Titus Andronicus

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Flourish. Enter the tribunes and senators aloft; and

then enter below Saturninus and his followers at one

door, and Bassianus and his followers at the other,

with drums and colours


Noble patricians, patrons of my right,
colours (n.) 2 colour-ensigns, standard-bearers
patron (n.) 2 supporter, advocate

Defend the justice of my cause with arms.

And, countrymen, my loving followers,

Plead my successive title with your swords.
successive (adj.) 2 hereditary, lineal, by right of succession

I am his first-born son that was the last

That wore the imperial diadem of Rome;
diadem (n.) crown, sovereign power

Then let my father's honours live in me,
honour (n.) 1 fame, renown, glory

Nor wrong mine age with this indignity.
age (n.) 3 seniority, status as elder brother


Romans, friends, followers, favourers of my right,

If ever Bassianus, Caesar's son,

Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome,
gracious (adj.) 4 in favour, enjoying grace, esteemed

Keep then this passage to the Capitol,
keep (v.) 3 guard, watch, tend

And suffer not dishonour to approach

The Imperial seat, to virtue consecrate,
virtue (n.) 1 quality, accomplishment, ability

To justice, continence, and nobility;
continence (n.) self-restraint, self-control, abstemiousness

But let desert in pure election shine,
desert, desart (n.) 1 deserving, due recompense, right

And, Romans, fight for freedom in your choice.

Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft with the crown


Princes that strive by factions and by friends

Ambitiously for rule and empery,
empery (n.) 1 absolute dominion, sovereignty

Know that the people of Rome, for whom we stand
stand (v.) 9 act as, be, hold good as

A special party, have by common voice
voice (n.) 1 vote, official support See Topics: Frequency count

In election for the Roman empery
election (n.) choice, preference

Chosen Andronicus, surnamed Pius

For many good and great deserts to Rome.
desert, desart (n.) 3 worthy deed, meritorious action

A nobler man, a braver warrior,

Lives not this day within the city walls.

He by the senate is accited home
accite (v.) 1 cite, summon, call

From weary wars against the barbarous Goths,

That with his sons, a terror to our foes,

Hath yoked a nation strong, trained up in arms.
yoke (v.) 2 conquer, tame, bring under subjection

Ten years are spent since first he undertook

This cause of Rome, and chastised with arms

Our enemies' pride. Five times he hath returned

Bleeding to Rome, bearing his valiant sons

In coffins from the field, and at this day
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

To the monument of the Andronici

Done sacrifice of expiation,
expiation (n.) purification, atonement

And slain the noblest prisoner of the Goths.

And now at last, laden with honour's spoils,

Returns the good Andronicus to Rome,

Renowned Titus, flourishing in arms.
flourish (v.) 2 thrive, prosper, display triumph

Let us entreat, by honour of his name

Whom worthily you would have now succeed,

And in the Capitol and senate's right

Whom you pretend to honour and adore,
pretend (v.) 1 claim, avow, profess

That you withdraw you and abate your strength,
abate (v.) 1 lessen, lower, diminish

Dismiss your followers, and, as suitors should,

Plead your deserts in peace and humbleness.
desert, desart (n.) 4 cause, deserving, warrant


How fair the tribune speaks to calm my thoughts.


Marcus Andronicus, so I do affy
affy (v.) 1 have faith, place trust

In thy uprightness and integrity,

And so I love and honour thee and thine,

Thy noble brother Titus and his sons,

And her to whom my thoughts are humbled all,

Gracious Lavinia, Rome's rich ornament,

That I will here dismiss my loving friends

And to my fortune's and the people's favour

Commit my cause in balance to be weighed.

Exeunt his soldiers; his other followers remain


Friends that have been thus forward in my right,

I thank you all and here dismiss you all,

And to the love and favour of my country

Commit myself, my person, and the cause.

Exeunt his soldiers; his other followers remain

(To the tribunes and senators above)

Rome, be as just and gracious unto me

As I am confident and kind to thee.
confident (adj.) 1 trusting, trustful, ready to confide
kind (adj.) 2 loving, affectionate, fond

Open the gates and let me in.


Tribunes, and me, a poor competitor.
competitor (n.) 2 fellow-candidate

Flourish. They go up into the senate house.

Enter a Captain


Romans, make way. The good Andronicus,

Patron of virtue, Rome's best champion,
champion (n.) warrior, fighter, man of valour
patron (n.) 1 defender, protector, lord and master

Successful in the battles that he fights,

With honour and with fortune is returned

From where he circumscribed with his sword
circumscribe (v.) 1 confine, fence in, hem in

And brought to yoke the enemies of Rome.
yoke (n.) 1 servitude, state of subjection

Sound drums and trumpets. Then enter two of Titus's

sons, Martius and Mutius, then two men bearing a

Coffin covered with black, then two other sons, Lucius

and Quintus, then Titus Andronicus, and then

Tamora, the Queen of Goths, and her three sons,

Alarbus, Chiron and Demetrius, with Aaron the Moor,

and others as many as can be. Then set down the coffin,

and Titus speaks


Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning weeds!
weed (n.) 1 (plural) garments, dress, clothes

Lo, as the bark that hath discharged his freight
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
fraught (n.) 1 freight, cargo, goods

Returns with precious lading to the bay
lading (n.) cargo, freight, merchandise

From whence at first she weighed her anchorage,
anchorage anchor, anchors

Cometh Andronicus, bound with laurel boughs,
boughs (n.) leaves, foliage
laurel (adj.) 1 of the bay tree [as a symbol of victory]

To re-salute his country with his tears,

Tears of true joy for his return to Rome.

Thou great defender of this Capitol,

Stand gracious to the rites that we intend.
gracious (adj.) 5 showing favour, displaying benevolence

Romans, of five-and-twenty valiant sons,

Half of the number that King Priam had,

Behold the poor remains alive and dead.

These that survive, let Rome reward with love;

These that I bring unto their latest home,

With burial amongst their ancestors.

Here Goths have given me leave to sheathe my sword.

Titus, unkind and careless of thine own,
careless (adj.) 4 negligent, improvident, neglectful
unkind (adj.) 3 lacking in family affection, with no respect for kinship

Why suffer'st thou thy sons unburied yet
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

To hover on the dreadful shore of Styx?

Make way to lay them by their brethren.

They open the tomb
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of See Topics: Frequency count

There greet in silence as the dead are wont,

And sleep in peace, slain in your country's wars.

O sacred receptacle of my joys,
receptacle (n.) repository, storehouse, receiving-chamber

Sweet cell of virtue and nobility,

How many sons hast thou of mine in store

That thou wilt never render to me more!


Give us the proudest prisoner of the Goths,

That we may hew his limbs and on a pile

Ad manes fratrum sacrifice his flesh
ad manes... to the shades of brothers See Topics: Latin

Before this earthy prison of their bones,
earthy (adj.) 1 of the earth, made of clay

That so the shadows be not unappeased,
shadow (n.) 5 spirit, phantom, spectre, ghost

Nor we disturbed with prodigies on earth.
prodigy (n.) 1 omen, portent, sign


I give him you, the noblest that survives,

The eldest son of this distressed queen.



Stay, Roman brethren! Gracious conqueror,

Victorious Titus, rue the tears I shed,
rue (v.) pity, grieve for, feel for

A mother's tears in passion for her son;
passion (n.) 3 suffering, torment, deep grief

And if thy sons were ever dear to thee,

O, think my son to be as dear to me.

Sufficeth not that we are brought to Rome
suffice (v.) 2 satisfy, content, be enough [for]

To beautify thy triumphs, and return
triumph (n.) 2 triumphal procession into Rome

Captive to thee and to thy Roman yoke,
yoke (n.) 1 servitude, state of subjection

But must my sons be slaughtered in the streets

For valiant doings in their country's cause?

O, if to fight for king and commonweal
commonweal, commonwealth (n.) state, nation, community, body politic

Were piety in thine, it is in these.

Andronicus, stain not thy tomb with blood.

Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods?

Draw near them then in being merciful;

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

Thrice-noble Titus, spare my first-born son.


Patient yourself, madam, and pardon me.
patient (v.) be patient, calm, quieten

These are their brethren whom your Goths beheld

Alive and dead, and for their brethren slain

Religiously they ask a sacrifice.
religiously (adv.) 1 in accord with religious belief

To this your son is marked, and die he must

T' appease their groaning shadows that are gone.
shadow (n.) 5 spirit, phantom, spectre, ghost


Away with him, and make a fire straight,
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

And with our swords upon a pile of wood

Let's hew his limbs till they be clean consumed.
clean (adv.) totally, absolutely, utterly

Exeunt Titus's sons with Alarbus



O cruel, irreligious piety.


Was never Scythia half so barbarous.


Oppose not Scythia to ambitious Rome.
oppose (v.) 2 compare, draw a parallel between
resolved (adj.) 1 determined, settled, decided

Alarbus goes to rest and we survive

To tremble under Titus' threat'ning look.

Then, madam, stand resolved; but hope withal

The selfsame gods that armed the Queen of Troy

With opportunity of sharp revenge
sharp (adj.) 1 severe, harsh, merciless

Upon the Thracian tyrant in his tent

May favour Tamora, the Queen of Goths –

When Goths were Goths, and Tamora was queen –

To quit these bloody wrongs upon her foes.
quit (v.) 6 avenge, requite, take vengeance [on]

Enter the sons of Andronicus, with their swords bloody


See, lord and father, how we have performed

Our Roman rites. Alarbus' limbs are lopped,

And entrails feed the sacrificing fire,
sacrificing (adj.) sacrificial

Whose smoke like incense doth perfume the sky.

Remaineth naught but to inter our brethren,

And with loud 'larums welcome them to Rome.
alarm, alarum, 'larm, 'larum (n.) 6 tumult, uproar, hubbub


Let it be so, and let Andronicus

Make this his latest farewell to their souls.

Sound trumpets, and lay the coffin in the tomb

In peace and honour rest you here, my sons;

Rome's readiest champions, repose you here in rest,
ready (adj.) 1 eager, willing, ready to act

Secure from worldly chances and mishaps.

Here lurks no treason, here no envy swells,

Here grow no damned drugs, here are no storms,
drug (n.) poisonous plant

No noise, but silence and eternal sleep.

Enter Lavinia

In peace and honour rest you here, my sons.


In peace and honour live Lord Titus long;

My noble lord and father, live in fame.

Lo, at this tomb my tributary tears
tributary (adj.) paying a tribute, contributory

I render for my brethren's obsequies,
obsequy (n.) funeral rite, burial ceremony

(Kneeling) And at thy feet I kneel with tears of joy

Shed on this earth for thy return to Rome.

O bless me here with thy victorious hand,

Whose fortunes Rome's best citizens applaud.


Kind Rome, that hast thus lovingly reserved
reserve (v.) preserve, retain, keep

The cordial of mine age to glad my heart.
age (n.) 2 mature years, old age
cordial (n.) restorative, stimulant, tonic
glad (v.) 1 gladden, brighten, cause to rejoice

Lavinia, live, outlive thy father's days

And fame's eternal date for virtue's praise.

Lavinia rises



Long live Lord Titus, my beloved brother,

Gracious triumpher in the eyes of Rome!
triumpher (n.) victor, conqueror, general [given a Roman procession of welcome]


Thanks, gentle tribune, noble brother Marcus.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


And welcome, nephews, from successful wars,

You that survive, and you that sleep in fame.

Fair lords, your fortunes are alike in all

That in your country's service drew your swords;

But safer triumph is this funeral pomp,

That hath aspired to Solon's happiness

And triumphs over chance in honour's bed.

Titus Andronicus, the people of Rome,

Whose friend in justice thou hast ever been,

Send thee by me, their tribune and their trust,

This palliament of white and spotless hue,
palliament (n.) robe, gown [of someone aspiring to Roman consulship]

And name thee in election for the empire
election (n.) choice, preference
empire (n.) emperor

With these our late-deceased emperor's sons.

Be candidatus then and put it on,

And help to set a head on headless Rome.


A better head her glorious body fits

Than his that shakes for age and feebleness.

What should I don this robe and trouble you?

Be chosen with proclamations today,

Tomorrow yield up rule, resign my life,

And set abroad new business for you all?
set abroad (v.) set afoot, initiate, start up

Rome, I have been thy soldier forty years,

And led my country's strength successfully,

And buried one-and-twenty valiant sons

Knighted in field, slain manfully in arms,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

In right and service of their noble country.
right (n.) 1 just claim, rights, title

Give me a staff of honour for mine age,

But not a sceptre to control the world.

Upright he held it, lords, that held it last.


Titus, thou shalt obtain and ask the empery.
empery (n.) 1 absolute dominion, sovereignty



Proud and ambitious tribune, canst thou tell?


Patience, Prince Saturninus.


                         Romans, do me right!

Patricians, draw your swords and sheathe them not

Till Saturninus be Rome's emperor.

Andronicus, would thou wert shipped to hell

Rather than rob me of the people's hearts.


Proud Saturnine, interrupter of the good

That noble-minded Titus means to thee.


Content thee, prince; I will restore to thee

The people's hearts, and wean them from themselves.
wean (v.) 1 separate, detach, alienate



Andronicus, I do not flatter thee,

But honour thee, and will do till I die.

My faction if thou strengthen with thy friends,

I will most thankful be; and thanks to men

Of noble minds is honourable meed.
meed (n.) 1 reward, prize, recompense


People of Rome and people's tribunes here,

I ask your voices and your suffrages.
suffrage (n.) vote, approval, consent
voice (n.) 1 vote, official support See Topics: Frequency count

Will ye bestow them friendly on Andronicus?
friendly (adv.) in a friendly way



To gratify the good Andronicus

And gratulate his safe return to Rome,
gratulate (v.) greet, welcome, salute

The people will accept whom he admits.


Tribunes, I thank you, and this suit I make,
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

That you create your emperor's eldest son,

Lord Saturnine, whose virtues will, I hope,

Reflect on Rome as Titan's rays on earth,
reflect (v.) shine, cast a bright light

And ripen justice in this commonweal.
commonweal, commonwealth (n.) state, nation, community, body politic

Then if you will elect by my advice,

Crown him and say, ‘ Long live our emperor!’


With voices and applause of every sort,
applause (n.) acclamation, shout of approval
sort (n.) 1 class, level, social rank
voice (n.) 5 shout of acclamation, cry of applause

Patricians and plebeians, we create

Lord Saturninus Rome's great emperor,

And say, ‘ Long live our Emperor Saturnine!’

A long flourish till Marcus, Saturninus, Bassianus,

tribunes and senators come down.

Marcus crowns Saturninus


Titus Andronicus, for thy favours done

To us in our election this day

I give thee thanks in part of thy deserts,
desert, desart (n.) 1 deserving, due recompense, right

And will with deeds requite thy gentleness.
gentleness (n.) 1 nobility, good breeding, courtesy

And for an onset, Titus, to advance
onset (n.) 1 start, beginning, commencement

Thy name and honourable family,

Lavinia will I make my empress,

Rome's royal mistress, mistress of my heart,

And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse.
espouse (v.) unite (in marriage), contract

Tell me, Andronicus, doth this motion please thee?
motion (n.) 6 proposal, proposition, suggestion, offer


It doth, my worthy lord, and in this match

I hold me highly honoured of your grace,

And here in sight of Rome to Saturnine,

King and commander of our commonweal,
commonweal, commonwealth (n.) state, nation, community, body politic

The wide world's emperor, do I consecrate

My sword, my chariot, and my prisoners,

Presents well worthy Rome's imperious lord.
imperious, emperious (adj.) imperial, majestic, sovereign

Receive them then, the tribute that I owe,

Mine honour's ensigns humbled at thy feet.
ensign (n.) 3 symbol, token, emblem


Thanks, noble Titus, father of my life.

How proud I am of thee and of thy gifts

Rome shall record, and when I do forget

The least of these unspeakable deserts,
desert, desart (n.) 1 deserving, due recompense, right
unspeakable (adj.) indescribable, inexpressible, beyond description

Romans, forget your fealty to me.
fealty (n.) [feudal obligation of obedience] duty of loyalty, allegiance, fidelity


(to Tamora)

Now, madam, are you prisoner to an emperor,

To him that for your honour and your state
state (n.) 2 status, rank, position

Will use you nobly and your followers.
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage


goodly (adj.) 2 good-looking, handsome, attractive, comely
hue (n.) appearance, complexion
trust me believe me See Topics: Discourse markers

A goodly lady, trust me, of the hue

That I would choose were I to choose anew.

(To Tamora)
countenance (n.) 2 expression, look, face

Clear up, fair queen, that cloudy countenance;

Though chance of war hath wrought this change of cheer,
cheer (n.) 4 face, look, expression

Thou com'st not to be made a scorn in Rome.

Princely shall be thy usage every way.
usage (n.) treatment, handling, conduct

Rest on my word, and let not discontent

Daunt all your hopes. Madam, he comforts you

Can make you greater than the Queen of Goths.

Lavinia, you are not displeased with this?


Not I, my lord, sith true nobility

Warrants these words in princely courtesy.
warrant (v.) 3 act as a pledge for, give an assurance about


Thanks, sweet Lavinia. Romans, let us go.

Ransomless here we set our prisoners free;

Proclaim our honours, lords, with trump and drum.
trump (n.) 1 trumpet



(seizing Lavinia)

Lord Titus, by your leave, this maid is mine.


How, sir? Are you in earnest then, my lord?


Ay, noble Titus, and resolved withal
resolve (v.) 4 decide, make up one's mind

To do myself this reason and this right.
reason (n.) 7 reasonable treatment, justified course of action


Suum cuique is our Roman justice;
suum... to each his own See Topics: Latin

This prince in justice seizeth but his own.


And that he will and shall, if Lucius live.

Exeunt Tamora, Demetrius, Chiron and attendants


Traitors, avaunt! Where is the Emperor's guard?
avaunt (int.) begone, go away, be off See Topics: Frequency count

Treason, my lord! Lavinia is surprised.
surprise (v.) 2 take prisoner, capture [especially: suddenly, unexpectedly]


Surprised? By whom?


                         By him that justly may

Bear his betrothed from all the world away.

Exeunt Bassianus and Marcus with Lavinia


Brothers, help to convey her hence away,

And with my sword I'll keep this door safe.

Exeunt Quintus and Martius at one door


(to Saturninus)

Follow, my lord, and I'll soon bring her back.

Exit Saturninus at the other door


My lord, you pass not here.


                         What, villain boy,

Barr'st me my way in Rome?

He attacks Mutius


                         Help, Lucius, help.

Titus kills him


My lord, you are unjust, and more than so,

In wrongful quarrel you have slain your son.


Nor thou, nor he, are any sons of mine;

My sons would never so dishonour me.

Traitor, restore Lavinia to the Emperor.


Dead, if you will, but not to be his wife

That is another's lawful promised love.


Enter aloft the Emperor with Tamora and her two

sons, and Aaron the Moor


No, Titus, no, the Emperor needs her not,

Nor her, nor thee, nor any of thy stock.

I'll trust by leisure him that mocks me once,
leisure, by only after careful consideration, but slowly

Thee never, nor thy traitorous haughty sons,

Confederates all thus to dishonour me.

Was none in Rome to make a stale
stale (n.) 2 dupe, sap, laughing-stock

But Saturnine? Full well, Andronicus,

Agree these deeds with that proud brag of thine,

That saidst I begged the empire at thy hands.


O monstrous! What reproachful words are these?


But go thy ways, go give that changing piece
changing (adj.) fickle, inconstant, faithless
piece (n.) 5 creature, individual, person, woman

To him that flourished for her with his sword.
flourish with (v.) wave, brandish, shake about

A valiant son-in-law thou shalt enjoy,

One fit to bandy with thy lawless sons,
bandy (v.) 2 band together, make a league, fight

To ruffle in the commonwealth of Rome.
ruffle (v.) 3 make trouble, cause a disturbance


These words are razors to my wounded heart.


And therefore, lovely Tamora, Queen of Goths,

That like the stately Phoebe 'mongst her nymphs

Dost overshine the gallant'st dames of Rome,
gallant (adj.) 1 fine, splendid, grand

If thou be pleased with this my sudden choice,

Behold, I choose thee, Tamora, for my bride,

And will create thee Empress of Rome.

Speak, Queen of Goths, dost thou applaud my choice?

And here I swear by all the Roman gods,

Sith priest and holy water are so near,

And tapers burn so bright, and everything
taper (n.) candle

In readiness for Hymenaeus stand,

I will not re-salute the streets of Rome
re-salute (v.) approach again, greet once more

Or climb my palace, till from forth this place

I lead espoused my bride along with me.
espouse (v.) unite (in marriage), contract


And here in sight of heaven to Rome I swear,

If Saturnine advance the Queen of Goths,
advance (v.) 1 raise, lift up, upraise

She will a handmaid be to his desires,

A loving nurse, a mother to his youth.


Ascend, fair queen, Pantheon. Lords, accompany

Your noble Emperor and his lovely bride,

Sent by the heavens for Prince Saturnine,

Whose wisdom hath her fortune conquered.

There shall we consummate our spousal rites.
consummate (v.) accomplish, complete, bring to a conclusion
spousal (adj.) marriage, nuptial, matrimonial

Exeunt all but Titus


I am not bid to wait upon this bride.
bid (v.), past form bade 2 invite, ask, entice

Titus, when wert thou wont to walk alone,
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of See Topics: Frequency count

Dishonoured thus, and challenged of wrongs?
challenge (v.) 3 accuse, charge, denounce

Enter Marcus and Titus's sons, Lucius, Quintus, and



O Titus, see! O see what thou hast done:

In a bad quarrel slain a virtuous son.


No, foolish tribune, no. No son of mine,

Nor thou, nor these, confederates in the deed

That hath dishonoured all our family,

Unworthy brother, and unworthy sons.


But let us give him burial as becomes;
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

Give Mutius burial with our brethren.


Traitors, away! He rests not in this tomb.

This monument five hundred years hath stood,

Which I have sumptuously re-edified.
re-edify (v.) rebuild, restore

Here none but soldiers and Rome's servitors
servitor (n.) 1 servant

Repose in fame; none basely slain in brawls.

Bury him where you can, he comes not here.


My lord, this is impiety in you.

My nephew Mutius' deeds do plead for him;

He must be buried with his brethren.


And shall, or him we will accompany.


‘ And shall ’? What villain was it spake that word?


He that would vouch it in any place but here.
vouch (v.) 1 make good, uphold, support


What, would you bury him in my despite?
despite, in 1 in spite of [one], as opposed to [one]


No, noble Titus, but entreat of thee

To pardon Mutius and to bury him.


Marcus, even thou hast struck upon my crest,
crest (n.) 1 [originally the plume of feathers on a] helmet, head-piece

And with these boys mine honour thou hast wounded.

My foes I do repute you every one,
repute (v.) consider, think, reckon

So trouble me no more, but get you gone.


He is not with himself; let us withdraw.


Not I, till Mutius' bones be buried.

The brother and the sons kneel


Brother, for in that name doth nature plead –


Father, and in that name doth nature speak –


Speak thou no more, if all the rest will speed.
speed (v.) 1 meet with success, prosper, flourish See Topics: Politeness


Renowned Titus, more than half my soul –


Dear father, soul and substance of us all –


Suffer thy brother Marcus to inter

His noble nephew here in virtue's nest,

That died in honour and Lavinia's cause.

Thou art a Roman, be not barbarous.

The Greeks upon advice did bury Ajax
advice (n.) 1 consideration, reflection, deliberation

That slew himself, and wise Laertes' son

Did graciously plead for his funerals.

Let not young Mutius then, that was thy joy,

Be barred his entrance here.


                         Rise, Marcus, rise.

They rise

The dismall'st day is this that e'er I saw,

To be dishonoured by my sons in Rome.

Well, bury him, and bury me the next.

They put Mutius in the tomb


There lie thy bones, sweet Mutius, with thy friends,

Till we with trophies do adorn thy tomb.
trophy (n.) 1 token of victory, evidence of valour



No man shed tears for noble Mutius;

He lives in fame, that died in virtue's cause.

They rise

Exeunt all but Marcus and Titus


My lord, to step out of these dreary dumps,
dump (n.) 3 (plural) low spirits, feeling of melancholy

How comes it that the subtle Queen of Goths
subtle, subtile (adj.) 1 crafty, cunning, wily

Is of a sudden thus advanced in Rome?
advance (v.) 1 raise, lift up, upraise


I know not, Marcus, but I know it is.

Whether by device or no, the heavens can tell.
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick

Is she not then beholden to the man
beholden (adj.) indebted, under an obligation

That brought her for this high good turn so far?


Yes, and will nobly him remunerate.


Enter the Emperor, Tamora and her two sons, with the

Moor, at one door. Enter at the other door Bassianus

and Lavinia, with Lucius, Quintus and Martius


So, Bassianus, you have played your prize.
play one's prize [fencing] win a game, succeed in a bout

God give you joy, sir, of your gallant bride.
gallant (adj.) 1 fine, splendid, grand


And you of yours, my lord. I say no more,

Nor wish no less, and so I take my leave.


Traitor, if Rome have law or we have power,
power (n.) 3 authority, government

Thou and thy faction shall repent this rape.
rape (n.) abduction, violent seizure


‘ Rape ’ call you it, my lord, to seize my own,

My true-betrothed love, and now my wife?

But let the laws of Rome determine all;

Meanwhile I am possessed of that is mine.


'Tis good, sir. You are very short with us,
good, 'tis very well

But if we live, we'll be as sharp with you.


My lord, what I have done, as best I may

Answer I must, and shall do with my life.
answer (v.) 4 suffer the consequences [for], be accountable [for]

Only thus much I give your grace to know:

By all the duties that I owe to Rome,

This noble gentleman, Lord Titus here,

Is in opinion and in honour wronged,
opinion (n.) 2 reputation, character, honour

That in the rescue of Lavinia

With his own hand did slay his youngest son

In zeal to you, and highly moved to wrath

To be controlled in that he frankly gave.
control (v.) 1 curb, restrain, hold back
frankly (adv.) 2 freely, unconditionally, unreservedly

Receive him then to favour, Saturnine,

That hath expressed himself in all his deeds

A father and a friend to thee and Rome.


Prince Bassianus, leave to plead my deeds.
leave (v.) 1 cease, stop, give up

'Tis thou and those that have dishonoured me.

(Kneeling) Rome and the righteous heavens be my judge,

How I have loved and honoured Saturnine.


My worthy lord, if ever Tamora

Were gracious in those princely eyes of thine,

Then hear me speak indifferently for all,
indifferently (adv.) 1 impartially, equally, alike

And at my suit, sweet, pardon what is past.
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


What, madam, be dishonoured openly,

And basely put it up without revenge?
put up (v.) 4 submit to, put up with


Not so, my lord. The gods of Rome forfend

I should be author to dishonour you.
author (n.) 1 creator, originator, instigator

But on mine honour dare I undertake
undertake (v.) 1 ensure, guarantee, vouch for

For good Lord Titus' innocence in all,

Whose fury not dissembled speaks his griefs.
dissembled (adj.) concealed, pretended, feigned

Then at my suit look graciously on him;
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

Lose not so noble a friend on vain suppose,
suppose (n.) 1 supposition, belief, impression
vain (adj.) 2 worthless, idle, useless, empty

Nor with sour looks afflict his gentle heart.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

(Aside to Saturninus)

My lord, be ruled by me, be won at last,

Dissemble all your griefs and discontents.
discontent (n.) 3 discontented thought, feeling of dissatisfaction
dissemble (v.) 1 disguise, cloak, give a deceptive appearance to

You are but newly planted in your throne.

Lest then the people, and patricians too,

Upon a just survey take Titus' part

And so supplant you for ingratitude,

Which Rome reputes to be a heinous sin,
repute (v.) consider, think, reckon

Yield at entreats, and then let me alone:
alone, let [one] 1 leave it to [one], you can rely on [one]
entreat, intreat (n.) entreaty, supplication, plea

I'll find a day to massacre them all,

And raze their faction and their family,
raze, raze out erase, obliterate, wipe out

The cruel father and his traitorous sons

To whom I sued for my dear son's life,

And make them know what 'tis to let a queen

Kneel in the streets and beg for grace in vain.

(To all) Come, come, sweet Emperor; come, Andronicus.

Take up this good old man, and cheer the heart
take up (v.) 5 raise up, let rise

That dies in tempest of thy angry frown.


Rise, Titus, rise; my Empress hath prevailed.



I thank your majesty and her, my lord.

These words, these looks, infuse new life in me.


Titus, I am incorporate in Rome,
incorporate (adj.) united in one body, combined in one entity

A Roman now adopted happily,

And must advise the Emperor for his good.

This day all quarrels die, Andronicus;

(To Saturnine) And let it be mine honour, good my lord,

That I have reconciled your friends and you.

For you, Prince Bassianus, I have passed

My word and promise to the Emperor

That you will be more mild and tractable.

And fear not, lords, and you, Lavinia:

By my advice, all humbled on your knees,

You shall ask pardon of his majesty.

Bassianus, Lavinia, Lucius, Quintus, and Martius



We do, and vow to heaven and to his highness

That what we did was mildly as we might,

Tend'ring our sister's honour and our own.
tender (v.) 2 feel concern for, hold dear, care for



That on mine honour here I do protest.


Away, and talk not, trouble us no more.


Nay, nay, sweet Emperor, we must all be friends.

The tribune and his nephews kneel for grace;

I will not be denied; sweetheart, look back.


Marcus, for thy sake, and thy brother's here,

And at my lovely Tamora's entreats,
entreat, intreat (n.) entreaty, supplication, plea

I do remit these young men's heinous faults.

Stand up. (They rise)

Lavinia, though you left me like a churl,
churl (n.) 1 peasant, serf, rustic

I found a friend, and sure as death I swore
friend (n.) 1 lover, sweetheart, suitor

I would not part a bachelor from the priest.

Come, if the Emperor's court can feast two brides,

You are my guest, Lavinia, and your friends.

This day shall be a love-day, Tamora.
love-day (n.) day for settling disputes


Tomorrow, an it please your majesty

To hunt the panther and the hart with me,

With horn and hound we'll give your grace bonjour.


Be it so, Titus, and gramercy too.
gramercy, gramercies (int.) great thanks See Topics: Politeness

Sound trumpets

Exeunt all but Aaron

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