Sivut kuvina

Lart. I shall, my lord.

| Men. Ay, to devonr him; as the hungry ple- . Cor. The gods begin to mock me. I that now beians would the noble Marcius. Refus'd most princely gifts, am bound to beg Bru. He's a lamb indeed, that baes like a bear. Of my lord general. .

Men. He's a bear indeed, that lives like a Com. Take it : 'tis yours.- What is't?

lamb. You two are old men ; tell me one thing Cor. I sometime lay, here in Corioli,

that I shall ask you. At a poor man's house ; he us'd me kindly :

Both Trib. Well, Sir. He cried to me; I saw him prisoner;

Men, In what enormity is Marcius poor, that But then Aufidius was within my view,

you two have not in abundances And wrath o'erwhelm'd my pity : I request you Bru. He's poor in no one fault, but stored To give my poor host freedom.

with all. Com. Oh! well begg'd!

Sic. Especially, in pride. Were he the butcher of my son, he should

Bru. And topping all others in boasting. Be free, as is the wind. Deliver him, Titus. Men. This is strange now: Do you two know Lart. Marcius, his name?

how you are censured here in the city, I mean Cor. By Jupiter, forgot :

of us o'the right hand file? Do you? I am weary ; yea, my memory is tir'd.

Both Trib. Why, how are we censured ? Have we no wine here?

Men. Because you talk of pride now,-Will Com. Go we to our tent:

you not be angry? The blood upon your visage drieg : 'tis time

Both trib. Well, well, Sir, well. It should be look'd to : come.

(Ereunt. Men. Why 'tis no great matter; for a very

little thief of occasion will rob you of a great SCENE X.-The Camp of the Volsces. deal of patience : give your disposition the reins,

and be angry at your pleasures ; at the least, A Flourish. Cornets. Enter TULLUS AUFI if you take it as a pleasure to you, in being so.

DIUS, bloody with two or three SOLDIERS. You blame Marcius for being proud ?
Auf. The town is ta'en !

Bru. We do it not alone, Sir. i Šol. 'Twill be delivered back on good con

Men. I know you can do very little alone; dition.

for your helps are many ; or else your actions Auf. Condition !

would grow wondrous single : your abilities are I would I were a Roman; for I cannot,

too infant-like, for doing much alone. You talk Being a Volsce, be that I am.-Condition !

of pride : Oh! that you could turn your eyes toWhat good condition can a treaty find

wards the napes of your necks, and make but an l'the part that is at mercy ? Five times, Marcins, interior survey of your good selves! Oh! that I have fought with thee : so often hast thou beat you could! me;

[counter Bru. What then, Sir ? And, would'st do so. I think, should we en Men. Why, then you should discover a brace As often as we eat..-By the elements,

of unmeriting, proud, violent, testy magistrates, It e'er again I meet him beard to beard,

(alias, fools) as any in Rome. He is mine, or I ain his : Mine emulation

Sic. Menenius, you are known well enough too. Hath not that honour in't, it had; for where Men. I am known to be a humorous patri. I thought to crush him in an equal force,

cian, and one that loves a cup of hot wine with (True sword to sword,) I'll potch + at him some not a drop of allaying Tyber • in't ; said to be Or wrath, or craft, may get him.


something imperfect, in favouring the first com1 Sol. He's the devil,

plaint : hasty and tinder-like, upon too trivial Auf. Bolder, though not so subtle : My val. motion : one that converses more with the but. our's poison'd,

tock of the night, than with the forehead of the With only suffering stain by him ; for him

morning. What I think, I utter ; and spend my Shall fly out of itself : nor sleep, nor sanctuary,

malice in my breath : Meeting two such wealst. Being naked, sick, nor fane, nor Capitol,

men as you are, (I cannot call yon Lycurguses) The prayers of priests, nor times of sacrifice, if the drink you gave me, touch my palate ad. Embarquements all of fury, shall lift up

versely, I make a crooked face at it. I cannot Their rotten privilege and custom 'gainst

say, your worships have delivered the matter well, My hate to Marcius : where I find him, were it when I find the ass in compound with the major At home, upon my brother's guard, t even there part of your syllables : and though I must be Against the hospitable canon, would I

content to bear with those that say you are reWash my fierce hand in his heart. Go you toverend grave men, yet they lie deadly that tell the city ;

you have good faces. If you see this in the map Learn how 'tis held; and what they are, that of my mycrocosm, follows it, that I am known Be hostages for Rome.

must well enough too? What harm can your bisson ! 1 Sol. Will not you go?

conspectuities glean out of this character, if I be Auf. I am attended at the cypress grove :

known well enough too. I pray you

Bru. Come, Sir, come, we know you well ('Tis south the city mills.) bring me word thither enongb. How the world goes; that to the pace of it

Men. You know neither me, yourselves, nor I may spur on my journey.

any thing. You are ambitious for poor knaves' 1 Sol. I shall, Sir.

[Ereunt. caps and legs ; $ yon wear out a good wholesome

forenoon, in hearing a cause between an orange

wife and a fosset-seller; and then rejourn the ACT II.

controversy of three-pence to a second day of au

dience.--When you are hearing a matter between SCENE I.-Rome.-A Public Place. party and party, if you chance to be pinched Enter MENENIUS, SICINIUS, and BRUTUS. with the cholic, you make faces like mummers ;

Men. The augurer tells me we shall have set up the bloody flag against all patience ; and, news to-night.

roaring for a chamber-pot, dismiss the controBru, Good, or bad ?

versy bleeding, the more entangled by your hearMen. Not according to the prayer of the peo

ing: all the peace you make in their canse is, ple, for they love not Marcius.

calling both the parties knaves : You are a pair Sic. Nature teaches beasts to know their or strange ones friends.

Bru. Come, come, you are well understood to Men. Pray yon, who does the wolf love ?

be a perfecter giber for the table, than a neces. Sic. The lamb.

sary bencher in the Capitol.

• Whereas.. Strike. protectioa. Waited for

Uuder my brother's

Water of the Tiber.

+ States. Obeisance.

Blind views Alen. Our very priests must become mockers, Men. Now its twenty-seven : every gash wae if they shall encounter such ridiculous subjects an enemy's grave: (4 Shout and Flourish as you are. When you speak best unto the pur- | Hark! the truinpets. pose, it is not worth the wagging of your beards : 1 Vol. These are the ushers of Mareius: before and your beards deserve not so honourable al

(tears ; grave, as to stuff a botcher's cushion, or to be He carries noise, and behind him he leaves entombed in an ass's pack-saddle. Yet you must Death, that dark spirit, in's nervy arm doth lie; be saying, Marcius is proud; who, in a cheap Which being advanc'd, declines, and then men estimation, is worth all your predecessors, since

die. Deucalion ; though, peradventure, some of the best of them were hereditary hangmen. Good

A Sennet. Trumpets sound. Enter COMINIUS e'en to your worships; more of your conversa.

and TITUS LARTIUS; between them CORIO tion would infect my brain, being the herdsmen

LANUS, crowned with an oaken Garland : of the beastly plebeians : I will be bold to take

with Captains, Soldiers, and a Herald. iny leave of you.

Her. Know, Rome, that all alone Marcius did (BRU. and Sic. retire to the back of the Scene.

fight Enter VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and VALERIA, &c.

Within Corioli' gates : where he hath won,

With fame, a name to Caius Marcius ; these How now, my as fair as noble ladies, and the In honour follows, Coriolanus : moon, were she earthly, no nobler) whither do | Welcome to Rome, renowned Coriolanus !


imel in honour follows: renowned Coriolanus merisk.

suollow your eyes sotado, hobler) whither do I wenour follows, Coriolanus arcus; these

Vol. Honourable Menenius, my boy Marcius AU, Welcome to Rome, renowned Corio. approaches ; for the love of Juno, let's go.

lanus ! Men. Ha! Marcius coming home?

| Cor. No more of this, it does offend my heart; Vol. Ay, worthy Menenius; and with most | Pray now, no more. prosperous approbation.

Com, Look, Sir, your mother,
Men. Take my cap, Jupiter, and I thank thee : Cor. Oh!
Hoo ! Marcius coming hoine?

You have I know, petition'd all the gods
Two Ladies. Nay, 'tis true.

For my prosperity.

(Kneels, Vol. Look, here's a letter from him ; the state Vol. Nay, my good soldier, up; hath another; his wife another; and I think, / My gentle Marcius, worthy Caius, and there's one at home for you.

By deed-achieving honour newly nam'd, Men. I will make my very house reel to-night: What is it? Coriolanus, must I call thee? -A letter for me?

But oh I thy wife. Vir. Yes, certain, there's a letter for you; Il Cor. My gracious silence, hail ! saw it.

Would'st thou have laugh’d, had I come coffin'd Men. A letter for me? It gives me an estate

home, of seven years' health; in which time I will That weep'st to see me triumph ? Ah, my dear, make a lip at the physician: the most sovereign Such eyes the widows in Corioli wear, prescription of Galen is bnt empiricutic, and, to And mothers that lack sons. this preservative, of no better report than a horse- Men. Now the gods crown thee! drench. Is he not wounded ? he was wont to Cor. And live you yet 1-0 my sweet lady, come home wounded.


TO VALERIA. Vir. Oh! no, no, no.

Vol. I know not where to turn :-O welcome Vol. Oh! he is wounded, I thank the gods

home; for't.

And welcome, general ;-And you are welcome Men. So do I to, if it be not too much :-)

all. Brings 'a victory in his pocket 1-The wounds Men. A hundred thousand welcomes : I could become him.


(come : Vol. On's brows, Menenius : he comes the And I could laugh: I am light and heavy : Wel. third time home with the oaken garland.

A curse begin at very root of his heart, Men. Has he disciplined Aufidius soundly? | That is not glad to see thee !--Yon are three,

Vol. Titus Lartius writes, they fought together, That Rome should dote on : yet, by the faith of but Aufidius got off.

men ; Men. And 'twas time for him too, I'll warrant We have some old crab-trees here at home, that him that: an he had staid by bim, I would not

will not have been so fidiused for all the chests in Corioli, Be grafted to your relish. Yet welcome warand the gold that's in them. Is the senate We call a nettle, but a pettle ; and (riors : possessed of this?

The faults of fools, but folly. Vol. Good ladies, let's go : Yes, yes, yes: Com. Ever right. the senate has letters from the general, wherein Cor. Menenius, ever, ever. he gives my son the whole name of the war : Her. Give way there, and go on. he hath in this action outdone his former deeds Cor. Your hand, and yours : doubly.

(To his Wife and Mother Val. In troth, there's wondrous things spoke Ere in our own house I do shade my head, of him

The good patricians must be visited ; Men. Wondrous ? ay, I warrant you, and not From whom I have received not only greetings, without his true purchasing,

But with them change of honours. Vir. The gods grant them true!

Vol. I have lived Vol. True ? pow, WOW.

To see inherited my very wishes, Men. True ? I'll be sworn they are true :-- And the buildings of my fancy : only there Where is he wounded ?-God save your good Is one thing wanting, which I doubt not but worsbips! (To the Tribunes, who come forward.] Our Rome will cast upon thee. Marcius is coming home: he has more cause to Cor. Know, good mother, be proud. Where is he wounded ?

I had rather be their servant in my way, Vol. I'the shoulder, and i'the left arm : There Than sway with them in theirs. will be large cicatrices to show the people, when Com. On to the Capitol. he sliall stand for his place. He received in Flourish. Coronets. Exeunt in state, as the repulse of Tarquin, seven burts i'the body

before. The Tribunes remain. Men. One in the neck, and two in the thigh, Bru. All tongues speak of him, and the there's nine that I know

bleared sights Vol. He had, before this last expedition, Are spectacled to see him : Your pratling nurse twenty-five wounds upon him.

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Wbile sbe cbats him : the kitchen malkin pins | Upon him as he pass'd : the nobles bended,
Her richest lockram + 'bout her reechy t neck, As to Jove's statue ; and the commons made
Clambering the walls to eye him: stalls, bulks, A shower, and thunder, with their caps and

I never saw the like.

(shouts : Are smother'd up, leads fill'd, and ridges hors'd| Bru. Let's to the Capitol ; With variable complexions; all agreeing

And carry with us ears and eyes for the time, in earnestness to see him ; selds-shown fla- But hearts for the event. mens

Sic. Have with you.

(Exeunt. Do press among the popular throngs, and puff To win a vulgar station : f our veil'd daines

SCENE II.-The same - The Capitol. Commit the war of white and damask, in Their nicely-gawded *• cbeeks, to the wanton

Enter two Officers, to lay ('ushions. spoil

i off. Come, come, they are almost here: of Phoebus' burning kisses : such a pother, | How Inany stand for consulships ? As if that whatsoever god who leads him,

2 Off. Three, they say : but 'tis thought of Were slyly crept into his buman powers,

every one Coriolanus will carry it. And gave bim graceful posture.

10. That's a brave fellow ; but he's venSic. On the sudden,

geance proud, and loves not the common people. I warrant him cousal.

2 o. 'Faith, there have been many great Bru. Then our office may,

men that have flatter'd the people, who ne'er During his power, go sleep.

loved them; and there be many that they have Sic. He cannot temperately transport his ho- loved, they know not wherefore : so that if they love nours

they know not why, they hate upon no better a From where he should begin, and end ; but will I ground: Therefore, for Coriolanus neither to Lose those that he hath won.

care whether they love or hate him, manifests Bru. In that there's comfort.

the true knowledge he has in their disposition ; Sic. Doubt not the commoners, for whom we and, out of his noble carelessness, lets them stand,

plainly see't. But they, upon their ancient malice, will

1 Off. If he did not care whether he had their Forget with the least cause these bis new ho-love, or no, he waved indiffereutly 'twixt doing nours ;

[tion them neither good nor harm ; but he seeks their Which that he'll give them, make as little gues-bate with greater devotion than they can render As he is proud to do't.

it hin; and leaves nothing undone, that may Bru. I heard him swear,

fully discover him their opposite. Now, to seem Were be to stand for consul, never would he to affect the malice and displeasure of the peoAppear i'the market-place, uor on himn put ple, is as bad as that which he dislikes, to flatter The napless tt vesture of hunnility ;

them for their love. Nor, showing (as the manner is) his wounds 2 0ff. He bath deserved worthily of his country: To the people, beg their stinking breaths.

And his ascent is not by such easy degrees as Sic. "Tis right.

those, who, having been supple and courteous to Bru. It was his word : Oh! he would miss it, the pcople, bonnetted, + without any further deed rather

to beave them at all into their estimation and Than carry it, but by the suit o'the gentry to report : but be hath so planted his bonours in And the desire of the nobles.

(him ; their eyes, and his actions in their hearts, that Sic. I wish no better,

for their tongues to be silent, and not confess Than have hiin hold that purpose, and to put it so much, were a kind of ingrateful injury : to In execution.

report otherwise were a malice, that, giving itself Bru. "Tis most like he will.

the lie, would pluck reproof and rebuke from Sic. It shall be to him then, as our good every ear that beard it. A sure destruction.

(wills; 11 10. No more of him ; he is a worthy mau : Bru. So it must fall out

Make way, they are coming. To him, or our authorities. For an end, We must suggest the people, in what hatred 1A Sennet. Enter, with Lictors, before them, He still hath held them; that, to his power, he COMINIUS the Consul, MENENTUS, COR10would

(and LANUS, many other SENATORS, SICINIUS, Have made them mules, silenced their pleaders, and BRUTUs. The SENATORS take their Dispropertied their freedoms : holding them, places; the TRIBUNEs take theirs also by In human action and capacity,

themselves. of no more soul, nor fitness for the world, Men. Having determin'd of the Volsces, and Than camels in their war; who have their

To send for Titus Lartius, it remains, provand 65

As the main point of this our after-meeting, Only for bearing burdens, and sore blows

To gratify his noble service, that For sinking under them.

Hath thus stood for his country: Therefore, please Sie. This, as you say, suggested

you, At some time when his soaring insolence

Most reverend and grave elders, to desire Shall teach the people, (which time shall not The

The present consul, and last general want.

In our well-found successes, to report If he be put upon't and that's as easy,

A little of that worthy work perform'd As to set dogs on sheep,) will be his fire

By Caius Marcius Coriolanus; whom
To kindle their dry stubble; and their blaze We meet here, both to thank, and to remember
Sball darken him for ever.

With honours like himself.

1 Sen. Speak, good Cominins :

Leave nothing ont for length, and make us think, Bru. What's the matter?

Rather our state's defective for requital, Mess. Yon are sent for to the Capitol. 'Tis

Than we to stretch it out. Masters o'the people thought,

We do request your kindest ears; and, after, That Marcius shall be consul: I have seen

Your loving motion toward the common body, The dumb men throng to see him, and the 1.

To yield what passes here. blind


Sic. We are convented
To hear him speak: The matronis ftung their
Ladies and maids their scarfs and bandkerchiefs, inclinable to honour and advance

"Upon a pleasing treaty; and have hearts • Maid. A kind of cheap linen. t Soiled with the ti

The theme of our assembly. sweat anil smoke. $ Seldom. Priests. To Bru. Which the rather mon standing-place. . Adorned. + Thrvad-bare 11 As our safety demands." P'rovender.

• Adversary.

Took of their ear.

To hili. So it mon:

We shall be bless'd to do, if he remember

1 Sen. He cannot but with measure fit the A kinder value of the people, than

Which we devise him.

[bonours He hath hereto priz'd them at.

Com. Our spoils he kick'd at; Men. That's off, that's oft,

And look'd upon things precious, as they were I would you rather had been silent : Please you The common muck o'the world: he covets less To hear Cominius speak ?

Than misery itself would give ; rewards Bru. Most willingly :

His deeds with doing them; and is content But yet my caution was more pertinent,

To spend the time, to end it. Than the rebuke you give it.

Men. He's right noble ; Men. He loves your people ;

Let him be call'd for. But tie him not to be their bedfellow.

I Sen. Call for Coriolapus. Worthy Cominius, speak.- Nay, keep your place. Off. He doth appear.

(CORIOLANUS rises, and offers to go away. i Sen. Sit, Coriolanus : never shame to hear

Re-enter CORIOLANUS. What you have nobly done.

Men. The senate, Coriolanus, are well pleas'd Cor. Your bonours' pardon ;

To make thee consul. I had rather have my wounds to heal again,

Cor. I do owe them still Than hear say how I got them.

My life and services. Bru. Sir, i hope

Men. It then remains, My words disbench'd you not.

That you do speak to the people. Cor. No, Sir: yet oft,

1 Cor. I do beseech yon, When blows have made me stay, I fled from words. Let me o'erleap that custom ; for I cannot You sooth'd not, therefore hurt not: But, your | Put on the gown, stand naked, and entreat them, I love them as they weigh.

people, For my wounds' sake, to give their suffrage : Men. Pray now, sit down.

please you, Cor. I had rather bave one scratch my bead That I may pass this doing. i'the sun,

Sic. Sir, the people When the alarum were struck, + than idly sit Must have their voices; neither will they bate To hear my nothings monster'd.

One jot of ceremony.

(Erit CORIOLANUS. Men. Put them not to't:Men. Masters o'the people,

Pray you, go fit you to the custom : and You multiplying spawn how can he flatter,

Take to you, as your predecessors bave, (That's thousand to one good one,) when you now Your honour with your form. see

Cor. It is a part He had rather ventare all his limbs for honour, | That I shall blush in acting, and might well Than one of his ears to hear it ?-Proceed, Co-Be taken from the people. minius.

Bru. Mark you that! Com. I shall lack voice : the deeds of Corio. Cor. To brag unto them,—Thus I did, and lanus

thus Should not be utter'd feebly.-It is held,

Show them the unaching scars which I should hide, That valour is the chiefest virtue, and

As if I had received them for the hire Most dignifies the baver: 1 if it be,

of their breath only > The man I speak of cannot in the world

Men. Do not stand upon't. Be singly counterpois'd. At sixteen years, We recommend to you, tribunes of the people, When Tarqnin made a head for Rome, he fought Our purpose to them ;-and to our noble cousul Beyond the mark of others; our then dictator, Wish we all joy and honour. Whom with all praise I point at, saw hin fight, Sen. To Coriolanus come all joy and honour ! When with his Amazonian chin le drove

Flourish. Then exeunt SENATORS. The bristled | lips before bim: he bestred

Bru. You see how he intends to use the peoAn o'er press'd Roman, and i'the consul's view

ple Slew three opposers : Tarquin's self be met

Sic. May they perceive his intent! He that will And struck bim on his knee : in that day's feats,

require them,
When he might act the wornan in the scene, As if he did contemn what he requested
He prov'd best man i'the field, and for his meedShould be in them to give.
Was brow-bound with the oak. His pupil age Bru. Come, we'll inform them
Man-entered thus, he waxed like a sea ;

of our proceedings here ; on the market-place, And, in the brunt of seventeen battles since, I know they do attend us.

(Ereunt. He lurch'd ++ all swords o'the garland. For this Before and in Corioli, let me say,

(last SCENE 111.- The same.-The Forum. I cannot speak him home : He stopp'd the fliers; And, by his rare example, made the coward

Enter several CITIZENS. Turu terror into sport : as waves before Li Cit. Once, if he do require our voices, we A vessel under sail, so men obey'd, [stamp,)ongbt not to deny him. And fell below his stem : his sword (death's 2 Cit. We may, Sir, if we will. Where it did mark, it took; from face to foot 3 Cit. We have power in ourselves to do it, He was a thing of blood, whose every motion it but it is a power that we have no power to do: Was timed 66 with dying cries ! alone he enter'd for if he show us his wounds, and tell us his The mortal gate o'the city, which he painted deeds, we are to put our tongues into those wounds, With shupless destiny, aidless came off,

and speak for them; so, if he tell us bis noble And with a sudden re-enforcement struck

deeds, we must also tell him our noble accepCorioli, like a planet : now all's his :

tance of them. Ingratitude is monstrous : and When by and by the din of war 'gan pierce for the multitude to be ingrateful were to make His ready sense : then straight his foubled spirit a monster of the multitude ; of the which, we, Re-quicken'd what in flesh was fatigate, Ill! being members, should bring ourselves to be mon. And to the battle came he ; where he did

strous members. Ran reeking o'er the lives of inen, as if

1 Cit. And to make us no better thought of, 'Twere a perpetual spoil; and, till we call'd a little help will serve : for once, when we stood Both field and city ours, he never stood

up about the corn, be himself stuck not to call To ease his breast with panting.

us the many-beaded multitude. Men. Worthy man!

3 Cit. We have been called so of many ; not

that our heads are some brown, some black, sone • Nothing to the purpose. Summons to battle. auburn, some bald, but that our wits are so

Possessor Without a beard. Bearded. I Made him fall on his knee.

** Smooth-faced diversly coloured : and truly I think, if all cu enough to act a woman's part. Won. 11 Stroke 19 Followed. Wearied.


wits were to issue out of one scull, they would | 2 Cit. Au 'twere to give again,--Rut 'us ne Ay east, west, north, south ; and their consent of

matter. (Ereunt tuo CITIZENS. one direct way should be at once to all the points o'the compass.

Enter two other CITIZENS. 2 Cit. Think you so ? Which way, do you judge! Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the my wit would fly?

tune of your voices, that I may be consul, I have 3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as here the customary gown. another man's will; 'tis strongly wedged up in a 3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your coun. block-bead: but if it were at liberty, 'twould, try, and you have not deserved nobly. bule sonth ward.

Cor. Your enigma 2 Cit. Why that way?

3 Cit. You have been a scourge to her ene3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where, being mies, you have been a rod to her friends : you three parts melted away with rotten dews, the bave not, indeed, loved the common people. fourth would return for conscience sake, to help Cor. You should account me the more virto get thee a wife.

tuous, that I have not been common in my love. 2 Cit. You are never without your tricks :- I will, Sir, flatter my sworn brother the people, You may, you may.

to earn a dearer estimation of them ; 'lis a con3 Cit. Are you all resolved to give your voices ! dition they account gentle : and since the wisdoin But that's no matter, the greater part carries it. of their choice is rather to have my hat than my I say. if he would incline to the people, there heart, I will practise the insinuating nod, and was never a worthier man.

be off to them most counterfeitly : that is, Sir, I

will counterfeit the bewitchment of some popular Enter CORIOLANUS and MENENIUS.

man, and give it bountifully to the desirers. Here be comes, and in the gown of huinility : Therefore, beseech you, I may be consul. mark his behaviour. We are not to stay alto- 4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend ; and gether, but to come by him where he stands, by therefore give you our voices heartily. ones, by twos, and by threes. He's to make 3 Cit. You have received many wounds for his requests by particulars ; wherein every one your country. of us has a single bojour, in giving him our Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with showown voices with our own tongnes: therefore ing them. I will make much of your voices, and follow me, and I'll direct you how you sball go so trouble you no further. by bim.

Both cit. The gods give you joy, Sir, hearAll. Content, content. [Ereunt.tily!

(Ereunt. Men. O Sir, you are not right: have you not Cor. Most sweet voices !known

Better it is to die, better to starve, The worthiest men have done it?

Than crave the hire which first we do deserve. * Cor. What must I say?

Why in this woolvish gown should I stand here, I pray, Sir,--Plague upon't! I cannot bring To beg of Hob and Dick, that do appear, My tongue to such a pace : Look, Sir; Their needless vouches : Custom calls me to't :my wounds;

What custom wills, in all things should we do't : I got them in my country's service, when

The dust on antique time would lie unswept, Some certain of your brethren roar'd, and ran And mountainous error be too highly heap'd From the noise of our own drums,

For truth to over-peer.-Rather than fool it so, Men. O me, the gods !

Let the high office and the honour go.
Yon must not speak of that: you must desire them To one that would do thus.- I am half through:
To think upon you.

The one part suffer'd, the other will I do.
Cor. Think upon me? Hang 'em !
I would they would forget me, like the virtues

Enter three other CITIZENS.
Wbich our divines lose by them.

Here come more voices.jen. You'll mar all;

Your voices ; for your voices I have fought; I'll leave you : Pray you, speak to them, I pray Watch'd for your voices; for your voices, bear yoll,

Of wounds two dozen odd ; battles thrice six, la wholesome manner.

Erit. I have seen and heard of ; for your voices, have

Done many things, soine less, some more : your Enter tuo Citizens.

voices : Cor. Bid thein wash their faces,

Indeed, I would be consnl. And keep their teeth clean.-So, here comes a 5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go withbrace :

out any honest man's voice, You know the canse, Sir, of my standing here. 6 Cit. Therefore let him be consul : The gods Cit. We do, Sir; tell us what hath brought give him joy, and make him good friend to the you to't.

people! (or. Mine own desert.

All. Amen, Amen, 2 Cit. Your own desert!

God save thee, uoble consul! Cor. Ay, not

(Exeunt CITIZENS. Mine own desire.

Cor. Worthy voices ! 1 Cit. How ! not your own desire ?

Re-enter MENENIUS, with BRUTUS and Cor. No, Sir: 'Twas never my desire yet,

SICINIUS. To trouble the poor with begging.

Men. You have stood your limitation ; and the I Cit. You must thiuk, if we give you any

tribunes We hope to gain by you.

fthing, Endue you with the people's voice: Reniains, Cor. Well then, I pray, your price o'the That, in the official marks invested, you consulship?

Anon do meet the senate. i Cit. The price is, Sir, to ask it kindly. Cor. Is this done ? Cor. Kindly 1

Sic. The custom of request you have dis Sir, I pray let me ha't : I have wounds to show

charg'd :

The people do admit yon; and are summon'd you, Which sball be yours in private.--Your good | To meet anon, upon your approbation. voice, Sir;

Cor. Where? at the senate-house? What say you

Sic. There, Coriolanus. 2 Cit. You shall have it, worthy Sir.

Cor. May I then change these garments ? Cor. A match, Sir :

Sic. You may, Sir. There is in all two worthy voices begg'd

Cor. That l'il straight do ; and, knowing my I have your alms ; adieu.

self again, i Cit. But this is something odd.

Repair to the senate-house.

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