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Author: William Shakespeare
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Titus Andronicus (Quarto 1, 1594)


The most Lamentable Tragedie
230Marcus. Titus thou shalt obtaine & aske the Emperie.
Saturni. Proud and ambitious Tribune canst thou tell.
Titus. Patience Prince Saturninus.
Saturninus. Romaines doe me right.
Patricians draw your swords and sheath them not,
235Till Saturninus be Romes Emperour:
Andronicus would thou were shipt to hell,
Rather than robbe me of the peoples harts.
Lucius. Prowd Saturnine, interrupter of the good,
That noble minded Titus meanes to thee.
240Titus. Content thee Prince, I will restore to thee
The peoples harts, and weane them from themselues.
Bassianus. Andronicus I doo not flatter thee,
But honour thee and will doo till I die:
My faction if thou strengthen with thy friends
245I will most thankefull be, and thanks to men
Of Noble minds, is honourable meede.
Titus. People of Rome, and peoples Tribunes here,
I aske your voyces and your suffrages,
Will yee bestow them friendly on Andronicus.
250Tribunes. To gratifie the good Andronicus,
And gratulate his safe returne to Rome,
The people will accept whom he admits.
Titus. Tribunes I thanke you, and this sute I make,
That you create our Emperours eldest sonne,
255Lord Saturnine: whose vertues will I hope,
Reflect on Rome as Tytus Raies on earth,
And ripen iustice in this Common weale:
Then if you will elect by my aduise,
Crowne him and say, Long liue our Emperour.
260Marcus An. VVith voyces and applause of euery sort,
Patricians and Plebeans, we create
Lord Saturninus Romes great Emperour,
And say Long liue our Emperour Saturnine.
265Saturnine. Titus Andronicus, for thy fauours done,
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