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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
    Bid him farewell commit him to the graue,
    2675Doe them that kindnes and take leaue of them.
    Puer. Oh Grandsire, Grandsire, eu'n with all my hart,
    Would I were dead so you did liue againe,
    O Lord I cannot speake to him for weeping,
    My teares will choacke me if I ope my mouth.
    2680Romane. You sad Andronicie haue done with woes,
    Giue sentence on this execrable wretch,
    That hath bin breeder of these dyre euents.
    Lucius. Set him brest deepe in earth and famish him,
    There let him stand and raue and crie for foode.
    2685If anyone releeues or pitties him,
    For the offence he dies, this is our doome,
    Some stay to see him fastned in the earth.
    Aron. Ah why should wrath be mute and furie dumb,
    I am no babie I, that with base prayers
    2690I should repent the euils I haue done,
    Ten thousand worse than euer yet I did
    Would I performe if I might haue my will,
    If one good deed in all my life I did
    I doe repent it from my verie soule.
    2695Lu. Some louing friends conuay the Emperour hence,
    And giue him buriall in his fathers graue,
    My Father and Lauinia shall forthwith,
    Be closed in our housholds monument,
    As for that rauinous tiger Tamora,
    2700No funerall right, nor man in mourning weede,
    No mournefull bell shall ring her buriall
    But throw her forth to beasts and birds to pray,
    Her life was beastlie and deuoide of pittie,
    And being dead let birds on her take pittie.


    Finis the Tragedie of Titus Andronicus.