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Coal black is better than another hue,
Dem. Wilt thou betray thy noble mistress thus?
Aar. My mistress is my mistress ; this, myself;
Dem. By this our mother is for ever sham'd.
Aar. Why, there's the privilege your beauty bears ;
lad fram'd of another leer :8 Look, how the black slave smiles upon the father ; As who should say, Old lad, I am thine own, He is your brother, lords; sensibly fed Of that self-blood that first gave life to you; And, from that womb, where you imprison'd were, He is enfranchised and come to light: Nay, he's your brother by the surer side, Although my seal be stamped in his face.
Nur. Aaron, what shall I say unto the empress? Dem. Advise thee, Aaron, what is to be done,
6 In spite of.
7 i. 6. Ignominy.
And we will all subscribe to thy advice ;
Aar. Then sit we down, and let us all consult.
[They sit on the Ground, Dem. How many women saw this child of his ? Aar. Why, so, brave lords; When we all join in
league, I am a lamb : but if
brave the Moor, The chafed boar, the mountain lioness, The ocean swells not so as Aaron storms.But, say again, how many saw the child ?
Nur. Cornelia the midwife, and myself, And no one else, but the deliver'd empress.
Aar. The emperess, the midwife, and yourself: Two may keep counsel, when the third's away : Go to the empress; tell her, this I said :
[Stabbing her. Weke, wekę !-So cries a pig, prepar'd to the spit. Dem. What mean'st thou, Aaron ? Wherefore
didst thou this?
9 Contrive, bargain with.
And how by this their child shall be advanc'd
[Pointing to the Nurse, And you
must needs bestow her funeral ;
Chi. Aaron, I see, thou wilt not trust the air
Dem. For this care of Tamora, Herself, and hers, are highly bound to thee,
[Ereunt Dem, and Chi. bearing off the Nurse. Aar. Now to the Goths, as swift as swallow flies ; There to dispose this treasure in mine arms, And secretly to greet the empress' friends.-Come on, you thick-lipp'd slave, I'll bear you hence; For it is you that puts us to our shifts : I'll make you feed on berries, and on roots, And feed on curds and whey, and suck the goat, And cabin in a cave; and bring you up To be a warrior, and command a camp. [Exit.
The same. A publick Place. Enter Tirus, bearing Arrows, with Letters at the ends
of them; with him MARCUS, young Lucius, and other Gentlemen, with Bows. Tit. Come, Marcus, come ;-Kinsmen, this is the
Sir boy, now let me see your archery;
Mar. 0, Publius, is not this a heavy case, To see thy noble uncle thus distract?
Pub. Therefore, my lord, it highly us concerns, By day and night to attend him carefully; And feed his humour kindly as we may, Till time beget some careful remedy.
Mar. Kinsmen, his sorrows are past remedy.
Pub. No, my good lord; but Plutus sends you word If
you will have revenge from hell, you shall : Marry, for Justice, she is so employ'd, He thinks, with Jove in heaven, or somewhere else, So that perforce you must needs stay a time.
Tit. He doth me wrong, to feed me with delays. I'll dive into the burning lake below, And pull her out of Acheron by the heels.Marcus, we are but shrubs, no cedars we; No big-bond men, fram'd of the Cyclop's size: But metal, Marcus, steel to the very back; Yet wrung' with wrongs, more than our backs can
bear : And sith a there is no justice in earth nor hell, We will solicit heaven ; and move the gods, To send down justice for to wreak’ our wrongs : Come, to this gear 4 You are a good archer, Marcus.
[He gives them the Arrows.
è * Strained.
4 Dress, furniture.