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We shall be blest'd to do, If he remember
Men. That'* off, that's off,-
Bru. Most willingly:
Men. He loves your people;
1 Sen. Sit, Coriolanns: never shame to bear What yon have nobly done.
Cor. Your honours' pardon;
Bru. Sir, I hope
Cor. No, Sir: yet oft.
Men. Pray now, sit down.
Cor. I bad rather have one scratch my bead i'the sun.
When the alarum were struck, t than idly sit
[tlxit Cor i Ola N us. Men. Masters o'the people, Youi multiplying spawn bow can be flatter, (That's thousand to one good one,) when you now see
He had rather venture all his limbs for honour, Than one of bis ears to hear it I—Proceed, Comlnius.
Com. I shall lack voice: the deeds of Coriolanns
Should not be utter'd feebly.—It is held,
* Nothing to (he purpote. t Summons to battle, t Piitsrasor. $ W ithoui a uear.l. | Bearded.
*/ Made him Tall on hi* knee. Smooth-Carcri enough to art a woman's part. ♦ > Won. it Stroke It followed. || Weened.
1 Sen. He cannot but with measure fit thi Wblcb we devise him. [honours
Com. Our spoils he ktck'd at; And look'd upon things precious, as they were The common muck o'the world: he covets less Than misery * Itself would give; reward* His deeds with doing them; and is content To spend the time, to end it.
Men. He's right noble; Let him be call'd for.
1 Sen. Call for Coriolanus.
Off. He doth appear.
Men. The senate, Coriolanus, are well pleas'd To make thee consul.
Cor. I do owe them still
Men. It then remains,
Cor. I do beseech yon.
please you. That I may pass this doing.
Sic. Sir, the people
Men. Put them not to't:—
Cor. It Is a part
Bru. Mark you that!
Cor. To brag unto them,—Thus I did, and thus ;—
Show them the unaching scars which I should hide.
Men. Do not stand npon't.—
Sen. To Coriolanus come all joy and honour I [Flourish. Then cxtunt Senators.
Bru. You see how he intends to use the people
Sic. May they perceive his intent I He that will require them, As if he did contemn what he requested Should be in them to give.
Bru. Come, we'll Inform them
SCENE III.- The same.—The Forum.
1 Cit. Once, if he do require our voices, we ought not to deny him.
2 Cit. We may, Sir, if we will.
5 Cit. We have power in ourselves to do It, but it is a power that we have no power to do: for if he show us his wounds, and tell us his deeds, we are to put our tongues Into those mounds, and speak for them; so, If be tell ns his noble deeds, we must also tell him our noble acceptance of them. Ingratitude Is monstrous: and for the multitude to be ingrateful were to make a monster of the multitude ; of the which, we, being members, should bring ourselves to be monstrous members.
1 Cit. And to make ns no better thought of, a little help will serve: for once, when we stood up about the corn, be himself stuck not to caM ns the many-beaded multitude.
3 Cit. We have been called so of many; not that our heads are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald, but that our wits are so div^sly coloured: and truly I think, if all cut
wits were to issue out of one scull, they would fly east, west, north, south; and their consent of one direct way should be at once to all the points o'Uie compass.
2 Cit. Think yon so? Which way, do you judge my wit would lly?
3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's will; Mis strongly wedged up in a hlock-bead: hut if it were at liberty, 'twould, bine south ward.
2 Cit. Why that way T
3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where, being three parts melted away with rotten dews, tinfourth would return for conscience' sake, to help to get thee a wife.
2 Cit. You are never without your tricks :— You may, you may.
3 Cit. Are you all resolved to give your voice* t But that's no matter, the greater part carries It. I say, if be would incline to the people, there was never a worthier man.
Enter Coriolanus and Menenu S. Here be comes, and In the gown of humility; mark his behaviour. We are not to stay altogether, but to come by him where he stands, by ones, by twos, and by threes. He's to make his requests by particulars; wherein every one of us has a single bouour, in giving him our own voices with our own tongues: therefore follow met aud I'll direct you how you shall go by bim.
All. Content, content. [Exeunt. Mem. O Sir, you are not right: have you not known
The worthiest men have done it?
'Cor. What must 1 say?—
I pray. Sir,—Plague upon't! I cannot bring
My tongue to such a pace: Look, Sir ;——
my wounds;— I got them in my country's service, when Some certain of your brethren roar'd, and ran From the noise of our own drums,
Men. O me, the gods 1 You must not speak of that: you must desire them To think upon you.
Cor. Think upon roc 1 Hang 'cm! I would tflcy would forget me, tike the virtues Which our divines lose by them.
MCn. You'll mar all; I'll leave you; Pray you, speak to them, I pray yoti,
In wholesome manner. Exit.
Yon know the cause, Sir, of my standing here. Cit. We do, Sir; tell us what bath brought you to't.
Cor. Mine own desert.
J fit' Your own desert 1
Or. Ay, not Mine own desire.
1 Cit. How 1 not your own desire i
Car. No, Sir:
1 Cit. You must tbiuk, if we give you any We hope to gain by you. [thing,
Cor. Well then, I pray, your price o'tbe consulship?
1 Cit. The price is. Sir, to ask it kindly. Cor. Kindly t
Sir, I pray let me ba't: I have wounds to show you.
Which shall be yours in private.—Your good
voice, Sir; What say you 1
2 Cit. You shall have it, worthy Sir.
There is in all two worthy voices begg'd—
2 Cit. An 'twere to
Enter two other Citizens. Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with ib« tune of your voices, that I may be consul, I have here the customary gown.
3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of tour t try, and you have not deserved nobly.
Cor. Your enigma 1
3 Cit. You have been a scourge to her mies, you have been a rod to her friends; have not, indeed, loved the common people.
Cor. You should accouut me the more virtuous, that 1 have not been common in my love. I will, Sir, flatter my sworn brother the people, to earn a dearer estimation of them -, 'tis a condition they accouut gentle : and since the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my hat than my heart, I will practise the insinuating nod, and be off to them most counterfeitly : that Is, Sir, I will counterfeit the bewitchment of some popular man, and give it bountifully to the desirera. Therefore, beseech you, I may be consul.
4 Cit. We hope to Dud you our friend; and therefore give you our voices heartily.
3 Cit. You have received many wounds for your country.
Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with showing tbern. I will make much of your voices, and so trouble you no further.
Both Cit. The gods give you joy, Sir, heartily I [Exeunt*
Cor. Most sweet voices I— Better it is to die, bftter to starve, Than crave the hire wbicb first we do deserve. Why in this woolvish gown should I stand here, To beg of Hob and Dick, that do appear. Their needless vouches : Custom calls me to't:— What custom wills, in all things should we do't, The dust oil antique time would lie unswept. And mountainous error be too highly beap'd For truth to over-peer .—Rather than fool it so. Let the high office and Uie honour go. To one that would do thus.—1 am half through; The one part suffer'd, the other will I do.
Enter three other Citizens. Here come more voices.— Your voices; for your voices I have fought; Watch'd for your voices; for your voices, l»ear Of wounds two dozen odd ; battles thrice six, I have seen and beard of; for your voices, have Done many things, some less, some more: your
voices: Indeed, I would be consul.
5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without any honest man's voice,
0 Cit. Therefore let In in be consul : The gods give him joy, and make him good friend to the people I
All. Amen, Amen,
God save thee, noble consul I
, /.'.- unt Citizens.
Cor. Worthy voices I
He-enter Menemus, with Biutus and
Men. You have stood your limitation , and ibe tribunes
Endue you with the people's voire: Remains,
Sic. The custom of request you have dis cbarg'd:
The people do admit you ; and are summou'd To meet anon, upon your approbation.
Cor. Where f at the senate-bouse 1
Sic. There, Coriolanus.
Cor. May I then change these garments t
Sic. You may, Sir.
Cor. That I'll straight do; and, knowing D1J self again, Repair to the senate-house.
Men. I'll keep yon company .--Will you along
Bru. We stay here for the people.
Sic. Fare you well.
[Exeunt Coriol. and Men En He has it now; and by his looks, methiuks, 'l is warm at his heart.
Bru. With a proud heart he wore His humble weeds: Will you dismiss the people?
Sic. How now, my masters 1 have you chose this man f
1 Cit. He has our voices. Sir.
Bru. We pray the gods, he may deserve your loves.
2 Cit. Anien, Sir: To my poor unworthy noHe mock'd us, when he begg'd our voices, [tice,
3 Cit. Certainly,
He flouted us downright.
1 Cit. No, 'tis his kiud of speech, be did not
2 Cit. Not one amongst us save yourself, but
He us'd us scornfully: he should have show'd us His marks of merit, wouuds receiv'd for his country.
Sir. Why, so be did, 1 am sure.
Cit. No; Do man saw 'em. [Several speak.
3 Cit. He said he had wounds, which he could
show in private; And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn, / would be consul, says be: aged custom, But by your voices, will not so permit me; Your voices therefore: When we granted that, Here was,—/ thank you for your voices,—thank
yout— [your voices, Your most sweet voices:—now yon have left I have no further with you i Was not this
Sic. Why, either you were ignorant to see't? Or, teeing it, of such childish friendliness To yield your voices?
Bru. Could'you not have told him, As you were lesson'd,—When he bad no power, But was a petty servant to the state, He was your enemy; ever spake against Your liberties, and the charters that you bear I'the body of the weal : and now, arriving A place of potency, and sway o'tbe state. If be should still malignantly remain Fast foe to the plebeli,* your voices might Be curses to yourselves? You should have said, That, as his worthy deeds did claim no less Than what he stood for, so his gracious nature Would think upon you for your voices, and Translate his malice towards you into lore, Standing your friendly lord.
Sir. Thus to have said, As you were fore-advlb'd, had touch'd In - spirit, And tried his inclination ; from him pluck'd Either bis gracious promise, which you might, As cause had call'd you up, have held him to; Or else it would have gall'd his surly nature, Which easily endures not article Tying him to aught: so, puttiug him to rage, You should have ta'eu the advantage of his choler, And pasa'd him unelected.
Bru. Did you perceive, He did solicit you in free contempt, When he did need your loves ; and do you think. That bis contempt shall not be bruising to you, When be bath power to crush? Why, had your bodies
No heart among you? Or had you tongues to cry
Sic. Have you,
3 CU. He's not conflrm'd, wc may deny him yet.
2 Cit. And will deny him: Til have five hundred voices of that sound.
1 Cit. I twice five hundred and their fiiemis
to piece 'em. Bru. Get you hence instautly; and let) those
They have chose a consul, that will from them lake
Sic. Let them assemble;
A fault on ns, your tribunes; that we labour'd (No impediment between) but that yon must Cast your election on him.
sir. Say, you chose him More after our commandment, than as guided By your own true affections : and that, your minds Pre-occupied with what you rather must do Than what you should, made you against the grain
To voice him consul : Lay the fault on us.
How youngly he began to serve bis country,
Sic. One thus descended,
Bru. Say, you ne'er had don't,
Cit. We will so : almost all [Several speak. Repent In their election. [Exeunt CmaaNS.
Bru. Let them go on:
sir. To the Capitol: [pie;
Come; we'll be there before the stream o'tbe peoAnd this shall seem, as partly 'tis, their own Which we have goaded IT onward. [Exeunt.
To hopeless restitution, so he might
Afar. At Antium lives he?
hart. At Antiuin.
Cor. I wish I bad a cause to seek him there, Tu oppose his hatred fully.—Wei come home.
Enter Sicimus and Brutus.
Behold I these are the tribunes of the people, The tongues o'the common mouth. 1 do despise them:
For they do prank + them in authority,
Sic. Pass no further.
Cor. Ha I what is that?
lint. It will be dangerous to Go on: no further.
Cor. What makes this change?
Mm. The matter?
Com. Hath he not pass'd tbe nobles, and the commons?
Bru. Cominius, no.
Cor. Have 1 bad children's voices?
1 .Si a. Tribanes, give way; he shall to the market-place.
Bru. The people are inceus'd against him
Cor. Are these your herd i— Must these have voices, ttiat can yield them now,
And straight disclaim their tongues?—What are
your offices? You being their mouth?, why rule you uot their
Have you not set them on?
Men. Be calm, be calm.
Car. It is a purpos'd thing, and grows by plot, To curb the will of the nobility: — Suffer it, and live with such as caunot rule, Nor ever will be rul'd.
Urn. Call't not a plot: The people cry, you mock'd them; and, of late. When corn was given them gratis, you repin'd; Scandal'd the suppliants for the people; call'd them
Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness.
Cor. Why, this was known before.
Bru. Not to them all.
Cor. Have you infoim'd them since T
Bra. How I I inform them!
Cor. You are like to do such business.
Bru. Not unlike.
Cor. Why then should I be consul ? By yon
Com. The people are abus'd :—Set on. - I bis pal t'ring •
Becomes not Rome; nor has Coriolatius
Cor. Tell me of corn I
Men. Not now, not now.
1 Shi. Not in this beat, Sir, now.
Cor. Now, as I live, 1 will.—My noble friends, I crave their pardous :—
For the mutable, rank-scented many,} let them
By mingling them with us, the honnur'd number;
Men. Well, no more.
1 Sen, No more words, we beseech you.
Cor. How I no more? As for my country I have shed my blood Not feariug outward force, so shall my lungs Coin words till their decay, against those mean's, |1
Which we disdain should tetter II us, yet sought The very way to catch them.
Bru. You speak o'the pt
Ale. 'Twere well.
Men. What, what? his choler?
Sic. It is a mind,
Cor. Shall remain I—
Com. 'Twas from the canon, ft
0 good but most unwise patricians, why,
You grave, but reckless:: senators, have you thus
To say, he'll turn your current in a ditch,
If they be senators : and they are no less.
Most palates theirs. They choose their magts-
Com. Well—on to the market-place.
Cor. Whoever gave that counsel, to give forth Tbe com o'the storehouse gratis, as 'twas u&'d Sometime in Greece,
Men. Well, well, no more of that.
Cor. (Though there the people had more ab solute power,)
1 say, they nourish'd disobedience, fed The luln of the state.
Bru. Why, shall the people give One, that *|>> -aks thus, their voicet
Cor. I'll give my reasons. More worthier than their voices. They know, the corn
Was not our recorapence; resting well aasur'd They ne'er did service for't: Belug press'd to the war,
Even when the navel of the state was totich'd, They would not thread * the gates ; this kind of service
Did not deserve corn gratis: being i'the war, Their mutinies and revolts, wherein they show'd Most valour, spoke not for them: The accusation
Which they have often made against the senate, rver be the native t Well, what tiiMi 1 i multiplied digest The senate's courtesy T Let deeds express Wtuu's like to be their words:—We did request it;
We are the greater poll, J and in true fear They gave us our demands;—Thus we debase The nature of our seats, and make the rabble Call our cares, fears: which will in time break ope
The locks o'the senate, and bring in the crows To peck the eagles.—
Men. Come, enough.
Bru. Enough, with over-measure.
Cor. No, take more: What may be sworn by, both divine and human, Seal what I end withal t—This double worship— Where one part does disdain with cause, the other [wisdom Insult without alt reason; where gentry, title, Cannot conclude, but by the yea and no Of general ignorance,—It must omit Real necessities, and give way the while To unstable alightness: purpose so barr'd. It follows,
Nothing is done to purpose: Therefore, beseech yon,—
You that will be less fearful than discreet;
A noble life before a long, and wish
The multitudinous ton;ue, let them not lick
Bru. He has said enough.
•Sir. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall
As traitors do.
Cor. Thou wretch! despite o'erwhelm thee 1— What should the people do with these bald tribunes?
Or whom depending, their obedience fails
Then were they chosen: in a better bonr.
Bru. Manifest treason.
Sir. This a consult no.
Bru. The .Ediles, bo I—Let him be apprehended.
Sic. Go, call the people ; [Exit Brutus.] In whose name, myself Attach thee, as a traitorous Innovator, A foe to the public weal: Obey, 1 charge thee, And follow to thine answer.
Cor. Hence, old goat I
Sen. A: Pat. Well surety him. Com. Aged Sir, hands off. Cor. Hence, rotten thing, or I shall shake thy bones Out of thy garments. Sic. Help, ve citizens.
Re-enter Brutus, with the Jedu.es, and a Rabble of Citizens.
Men. Ou both sides more respect.
Sic. Here's he, that would Take from you all your power.
Bru. Seize him, fdiles.
Cit. Down with him, dowu with him f
2 Sen. Weapons, weapons, weapons!
[They all bustle about Coriolam s. Tribunes, patricians, citizens I—what ho! Sicinius, Brutus, Coriolanus, citizens 1
Cit. Peace, peace, peace; stay, hold, peace!
Men. What is about to be T—I am out of breath: [bunes Confusion's near: I cannot speak:—You, tilTo the people,—Coriolanus, patience :— Speak, good Sicinius.
Sic. Hear me, people ;—Peace.
Cit. Let's hear our tribune Peace. Speak, •peak, speak.
Sic. You are at point to lose your liberties: Marcius would have all from you; Martins, Whom late you have nani'd for consul.
Men. Fie, tie, fie I
1 Sen. To unbuild the city, aud to lay all flaU
Sic. What is the city, but the people t
Bru. By the consent of all, we were established The people's magistrates.
Cit. You so remain.
Men. And so are like to do.
Cor. That is the way to lay the city flat;
Sic. This deserves death.
Bru. Or let us stand to our authority,
Sic Therefore, lay hold of him;
Bru. /Ediles, seize him.
Cit. Yield, Marcius, yield.
Men. Hear me one word.
JKdi. Peace, peace.
Men. Be that you seem, truly your country's friend.
And temperately proceed to what you would
Bru. Sir, those cold ways.
Cor. No: I'll die here. [Drawing his Sword, There's some among you have beheld me fight* ing; [me. Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen
Men. Down with that sword,—Tribunes, withdraw a while.
Bru, Lay hands upon him.
Men. Help, Marcius t help, You that be noble ; help him, young and old I
Cit. Down with him, down with him I
[In this Mutiny, the Tribunes, theJ£viLE9, and the People are all beat in.
Men, Go, get you to yonr house; be gone. All will be naught else. [away,
a Sen. Get you gone.
* From whence criminals were thrown, and dathed tc pfttca.