Act 4 - Scene 1
Rome. Titus's garden.
Enter young LUCIUS, and LAVINIA running after him, and the boy flies from her, with books under his
arm. Then enter TITUS and MARCUS
Help, grandsire, help! my aunt Lavinia
Follows me every where, I know not why:
Good uncle Marcus, see
how swift she comes.
Alas, sweet aunt, I know not what you mean.
Stand by me, Lucius; do not fear thine aunt.
She loves thee, boy, too well to do thee harm.
Ay, when my father was in Rome she did.
What means my niece Lavinia by these signs?
Fear her not, Lucius: somewhat doth she mean:
See, Lucius, see how much she makes of thee:
would she have thee go with her.
Ah, boy, Cornelia never with more care
Read to her sons than she hath
read to thee
Sweet poetry and Tully's Orator.
Canst thou not guess wherefore she plies thee thus?
My lord, I know not, I, nor can I guess,
Unless some fit or frenzy do possess her:
For I have heard my
grandsire say full oft,
Extremity of griefs would make men mad;
And I have read that Hecuba of Troy
mad through sorrow: that made me to fear;
Although, my lord, I know my noble aunt
Loves me as dear as
e'er my mother did,
And would not, but in fury, fright my youth:
Which made me down to throw my books,
Causeless, perhaps. But pardon me, sweet aunt:
And, madam, if my uncle Marcus go,
I will most
willingly attend your ladyship.
Lucius, I will.
LAVINIA turns over with her stumps the books which LUCIUS has let fall
How now, Lavinia! Marcus, what means this?
Some book there is that she desires to see.
Which is it, girl,
of these? Open them, boy.
But thou art deeper read, and better skill'd
Come, and take choice of all my
And so beguile thy sorrow, till the heavens
Reveal the damn'd contriver of this deed.
Why lifts she
up her arms in sequence thus?
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