Sivut kuvina

We shall be blest'd to do, If he remember
A kinder value of the people, than
He hath hereto pru'd them at.

Men. That'* off, that's off,-
I would you rather bad been silent: Please yon
To hear Comlnius speak f

Bru. Most willingly:
But yet my caution was more pertinent,
Than the rebuke you give it.

Men. He loves your people;
But tie him not to be their bedfellow.—
Worthy Corainius, speak.—Nay, keep your place*
[coriolanus rises, and offers to go away.

1 Sen. Sit, Coriolanns: never shame to bear What yon have nobly done.

Cor. Your honours' pardon;
I had rather have my wounds to heal again,
Thau hear say how 1 got them.

Bru. Sir, I hope
My words disbench'd you not.

Cor. No, Sir: yet oft.
When blows have made mc stay, I fled from words.
You sooth'd not, therefore hurt not: But, your
1 love them as they weigh. people.

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
To hear my nothings inouster'd.

[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,
That valour is the chiefest virtue, and
Most dignifies the haver : \ If It be,
The man I speak of cannot lu the world
Be singly counlerpois'd. At sixteen years,
When Tarqiiiu made a head for Rome, he fought
Beyond the mark of others; our then dictator.
Whom with all praise I point at, saw hiin fight,
When with his Ama?ouian chin ^ he drove
The bristled H lips before him: he hestred
An o'er press'd Koman, aud i'the consul's view
Slew three opposers: Tarquin's self be met
And struck htm on his knee : V lu that day's feats,
When he might act the woman in the scene, •*
He prov'd best man i'the field, and for his meed
Was brow-bound with the oak. His pupil age
Man-entered thus, be waxed like a sea;
And, lu the brunt of seventeen battles since.
He lnrch'd ++ all swords o'the garland. For this
Before and in Corloli, let me say, [last
I cannot speak him home: He stopp'd the fliers;
And, by his rare example, made the coward
Tin ii terror Into sport: as waves before
A vessel under sail, so men obey'd, [stamp,)
And fell bel«w his stem: his sword (death's
Where it did mark, it took; from face to foot
He was a thing of blood, whose every motion H
Was timed with dying cries ! alone be enter'd
The mortal gate o'the city, which he painted
With snnnless destiny, aidless came off.
And with a suddeu re-enforcement struck
Corioli, like a planet: now all's his:
When by and by the din of war 'gan pierce
His ready sense: then straight his doubled spirit
Re-quickeu'd what in flesh was fatigate, ||||
And to the battle came he; where he did
Run reeking o'er the lives of men, as If
Twere a perpetual spoil; and, till wecaU'd
Both field and city oars, he never stood
To ease his breast with panting.
Men. Worthy man I

* 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.

Re-enter Coriolanus.

Men. The senate, Coriolanus, are well pleas'd To make thee consul.

Cor. I do owe them still
My life and services.

Men. It then remains,
That you do speak to the people.

Cor. I do beseech yon.
Let me o'erleap that custom ; for I cannot
Put on the gown, stand naked, aud entrtv.t them.
For my wonnds* sake, to give their sulfide:

please you. That I may pass this doing.

Sic. Sir, the people
Must have their voices; neither will they bate
One jot of ceremony.

Men. Put them not to't:—
Pray you, go fit you to the custom : and
Take to you, as your predecessors have,
Your honour with your form.

Cor. It Is a part
That I shall blush In acting, and might well
Be taken from the people.

Bru. Mark you that!

Cor. To brag unto them,—Thus I did, and thus ;—

Show them the unaching scars which I should hide.
As if I had received them for the hire
Of their breath only :—

Men. Do not stand npon't.—
We recommend to you, tribunes of the people.
Our purpose to them;—and to our noble consul
Wish we all joy and honour.

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
Of our proceedings here : ou the market-place,
I know they do attend us. [£ie««/.

SCENE III.- The same.—The Forum.
Enter several Citizens.

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

• Avarico.

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.
Enter tiro Citizens.
Cor. Did them wash their faces,
And keep their teeth cleau.—So, here comes a

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:
'Twas never my desire yet,
To trouble the poor with begging.

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.
Cor. A match, Sir :—

There is in all two worthy voices begg'd—
I have your alms; adieu.
1 Cit. But this is something odd.

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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,
That, in the official marks invested, you
Anou do meet the senate.
Cor. Is this done T

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?

Re-enter Citizkns.

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

mock us.

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

mockery 1

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
Against the rectorship of judgement?

Sic. Have you,
Ere now, denied tbe asker? and, now again,
On him, that did not ask, but mock, bestow
Your su'd-for tongues;

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.

• Flcbclaos.

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
Their liberties; make tbem of no more voice
Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking,
As therefore kept to oo so.

Sic. Let them assemble;
And, on a safer judgment, all revoke
Your ignorant electioti: Enforce * bis pride,
And his old bate unto you: besides, forget in*
With what contempt he wore tbe bumble weed;
How in his suit he scorn'd you: hut your love*.
Thinking upon his services, took from you
The apprehension of his present portanci-.f
Which, gibingly, ungravely he did fashion
After the inveterate bate he bears you.

Bru. Lay

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.
Bru. Ay, spare us. not. Say, we read lectures
to you,

How youngly he began to serve bis country,
How long continued: and what slock he
springs of, [came
The noble house o'thc Marcians; from whence
That Ancus Marcius, Numa's daughter's son,
Who, after great Hostilius, here was king:
Of the same house Publius and Quint us were,
That our best water brought by conduits hither ,
And Censorinus, darling of tbe people,
And nobly nani'd so, being Censor twice,
Was bis great ancestor.

Sic. One thus descended,
That hath beside welt in bis person wrought
To be set high in place, we did commend
To your remembrances: but you have found,
Scaling 1 bis present bearing with his past,
That he's your fixed enemy, and revoke
Your sudden approbation.

Bru. Say, you ne'er had don't,
(Harp on that still,) but by our putting on : j
And presently, when you have drawn your iium-
Rcpair to the Capitol. [her,

Cit. We will so : almost all [Several speak. Repent In their election. [Exeunt CmaaNS.

Bru. Let them go on:
This mutiny were better put in hazard,
Than stay, past doubt, for greater:
If, as his nature is, be fall in rage
With their refusal, both observe and answer
The vantage |[ of his anger.

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.

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To hopeless restitution, so he might
Be ratl'd your vanquisher.

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.

[To Laktius.

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,
Against all noble sufferance.

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

Sic. Stop,
Or all will fatl in broil.

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.
Each way to better yours.

Cor. Why then should I be consul ? By yon

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Com. The people are abus'd :—Set on. - I bis pal t'ring •

Becomes not Rome; nor has Coriolatius
Dcserv'd this so disbonour'd rub, laid falsely t
I'the plain way of his merit.

Cor. Tell me of corn I
This was my speech, and I will speak't again ;—

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
Regard me as I do uot flatter, and
Therein behold themselves: I say again,
In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate
The cockle $ of rebellion, insolence, sedition,
Which we ourselves have plough'd for, sow'd and

By mingling them with us, the honnur'd number;
Who lack not virtue, no, nor power, but that
Which they have given to beggars.

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
As if you were a god to pu
A man of their infirmity.

Ale. 'Twere well.
We let the people know't.

Men. What, what? his choler?

Cor. Choler!
Were I as patient as the midnight sleep,
By Jove, 'twould be my mind.

Sic. It is a mind,
That shall remain a poison where it is,
Not poison any further.

Cor. Shall remain I—
Hear you this Triton of the miiiuows?'* mark
His absolute shall? (>on

Com. 'Twas from the canon, ft

Cor. Shall!

0 good but most unwise patricians, why,

You grave, but reckless:: senators, have you thus
Given Hydra here to choose an officer.
That with his peremptory shall, being bui
The born and uoise o'the monsters, wants not

To say, he'll turn your current in a ditch,
And make your channel his? If he have power.
Then veil your Ignorance: if none, awake
Your dangerous lenity. If you are learned.
Be not as common fools; if you are not,
Let them have cushions by you. You are ple-

If they be senators : and they are no less.
When both your voices blended, the greatest
taste [irate;

Most palates theirs. They choose their magts-
And such a one as he, who puts his shallj
His popular f-tall, against a graver bench
Than ever ftown'd in Greece I By Jove himself.
It makes the consuls base: aud my soul akes
To know, when two authorities are up,
Neither supreipe, how soon confusion
May enter 'twixt the gap of both, aud take
Tbe one by the other.

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.

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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;
That love the fundamental part of state,
More than you doubt § the change oft; that

A noble life before a long, and wish
To jump |1 a body with a dangerous physic
That's sore of death without it,—at once pluck

The multitudinous ton;ue, let them not lick
The sweet which Is their poison: your dishonour
Mangles true judgment, and bereaves the state
Of that integrity which should become It;
Not having the power to do the good it would.
For the ill which doth control it.

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
To the greater bench: In a rebellion,
When what's not meet, but what must be, was

Then were they chosen: in a better bonr.
Let what Is meet, be said it must be meet,
And throw their power i'the dust.

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

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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, 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

[Several speak.

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
This is the way to kindle, not to quench.

1 Sen. To unbuild the city, aud to lay all flaU

Sic. What is the city, but the people t

Cit. True,
The people are the city.

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;
To bring the roof to the foundation;
And bury all, which yet distiuctly ranges,
In heaps aud piles of ruins.

Sic. This deserves death.

Bru. Or let us stand to our authority,
Or let us lose it:—We do here pronounce,
Upon the part o'the people, in whose power
We were elected theirs, Marcius is worthy
Of present death.

Sic Therefore, lay hold of him;
Bear him to the rock Tarpelan, * and from thence
Into destruction cast him.

Bru. /Ediles, seize him.

Cit. Yield, Marcius, yield.

Men. Hear me one word.
'Beseech you, tribunes, hear me but a word.

JKdi. Peace, peace.

Men. Be that you seem, truly your country's friend.

And temperately proceed to what you would
Thus violently redress.

Bru. Sir, those cold ways.
That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous
Where the disease Is violent :—J-ay hands upon
And bear him to the rock. [him,

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.

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