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Titus Andronicus

ACT V SCENE III Court of TITUS's house. A banquet set out. 
[Enter LUCIUS, MARCUS, and Goths, with AARON prisoner]
LUCIUSUncle Marcus, since it is my father's mind
That I repair to Rome, I am content.
First GothAnd ours with thine, befall what fortune will.
LUCIUSGood uncle, take you in this barbarous Moor,
This ravenous tiger, this accursed devil;5
Let him receive no sustenance, fetter him
Till he be brought unto the empress' face,
For testimony of her foul proceedings:
And see the ambush of our friends be strong;
I fear the emperor means no good to us.10
AARONSome devil whisper curses in mine ear,
And prompt me, that my tongue may utter forth
The venomous malice of my swelling heart!
LUCIUSAway, inhuman dog! unhallow'd slave!
Sirs, help our uncle to convey him in.15
[Exeunt Goths, with AARON. Flourish within]
The trumpets show the emperor is at hand.
[ Enter SATURNINUS and TAMORA, with AEMILIUS, Tribunes, Senators, and others ]
SATURNINUSWhat, hath the firmament more suns than one?
LUCIUSWhat boots it thee to call thyself a sun?
MARCUS ANDRONICUSRome's emperor, and nephew, break the parle;
These quarrels must be quietly debated.20
The feast is ready, which the careful Titus
Hath ordain'd to an honourable end,
For peace, for love, for league, and good to Rome:
Please you, therefore, draw nigh, and take your places.
SATURNINUSMarcus, we will.25
[Hautboys sound. The Company sit down at table]
[ Enter TITUS dressed like a Cook, LAVINIA veiled, Young LUCIUS, and others. TITUS places the dishes on the table ]
TITUS ANDRONICUSWelcome, my gracious lord; welcome, dread queen;
Welcome, ye warlike Goths; welcome, Lucius;
And welcome, all: although the cheer be poor,
'Twill fill your stomachs; please you eat of it.
SATURNINUSWhy art thou thus attired, Andronicus?30
TITUS ANDRONICUSBecause I would be sure to have all well,
To entertain your highness and your empress.
TAMORAWe are beholding to you, good Andronicus.
TITUS ANDRONICUSAn if your highness knew my heart, you were.
My lord the emperor, resolve me this:35
Was it well done of rash Virginius
To slay his daughter with his own right hand,
Because she was enforced, stain'd, and deflower'd?
SATURNINUSIt was, Andronicus.
TITUS ANDRONICUSYour reason, mighty lord?40
SATURNINUSBecause the girl should not survive her shame,
And by her presence still renew his sorrows.
TITUS ANDRONICUSA reason mighty, strong, and effectual;
A pattern, precedent, and lively warrant,
For me, most wretched, to perform the like.45
Die, die, Lavinia, and thy shame with thee;
And, with thy shame, thy father's sorrow die!
SATURNINUSWhat hast thou done, unnatural and unkind?
TITUS ANDRONICUSKill'd her, for whom my tears have made me blind.
I am as woful as Virginius was,50
And have a thousand times more cause than he
To do this outrage: and it now is done.
SATURNINUSWhat, was she ravish'd? tell who did the deed.
TITUS ANDRONICUSWill't please you eat? will't please your
highness feed?55
TAMORAWhy hast thou slain thine only daughter thus?
TITUS ANDRONICUSNot I; 'twas Chiron and Demetrius:
They ravish'd her, and cut away her tongue;
And they, 'twas they, that did her all this wrong.
SATURNINUSGo fetch them hither to us presently.60
TITUS ANDRONICUSWhy, there they are both, baked in that pie;
Whereof their mother daintily hath fed,
Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred.
'Tis true, 'tis true; witness my knife's sharp point.
[Kills TAMORA]
SATURNINUSDie, frantic wretch, for this accursed deed!65
[Kills TITUS]
LUCIUSCan the son's eye behold his father bleed?
There's meed for meed, death for a deadly deed!
[ Kills SATURNINUS. A great tumult. LUCIUS, MARCUS, and others go up into the balcony ]
MARCUS ANDRONICUSYou sad-faced men, people and sons of Rome,
By uproar sever'd, like a flight of fowl
Scatter'd by winds and high tempestuous gusts,70
O, let me teach you how to knit again
This scatter'd corn into one mutual sheaf,
These broken limbs again into one body;
Lest Rome herself be bane unto herself,
And she whom mighty kingdoms court'sy to,75
Like a forlorn and desperate castaway,
Do shameful execution on herself.
But if my frosty signs and chaps of age,
Grave witnesses of true experience,
Cannot induce you to attend my words,80
Speak, Rome's dear friend, as erst our ancestor,
When with his solemn tongue he did discourse
To love-sick Dido's sad attending ear
The story of that baleful burning night
When subtle Greeks surprised King Priam's Troy,85
Tell us what Sinon hath bewitch'd our ears,
Or who hath brought the fatal engine in
That gives our Troy, our Rome, the civil wound.
My heart is not compact of flint nor steel;
Nor can I utter all our bitter grief,90
But floods of tears will drown my oratory,
And break my utterance, even in the time
When it should move you to attend me most,
Lending your kind commiseration.
Here is a captain, let him tell the tale;95
Your hearts will throb and weep to hear him speak.
LUCIUSThen, noble auditory, be it known to you,
That cursed Chiron and Demetrius
Were they that murdered our emperor's brother;
And they it were that ravished our sister:100
For their fell faults our brothers were beheaded;
Our father's tears despised, and basely cozen'd
Of that true hand that fought Rome's quarrel out,
And sent her enemies unto the grave.
Lastly, myself unkindly banished,105
The gates shut on me, and turn'd weeping out,
To beg relief among Rome's enemies:
Who drown'd their enmity in my true tears.
And oped their arms to embrace me as a friend.
I am the turned forth, be it known to you,110
That have preserved her welfare in my blood;
And from her bosom took the enemy's point,
Sheathing the steel in my adventurous body.
Alas, you know I am no vaunter, I;
My scars can witness, dumb although they are,115
That my report is just and full of truth.
But, soft! methinks I do digress too much,
Citing my worthless praise: O, pardon me;
For when no friends are by, men praise themselves.
MARCUS ANDRONICUSNow is my turn to speak. Behold this child:120
[Pointing to the Child in the arms of an Attendant]
Of this was Tamora delivered;
The issue of an irreligious Moor,
Chief architect and plotter of these woes:
The villain is alive in Titus' house,
And as he is, to witness this is true.125
Now judge what cause had Titus to revenge
These wrongs, unspeakable, past patience,
Or more than any living man could bear.
Now you have heard the truth, what say you, Romans?
Have we done aught amiss,--show us wherein,130
And, from the place where you behold us now,
The poor remainder of Andronici
Will, hand in hand, all headlong cast us down.
And on the ragged stones beat forth our brains,
And make a mutual closure of our house.135
Speak, Romans, speak; and if you say we shall,
Lo, hand in hand, Lucius and I will fall.
AEMILIUSCome, come, thou reverend man of Rome,
And bring our emperor gently in thy hand,
Lucius our emperor; for well I know140
The common voice do cry it shall be so.
AllLucius, all hail, Rome's royal emperor!
MARCUS ANDRONICUSGo, go into old Titus' sorrowful house,
[To Attendants]
And hither hale that misbelieving Moor,
To be adjudged some direful slaughtering death,145
As punishment for his most wicked life.
[Exeunt Attendants]
[LUCIUS, MARCUS, and the others descend]
AllLucius, all hail, Rome's gracious governor!
LUCIUSThanks, gentle Romans: may I govern so,
To heal Rome's harms, and wipe away her woe!
But, gentle people, give me aim awhile,150
For nature puts me to a heavy task:
Stand all aloof: but, uncle, draw you near,
To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk.
O, take this warm kiss on thy pale cold lips,
[Kissing TITUS]
These sorrowful drops upon thy blood-stain'd face,155
The last true duties of thy noble son!
MARCUS ANDRONICUSTear for tear, and loving kiss for kiss,
Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips:
O were the sum of these that I should pay
Countless and infinite, yet would I pay them!160
LUCIUSCome hither, boy; come, come, and learn of us
To melt in showers: thy grandsire loved thee well:
Many a time he danced thee on his knee,
Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow:
Many a matter hath he told to thee,165
Meet and agreeing with thine infancy;
In that respect, then, like a loving child,
Shed yet some small drops from thy tender spring,
Because kind nature doth require it so:
Friends should associate friends in grief and woe:170
Bid him farewell; commit him to the grave;
Do him that kindness, and take leave of him.
Young LUCIUSO grandsire, grandsire! even with all my heart
Would I were dead, so you did live again!
O Lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping;175
My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth.
[Re-enter Attendants with AARON]
AEMILIUSYou sad Andronici, have done with woes:
Give sentence on this execrable wretch,
That hath been breeder of these dire events.
LUCIUSSet him breast-deep in earth, and famish him;180
There let him stand, and rave, and cry for food;
If any one relieves or pities him,
For the offence he dies. This is our doom:
Some stay to see him fasten'd in the earth.
AARONO, why should wrath be mute, and fury dumb?185
I am no baby, I, that with base prayers
I should repent the evils I have done:
Ten thousand worse than ever yet I did
Would I perform, if I might have my will;
If one good deed in all my life I did,190
I do repent it from my very soul.
LUCIUSSome loving friends convey the emperor hence,
And give him burial in his father's grave:
My father and Lavinia shall forthwith
Be closed in our household's monument.195
As for that heinous tiger, Tamora,
No funeral rite, nor man m mourning weeds,
No mournful bell shall ring her burial;
But throw her forth to beasts and birds of prey:
Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity;200
And, being so, shall have like want of pity.
See justice done on Aaron, that damn'd Moor,
By whom our heavy haps had their beginning:
Then, afterwards, to order well the state,
That like events may ne'er it ruinate.205

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