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Aturninus, Son to the late Emperor of Rome,

and afterwards declar d Emperor himself. Bassianus, Brother to Saturninus, in Love with

Lavinia.
Titus Andronicus, a Noble Roman General again!

the Goths.
Marcus Andronicus, Tribune of the People

, and
Brother to Titus.
Marcus,
Quintus,

Sons to Ticus Andronicus.
Lucius,
Mutius,
Toung Lucius, a Bay, Son to Lucius.
Alarbus,
Chiron,

Sons to Tamora.
Demetrius,
Aaron, a Moor, Belov*d by Tamora..

W O M E N.
Tamora, Queen of the Goths, and afterwards Mar-

ried to Saturninus.
Lavinia, Daughter to Titus Andronicus.
Senators, Judges, Officers, Soldiers, and other Ati-

tendants.

SCENE Rome, and the Country

near it.

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Enter the Tribunes and Senators aloft,as in the Senate,

Enter Saturninus and his Followers at one Door, and Ballianus and bis Followers at the other, with Drum and Colours.

SATURNINUS.
oble Patricians, Patrons of my Right,
Defend the Justice of my Cause with Arms.
And Country-men and loving Followers,
Plead my successive Title with your Swords,
I was the first-born Son of him that last

Wore the Imperial Diadem of Rome;
Then let my Father's Honours live in me,
Nor wrong mine Age with this Indignity,

Bas. Romans, Friends, Followers,
Favourers of my Right ;
If ever Bassianus, Cæsar's Son,
Were gracious in the Eyes of Royal Rome,
Keep then this passage to the Capitol ;
And suffer not Dishonour to approach

Th’ Imperial Seat to Virtue, Confecrate
To Justice, Continence, and Nobility:
But let Desert in pure Election shine;
And, Romans, fight for Freedom in your Choice.

Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft with the Crown.
Mar. Princes that striveby Factions and by Friends,
Ambitiously for Rule and Empery;
Know, that the People of Rome, for whom we stand
A special Party, have by Common Voice,
In Elcction for the Roman Empery,
Chofen Andronicu, Sur-named Pins,
For many good and great deserts to Rome.
A Nobler Man, a braver Warrior,
Lives not this day within our City Walls.
He by the Senate is accited home,
From weary Wars against the Larbarous Goths,
That with his sons (a terror to our Foes)
Hath yoak’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 Sons
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 intreat, by Honour of his Name,
Whom (worthily) you would have now succeed,
And in the Capitol and Senate's Right,
Whom you pretend to Honour and Adore,
That you withdraw you, and abate your Strength;
Dismiss your Followers, and as Suiters should,
Plead
your

Deserts in Peace and Humbleness.
Sat. How fair the Tribune speaks,
To calm my Thoughes.

Baf. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affie
In thy Uprightness and Integrity :
And so I Love and Honour thee and thine ;
Thy Noble Brother Titus, and his Sons,
And her (co whom our Thoughts are humbled all)
Gracious Lavinia, Rome's rich Ornament,

That

you all;

That I will here dismiss my loving Friends;
And to my Fortunes, and the Peoples Favour,
Commit my Cause in ballance to be weighid.

[Ex. Soldiers.
Sat. Friends that have been
Thus forward in my Right,
I thank you all, and here dismiss
And to the Love and Favour of my Country,
Commit my Self, my Person, and the Cause:
Rome, be as just and gracious unto me,
As I am confident and kind to thee,
Open the Gates, and let me in.
Baf. Tribunes, and me, a poor Competitor.

[They go up into the Senate-House

Enter a Captain. Cap. Romans, make way: The good Andronicus, Patron of Virtue, Rome's best Champion, Successful in the Battels that he fights, With Honour and with Fortune is return’d, From whence he circumscribed with his Sword, And brought to yoke the Enemies of Rome. Sound Drums and Trumpets, and thenenter Mutius and Mar

cus : After them, two Men bearing a Coffin cover'd with black; then Quintus and Lucius. After shem Titus Andronicus; and then Tamora, the Queen of Goths, Alarbus, Chiron and Dem trius, with Aaron the Moor, Prisoners, Soldiers, and other Attendants. They set dovn the Coffing and Titus speaks.

Tit. Hail, Rome,
Victorious in thy mourning Weeds !
Loe, as the Bark that hath discharg'd her Freight,
Returns with precious lading to the Bay,
From whence at first the weigh'd her Anchorage,
Cometh Andronicus with Laurel Boughs,
To re-falute his Country with his Tears;
Tears of true Joy, for his return to Rome.
Thou great defender of this Capitol,
Stand gracious to the Rites that we intend.
Romans, of five and twenty Valiant Sons,
Half of the number that King Priam had,

Behold

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