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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)

    The most Lamentable Tragedie
    Thou art an Exile, and thou must not stay,
    Hie to the Gothes and raise an armie there,
    1435And if yee loue me as I thinke you doe,
    Lets kisse and part for we haue much to doe.

    Lucius. Farewell Andronicus my Noble Father,
    The woefulst man that euer liude in Rome:
    1440Farewell proud Rome till Lucius come againe,
    He loues his pledges dearer than his life:
    Farewell Lauinia my Noble sister,
    O would thou wert as thou tofore hast beene,
    But now nor Lucius nor Lauinia liues,
    1445But in obliuion and hatefull greefes:
    If Lucius liue, he will requite your wrongs,
    And make proud Saturnine and his Emperesse,
    Beg at the gates like Tarquin and his Queene.
    Now will I to the Gothes and raise a powre,
    1450To bee reuengd on Rome and Saturnine.
    Exit Lucius.

    Enter Lucius sonne and Lauinia running after him, and
    the Boy flies from her with his Bookes vn-
    der his Arme.

    Enter Titus and Marcus.
    Puer. Help Grandsier helpe, my Aunt Lauinia,
    1545Followes me euerie where I know not why.
    Good Vnckle Marcus see how swift shee comes,
    Alas sweet Aunt I know not what you meane.
    Marcus. Stand by me Lucius, doe not feare thine Aunt.
    Titus. She loues thee boy too well to doe thee harme.
    1550Puer. I when my Father was in Rome she did.
    M. What meanes my Neece Lauinia by these signes.
    Tit. Feare her not Lucius, somewhat doth she meane,