 So pale did shine the moon on Pyramus
FTLN 0910 When he by night lay bathed in maiden blood.
FTLN 0911 O, brother, help me with thy fainting hand—
FTLN 0912235 If fear hath made thee faint as me it hath—
FTLN 0913 Out of this fell devouring receptacle,
FTLN 0914 As hateful as editorial emendationCocytus’editorial emendation misty mouth.

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QUINTUS , editorial emendationreaching into the piteditorial emendation 
FTLN 0915 Reach me thy hand, that I may help thee out,
FTLN 0916 Or, wanting strength to do thee so much good,
FTLN 0917240 I may be plucked into the swallowing womb
FTLN 0918 Of this deep pit, poor Bassianus’ grave.
editorial emendationHe pulls Martius’ hand.editorial emendation
FTLN 0919 I have no strength to pluck thee to the brink.
MARTIUS 
FTLN 0920 Nor I no strength to climb without thy help.
QUINTUS 
FTLN 0921 Thy hand once more. I will not loose again
FTLN 0922245 Till thou art here aloft or I below.
FTLN 0923 Thou canst not come to me. I come to thee.
editorial emendationHe falls in.editorial emendation

Enter the Emperor editorial emendationSaturninus, with Attendants,editorial emendation
and Aaron the Moor.


SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0924 Along with me! I’ll see what hole is here
FTLN 0925 And what he is that now is leapt into it.—
FTLN 0926 Say, who art thou that lately didst descend
FTLN 0927250 Into this gaping hollow of the earth?
MARTIUS 
FTLN 0928 The unhappy sons of old Andronicus,
FTLN 0929 Brought hither in a most unlucky hour
FTLN 0930 To find thy brother Bassianus dead.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0931 My brother dead! I know thou dost but jest.
FTLN 0932255 He and his lady both are at the lodge
FTLN 0933 Upon the north side of this pleasant chase.
FTLN 0934 ’Tis not an hour since I left them there.
MARTIUS 
FTLN 0935 We know not where you left them all alive,
FTLN 0936 But, out alas, here have we found him dead.

Enter Tamora, editorial emendationTituseditorial emendation Andronicus, and Lucius.


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TAMORA  FTLN 0937260Where is my lord the King?
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0938 Here, Tamora, though grieved with killing grief.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0939 Where is thy brother Bassianus?
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0940 Now to the bottom dost thou search my wound.
FTLN 0941 Poor Bassianus here lies murderèd.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0942265 Then all too late I bring this fatal writ,
FTLN 0943 The complot of this timeless tragedy,
FTLN 0944 And wonder greatly that man’s face can fold
FTLN 0945 In pleasing smiles such murderous tyranny.
She giveth Saturnine a letter.
SATURNINUS  (reads the letter): 
FTLN 0946 An if we miss to meet him handsomely,
FTLN 0947270 Sweet huntsman—Bassianus ’tis we mean—
FTLN 0948 Do thou so much as dig the grave for him;
FTLN 0949 Thou know’st our meaning. Look for thy reward
FTLN 0950 Among the nettles at the elder tree
FTLN 0951 Which overshades the mouth of that same pit
FTLN 0952275 Where we decreed to bury Bassianus.
FTLN 0953 Do this, and purchase us thy lasting friends.

FTLN 0954 O Tamora, was ever heard the like?
FTLN 0955 This is the pit, and this the elder tree.—
FTLN 0956 Look, sirs, if you can find the huntsman out
FTLN 0957280 That should have murdered Bassianus here.
AARON 
FTLN 0958 My gracious lord, here is the bag of gold.
SATURNINUS , editorial emendationto Tituseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0959 Two of thy whelps, fell curs of bloody kind,
FTLN 0960 Have here bereft my brother of his life.—
FTLN 0961 Sirs, drag them from the pit unto the prison.
FTLN 0962285 There let them bide until we have devised
FTLN 0963 Some never-heard-of torturing pain for them.

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TAMORA 
FTLN 0964 What, are they in this pit? O wondrous thing!
FTLN 0965 How easily murder is discoverèd.
editorial emendationAttendants pull Quintus, Martius, and
the body of Bassianus from the pit.editorial emendation

TITUS , editorial emendationkneelingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0966 High Emperor, upon my feeble knee
FTLN 0967290 I beg this boon with tears not lightly shed,
FTLN 0968 That this fell fault of my accursèd sons—
FTLN 0969 Accursèd if the faults be proved in them—
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0970 If it be proved! You see it is apparent.
FTLN 0971 Who found this letter? Tamora, was it you?
TAMORA 
FTLN 0972295 Andronicus himself did take it up.
TITUS 
FTLN 0973 I did, my lord, yet let me be their bail,
FTLN 0974 For by my father’s reverend tomb I vow
FTLN 0975 They shall be ready at your Highness’ will
FTLN 0976 To answer their suspicion with their lives.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 0977300 Thou shalt not bail them. See thou follow me.—
FTLN 0978 Some bring the murdered body, some the murderers.
FTLN 0979 Let them not speak a word. The guilt is plain.
FTLN 0980 For, by my soul, were there worse end than death,
FTLN 0981 That end upon them should be executed.
TAMORA 
FTLN 0982305 Andronicus, I will entreat the King.
FTLN 0983 Fear not thy sons; they shall do well enough.
TITUS , editorial emendationrisingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0984 Come, Lucius, come. Stay not to talk with them.
text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoThey exit,text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto editorial emendationwith Attendants leading Martius and
Quintus and bearing the body of Bassianus.editorial emendation





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editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter the Empress’ sons, editorial emendationDemetrius and Chiron,editorial emendation
with Lavinia, her hands cut off, and her tongue cut out,
and ravished.


DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 0985 So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can speak,
FTLN 0986 Who ’twas that cut thy tongue and ravished thee.
CHIRON 
FTLN 0987 Write down thy mind; bewray thy meaning so,
FTLN 0988 An if thy stumps will let thee play the scribe.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 09895 See how with signs and tokens she can scrowl.
CHIRON , editorial emendationto Laviniaeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0990 Go home. Call for sweet water; wash thy hands.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 0991 She hath no tongue to call, nor hands to wash;
FTLN 0992 And so let’s leave her to her silent walks.
CHIRON 
FTLN 0993 An ’twere my cause, I should go hang myself.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 099410 If thou hadst hands to help thee knit the cord.
editorial emendationChiron and Demetriuseditorial emendation exit.

Enter Marcus from hunting.

editorial emendationMARCUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0995 Who is this? My niece, that flies away so fast?—
FTLN 0996 Cousin, a word. Where is your husband?
FTLN 0997 If I do dream, would all my wealth would wake me.
FTLN 0998 If I do wake, some planet strike me down
FTLN 099915 That I may slumber an eternal sleep.
FTLN 1000 Speak, gentle niece. What stern ungentle hands
FTLN 1001 Hath lopped and hewed and made thy body bare
FTLN 1002 Of her two branches, those sweet ornaments
FTLN 1003 Whose circling shadows kings have sought to sleep in,
FTLN 100420 And might not gain so great a happiness
FTLN 1005 As half thy love? Why dost not speak to me?

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FTLN 1006 Alas, a crimson river of warm blood,
FTLN 1007 Like to a bubbling fountain stirred with wind,
FTLN 1008 Doth rise and fall between thy rosèd lips,
FTLN 100925 Coming and going with thy honey breath.
FTLN 1010 But sure some Tereus hath deflowered thee,
FTLN 1011 And lest thou shouldst detect editorial emendationhimeditorial emendation cut thy tongue.
FTLN 1012 Ah, now thou turn’st away thy face for shame,
FTLN 1013 And notwithstanding all this loss of blood,
FTLN 101430 As from a conduit with editorial emendationthreeeditorial emendation issuing spouts,
FTLN 1015 Yet do thy cheeks look red as Titan’s face,
FTLN 1016 Blushing to be encountered with a cloud.
FTLN 1017 Shall I speak for thee, shall I say ’tis so?
FTLN 1018 O, that I knew thy heart, and knew the beast,
FTLN 101935 That I might rail at him to ease my mind.
FTLN 1020 Sorrow concealèd, like an oven stopped,
FTLN 1021 Doth burn the heart to cinders where it is.
FTLN 1022 Fair Philomela, why she but lost her tongue,
FTLN 1023 And in a tedious sampler sewed her mind;
FTLN 102440 But, lovely niece, that mean is cut from thee.
FTLN 1025 A craftier Tereus, cousin, hast thou met,
FTLN 1026 And he hath cut those pretty fingers off
FTLN 1027 That could have better sewed than Philomel.
FTLN 1028 O, had the monster seen those lily hands
FTLN 102945 Tremble like aspen leaves upon a lute
FTLN 1030 And make the silken strings delight to kiss them,
FTLN 1031 He would not then have touched them for his life.
FTLN 1032 Or had he heard the heavenly harmony
FTLN 1033 Which that sweet tongue hath made,
FTLN 103450 He would have dropped his knife and fell asleep,
FTLN 1035 As Cerberus at the Thracian poet’s feet.
FTLN 1036 Come, let us go and make thy father blind,
FTLN 1037 For such a sight will blind a father’s eye.
FTLN 1038 One hour’s storm will drown the fragrant meads;
FTLN 103955 What will whole months of tears thy father’s eyes?
FTLN 1040 Do not draw back, for we will mourn with thee.
FTLN 1041 O, could our mourning ease thy misery!
They exit.




text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoACT 3text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter the Judges and Senators with Titus’ two sons
(editorial emendationQuintus and Martiuseditorial emendation) bound, passing on the stage to
the place of execution, and Titus going before, pleading.


TITUS 
FTLN 1042 Hear me, grave fathers; noble tribunes, stay.
FTLN 1043 For pity of mine age, whose youth was spent
FTLN 1044 In dangerous wars whilst you securely slept;
FTLN 1045 For all my blood in Rome’s great quarrel shed,
FTLN 10465 For all the frosty nights that I have watched,
FTLN 1047 And for these bitter tears which now you see,
FTLN 1048 Filling the agèd wrinkles in my cheeks,
FTLN 1049 Be pitiful to my condemnèd sons,
FTLN 1050 Whose souls is not corrupted as ’tis thought.
FTLN 105110 For two-and-twenty sons I never wept
FTLN 1052 Because they died in honor’s lofty bed.
Andronicus lieth down, and the Judges pass by him.
editorial emendationThey exit with the prisoners as Titus continues speaking.editorial emendation
FTLN 1053 For these, tribunes, in the dust I write
FTLN 1054 My heart’s deep languor and my soul’s sad tears.
FTLN 1055 Let my tears stanch the earth’s dry appetite.
FTLN 105615 My sons’ sweet blood will make it shame and blush.
FTLN 1057 O Earth, I will befriend thee more with rain
FTLN 1058 That shall distil from these two ancient ruins
FTLN 1059 Than youthful April shall with all his showers.
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FTLN 1060 In summer’s drought I’ll drop upon thee still;
FTLN 106120 In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow
FTLN 1062 And keep eternal springtime on thy face,
FTLN 1063 So thou refuse to drink my dear sons’ blood.

Enter Lucius with his weapon drawn.

FTLN 1064 O reverend tribunes, O gentle agèd men,
FTLN 1065 Unbind my sons, reverse the doom of death,
FTLN 106625 And let me say, that never wept before,
FTLN 1067 My tears are now prevailing orators.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1068 O noble father, you lament in vain.
FTLN 1069 The Tribunes hear you not; no man is by,
FTLN 1070 And you recount your sorrows to a stone.
TITUS 
FTLN 107130 Ah, Lucius, for thy brothers let me plead.—
FTLN 1072 Grave tribunes, once more I entreat of you—
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1073 My gracious lord, no tribune hears you speak.
TITUS 
FTLN 1074 Why, ’tis no matter, man. If they did hear,
FTLN 1075 They would not mark me; if they did mark,
FTLN 107635 They would not pity me. Yet plead I must,
FTLN 1077 And bootless unto them.
FTLN 1078 Therefore I tell my sorrows to the stones,
FTLN 1079 Who, though they cannot answer my distress,
FTLN 1080 Yet in some sort they are better than the Tribunes,
FTLN 108140 For that they will not intercept my tale.
FTLN 1082 When I do weep, they humbly at my feet
FTLN 1083 Receive my tears and seem to weep with me,
FTLN 1084 And were they but attirèd in grave weeds,
FTLN 1085 Rome could afford no tribunes like to these.
FTLN 108645 A stone is soft as wax, tribunes more hard than
FTLN 1087 stones;
FTLN 1088 A stone is silent and offendeth not,
FTLN 1089 And tribunes with their tongues doom men to death.
FTLN 1090 But wherefore stand’st thou with thy weapon drawn?

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LUCIUS 
FTLN 109150 To rescue my two brothers from their death,
FTLN 1092 For which attempt the Judges have pronounced
FTLN 1093 My everlasting doom of banishment.
TITUS , editorial emendationrisingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1094 O happy man, they have befriended thee!
FTLN 1095 Why, foolish Lucius, dost thou not perceive
FTLN 109655 That Rome is but a wilderness of tigers?
FTLN 1097 Tigers must prey, and Rome affords no prey
FTLN 1098 But me and mine. How happy art thou then
FTLN 1099 From these devourers to be banishèd.
FTLN 1100 But who comes with our brother Marcus here?

Enter Marcus with Lavinia.

MARCUS 
FTLN 110160 Titus, prepare thy agèd eyes to weep,
FTLN 1102 Or, if not so, thy noble heart to break.
FTLN 1103 I bring consuming sorrow to thine age.
TITUS 
FTLN 1104 Will it consume me? Let me see it, then.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1105 This was thy daughter.
TITUS  FTLN 110665 Why, Marcus, so she is.
LUCIUS  FTLN 1107Ay me, this object kills me!
TITUS 
FTLN 1108 Faint-hearted boy, arise and look upon her.—
FTLN 1109 Speak, Lavinia. What accursèd hand
FTLN 1110 Hath made thee handless in thy father’s sight?
FTLN 111170 What fool hath added water to the sea
FTLN 1112 Or brought a faggot to bright-burning Troy?
FTLN 1113 My grief was at the height before thou cam’st,
FTLN 1114 And now like Nilus it disdaineth bounds.—
FTLN 1115 Give me a sword. I’ll chop off my hands too,
FTLN 111675 For they have fought for Rome and all in vain;
FTLN 1117 And they have nursed this woe in feeding life;

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FTLN 1118 In bootless prayer have they been held up,
FTLN 1119 And they have served me to effectless use.
FTLN 1120 Now all the service I require of them
FTLN 112180 Is that the one will help to cut the other.—
FTLN 1122 ’Tis well, Lavinia, that thou hast no hands,
FTLN 1123 For hands to do Rome service is but vain.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1124 Speak, gentle sister. Who hath martyred thee?
MARCUS 
FTLN 1125 O, that delightful engine of her thoughts,
FTLN 112685 That blabbed them with such pleasing eloquence,
FTLN 1127 Is torn from forth that pretty hollow cage
FTLN 1128 Where, like a sweet melodious bird, it sung
FTLN 1129 Sweet varied notes, enchanting every ear.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1130 O, say thou for her who hath done this deed!
MARCUS 
FTLN 113190 O, thus I found her straying in the park,
FTLN 1132 Seeking to hide herself as doth the deer
FTLN 1133 That hath received some unrecuring wound.
TITUS 
FTLN 1134 It was my dear, and he that wounded her
FTLN 1135 Hath hurt me more than had he killed me dead.
FTLN 113695 For now I stand as one upon a rock,
FTLN 1137 Environed with a wilderness of sea,
FTLN 1138 Who marks the waxing tide grow wave by wave,
FTLN 1139 Expecting ever when some envious surge
FTLN 1140 Will in his brinish bowels swallow him.
FTLN 1141100 This way to death my wretched sons are gone;
FTLN 1142 Here stands my other son a banished man,
FTLN 1143 And here my brother, weeping at my woes.
FTLN 1144 But that which gives my soul the greatest spurn
FTLN 1145 Is dear Lavinia, dearer than my soul.
FTLN 1146105 Had I but seen thy picture in this plight
FTLN 1147 It would have madded me. What shall I do,
FTLN 1148 Now I behold thy lively body so?

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FTLN 1149 Thou hast no hands to wipe away thy tears,
FTLN 1150 Nor tongue to tell me who hath martyred thee.
FTLN 1151110 Thy husband he is dead, and for his death
FTLN 1152 Thy brothers are condemned, and dead by this.—
FTLN 1153 Look, Marcus!—Ah, son Lucius, look on her!
FTLN 1154 When I did name her brothers, then fresh tears
FTLN 1155 Stood on her cheeks as doth the honeydew
FTLN 1156115 Upon a gathered lily almost withered.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1157 Perchance she weeps because they killed her husband,
FTLN 1158 Perchance because she knows them innocent.
TITUS 
FTLN 1159 If they did kill thy husband, then be joyful,
FTLN 1160 Because the law hath ta’en revenge on them.—
FTLN 1161120 No, no, they would not do so foul a deed.
FTLN 1162 Witness the sorrow that their sister makes.—
FTLN 1163 Gentle Lavinia, let me kiss thy lips,
FTLN 1164 Or make some sign how I may do thee ease.
FTLN 1165 Shall thy good uncle and thy brother Lucius
FTLN 1166125 And thou and I sit round about some fountain,
FTLN 1167 Looking all downwards to behold our cheeks,
FTLN 1168 How they are stained like meadows yet not dry
FTLN 1169 With miry slime left on them by a flood?
FTLN 1170 And in the fountain shall we gaze so long
FTLN 1171130 Till the fresh taste be taken from that clearness
FTLN 1172 And made a brine pit with our bitter tears?
FTLN 1173 Or shall we cut away our hands like thine?
FTLN 1174 Or shall we bite our tongues and in dumb shows
FTLN 1175 Pass the remainder of our hateful days?
FTLN 1176135 What shall we do? Let us that have our tongues
FTLN 1177 Plot some device of further misery
FTLN 1178 To make us wondered at in time to come.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1179 Sweet father, cease your tears, for at your grief
FTLN 1180 See how my wretched sister sobs and weeps.

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MARCUS 
FTLN 1181140 Patience, dear niece.—Good Titus, dry thine eyes.
TITUS 
FTLN 1182 Ah, Marcus, Marcus! Brother, well I wot
FTLN 1183 Thy napkin cannot drink a tear of mine,
FTLN 1184 For thou, poor man, hast drowned it with thine own.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1185 Ah, my Lavinia, I will wipe thy cheeks.
TITUS 
FTLN 1186145 Mark, Marcus, mark. I understand her signs.
FTLN 1187 Had she a tongue to speak, now would she say
FTLN 1188 That to her brother which I said to thee.
FTLN 1189 His napkin, with editorial emendationhiseditorial emendation true tears all bewet,
FTLN 1190 Can do no service on her sorrowful cheeks.
FTLN 1191150 O, what a sympathy of woe is this,
FTLN 1192 As far from help as limbo is from bliss.

Enter Aaron the Moor alone.

AARON 
FTLN 1193 Titus Andronicus, my lord the Emperor
FTLN 1194 Sends thee this word, that if thou love thy sons,
FTLN 1195 Let Marcus, Lucius, or thyself, old Titus,
FTLN 1196155 Or any one of you, chop off your hand
FTLN 1197 And send it to the King; he for the same
FTLN 1198 Will send thee hither both thy sons alive,
FTLN 1199 And that shall be the ransom for their fault.
TITUS 
FTLN 1200 O gracious emperor! O gentle Aaron!
FTLN 1201160 Did ever raven sing so like a lark,
FTLN 1202 That gives sweet tidings of the sun’s uprise?
FTLN 1203 With all my heart I’ll send the Emperor my hand.
FTLN 1204 Good Aaron, wilt thou help to chop it off?
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1205 Stay, father, for that noble hand of thine,
FTLN 1206165 That hath thrown down so many enemies,
FTLN 1207 Shall not be sent. My hand will serve the turn.

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FTLN 1208 My youth can better spare my blood than you,
FTLN 1209 And therefore mine shall save my brothers’ lives.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1210 Which of your hands hath not defended Rome
FTLN 1211170 And reared aloft the bloody battleax,
FTLN 1212 Writing destruction on the enemy’s castle?
FTLN 1213 O, none of both but are of high desert.
FTLN 1214 My hand hath been but idle; let it serve
FTLN 1215 To ransom my two nephews from their death.
FTLN 1216175 Then have I kept it to a worthy end.
AARON 
FTLN 1217 Nay, come, agree whose hand shall go along,
FTLN 1218 For fear they die before their pardon come.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1219 My hand shall go.
LUCIUS  FTLN 1220 By heaven, it shall not go!
TITUS 
FTLN 1221180 Sirs, strive no more. Such withered herbs as these
FTLN 1222 Are meet for plucking up, and therefore mine.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1223 Sweet father, if I shall be thought thy son,
FTLN 1224 Let me redeem my brothers both from death.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1225 And for our father’s sake and mother’s care,
FTLN 1226185 Now let me show a brother’s love to thee.
TITUS 
FTLN 1227 Agree between you. I will spare my hand.
LUCIUS  FTLN 1228Then I’ll go fetch an ax.
MARCUS  FTLN 1229But I will use the ax. editorial emendationLucius and Marcuseditorial emendation exit.
TITUS 
FTLN 1230 Come hither, Aaron. I’ll deceive them both.
FTLN 1231190 Lend me thy hand, and I will give thee mine.
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FTLN 1232 If that be called deceit, I will be honest
FTLN 1233 And never whilst I live deceive men so.

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FTLN 1234 But I’ll deceive you in another sort,
FTLN 1235 And that you’ll say ere half an hour pass.
He cuts off Titus’ hand.

Enter Lucius and Marcus again.

TITUS 
FTLN 1236195 Now stay your strife. What shall be is dispatched.—
FTLN 1237 Good Aaron, give his Majesty my hand.
FTLN 1238 Tell him it was a hand that warded him
FTLN 1239 From thousand dangers. Bid him bury it.
FTLN 1240 More hath it merited; that let it have.
FTLN 1241200 As for my sons, say I account of them
FTLN 1242 As jewels purchased at an easy price,
FTLN 1243 And yet dear, too, because I bought mine own.
AARON 
FTLN 1244 I go, Andronicus, and for thy hand
FTLN 1245 Look by and by to have thy sons with thee.
FTLN 1246205  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation Their heads, I mean. O, how this villainy
FTLN 1247 Doth fat me with the very thoughts of it!
FTLN 1248 Let fools do good and fair men call for grace;
FTLN 1249 Aaron will have his soul black like his face.
He exits.
TITUS 
FTLN 1250 O, here I lift this one hand up to heaven,
FTLN 1251210 And bow this feeble ruin to the earth. editorial emendationHe kneels.editorial emendation
FTLN 1252 If any power pities wretched tears,
FTLN 1253 To that I call.  (editorial emendationLavinia kneels.editorial emendation) What, wouldst thou
FTLN 1254 kneel with me?
FTLN 1255 Do, then, dear heart, for heaven shall hear our
FTLN 1256215 prayers,
FTLN 1257 Or with our sighs we’ll breathe the welkin dim
FTLN 1258 And stain the sun with fog, as sometime clouds
FTLN 1259 When they do hug him in their melting bosoms.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1260 O brother, speak with possibility,
FTLN 1261220 And do not break into these deep extremes.

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TITUS 
FTLN 1262 Is not my sorrow deep, having no bottom?
FTLN 1263 Then be my passions bottomless with them.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1264 But yet let reason govern thy lament.
TITUS 
FTLN 1265 If there were reason for these miseries,
FTLN 1266225 Then into limits could I bind my woes.
FTLN 1267 When heaven doth weep, doth not the Earth o’erflow?
FTLN 1268 If the winds rage, doth not the sea wax mad,
FTLN 1269 Threat’ning the welkin with his big-swoll’n face?
FTLN 1270 And wilt thou have a reason for this coil?
FTLN 1271230 I am the sea. Hark how her sighs doth flow!
FTLN 1272 She is the weeping welkin, I the Earth.
FTLN 1273 Then must my sea be movèd with her sighs;
FTLN 1274 Then must my Earth with her continual tears
FTLN 1275 Become a deluge, overflowed and drowned,
FTLN 1276235 Forwhy my bowels cannot hide her woes
FTLN 1277 But like a drunkard must I vomit them.
FTLN 1278 Then give me leave, for losers will have leave
FTLN 1279 To ease their stomachs with their bitter tongues.

Enter a Messenger with two heads and a hand.

MESSENGER 
FTLN 1280 Worthy Andronicus, ill art thou repaid
FTLN 1281240 For that good hand thou sent’st the Emperor.
FTLN 1282 Here are the heads of thy two noble sons,
FTLN 1283 And here’s thy hand in scorn to thee sent back.
FTLN 1284 Thy grief their sports, thy resolution mocked,
FTLN 1285 That woe is me to think upon thy woes
FTLN 1286245 More than remembrance of my father’s death.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
MARCUS 
FTLN 1287 Now let hot Etna cool in Sicily,
FTLN 1288 And be my heart an everburning hell!

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FTLN 1289 These miseries are more than may be borne.
FTLN 1290 To weep with them that weep doth ease some deal,
FTLN 1291250 But sorrow flouted at is double death.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1292 Ah, that this sight should make so deep a wound
FTLN 1293 And yet detested life not shrink thereat!
FTLN 1294 That ever death should let life bear his name,
FTLN 1295 Where life hath no more interest but to breathe.
editorial emendationLavinia kisses Titus.editorial emendation
MARCUS 
FTLN 1296255 Alas, poor heart, that kiss is comfortless
FTLN 1297 As frozen water to a starvèd snake.
TITUS 
FTLN 1298 When will this fearful slumber have an end?
MARCUS 
FTLN 1299 Now farewell, flatt’ry; die, Andronicus.
FTLN 1300 Thou dost not slumber. See thy two sons’ heads,
FTLN 1301260 Thy warlike hand, thy mangled daughter here,
FTLN 1302 Thy other banished son with this dear sight
FTLN 1303 Struck pale and bloodless; and thy brother, I,
FTLN 1304 Even like a stony image cold and numb.
FTLN 1305 Ah, now no more will I control thy griefs.
FTLN 1306265 Rent off thy silver hair, thy other hand,
FTLN 1307 Gnawing with thy teeth, and be this dismal sight
FTLN 1308 The closing up of our most wretched eyes.
FTLN 1309 Now is a time to storm. Why art thou still?
TITUS  FTLN 1310Ha, ha, ha!
MARCUS 
FTLN 1311270 Why dost thou laugh? It fits not with this hour.
editorial emendationTitus and Lavinia rise.editorial emendation
TITUS 
FTLN 1312 Why, I have not another tear to shed.
FTLN 1313 Besides, this sorrow is an enemy
FTLN 1314 And would usurp upon my wat’ry eyes
FTLN 1315 And make them blind with tributary tears.

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FTLN 1316275 Then which way shall I find Revenge’s cave?
FTLN 1317 For these two heads do seem to speak to me
FTLN 1318 And threat me I shall never come to bliss
FTLN 1319 Till all these mischiefs be returned again
FTLN 1320 Even in their throats that hath committed them.
FTLN 1321280 Come, let me see what task I have to do.
FTLN 1322 You heavy people, circle me about
FTLN 1323 That I may turn me to each one of you
FTLN 1324 And swear unto my soul to right your wrongs.
FTLN 1325 The vow is made. Come, brother, take a head,
FTLN 1326285 And in this hand the other will I bear.—
FTLN 1327 And, Lavinia, thou shalt be employed in these arms.
FTLN 1328 Bear thou my hand, sweet wench, between thy
FTLN 1329 teeth.—
FTLN 1330 As for thee, boy, go get thee from my sight.
FTLN 1331290 Thou art an exile, and thou must not stay.
FTLN 1332 Hie to the Goths and raise an army there.
FTLN 1333 And if you love me, as I think you do,
FTLN 1334 Let’s kiss and part, for we have much to do.
All text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quartobut Luciustext from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto exit.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 1335 Farewell, Andronicus, my noble father,
FTLN 1336295 The woefull’st man that ever lived in Rome.
FTLN 1337 Farewell, proud Rome, till Lucius come again.
FTLN 1338 He loves his pledges dearer than his life.
FTLN 1339 Farewell, Lavinia, my noble sister.
FTLN 1340 O, would thou wert as thou tofore hast been!
FTLN 1341300 But now nor Lucius nor Lavinia lives
FTLN 1342 But in oblivion and hateful griefs.
FTLN 1343 If Lucius live he will requite your wrongs
FTLN 1344 And make proud Saturnine and his empress
FTLN 1345 Beg at the gates like Tarquin and his queen.
FTLN 1346305 Now will I to the Goths and raise a power
FTLN 1347 To be revenged on Rome and Saturnine.
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editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoA banquet. Enter editorial emendationTituseditorial emendation Andronicus, Marcus, Lavinia,
and the boy editorial emendationYoung Lucius, with Servants.editorial emendation


TITUS 
FTLN 1348 So, so. Now sit, and look you eat no more
FTLN 1349 Than will preserve just so much strength in us
FTLN 1350 As will revenge these bitter woes of ours.
FTLN 1351 Marcus, unknit that sorrow-wreathen knot.
FTLN 13525 Thy niece and I, poor creatures, want our hands
FTLN 1353 And cannot passionate our tenfold grief
FTLN 1354 With folded arms. This poor right hand of mine
FTLN 1355 Is left to tyrannize upon my breast,
FTLN 1356 Who, when my heart, all mad with misery,
FTLN 135710 Beats in this hollow prison of my flesh,
FTLN 1358 Then thus I thump it down.—
FTLN 1359 Thou map of woe, that thus dost talk in signs,
FTLN 1360 When thy poor heart beats with outrageous beating,
FTLN 1361 Thou canst not strike it thus to make it still.
FTLN 136215 Wound it with sighing, girl, kill it with groans;
FTLN 1363 Or get some little knife between thy teeth
FTLN 1364 And just against thy heart make thou a hole,
FTLN 1365 That all the tears that thy poor eyes let fall
FTLN 1366 May run into that sink and, soaking in,
FTLN 136720 Drown the lamenting fool in sea-salt tears.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1368 Fie, brother, fie! Teach her not thus to lay
FTLN 1369 Such violent hands upon her tender life.
TITUS 
FTLN 1370 How now! Has sorrow made thee dote already?
FTLN 1371 Why, Marcus, no man should be mad but I.
FTLN 137225 What violent hands can she lay on her life?
FTLN 1373 Ah, wherefore dost thou urge the name of hands,
FTLN 1374 To bid Aeneas tell the tale twice o’er
FTLN 1375 How Troy was burnt and he made miserable?
FTLN 1376 O, handle not the theme, to talk of hands,

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FTLN 137730 Lest we remember still that we have none.—
FTLN 1378 Fie, fie, how franticly I square my talk,
FTLN 1379 As if we should forget we had no hands
FTLN 1380 If Marcus did not name the word of hands!
FTLN 1381 Come, let’s fall to, and, gentle girl, eat this.
FTLN 138235 Here is no drink!—Hark, Marcus, what she says.
FTLN 1383 I can interpret all her martyred signs.
FTLN 1384 She says she drinks no other drink but tears
FTLN 1385 Brewed with her sorrow, mashed upon her cheeks.—
FTLN 1386 Speechless complainer, I will learn thy thought.
FTLN 138740 In thy dumb action will I be as perfect
FTLN 1388 As begging hermits in their holy prayers.
FTLN 1389 Thou shalt not sigh, nor hold thy stumps to heaven,
FTLN 1390 Nor wink, nor nod, nor kneel, nor make a sign,
FTLN 1391 But I of these will wrest an alphabet
FTLN 139245 And by still practice learn to know thy meaning.
YOUNG LUCIUS , editorial emendationweepingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1393 Good grandsire, leave these bitter deep laments.
FTLN 1394 Make my aunt merry with some pleasing tale.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1395 Alas, the tender boy, in passion moved,
FTLN 1396 Doth weep to see his grandsire’s heaviness.
TITUS 
FTLN 139750 Peace, tender sapling. Thou art made of tears,
FTLN 1398 And tears will quickly melt thy life away.
Marcus strikes the dish with a knife.
FTLN 1399 What dost thou strike at, Marcus, with editorial emendationthyeditorial emendation knife?
MARCUS 
FTLN 1400 At that that I have killed, my lord, a fly.
TITUS 
FTLN 1401 Out on thee, murderer! Thou kill’st my heart.
FTLN 140255 Mine eyes editorial emendationareeditorial emendation cloyed with view of tyranny;
FTLN 1403 A deed of death done on the innocent
FTLN 1404 Becomes not Titus’ brother. Get thee gone.
FTLN 1405 I see thou art not for my company.

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MARCUS 
FTLN 1406 Alas, my lord, I have but killed a fly.
TITUS 
FTLN 140760 “But”? How if that fly had a father and mother?
FTLN 1408 How would he hang his slender gilded wings
FTLN 1409 And buzz lamenting doings in the air!
FTLN 1410 Poor harmless fly,
FTLN 1411 That, with his pretty buzzing melody,
FTLN 141265 Came here to make us merry! And thou hast killed
FTLN 1413 him.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1414 Pardon me, sir. It was a black, ill-favored fly,
FTLN 1415 Like to the Empress’ Moor. Therefore I killed him.
TITUS  FTLN 1416O, O, O!
FTLN 141770 Then pardon me for reprehending thee,
FTLN 1418 For thou hast done a charitable deed.
FTLN 1419 Give me thy knife. I will insult on him,
FTLN 1420 Flattering myself as if it were the Moor
FTLN 1421 Come hither purposely to poison me.
FTLN 142275 There’s for thyself, and that’s for Tamora.
FTLN 1423 Ah, sirrah!
FTLN 1424 Yet I think we are not brought so low
FTLN 1425 But that between us we can kill a fly
FTLN 1426 That comes in likeness of a coal-black Moor.
MARCUS 
FTLN 142780 Alas, poor man, grief has so wrought on him
FTLN 1428 He takes false shadows for true substances.
TITUS 
FTLN 1429 Come, take away.—Lavinia, go with me.
FTLN 1430 I’ll to thy closet and go read with thee
FTLN 1431 Sad stories chancèd in the times of old.—
FTLN 143285 Come, boy, and go with me. Thy sight is young,
FTLN 1433 And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle.
They exit.text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto




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editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter Lucius’ son and Lavinia running after him, and
the boy flies from her with his books under his arm.
Enter Titus and Marcus.


YOUNG LUCIUS 
FTLN 1434 Help, grandsire, help! My aunt Lavinia
FTLN 1435 Follows me everywhere, I know not why.—
FTLN 1436 Good uncle Marcus, see how swift she comes!—
FTLN 1437 Alas, sweet aunt, I know not what you mean.
MARCUS 
FTLN 14385 Stand by me, Lucius. Do not fear thine aunt.
TITUS 
FTLN 1439 She loves thee, boy, too well to do thee harm.
YOUNG LUCIUS 
FTLN 1440 Ay, when my father was in Rome she did.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1441 What means my niece Lavinia by these signs?
TITUS 
FTLN 1442 Fear her not, Lucius. Somewhat doth she mean.
FTLN 144310 See, Lucius, see, how much she makes of thee.
FTLN 1444 Somewhither would she have thee go with her.
FTLN 1445 editorial emendationAh,editorial emendation boy, Cornelia never with more care
FTLN 1446 Read to her sons than she hath read to thee
FTLN 1447 Sweet poetry and Tully’s Orator.
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editorial emendationMARCUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 144815 Canst thou not guess wherefore she plies thee thus?
YOUNG LUCIUS 
FTLN 1449 My lord, I know not, I, nor can I guess,
FTLN 1450 Unless some fit or frenzy do possess her;
FTLN 1451 For I have heard my grandsire say full oft,
FTLN 1452 Extremity of griefs would make men mad,
FTLN 145320 And I have read that Hecuba of Troy
FTLN 1454 Ran mad for sorrow. That made me to fear,
FTLN 1455 Although, my lord, I know my noble aunt
FTLN 1456 Loves me as dear as e’er my mother did,
FTLN 1457 And would not but in fury fright my youth,
FTLN 145825 Which made me down to throw my books and fly,
FTLN 1459 Causeless, perhaps.—But pardon me, sweet aunt.
FTLN 1460 And, madam, if my uncle Marcus go,
FTLN 1461 I will most willingly attend your Ladyship.
MARCUS  FTLN 1462Lucius, I will.
TITUS 
FTLN 146330 How now, Lavinia?—Marcus, what means this?
FTLN 1464 Some book there is that she desires to see.—
FTLN 1465 Which is it, girl, of these?—Open them, boy.—
FTLN 1466  editorial emendationTo Lavinia.editorial emendation But thou art deeper read and better
FTLN 1467 skilled.
FTLN 146835 Come and take choice of all my library,
FTLN 1469 And so beguile thy sorrow till the heavens
FTLN 1470 Reveal the damned contriver of this deed.—
FTLN 1471 Why lifts she up her arms in sequence thus?
MARCUS 
FTLN 1472 I think she means that there were more than one
FTLN 147340 Confederate in the fact. Ay, more there was,
FTLN 1474 Or else to heaven she heaves them for revenge.
TITUS 
FTLN 1475 Lucius, what book is that she tosseth so?
YOUNG LUCIUS 
FTLN 1476 Grandsire, ’tis Ovid’s Metamorphosis.
FTLN 1477 My mother gave it me.

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MARCUS  FTLN 147845For love of her that’s gone,
FTLN 1479 Perhaps, she culled it from among the rest.
TITUS 
FTLN 1480 Soft! So busily she turns the leaves.
FTLN 1481 Help her! What would she find?—Lavinia, shall I read?
FTLN 1482 This is the tragic tale of Philomel,
FTLN 148350 And treats of Tereus’ treason and his rape.
FTLN 1484 And rape, I fear, was root of thy annoy.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1485 See, brother, see! Note how she quotes the leaves.
TITUS 
FTLN 1486 Lavinia, wert thou thus surprised, sweet girl,
FTLN 1487 Ravished and wronged as Philomela was,
FTLN 148855 Forced in the ruthless, vast, and gloomy woods?
FTLN 1489 See, see! Ay, such a place there is where we did hunt—
FTLN 1490 O, had we never, never hunted there!—
FTLN 1491 Patterned by that the poet here describes,
FTLN 1492 By nature made for murders and for rapes.
MARCUS 
FTLN 149360 O, why should nature build so foul a den,
FTLN 1494 Unless the gods delight in tragedies?
TITUS 
FTLN 1495 Give signs, sweet girl, for here are none but friends,
FTLN 1496 What Roman lord it was durst do the deed.
FTLN 1497 Or slunk not Saturnine, as Tarquin erst,
FTLN 149865 That left the camp to sin in Lucrece’ bed?
MARCUS 
FTLN 1499 Sit down, sweet niece.—Brother, sit down by me.
editorial emendationThey sit.editorial emendation
FTLN 1500 Apollo, Pallas, Jove, or Mercury
FTLN 1501 Inspire me, that I may this treason find.—
FTLN 1502 My lord, look here.—Look here, Lavinia.
He writes his name with his staff and guides it
with feet and mouth.

FTLN 150370 This sandy plot is plain; guide, if thou canst,
FTLN 1504 This after me. I have writ my name

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FTLN 1505 Without the help of any hand at all.
FTLN 1506 Cursed be that heart that forced us to this shift!
FTLN 1507 Write thou, good niece, and here display at last
FTLN 150875 What God will have discovered for revenge.
FTLN 1509 Heaven guide thy pen to print thy sorrows plain,
FTLN 1510 That we may know the traitors and the truth.
She takes the staff in her mouth, and guides it
with her stumps and writes.

FTLN 1511 O, do you read, my lord, what she hath writ?
editorial emendationTITUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1512 “Stuprum. Chiron, Demetrius.”
MARCUS 
FTLN 151380 What, what! The lustful sons of Tamora
FTLN 1514 Performers of this heinous, bloody deed?
TITUS  FTLN 1515Magni Dominator poli,
FTLN 1516 Tam lentus audis scelera, tam lentus vides?

MARCUS 
FTLN 1517 O, calm thee, gentle lord, although I know
FTLN 151885 There is enough written upon this earth
FTLN 1519 To stir a mutiny in the mildest thoughts
FTLN 1520 And arm the minds of infants to exclaims.
FTLN 1521 My lord, kneel down with me.—Lavinia, kneel.—
FTLN 1522 And kneel, sweet boy, the Roman Hector’s hope,
editorial emendationThey all kneel.editorial emendation
FTLN 152390 And swear with me—as, with the woeful fere
FTLN 1524 And father of that chaste dishonored dame,
FTLN 1525 Lord Junius Brutus swore for Lucrece’ rape—
FTLN 1526 That we will prosecute by good advice
FTLN 1527 Mortal revenge upon these traitorous Goths,
FTLN 152895 And see their blood or die with this reproach.
editorial emendationThey rise.editorial emendation
TITUS 
FTLN 1529 ’Tis sure enough, an you knew how.
FTLN 1530 But if you hunt these bearwhelps, then beware;
FTLN 1531 The dam will wake an if she wind you once.
FTLN 1532 She’s with the lion deeply still in league,

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FTLN 1533100 And lulls him whilst she playeth on her back;
FTLN 1534 And when he sleeps will she do what she list.
FTLN 1535 You are a young huntsman, Marcus; let alone.
FTLN 1536 And come, I will go get a leaf of brass,
FTLN 1537 And with a gad of steel will write these words,
FTLN 1538105 And lay it by. The angry northern wind
FTLN 1539 Will blow these sands like Sibyl’s leaves abroad,
FTLN 1540 And where’s our lesson then?—Boy, what say you?
YOUNG LUCIUS 
FTLN 1541 I say, my lord, that if I were a man,
FTLN 1542 Their mother’s bedchamber should not be safe
FTLN 1543110 For these base bondmen to the yoke of Rome.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1544 Ay, that’s my boy! Thy father hath full oft
FTLN 1545 For his ungrateful country done the like.
YOUNG LUCIUS 
FTLN 1546 And, uncle, so will I, an if I live.
TITUS 
FTLN 1547 Come, go with me into mine armory.
FTLN 1548115 Lucius, I’ll fit thee, and withal my boy
FTLN 1549 Shall carry from me to the Empress’ sons
FTLN 1550 Presents that I intend to send them both.
FTLN 1551 Come, come. Thou ’lt do my message, wilt thou not?
YOUNG LUCIUS 
FTLN 1552 Ay, with my dagger in their bosoms, grandsire.
TITUS 
FTLN 1553120 No, boy, not so. I’ll teach thee another course.—
FTLN 1554 Lavinia, come.—Marcus, look to my house.
FTLN 1555 Lucius and I’ll go brave it at the court;
FTLN 1556 Ay, marry, will we, sir, and we’ll be waited on.
All editorial emendationbut Marcuseditorial emendation exit.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1557 O heavens, can you hear a good man groan
FTLN 1558125 And not relent, or not compassion him?
FTLN 1559 Marcus, attend him in his ecstasy,
FTLN 1560 That hath more scars of sorrow in his heart

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FTLN 1561 Than foemen’s marks upon his battered shield,
FTLN 1562 But yet so just that he will not revenge.
FTLN 1563130 Revenge the heavens for old Andronicus!
He exits.


editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Aaron, Chiron, and Demetrius at one door, and at
the other door young Lucius and another, with a bundle
of weapons and verses writ upon them.


CHIRON 
FTLN 1564 Demetrius, here’s the son of Lucius.
FTLN 1565 He hath some message to deliver us.
AARON 
FTLN 1566 Ay, some mad message from his mad grandfather.
YOUNG LUCIUS 
FTLN 1567 My lords, with all the humbleness I may,
FTLN 15685 I greet your Honors from Andronicus—
FTLN 1569  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation And pray the Roman gods confound you both.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1570 Gramercy, lovely Lucius. What’s the news?
YOUNG LUCIUS , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1571 That you are both deciphered, that’s the news,
FTLN 1572 For villains marked with rape.—May it please you,
FTLN 157310 My grandsire, well advised, hath sent by me
FTLN 1574 The goodliest weapons of his armory
FTLN 1575 To gratify your honorable youth,
FTLN 1576 The hope of Rome; for so he bid me say,
FTLN 1577 And so I do, and with his gifts present
FTLN 157815 Your Lordships, editorial emendationthat,editorial emendation whenever you have need,
FTLN 1579 You may be armèd and appointed well,
FTLN 1580 And so I leave you both— (editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation) like bloody villains.
He exits, editorial emendationwith Attendant.editorial emendation
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1581 What’s here? A scroll, and written round about.

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FTLN 1582 Let’s see:
editorial emendationHe reads:editorial emendation  FTLN 158320 “Integer vitae, scelerisque purus,
FTLN 1584 Non eget Mauri iaculis, nec arcu.”

CHIRON 
FTLN 1585 O, ’tis a verse in Horace; I know it well.
FTLN 1586 I read it in the grammar long ago.
AARON 
FTLN 1587 Ay, just; a verse in Horace; right, you have it.
FTLN 158825  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation Now, what a thing it is to be an ass!
FTLN 1589 Here’s no sound jest. The old man hath found their
FTLN 1590 guilt
FTLN 1591 And sends them weapons wrapped about with lines
FTLN 1592 That wound, beyond their feeling, to the quick.
FTLN 159330 But were our witty empress well afoot,
FTLN 1594 She would applaud Andronicus’ conceit.
FTLN 1595 But let her rest in her unrest awhile.—
FTLN 1596 And now, young lords, was ’t not a happy star
FTLN 1597 Led us to Rome, strangers, and, more than so,
FTLN 159835 Captives, to be advancèd to this height?
FTLN 1599 It did me good before the palace gate
FTLN 1600 To brave the tribune in his brother’s hearing.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1601 But me more good to see so great a lord
FTLN 1602 Basely insinuate and send us gifts.
AARON 
FTLN 160340 Had he not reason, Lord Demetrius?
FTLN 1604 Did you not use his daughter very friendly?
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1605 I would we had a thousand Roman dames
FTLN 1606 At such a bay, by turn to serve our lust.
CHIRON 
FTLN 1607 A charitable wish, and full of love!
AARON 
FTLN 160845 Here lacks but your mother for to say amen.
CHIRON 
FTLN 1609 And that would she, for twenty thousand more.

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DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1610 Come, let us go and pray to all the gods
FTLN 1611 For our belovèd mother in her pains.
AARON , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1612 Pray to the devils; the gods have given us over.
Trumpets sound editorial emendationoffstage.editorial emendation
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 161350 Why do the Emperor’s trumpets flourish thus?
CHIRON 
FTLN 1614 Belike for joy the Emperor hath a son.
DEMETRIUS  FTLN 1615Soft, who comes here?

Enter Nurse, with a blackamoor child editorial emendationin her arms.editorial emendation

NURSE  FTLN 1616Good morrow, lords.
FTLN 1617 O, tell me, did you see Aaron the Moor?
AARON 
FTLN 161855 Well, more or less, or ne’er a whit at all,
FTLN 1619 Here Aaron is. And what with Aaron now?
NURSE 
FTLN 1620 O, gentle Aaron, we are all undone!
FTLN 1621 Now help, or woe betide thee evermore.
AARON 
FTLN 1622 Why, what a caterwauling dost thou keep!
FTLN 162360 What dost thou wrap and fumble in thy arms?
NURSE 
FTLN 1624 O, that which I would hide from heaven’s eye,
FTLN 1625 Our empress’ shame and stately Rome’s disgrace.
FTLN 1626 She is delivered, lords, she is delivered.
AARON  FTLN 1627To whom?
NURSE  FTLN 162865I mean, she is brought abed.
AARON 
FTLN 1629 Well, God give her good rest. What hath he sent her?
NURSE  FTLN 1630A devil.
AARON 
FTLN 1631 Why, then she is the devil’s dam. A joyful issue!

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NURSE 
FTLN 1632 A joyless, dismal, black, and sorrowful issue!
FTLN 163370 Here is the babe, as loathsome as a toad
FTLN 1634 Amongst the fair-faced breeders of our clime.
FTLN 1635 The Empress sends it thee, thy stamp, thy seal,
FTLN 1636 And bids thee christen it with thy dagger’s point.
AARON 
FTLN 1637 Zounds, you whore, is black so base a hue?
FTLN 163875  editorial emendationTo the baby.editorial emendation Sweet blowse, you are a beauteous
FTLN 1639 blossom, sure.
DEMETRIUS  FTLN 1640Villain, what hast thou done?
AARON  FTLN 1641That which thou canst not undo.
CHIRON  FTLN 1642Thou hast undone our mother.
AARON  FTLN 164380Villain, I have done thy mother.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1644 And therein, hellish dog, thou hast undone her.
FTLN 1645 Woe to her chance, and damned her loathèd choice!
FTLN 1646 Accursed the offspring of so foul a fiend!
CHIRON  FTLN 1647It shall not live.
AARON  FTLN 164885It shall not die.
NURSE 
FTLN 1649 Aaron, it must. The mother wills it so.
AARON 
FTLN 1650 What, must it, nurse? Then let no man but I
FTLN 1651 Do execution on my flesh and blood.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1652 I’ll broach the tadpole on my rapier’s point.
FTLN 165390 Nurse, give it me. My sword shall soon dispatch it.
AARON , editorial emendationtaking the babyeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1654 Sooner this sword shall plow thy bowels up!
FTLN 1655 Stay, murderous villains, will you kill your brother?
FTLN 1656 Now, by the burning tapers of the sky
FTLN 1657 That shone so brightly when this boy was got,
FTLN 165895 He dies upon my scimitar’s sharp point
FTLN 1659 That touches this my firstborn son and heir.
FTLN 1660 I tell you, younglings, not Enceladus

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FTLN 1661 With all his threat’ning band of Typhon’s brood,
FTLN 1662 Nor great Alcides, nor the god of war
FTLN 1663100 Shall seize this prey out of his father’s hands.
FTLN 1664 What, what, you sanguine, shallow-hearted boys,
FTLN 1665 You white-limed walls, you alehouse painted signs!
FTLN 1666 Coal-black is better than another hue
FTLN 1667 In that it scorns to bear another hue;
FTLN 1668105 For all the water in the ocean
FTLN 1669 Can never turn the swan’s black legs to white,
FTLN 1670 Although she lave them hourly in the flood.
FTLN 1671 Tell the Empress from me, I am of age
FTLN 1672 To keep mine own, excuse it how she can.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1673110 Wilt thou betray thy noble mistress thus?
AARON 
FTLN 1674 My mistress is my mistress, this myself,
FTLN 1675 The vigor and the picture of my youth.
FTLN 1676 This before all the world do I prefer;
FTLN 1677 This maugre all the world will I keep safe,
FTLN 1678115 Or some of you shall smoke for it in Rome.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1679 By this our mother is forever shamed.
CHIRON 
FTLN 1680 Rome will despise her for this foul escape.
NURSE 
FTLN 1681 The Emperor in his rage will doom her death.
CHIRON 
FTLN 1682 I blush to think upon this ignomy.
AARON 
FTLN 1683120 Why, there’s the privilege your beauty bears.
FTLN 1684 Fie, treacherous hue, that will betray with blushing
FTLN 1685 The close enacts and counsels of thy heart.
FTLN 1686 Here’s a young lad framed of another leer.
FTLN 1687 Look how the black slave smiles upon the father,
FTLN 1688125 As who should say “Old lad, I am thine own.”

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FTLN 1689 He is your brother, lords, sensibly fed
FTLN 1690 Of that self blood that first gave life to you,
FTLN 1691 And from editorial emendationthateditorial emendation womb where you imprisoned were
FTLN 1692 He is enfranchisèd and come to light.
FTLN 1693130 Nay, he is your brother by the surer side,
FTLN 1694 Although my seal be stampèd in his face.
NURSE 
FTLN 1695 Aaron, what shall I say unto the Empress?
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1696 Advise thee, Aaron, what is to be done,
FTLN 1697 And we will all subscribe to thy advice.
FTLN 1698135 Save thou the child, so we may all be safe.
AARON 
FTLN 1699 Then sit we down, and let us all consult.
FTLN 1700 My son and I will have the wind of you.
FTLN 1701 Keep there. Now talk at pleasure of your safety.
DEMETRIUS , editorial emendationto the Nurseeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1702 How many women saw this child of his?
AARON 
FTLN 1703140 Why, so, brave lords! When we join in league,
FTLN 1704 I am a lamb; but if you brave the Moor,
FTLN 1705 The chafèd boar, the mountain lioness,
FTLN 1706 The ocean swells not so as Aaron storms.
FTLN 1707  editorial emendationTo the Nurse.editorial emendation But say again, how many saw the
FTLN 1708145 child?
NURSE 
FTLN 1709 Cornelia the midwife and myself,
FTLN 1710 And no one else but the delivered Empress.
AARON 
FTLN 1711 The Empress, the midwife, and yourself.
FTLN 1712 Two may keep counsel when the third’s away.
FTLN 1713150 Go to the Empress; tell her this I said.
He kills her.
FTLN 1714 “Wheak, wheak”! So cries a pig preparèd to the spit.
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 1715 What mean’st thou, Aaron? Wherefore didst thou this?

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AARON 
FTLN 1716 O Lord, sir, ’tis a deed of policy.
FTLN 1717 Shall she live to betray this guilt of ours,
FTLN 1718155 A long-tongued babbling gossip? No, lords, no.
FTLN 1719 And now be it known to you my full intent:
FTLN 1720 Not far one Muliteus my countryman
FTLN 1721 His wife but yesternight was brought to bed.
FTLN 1722 His child is like to her, fair as you are.
FTLN 1723160 Go pack with him, and give the mother gold,
FTLN 1724 And tell them both the circumstance of all,
FTLN 1725 And how by this their child shall be advanced
FTLN 1726 And be receivèd for the Emperor’s heir,
FTLN 1727 And substituted in the place of mine,
FTLN 1728165 To calm this tempest whirling in the court;
FTLN 1729 And let the Emperor dandle him for his own.
FTLN 1730 Hark you, lords, you see I have given her physic,
editorial emendationindicating the Nurseeditorial emendation
FTLN 1731 And you must needs bestow her funeral.
FTLN 1732 The fields are near, and you are gallant grooms.
FTLN 1733170 This done, see that you take no longer days,
FTLN 1734 But send the midwife presently to me.
FTLN 1735 The midwife and the nurse well made away,
FTLN 1736 Then let the ladies tattle what they please.
CHIRON 
FTLN 1737 Aaron, I see thou wilt not trust the air
FTLN 1738175 With secrets.
DEMETRIUS  FTLN 1739 For this care of Tamora,
FTLN 1740 Herself and hers are highly bound to thee.
editorial emendationDemetrius and Chironeditorial emendation exit,
editorial emendationcarrying the Nurse’s body.editorial emendation

AARON 
FTLN 1741 Now to the Goths, as swift as swallow flies,
FTLN 1742 There to dispose this treasure in mine arms
FTLN 1743180 And secretly to greet the Empress’ friends.—
FTLN 1744 Come on, you thick-lipped slave, I’ll bear you hence,

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FTLN 1745 For it is you that puts us to our shifts.
FTLN 1746 I’ll make you feed on berries and on roots,
FTLN 1747 And feed on curds and whey, and suck the goat,
FTLN 1748185 And cabin in a cave, and bring you up
FTLN 1749 To be a warrior and command a camp.
He exits editorial emendationwith the baby.editorial emendation


editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Titus, old Marcus, editorial emendationhis son Publius,editorial emendation young
Lucius, and other gentlemen (editorial emendationCaius and Semproniuseditorial emendation)
with bows, and Titus bears the arrows with letters on
the ends of them.


TITUS 
FTLN 1750 Come, Marcus, come. Kinsmen, this is the way.—
FTLN 1751 Sir boy, let me see your archery.
FTLN 1752 Look you draw home enough and ’tis there straight.—
FTLN 1753 Terras Astraea reliquit.
FTLN 17545 Be you remembered, Marcus, she’s gone, she’s fled.—
FTLN 1755 Sirs, take you to your tools. You, cousins, shall
FTLN 1756 Go sound the ocean and cast your nets;
FTLN 1757 Happily you may catch her in the sea;
FTLN 1758 Yet there’s as little justice as at land.
FTLN 175910 No; Publius and Sempronius, you must do it.
FTLN 1760 ’Tis you must dig with mattock and with spade,
FTLN 1761 And pierce the inmost center of the Earth.
FTLN 1762 Then, when you come to Pluto’s region,
FTLN 1763 I pray you, deliver him this petition.
FTLN 176415 Tell him it is for justice and for aid,
FTLN 1765 And that it comes from old Andronicus,
FTLN 1766 Shaken with sorrows in ungrateful Rome.
FTLN 1767 Ah, Rome! Well, well, I made thee miserable
FTLN 1768 What time I threw the people’s suffrages
FTLN 176920 On him that thus doth tyrannize o’er me.

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FTLN 1770 Go, get you gone, and pray be careful all,
FTLN 1771 And leave you not a man-of-war unsearched.
FTLN 1772 This wicked emperor may have shipped her hence,
FTLN 1773 And, kinsmen, then we may go pipe for justice.
MARCUS 
FTLN 177425 O Publius, is not this a heavy case
FTLN 1775 To see thy noble uncle thus distract?
PUBLIUS 
FTLN 1776 Therefore, my lords, it highly us concerns
FTLN 1777 By day and night t’ attend him carefully,
FTLN 1778 And feed his humor kindly as we may,
FTLN 177930 Till time beget some careful remedy.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1780 Kinsmen, his sorrows are past remedy
FTLN 1781 editorial emendationBut …editorial emendation
FTLN 1782 Join with the Goths, and with revengeful war
FTLN 1783 Take wreak on Rome for this ingratitude,
FTLN 178435 And vengeance on the traitor Saturnine.
TITUS 
FTLN 1785 Publius, how now? How now, my masters?
FTLN 1786 What, have you met with her?
PUBLIUS 
FTLN 1787 No, my good lord, but Pluto sends you word,
FTLN 1788 If you will have Revenge from hell, you shall.
FTLN 178940 Marry, for Justice, she is so employed,
FTLN 1790 He thinks, with Jove in heaven, or somewhere else,
FTLN 1791 So that perforce you must needs stay a time.
TITUS 
FTLN 1792 He doth me wrong to feed me with delays.
FTLN 1793 I’ll dive into the burning lake below
FTLN 179445 And pull her out of Acheron by the heels.
FTLN 1795 Marcus, we are but shrubs, no cedars we,
FTLN 1796 No big-boned men framed of the Cyclops’ size,
FTLN 1797 But metal, Marcus, steel to the very back,
FTLN 1798 Yet wrung with wrongs more than our backs can
FTLN 179950 bear;

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FTLN 1800 And sith there’s no justice in Earth nor hell,
FTLN 1801 We will solicit heaven and move the gods
FTLN 1802 To send down Justice for to wreak our wrongs.
FTLN 1803 Come, to this gear. You are a good archer, Marcus.
He gives them the arrows.
FTLN 180455 “Ad Jovem,” that’s for you;—here, “Ad Apollinem”;—
FTLN 1805 “Ad Martem,” that’s for myself;—
FTLN 1806 Here, boy, “to Pallas”;—here, “to Mercury”;—
FTLN 1807 “To editorial emendationSaturn,editorial emendation Caius—not to Saturnine!
FTLN 1808 You were as good to shoot against the wind.
FTLN 180960 To it, boy!—Marcus, loose when I bid.
FTLN 1810 Of my word, I have written to effect;
FTLN 1811 There’s not a god left unsolicited.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1812 Kinsmen, shoot all your shafts into the court.
FTLN 1813 We will afflict the Emperor in his pride.
TITUS 
FTLN 181465 Now, masters, draw.  (editorial emendationThey shoot.editorial emendation) O, well said,
FTLN 1815 Lucius!
FTLN 1816 Good boy, in Virgo’s lap! Give it Pallas.
MARCUS 
FTLN 1817 My lord, I aim a mile beyond the moon.
FTLN 1818 Your letter is with Jupiter by this.
TITUS 
FTLN 181970 Ha, ha! Publius, Publius, what hast thou done?
FTLN 1820 See, see, thou hast shot off one of Taurus’ horns!
MARCUS 
FTLN 1821 This was the sport, my lord; when Publius shot,
FTLN 1822 The Bull, being galled, gave Aries such a knock
FTLN 1823 That down fell both the Ram’s horns in the court,
FTLN 182475 And who should find them but the Empress’ villain?
FTLN 1825 She laughed and told the Moor he should not choose
FTLN 1826 But give them to his master for a present.
TITUS 
FTLN 1827 Why, there it goes. God give his Lordship joy!

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Enter editorial emendationa country felloweditorial emendation with a basket and two
pigeons in it.


FTLN 1828 News, news from heaven! Marcus, the post is
FTLN 182980 come.—
FTLN 1830 Sirrah, what tidings? Have you any letters?
FTLN 1831 Shall I have Justice? What says Jupiter?
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1832Ho, the gibbet-maker? He says that
FTLN 1833 he hath taken them down again, for the man must
FTLN 183485 not be hanged till the next week.
TITUS  FTLN 1835But what says Jupiter, I ask thee?
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1836Alas, sir, I know not Jubiter; I never
FTLN 1837 drank with him in all my life.
TITUS  FTLN 1838Why, villain, art not thou the carrier?
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 183990Ay, of my pigeons, sir; nothing else.
TITUS  FTLN 1840Why, didst thou not come from heaven?
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1841From heaven? Alas, sir, I never
FTLN 1842 came there. God forbid I should be so bold to press
FTLN 1843 to heaven in my young days. Why, I am going with
FTLN 184495 my pigeons to the tribunal plebs, to take up a matter
FTLN 1845 of brawl betwixt my uncle and one of the Emperal’s
FTLN 1846 men.
MARCUS , editorial emendationto Tituseditorial emendation  FTLN 1847Why, sir, that is as fit as can be to
FTLN 1848 serve for your oration; and let him deliver the pigeons
FTLN 1849100 to the Emperor from you.
TITUS  FTLN 1850Tell me, can you deliver an oration to the Emperor
FTLN 1851 with a grace?
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1852Nay, truly, sir, I could never say
FTLN 1853 grace in all my life.
TITUS 
FTLN 1854105 Sirrah, come hither. Make no more ado,
FTLN 1855 But give your pigeons to the Emperor.
FTLN 1856 By me thou shalt have justice at his hands.
FTLN 1857 Hold, hold; meanwhile here’s money for thy

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FTLN 1858 charges.—Give me pen and ink.—Sirrah, can you
FTLN 1859110 with a grace deliver up a supplication?
editorial emendationHe writes.editorial emendation
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1860Ay, sir.
TITUS  FTLN 1861Then here is a supplication for you, and when
FTLN 1862 you come to him, at the first approach you must
FTLN 1863 kneel, then kiss his foot, then deliver up your pigeons,
FTLN 1864115 and then look for your reward. I’ll be at
FTLN 1865 hand, sir. See you do it bravely.
editorial emendationHe hands him a paper.editorial emendation
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1866I warrant you, sir. Let me alone.
TITUS 
FTLN 1867 Sirrah, hast thou a knife? Come, let me see it.—
editorial emendationHe takes the knife and gives it to Marcus.editorial emendation
FTLN 1868 Here, Marcus, fold it in the oration,
FTLN 1869120 For thou hast made it like an humble suppliant.—
FTLN 1870 And when thou hast given it to the Emperor,
FTLN 1871 Knock at my door and tell me what he says.
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1872God be with you, sir. I will.
He exits.
TITUS  FTLN 1873Come, Marcus, let us go.—Publius, follow me.
They exit.


editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Emperor editorial emendationSaturninuseditorial emendation and Empress editorial emendationTamoraeditorial emendation
and her two sons editorial emendationChiron and Demetrius, with
Attendants.editorial emendation The Emperor brings the arrows in his
hand that Titus shot at him.


SATURNINUS 
FTLN 1874 Why, lords, what wrongs are these! Was ever seen
FTLN 1875 An emperor in Rome thus overborne,
FTLN 1876 Troubled, confronted thus, and for the extent
FTLN 1877 Of equal justice, used in such contempt?

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FTLN 18785 My lords, you know, editorial emendationas knoweditorial emendation the mightful gods,
FTLN 1879 However these disturbers of our peace
FTLN 1880 Buzz in the people’s ears, there naught hath passed
FTLN 1881 But even with law against the willful sons
FTLN 1882 Of old Andronicus. And what an if
FTLN 188310 His sorrows have so overwhelmed his wits?
FTLN 1884 Shall we be thus afflicted in his wreaks,
FTLN 1885 His fits, his frenzy, and his bitterness?
FTLN 1886 And now he writes to heaven for his redress!
FTLN 1887 See, here’s “to Jove,” and this “to Mercury,”
FTLN 188815 This “to Apollo,” this to the god of war.
FTLN 1889 Sweet scrolls to fly about the streets of Rome!
FTLN 1890 What’s this but libeling against the Senate
FTLN 1891 And blazoning our unjustice everywhere?
FTLN 1892 A goodly humor is it not, my lords?
FTLN 189320 As who would say, in Rome no justice were.
FTLN 1894 But if I live, his feignèd ecstasies
FTLN 1895 Shall be no shelter to these outrages,
FTLN 1896 But he and his shall know that justice lives
FTLN 1897 In Saturninus’ health, whom, if he sleep,
FTLN 189825 He’ll so awake as he in fury shall
FTLN 1899 Cut off the proud’st conspirator that lives.
TAMORA 
FTLN 1900 My gracious lord, my lovely Saturnine,
FTLN 1901 Lord of my life, commander of my thoughts,
FTLN 1902 Calm thee, and bear the faults of Titus’ age,
FTLN 190330 Th’ effects of sorrow for his valiant sons,
FTLN 1904 Whose loss hath pierced him deep and scarred his
FTLN 1905 heart,
FTLN 1906 And rather comfort his distressèd plight
FTLN 1907 Than prosecute the meanest or the best
FTLN 190835 For these contempts.  (editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation) Why, thus it shall
FTLN 1909 become
FTLN 1910 High-witted Tamora to gloze with all.
FTLN 1911 But, Titus, I have touched thee to the quick.
FTLN 1912 Thy lifeblood out, if Aaron now be wise,
FTLN 191340 Then is all safe, the anchor in the port.

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Enter editorial emendationCountry Fellow.editorial emendation

FTLN 1914 How now, good fellow, wouldst thou speak with us?
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1915Yea, forsooth, an your Mistresship be
FTLN 1916 emperial.
TAMORA 
FTLN 1917 Empress I am, but yonder sits the Emperor.
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 191845’Tis he!—God and Saint Stephen
FTLN 1919 give you good e’en. I have brought you a letter and
FTLN 1920 a couple of pigeons here.
editorial emendationSaturninuseditorial emendation reads the letter.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 1921 Go, take him away, and hang him presently.
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1922How much money must I have?
TAMORA  FTLN 192350Come, sirrah, you must be hanged.
editorial emendationCOUNTRY FELLOWeditorial emendation  FTLN 1924Hanged! editorial emendationBy ’reditorial emendation Lady, then I have
FTLN 1925 brought up a neck to a fair end.
He exits editorial emendationwith Attendants.editorial emendation
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 1926 Despiteful and intolerable wrongs!
FTLN 1927 Shall I endure this monstrous villainy?
FTLN 192855 I know from whence this same device proceeds.
FTLN 1929 May this be borne?—as if his traitorous sons,
FTLN 1930 That died by law for murder of our brother,
FTLN 1931 Have by my means been butchered wrongfully!
FTLN 1932 Go, drag the villain hither by the hair.
FTLN 193360 Nor age nor honor shall shape privilege.
FTLN 1934 For this proud mock, I’ll be thy slaughterman,
FTLN 1935 Sly, frantic wretch, that holp’st to make me great
FTLN 1936 In hope thyself should govern Rome and me.

Enter nuntius, Aemilius.

SATURNINUS  FTLN 1937What news with thee, Aemilius?
AEMILIUS 
FTLN 193865 Arm, my lords! Rome never had more cause.
FTLN 1939 The Goths have gathered head, and with a power

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FTLN 1940 Of high-resolvèd men bent to the spoil,
FTLN 1941 They hither march amain under conduct
FTLN 1942 Of Lucius, son to old Andronicus,
FTLN 194370 Who threats, in course of this revenge, to do
FTLN 1944 As much as ever Coriolanus did.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 1945 Is warlike Lucius general of the Goths?
FTLN 1946 These tidings nip me, and I hang the head
FTLN 1947 As flowers with frost or grass beat down with storms.
FTLN 194875 Ay, now begins our sorrows to approach.
FTLN 1949 ’Tis he the common people love so much.
FTLN 1950 Myself hath often heard them say,
FTLN 1951 When I have walkèd like a private man,
FTLN 1952 That Lucius’ banishment was wrongfully,
FTLN 195380 And they have wished that Lucius were their emperor.
TAMORA 
FTLN 1954 Why should you fear? Is not your city strong?
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 1955 Ay, but the citizens favor Lucius
FTLN 1956 And will revolt from me to succor him.
TAMORA 
FTLN 1957 King, be thy thoughts imperious like thy name.
FTLN 195885 Is the sun dimmed that gnats do fly in it?
FTLN 1959 The eagle suffers little birds to sing
FTLN 1960 And is not careful what they mean thereby,
FTLN 1961 Knowing that with the shadow of his wings
FTLN 1962 He can at pleasure stint their melody.
FTLN 196390 Even so mayst thou the giddy men of Rome.
FTLN 1964 Then cheer thy spirit, for know, thou emperor,
FTLN 1965 I will enchant the old Andronicus
FTLN 1966 With words more sweet and yet more dangerous
FTLN 1967 Than baits to fish or honey-stalks to sheep,
FTLN 196895 Whenas the one is wounded with the bait,
FTLN 1969 The other rotted with delicious editorial emendationfeed.editorial emendation
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 1970 But he will not entreat his son for us.

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TAMORA 
FTLN 1971 If Tamora entreat him, then he will,
FTLN 1972 For I can smooth and fill his agèd ears
FTLN 1973100 With golden promises, that were his heart
FTLN 1974 Almost impregnable, his old editorial emendationearseditorial emendation deaf,
FTLN 1975 Yet should both ear and heart obey my tongue.
FTLN 1976  editorial emendationTo Aemilius.editorial emendation Go thou before to be our ambassador.
FTLN 1977 Say that the Emperor requests a parley
FTLN 1978105 Of warlike Lucius, and appoint the meeting
FTLN 1979 Even at his father’s house, the old Andronicus.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 1980 Aemilius, do this message honorably,
FTLN 1981 And if he stand in hostage for his safety,
FTLN 1982 Bid him demand what pledge will please him best.
AEMILIUS 
FTLN 1983110 Your bidding shall I do effectually.
He exits.
TAMORA 
FTLN 1984 Now will I to that old Andronicus
FTLN 1985 And temper him with all the art I have
FTLN 1986 To pluck proud Lucius from the warlike Goths.
FTLN 1987 And now, sweet emperor, be blithe again,
FTLN 1988115 And bury all thy fear in my devices.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 1989 Then go successantly, and plead to him.
They exit.




text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoACT 5text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto
editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
text from the Folio in the passages based on the QuartoFlourish.text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto Enter Lucius with an army of Goths, with
Drums and Soldiers.


LUCIUS 
FTLN 1990 Approvèd warriors and my faithful friends,
FTLN 1991 I have receivèd letters from great Rome
FTLN 1992 Which signifies what hate they bear their emperor
FTLN 1993 And how desirous of our sight they are.
FTLN 19945 Therefore, great lords, be as your titles witness,
FTLN 1995 Imperious, and impatient of your wrongs,
FTLN 1996 And wherein Rome hath done you any scathe,
FTLN 1997 Let him make treble satisfaction.
editorial emendationFIRSTeditorial emendation GOTH 
FTLN 1998 Brave slip sprung from the great Andronicus,
FTLN 199910 Whose name was once our terror, now our comfort,
FTLN 2000 Whose high exploits and honorable deeds
FTLN 2001 Ingrateful Rome requites with foul contempt,
FTLN 2002 Be bold in us. We’ll follow where thou lead’st,
FTLN 2003 Like stinging bees in hottest summer’s day
FTLN 200415 Led by their master to the flowered fields,
FTLN 2005 And be avenged on cursèd Tamora.
editorial emendationGOTHSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2006 And as he saith, so say we all with him.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2007 I humbly thank him, and I thank you all.
FTLN 2008 But who comes here, led by a lusty Goth?
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Enter a Goth, leading of Aaron with his child in his arms.

editorial emendationSECONDeditorial emendation GOTH 
FTLN 200920 Renownèd Lucius, from our troops I strayed
FTLN 2010 To gaze upon a ruinous monastery,
FTLN 2011 And as I earnestly did fix mine eye
FTLN 2012 Upon the wasted building, suddenly
FTLN 2013 I heard a child cry underneath a wall.
FTLN 201425 I made unto the noise, when soon I heard
FTLN 2015 The crying babe controlled with this discourse:
FTLN 2016 “Peace, tawny slave, half me and half thy dame!
FTLN 2017 Did not thy hue bewray whose brat thou art,
FTLN 2018 Had nature lent thee but thy mother’s look,
FTLN 201930 Villain, thou mightst have been an emperor.
FTLN 2020 But where the bull and cow are both milk white,
FTLN 2021 They never do beget a coal-black calf.
FTLN 2022 Peace, villain, peace!”—even thus he rates the babe—
FTLN 2023 “For I must bear thee to a trusty Goth
FTLN 202435 Who, when he knows thou art the Empress’ babe,
FTLN 2025 Will hold thee dearly for thy mother’s sake.”
FTLN 2026 With this, my weapon drawn, I rushed upon him,
FTLN 2027 Surprised him suddenly, and brought him hither
FTLN 2028 To use as you think needful of the man.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 202940 O worthy Goth, this is the incarnate devil
FTLN 2030 That robbed Andronicus of his good hand;
FTLN 2031 This is the pearl that pleased your empress’ eye;
FTLN 2032 And here’s the base fruit of her burning lust.—
FTLN 2033 Say, wall-eyed slave, whither wouldst thou convey
FTLN 203445 This growing image of thy fiendlike face?
FTLN 2035 Why dost not speak? What, deaf? Not a word?—
FTLN 2036 A halter, soldiers! Hang him on this tree,
FTLN 2037 And by his side his fruit of bastardy.
AARON 
FTLN 2038 Touch not the boy. He is of royal blood.

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LUCIUS 
FTLN 203950 Too like the sire for ever being good.
FTLN 2040 First hang the child, that he may see it sprawl,
FTLN 2041 A sight to vex the father’s soul withal.
FTLN 2042 Get me a ladder.
editorial emendationA ladder is brought, which Aaron is made to climb.editorial emendation
AARON  FTLN 2043 Lucius, save the child
FTLN 204455 And bear it from me to the Empress.
FTLN 2045 If thou do this, I’ll show thee wondrous things
FTLN 2046 That highly may advantage thee to hear.
FTLN 2047 If thou wilt not, befall what may befall,
FTLN 2048 I’ll speak no more but “Vengeance rot you all!”
LUCIUS 
FTLN 204960 Say on, and if it please me which thou speak’st,
FTLN 2050 Thy child shall live, and I will see it nourished.
AARON 
FTLN 2051 And if it please thee? Why, assure thee, Lucius,
FTLN 2052 ’Twill vex thy soul to hear what I shall speak;
FTLN 2053 For I must talk of murders, rapes, and massacres,
FTLN 205465 Acts of black night, abominable deeds,
FTLN 2055 Complots of mischief, treason, villainies,
FTLN 2056 Ruthful to hear, yet piteously performed.
FTLN 2057 And this shall all be buried in my death,
FTLN 2058 Unless thou swear to me my child shall live.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 205970 Tell on thy mind. I say thy child shall live.
AARON 
FTLN 2060 Swear that he shall, and then I will begin.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2061 Who should I swear by? Thou believest no god.
FTLN 2062 That granted, how canst thou believe an oath?
AARON 
FTLN 2063 What if I do not? As indeed I do not.
FTLN 206475 Yet, for I know thou art religious
FTLN 2065 And hast a thing within thee callèd conscience,
FTLN 2066 With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies

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FTLN 2067 Which I have seen thee careful to observe,
FTLN 2068 Therefore I urge thy oath; for that I know
FTLN 206980 An idiot holds his bauble for a god
FTLN 2070 And keeps the oath which by that god he swears,
FTLN 2071 To that I’ll urge him. Therefore thou shalt vow
FTLN 2072 By that same god, what god soe’er it be
FTLN 2073 That thou adorest and hast in reverence,
FTLN 207485 To save my boy, to nourish and bring him up,
FTLN 2075 Or else I will discover naught to thee.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2076 Even by my god I swear to thee I will.
AARON 
FTLN 2077 First know thou, I begot him on the Empress.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2078 O, most insatiate and luxurious woman!
AARON 
FTLN 207990 Tut, Lucius, this was but a deed of charity
FTLN 2080 To that which thou shalt hear of me anon.
FTLN 2081 ’Twas her two sons that murdered Bassianus.
FTLN 2082 They cut thy sister’s tongue, and ravished her,
FTLN 2083 And cut her hands, and trimmed her as thou sawest.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 208495 O detestable villain, call’st thou that trimming?
AARON 
FTLN 2085 Why, she was washed, and cut, and trimmed; and
FTLN 2086 ’twas
FTLN 2087 Trim sport for them which had the doing of it.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2088 O, barbarous beastly villains, like thyself!
AARON 
FTLN 2089100 Indeed, I was their tutor to instruct them.
FTLN 2090 That codding spirit had they from their mother,
FTLN 2091 As sure a card as ever won the set;
FTLN 2092 That bloody mind I think they learned of me,
FTLN 2093 As true a dog as ever fought at head.
FTLN 2094105 Well, let my deeds be witness of my worth.

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FTLN 2095 I trained thy brethren to that guileful hole
FTLN 2096 Where the dead corpse of Bassianus lay.
FTLN 2097 I wrote the letter that thy father found,
FTLN 2098 And hid the gold within that letter mentioned,
FTLN 2099110 Confederate with the Queen and her two sons.
FTLN 2100 And what not done that thou hast cause to rue,
FTLN 2101 Wherein I had no stroke of mischief in it?
FTLN 2102 I played the cheater for thy father’s hand,
FTLN 2103 And, when I had it, drew myself apart
FTLN 2104115 And almost broke my heart with extreme laughter.
FTLN 2105 I pried me through the crevice of a wall
FTLN 2106 When, for his hand, he had his two sons’ heads,
FTLN 2107 Beheld his tears, and laughed so heartily
FTLN 2108 That both mine eyes were rainy like to his.
FTLN 2109120 And when I told the Empress of this sport,
FTLN 2110 She sounded almost at my pleasing tale,
FTLN 2111 And for my tidings gave me twenty kisses.
GOTH 
FTLN 2112 What, canst thou say all this and never blush?
AARON 
FTLN 2113 Ay, like a black dog, as the saying is.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2114125 Art thou not sorry for these heinous deeds?
AARON 
FTLN 2115 Ay, that I had not done a thousand more.
FTLN 2116 Even now I curse the day—and yet, I think,
FTLN 2117 Few come within the compass of my curse—
FTLN 2118 Wherein I did not some notorious ill,
FTLN 2119130 As kill a man, or else devise his death;
FTLN 2120 Ravish a maid or plot the way to do it;
FTLN 2121 Accuse some innocent and forswear myself;
FTLN 2122 Set deadly enmity between two friends;
FTLN 2123 Make poor men’s cattle break their necks;
FTLN 2124135 Set fire on barns and haystalks in the night,
FTLN 2125 And bid the owners quench them with their tears.
FTLN 2126 Oft have I digged up dead men from their graves
FTLN 2127 And set them upright at their dear friends’ door,

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FTLN 2128 Even when their sorrows almost was forgot,
FTLN 2129140 And on their skins, as on the bark of trees,
FTLN 2130 Have with my knife carvèd in Roman letters
FTLN 2131 “Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.”
FTLN 2132 But I have done a thousand dreadful things
FTLN 2133 As willingly as one would kill a fly,
FTLN 2134145 And nothing grieves me heartily indeed
FTLN 2135 But that I cannot do ten thousand more.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2136 Bring down the devil, for he must not die
FTLN 2137 So sweet a death as hanging presently.
editorial emendationAaron is brought down from the ladder.editorial emendation
AARON 
FTLN 2138 If there be devils, would I were a devil,
FTLN 2139150 To live and burn in everlasting fire,
FTLN 2140 So I might have your company in hell
FTLN 2141 But to torment you with my bitter tongue.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2142 Sirs, stop his mouth, and let him speak no more.

Enter Aemilius.

GOTH 
FTLN 2143 My lord, there is a messenger from Rome
FTLN 2144155 Desires to be admitted to your presence.
LUCIUS  FTLN 2145Let him come near. editorial emendationAemilius comes forward.editorial emendation
FTLN 2146 Welcome, Aemilius. What’s the news from Rome?
AEMILIUS 
FTLN 2147 Lord Lucius, and you princes of the Goths,
FTLN 2148 The Roman Emperor greets you all by me;
FTLN 2149160 And, for he understands you are in arms,
FTLN 2150 He craves a parley at your father’s house,
FTLN 2151 Willing you to demand your hostages,
FTLN 2152 And they shall be immediately delivered.
GOTH  FTLN 2153What says our general?
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2154165 Aemilius, let the Emperor give his pledges

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FTLN 2155 Unto my father and my uncle Marcus,
FTLN 2156 And we will come. March away.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation


editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Tamora and her two sons, disguised.

TAMORA 
FTLN 2157 Thus, in this strange and sad habiliment
FTLN 2158 I will encounter with Andronicus
FTLN 2159 And say I am Revenge, sent from below
FTLN 2160 To join with him and right his heinous wrongs.
FTLN 21615 Knock at his study, where they say he keeps
FTLN 2162 To ruminate strange plots of dire revenge.
FTLN 2163 Tell him Revenge is come to join with him
FTLN 2164 And work confusion on his enemies.

They knock, and Titus (editorial emendationaboveeditorial emendation) opens his study door.

TITUS 
FTLN 2165 Who doth molest my contemplation?
FTLN 216610 Is it your trick to make me ope the door,
FTLN 2167 That so my sad decrees may fly away
FTLN 2168 And all my study be to no effect?
FTLN 2169 You are deceived, for what I mean to do,
FTLN 2170 See here, in bloody lines I have set down,
FTLN 217115 And what is written shall be executed.
TAMORA 
FTLN 2172 Titus, I am come to talk with thee.
TITUS 
FTLN 2173 No, not a word. How can I grace my talk,
FTLN 2174 Wanting a hand to give text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quartoit action?text from the Folio in the passages based on the Quarto
FTLN 2175 Thou hast the odds of me; therefore, no more.
TAMORA 
FTLN 217620 If thou didst know me, thou wouldst talk with me.

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TITUS 
FTLN 2177 I am not mad. I know thee well enough.
FTLN 2178 Witness this wretched stump; witness these crimson
FTLN 2179 lines;
FTLN 2180 Witness these trenches made by grief and care;
FTLN 218125 Witness the tiring day and heavy night;
FTLN 2182 Witness all sorrow that I know thee well
FTLN 2183 For our proud empress, mighty Tamora.
FTLN 2184 Is not thy coming for my other hand?
TAMORA 
FTLN 2185 Know, thou sad man, I am not Tamora.
FTLN 218630 She is thy enemy, and I thy friend.
FTLN 2187 I am Revenge, sent from th’ infernal kingdom
FTLN 2188 To ease the gnawing vulture of thy mind
FTLN 2189 By working wreakful vengeance on thy foes.
FTLN 2190 Come down and welcome me to this world’s light.
FTLN 219135 Confer with me of murder and of death.
FTLN 2192 There’s not a hollow cave or lurking-place,
FTLN 2193 No vast obscurity or misty vale
FTLN 2194 Where bloody murder or detested rape
FTLN 2195 Can couch for fear but I will find them out,
FTLN 219640 And in their ears tell them my dreadful name,
FTLN 2197 Revenge, which makes the foul offender quake.
TITUS 
FTLN 2198 Art thou Revenge? And art thou sent to me
FTLN 2199 To be a torment to mine enemies?
TAMORA 
FTLN 2200 I am. Therefore come down and welcome me.
TITUS 
FTLN 220145 Do me some service ere I come to thee.
FTLN 2202 Lo, by thy side, where Rape and Murder stands,
FTLN 2203 Now give some surance that thou art Revenge:
FTLN 2204 Stab them, or tear them on thy chariot wheels,
FTLN 2205 And then I’ll come and be thy wagoner,
FTLN 220650 And whirl along with thee about the editorial emendationglobe,editorial emendation
FTLN 2207 Provide thee two proper palfreys, black as jet,
FTLN 2208 To hale thy vengeful wagon swift away,

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FTLN 2209 And find out editorial emendationmurdererseditorial emendation in their guilty editorial emendationcaves.editorial emendation
FTLN 2210 And when thy car is loaden with their heads,
FTLN 221155 I will dismount and by thy wagon wheel
FTLN 2212 Trot like a servile footman all day long,
FTLN 2213 Even from editorial emendationHyperion’seditorial emendation rising in the east
FTLN 2214 Until his very downfall in the sea.
FTLN 2215 And day by day I’ll do this heavy task,
FTLN 221660 So thou destroy Rapine and Murder there.
TAMORA 
FTLN 2217 These are my ministers and come with me.
TITUS 
FTLN 2218 Are editorial emendationtheyeditorial emendation thy ministers? What are they called?
TAMORA 
FTLN 2219 Rape and Murder; therefore callèd so
FTLN 2220 ’Cause they take vengeance of such kind of men.
TITUS 
FTLN 222165 Good Lord, how like the Empress’ sons they are,
FTLN 2222 And you the Empress! But we editorial emendationworldlyeditorial emendation men
FTLN 2223 Have miserable, mad, mistaking eyes.
FTLN 2224 O sweet Revenge, now do I come to thee,
FTLN 2225 And if one arm’s embracement will content thee,
FTLN 222670 I will embrace thee in it by and by.
editorial emendationHe exits above.editorial emendation
TAMORA 
FTLN 2227 This closing with him fits his lunacy.
FTLN 2228 Whate’er I forge to feed his brainsick humors,
FTLN 2229 Do you uphold and maintain in your speeches,
FTLN 2230 For now he firmly takes me for Revenge;
FTLN 223175 And, being credulous in this mad thought,
FTLN 2232 I’ll make him send for Lucius his son;
FTLN 2233 And whilst I at a banquet hold him sure,
FTLN 2234 I’ll find some cunning practice out of hand
FTLN 2235 To scatter and disperse the giddy Goths,
FTLN 223680 Or, at the least, make them his enemies.
FTLN 2237 See, here he comes, and I must ply my theme.

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editorial emendationEnter Titus.editorial emendation

TITUS 
FTLN 2238 Long have I been forlorn, and all for thee.
FTLN 2239 Welcome, dread Fury, to my woeful house.—
FTLN 2240 Rapine and Murder, you are welcome too.
FTLN 224185 How like the Empress and her sons you are!
FTLN 2242 Well are you fitted, had you but a Moor.
FTLN 2243 Could not all hell afford you such a devil?
FTLN 2244 For well I wot the Empress never wags
FTLN 2245 But in her company there is a Moor;
FTLN 224690 And, would you represent our queen aright,
FTLN 2247 It were convenient you had such a devil.
FTLN 2248 But welcome as you are. What shall we do?
TAMORA 
FTLN 2249 What wouldst thou have us do, Andronicus?
DEMETRIUS 
FTLN 2250 Show me a murderer; I’ll deal with him.
CHIRON 
FTLN 225195 Show me a villain that hath done a rape,
FTLN 2252 And I am sent to be revenged on him.
TAMORA 
FTLN 2253 Show me a thousand that hath done thee wrong,
FTLN 2254 And I will be revengèd on them all.
TITUS , editorial emendationto Demetriuseditorial emendation 
FTLN 2255 Look round about the wicked streets of Rome,
FTLN 2256100 And when thou findst a man that’s like thyself,
FTLN 2257 Good Murder, stab him; he’s a murderer.
FTLN 2258  editorial emendationTo Chiron.editorial emendation Go thou with him, and when it is thy
FTLN 2259 hap
FTLN 2260 To find another that is like to thee,
FTLN 2261105 Good Rapine, stab him; he is a ravisher.
FTLN 2262  editorial emendationTo Tamora.editorial emendation Go thou with them; and in the
FTLN 2263 Emperor’s court
FTLN 2264 There is a queen attended by a Moor.
FTLN 2265 Well shalt thou know her by thine own proportion,

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FTLN 2266110 For up and down she doth resemble thee.
FTLN 2267 I pray thee, do on them some violent death.
FTLN 2268 They have been violent to me and mine.
TAMORA 
FTLN 2269 Well hast thou lessoned us; this shall we do.
FTLN 2270 But would it please thee, good Andronicus,
FTLN 2271115 To send for Lucius, thy thrice-valiant son,
FTLN 2272 Who leads towards Rome a band of warlike Goths,
FTLN 2273 And bid him come and banquet at thy house?
FTLN 2274 When he is here, even at thy solemn feast,
FTLN 2275 I will bring in the Empress and her sons,
FTLN 2276120 The Emperor himself, and all thy foes,
FTLN 2277 And at thy mercy shall they stoop and kneel,
FTLN 2278 And on them shalt thou ease thy angry heart.
FTLN 2279 What says Andronicus to this device?
TITUS , (editorial emendationcallingeditorial emendation) 
FTLN 2280 Marcus, my brother, ’tis sad Titus calls.

Enter Marcus.

FTLN 2281125 Go, gentle Marcus, to thy nephew Lucius.
FTLN 2282 Thou shalt inquire him out among the Goths.
FTLN 2283 Bid him repair to me and bring with him
FTLN 2284 Some of the chiefest princes of the Goths.
FTLN 2285 Bid him encamp his soldiers where they are.
FTLN 2286130 Tell him the Emperor and the Empress too
FTLN 2287 Feast at my house, and he shall feast with them.
FTLN 2288 This do thou for my love, and so let him,
FTLN 2289 As he regards his agèd father’s life.
MARCUS 
FTLN 2290 This will I do, and soon return again. editorial emendationMarcus exits.editorial emendation
TAMORA 
FTLN 2291135 Now will I hence about thy business
FTLN 2292 And take my ministers along with me.
TITUS 
FTLN 2293 Nay, nay, let Rape and Murder stay with me,
FTLN 2294 Or else I’ll call my brother back again
FTLN 2295 And cleave to no revenge but Lucius.

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TAMORA , editorial emendationaside to Chiron and Demetriuseditorial emendation 
FTLN 2296140 What say you, boys? Will you abide with him
FTLN 2297 Whiles I go tell my lord the Emperor
FTLN 2298 How I have governed our determined jest?
FTLN 2299 Yield to his humor, smooth and speak him fair,
FTLN 2300 And tarry with him till I turn again.
TITUS , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2301145 I knew them all, though they supposed me mad,
FTLN 2302 And will o’erreach them in their own devices—
FTLN 2303 A pair of cursèd hellhounds and their dam!
DEMETRIUS , editorial emendationaside to Tamoraeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2304 Madam, depart at pleasure. Leave us here.
TAMORA 
FTLN 2305 Farewell, Andronicus. Revenge now goes
FTLN 2306150 To lay a complot to betray thy foes.
TITUS 
FTLN 2307 I know thou dost; and, sweet Revenge, farewell.
editorial emendationTamora exits.editorial emendation
CHIRON 
FTLN 2308 Tell us, old man, how shall we be employed?
TITUS 
FTLN 2309 Tut, I have work enough for you to do.—
FTLN 2310 Publius, come hither; Caius, and Valentine.

editorial emendationPublius, Caius, and Valentine enter.editorial emendation

PUBLIUS  FTLN 2311155What is your will?
TITUS  FTLN 2312Know you these two?
PUBLIUS 
FTLN 2313 The Empress’ sons, I take them—Chiron, Demetrius.
TITUS 
FTLN 2314 Fie, Publius, fie, thou art too much deceived.
FTLN 2315 The one is Murder, and Rape is the other’s name;
FTLN 2316160 And therefore bind them, gentle Publius.
FTLN 2317 Caius and Valentine, lay hands on them.

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FTLN 2318 Oft have you heard me wish for such an hour,
FTLN 2319 And now I find it. Therefore bind them sure,
FTLN 2320 And stop their mouths if they begin to cry.
editorial emendationTitus exits.editorial emendation
CHIRON 
FTLN 2321165 Villains, forbear! We are the Empress’ sons.
PUBLIUS 
FTLN 2322 And therefore do we what we are commanded.—
FTLN 2323 Stop close their mouths; let them not speak a word.
FTLN 2324 Is he sure bound? Look that you bind them fast.

Enter Titus Andronicus with a knife, and Lavinia
with a basin.


TITUS 
FTLN 2325 Come, come, Lavinia. Look, thy foes are bound.—
FTLN 2326170 Sirs, stop their mouths. Let them not speak to me,
FTLN 2327 But let them hear what fearful words I utter.—
FTLN 2328 O villains, Chiron and Demetrius!
FTLN 2329 Here stands the spring whom you have stained with
FTLN 2330 mud,
FTLN 2331175 This goodly summer with your winter mixed.
FTLN 2332 You killed her husband, and for that vile fault
FTLN 2333 Two of her brothers were condemned to death,
FTLN 2334 My hand cut off and made a merry jest,
FTLN 2335 Both her sweet hands, her tongue, and that more dear
FTLN 2336180 Than hands or tongue, her spotless chastity,
FTLN 2337 Inhuman traitors, you constrained and forced.
FTLN 2338 What would you say if I should let you speak?
FTLN 2339 Villains, for shame you could not beg for grace.
FTLN 2340 Hark, wretches, how I mean to martyr you.
FTLN 2341185 This one hand yet is left to cut your throats,
FTLN 2342 Whiles that Lavinia ’tween her stumps doth hold
FTLN 2343 The basin that receives your guilty blood.
FTLN 2344 You know your mother means to feast with me,
FTLN 2345 And calls herself Revenge, and thinks me mad.
FTLN 2346190 Hark, villains, I will grind your bones to dust,

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FTLN 2347 And with your blood and it I’ll make a paste,
FTLN 2348 And of the paste a coffin I will rear,
FTLN 2349 And make two pasties of your shameful heads,
FTLN 2350 And bid that strumpet, your unhallowed dam,
FTLN 2351195 Like to the earth swallow her own increase.
FTLN 2352 This is the feast that I have bid her to,
FTLN 2353 And this the banquet she shall surfeit on;
FTLN 2354 For worse than Philomel you used my daughter,
FTLN 2355 And worse than Procne I will be revenged.
FTLN 2356200 And now prepare your throats.—Lavinia, come,
FTLN 2357 Receive the blood. He cuts their throats.
FTLN 2358 And when that they are dead,
FTLN 2359 Let me go grind their bones to powder small,
FTLN 2360 And with this hateful liquor temper it,
FTLN 2361205 And in that paste let their vile heads be baked.
FTLN 2362 Come, come, be everyone officious
FTLN 2363 To make this banquet, which I wish may prove
FTLN 2364 More stern and bloody than the Centaurs’ feast.
FTLN 2365 So. Now bring them in, for I’ll play the cook
FTLN 2366210 And see them ready against their mother comes.
They exit, editorial emendationcarrying the dead bodies.editorial emendation


editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Lucius, Marcus, and the Goths, editorial emendationwith Aaron,
Guards, and an Attendant carrying the baby.editorial emendation


LUCIUS 
FTLN 2367 Uncle Marcus, since ’tis my father’s mind
FTLN 2368 That I repair to Rome, I am content.
editorial emendationFIRSTeditorial emendation GOTH 
FTLN 2369 And ours with thine, befall what fortune will.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2370 Good uncle, take you in this barbarous Moor,
FTLN 23715 This ravenous tiger, this accursèd devil.
FTLN 2372 Let him receive no sust’nance. Fetter him

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FTLN 2373 Till he be brought unto the Empress’ face
FTLN 2374 For testimony of her foul proceedings.
FTLN 2375 And see the ambush of our friends be strong.
FTLN 237610 I fear the Emperor means no good to us.
AARON 
FTLN 2377 Some devil whisper curses in my ear
FTLN 2378 And prompt me that my tongue may utter forth
FTLN 2379 The venomous malice of my swelling heart.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2380 Away, inhuman dog, unhallowed slave!—
FTLN 238115 Sirs, help our uncle to convey him in.
Sound trumpets.
FTLN 2382 The trumpets show the Emperor is at hand.
editorial emendationGuards and Aaron exit.editorial emendation

Enter Emperor editorial emendationSaturninuseditorial emendation and Empress editorial emendationTamoraeditorial emendation
with editorial emendationAemilius,editorial emendation Tribunes, editorial emendationAttendants,editorial emendation and others.


SATURNINUS 
FTLN 2383 What, hath the firmament more suns than one?
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2384 What boots it thee to call thyself a sun?
MARCUS 
FTLN 2385 Rome’s emperor, and nephew, break the parle.
FTLN 238620 These quarrels must be quietly debated.
FTLN 2387 The feast is ready which the careful Titus
FTLN 2388 Hath ordained to an honorable end,
FTLN 2389 For peace, for love, for league and good to Rome.
FTLN 2390 Please you therefore draw nigh and take your places.
SATURNINUS  FTLN 239125Marcus, we will.

Trumpets sounding, enter Titus like a cook, placing the
dishes, editorial emendationwith young Lucius and others,editorial emendation and Lavinia
with a veil over her face.


TITUS 
FTLN 2392 Welcome, my lord;—welcome, dread queen;—
FTLN 2393 Welcome, you warlike Goths;—welcome, Lucius;—

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FTLN 2394 And welcome, all. Although the cheer be poor,
FTLN 2395 ’Twill fill your stomachs. Please you eat of it.
editorial emendationThey begin to eat.editorial emendation
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 239630 Why art thou thus attired, Andronicus?
TITUS 
FTLN 2397 Because I would be sure to have all well
FTLN 2398 To entertain your Highness and your empress.
TAMORA 
FTLN 2399 We are beholding to you, good Andronicus.
TITUS 
FTLN 2400 An if your Highness knew my heart, you were.—
FTLN 240135 My lord the Emperor, resolve me this:
FTLN 2402 Was it well done of rash Virginius
FTLN 2403 To slay his daughter with his own right hand
FTLN 2404 Because she was enforced, stained, and deflowered?
SATURNINUS  FTLN 2405It was, Andronicus.
TITUS  FTLN 240640Your reason, mighty lord?
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 2407 Because the girl should not survive her shame,
FTLN 2408 And by her presence still renew his sorrows.
TITUS 
FTLN 2409 A reason mighty, strong, and effectual;
FTLN 2410 A pattern, precedent, and lively warrant
FTLN 241145 For me, most wretched, to perform the like.
FTLN 2412 Die, die, Lavinia, and thy shame with thee,
FTLN 2413 And with thy shame thy father’s sorrow die.
editorial emendationHe kills Lavinia.editorial emendation
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 2414 What hast thou done, unnatural and unkind?
TITUS 
FTLN 2415 Killed her for whom my tears have made me blind.
FTLN 241650 I am as woeful as Virginius was,
FTLN 2417 And have a thousand times more cause than he
FTLN 2418 To do this outrage, and it now is done.

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SATURNINUS 
FTLN 2419 What, was she ravished? Tell who did the deed.
TITUS 
FTLN 2420 Will ’t please you eat?—Will ’t please your Highness
FTLN 242155 feed?
TAMORA 
FTLN 2422 Why hast thou slain thine only daughter thus?
TITUS 
FTLN 2423 Not I; ’twas Chiron and Demetrius.
FTLN 2424 They ravished her and cut away her tongue,
FTLN 2425 And they, ’twas they, that did her all this wrong.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 242660 Go fetch them hither to us presently.
TITUS 
FTLN 2427 Why, there they are, both bakèd in this pie,
FTLN 2428 Whereof their mother daintily hath fed,
FTLN 2429 Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred.
FTLN 2430 ’Tis true, ’tis true! Witness my knife’s sharp point.
He stabs the Empress.
SATURNINUS 
FTLN 243165 Die, frantic wretch, for this accursèd deed.
editorial emendationHe kills Titus.editorial emendation
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2432 Can the son’s eye behold his father bleed?
editorial emendationHe kills Saturninus.editorial emendation
FTLN 2433 There’s meed for meed, death for a deadly deed.
editorial emendationA great tumult. Lucius, Marcus, and
others go aloft to the upper stage.editorial emendation

MARCUS 
FTLN 2434 You sad-faced men, people and sons of Rome,
FTLN 2435 By uproars severed as a flight of fowl
FTLN 243670 Scattered by winds and high tempestuous gusts,
FTLN 2437 O, let me teach you how to knit again
FTLN 2438 This scattered corn into one mutual sheaf,
FTLN 2439 These broken limbs again into one body,
FTLN 2440 editorial emendationLesteditorial emendation Rome herself be bane unto herself,
FTLN 244175 And she whom mighty kingdoms curtsy to,

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FTLN 2442 Like a forlorn and desperate castaway,
FTLN 2443 Do shameful execution on herself.
FTLN 2444 But if my frosty signs and chaps of age,
FTLN 2445 Grave witnesses of true experience,
FTLN 244680 Cannot induce you to attend my words,
editorial emendationHe turns to Lucius.editorial emendation
FTLN 2447 Speak, Rome’s dear friend, as erst our ancestor,
FTLN 2448 When with his solemn tongue he did discourse
FTLN 2449 To lovesick Dido’s sad-attending ear
FTLN 2450 The story of that baleful burning night
FTLN 245185 When subtle Greeks surprised King Priam’s Troy.
FTLN 2452 Tell us what Sinon hath bewitched our ears,
FTLN 2453 Or who hath brought the fatal engine in
FTLN 2454 That gives our Troy, our Rome, the civil wound.—
FTLN 2455 My heart is not compact of flint nor steel,
FTLN 245690 Nor can I utter all our bitter grief,
FTLN 2457 But floods of tears will drown my oratory
FTLN 2458 And break my utterance even in the time
FTLN 2459 When it should move you to attend me most
FTLN 2460 And force you to commiseration.
FTLN 246195 Here’s Rome’s young captain. Let him tell the tale,
FTLN 2462 While I stand by and weep to hear him speak.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2463 Then, gracious auditory, be it known to you
FTLN 2464 That Chiron and the damned Demetrius
FTLN 2465 Were they that murderèd our emperor’s brother,
FTLN 2466100 And they it were that ravishèd our sister.
FTLN 2467 For their fell faults our brothers were beheaded,
FTLN 2468 Our father’s tears despised, and basely cozened
FTLN 2469 Of that true hand that fought Rome’s quarrel out
FTLN 2470 And sent her enemies unto the grave;
FTLN 2471105 Lastly, myself unkindly banishèd,
FTLN 2472 The gates shut on me, and turned weeping out
FTLN 2473 To beg relief among Rome’s enemies,
FTLN 2474 Who drowned their enmity in my true tears
FTLN 2475 And oped their arms to embrace me as a friend.

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FTLN 2476110 I am the turned-forth, be it known to you,
FTLN 2477 That have preserved her welfare in my blood
FTLN 2478 And from her bosom took the enemy’s point,
FTLN 2479 Sheathing the steel in my advent’rous body.
FTLN 2480 Alas, you know I am no vaunter, I;
FTLN 2481115 My scars can witness, dumb although they are,
FTLN 2482 That my report is just and full of truth.
FTLN 2483 But soft, methinks I do digress too much,
FTLN 2484 Citing my worthless praise. O, pardon me,
FTLN 2485 For when no friends are by, men praise themselves.
MARCUS 
FTLN 2486120 Now is my turn to speak. Behold the child.
FTLN 2487 Of this was Tamora deliverèd,
FTLN 2488 The issue of an irreligious Moor,
FTLN 2489 Chief architect and plotter of these woes.
FTLN 2490 The villain is alive in Titus’ house,
FTLN 2491125 And as he is to witness, this is true.
FTLN 2492 Now judge what editorial emendationcauseeditorial emendation had Titus to revenge
FTLN 2493 These wrongs unspeakable, past patience,
FTLN 2494 Or more than any living man could bear.
FTLN 2495 Now have you heard the truth. What say you,
FTLN 2496130 Romans?
FTLN 2497 Have we done aught amiss? Show us wherein,
FTLN 2498 And from the place where you behold us pleading,
FTLN 2499 The poor remainder of Andronici
FTLN 2500 Will, hand in hand, all headlong hurl ourselves,
FTLN 2501135 And on the ragged stones beat forth our souls,
FTLN 2502 And make a mutual closure of our house.
FTLN 2503 Speak, Romans, speak, and if you say we shall,
FTLN 2504 Lo, hand in hand, Lucius and I will fall.
AEMILIUS 
FTLN 2505 Come, come, thou reverend man of Rome,
FTLN 2506140 And bring our emperor gently in thy hand,
FTLN 2507 Lucius our emperor, for well I know
FTLN 2508 The common voice do cry it shall be so.

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editorial emendationROMANSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2509 Lucius, all hail, Rome’s royal emperor!
MARCUS , editorial emendationto Attendantseditorial emendation 
FTLN 2510 Go, go into old Titus’ sorrowful house,
FTLN 2511145 And hither hale that misbelieving Moor
FTLN 2512 To be editorial emendationadjudgededitorial emendation some direful slaught’ring death
FTLN 2513 As punishment for his most wicked life.
editorial emendationAttendants exit. Lucius and Marcus
come down from the upper stage.editorial emendation

editorial emendationROMANSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2514 Lucius, all hail, Rome’s gracious governor!
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2515 Thanks, gentle Romans. May I govern so
FTLN 2516150 To heal Rome’s harms and wipe away her woe!
FTLN 2517 But, gentle people, give me aim awhile,
FTLN 2518 For nature puts me to a heavy task.
FTLN 2519 Stand all aloof, but, uncle, draw you near
FTLN 2520 To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk.
editorial emendationHe kisses Titus.editorial emendation
FTLN 2521155 O, take this warm kiss on thy pale cold lips,
FTLN 2522 These sorrowful drops upon thy editorial emendationbloodstainededitorial emendation face,
FTLN 2523 The last true duties of thy noble son.
MARCUS 
FTLN 2524 Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kiss,
FTLN 2525 Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips.
editorial emendationHe kisses Titus.editorial emendation
FTLN 2526160 O, were the sum of these that I should pay
FTLN 2527 Countless and infinite, yet would I pay them.
LUCIUS , editorial emendationto Young Luciuseditorial emendation 
FTLN 2528 Come hither, boy. Come, come, and learn of us
FTLN 2529 To melt in showers. Thy grandsire loved thee well.
FTLN 2530 Many a time he danced thee on his knee,
FTLN 2531165 Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow;
FTLN 2532 Many a story hath he told to thee,
FTLN 2533 And bid thee bear his pretty tales in mind
FTLN 2534 And talk of them when he was dead and gone.

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MARCUS 
FTLN 2535 How many thousand times hath these poor lips,
FTLN 2536170 When they were living, warmed themselves on thine!
FTLN 2537 O, now, sweet boy, give them their latest kiss.
FTLN 2538 Bid him farewell; commit him to the grave.
FTLN 2539 Do them that kindness, and take leave of them.
YOUNG LUCIUS 
FTLN 2540 O grandsire, grandsire, ev’n with all my heart
FTLN 2541175 Would I were dead so you did live again!
editorial emendationHe kisses Titus.editorial emendation
FTLN 2542 O Lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping.
FTLN 2543 My tears will choke me if I ope my mouth.

editorial emendationEnter Aaron with Guards.editorial emendation

ROMAN 
FTLN 2544 You sad Andronici, have done with woes.
FTLN 2545 Give sentence on this execrable wretch
FTLN 2546180 That hath been breeder of these dire events.
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2547 Set him breast-deep in earth and famish him.
FTLN 2548 There let him stand and rave and cry for food.
FTLN 2549 If anyone relieves or pities him,
FTLN 2550 For the offense he dies. This is our doom.
FTLN 2551185 Some stay to see him fastened in the earth.
AARON 
FTLN 2552 Ah, why should wrath be mute and fury dumb?
FTLN 2553 I am no baby, I, that with base prayers
FTLN 2554 I should repent the evils I have done.
FTLN 2555 Ten thousand worse than ever yet I did
FTLN 2556190 Would I perform, if I might have my will.
FTLN 2557 If one good deed in all my life I did,
FTLN 2558 I do repent it from my very soul.
editorial emendationAaron is led off by Guards.editorial emendation
LUCIUS 
FTLN 2559 Some loving friends convey the Emperor hence,
FTLN 2560 And give him burial in his fathers’ grave.

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FTLN 2561195 My father and Lavinia shall forthwith
FTLN 2562 Be closèd in our household’s monument.
FTLN 2563 As for that ravenous tiger, Tamora,
FTLN 2564 No funeral rite, nor man in mourning weed;
FTLN 2565 No mournful bell shall ring her burial;
FTLN 2566200 But throw her forth to beasts and birds to prey.
FTLN 2567 Her life was beastly and devoid of pity,
FTLN 2568 And being dead, let birds on her take pity.
They exit, editorial emendationcarrying the dead bodies.editorial emendation