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MARTIUS and QUINTUS being found in the pit with
the body of BASSIANUS, are condemned to death as his murderers.
“ Tit. High emperor, upon my feeble knee I beg this boon, with tears not lightly shed, That this fell fault of my accursed sonsAccursed, if the fault be proved in them
Sat. If it be proved! you see, it is apparent.
Yet let me be their bail. Sat. Thou shalt not bail them; see thou follow me. Some bring the murder'd body, some the murderers : : Let them not speak a word; their guilt is plain; For, by my soul, were there worse end than death, That end upon them should be executed."
Act II. S. 4.
AARON is producing the bag of gold hid by himself,
stated in a letter, forged by himself also, to be for the reward of a huntsman for the murder of BASSIANUS.
AARON pretends a message to have been sent from SA
TURNINUS, offering to pardon ANDRONICUS's sons, on condition of TITUS, MARCUS, or LUCIUS sending a hand as a ransom for their faults. Whilst MARCUS and LUCIUS go for an axe, TITUS asks AARON to cut his hand off
66 Tit. Come hither, Aaron ; I'll deceive them both; Lend me thy hand, and I will give thee mine."
(AARON cuts off TITUS's hand.)
Act III. S. 1.
MARTIUS and QUINTUS are seen going to execution.
LAVINIA, with her hands cut off and tongue cut out, is standing near.
LAVINIA making known her sufferings. The heads of MARTIUS and QUINTUS have been sent with TITUS's hand, returned in scorn.
“ Mess. Worthy Andronicus, ill art thou repaid
Act III. S. 1.
LAVINIA takes the staff in her mouth, and guides it with
her arms, and writes. 6 Tir. O, do you read, my lord, what she hath writ? Stuprum—Chiron- Demetrius.
Mar. What, what !—the lustful sons of Tamora Performers of this heinous bloody deed ?”
Act IV. S. 1.
The NURSE bringing a blackamoor child, the son of
AARON and TAMORA.
“ Nurse. O gentle Aaron, we are all undone : Now help, or woe betide thee evermore.
AAR. Why, what a caterwauling dost thou keep?
NURSE. Here is the babe, as loathsome as a toad
Chi. It shall not live.
It shall not die.
AAR. What, must it, nurse? Then let no man but I Do execution on my flesh and blood.
Dem. I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier's point: Nurse, give it me; my sword shall soon despatch it. Aar. Sooner this sword shall plough thy bowels up.
(Takes the child from the Nurse, and draws.) Stay, murderous villains ! will you kill your brother?”
AARON and his child brought before LUCIUS, who is
become general of the Goths, “ and threats, in course of this revenge, to do as much as ever CORIOLANUS did.”
“ Goth. Renowned Lucius, from our troops I stray’d, To gaze upou a ruinous monastery; And as I earnestly did fix mine eye Upon the wasted building, suddenly I heard a child cry underneath a wall. I made unto the noise; when soon I heard The crying babe controlld with this discourse : Peace, tawny slave, half me and half thy dam!
For I must bear thee to a trusty Goth,
Luc. O worthy Goth! this is the incarnate devil
Aar. Lucius, save the child;
ACT V. S. 1.