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Lo, by thy side where Rape, and Murder, stands: Who leads towards Rome a band of warlike
Now give some 'surance that thou art Revenge, Goths,
Stab them, or tear them on thy chariot wheels; And bid him coine and banquet at thy house:
And then I'll come, and be thy waggouer, When he is here, even at thy solemn feast,
And whirl along with thee about the globes. I will bring in the empress and her sons,
Provide thee proper palfreys, black as jet, The emperor himself, and all thy foes;
To hale thy venyful waggon swift away, And at thy mercy shall they stoop and kneel,
And tind out murderers in their guity caves; And on them shalt thou ease thy angry heart.
And, when thy car is loaden with their heads, What says Andronicus to this device?
I will dismount, and by the wagson wheel Tit. Horvus, my brother!--'tis sad Titus calls.
Trut, like a servile footmad, all day long;

Esen from Hyperion's rising in the easi,
Until his very downtail in the sea.

Go, gentle Jarcus, to thy nephew Lucins: And day by day l'll do this heavy task,

Thou shalt inquire him ont among the Goths : so thou destroy Rapine and Murder there.

Bid him repair to me, and bring with him Tam. These are my ministers, and come with Some of the chietest princes of the Goths:


Bid him encamp his soldiers where they are : Tit. Are they thy ministers? what are they Feast at my house: and he shall feast with them.

Tell him, the emperor and the empress to Tem. Rapine, and Murder; therefore call'd so, This do thou for my love; and so let him, Cause they take vengeance of such kind of men. Tit. Good lord, how like the enpress' sons As he regards his aged father's life.

slur. This will I do, and soon return again. they are! And you the empress! But we worldly men Have miserable, mad, mistaking eyes.

Tam. Now will I hence about thy business, () 3weet Revenge, now do I come to thee:

And take my ministers along with me. And if one arm's embracement will content

Tit. Nay, nay, let Rape and Murder stay with I will embrace thee in it by and by.


Or else I'll call my brother back again, me; [Ecil Tirus, from above.

And cleave to no revenge but Lucius. Tan. This closing with him tits his licy:

Tam. What say you, boys? will you abide

with him,
Whate'er I forge, to feed his brain-sick fits,
Do you uphold and maintain in your speeches. Whiles I go tell my lord the emperor,
For now he firmly takes me for Revenge;

How I have govern d our determin'd jest? Ani, being credulous in this mad thought,

Yield to his humour, smooth and speak him fuir, I'll make bim send for Lucius, his son ;

(Asicie. And, whilst I at a banquet hold him sure,

And tarry with him till I come again. I'll find some cunning practice out of hand,

Tit. I know them all, though they suppose To scatter and disperse the giddy Goths,

me mad; Or, at the least, make them his enemies.

And will n'erreacli them in their own devices, See, here he comes, and I must ply my theme.

A pair of cursed heil-hounds, and their dam. Enter TITUS.

[Asia. Tit. Long have I been forlorn, and all for thee: Dem. Madam, depart at pleasure, leave us

here. Welcoine, dread fury, to my woful house;

[gcits Rapine, and Jurder, you are welcoine too :

Tam. Farewell, Andronicus: Revenge now How like the empress and her sis you are !

To lay a complot to betray thy foes. [Ecit. Well are you fitted, had you but a Moor :

Tit. I know, thou dost; and, sweet Revent, Could not all hell afford you such a devil ?


(ployd? For, well I wot, the empress never wags.

Chi. Tell us, old man, how shall we be einBut in her company there is a Moor:

Tit, Tut, I have work enough for you to do. And, would you represent our queen aright, Publius, come hither, Caius, and Valentine! It were convenient you had such a devil:

Enler PUBLIUS and Others But welcome, as you are.

What shall we do?

Pub. What's your will? Tam. What would'st thou have us do, Andro Tit.

know you these two ? nicus?


Th empress' song, Dem. Show me a murderer, I'll deal with him. I take them, Chiron and Demetrius.

Chi. Show me a villain that hath done a rape, Tit. Fye, Publius, fye! thou art too much And I am sent to be revenz'd on hini.

deceiv'd ; Tam. Show me a thousand, that have done the one is Murder, Rape is the other's name: thee wrong,

And therefore bind ther, gentle Publius; And I will be revenged on them all. (Rome; Cuius, and Valentine, lay bands on them :

Tit. Look round about the wicked streets of Oft have yon heard me wish for such an hour, And when thou tind'st a man that's like thyself, And now I find it; therefore bind them sure; Good Murder, stab him; he's a murderer.--

And stop their inouths, if they begin to cri. Go thou with hinı; and when it is thy hap,

[Exit T!Tus.-Publius, &c, lay holl on To find another that is like to thee,

CHIRON and DEMETRIUS. Good Rapine, stab him; he is a ravisher.-

Chi. Villains, forbear: we are the empress Go thon with them; and in the emperor's court

[manded.--There is a queen, attended by a Moor: tion, Pub. Aud therefore do we what we are comWell may'st thou know her by thy own propor-Stop close their mouths, let them not speak a For up and down she doth resenable thee;

word : I pray thee, do on them some violent death,

Is he sure bound? look, that you bind them fast. They have been violent to me and mine. Tam. Well hast thou lesson'd us; this shall Re enter Titua ANDRONICUS, with LAVINIA ; she we do.

bearing a Bason, and he u Knife. But would it please thee, Food Andronicus, Tit. Come, come, Lavinia ; look, thy fees are To send for Lucius, thay thike valiant bon, !



Sirs, stop their mouths, let them not speak to The feast is ready, which the careful Titus me;

Hath ordain'd to an honourable end, But let them hear what fearful words I utter.- For poace, for love, for league, and good to O villains, Chiron and Demetrius? (with mud; Rome:

(places. Here stands the spring whom you have staind Please you, therefore, draw nigh, and take your This goodly summer with your winter mix'd. Sat. Marcus, we will. You kill'd her husband; and for that vile fault,

(Hautboys sound. The Coinpany sil dern Two of her brothers were condemn'd to death:

at Table. My hand cut off, and made a merry jest. Both her sweet hands, her tongue, and that, Enter Titus, dressed like a Cook, LAVINIA, veiled, more dear

young LUCIUS, and Others. Titus places the

Dishes on the Table. Than hands or tongue, her spotless chastity, Inhuman traitors, you constrain'd and forc'd. Tit. Welcome, my gracious lord : welcome, What would you say, if I should let you speak?

dread queen; Villains, for shame you could not beg for grace. Welcome, ye warlike Goths; welcome, Lucius; Hark, wretches, how I mean to martyr yon.

And welcome, all : although the cheer he poor, This one hand yet is left to cut your throats; 'Twill fill your stomachs; please you eat of it. Whilst that Lavinia'tween herstiimps doth hold Sat. Why art thou thus attird, Audronicus? The bason, that receives your guilty blood.

Tit. Because I would be sure to have all well, You know your mother means to feast with me, To entertain your highness and your empress. And calls herself Revenge and thinks me mad, - Tan. We are beholden to you, good AndroHark, villains; I will grind your bones to dost, nicus.

(were. And with your blood and it, I'll make a paste; Tit. An if your highness knew my heart, you And of a paste a coffin I will rear,

My lord the emperor, resolve me this; And make two pasties of your shameful heads; Was it well done of rash Virginius, And bid that strumpet, your unhallow'd dam,

To slay his daughter with his own right hand, Like to the earth, swallow her own increase. Because she was enforc'd, stain'd, and dellourd? This is the feast that I have bid her to,

Sat. It was, Andronicus. And this the banquet she shall surfeit on; Tit. Your reason, mighty lord ! [shame, For worse than Philomel you s'd ny daughter,

Sat. Because the girl should not survive her And worse than Progne I will be revengd : And by her presence still renew his sorrows. And now prepare your throats.-Lavinia, come, T'it. A reason mighty, strong, and effectuai;

[He cuts their Throute. A pattern, precedent, and lively warranty Receive the blood: and, when that they are dead, For me, most wretched, to perform the like :Let me go grind their bones to powder small,'Die, die, Lavinia, and thy shame with thee; And with this hateful liquor temper it;

[He kills LaVINTA. And in that paste let their vile heads be bak’d. And, with thy shame, thy father's sartow de! Come, come, be every one officious

Sal. What hast thou done, unnatural and unTo make this banquet; which I wish may prove


(ine blind.
More stern and bloody than the Centaur's feast. Tit Kill'd her, for whom my tears have made
So now bring them in, for I will play the cook, I am as woful as Virginius was :
And see them ready 'gainst their mother comes. And have a thousand times more cause than he

[Exeunt, bearing the dead Bodies. To do this outrage ;--and it is now done.

Sat. What, was she ravish'd ? tell, who did

the deed. The same.

A Pavilion with Tables, dc. Tit. Will't please you eat? will't please your Enter Lucius, MARCUS, and Goths, with Aaron, highness feed?

ter thus ? Prisoner.

Tam. Why hast thou slain thine only daugli Luc. Uncle Marcus, since'tis my father's roind,

Tit. Not l; 'twas Chiron, and Demetrius : That I repair to Rome, I am content.

They ravish'd her, and cut away her tongue, 1 Goth. And ours with thine, befall what for- And they, 'twas they, that did herall this wrong. tune will.


Sal. Go, fetch them hither to us presently. Lue. Good uncle, take you in this barbarous

Tit. Why, there they are both, baked in that This ravenous tiger, this accursed devil;

Whereof their mother daintily hath fed, (pie; Let him receive no sustenance, fetter him,

Eating the flesh that she herself liath bred. Till he be brought unto the empress' face,

"T'is true, 'tis true; witness my knife's sharp For testimony of her foul proceedings :


[Killing TAHORA. And see the ambush of our friends be strong:

Sat. Die, frantick wretch, for this accursed

deed. I fear, the emperor means no good to us.

[Billing Titus Aar. Some devil whisper curses in mine ear,

Luc. Can the son's eye behold nis father bleed? And prompt me, that my tongue may utter forth There's need for meed, death for a deadly deed. The venomous malice of my swelling heart!

[Kills SATURNINUS. A great Tumult. The Luc. Away, inbuman dog! unhallow'd slave!

People in confusion disperse. MARCUS, Sirs, help our uncle to convey him in.

Lucius, and their Partisans, asceruch the (Eseunt Goths, with A ARON. Flourish. Steps before Titus's House. The trumpets show the emperor is at hand.

Mar. You sad-fac'd men, people and sons of

Enter SATURN IN US and TAMORA, ecith Tribunes, By uproar sever'd, like a flight of fowl
Senators, and Others.

Scatter'd by winds and high tempestuous guste, Sat. What, bath the firmament more suns 0, let me teach you how to knit again than one?

This scatter'd corn into one mutual shenf, Tuc. What boots it thee, to call thyself u sun? These broken limbs again into one body. Dar. Rome's einperor, and nephew, break Sen. Lest Rorge berself be bane unto herself; the parle;

And she, whom nighty kingdoms court'sy to, These quarrels must be quietly debated. Like a forloru and desperate castaway,

Do shameful execution on herself.

LUcits. dc. descend.
But if my frosty signs, and chaps of age,
Grave witnesses of true experience,

Mar. Go, go into old Titus sorrowful house;

[To an Attendant. Cannot induce you to attend my words.-

And hither hale that misbelieving Moor, Speak, Rome's dear friend; [To Lucius. as erst To be adjudg'd some direful slaughtering death, our ancestor,

As punishment for his most wicked life. When with his solemn tongue he did discourse

Kom. [Several speak.) Lucius, all hail: Rome's To lovesick Dido's sad attending ear.

gracious governor! The story of that baleful burning night,

Luc. Thanks, gentle Romans; Mayl govern so, When subtle Greeks surpris d King Priam's To heal Rome's harms, and wipe away her woe! Troy;

But, gentle people, give me aim awhile,Tell us, what Sinon hath bewitch'd our ears,

For nature puts me to a heavy task;Or who liath brought the fatal engine in,

Stand all aloof,-but, uncle, draw you near, That gives our Troy, our Rome, the civil To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk:-wound

O, take this warm kiss on thy pale cold lips, My heart is not compact of flint, nor steel;

(Kisses Titis. Nor can I utter all our bitter grief,

These sorrowful drops upon thy blood-staiva But floods of tears will drown my oratory,

The last true duties of thy noble son! (face, And break my very utterance; even i' the time

Mar. Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kiss, When it should move you to attend me most, Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips : Lending your kind commiseration : Here is a captain, let him tell the tale: i speak. Countless and infinite, yet would I pay inom!

0, were the sum of these that I should pay Your hearts will throb and weep to hear him Iac. Then, noble anditory, be it known to you,

Luc. Come hither, boy; come, come, and learn of us

wali: That cursed Chiron and Demetrius

To melt in showers: Thy grandsire lov'd theo Were they that murdered our emperor's brother; Many a time he danc'd thee on his knee, And they it were that ravished our sister :

Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow; For their fell faults our brothers were beheaded; Many a matter hath he told to thee, Our father's tears despis'd ; and basely cuzend Meer, and agreeing with thine infancy; Of that true hand, that fought Rome's quarrel In that respect then, like a loving child. And sent her enemies unto the grave. [out. Shed yet some small drops from thy tender Lastly, myself unkindly banished,

spring, The gates shut on me, and turn'd weeping out, Because kind nature doth reqnire it so: To beg relief among Rome's enemies;

Friends should associate friends in griefandwoe: Who drown'd their enmity in my true tears, Bid him farewell; commit him to the grare; And op'd their arms to embrace me as a friend : Do him that kindness, and take leave of him. And I am the turn'd-forth, be it known to you

Loy. O grandsire, grandsire! even with all my That have preserv'd her welfare in my blood : heart And from her bosom took the enemy's point, Would I were dead, so you did live again:Sheathing the steel in my advent'rous body.

O lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping; Alas! you know I am no vannter, I;

My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth. My scars can witness, dumb although they are, That my report is just, and full of truth.

Enter Attendants, with A a Rox. Bat, soft; methinks, I do digress too much, 1 Rom. You sad Andronici, have done with Citing my worthless praise. 0, pardon me;

woes; For when no friends are by, men praise them- Give sentence on this execrable wretch, selves.

(child, That hath been breeder of these dire events. Diar. Now is my turn to speak : Behold this Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish [Pointing to the Child in the arms of an him; Attendant.

There let him stand, and rave and cry for food: Of this was Tamora delivered ;

If any one relieves or pities him, The issue of an irreligious Moor,

For the offence he dies. This is our doom: Chief architect and plotter of these woes; Some stay, to see him fasten d in the carth. The villain is alive in Titus' house,

Aar. O, why should wrath be mute, aud fury Damn'd as he is, to witness this is true.

dumb ? Now judge, what canse had Titus to revenge I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers, These wrongs, unspeakable, past patience, I should repent the evils I have done; Or more than any living man could bear. Ten thousand, worse than ever yet I did, Now you have heard the truth, what say yon, Would I perform, if I might have my will; Romans ?

If one good deed in all my life I did, Have we done aught amiss ? Show us wherein, 1 do repent it from my very soul. (hepce, Ard, from the place where you behold us now; Luc. Some loving friends convey the emperor The poor remainder of Andronici

And give him burial in his father's grave: Will, hand in hand, all headlong cast us down. My father, and Lavivia, shall forthwith And on the ragged stones beat forth our brains, Be closed in our household's monument. And make a mutual closure of our house. As for that heinous tiger, Tamora, Speak, Romans, speak; and, if you say we shall, No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds, Lo, hand in hand, Lucius and I will all. No mournful beli shall ring her burial; Amil. Come, come, thou reverend man of But throw her forth to beasts, and birds of prey: Rome,

Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity; And bring our emperor gently in thy hand, And, being so, shall have like want of pity. Lucius, our emperor: for well I know, See justice done to Aaron, that dam'd Moor, The common voice do cry, it shall be so. By whom our heavy haps had their beginning Hom. (Sentral speak.] Lucius, all buil; Rome's Then, afterwards, to order well the state ; royal emperor!

| That like events may ne'er it ruinate. (Excurl.

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Persons Represented. ANTIOCHI'S. King of Antioch.

A Pandar, and his Wife. Boult, their Seruant. PERICLES, Prince of Tyre.


two Lords of Tyre. ESCANES,

The Daughter of Antiochus. SIMONIDES, King of Penta polis.

DJONYZA, Wife to Cleon. C'leon, Governor of Tharsus.

THAISA, Daughter to Simonides. LYEMACHUS, Governor of Mitylene.

MARINA, Daughter to Pericles and Thaisa.
CERIMON, a Lord of Ephesus.

LYCHORIDA, Nurse to Marina. DIANA.
THALIARD, O Lord of Antioch.
PHILEMON, Servant to Cerimon.

Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pi. LEONINE, Servant to Dionyza. Marshal.

rates, Fishermen, and Messengers, dc. SCENE-dispersedły in various Countries.

Was, with long use, account no sin.
Art First.

The beauty of this sinful dame

Made many princes thither frame,
Enter GOWER.

To seek her as a bed-fellow,

In marriage-pleasures play-fellow :
Before the Palace of Antioch.

Which to prevent, he made a law
To sing a song of old was sung,

(To keep her and men in awe), From ashes ancient Gower is come';

That whoso ask'd her for his wife, Assuming man's infirmities,

His riddle told not, lost his life: To glad your ear, and please your eyes. So for her many a wight did die, It hath been sung at festivals,

As yon grim looks do testify. On ember-eves, and holy ales;

What now ensues,to the judgment of your ere And lords and fadies of their lives

I give, my cause who best can justify. (Exit. Have read it for restoratives : The purpose is to make men glorious;

SCENE I. Antioch. A Room in the Palar. E: bonam quo antiquius eo melius.

Enter ANTIOCHUS, PERICLES, and Attendants, If you, born in these latter times,

Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large When wit's more ripe, accept my rlıymes,

receiv'd And that to hear an old man sing,

The danger of the task you undertake. May to your wishes pleasure bring,

Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul I life would wish, and that I might Eabolden'd with the glory of her praise, Waste it for you, like taper-light.

Think death no hazard, in this enterprise. This city then, Antiochus the Great

[Yusick. Built up this city for his chiefest seat; Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a The fairest in all Syria ;

bride. (I tell you what mine authors say :) For the embracements even of Jove himself; This king unto him took a pheere,

At whose conception (till Lucina reign'd, Who died and left a female her,

Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence, So buxom, blithe, and full of face,

The senate-house of planets all did sit, As heaven had lent her all his grace: To knit in her their best perfections. With whom the father liking took,

Enter the Daughter of Antiochus. And her to incest did provoke:

Per. See, where she comes, appareli'd like the Bad father! to entice his own

spring, To evil, should be done by none.

Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king By custoin, what they did begin,

Of every virtue gives renown to meu!

Her face, the book of praises, where is read Who, finger'd to make man his lawful musick, Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to Sorrow were ever ras'd, and testy wrath

hearken: Could never be her mild companion,

But, being play'd upon before your time,
Ye gods that made me man, and sway in love, Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime:
That have inflam'd desire in my breast, Good sooth, I care not for you.
To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,

Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life,
Or die in the adventure, be my helps, For that's an article within our law,
As I am son and servant to your will,

As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expir'd; To compass such a boundless happiness! Either expound now, or receive your sentence. Ant. Prince Pericles,

Pur. Great king, Per. That would be son to great Antiochus. Few love to hear the sins they love to act; Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides, 'Twould 'braid yourself too near for me to tell it. With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'd; Who has a book of all that monarchs do, For death-like dragons here affright thee hard: He's more secure to keep it shut, than shown; Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, Her countless glory, which desert must gain : Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself; And which, without desert, because thine eye And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must die. The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear: Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself, To stop the air would hurt them. The blind Drawn by report, advent'rous by desire,

mole casts

[throng'd Tell thee with speechless tongues, and sem-Copp'd hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth is blance pale,

By man's oppression; and the poor worm doth That without covering, save yon field of stars, die fort.

(will; They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars; Kings are earth's gods : in vice their law's their And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist, And if Jove stray, who dares zay, Jove doth ill? For going on death's net, whom none resist. It is enough you know, and it is fit, [ther it.

Per. Antiochus, I thank thee,who hath taught What being more known grows worse, to smoMy frail mortality to know elf,

All love the womb that their first ngs bred, And by those fearful objects to prepare Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. This body, like to them, to what I must: Ant. Ileaven that I had thy head! he has For death remember'd, should be like a mirror, found the meaning :

[of Tyre, Who tells us, life’s but breath; to trust it, error. But I will gioze with him.[ Aside.) Young prince I'll make my will then; and as sick men do, Though by the tenour of our strict edict, Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling Your exposition misinterpreting, woe,

We might proceed to cancel of your days; Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did ; Yet hope, succeding from so fair a tree So I bequeath a happy peace to you,

As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise ; And all good men, as every prince should do; Forty days longer we do respite you : My riches to the earth from whence they came; If by which time our secret be undone, But my unspotted fire of love to you.

This merey shows, we'll joy in such a son: [To the Daughter of Antiochus. And until then, your entertan shall be, Thus ready for the way of life or death, As doth befit our honour, and your worth. I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,

(Exeunt Ant. his Daughter, and Attendants. Scorning advice.

Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin! Ant.

Read the conclusion then; When what is done is like a hypocrite, Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed, The which is good in nothing but in sight. As these before thee, thou thyself shalt bleed. If it be true that I interpret false, Daugh. In all, save that, may'st thou prove Then were it certain, you were not so bad, prosperous !

As with foul incest to abuse your soul; In all, save that, I wish thee happiness! Where now you're both a father and a son,

Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists, By your untimely claspings with your child Nor ask advice of any other thought

(Which pleasure fits a husband, not a father); But faithfulness, and courage.

And she an eater of her mother's flesh, [He reads the Riddle.]

By the defiling of her parent's bed: I am no viper, yet I feed

And both like serpents are, who though they feed On mother's flesh, which did me breed : On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. I sought a hustand, in which labour,

Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men I found that kindness in a father.

Blush not in actions blacker than the night, Ile's father, son, and husband mild,

Will shun no course to keep them from the light. I mother, wife, and yet his child.

One sin, I know, another doth provoke; How they may be, and yet in two,

Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke. As you will live, resolve it you.

Poison and treason are the hands of sin, Sharp physick is the last: but () you powers! Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame: That give heaven countless eyes to view men’s Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear, acts,

By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. Why cloud they not their sights perpetually,

(Erit. If this be true, which makes me pale to read it?

Re-enter ANTIOCHUS. Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still, Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which [Takes hold of the hand of the Princess. To have his head.

(we mean Were not this glorious casket stor'd with ill : He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy, But I must tell you,-now, my thoughta revolt; Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin For he's no man on whom perfections wait, In such a loathed manner: That knowing sin within, will touch the gate. And therefore instantly this prince must die; You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings: For by his fall my honour must keep high.

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