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How like the empress and her sons you are!
Tam. What wouldst thou have us do, Andronicus?
Tam. Show me a thousand, that hath done thee And I will be revenged on them all.
Tit. Look round about the wicked streets of Rome;
I pray thee, do on them some violent death;
Tam. Well hast thou lessoned us; this shall we do.
Tit. Marcus, my brother!-'tis sad Titus calls.
Go, gentle Marcus, to thy nephew Lucius;
Feast at my house; and he shall feast with them.
Mar. This will I do, and soon return again.
Tit. Nay, nay, let Rape and Murder stay with me; Or else I'll call my brother back again,
And cleave to no revenge but Lucius.
Tam. What say you, boys? will you abide with him, Whiles I go tell my lord, the emperor, How I have governed our determined jest? Yield to his humor, smooth and speak him fair, [Aside. And tarry with him, till I come again.
Tit. I know them all, though they suppose me mad; And will o'erreach them in their own devices, A pair of cursed hellhounds and their dam.
Enter PUBLIUS and others.
Dem. Madam, depart at pleasure, leave us here. Tam. Farewell, Andronicus. Revenge now goes To lay a complot to betray thy foes. [Exit TAMORA. Tit. I know thou dost; and, sweet Revenge, farewell. Chi. Tell us, old man, how shall we be employed? Tit. Tut, I have work enough for you to do.— Publius, come hither, Caius, and Valentine!
Pub. What's your will?
Know you these two?
Th' empress' sons,
I take them, Chiron and Demetrius.
Tit. Fie, Publius, fie! thou art too much deceived; The one is Murder, Rape is the other's name: And therefore bind them, gentle Publius; Caius, and Valentine, lay hands on them. Oft have you heard me wish for such an hour, And now I find it; therefore bind them sure; And stop their mouths, if they begin to cry.
[Exit TITUS. PUBLIUS, &c. lay hold on CHIRON and DEMETRIUS.
Chi. Villains, forbear; we are the empress' sons. Pub. And therefore do we what we are commanded.Stop close their mouths, let them not speak a word. Is he sure bound? look that you bind them fast.
Re-enter TITUS ANDRONICUS, with LAVINIA; she bearing a basin, and he a knife.
Tit. Come, come, Lavinia; look, thy foes are bound;Sirs, stop their mouths, let them not speak to me; But let them hear what fearful words I utter.O villains, Chiron and Demetrius !
Here stands the spring whom you have stained with mud;
Both her sweet hands, her tongue, and that, more dear
[He cuts their throats.
And in that paste let their vile heads be baked.
To make this banquet; which I wish may prove
SCENE III. The same. A Pavilion, with tables, &c. Enter LUCIUS, MARCUS, and Goths, with AARON, prisoner. Luc. Uncle Marcus, since 'tis my father's mind, That you repair to Rome, I am content.
1 Goth. And ours, with thine, befall what fortune will. Luc. Good uncle, take you in this barbarous Moor, This ravenous tiger, this accursed devil; Let him receive no sustenance, fetter him, Till he be brought unto the empress' face, For testimony of her foul proceedings; And see the ambush of our friends be strong: I fear the emperor means no good to us.
Aar. Some devil whisper curses in mine ear, And prompt me, that my tongue may utter forth The venomous malice of my swelling heart!
Luc. Away, inhuman dog! unhallowed slave! Sirs, help our uncle to convey him in.
[Exeunt Goths, with AARON. Flourish. The trumpets show the emperor is at hand.
Enter SATURNINUS and TAMORA, with Tribunes, Senators, and others.
Sat. What, hath the firmament more suns than one?
Mar. Rome's emperor, and nephew, break the parle;
For peace, for love, for league, and good to Rome.
[Hautboys sound. The company sit down at table. Enter TITUS, dressed like a cook, LAVINIA, veiled, young LUCIUS, and others. TITUS places the dishes on the table.
Tit. Welcome, my gracious lord; welcome, dread queen; Welcome, ye warlike Goths; welcome, Lucius; And welcome, all: although the cheer be poor, 'Twill fill your stomachs; please you eat of it.
Sat. Why art thou thus attired, Andronicus? Tit. Because I would be sure to have all well, To entertain your highness and your empress.
Tam. We are beholden to you, good Andronicus.
My lord the emperor resolve me this;
Tit. Your reason, mighty lord!
Sat. Because the girl should not survive her shame, And by her presence still renew his sorrows.
Tit. A reason mighty, strong, and effectual;
[He kills LAVINIA.
And, with thy shame, thy father's sorrow die!
Tit. Killed her, for whom my tears have made me blind. I am as woful as Virginius was;
And have a thousand times more cause than he
To do this outrage;—and it is now done.
Sat. What, was she ravished? tell, who did the deed. Tit. Will't please you eat? will't please your highness feed? Tam. Why hast thou slain thine only daughter thus? Tit. Not I; 'twas Chiron, and Demetrius. They ravished her, and cut away her tongue, And they, 'twas they; that did her all this wrong. Sat. Go, fetch them hither to us presently.
Tit. Why, there they are both, baked in that pie;
'Tis true, 'tis true; witness my knife's sharp point.
Luc. Can the son's eye behold his father bleed? There's meed for meed, death for a deadly deed.
[Kills SATURNINUS. A great tumult. People in confusion disperse. MARCUS, LUCIUS, and their partisans, ascend the steps before TITUS's house.
Mar. You sad-faced men, people and sons of Rome, By uproar severed, like a flight of fowl