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Cannot induce you to attend my words,~
When with his folemn tongue he did difcourfe,
But floods of tears will drown my oratory,
Here is a captain, let him tell the tale;
Your hearts will throb and weep to hear him fpeak.
Luc. Then, noble auditory, be it known to you, That curfed Chiron and Demetrius
Were they that murdered our emperor's brother;
For their fell faults our brothers were beheaded;
Laftly, myself unkindly banished,
The gates fhut on me, and turn'd weeping out,
and basely cozen'd—] i. e. and he bafely cozened.
And from her bofom took the enemy's point,
[Pointing to the Child in the arms of an Attendant. Of this was Tamora delivered;
The iffue of an irreligious Moor,
Chief architect and plotter of these woes;
Damn'd as he is," to witness this is true.
Have we done aught amifs? Show us wherein,
Will, hand in hand, all headlong caft us down,8
• Damn'd as he is,] The old copies read-And as he is. The emendation was made by Mr. Theobald. The fame expreffion (as he obferved) is used in Othello :
"O thou foul thief, where haft thou ftow'd my daughter? "Damn'd as thou art, thou haft inchanted her." In the play before us the fame epithet is applied to Aaron: "See juftice done on Aaron, that damn'd Moor."
what caufe-] Old copies-what courfe. Corrected
in the fourth folio. MALONE.
The poor remainder of Andronici
Will,caft us down,] i. e. We the poor remainder &c
will caft us down. MALONE.
And on the ragged ftones beat forth our brains,
Speak, Romans, fpeak; and, if you fay, we fhall,
EMIL. Come, come, thou reverend man of
And bring our emperor gently in thy hand,
LUCIUS, &c. defcend.
MAR. Go, go into old Titus' forrowful house;
[To an Attendant. And hither hale that misbelieving Moor, To be adjudg'd fome direful flaughtering death, As punishment for his moft wicked life.
ROM. [Several Speak.] Lucius, all hail; Rome's gracious governor!
Luc. Thanks, gentle Romans; May I govern fo,
Stand all aloof;-but, uncle, draw you near,
9 Rom. Lucius, all hail; &c.] This line here, and the fame words below, are given in the old copy by mistake to Marcus. It is manifeft, as Mr. Steevens has obferved, that they both belong to the furrounding concourfe of Romans, who with one voice hail Lucius as their emperor. MALONE.
The fame mistake is in the quarto 1600. TODD.
O, take this warm kifs on thy pale cold lips,
[Kisses TITUS. These forrowful drops upon thy blood-ftain'd face,' The last true duties of thy noble fon!
MAR. Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kifs, Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips:
O, were the fum of these that I fhould
pay Countless and infinite, yet would I pay them!
Luc. Come hither, boy; come, come, and learn
To melt in showers: Thy grandfire lov'd thee well :
Meet, and agreeing with thine infancy;
Box. O grandfire, grandfire! even with all my
'Would I were dead, fo you did live again !O lord, I cannot fpeak to him for weeping; My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth.
I thy blood-ftain'd face,] The old copies have-thy blood-flain face. Corrected in the fourth folio. MALONE. 2 Shed yet fome fmall drops
Because kind nature doth require it fo:] Thus, in Romeo and Juliet:
fond nature bids us all lament." STEEVENS.
Enter Attendants, with AARON.
1. ROM. You fad Andronici, have done with woes; Give fentence on this execrable wretch,
That hath been breeder of these dire events.
Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish him;
There let him stand, and rave and cry for food:
For the offence he dies. This is our doom:
AAR. O, why fhould wrath be mute, and fury dumb?
I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers,
I do repent it from my very foul.
Luc. Some loving friends convey the emperor hence,
And give him burial in his father's grave:
No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds,
But throw her forth to beafts, and birds of prey:
3 to fee him faften'd in the earth.] That juftice and cookery may go hand in hand to the conclufion of this play, in Ravenfcroft's alteration of it, Aaron is at once racked and roafted on the ftage. STERVENS.