Speeches (Lines) for Demetrius in "Titus Andronicus"

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1 I / 1
  • Oppose not Scythia to ambitious Rome.
    Alarbus goes to rest; and we survive <...
  • Oppose not Scythia to ambitious Rome.
    Alarbus goes to rest; and we survive
    To tremble under Titus' threatening looks.
    Then, madam, stand resolved, but hope withal
    The self-same gods that arm'd the Queen of Troy
    With opportunity of sharp revenge
    Upon the Thracian tyrant in his tent,
    May favor Tamora, the Queen of Goths--
    When Goths were Goths and Tamora was queen--
    To quit the bloody wrongs upon her foes.
    [Re-enter LUCIUS, QUINTUS, MARTIUS and MUTIUS, with]
    their swords bloody]
  • Chiron. Was ever Scythia half so barbarous?

    Demetrius. Oppose not Scythia to ambitious Rome.
    Alarbus goes to rest; and we survive
    To tremble under Titus' threatening looks.
    Then, madam, stand resolved, but hope withal
    The self-same gods that arm'd the Queen of Troy
    With opportunity of sharp revenge
    Upon the Thracian tyrant in his tent,
    May favor Tamora, the Queen of Goths--
    When Goths were Goths and Tamora was queen--
    To quit the bloody wrongs upon her foes.
    [Re-enter LUCIUS, QUINTUS, MARTIUS and MUTIUS, with]
    their swords bloody]

2 II / 1
  • Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit wants edge,
    And manners, to intrude wher...
  • 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.
  • Aaron. Now climbeth Tamora Olympus' top,
    Safe out of fortune's shot; and sits aloft,
    Secure of thunder's crack or lightning flash;
    Advanced above pale envy's threatening reach.
    As when the golden sun salutes the morn,
    And, having gilt the ocean with his beams,
    Gallops the zodiac in his glistering coach,
    And overlooks the highest-peering hills;
    So Tamora:
    Upon her wit doth earthly honour wait,
    And virtue stoops and trembles at her frown.
    Then, Aaron, arm thy heart, and fit thy thoughts,
    To mount aloft with thy imperial mistress,
    And mount her pitch, whom thou in triumph long
    Hast prisoner held, fetter'd in amorous chains
    And faster bound to Aaron's charming eyes
    Than is Prometheus tied to Caucasus.
    Away with slavish weeds and servile thoughts!
    I will be bright, and shine in pearl and gold,
    To wait upon this new-made empress.
    To wait, said I? to wanton with this queen,
    This goddess, this Semiramis, this nymph,
    This siren, that will charm Rome's Saturnine,
    And see his shipwreck and his commonweal's.
    Holloa! what storm is this?

    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.

3 II / 1
  • Why, boy, although our mother, unadvised,
    Gave you a dancing-rapier by your...
  • 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.
  • Aaron. [Aside] Clubs, clubs! these lovers will not keep
    the peace.

    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.

4 II / 1
  • Ay, boy, grow ye so brave?
  • Ay, boy, grow ye so brave?
  • Chiron. Meanwhile, sir, with the little skill I have,
    Full well shalt thou perceive how much I dare.

    Demetrius. Ay, boy, grow ye so brave?

5 II / 1
  • Not I, till I have sheathed
    My rapier in his bosom and withal
    Thrust the...
  • 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.
  • Aaron. [Coming forward] Why, how now, lords!
    So near the emperor's palace dare you draw,
    And maintain such a quarrel openly?
    Full well I wot the ground of all this grudge:
    I would not for a million of gold
    The cause were known to them it most concerns;
    Nor would your noble mother for much more
    Be so dishonour'd in the court of Rome.
    For shame, put up.

    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.

6 II / 1
  • Youngling, learn thou to make some meaner choice:
    Lavinia is thine elder bro...
  • Youngling, learn thou to make some meaner choice:
    Lavinia is thine elder brother's hope.
  • Chiron. I care not, I, knew she and all the world:
    I love Lavinia more than all the world.

    Demetrius. Youngling, learn thou to make some meaner choice:
    Lavinia is thine elder brother's hope.

7 II / 1
  • Why makest thou it so strange?
    She is a woman, therefore may be woo'd;
    S...
  • Why makest thou it so strange?
    She is a woman, therefore may be woo'd;
    She is a woman, therefore may be won;
    She is Lavinia, therefore must be loved.
    What, man! more water glideth by the mill
    Than wots the miller of; and easy it is
    Of a cut loaf to steal a shive, we know:
    Though Bassianus be the emperor's brother.
    Better than he have worn Vulcan's badge.
  • Aaron. To achieve her! how?

    Demetrius. Why makest thou it so strange?
    She is a woman, therefore may be woo'd;
    She is a woman, therefore may be won;
    She is Lavinia, therefore must be loved.
    What, man! more water glideth by the mill
    Than wots the miller of; and easy it is
    Of a cut loaf to steal a shive, we know:
    Though Bassianus be the emperor's brother.
    Better than he have worn Vulcan's badge.

8 II / 1
  • Then why should he despair that knows to court it
    With words, fair looks and...
  • Then why should he despair that knows to court it
    With words, fair looks and liberality?
    What, hast not thou full often struck a doe,
    And borne her cleanly by the keeper's nose?
  • Aaron. [Aside] Ay, and as good as Saturninus may.

    Demetrius. Then why should he despair that knows to court it
    With words, fair looks and liberality?
    What, hast not thou full often struck a doe,
    And borne her cleanly by the keeper's nose?

9 II / 1
  • Aaron, thou hast hit it.
  • Aaron, thou hast hit it.
  • Chiron. Ay, so the turn were served.

    Demetrius. Aaron, thou hast hit it.

10 II / 1
  • Nor me, so I were one.
  • Nor me, so I were one.
  • Chiron. Faith, not me.

    Demetrius. Nor me, so I were one.

11 II / 1
  • Sit fas aut nefas, till I find the stream
    To cool this heat, a charm to calm...
  • Sit fas aut nefas, till I find the stream
    To cool this heat, a charm to calm these fits.
    Per Styga, per manes vehor.
  • Chiron. Thy counsel, lad, smells of no cowardice,

    Demetrius. Sit fas aut nefas, till I find the stream
    To cool this heat, a charm to calm these fits.
    Per Styga, per manes vehor.

12 II / 2
  • Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,
    But hope to pluck a dainty do...
  • Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,
    But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground.
  • Titus Andronicus. And I have horse will follow where the game
    Makes way, and run like swallows o'er the plain.

    Demetrius. Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,
    But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground.

13 II / 3
  • How now, dear sovereign, and our gracious mother!
    Why doth your highness loo...
  • How now, dear sovereign, and our gracious mother!
    Why doth your highness look so pale and wan?
  • Tamora. Why have I patience to endure all this?

    Demetrius. How now, dear sovereign, and our gracious mother!
    Why doth your highness look so pale and wan?

14 II / 3
  • This is a witness that I am thy son.
  • This is a witness that I am thy son.
  • Tamora. Have I not reason, think you, to look pale?
    These two have 'ticed me hither to this place:
    A barren detested vale, you see it is;
    The trees, though summer, yet forlorn and lean,
    O'ercome with moss and baleful mistletoe:
    Here never shines the sun; here nothing breeds,
    Unless the nightly owl or fatal raven:
    And when they show'd me this abhorred pit,
    They told me, here, at dead time of the night,
    A thousand fiends, a thousand hissing snakes,
    Ten thousand swelling toads, as many urchins,
    Would make such fearful and confused cries
    As any mortal body hearing it
    Should straight fall mad, or else die suddenly.
    No sooner had they told this hellish tale,
    But straight they told me they would bind me here
    Unto the body of a dismal yew,
    And leave me to this miserable death:
    And then they call'd me foul adulteress,
    Lascivious Goth, and all the bitterest terms
    That ever ear did hear to such effect:
    And, had you not by wondrous fortune come,
    This vengeance on me had they executed.
    Revenge it, as you love your mother's life,
    Or be ye not henceforth call'd my children.

    Demetrius. This is a witness that I am thy son.

15 II / 3
  • Stay, madam; here is more belongs to her;
    First thrash the corn, then after...
  • 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?
  • Tamora. Give me thy poniard; you shall know, my boys
    Your mother's hand shall right your mother's wrong.

    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?

16 II / 3
  • Listen, fair madam: let it be your glory
    To see her tears; but be your heart...
  • Listen, fair madam: let it be your glory
    To see her tears; but be your heart to them
    As unrelenting flint to drops of rain.
  • Lavinia. Sweet lords, entreat her hear me but a word.

    Demetrius. Listen, fair madam: let it be your glory
    To see her tears; but be your heart to them
    As unrelenting flint to drops of rain.

17 II / 3
  • Away! for thou hast stay'd us here too long.
  • Away! for thou hast stay'd us here too long.
  • Tamora. So should I rob my sweet sons of their fee:
    No, let them satisfy their lust on thee.

    Demetrius. Away! for thou hast stay'd us here too long.

18 II / 4
  • So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can speak,
    Who 'twas that cut thy tongue a...
  • So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can speak,
    Who 'twas that cut thy tongue and ravish'd thee.
  • Titus Andronicus. Come, Lucius, come; stay not to talk with them.

    Demetrius. So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can speak,
    Who 'twas that cut thy tongue and ravish'd thee.

19 II / 4
  • See, how with signs and tokens she can scrowl.
  • See, how with signs and tokens she can scrowl.
  • Chiron. Write down thy mind, bewray thy meaning so,
    An if thy stumps will let thee play the scribe.

    Demetrius. See, how with signs and tokens she can scrowl.

20 II / 4
  • She hath no tongue to call, nor hands to wash;
    And so let's leave her to her...
  • She hath no tongue to call, nor hands to wash;
    And so let's leave her to her silent walks.
  • Chiron. Go home, call for sweet water, wash thy hands.

    Demetrius. She hath no tongue to call, nor hands to wash;
    And so let's leave her to her silent walks.

21 II / 4
  • If thou hadst hands to help thee knit the cord.
  • If thou hadst hands to help thee knit the cord.
  • Chiron. An 'twere my case, I should go hang myself.

    Demetrius. If thou hadst hands to help thee knit the cord.

22 IV / 2
  • Gramercy, lovely Lucius: what's the news?
  • Gramercy, lovely Lucius: what's the news?
  • Young Lucius. My lords, with all the humbleness I may,
    I greet your honours from Andronicus.
    [Aside]
    And pray the Roman gods confound you both!

    Demetrius. Gramercy, lovely Lucius: what's the news?

23 IV / 2
  • What's here? A scroll; and written round about?
    Let's see;
    [Reads]
    '...
  • What's here? A scroll; and written round about?
    Let's see;
    [Reads]
    'Integer vitae, scelerisque purus,
    Non eget Mauri jaculis, nec arcu.'
  • Young Lucius. [Aside] That you are both decipher'd, that's the news,
    For villains mark'd with rape.--May it please you,
    My grandsire, well advised, hath sent by me
    The goodliest weapons of his armoury
    To gratify your honourable youth,
    The hope of Rome; for so he bade me say;
    And so I do, and with his gifts present
    Your lordships, that, whenever you have need,
    You may be armed and appointed well:
    And so I leave you both:
    [Aside]
    like bloody villains.

    Demetrius. What's here? A scroll; and written round about?
    Let's see;
    [Reads]
    'Integer vitae, scelerisque purus,
    Non eget Mauri jaculis, nec arcu.'

24 IV / 2
  • But me more good, to see so great a lord
    Basely insinuate and send us gifts....
  • But me more good, to see so great a lord
    Basely insinuate and send us gifts.
  • Aaron. Ay, just; a verse in Horace; right, you have it.
    [Aside]
    Now, what a thing it is to be an ass!
    Here's no sound jest! the old man hath found their guilt;
    And sends them weapons wrapped about with lines,
    That wound, beyond their feeling, to the quick.
    But were our witty empress well afoot,
    She would applaud Andronicus' conceit:
    But let her rest in her unrest awhile.
    And now, young lords, was't not a happy star
    Led us to Rome, strangers, and more than so,
    Captives, to be advanced to this height?
    It did me good, before the palace gate
    To brave the tribune in his brother's hearing.

    Demetrius. But me more good, to see so great a lord
    Basely insinuate and send us gifts.

25 IV / 2
  • I would we had a thousand Roman dames
    At such a bay, by turn to serve our lu...
  • I would we had a thousand Roman dames
    At such a bay, by turn to serve our lust.
  • Aaron. Had he not reason, Lord Demetrius?
    Did you not use his daughter very friendly?

    Demetrius. I would we had a thousand Roman dames
    At such a bay, by turn to serve our lust.

26 IV / 2
  • Come, let us go; and pray to all the gods
    For our beloved mother in her pain...
  • Come, let us go; and pray to all the gods
    For our beloved mother in her pains.
  • Chiron. And that would she for twenty thousand more.

    Demetrius. Come, let us go; and pray to all the gods
    For our beloved mother in her pains.

27 IV / 2
  • Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus?
  • Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus?
  • Aaron. [Aside] Pray to the devils; the gods have given us over.

    Demetrius. Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus?

28 IV / 2
  • Soft! who comes here?
  • Soft! who comes here?
  • Chiron. Belike, for joy the emperor hath a son.

    Demetrius. Soft! who comes here?

29 IV / 2
  • Villain, what hast thou done?
  • Villain, what hast thou done?
  • Aaron. 'Zounds, ye whore! is black so base a hue?
    Sweet blowse, you are a beauteous blossom, sure.

    Demetrius. Villain, what hast thou done?

30 IV / 2
  • And therein, hellish dog, thou hast undone.
    Woe to her chance, and damn'd he...
  • 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!
  • Aaron. Villain, I have done thy mother.

    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!

31 IV / 2
  • I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier's point:
    Nurse, give it me; my sword sh...
  • I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier's point:
    Nurse, give it me; my sword shall soon dispatch it.
  • Aaron. What, must it, nurse? then let no man but I
    Do execution on my flesh and blood.

    Demetrius. I'll broach the tadpole on my rapier's point:
    Nurse, give it me; my sword shall soon dispatch it.

32 IV / 2
  • Wilt thou betray thy noble mistress thus?
  • Wilt thou betray thy noble mistress thus?
  • Aaron. Sooner this sword shall plough thy bowels up.
    [Takes the Child from the Nurse, and draws]
    Stay, murderous villains! will you kill your brother?
    Now, by the burning tapers of the sky,
    That shone so brightly when this boy was got,
    He dies upon my scimitar's sharp point
    That touches this my first-born son and heir!
    I tell you, younglings, not Enceladus,
    With all his threatening band of Typhon's brood,
    Nor great Alcides, nor the god of war,
    Shall seize this prey out of his father's hands.
    What, what, ye sanguine, shallow-hearted boys!
    Ye white-limed walls! ye alehouse painted signs!
    Coal-black is better than another hue,
    In that it scorns to bear another hue;
    For all the water in the ocean
    Can never turn the swan's black legs to white,
    Although she lave them hourly in the flood.
    Tell the empress from me, I am of age
    To keep mine own, excuse it how she can.

    Demetrius. Wilt thou betray thy noble mistress thus?

33 IV / 2
  • By this our mother is forever shamed.
  • By this our mother is forever shamed.
  • Aaron. My mistress is my mistress; this myself,
    The vigour and the picture of my youth:
    This before all the world do I prefer;
    This maugre all the world will I keep safe,
    Or some of you shall smoke for it in Rome.

    Demetrius. By this our mother is forever shamed.

34 IV / 2
  • Advise thee, Aaron, what is to be done,
    And we will all subscribe to thy adv...
  • Advise thee, Aaron, what is to be done,
    And we will all subscribe to thy advice:
    Save thou the child, so we may all be safe.
  • Nurse. Aaron, what shall I say unto the empress?

    Demetrius. Advise thee, Aaron, what is to be done,
    And we will all subscribe to thy advice:
    Save thou the child, so we may all be safe.

35 IV / 2
  • How many women saw this child of his?
  • How many women saw this child of his?
  • Aaron. Then sit we down, and let us all consult.
    My son and I will have the wind of you:
    Keep there: now talk at pleasure of your safety.

    Demetrius. How many women saw this child of his?

36 IV / 2
  • What mean'st thou, Aaron? wherefore didst thou this?
  • What mean'st thou, Aaron? wherefore didst thou this?
  • Aaron. The empress, the midwife, and yourself:
    Two may keep counsel when the third's away:
    Go to the empress, tell her this I said.
    [He kills the nurse]
    Weke, weke! so cries a pig prepared to the spit.

    Demetrius. What mean'st thou, Aaron? wherefore didst thou this?

37 IV / 2
  • For this care of Tamora,
    Herself and hers are highly bound to thee.
    [Exe...
  • For this care of Tamora,
    Herself and hers are highly bound to thee.
    [Exeunt DEMETRIUS and CHIRON bearing off the]
    Nurse's body]
  • Chiron. Aaron, I see thou wilt not trust the air
    With secrets.

    Demetrius. For this care of Tamora,
    Herself and hers are highly bound to thee.
    [Exeunt DEMETRIUS and CHIRON bearing off the]
    Nurse's body]

38 V / 2
  • Show me a murderer, I'll deal with him.
  • Show me a murderer, I'll deal with him.
  • Tamora. What wouldst thou have us do, Andronicus?

    Demetrius. Show me a murderer, I'll deal with him.

39 V / 2
  • Madam, depart at pleasure; leave us here.
  • Madam, depart at pleasure; leave us here.
  • Titus Andronicus. [Aside] I know them all, though they suppose me mad,
    And will o'erreach them in their own devices:
    A pair of cursed hell-hounds and their dam!

    Demetrius. Madam, depart at pleasure; leave us here.

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