Titus Andronicus

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Flourish. Enter Lucius with an Army of Gothes, with Flourish. Enter Lucius with an army of Goths with Tit V.i.1.1
Drum and Souldiers.drums and soldiers Tit V.i.1.2
Approued warriours, and my faithfull Friends,Approved warriors and my faithful friends,approved (adj.)

old form: Approued
tested, tried, established, proven
Tit V.i.1
I haue receiued Letters from great Rome,I have received letters from great Rome, Tit V.i.2
Which signifies what hate they beare their Emperour,Which signifies what hate they bear their emperor, Tit V.i.3
And how desirous of our sight they are.And how desirous of our sight they are. Tit V.i.4
Therefore great Lords, be as your Titles witnesse,Therefore, great lords, be as your titles witness: Tit V.i.5
Imperious and impatient of your wrongs,Imperious, and impatient of your wrongs, Tit V.i.6
And wherein Rome hath done you any scathe,And wherein Rome hath done you any scathscath, scathe (n.)
harm, hurt, damage
Tit V.i.7
Let him make treble satisfaction.Let him make treble satisfaction. Tit V.i.8
Braue slip, sprung from the Great Andronicus,Brave slip, sprung from the great Andronicus,slip (n.)
seedling, sprig, shoot, cutting
Tit V.i.9
brave (adj.)

old form: Braue
noble, worthy, excellent
Whose name was once our terrour, now our comfort,Whose name was once our terror, now our comfort, Tit V.i.10
Whose high exploits, and honourable Deeds,Whose high exploits and honourable deeds Tit V.i.11
Ingratefull Rome requites with foule contempt:Ingrateful Rome requites with foul contempt,ingrateful (adj.)

old form: Ingratefull
ungrateful, unappreciative
Tit V.i.12
requite (v.), past forms requit, requited
reward, repay, recompense
Behold in vs, weele follow where thou lead'st,Be bold in us. We'll follow where thou lead'st,bold (adj.)
confident, certain, sure
Tit V.i.13
Like stinging Bees in hottest Sommers day,Like stinging bees in hottest summer's day Tit V.i.14
Led by their Maister to the flowred fields,Led by their master to the flowered fields, Tit V.i.15
And be aueng'd on cursed Tamora:And be avenged on cursed Tamora. Tit V.i.16
And as he saith, so say we all with him.And as he saith, so say we all with him. Tit V.i.17
I humbly thanke him, and I thanke you all.I humbly thank him, and I thank you all. Tit V.i.18
But who comes heere, led by a lusty Goth?But who comes here, led by a lusty Goth?lusty (adj.)
vigorous, strong, robust, eager
Tit V.i.19
Enter a Goth leading of Aaron with his child in his armes.Enter a Goth leading Aaron with his child in his arms Tit V.i.20
Renowned Lucius, from our troups I straid,Renowned Lucius, from our troops I strayed Tit V.i.20
To gaze vpon a ruinous Monasterie,To gaze upon a ruinous monastery,ruinous (adj.)
ruined, decayed, ravaged
Tit V.i.21
And as I earnestly did fixe mine eyeAnd as I earnestly did fix mine eyeearnestly (adv.)
steadfastly, intently
Tit V.i.22
Vpon the wasted building, suddainelyUpon the wasted building, suddenlywasted (adj.)
laid waste, ravaged, ruined
Tit V.i.23
I heard a childe cry vnderneath a wall:I heard a child cry underneath a wall. Tit V.i.24
I made vnto the noyse, when soone I heard,I made unto the noise, when soon I heard Tit V.i.25
The crying babe control'd with this discourse:The crying babe controlled with this discourse:control (v.)

old form: control'd
calm down, gently rebuke
Tit V.i.26
Peace Tawny slaue, halfe me, and halfe thy Dam,‘ Peace, tawny slave, half me and half thy dam!tawny (adj.)
Tit V.i.27
dam (n.)
Did not thy Hue bewray whose brat thou art?Did not thy hue bewray whose brat thou art,brat (n.)
child [not always with contemptuous connotation]
Tit V.i.28
bewray (v.)
betray, reveal, expose
Had nature lent thee, but thy Mothers looke,Had nature lent thee but thy mother's look, Tit V.i.29
Villaine thou might'st haue bene an Emperour.Villain, thou mightst have been an emperor. Tit V.i.30
But where the Bull and Cow are both milk-white,But where the bull and cow are both milk-white, Tit V.i.31
They neuer do beget a cole-blacke-Calfe:They never do beget a coal-black calf.beget (v.), past form begot
give birth to, father, conceive
Tit V.i.32
Peace, villaine peace, euen thus he rates the babe,Peace, villain, peace!’ – even thus he rates the babe – rate (v.)
berate, reproach, rebuke, scold
Tit V.i.33
For I must beare thee to a trusty Goth,‘ For I must bear thee to a trusty Goth, Tit V.i.34
Who when he knowes thou art the Empresse babe,Who, when he knows thou art the Empress' babe, Tit V.i.35
Will hold thee dearely for thy Mothers sake.Will hold thee dearly for thy mother's sake.’ Tit V.i.36
With this, my weapon drawne I rusht vpon him,With this my weapon drawn, I rushed upon him, Tit V.i.37
Surpriz'd him suddainely, and brought him hitherSurprised him suddenly, and brought him hither Tit V.i.38
To vse, as you thinke neeedefull of the man.To use as you think needful of the man.use (v.)

old form: vse
treat, deal with, manage
Tit V.i.39
Oh worthy Goth, this is the incarnate deuill,O worthy Goth! This is the incarnate devil Tit V.i.40
That rob'd Andronicus of his good hand:That robbed Andronicus of his good hand; Tit V.i.41
This is the Pearle that pleas'd your Empresse eye,This is the pearl that pleased your Empress' eye, Tit V.i.42
And heere's the Base Fruit of his burning lust.And here's the base fruit of her burning lust.base (adj.)
poor, wretched, of low quality
Tit V.i.43
(To Aaron) Tit V.i.44.1
Say wall-ey'd slaue, whether would'st thou conuaySay, wall-eyed slave, whither wouldst thou conveywall-eyed

old form: wall-ey'd
with glaring eyes
Tit V.i.44
This growing Image of thy fiend-like face?This growing image of thy fiend-like face? Tit V.i.45
Why dost not speake? what deafe? Not a word?Why dost not speak? What, deaf? Not a word? Tit V.i.46
A halter Souldiers, hang him on this Tree,A halter, soldiers. Hang him on this tree,halter (n.)
rope with a noose [for hanging]
Tit V.i.47
And by his side his Fruite of Bastardie.And by his side his fruit of bastardy. Tit V.i.48
Aron. AARON 
Touch not the Boy, he is of Royall blood.Touch not the boy, he is of royal blood. Tit V.i.49
Too like the Syre for euer being good.Too like the sire for ever being good.sire (n.)

old form: Syre
Tit V.i.50
First hang the Child that he may see it sprall,First hang the child, that he may see it sprawl:sprawl (v.)

old form: sprall
writhe, struggle, thrash about
Tit V.i.51
A sight to vexe the Fathers soule withall.A sight to vex the father's soul withal.vex (v.)

old form: vexe
afflict, trouble, torment
Tit V.i.52
Get me a Ladder Get me a ladder. Tit V.i.53.1
A ladder is brought, which Aaron is made to climb Tit V.i.53
Lucius, saue the Childe,Lucius, save the child, Tit V.i.53.2
And beare it from me to the Empresse:And bear it from me to the Empress. Tit V.i.54
If thou do this, Ile shew thee wondrous things,If thou do this, I'll show thee wondrous things, Tit V.i.55
That highly may aduantage thee to heare;That highly may advantage thee to hear. Tit V.i.56
If thou wilt not, befall what may befall,If thou wilt not, befall what may befall,befall (v.), past forms befallen, befell
happen, occur, take place, turn out
Tit V.i.57
Ile speake no more: but vengeance rot you all.I'll speak no more but ‘ Vengeance rot you all!’ Tit V.i.58
Say on, and if it please me which thou speak'st,Say on, and if it please me which thou speak'st, Tit V.i.59
Thy child shall liue, and I will see it Nourisht.Thy child shall live, and I will see it nourished.nourished (adj.)

old form: Nourisht
nurse, care for, bring up
Tit V.i.60
Aron. AARON 
And if it please thee? why assure thee Lucius,And if it please thee? Why, assure thee, Lucius, Tit V.i.61
'Twill vexe thy soule to heare what I shall speake:'Twill vex thy soul to hear what I shall speak:vex (v.)

old form: vexe
afflict, trouble, torment
Tit V.i.62
For I must talke of Murthers, Rapes, and Massacres,For I must talk of murders, rapes, and massacres, Tit V.i.63
Acts of Blacke-night, abhominable Deeds,Acts of black night, abominable deeds, Tit V.i.64
Complots of Mischiefe, Treason, VillaniesComplots of mischief, treason, villainies,mischief (n.)

old form: Mischiefe
wicked action, evil deed, harmful scheme
Tit V.i.65
complot (n.)
plot, conspiracy, covert plan
Ruthfull to heare, yet pittiously preform'd,Ruthful to hear, yet piteously performed;piteously (adv.)

old form: pittiously
so as to excite pity, evoking compassion
Tit V.i.66
ruthful (adj.)

old form: Ruthfull
piteous, lamentable, woeful
And this shall all be buried by my death,And this shall all be buried in my death, Tit V.i.67
Vnlesse thou sweare to me my Childe shall liue.Unless thou swear to me my child shall live. Tit V.i.68
Tell on thy minde, / I say thy Childe shall liue.Tell on thy mind; I say thy child shall live. Tit V.i.69
Aron. AARON 
Sweare that he shall, and then I will begin.Swear that he shall, and then I will begin. Tit V.i.70
Who should I sweare by, / Thou beleeuest no God,Who should I swear by? Thou believest no god. Tit V.i.71
That graunted, how can'st thou beleeue an oath?That granted, how canst thou believe an oath? Tit V.i.72
Aron. AARON 
What if I do not, as indeed I do not,What if I do not? As indeed I do not. Tit V.i.73
Yet for I know thou art Religious,Yet for I know thou art religious Tit V.i.74
And hast a thing within thee, called Conscience,And hast a thing within thee called conscience, Tit V.i.75
With twenty Popish trickes and Ceremonies,With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies Tit V.i.76
Which I haue seene thee carefull to obserue:Which I have seen thee careful to observe, Tit V.i.77
Therefore I vrge thy oath, for that I knowTherefore I urge thy oath. For that I know Tit V.i.78
An Ideot holds his Bauble for a God,An idiot holds his bauble for a god,bauble (n.)
toy, plaything
Tit V.i.79
And keepes the oath which by that God he sweares,And keeps the oath which by that god he swears, Tit V.i.80
To that Ile vrge him: therefore thou shalt vowTo that I'll urge him: therefore thou shalt vow, Tit V.i.81
By that same God, what God so ere it beBy that same god, what god soe'er it be Tit V.i.82
That thou adorest, and hast in reuerence,That thou adorest and hast in reverence, Tit V.i.83
To saue my Boy, to nourish and bring him vp,To save my boy, to nurse and bring him up,nurse (v.)
nourish, take care of
Tit V.i.84
Ore else I will discouer nought to thee.Or else I will discover naught to thee.discover (v.)

old form: discouer
reveal, show, make known
Tit V.i.85
Euen by my God I sweare to to thee I will.Even by my god I swear to thee I will. Tit V.i.86
Aron. AARON 
First know thou, / I begot him on the Empresse.First know thou, I begot him on the Empress.beget (v.), past form begot
give birth to, father, conceive
Tit V.i.87
Oh most Insatiate luxurious woman!O most insatiate and luxurious woman!insatiate, unsatiate (adj.)
insatiable, never satisfied, voracious
Tit V.i.88
luxurious (adj.)
lustful, lecherous, lascivious
Aron. AARON 
Tut Lucius, this was but a deed of Charitie,Tut, Lucius, this was but a deed of charity Tit V.i.89
To that which thou shalt heare of me anon,To that which thou shalt hear of me anon.anon (adv.)
soon, shortly, presently
Tit V.i.90
'Twas her two Sonnes that murdered Bassianus,'Twas her two sons that murdered Bassianus; Tit V.i.91
They cut thy Sisters tongue, and rauisht her,They cut thy sister's tongue and ravished her, Tit V.i.92
And cut her hands off, and trim'd her as thou saw'st.And cut her hands and trimmed her as thou sawest.trim (v.)

old form: trim'd
tidy up, make ready, prepare
Tit V.i.93
Lucius. LUCIUS 
Oh detestable villaine! / Call'st thou that Trimming?O detestable villain, call'st thou that trimming? Tit V.i.94
Aron. AARON 
Why she was washt, and cut, and trim'd, / And 'twas Why, she was washed and cut and trimmed, and 'twas Tit V.i.95
trim sport for them that had the doing of it.Trim sport for them which had the doing of it.trim (adj.)
fine, excellent, smart
Tit V.i.96
sport (n.)
recreation, amusement, entertainment
Oh barbarous beastly villaines like thyselfe!O barbarous, beastly villains, like thyself! Tit V.i.97
Aron. AARON 
Indeede, I was their Tutor to instruct them,Indeed, I was their tutor to instruct them. Tit V.i.98
That Codding spirit had they from their Mother,That codding spirit had they from their mother,codding (adj.)
lecherous, lustful, lascivious
Tit V.i.99
As sure a Card as euer wonne the Set:As sure a card as ever won the set.set (n.)
[cards, tennis] series of games
Tit V.i.100
That bloody minde I thinke they learn'd of me,That bloody mind I think they learned of me, Tit V.i.101
As true a Dog as euer fought at head.As true a dog as ever fought at head.head, at
head on [with an enemy]
Tit V.i.102
true (adj.)
reliable, trustworthy, dependable
Well, let my Deeds be witnesse of my worth:Well, let my deeds be witness of my worth: Tit V.i.103
I trayn'd thy Bretheren to that guilefull Hole,I trained thy brethren to that guileful hole,train (v.)

old form: trayn'd
lure, entice, decoy
Tit V.i.104
guileful (adj.)

old form: guilefull
full of guile, deceitful, devious
Where the dead Corps of Bassianus lay:Where the dead corpse of Bassianus lay; Tit V.i.105
I wrote the Letter, that thy Father found,I wrote the letter that thy father found, Tit V.i.106
And hid the Gold within the Letter mention'd.And hid the gold within that letter mentioned, Tit V.i.107
Confederate with the Queene, and her two Sonnes,Confederate with the Queen and her two sons; Tit V.i.108
And what not done, that thou hast cause to rue,And what not done that thou hast cause to rue Tit V.i.109
Wherein I had no stroke of Mischeife in it.Wherein I had no stroke of mischief in it?mischief (n.)

old form: Mischeife
harm, injury, damage
Tit V.i.110
I play'd the Cheater for thy Fathers hand,I played the cheater for thy father's hand,cheater (n.)
deceiver, sharper, gamester; also: officer who looks after estates forfeited to the crown
Tit V.i.111
And when I had it, drew myselfe apart,And when I had it drew myself apart, Tit V.i.112
And almost broke my heart with extreame laughter.And almost broke my heart with extreme laughter. Tit V.i.113
I pried me through the Creuice of a Wall,I pried me through the crevice of a wallpry (v.)
spy, peer
Tit V.i.114
When for his hand, he had his two Sonnes heads,When for his hand he had his two sons' heads, Tit V.i.115
Beheld his teares, and laught so hartily,Beheld his tears and laughed so heartily Tit V.i.116
That both mine eyes were rainie like to his:That both mine eyes were rainy like to his; Tit V.i.117
And when I told the Empresse of this sport,And when I told the Empress of this sport,sport (n.)
recreation, amusement, entertainment
Tit V.i.118
She sounded almost at my pleasing tale,She sounded almost at my pleasing tale,sound (v.)
swoon, faint, pass out
Tit V.i.119
And for my tydings, gaue me twenty kisses.And for my tidings gave me twenty kisses. Tit V.i.120
Goth. A GOTH 
What canst thou say all this, and neuer blush?What, canst thou say all this and never blush? Tit V.i.121
Aron. AARON 
I, like a blacke Dogge, as the saying is.Ay, like a black dog, as the saying is. Tit V.i.122
Art thou not sorry for these hainous deedes?Art thou not sorry for these heinous deeds? Tit V.i.123
Aron. AARON 
I, that I had not done a thousand more:Ay, that I had not done a thousand more. Tit V.i.124
Euen now I curse the day, and yet I thinkeEven now I curse the day – and yet I think Tit V.i.125
Few come within few compasse of my curse,Few come within the compass of my curse – compass (n.)

old form: compasse
range, reach, limit, scope
Tit V.i.126
Wherein I did not some Notorious ill,Wherein I did not some notorious ill,ill (n.)
wrong, injury, harm, evil
Tit V.i.127
As kill a man, or else deuise his death,As kill a man or else devise his death, Tit V.i.128
Rauish a Maid, or plot the way to do it,Ravish a maid or plot the way to do it, Tit V.i.129
Accuse some Innocent, and forsweare myselfe,Accuse some innocent and forswear myself,forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore

old form: forsweare
swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word
Tit V.i.130
Set deadly Enmity betweene two Friends,Set deadly enmity between two friends, Tit V.i.131
Make poore mens Cattell breake their neckes,Make poor men's cattle break their necks, Tit V.i.132
Set fire on Barnes and Haystackes in the night,Set fire on barns and haystacks in the night, Tit V.i.133
And bid the Owners quench them with the teares:And bid the owners quench them with their tears. Tit V.i.134
Oft haue I dig'd vp dead men from their graues,Oft have I digged up dead men from their gravesoft (adv.)
Tit V.i.135
And set them vpright at their deere Friends doore,And set them upright at their dear friends' door,friend (n.)
relative, relation, kinsman
Tit V.i.136
Euen when their sorrowes almost was forgot,Even when their sorrows almost was forgot, Tit V.i.137
And on their skinnes, as on the Barke of Trees,And on their skins, as on the bark of trees, Tit V.i.138
Haue with my knife carued in Romaine Letters,Have with my knife carved in Roman letters, Tit V.i.139
Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.‘ Let not your sorrow die though I am dead.’ Tit V.i.140
Tut, I haue done a thousand dreadfull thingsBut I have done a thousand dreadful things Tit V.i.141
As willingly, as one would kill a Fly,As willingly as one would kill a fly, Tit V.i.142
And nothing greeues me hartily indeede,And nothing grieves me heartily indeed Tit V.i.143
But that I cannot doe ten thousand more.But that I cannot do ten thousand more. Tit V.i.144
Bring downe the diuell, for he must not dieBring down the devil, for he must not die Tit V.i.145
So sweet a death as hanging presently.So sweet a death as hanging presently.presently (adv.)
after a short time, soon, before long
Tit V.i.146
Aaron is brought down Tit V.i.147
Aron. AARON 
If there be diuels, would I were a deuill,If there be devils, would I were a devil Tit V.i.147
To liue and burne in euerlasting fire,To live and burn in everlasting fire, Tit V.i.148
So I might haue your company in hell,So I might have your company in hell Tit V.i.149
But to torment you with my bitter tongue.But to torment you with my bitter tongue. Tit V.i.150
Sirs stop his mouth, & let him speake no more.Sirs, stop his mouth and let him speak no more. Tit V.i.151
Aaron is gagged. Tit V.i.152.1
Enter Emillius.Enter Aemilius Tit V.i.152.2
Goth. A GOTH 
My Lord, there is a Messenger from RomeMy lord, there is a messenger from Rome Tit V.i.152
Desires to be admitted to your presence.Desires to be admitted to your presence. Tit V.i.153
Let him come neere.Let him come near. Tit V.i.154
Welcome Emillius, what the newes from Rome?Welcome Aemilius. What's the news from Rome? Tit V.i.155
Lord Lucius, and you Princes of the Gothes,Lord Lucius, and you princes of the Goths, Tit V.i.156
The Romaine Emperour greetes you all by me,The Roman Emperor greets you all by me, Tit V.i.157
And for he vnderstands you are in Armes,And, for he understands you are in arms, Tit V.i.158
He craues a parly at your Fathers houseHe craves a parley at your father's house,parle, parley (n.)

old form: parly
negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms]
Tit V.i.159
crave (v.)

old form: craues
beg, entreat, request
Willing you to demand your Hostages,Willing you to demand your hostageswill (v.), past form would
desire, wish, want
Tit V.i.160
demand (v.)
ask for, claim
And they shall be immediately deliuered.And they shall be immediately delivered. Tit V.i.161
Goth. A GOTH 
What saies our Generall?What says our general? Tit V.i.162
Emillius, let the Emperour giue his pledgesAemilius, let the Emperor give his pledges Tit V.i.163
Vnto my Father, and my Vncle Marcus,Unto my father and my uncle Marcus, Tit V.i.164
And we will come: march away.And we will come. March away! Tit V.i.165
Flourish. Exeunt.Flourish. Exeunt Tit V.i.165
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