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




The most Lamen-

table Romaine Tragedie of
Titus Andronicus: As it was Plaide by
the Right Honourable the Earle
of Darbie, Earle of Pembrooke,
and Earle of Sussex their
Seruants.

Enter the Tribunes and Senatours aloft: And then enter
Saturninus and his followers at one dore, and Bassianus and
his followers, with Drums and Trumpets.

Saturninus.
NOble Patricians, Patrons of my Right,
Defend the iustice of my cause with armes.
And Countrimen my louing followers,
10Plead my successiue Title with your swords:
I am his first borne sonne, that was the last
That ware the Imperiall Diademe of Rome,
Then let my Fathers honours liue in me,
Nor wrong mine age with this indignitie,
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Bassianus.
Romaines, friends, followers, fauourers of my Right,
If euer Bassianus Ceasars sonne,
VVere gratious in the eyes of Royall Rome,
Keepe then this passage to the Capitoll,
20And suffer not dishonour to approch,
The Imperiall seate to vertue, consecrate
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