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SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and afterwards declar'd Emperor himself.
BASSIANUS, Brother to Saturninus, in love with Lavinia. TITUS ANDRONICUS, a Noble Roman, General against the Goths.
MARCUS ANDRONICUS, Tribune of the People, and Bro
ther to Titus.
Sons to Titus Andronicus.
Young Lucius, a Boy, Son to Lucius.
PUBLIUS, Son to Marcus Andronicus the Tribune,
TAMORA, Queen of the Goths, and afterwards married to Saturninus.
LAVINIA, Daughter to Titus Andronicus.
A Nurfe with a black-a-moor Child.
Senators, Judges, Officers, Soldiers, and other Attendants.
SCENE Rome, and the Country near it.
Enter the Tribunes and Senators aloft, as in the Senate, Enter Saturninus and his followers at one door, and Baffianus and bis followers at the other, with drum and colours. OBLE Patricians, patrons of my right, Defend the justice of my caufe with arms: And countrymen my loving followers, Plead my fucceffive title with your fwords. I am the firft-born fon of him that lait
Wore the imperial diadem of Rome;
Baf. Romans, friends, foll'wers, favourers of my right; If eyer Baffianus, Cafar's fon,
Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome,
This is one of the Plays which ought not to be look'd upon to be of Shakespear's compofition. By giving it the credit of a few of his lines inferted here and there he got the difcredit of writing the whole,
But let defert in pure election fhine;
And, Romans, fight for freedom in your choice.
Enter Marcus Andronicus aloft with the crown.
Know that the people of Rome, for whom we ftand
And now at laft, laden with honour's spoils,
Whom you pretend to honour and adore,
That you withdraw you, and abate your ftrength;
Difmifs your followers, and as fuitors fhould,
Plead your deferts in peace and humblenefs.
Sat. How fair the Tribune fpeaks, to calm my thoughts
In thy uprightness and integrity,
And fo I love and honour thee and thine,
And her to whom our thoughts are humbled all,