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Car. Stand fast;
Men. Shall it be put to that T
1 Sen. The gods forbid f I pr'ythee, noble friend, home to thy house: Leave us to cure this cause.
Men. For 'lis a sore upon us, [you. You cannot tent yourself: Re gone, 'beseech
Com. Come, Sir, along with us.
t'oy. I would they were barbarians, (as they are.
Though in Rome litter'd,) not Romans, (as ihey are not.
Though calv'd i'the porch o'the Capitol,)—
Men. Be gone;
Cor, On fair grouud,
Men. 1 could myself
Com. But now 'tis odds beyond arithmetic;
Men. Pray you, be gone:
Com. Nay, come away.
[Exeunt Cor. Com. and others
1 Pat. This man has marr'd his fortune. Men. His nature is too noble for the world:
He would not Hatter Neptune for his trident,
What bis breast forges, that his tonvue must
2 Pat. 1 would they were a-bed?
Men. I would they were in Tyber !—What, the vengeance. Could be not speak them fair?
Re-enter Brutus and Sicinius, with the
Sic. Where's this viper,
Men. You worthy tribunes,—
Sic. He shall be' throwu down the Tarpeian
With rigorous bands; he hath resisted law,
1 Cit. He shall welt know,
Cit. He shall cure on't. t
[Several speak together
The which shall turn you to no further harm, of Unit
Men. Do not cry, havoc,* where you should but buut With modest warrant.
■N':V. Sir, how comes it, that you
Men. Hear me speak
Sic. Consul I—what consul 1
Men, The consul Coriolauus.
Bru. He a cousul 1
Cit. No, no, no, no, no.
Men. If, by the tribunes' leave, and yours good people, 1 may be heard, I'd crave a word or two;
• The lowett of the populace, iQKi rajr, and bo1 T Ba mre ou'tt t The Bigon! for ■laughter.
Than so much loss <
Sic. Speak brielly then;
Men. Now the good gods forbid
Men. The service of the foot,
Bru. We'll bear no more :—
Men. One word more, one word.
Lest parties (as he is helov'd) break out,
Since he could draw a sword, and is ill school'd
1 Sen. Noble tribunes.
Sic. Noble Menenlus,
Bru. Go not home.
Sic. Meet on the market-place :—We'll iltenc" vou there:
Where, if you bring not Marclus, we'll proceed In our first way.
Men. I'll bring him to you Let me desire your company. [To the Senators He must come, Or what is worst will follow.
I Sen. Pray you, let's to him. [Exeunt
Enter VCHTKNU. \ Pat. Yon do the nobler. Cor. I muse,* my mother Does not approve me further, who was wont To call them woollen vassals, things created To buy and sell with groats ; to show bare beads In congregations, to yawn, be still, and wonder, When one but of my ordiuauce + stood up To speak of peace or war. I talk of you:
[To Volownia. Why did yon wish me milder t Would you have me
False to my nature? Rather say, I play
Vol. O Sir, Sir, Sir, 1 wonld have had you put your power well on. Before you had wont it out.
Cor. Let go.
Vol. You might have been enough the man
With striving less to be so: Lesser had been
Cor. Let them haiig.
Vol. Ay, and burn too.
Enter Menenius and Senators
Men. Come, come, you have been too rough, something too rough; You must return, and mend it.
1 Sen. There's no remedy;
Vol. Pray he counsel'd:
Men. Well said, nnblc woman:
Cor. What mnst I do?
Men. Return to the tribunes.
Men. Repent what yon have spoke.
Cor. For them !—I cannot do it to the gods; Must I then do't to thein f
Vol. You are too absolute; Though therein you can never be too noble. But when extremities speak. I have heard you say,
Honour and policy, tike unsever'd friends
In peace, what each of them by th'olher lose,
Cor. Tush, tush 1
Men. A good demand.
Vol. If it be honour, in your wars, to seem The same you are not, (which, for your best ends, You adopt your policy,) how is it less, or worse, That it shall hold companionship in peace With honour, as in war; since that to both It stands In like request?
Cor. Why force t you this T
Vol. Because that now it lies you on to speak To the people; not by our own instruction, Nor by the matter which your heart prompts you to.
But with such words that are but rotcd in
Your tongne, though but bastards, and syllables
Of no allowance, to your bosom's truth.
Now, this no more dishonours you at all.
Than to take in$ a town with gentle words,
Which else would put you to your fortune, aud
The hazard of much blood.—
I wontd dissemble with my nature, where
My fortunes, and my friends, at stake, rcqulr'd
I should do so in honour: I am, in this.
Your wife, your son, these senators, the nobles;
• Wonder. t Rank. t Ur««
And yon will rather show our general lowta* How you can frown, than spend a fawn upon them,
For the inheritance of (heir loves, and safeguard Of what that want might ruin.
Men. Noble lady I— Come, go with us ; speak fair: you may salve so, Not what is dangerous present, but the loss Of what Is past.
( ol. I pr'ytbee now, my son, Go to them, with this bonnet iu thy har*d; And thuB far haviug stretch'd it (here be with them,)
Thy knee bussing the stones, for in such busi-
Men. This but done. Even as she speaks, why, all their hearts weie yours:
For they have pardons, being ask'd, as free
Vol. Pr'ythee now. Go, and be rul'd: although, I know, thou hadst rather
Follow thine enemy in a fiery gulf,
Than flatter htm in a bower. Here is Comiuins.
You make strong party, or defend yourself
Men. Only fair speech.
Com. I think 'twill serve, If he
Vol. He must, aud will:—
Cor. Must 1 go show them my uul;arl/d
grind it, [place And throw it against the wind.—To the maiketYou have put me now to such a part, which never I shall discharge to the life.
Com. Come, come, we'll prompt you.
Vol. I pr'ythee now, sweet son, as thou hast said,
My praises made thee first a soldier, so
Cor. Well, I must do't:
Which bow'd but in my stirrup, bend like his
Vol. At thy choice then:
With as big heart as thou. Do as thou list.
Cor. Pray, he conteut;
Of all the trades In Rome. Look, I am going:
Vol. Do your will. [Exit.
Com. Away, the tribunes do attend you; arm yourself
To answer mildly; for tbey are prepar'd
Cor. The word is mildly:—Pray you, let us Let them accuse ine by invention, I [go:
Will answer in mine honour.
Men. Ay, but mildly.
Cor. Well, mildly be it then : mildly.
SCENE III.—The same—The Forum. Enter Sicinius and Brutus. Bru. In this poiut charge him home—that he
Tyrannical power: If he evad Euforce him with his envy t t<
And that the spoil, got ou the Antiates,
Enter an £dile.
j£d. He's coming.
Jint. How accompanied T
xEd. With old Menemus, and those senators That always favour'd him.
Sic. Have you a catalogue
/Ed. I have: 'tis ready, here.
Sic Have you collected them by tribes?
jEd. I have.
Sir. Assemble presently the people hither:
For death, for flneEor banishment, then let them.
jEd. I shall inform them.
Bru. And when such time they have begun to cry,
Let them not cease, but with a din coufus'd
Sic. Make them be strong, and ready for this hint,
When we shall bap to give't them.
Bru. Go about it.— [Exit /edile.
Put him to cooler straight: He hath been us'd
Enter Coriolanus, Menknius, Cominius,
Senators, and Patricians. Sic. Well, here he comes. Men, Calmly, I do beseech you. Cor. Ay, as an ostler, that for the poorest piece
Will bear the knave t by the volume.—The honour'd gods
Keep Rome in safely, and the chairs of justice
* Own. * ArriMe him of hu hatred.
1 Will hear being cutis*! a ku»v«.
Supplied with worthy men 1 plant love among us 1 Throng our large temples with the shows of peace, And not our streets with war 1
I Sen. Amen, amen!
Men. A noble wish.
Re-enter '/edile, with Citizens. Sic. Draw near, ye people. Aid. List to your tribunes: audience: Peace, 1 say.
Cor. First, hear me speak.
Both Tri. Well, say.—Peace, ho.
Cor. Shall 1 be charg'd no further than this present T Must all determine 1
Sic. I do demand here,
Cor. I am content.
Men. Lo, citizens, he says, he is content: The warlike service he has done, consider; Think on the wounds his body beats, which show Like graves i'the holy churchyard.
Cor. Scratches with briers.
Men, Consider further.
Com. Well, well, no more.
Cor. What is the matter,
Sic. Answer to us.
Cor. Say theu: 'tis true, I ought so.
Sic. We charge you, that you have contriv'd to take
From Rome all season'd + office, aud to wind
Yourself into a power tyrannical;
For which, you are a traitor to the people.
Cor. How! Traitor?
Men. Nay, temperately: Your promise.
Cor. The tires i'the lowest hell fold in the people I
Call me their traitor.—Thon injurious tribune I
Sic. Mark you this, people T
dt. To the rock with him! to the rock witb him I
Sic. Peace. We need not put new matter to his charge: What you have seen him do, aud heard him speak. Beating your officers, cursing yourselves, Opposing laws with strokes, and here defying Those whose great power must try him ; even So criminal, and in such capital kind, [this, Deserves the extremest death.
Bru. But since be bath Serv'd well for Rome,
Cor. What I do you prate of service t
Bru. 1 talk of that, that kuow it.
Men. Is this
Cor. I'll know no further: Let tbem pronounce the steep Tarpelan death * Vagabond exile, flaying; pent to linger Rut with a grain a day; I would not buy Their mercy at the price of one fair word, Nor check my courage for what they can give. To hav't with saying, Good morrow.
Sic. For that he has
* Injure. f Of long st«H*lioff.
(As much as hi him lies) from lime to lime
I say it shall be so.
at. n i
J shall be so, It shall be 10 ; let bun away: in■' - banish'd; Ami so it shall be. Com. Hear me, im masters, and my common
As enemy to the people and his country:
Cit. It shall be so, it shall be so.
Cor. You commou cry J of curs 1 whose breath
At reok $ o'the rotten fens, whose love I prize
[The people shout and throw vp their Haps.
Sic. Go, see biin out at gates, and follow him! As be hath follow'd you, with all despite: Give him descrv'd vexation. Let a guard Attend us through the city.
Ot. Come, come, let us see him out at gates;
The gods preserve our noble tribunes !—Come.
SCENE J.—The same.—Before a Gate of the City.
A noble cunning: yon were ns'd to load m«
Vir. O heavens! O heavens!
Cor. Nay, I pr'ythee, WGmau,—
* c/. Now the red pestilence strike all trades in Rome, And occupations perish I
Cor. What, what, what!
I'll do well yet.—Thou old and true Mencnius,
I have seen thee stern, and thou hast oft beheld
Will, or exceed the common, or be caught
Vol. My first I son,
Cor. O the gods t
Com. I'll follow thee a month, devise with thre Where thou shalt rest, that thou may'st hear of us.
And we of thee; so, if the time thrust forth
Cor. Fare ye well :— [fall
Men. That's worthily As any ear can hear.—Come, let's not weep.— If I could shake off but one seven years From these old arms and legs, by the good gods, I'd with thee every foot.
Cor. Give me thy hand :— Come. [Exeunt*
SCENE //.—The same.—A Street near the Gate.
Enter Coriolanus, Yolumnia, Viroilia, Menenius, Cominius, and several young Patricians.
Cor. Come, leave your tears; a brief farewell: —the beast IT With many beads butts me away.—Nay, mother. Where is your ancient courage t yon were us'd To say, extremity was the trier of spirits; That common chances common men could bear; That, when the sea was calm, all boats alike Show'd mastership in floating : fortune's blows, When most struck home, being gentle wounded, craves
• For. t Value. t Pack. $ Vapour.
I Sn Wm.it, * Tjm f OKernmnnl of I tit people.
Sic. They say, she's mad.
To/. Oli! you're well met: The hoarded plague o'lhc Rods Requite your love I Men. Peace, peace: be not so loud. Vol. If that 1 could for weeping, you should hear,—
Nay, and you shall bear some.—Will you be gone t [To Brutus.
Vir. You shall (May too; [To Sicin.] 1 would I had the power To say so to my husband. Sic. Are jou mankind 7
Vol. Ay, fool; is that a shame 7—Note but this fool.—
Was not a man my father? Had at thou fox ship • To hnuUh him that struck more blows for Home, Thau thou hast spoken words 7
Sir. O blessed heavens I
Vol. More noble blows, than ever thou wise words;
And for Rome's pood.—I'll tell th"** what ;—
Nay but thou shall stay too :—I would my sou
Sit: What then 7
Vlr. What then 7
Vol. Dastards, ami all.—
Men. Come, come, peace.
Sic. 1 would he hail coutiun'd to bis country As be began ; and not uukuit himself The noble knot he made.
Bru. 1 would he had.
Vol. I would he bad 1 'Twas you incens'd the rabble:
Oat*, that can judge as fitly of his worth. As 1 can of those mysteries which heaven will not have earth to know.
Jirit. Pray, let us go.
Vol. Now pray, Sir, get you gone: You have doue a brave deed. Ere you go, hear this:
As far as doth the Capitol exceed
Brit. Well, well, we'll leave you.
Sic. Why stay we to be baited
Vol. Take my prayers with you.—
Men. You have told them home, Aud by my troth, you have cause. You'll sup with ine?
Vol. Anger's my meat: I sup upon myself, And so shall starve with feeding.—Come let's go: Leave this faint puling, and lament as I do, In anger, Juno-like. Come, come, come.
Men. Fie, fle, fie I [Exeunt*
SCENE III.—A highway between Rome and Ant turn.
Enter a Rohan and a Volscb, meeting.
Rom. I know yon well, Sir, and you know me: your name, I think, is Adrian.
Vol. It is so, Sir: truly, I have forgot yon.
Rom. I am a Roman; and my services arc, as vou are, against them: Know yon me yet 7
Vol. Nicanur? No.
Rom. The same, Sir.
Vol. You had more beard, when I last saw
you; but your favour * Is well appeared by your tongue. What's the news in Rome? I have a note from tbeVolscian state, to find you out there; You have well saved me a day's journey.
Rom. There bath been in Rome strange insurrection: the people against the senators, patricians, and nobles.
Vol. Hath been! Is it ended then? Our state thinks not so; they are in a most warlike preparation, aud hope to come upon them in the heat of their division.
Rom. The main blaze of it is past, but a small thing would make it flame again. For the nobles receive so to heart the banishment of that worthy Cpriolamis, that they are in a ripe aptness to take all power from the }>eople, and to pluck from them their tribunes for evci
glowing I can tell you, i iolcn
ever. This lies is almost mature for
the violent breaking out.
Vol. You will lw welcome with this intelligence, Nicanor.
Rom. The day serves well for them now. I have heard it said, the fittest time to corrupt a man's wife, is when she's fallen out with her husband. Your noble Tullus Aufidius will appear well in these wars, his great opposer, Coriolanus, being now in no request of bis couutry.
Vol. He cannot choose. I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you: You have ended my business, and I will merrily accompany you home.
Rom. I shall, ttetween this and supper, tell you most strange things from Rome; all tending to the good of their adversaries. Have you an army ready, say yon?
Vol. A most royal one: the centurions and their charges distinctly billeted, already in the entertainment, t and to be on foot at au hour's warning.
Rom. I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and am the man, I think, that shall set them in present action. So, Sir, heartily well met, and most glad of your company.
Vol. You take my pan from me, Sir; I have the most cause to be glad of yours.
Rom. Well, let us go together. [Ercunt.
SCENE IV.—Antium.—Before AoriDics'f House.
Enter Coriolanus, in mean apparel, di» guiscd and mufti"!.
Cor. A goodly city is this Antium: City,
Enter a Citizen.
Cor. Direct me, if it be your will,
Cit. He is, aud feasts the nobles of the state At his bouse this night.
Cor. Which is his house, 'beseech you 7
Cit. This, here, before you.
Cor. Thank you, Sir: farewell.
O world thy slippery tarns I Friends uow fast sworn.
Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart, Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal, and exercise.
Are still together, who twin, as 'twere, in love