Do me some service, ere I come to thee.
Lo, by thy side where Rape and Murder stands;
Now give me
some surance that thou art Revenge,
Stab them, or tear them on thy chariot-wheels;
And then I'll come
and be thy waggoner,
And whirl along with thee about the globe.
Provide thee two proper palfreys, black
To hale thy vengeful waggon swift away,
And find out murderers in their guilty caves:
And when thy
car is loaden with their heads,
I will dismount, and by the waggon-wheel
Trot, like a servile footman, all
Even from Hyperion's rising in the east
Until his very downfall in the sea:
And day by day I'll do
this heavy task,
So thou destroy Rapine and Murder there.
These are my ministers, and come with me.
Are these thy ministers? what are they call'd?
Rapine and Murder; therefore called so,
Cause they take vengeance of such kind of men.
Good Lord, how like the empress' sons they are!
And you, the empress! but we worldly men
mad, mistaking eyes.
O sweet Revenge, now do I come to thee;
And, if one arm's embracement will content
I will embrace thee in it by and by.
This closing with him fits his lunacy
Whate'er I forge to feed his brain-sick fits,
Do you uphold and maintain
in your speeches,
For now he firmly takes me for Revenge;
And, being credulous in this mad thought,
make him send for Lucius his son;
And, whilst I at a banquet hold him sure,
I'll find some cunning practise
out of hand,
To scatter and disperse the giddy Goths,
Or, at the least, make them his enemies.
he comes, and I must ply my theme.
Enter TITUS below
Long have I been forlorn, and all for thee:
Welcome, dread Fury, to my woful house:
Rapine and Murder,
you are welcome too.
How like the empress and her sons you are!
Well are you fitted, had you but a
Could not all hell afford you such a devil?
For well I wot the empress never wags
But in her company
there is a Moor;
And, would you represent our queen aright,
It were convenient you had such a devil:
welcome, as you are. What shall we do?
What wouldst thou have us do, Andronicus?
Show me a murderer, I'll deal with him.
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