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Titus Andronicus

ACT II SCENE II A forest near Rome. Horns and cry of hounds heard. 
TITUS ANDRONICUSThe 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,5
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 inspired.10
[ A cry of hounds and horns, winded in a peal. Enter SATURNINUS, TAMORA, BASSIANUS, LAVINIA, DEMETRIUS, CHIRON, and Attendants ]
Many good morrows to your majesty;
Madam, to you as many and as good:
I promised your grace a hunter's peal.
SATURNINUSAnd you have rung it lustily, my lord;
Somewhat too early for new-married ladies.15
BASSIANUSLavinia, how say you?
LAVINIAI say, no;
I have been broad awake two hours and more.
SATURNINUSCome on, then; horse and chariots let us have,
And to our sport.20
Madam, now shall ye see
Our Roman hunting.
MARCUS ANDRONICUSI have dogs, my lord,
Will rouse the proudest panther in the chase,
And climb the highest promontory top.25
TITUS ANDRONICUSAnd I have horse will follow where the game
Makes way, and run like swallows o'er the plain.
DEMETRIUSChiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,
But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground.

Titus Andronicus, Act 2, Scene 3