Act 2 - Scene 1
Rome. Before the Palace.
Now climbeth Tamora Olympus' top,
Safe out of fortune's shot; and sits aloft,
Secure of thunder's crack
or lightning flash;
Advanced above pale envy's threatening reach.
As when the golden sun salutes the
And, having gilt the ocean with his beams,
Gallops the zodiac in his glistering coach,
the highest-peering hills;
Upon her wit doth earthly honour wait,
And virtue stoops and trembles
at her frown.
Then, Aaron, arm thy heart, and fit thy thoughts,
To mount aloft with thy imperial mistress,
mount her pitch, whom thou in triumph long
Hast prisoner held, fetter'd in amorous chains
bound to Aaron's charming eyes
Than is Prometheus tied to Caucasus.
Away with slavish weeds and
I will be bright, and shine in pearl and gold,
To wait upon this new-made empress.
wait, said I? to wanton with this queen,
This goddess, this Semiramis, this nymph,
This siren, that will
charm Rome's Saturnine,
And see his shipwreck and his commonweal's.
Holloa! what storm is this?
Enter DEMETRIUS and CHIRON, braving
Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit wants edge,
And manners, to intrude where I am graced;
And may, for
aught thou know'st, affected be.
Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all;
And so in this, to bear me down with braves.
'Tis not the difference
of a year or two
Makes me less gracious or thee more fortunate:
I am as able and as fit as thou
and to deserve my mistress' grace;
And that my sword upon thee shall approve,
And plead my passions
for Lavinia's love.
[Aside] Clubs, clubs! these lovers will not keep
Why, boy, although our mother, unadvised,
Gave you a dancing-rapier by your side,
Are you so desperate
grown, to threat your friends?
Go to; have your lath glued within your sheath
Till you know better how to
Meanwhile, sir, with the little skill I have,
Full well shalt thou perceive how much I dare.
Ay, boy, grow ye so brave?
[Coming forward] Why, how now, lords!
So near the emperor's palace dare you draw,
And maintain such
a quarrel openly?
Full well I wot the ground of all this grudge:
I would not for a million of gold
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