Speeches (Lines) for Chiron in "Titus Andronicus"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 1
  • Was ever Scythia half so barbarous?
  • Was ever Scythia half so barbarous?
  • Tamora. O cruel, irreligious piety!

    Chiron. Was ever Scythia half so barbarous?

2 II / 1
  • Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all;
    And so in this, to bear me down with...
  • Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all;
    And so in this, to bear me down with braves.
    'Tis not the difference of a year or two
    Makes me less gracious or thee more fortunate:
    I am as able and as fit as thou
    To serve, and to deserve my mistress' grace;
    And that my sword upon thee shall approve,
    And plead my passions for Lavinia's love.
  • Demetrius. Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit wants edge,
    And manners, to intrude where I am graced;
    And may, for aught thou know'st, affected be.

    Chiron. Demetrius, thou dost over-ween in all;
    And so in this, to bear me down with braves.
    'Tis not the difference of a year or two
    Makes me less gracious or thee more fortunate:
    I am as able and as fit as thou
    To serve, and to deserve my mistress' grace;
    And that my sword upon thee shall approve,
    And plead my passions for Lavinia's love.

3 II / 1
  • Meanwhile, sir, with the little skill I have,
    Full well shalt thou perceive...
  • Meanwhile, sir, with the little skill I have,
    Full well shalt thou perceive how much I dare.
  • Demetrius. Why, boy, although our mother, unadvised,
    Gave you a dancing-rapier by your side,
    Are you so desperate grown, to threat your friends?
    Go to; have your lath glued within your sheath
    Till you know better how to handle it.

    Chiron. Meanwhile, sir, with the little skill I have,
    Full well shalt thou perceive how much I dare.

4 II / 1
  • For that I am prepared and full resolved.
    Foul-spoken coward, that thunder's...
  • For that I am prepared and full resolved.
    Foul-spoken coward, that thunder'st with thy tongue,
    And with thy weapon nothing darest perform!
  • Demetrius. Not I, till I have sheathed
    My rapier in his bosom and withal
    Thrust these reproachful speeches down his throat
    That he hath breathed in my dishonour here.

    Chiron. For that I am prepared and full resolved.
    Foul-spoken coward, that thunder'st with thy tongue,
    And with thy weapon nothing darest perform!

5 II / 1
  • I care not, I, knew she and all the world:
    I love Lavinia more than all the...
  • I care not, I, knew she and all the world:
    I love Lavinia more than all the world.
  • Aaron. Away, I say!
    Now, by the gods that warlike Goths adore,
    This petty brabble will undo us all.
    Why, lords, and think you not how dangerous
    It is to jet upon a prince's right?
    What, is Lavinia then become so loose,
    Or Bassianus so degenerate,
    That for her love such quarrels may be broach'd
    Without controlment, justice, or revenge?
    Young lords, beware! and should the empress know
    This discord's ground, the music would not please.

    Chiron. I care not, I, knew she and all the world:
    I love Lavinia more than all the world.

6 II / 1
  • Aaron, a thousand deaths
    Would I propose to achieve her whom I love.
  • Aaron, a thousand deaths
    Would I propose to achieve her whom I love.
  • Aaron. Why, are ye mad? or know ye not, in Rome
    How furious and impatient they be,
    And cannot brook competitors in love?
    I tell you, lords, you do but plot your deaths
    By this device.

    Chiron. Aaron, a thousand deaths
    Would I propose to achieve her whom I love.

7 II / 1
  • Ay, so the turn were served.
  • Ay, so the turn were served.
  • Aaron. Why, then, it seems, some certain snatch or so
    Would serve your turns.

    Chiron. Ay, so the turn were served.

8 II / 1
  • Faith, not me.
  • Faith, not me.
  • Aaron. Would you had hit it too!
    Then should not we be tired with this ado.
    Why, hark ye, hark ye! and are you such fools
    To square for this? would it offend you, then
    That both should speed?

    Chiron. Faith, not me.

9 II / 1
  • Thy counsel, lad, smells of no cowardice,
  • Thy counsel, lad, smells of no cowardice,
  • Aaron. For shame, be friends, and join for that you jar:
    'Tis policy and stratagem must do
    That you affect; and so must you resolve,
    That what you cannot as you would achieve,
    You must perforce accomplish as you may.
    Take this of me: Lucrece was not more chaste
    Than this Lavinia, Bassianus' love.
    A speedier course than lingering languishment
    Must we pursue, and I have found the path.
    My lords, a solemn hunting is in hand;
    There will the lovely Roman ladies troop:
    The forest walks are wide and spacious;
    And many unfrequented plots there are
    Fitted by kind for rape and villany:
    Single you thither then this dainty doe,
    And strike her home by force, if not by words:
    This way, or not at all, stand you in hope.
    Come, come, our empress, with her sacred wit
    To villany and vengeance consecrate,
    Will we acquaint with all that we intend;
    And she shall file our engines with advice,
    That will not suffer you to square yourselves,
    But to your wishes' height advance you both.
    The emperor's court is like the house of Fame,
    The palace full of tongues, of eyes, and ears:
    The woods are ruthless, dreadful, deaf, and dull;
    There speak, and strike, brave boys, and take
    your turns;
    There serve your lusts, shadow'd from heaven's eye,
    And revel in Lavinia's treasury.

    Chiron. Thy counsel, lad, smells of no cowardice,

10 II / 3
  • And this for me, struck home to show my strength.
  • And this for me, struck home to show my strength.
  • Demetrius. This is a witness that I am thy son.

    Chiron. And this for me, struck home to show my strength.

11 II / 3
  • An if she do, I would I were an eunuch.
    Drag hence her husband to some secre...
  • An if she do, I would I were an eunuch.
    Drag hence her husband to some secret hole,
    And make his dead trunk pillow to our lust.
  • Demetrius. Stay, madam; here is more belongs to her;
    First thrash the corn, then after burn the straw:
    This minion stood upon her chastity,
    Upon her nuptial vow, her loyalty,
    And with that painted hope braves your mightiness:
    And shall she carry this unto her grave?

    Chiron. An if she do, I would I were an eunuch.
    Drag hence her husband to some secret hole,
    And make his dead trunk pillow to our lust.

12 II / 3
  • I warrant you, madam, we will make that sure.
    Come, mistress, now perforce w...
  • I warrant you, madam, we will make that sure.
    Come, mistress, now perforce we will enjoy
    That nice-preserved honesty of yours.
  • Tamora. But when ye have the honey ye desire,
    Let not this wasp outlive, us both to sting.

    Chiron. I warrant you, madam, we will make that sure.
    Come, mistress, now perforce we will enjoy
    That nice-preserved honesty of yours.

13 II / 3
  • What, wouldst thou have me prove myself a bastard?
  • What, wouldst thou have me prove myself a bastard?
  • Lavinia. When did the tiger's young ones teach the dam?
    O, do not learn her wrath; she taught it thee;
    The milk thou suck'dst from her did turn to marble;
    Even at thy teat thou hadst thy tyranny.
    Yet every mother breeds not sons alike:
    [To CHIRON]
    Do thou entreat her show a woman pity.

    Chiron. What, wouldst thou have me prove myself a bastard?

14 II / 3
  • Nay, then I'll stop your mouth. Bring thou her husband:
    This is the hole whe...
  • Nay, then I'll stop your mouth. Bring thou her husband:
    This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him.
    [DEMETRIUS throws the body of BASSIANUS into the]
    pit; then exeunt DEMETRIUS and CHIRON, dragging
    off LAVINIA]
  • Lavinia. No grace? no womanhood? Ah, beastly creature!
    The blot and enemy to our general name!
    Confusion fall--

    Chiron. Nay, then I'll stop your mouth. Bring thou her husband:
    This is the hole where Aaron bid us hide him.
    [DEMETRIUS throws the body of BASSIANUS into the]
    pit; then exeunt DEMETRIUS and CHIRON, dragging
    off LAVINIA]

15 II / 4
  • Write down thy mind, bewray thy meaning so,
    An if thy stumps will let thee p...
  • Write down thy mind, bewray thy meaning so,
    An if thy stumps will let thee play the scribe.
  • Demetrius. So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can speak,
    Who 'twas that cut thy tongue and ravish'd thee.

    Chiron. Write down thy mind, bewray thy meaning so,
    An if thy stumps will let thee play the scribe.

16 II / 4
  • Go home, call for sweet water, wash thy hands.
  • Go home, call for sweet water, wash thy hands.
  • Demetrius. See, how with signs and tokens she can scrowl.

    Chiron. Go home, call for sweet water, wash thy hands.

17 II / 4
  • An 'twere my case, I should go hang myself.
  • An 'twere my case, I should go hang myself.
  • Demetrius. She hath no tongue to call, nor hands to wash;
    And so let's leave her to her silent walks.

    Chiron. An 'twere my case, I should go hang myself.

18 IV / 2
  • Demetrius, here's the son of Lucius;
    He hath some message to deliver us.
  • Demetrius, here's the son of Lucius;
    He hath some message to deliver us.
  • Marcus Andronicus. O heavens, can you hear a good man groan,
    And not relent, or not compassion him?
    Marcus, attend him in his ecstasy,
    That hath more scars of sorrow in his heart
    Than foemen's marks upon his batter'd shield;
    But yet so just that he will not revenge.
    Revenge, ye heavens, for old Andronicus!

    Chiron. Demetrius, here's the son of Lucius;
    He hath some message to deliver us.

19 IV / 2
  • O, 'tis a verse in Horace; I know it well:
    I read it in the grammar long ago...
  • O, 'tis a verse in Horace; I know it well:
    I read it in the grammar long ago.
  • Demetrius. What's here? A scroll; and written round about?
    Let's see;
    [Reads]
    'Integer vitae, scelerisque purus,
    Non eget Mauri jaculis, nec arcu.'

    Chiron. O, 'tis a verse in Horace; I know it well:
    I read it in the grammar long ago.

20 IV / 2
  • A charitable wish and full of love.
  • A charitable wish and full of love.
  • Demetrius. I would we had a thousand Roman dames
    At such a bay, by turn to serve our lust.

    Chiron. A charitable wish and full of love.

21 IV / 2
  • And that would she for twenty thousand more.
  • And that would she for twenty thousand more.
  • Aaron. Here lacks but your mother for to say amen.

    Chiron. And that would she for twenty thousand more.

22 IV / 2
  • Belike, for joy the emperor hath a son.
  • Belike, for joy the emperor hath a son.
  • Demetrius. Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus?

    Chiron. Belike, for joy the emperor hath a son.

23 IV / 2
  • Thou hast undone our mother.
  • Thou hast undone our mother.
  • Aaron. That which thou canst not undo.

    Chiron. Thou hast undone our mother.

24 IV / 2
  • It shall not live.
  • It shall not live.
  • Demetrius. And therein, hellish dog, thou hast undone.
    Woe to her chance, and damn'd her loathed choice!
    Accursed the offspring of so foul a fiend!

    Chiron. It shall not live.

25 IV / 2
  • Rome will despise her for this foul escape.
  • Rome will despise her for this foul escape.
  • Demetrius. By this our mother is forever shamed.

    Chiron. Rome will despise her for this foul escape.

26 IV / 2
  • I blush to think upon this ignomy.
  • I blush to think upon this ignomy.
  • Nurse. The emperor, in his rage, will doom her death.

    Chiron. I blush to think upon this ignomy.

27 IV / 2
  • Aaron, I see thou wilt not trust the air
    With secrets.
  • Aaron, I see thou wilt not trust the air
    With secrets.
  • Aaron. O Lord, sir, 'tis a deed of policy:
    Shall she live to betray this guilt of ours,
    A long-tongued babbling gossip? no, lords, no:
    And now be it known to you my full intent.
    Not far, one Muli lives, my countryman;
    His wife but yesternight was brought to bed;
    His child is like to her, fair as you are:
    Go pack with him, and give the mother gold,
    And tell them both the circumstance of all;
    And how by this their child shall be advanced,
    And be received for the emperor's heir,
    And substituted in the place of mine,
    To calm this tempest whirling in the court;
    And let the emperor dandle him for his own.
    Hark ye, lords; ye see I have given her physic,
    [Pointing to the nurse]
    And you must needs bestow her funeral;
    The fields are near, and you are gallant grooms:
    This done, see that you take no longer days,
    But send the midwife presently to me.
    The midwife and the nurse well made away,
    Then let the ladies tattle what they please.

    Chiron. Aaron, I see thou wilt not trust the air
    With secrets.

28 V / 2
  • Show me a villain that hath done a rape,
    And I am sent to be revenged on him...
  • Show me a villain that hath done a rape,
    And I am sent to be revenged on him.
  • Demetrius. Show me a murderer, I'll deal with him.

    Chiron. Show me a villain that hath done a rape,
    And I am sent to be revenged on him.

29 V / 2
  • Tell us, old man, how shall we be employ'd?
  • Tell us, old man, how shall we be employ'd?
  • Titus Andronicus. I know thou dost; and, sweet Revenge, farewell.

    Chiron. Tell us, old man, how shall we be employ'd?

30 V / 2
  • Villains, forbear! we are the empress' sons.
  • Villains, forbear! we are the empress' sons.
  • Titus Andronicus. Fie, Publius, fie! thou art too much deceived;
    The one is Murder, Rape is the other's name;
    And therefore bind them, gentle Publius.
    Caius and Valentine, lay hands on them.
    Oft have you heard me wish for such an hour,
    And now I find it; therefore bind them sure,
    And stop their mouths, if they begin to cry.

    Chiron. Villains, forbear! we are the empress' sons.

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