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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.
    Yet should both eare and hart obay my tongue.
    2095Goe thou before to be our Ambassador,
    Say that the Emperour requests a parlie,
    Of warIike Lucius, and appoint the meeting,
    2097.1Euen at his Fathers house the old Andronicus.
    King. Emillius doe this message honourably,
    And if he stand in hostage for his saftie,
    2100Bid him demaund what pledge will please him best.
    Emillius. Your bidding shall I doe effectually.
    Tamora. Now will I to that old Andronicus,
    And temper him with all the Art I haue,
    To plucke proude Lucius from the warlike Gothes.
    2105And now sweet Emperour be blith againe,
    And burie all thy feare in my deuises,
    Saturnine. Then goe sucessantly and plead to him.


    Enter Lucius with an Armie of Gothes with
    Drums and Souldiers.

    Lucius. Approued warriours, and my faithfull friends,
    I haue receaued letters from great Rome,
    VVhich signifies what hate they beare their Emperour,
    And how desirous of our sight they are.
    2115Therefore great Lords bee as your titles witnes,
    Imperious, and impatient of your wrongs,
    And wherein Rome hath done you any skath,
    Let him make treable satisfaction.
    Goth, Braue slip sprong from the great Andronicus,
    2120VVhose name was once our terrour, now our comfort,
    VVhose high exployts and honourable deeds,
    Ingratefull Rome requites with foule contempt,
    Be bold in vs weele follow where thou leadst,