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Enter Titus, old Marcus, young Enter Titus, old Marcus, his son Publius, young Tit IV.iii.1.1
Lucius, and other gentlemenLucius, and other gentlemen (Caius, Sempronius) Tit IV.iii.1.2
with bowes, and Titus beares the arrowes with Letters on with bows, and Titus bears the arrows with letters on Tit IV.iii.1.3
the end of them.the ends of them Tit IV.iii.1.4
Tit. TITUS 
Come Marcus, come, kinsmen this is the way.Come, Marcus, come; kinsmen, this is the way. Tit IV.iii.1
Sir Boy let me see your Archerie,Sir boy, now let me see your archery. Tit IV.iii.2
Looke yee draw home enough, and 'tis there straight:Look ye draw home enough, and 'tis there straight.draw (v.)[archery] draw back a bow-stringTit IV.iii.3
straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at once
home (adv.)fully, thoroughly, unsparingly
Terras Astrea reliquit, be you remembred Marcus.Terras Astraea reliquit: be you remembered, Marcus,terras...Astraea has left the earthTit IV.iii.4
Astraea (n.)[pron: 'astria] daughter of Zeus and Themis; Greek goddess of justice
She's gone, she's fled, sirs take you to your tooles,She's gone, she's fled. Sirs, take you to your tools. Tit IV.iii.5
You Cosens shall goe sound the Ocean:You, cousins, shall go sound the ocean, Tit IV.iii.6
And cast your nets, And cast your nets: Tit IV.iii.7
haply you may find her in the Sea,Happily you may catch her in the sea, Tit IV.iii.8
Yet ther's as little iustice as at Land:Yet there's as little justice as at land. Tit IV.iii.9
No Publius and Sempronius, you must doe it,No, Publius and Sempronius, you must do it. Tit IV.iii.10
'Tis you must dig with Mattocke, and with Spade,'Tis you must dig with mattock and with spade,mattock (n.)
old form: Mattocke
tool for loosening hard ground
Tit IV.iii.11
And pierce the inmost Center of the earth:And pierce the inmost centre of the earth. Tit IV.iii.12
Then when you come to Plutoes Region,Then, when you come to Pluto's region, Tit IV.iii.13
I pray you deliuer him this petition,I pray you deliver him this petition. Tit IV.iii.14
Tell him it is for iustice, and for aide,Tell him it is for justice and for aid, Tit IV.iii.15
And that it comes from old Andronicus,And that it comes from old Andronicus, Tit IV.iii.16
Shaken with sorrowes in vngratefull Rome.Shaken with sorrows in ungrateful Rome. Tit IV.iii.17
Ah Rome! Well, well, I made thee miserable,Ah, Rome! Well, well, I made thee miserable Tit IV.iii.18
What time I threw the peoples suffragesWhat time I threw the people's suffragessuffrage (n.)vote, approval, consentTit IV.iii.19
On him that thus doth tyrannize ore me.On him that thus doth tyrannize o'er me. Tit IV.iii.20
Goe get you gone, and pray be carefull all,Go, get you gone, and pray be careful all, Tit IV.iii.21
And leaue you not a man of warre vnsearcht,And leave you not a man-of-war unsearched. Tit IV.iii.22
This wicked Emperour may haue shipt her hence,This wicked Emperor may have shipped her hence, Tit IV.iii.23
And kinsmen then we may goe pipe for iustice.And, kinsmen, then we may go pipe for justice.pipe (v.)whistle, look in vainTit IV.iii.24
Marc. MARCUS 
O Publius is not this a heauie caseO Publius, is not this a heavy case,heavy (adj.)
old form: heauie
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
Tit IV.iii.25
To see thy Noble Vnckle thus distract?To see thy noble uncle thus distract?distract (adj.)deranged, mad, mentally disturbedTit IV.iii.26
Publ. PUBLIUS 
Therefore my Lords it highly vs concernes,Therefore, my lords, it highly us concernshighly (adv.)greatly, crucially, in an important wayTit IV.iii.27
By day and night t'attend him carefully:By day and night t' attend him carefullyattend (v.)accompany, follow closely, go withTit IV.iii.28
carefully (adv.)considerately, attentively
And feede his humour kindely as we may,And feed his humour kindly as we may,humour (n.)fancy, whim, inclination, capriceTit IV.iii.29
Till time beget some carefull remedie.Till time beget some careful remedy.beget (v.), past form begotproduce, engender, give rise toTit IV.iii.30
Marc. MARCUS 
Kinsmen, his sorrowes are past remedie.Kinsmen, his sorrows are past remedy. Tit IV.iii.31
But [text missing in Quarto] Tit IV.iii.32
Ioyne with the Gothes, and with reuengefull warre,Join with the Goths, and with revengeful war Tit IV.iii.33
Take wreake on Rome for this ingratitude,Take wreak on Rome for this ingratitude,wreak (n.)
old form: wreake
revenge, vengeance, retribution
Tit IV.iii.34
And vengeance on the Traytor Saturnine.And vengeance on the traitor Saturnine. Tit IV.iii.35
Tit. TITUS 
Publius how now? how now my Maisters?Publius, how now? How now, my masters? Tit IV.iii.36
What haue you met with her?What, have you met with her? Tit IV.iii.37
Publ. PUBLIUS 
No my good Lord, but Pluto sends you word,No, my good lord, but Pluto sends you word Tit IV.iii.38
If you will haue reuenge from hell you shall,If you will have Revenge from hell, you shall. Tit IV.iii.39
Marrie for iustice she is so imploy'd,Marry, for Justice, she is so employed,marry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryTit IV.iii.40
He thinkes with Ioue in heauen, or somewhere else:He thinks with Jove in heaven, or somewhere else, Tit IV.iii.41
So that perforce you must needs stay a time.So that perforce you must needs stay a time.perforce (adv.)of necessity, with no choice in the matterTit IV.iii.42
stay (v.)wait (for), await
time (n.)passing of time, while
Tit. TITUS 
He doth me wrong to feed me with delayes,He doth me wrong to feed me with delays. Tit IV.iii.43
Ile diue into the burning Lake below,I'll dive into the burning lake below Tit IV.iii.44
And pull her out of Acaron by the heeles.And pull her out of Acheron by the heels.Acheron (n.)[pron: 'akeron] Underworld abyss and river, which souls of the dead must crossTit IV.iii.45
Marcus we are but shrubs, no Cedars we,Marcus, we are but shrubs, no cedars we, Tit IV.iii.46
No big-bon'd-men, fram'd of the Cyclops size,No big-boned men framed of the Cyclops' size,Cyclops (n.)[pron: 'siyklops] one-eyed giants who aided Vulcan in forging armour for the godsTit IV.iii.47
But mettall Marcus, steele to the very backe,But metal, Marcus, steel to the very back,back, to the
old form: backe
through and through
Tit IV.iii.48
Yet wrung with wrongs more then our backe can beare:Yet wrung with wrongs more than our backs can bear.wring (v.)wrack, rack, press downTit IV.iii.49
And sith there's no iustice in earth nor hell,And sith there's no justice in earth nor hell, Tit IV.iii.50
We will sollicite heauen, and moue the GodsWe will solicit heaven and move the gods Tit IV.iii.51
To send downe Iustice for to wreake our wongs:To send down Justice for to wreak our wrongs. Tit IV.iii.52
Come to this geare, you are a good Archer Marcus.Come, to this gear. You are a good archer, Marcus.gear (n.)
old form: geare
business, affair, matter
Tit IV.iii.53
He giues them the Arrowes.He gives them the arrows Tit IV.iii.54
Ad Iouem, that's for you: here ad Appollonem, Ad Jovem ’, that's for you. Here, ‘ Ad Apollinem ’;ad Apollinem
old form: Appollonem
to Apollo
Tit IV.iii.54
ad Jovem
old form: Iouem
to Jove
Ad Martem, that's for myselfe, Ad Martem,’ that's for myself.ad Martemto MarsTit IV.iii.55
Heere Boy to Pallas, heere to Mercury,Here, boy, ‘ To Pallas.’ Here, ‘ To Mercury.’Pallas (n.)alternative name for AtheneTit IV.iii.56
Mercury (n.)messenger of the Roman gods; also, god of commerce
To Saturnine, to Caius, not to Saturnine,‘ To Saturn,’ Caius, not to Saturnine!Saturn (n.)Roman god of seed time and harvestTit IV.iii.57
You were as good to shoote against the winde.You were as good to shoot against the wind. Tit IV.iii.58
Too it Boy, Marcus loose when I bid:To it, boy! Marcus, loose when I bid.loose (v.)[archery] shoot an arrowTit IV.iii.59
Of my word, I haue written to effect,Of my word, I have written to effect:effect (n.)purpose, end, intended deedTit IV.iii.60
Ther's not a God left vnsollicited.There's not a god left unsolicited. Tit IV.iii.61
Marc. MARCUS  
(aside) Tit IV.iii.62
Kinsmen, shoot all your shafts into the Court,Kinsmen, shoot all your shafts into the court; Tit IV.iii.62
We will afflict the Emperour in his pride.We will afflict the Emperor in his pride. Tit IV.iii.63
Tit. TITUS 
Now Maisters draw, Now, masters, draw. (They shoot) Tit IV.iii.64.1
Oh well said Lucius:O, well said, Lucius!said, wellwell doneTit IV.iii.64.2
Good Boy in Virgoes lap, giue it Pallas.Good boy, in Virgo's lap! Give it Pallas!Virgo (n.)Virgin [sixth sign of the zodiac, associated with Astraea, goddess of justice]Tit IV.iii.65
Marc. MARCUS 
My Lord, I aime a Mile beyond the Moone,My lord, I aimed a mile beyond the moon: Tit IV.iii.66
Your letter is with Iupiter by this.Your letter is with Jupiter by this.Jupiter, Jove (n.)Roman supreme god; associated with the heavens and the weather, especially thunder and lightning; husband of JunoTit IV.iii.67
Tit. TITUS 
Ha, ha, Publius, Publius, what hast thou done?Ha, ha! Publius, Publius, what hast thou done? Tit IV.iii.68
See, see, thou hast shot off one of Taurus hornes.See, see, thou hast shot off one of Taurus' horns.Taurus (n.)Bull [second sign of the zodiac, associated with cuckoldry]Tit IV.iii.69
Mar. MARCUS 
This was the sport my Lord, when Publius shot,This was the sport, my lord! When Publius shot,sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentTit IV.iii.70
The Bull being gal'd, gaue Aries such a knocke,The Bull, being galled, gave Aries such a knockgall (v.)
old form: gal'd
graze, scratch
Tit IV.iii.71
Aries (n.)[pron: 'aireez] Ram [first sign of the zodiac]
That downe fell both the Rams hornes in the Court,That down fell both the Ram's horns in the court, Tit IV.iii.72
And who should finde them but the Empresse villaine:And who should find them but the Empress' villain!villain (n.)
old form: villaine
serf, servant, bondman
Tit IV.iii.73
She laught, and told the Moore he should not chooseShe laughed, and told the Moor he should not choose Tit IV.iii.74
But giue them to his Maister for a present.But give them to his master for a present. Tit IV.iii.75
Tit. TITUS 
Why there it goes, God giue your Lordship ioy.Why, there it goes. God give his lordship joy. Tit IV.iii.76
Enter the Clowne with a basket and two Pigeons in it.Enter the Clown with a basket and two pigeons in itclown (n.)
old form: Clowne
yokel, rustic, country bumpkin; also: low comic character [in a play]
Tit IV.iii.77.1
Newes, newes, from heauen, / Marcus the poast is come.News, news from heaven! Marcus, the post is come.post (n.)
old form: poast
express messenger, courier
Tit IV.iii.77
Sirrah, what tydings? haue you any letters?Sirrah, what tidings? Have you any letters? Tit IV.iii.78
Shall I haue Iustice, what sayes Iupiter?Shall I have justice? What says Jupiter? Tit IV.iii.79
Clowne. CLOWN 
Ho the Iibbetmaker, he sayes that he hath taken Ho, the gibbet-maker? He says that he hath takengibbet-maker (n.)
old form: Iibbetmaker
person who constructs gibbets
Tit IV.iii.80
them downe againe, for the man must not be hang'd till them down again, for the man must not be hanged till Tit IV.iii.81
the next weeke.the next week. Tit IV.iii.82
Tit. TITUS 
But what sayes Iupiter I aske thee?But what says Jupiter, I ask thee? Tit IV.iii.83
Clowne. CLOWN 
Alas sir I know not Iupiter: / I neuer dranke with Alas, sir, I know not Jubiter. I never drank with Tit IV.iii.84
him in all my life.him in all my life. Tit IV.iii.85
Tit. TITUS 
Why villaine art not thou the Carrier?Why, villain, art not thou the carrier?carrier (n.)messenger, courier, go-betweenTit IV.iii.86
Clowne. CLOWN 
I of my Pigions sir, nothing else.Ay, of my pigeons, sir, nothing else. Tit IV.iii.87
Tit. TITUS 
Why, did'st thou not come from heauen?Why, didst thou not come from heaven? Tit IV.iii.88
Clowne. CLOWN 
From heauen? Alas sir, I neuer came there, God From heaven? Alas, sir, I never came there. God Tit IV.iii.89
forbid I should be so bold, to presse to heauen in myforbid I should be so bold to press to heaven in mypress (v.)
old form: presse
push forward, thrust, come / go boldly
Tit IV.iii.90
young dayes. Why I am going with my pigeons to theyoung days. Why, I am going with my pigeons to the Tit IV.iii.91
Tribunall Plebs, to take vp a matter of brawle, betwixt my tribunal plebs to take up a matter of brawl betwixt mytake up (v.)
old form: vp
settle, make up, resolve
Tit IV.iii.92
tribunal plebs
old form: Tribunall
malapropism for ‘tribuni plebis’ [= ‘tribunes of the people’]
Vncle, and one of the Emperialls men.uncle and one of the Emperal's men.emperal (n.)
old form: Emperialls
malapropism for ‘emperor’
Tit IV.iii.93
Mar. MARCUS  
(to Titus) Tit IV.iii.94
Why sir, that is as fit as can be to serue Why, sir, that is as fit as can be to serve Tit IV.iii.94
for your Oration, and let him deliuer the Pigions to the for your oration, and let him deliver the pigeons to the Tit IV.iii.95
Emperour from you.Emperor from you. Tit IV.iii.96
Tit. TITUS 
Tell mee, can you deliuer an Oration to the Emperour Tell me, can you deliver an oration to the Emperor Tit IV.iii.97
with a Grace?with a grace?grace (n.)gracefulness, charm, eleganceTit IV.iii.98
Clowne. CLOWN 
Nay truely sir, I could neuer say grace in all my Nay, truly sir, I could never say grace in all mygrace (n.)grace before meals, prayer of thanksgivingTit IV.iii.99
life.life. Tit IV.iii.100
Tit. TITUS 
Sirrah come hither, make no more adoe,Sirrah, come hither; make no more ado,ado (n.)
old form: adoe
fuss, business, to-do
Tit IV.iii.101
But giue your Pigeons to the Emperour,But give your pigeons to the Emperor. Tit IV.iii.102
By me thou shalt haue Iustice at his hands.By me thou shalt have justice at his hands. Tit IV.iii.103
Hold, hold, Hold, hold. (Gives him money) Tit IV.iii.104.1
meanewhile her's money for thy charges.Meanwhile, here's money for thy charges. Tit IV.iii.104.2
Giue me pen and inke.Give me pen and ink. (Writes) Tit IV.iii.105
Sirrah, can you with a Grace deliuer a Supplication?Sirrah, can you with a grace deliver up a supplication?supplication (n.)petition, written requestTit IV.iii.106
Clowne. CLOWN 
I sirAy, sir. Tit IV.iii.107
Titus. TITUS  
(gives letter) Tit IV.iii.108
Then here is a Supplication for you, Then here is a supplication for you, Tit IV.iii.108
and when you come to him, at the first approach you and when you come to him, at the first approach you Tit IV.iii.109
must kneele, then kisse his foote, then deliuer vp your must kneel, then kiss his foot, then deliver up your Tit IV.iii.110
Pigeons, and then looke for your reward. Ile be at hand pigeons, and then look for your reward. I'll be at hand, Tit IV.iii.111
sir, see you do it brauely.sir; see you do it bravely.bravely (adv.)
old form: brauely
showily, with great display, with a fine flourish
Tit IV.iii.112
Clowne. CLOWN 
I warrant you sir, let me alone.I warrant you, sir. Let me alone.warrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirmTit IV.iii.113
alone, let [one]leave it to [one], you can rely on [one]
Tit. TITUS 
Sirrha hast thou a knife? Come let me see it.Sirrah, hast thou a knife? Come, let me see it. Tit IV.iii.114
Takes a knife and gives it to Marcus Tit IV.iii.115.1
Heere Marcus, fold it in the Oration,Here, Marcus, fold it in the oration;oration (n.)petition, supplicationTit IV.iii.115
(To the Clown) Tit IV.iii.116
For thou hast made it like an humble Suppliant:For thou must hold it like an humble suppliant, Tit IV.iii.116.1
And when thou hast giuen it the Emperour,And when thou hast given it to the Emperor, Tit IV.iii.117
Knocke at my dore, and tell me what he sayes.Knock at my door, and tell me what he says. Tit IV.iii.118
Clowne. CLOWN 
God be with you sir, I will. Exit.God be with you sir. I will. Tit IV.iii.119
Tit. TITUS 
Come Marcus let vs goe, Publius follow me.Come, Marcus, let us go. Publius, follow me. Tit IV.iii.120
Exeunt.Exeunt Tit IV.iii.120
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