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Thy fons make pillage of her chastity,
Tam. Ah, my sweet Moor, sweeter to me than life.
Aar. No more, great Empress, Basianus comes ; Be cross with him, and I'll go fetch thy fons To back thy quarrels, whatsoe'er they be. [Exit.
Enter Ballianus and Lavinia.
Tam. Sawcy controuller of our private steps:
Lav. Under your patience, gentle Emperess,
Baf. Believe me, Queen, your swarth Cimmerian Doth make your honour of his body's hue, Spotted, derefted, and abominable. Why are you fequeftred from all your train ? Dismounted from your snow-white goodly steed, And wandred hither to an obscure plot, Accompanied with a barbarous Moor, If foul defire had not conducted you ?
Lav. And being intercepted in your sport, Great reason, that my noble lord be rated
For fauciness. I pray you, let us hence.
Bas. The King my brother shall have note of this.
Lav. Ay, for these slips have made him noted long. Good King, to be fo mightily abused. Tam. Why have I patience to endure all this? Enter Chiron and Demetrius.
ther, Dem. How now, dear Sovereign and our gracious MoWhy does your Highness look fo pale and wan?
Tam. Have I not reason, think you, to look pale ? These two have tic'd me hither to this place, A barren and detested vale, you fee, it is. The trees, tho' fummer, yet forlorn and lean, O'ercome with moss, and baleful misfelto. Here never shines the sun ; here nothing breeds, Unless the nightly owl, or fatal.raven, And when they thew'd me this abhorred pit, They told me, here at dead time of the night, A thousand fiends, a thousand hissing snakes, Ten thousand swelling toads, as many urchins, Would make such fearful and confused cries, As any mortal body, hearing it, Should straight fall mad, or else die suddenly. No sooner had they told this hellish tale, But straight they told me, they would bind me here, Unto the body of a dismal yew ; And leave me to this miserable death : And then they call'd me foul adulteress, Lascivious Goth, and all the bitterest terms That ever ear did hear to such effect. And had you not by wondrous fortune come, This vengeance on me had they executed : Revenge it, as you love your Mother's life ; Or be ye not from henceforth callid my children. Dem. This is a witness that I am thy fon.
[Stabs Baflianus. Chi. And this for me, kruck home to Mhew my strength,
[Stabbing him likewise.
Lav. I, come, Semiramis; nay, barbarous
Tamora ; (7)
Tam. Give me thy poniard ; you shall know, my boys, Your mother's hand shall right your mother's wrong.
Dem. Stay, Mądam, here is more belongs to her ;
This minion stood upon her chastity,
Chi, An if she do, I would I were an Eunuch.
Tam. But when you have the honey you desire,
Chi. I warrant, Madam, we will make that sure ;
Lav. O Tamora, thou bear'ít a woman's face
Dem. Listen, fair Madam ; let it be your glory
Lav. When did the tyger's young ones teach the dam?
bastard ? (7) I come, Semiramis, nay barbarons Tamora,}
By an Inaccuracy of the Pointing, the Editors have all along made Nonsense of this Passage. But the Poet's Meaning is this; Lavinia, secing her Husband Aabb'd by the Queen's two Sons, expeas and invites the Queen to serve her in the same kind, and put an end to her Miseries. Ay, is very frequently writ, 1, in Editions of our Author's Time,
Lav. 'Tis true, the raven doth not hatch the lark: Yet have I heard, (Oh, could I find it now!) The lion, mov'd with pity, did endure To have his princely paws par'd all away. Some say, that ravens fofter forlorn children, The whilft their own birds familh in their nefts : Oh, be to me, tho' thy hard heart fay, no, Nothing so kind, but something pitiful.
Tam. I know not what it means : away with her.
Lav. Oh, let me teach thee: for my father's fake, (That gave thee life, when well he might have slain thee) Be not obdurate, open thy deaf ears.
Tam. Hadst thou in person ne'er offended me,
Lav. 0 Tamora, be call'd a gentle Queen,
Tam. What begg'it thou then ? fond woman, let me go.
Lav. 'Tis present death I beg ; and one thing more, That womanhood denies my tongue to tell : O, keep me from their worse-than-killing luft, And tumble me into some loathsome pit ; Where never man's eye may behold my body : Do this, and be a charitable murderer.
Tam. So should I rob my sweet sons of their fee, No; let them satisfie their luft on thee.
Dem. Away! For thou hast said us here too long.
Lav. No grace? no woman-hood ? ah beastly creature ! The blot and enemy of our general name ! Confusion fall Chi. Nay, then I'll stop your mouth bring thou her husband :
[Dragging off Lavinia. This is the hole, where Aaron bid us hide him. [Exeunt. Tam. Farewel, my sons ; fee, that you make her sure.
Ne'er let my heart know merry chear indeed,
Enter Aaron, with Quintus and Marcus.
Quin. My sight is very dull, whate'er it bodes.
Mar. And mine, I promise you ; wer't not for shame, Well could I leave our sport to sleep a while.
[Marcus falls into the pit. Quin. What, art thou fallen? what subtle hole is this, Whose mouth is cover'd with rude-growing briars, Upon whose leaves are drops of new-lhed blood, As fresh as morning-dew distillid on flowers ? A very fatal place it seems to me : Speak, brother, haft thou hurt thee with the fall ?
Mar. O brother, with the dismallest object That ever eye, with fight, made heart lament.
Aar. Now will I fetch the King to find them here ; That he thereby may have a likely guess, How these were they, that made away his Brother.
[Exit Aaron, Mar. Why doft not comfort me, and help me out From this unhallow'd and blood-stained hole ?
Quin. I am surprized with an uncouth foar ; A chilling sweat o'er-runs my trembling joints; My heart
suspects, more than mine eye can see.
Quin, Aaron is gone ; and my compassionate heart
Mar: Lord Balianus lies embrewed here,