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Titus Andronicus: Act II, Scene 2

Titus Andronicus
Act II, Scene 2

A forest near Rome.

  1. Enter Titus Andronicus and his three sons (Lucius, Quintus,
  2. and Martius), making a noise with hounds and horns, and
  3. Marcus.


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  1. The hunt is up, the morn is bright and grey,
  2. The fields are fragrant and the woods are green.
  3. Uncouple here and let us make a bay,
  4. And wake the Emperor and his lovely bride,
  5. And rouse the Prince, and ring a hunter’s peal,
  6. That all the court may echo with the noise.
  7. Sons, let it be your charge, as it is ours,
  8. To attend the Emperor’s person carefully.
  9. I have been troubled in my sleep this night,
  10. But dawning day new comfort hath inspir’d.
  11. Here a cry of hounds, and wind horns in a peal.
  12. Then enter Saturninus, Tamora, Bassianus, Lavinia, Chiron,
  13. Demetrius, and their Attendants.
  14. Many good morrows to your Majesty;
  15. Madam, to you as many and as good.
  16. I promised your Grace a hunter’s peal.


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  1. And you have rung it lustily, my lords
  2. Somewhat too early for new-married ladies.


  1. Lavinia, how say you?


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  1.                       I say, no;
  2. I have been broad awake two hours and more.


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  1. Come on then, horse and chariots let us have,
  2. And to our sport.
  3. To Tamora.
  4.                   Madam, now shall ye see
  5. Our Roman hunting.


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  1.                    I have dogs, my lord,
  2. Will rouse the proudest panther in the chase,
  3. And climb the highest promontory top.


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  1. And I have horse will follow where the game
  2. Makes way, and runs like swallows o’er the plain.


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  1. Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,
  2. But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground.
  1. Exeunt.
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