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Lav. And, being intercepted in your sport,
250 Great reason that my noble lord be rated For sauciness.--I pray you, let us hence, And let her 'joy her raven
ven-colour'd love ; This valley fits the purpose passing well. Bas. The king, my brother, shall have note of
this. Lav. Ay, for these slips have made him noted
long : Good king ! to be so mightily abus’d! Tam. Why have I patience to endure all this?
Enter. CHIRON, and DEMETRIUS. Dem. How now, dear sovereign, and our gracious
mother, Why does your highness look so pale and wan? 260
Tam. Have I not reason, think you, to look pale? These two have 'tic'd me hither to this place, A barren and detested vale, you see, it is : The trees, though summer, yet forlorn and lean, O'ercome with moss, and baleful misletoe. Here never shines the sun; here nothing breeds, Unless the nightly owl, or fatal raven. And, when they, shew'd me this abhorred pit, They told me, here, at dead time of the night, A thousand fiends, a thousand hissing snakes,
270 Ten thousand swelling toads, as many urchins, Would make such fearful and confused cries, As any mortal body, hearing it, Should straight fall mad, or else die suddenly, D
No sooner had they told this hellish tale,
[Stabs BASSIANUS. Chi. And this for me, struck home to shew my strength.
[Stabbing him likewise. Lav. Ay come, Semiramis,-nay, barbarous Ta
mora ! For no name fits thy nature but thy own! Tam. Give me thy poniard; you shall know, my boys,
290 Your mother's hand shall right your mother's wrong.
Dem. Stay, madam, here is more belongs to her; First, thrash the corn, then after burn the straw : This minion stood upon her chastity, Upon her nuptial vow, her loyalty, And with that painted hope she braves your mighti.
And shall she carry this unto her gráve?
Chi. An if she do, I would I were an eunuch. Drag hence her husband to some secret hole,
And make his dead trunk pillow to our lust.
300 Tam. But when you have the honey you desire, Let not this wasp out-live, us both to sting.
Chi. I warrant you, madam; we will make that
Come, mistress, now perforce we will enjoy
Lav. 0 Tamora! thou bear'st a woman's face,
Dem. Listen, fair madam : Let it be your glory,
[To CHIRON. Chi. What! would'st thou have me prove myself a
Nothing so kind, but something pitiful!
Tam. I know not what it means; away with her.
Lav. 0, let me teach thee: for my father's sake, That gave thee life, when well he might have slain
thee, Be not obdurate, open thy deaf ears.
330 Tam. Hadst thou in person ne'er offended me, Even for his sake am I now pitiless :Remember, boys, I pour'd forth tears in vain, To save your brother from the sacrifice; But fierce Andronicus would not relent : Therefore away with her, use her as you will
i The worse to her, the better lov'd of me.
Lav. 0 Tamora, be call'd a gentle queen, And with thine own hands kill me in this place : For 'tis not life, that I have begg'd so long ; 340 Poor I was slain, when Bassianus dy'd.
Tam. What begg'st thou then? fond woman, let
Lav. 'Tis present death I beg; and one thing
Tam. So should I rob my sweet sons of their fee : No, let them satisfy their lust on thee.
35° Dem. Away; for thou hast staid us here too long.
Lav. No grace? no womanhood? Ah beastly crea,
her husband; [Dragging off LAVINIA. This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him.
[Exeunt. Tam. Farewel, my sons: see, that you make her
Ne'er let my heart know merry cheer indeed,
Enter Aaron, with Quintus, and MARCUS,
Quin. My sight is very dull, whate'er it bodes,
[Marcus falls into the Pit. Quin. What, art thou fallen ?. What subtle hole
this, Whose mouth is cover'd with rude-growing briars ; Diij