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Flourish. Re-enter, at one side, SATURNINUS, attended; TAMORA, CHIRON, DEMETRIUS, and AARON: At the other, BASSIANUS, LAVINIA, and Others.
Sat. So Bassianus, you have play'd your prize;4 God give you joy, sir, of your gallant bride.
Bas. And you of yours, my lord: I say no more, Nor wish no less; and so I take my leave.
Sat. Traitor, if Rome have law, or we have power, Thou and thy faction shall repent this rape.
Bas. Rape, call you it, my lord, to seize my own,
Sat. 'Tis good, sir: You are very short with us;
Bas. My lord, what I have done, as best I may,
With his own hand did slay his youngest son,
Tit. Prince Bassianus, leave to plead my deeds;
Tam. My worthy lord, if ever Tamora
And basely put it up without revenge?
Tam. Not so, my lord; The gods of Rome forefend, I should be author to dishonour you!
play'd your prize;] A technical term in the ancient fencing-school. See Vol. IV, p. 346, n. 4. Steevens.
But, on mine honour, dare I undertake
Whose fury, not dissembled, speaks his griefs:
Come, come, sweet emperor,-come, Andronicus,
Sat. Rise, Titus, rise; my empress hath prevail'd.
A Roman now adopted happily,
And must advise the emperor for his good.
will be more mild and tractable.
You shall ask pardon of his majesty.
Luc. We do; and vow to heaven, and to his highness,
That, what we did, was mildly, as we might,
supplant us ] Edition 1600:-supplant you. Todd.
Tend'ring our sister's honour, and our own.
I will not be denied. Sweet heart, look back.
Sat. Marcus, for thy sake, and thy brother's here,
I do remit these young men's heinous faults.
Lavinia, though you left me like a churl,
I found a friend; and sure as death I swore,
I would not part a bachelor from the priest.
Tit. To-morrow, an it please your majesty,
With horn and hound, we 'll give your grace bon-jour. Sat. Be it so, Titus, and gramercy too.
Aar. Now climbeth Tamora Olympus' top,
6 In the quarto, the direction is, Manet Aaron, and he is be fore made to enter with Tamora, though he says nothing. This scene ought to continue the first Act. Johnson.
In the edit. 1600, the stage-direction is-" Sound trumpets, manet Moore." Todd.
Upon her wit' doth earthly honour wait,
And mount her pitch; whom thou in triumph long
Enter CHIRON and DEMETRIUS, braving.
Chi. Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all;
To serve, and to deserve my mistress' grace;
Upon her wit-] We should read-Upon her will.
I think wit, for which she is eminent in the drama, is right.
The wit of Tamora is again mentioned in this scene: "Come, come, our empress with her sacred wit," &c.
idle thoughts!] Edit. 1600:-servile thoughts, the better reading, I think. Todd.
this queen,] The compositor probably repeated the word queen inadvertently; [see the preceding line:] what was the poet's word, it is hardly worth while to conjecture. Malone. This goddess, this Semiramis;—this queen,] Mr. Malone notices the inadvertent repetition of queen, but thinks the poet's word not worth a conjecture. The edition 1600 saves the trouble, as it reads:
This goddesse, this Semerimis, this nymph. Todd.
And that my sword upon thee shall approve,
And plead my passions for Lavinia's love.
Aar. Clubs, clubs! these lovers will not keep the
Dem. Why, boy, although our mother, unadvis'd,
Are you so desperate grown, to threat your friends?
Chi. Mean while, sir, with the little skill I have,
Full well I wot the ground of all this grudge;
The cause were known to them it most concerns:
Be so dishonour'd in the court of Rome.
For shame, put up.
Not I; till I have sheath'd3
My rapier in his bosom, and, withal,
Thrust these reproachful speeches down his throat,
Chi. For that I am prepar'd and full resolv'd,
1 Clubs, clubs !] So in King Henry VIII: “ man, who cried out, clubs !"
This was the usual outcry for assistance, when any riot in the street happened.
a dancing-rapier by your side,] So, in Greene's Quip for an Upstart Courtier: " one of them carrying his cutting-sword of choller, the other his dancing-rapier of delight." Again, in All's Well that Ends Well:
no sword worn,
"But one to dance with."
See Vol. V, p. 197, n. 3. Malone.
3 Not I; till I have sheath'd &c.] This speech, which has been all along given to Demetrius, as the next to Chiron, were both given to the wrong speaker; for it was Demetrius that had thrown out the reproachful speeches on the other. Warburton. ·these reproachful-] Edition 1600-those reproachful.