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Saturninus, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and
afterwards declared Emperor himself. Bassianus, Brother to Saturninus; in love with La
vinia. Titus Andronicus, a noble Roman, General against
the Goths. Marcus Andronicus, Tribune of the People; and
Brother to Titus.
Sons to Titus Andronicus,
Tamora, Queen of the Goths.
Kinsmen of Titus, Senators, Tribunes, Officers,
Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE, Rome; and the Country near it.
ACT I. SCENE I.
Rome. Before the Capitol.
bunes and Senators aloft, as in the Senate. En-
Sat. Noble patricians, patrons of my right,
mine age with this indignity.
my successive title-] i. e. my title to the succession.
MALONE. Thus alfo Raleigh: “The empire being elective, and not fucsessive, the emperors, in being, made profit of their own times.”
Keep then this passage to the Capitol ;
Enter Marcus ANDRONICUS, aloft, with the
Mar. Princes--that strive by factions, and by
friends, Ambitioufly for rule and empery, Know, that the people of Rome, for whom we
stand A special party, have, by common voice, In election for the Roman empery, Chofen Andronicus, furnamed Pius For many good and great deserts to Rome ; A nobler man, a braver warrior, Lives not this day within the city walls : He by the senate is accited home, From weary wars against the barbarous Goths; That, with his sons, a terror to our foes, Hath yok'd a nation strong, train'd up in arms. Ten years are spent, since first he undertook This cause of Rome, and chastised with arms Our enemies' pride : Five times he hath return'd Bleeding to Rome, bearing his valiant fons In coffins from the field ; And now at last, laden with honour's spoils, Returns the good Andronicus to Rome, Renowned Titus, flourishing in arms. Let us entreat,-By honour of his name, Whom, worthily, you would have now fucceed,
And in the Capitol and senate's right,
withdraw you, and abate your strength;
cause in balance to be weigh’d.
[Exeunt the Followers of BASSIANUS.
[Exeunt the Followers of SATURNINUS.
with Senators, MARCUS, &c.
Enter a Captain, and Others.
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.
Tır. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning
? Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning weeds !] I suspect that the poet wrote:
in my mourning weeds / i. e. Titus would say: Thou, Rome, art victorious, though I am a mourner for those sons which I have lostin obtaining that victory.
WARBURTON. Thy is as well as my.
may suppose the Romans in a grateful ceremony, meeting the dead luns of Andronicus with mournful habits. JOHNSON.