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She shall be loved and fear'd: her own shall

bless her;

Her foes shake like a field of beaten corn,

And hang their heads with sorrow: good grows with her:

In her days every man shall eat in safety,
Under his own vine, what he plants; and sing
The merry songs of peace to all his neighbours:
God shall be truly known; and those about her
From her shall read the perfect ways of honour,
And by those claim their greatness, not by blood.
Nor shall this peace sleep with her: but as when
The bird of wonder dies, the maiden phoenix,
Her ashes new create another heir,

As great in admiration as herself;

So shall she leave her blessedness to one,

When heaven shall call her from this cloud of darkness,

Who from the sacred ashes of her honour

Shall star-like rise, as great in fame as she was,
And so stand fix'd: peace, plenty, love, truth,

terror,

That were the servants to this chosen infant,
Shall then be his, and like a vine grow to him:
Wherever the bright sun of heaven shall shine,
His honour and the greatness of his name
Shall be, and make new nations: he shall flourish,
And, like a mountain cedar, reach his branches
To all the plains about him: our children's children
Shall see this, and bless heaven.

King.

Thou speakest wonders.
Cran. She shall be, to the happiness of England,

41. maiden, i.e. mateless. 53. make new nations; an allusion probably to the settlement of Virginia in 1607. The

colony had received a constitution in 1612, but the allusion cannot be definitely referred to this.

An aged princess; many days shall see her,
And yet no day without a deed to crown it.
Would I had known no more! but she must die,
She must, the saints must have her; yet a virgin,
A most unspotted lily shall she pass

To the ground, and all the world shall mourn her.
King. O lord archbishop,

Thou hast made me now a man! never, before
This happy child, did I. get any thing:
This oracle of comfort has so pleased me,
That when I am in heaven I shall desire

To see what this child does, and praise my Maker.
I thank ye all. To you, my good lord mayor,
And your good brethren, I am much beholding;
I have received much honour by your presence,
And ye shall find me thankful. Lead the way,
lords:

Ye must all see the queen, and she must thank ye,
She will be sick else. This day, no man think
'Has business at his house; for all shall stay:
This little one shall make it holiday.

Exeunt.

60

70

EPILOGUE.

'Tis ten to one this play can never please
All that are here: some come to take their ease,
And sleep an act or two; but those, we fear,
We have frighted with our trumpets; so, 'tis clear,
They'll say 'tis naught: others, to hear the city
Abused extremely, and to cry 'That's witty!'
Which we have not done neither: that, I fear,
All the expected good we're like to hear

71. brethren, i.e. the aldermen.

76. 'Has, he has.

So Ff.

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For this play at this time, is only in
The merciful construction of good women;
For such a one we show'd 'em : if they smile,
And say 'twill do, I know, within a while
All the best men are ours; for 'tis ill hap,
If they hold when their ladies bid 'em clap.

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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DRAMATIS PERSONE

SATURNINUS, son to the late Emperor of Rome, and after
wards declared Emperor.

BASSIANUS, brother to Saturninus; in love with Lavinia.
TITUS ANDRONICUS, a noble Roman, general against the
Goths.

MARCUS ANDRONICUS, tribune of the people, and brother
to Titus.

LUCIUS,

QUINTUS,

sons to Titus Andronicus.

MARTIUS,

MUTIUS,

YOUNG LUCIUS, a boy, son to Lucius.

PUBLIUS, son to Marcus the Tribune.

SEMPRONIUS,

CAIUS,

kinsmen to Titus.

VALENTINE,

EMILIUS, a noble Roman.

ALARBUS,

DEMETRIUS,

CHIRON,

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sons to Tamora.

AARON, a Moor, beloved by Tamora.

A Captain, Tribune, Messenger, and Clown; Romans.
Goths and Romans.

TAMORA, Queen of the Goths.

LAVINIA, daughter to Titus Andronicus.

A Nurse.

Senators, Tribunes, Officers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
/ SCENE: Rome, and the country near it

DURATION OF TIME

Four days represented on the stage, with, possibly, two intervals.

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2. II. 2.-4., III. 1.

Interval.

3. III. 2.

Interval.

4. IV., V.

Dramatis Persona.

First supplied, imperfectly, by Rowe.

The Ff mark the Acts but not the Scenes. The Qq mark neither

Acts nor Scenes.

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