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And wonder greatly, that man's face can fold
_[Showing it. Sat. Two of thy whelps, [To Tır.] fell curs of
bloody kind, Have here bereft my brother of his life: Sirs, drag them from the pit unto the prison; There let them bide, until we have devis’d Some never-heard-of torturing pain for them. Tam. What, are they in this pit ? O wondrous
thing! How easily murder is discovered !
Tit. High emperor, upon my feeble knee I beg this boon, with tears not lightly shed, That this fell fault of my accursed sons, Accursed, if the fault be prov'd in them,
Sat. If it be prov'd! you see, it is apparent.Who found this letter ? Tamora, was it you?
Tam. Andronicus himself did take it up.
Tit. I did, my lord: yet let me be their bail: For by my father's reverend tomb, I vow, They shall be ready at your highness' will, To answer their suspicion with their lives.
Sat. Thou shalt not bail them; see, thou follow
Some bring the murder'd body, some the mur
derers: Let them not speak a word, the guilt is plain; For, by my soul, were there worse end than death, That end upon them should be executed.
TAM. Andronicus, I will entreat the king; Fear not thy sons, they shall do well enough. Tır. Come, Lucius, come; stay not to talk with them.
Enter DEMETRIUS and Chiron, with Lavinia, ra
vished; her Hands cut off, and her Tongue cut out. DEM. So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can
speak, Who 'twas that cut thy tongue, and ravish'd thee. Chi. Write down thy mind, bewray thy meaning
SO; And, if thy stumps will let thee, play the scribe. DEM. See, how with signs and tokens she can
scrowl?. Chi. Go home, call for sweet water, wash thy
hands. Dem. She hath no tongue to call, nor hands to
wash; And so let's leave her to her silent walks.
- she can scov
owl.] Edition 1600 reads:
she can scrowle." This, I apprehend, is the true reading. TODD.
Ch. An 'twere my case, I should go hang
myself. Dem. If thou hadst hands to help thee knit the cord.
[Exeunt DEMETRIUS and Chiron.
a “If I do dream, 'would all my wealth would wake
me?! “ If I do wake, some planet strike me down, “That I may slumber in eternal sleep!
Speak, gentle niece, what stern ungentle hands
Have lopp'd, and hew'd, and made thy body bare " Of her two branches ? those sweet ornaments, “Whose circling shadows kings have sought to
sleep in; “ And might not gain so great a happiness, “ As half thy love? Why dost not speak to me? “ Alas, a crimson river of warm blood, “ Like to a bubbling fountain stirr'd with wind, “ Doth rise and fall between thy rosed lips,
Coming and going with thy honey breath. “But, sure, some Tereus hath defloured thee; “ And, lest thou should'st detect him, cut thy
tongue? Ah, now thou turn'st away thy face for shame! And, notwithstanding all this loss of blood,
1 If I do dream, 'would all my wealth would wake me!] If this be a dream, I would give all my possessions to be delivered from it by waking. Johnson.
. - lest thou should'st detect aim, &c.] Old copies-detect them. The same mistake has happened in many other old plays. The correction was made by Mr. Rowe.
Tereus having ravished Philomela, his wife's sister, cụt out her tongue, to prevent a discovery. MALONE.
As from a conduit with three issuing spouts °,
3 - Three issuing spouts,] Old copies-their issuing, &c. Corrected by Sir Thomas Hanmer.
STEEVENS. 4 — hast thou met withal,] [So formerly printed.] The word withal, is wanting in edition 1600. Todd.
The edition of 1600 reads as in the text. The word cousin, was omitted in the quarto 1611, which appears to have been followed by the folio, the editor of which, finding the line defective, inserted withal, by conjecture. MALONE.
5 – Thracian poet's-] Orpheus. Steevens.
ACT III. SCENE I.
Rome. A Street.
Enter Senators, Tribunes, and Officers of Justice,
with Martius and Quintus, bound, passing on to the. Place of Execution ; Titus going before, pleading “Tir. Hear me, grave fathers ! noble Tribunes,
“ For pity of mine age, whose youth was spent “ In dangerous wars, whilst you securely slept ; “For all my blood in Rome's great quarrel shed ; “ For all the frosty nights that I have watch'd ; s. And for these bitter tears, which now you see “ Filling the aged wrinkles in my cheeks ; “ Be pitiful to my condemned sons, “Whose souls are not corrupted as 'tis thought ! “ For two and twenty sons I never wept, “ Because they died in honour's lofty bed. “For these, good tribunes ©, in the dust I write
[Throwing himself on the ground. “My heart's deep languor, and my soul's sad tears. “ Let my tears stanch the earth's dry appetite; My sons'sweet blood will make it shame and blush. [Exeunt Senators, Tribunes, 8c. with the
6 For these, GooD tribunes,] In the original copy, a word being omitted at the press, and the line consequently defective, the editor of the second folio, to supply the metre, reads :
“ For these, these tribunesIt is much more likely that some epithet of respect was given to the tribunes, to conciliate their favour, than that the word these should be so oddly repeated. So, afterwards :
0, reverend tribunes. For this emendation I am answerghle. Malone.