Titus Andronicus

  • Titus Andronicus: Act 1, Scene 1

  • Rome. Before the Capitol.

  • (Marcus Andronicus; Tribune; Senators; Saturninus; Followers; Bassianus; Soldiers; Roman Captain; Martius; Mutius; Men; Lucius; Quintus; Titus Andronicus; Tamora; Alarbus; Chiron; Demetrius; Aaron the Moor; Lavinia)

  • Enter the Tribunes, among them Marcus Andronicus, and Senators aloft, and then enter, below, Saturninus and his followers at one door, and Bassianus and his followers at the other, with Drums and Trumpets.

  • Profile Picture of Saturninus in Titus Andronicus

    Saturninus

    Noble patricians, patrons of my right,

  • Defend the justice of my cause with arms;

  • And, countrymen, my loving followers,

  • Plead my successive title with your swords.

  • I am his first-born son, that was the last

  • That ware the imperial diadem of Rome,

  • Profile Picture of Saturninus in Titus Andronicus

    Saturninus

    Then let my father's honors live in me,

  • Nor wrong mine age with this indignity.

  • Profile Picture of Bassianus in Titus Andronicus

    Bassianus

    Romans, friends, followers, favorers of my right,

  • If ever Bassianus, Caesar's son,

  • Were gracious in the eyes of royal Rome,

  • Keep then this passage to the Capitol,

  • And suffer not dishonor to approach

  • The imperial seat, to virtue consecrate,

  • Profile Picture of Bassianus in Titus Andronicus

    Bassianus

    To justice, continence, and nobility;

  • But let desert in pure election shine,