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Quin. Aaron is gone; and my compassionate heart
Mart. Lord Bassianus lies embrewed here,
Quin. If it be dark, how dost thou know 'tis he?
Mart. Upon his bloocy finger he doth wear
A precious ring,] There is supposed to be gem called a carbuncle, which emits not reflected but native light. Mr. Boyle believes the reality of its existence. Johnson.
So, in The Gestá Romanorum, history the sixth: “ He farther beheld and saw a carbuncle in the hall that lighted all the house." Again, in Lydgate's Description of King Priam's Palace, L. II:
“ And for most chefe all dirkeness to confound,
“ With the freshness of his ruddy light." Again, in the Muse's Elysium, by Drayton:
“ Is that admired, mighty stone,
“ The eye to it directeth.” Chaucer, in the Romaunt of the Rose, attributes the same properties to the carbuncle :
“Soche light ysprang out of the stone." Steevens.
all the hole,] The 4to. 1600, reads-all this hole. Todd.
So pale did shine the moon &c.] Lee appears to have been indebted to this image in his Massacre of Paris :
“Looks like a midnight moon upon a murder.” Steevens
Quin. Reach me thy hand, that I may help thee out; Or, wanting strength to do thee so much good, I may be pluck'd into the swallowing womb Of this deep pit, poor Bassianus' grave. I have no strength to pluck thee to the brink.
Mart. Nor I no strength to climb without thy help.
Enter SATURNINUS and AARON.
Mart. The unhappy son of old Andronicus ;
Sat. My brother dead? I know, thou dost but jest :
Mart. We know not where you left him all alive, But, out alas ! here have we found him dead. Enter TAMORA, with Attendants ; Titus ANDRONICUS,
and LUCIUS. Tam. Where is my lord, the king ? Sat. Here, Tamora ; though griev'd with killing grief. Tam. Where is thy brother Bassianus ?
Sat. Now to the bottom dost thou search my wound; Poor Bassianus here lies murdered. Tam. Then all too late I bring this fatal writ,
[Giving a Letter. The complot of this timeless tragedy ; And wonder greatly, that man's face can fold In pleasing smiles such murderous tyranny.
Sat. [reads] An if we miss to meet him handsomely, Sweet huntsman, Bassianus ’tis we mean,Do thou so much as dig the grave for him ;
left him there.] Edition 1600 reads :-left them there,
Todd. timeless -] i. e. untimely. So, in King Richard II: “The bloody office of his timeless end." Steevens.
Thou know'st our meaning : Look for thy reward
[Showing it. Sat. Two of thy whelps, [to Tit.] fell curs of bloody
Tam. What, are they in this pit? O wondrous thing! How easily murder is discovered!
Tit. High emperor, upon my feeble knee I beg this boon, with tears not lightly shed, That this fell fault of my accursed sons, Accursed, if the fault be prov'd in them,
Sat. If it be prov'd! you see, it is apparent. Who found this letter? Tamora, was it you?
Tam. Andronicus himself did take it up.
Tit. I did, my lord : yet let me be their bail :
Sat. Thou shalt not bail them ; see, thou follow me.
Tam. Andronicus, I will entreat the king; Fear not thy sons, they shall do well enough. Tit. Come, Lucius, come; stay not to talk with them.
Enter DEMETRIUS and Chiron, with LAVINIA, ravish
ed; her Hands cut off, and her Tongue cut out. Dem. So, now go teil, an if thy tongue can speak, Who 'twas that cut thy tongue, and ravish'd thee.
Chi. Write down thy mind, bewray thy meaning so; And, if thy stumps will let thee, play the scribe.
Dem. See, how with signs and tokens she can scowl.s Chi. Go home, call for sweet water, wash thy hands.
Dem. She hath no tongue to call, nor hands to wash ; And so let's leave her to her silent walks.
Chi. An 'twere my case, I should go hang myself. Dem. If thou hadst hands to help thee knit the cord.
[Excunt Dem. and Chi.
Enter Marcus. Mar. Who's this,—my niece, that flies away so fast? Cousin, a word ; Where is your husband ?If I do dream, 'would all my wealth would wake me !9 If I do wake, some planet strike me down, That I may slumber in eternal sleep Speak, gentle niece, what stern ungentle hands Have lopp’d, and hew'd, and made thy body bare Of her two branches? those sweet ornaments, Whose circling shadows kings have sought to sleep in ; And might not gain so great a happiness, As half thy love? Why dost not speak to me?-Alas, a crimson river of warm blood, Like to a bubbling fountain stirr’d with wind, Doth rise and fall between thy rosed lips, Coming and going with thy honey breath. But, sure, some Tereus hath defloured thee; And, lest thou should'st detect him, cut thy tongue.
she can scowl.] Edition 1600 reads: she can scrowle: This, I apprehend, is the true reading. Todd.
If I do dream, 'would all my wealth would wake me! ] If this be a dream, I would give all my possessions to be delivered from it by waking. Johnson.
lest thou should'st detect him, &c.] Old copies- detect them. The same mistake has happened in many other eld plays. The correction was made by Mr. Rowe.
Ah, now thou turn'st away thy face for shame
Tereus having ravished Philomela, his wife's sister, cut out her tongue, to prevent a discovery. Malone.
three issuing spouts,] Old copies--their issuing &c. Corrected by Sir Thomas Hanmer. Steevens.
hast thou met withal,] The word withal, is wanting in edition 1600. Todd.
Thracian poet's -] Orpheus. Steevens.