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  • Title: Titus Andronicus (Quarto 1, 1594)

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

    of Titus Andronicus.
    For villaines markt with rape. May it please you,
    My Grandsier well aduisde hath sent by me,
    1690The goodliest weapons of his Armorie,
    To gratefie your honourable youth
    The hope of Rome, for so he bid me say:
    And so I doe, and with his gifts present
    Your Lordships, wheneuer you haue neede,
    1695You may be armed and appointed well,
    And so I leaue you both: Like bloudie villaines.
    Demetri. what's here? a scrole, and written round about,
    Let's see,
    Integer vitæ scelerisque purus, non eget mauri iaculis nec arcu.
    Chiron. O tis a verse in Horace I know it well,
    I read it in the Grammer long agoe.
    Moore. I iust, a verse in Horace, right you haue it,
    Now what a thing it is to be an Asse.
    1705Her's no sound ieast, the olde man hath found their gilt,
    And sends them weapons wrapt about with lines,
    That wound beyond their feeling to the quicke:
    But were our wittie Empresse well afoote,
    Shee would applaud Andronicus conceit,
    1710But let her rest in her vnrest awhile.
    And now young Lords, wast not a happie starre,
    Led vs to Rome strangers, and more than so
    Captiues, to be aduaunced to this height:
    It did me good before the Pallace gate,
    1715To braue the Tribune in his brothers hearing.
    Demetrius. But me more good to see so great a Lord,
    Baselie insinuate and send vs gifts.
    Aron. Had he not reason Lord Demetrius,
    Did you not vse his daughter very friendlie?
    1720Demetrius. I would we had a thousand Romane Dames
    At such a bay, by turne to serue our lust.
    Chiron. A charitable wish, and full of loue.
    Aron. Here lacks but your mother for to say Amen.