UNCLE Marcus, since it is my father’s mind
KING HENRY THE SIXTH PART III V. II. 189-III.25
-William Shakespeare (ca 1623)
(from the text prepared by Arthur Henry Bullen – 1904)
Court of TITUS’ (ANDRONICUS) house: tables set out.
Enter LUCIUS, MARCUS, and GOTHS, with AARON prisoner.
That I repair to Rome, I am content.
And ours with thine, befall what fortune will.
Good uncle, take you in this barbarous Moor,
This ravenous tiger, this accursed devil;
Let tim receive no sustenance, fetter him,
Till he be so brought unto the empress’ face,
For testimony of her foul proceedings;
And see the ambush of our friends be strong;
I fear the emperor means no good to us.
Some devil whisper curses in my ear,
And prompt me that my tongue may utter forth
The venomous malice of my swelling heart!
Away, inhuman dog! unhallow’d slave!—
Sirs, help our uncle to convey him in.
The trumpets show the emperor is at hand
[Exuent some GOTHS with Aaron. Flourishes within.
What, hath the firmament more suns than one?
Enter SATURNINUS and TAMORA, with AEMILIUS, TRIBUNES, SENATORS, and others.
What boots it thee to call thyself a sun?
Rome’s emperor, and nephew, break the parle;
These quarrels must be quietly debated.
The feast is ready, which the careful Titus
Hath ordain’d to an honourable end,
For peace, for love, for league, and good to Rome:
Please you, therefore, draw nigh, and take your places.
Written in an age where sexual intercourse and sodomy were called by their definitive names as listed in dictionaries: Titus Andronicus defended Rome against the Goths and Moors, returning from those wars to place Saturninus on Rome’s throne. Titus’s daughter already engaged