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  • Title: Titus Andronicus (Folio, 1623)

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Titus Andronicus (Folio, 1623)

    The Tragedie of Titus Andronicus.
    Luc. Thankes gentle Romanes, may I gouerne so,
    To heale Romes harmes, and wipe away her woe.
    But gentle people, giue me ayme a-while,
    For Nature puts me to a heauy taske:
    2655Stand all aloofe, but Vnckle draw you neere,
    To shed obsequious teares vpon this Trunke:
    Oh take this warme kisse on thy pale cold lips,
    These sorrowfull drops vpon thy bloud-slaine face,
    The last true Duties of thy Noble Sonne.
    2660Mar. Teare for teare, and louing kisse for kisse,
    Thy Brother Marcus tenders on thy Lips:
    O were the summe of these that I should pay
    Countlesse, and infinit, yet would I pay them.
    Luc. Come hither Boy, come, come, and learne of vs
    2665To melt in showres: thy Grandsire lou'd thee well:
    Many a time he danc'd thee on his knee:
    Sung thee asleepe, his Louing Brest, thy Pillow:
    Many a matter hath he told to thee,
    Meete, and agreeing with thine Infancie:
    2670In that respect then, like a louing Childe,
    Shed yet some small drops from thy tender Spring,
    Because kinde Nature doth require it so:
    Friends, should associate Friends, in Greefe and Wo.
    Bid him farwell, commit him to the Graue,
    2675Do him that kindnesse, and take leaue of him.
    Boy. O Grandsire, Grandsire: euen with all my heart
    Would I were Dead, so you did Liue againe.
    O Lord, I cannot speake to him for weeping,
    My teares will choake me, if I ope my mouth.
    2680Romans. You sad Andronici, haue done with woes,
    Giue sentence on this execrable Wretch,
    That hath beene breeder of these dire euents.
    Luc. Set him brest deepe in earth, and famish him:
    There let him stand, and raue, and cry for foode:
    2685If any one releeues, or pitties him,
    For the offence, he dyes. This is our doome:
    Some stay, to see him fast'ned in the earth.
    Aron. O why should wrath be mute, & Fury dumbe?
    I am no Baby I, that with base Prayers
    2690I should repent the Euils I haue done.
    Ten thousand worse, then euer yet I did,
    Would I performe if I might haue my will:
    If one good Deed in all my life I did,
    I do repent it from my very Soule.
    2695Lucius. Some louing Friends conuey the Emp. hence,
    And giue him buriall in his Fathers graue.
    My Father, and Lauinia, shall forthwith
    Be closed in our Housholds Monument:
    As for that heynous Tyger Tamora,
    2700No Funerall Rite, nor man in mournfull Weeds:
    No mournfull Bell shall ring her Buriall:
    But throw her foorth to Beasts and Birds of prey:
    Her life was Beast-like, and deuoid of pitty,
    And being so, shall haue like want of pitty.
    2705See Iustice done on Aaron that damn'd Moore,
    From whom, our heauy happes had their beginning:
    Then afterwards, to Order well the State,
    That like Euents, may ne're it Ruinate.
    Exeunt omnes.