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Away with slavish weeds and servile thoughts!
To wait, said I? to wanton with this queen,
Enter DEMETRIUS and CHIRON, braving.
Dem. Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit wants edge, And manners, to intrude where I am grac'd; And may, for aught thou know'st, affected be.
Chi. Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all;
To serve, and to deserve my mistress' grace;
Aar. [aside] Clubs, clubs! these lovers will not keep the
Dem. Why, boy, although our mother, unadvis'd,
Chi. Meanwhile, sir, with the little skill I have,
So near the emperor's palace dare you draw,
[They draw. Why, how now, lords!
(34) gracious, thee] The old eds. have "gracious, or thee."
And plead my passions for Lavinia's love.] Here Rowe altered "passions" to "passion."-But compare The First Part of King Henry VI. act v. sc. 5;
"Do breed love's settled passions in my heart."
And maintain such a quarrel openly?
Full well I wot the ground of all this grudge:
The cause were known to them it most concerns;
For shame, put up.
Chi. For that I am prepar'd and full resolv'd,-
Aar. Away, I say!
Now, by the gods that warlike Goths adore,
Why, lords, and think you not how dangerous
What, is Lavinia, then, become so loose,
Or Bassianus so degenerate,
That for her love such quarrels may be broach'd
Chi. I care not, I, knew she and all the world:
I love Lavinia more than all the world.
Dem. Youngling, learn thou to make some meaner choice: Lavinia is thine elder brother's hope.
Aar. Why, are ye mad? or know ye not, in Rome How furious and impatient they be,
And cannot brook competitors in love?
I tell you, lords, you do but plot your deaths
Aaron, a thousand deaths
Why mak'st thou it so strange?
She is a woman, therefore may be woo'd;
She is a woman, therefore may be won;
Aar. [aside] Ay, and as good as Saturninus may.
Dem. Then why should he despair that knows to court it With words, fair looks, and liberality?
What, hast not thou full often struck a doe,
Aar. Why, then, it seems, some certain snatch or so Would serve your turns.
Ay, so the turn were serv'd.
Chi. Dem. Aaron, thou hast hit it. Aar. Would you had hit it too! Then should not we be tir'd with this ado. Why, hark ye, hark ye,—and are you such fools To square for this? would it offend you, then, That both should speed?
Chi. Faith,(37) not me.
Nor me, so I were one.
Aar. For shame, be friends, and join for that you jar: 'Tis policy and stratagem must do
That you affect; and so must you resolve,
A speedier course than lingering languishment
(36) Better than he have worn Vulcan's badge.] "Worn' is here used as a dissyllable. The modern editors, however, after the second folio, read 'have yet worn. "" MALONE.
(5) Faith,] Perhaps "I' faith."
(38) A speedier course than lingering languishment
The old eds. have
My lords, a solemn hunting is in hand;
Chi. Thy counsel, lad, smells of no cowardice.
"A speedier course this lingering languishment
SCENE II. A forest near Rome. Horns and cry of hounds heard.
Tit. The hunt is up, the morn is bright and gray,(30)
Rowe substituted "than" for "this" (which was most probably repeated by mistake from the preceding line); and Hanmer altered "we" to " ye," -no doubt rightly; for in this sentence "we" is not to be defended by a later part of the present speech, "our empress, .. Will we acquaint with all that we intend" (and see note 49 for another example of "ye" misprinted "we").
(39) the morn is bright and gray,] Hanmer and Mr. Collier's Ms. Cor
Uncouple here, and let us make a bay,
Horns wind a peal. Enter SATURNINUS, TAMORA, BASSIANUS, LAVINIA, DEMETRIUS, CHIRON, and Attendants.
Many good morrows to your majesty ;—
Sat. And you have rung it lustily, my lord ;(40)
Bas. Lavinia, how say you?
I say, no;
Sat. Come on, then; horse and chariots let us have,
Tit. And I have horse will follow where the game
Dem. Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound, But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground. [Exeunt.
rector read " bright and gay," &c.; most improperly,-"gray meaning "blue," "azure," as numerous passages might be adduced to show. E.g. Peele, in his Old Wives' Tale, has
"The day is clear, the welkin bright and grey." &c.
(40) I promised your grace a hunter's peal.
lustily, my Lords:
The old eds. have". addressing Titus alone.
but Saturninus is evidently