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Luc. O most insatiate, luxurious woman !

Aar. Tut, Lucius ! this was but a deed of charity, To that which thou shalt hear of me anon, 'Twas her two sons that murder'd Bassianus : They cut thy sister's tongue, and ravish'd her, And cut her hands; and trimm'd her as thou saw'st. Luc. O, détestable villain! call'st thou that trim

ming? Aar. Why, she was wash'd, and cut, and trimm'd;

and 'twas Trim sport for them that had the doing of it.

Luc. 0, barbarous, beastly villains, like thyself!

Aar. Indeed, I was their tutor to instruct them; That codding spirit had they from their mother, As sure a card as ever won the set: That bloody mind, I think, they learn'd of me, As true a dog as ever fought at head.Well, let my deeds be witness of my worth. I train'd thy brethren to that guileful hole, Where the dead corpse of Bassianus lay : I wrote the letter that thy father found, And hid the gold within the letter mention'd, Confederate with the queen, and her two sons ; And what not done, that thou hast cause to rue, Wherein I had no stroke of mischief in it? I play'd the cheater for thy father's hand; And, when I had it, drew myself apart, And almost broke my heart with extreme laughter. I pry'd me through the crevice of a wall, When, for his hand, he had his two sons' heads; Beheld his tears, and laugh'd so heartily, That both mine eyes were rainy like to his į

And when I told the

empress

of this sport, She swounded almost at my pleasing tale, And, for my tidings gave me twenty kisses. Goth. What! canst thou say all this, and never

blush ? Aar. Ay, like a black dog, as the saying is. - Luc. Art thou not sorry for these heinous deeds?

Aar. Ay, that I had not done a thousand more. Even now I curse the day, and yet, I think, Few come within the compass of my curse,) Wherein I did not some notorious ill : As kill a man, or else devise, his death; Ravish a maid, or plot the way to do it ; Accuse some innocent, and forswear myself : Set deadly enmity between two friends ; Make poor men's cattle break their necks; Set fire on barns and hay-stacks in the night, And bid the owners quench them with their tears, Oft have I digg'd up dead men from their graves, And set them upright at their dear friends' doors, Even when their sorrows almost were forgot; And on their skins, as on the bark of trees, Have with my knife carved in Roman letters, Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead. Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things, As willingly as one would kill a fly; And nothing grieyes me heartily indeed, But that I cannot do ten thousand more.

'Inc. Bring down the devil; for he must not die So sweet a death, as hanging presently.

Aar. If there be devils, 'would I were a devil, To live and burn in everlasting fire ;

So I might have your company in hell,
But to torment you

with
my

bitter tongue !
Luc. Sirs, stop his mouth, and let him speak no

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more.

Enter a Goth.

Goth. My lord, there is a messenger from Rome, Desires to be admitted to your presence,

Luc. Let him come near.

Enter ÆMILIUS,

Welcome, Æmilius, what's the news from Rome?

Æmil. Lord Lucius, and you princes of the Goths,
The Roman emperor greets you all by me :
And, for he understands you are in arms,
He craves a parley, at your father's house,
Willing you to demand your hostages,
And they shall be immediately deliver'd.

i Goth. What says our general ?

Luc. Æmilius, let the emperor give his pledges
Unto my father and my uncle Marcus,
And we will come. -March away.3

[Exeunt.

SCENE II.

Rome. Before Titus's House.

Enter TAMORA, CHRON, and Demetrius, disguis'd.

Tam. Thus, in this strange and sad habiliment,
I will encounter with Andronicus;
And say, I am ng sent from below,

3 Perhaps this is a stage direction, crept into the text,

To join with him, and right his heinous wrongs.
Knock at his study, where, they say, he keeps,
To ruminate strange plots of dire revenge ;
Tell him, Revenge is come to join with him,
And work confusion on his enemies. [They knock.

Enter Titus, above.
Tit. Who doth molest my contemplation?
Is it your trick, to make me ope the door;
That so my sad decrees may fly away,
And all my study be to no effect ?
You are deceiv'd: for what I mean to do,
See here, in bloody lines I have set down;
And what is written shall be executed.

Tam. Titus, I am come to talk with thee.

Tit. No; not a word: How can I grace my talk, Wanting a hand to give it action ? Thou hast the odds of me, therefore no more. Tam. If thou didst know me, thou would'st talk

with me.
Tit. I am not mad; I know thee well enough:
Witness this wretched stump, these crimson lines ;
Witness these trenches, made by grief and care ;
Witness the tiring day, and heavy night;
Witness all sorrow, that I know thee well
For our proud empress, mighty Tamora :
Is not thy coming for my other hand ?

Tam. Know thou, sad man, I am not Tamora ;
She is thy enemy, and I thy friend :
I am Revenge; sent from the infernal kingdom,
To ease the gnawing vulture of thy mind,
By working wreakful vengeance on thy foes.

Come down, and welcome me to this world's light;
Confer with me of murder and of death :
There's not a hollow cave, or lurking-place,
No vast obscurity, or misty vale, /
Where bloody murder, or detested rape,
Can couch for fear, but I will find them out;
And in their ears tell them my dreadful name,
Revenge, which makes the foul offender quake.

Tit. Art thou Revenge? and art thou 'sent to me, To be a torment to mine enemies ?

Tam. I am; therefore come down, and welcomeme.

Tit. Do me some service, ere I come to thee. Lo, by thy side where Rape, and Murder, stands; Now give some 'surance that thou art Revenge, Stab them, or tear them on thy chariot wheels; And then I'll come, and be thy waggoner, And whirl along with thee about the globes, Provide thee proper palfries, black as jet, To bale thy vengeful waggon swift away, And find out murderers in their guilty caves : And, when thy car is loaden with their heads, I will dismount, and by the waggon wheel Trat, like a servile footman, all day long; Even from Hyperion's rising in the east, Until his very downfal in the sea. And day by day I'll do this heavy task, So thou destroy Rapine and Murder there.

Tam. These are my ministers, and come with me. Tit. Are they thy ministers? what are they calld?

Tam. Rapine, and Murder; therefore called so, 'Cause they take vengeance of such kind of men.

Tit. Good lord, how like the empress' sons they are!

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