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? (2.2.1)
Aaron is portrayed as having quite the libido, as evidenced here, where he brags that Tamora is his love slave. Black characters in 16th century literature were often associated with a kind of hypersexuality. Consider, for example, the way Iago suggests that Othello's sex drive is animal-like when he calls the black general an "old black ram" that goes around "tupping" a "white ewe" (his wife, Desdemona) (Othello, 1.1.9).