Titus Andronicus. Act 3, Scene 1. Titus Andronicus
This speech is used in our interview with Sam Underwood and Valorie Curry.
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- O brother, speak with possibilities,
- And do not break into these deep extremes.
- Is not my sorrow deep, having no bottom?
- Then be my passions bottomless with them.
- But yet let reason govern thy lament.
- If there were reason for these miseries,
- Then into limits could I bind my woes:
- When heaven doth weep, doth not the earth o’erflow?
- If the winds rage, doth not the sea wax mad,
- Threatening the welkin with his big-swoln face?
- And wilt thou have a reason for this coil?
- I am the sea; hark, how her sighs do blow!
- She is the weeping welkin, I the earth:
- Then must my sea be moved with her sighs;
- Then must my earth with her continual tears
- Become a deluge, overflow’d and drown’d;
- For why my bowels cannot hide her woes,
- But like a drunkard must I vomit them.
- Then give me leave, for losers will have leave
- To ease their stomachs with their bitter tongues.