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Chi. I warrant you, madam; we will make that
Come, mistress, now, perforce, we will enjoy
Lav. 0 Tamora! thou bear'st a woman's face,-
Dem. Listen, fair madam. Let it be your glory To see her tears; but be your heart to them As unrelenting flint to drops of rain. Lav. When did the tiger's young ones teach the
dam ? 0, do not learn her wrath ; she taught it thee. The milk, thou suck’dst from her, did turn to marble ; Even at thy teat thou hadst thy tyranny.Yet every mother breeds not sons alike; Do thou entreat her show a woman pity.
[T. CHIRON. Chi. What! wouldst thou have me prove myself a
Tam. I know not what it means; away with her.
father's sake, That gave thee life, when well he might have slain thee, Be not obdurate, open thy deaf ears.
Tam. Had thou in person ne'er offended me,
Lav. 0 Tamora, be called a gentle queen,
And with thine own hands kill me in this place.
Tam. What begg'st thou, then? Fond woman, let
Tam. So should I rob my sweet sons of their fee; No, let them satisfy their lust on thee.
Dem. Away, for thou hast staid us here too long. Lav. No grace ? no womanhood ? Ah, beastly
creature ! The blot and enemy to our general name! Confusion fallChi. Nay, then I'll stop your mouth.—Bring thou her husband;
[Dragging off Lavinia. This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him.
[Exeunt. Tam. Farewell, my sons; see that you make her
Ne'er let my heart know merry cheer indeed,
SCENE IV. The same.
Enter Aaron, with Quintus and MARTIUS. Aar. Come on, my lords; the better foot before. Straight will I bring you to the loathsome pit, Where I espied the panther fast asleep.
Quin. My sight is very dull, whate'er it bodes.
Mart. And mine, I promise you ; were't not for
shame, Well could I leave our sport to sleep awhile.
[Martius falls into the pit. Quin. What, art thou fallen ? What subtle hole is
Mart. O brother, with the dismall'st object
them here; That he thereby may give a likely guess, How these were they that made away his brother.
[Exit AARON. Mart. Why dost not comfort me, and help me out From this unhallowed and blood-stained hole?
Quin. I am surprised with an uncouth fear ;
Mart. To prove thou hast a true-divining heart,
Quin. Aaron is gone ; and my compassionate heart
Mart. Lord Bassianus lies embrewed here,
Quin. If it be dark, how dost thou know 'tis he?
Mart. Upon his bloody finger he doth wear A precious ring, that lightens all the hole,
1 Old naturalists assert that there is a gem called a carbuncle, which emits not reflected but native light. Boyle believed in the reality of its existence. It is often alluded to in ancient fable.
Which, like a taper in some monument,
may be plucked into the swallowing womb Of this deep pit, poor Bassianus' grave. I have no strength to pluck thee to the brink.
Mart. Nor I no strength to climb without thy help.
Quin. Thy hand once more ; I will not loose again,
Enter SATURNINUS and AARON.
Mart. The unhappy son of old Andronicus;
Sat. My brother dead ? I know thou dost but jest.
Mart. We know not where you left him all alive, But, out, alas! here have we found him dead. Enter TAMORA, with Attendants ; Titus ANDRONICUS
and Lucius. Tam. Where is my lord, the king ? Sat. Here, Tamora ; though grieved with killing
Tam. Where is thy brother Bassianus ?
Sat. Now to the bottom dost thou search my wound; Poor Bassianus here lies murdered. Tam. Then all too late I bring this fatal writ,
[Giving a letter.
[Showing it. Sat. Two of thy whelps, [To Tit.) fell curs of
bloody kind, Have here bereft my brother of his life.Sirs, drag them from the pit unto the prison ; There let them bide, until we have devised Some never heard-of torturing pain for them. Tam. What, are they in this pit? 0 wondrous
thing! How easily murder is discovered !
Tit. High emperor, upon my feeble knee I beg this boon, with tears not lightly shed, That this fell fault of my accursed sons,Accursed, if the fault be proved in them,
Sat. If it be proved! you see, it is apparent.Who found this letter? Tamora, was it you ?
1 i. e. untimely.