Titus Andronicus

Stay, Roman brethren! Gracious conqueror


Titus Andronicus

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Age Range
Act 1 Scene 1
Time & Place
Ancient Rome
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Monologue Context

Tamora has been taken prisoner by Titus Andronicus, along with her 2 sons and her

Monologue Text

Stay, Roman brethren! Gracious conqueror,

Victorious Titus, rue the tears I shed,

A mother's tears in passion for her son:

And if thy sons were ever dear to thee,

O, think my son to be as dear to me!

Sufficeth not that we are brought to Rome,

To beautify thy triumphs and return,

Captive to thee and to thy Roman yoke,

But must my sons be slaughter'd in the streets,

For valiant doings in their country's cause?

O, if to fight for king and commonweal

Were piety in thine, it is in these.

Andronicus, stain not thy tomb with blood:

Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods?

Draw near them then in being merciful:

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge:

Thrice noble Titus, spare my first-born son.

William Shakespeare Titus Andronicus Act 1 sc.1 104-120