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SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, and afterwards declared emperor.
BASSIANUS, brother to Saturninus; in love with Lavinia.
TITUS ANDRONICUS, a noble Roman, general against the Goths.
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 Followers; and, from the other side, BASSIANUS and his Followers; with drum and colours.
Sat. Noble patricians, patrons of my right,
Bas. Romans,-friends, followers, favourers of my right,— If ever Bassianus, Cæsar's son,
Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome,
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
A special party, have, by common voice,
A nobler man, a braver warrior,
Lives not this day within the city walls:
He by the senate is accited home
From weary wars against the barbarous Goths;
And now at last, laden with honour's spoils,
Sat. How fair the tribune speaks to calm my thoughts!
In thy uprightness and integrity,
And so I love and honour thee and thine,
[Exeunt the Followers of Bassianus. Sat. Friends, that have been thus forward in my right,
I thank you all, and here dismiss you all;