Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred 4. 'Tis true, 'tis true; witness my knife's sharp point.

[Killing TAMORA. Sat. Die, frantick wretch, for this accursed deed.

[Killing Titus. 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. The

People in confusion disperse. MARCUS,
Lucius, and their Partisans ascend the

Steps before Titus's House.
Mar. You sad-fac'men, people and sons of Rome,
By uproar sever'd, like a flight of fowl
Scatter'd by winds and high tempestuous gusts,
0, let me teach you how to knit again
This scatter'd corn into one mutual sheaf,
These broken limbs again into one body.

Sen. Lest Rome herself be bane unto herself; And she, whom mighty kingdoms court'sy to, Like a forlorn and desperate castaway, Do shameful execution on herself. But if my frosty signs and chaps of age, Grave witnesses of true experience, Cannot induce you to attend my words,Speak, Rome's dear friend; [To Lucius.] as erst

our ancestor, When with his solemn tongue he did discourse To lovesick Dido's sad attending ear, The story of that baleful burning night, When subtle Greeks surpris'd King Priam's Troy; Tell us, what Sinon hath bewitch'd our ears,

4 The additions made by Ravenscroft to this scene are much of a piece with it:

Thus cramm’d, thou’rt bravely fatten'd up for hell,

And thus to Pluto I do serve thee up.' [Stabs the Empress. And then ‘A curtain drawn discovers the heads and hands of Demetrius and Chiron hanging up against the wall; their bodies in chairs in bloody linen.'

Or who hath brought the fatal engine in,
That gives our Troy, our Rome, the civil wound. -
My heart is not compact of flint, nor steel;
Nor can I utter all our bitter grief,
But floods of tears will drown my oratory,
And break my very utterance; even i'the time
When it should move you to attend me most,
Lending your kind commiseration:
Here is a captain, let him tell the tale ;
Your hearts will throb and weep to hear him speak.

Luc. Then, noble auditory, be it known to you,
That cursed Chiron and Demetrius
Were they that murdered our emperor's brother;
And they it were that ravished our sister:
For their fell faults our brothers were beheaded;
Our father's tears despis’d; and basely cozen'da 5
Of that true hand, that fought Rome's quarrel out,
And sent her enemies unto the grave.
Lastly, myself unkindly banished,
The gates shut on me, and turn'd weeping out,
To beg relief among Rome's enemies;
Who drown'd their enmity in my true tears,
And op'd their arms to embrace me as a friend : -
And I am the turn’d-forth, be it known to you,
That have preserv'd her welfare in my blood :
And from her bosom took the enemy's point,
Sheathing the steel in my advent'rous body. .
Alas! you know, I am no vaunter, I;
My scars can witness, dumb although they are,
That my report is just, and full of truth.
But, soft; methinks, I do digress too much,
Citing my worthless praise: 0, pardon me;
For when no friends are by, men praise themselves.
Mar. Now is my turn to speak; Behold this child,
[Pointing to the Child in the arms of an

5 i. e. and he basely cozen’d.'

Of this was Tamora delivered;
The issue of an irreligious Moor,
Chief architect and plotter of these woes;
The villain is alive in Titus' house,
Damn'd as he is, to witness this is true.
Now judge, what cause had Titus to revenge
These wrongs, unspeakable, past patience,
Or more than

any living man could bear. Now you have heard the truth, what say you,

Have we done aught amiss ? Show us wherein,
And, from the place where you behold us now,

poor remainder of Andronici
Will, hand in hand, all headlong cast us downo,
And on the ragged stones beat forth our brains,
And make a mutual closure of our house.
Speak, Romans, speak; and, if you say, we shall,
Lo, hand in hand, Lucius and I will fall.

Æmil. Come, come, thou reverend man of Rome, And bring our emperor gently in thy hand, Lucius our emperor; for, well I know, The common voice do cry, it shall be so. Rom. [Several speak.] Lucius, all hail; Rome's royal emperor!

LUCIUS, 8c, descend. Mar. Go, go into old Titus' sorrowful house;

[To an Attendant. And hither hale that misbelieving Moor, To be adjudg’d some direful slaughtering death, As punishment for his most wicked life. Rom. [Several speak.] Lucius, all bail; Rome's

gracious governor! Luc. Thanks, gentle Romans; May I govern so, To heal Rome's harms, and wipe away her woe! But, gentle people, give me aim awhile,

6 i. e. we the poor remainder, &c. will cast us down.

For nature puts me to a heavy task ;-
Stand all aloof,—but, uncle, draw you near,
To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk:
O, take this warm kiss on thy pale cold lips,

[Kisses Titus. These sorrowful drops upon thy blood-stain'd face, The last true duties of thy noble son!

Mar. Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kiss,
Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips :
0, were the sum of these that I should pay
Countless and infinite,

yet would I


them! Luc. Come hither, boy; come, come, and learn,

of us

To melt in showers: Thy grandsire lov'd thee well:
Many a time he danc'd thee on his knee,
Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow;
Many a matter hath he told to thee,
Meet, and agreeing with thine infancy;
In that respect then, like a loving child,
Shed yet some small drops from thy tender spring,
Because kind nature doth require it so:
Friends should associate friends in grief and woe:
Bid him farewell; commit him to the grave;
Do him that kindness, and take leave of him.
Boy. O grandsire, grandsire ! even with all my

Would I were dead, so you did live again !-
O lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping ;
My tears will choke me,

if I Enter Attendants, with A ARON. 1 Rom. You sad Andronici, have done with woes; Give sentence on this execrable wretch, That hath been breeder of these dire events.

Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish him; There let him stand, and rave and cry for food : If any one relieves or pities him,

ope my mouth,

For the offence he dies. This is our doom :
Some stay, to see him fasten'd in the earth?.

Aar. O, why should wrath be mute, and fury dumb?
I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers,
I should repent the evil I have done;
Ten thousand, worse than ever yet I did,
Would I perform if I might have my will;
If one good deed in all my life I did,
I do repent it from

my very

Luc. Some loving friends convey


emperor hence, And give him burial in his father's grave : My father, and Lavinia, shall forthwith Be closed in our household's monument. As for that heinous tiger, Tamora, No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds, No mournful bell shall ring her burial; But throw her forth to beasts, and birds of prey : Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity ; And, being so, shall have like want of pity. See justice done to Aaron, that damn’d Moor, By whom our heavy haps had their beginning: Then, afterwards, to order well the state; That like events may ne'er it ruinate. [Exeunt.

7 That justice and cookery may go hand in hand to the conclusion of the play, in Ravenscroft's alteration of it, Aaron is at once racked and roasted on the stage.

All the editors and criticks agree in supposing this play spurious. I see no reason for differing from them; for the colour of the style is wholly different from that of the other plays, and there is an attempt at regular versification, and artificial closes, not always inelegant, yet seldom pleasing. The barbarity of the spectacles, and the general massacre which are here exhibited, can scarcely be conceived tolerable to any audience, yet we are told by Jonson that they were not only borne but praised. That Shakspeare wrote any part, though Theobald declares it incontestable, I see no reason for believing.


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