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SATURNINUS, son to the late Emperor of Rome, and afterwards de

clared emperor.
BASSIANUS, brother to Saturninus ; in love with Lavinia.
Titus ANDRONICUS, a noble Roman, general against the Goths.
MARCUS ANDRONICUS, tribune of the people, and brother to Titus.

>sons to Titus Andronicus.
Young Lucius, a boy, son to Lucius.
PUBLIus, son to Marcus the tribune.
Æmilius, a noble Roman.
DEMETRIUS, \ sons to Tamora.
Aaron, a Moor, beloved by Tamora.
A Captain, Tribune, Messenger, and Clown; Romans.
Goths and Romans.

Tamora, Queen of the Goths.
LAVINIA, daughter to Titus Andronicus.
A Nurse, and a black Child.

Kinsmen of Titus, Senators, Tribunes, Officers, Soldiers, and Attendants.

SCENE-Rome, and the country near it.



Scene I. Rome. Before the Capitol. The Tomb of the ANDRONICI appearing ; the Tribunes and Senators

aloft. Enter, below, from one side, SATURNINUS and his Fol-
lowers; and, from the other side, BASSIANUS and his Followers;
with drum and colours.

Sat. Noble patricians, patrons of my right,
Defend the justice of my cause with arms;
And, countrymen, my loving followers,
Plead my successive title with your swords :
I am his first-born son, that was the last
That wore the imperial diadem of Rome;
Then let my father's honours live in me,
Nor wrong mine age with this indignity.

Bas. Romans,-friends, followers, favourers of my right,-
If ever Bassianus, Cæsar's son,
Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome,
Keep, then, this passage to the Capitol ;
And suffer not dishonour to approach
The imperial seat, to virtue consecrate,
To justice, continence,(1) and nobility :
But let desert in pure election shine ;
And, Romans, fight for freedom in your choice.

Enter MARCUS ANDRONICUS, aloft, with the crown. Marc. Princes,—that strive by factions and by friends Ambitiously for rule and empery,Know that the people of Rome, for whom we stand


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