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


of Titus Andronicus.

Enter Clowne.

How now good fellow wouldst thou speake with vs?
Clowne. Yea forsooth & your Mistriship be Emperiall,
2035Tamora. Empresse I am, but yonder sits the Emperour.
Clow. Tis he, God and Saint Steuen giue you Godden,
I haue brought you a letter and a couple of pigeons here.

He reads the letter.

Satur. Goe take him away and hang him presently?
2040Clow. How much money must I haue.
Tamora. Come sirra you must be hanged.
Clowne. Hangd be Lady, then I haue brought vp a neck
to a faire end.
Exit.

Satur. Dispightfull and intollerable wrongs,
2045Shall I endure this monstrous villanie?
I know from whence this same deuise proceeds.
May this be borne as if his traitorous sonnes,
That dide by law for murther of our brother,
Haue by my meanes bin butchered wrongfully.
2050Goe dragge the villaine hither by the haire,
Nor age, nor honour, shall shape priueledge,
For this proud mocke, Ile be thy slaughter man,
Sly franticke wretch, that holpst to make me great,
In hope thy selfe should gouerne Rome and me.

2055
Enter Nutius Emillius.

Satur. VVhat newes with thee Emillius?
Emillius. Arme my Lords, Rome neuer had more cause,
The Gothes haue gathered head and with a power
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