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MEN. SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and after.
wards declared Emperor bimself, BASSIANUS, Brother to Saturninus, in Love with Lavinia. TITUS ANDRONICUS, a noble Roman, General against the
Gotbs. MARCUS ANDRONICUS, Tribune of the People, and Brother
to Titus. MARCUS, QUINTUS,
Sons to Titus Andronicus.
Saturninus. LAVINIA, Daughter to Titus Andronicus, Nurse, with a Black-a-moor Child. Senators, Judges, Officers, Soldiers, and other Artendants,
SCENE, Rome; and the Country near it.
ACT I. SCENE 1.
Before the Capitol în Rome. Enter the Tribunes, and
Senators aloft, as in the Senate. Then enter SATUR-
NOBLE patricians, patrons of my right,
with this indignity.
Bas. Romans,-friends, followers, favourers of
Enter MARCUS ANDRONICUS aloft, with the Crown.
Mar. Princes, that strive by factions, and by
friends, Ambitiously for rule and empery! Know, that the people of Rome, for whom we stand A special party, have, by common voice, In election for the Roman empery, Chosen Andronicus, surnamed Pius For many good and great deserts to Rome; A nobler man, a braver warrior, Lives not this day within the city walls : He by the senáte is accited home, From weary wars against the barbarous Goths; That, with his sons, terror to our foes, Hath yok'd a nation strong, train’d up in arms.
30 Ten years are spent, since first he undertook This cause of Rome, and chastised with arms Our enemies' pride: Five times he hath return'd
Bleeding to Rome, bearing his valiant sons
-By honour of his name,
[Exeunt Soldiers. Sat. Friends, that have been thus forward in niy
As I am confident and kind to thee.-
[They go up into the Senate-House.
Enter a Captain.
Capt. Romans, make way; the good Andronicus, Patron of virtue, Rome's best champion, Successful in the battles that he fights, With honour and with fortune is return'd, From where he circumscribed with his sword, And brought to yoke, the enemies of Rome. Sound Drums and Trumpets, and then enter Mutius and
MARCUS: after them, two Men bearing a Coffin cover'd with black ; then Quintus and Lucius. . After them Titus ANDRONICUS; and then TAMORA, the Queen of Goths, ALARBUS, CHIRON, and DeMetrius, with AARON the Moor, Prisoners ; Sol, diers, and other Attendants. They set down the Coffin, and Titus speaks. Tit. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning weeds!
70 Lo, as the bark, that hath discharg'd her fraught, Returns with precious lading to the bay, From whence at first she weigh'd her anchorage,