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REFERENCES DESCRIPTIVE OF THE PLATES.
Chiron, and DEMETRIUS did their utmost to deserve their fate; and SATURNINUS was justly punished for his ingratitude to Titus. The punishment of Aaron, the instigator and reveller in all the mischief and misery, seems hardly adequate to his crimes; but from his insensibility to suffering, and atrocious disposition, he is probably meant as a personification of “ the Tempter walking to and fro upon the earth, seeking whom he may devour."
TITUS ANDRONICUS delivering ALARBUS to be
sacrificed to the manes of his sons, killed in battle with the Goths. TAMORA entreats for her son's life.SATURNINUS and BASSIANUS, at the head of their respective parties, coming to ask the suffrage of TITUS for the empire. SATURNINUS is admiring TAMORA.
“ Luc. Give us the proudest prisoner of the Goths, That we may hew his limbs, and, on a pile, Ad manes fratrum sacrifice his flesh, Before this earthly prison of their bones; That so the shadows be uot unappeas’d, Nor we disturb’d with prodigies on earth.
Tit. I give him you; the noblest that survives, The eldest son of this distressed queen.
Tam. Stay, Roman brethren!–Gracious conqueror,
Tit. Patient yourself, madam, and pardon me.
Act I. S. 2.
SATURNINUS, having been chosen emperor at the
instance of TITUS, offers his hand to LAVINIA; but immediately pays his court to TAMORA.–BASSIANUS, assisted by MARCUS ANDRONICUS, and the sons of TITUS, claims LAVINIA as his betrothed. TITUS resists, and kills MUTIUS, his son, who opposes him.
“ Sat. A goodly lady, trust me; of the hue That I would choose, were I to choose anew.Clear up, fair queen, that cloudy countenance ; Though chance of war hath wrought this change of cheer, Thou comest not to be made a scorn in Rome: Princely shall be thy usage every way. Rest on my word, and let not discontent Daunt all your hopes: Madam, he comforts you, Can make you greater than the queen of Goths. Bass. Lord Titus, by your leave, this maid is mine.
(Seizing LAVINIA.) Mar. Suum cuique is our Roman justice : This prince in justice seizeth but his own. Luc. And that he will, and shall, if Lucius live.
Tit. Traitors, avaunt! Where is the emperor's guard? Treason, my lord! Lavinia is surprised.
Sat. Surprised! by whom?
By him that justly may Bear his betrothed from all the world a way.
Mut. My lord, you pass not here.
What, villain boy! Barrist me my way in Rome?” (Kills MUTIUS.)
The murder of BASSIANUS by CHIRON and DE
66 Tam. But straight they told me, they would bind
(Stabs BASSIANUS.) Chi. And this for me, struck home to show my strength.
(Stabs him likewise.)
Tam. Had'st thou in person ne'er offended me,
Act II, S. 3.
AARON leading MARTIUS and QUINTUS to the
pit into which CHIRON and DEMETRIUS had thrown the body of BASSIANUS.
“ Aar. Come on, my lords; the better foot before : Straight will I bring you to the loathsome pit Where I espied the panther fast asleep.
(MARTIUS falls into the pit.) Quin. What, art thou fallen? What subtle hole is
this? Aar. (Aside.) Now will I fetch the king to find
them here; That he thereby may give a likely guess How these were they that made away his brother.”