Titus Andronicus Translation Act 2, Scene 2
Enter TITUS ANDRONICUS, with Hunters, & c., MARCUS, LUCIUS, QUINTUS, and MARTIUS
The hunt is up, the morn is bright and grey, The fields are fragrant and the woods are green: Uncouple here and let us make a bay And wake the emperor and his lovely bride And rouse the prince and ring a hunter's peal, That all the court may echo with the noise. Sons, let it be your charge, as it is ours, To attend the emperor's person carefully: I have been troubled in my sleep this night, But dawning day new comfort hath inspired.
It's time to hunt—the morning is bright and gray, the fields are sweet-smelling, and the trees are in bloom. Let's separate here and make some noise to wake up the emperor and his lovely bride; we'll make enough sound to wake up the prince too, and the whole court. Sons, make sure you watch the emperor carefully, as I will. I had a bad night's sleep, but felt better when I woke up.
A cry of hounds and horns, winded in a peal. Enter SATURNINUS, TAMORA, BASSIANUS, LAVINIA, DEMETRIUS, CHIRON, and Attendants
Many good morrows to your majesty;Madam, to you as many and as good:I promised your grace a hunter's peal.
Good morning, your majesty; and madam, good morning to you, too. I promised that I would wake you up with the sound of the hunt.
And you have rung it lustily, my lord;Somewhat too early for new-married ladies.
And you have made quite a noise, my lord—somewhat too early for ladies who just got married.
Lavinia, how say you?
Lavinia, what do you think?
I say, no;I have been broad awake two hours and more.
I disagree; I've been awake for more than two hours already.
Come on, then; horse and chariots let us have,And to our sport. [To TAMORA] Madam, now shall ye seeOur Roman hunting.
Come on, then; let's get our horses and chariots and begin the hunt.
[To TAMORA] Madam, now you'll see our Roman hunting.
I have dogs, my lord,Will rouse the proudest panther in the chase,And climb the highest promontory top.
I have dogs, my lord, that can outrun the proudest panther in the chase, and climb the highest tops of the mountains.
And I have horse will follow where the gameMakes way, and run like swallows o'er the plain.
And I have horses that will follow wherever the prey goes, flying like swallows over the open field.
Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground.
Chiron, we don't hunt with horses or dogs—but hope to catch a dainty doe, nonetheless.
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