Act 4 - Scene 4
The same. Before the palace.
Enter SATURNINUS, TAMORA, DEMETRIUS, CHIRON, Lords, and others; SATURNINUS with the arrows
in his hand that TITUS shot
Why, lords, what wrongs are these! was ever seen
An emperor in Rome thus overborne,
thus; and, for the extent
Of egal justice, used in such contempt?
My lords, you know, as know the mightful
However these disturbers of our peace
Buz in the people's ears, there nought hath pass'd,
with law, against the willful sons
Of old Andronicus. And what an if
His sorrows have so overwhelm'd his
Shall we be thus afflicted in his wreaks,
His fits, his frenzy, and his bitterness?
And now he writes to
heaven for his redress:
See, here's to Jove, and this to Mercury;
This to Apollo; this to the god of war;
scrolls to fly about the streets of Rome!
What's this but libelling against the senate,
And blazoning our
injustice every where?
A goodly humour, is it not, my lords?
As who would say, in Rome no justice were.
if I live, his feigned ecstasies
Shall be no shelter to these outrages:
But he and his shall know that justice
In Saturninus' health, whom, if she sleep,
He'll so awake as she in fury shall
Cut off the proud'st
conspirator that lives.
My gracious lord, my lovely Saturnine,
Lord of my life, commander of my thoughts,
Calm thee, and bear
the faults of Titus' age,
The effects of sorrow for his valiant sons,
Whose loss hath pierced him deep and
scarr'd his heart;
And rather comfort his distressed plight
Than prosecute the meanest or the best
Why, thus it shall become
High-witted Tamora to gloze with all:
But, Titus, I have touched thee to the
Thy life-blood out: if Aaron now be wise,
Then is all safe, the anchor's in the port.
How now, good fellow! wouldst thou speak with us?
Yea, forsooth, an your mistership be emperial.
Empress I am, but yonder sits the emperor.
'Tis he. God and Saint Stephen give you good den:
I have brought you a letter and a couple of pigeons
SATURNINUS reads the letter
Go, take him away, and hang him presently.
How much money must I have?
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Bibliomania.com Ltd,
and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission.
See our FAQ for more details.