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Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus Translation Act 4, Scene 1

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Enter YOUNG LUCIUS, and LAVINIA running after him, and the boy flies from her, with books under his arm. Then enter TITUS and MARCUS

YOUNG LUCIUS

Help, grandsire, help! my aunt Lavinia Follows me every where, I know not why: Good uncle Marcus, see how swift she comes. Alas, sweet aunt, I know not what you mean.

YOUNG LUCIUS

Help, grandfather, help! My aunt Lavinia follows me everywhere, but I don’t know why. Uncle Marcus, see how quickly she comes after me. Oh, sweet aunt, I don’t know what you mean.

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

Stand by me, Lucius; do not fear thine aunt.

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

Stand by me, Lucius; don't be afraid of your aunt.

TITUS ANDRONICUS

She loves thee, boy, too well to do thee harm.

TITUS ANDRONICUS

She loves you too much to hurt you, boy.

YOUNG LUCIUS

Ay, when my father was in Rome she did.

YOUNG LUCIUS

Yes, when my father was in Rome she did.

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

What means my niece Lavinia by these signs?

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

What does my niece Lavinia mean by this sign language? 

TITUS ANDRONICUS

Fear her not, Lucius: somewhat doth she mean: See, Lucius, see how much she makes of thee: Somewhither would she have thee go with her. Ah, boy, Cornelia never with more care Read to her sons than she hath read to thee Sweet poetry and Tully's Orator.

TITUS ANDRONICUS

Don’t be afraid of her, Lucius; she means something. See, Lucius, how much she loves you; she wants you to go somewhere with her. Oh, boy, Cornelia never read to her sons with so much care as Lavinia reads you sweet poetry and Tully’s Orator.

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

Canst thou not guess wherefore she plies thee thus?

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

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YOUNG LUCIUS

My lord, I know not, I, nor can I guess, Unless some fit or frenzy do possess her: For I have heard my grandsire say full oft, Extremity of griefs would make men mad; And I have read that Hecuba of Troy Ran mad through sorrow: that made me to fear; Although, my lord, I know my noble aunt Loves me as dear as e'er my mother did, And would not, but in fury, fright my youth: Which made me down to throw my books, and fly— Causeless, perhaps. But pardon me, sweet aunt: And, madam, if my uncle Marcus go, I will most willingly attend your ladyship.

YOUNG LUCIUS

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MARCUS ANDRONICUS

Lucius, I will.

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LAVINIA turns over with her stumps the books which LUCIUS has let fall

TITUS ANDRONICUS

How now, Lavinia! Marcus, what means this? Some book there is that she desires to see. Which is it, girl, of these? Open them, boy. But thou art deeper read, and better skill'd Come, and take choice of all my library, And so beguile thy sorrow, till the heavens Reveal the damn'd contriver of this deed. Why lifts she up her arms in sequence thus?

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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MARCUS ANDRONICUS

I think she means that there was more than oneConfederate in the fact: ay, more there was;Or else to heaven she heaves them for revenge.

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

Lucius, what book is that she tosseth so?

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YOUNG LUCIUS

Grandsire, 'tis Ovid's Metamorphoses;My mother gave it me.

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MARCUS ANDRONICUS

For love of her that's gone,Perhaps she cull'd it from among the rest.

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

Soft! see how busily she turns the leaves!

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What would she find? Lavinia, shall I read? This is the tragic tale of Philomel, And treats of Tereus' treason and his rape: And rape, I fear, was root of thine annoy.

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MARCUS ANDRONICUS

See, brother, see; note how she quotes the leaves.

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

Lavinia, wert thou thus surprised, sweet girl, Ravish'd and wrong'd, as Philomela was, Forced in the ruthless, vast, and gloomy woods? See, see! Ay, such a place there is, where we did hunt— O, had we never, never hunted there!— Pattern'd by that the poet here describes, By nature made for murders and for rapes.

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MARCUS ANDRONICUS

O, why should nature build so foul a den,Unless the gods delight in tragedies?

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

Give signs, sweet girl, for here are none but friends, What Roman lord it was durst do the deed: Or slunk not Saturnine, as Tarquin erst, That left the camp to sin in Lucrece' bed?

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MARCUS ANDRONICUS

Sit down, sweet niece: brother, sit down by me. Apollo, Pallas, Jove, or Mercury, Inspire me, that I may this treason find! My lord, look here: look here, Lavinia: This sandy plot is plain; guide, if thou canst This after me, when I have writ my name Without the help of any hand at all.

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He writes his name with his staff, and guides it with feet and mouth

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

Cursed be that heart that forced us to this shift! Write thou good niece; and here display, at last, What God will have discover'd for revenge; Heaven guide thy pen to print thy sorrows plain, That we may know the traitors and the truth!

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She takes the staff in her mouth, and guides it with her stumps, and writes

TITUS ANDRONICUS

O, do ye read, my lord, what she hath writ?'Stuprum. Chiron. Demetrius.'

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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MARCUS ANDRONICUS

What, what! the lustful sons of TamoraPerformers of this heinous, bloody deed?

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

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MARCUS ANDRONICUS

O, calm thee, gentle lord; although I know There is enough written upon this earth To stir a mutiny in the mildest thoughts And arm the minds of infants to exclaims. My lord, kneel down with me; Lavinia, kneel; And kneel, sweet boy, the Roman Hector's hope; And swear with me, as, with the woful fere And father of that chaste dishonour'd dame, Lord Junius Brutus sware for Lucrece' rape, That we will prosecute by good advice Mortal revenge upon these traitorous Goths, And see their blood, or die with this reproach.

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

'Tis sure enough, an you knew how. But if you hunt these bear-whelps, then beware: The dam will wake; and, if she wind you once, She's with the lion deeply still in league, And lulls him whilst she playeth on her back, And when he sleeps will she do what she list. You are a young huntsman, Marcus; let it alone; And, come, I will go get a leaf of brass, And with a gad of steel will write these words, And lay it by: the angry northern wind Will blow these sands, like Sibyl's leaves, abroad, And where's your lesson, then? Boy, what say you?

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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YOUNG LUCIUS

I say, my lord, that if I were a man,Their mother's bed-chamber should not be safeFor these bad bondmen to the yoke of Rome.

YOUNG LUCIUS

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MARCUS ANDRONICUS

Ay, that's my boy! thy father hath full oftFor his ungrateful country done the like.

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YOUNG LUCIUS

And, uncle, so will I, an if I live.

YOUNG LUCIUS

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

Come, go with me into mine armoury; Lucius, I'll fit thee; and withal, my boy, Shalt carry from me to the empress' sons Presents that I intend to send them both: Come, come; thou'lt do thy message, wilt thou not?

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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YOUNG LUCIUS

Ay, with my dagger in their bosoms, grandsire.

YOUNG LUCIUS

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

No, boy, not so; I'll teach thee another course. Lavinia, come. Marcus, look to my house: Lucius and I'll go brave it at the court: Ay, marry, will we, sir; and we'll be waited on.

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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Exeunt TITUS, LAVINIA, and Young LUCIUS

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

O heavens, can you hear a good man groan, And not relent, or not compassion him? Marcus, attend him in his ecstasy, That hath more scars of sorrow in his heart Than foemen's marks upon his batter'd shield; But yet so just that he will not revenge. Revenge, ye heavens, for old Andronicus!

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

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About the Translator: Eve Houghton

Eve Houghton graduated from Yale College in 2017 and is currently pursuing the MPhil in Renaissance Literature at the University of Cambridge. In 2018, she will return to Yale to begin her PhD in English. Her research interests include early modern commonplace books and note-taking practices, paratexts, reception studies, and the history of reading.