Tigers must prey; and Rome affords no prey
But me and mine: how happy art thou then,
From these devourers to be banished!
Hard times for old Titus, in an act where he finds out that his daughter has been assaulted and badly mutilated. But wait. There's more. Two of Titus's sons have been accused of the murder of Bassianus and carted away to answer for it.
But then word comes from the emperor that if Titus will sacrifice one of his hands his sons will be saved. He proceeds to do the deed and ships off the hand, which is then sent back to him along with the heads of the sons. Which seems like a helluva way to run a railroad but there you have it.