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Let not young Mutius, then, that was thy joy,
Flourish. Re-enter, at one side, SATURNINUs, attended; TAMoRA, DEMETRIUS, CHIRoN, and AARON: at the other side, BASSIANUs, LAVINIA, and others.
Sat. So, Bassianus, you have play'd your prize:
* - these pneARY dumps, So the 4tos. of 1600 and 1611; the folio,
“sudden dumps,” which is evidently wrong, and, as Mr. Dyce observes, a clear misprint for sullen. On the contrary, in “King John,” A. i. sc. 1 (Vol. iii. p. 126), sudden was probably misprinted “sullen,” though (as a case of doubt) we have allowed the latter to remain, noting, however, the proposed emendation. “ Sudden,” in the play before us, was caught from the next line but one. ' Mar. Yes, and will nobly him remunerate.] This line is only in the folios. Malone suspected, with some reason, that it was the answer of Marcus to the ques
tion of Titus, and that it ought, therefore, to have the prefix of Marcus. We have adopted his suggestion.
But if we live, we'll be as sharp with you.
• And so supplant you for ingratitude.) So the first 4to: the second 4to. and the folio have us for “you.” The difference is not material.
I'll find a day to massacre them all,
* Luc. We do;] This speech has no prefix in the 4to, 1600: in that of 1611 it has All before it; and in the folio, Son; probably Lucius, one of the sons of Andronicus, who spoke for the rest.
* They stand up..] This is merely a stage-direction, but in the old copies it is obtruded into the text: the corr. fo. 1632 makes the emendation, and shows where Lucius and the rest kneel. Of course, if they knelt, their rising ought also to be marked, and this it was that was mistaken in the early editions, and made to appear as if stand up had been part of what was said by Saturninus.
Lavinia, though you left me like a churl,
Tit. To-morrow, an it please your majesty,
ACT II. SCENE I."
The Same. Before the Palace.
s Act ii. Scene 1.) The folio has here the commencement of what it calls Actus Secunda ; but, according to the 4tos, Aaron remained on the stage, and the first act continued : the direction in both the oldest copies is “Manet Moor.”
6 Advanc'd ABOVE The folio only, “ Advanc'd about."
; Upon her wit doth earthly honour wait,] “Wit" is altered to will in the corr. fo. 1632, and although it is perhaps right, we hesitate, as in other cases, to alter what may not be wrong: we have “her sacred wit" afterwards, p. 27. Lower down “ Than is Prometheus " is amended to “Than was Prometheus," which we place in our text: no doubt Aaron spoke in the past tense.
Hast prisoner held, fetter'd in amorous chains,
Enter DEMETRIUs and CHIRoN, braving.
Dem. Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit wants edge And manners, to intrude where I am grac'd, And may, for aught thou know'st, affected be. Chi. Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all, And so in this, to bear me down with braves. 'Tis not the difference of a year, or two, Makes me less gracious, thee more fortunate': I am as able, and as fit, as thou, To serve, and to deserve my mistress’ grace; And that my sword upon thee shall approve, And plead my passions for Lavinia's love. Aar. Clubs, clubs'! these lovers will not keep the peace. Dem. Why, boy, although our mother, unadvis'd, Gave you a dancing-rapier by your side’, Are you so desperate grown, to threat your friends? Go to; have your lath glued within your sheath, Till you know better how to handle it. Chi. Mean while, sir, with the little skill I have, Full well shalt thou perceive how much I dare. Dem. Ay, boy; grow ye so brave? [They draw.
* Away with slavish weeds, and servile thoughts J So the 4to, 1600: the 4to, 1611, and the folio, poorly read “idle thoughts.”
* — this Nymph, The 4to, 1611, and the folio, have queen for “nymph.”
'Makes me less gracious, thee more fortunate:] On the authority of the corr. fo. 1632 we omit or before “thee more fortunate:” it spoils the metre, here regular, and weakens the force of what is said.
* Clubs, clubs 1) The usual exclamation when a riot occurred in the streets of London. See Vol. ii. p. 422, and Vol. iii. p. 663.
* — a pancing-Rapier by your side,) So, in Greene's “Quip for an Upstart Courtier,” 1592: “– one of them carrying his cutting-sword of choller, the other his dancing-rapier of delight.”