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


of Titus Andronicus.
when for his hand he had his two sonnes heads,
Beheld his teares and laught so hartelie,
That both mine eyes were raynie like to his:
And when I tolde the Empresse of this sport,
2235Shee sounded almost at my pleasing tale,
And for my tidings gaue me twentie kisses.

Goth.
VVhat canst thou say all this and neuer blush.

Aron.
I like a blacke Dog, as the saying is.

Lucius.
Art thou not sorrie for these hainous deeds.

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Aron.

I that I had not done a thousand more,
Euen now I curse the day and yet I thinke
Fewe come within the compasse of my curse,
wherein I did not some notorious ill.
As kill a man, or els deuise his death,
2245Rauish a maide, or plot the waie to doe it,
Accuse some innocent, and forsweare my selfe,
Set deadly enmitie betweene two friends,
Make poore mens cattle breake their necks,
Set fire on barnes and haystalks in the night,
2250And bid the owners quench them with their teares:
Oft haue I digd vp dead men from their graues,
And set them vpright at their deare friends dore,
Euen when their sorrowes almost was forgot,
And on their skinnes as on the barke of trees,
2255Haue with my knife carued in Romaine letters,
Let not your sorrow die though I am dead.
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