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Saturninus, son to the late Emperor of Rome, and
Titus Andronicus, a noble Roman, general against the Goths.
Marcus Andronicus, tribune of the people; and brother to Titus.
sons to Titus Andronicus.
Young Lucius, a boy, son to Lucius.
Æmilius, a noble Roman.
Aaron, a Moor, beloved by Tamora.
sons to Tamora.
A Captain, Tribune, Messenger, and Clown; Ro
Goths, and Romans.
Tamora, Queen of the Goths.
Lavinia, daughter to Titus Andronicus.
A Nurse, and a black Child.
Kinsmen of Titus, Senators, Tribunes, Officers,
Scene, Rome; and the country near it.
SCENE I. Rome. Before the Capitol.
The tomb of the Andronici appearing; the Tribunes and Senators aloft, as in the senate. Enter, below, Saturninus and his Followers, on one side; and Bassianus and his Followers, on the other; with drum and colours.
NOBLE patricians, patrons of my right,
Defend the justice of my cause with arms;
Bds. Romans,-friends, followers, favourers of my right,
If ever Bassianus, Cæsar's son,
i, e. My title to the succession. VOL. VII.
Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome,
Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft, with the crown.
Mar. Princes that strive by factions, and by friends,
Ambitiously for rule and empery,
Know, that the people of Rome, for whom we stand
Chosen Andronicus, surnamed Pius
For many good and great deserts to Rome;
Lives not this day within the city walls:
From weary wars against the barbarous Goths;
And now at last, laden with honour's spoils,
Whom, worthily, you would have now succeed,
Dismiss your followers, and, as suitors should,
Bas. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affy
And so I love and honour thee and thine,
I thank you all, and here dismiss you all;
Bas. Tribunes! and me, a poor competitor.
Enter a Captain, and others.
Cap. Romans, make way; The good Andronicus, Patron of virtue, Rome's best champion, Successful in the battles that he fights, With honour and with fortune is return'd,
From where he circumscribed with his sword,
Flourish of trumpets, &c. Enter Mutius and Martius: after them, two men bearing a coffin covered with black; then Quintus and Lucius. After them, Titus Andronicus; and then Tamora, with Alarbus, Chiron, Demetrius, Aaron, and other Goths, prisoners; Soldiers and People, following. The bearers set down the coffin, and Titus speaks.
Tit. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning weeds!
Lo, as the bark that hath discharg'd her fraught,
Tears of true joy for his return to Rome.-
With burial amongst their ancestors:
Here Goths have given me leave to sheath my sword.
[The tomb is opencd. There greet in silence, as the dead are wont, And sleep in peace, slain in your country's wars!
t Jupiter, to whom the Capitol was sacred.