A forest near Rome.
(Titus Andronicus; Lucius; Quintus; Martius; Marcus; Saturninus; Tamora; Bassianus; Lavinia; Chiron; Demetrius; Attendants)
Titus waits for the Emperor to arrive for the hunting party. Finally, Saturninus does, still sleepy after a night of reveling, commenting that it’s rather early for newly-weds to be up. Lavinia disagrees, having been up for two hours already. The hunt begins. (29 lines)
Enter Titus Andronicus and his three sons (Lucius, Quintus, and Martius), making a noise with hounds and horns, and Marcus.
The hunt is up, the morn is bright and grey,
The fields are fragrant and the woods are green.
Uncouple here and let us make a bay,
And wake the Emperor and his lovely bride,
And rouse the Prince, and ring a hunter’s peal,
That all the court may echo with the noise.
Sons, let it be your charge, as it is ours,
To attend the Emperor’s person carefully.
I have been troubled in my sleep this night,
But dawning day new comfort hath inspir’d.
Here a cry of hounds, and wind horns in a peal.
Then enter Saturninus, Tamora, Bassianus, Lavinia, Chiron, Demetrius, and their Attendants.
Many good morrows to your Majesty;
Madam, to you as many and as good.
I promised your Grace a hunter’s peal.
And you have rung it lustily, my lords—
Somewhat too early for new-married ladies.
Lavinia, how say you?
I say, no;
I have been broad awake two hours and more.
Come on then, horse and chariots let us have,
And to our sport.
Madam, now shall ye see
Our Roman hunting.
I have dogs, my lord,
Will rouse the proudest panther in the chase,
And climb the highest promontory top.
And I have horse will follow where the game
Makes way, and runs like swallows o’er the plain.
Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,
But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground.