Titus Andronicus

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Scene ii. a forest near rome. horns and cry of hounds heard.

Enter TITUS ANDRONICUS, with Hunters, & c., MARCUS, LUCIUS, QUINTUS, and MARTIUS

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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.

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.

SATURNINUS

And you have rung it lustily, my lord; Somewhat too early for new-married ladies.

BASSIANUS

Lavinia, how say you?

LAVINIA

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

SATURNINUS

Come on, then; horse and chariots let us have, And to our sport.

To TAMORA

Madam, now shall ye see Our Roman hunting.

MARCUS ANDRONICUS

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

TITUS ANDRONICUS

And I have horse will follow where the game Makes way, and run like swallows o'er the plain.

DEMETRIUS

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

Exeunt

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