Act 5 - Scene 2
Rome. Before TITUS's house.
Enter TAMORA, DEMETRIUS, and CHIRON, disguised
Thus, in this strange and sad habiliment,
I will encounter with Andronicus,
And say I am Revenge, sent
To join with him and right his heinous wrongs.
Knock at his study, where, they say, he keeps,
ruminate strange plots of dire revenge;
Tell him Revenge is come to join with him,
And work confusion on
Enter TITUS, above
Who doth molest my contemplation?
Is it your trick to make me ope the door,
That so my sad decrees
may fly away,
And all my study be to no effect?
You are deceived: for what I mean to do
See here in bloody
lines I have set down;
And what is written shall be executed.
Titus, I am come to talk with thee.
No, not a word; how can I grace my talk,
Wanting a hand to give it action?
Thou hast the odds of me; therefore
If thou didst know me, thou wouldest talk with me.
I am not mad; I know thee well enough:
Witness this wretched stump, witness these crimson lines;
these trenches made by grief and care,
Witness the tiring day and heavy night;
Witness all sorrow, that I
know thee well
For our proud empress, mighty Tamora:
Is not thy coming for my other hand?
Know, thou sad man, I am not Tamora;
She is thy enemy, and I thy friend:
I am Revenge: sent from the
To ease the gnawing vulture of thy mind,
By working wreakful vengeance on thy foes.
down, and welcome me to this world's light;
Confer with me of murder and of death:
There's not a hollow
cave or lurking-place,
No vast obscurity or misty vale,
Where bloody murder or detested rape
for fear, but I will find them out;
And in their ears tell them my dreadful name,
Revenge, which makes the
foul offender quake.
Art thou Revenge? and art thou sent to me,
To be a torment to mine enemies?
I am; therefore come down, and welcome me.
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